- "The Office of Misinformation will become involved in only the very worst magical-Muggle collisions. Some magical catastrophes or accidents are simply too glaringly obvious to be explained away by Muggles without the help of an outside authority. The Office of Misinformation will in such a case liaise directly with the Muggle prime minister to seek a plausible non-magical explanation for the event."
- — Newton Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]
The Office of Misinformation was part of the Ministry of Magic, answering to the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. The Office was only employed during the worst magical-Muggle collisions, when an incident was so obviously magical in nature that Muggle authorities had a hard time explaining it.
In such cases, the Office would liaise directly with the Muggle Prime Minister to create a plausible, non-magical excuse for the incident. The Office of Misinformation worked long and hard convincing Muggles that all photographic evidence of the Loch Ness Monster was fake, salvaging a situation that once looked to be extremely dangerous.
During the calamitous events involving the Death Eaters in 1996, the Office of Misinformation simply acted directly without the consent of the Muggle Prime Minister, pushing the explanation that the disastrous events in the West Country was being caused by a freak hurricane and modifying the memories of those who saw what really happened. The Muggle Prime Minister was only informed after the fact.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (First mentioned)
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