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The Wizards' Council was a deliberative assembly that governed the wizarding community of Britain for centuries prior to the establishment of the Ministry of Magic. It was the longest-serving (but not only) governing body to serve this purpose.[1]

Upon the signature of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1692, the wizarding community needed a more highly structured, organised and complex government structure, to support and regulate the community in hiding. Thus, in 1707, the Wizards' Council disbanded to be replaced by the Ministry of Magic. The first Minister was Ulick Gamp, who, in the days of the Council, had served as Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot.[1]

The dissolving of the council was covered in sixth year History of Magic classes in the 1989–1990 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2]

Known Wizards' Council members

Known Wizard's Council actions

Behind the scenes

  • It is known that the Department of Mysteries was already in operation in at least 1672,[8] so it is probable that before the inception of the Ministry of Magic in 1707, it was a division of the Wizards' Council, but possibly under a different name.
  • In Elfrida Clagg's entry on Pottermore's "Timeline of the Wizarding World", the Wizards' Council was originally incorrectly referred to as the "Warlock's Councils". The mistake has since been corrected.[9]
  • The Wizard's Council likely governed Ireland as well as Great Britain, as the later Ministry of Magic would do.

See also


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Wizarding World
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 22 (The Exchange Student) - History of Magic Lesson "Dissolving of the Wizards' Council"
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  4. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Malfoy Family" at Wizarding World
  5. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 4 (The Arrival of the Golden Snitch)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 5 (Anti-Muggle Precautions)
  7. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Werewolves" at Wizarding World
  8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Albus Dumbledore on "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump"
  9. Pottermore - Timeline of the Wizarding World