Department of Mysteries
Organization Information

At least before 1673

Key Members

Unknown Unspeakable

"No witch nor wizard, bar the Unspeakables, actually know what happens down there."
— On the Department of Mysteries

The Department of Mysteries, located on the second lowest level of the Ministry, and home to the Unspeakables, is responsible for carrying out classified research on a medley of subjects, such as love, space, thought, time, death and others. Only few know what is located in the department, and even fewer know what takes place there.

Due to the vital importance of the department, they answer to none. The Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement cannot assert his authority over them, and no Minister for Magic has succeeded in their attempts either. That said, although their work is completely secret, it is always in the interest of the Magical world and its people, and so in some cases, the department may reveal important discoveries to the witch or wizards it may concern.

The Veil can be found in the department, as well as the Hall of Prophecies.

Current Department of Mysteries:

As of 2026, this is the current list of Unspeakables:

Roles & Duties:

Head of the Department of Mysteries:

The Head of the Department of Mysteries is responsible for the management, coordination and organisation of the Department of Mysteries and all its Unspeakables within it. It can be considered that they perform the same tasks and research as the other Unspeakables, just with the added responsibility of overseeing the entire Department.


The Unspeakable's work is mostly unknown. Within the department, it is possible that they do their research inside the chambers dedicated to a particular field of mystery, such as within the Time Chamber, Love Chamber, Thought Chamber or the Death Chamber, and that a great deal of inward thinking is required.

Behind the Scenes

  • The Department of Mysteries can be found in the virtual world Second Life® @ Mischief Managed, a devotional sim created by Anya Ohmai and voluntarily maintained by various creative Administrators and players. You can find out more information here: