Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Kingsley Shacklebolt
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Role in the Books
We first see Kingsley Shacklebolt as he is introduced to Harry as part of the Advance Guard, there to take him from Number Four, Privet Drive to the Order's Headquarters. He is also mentioned to be handling the Ministry's search for Sirius Black, which allows him to selectively give weight to misleading rumors about the fugitive.
As Arthur Weasley accompanies Harry to the Ministry before his hearing, they pass through the Auror division. Kingsley stops him and demands information on any reported flying vehicles, something that would be in Arthur's purview, as it is believed Sirius Black may still be using his flying motorcycle. In an undertone, Arthur invites him back to Headquarters for dinner, and Kingsley says that Sirius might be interested in an article in the magazine he's just handed Arthur. (We later hear that Harry guesses the magazine in question to be the Quibbler, which is carrying a story about Sirius in fact being one Stubby Boardman, a popular singing star.)
Kingsley is one of two Aurors who accompany Cornelius Fudge to Professor Dumbledore's office at the time of the attempted expulsion of Harry for violating an Educational Decree. Kingsley surreptitiously alters the memory of Dolores Umbridge's star witness, so that the evidence against Harry is not available. He warns Umbridge when she starts physically shaking that same witness, Marietta Edgecombe. And when the attempt is made to arrest Dumbledore, he does nothing, but allows himself to be knocked out alongside Fudge, Umbridge, and his fellow Auror Dawlish.
It is mentioned that Kingsley Shacklebolt has become assistant to the Muggle Prime Minister, in order to protect the Prime Minister against the use of Dark Magic.
Vernon Dursley is visited early in the summer by Kingsley and Arthur Weasley, who tell him that Harry's magical protection will end on his seventeenth birthday, and that the Dursley family would then be at risk. They offer the services of some members of the Order of the Phoenix to hide and protect Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley. Vernon later voices dissatisfaction with the arrangements; it seems he has seen Kingsley on TV, as secretary to the Muggle Prime Minister, and is reassured by his proximity to power, but wants to know why Kingsley hasn't been assigned to Vernon's family.
It is mentioned shortly after Christmas that Kingsley had used Lord Voldemort's name, and as a result was surrounded by Death Eaters. He had fought his way out and was now on the run.
In March, Ron manages to tune in the pirate wireless program "Potterwatch". Lee Jordan, as "River", introduces "Royal", easily identifiable by his voice as Kingsley, who gives information about the current state of the Wizarding government. "Royal" talks about heavy casualties among the Muggles, and approves of wizards who have acted to protect the Muggles from harm, often without the Muggles' knowledge.
Between the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the epilogue Nineteen Years After, Kingsley becomes Minister for Magic and makes many changes that make the Wizarding World "a sunnier one".
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