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==Known recipients==
 
==Known recipients==
 
===Order of Merlin, First Class===
 
===Order of Merlin, First Class===
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* [[Podric Batworthy]]
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** Batworthy held, additionally, the title of [[Grand Sorcerer]], which suggests he was particularly accomplished in magic.<ref name="HPLE">''[[Harry Potter Limited Edition]]'' - ''The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets''</ref>
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* [[Sirius Black]]'s grandfather (either [[Arcturus Black III]] or [[Pollux Black]])
 
* [[Sirius Black]]'s grandfather (either [[Arcturus Black III]] or [[Pollux Black]])
 
** Awarded for his "services to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]", which, according to Sirius, was another way of saying that he had given them a lot of gold. Sirius threw the medal into the rubbish when he was cleaning [[12 Grimmauld Place]].
 
** Awarded for his "services to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]", which, according to Sirius, was another way of saying that he had given them a lot of gold. Sirius threw the medal into the rubbish when he was cleaning [[12 Grimmauld Place]].
   
 
* [[Albus Dumbledore]]
 
* [[Albus Dumbledore]]
** During the [[Campaign to Discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter|campaign]] to discredit him, it was suggested by [[Remus Lupin]] that the Ministry would consider taking away the Order of Merlin from Dumbledore.
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** During the [[Campaign to Discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter|campaign]] to discredit him, it was suggested by [[Remus Lupin]] that the Ministry would consider taking away the Order of Merlin from Dumbledore. Dumbledore claimed that he did not care as long as he is not taken off the [[Chocolate Frog Card]]s. However, when Dumbledore's credibility was restored, the Ministry's consideration to retract the medal was cancelled.
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* [[Cornelius Fudge]]
 
* [[Cornelius Fudge]]
 
** Presumably for his work as [[Minister for Magic]].
 
** Presumably for his work as [[Minister for Magic]].
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*[[Remus Lupin]]
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** Awarded posthumously for his role as a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and for his death during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. Remus was the first werewolf ever to be accorded this honour.<ref name="PM">[[Pottermore]] - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter22/moment1/remus-lupin New From J. K. Rowling - Remus Lupin]</ref>
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* [[Orabella Nuttley]]
 
* [[Orabella Nuttley]]
 
** Awarded for her use of the [[Mending Charm]] to repair the [[Colosseum]] after it was destroyed by an explosion that occurred when a fight broke out between supporters of two broom racers in [[1750s|1754]].<ref name="WBoS">''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''</ref>
 
** Awarded for her use of the [[Mending Charm]] to repair the [[Colosseum]] after it was destroyed by an explosion that occurred when a fight broke out between supporters of two broom racers in [[1750s|1754]].<ref name="WBoS">''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''</ref>
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* [[Peter Pettigrew]]
 
* [[Peter Pettigrew]]
** Awarded (supposedly) posthumously, for his "heroic confrontation," or so it was believed at the time, with [[Sirius Black]]. The medal was given to [[Peter Pettigrew's mother|Pettigrew's mother]]. Pettigrew, not Black, was later revealed to have been the one who betrayed the [[Potter family]], and it is possible his Order of Merlin was retracted as a result.
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** Awarded posthumously (or so it was believed at the time) for a "heroic confrontation" with [[Sirius Black]]. The medal was given to [[Peter Pettigrew's mother|Pettigrew's mother]]. Pettigrew, not Black, was later revealed to have been the one who betrayed the [[Potter family]], and his Order of Merlin was retracted as a result.
* [[Tilly Toke]]
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* [[Tilly Toke]] and her family
 
** Awarded for saving the lives of several [[Muggle]]s during the [[Ilfracombe Incident]] in [[1930s|1932]].
 
** Awarded for saving the lives of several [[Muggle]]s during the [[Ilfracombe Incident]] in [[1930s|1932]].
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* [[Norvel Twonk]]
 
* [[Norvel Twonk]]
 
** Awarded posthumously for saving the life of a [[Muggle]] child from a runaway [[manticore]].
 
** Awarded posthumously for saving the life of a [[Muggle]] child from a runaway [[manticore]].
* [[Podric Batworthy]]
 
** Batworthy held, additionally, the title of [[Grand Sorcerer]], which suggests he was particularly accomplished in magic.<ref name="HPLE">''[[Harry Potter Limited Edition]]'' - ''The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets''</ref>
 
   
 
===Order of Merlin, Second Class===
 
===Order of Merlin, Second Class===
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===Order of Merlin, Third Class===
 
===Order of Merlin, Third Class===
 
* [[Gilderoy Lockhart]]
 
* [[Gilderoy Lockhart]]
** He received this award for his encounter with many dark creatures and instructing people on how to repel them. In [[1993]], it was revealed that he had only taken credit for these deeds and had not really done any of them. This might have led to his Order's retraction.
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** He received this award for his encounter with many dark creatures and instructing people on how to repel them. In [[1993]], it was revealed that he had only taken credit for these deeds and had not really done any of them. This led to his Order of Merlin's retraction.
   
 
===Recipients of unknown class===
 
===Recipients of unknown class===
* [[Damocles]]
 
** May have been awarded for his invention of the [[werewolf|lycanthropy]]-treating [[Wolfsbane Potion]].<ref>[[Horace Slughorn]] states in ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 7, "I was just telling young [[Marcus Belby|Marcus]] here that I had the pleasure of teaching his Uncle Damocles. Outstanding wizard, outstanding, and his Order of Merlin most well-deserved."</ref>
 
 
* [[Cottismore Croyne]]
 
* [[Cottismore Croyne]]
 
** May have been awarded for his tenure as [[Supreme Mugwump]] of the [[International Confederation of Wizards]].
 
** May have been awarded for his tenure as [[Supreme Mugwump]] of the [[International Confederation of Wizards]].
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* [[Damocles]]
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** May have been awarded for his invention of the [[werewolf|lycanthropy]]-treating [[Wolfsbane Potion]].<ref>[[Horace Slughorn]] states in ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 7, "I was just telling young [[Marcus Belby|Marcus]] here that I had the pleasure of teaching his Uncle Damocles. Outstanding wizard, outstanding, and his Order of Merlin most well-deserved."</ref>
 
* [[Albert Gibbering Stump]]
 
* [[Albert Gibbering Stump]]
 
** For unknown reasons.
 
** For unknown reasons.
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
* The "Muggle" counterpart to the Order of Merlin could include the [[Wikipedia:Order of the British Empire|Order of the British Empire]], [[Wikipedia:Victoria Cross|Victoria Cross]], [[Wikipedia:Medal of Honor|Medal of Honor]], [[Wikipedia:Presidential Medal of Freedom|Presidential Medal of Freedom]], or the [[Wikipedia:Nobel Prize|Nobel Prize]].
 
* The "Muggle" counterpart to the Order of Merlin could include the [[Wikipedia:Order of the British Empire|Order of the British Empire]], [[Wikipedia:Victoria Cross|Victoria Cross]], [[Wikipedia:Medal of Honor|Medal of Honor]], [[Wikipedia:Presidential Medal of Freedom|Presidential Medal of Freedom]], or the [[Wikipedia:Nobel Prize|Nobel Prize]].
* Since 1966, the [http://www.magician.org International Brotherhood of Magicians] has been awarding the [http://www.magician.org/portal/en/node/290 Order of Merlin] to long-standing members.
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* Since 1966, the [http://www.magician.org International Brotherhood of Magicians] has been awarding its own [http://www.magician.org/portal/en/node/290 Order of Merlin] to long-standing members.
* Since Dumbledore was on the verge of losing his Order of Merlin during Fudge's campaign, it means that a certain level of disgrace is capable of causing a recipient to lose the Order. Pettigrew indeed lost his when his treason became public.
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* Since Dumbledore was on the verge of losing his Order of Merlin during Fudge's campaign, it means that a certain level of disgrace is capable of causing a recipient to lose the Order of Merlin.
* As Fudge was heavily disgraced for his lack of actions against Lord Voldemort's [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]], it is possible that his Order has been retracted.
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* As Fudge was heavily disgraced for his lack of actions against Lord Voldemort's [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]], it is possible that his Order of Merlin has been retracted.
* Due to Lockhart being a fraudulent crook who stole credits from other wizards and witches to boost his own fame, it is most likely he earned his Order with deceit and trickery. It is unknown if it was retracted when his true colours were revealed.
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* Due to Lockhart being a fraudulent crook who stole credits from other wizards and witches to boost his own fame, it is most likely he earned his Order of Merlin with deceit and trickery. It is unknown if it was retracted when his true colours were revealed.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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Order of Merlin
Organisation information
Founder(s)

Merlin

Founded

In the Middle Ages

Merlin1

Merlin, founder of the Order of Merlin, which was originally an organisation, not an award.

The Order of Merlin is an award bestowed upon wizards and witches who have achieved great deeds. It has three different levels: First Class, Second Class, and Third Class.

HistoryEdit

The Order of Merlin was founded by Merlin in the Middle Ages as an organisation with the goal of promoting laws to protect and benefit Muggles.[1] It is unknown when the Order changed from an organisation to an award or when its focus shifted from advocating Muggle rights to honouring great wizarding accomplishments in general.

Known recipientsEdit

Order of Merlin, First ClassEdit

  • Albus Dumbledore
    • During the campaign to discredit him, it was suggested by Remus Lupin that the Ministry would consider taking away the Order of Merlin from Dumbledore. Dumbledore claimed that he did not care as long as he is not taken off the Chocolate Frog Cards. However, when Dumbledore's credibility was restored, the Ministry's consideration to retract the medal was cancelled.
  • Peter Pettigrew
    • Awarded posthumously (or so it was believed at the time) for a "heroic confrontation" with Sirius Black. The medal was given to Pettigrew's mother. Pettigrew, not Black, was later revealed to have been the one who betrayed the Potter family, and his Order of Merlin was retracted as a result.

Order of Merlin, Second ClassEdit

Order of Merlin, Third ClassEdit

  • Gilderoy Lockhart
    • He received this award for his encounter with many dark creatures and instructing people on how to repel them. In 1993, it was revealed that he had only taken credit for these deeds and had not really done any of them. This led to his Order of Merlin's retraction.

Recipients of unknown classEdit

Possible recipientsEdit

  • Cornelius Fudge promised to give Severus Snape the Order of Merlin, First Class, for capturing Sirius Black, then assumed to be a fugitive murderer, but Black escaped before Fudge could follow through on his word. It was later stated that the loss of this Order of Merlin hit Snape hard, and allegedly was the reason that he let it slip that Remus Lupin was a werewolf.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The "Muggle" counterpart to the Order of Merlin could include the Order of the British Empire, Victoria Cross, Medal of Honor, Presidential Medal of Freedom, or the Nobel Prize.
  • Since 1966, the International Brotherhood of Magicians has been awarding its own Order of Merlin to long-standing members.
  • Since Dumbledore was on the verge of losing his Order of Merlin during Fudge's campaign, it means that a certain level of disgrace is capable of causing a recipient to lose the Order of Merlin.
  • As Fudge was heavily disgraced for his lack of actions against Lord Voldemort's return, it is possible that his Order of Merlin has been retracted.
  • Due to Lockhart being a fraudulent crook who stole credits from other wizards and witches to boost his own fame, it is most likely he earned his Order of Merlin with deceit and trickery. It is unknown if it was retracted when his true colours were revealed.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Famous Wizard Card (Merlin)
  2. Harry Potter Limited Edition - The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets
  3. Pottermore - New From J. K. Rowling - Remus Lupin
  4. Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  5. Horace Slughorn states in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7, "I was just telling young Marcus here that I had the pleasure of teaching his Uncle Damocles. Outstanding wizard, outstanding, and his Order of Merlin most well-deserved."

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