Amelia Bones

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Madam Amelia Susan Bones was the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in the Ministry of Magic under Cornelius Fudge, until she was murdered personally by Lord Voldemort.


[edit] Character development

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[edit] Appearances

[edit] Fifth book

When Harry Potter and his Muggle cousin, Dudley were attacked by Dementors during the summer holidays of 1995[1], he was accused of breaching the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery and expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After Albus Dumbledore intervened on Harry's behalf, they decided to postpone any punishment until he attends a disciplinary hearing on the twelfth of August.[2]

This was meant to take place in Amelia Bones' office where she would question him. However when Harry arrived at the Ministry with Arthur Weasley (mercifully three hours early), his colleague Perkins rushed in with the news that the hearing was now taking place at 8am in Courtroom Ten.[3] Rather than an interview, Harry was to be tried by the full Wizengamot. Albus Dumbledore arrived barely in time to defend Harry in the proceedings. Amelia Bones was present at the trial in her role as Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, interrogated Harry.[4]

During the trial, Amelia Bones helped to keep the trial fair in the face of Fudge's aggressive interrogation. She was impressed with Harry's magical ability, being able to produce what she called a corporeal Patronus. She was surprised and disturbed at the presence of Dementors in the Muggle world when they were supposed to be under the Ministry's control, though the Minister cut her off before she could pursue this line of questioning. Dumbledore appealed to her in order to present a witness on Harry's behalf. She questioned her closely and when she had heard her story, Madam Bones is convinced and is unafraid to voice her opinion against Fudge's. In the face of the evidence and Dumbledore's appeal, Harry was cleared.[4]

When Madam Bones' niece, Susan Bones goes to the Hog's Head in Hogsmeade to hear Harry out about Voldemort and join a Defence Against the Dark Arts class (which became Dumbledore's Army), Susan asks Harry whether it is true that he can produce a Patronus. Harry recognises her use of the term 'corporeal patronus' and Susan admits that Amelia Bones had told her about the hearing. This helped to impress the group with Harry's abilities after a sticky moment where Harry refused to talk about Cedric Diggory.[5]

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"We think He Who Must Not Be Named may have murdered her in person, because she was a very gifted witch and - and all the evidence was that she put up a real fight." - Cornelius Fudge[6]

When Cornelius Fudge reports to the Muggle Prime Minister in the summer of 1996, they briefly discuss the death of Amelia Bones. She had been killed in a room that was locked from the inside, which confused the policemen and drew attention in the Muggle press. The Head of the Auror Office, Rufus Scrimgeour, had succeeded Fudge as Minister for Magic. In his previous role he would have been under Amelia Bones as part of the Deparment of Magical Law Enforcement.

When Harry Potter is picked up by Dumbledore from the Dursleys, he also brings up the subject of Madam Bones' murder, saying that he was sorry. Albus Dumbledore seems a little upset at her death.[7]

[edit] Portrayals within films

Amelia Bones is played by Sian Thomas in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

[edit] Characterisation

[edit] Outward appearance

A broad, square-jawed witch with very short grey hair sat on Fudge's left; she wore a monocle and looked forbidding.[4]

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"Amelia Bones is OK, Harry," said Tonks earnestly. "She's fair, she'll hear you out."[3]

When trying to expell Harry Potter, Cornelius Fudge seems to have gone out of his way to keep Amelia Bones' input to a minimum. Not only did he change the previous practice of holding a hearing for breaches of underage sorcery in her office with her as questioner to being tried by the full Wizengamot, in previous trials it has been the job of the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to interrogate the accused.[8] In this trial, the Minister for Magic took that role. This was possibly in part because Fudge held the same opinion as Tonks, and realised on some level that in a fair trial Harry would not be charged.

During the trial she was forthright and gave what seemed to be her honest opinion, even though it went against that of her boss. She seemed unbiased and to have a desire that justice is carried out. When she looked at Fudge following a statement from a witness who had said what he didn't want to hear, he was unable to meet Madam Bones' eyes before declaring that the witness' statement had not been convincing. Her voice is described as booming and she comes across as a strong individual.

On Madam Bones' death the characters who mention her - Cornelius Fudge, Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter - all seem sorry at her death. Dumbledore calls her death a terrible loss and Fudge says that morale in the Ministry was low, afterwards. She seems to have been well respected.

[edit] Magical accomplishments and skills

"She was a great witch." - Albus Dumbledore[7]

Both Cornelius Fudge and Albus Dumbledore comment on Amelia Bones' magical talent. She was skilled enough at duelling that they can assume that Voldemort would have to have been the one to kill her, and that she could put up a fight against him. However he still proved better than her.

[edit] Possessions

A monocle.

[edit] Family

Amelia has a niece in the same year as Harry, Susan Bones.[5] Susan said that she also had another aunt, an uncle and cousins who were murdered by a Death Eater.[9] Amelia's parents were both murdered by Voldemort.[10] The Muggle press reported that Amelia Bones lived alone.[6]

[edit] Additional Canon

During an interview J. K. Rowling has said that Susan Bones lost her grandparents to Lord Voldemort.[10]

[edit] The Films

In the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Amelia Bones was killed during the winter, according to an article in the Daily Prophet seen being read.

[edit] References

  1. J. K. Rowling, OotP 1
  2. J. K. Rowling, OotP 2
  3. 3.0 3.1 J. K. Rowling, OotP 7
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J. K. Rowling, OotP 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 J. K. Rowling, OotP 16
  6. 6.0 6.1 J. K. Rowling, HBP 1
  7. 7.0 7.1 J. K. Rowling, HBP 4
  8. J. K. Rowling, GoF 30
  9. J. K. Rowling, OotP 25
  10. 10.0 10.1 Barnes and Noble & Yahoo! chat with J.K. Rowling (2000), Accio Quote: Barnes and Noble & Yahoo! chat with J.K. Rowling