- "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]
Nothing is known about his early life. He may have attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and achieved at least five 'Exceeds Expectations' in the N.E.W.T examinations if he had not been educated elsewhere. At some point, Gawain joined the Ministry of Magic, for which applicants to the Auror Office had to complete a stringent series of character and aptitude tests in a three-year long programme. Robards would have likely worked with Aurors including Kingsley Shacklebolt, John Dawlish and Nymphadora Tonks under the command of Rufus Scrimgeour.
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 and succeeded Scrimgeour as Head of the Auror Office and commanded the Dark Wizard catchers in the Ministry's employ throughout the reminder of their losing battle against the Lord Voldemort and his followers; a direct result of the the governing body's prior denial about the return of The Dark Lord. 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.
Fall of the Ministry of Magic
On 1 August 1997, Robards was very likely working at the Ministry of Magic when it was taken over by Lord Voldemort's Death Eaters. A month later, it was reported by the Daily Prophet that Aurors had been decommissioned, and stripped of their wands and jobs. As he was permitted to resume his duties after the Battle of Hogwarts, however, he was presumably reinstated following the subsequent recommision of the Aurors by Kingsley Shacklebolt after the conclusion of the Second Wizarding War.
Given the fact that he resumed his duties as an Auror after the Battle of Hogwarts and was considerably older and more experienced at the job than those of the students who survived it and subsequently joined their ranks, he most likely returned to the position as Head of the Auror Office, a job at which he was eventually succeeded by Harry Potter himself in 2007. In response to the Calamity in the late 2010s, however, he was implied to have come out of retirement ro assist in the training of new Aurors from the then-recently-established Statute of Secrecy Task Force. During his lessons, he taught propsective Aurors how to cast his version of the very complicated Confusion Hex.
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".
Behind the scenes
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe) - "Attendance is now compulsory for every young witch and wizard," [Lupin] replied. "That was announced yesterday. It's a change, because it was never obligatory before. Of course, nearly every witch and wizard in Britain has been educated at Hogwarts, but their parents had the right to teach them at home or send them abroad if they preferred.
- In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice), Minerva McGonagall establishes that Aurors require a minimum of five N.E.W.T.s, and nothing under 'Exceeds Expectations' in order to be eligible for training to join the Auror Office
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
- See this image
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Gawaining Experience - Wizards Unite Hub)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (The Confusion Hex - Wizards Unite Hub)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Confusion Hex Repetitions - Wizards Unite Hub)