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14 Ministry Of Magic Details Most Harry Potter Fans Don't Know About

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Vote up the details about the Ministry of Magic that would make you consider a career in the wizarding government.

At the heart of the Potterverse sits the British Ministry of Magic, the government authority that oversees everything in the British wizarding world. Even though audiences get a look inside its offices throughout the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, most movie fans know more facts about the halls of Hogwarts than they do about the Ministry of Magic and its many divisions, such as the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Details about Ministry of Magic jobs and history aren't covered fully in the movies or even in the books, but these facts are still considered canon thanks to J.K. Rowling's expanded wizarding universe.

Even though the Ministry oversees everything from wands to Aurors, many Muggles still have a lot to learn about this bastion of wizarding society.

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    The Ministry Didn't Construct Azkaban - It Discovered The Wizarding Prison

    The Ministry Didn't Construct Azkaban - It Discovered The Wizarding Prison
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    Casual fans of the Harry Potter franchise may not realize that the Ministry of Magic had nothing to do with the formation of Azkaban. The Dementor-filled wizard prison in the North Sea was initially built as a trap to lure Muggle sailors to its rocks (and their deaths) by a wizard named Ekrizdis.

    The fortress was shrouded by concealment charms, but after Ekrizdis passed, his magic faded and left the fortress out in the open for the first time. Members of the Ministry of Magic investigated the building and found a nest of Dementors (among other terrifying sights). Rather than destroy Azkaban outright, the Ministry decided to make use of it.

    In 1718, the island was finally put to use as a magical prison where the inhabitants were drained of their life force by the on-site Dementors. It held its place for generations until the Second Wizarding War.

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    The Department Of Mysteries Is Older Than The Ministry Of Magic

    The Department Of Mysteries Is Older Than The Ministry Of Magic
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    The Ministry of Magic's Department of Mysteries, established in the 17th century, has been part of the wizarding world for longer than the Ministry itself (which was established in 1707). The autonomous department, which doesn't report to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement like other Ministry subdivisions, has an opaque purpose. According to the former Pottermore site, "The Department of Mysteries is, unsurprisingly, pretty damn mysterious: a top-secret Ministry of Magic department dedicated to the queries of creation, to the study of life, magic, and death."

    The confidential research carried out by this group, whose members are known as "Unspeakables," is known to few in the wizarding world. It's believed that whatever they're doing - whether it's studying death, time, or space - is important, so they're mostly left to themselves.

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    The Minister For Magic Banned Wizards From Taking Part In WWI

    The Minister For Magic Banned Wizards From Taking Part In WWI
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    On numerous occasions, the Minister for Magic has prohibited the wizarding community in Great Britain from lending a helping hand to Muggles. Minister Archer Evermonde, for example, strictly stated that no wizard could involve themselves in WWI, despite that's conflict's horrific circumstances.

    Some wizards, however, made their way to the Muggle world to fight alongside the Allied forces.

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    The Ministry Covers All Costs Of Attending Hogwarts

    The Ministry Covers All Costs Of Attending Hogwarts
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    Attending Hogwarts is expensive, requiring supplies like books, wands, and robes. Tuition, according to estimates based on tuition costs for the best boarding schools in England, would be about $41,000. It makes sense that the cost of attending one of the most prestigious schools of the wizarding world would be expensive, but its overwhelming price means many wizarding children would be left out.

    It turns out that whether you're a Weasley or a Malfoy, you don't have to pay for school at Hogwarts because the Ministry of Magic takes care of it. Author J.K. Rowling explained this deal of a lifetime on Twitter: