Fudge: "You can speak English! And you've been letting me mime everything all day!"
Oblansk: "Vell, it vos very funny."
— Oblansk and Fudge[src]

Oblansk (fl. 1994) was a Bulgarian Minister for Magic. He attended the final match of the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. He wore gold-trimmed, black velvet robes and acted as if he did not understand English.

British Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge introduced him to Harry Potter and asked if he knew about the boy's famous history. Oblansk became excited when he recognised Harry's scar. Fudge introduced the man to the Malfoy family next, attempting to pronounce his surname twice (first as "Oblansk" and then as "Obalonsk"), before giving up and simply calling him the Bulgarian Minister for Magic. Fudge excused his poor introduction by claiming that the Minister couldn't understand anything said in English. However, when the Bulgarian National Quidditch team lost to Ireland, Oblansk sullenly declared, "Vell, ve fought bravely." Fudge was angered to learn that Oblansk really did know English and had only feigned ignorance because he found it extremely amusing to watch his British counterpart try to communicate through gestures.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • In Pottermore, the "From the story" entry referring to this individual has the URL referring to the "bulgarian-prime-minister". This seems to have been a mistake, since the entry itself is titled "Bulgarian Minister for Magic", and canon establishes the difference between the office of Minister for Magic and that of Prime Minister. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria at the time the story is set was Lyuben Berov.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
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