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Department of Mysteries

Department of Mysteries is the department of the Ministry of Magic responsible for confidential research. Very few people actually know what happens and what is located within this department, and the employees of the department are often referred to as Unspeakables due to the confidential nature of their work. It is rumoured that love, space, thought, time, death, and others are studied. Due to the high level of secrecy, this department operates with a high level of independence, and is the only department which does not answer to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Even the Minister of Magic has very little say over the department, which was proven when Minister Radolphus Lestrange attempted to close the department, but the Unspeakables simply ignored him. The department is located on level nine of the British Ministry of Magic. It is visably different from every other level of the British Ministry of Magic, there are no windows, and only one plain black door that leads into the main area of the department. The only light is emitted by torches which glow blue-white. There is also a small staircase leading to level ten. The Entrance Chamber is designed to cause disorientation in any unauthorised people that enter..

de·part·ment of mys·ter·ies
/dəˈpärt’mənt əv mist’rēs/

Department of Mysteries History

The Department of Mysteries was created in or prior to the 17th century, meaning it predates the Ministry of Magic itself. The earliest known records from the department date back to 1672, those records show that wizards and witches are born, not created. Minister Ottaline Gambol established commitees to investigate the intelligence of Muggles, which seemed to be greater than previously thought. Minister Radolphus Lestrange was famously known for attempting to close the department, but was ignored by the Unspeakables, and the rest of the Ministry. Time-travel experiments were conducted in the 1890s, but were halted in 1899 when Unspeakable Eloise Mintumble travelled back to 1402 causing a major breach in time laws, with results that were catastrophic. Madam Mintumble was trapped in 1402 for five days, but when she returned to her present time she had aged centuries, and later perished in St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, beyond this, at least twenty-five people vanished (and all would-be descendants of those Mintumble had come into contact with in the past), and were in essence un-born. The final two effects were the Tuesday following the situation lasted two and a half days, and the following Thursday only lasted four hours. During the First Wizarding War, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named put Augustus Rookwood into the department as a spy, when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named first fell, Rookwood was turned in by Igor Karkaroff, and sentenced to life in Azkaban. During the Second Wizarding War, the Battle of the Department of Mysteries marked the start of open war in the world of magic. When the Ministry of Magic fell on 1 August, 1997 He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named took control of the Ministry using Pius Thicknesse, who was under the Imperius Curse. Under this new leadership, anti-Muggle-born propaganda began circulating based on research which allegedly came from the Department of Mysteries. It is likely the “research” was strongly skewed to support the false conclusions the which the Death Eater led Ministry desired. After the Ministry reform in 1998, the untrue conclusions were presumably corrected by Minister Kingsley Shaklebolt.

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What is in the Department of Mysteries?

Inside the Department of Mysteries is where wizards store and research things that are enigmas, liked love, death, time, space and thought. O

Who works at the Department of Mysteries?

The witches and wizards that work at the Department of Mysteries are referred to ask Unspeakables because their work is confidential.

What are the brains in the Department of Mysteries?

The brains in the department of mysteries were held in a large tank and used by Unspeakables at the Ministry of Magic to study human thought as they seemed to have a certain amount of sentience.