For VS Of

  1. I think every instance of minister of magic should be changed to minister for magic because the british versions of the book are the original version and anything in it thats different from the usa books should be considered canon over the usa versions. Me_Potter_Fan 09:02, 7 September 2007 (UTC)
The British spellings do overrule the American ones, and we try to change them, but we don't catch them all. Minister of Magic will always be written - we just need to be vigilant and change it when it occurs. Just to let you know, tho - there is at least one instance where the British version says Minister of Magic, although it is Ron saying it so he could be wrong. I'm English myself, and even I miss them. - Cavalier One 10:02, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

Yeh, this is one of my pet peeves, but I didn't know that the U.S.A versions said anything different (I am also English). I suppose theres not a lot that can be done. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Snoops619 (talkcontribs).
There are several changes between the American and British version as far as I know, little things like changing car park to parking lot, or crumpets to English muffins. Of course, the biggest change is that the Philosopher's Stone is known as the Sorceror's Stone. - Cavalier One(Wizarding Wireless Network) 18:17, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
That really is annoying. I really feel it should be Philosopher's stone for both book versions. Mafalda Hopkirk 19:48, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
Is there a real difference between the meanings of "Minister for Magic" and "Minister of Magic"? (Andre G. Dias (talk) 18:25, January 18, 2014 (Brazil))
The difference is a relatively minor one, but in such a context 'for' emphasises the Minister's responsibility with regard to his field, 'of' speaks a little more to the delineation and nature of the field. {{SUBST:User:Jiskran/Signature}} 22:01, January 24, 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! (Andre G. Dias (talk) 19:59, January 24, 2014 (Brazil))


Question - What about combining the page for Ministry and Minister? What further info can be put on this page that isn't already on the Ministry page? Or is that not a problem? Mafalda Hopkirk 22:43, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

I think they're probably best left seperate. -- DarkJedi613 (Talk) 23:22, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
Maybe the tables that list the Ministers throughout history should be identical? Mafalda Hopkirk 23:34, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Rectification Please

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While re-reading Order of the Phoenix, I found that in the Quibbler article about Fudge and the Gringotts goblins, it says "...when [Fudge] was elected Minister for Magic five years ago..." Considering the Quibbler is a tabloid, should it be considered canon that the Minister is elected? --Cubs Fan (Talk to me)

Definitely cannon, but the question remains of who elected him, whether or not it was a general election among all 17 + wizards/witches, or if it was some sort of governing body within the Ministry, like the Wizengamot, I know in the first book Hagrid tells Harry about Magic, he mentions that they wanted Albus Dumbledore to be Minister of Magic, but he turned it down to stay at Hogwarts and so Cornelius got the job instead. --BachLynnGryffindorcrest(Accio!) 12:17, September 26, 2010 (UTC)
Well, the Chief of the Wizards' Council was also elected, although by a select few, according to Modesty Rabnott ("And I'll tell you this, Pru, Chief Bragge would have lost my vote if I'd had one."), so it seems only likely the Ministry followed the same selection proceedure. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 13:21, September 26, 2010 (UTC)
From the new Pottermore information on the Malfoys, it seems like the Minister for Magic is indeed an elected position. After discussing why the Malfoys have never sought to become Minister themselves, Jo says, "They have helped finance many of their preferred candidates' election campaigns..." So the question remains who elects the Minister? Is it the general wizarding population? The Wizengamot?Apwbd150 (talk) 22:49, July 12, 2012 (UTC)

Referring to the British Minister

This page is referring to the British Minister of Magic but don't you think that would be wrong as in the Goblet of Fire, there was a Bulgarian Minister of Magic aswell and on the Muggle Page, it says that there is a Ministry for all nations. Now, this Wiki does say it on other pages and I'd like to change it but it said somewhere that you need to discuss major changes to a page on its talk page. Thanks, Head.Boy.Hog (Talk To Me) 00:43, May 19, 2011 (UTC)

A Minister for all Britain, incl. Ireland?

Please excuse an anonymous content, but isn't the Minister of Magic really responsible for the British Isles, rather than the United Kingdom? Seamus Finnegan is from Ireland; he cheers on Ireland proper, not Northern Ireland, in the cricket final. Yet there are no indications that Seamus is a foreigner - he was apparently summoned to Hogwarts by the Ministry of Magic. In fact, there are no indications that the wizarding states overlap with the real-world Muggle communities - if in fact the Harry Potter series takes place in the actual world. There are in real life no teams from Transylvania; it also sounds extremely unlikely that Luxemburg would have a good Quidditch team when its wizard community should, if not unproportionally large, consist of just a few persons. (J.K Rowling gives a figure of about 3000 wizards, hence less than 1:25000 muggles in a British society of about 80 million people. So there should be about a dozen wizards in Luxemburg, with c.300 000 inhabitants. You can double that number and it would still not be enough for a team.)

The best explanation would be that "Luxemburg" is the name of a larger entity than today's miniature Muggle state. The only problem with a non-overlap would be that Cornelius Fudge is constantly overlooking to inform the Irish Prime Minister. But given Fudge's incompetence, perhaps that is not surprising.

My own personal view is that it is pointless to speculate about the jurisdiction of the Minister of Magic. He is 'British', and the world of J.K. Rowling is consistently - but also inconsistently - centered around Britain. Foreigners are only brought in as an extra spice, like in the Quidditch World Cup or the Triwizard Tournament. Not once does Harry, or any member of the Order of the Phoenix consider going into exile or placing themselves under the protection of a foreign Ministry of Magic.

All best, JJ. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

The title "Minister"

I suggest to insert in the article, maybe at the "Behind the scenes" section, that seems that a head of department on the Ministry of Magic are also called "ministers" by some people. Example: In the article Unidentified Minister of Magical Transportation, the professor Horace Slughorn call minister the new head of Department of Magical Transportation who was his student in 1967. Andre G. Dias (talk) 12:38, February 11, 2014 (Brazil)


Should we edit all the articles to say that none of them were younger than eighteen at the time of election? According to J.K. Rowling's official website (here:, "Seventeen is much too young to enter politics." meaning that it's unlikely for Ministers to be any younger than eighteen. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 00:26, January 6, 2017 (UTC)

In a quick spot check, they seem to all have that "born before 17 years prior to office" already noted. It wouldn't hurt to add the ref to her statement to back this up however IMO. --Ironyak1 (talk) 07:02, January 6, 2017 (UTC)