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{{Youmay|the organisation in general|the [[British Ministry of Magic]], commonly referred to merely as the Ministry of Magic by Britons}}
 
{{Youmay|the organisation in general|the [[British Ministry of Magic]], commonly referred to merely as the Ministry of Magic by Britons}}
 
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A '''Ministry of Magic''' is the primary governing body of the [[Wizarding world|magical community]] in many countries. Headed by a [[Minister for Magic]], a Ministry of Magic is responsible for regulating and enforcing laws for the magical community, as well as keeping said community hidden from the [[Muggle world]].
 
A '''Ministry of Magic''' is the primary governing body of the [[Wizarding world|magical community]] in many countries. Headed by a [[Minister for Magic]], a Ministry of Magic is responsible for regulating and enforcing laws for the magical community, as well as keeping said community hidden from the [[Muggle world]].
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In Britain, at least, the term "Ministry of Magic" seems to be synonymous with "form of wizarding government", since the term is, on occasion, loosely applied to also refer to the [[Wizards' Council]] that preceded the Ministry.<ref>There are several instances in canon where the Ministry of Magic is credited with having established the [[International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy]] in [[1690s|1692]], or with having passed the [[Wand Ban]] in [[1630s|1631]], despite the fact the Ministry itself was only formally created in [[1700s|1707]].</ref>
   
 
==Known countries with Ministries of Magic==
 
==Known countries with Ministries of Magic==
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*[[Norwegian Ministry of Magic|Norway]]
 
*[[Norwegian Ministry of Magic|Norway]]
 
*[[British Ministry of Magic|The United Kingdom]] (also appears to govern [[Ireland]])
 
*[[British Ministry of Magic|The United Kingdom]] (also appears to govern [[Ireland]])
 
 
Possibly Bangladesh as well.
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*It is possible that, in countries where the Muggle government is not divided up into ministries, the wizarding governing body takes a different name styled after the appropriate term in that country. This cannot be confirmed, however, as wizarding government in countries without ministries has yet to be referred to.
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*One known alternative form of government mentioned in canon is the [[Council of Magic]], the [[Argentinian Council of Magic|Argentinian one]] being a case in point.<ref name=PM>[http://www.pottermore.com/en/daily-prophet/qwc2014/2014-04-12/opening-ceremony New from J.K. Rowling - Daily Prophet: 12 April 2014]</ref> It is unknown precisely what distinguishes a Council of Magic from a Ministry of Magic. Another canonical version of non-Ministry form of magical government is the [[Magical Congress of the United States of America]].
   
 
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==Notes and references==
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[[Category:Magical governments]]
 
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Latest revision as of 19:04, November 26, 2014

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Ministry of Magic
Organisation information
Leader(s)

Minister for Magic

Intentions

Governing the magical population of their respective country.

Affiliation

International Confederation of Wizards

A Ministry of Magic is the primary governing body of the magical community in many countries. Headed by a Minister for Magic, a Ministry of Magic is responsible for regulating and enforcing laws for the magical community, as well as keeping said community hidden from the Muggle world.

In Britain, at least, the term "Ministry of Magic" seems to be synonymous with "form of wizarding government", since the term is, on occasion, loosely applied to also refer to the Wizards' Council that preceded the Ministry.[1]

Known countries with Ministries of MagicEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. There are several instances in canon where the Ministry of Magic is credited with having established the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1692, or with having passed the Wand Ban in 1631, despite the fact the Ministry itself was only formally created in 1707.
  2. New from J.K. Rowling - Daily Prophet: 12 April 2014

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