Torquil Travers was a British wizard. Torquil was a member of the Pure-blood Travers family, and Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in the Ministry of Magic in London[2].


Torquil Travers was born into the Travers family, one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight families published later in the Pure-Blood Directory. He ended up joining the British Ministry of Magic and eventually became the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. In 1927, he accompanied by a number of Ministry wizards that included Theseus Scamander, Head of the Auror Office, and Leta Lestrange arrived at Hogwarts Castle to question then Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor Albus Dumbledore in his own classroom regarding Newton Scamander's rumoured voyage to Paris.[3]

Personality and traits

Torquil Travers is described as a "harsh, mean-spirited man".[4]

Travers took great pride in his lofty position in the British Ministry of Magic as the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, evident when he barged into Albus Dumbledore's Defence Against the Dark Arts class uninvited, and when questioned by Minerva McGonagall, claimed that his position allowed him to do as he pleased at Hogwarts. Much like his successor Bartemius Crouch Senior would many years later, Travers desired the end of Gellert Grindelwald's reign and of the Global Wizarding War, but went about achieving that with violence and force that were similar to that of Gridelwald's acolytes. He was utterly ignorant to the fact that this made Grindelwald's cause even more attractive. Additionally, like Cornelius Fudge many years later, Travers was an arrogant control freak who abused his position and did not seem to learn from his mistakes.

Travers, however, was more openly abrasive and rude than Fudge, as he rudely ignored Dumbledore's useful leadership advice, cuffed Dumbledore into Admonitors, and forbade Dumbledore from ever teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts again, all merely because Dumbledore refused Travers' demand to fight Grindelwald for him (much like Rufus Scrimgeour tried to take advantage of Harry Potter decades later). Moreover, Travers did not make it secret that he despised Dumbledore, and spoke contemptuously to Newt Scamander during the latter's hearing, falsely accusing Newt of personally destroying half of New York (while in fact, Grindelwald and Credence's Obscurus had more to do with it than him).

However, as gruff and arrogant as he may be, Travers was not without a softer side. This was shown by how Travers acknowledged the abilities of Theseus Scamander, trusting his subordinate with a squad of about 50 Aurors in defeating Grindelwald. Moreover, Travers was willing to accept unique individuals as allies, as he did not object to the No-Maj Jacob Kowalski or the Maledictus Nagini joining his alliance against Grindelwald. It seemed that the reason he despised Dumbledore was merely because the professor was seemingly not loyal to the British Ministry by not taking on Grindelwald, since Travers did not stop Theseus from removing Dumbledore's Admonitors after the latter decided to contribute openly to the Global Wizarding War. This might have been Travers wishing to honor the sacrifice of his assistant Leta Lestrange, which implies that he was capable of caring and respecting others, and as harsh as his actions may be, it was all for the sake of the British wizarding community.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Leadership skills: Torquil Travers, as the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in the British Ministry of Magic, had some effective leadership skills, though Travers' arrogance and abrasive attitude occasionally made him less effective, as evident in his conversation with Albus Dumbledore, and hence Travers required the assistance of Leta Lestrange. As a result, it is possible that Travers being a member of a Sacred Twenty-Eight family played a bigger role in him attaining his extremely high position, than an aptitude for leadership.
  • Transfiguration: Travers was quite skilled at conjuring two highly complex Admonitor cuffs onto Dumbledore's wrists, thus putting something akin to a Trace on the professor, allowing Travers to monitor every spell Dumbledore cast from that point forward.
  • Divination: Travers had at least some knowledge of the subject, given his familiarity with The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus.
  • Nonverbal magic: Travers was skilled at nonverbal spells, as he very swiftly cuffed Dumbledore's wrists into Admonitors without saying a word.
  • Apparition: Travers, like most adult wizards, could Apparate at will.


  • Torquil is an Anglicised form of the Norwegian and Swedish masculine name Torkel, and the Scottish Gaelic name Torcall, ultimately stemming from the Old Norse name Þorkell. This Old Norse name is made up of the two elements: Þór, meaning "Thor" the Norse god of thunder; and kell (in some variants ketill), meaning "(sacrificial) cauldron".
  • Travers is an English and Irish surname that means "toll or tolltaker" (as on bridges), "traverser" (Norman: "to cross"), "skillful", or (in French) "from the crossroads."

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

Department of Magical Law Enforcement employees
Department of Magical Law Enforcement logo
Heads of Department
Justus Pilliwickle · Torquil Travers · Bartemius Crouch Sr. · Amelia Bones · Pius Thicknesse · Corban Yaxley · Harry Potter
Auror Office
Heads: Theseus Scamander · Rufus Scrimgeour · Gawain Robards · Harry Potter
John Dawlish · Alice Longbottom · Frank Longbottom · Neville Longbottom · Alastor Moody · Proudfoot · Savage · Kingsley Shacklebolt · Nymphadora Tonks · Ronald Weasley · Williamson · Unidentified Aurors · Unidentified male Auror at Hogwarts · 3 Unidentified Aurors at Hogwarts · Director of the Investigation Department No. 61042
Improper Use of Magic Office
Heads: Travers · Dolores Umbridge
Mafalda Hopkirk · Honoria's fiancé · Mafalda Hopkirk's Ministerial Superior · Rufus Fudge · Orabella Nuttley
Other Personnel
Leta Lestrange · Minerva McGonagall · Elphinstone Urquart · Alastor Gumboil · Arnold Peasegood · Arthur Weasley · Perkins · Cerberus Langarm · Hermione Granger · Bob Ogden · Tulip Karasu's mother · Tulip Karasu's father · Dempster Wiggleswade · Arthur Weasley's ten subordinates