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The French Ministry of Magic (French: Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France, lit. 'Ministry of Magical Affairs of France') was the governing body of the wizarding community in France.

The French Ministry's motto was "Incanté, Envouté, Conjuré", meaning "Cast, Bewitched, Conjured" in French.

Headquarters

The French Ministry of Magic had a spell that stopped witches and wizards being able to disapparate on their premises.[1]

Visitor's entrance

A Wallace fountain served as the visitor's entrance. It was located in the grounds of Place de Furstemberg (in Furstemberg Square) found in the 6th District of Paris. If a person stood in the middle and coughed, the roots of surrounding trees rose up into a birdcage elevator and descended into the ground.[2]

Levels

Records Room

The atrium was found on the main level.[3] It welcomed visitors and found out what business they had at the Ministry.

In the next two floors down[4], was a long corridor guarded by portraits on the wall, which could detect those walking by and sound a warning via an emergency alarm when they found an intruder.[5] It led to a mailroom.[6] Three floors down from the atrium[4] was the Records Room.[7]

History

The Ministry was founded in 1790.

Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange, and Tina Goldstein escaping Matagots in the French Ministry

In September 1927, Newton Scamander and Porpentina Goldstein infiltrated the Ministry. Having used Polyjuice Potion to disguise himself as his Auror brother Theseus Scamander, the effects faded when he went down the long corridor two floors down from the atrium. Portraits on the wall detected who he was and that he was a tracked wizard. The portraits sounded a warning, and he ran through a door in the same corridor[5] to the mailroom.[8]

In 1932 the office celebrated Santos's election victory.

Because of her participation in the world-famous Battle of Hogwarts on 2 May, 1998, Fleur Delacour was awarded medals of bravery from both the French and British Ministries of Magic.[9]

Government structure

Bureaux

The French Ministry of Magic had several bureaux in all, each dealing with different aspects of the wizarding world. They were equivalent to the departments of the British Ministry of Magic and MACUSA.

Some of the bureaux include:

Bureau de la Justice Magique

The Bureau de la Justice Magique (B.D.L.J.M.) (English: Bureau of Magical Justice) was a wizarding government agency operating under the jurisdiction of the French Ministry of Magic.[10] This department was the equivalent of the British Ministry of Magic's Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Bureau de la Justice Magique contained the French wizarding justice system services.

Bureau des Magicommunications

Bureau des Aurors

Main article: Bureau des Aurors

The Bureau des Aurors (English: Bureau of Aurors) served as the headquarters of Aurors of France, and was presumably a main division of the Bureau de la Justice Magique. It specifically dealt with the capture of dangerous criminals.[11]

Bureau des Affaires Gastromagiques

Bureau des Accidents et Catastrophes Magiques

Behind the scenes

  • It was founded in 1790 during the French Revolution, hence the use of a motto similar to the French muggles' motto ("Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité") and revolutionary imagery such as the French Tricolour, the Cockade or the Phrygian cap.
  • The spell that stopped witches and wizards Apparating onto the Ministry premises could have been the Anti-Disapparition Jinx or the Anti-Apparition Charm.
  • In the English-language edition of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, the Ministère des Affaires Magique was mistranslated into the Department of Magic. According to The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the Department of Magic was a conceptual name that was later changed.
    • In the film, when Newt was caught infilitrating the Ministry, the announcer says "Urgence! Urgence! Un sorcier suivi, Newt Scamander, est entré dans le Département de la Magie". However, the wording shown on-camera is "est entré au Ministère des Affaires Magiques".

Appearances

See also

Notes and references

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