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"I don't think you should be an Auror, Harry. The Aurors are part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought everyone knew that. They're working to bring down the Ministry of Magic from within using a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease."
Luna Lovegood at Professor Slughorn's Christmas party, on Harry's ambition to become an Auror.[src]

The Rotfang Conspiracy was believed, by Xenophilius Lovegood and his daughter Luna, to be a secret organisation within the Ministry. Supposedly, its members consist of Aurors and other high-ranking Ministry officials. Its main purpose is thought to be to bring down the Ministry of Magic through a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease.

Luna explained the conspiracy to Harry Potter, Horace Slughorn, Sybill Trelawney and Severus Snape at a Christmas party after Harry said that he wanted to become an Auror; Luna advised him not to because of the supposed conspiracy. This made Harry laugh so hard that mead came out of his nose. Only Trelawney was interested in this belief.[1]

As most (if not all) of Xenophilius and Luna's beliefs are considered to be far-fetched by the wizarding world in general, the Conspiracy's existence is debatable.

Etymology

Rotfang could be a reference to bad dental health (i.e. Gum Disease)

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15 (The Unbreakable Vow)
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