"Ten years have passed, Sibyll," said McGonagall.
Trelawney sniffed and reached for another bon-bon. McGonagall pursed her lips at
the unnecessary display of unhappiness but didn't say anything. Her eyes stared
out of the window, out towards the snow-covered trees of the forest which
surrounded the castle.
"I often wonder if Albus would have approved of what I did."
A soft chuckle came from one of the paintings in the room, and a smiling, white-bearded figure winked at the
headmistress of Hogwarts. She could not suppress
the smile on her face.
"Aye Albus, you're probably right."
The voice of Sibyll Trelawney broke her reverie.
"So you are definitely retiring, Minerva?"
"Oh yes my dear - I have made sure the school has returned to the way it was.
But things have changed. Surely you have seen it?"
"The new Dark Wizards?"
"Oh Sibyll, such nonsense. The 'New Order' are not Dark Wizards, or followers
of," she lowered her voice more out of habit, "You-Know-Who - they are just
those who think we can learn from the Muggles."
"But Minerva, the rumours..."
"Are you telling me you trust The Prophet anymore than The Quibbler? They may be
misguided - but they are not evil."
A short silence filled the room, until the voice of the former Divinations
professor spoke up again...
"But your replacement?"
The silence was intense - with only the faint howl of the winter wind breaking
it. For some time the headmistress of Hogwarts stared out of the window.
"Kingsley has his reasons. I admit I find it somewhat... unprecedented. I do not
think a Divinations professor has ever become Headmaster at Hogwarts before..."
"First he replaced me, and now he replaces you," said Trelawney, an air of
bitterness in her voice.
Minerva McGonagall pursed her lips but decided not to reply. She gazed out of
"A wind of change is coming my friend. I DO indeed think it is time for me to move
We are set 10 years
after the end of the main story. Nine years before the 'final chapter' of the
final book. Half-way between the world we loved to read and the world hinted at
by J.K. Rowling.
SO, where are we?
We are in Hogwarts and the year (by Muggle Reckoning) is 2007. Kingsley Shacklebolt
is Minister of Magic - has been since the last war. He is respected and filled with
common sense. He is a great inspiration and in many ways the banner bearer of the ‘new
age’ of the Ministry. It is much more functional. Less prone to the blind silliness
that took place under Voldemort. Shacklebolt knows his stuff and is very popular in
his position. He acts quickly and swiftly to deal with any dangers which face Britain.
In many ways it's a golden age. And the tales and stories of the world continue.
This is the world after the Final War with Voldemort. The Death Eaters were met
at the Battle of Hogwarts and were destroyed. Obliterated. The Minister of Magic
began an ongoing crusade against ALL members. Those not killed have been hounded
out of the country and/or sent to Azkaban. The Dementor population decimated in
the war, the world a much happier place.
The Ministry STILL reflects Wizarding Society - and the Wizards of Britain are
still as they were ten years ago. They are conservative and private people. They
value ‘minding your own business’. They value the idea of being ‘left alone’.
MOST Wizards and Witches live away from each other - surrounded by Muggles in
Being allowed to get on with it all.
Being free to live as they damn well please.
"The Minister is a VERY smart and excellent man."
"But Mr Biedermann, that is the third time someone has stolen from you in the
last month. Surely the Minister should..."
"The Minister is doing nothing, Mr. Franks."
"Which is why he is such a good minister. Ministers who like to 'do things' are
tinkerers. And a tinkerer always breaks things. Remember that."
There are changes.
A new headmaster strides the corridors of Hogwarts - and this one is young they
say. New. he joined after the War. Some say he was the most inspired Divinations
professor in twenty generations. Others say that a mysterious 'incident' during
his time in Hogwarts blights his time as a student and may come back to haunt
the school forever.
There are changes.
A new sense of 'reformation' fills the minds of many. A decade since the Dark
Lord fell? Maybe it's time to reform a few things. Against them many state
angrily that the traditions and values that many died to protect could even be
contemplated and changed.
Wizardry is as divided as always.
"I really do not understand why he was so hostile - all I
did was suggest that perhaps we should elect the Minister of Magic! By vote!
There was no need to hex me!"
This then, is our world... a world of adventure, and excitement, of the past and
the future to come; of students and professors; of centaurs and trolls.
This is the World of Rowling... as visualised by fans, with respect and
admiration and excitement; this is living fan-fiction; this is a world of
creativity, imagination, and excitement.
This is The World of Hogwarts.
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