Minister Ottaline Gambol (b.19 January 1881–d. 1994) was a British Minister for Magic who was in office between 1929 and 1939. Fascinated with Muggle technology, she "daring[ly] and controversial[ly]" proposed the train as a solution to the age-old dilemma of how to transport hundreds of students to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry without attracting non-magic attention, leading to the creation of the Hogwarts Express.
Ottaline Gambol was born in 1881 and became classmate with Albus Dumbledore, she was sorted into Ravenclaw, however as Dumbledore had been sorted into Gryffindor. Gambol was a brilliant student in History of Magic, Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts.
As Minister for Magic
In 1929, Ottaline Gambol rose to the office of Minister for Magic and proved to be effective in the solution of the problem of how to transport hundreds of students to and from Hogwarts Castle without attracting the Muggles' attention.
When Ottaline Gambol rose to the office of Minister, she made a daring and controversial suggestion to solve the problem: intrigued by the Muggle technology, the Minister saw the potential of using a train as a secure and comfortable alternative to Portkeys. Thus the Hogwarts Express came to be. Where the locomotive was actually obtained from remains unknown, but there are classified files at the Ministry of Magic pertaining to a large-scale operation involving one hundred and sixty-seven Memory Charms, as well as the biggest Concealment Charm ever performed in Britain. The morning after this operation, the residents of Hogsmeade awoke to find a railway station that had not been there previously, and Muggle railway employees in Crewe had the feeling they had misplaced something, which stayed with them for the rest of the year.
In 1939, already 48 years old, Ottaline decided to leave his post as Minister for Magic and then had to choose his successor. For this, she made a careful study of the most suitable case for succeed her, then chose the head of the Wizengamot Administration Services, Tarvos Parkinson as the new Minister for Magic.
She died of natural causes in 1994.
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