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"And of course, while you were there, you would have ample opportunity to speak to Gawain Robards, my successor as Head of the Auror office."
— Rufus Scrimgeour mentioning Robards whilst trying to convince Harry Potter to join the British Ministry of Magic[src]

Gawain Robards was a British wizard who worked as an Auror for the Auror Office under the command of Rufus Scrimgeour during the Second Wizarding War.[1]

Biography

Second Wizarding War

Following Cornelius Fudge's fall from power in 1996, Rufus Scrimgeour replaced Fudge as Minister for Magic, and as such Robards was promoted to replace Scrimgeour as Head of the Auror Office. Scrimgeour, during his attempts to convince Harry Potter to become the Ministry of Magic's new "poster boy", offered to set up an interview with Robards, knowing he cherished a desire to join the Auror department one day, in exchange for his cooperation, but Harry refused.[1]

Robards was succeeded (immediately or otherwise) as Head of the Auror Office by Harry Potter himself following the end of the war. He appeared to have remained, however, working as an Auror; in response to the Calamity in the late 2010s, he assisted in training Auror members of the then-recently-established Statute of Secrecy Task Force.[2] During his lessons, he taught propsective Aurors how to cast his version of the very complicated Confusion Hex.[3][4]

Etymology

The meaning of the name "Gawain" is uncertain, from the name of a nephew of King Arthur and one of the knights of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. He was a popular hero in medieval stories such as the 14th century romantic poem 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'. In some Welsh sources he is considered identical with the earlier Welsh hero Gwalchmei, whose name meant "hawk of May". Alternatively the name may have a different Welsh meaning or even a Germanic origin.[citation needed]

The family name "Robards" means "son of Robert" also a Germanic, French and Latvian name meaning "Bright fame".[citation needed]

Appearances

Notes and references

Department of Magical Law Enforcement employees
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Heads of Department
Justus Pilliwickle · Torquil Travers · Bartemius Crouch Senior · Amelia Bones · Pius Thicknesse · Corban Yaxley · Harry Potter
Auror Office
Heads: Theseus Scamander · Rufus Scrimgeour · Gawain Robards · Harry Potter
Mordecai Berrycloth · John Dawlish · Penelope Fawley · Dorian Fungbury · Timothy Hale · Alice Longbottom · Frank Longbottom · Neville Longbottom · Alastor Moody · Riya Patel · Proudfoot · Savage · Kingsley Shacklebolt · Nymphadora Tonks · Ronald Weasley · Williamson · Unidentified Aurors · Unidentified male Auror at Hogwarts · 3 Unidentified Aurors at Hogwarts · Director of the Investigation Department No. 61042
Improper Use of Magic Office
Heads: Travers · Dolores Umbridge
Mafalda Hopkirk · Honoria's fiancé · Mafalda Hopkirk's Ministerial Superior · Rufus Fudge · Orabella Nuttley · Chester Davies
Other Personnel
Leta Lestrange · Minerva McGonagall · Elphinstone Urquart · Alastor Gumboil · Arnold Peasegood · Arthur Weasley · Perkins · Cerberus Langarm · Hermione Granger · Bob Ogden · Tulip Karasu's mother · Tulip Karasu's father · Dempster Wiggleswade · Amelia Bones's assistant · Arthur Weasley's ten subordinates · Unidentified Hit Wizard · Unidentified Wizengamot clerk
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