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Minister Granger-Weasley

On top of the steps leading up to Gringotts Bank, centered between the towering marble pillars of its entrance, stood a highly polished wooden podium. Its front panel was emblazoned with the seal of the Ministry of Magic, and its golden letters glinted in the early morning sunlight, capturing the attention of curious passersby and those who were already eagerly awaiting Minister Granger-Weasley's appearance. The rest of the round staircase was roped off and definitely protected by invisible magic, save for one small opening in which Ministry security allowed rather unimpressed and disgruntled looking goblins through.

 

Security trolls and magical law enforcement surrounded the area in front of the podium which had been reserved for the crowd, with Ministry officials nearby to increase the space if necessary. Being that today's conference affected the majority of wizarding kind, the area was expected to fill rather quickly.

 

Minister Granger-Weasley exited Flourish & Blotts, followed closely behind by two intense looking wizards - she'd explained it wasn't necessary for an escort, but the Minister of Magic had no say in these matters, apparently. One benefit to their company was that they would be able to haul her book purchases - Ron had always told her she was a stress reader and the half dozen bags in her security's arms proved him right, for once - while she could concentrate on breathing through the inevitable anxiety that accompanied the seriousness of today's discussion.

 

Hermione had never struggled with words, but today it was key that she used the right ones. As the clock struck nine, she stepped solemnly up to the podium and began to speak.

 

"Good morning, everyone, and welcome."

 

"On Friday, November eighth, students at Hogwarts were victim to a large scale, unprovoked werewolf attack. Before going any further, I would like to offer my sincere apologies and respect to the students and families who have been affected by this tragedy."

 

"I have met with the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to discuss strategies in strengthening its response time to suspected werewolf attacks. We will be implementing changes in the coming weeks to expand upon efficiency and training."

 

"I have also met with Headmistress McGonagall, who has been very helpful in guiding Hogwarts staff and students through safety and security guidelines. The wards at Hogwarts will be reinforced and inspected twice a year, and additional measures will be taken to increase security against werewolves and similar threats."

 

"Our Healers from St. Mungo's have set up a temporary medical ward in the school's hospital wing to assist with injuries as well as emotional distress, and will be continuing visitation throughout the school year."

 

"I now open the discussion to all of you."

 

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Welcome to the public forum!

 

You are free to ask questions to Minister Granger-Weasley regarding the attack at Hogwarts, however in order to keep her from being flooded with inquiries all at once, we ask that you do the following:

 

1) Raise your hand

Please post a short RP to begin with. At the bottom of your post, choose a number between 1 and 50.

 

2) The Minister will select you to ask your question

The closest number will be selected via number randomizer.

 

3) Ask your question

This may be as short or long as you would like, although please keep it to one question at a time. One line questions are acceptable. Please keep them relevant to the topic.

 

4) The Minister will respond

Please note that your character may or may not like the Minister's response. Details and explanations are not guaranteed.

 

5) The Minister will then select another

And the cycle continues.

 

As of now, there is no closing date to this thread. You will be updated if that changes.

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Trudy Veritas

Trudy had arrived at the press conference with a full pack of Quick Quotes Quills. This werewolf attack on Hogwarts was the biggest ministry scandal that she'd seen in years, and she was certain that the next set of shows that she put out on the attack were going to be great ratings boosters. 

 

The Minister's opening statement was the usual boring tripe. Blah blah blah, I feel so sorry for the families who were affected, blah blah blah. Aurors and Hogwarts staff were going to be reviewing policies blah blah blah. This attack was completely unprecedented, and the Minister was totally failing to address how it was going to impact their community. 

 

"Minister! Trudy Veritas from The Truth on the Wizarding Wireless Network--the last time a werewolf attack happened at Hogwarts, it was because of a student werewolf, Galen Ward. Were any students bitten in the attack, and if so, what measures is the Ministry prepared to take to make sure that other students are being kept safe from those who have become werewolves?"
 

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Lillian Wayland

Unlike many reporters here, Lillian was here to get the dirty details. She was a gossip columnist, and while she sympathized with those attacked and their families, having been victim of a death eater attack while at Hogwarts, she had a job to do. This was her chance. She’d been working at the magazine for young witches, Shimmer for a couple years now, and if she could just publish a groundbreaking article, she knew it might just be enough to land her the job she so coveted: becoming a gossip columnist at Witch Weekly.

 

So, Lillian was going to do whatever it took to expose the dirty laundry that was surely involved in this attack by extracting any gossip she could on it. She wasn’t here for the stories on how Hogwarts would be increasing its security and the hard, boring facts. She was here for the juicy stuff. The scandalous stuff. She stood at the front, ensuring her otherwise short stature could be seen, and raised one perfectly manicured hand into the air when they were given permission to, a question right on the tip of her tongue.

 

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Edit: I wasn't sure if I was supposed to ask a question in this post or wait until my number was selected to ask - the instructions made me think the latter. Let me know if I did it wrong and I can edit in a question to this post? 

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Gray Samson

Finding out about Damian’s daughter hadn’t been as much as a shock to Gray’s system as finding out that the school had been attacked with her in it, and that she had been hurt pretty badly. When Damian had told him the news, Gray’s first thought had wandered to the children he’d accidentally taken to Romania with him, two years ago, and whether they were all okay (he didn’t share that worry with Damian), but eventually, all his worries were only reserved for Kay.

 

Gray had been keeping a tight surveillance of everything that was happening through the Wizard Wireless, and had jumped at the first chance to go to the conference, wishing there had been a similar system in place when Hogwarts had been attacked by Death Eaters when he had still been a student there. The memory was still unpleasant, and his mind rebelled to distance itself from it.

 

“I promise everything’s going to be okay,” he whispered to Damian, who had insisted on accompanying him. Gray was holding onto him, afraid of letting go of him for even a second. He turned his eyes to the Minister, trying to take everything she said under good faith, but Gray was upset, especially after hearing some of the questions coming from the other adults present.

 

He stepped forward, disentangling himself from Damian, and taking his hand instead. “Minister,” he started, voice rough with tension. “This isn’t the first time such an attack has happened at Hogwarts. Why isn’t more being done to protect our children?”

 

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Isabelle Costantini

The attack at Hogwarts was the talk of the town. It’d been on everyone’s lips, all that anyone could talk about, and for good reason. When Isabelle heard about the children from her alma mater being attacked under the cloak of night by werewolves—sources that she’d heard claimed about fifteen of the things—she’d held her daughter tightly in her arms and promised the girl that she would never attend Hogwarts as long as life breathed in Izzy. Her wife had told her that the school couldn’t entirely be blamed for such an attack because none of them could have possibly seen this coming, but Isabelle disagreed entirely and laid sole blame at Hogwarts’ feet for its lack of foresight. She’d been at school when Galen Ward—a year-mate of hers—attacked his sister Margo, killing her. That memory, and the fear and mistrust instilled in her and everyone else after the fact, had been burned into her brain.

 

She was a mother, she was a wife, she was a member of the wizarding world, and, most importantly, she was a concerned citizen. She could not sit idly by while werewolves ran amok in their world and terrorized them all. They were wizards, for Merlin's sake! They shouldn’t have to fear mindless brutes who, if you asked Isabelle, didn’t even deserve to steal their oxygen. Izzy shot up at once when Minister Granger-Weasley opened up questions and discussion. Mariana stayed seated in her spot, clutching onto their daughter. The frightened little girl buried her head in her mum’s bosom. Isabelle would ensure that the safety of her family, and every other wizarding family, would not be compromised. “Minister, why are we even wasting our resources on creatures who have, time and time again, proven themselves to be beasts? Let’s face it—we’ve tried to get them to integrate into civilized society and they can’t. When the full moon hits, they go right back to being their brainless, uncontrollable selves.” There was a point there, somewhere, in all her anger. “When are we finally going to handle them like the wild animals that they are?”

 

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Nadia Ferranti

Ugly outfit, Nadia's quick quotes quill wrote of Minister Granger-Weasley, No style at all. Clearly never moisturised in her life. 

 

Nadia, of course, looked stylish beyond measure. She'd had her outfit tailored to perfection at Madam Malkins ensuring that every seam, every fold and every dart was flawless. As a gossip columnist for Witch Weekly, she had a reputation to uphold and, having recently turned the corner into her forties, she had young, lithe and ambitious twenty-year-olds to keep ahead of. Girls like @Lillian Wayland, a few rows in front, with her perky little hand in the air and manicured nails.

 

Nadia did not bother to raise her hand, it was not as if she was here to get the real truth of the matter. She was here for the gossip, the scandal, the drama

 

The minister immediately breaks a sweat after the first question, Nadia's quill wrote, regardless of if this was the truth. She's clearly hiding something

 

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I followed Lilian and didn't include a question. If I was supposed to, let me know and I'll edit.

 

 

 

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Julian Trice

Security detail for the minister of magic was a pretty big damn deal. It usually meant the right sort of people were looking into you, and your career prospects were expanding. It also meant that instead of having a bit of time to scream and cry to himself in the dark over the residual terror and survivors’ guilt of the recent terror attack,  he had to put on his douchebag glasses and stand at parade rest while Hermione Granger held court over angry questioning citizens.

 

It wasn’t a hard job by any stretch of the imagination, or at least had never been for Julian up to this point. Because, you see, before today his eyes had stayed focused on possible threats and suddenly moving crowds because there’d been nothing else to look at. This all rapidly changed when he spotted an older yet still familiar bit of snack in the form of Nadia sodding Ferranti, the witch who was directly responsible for his appreciation of  squish the female form, and he was still somehow letting everyone know it with his rubbernecking.  In the middle of a press conference about terrorism. 

 

He was probably going to be fired for this.

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Oh well

 

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Just providing some security, ma'am❤️

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Minister Granger-Weasley

Dozens of hands rose high into the air and questions began pouring in from all around. Hermione kept her poise as she regarded the audience, selecting the first person her eyes fell upon. 

 

"You are right, and it unfortunately will not be the last," she replied matter-of-factly. "Throughout history, Hogwarts has been a target to many with varying degrees of magical skill, strength, and knowledge of the castle. We have increased security as time has gone on, however, these particular attackers gained access through unexpected means. We have taken further measures to prevent this from happening again, and have a team of Ministry officials who will continue to make changes to Hogwarts wards and security as necessary."

 

She then heard the harsh words of an understandably upset young woman. Although Minister Granger-Weasley respected and in many ways sympathized with the surge of feelings and emotions from her peers, she knew there was no correct way to comment on this question.

 

"Moving on," she said.

 

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The magical Google number randomizer chose 41 and 25.

 

@Gray Samson & @Isabelle Costantini thank you for participating. Feel free to ask more questions.

 

Those who have not been selected will still be considered moving forward. For those who weren't sure, you may ask the question in your post, or wait to ask. I will work with you either way.

 

And thank you, @Julian Trice, for your service. Eyes up here.

 

 

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Professor Foster

As a muggleborn, Peggy Foster had always viewed Hermione Granger-Weasley as an inspirational icon.  She was a bright and talented muggleborn  witch who was not afraid to face the patriarchal pure-blood establishment, to fight for the oppressed and disenfranchised, and (with the help of her less talented friends) to defeat the most evil wizard of the modern age.

 

Of course, that was a long time ago. Hermione Granger-Weasley had gone on to become a part of that very system and risen to its most powerful office. Foster was suspicious of the corrupting influence of power. She mistrusted authority figures, governments, institutions, and (let's be honest) human-beings in general. Inspiration or not, Peggy was never going to give the Minister of Magic a free pass.

 

When Peggy heard the Minister was holding a press conference she knew she would not be able to stay away. She wanted to hear Granger publicly denounce the use of Unforgivables and all dark magic. Perhaps she'd say it had been an unsanctioned abuse of authority and that an investigation was pending. It was not too much to expect from the reformer that Granger had once been, but in her role as Minister, Foster expected no such announcement was pending. Her suspicions were confirmed when she spotted one of the guilty aurors acting as part of the Minister's security team.

 

"Unbelievable," Foster muttered darkly.

 

She hung to the back of the crowd, keeping a low profile. She had a bad track record with the Ministry and Ministry officials. They always seemed to bring out the worst in her. It had been decades ago of course when she'd gotten herself suspended from the Academy for "Oppositional Defiance to Authority Figures" and paranoia (of all things). And then again from the Hit Wizard Training program for voicing perfectly reasonable opinions. And later from the Misuse of Magic Investigative Taskforce for--- well okay she did hex the guy, but he deserved it.

 

In any case, she knew better to speak out publicly. Any public opinion she stated might reflect poorly upon the institution of Hogwarts. There would be people -- reporters -- who might misconstrue that when a professor spoke they spoke for the school. Peggy had too much respect for Head Mistress McGonagall to wish to cause the old witch any problems. Neither did she wish to put her own position in jeopardy. Her students needed her. Now more than ever.

 

Peggy, hung back biting her lip, and gripping her wand tighter and tighter until her knuckles whitened. She might have held out had that vapid blond not called her students -- some of her best students -- "brainless, uncontrollable" beasts.

 

"Minister, I have a question!" she shouted.

 

Meditation hadn't been working for Peggy lately.


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misread the instructions

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Trudy Veritas

Completely unbelievable.

 

Trudy was certain that the minister had looked right in her direction before selecting someone else. She would not be deterred, however. Since her Quick Quotes Quills were doing most of the work, she was free to stand there and raise her hand as many times as she chose to do so.

 

She noted, while she was waiting, that the Minister seemed to have a rather attractive security guard ( @Julian Trice). She’d have to see if she could get some information out of him later. 

 

After stealing a glance at him again, she raised her hand, “Minister, I believe you’re trying to avoid my question. You recall Galen Ward, correct? What’s being done to  ensure students at school are truly safe?”

 

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Gray Samson

While Gray perfectly understood why emotions were so high at the moment, he couldn’t quite wrap his head around @Isabelle Costantini‘s comments. He thought of Kay, and how small and frightened she had looked; he thought of Damian, and the way the other man had been reduced to tears at the mere thought of his daughter in such pain. It filled Gray with an all-encompassing sadness, and it was all he could do to not let the feeling completely engulf him. This wasn’t the best moment for that.

 

“If you don’t mind my saying,” - that was a lie; he didn’t care if she did mind - “but do you realise that those werewolves are also humans and not ‘wild animals’ as you so callously put it?” He said to the lady in question, adding quotation marks in the air with his free hand. “So many of them are either children or were turned as children, against their will, might I add, and you’re suggesting we turn our backs on them and save our own hides instead?” He scoffed, doing his best to keep his voice even.

 

Gray could clearly see the small girl attached to the woman next to her, but the idea of dragging an innocent child into an adult’s debate, just to prove a point, went against every basic instinct he had. It was pure irony, of course: Kay had been dragged into this, too, and they had failed to protect her when she’d most needed them, but he refused to fail her now.

 

“There are ways to help werewolves. Don’t turn a blind eye to them in your anger,” he said, now, voice slightly lower. He turned back to the front, aiming to address the Minister. “The question that needs to be asked here is what were the motives behind such a planned attack, and how do these things keep happening at Hogwarts?” He was fully facing the Minister again, and speaking loud enough to be heard over the cacophony. “Werewolves isn’t the only kind of danger to have entered Hogwarts in recent history,” he added, squeezing Damian’s hand as he spoke. “First it was Death Eaters, and now it’s werewolves - have our children ever been safe at Hogwarts, Minister?” He asked, voice harsh.

 

It was a question he’d asked himself constantly over the years, agonising over his decision to not work at Hogwarts, every time a similar attack occurred, where he could have done something to protect the innocent lives that were put in constant jeopardy for reasons far more selfish and malicious than the average mind could come up with.

 

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