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The research wing was a grouping of departments within the Ministry of Magic dedicated to magical research. In addition, they also handled the assessment and evaluation of applicants for positions in the Ministry of Magic that deal with 'more academic problem solving' than those that are more hands-on. Candidates would then be assigned to a given department depending on their skills and merits, meaning that various Ministry authorities had the opportunity to call upon the assistance of such learned experts as Herbologists, Potioneers, historians and so on if necessary in dealing with the execution of their daily duties.
After Grim Fawley graduated from Hogwarts in 2003, his Headmistress wrote a "glowing recommendation" for him to attach to his application to the Ministry's research wing. Once evaluated, he was assigned to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, where he became a research assistant in the Auror Office. There, he compiled and fact-checked evidence for the Investigation Department, a job that few Aurors wanted to take due to the amount of difficult paperwork, but at which Harry Potter described him as "brilliant" and "meticulous".
Behind the scenes
- It can be assumed that such research assistants can be found throughout the Ministry, studying and researching different topics in order to compile and fact-check information necessary for a division to operate effectively, such as researching about Muggles for the Muggle Liaison Office and the Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee, or dragonology for Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau, etc.
- Places such as the Committee on Experimental Charms, Quill Control & Rune Translation, Exotic Symbol Analysis, Runes & Symbols, the committee on Muggle research, and, to a certain extent also the Department of Mysteries are all seemingly affiliated with the research wing.
- While not confirmed, it stands to reason that individuals in the Ministry of Magic research wing start out as research assistants for a given department and work their way up to the title of Professor, where they no longer are assisting other departments by doing research benefiting specific co-workers and/or divisions, but heading up research committees dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge benefiting the Ministry at large, such as when Phoebus Penrose lead one dedicated to Muggle Studies.
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)