The villains in the Harry Potter The series weren’t just Voldemort and the Death Eaters, as the Ministry of Magic constantly antagonized the main character and was also responsible for indirectly setting up events and situations for the benefit of intolerant people in the wizarding community.
However, it wasn’t all bad, even if it might seem like that, as the Ministry of Magic did some things right. Some of these happened after the Battle of Hogwarts when a new administration took place, while there were a few cases where the Ministry managed to make the right decisions for a change throughout the main story.
10 Give rights to house elves
Fans of the books know the story of Dobby’s life and his personal passions, the most notable of which is his desire for freedom. Unfortunately, Dobby was the exception, as the house elves had become so submissive that they craved servitude. This was the result of the Ministry imposing zero rights on these beings, that is, until Hermione arrived.
After starting work at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, Hermione greatly improved the rights of house elves, which involved ending the open abuse of these beings and granting them rights that recognized them as living beings and not as slaves. . Due to Hermione’s influence, the Ministry finally recognized the plight of the house elves.
9 He finally sends Lucius Malfoy to Azkaban
The image of flickering and losing in Half-Blood Prince makes this fact about Malfoy known to book fans more than moviegoers as he was sent to Azkaban after being captured at the Ministry in Order of the Phoenix. Although it was late in the game since Malfoy had made many of Voldemort’s offers by then, it was still good news.
After all, Malfoy had undisputed influence in the Ministry due to his investments, which allowed him to control even the Minister’s decisions to exclusively benefit the purebloods and infiltrate the Death Eater Ministry. So, it was about time Malfoy was convicted of his crimes and his name legitimately fell out of favor.
8 Pass the Muggle Protection Act
Hermione’s parents are easily among the nicest Muggles in the series, they were exactly the kind of people Arthur Weasley wanted to protect. To this end, he proposed a Muggle Protection Act that did not allow wizards to have certain items that fell under the category of dark magic and also passed a law that placed greater restrictions on the use of magic around Muggles.
Despite his bad reputation in the Ministry, Arthur managed to get the Muggle Protection Act upheld, after which characters like Lucius Malfoy had to get rid of many items that were truly evil in nature.
7 Place additional protection around Hogwarts after Voldemort’s return
With the Ministry finally forced to acknowledge Voldemort’s return, he then took the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the young wizards and witches. In Half-Blood Prince, Hogwarts was surrounded by additional protection, with various Hit Aurors and wizards patrolling day and night.
After the lax behavior that the Ministry had displayed just before Voldemort’s return was made public, it was about time that the safety of the students became a priority, and these steps were taken following the appointment of Rufus Scrimgeour as Minister. .
6 Alert Muggle Prime Minister about Voldemort
This was a belated reaction, but somewhat remarkable nonetheless, as the Muggle Prime Minister learned of Voldemort’s return after the battle at the Ministry. Before that, the Prime Minister had only been briefed with half truths and vague points, which made this decision stand out.
Rufus Scrimgeour sent Cornelius Fudge to inform him of the situation before joining them. It was perhaps the first truly professional meeting between the Minister for Magic and the Muggle Prime Minister, as it was completely transparent and allowed the latter to know the true state of the war against Voldemort.
5 Sorry to Harry for attacking Aunt Marge
For all good Muggles, there are also the most hated. Aunt Marge certainly falls into the latter category, being a bully who even physically abused Harry at times. Cornelius Fudge had no intention of ruining Harry at the time, so he made a valid exception in this case.
Harry accidentally turned Marge into some kind of human hot air balloon, which could have been grounds for expulsion, but Fudge ignored it as an unintentional act. The Ministry did not include this in their official records either, which proved critical when Harry was on trial for underage magic, as it could not be used as a precedent against him.
4 Announce the return of Voldemort
This was a surprising display of competence on the part of the Ministry as they made Voldemort’s return public as soon as it was confirmed and created departments to combat him, including departments like the Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Objects of Protection.
There were also guides on how to assess a situation, with manuals warning people about suspicious activity and how to deal with Voldemort’s followers. Among the many things the Ministry screwed up, this was a notable exception.
3 Kingsley Shacklebolt initiating the reform of the Ministry of Magic
Kingsley is definitely a character who deserved more screen time and pages, as he was easily the most competent man in the Ministry during his time. This made him the natural choice to become a minister, and his first act involved massive reform.
The best act the Ministry took at this time was to eliminate corrupt characters like Dolores Umbridge and the Death Eaters placed in high positions. The Ministry also made exceptions for Harry, Neville, and Ron to work as Aurors as they had proven their worth, as well as including members of Muggle-Born and Half-Blood status in the Wizengamot and other influential departments.
two Do not convict Ludo Bagman
Many might consider Ludo Bagman a character cut from the movies for no real reason as he had a notable role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He was seen in the Pensieve as a young man whom Barty Crouch tried to convict as an informant for the Death Eaters.
Interestingly, the Ministry showed their incompetence here as well, as the only reason they voted him innocent was that the jury was made up of Bagman’s Quidditch fans, meaning they weren’t impartial. Still, it was the right thing to do as Bagman was by no means a Death Eater and was saved from going to Azkaban by being innocent.
1 Hear from Dumbledore after the battle at the Ministry
Fudge made it a point to ignore anything Dumbledore said due to his paranoia. After starting the propaganda against Dumbledore, the Ministry finally relented when it turned out that he was right all along about Voldemort.
Dumbledore was shown giving orders to Fudge after the battle at the Ministry, which Fudge went through after initially arguing against it. Everything Dumbledore wanted – his reinstatement as headmaster, Umbridge’s removal, the press release of Voldemort’s return, acknowledgment of Sirius’ innocence – all were granted by the Ministry as he had no choice but to listen to it. All of this was clearly the right move as well, as the Ministry began to take action to fight the next Wizarding War.
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