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Dirk Cresswell Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Dirk Cresswell Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Dirk Cresswell is a muggle-born wizard who started attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry the year after James Potter and Lily Evans. He was one of the favorite students of Professor Slug Horn, who included him in his Slug Club. After school Cresswell worked at the Ministry of Magic, eventually becoming the Head of the Goblin Liaison Office.

About Dirk Cresswell

Born1960/61-March 1998
Blood StatusMuggle Born
OccupationHead of the Goblin Liaison Office Member of the Slug Club Hogwarts Students
PatronusUnknown
HouseUnknown
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignGemini (speculative)

Professor Slughorn tells Harry Potter about Dirk Cresswell when he is trying to show him that he is not prejudiced against muggle-born students. He says:

And there was Dirk Cresswell in the year after Lily Evans, too – now Head of the Goblin Liaison Office, of course – another Muggle-born, a very gifted student, and still gives me excellent inside information on the goings-on at Gringotts!!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Dirk Cresswell must have got the job as Head of the Goblin Liaison Office after the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, because at that time the position was held by Cuthbert Mockridge.

Dirk Cresswell and the Second Wizarding War

He did not hold the position for very long, because in August 1997 Lord Voldemort and his followers took over the Ministry of Magic and began to persecute Muggle-Born wizards. As a Ministry employee, Dirk Cresswell would have been one of the first to have been targeted.

He actually created a fake family tree for himself to try and show that he had wizard ancestry. However, the wizard that helped him create the fake document was discovered by the Death Eater Runcorn and Cresswell’s blood status was exposed. This allowed the Ministry to make an example of him. He was dragged across the Atrium of the Ministry in front of all his former colleagues while the Minister for Magic Pius Thicknesse made a speech about the new regime, with Dolores Umbridge and the Death Eater Yaxley by either side of him.

The Auror John Dawlish was charged with taking Cresswell to Azkaban via broomstick. But Cresswell was able to stun Dawlish, whom he believed to be under a Confundus Charm, and escape. Like many other muggle-born wizards, Dirk Cresswell then went into hiding.

But he was not forgotten by his friend. In an altercation with the Death Eater Runcorn, Arthur Weasley comments that Dirk Cresswell is ten times the wizard that Runcorn is, and that he’ll have to answer to Dirk, his wife, sons, and friends.

Dirk Cresswell on the Run

Harry, Ron, and Hermione later overhear Dirk Cresswell hiding out in the forest while he is on the run. He joined up with Ted Tonks, Dean Thomas, and the goblins Griphook and Gornuk.

He is overheard saying that he is not sure whether Severus Snape killed Albus Dumbledore, since the Daily Prophet makes a good case against Harry. In response Tonks, the father of Nymphadora Tonks, tells Cresswell that he should be reading The Quibbler instead.

Like many people, Cresswell thinks that the Quibbler is a “lunatic rag” and suggests that if Harry really was the chosen one he would be there fighting, and not hiding. Dean Thomas than expresses his faith in Harry. Soon the group move off to find a better place to hide.

Dirk Cresswell Death

Later, when tuned into the Potterwatch radio station, the trio hear that Dirk Cresswell and Ted Tonks were both killed while resisting a group of snatchers. Their companions Griphook and Dean Thomas were captured, and later Harry, Ron, and Hermione were caught by the same group of Snatchers, and they were all taken to Malfoy Manner.

Cresswell’s death was not announced in the Daily Prophet as the Voldemort-controlled Ministry did not want deaths announced. But he left behind a wife and two children.

Dirk Cresswell Personality Type & Traits

Dirk Cresswell is portrayed as an intelligent man with an open mind and an interest in other cultures. It is not everyone who would be interested in learning the Goblin language Gobbledegook or working with them.

However, he is also described as slightly sycophantic in his treatment of Horace Slughorn, still asking him for recommendations 20 years after leaving Hogwarts. His willingness to believe the Daily Prophet, despite his insider Ministry knowledge and his treatment by the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, suggests a level of gullibility.

Dirk Cresswell Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Horace Slughorn tells us that Dirk Cresswell was in the year below Lily Evans at Hogwarts, so he must have started in 1972, and been born in 1960/61. We do not know his zodiac sign, but fans suggest that he may be a Gemini. People born under this sign are intelligent and keenly interested in the world around them. But they also tend to want to believe what they are told.

What Is Gobbledebook?

Gobbledegook is the native language of Goblins. It is described as a rough and unmelodious tongue that sounds more like rattling and guttural noises than language to humans. It is a difficult language to master, but Dirk Cresswell, Barty Crouch Snr, and Albus Dumbledore all spoke the tongue.

What Happens at the Goblin Liaison Office?

The Goblin Liaison Office is part of the Being Division in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures at the Ministry of Magic. It is responsible for managing relationships between wizards and goblins. Of course, the fact that wizards refer to other magical beings such as Goblins as “creatures” to be “controlled” is part of the reason why relations between Goblins and Wizards aren’t great.

Goblins were well known for being master metalsmiths and skilled with money and finances. For this reason, they largely control the wizarding economy and also run Gringotts, the wizarding bank.

Goblins made most of the metal treasures found in the wizarding world. Gryffindor’s silver sword was goblin-made, and so was the diadem worn by Fleur Delacour at her wedding to Bill Weasley. Wizards believe that they have fairly purchased these items from the Goblins. But Goblins believe that ownership stays with the craftsmen. They instead imagine that wizards “rent” the item, and that it should be returned to them when they die. They do not like the wizarding practice of passing goblin-made treasures down through families.

Goblins can do magic without wands, but they deeply resent the refusal of wizards to share wand-lore with them.