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The Fudge Family
Fudge, Cornelius Oswald Fudge, Cornelius Oswald
Cornelius Oswald Fudge is a portly, little man with rumpled, gray hair and small feet. He normally wears a pinstriped bottle-green suit, scarlet tie, long black cloak, pointed purple boots and a lime-green bowler that he twirls in his hands when nervous. He was the Minister of Magic until 1996; prior to becoming Minister, Fudge was Junior Minister in the Department of Magical Catastrophes. He became Minister over Bartemius Crouch, whom the public lost confidence in after his son was revealed to be a Death Eater. Fudge used to ask Albus Dumbledore for advice every day until he got it into his head that Dumbledore was after his job. When Dumbledore and Harry Potter began claiming that Voldemort had returned in 1995, Fudge just refused to believe them. He had enough to deal with without their nonsense. He used the Daily Prophet to circulate rumors saying Dumbledore had lost his mind and made it clear that anyone supporting Dumbledore had no place in the Ministry. He did the same thing with Potter and hoped to discredit him further by expelling him from school for defending himself against Dementors. Fudge wanted more control over Hogwarts and passed many decrees throughout the year to get it. He stationed a Ministry official, Dolores Umbridge, at the school as the DADA professor. Umbridge got progressively more power as she became the High Inquisitor and then interim Headmistress. They did not allow the students to actually perform any spells in DADA because Fudge was afraid Dumbledore would use them to form an army against the Ministry. It was not until he was faced with Voldemort in the Ministry itself that he was forced to admit the truth. By that time, however, he had wasted an entire year insisting to the public that they were safe and preoccupied with foolish worries about losing his job. So of course, the magical community screamed for his resignation. Fudge was removed from office in July of 96, but he stayed on in an advisory capacity, mainly filling the Muggle Prime Minister in on current events.

Fudge, Mrs. Fudge, Mrs.
The wife of Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge.

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