The Auror Office, alternatively known as Auror Headquarters, served as the headquarters of the Aurors of Great Britain. The department was a main division of Department of Magical Law Enforcement. It specifically dealt with the capture of Dark Witches and Wizards.
In other words, Aurors were essentially the wizarding equivalent of the Muggle police force/detectives, and their headquarters operated as their base of operations.
Auror Headquarters consisted of a series of open cubicles, with each Auror being assigned a space to work. The cubicles were decorated with pictures of known Dark wizards, maps, clippings from the Daily Prophet, and other odds and ends. Kingsley Shacklebolt's cubicle was located at one end. There were also training rooms and a practice range, among them the Light and Shadow Room.
The description of the Auror Headquarters as "a cluttered open area divided into cubicles, which was buzzing with talk and laughter" impressed Harry, who was thinking about becoming an Auror once he left Hogwarts.
An Auror, in the simplest terms, referred to a "Dark Wizard catcher": an officer whose job it was to investigate crimes related to the Dark Arts and to hunt down and capture Dark Wizards. Once a criminal was apprehended, they were usually placed in custody while awaiting trial to answer for any crimes they committed. It was not uncommon for criminals to resist arrest, however; with some choosing to fight to the death rather than let themselves be captured, such as Death Eater Evan Rosier. Aurors could also call upon the support of trained trained Hit Wizards from the Magical Law Enforcement Squad when in need of backup.
Internally, Aurors were assigned to different tasks. Some, for instance, solved crimes and were something akin to detectives; looking into reports of illegal magical activity to track down suspects by questioning witnesses, examining evidence and following up on leads. An Auror in charge of an investigation was referred to as a 'Lead Auror' and received assistance from Investigative Assistants, lower-ranking Aurors charged with helping them with the investigation, and research assistants, whose job it was to compile and fact-check evidence for them.
Others seemed to act more like an intelligence agents, tasked with secretly tailing a specific target to monitor their activities, or else provide security services for high-profile places and high-risk targets, such as guarding Harry Potter, the Muggle Prime Minister or Hogwarts Castle in 1996, or patrol hidden and protected magical creature habitats in an attempt to ward off or capture wizard poachers trying to steal magical creatures to extract valuable bits and pieces from them for monetary gain, with poachers being such a common occurrence that most Aurors in Great Britain had run-ins with them throughout their careers. As of 1998, they also doubled as prison guards at Azkaban, working in shifts and rotating from the mainland.
By the 1990–1991 school year, veteran Auror Alastor Moody noted that while the amount of paperwork had increased noticeably from back when he first joined their ranks, he ultimately viewed it as a good thing, as it helped keeping the department "organised and honest".
Heads of office
|Heads of office||Theseus Scamander
Head of the Auror Office during Gellert Grindelwald's revolution in the 1920s.
|Rufus Scrimgeour||Retired, became Minister for Magic in 1996, murdered by Lord Voldemort on 1 August, 1997.|
|Gawain Robards||Took over in 1996, after Scrimgeour became Minister for Magic.|
|Harry Potter||Auror from 1998 to 2007, promoted to the Head of the Office in 2007, at the young age of 26 or 27. Harry left by 2019 and is the current Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.|
|Venusia Crickerly||Became Minister for Magic in 1902|
|John Dawlish||Auror during the Second Wizarding War.|
|Dorian Fungbury||Auror in 2010s, worked with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.|
|Hesphaestus Gore||Became Minister for Magic in 1752|
|Mordecai Berrycloth||Auror in 2010s, worked with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.|
|Cerberus Langarm||Auror in 2010s, worked with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.|
|Alice Longbottom||Mentally incapacitated due to extreme torture by a group of Death Eaters via the Cruciatus Curse in the final days of the First Wizarding War in 1981|
|Ronald Weasley||Retired, works at Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.|
|Neville Longbottom||Resigned position to become professor of Herbology at Hogwarts.|
|Alastor Moody||Retired, murdered by Lord Voldemort in the Battle of the Seven Potters on 27 July, 1997|
|Proudfoot||Aurors that were stationed in Hogsmeade along with others during the 1996-1997 school year at Hogwarts.|
|Kingsley Shacklebolt||Became Minister for Magic in 1998, presceeding the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Nymphadora Tonks||Murdered by Bellatrix Lestrange during the Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May, 1998.|
|Williamson||First Auror to see Lord Voldemort just before he fled the Ministry of Magic in 1996 after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.|
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book (Mentioned on a poster included as an extra)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)
- The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Wizarding World
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 30 (The Pensieve)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7 (The Slug Club)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Brilliant Event: Darkness Raising Part 2)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 6 (A Window of Opportunity)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
- J.K.Rowling Official Site Wizard of the Month (Archived)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act One, Scene Five