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Kingsley Shacklebolt Character Analysis: Powerful Auror

Kingsley Shacklebolt Character Analysis: Powerful Auror

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Kingsley Shacklebolt was both an Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. He believed that Lord Voldemort had returned in 1995, so worked from inside the Ministry to help the Order. Following the death of Lord Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts, Shacklebolt became Minister of Magic and led the rebuilding of the wizarding world.

About Kingsley Shacklebolt

BornPre-1973
Blood StatusPure-Blood
OccupationAuror Minister for Magic
PatronusLynx
HouseGryffindor (speculative)
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignVirgo (speculative)

Kingsley Shacklebolt Early Life

Kingsley Shacklebolt is a pure-blood British wizard who probably attended Hogwarts as a young man. His personality suggests that he may have been in Gryffindor. After school, he joined the Auror’s office.

Following the return of Lord Voldemort in 1995, the Ministry of Magic denied that he was back. However, Kingsley Shacklebolt believed Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore that he was back and joined the Order of the Phoenix. This put him in a precarious position as the Ministry was persecuting anyone aligned with Dumbledore.

Kingsley Shacklebolt in the Order of the Phoenix

When there was a mass breakout of Death Eaters from Azkaban in the summer of 1995, the Ministry suggested that this must be the work of former Azkaban escapee Sirius Black. Shacklebolt was put in charge of the hunt for Black. Of course, he knew exactly where he was, as the headquarters of the Order were in Black’s family home. But Shackelbolt ran interference at the Ministry.

Kingsley was active in the Order. He was part of the advanced guard who moved Harry Potter to the headquarters of the Order, and he was often seen there in meetings. Nevertheless, he maintained his cover. He even picked a fight with Arthur Weasley in front of Rufus Scrimgeour, since Weasley was known to be close to Dumbledore.

In April 1996, when Cornelius Fudge arrived at Hogwarts to remove Dumbledore from his post, Shacklebolt accompanied Fudge with fellow Auror John Dawlish and High Inquisitor of Hogwarts Dolores Umbridge.

His position meant that he was forced to play along with the Minister. But he was also able to cast a Memory Charm on Marietta Edgcombe to prevent her from revealing further information about Dumbledore’s Army (the group of students learning defense against the dark arts from Harry Potter).

Dolores Umbridge wanted to attack Marietta when she changed her testimony, but Shacklebolt stepped in to prevent her.

When Dumbledore decided to escape, he was forced to incapacitate Shacklebolt along with the others to protect the Auror’s cover, but he regretted that it was necessary.

Kingsley Shacklebolt was one of the members of the Order of the Phoenix that rushed to the Department of Mysteries when they realized, thanks to a message from Severus Snape, that Harry had been lured there by Lord Voldemort.

When they arrived, they discovered Harry and five of his school friends battling with ten Death Eaters who were trying to force Harry to hand over the prophecy about Harry and Lord Voldemort. He helped overpower the Death Eaters.

Kingsley Shacklebolt After the Reveal

The Battle in the Department of Mysteries revealed that Lord Voldemort was indeed back and saw a change in regime. Cornelius Fudge was removed as the Minister for Magic for his mishandling of events and replaced by Rufus Scrimgeour.

Shacklebolt was assigned to the Muggle Prime Minister as a bodyguard. There he proved himself an excellent secretary as well as defender, capable of doing twice as much work as his Muggle predecessor.

Kingsley left his duties with the Prime Minister to attend Dumbledore’s funeral, and also to assist in transporting Harry Potter from the Dursleys to the Burrow for the last time. As Harry was about to come of age, the protection that he received from his mother and which continued while he lived with the Dursleys was due to expire, so this was an extremely dangerous moment for Harry.

In order to protect Harry, the Order devised a plan in which six other members of the Order would take Polyjuice potion to look like Harry, therefore confusing the Death Eaters if they launched an attack. Shacklebolt took Hermione disguised as Harry on a Thestral.

Despite a strong Death Eater attack, everyone made it back with the exception of Alastor Moody, who was killed.

Kingsley Shacklebolt and the Fall of the Ministry

Kingsley Shacklebolt was one of the few members of the Order of the Phoenix who was not present at Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley’s wedding on 1 August 1997, as he was working. This meant that he learned that the Ministry had been taken by Death Eaters as it happened.

He was able to send his lynx Patronus to the wedding to warn the guests. This gave Harry, Ron, and Hermione valuable seconds to get out before the Ministry and Death Eaters arrived.

Since Shacklebolt’s status as a member of the Order of the Phoenix was unknown, and he was a pure-blood wizard, he was allowed to continue working at the Ministry for Magic under the new regime. This meant that he could provide valuable information and work against the Death Eaters from the inside.

He was, however, forced to run after he broke the Taboo of saying Lord Voldemort’s name. Shacklebolt went into hiding and regularly appeared as a guest on Potterwatch, a radio station dedicated to the resistance. He used the code name Royal.

Shacklebolt answered the call to come to Hogwarts in May 1998 when Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters descended on the school. He played a major leadership role in organizing the battle. He played an integral role in the final defeat of Lord Voldemort.

Kingsley Shacklebolt as Minister for Magic

Following the death of Lord Voldemort, Shacklebolt was made Minister of Magic to lead the rebuilding of the wizarding world.

He focussed on ridding the ministry of the corruption and discrimination that the war had exposed. Many non-Death Eater witches and wizards, such as Dolores Umbridge, used the upheaval of the war to push their own anti-muggle agendas.

He also banned the use of Dementors to guard Azkaban, suggesting that it was cruel, and that the Ministry should not torture their opponents.

He eventually appointed Harry Potter the head of the Auror Office and worked with Hermione Granger to eradicate pro-pureblood laws.

Kingsley Shacklebolt Personality Type & Traits

Kingsley comes across as quietly confident and supremely competent. Even the Muggle Prime Minister was impressed by his work. He had a strong moral code, doing what is right even when it is difficult.

Kingsley Shacklebolt Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know when Kingsley Shacklebolt was born, but his personality suggests that his zodiac sign could be Virgo. People born under this sign tend to be hard working and talented, but while they know how good they are, they won’t toot their own horn. Virgos also have a strong moral code and are always guided by what they think is right.