The records room was located at the French Ministry of Magic.[1]


The records room had a beautiful atrium, and was found behind towering Art Nouveau doors that were carved to look like trees. There was desk guarding these doors, and an archivist had to check an ancient book that had the name of every family who had a record in the room before granting access.[2]

The records room was very dark, and had acres of shelves carved to look like trees holding records: rolls of parchments and a few prophecies, trunks and boxes. If you have a record, you say the name of your family and the shelves will shift and bring your record to you. Using the Circumrota spell will turn the shelves.[1]

If the archivist found someone in the room who they feel should not be in there, they could call for the Matagots who guard the French Ministry of Magic. The shelves will spin to apprehend the intruder, and retract into the floor to expose their whereabouts in an empty room. Using Ascendio will cause the shelves to go back up.[1]


The Lestrange family kept records in this room until they relocated them, leaving a note in place of the box informing the reader of the new location.[1]

In September 1927, Melusine was an archivist working in the records room, when Newton Scamander and Tina Goldstein pretended to be Leta Lestrange and her fiancé to access the Lestrange family records.[2] Their purpose was to find out why Gellert Grindelwald was interested in Credence Barebone.[3] Leta broke in to destroy any record of her brother, Corvus Lestrange's death before someone found it, and Melusine called for Matagots because of her intrusion.[1]

The shelves in the room tried to stop them by descending into the ground and expose their location, but Newt helped Leta and Tina escape by putting them in his suitcase and using a Zouwu to get out of the Ministry.[1]

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