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.



One beef I have with Rowling... [1] archive by stilesstaysDate: Oct 15 2017
The rest of the first line of this meta is: "One beef I have with Rowling is did she Have to include that line in ootp where Sirius mocks his family by calling them 'the ancient and noble house of black'” and the author goes on to complain of the classism present in the Lord Potter trope and related wizard politics.

A reply from cassopeiablack explains how the trope developed based on the House of Commons and House of Lords. (link/archive)

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.

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

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