Minister Ulick Gamp, the first Minister for Magic, ran in office from 1707 to 1718 Previously head of the Wizengamot, Gamp had the onerous job of policing a fractious and frightened community adjusting to the imposition of the International Statute of Secrecy. His greatest legacy was to found the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. During Gamp's term, the Ministry outlawed the use of the Cruciatus, Imperius and Killing Curses, making them "unforgivable".
Gamp was elected Minister at least twice before resigning or being voted out of office in 1718.
He was depicted in a portrait hung at the Prime Minister's office at 10 Downing Street and, most likely, at the office of the Minister for Magic at the Ministry of Magic. It is highly probable that a Permanent Sticking Charm was placed on it, as the Muggle Prime Minister could never get the portrait off his wall, even with a builder to help. It served as a messenger between the Minister for Magic and the Muggle Prime Minister.
Gamp was described as "little", "froglike" and wore purple robes and a silver curly wig.
Ulick is the Anglicized form of the Irish names Uilleac and Uilleag. There have been several Irish politicians and noblemen named Ulick.
Notes and references
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic"
- ↑ The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Albus Dumbledore on Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)