The Ministry of Magic
We think it's time that we do some explaining on what exactly the "Ministry of Magic" (MOM) is. In the wizard world there obviously has to be some kind of law just like in our world, and this is where the Ministry of Magic steps in. One of the MOM's main purposes is to keep Muggles completely oblivious to the existence of Wizards, Witches strange creatures and magic in general. There is also a Minister Of Magic. At present, that is Cornelius Fudge(But will he be for much longer?) The Minister is sort of like a President (for example; in the USA) or a Prime Minister (In Britain and Australia).
They make all the big decisions.
Here is a list of all the departments, their purposes and their members -
Department of International Magical Cooperation
Department of Mysteries
Magical Law Enforcement Squad
Misuse of Muggle Artifacts
Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
Department of Magical Games and Sports
Committee on Experimental Charms
Accidental Magic Reversal Squad
Department of Transportation
Improper Use of Magic Office
Goblin Liaison Office
Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures
There is a mention of the Ministry of Magic and at least 1 or 2 departments in every Harry Potter book, just to show that they are keeping things together. If something is amiss, then the MOM is usually the first to know about it, and attempt to keep things under wraps by any means necessary. This is the most important role played by the MOM, as muggles tend to be too nosey for their own good. Most of the departments are pretty self explanitory by their names and purposes.
The ministry however aren't always perfect with making decisions, as with any government not all of them are perfect, and not all of them know all the facts. Like in the case with Buckbeak during "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures came to the conclusion that the Hippogriff should be executed for injuring Draco Malfoy. Yet Dracos father, Lucius, was partly pushing the committee for the death of the beast. As Lucius has a lot of money and power, Buckbeaks future was certainly looking grim, but to discover what happens to him next you have to read the 3rd Harry Potter book.
We hope this has been a little bit of a help explaining what the MOM
actually is, and a little incite into what exactly they do and the smaller
departments that make up the whole MOM itself and what they do = )
By Kylie Van Eerden and C.P.
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