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John Dawlish Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

John Dawlish Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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John Dawlish was an Auror for the Ministry of Magic active in the 1980s under several Ministers of Magic including Cornelius Fudge, Rufus Scrimgeour, and Pius Thicknesse. He continued to work for the Ministry when it fell under the control of Lord Voldemort. It is unclear whether this was of his own volition, or if he was under a Confundus Charm or Imperius Curse.

About John Dawlish

Blood StatusPure Blood or Half Blood
Zodiac SignTaurus (speculative)

John Dawlish at Hogwarts

John Dawlish seems to have been an outstanding student when he was at Hogwarts. When he encountered Albus Dumbledore later in life, he notes that he was an excellent student and received “Outstanding” in all his N.E.W.T. exams. He was, however, still no match for Dumbledore.

Dawlish Under Cornelius Fudge

When Cornelius Fudge was Minister for Magic, Dawlish was one of his most trusted Aurors. On 20 April 1996 when Fudge went to Hogwarts to confront Dumbledore about the D.A., Dawlish accompanied him. When Dumbledore claimed that it was he who put together “Dumbledore’s Army”, Fudge accused him of treason and Dawlish seemed prepared to step in and arrest him. This was when Dumbledore pointed out that, although a talented wizard, Dawlish was no match for him.

When Fudge ordered Dawlish and Kingsley Shacklebolt, the other Auror with him, to seize Dumbledore, they were easily overpowered. But Dawlish was the first to recover and went to follow Dumbledore down the stairs, fruitlessly.

Later, on 17 June, Dawlish was among the Ministry officials who accompanied Dolores Umbridge to apprehend Hagrid. Harry heard Dawlish pleading with Hagrid to “be reasonable”. The group failed to apprehend Hagrid, but four of them released stunning spells on Minerva McGonagall simultaneously as she arrived to help Hagrid. She ended up in St Mungos.

Finally, Dawlish arrived in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic with Fudge after the Battle in the Department of Mysteries. Fudge sent him down to the Department of Mysteries to apprehend the Death Eaters that Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix had imprisoned there.

Dawlish with Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, Dolores Umbridge, and Kingsley Shacklebolt

Dawlish Under Rufus Scrimgeour

When Rufus Scrimgeour became the Minister of Magic, the Ministry had to admit that Lord Voldemort was back. They stationed a number of Aurors in Hogsmeade to protect the school, including Dawlish.

Later Scrimgeour was very interested in learning what Dumbledore was up to, and so ordered Dawlish to follow him. Dumbledore was forced to jinx him so that he could get on with his important work of learning about and finding Horcruxes.

In the summer of 1997, when Harry was to leave Privett Drive for the last time and lose the protection of his mother’s sacrifice, the Order of the Phoenix confounded Dawlish to give false information to the Ministry about when Harry would be moved. This was knowing that this information would find its way into the hands of Death Eaters.

Dawlish under Pius Thicknesse

Shortly after becoming Minister for Magic, Pius Thicknesse was put under the Imperius Curse and became a puppet of Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

Dawlish continued to serve as an Auror and one of his responsibilities was to escort Muggle-borns found with wands to Azkaban. We know that at least one Muggle-born wizard, Dirk Cresswell, was able to confound Dawlish and escape.

When Neville Longbottom started creating too much trouble at Hogwarts for the Death Eater Carrow siblings, they decided to kidnap his grandmother Augusta Longbottom as leverage, Dawlish was sent to do the job. But they underestimated her, and she caused him sufficient injury that he ended up in St Mungos.

Dawlish was probably here during the final stages of the Second Wizarding War and during the Battle of Hogwarts.

John Dawlish Personality Type & Traits

John Dawlish is clearly a highly intelligent and resilient wizard to have been able to pass through the three years of intensive training required to become an Auror. However, he seems to have been more interested in personal accomplishment than doing what was right. He participated in many questionable acts in the name of the Ministry.

While it seems that Dawlish may have been confounded on a variety of occasions, he seems to have been happy to continue working at the Ministry even after they introduced policies such as the Muggle-Born Registration Commission. He may or may not have been aware that Lord Voldemort was controlling the Minister of Magic.

This suggests that Dawlish was a man of the establishment. He relied on the Ministry to tell him what to do, rather than following his own conscious.

John Dawlish Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know John Dawlish’s birthday, but he could not have graduated from Hogwarts before 1927. Dumbledore remembers him as a student, and he only started teaching transfiguration at Hogwarts in 1927. However, he probably attended much later, and was probably born in the 1950s.

We do not know Dawlish’s zodiac sign, but fans suggest that he may be a Taurus. People born under this sign tend to be talented and ambitious, but they prefer to work within the system rather than break the rules.

Was John Dawlish a Death Eater?

The implication in the books is that Dawlish was confounded to help the Death Eaters, rather than being a member of their group. However, he does not seem to have asked questions about what was happening at the Ministry when things like the Muggle-Born Registration Commission were introduced. This may imply that he was already sympathetic to this way of thinking.

What Happened to John Dawlish?

The last we hear of Dawlish, he is in St Mungos recovering from his failed attempt to apprehend Augusta Longbottom. Neville informs Harry that Dawlish is there when he arrives at Hogwarts for the final battle, so it is very unlikely that Dawlish participated in this, on either side.

This may have been very lucky for Dawlish, who would have to make the case that he only cooperated with the Death Eaters due to being confunded. He may have continued to work at the Ministry of Magic when it was reformed under Kingsley Shacklebolt. But he probably did not have the same trusted position close to the Minister of Magic himself.