Today was a day for the history books. If you were in the Clocktower courtyard between four thirty and five thirty, you know what I’m talking about. Today, we learned a great deal about the Ministry and the goings-on at Hogwarts. But, as all information tends to do, what we learned didn’t answer any questions, rather it brought up more.
The scene began like this: rumors were racing through the hallways of something big about to happen outside, though no one seemed to know just what it was. When the onlookers got there, we saw Professor Zemeckis standing by the bridge with a bunch of suitcases. Not long after, Professor Romanov walked up and gaped that the suitcases were his. Then, Zemeckis let the bomb drop. She fired Romanov for, and I quote, “You have shown no real skills or abilities, and unfortunately did not meet [the Ministry’s] expectations, per observations.”
Professor Fox was there, thankfully, and he tried to stop her by reminding her that she has no jurisdiction, and that’s when the next bomb dropped. Zemeckis pulled out a parchment which read:
“By order of Judy Dorchester, Chief Warlock to the High Courts, with the jurisdiction of Zimelda Zemeckis, Vice-Chancellor to the High Courts, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will hereby undertake a bellicose reform, whereby existing faculty will be screened and evaluated in their positions, and where failures are discovered, shall be dissolved henceforth by the chancery.”
I may only be a fourth year student here at Hogwarts, but since when do judges have ruling authority over Hogwarts for these sorts of matters? The minister would have to make that kind of declaration, unless he appointed the judge to have jurisdiction, which we currently have no proof of. So, unless the Minister himself is incapacitated in some way, or there is a document proving this appointment of the Chief Warlock to the High Courts, this order has merit.
And then, as if that wasn’t already enough, Romanov admitted being appointed to our school by the Ministry itself. Fox did not deny this, and neither did Zemeckis. His reason for being appointed is, and I quote yet again, “these students are in grave danger. They /need/ me here. […] How is it possible for the ministry to sack me when they are the ones who put me here to help guard the school?”
Now, as Zemeckis pointed out, this year has been wrought with disturbances such as the Hag attacks and, as she so inconsiderately included, the incident with Miss Arlet.
One of the other things which caught my attention was Zemeckis’ threat to “summon assistance.” Since when is anyone able to apparate into or out of Hogwarts? The Headmistress has had an anti-apparition charm on the school consistently, unless there is an apparitions exam going on, but even then it’s only removed for an hour or so and security is increased significantly. How might Zemeckis “summon” anyone in? (If you want more info, attend Professor Auroline’s classes to learn more about methods of transportation…or visit the library.)
So, despite all of this, Professor Fox walked Romanov out of the school grounds without another question. It seems that he is satisfied with the order from the Chief Warlock, but none of the students are. There were very nearly riots all over, and even a few snowballs were thrown at Professor Zemeckis herself, and cries of outrage were heard ringing throughout the halls for a time after.
This issue seems to go much deeper than what us onlookers saw today. It seems Professor Zemeckis has taken certain liberties of which the Vice Headmaster himself was unable, or unwilling, to intervene. Considering that no court can rule over Hogwarts without the Minister’s appointment of authority, it seems this issue runs much deeper than what is just happening at Hogwarts.
Romanov has been with us for a few years, meaning he was placed here intentionally that long ago. They must have had doubts then that there was something wrong, or else they wouldn’t have placed him to keep an eye on things. Whatever roll Romanov had at the Ministry is yet to be determined, but we can assume that, since the threat has not disappeared, the only reason Romanov would be removed is due to upheaval at the Ministry itself. Zemeckis was not the one who appointed him, and is not his supervisor.
How can Zemeckis fire Romanov on such vague terms? Well, the Ministry would have to have hard evidence suggesting the school was in vast danger or was unable to handle itself in order to overstep its boundaries. But to take out its eyes and ears? There would have to be a major divide within the Ministry, and perhaps something dark at work. It seems to me that someone high up wants something to happen at Hogwarts – just what or who that is I cannot be sure. What I can conjecture is that Zemeckis definitely has something to do with it, and I’d agree with my fellow class-mate that perhaps the Professors’ disappearance during the Second Wizarding War would have something do to with the apparent divide in the Ministry and the trouble at Hogwarts.
It would be my best guess that the danger we’ve been told about this year – the hag – is in fact not a hag at all, but rather a human being who wants us to believe they’re a hag. Most likely this human is already inside the school, watching our every move, waiting for the right moment to strike. It was just last weekend that someone impersonated a fifth year Ravenclaw and sent a bunch of us into a scurry. None of the Professors believed us, and I myself was in fact called a loon. But, after today I suspect someone in the school itself is the cause of the fuss.
I’ll put it this way, I would feel much safer knowing that Romanov was in the school protecting it, regardless of any secrets he may have kept.
So, who do we go to when we can’t even trust those who surround us every day? No one. The smartest thing to do would be to trust no one. It doesn’t mean you have to be paranoid, but keep an open mind with everyone, /including/ your friends, that while you may like them, you never know if there is a way they may be controlled or impersonated.
This makes me wonder, was the odd activity by the Headmistress at the beginning of the year suggestive of an impersonation? Could the very woman we are required to put most of our faith in really be the one to be the most wary of? Or is it Zemeckis, who conveniently holds a position with increasingly more power? Or perhaps it is someone we would never suspect, a student even?
Let me say this. Professor Romanov, if you’re out there, thank you. And please know that you will forever be known as Professor to me, and many other students I am sure. I appreciate what you’ve done for the school over the years, and I hope that can continue, whether or not at Hogwarts.
Yours in times of greatest turmoil,
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