The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures was the second largest department in the Ministry of Magic. It was divided into three divisions named after the three categorisations of magical creatures: Being, Beast and Spirit. It also housed the liaison offices for Goblins and Centaurs.
In 1750, Clause 73 was inserted in the International Code of Wizarding Secrecy, which stated: Each wizarding governing body will be responsible for the concealment, care, and control of all magical beasts, beings, and spirits dwelling within its territory's borders. Should any such creature cause harm to, or draw the notice of, the Muggle community, that nation's wizarding governing body will be subject to discipline by the International Confederation of Wizards.
Because of this, the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures worked very hard to hide the magical creatures living in Britain. They did this by establishing safe habitats, guarded by Muggle-Repelling Charms and other magical means. Some areas were patrolled and guarded by wizards (e.g. dragon reservations). The department also strictly controlled the breeding and sale of magical creatures and required that wizards used Disillusionment Charms to conceal creatures that they owned.
When a magical creature was seen by Muggles, various methods were used to cover up the incident, including: memory charms cast by Obliviators, spells cast by the Invisibility Task-force, and alibis and non-magical explanations concocted by the Office of Misinformation.
Werewolves were shunted between the Beast and Being Divisions of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures for years, because nobody could make up their minds whether werewolves should be classified as Being or Beast. At one point, the Werewolf Registry and Werewolf Capture Unit were both in the Beast Division, while an office for Werewolf Support Services was established in the Being Division. Nobody ever presented themselves for Support Services, for the same reasons that very few ever signed the Registry, and it was eventually closed down.
Law Fifteen “B," passed by the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, stated in part that “any attack by a magical creature who is deemed to have near-human intelligence, and therefore considered responsible for its actions–” but Dolores Umbridge could not finish reciting this law to the Centaurs she was insulting, because Magorian cut her off.
Another rule of the department required that the Minister for Magic inform the Muggle Prime Minister when dangerous magical creatures were to be brought into Britain. Prior to the Triwizard Tournament, Fudge blithely informed his counterpart that they would be importing three dragons and a sphinx.
Goblins were none too pleased with the way they were treated by this Department.
After leaving Hogwarts, Hermione Granger spent some years working in this Department, "where she was instrumental in greatly improving life for house-elves and their ilk."
The department was located on the fourth level of the Ministry of Magic, and included the following divisions:
The Being Division was one of three divisions under the control of the this department. It dealt with all duties and problems concerning those magical creatures classified as a "Being" by the Ministry.
The Spirit Division was one of three divisions under the control of the this department. It dealt with all duties and problems concerning those magical creatures classified as a "Spirit" by the Ministry. The reason why the Ministry created this division was because they couldn't categorise spirits as "beings" when they were in a state of "dead".
Goblin Liaison Office
Centaur Liaison Office
The Centaur Liaison Office was the section of the department dealing with relations between wizards and centaurs. Since its inception, no centaur had even used the Office. In the Ministry, the phrase "being sent to the Centaur Office" was an in-joke meaning that the employee in question was about to be sacked.
Pest Advisory Board
The Pest Advisory Board provided assistance with serious Bundimun infestations of wizarding homes, dealt with serious infestations of Chizpurfles, took responsibility for the Ghoul Task Force (possibly), and maintained a pack of a dozen albino bloodhounds, to deal with Nogtails.
Office of Misinformation
The Office of Misinformation was a section of the department that became involved with only the worst magical-Muggle collisions, when an incident was so obviously magical in nature that Muggles had a hard time explaining it. In such cases, the Office of Misinformation would contact the Muggle Prime Minister to provide a non-magical explanation for the event.
Classification of Magical Creatures
- The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures classified magical creatures on a scale from 1 (X) to 5 (XXXXX) as follows:
- XXXXX: Known wizard killer / impossible to train or domesticate
- XXXX: Dangerous / requires specialist knowledge / skilled wizard may handle
- XXX: Competent wizards should cope
- XX: Harmless / may be domesticated
- X: Boring
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Mentioned only in Chocolate Frog Card)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First mentioned)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (First appearance)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Daily Prophet
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33 (Fight and Flight)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (see video)
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Remus Lupin" at Wizarding World