The registered lycanthrope, Galen Ward, was convicted of criminally negligent manslaughter in 2032 when The Council of Magical Law determined that he intentionally skipped his final dose of wolfsbane potion, resulting in the death of his 15-year-old sister, Margo Ward.
Ward’s five year sentence was cut short following his trial on Tuesday evening, wherein the convicted asked for forgiveness, claiming no malicious intent and remorse for his actions. We reached out to his attorneys, Bertrand and Seymour Mudgrove, who specialize in the defense of magical minorities. “Galen Ward poses no threat. He regrets his actions, and has vowed before the Council of Magical Law to take his wolfsbane potion as directed.”
Ward was released for ‘good behavior’ and granted parole for the remainder of his sentence under the active supervision of a magical law enforcement officer. The conditions set forth include frequent meetings and a strict wolfsbane regimen, with the understanding that failure to comply with these conditions could result in immediate incarceration.
The incident initially sparked outrage from members of community, with many parents fearing for the safety of their children. Much of the blame fell on Hogwarts administration, resulting in the removal of former Headmaster Arthur Weasley.
Surrounded by an aura of skepticism, the prestigious school experienced a drop in attendance in the year following the attack. In an effort to revitalize its tarnished reputation, the current Headmistress Flamel implemented a hard-hitting system to ensure the safety of the student body, including the the use of the ceiling shackles as a disciplinary measure.
The original terms of Ward’s sentence were controversial, prompting protests from anti-werewolf advocates for a harsher punishment. Ellis Langley, conservative journalist and editor of the Warlock Review, claimed that a light sentence and lack of consequences only encouraged radical werewolf groups to abstain from their wolfsbane potions. “They are animals – they are a danger to society,” he said. “I think they should be segregated for our own protection, or at least wear some sort of identifying marker.”
This statement was met by an uproar from werewolf sympathizers and werewolf rights activists. “Not all werewolves are murderers, and it is only through harboring fear and mistrust that the disparity between beast and man grows larger. At the moment of transmission, those plagued by lycanthropy are at an immediate disadvantage in society. We must use any means necessary to protect ourselves and our community,” said Anita Zhao, founder of The Lone Wolf, an not-for-profit organization that shelters battered and homeless lycanthropes.
With tensions high in the werewolf community, it’s unclear weather or not this development will serve as a catalyst in the werewolf-rights movement, or simply result in more carnage.
“They’re an unstable group,” said Langley. “We can’t let them run wild, or else we’ll keep seeing things like this happen. I hate to say I told you so.”
We also reached out to Ward’s muggle parents for a comment, but we received no response.