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Ms. Gambol rose to the office of [[Minister for Magic]] in the early [[19th century]] and proved to be effective in the solution of the problem of how to transport hundreds of students to and from [[Hogwarts Castle]] without attracting the [[Muggle]]s' attention.<ref name="Pottermore"/>
 
Ms. Gambol rose to the office of [[Minister for Magic]] in the early [[19th century]] and proved to be effective in the solution of the problem of how to transport hundreds of students to and from [[Hogwarts Castle]] without attracting the [[Muggle]]s' attention.<ref name="Pottermore"/>
   
[[Portkey]]s had been arranged at collecting points all over Britain ever since the imposition of the [[International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy|International Statute of Secrecy]] in [[1690s|1692]]. However, Portkeys proved not to be the ideal solution to the problem of school transportation (up to a third of students would fail to arrive every year, and many students were prone to [[Portkey-sickness]]). A return to the unregulated travel of the past was impossible, and other magical routes into the school (like the usage of [[Floo Powder]]) were strongly resisted by successive [[Headmaster]]s, who were concerned the security of the Castle would be breached.<ref name="Pottermore"/>
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[[Portkey]]s had been arranged at collecting points all over Britain ever since the imposition of the [[International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy|International Statute of Secrecy]] in [[1690s|1692]]. However, Portkeys proved not to be the ideal solution to the problem of school transportation (up to a third of students would fail to arrive every year, as well as many students were prone to [[Portkey-sickness]]). A return to the unregulated travel of the past was impossible, as well as other magical routes into the school (like the usage of [[Floo Powder]]) were strongly resisted by successive [[Headmaster]]s, who were concerned the security of the Castle would be breached.<ref name="Pottermore"/>
   
 
[[File:Hogsmeadestation2.PNG|left|thumb|350px|The [[Hogwarts Express]] at [[Hogsmeade Station]].]]
 
[[File:Hogsmeadestation2.PNG|left|thumb|350px|The [[Hogwarts Express]] at [[Hogsmeade Station]].]]
Sometime between [[1810s|1819]] and [[1840s|1849]] Minister Ottaline Gambol made a daring and controversial suggestion to solve the problem: intrigued by the [[Muggle]] technology, the Minister saw the potential of using a train as a secure and comfortable alternative to [[Portkey]]s. Thus the [[Hogwarts Express]] came to be. Where the locomotive was actually obtained from remains unknown, but there are classified files at the [[British Ministry of Magic Headquarters|Ministry of Magic]] pertaining to [[Ministry of Magic operation to acquire the Hogwarts Express|a large-scale operation]] involving one hundred and sixty-seven [[Memory Charm]]s, as well as the biggest [[Concealment Charm]] ever performed in Britain. The morning after this operation, the residents of [[Hogsmeade]] awoke to find a [[Hogsmeade Station|railway station]] that had not been there previously, and Muggle railway employees in [[Crewe]] had the feeling they had misplaced something, which stayed with them for the rest of the year.<ref name="Pottermore"/>
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Sometime between [[1810s|1819]] and [[1840s|1849]] Minister Ottaline Gambol made a daring and controversial suggestion to solve the problem: intrigued by the [[Muggle]] technology, the Minister saw the potential of using a train as a secure and comfortable alternative to [[Portkey]]s. Thus the [[Hogwarts Express]] came to be. Where the locomotive was actually obtained from remains unknown, but there are classified files at the [[British Ministry of Magic Headquarters|Ministry of Magic]] pertaining to [[Ministry of Magic operation to acquire the Hogwarts Express|a large-scale operation]] involving one hundred and sixty-seven [[Memory Charm]]s, as well as the biggest [[Concealment Charm]] ever performed in Britain. The morning after this operation, the residents of [[Hogsmeade]] awoke to find a [[Hogsmeade Station|railway station]] that had not been there previously and Muggle railway employees in [[Crewe]] had the feeling they had misplaced something, which stayed with them for the rest of the year.<ref name="Pottermore"/>
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Ottaline Gambol may have been related to the founder of [[Gambol and Japes|Gambol and Japes']].
   
 
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Latest revision as of 20:55, September 6, 2014

Ottaline Gambol
Biographical information
Born

1832 or earlier

Blood status

Pure-blood or Half-blood[1]

Title(s)

Minister

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Affiliation
Occupation

Minister for Magic (formerly)

Minister Ottaline Gambol was a British Minister for Magic who was in office in the early 19th century. Fascinated with Muggle technology, she "daring[ly] and controversial[ly]" proposed the train as a solution to the age-old dilemma of how to transport hundreds of students to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry without attracting non-magic attention, leading to the creation of the Hogwarts Express.[2]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Ottaline Gambol was born sometime in or prior 1832, somewhere in the British Isles, to at least one magical parent. It is likely she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in her youth.

As Minister for MagicEdit

Ms. Gambol rose to the office of Minister for Magic in the early 19th century and proved to be effective in the solution of the problem of how to transport hundreds of students to and from Hogwarts Castle without attracting the Muggles' attention.[2]

Portkeys had been arranged at collecting points all over Britain ever since the imposition of the International Statute of Secrecy in 1692. However, Portkeys proved not to be the ideal solution to the problem of school transportation (up to a third of students would fail to arrive every year, as well as many students were prone to Portkey-sickness). A return to the unregulated travel of the past was impossible, as well as other magical routes into the school (like the usage of Floo Powder) were strongly resisted by successive Headmasters, who were concerned the security of the Castle would be breached.[2]

Hogsmeadestation2

The Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade Station.

Sometime between 1819 and 1849 Minister Ottaline Gambol made a daring and controversial suggestion to solve the problem: intrigued by the Muggle technology, the Minister saw the potential of using a train as a secure and comfortable alternative to Portkeys. Thus the Hogwarts Express came to be. Where the locomotive was actually obtained from remains unknown, but there are classified files at the Ministry of Magic pertaining to a large-scale operation involving one hundred and sixty-seven Memory Charms, as well as the biggest Concealment Charm ever performed in Britain. The morning after this operation, the residents of Hogsmeade awoke to find a railway station that had not been there previously and Muggle railway employees in Crewe had the feeling they had misplaced something, which stayed with them for the rest of the year.[2]

Behind the ScenesEdit

Ottaline Gambol may have been related to the founder of Gambol and Japes'.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hogwarts Express information on Pottermore (transcription available here)


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