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"Back in London, Diggory established a committee to explore alternatives to Azkaban, or at least to remove the Dementors as guards."
— Ministry Diggory horrified by Azkaban[src]

Minister Eldritch Diggory (d. 1747) was a British wizard who served as the fourth Minister for Magic of the British Ministry of Magic, in office from 1733 to 1747.[1] He defeated Perseus Parkinson for re-election in 1733 and was re-elected at least once.[5]


Minister Diggory was born into the Diggory family, a wizarding family of unknown blood status. At an unknown point (though probably at age eleven like most children), he bought a wand at Ollivanders. According to Garrick Ollivander, he owned a "fine" poplar wand.[4]

Diggory was later appointed as the British Minister for Magic. He was a popular Minister and first established an Auror recruitment programme in Great Britain.[1]

At some point in his career, Diggory visited Azkaban. This proved to be a shock for him, since he'd had no idea of the awful conditions inside the prison. Many within the prison died of despair and the rest were mostly insane. When he returned to London, Diggory established a committee to explore alternatives to Azkaban, or at least remove the Dementors as guards. Experts argued that if the Dementors were deprived of prisoners' souls on which they could feed, they might abandon the prison and head for the mainland. However, Diggory, being so horrified at what he had seen, continued his search for alternatives nonetheless.[5]

In 1747, Diggory died in office due to a case of Dragon Pox.[1][5] This disabled the committee from reaching a decision concerning Azkaban.[5]

During the Calamity in the late 2010s and early 2020s, an Auror member of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force discovered a hand-written diagram etched by Diggory tucked within a book on defensive wards. The Auror studied the diagram, helping them improve their defences in combat. A Calamity Investigator working for the task force later discovered a long-lost memo written by Diggory positing that keeping one's mind completely clear could amplify a particular charm's effects. Through repeated trial and error, the Calamity Investigator used this method to increase the effectiveness of their Inn Charm.[6]

It is very likely that Amos Diggory, an employee of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures at the British Ministry of Magic, and his son, Cedric Diggory, Hogwarts' champion for the Triwizard Tournament in 1994, were his descendants.


Eldritch is an English word of uncertain origin meaning "alien, supernatural". The term is most closely related with the works of American horror author H. P. Lovecraft, which launched a type of monsters known as "eldritch abominations", of which Dementors are sometimes seen as a low-key example.

It is believed that the surname "Diggory" was chosen by Rowling in honour of Digory Kirke, a character created by C. S. Lewis, one of her favourite authors.

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Wizarding World
  2. According to Pottermore, Nobby Leach (Minister for Magic between 1962 and 1968) was the first Muggle-born wizard ever to be appointed to the office.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Hogwarts Legacy, Main Quest "Prisoner of Love"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pottermore wand wood information (transcription available here)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Azkaban" at Wizarding World
  6. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  7. IMDb favicon Matthew Waterson at the Internet Movie Database

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