Character:Kingsley Shacklebolt

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Kingsley Shacklebolt
Nicknames and aliases Royal
Appearance Tall, dark, deep voice, wears a golden earring.
School Presumably Hogwarts
Patronus A lynx
Occupation Auror and later Minister for Magic
Special abilities excellent training in Defence Against the Dark Arts
Allegiance Order of the Phoenix, Hogwartian
Portrayer in the movies George Harris
First appearance in canon The Advance Guard (OP)

Kingsley Shacklebolt was an Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix during the Second War (OP5). Since Voldemort's death, he is the Minister for Magic (BLC).


Kingsley Shacklebolt, fanart by Makani.

Kingsley is a tall, black wizard. He is bald and wears a gold hoop earring. His voice is deep, slow and calming (OP3). His Patronus is a lynx (DH8). He is an Auror, which means that he received superior marks in his NEWTs and performed well on the Auror office's character and aptitude tests, which examine the ability to work well under pressure and show dedication and perseverance. He has received extensive training in fighting the Dark Arts (OP29).

He is probably a few years younger than the Marauders—he was not a member of the Order during the First War, but he speaks of James Potter with a familiarity that indicates that he knew him. He presumably grew up in a wizarding household; he examined the Dursleys' microwave at their house which shows that he is not familiar with ordinary Muggle technology (OP3).

Work for the Order and the Aurors

Summer of 1995

Kingsley Shacklebolt, fanart by Tealin.

Kingsley was one of the new members the Order of the Phoenix was able to hire after Voldemort's return in the summer of 1995. His being an established Auror (Nymphadora Tonks mentioned to Harry that Kingsley was higher up than her) was an important asset for the Order, especially because he was in charge of the Ministry's hunt for Sirius Black. Knowing that Sirius was innocent, he managed to keep the Ministry off track by feeding his team information that the fugitive was hiding in Tibet (OP5). It is possible that the Head of the Auror office, Rufus Scrimgeour, suspected him; Tonks said Scrimgeour asked her and Kingsley funny questions (OP7).

Kingsley was one of the members of The Advance Guard who helped to escort Harry Potter from number four, Privet Drive to the Order Headquarters at number twelve, Grimmauld Place. During the operation, he calmed Alastor Moody, asserting that "[n]o one's going to die" (OP3). He also helped guarding the entrance to the Department of Mysteries under Moody's Invisibility Cloak. One night during the summer holidays, Harry overheard him ring the doorbell at Grimmauld Place (thereby waking Mrs. Black's portrait) and telling Sirius that Hestia Jones had relieved him from his shift and taken over the cloak (OP6).

On August 12, the day of Harry's disciplinary hearing at the Ministry, Harry and Arthur Weasley walked past Kingsley at the Auror office. Kingsley stopped them to have a word with Arthur. Both acted as if they barely knew each other to avoid suspicion of their involvement in the Order. When Harry wanted to greet Kingsley, Arthur stepped on his foot. Kingsley led them into a secluded cubicle decorated with newspaper cuttings and pictures of Sirius, as well as a world map showing supposed hiding places. He pretended to ask for information on Sirius' flying motorcycle and secretly asked Arthur to pass an edition of The Quibbler that contained an article about Sirius to the latter because he might find it amusing. In turn, Arthur invited Kingsley for dinner in a lowered voice (OP7).

Kingsley was also at Grimmauld Place for the small party Molly Weasley threw for Ron and Hermione's appointments as prefects. He wondered why Dumbledore had not chosen Harry, saying that he should have demonstrated his confidence in the boy. Harry overheard him (OP9).

Dumbledore's flight

Kingsley was among the Aurors Cornelius Fudge took with him when he tried to catch the leaders of Dumbledore's Army. When Harry was brought into Dumbledore's office, Kingsley and Dawlish, another Auror, were guarding the doors. When Marietta Edgecombe, who had betrayed the group, was asked to confirm that there had been numerous illegal meetings over the past months, Kingsley quickly whispered a Memory Modifying Charm. Consequently, Marietta denied that any meetings had taken place with a blank look on her face. Enraged, Umbridge started to shake her. Kingsley jumped forward, and Dumbledore cast a spell that made Umbridge let go. Kingsley advised Umbridge to stay calm and not get herself into trouble. To protect Harry, Dumbledore then claimed that he himself was the leader of Dumbledore's Army. This unexpected statement caused looks of fear on both Kingley's and McGonagall's face. However, neither of them intervened. When Harry started to protest, Kingsley flashed him a warning look. Upon hearing Dumbledore's confession, Fudge ordered Kingsley and Dawlish to arrest the headmaster, but before they could do anything, Dumbledore hexed both Aurors, Umbridge and Fudge into unconsciousness. He expressed his regret at having to hex Kingsley to avoid suspicion and asked Minerva to thank him for his quick thinking with the memory modification. After Dumbledore's disappearance, all Ministry members awoke, thinking that they had only been knocked down for a second. Kingsley jumped to his feet and wondered loudly where Dumbledore had gone; Dawlish suggested the stairs and ran down, followed by Kingsley and Umbridge (OP27).

Battle of the Department of Mysteries

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Kingsley, along with several other Order members, was at number twelve, Grimmauld Place, when the news that Voldemort had lured Harry and his friends into the Department of Mysteries reached them. They immediately agreed to come to their aid (OP37). They burst into the Death Room where Harry and Neville Longbottom were cornered by several Death Eaters. Kingsley took on two of them at once. Later, Harry saw him duelling Rookwood, whose mask had slipped (OP35). When Sirius fell through the veil, Kingsley continued his duel with Bellatrix Lestrange. She shot a spell at him that made a loud bang and caused him to fall down, yelling in pain. Then she ran off (OP36). It appears that Kingsley suffered no lasting damage from her attack.

Protection of the Muggle Prime Minister

Kingsley was ordered to work undercover as the Muggle Prime Minister's secretary by Rufus Scrimgeour (HBP1). He worked with him for over a year, only leaving on rare occasions (DH5).

Battle of the Seven Potters

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One of these occasions was when he helped the other Order members in transporting Harry to one of the pre-determined safe houses. He flew with Hermione (who was disguised as Harry), on a Thestral (DH5). They were followed by five different Death Eaters, managed to injure two of them, and might have killed a third one. When he arrived at The Burrow, he pointed his wand at Lupin, asking what Dumbledore's last words to the both of them were ("Harry is the best hope we have, trust him"). He refused to trust anyone, saying that they were betrayed, but didn't question Tonks when she came around. He left soon after her arrival, returning to his post as protector of the Muggle Prime Minister (DH5).

Fall of the Ministry

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Kingsley sent his Patronus to inform The Weasleys about Scrimgeour's death, and that the Death Eaters were on their way to The Burrow during Bill and Fleur's wedding on August 1, 1997 (DH8). He managed to keep himself inside the Ministry of Magic for a while, but eventually he was caught using Voldemort's name and went on the run.


He took part in the radio programme Potterwatch, using the nickname Royal.

Battle of Hogwarts

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Kingsley also took part in the final battle of Hogwarts (DH31).

Minister for Magic

Shacklebolt was appointed as temporary Minister for Magic shortly after the battle (DH36). His position later became permanent, and in that capacity, he ensured that Dementors would no longer be in charge of Azkaban security. He also appointed Harry as Head of the Auror Office as soon as the boy was suitable to the post. Together, they worked to de-corrupt the Ministry (BLC).

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