FANDOM


The Order of Merlin (abbreviated O.M.) was an award bestowed upon wizards and witches who had achieved great things for the wizarding world. It had three different levels: First Class, Second Class, and Third Class.

History

Merlin1

Merlin, the most famous wizard of his era, for whom the Order of Merlin award was named

An organisation called the Order of Merlin was founded by Merlin in the Middle Ages. Merlin believed that wizards and witches should help Muggles, and, thus, the Order of Merlin established rules against the use of magic on Muggles.

The award known as the Order of Merlin was created in commemoration of Merlin and was first given out by the Wizengamot in the 15th century. It is unknown whether this award was connected to the earlier organisation of the same name.

As often happens with such highly coveted awards, Ministry of Magic favourites seem to receive the Order of Merlin, especially the higher classes, more often than one might expect. Notable unworthy recipients are Cornelius Fudge, who gave it to himself despite his less-than-distinguishable career, and Arcturus Black III, who was widely believed to have bought it by loaning the Ministry a large amount of gold.

Appearance and classes

The Order of Merlin consisted of a "handsome" golden medal which hung on a coloured ribbon indicating its class.[1]

There were three different classes of Order of Merlin that were awarded:

  • First Class: Awarded for "acts of outstanding bravery or distinction" in magic. The colour of the ribbon for this class was green, which was believed to represent Merlin's Hogwarts house, Slytherin.
  • Second Class: Awarded for "achievement or endeavour beyond the ordinary." The colour of the ribbon for this class was purple.
  • Third Class: Awarded to individuals who "have made a contribution to our store of knowledge or entertainment." The colour of the ribbon for this class was white.

Known recipients

Order of Merlin, First Class

Portrait Name Date Notes
Albus Dumbledore (HBP promo) 1 Albus Dumbledore 1945
Minister Leonard Spencer-Moon
Awarded for his defeat of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, effectively putting an end to the global wizarding war.
Finnnhudson Finn Hudson 2000
Minister Garrett Douglas
Awarded for his defeat of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, effectively putting an end to the First Wizarding War.
Brentonbrodyhudson Brody Hudson 2000
Minister Garrett Douglas
Awarded for his defeat of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, effectively putting an end to the First Wizarding War.
Logan-lerman-scandal Patrick Dunbar 2000
Minister Garrett Douglas
Awarded for his defeat of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, effectively putting an end to the First Wizarding War.
Liampiee Liam Dunbar 2000
Minister Garrett Douglas
Awarded for his defeat of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, effectively putting an end to the First Wizarding War.

Order of Merlin, Second Class

Portrait Name Date Notes
NewtCrop2 Newton Scamander 1979
Minister Harold Minchum
Awarded "in recognition of his services to the study of magical beasts, Magizoology".

Order of Merlin, Third Class

Portrait Name Date Notes

Cite error: <ref> tags exist, but no <references/> tag was found

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.