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"Level two, Department of Magical Law Enforcement, including the Improper Use of Magic Office, Auror Headquarters, and Wizengamot Administration Services."
— Location of Auror headquarters[src]

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.

Location

"A lopsided sign on the nearest cubicle read: Auror Headquarters."
— Inside the Department of Magical Law Enforcement[src]

Located on level two of the Ministry of Magic Headquarters, Mr Weasley took Harry Potter through the office before his disciplinary hearing.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

The job

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.[4] 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 are 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.[5] 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 is to compile and fact-check evidence for them.[6]

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,[7] the Muggle Prime Minister[8] 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.[9] 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".[10]

Known Aurors

Heads of office

Person Notes
Theseus Scamander

[11]

Head of 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

[12]

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.[13] Harry left by 2019 and is the current Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.[14]

Aurors

Person Notes
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
Frank Longbottom
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.
Savage
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.

Appearances

Notes and references

Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Level 2, Ministry of Magic
Department of Magical Law Enforcement logo.png
Auror Office · Department of Intoxicating Substances · Improper Use of Magic Office · Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office · Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects · Magical Law Enforcement Patrol · Hit Wizards · Ministry of Magic Witch Watchers · Department of Magical Equipment Control · Administrative Registration Department · Wizengamot Administration Services · Department of Security · Animagus Registry · Misuse of Magic Office
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