"— the Ministry of Magic keeps tabs on witches and wizards who can become animals; there's a register showing what animal they become, and their markings and things... and I went and looked Professor McGonagall up on the register, and there have been only seven Animagi this century, and Pettigrew's name wasn't on the list."
—Description of the registry[src]

The Animagus Registry[1] was a Ministry of Magic registry service, under the Improper Use of Magic Office[2] within the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Animagi were required to submit themselves once they acquired the ability to turn into an animal,[3] and failure to do so would result in imprisonment in Azkaban.[4]

The registry was available to public view, so as to ensure the registered individuals did not abuse their abilities. Only seven Animagi were registered during the 20th century.[3]


Notes and references

  1. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Professor McGonagall" at Wizarding World
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 18 (Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 15 (The Hogwarts High Inquisitor)

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