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


Following Cornelius Fudge's fall from power in 1996, 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. Harry, however, refused.[1]

Whereas most of the Aurors had been killed as a result of the Fall of the British Ministry of Magic, Robards survived, and, as one of the few veterans left, continued to head the Auror Office following the Battle of Hogwarts, and oversaw both the inclusion of among others Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Neville Longbottom into the ranks of the Auror Office, as well as the department's work to round up the Death Eaters who had gone on the run following their master's demise. At some point prior to June, 2006, he had retired, and was succeeded by Harry Potter.[2][3] In response to the Calamity, he came out of retirement and assisted in training members of the then recently established Statute of Secrecy Task Force interested in pursuing a career as an Auror.[2][4][5]


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.

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


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (See here)
  3. Harry must have become Head Auror prior to 2007 in order to have the authority to permit Penelope to join their ranks by means of promotion rather than training to become one, as his memo was addressed to Penelope Padgett, and her name would've been Penelope Fawley if the promotion took place after she married Grim in June of 2006.
  4. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (See here)
  5. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (See here)

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