"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 to Harry and Hermione at the Quidditch World Cup[src]

The Committee on Experimental Charms is a committee within the Ministry of Magic founded by Balfour Blane who lived in the late 1500s to early 1600s. Gilbert Wimple was a member in the early 1990s (although it is not known how long he worked there).

The function of the Committee is to oversee 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. 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.[1]

Known members

Behind the scenes

  • Given that Pottermore revealed that the Ministry of Magic was formally established in 1707[2] (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
Committee on Experimental Charms · Magical Maintenance Department · Ministry of Magic Public Information Services · Department of Magical Education · Very Important Members of Section M.I. Trx. · Wizarding Examinations Authority · Research Committee · Exploding Bonbons Disposal Unit
Committee on Experimental Charms Personnel
Balfour Blane · Gilbert Wimple
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