Ministry of Magic
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The Ministry of Magic governs over the Wizarding world in the Harry Potter series. The term usually refers to the British Ministry of Magic as seen in the series, though other countries also have Ministries of Magic.
The Ministry in Fanfiction
Genres of Ministryfic
- Thrillers, concentrating upon skulduggery, derring-do, intelligence work, Rumpole-like courtroom drama, and political jockeying. Such stories tend to feature or include as characters Kingsley Shacklebolt; Dolores Umbridge as a recurrent villain; and cameo appearances by the Royals and by British politicians including Tony Blair and John Prescott. For reasons that cannot possibly be explained to overseas readers, Boris Johnson almost always makes an appearance.
- Courtroom drama stories use the canonical sitting of the Wizengamot as a High Court. The trope allows such scenes to be played out in a way that combines courtroom drama and political intrigue. A notable example of the use of this trope is A Law of the Medes and Persians by SnorkackCatcher.
- Parliamentary or political thrillers concerns itself with political chicanery, State secrets, and the inner workings of government - and, often, the security apparatus. It is fairly common in the Harry Potter fandom and in others the canon of which alludes to or permits writing of political and governmental activities. Well-known and well-regarded examples such as blamebrampton's For the Public Good and Blythely's Corridors of Power give the general flavour: secret histories, backroom deals, jockeying for position, and, quite often, a bit part for Boris Johnson.