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Your First Day With Minister Granger-Weasley

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Jacqueline Frost

Jack was a point in life where she wasn't looking for forgiveness and she was way past asking for permission. Minister Granger-Weasley had some nerve — a lot of it actually and perhaps if she hadn't harbored an immense hatred towards the woman she would have been impressed by the fact that the Minister of Magic showed up at Hogwarts.. the same school where her law enforcement murdered and tortured a werewolf... the same night eleven students were also turned into werewolves. Let it be established though that Jack wasn't impressed by the courage it must have taken for Hermione Granger-Weasley to grace them with her presence. Jacqueline Frost was impressed by the amount of stupidity that could be present in someone once deemed to be the brightest witch of her age.

Clearly like those who preceded her and those that followed, who were categorized as having an ungodly high level of intellect, she peaked at Hogwarts.

"You know how I said I'm probably going to end up in Azkaban?" Jack whispered to @Ryszard Althaus-Valerio, and scanned the perimeter, taking note of how many Aurors were in the Great Hall with them (she also sent a rude gesture towards @Julian Trice because flack him that's why but that wasn't relevant at the moment). "Probably because I'm going to attack a prefect or a goblin or get suspended and cause another Liverpool incident?" She really shouldn't have been grinning, but keeping the smile off her face was inevitable as she softly added, "What if in the process, something happened to the Minister?" Still, if she was going to overthrow the Ministry of Magic it wasn't going to be today — this was going to be a job that would take years, some fake IDs and a lot of patience; things Jack didn't have the time or the ability to do right now. 

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Richard Stafford

In all this commotion, Ringo still didn’t know who @Minister Granger-Weasley was, but he’d come to understand that she was a big deal at this school. “Psst, Jack,” he whispered to @Jack Dare. “Who’s she? And what’s a Minister of Magic?”

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Adrina Althaus-Valerio

Addy had gotten lost in the shuffle when the tables rose away and people started to move, she frowned and scoffed and grunted at being shoved and pushed away from where she had been standing near @Jaxon Sinclair until finally she’d had enough and shoved back.  

 

A summer of being called worthless had left just enough of a bite to spark such  inspiration.  “Excuse me.” The fourth year didn’t hide the exasperation as she elbowed between two older students and relaxed when she spotted Jack in the crowd standing with his brother.

 

“She looks more about ready to try and start a game of ‘crup, crup, kneazle’ if you ask me.”  Addy ignored the remarks on murder and tried to lighten the mood, doubting she’d get very far, as she stepped up next to Jack and slipped her arm around his. 

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Desmond Potter

It seems like so much was happening, when he finally got to the great hall. He kind of forgot that his Aunt was coming today. Knowing that there were some people that saw that she was this high and mighty person but Desmond just saw her as his Aunt. Desmond walked over to where @Josie Potter was, "Sis what did I miss, I just woke up." Pulling his hair up into a messy man bun, he hoped that his aunt didn't see what a mess he really was. He should have made remembered that she was coming, it was told yesterday that she was. 

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Professor Arrowood

Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.

 

Professor Arrowood had popcorn.

 

For breakfast.

 

No apologies.

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Sebastian Hargrove

There was a fair amount of commotion in the Great Hall. Something he wasn't particularly fond of considering he had yet to eat his breakfast this morning and he was particularly nippy if he had not had his toast before initiating conversation with other people. He craned his neck amongst the crowds formed in front of him and heard faintly the announcement that @Minister Granger-Weasley had made.

 

He was aware of the woman, but hadn't the faintest idea of her current relevant importance. He knew his father would talk about her at the dinner table, but these conversations were primarily in passing, and truthfully, not something that Sebastian was interested in.

 

"Urgh, can you lot move?" Seb said, trying to edge through the crowds which were slowly forming into circles. "I'd like to have my toast before it disappears please." 

 

No good. He'd missed breakfast. Dammit.

 

"Guess I may as well stay, since there's nothing else better to do." He sighed, rolled his eyes, and joined the circle.

Edited by Sebastian Hargrove

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Hannah Liu

Madness in the Great Hall again? Well colour Hannah surprised—not. 

 

Pushing a hand through her dark hair, she pushed herself onto the tips of her toes and tried to see what all the commotion was about. It was no use and Hannah let out a frustrated sigh, trying to make her way to any of the tables with little success.

 

She gave up, joining the crowd of students and pieced together parts of the conversations happening around her to figure out what was going on. Why was the Minister for Magic here? Her brow furrowed and she came to a pause next to a Ravenclaw boy. "She's the head of the Ministry. Like what the Muggle prime minister is," she said to @Richard Stafford, craning her neck to get a look at the Minister. 

 

 

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Jeramie Slater

The days after a full moon weren't fun ones, and the beginning of the Hogwarts year would have been stressful on a good day. Okay, it had been sort of interesting to watch the first years get sorted as Jeramie and Angel had one year before (though it made Jer think sadly of how different he'd been then, and that hadn't been so fun), but everything had gone straight to heck with the sorting feast. 

 

It wasn't a surprise what returning back to school would bring, Jeramie knew it would, but he didn't want to be the center of attention anymore and he didn't want to be part of any arguing. He didn't want to be on anybody's side. He was tired of the fighting. He was just tired. 

 

Today probably wasn't going to be any different..

 

"A trust circle! Oh goody!" Jack said delightfully.

 

"A trust circle...Oh goody..." Jeramie repeated wryly. 

 

Jack just didn't see it. This was going to end up just like everything else did. Having the whole student body all stand together just meant the same thing it always meant, and having the Minister here was just going to make it worse. Jeramie knew about her of course, though it was still surreal seeing her standing there for real. It was like seeing a book character come to life, with all he'd read about her life. But he also knew that she was right at the middle of all of the arguing and though he didn't read the Daily Prophet he knew enough to know that some people were very mad at her and other people thought she was the greatest. He also knew that people at this school said whatever they wanted whenever they wanted, and so soon somebody was going to yell something out and then somebody else was going to answer, and then they'd be off again, same as always. 

 

Couldn't they just go back to bed? 

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Lorinda Weasley

Rin was so busy writing a letter to her parents about how she had been sorted into Hufflepuff and that she didn't want to be home schooled. There were so many thoughts that needed to be written down even though she had just seen her parents the day before. The little girl had nearly forgotten that her Aunt was going to be here.

 

By the time Rin remembered and was sealing her letter, she found herself racing through the corridors and into the Great Hall just as she had finished speaking. Rin didn't know what had been said before she had arrived but knew whatever her Aunt had to say was important.

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Minister Granger-Weasley

Hermione looked to @Madam Banagher and smiled warmly, nodding as a thank you for keeping, or trying to keep, the peace. She allowed a few more moments for students and staff to get settled in their spots, listening with pursed lips to the students' various comments and questions in an easy silence.

 

"You may sit," she instructed. "And forgive me ahead of time for any rambling, I'm not very good at spontaneity." Smiling at her own faults, she took a moment to remove her shoes for just a little more comfort. Turning as she spoke in order to address everyone, she continued.

 

“A brief history lesson for those of you who are brand new to the wizarding world – also, a welcome. On May the second of nineteen-ninety-eight, a very evil, heartless man and his followers attacked the castle we sit in today. I was there, and so were many of my friends. We lost some very important and wonderful people, and this castle was completely destroyed.

 

Now, some of you may not know this, but Hogwarts has a brilliant mind of its own, and experts are certain it was pulling itself back together long before anyone was able to get through the rubble. Hogwarts castle inspires me. It always has. There are thousands of secrets within its walls that no one, not you or I, may ever understand. Through your years here, I hope you can find some inspiration here as well.”

 

Hermione gazed upwards at the sky manifested above them, its crystal blue morning sky was dotted with cotton ball clouds.

 

“I want you all to take a look up there. This ceiling has been enchanted to look like the sky around us. What did you feel the first time you saw it?” She paused. “I remember how I felt. I gasped. I knew all about it, of course, having read all the books before I arrived, but seeing it for myself made me feel something a book could never teach me.

 

You’ll get used to the ceiling. It’ll become normal to you. As the days go on, you may not appreciate it as much as the first time you saw it. We often take for granted the things that are provided to us when they become the same old routine. On my final day at this castle, I wasn’t able to look up at this incredible ceiling, because it was gone.”

 

Hermione sighed quietly and remained silent as she continued to gaze upwards for just a little longer, then she returned to her rambling. “You’re asking yourselves ‘what is she on about?’ right?” Hermione laughed lightly. “I have a point, I promise.”

 

She glanced down at the floor for a moment, and when she looked up, her expression was soft. “I know I’m not all of your favorite person. This past year has been… to put it lightly, hell. Hasn’t it? Things have happened to you, and in front of you, that neither I or anyone in this room,” her arms opened to include all of the staff, aurors, and ministry officials, “would have ever wanted. It is our job to protect you, and we all failed you horribly. Believe me when I say, I am so sorry.”

 

Her escorts did not look pleased. As a politician, she was never supposed to admit to utter failure. But how would anyone ever begin to heal if she didn’t address what had wounded them in the first place?

 

“At the end of today -- and I apologize, professors, if this puts you behind in your lessons, but I’m the Minister of Magic so owl my people if you've got a problem.” Smiling again, she continued. “At the end of today, you and I are going to sign a contract. An agreement.” There were various reactions to this news. She awaited the voices to lower before moving forward. “You’re going to tell me what you expect from me moving forward, and I’m going to tell you what I expect from you. We’re all going to sign it. And we’re all going to do our very best to keep our word.”

 

Hermione took a deep breath. Knowing some of these students and their parents’ tendencies for vocal damnation of the Ministry, she fully expected for the worst sort of suggestions upfront: resign, fire yourself, get rid of Sanders, or Trice. “We’re going to do this respectfully,” she warned them. “But before we do any of this, we’re going to talk a little more. So get comfortable.”

 

Smaller tables of refreshments appeared, indicating the house-elves were doing their part to help. This could be a long day, but it was long overdue.

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Jaxon Sinclair

Jack was acutely aware of Addy's arm in his and also acutely aware of the betrayal it represented on his part that he allowed her to continue holding it through the Minister's lengthy and extraordinarily dramatic speech.  The school had been attacked.  People had died.  She wasn't telling them anything that they hadn't seen or been a part of themselves.  He might have chalked it up to an old politician trying to make herself seem like the decent person she absolutely was not if she hadn't then delved into the contract thing.

 

He remembered the Ministry officials after the attack on Hogwarts and how they'd all been made to submit to the werewolf registry.  He knew, too, what had happened afterward, and his grip on Addy's arm tightened.

 

Fists and teeth clenched, Jack fixed the older woman with a sharp glare.

 

"With all due respect, @Minister Granger-Weasley, the last time you and your people had me sign my name to something it was that utterly dehumanizing werewolf registry and my private information was leaked to Trudy Veritas.  Why should I agree to sign anything for you?  I don't even trust you."

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Minister Granger-Weasley

"You don't have to agree to anything, I'm certainly not going to force you, Mr. Sinclair." Yes, she knew his name. Hermione slowly stepped up to him to face him equally, one-on-one. "I don't blame you for not trusting me. I respect your feelings. But I am speaking to you right here, right now in the hopes that you and I and all of your peers can finally find a way to understand each other. I just ask that you take the time and open your mind to listen." 

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Jacqueline Frost

"Sorry doesn't make us human again," Jack blurted because again, she was light years away from looking for forgiveness or asking for permission. @Minister Granger-Weasley, the Headmistress, Trice, Sanders, the entire werewolf capture unit if needed could fight her at this point she didn't care. All she cared about was getting a point across that all these people in power did nothing to prevent anything from happening. EVER. "Sorry doesn't fix anything that has happened in the past forty-years. Sorry doesn't fix the fact that for more than forty-years, there have been attacks on students and nothing ever changes. You know what actually changes? The severity of the attacks. And this is why eleven students were turned and countless others were attacked in this school because nobody does anything useful. It's the same tricks over and over and it's not effective. It wasn't effective forty-years ago, it wasn't effective now. Just because you get to claim a glory at the end of the day doesn't mean that things are getting better because for every glory that the Aurors or the Ministry or whoever gets to be applauded for, there were innocent people who had to pay the price."

And the audacity of the Minister to think that they'd sign an agreement was almost baffling. Almost

"At this point we don't expect anything from you, we need something from you. How about you start by treating us like actual people and not a Classification XXXXX creature. Maybe if the humans stopped being awful to the monsters, the monsters wouldn't want to be awful back ever think about that? How about giving actual repercussions to those who used the cruciatus curse against the wolves the night of the attack. That wasn't self-defence. You don't torture someone in self-defence, that takes intent. The fact that it was used means that there's people in your ranks who are just as vile as the Death Eaters you once upon a time supposedly fought to protect us from and again you didn't really do a good job at doing anyway. Batman was right. You either die a hero or live long enough to become a villain. And you're far from being a hero, Minister. And unlike the other Jack," Jack flicked her gaze to @Jaxon Sinclair, "I don't mean this respectfully. Respect has to be earned, and you haven't done anything to deserve it." 

Jack would now take an Azkaban cell with a view, kthanx. 

Edited by Jacqueline Frost

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Behati Gadot

“I want the werewolves out of our school,” Bee announced to @Minister Granger-Weasley since nobody else was going to say the obvious. “If they object to being put on a werewolf registry, who knows what else they’ll object to doing. Taking their wolfsbane, perhaps?”

 

As much as Bee respected the Minister and the reputation she had in the wizarding world, and among Muggleborns as a whole, she was wrong about this.

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Prince A. Charming

"Do I get a lawyer? In the muggle world I'd get a lawyer who can look over this contract-agreement-thing before I sign it," Atticus said. He normally didn't speak up but that sounded binding and hadn't someone told him about magical binding spells? Couldn't this end up... bad? His life was hard enough as it was.

 

( @Minister Granger-Weasley )

Edited by Prince A. Charming

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Josephine Tindall

They'd been back at Hogwarts for one (1) day and this crap was already happening.

 

Jo rolled her eyes, she rolled them hard. Not at Minister Granger but at her year mates. Especially the ones that had turned, that were victims, and had suffered but had turned being victims into a full time job. 

 

Their demands for change sounded more like petulant brats complaining and whining constantly, and Jo couldn't take them seriously, at least not anymore. 

 

"Christ," Jo muttered to @Winston Hughes. "I'm getting over this 'who has it worse' party."

Edited by Josephine Tindall

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Jean Li

Uhm….

 

Jean shuffled nervously from her spot in the circle.  Being Muggleborn, and thoroughly shielded from the news of the magical world, Jean had no idea what was going on.

 

“Werewolves are real?” Jean whispered urgently, tugging on @Calder Milano's sleeve.

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Aster Darling

Aster didn't know what to think of @Minister Granger-Weasley. Her friends, @Pine Tree and @Julian Banagher spent most of last year suffering. Where was she when they needed her? Where was she when they were mistreated?

As Behati spoke, Aster shot daggers at the girl. "You really need to stop with that." She was trying a new tactic. Plus, kicking her in front of the Minister might get her in trouble. "That is so last year and they deserve an education too." She turned her attention back to the Minster as Atticus spoke.

"Yeah. We need someone who looks after us. I don't think I can sign this without proper representation. How do I know this doesn't say I am willing to betray my friends, or like, give you the right to do what you want?" She may be twelve, but she wasn't stupid.

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Sebastian Hargrove

Sebastian's eyes widened considerably. Werewolves... in Hogwarts???!

 

He had only heard stories from his family, having never personally known any, but they still brought a certain chill through his spine. He had always thought that Hogwarts was safe for students, albeit, the Forbidden Forest being one of these exceptions. But this nonsense with werewolves...?

 

He was not having it.

 

"Er, miss!" He said, waving at the @Minister Granger-Weasley . "There's werewolves here?? Shouldn't there be extra security around the school then?"

 

 

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Jacquetta Rosewood

If this thing they had to sign was to say "I'll be nice to everyone" or something along those lines, Jacquetta would willingly sign it straight away so that she could be off to find more scones. Refreshment tables appeared and she skipped over to them. They looked like they'd be more worth her time.

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Lorinda Weasley

Well this was getting out of hand. The poor first year muggleborns had no idea what was going on. "Does anyone need a hug," Rin offered?

Edited by Lorinda Weasley

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Giles Cassidy

He'd lost track of Charlie. Instead he stood beside @Jean Li and @Calder Milano, he hadn't really talked to them before but had seen them around at the pre-hogwarts programme shindig. "You bet your arse... and there's like 12 of the among us. Like right now. They only turn on a full moon... but still." he informed.

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Jaxon Sinclair

It came as a surprise to precisely everyone that Jaxon Sinclair's parents had actually instilled in him a modicum of respect for people in positions of authority.  Perhaps it was having a Hit Wizard for a father or maybe it was his mother's insistence that her children be better behaved than their parents were at their age.

 

Either way, standing face-to-face with the Minister of Magic was unexpected.  He'd thought she'd brush him off, vaguely disinterested in the political machinations of a mere child incapable of really swaying the masses in support of her or against her.  He was nobody in the grand scheme of things and yet, she'd not made it a point to remind him of that.

 

"I'll listen if you will," he eventually answered her carefully, shooting @Jacqueline Frost a look at the mention of his name.  "Yo, Darth Vader, can you just chill for five minutes?  If she's willing to try, we should be, too."

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Anderson Potter

Things were getting heated and Sonny didn't know what to do. He knew his great-aunt was capable of handling herself (and defending herself) but he didn't want anyone to try anything stupid. He eyed the students and itched to grab his wand from his pocket. He stopped himself, though. He didn't want her security to take him down instead. He shot @Minister Granger-Weasley an encouraging smile and hoped that she would be able to get her point across.

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Hannah Liu

She knew there were werewolves at Hogwarts, her father had been vocal about his disgust that they weren't expelled due to their dangerous nature. 

 

Hannah was inclined to agree with the older girl ( @Behati Gadot ) and the boy ( @Sebastian Hargrove ) who had asked about extra security. 

 

"I second that," Hannah said, albeit quietly as she nodded towards the Slytherin boy,

 

She didn't want her wellbeing to be put at risk. She was a child and these werewolves, even in their human form, seemed really angry. 

Edited by Hannah Liu

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