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Minister Hector Fawley was Minister for Magic from 1925 to 1939.

Minister Fawley was voted in because of his marked difference to his predecessor, Lorcan McLaird — while the latter was taciturn and an unlikely politician, Fawley was ebullient and flamboyant in character. His term in office coincided with the beginning of Gellert Grindelwald's "For the Greater Good" revolution. Fawley did not take Grindelwald's threat to the world wizarding community sufficiently seriously, a consequence of which came in 1939, when he was forced from his office, being replaced with the more proactive Leonard Spencer-Moon.[2] Fawley was elected Minister at least twice, but was finally defeated for reelection in 1939.

Behind the scenes

  • Hector Fawley's inability to properly respond to the threat Grindelwald posed seems to mirror real-life British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who gave in to Adolf Hitler by signing the Munich Agreement and announced "peace in our time" in 1938, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Regardless of Chamberlain's other achievements, he went down in history as a bumbler.
  • The Fawleys (Aubrey and Julia) are characters in J. K. Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy. In that novel, they are a rich aristocratic family and the owners of Sweetlove House, an historic manor in the outskirts of Pagford, whose ancestors were responsible for selling the nearby city of Yarvil a piece of Pagford land — one of the catalysts for the plot.
  • Hector Fawley is the sitting Minister for Magic in Britain during the time setting of the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


Notes and references

  1. On Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood", the Fawleys are mentioned to have been included in the Pure-Blood Directory published in Britain in the 1930s. As Hector Fawley was already alive by 1930 (and, indeed, was such a prominent wizarding figure on the time), this establishes that he must have been a pure-blooded wizard.
  2. Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic"

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