MINISTERS FOR MAGIC OF GREAT BRITAIN: Millicent Bagnold, First Wizarding War Minister

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MILLICENT BAGNOLD (1980-1990)

I assert our inalienable right to party.

Elected in office in 1980 at the height of the First Wizarding War. Famously appointed Bartemius Crouch Sr.  as Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, signing the order to send suspected Death Eaters without trials and on authorizing the use of the Killing Curse.

She was in power when, on the evening of October 31, 1981, Lord Voldemort led an attack in Godric’s Hollow that resulted in the deaths of James and Lily Potter and the destruction of Voldemort’s body. It was to be known as the first downfall of the Dark Lord. *1

The night that followed turned out to be the major upheaval of Bagnold’s term in office since wizards up and down the country started celebrating Voldemort’s downfall and the end of the First Wizarding War in what became “a night of large-scale breaches of the International Wizarding Statute of Secrecy”. Bagnold defended these celebrations by famously stating that she asserted the wizards’ “inalienable right to party.”  *2

It was also during her term in office that someof the well known Death Eaters such as Igor Karkaroff, The Lestranges: Rodolphus, Rabastan, Bellatrix, as well as Bartemius Crouch Jr., were rounded up and tried before the Council of Magical Law and sent to Azkaban. Sirius Black was falsely accused to be one of Voldemort’s supporters and one of those responsible for the murders of James and Lily Potter and was sent to Azkaban without a trial. *3

Bagnold’s retired in 1990 and was succeeded by one of her advisors, Cornelius Fudge, after International Confederation of Wizards head, Supreme Mugwump Albus Dumbledore refused to accept the position.

*1 to *3: (http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Minister_for_Magic)

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