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Grogan Stump
Biographical information



1884 (aged 114)

Blood status

Pure-blood or Half-blood[1]



Physical information




Hair colour

White[2] (formerly Brown)[3]

Eye colour


Skin colour


Family information
Family members

Minister for Magic (formerly)




Ministry of Magic

" [A being is] any creature that has sufficient intelligence to understand the laws of the magical community and to bear part of the responsibility in shaping those laws."
—Grogan Stump.[src]

Minister Grogan Stump (1770-1884) was Minister for Magic from 1811 to 1819[5] and was very popular in the job.[3]


Grogan Stump

A younger Stump.

Early life

Stump was born in 1770, somewhere in Great Britain[3] to at least one magical parent.[1] He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he was Sorted into Hufflepuff,[4] from c. 1781 to 1788.

As Minister for Magic

In 1811, Stump began his duties as a Minister for Magic. Stump particularly addressed the nomenclature of beings and beasts. He decreed that a being was "any creature that has sufficient intelligence to understand the laws of the magical community and to bear part of the responsibility in shaping those laws", and by doing so, he settled a debate that had being going in the wizarding world since the fourteenth century. Stump created the three divisions of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures: Being, Beast, and later Spirit Divisions.[6]

It is likely [7] that during Stump's tenure in office there were ghost demonstrations at the Ministry of Magic (or "protest floats"), which caused Stump to create the aforementioned Spirit Division.[5] Stump's term eventually ended in 1819.

Behind the scenes

  • Grogan Stump's likeness, as featured on his Wizard of the Month entry, bears some (presumably coincidental) resemblance to current President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Interestingly, J.K. Rowling did live there in the early 1990s, at a time when Cavaco Silva was the Prime Minister. Rowling has previously stated that Salazar Slytherin's first name was derived from António de Oliveira Salazar, who served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968, ruling a fascist dictatorship. 


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 According to Pottermore, Nobby Leach (Minister for Magic between 1962 and 1968) was the first Muggle-born wizard ever to be appointed to the office)
  2. Wizard of the Month
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Stump's Chocolate Frog Card in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pottermore introduction for Hufflepuffs (transcription available here)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sixth question of the Third W.O.M.B.A.T. at J.K. Rowling's Official Site
  6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)
  7. Of all the possible answers for question 6-2 of the Third W.O.M.B.A.T. this seems to be the more likely: the ghosts were also initially put in the Being category but successfully "asserted" the need for a Spirit Division. The ghost demonstrations seem to fit with them being "assertive".

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