1. A Harry Potter fan has created a Ministry of Magic website that looks just like the real UK government site.
2. We thought Harry Potter fans had exhausted every possible creative outlet for paying tribute to JK Rowling’s books.
Until we saw this brilliant recreation of the Ministry of Magic website.
It’s based on the code of the award-winning Gov.uk website, which launched in 2012 to bring almost every aspect of the UK government into one place. But the existing website doesn’t offer much for wizards.
3. The Ministry of Magic site is very like its muggle equivalent. There’s a news story stating that the transport network will be shut down for Christmas, with little in the way of explanation.
4. The Ministry of Magic’s official duties are set out using lots of management speak, just like the real website.
5. And the Ministry of Magic’s civil servants are also churning out endless official consultations and obscure statistics.
In another nod to the real Gov.uk, it’s impossible to find an out-of-hours press office number on the Ministry of Magic site.
6. The site is the work of Andy Brown, who snuck himself into the list of ministers.
Andy’s a real civil servant who built the site to show his fellow trainees what they could do with basic coding skills. Yup, we’re training Britain’s future civil servants to Ministry of Magic standards.
At the moment it’s just a very well-designed front page but he told BuzzFeed that he’s looking for help to expand it: “I’m looking into adding some actual content, but have not figure out how I’d produce it yet. Hopefully with support from fans.”
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