"Here comes Gilbert Wimple; he's with the Committee on Experimental Charms; he's had those horns for a while now..."
Arthur Weasley pointing out individuals at the Quidditch World Cup[src]

The Committee on Experimental Charms is a committee of the British Ministry of Magic founded by Balfour Blane in late 16th or early 17th century that oversees the use and development of experimental charms.


In 1992, the Committee had to deal with some extremely odd ferrets found in the possession of Mortlake.[1] The Committee once made a study on the percentage of wizards and witches that believed that Atmospheric Charms should be regulated due to their effect upon the environment.[2] Gilbert Wimple was a member of the Committee in the early 1990s (although it is not known how long he worked there).

Known members

Behind the scenes

  • Given that Pottermore revealed that the Ministry of Magic was formally established in 1707[3] (78 years after Balfour Blane's death), it follows that the Committee on Experimental Charms must predate the Ministry itself, possibly having started out as part of the Wizards' Council.


Notes and references

Ministry of Magic Departments
Unknown Levels
Archives · Committee on Experimental Charms · Department of Magical Artefacts · Department of Magical Education · Exploding Bonbons Disposal Unit · Magical Maintenance Department · Office for the Removal of Curses, Jinxes, and Hexes · Public Information Services · Remittance Office · Research Committee · Very Important Members of Section M.I. Trx. · Wizarding Examinations Authority
Committee on Experimental Charms Personnel
Balfour Blane · Gilbert Wimple
Department of Magical Artefacts Personnel
Sage Bragnam (Head Curator)
Magical Maintenance Department Personnel
Reginald Cattermole · Orford Umbridge · Lift attendant · Man
Research Committee Personnel
Phoebus Penrose (Head)
Wizarding Examinations Authority Personnel
Griselda Marchbanks · Professor Tofty · Unidentified plump little witch examiner · Unidentified examiner with a wart on his nose
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