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Rufus Scrimgeour

"Rufus is a man of action and, having fought Dark wizards for most of his working life, does not under-estimate Lord Voldemort."  --Albus Dumbledore (HBP4)

Rufus Scrimgeour

Rufus Scrimgeour was head of the Auror Office of the Ministry of Magic when he was tapped to replace Cornelius Fudge as Minister of Magic.

Scrimgeour took over at a dangerous time, when the return of Voldemort had been revealed and the Wizarding world was in turmoil. Scrimgeour was a warrior and took the threat of the Dark Lord very seriously indeed, but his approach to the situation was not all that different from that of his successor. He created new bureaucracy and printed warning pamphlets and, when quick successes didn’t happen, arrested innocent people to make it look like he was doing something.

He pestered first Dumbledore and then Harry to get “The Chosen One” to be seen supporting the Ministry, thereby bolstering its image in the public eye. When Harry wouldn’t cooperate, Scrimgeour became angry and said that it was time the boy showed some respect. Harry responded that it was time Scrimgeour earned it.

When the Ministry fell to the Death Eaters on 1 August 1997, Scrimgeour was killed. Reports indicate that he died under torture, refusing to reveal where Harry was (DH11).

Scrimgeour was described as having a leonine air about him. His tawny hair had streaks of gray in it. He wore wire-rimmed spectacles and walked with a limp (HBP1).


Rufus Scrimgeour is possibly related to Brutus Scrimgeour, but this is not confirmed as canon. The surname, however, is not very common.


Harsh, persistent leader.

Rufus Scrimgeour
Gender Male
Dates Died 1 August 1997
Species / Race Wizard
Hair Tawny hair with streaks of gray
Eyes Yellow
Distinguishing Features Described as having a leonine air about him, wore wire-rimmed spectacles, walked with a limp
Profession Minister for Magic, Head of the Auror Office
First Introduced HBP1



'Scrimgeour' = a Scottish clan name. It probably originated from a nickname meaning "skirmisher" (a version of "escrimeur," French for "swordsman").

'Rufus'=Latin for "red-haired."


Rufus Scrimgeour is played by Bill Nighy in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (IMDb).


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