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"[Grogan Stump] created the three divisions of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures that exist today: the Beast Division, the Being Division, and the Spirit Division."

-- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (FB)

A department of the Ministry of Magic which has responsibility for all types of magical creatures, including the difficulties arising from the definition of a “creature”

Known Personnel:

  • Bob (who was carrying the fire-breathing chicken) (OP7)
  • Dirk Cresswell (HBP4)
  • Amos Diggory (GF6GF9)
  • Cuthbert Mockridge (GF7)
  • Newt Scamander, 1915 - (FB)
  • Lyall Lupin (c. 1970) - advisor on Boggarts (Pm)
  • Royden Poke (DP3)
  • Hermione Granger (BLC)

Main Offices: level four of Ministry of Magic Headquarters (OP7)

On Level four of the Ministry of Magic lies the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (OP7).

  • After leaving Hogwarts, Hermione Granger spent some years working in this Department, "where she was instrumental in greatly improving life for house-elves and their ilk" (BLC).
  • In 1750, Clause 73 was inserted in the International Code of Wizarding Secrecy, which states:Each wizarding governing body will be responsible for the concealment, care, and control of all magical beasts, beings, and spirits dwelling within its territory's borders. Should any such creature cause harm to, or draw the notice of, the Muggle community, that nation's wizarding governing body will be subject to discipline by the International Confederation of Wizards (FB).
  • Because if this, the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures works very hard to hide the magical creatures living in Britain. They do this by establishing safe habitats, guarded by Muggle-Repelling Charms and other magical means. Some such areas are patrolled and guarded by wizards (e.g. dragon reservations). The Department also strictly controls the breeding and sale of magical creatures. Additionally, individual wizards are legally required to use Disillusionment Charms to conceal creatures that they own.
  • When a magical creature is seen by Muggles, various methods are used to cover up the incident, including:
  • memory charms cast by Obliviators (FB)
  • spells cast by the Invisibility Task-force (DP1)
  • alibis and non-magical explanations concocted by the Office of Misinformation (FB, HBP1)

Main Offices: level four of Ministry of Magic Headquarters (OP7)

The Department consists of three divisions: the Beast Division, the Being Division, and the Spirit Division (FB). They handle complaints about magical creatures, including goblins and ghosts, they regulate and monitor breeding of new magical creatures (GF24).

The Beast Division

  • headed by Newt Scamander, after 1917 (FB)
  • includes the Centaur Liaison Office, Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures, Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau, Pest Advisory Board, Pest Sub-Division, Werewolf Capture Unit, Werewolf Registry and the Ghoul Task Force

The Being Division

  • includes the Goblin Liaison Office, Office of House-Elf Relocation and Werewolf Support Services

The Spirit Division

  • formed because ghosts argued that they weren't Beings (FB).
  • handled Olive Hornby's complaint about Moaning Myrtle haunting her (GF25)

Miscellaneous:

  • This Department issues Crup licenses (FB)
  • "Werewolves have been shunted between the Beast and Being divisions of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures for years, because nobody could make up their minds whether a werewolf should be classified as human or bestial. At one point, the Werewolf Registiy and Werewolf Capture Unit were both in the Beast Division, while at the same time an office for Werewolf Support Services was established in the Being Division. Nobody ever presented themselves for Support Services, for the same reasons that very few ever signed the Registry, and it was eventually closed down." (FB)
  • Law 15B, passed by the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, states in part that "any attack by a magical creature who is deemed to have near-human intelligence, and therefore considered responsible for its actions —". The rest of this Law was not recited by Umbridge to the Centaurs she was insulting because one of them fired an arrow at her (OP33).
  • Another rule of the Department requires the Minister of Magic to inform the Muggle Prime Minister when dangerous magical creatures are to be brought into Britain. Prior to the Triwizard Tournament, Fudge blithely informed his counterpart that they would be importing three dragons and a sphinx (recalled in HBP1).
  • Goblins are none too pleased with the way they're treated by this Department (DP3).
  • A special squad sent out by this Department captured and killed the rampaging, murderous vampire Sir Herbert Varney in 1889 in London (FW, a reference to Jack the Ripper).

 

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