Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Pius Thicknesse
|Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Character|
|Loyalty||Lord Voldemort (under Imperius curse)|
Pius Thicknesse is a fairly high-ranking civil servant who rises through the ranks in the Ministry of Magic, eventually becoming Minister.
Role in the Books
While Pius is never named in this book, he is apparently promoted to head the Department of Magical Law Enforcement upon the death of Amelia Bones.
In the first mention of Pius Thicknesse by name, Yaxley reports that he has placed an Imperius curse on the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Lord Voldemort says that this is good, but Thicknesse is only one man; in order to take over the Ministry, Rufus Scrimgeour must be surrounded by those loyal to Voldemort.
Thicknesse apparently is the source of the set of regulations regarding Portkeys, Apparition, and use of the Floo network in the houses on Privet Drive. Ostensibly designed to protect Harry from Dark wizards dropping in, the actual purpose seems to be to enable monitoring of Harry's movements. It is because of these regulations that Harry must leave Privet Drive by means of Sirius Black's flying motorcycle.
After the death of Rufus Scrimgeour, Pius Thicknesse is appointed Minister for Magic.
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter the Ministry to try and retrieve the locket Horcrux, Harry and Hermione are on the lift (elevator) as it reaches the first level, which is dedicated to the Ministry and support staff. Pius Thicknesse is there talking with Dolores Umbridge, who is waiting for the lift.
While Harry is searching Umbridge's office for the locket, Thicknesse comes in to leave a note for her; luckily, Harry has just completed his search, and is hiding under the Invisibility Cloak so Thicknesse does not see him.
Thicknesse takes part in the battle at Hogwarts at the end of the book. Fighting on the side of the Death Eaters, he is incapacitated by a hex from Percy Weasley. Percy tells him that the hex constitutes his resignation.
Seen in passing in the second battle, Pius was being 'floored' by Percy and Arthur Weasley.
Relationships with Other Characters
There has been rather a lot of controversy about the name, with many Catholics seeing it as a jab at Pope Pius. However, one possibility is that rather than the first name being a jab at someone, the two names together describe his character. This is quite common in this work; one need look no further than Rubeus Hagrid or Remus Lupin to see the common thread between the two names of the characters. At least one Catholic commentator has mentioned the church type that would be described as a "pious thickness", the member of the congregation who believes what he is told to believe, but is unable to understand why. Usually, this person is an enabler for the Umbridge in the congregation, laughing on Umbridge's cue, following Umbridge's lead, and never being able to explain why. One can't help but think that such a person would be uniquely susceptible to the Imperius curse, and in fact might not even need to be cursed to follow the instructions he is given.