Accidents and Catastrophes is responsible for repairing and reversing accidental magical damage within the Magical and Muggle World. Members of this Department leap into action when magic spells go awry, particularly when magical effects are spotted by Muggles.
The Department works with other Departments to "clean up" the scene of any such event, modifying memories and reversing bewitchments. As necessary, the Department creates alternate stories to feed to the Muggle press to keep the existence of the magical community a secret.
Above all, The Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes is tasked with upholding the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. In addition to first point-of-contact response to Magical incidents, Employees of this department deal with experimental magic provisioning, spell testing and registry, event and structure concealment, and memory restoration and manufacture.
Division One - The Office of Misinformation
Originally the Office of Misinformation was a singular entity under the jurisdiction of the Department of Magical Creatures, but in 2046 it was moved to the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes to better facilitate close working relationships with the Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee and the Obliviator Headquarters. It became its own division in August 2052 and subsumed the Obliviator Headquarters, the Memory Restoration and Retrieval Bureau, and the newly formed Reminisciator Unit by December of that year. The division has a close working relationship with all other departments, particularly the Department of Magical Creatures in relation to Yeti and Kelpie sightings, the most famous being the ongoing Loch Ness Monster situation, in which the division actively works to convince Muggles that all photographic evidence of the Loch Ness Monster is fake. The Office of Misinformation liaises directly with the Muggle prime minister to seek a plausible non-magical explanation for magical events, and is the first point of contact for maintaining the integrity of the Statute of Secrecy.
Division Two - Accidental Magic Reversal Squad
The Accidental Magic Reversal Squad is the first response team for all spell-related and potion-related magical incidents in the magical and Muggle communities. They work closely with the Office of Misinformation as required, and particularly with the Department's Obliviators where Muggles are involved. Divided into two units, the Spell Reversal Agency (SRA) and the Potions Accident Response Team (PART), the Accidental Magic Reversal Squad are an on-call division, required to work at any time of the day or night, and they work closely with Magical Law Enforcement where Wizarding Laws have been broken. The Accidental Magic Reversal Squad employees are specialists in their respective fields, and a high standard of education and training is required from its agents, as well as ongoing training and further certification within the role. Due to the sheer range of incidents to which the SRA and PART field agents must attend, quick-thinking and adaptability, as well as prodigious magical ability, are a must. This division has existed in some form since the establishment of the British Ministry of Magic in the 17th Century, and as such it plays a large part in the maintenance of the Statute of Secrecy by ensuring that Magical Accidents caused by inexperienced or less-skilled Witches and Wizards are reversed before attracting Muggle notice.
Upon employment of the newest Department Head of Accidents and Catastrophes, Althea Schirmer, level 3 has been remodelled and upgraded to state of the art magical facilities to best serve the needs of the Department and those who keep the Wizarding World hidden and the Statute of Secrecy intact. The new facilities include a more efficient conference room, a practical and enjoyable employee breakroom, with a locker room, a kitchenette, a foosball table, a pool table, and the best coffee in the Ministry, a training and trial roomwhich has been set aside for employees to continually work on their skills as well as trial and tweak experimental spells, and a brand new toxicology and analysis lab with specialised equipment for magical experimentation and potions work. This is the largest laboratory in the Ministry of Magic.
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