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"Undesirable No.1": Harry Potter

"He had idea he knew who that was, and sure enough, as he straightened up and glanced around the office for fresh hiding places he saw a poster of himself on the wall, with the words UNDESIRABLE NO. 1 emblazoned across his chest."
— The poster in Umbridge's office[src]

An Undesirable was a witch or wizard who was wanted by the Ministry of Magic for (allegedly) being a criminal, similar to a "Public Enemy" or "Most Wanted" in the Muggle world. Dolores Umbridge had a poster with Harry Potter's picture on it in her office at the Ministry of Magic, labelled "Undesirable No. 1".[1]


From 1997 to 1998, Harry Potter was marked Undesirable No. 1, ostensibly for involvement in the murder of Albus Dumbledore. This made him the most sought-after wizard by the government. The reward for the capture of him and his wand reached 200,000 Galleons in April of 1998.[2]

Dolores Umbridge had affixed a note saying "To be punished", with a picture of a kitten, to the poster of Harry in her Ministry office.[1] Xenophilius Lovegood put Harry's picture on the Quibbler, along with "Undesirable No. 1" and the amount of the reward, after Death Eaters kidnapped his daughter Luna Lovegood.[3]

As stated by an Imperiused Pius Thicknesse to Harry Potter (then disguised as Albert Runcorn), others were also labelled as Undesirables during Voldemort's control of the Ministry.[1] It is unknown who exactly these others were, but they were likely members or supporters of the Order of the Phoenix or Muggle-borns.

In a broadcast of Potterwatch, Fred and George Weasley quipped "Well, that wouldn't be us then, would it? I mean, we've both had loads of girlfriends", and warned those they considered to be truly Undesirable, such as Dolores Umbridge and Draco Malfoy, "Your time, will come."[4]

Known Undesirables[]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 23 (Malfoy Manor)
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game) - see Potterwatch broadcasts