Things You Didn't Know About Life As An Auror

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There are few opponents for Voldemort to fight against in the Harry Potter series because of the poor state of the Ministry of Magic. But the Aurors are the prime experts on taking down dark wizards, and the most competent Ministry officials seen in the story are Aurors. The likes of Mad-Eye Moody, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Nymphadora Tonks were all exceptional magical people, with whom Harry was very impressed.

But it's more interesting to look up other facts about what Aurors generally do as part of their profession and where it might end up taking them.


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    High-Ranking Aurors Mingle With Muggles As Part Of Espionage Work

    High-Ranking Aurors Mingle With Muggles As Part Of Espionage Work
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The majority of the Wizarding World is clueless when it comes to Muggles, to the point where they have no idea how technology works. Aurors are usually an exception because they are assigned to work near Muggles when the Ministry requires espionage work.

    Kingsley Shacklebolt is notable as the only wizard Harry has seen who can pass for a Muggle because of his exceptional stealth skills. Kingsley is tasked to protect the Muggle Prime Minister, who doesn't realize his new and productive staff member is a wizard. 

    Aurors that spend time around Muggles complete their job by employing fake identities and covertly using magic where required.

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    Aurors In The Present Day Are Circulated To Stand Guard In Azkaban

    Aurors In The Present Day Are Circulated To Stand Guard In Azkaban
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Aurors following the Battle of Hogwarts have to wait for their turn to be stationed at Azkaban. The prison was reformed by Minister for Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt, who removed Dementors permanently and placed wizards as the guards of Azkaban.

    Life for Aurors in the prison is largely uneventful because their work mainly involves patrolling the corridors to ensure no dark wizard has escaped. Since human rights have greatly improved in recent times, it's likely that Aurors now have to stay in close proximity with Azkaban prisoners who would be allowed to leave their cells, unlike before, where they were left to perish.

    Auror proficiency at Azkaban has been absolute since their placement in the location, with no breakouts ever recorded.

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    Aurors Are Responsible For Driving Threatening Magical Creatures Away From Civilization

    Aurors Are Responsible For Driving Threatening Magical Creatures Away From Civilization
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The end of the First Wizarding War brought with it numerous challenges, one of which involved driving out the magical creatures Voldemort used as part of his army. During this time, Aurors lives were very much about battling the creatures to the edge of the country.

    The Aurors were also tasked with ensuring that the creatures were situated in locations that were far away from civilization. Hagrid finds Giants living in mountainous settlements in Order of the Phoenix, colonies brought together when they fled the Aurors' attacks.

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    Final Evaluation To Become A Permanent Auror Involves A Series Of Tests

    Final Evaluation To Become A Permanent Auror Involves A Series Of Tests
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    A distinct possibility remains that a witch or wizard who's gone through their three-year training can still fail to become an Auror in their own right. The tests in question are practical in nature and evaluate how much the person has learned and if they can function on their own.

    While the exact tests aren't known, Nymphadora Tonks mentions that at least two of them are "Concealment and Disguise" and "Stealth and Tracking." The general outline of the aptitude tests is to see how an Auror can react in times of stress.

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    Aurors Need To Appear In Trials To Provide Their Testimony For The Capture Of Dark Wizards

    Aurors Need To Appear In Trials To Provide Their Testimony For The Capture Of Dark Wizards
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Ministry of Magic was internally corrupt before Kingsley Shacklebolt took over and prisoners were sometimes sentenced without a trial at all. Some trials took place as more of a formality or for the purposes of interrogation, for which Aurors needed to be present.

    The witch or wizard that caught the dark wizard in question is required to be present for the trial in order to provide their testimony of the events of the capture. Mad-Eye Moody is present in several trials Harry witnesses in Dumbledore's Pensieve.

    Reports completed by the Aurors are passed to the Wizengamot, whose notes are referred to during the trial; it's how Barty Crouch Jr. learns that the Death Eater Evan Rosier perished at Mad-Eye Moody's hand.

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    Aurors Work In Tandem With Hit-Wizards And Take Over High-Profile Missions

    Aurors Work In Tandem With Hit-Wizards And Take Over High-Profile Missions
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Hit-Wizards are magical police who handle day-to-day fieldwork. Aurors don't go out in public for police work nor are they summoned in times of emergencies - Hit-Wizards are responsible for these matters.

    Aurors do work in tandem with Hit-Wizards if the need arises, such as when Hit-Wizards deem a case to be too advanced for them and require an expert. Aurors are handed over cases that Hit-Wizards aren't qualified for, and take over investigations once they've received all the information they need.

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