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Ramblings -- Serious Thoughts on DH.

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Jul. 29th, 2007 | 10:08 am
location: home
mood: crankycranky

Spoilers - naturally - under the cut.



Serious thoughts? Aren't I getting a little carried away? After all, DH, like all the Harry Potter books is FICTION. But since JKR has left us with 19 years to play around with, hell as many years as we want really, I've been thinking about ways to make any further fanfic I write have more than just hugs and kisses and lots of sex. Not that there's anything wrong with hugs and kisses and lots of sex.

I have a 'missing moment' story being betaed and hope to have it up sometime next week. Those of you who have read my admittedly rather lame fiction know that I'm an inveterate Harry/Ginny shipper. I was happy JKR confirmed my ship anyway.

As you might suspect, this story is about how Harry and Ginny manage to get together during DH and, yes, shag each other senseless. But, I wanted this story to possibly act as the first chapter, as it were, of a series of tales dealing with how the Wizarding world changes during the Epilogue years.

I one of her interviews, JKR stated that Harry is now head of the Aurors, Ron works there too and Hermione is in Magical Law Enforcement and I'll bet she's a lawyer! Hopefully, JKR will eventually clue us in on what she sees Ginny doing in this period as well, but as far as I'm concerned, Ginny is captain of the Holyhead Harpies.

Anyway, while planning out this epic, I wondered just how hard it might be to really 'change' the Wizarding world and thought about what JKR has told us about the inner workings of her fascinating, and occasionally disturbing, creation.

From what is available in canon, there is just one regrettable conclusion one can draw about how the Wizarding world is run. It is a total and complete totalitarian dictatorship.

How did I arrive at this conclusion? Have you read anything about elections in the seven books? How do the Ministers of Magic get their post? Are there any limits on their powers other than the fact that someone else might 'Avada' them if they piss them off too much?

And the 'trials' that the characters are subjected to are nothing less than Star Chamber auto-da-fes. Spanish Inquisition anyone? The Wizangamot appears to be nothing more than a collection of wizards and witches who have lived a long time and have had their friends recommend them for membership. It is self-perpetuating, mutual admiration, mutual masturbation Oligarchy.

It seems like any Wizarding citizen is liable to arrest on the flimsiest of pretexts and can be sent off to be tortured at Azkaban without any appeal or recourse.

If there are attorneys in the Wizarding world, they must just be wordsmiths as it appears that having legal representation at trials is a nicety that the Wizangamot doesn't seem to have the time or inclination to provide. Perhaps the way Wizarding law is written, a prisoner is NOT entitled to legal counsel. In the Wizangamot's world view, if you're in front of them, you're obviously guilty as sin.

And my last gripe (at least the last one I'm going to bore you with right now) is 'The Trace!" Good God, talk about invasion of privacy! I realize JKR came up with this as a foolproof way of keeping Ginny from joining the Trio on their 'quest.' After all, if she did any magic, it would be detected and the full force of the government would descend on Ginny's cute little ass.

I don't know about you, but I find this concept extremely disturbing. If I were a Wizarding parent I'd tell the government to bugger off before I'd let them do this to my child.

Now, I hear you cry, if I feel like this about the Wizarding world why am I bothering to waste my time writing about it?

Harry has defeated Voldemort and finally thinks he can have a 'normal' life surrounded by those he loves and who love him back and enjoy his well-earned and well-deserved desserts.

Sorry, Harry! In my conception, your troubles are just beginning! Wait until you tell everyone you want to go back and finish school!

Now, anyone who reads this doesn't have to agree with a single word of it. You can tell me to take the proverbial long walk on a short pier. But, think about it? The few detailed looks JKR gives us of the inner workings of the Wizarding 'political system' can't lead to any other conclusion in my opinion.

The Wizarding government does try to put a kind face on itself. You know, "Don't worry that you have no rights, we'll make sure you stay safe and happy!" Just don't do anything to piss us off!

So, I see endless possibilities for great stories about how the Trio, no, damn it, it will be a Quartet once Ginny is of age, find that they have to fight an entrenched bureaucracy that in its deepest and innermost workings is just as dangerous and despicable as Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

And, just because our heroes and heroines have their work cut out for them, doesn't mean the can't take frequent breaks to snog and shag and do all the other delightfully naughty things that fanfic writers love writing about!

I would truly, TRULY, appreciate some feedback on this. If you want to tell me I'm full of it and explain why, or just tell me I'm full of it, please do! But, when this vague concept floated up into my cerebral cortex while I was working on my Harry/Ginny 'first time' fluff, no, smut, let's be honest, I haven't been able to shake the desire to have our favorite witches and wizards fight yet another battle for 'truth, justice and the American, er, British, way.

If you have no particular thoughts one way or the other of your own, please feel free to tell your friends, hell, your enemies too, about this and ask them to comment. I'd really like to hear how others view the Wizarding world and would like to have an interesting and, yes, exciting backdrop to any writing I do about the '19 Years Later' period.

And, if it turns out to be too hard or depressing, I'll just pretend DH never happened and return to writing stories about what happened up through the end of HBP and create my own fluffy AU endings!

That's the beauty of writing fanfiction. It's fiction, written by fans, and you can make your world in your image.

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pettybureaucrat

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from: pettybureaucrat
date: Jul. 29th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the 'Sixpack' will figure prominently, trust me.

Neville/Parvati? You have to get it into print!

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date: Jul. 29th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
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A WWI helmet!? Really? French? German? English?

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sas33

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from: sas33
date: Jul. 29th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
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I think JKR wanted to show the 'adult' wizarding world as a bigotted, big headed group of power hungry individuals all looking out for themselves.

The comments in the recent interviews gives me the impression that Harry, Ron & Hermionie have 'slapped them all upside the head' and sorted them out!

I got the impression from the previous books that the ministry only traced underage magic in areas of non magic, (someone in the books tells Harry that you can do magic in a magical household and the ministry can't tell who cast the spell) but when Voldemort took over he tightened that up to individuals and that was why Ginny couldn't help out.

I think they'd meet a lot of resistance at first, which could give you the 'plot' if you wanted it.

If Harry & Ginny's relationship was well known in the wizarding world then 'threats' could be made against her, be they veiled or outright?

Just my rambling thoughts!

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pettybureaucrat

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from: pettybureaucrat
date: Jul. 29th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Yes, now that you mention it, I seem to recall something about being able to get away with stuff in magical households.

I don't see Ginny being threatened, per se, but like all bureaucracies the wizarding world suffers from its own inertia, or lack thereof. I sort of seeing a lot of problems arising because everyone says, "But we've ALWAYS done it that way!"

But, the lack of individual freedoms that those of us in the US and Europe enjoy really annoys me about the Wizarding world. I've got a vague outline in mind for my first story, about how Harry gets himself back to school.

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.:dʒemi: such a constant little thing:.

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from: eimajunknown
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
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i don't really have much to add, but i think this idea sounds fantastic. and i agree with sas33 re: the trace not working properly in magical households.

looking forward to reading your fic =]

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pettybureaucrat

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from: pettybureaucrat
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
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I'm hoping the 'missing moment' fic will be betaed by the end of the week. I'll have the first 'post-war' fic generally plotted out. I will have to do with getting the Trio back into Hogwarts. And, of course, all the delightful naughtiness I can work in.

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Antosha Chekhonte

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from: mickawber
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't really thought of it, but it does seem as if there isn't any real democratic structure to the wizarding government—when Scrimgeour dies, Thicknesse steps right in, doesn't he?

I suppose that if there were some sort of constitutional order of succession that might make sense, but...

Mostly, the government we saw in DH seemed deliberately evocative of Nazi and Stalinist rule—straight out of 1984; both of those regimes rose out of nascent democracies. The question is, just how much is the concentration of power a structural weakness in the society, and how much was it simply a by-product of the smallness and insularity of wizarding Britain's culture that Voldemort was able to exploit—after all, even if the Wizengamot is both a legislative and a judicial body, that doesn't mean that a few well-placed Imperius Curses wouldn't render it a rubber-stamp body, like the Senate in Imperial Rome.

It certainly seems that reform is called for. We know from JKR's interviews that Hermione is in the MLES, where she's a reformer; could she be working to root out corruption in Wizarding government? And we never do find out what Ginny does—aside from loving Harry and raising three kids, which certainly could count as plenty. ;-)

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from: pettybureaucrat
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
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I may have wax overly rhapsodic in my initial screed, but yes, it was obvious that JKR was evoking memories of the Nazis, both with Grindelwald's 'greater good' and Umbridge's downright chilling 'interrogation' of the unfortunate Mrs. Cattermole. I'm trying to come up with a truly humiliating punishment for Dolores.

It really seems that the ordinary witch and wizard have very little say in how their society is run. And since the Ministry controls the media, i.e. The Daily Prophet, it's difficult to think of how the ordinary citizen can make a change.

Therefore, Harry and the rest definitely have their work cut out for them over the next generation.

I think JKR may eventually clue us in on Ginny in some future interview. But, for my purposes, she's going to become the most famous, and sexy, Quidditch player in the British League! Nothing like celebrity to get the public behind an idea, is there?

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Antosha Chekhonte

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from: mickawber
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Well, as it happens...

In the online chat today, JKR revealed that Ginny was a star player for the Harpies, until she decided to retire and devote herself to her family... and working as the Quidditch columnist for the Prophet. ;-)

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pettybureaucrat

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from: pettybureaucrat
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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My reply crossed right over this! Makes sense. It's probably pretty tough to ride a broom when you're pregnant. That gives her a good five year career since James is apparently born in 2005.

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