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The wizarding world has changed since the Battle of Hogwarts; not least among the changes is Hogwarts School. Under Headmistress Minerva McGonagall, many of the barriers between Houses have been broken down. At all meals, except special events, students are encouraged to sit at any table, rather than solely with their housemates. Heads of House are often seen shooing children out of their common rooms (which are still restricted by house) and out to the grounds, into the library, or into the great hall during downtime. Even the classes have been shuffled; students are randomly sent to to the courses they’ve signed up for, no matter what house they are in. Muggle Studies is compulsory and includes new modules on blood status bigotry and the Second Wizarding War. This has caused an unprecedented level of cooperation and inter-house friendship. Outside the school, families who prided themselves on blood status, or those who supported the corrupt Ministry government and its subjugation of muggle-borns and half-bloods, are pariahs in the wizarding world. Known supporters of Tom Riddle were removed from power and were imprisoned or punished with the confiscation of their wands and a ban on the purchase of a wand in future. Under the guidance of Minister for Magic Hermione Granger, dozens of non-humans have seen their rights expanded and protections put in place to prevent discriminatory treatment.

Of course, the wizarding world is not without its problems. Even an open and tolerant culture has closed-minded factions, and witches and wizards everywhere are growing complacent now that Tom Riddle has been gone for a quarter of a century. Many generations of witches and wizards have passed through Hogwarts’ doors unaffected, and people feel safe. It only takes one witch or wizard to unleash dark forces, however, and some in the wizarding community (namely, Simon Petham, the political editor of the Quibbler) have been raising alarm bells about possible dark plots. Of course, it is the Quibbler…most of the magazine is still half-helpful and half-mental….

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