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"Level Three, Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes, incorporating the Accidental Magic Reversal Squad, Obliviator Headquarters and Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee."
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The Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee was a division of the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes. Members of this committee thought up excuses that would explain magical happenings to Muggles.[1] Unlike the Office of Misinformation, who became involved in only the very worst magical-Muggle collisions and liaised with the Muggle Prime Minister,[2] this committee dealt with the more minor incidents.


In 1981, the committee came up with an excuse for the deaths of the Muggles who were killed with an explosion spell the night Peter Pettigrew framed Sirius Black for betraying the Potter family to Voldemort, blaming it on a gas leak.

During the 1990–1991 school year, Jacob's sibling and Barnaby Lee helped a clerk come up with a Muggle-worthy excuse for a dragon attack in the Muggle world.[3] Jacob's sibling worked with them on several other occasions, such as when inventing an explanation for excessive owl activity provoked by Celestina Warbeck's new song[4] and covering up a Erumpent horn explosion.[5]


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Magical Beasts in Hiding
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 12 (And Hello Magical Accidents and Catastrophes) - Assignment "A Dragon Mishap"
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 13 (Side Effects May Include Memory Loss) - Assignment "A Peck of Owls"
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 14 (The Search for Zenith Xeep) - Assignment "Catastrophe Clean-Up"
Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes
Level 3, Ministry of Magic
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Accidental Magic Reversal Squad · Obliviator Headquarters · Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee · Invisibility Task Force · Muggle Liaison Office