1998 (aged 37)
- Arthur Weasley: "One moment, Runcorn. I hear you had information about Dirk Cresswell... You tracked down the wizard who faked his family tree, didn’t you?"
- Harry Potter (as Albert Runcorn): "I – so what if I did?"
- Arthur Weasley: "So Dirk Cresswell is ten times the wizard you are. And if he survives Azkaban, you’ll have to answer to him, not to mention his wife, his sons, and his friends..."
- — Arthur Weasley confronts Albert Runcorn (Harry Potter in disguise)[src]
Dirk Cresswell (c.1960s- 1998) was a Muggle-born wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1970s, becoming a favourite student of Potions Professor Horace Slughorn. One of Dirk's most notable traits is his fluency in Gobbledegook. After graduating, he went to work at the Ministry of Magic and eventually became Head of the Goblin Liaison Office. Many of his colleagues, such as Arthur Weasley, considered him a great wizard. When the Ministry was taken over by Lord Voldemort, Dirk attempted to use a forged family tree in order to claim wizarding heritage but was discovered by Albert Runcorn. He went on the run to avoid the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, but was eventually caught and killed by Snatchers.
Career at the Ministry of MagicEdit
After leaving Hogwarts, Dirk went to work for the Ministry of Magic, succeeding Cuthbert Mockridge as the Head of the Goblin Liaison Office by 1996. He remained in contact with Professor Slughorn and passed on news about internal affairs at Gringotts Wizarding Bank to him.
Muggle-Born Registration CommissionEdit
During the height of the Second Wizarding War, the Ministry of Magic was taken over by Lord Voldemort in 1997. Shortly after, it began persecuting Muggle-born wizards and witches, beginning with the formation of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission and the Snatchers organisations. Muggle-borns were accused of having stolen magic and sentenced to Azkaban for it.
Dirk arranged with an old colleague to create a false family tree so that it appeared he was of a different blood status. However, Albert Runcorn, a merciless and powerful Ministry official, found him out, and Dirk was arrested. En route to Azkaban, Dirk stunned Auror John Dawlish, who he believed someone may have Confunded, and stole his Broomstick, using it to escape.
On the runEdit
Dirk then went on the run, eventually meeting up with fellow fugitives Ted Tonks and Dean Thomas, as well as goblins Griphook and Gornuk, and they proceeded to stay on the move throughout the countryside. One night, they were eavesdropped upon by Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger, who were hiding in a magical tent. When Ted Tonks told Dirk about Albus Dumbledore's death, Dirk told him that he did not believe Snape killed Dumbledore. They also discussed the Weasley family, who was in danger. It is possible that Dean Thomas made Dirk believe that Harry Potter was the Chosen One.
Eventually, the group was caught by a gang of Snatchers led by Fenrir Greyback, perhaps due to breaking the Taboo curse on Lord Voldemort's name. Dirk, Ted, and Gornuk were killed resisting capture.
The death of Dirk Cresswell and his comrades was announced on Potterwatch, as the Daily Prophet had ceased reporting deaths caused by Voldemort's regime. Dirk left behind a wife and at least two sons.
The name "Dirk" is the short form of Diederik. The name was popularized in the English-speaking world by actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who had some Dutch ancestry. This is also the Scots word for a type of dagger.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Like Ted Tonks and Gornuk, Dirk Cresswell was cut from the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, although all three are mentioned on radio to have been killed.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows(First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game) (Mentioned only)
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