The Ministry of Magic is fast becoming my favorite subject to discuss when we turn to Harry Potter in my group of friends. Thats why I am glad to have an excuse to put my own theories into writing. Of all the things in Harrys world, I see this as the most
interesting right now. Every fan has their own theory
and idea about what it is the Ministry does, and where
they are going. I am going to approach this in three
sections. First, a look at Fudge, which we all agree
needs to be addressed as he really is the public face
of the Ministry. Second, what the Ministry does, and
third, where it is going. I am also going to address
some internet theories about the Ministry and what I
believe them to mean for the series.
Now we cant really analyze the Ministry without
taking a good look at Fudge. Every time the Ministry
comes to stick its nose where it does not belong,
Fudge is there. Up until now the Ministry has been
nothing but a hindrance for the Anti-Voldemort crowd.
Were they doing this on purpose? Or did they actually
see Dumbledore as a threat? My thought on this: Fudge
dropped the ball. He irrationally saw Dumbledore as a
threat, probably with more than a little whispering
from his supporter and backer Malfoy.
Personally, I am waiting to see what comes to light
about him as he is pushed out of office in the next
I also want to make it very clear that I do not agree with
the conspiracy theories about him. For those who dont
know what I mean, I will give a brief explanation.
There are a few out there that believe Fudge is in
league with You-Know-Who. Everything from, he helped
set Sirius up, to he is a full blown death eater.
Hogwash I say! Hes not bright enough. That isnt to
say that he wasnt helped along the way by those in
league with Voldemort, but I dont believe he had any
idea that he was doing his bidding. A clueless pawn is
about where I rate Fudge.
When Fudge was elected, they really wanted Dumbledore
for the post but he turned it down. My main question
is, who are they? Who elects these officials? Are there
free elections? Does the Wizengamot do it? If so, who
elects them? We have no idea. Think about it, what
information has JKR really given us about the
Ministry? We have some idea of who is involved in it.
We have some idea of what goes on there and how they
do it, but thats it. We also know that other
countries have a similar form of government.
It has become a practice on the net of trying to
figure out who Fudges successor will be. How can we
do that if we dont know how the ministers come to
power? If the people elect them, then I say Dumbledore
is the next Minister. This time I dont think he will
turn it down because he knows that with open war with
Voldemort, that is where he needs to be. Yet if it is
the Wizengamot or another political body that elects
him, they will remember that he made them all look
like fools for a whole year. Theyre going to remember
Now, what does the Ministry do? Thats a really hard
question. We know they are responsible for everything
from magical law enforcement and international
cooperation, to muggle affairs. My first memory of the
Ministry is when Harry gets his letter in CoS. I
thought, Ok, something to make Harry think twice
about breaking the rules. I never dreamed JKR would
use it to bring politics, corruption, and intrigue
into her story. We know now that they run a
government, very much like our own, with the exact
same likelihood for human (or wizard) error.
The Ministry handles law enforcement using the Aurors
to track down dark wizards. What about other law
enforcement? We know that there is a department that
handles the misuse of muggle artifacts and that they
can enforce laws and make charges regarding that. I
came to that conclusion when they used that department
to get Mad Eye a lesser charge. Does that mean Ludo
Baggman (Head of Sports) would handle legal matters of
sport? Or is there a more general police force for the
wizarding world that we have not run into yet.
Transportation, and international cooperation, and
everything else are routine and arent extremely
susceptible to corruption and Fudges plans. The one
exception is the Department of Mysteries. This one is
even weirder. Every government has a research and
development branch or office. The Department of
Mysteries feels very much like a military research
branch to me. Other than the Aurors, do we know
anything about Wizard Arm Services? What secrets will
Fudge run off with when he is kicked out? For that
matter, what are the Unspeakables really up to down
there? What they are really depends on where the
Ministry is going.
Where are they going? Well one thing is for sure,
Fudge is gone. With war coming, the whole Ministry is
going to gear up in that direction. Look for a very
tactical minded new minister. Look for every aspect of
the Ministry being used to fight Voldemort. If I were
Voldemort and now have to plan for all-out war, I have
two targets at the top of my list: Hogwarts and the
Department of Mysteries. Which is first on Voldemorts
list? Probably the Department of Mysteries. He is
still looking for a way to hear the whole prophecy and
the easiest way is probably in there. Look for an
attack on the Ministry early in Book 6 that is either
repelled or takes out the Department of Mysteries. If
the Ministry has no formal defense force (military and
such) look for the formation or activation of one.
The only thing certain is that the Ministry will
change drastically to confront Voldemort now that
people know he is back. I think the changes will
benefit the Anti-Voldemort movement. The books have
been growing more and more dark ever since Book 1. I
think Book 6 is going to be the darkest of them all.
So who says anything is going to go right for the
Anti-Voldemort crowd? At the worst, I can see
Voldemort hit the Ministry hard, and take it out
completely as a prelude to going after Hogwarts.