Things You Probably Didn't Know About Wizarding Professions

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Vote up the most magical details about different jobs in the universe of Harry Potter.

Professions in the Wizarding World aren't as diverse as they are in the Muggle world. The Ministry of Magic is the majority employer, and working for the government is the ultimate fate of most magical people. Still, there are plenty of departments in the Ministry that entail different job requirements, such as the Auror Office.

In addition, wizards can find employment outside of the Ministry working at Gringotts, taking up teaching positions, becoming athletes, or conducting magical research. It's also interesting to learn the educational requirements that witches and wizards need to meet before they are eligible for certain jobs. 


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    Curse-Breakers Dig Up Gold And Magical Artifacts

    Curse-Breakers Dig Up Gold And Magical Artifacts
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The nature of Bill Weasley's job isn't too clear in the novels apart from his status as a curse-breaker for Gringotts Bank. Curse-breakers are specialized roles in which the witch or wizard needs to raid places like tombs and pyramids to find gold and magical artifacts for Gringotts to procure.

    Curse-breakers make sure that the protective enchantments and curses around ancient locations are removed to ensure the safety of everyone involved. It's a dangerous but thrilling job, and Bill Weasley's distinguished O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. scores are the reason he managed to become a curse-breaker.

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    Obliviators Have To Be On-Call At All Times

    Obliviators Have To Be On-Call At All Times
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Obliviators have the most stressful jobs in the Wizarding World because there's always some kind of threat that nearly exposes magic to Muggles. Obliviators can't turn down an emergency situation in which they need to erase memories; in fact, they are required to turn up as soon as possible.

    Just about every major disaster caused by wizards has been witnessed by Muggles, which means Obliviators arrive at the scene each time. To the Obliviators' credit, they have a 100% efficiency track record, as the Wizarding World continues to be hidden.

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    Curse-Breakers Need To Have An Understanding Of Arithmancy And Muggle Studies

    Curse-Breakers Need To Have An Understanding Of Arithmancy And Muggle Studies
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Curse-breakers are also known as charms breakers because the job isn't always dangerous. Witches and wizards in this role need to be aware of banking practices, as well, which means they need to have an understanding of Arithmancy, since they dabble with numbers.

    Tombs and ancient places have Muggle history attached to them, so curse-breakers also need to have an understanding of Muggle practices. According to O.W.L. requirements for the job of a curse-breaker, a passing grade in Muggle Studies is a must. 

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    Wandmakers Personally Gather Materials To Craft Wands

    Wandmakers Personally Gather Materials To Craft Wands
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Wizards of old used to hand over the intended core of a wand to wandmakers and have them designed to their requirements; this practice was phased out by the Ollivanders. The Ollivander family business began more than 2,000 years prior to the main chronology. The family introduced the concept of crafting wands based on the strength of elements.

    Wandmakers in the present day generally conduct research on wand cores and head into areas like forests to find perfect wand cores. Garrick Ollivander is well-learned because he regularly goes out to do his own wand research - it's a practice wandmakers have adopted, and the profession now sees wizards learn about the benefits of different wand cores to create better wands.

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    Unspeakables Conduct Research Into The Fabric Of Existence

    Unspeakables Conduct Research Into The Fabric Of Existence
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Unspeakables work in the Department of Mysteries and are not allowed to discuss the nature of their job with any employee outside the department. Harry and his friends witness a number of things like research on time, the stars, love, and prophecies - they all fall under the fabric of existence.

    Unspeakables don't have a set job description because they aren't sure of what they achieve themselves. The things contained in the Department of Mysteries are meant to provide a deeper understanding of how the universe works, and Unspeakables attempt to crack the meaning of existence, whatever that entails.

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    Wizarding Naturalists Study Magical Plants And Animals

    Wizarding Naturalists Study Magical Plants And Animals
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Warner Bros. Pictures

    It's an official job to study magical plants and animals; the witches and wizards who do so are known as Wizarding Naturalists. To qualify for the role, they need to conduct their research in the plants and animals' natural habitats.

    Wizarding Naturalists also have subsections for those who become experts in specific fields, such as a magizoologist - they are witches and wizards who study animals in deeper ways. Established naturalists include Luna Lovegood and Rolf Scamander, the grandson of famed magizoologist Newt Scamander.