Ministers for Magic

“You’ve got my vote for Minister of Magic if we ever get out of this mess.”

The three Ministers for Magic who took on the weighty job of leading the magical society through the Second Wizarding War, with varying degress of success.

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Percy Weasley

~ “I was a fool! I was an idiot, I was a pompous prat, I was a – a -”
~ “Ministry-loving, family-disowning, power-hungry moron.”
~ “Yes, I was!”

After leaving Hogwarts, Percy’s ambition blinded him to some of the failings of his Ministry bosses – such as spreading fake news, blatant propaganda campaigns or, say, being controlled by Voldemort. You know, just the slight oversights that anybody could make when they’re new to the job.

Filch & Mrs Norris

“Guilty conscience, eh?”

Filch is the embittered, unlovely, cantankerous old Hogwarts caretaker. Along with his beloved Mrs Norris, Filch patrols the school corridors looking for rule-breakers. Filch is a squib and deeply resents Hogwarts students for their magical abilities. In his downtime, Filch’s hobbies include oiling old torture instruments, writing lists of banned items and plotting the expulsion of Peeves.

Professor Binns

The most exciting thing that ever happened in Binns’ classes was his entering the room through the blackboard.

Professor Binns teaches History of Magic, which in his hands becomes the most boring subject ever devised by wizardkind. He is unable to remember the names of any of his students, and renders even the most dramatic episodes of wizarding history desperately dull. Binns is, at least, very dedicated to his post – even his own death didn’t prevent him from teaching.

Hogwarts House Ghosts

“About twenty ghosts had just streamed through the back wall, pearly-white and slightly transparent…”

After a thousand years of magical inhabitation, Hogwarts is the most heavily haunted building in Britain. Among the various has-beens of Hogwarts, there are four ghosts who have the distinction of representing each of the school houses.

The Hogwarts Founders

“Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen”

The renowned founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over a thousand years ago, Rowena Ravenclaw dreamt of following a warted hog to a mountainside loch. The rest as they say, is history…

The Next Generation of Malfoys

“So that’s little Scorpius.”

Draco, Astoria and their little pride and joy, Scorpius Hyperion. The bloodline has continued with Draco marrying into another of the “Sacred Twenty-Eight” pureblood families.

Professor Slughorn

“To friendship! To generosity! To ten Galleons a hair!”

Professor H. E. F. Slughorn enjoys his “creature comforts”, from velvet smoking jackets to crystallised pineapple. He was (reluctantly) winkled out of retirement to resume his post as Potions Master at Hogwarts. “Old Sluggy” is a very influential teacher – he cherry-picks particularly bright or talented students for his Slug Club at Hogwarts, and is always happy to give a leg-up to his favourites.

Rare few Ravenclaws

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit & learning
Will always find their kind.

Padma Patil.

Handful of Hufflepuffs

You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just & loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil.

Ernie Macmillan, Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones and Justin Finch-Fletchley.

Slytherin Squad

Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.

Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Blaise Zabini and Millicent Bulstrode.

Gryffindor Gang

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve & chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.

Neville Longbottom, Lavender Brown, Parvati Patil, Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan.