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Amelia Bones Character Analysis: Fair Minded Magical Law Enforcement

Amelia Bones Character Analysis: Fair Minded Magical Law Enforcement

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Amelia Bones was the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in the early 1990s and oversaw the disciplinary hearing of Harry Potter 1995 for the misuse of magic. She was principally responsible for keeping the trial fair, which resulted in Harry being acquitted.

Amelia Bones was considered one of the most accomplished witches of her age and had a formidable presence in the Ministry of Magic. She may have been in line to follow Cornelius Fudge as Minister for Magic after he stepped down in 1996, but she was murdered.

Her murder was so important that it was even reported in the muggle news, with investigators unable to explain how she was murdered in a room that was locked from the inside. The wizarding world speculated that she was powerful enough that Lord Voldemort himself must have killed her.

The family of Amelia Bones, also known as Madam Bones, were prominent opposers of Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War. Both her mother and father were killed by Lord Voldemort. Her brother Edgar was a member of the Order of the Phoenix. He, his wife, and his children were all killed by Death Eaters.

Her niece Suan Bones attended Hogwarts in the same year as Harry Potter as a member of Hufflepuff house. She carried on the family tradition of fighting against Lord Voldemort by joining the DA to learn defense against the dark arts from Harry, and then fighting against Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts.

About Amelia Bones

BornBefore 1973-between 8-14 July 1996
Blood StatusHalf-Blood
OccupationHead of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Member of the Wizengamot
PatronusUnknown
HouseHufflepuff (assumed)
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignVirgo (speculative)

Amelia Bones Personality Type & Traits

Amelia Bones is described as a talented and dedicated witch who worked hard to build a position for herself within the Ministry of Magic. She always believed in doing what was right and fair, even when it was a risk for her.

Even though she lost much of her family to Lord Voldemort and Death Eaters, she never hid. She was always completely transparent and clear in her opposition to their movement.

Amelia Bones Zodiac Sign & Birthday

J.K. Rowling has never revealed Amelia Bones’ birthday. We do not even know what year she was born in or if she attended Hogwarts. But it is assumed that she was a Hogwarts student, likely in Hufflepuff house like her niece Susan Bones. She is also presumably at least as old as the likes of Lupin and Snape. Fans speculate that Amelia Bones’ zodiac sign may be Virgo.

People born under Virgo tend to be intelligent, diligent, and hard working. This is reflected in Amelia Bones’ place within the Ministry of Magic and the fact that she was described by others as one of the most powerful witches of her age. Virgos also tend to be humble, understated, and don’t like to blow their own trumpet. But others can clearly see their values.

Virgos are also known for their strong moral compass. They will always do what they think is right regardless of pressure from others, and even when it means making sacrifices. Amelia Bones was not afraid to stand up to Cornelius Fudge to see that Harry got a fair trial. Her staunch opposition to Lord Voldemort ultimately resulted in her death.

Amelia Bones Family Tree

Amelia Bones is a member of the well-known Bones wizarding family. Though they are not considered a pure-blood family, nevertheless, wizarding talent was always recognized as strong in their family. The Bones family were also firm opponents of Lord Voldemort, which resulted in the deaths of many of them.

During the First Wizarding War, both of Amelia’s parents were killed by Lord Voldemort. They must have been powerful wizards and a threat to the Dark Lord for him to have killed them himself.

Her brother Edgar was a prominent member of the Order of the Phoenix, a group that stood against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Edgar, his wife, and his children were all killed by Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War.

Amelia must have had another sibling as her niece Susan Bones attended Hogwarts in the same year as Harry Potter, but as a member of Hufflepuff house. Susan tells Harry what her aunt Amelia said about him after his disciplinary hearing for the misuse of magic after he produced a Patronus in front of his cousin Dudley when they were cornered by dementors.

Amelia must also have been in opposition to Lord Voldemort as in the 1990s Gregory Goyle says to Susan that his father reckons that her aunt is a troublemaker and that someone needs to teach her a lesson. The Goyle family were known supporters of the Dark Lord.

Amelia Bones and the Trial of Harry Potter

While it is clear from the snippets that we hear about Amelia Bones that she was an important figure in the wizarding world, we get to know her when she oversaw the disciplinary hearing of Harry Potter in 1995.

Cornelius Fudge was trying to defame Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore to undermine their claim that Lord Voldemort had returned and killed Cedric Digory during the final stages of the Triwizard Tournament.

When dementors, who had gone over to the side of Lord Voldemort, tracked Harry down near the home of the Dursleys, his muggle aunt and uncle, Harry produced a Patronus in front of his cousin Dudley to save them from the dementor. Fudge used this as an excuse to try and stop Harry from returning to Hogwarts.

Harry was summoned to a disciplinary hearing that was supposed to take place in Madam Bones’ office. The time and location were moved at the last minute in an effort to stop Harry from attending. Fortunately he arrived at the Ministry early with Mr Weasley and did not miss his trial.

While interrogators Cornelius Fudge and Dolores Umbridge did everything that they could to establish Harry’s guilt, in her role as interrogator Amelia Bones kept the trial fair. She supported Dumbledore’s right to speak and to call witnesses, despite threats made by Fudge against anyone who supported Dumbledore.

Madam Bones believed the testimony of the squib Arabella Figg that she had witnessed what happened with the dementors. She also argued that Harry had the right to use magic, even in front of a muggle, in such serious circumstances.

Amelia Bones acquitted Harry along with most of the jury. She also noted that she was impressed that Harry could conjure a corporeal Patronus at such a young age.

How did Amelia Bones die?

Amelia Bones was murdered during the second week of July in 1996 in her own home. She was presumably killed by Lord Voldemort and his supporters. They were secretly gaining a foothold in the ministry at this time. Some speculated that she was tipped to be the next Minister for Magic. Considering her opposition to Lord Voldemort, he had her killed.

Cornelius Fudge speculated that she was probably killed by Lord Voldemort himself. He reasoned that she was a very experienced witch, and it would take powerful magic to kill her.

Unusually, Amelia Bones’ death was reported in the muggle news. Police were struggling to explain how she was murdered in a room that was locked from the inside. The truth of her death was shared with the muggle Prime Minister to impress on him the threat posed by Lord Voldemort and his followers.