"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 a supposedly secret movement purported to exist within the Ministry of Magic in London, whose goal it was to bring down the said institution through a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease.[1] Xenophilius Lovegood, the editor of the highly controversial tabloid newspaper The Quibbler, as well as his daughter Luna, subscribed to this conspiracy theory, believing that there were a number of disaffected Ministry officials - Aurors among them - that had banded together and conspired to destroy the wizarding governing body from within. 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]

Behind the scenes

  • As most of Xenophilius and Luna's beliefs are considered to be far-fetched by the wizarding world in general, the Conspiracy's existence is debatable. Even so, it is worth noting that the former was correct about the existence of the Deathy Hallows, and that there was indeed a nefarious cabal of Dark Wizards thought to have infiltrated the Ministry years earlier that known by the initial 'R'.

Etymology

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

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15 (The Unbreakable Vow)
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