"Muggle fireplaces aren't supposed to be connected, strictly speaking — but I've got a useful contact at the Floo Regulation Panel and he fixed it for me. I can put it right in a jiffy, though, don't worry."
Arthur Weasley mentions the Panel[src]

The Floo Regulation Panel is a committee that is possibly within or a predecessor to the Floo Network Authority in charge of connecting fireplaces to the Floo Network and maintaining those connections.[1]

The job

The Floo Regulation Panel controls which fireplaces are connected to the Floo Network. It is against regulations for a Muggle fireplace to on the Floo Network, although Arthur Weasley manages to have the Dursley's blocked (unbeknownst to him) front room fireplace connected when he and the twins come to pick up Harry Potter. A simple spell is all that is needed to disconnect a fireplace from the Network.[2]

Virtually all wizarding homes are connected to the Floo Network. Other connections to the Network exist at wizarding workplaces and the Ministry of Magic, although the fireplaces at Hogwarts are not usually connected


It was this panel that was responsible for the afternoon-long connection of the fireplace at 4 Privet Drive on 24 August, 1994[1] and of some fireplaces at Hogwarts on 5 January, 1997.[3]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 4 (Back to The Burrow)
  2. Pottermore
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)