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The International Confederation of Wizards is a wizarding intergovernmental organisation, roughly equivalent to the United Nations. British seats on the International Confederation of Wizards are probably selected by the Minister for Magic, possibly subject to the approval of the Wizengamot.

The International Confederation of Wizards is headed by a person who holds the title of Supreme Mugwump. The first appointed Supreme Mugwump was Pierre Bonaccord. However his appointment was contested by Warlocks in Liechtenstein, due to his opinions on stopping Troll-hunting and rights for Trolls. Liechtenstein, who had been dealing with several nasty Troll communities at the time refused to attend the first conference, causing trouble for the new institution.


In 1692, the Confederation instituted the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy to hide the wizarding world from the Muggle world. After weeks of discussion, they decided on how the wizarding world would retreat into hiding, including the covering up of various magical beasts and eliminating them from the Muggle consciousness.

In 1750, the Confederation added Clause 73 to the International Statue of Wizarding Secrecy that detailed each wizarding governing body's responsibilities for concealment and possible disciplinary action for any breaches.[1]

On 6 December 1926, the wizarding newspaper The New York Ghost reported that the Confederation called an emergency meeting to address magical disturbances that were risking exposure of the wizarding world.

Following the night of large-scale breaches of the International Statute of Secrecy on 31 October 1981, Minister Millicent Bagnold addressed the Confederation of Wizards with the statement "I assert our inalienable right to party", a statement which eventually became infamous.[2]

Sometime before 1991, Albus Dumbledore was appointed as a representative of the British Ministry of Magic to the International Confederation and became Supreme Mugwump, but was dismissed from his position following the Ministry's denunciation of Voldemort's return in 1995. He was restored as a member after the Ministry's acceptance of Voldemort's return, in 1996, but not as Supreme Mugwump.

The International Confederation of Wizards' Conference was held in the summer of 1994.

In 1995, the International Confederation of Wizards was to hold a conference in Hemel Hempstead.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • The Confederation was originally called the International Federation of Warlocks in the first edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which means if this was used the organisation would have two names.
  • J. K. Rowling stated that the Confederation is the wizard equivalent to the United Nations.[4]
  • As such, they have a strong, authoritative presence within all matters of international magical cooperation, as seen by how they have a hand in things like internationally held magical games and sports, keep an eye on the eleven largest wizarding schools through their Educational Office and even have a saying in matters of international magical gatherings, as seen in how a senior attendee of the most recent International Symposium of Animagi addressed the International Confederation of Wizards while complaining about the students from the wizarding school of Uagadou.

As a wizarding "equivalent to the United Nations", the International Confederation of Wizards hold a very high level of influence in the wizarding world overall. True, while they are primarily responsible of promoting peace, security, and cooperation and therefore seemingly have no legal authority to undermine the jurisdiction of the wizarding governing body in any given country, there are some evidence that magical governments are indeed, if only partially, answerable to them:

  • One such example is how the International Confederation of Wizards permanently stationed an international task force in the mountains of Tibet in response to the numerous sightings of Yetis by non-magical people, showing that the Confederation have the opportunity to enforce the Statute of Secrecy in countries where the magical government are not up to the task.
  • For example, when a magical government fails to cover up magical incidents for the non-magical community, they may be censured by the International Confederation of Wizards, which even seems to have the power to summon the head of state to the government concerned for a public inquiry, as was the case during the presidency of Emily Rappaport in the late 18th century.
  • To be censured by the International Confederation of Wizards seems to be terrible disgraceful and perceived as an "humiliating" experience by the magical governing body in question, serving as a mark of incompetence in regard to their duty of protecting the magical world by means of concealing it from Muggles and may affect how the perception other magical governments have of them. The fact that British Minister for Magic Damocles Rowle was forced to step down shortly after being censured for his anti-Muggle sentiments speaks for how much they influence they have.


Notes and references

Department of International Magical Cooperation
Level 5, Ministry of Magic
Department of International Magical Cooperation
International Magical Trading Standards Body · International Magical Office of Law · International Confederation of Wizards, British Seats

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