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Justus Pilliwickle, celebrated Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement

"[…] as Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, Thicknesse has regular contact not only with the Minister himself, but also with the Heads of all the other Ministry departments."
Corban Yaxley, concerning Pius Thicknesse's post as Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement[src]

A Head of Department was, in the British Ministry of Magic hierarchical structure, the most senior official within each of the Ministry's seven departments.

The Heads of Department answered to the Minister for Magic, and were all in some degree answerable to the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, the largest department in the Ministry.[1] As such, all these top Ministry officials had regular contact.[2]

The heads of the several offices and divisions within each department answered to their respective Head of Department.

Known Heads of Department

Department Heads Notes
Department of
Magical Law Enforcement
Justus Pilliwickle Successful Head; late 19th or early 20th century[3][4]
Torquil Travers[5] c. 1927[5]
Bartemius Crouch Senior During the height of the First Wizarding War; was later Head of International Magical Co-operation[6]
Amelia Bones[7] Early-to-mid 1990s[7]
Pius Thicknesse Imperiused as part of the "smooth and virtually silent" coup led by Death Eaters;[2] was later Minister for Magic[8]
Corban Yaxley During the Death Eater regime in 1997-1998[2]
Harry Potter In office by 2020[9]
Department of
Magical Accidents and Catastrophes
Cornelius Fudge was the Department's Junior Minister in the early 1980s.
Department for
the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
Gethsemane Prickle
Department of
International Magical Co-operation
Bartemius Crouch Senior Shunted sideways to Department of International Magical Co-operation after he lost his popularity over his son's imprisonment while he was Head of Magical Law Enforcement; had previously been a preferred candidate for Minister for Magic.[6]
Department of
Magical Transportation
Unidentified Head of Magical Transportation
Percy Weasley Became Head at some point in or before 2014[12]
Department of
Magical Games and Sports
Hamish MacFarlan c. 1968
Ludovic Bagman[6] c. 1994-1995
Department of Mysteries Gareth Greengrass A Senior Unspeakable at the Department of Mysteries, and one of the members of the council overseeing the investigation into the disappearance of the London Five.[10]

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