Child of the Forest

This was originally done for the Week in Hogwarts competition, but I couldn't post it on time, so here it is.

Set in Hogwarts in 2017 - the year that Rose, Albus, Scorpius and Malek Zabini, nephew of Blaise Zabini, join Hogwarts. I also join as part of a Ministry program to train muggles in the art of wizardry.

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1. Prologue

In the aftermath of the Second Wizarding War, the numbers of wizards and witches in Britain was vastly depleted, and among those that remained, many either denied their heritage and went into hiding or preferred to home school their children. Five years after the Battle of Hogwarts, the Ministry of Magic secretly reinstated the Department of Mysteries, who promptly revealed confidential research to the Minister of Magic, Kingsley Shacklebolt. Though the exact contents of the report were never released, a summary was later announced to the general public.

 

Having spent thousands of Galleons on research, the Ministry had discovered a way to increase the Wizarding population: Every year they would take a group of young muggles, no older than five, and perform upon them a series of mental exercises designed to unlock their ‘inner mind’ and place them in secret preparatory schools. When they reached eleven, twenty children would be chosen to stay at Hogwarts for the first week of term, attending lessons with everyone else.  After the first week, each head of house would choose the two students they thought showed the most promise and mentor them through their first year, after which they were treated as regular pupils. The remaining sixteen students would be Obliviated, given false memories and integrated back into muggle society. It is worth noting that in order to be picked for this practice, the children had to fulfill a set of strict criteria – one of which being that they had to be orphaned.

 

This practice, known as ‘Resiring’, became commonplace not only in the UK, but all over the world, since even the oldest Wizarding families were producing more and more squibs, and fewer wizards or witches. The Ministry instigated this practice, though many older families became uneasy once they realised that the newly identified children were almost twice as likely to bear powerful magical offspring...

 

Excerpt from A History of Magic essay on the subject of Resiring, by Rose Weasley, 2019.

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