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Pius Thicknesse Character Analysis: Imperius Minister for Magic

Pius Thicknesse Character Analysis: Imperius Minister for Magic

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Pius Thicknesse was a Ministry of Magic official who was placed under the Imperius Curse and made Minister for Magic when the Ministry fell under Lord Voldemort’s control.

About Pius Thicknesse

BornPre 1980
Blood StatusPure Blood or Half Blood
OccupationHead of Magical Law Enforcement
Minister for Magic
PatronusUnknown
HouseUnknown
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignLibra (speculative)

Pius Thicknesse Biography

Pius Thicknesse was a British Wizard who built a career for himself within the Ministry for Magic. When Amelia Bones was murdered by Lord Voldemort in the summer of 1996, he was promoted to her former position as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement.

This made Thicknesse a key official within the Ministry, managing the largest department and having significant contact with all the other heads of department. For this reason, in 1997 the Death Eater Corban Yaxley targeted him and placed him under the Imperius Curse.

Under the curse, Thicknesse trapped Harry Potter in the home of the Dursleys on Privett Drive by making it an imprisonable offense to connect the house to the Floo Network, place a Portkey there, or Apparate in or out.

Harry also still had the underage wizard trace on him, so if anyone cast a spell within the vicinity of the house, the Ministry would know.

It was these measures that largely influenced the plan to move Harry from Privett Drive to the Burrow in 1997 that resulted in the Battle of the Seven Potters.

Pius Thickness as Minister for Magic

On 1 August 1997, the Death Eaters removed Rufus Scrimgeour as Minister for Magic, torturing and killing him. They placed their puppet Pius Thicknesse in his place and told the Daily Prophet that Scrimgeour had resigned.

As Lord Voldemort’s puppet, he installed a statue in the Atrium of the Ministry depicting a wizard and a witch sitting on a throne made from Muggle bodies and inscribed with the motto Magic is Might.

He installed many Death Eaters in Ministry positions, including Yaxley as the new Head of Magical Law Enforcement. He also approved Severus Snape as the new Headmaster of Hogwarts to succeed Albus Dumbledore. Attendance became mandatory for all school-age witches and wizards, and they were required to show proof of their blood status to attend.

He supported the Ministry’s hunting down and imprisonment of Muggle-born wizards, claiming that they could only have gained magical abilities by stealing them from a real wizard.

When Harry Potter was disguised as the Death Eater Runcorn using Polyjuice Potion, Thicknesse expressed the opinion to him that blood traitors were as bad as mud bloods. It is unclear whether this was his opinion or the result of the curse.

He also declared Harry Potter “Undesirable No 1” and told the public that he was wanted for questioning in connection with the death of Albus Dumbledore.

Thicknesse was among the Death Eaters who descended on Hogwarts with Lord Voldemort. He was fully masked and hooded, but his mask slid off while he was dueling with Percy Weasley.

After the battle, Thicknesse would have been one of the wizards who emerged from the influence of the Imperius Curse. Nevertheless, he was removed from his position. Kingsley Shacklebolt was named temporary Minister for Magic, which later became permanent.

Pius Thicknesse Personality Type & Traits

It is difficult to judge Thicknesse’s character since he spent most of his time under the Imperius Curse. But he must have been a capable wizard to have been made Head of Magical Law Enforcement before this time.

He must have had a strong will. Yaxley shared that it was extremely difficult to place him under the Imperius Curse.

He does not seem to have objected or tried to retain his position after the fall of the Death Eaters. This may suggest that he was ashamed of what he had unwillingly done, despite the views of pure-blood and blood traitors that he espoused.

Pius Thicknesse Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know when Pius Thicknesse was born, but it must have been before 1980. He was probably born significantly earlier. His zodiac sign could be Libra, as these are the members of the zodiac most likely to enter law enforcement.