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Muggle Prime Minister

Vernon Dursley once doubted that Dudley even knew who the Prime Minister was, since the boy took no interest in current events, but neglected to mention the name himself (OP1).

Vernon would be horrified (judging from his reaction to the existence of the Ministry of Magic in (OP2) to know that each Prime Minister is made aware of the existence of the wizarding world upon his or her election, and subsequently has contact with it in emergencies. In recent years, the Muggle Prime Minister has been notified of Wizarding emergencies four times (HBP1):

  1. Sirius Black’s escape from Azkaban (PA3)
  2. torment of Muggles at Quidditch World Cup (GF9); Fudge also used that visit to inform the Prime Minister that due to the Triwizard Tournament, three foreign dragons and a sphinx were being imported into the country
  3. the mass breakout from Azkaban (OP25)
  4. events related to the breakout of the 2nd Wizarding war (destruction of the Brockdale Bridge, murders of Emmeline Vance and Amelia Bones, rampage by giants, failed curse on junior minister Herbert Chorley) (HBP1).

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  • Beach Divorce

    The conversation between Fudge and the Muggle PM takes place in 1996, so the PM is John Major, a conservative.

    • That’s logical, assuming that the Prime Ministers in the Potterverse are the same as in Real Life. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, since Fudge refers to the Prime Minister’s predecessor as male:

      And I must say, you’re taking it a lot better than your predecessor. He tried to throw me out the window, thought I was a hoax planned by the opposition.” (HBP1)

      John Major’s predecessor was Margaret Thatcher. So we can’t assume that the PM in Half-Blood Prince is John Major.

      Steve

      • Beach Divorce

        You’re right, i didn’t consider this. It’s a shame though i thought i had figured out who fudge was talking to. I would have found it very interesting if jk rowling would have chosen a real PM without mentioning his name.

        • I think it’s certainly possible that she had Major in mind, but it seems unlikely that she would have forgotten that his predecessor was Thatcher, since she definitely is no Thatcher fan. Even I, an American, knew without looking it up that Thatcher was PM before Major. Maybe this is an example of how she resisted pegging her stories to a specific time frame until finally giving in while writing book 8. Note that when she wrote about the prophecy in OP, she didn’t give a date but described the prophecy orb this way: “In spidery writing was written a date of some sixteen years previously …” That would have been an obvious place to mention the date, but she danced around it. But she finally succumbed to the weight of all the evidence I and other fans had put together to make the timeline that WB (and Rowling) accepted as canon, and put actual dates on the Black Family Tree and the Potters’ gravestone in DH.

          S