MINISTRY CONSPIRACY UNVEILED
In an unannounced worldwide broadcast yesterday over the Wizarding Wireless Network, the recently installed Safety Service at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was revealed to have been threatening students and their families to ensure compliance with the Ministry of Magic, which was directing the Safety Service (SS) through the person of Dolores Jane Umbridge, who is one of Minister Fudge’s top advisers.
At least two of the SS operatives who were subdued were revealed to be Death Eaters. Amycus and Alecto Carrow both bore the Dark Mark and confessed under Veritaserum that they had infiltrated the Ministry and were working to keep secret the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named last June. The dark wizard’s return was previously revealed by Harry Potter, and the claim was substantiated by Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. The Ministry has been actively seeking to discredit both individuals since their initial testimony last summer.
It is unclear how long Minister Fudge will remain in power, but a number of Ministry employees have already signed a petition to show that they no longer recognize his authority. Elections for a new Minister of Magic will likely be held in the coming months. The Auror Department has begun an internal investigation into the Ministry of Magic to root out any possible infiltrators in the service of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
After the upheaval at the Ministry, Hogwarts Defense Professor Willow Rosenberg has been hailed as a heretofore unsung hero in unveiling the illegal activities of the Ministry. Rosenberg, a native of the now-gone town of Sunnydale in the United States, caused a great deal of controversy when she first arrived. A Muggle-born witch who immediately used her lessons to attempt to reveal the Ministry’s deception, Rosenberg is a rare individual who is capable of casting spells without a wand. It was a staged attempt on Rosenberg’s life by Hogwarts Governor Ross Moore – coordinated and planned by Dolores Umbridge – that was used as an excuse to create the SS to enforce the Ministry’s will at Hogwarts. The presence of Death Eaters among the SS was uncovered by two private security guards hired by Professor Rosenberg after the attempt on her life.
With the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named now public knowledge, The Daily Prophet considers it to be our duty to provide you with knowledge on how to defend yourself. For basic home protection spells, see page 7. For a list of known Death Eaters, see page 9. For identifying people under the influence of the Imperius Curse or impersonated with Polyjuice Potion…
“It goes on like that for a little while longer, but I think you understand the situation you now find yourself in.”
Lord Voldemort silently fumed at having such carefully-laid plans undone by such blunt and unyielding tactics with little to no subtlety whatsoever. Dumbledore might be a master schemer, but this new player – Rosenberg – was something else entirely.
“It seems to me, Lord Voldemort, that relying merely on pureblooded wizards and witches from your world to aid in your campaign may no longer be viable. Even if you do take on half-bloods from time to time, it won’t be enough now that people are openly aware of and looking for you. And you and I know that it isn’t just wizards that will be on the watch. You’ve also drawn the attention of a group that’s been known to cause trouble in certain circles of Hell.”
The Dark Lord sneered. “You mean to say that ‘Cerberus Securities’ is an army of Vampire Slayers? You know that there can only be one.”
“We’re not talking about a Highlander, Your Lordship,” the voice mocked him. “Powerful magic was wrought to create an army of them, and they are a rather large thorn in the side, if you must know. You’d be wise not to underestimate them. Even you have your limits.”
Voldemort didn’t like what this person was telling him, but he wasn’t entirely sure that he was in his own element. “You offer me power, yes? And subjects?”
“You’ll get whatever you need to take over your little corner of the world, so long as you take care of the Slayers along the way. Left unchecked, they could become irksome.”
The power here was too great to ignore, and far too tempting. Even if he did have his horcruxes to protect him, he could still be made incorporeal again and be forced to rely on incompetents to revive him. This new offer was too good to pass up.
“Your proposal is acceptable,” Voldemort conceded bitterly. “If we are to work together, what am I to call you?”
“Well, you’re the Dark Lord, and I’m going to provide you with followers with power you couldn’t ever dream of. Let’s say I’m one of them. If that’s the case…”
The voice moved out of the shadows and revealed itself to belong to a young woman. She was short, with flowing blonde hair and brilliant green eyes. Her smile was at once pure and utterly sinister.
“…then why don’t you call me the First.”TO BE CONTINUED
Hello all! Sorry I took so long to get back to this story.
This is it for this tale. After reading some feedback and careful consideration, I think I may have made Willow a bit too Mary-Sue-ish, and while I do want to continue this tale, I figure that starting a second story to follow things up will give me a chance to sort of reset the way I write these characters so that it works out better for everyone.
I want to thank all of you for reading and for sticking with me throughout this story, and especially for your patience when the wait between chapters was long. I don't know when the sequel will go up, but it will happen at some point.
Thanks again! I hope you've enjoyed this story! Stay tuned for the inevitable Part II.