The Reign of the Black Feathered Witch
Real world 2012-2013
Real world 2012-2013
The students returned to a decidedly different Hogwarts than they had left. Within the first month of the year there were attacks by both a troll and banshee, as well as the death of Professor Addison. To add to the chaos that had gripped the school, Headmistress Hawthorne disappeared as abruptly as she had arrived. Her return would not be a welcome one however, as it saw her attack the very school that she had sworn to protect. Hawthorne was an Animagi, turning into a dragon she attacked the Hogwarts Express while Professors Li and Wentworth attempted to spirit a group of students away to Diagon Alley. After the students who remained entrenched in Hogwarts raised the ‘Down With Hawthorne Army’, the school went into full revolt and defeated Professor Hawthorne, beginning a new spring for Hogwarts.
Real world 2013-2014
Before the closing of the Triwizard Tournament that Headmistress Fischer left the school under mysterious circumstance, leaving the students in the very capable hands of Professor Oreyn Fox. With all the commotion in place from the Tournament and the school naming its 4th Headmaster in two years that the History of Magic professor, Oswalt Digby, unwittingly took possession of a cursed object. Shortly thereafter the school was flooded with frogs, which gave out an airborne toxin which nullified the use of magic wherever the frogs appeared, which was almost every inch of Hogwarts. It took the ingenuity of three students to follow the clues that lead to Professor Digby, who after holding the cursed object for a number of months had been entirely possessed by its evil magic and become a vehicle of ill-intent. With the help of the spirit of Nimue who had been resting peacefully in her cave beneath Hogwarts the students destroyed the source of the frogs, allowing their magic nullifying toxin to dissipate. Professor Fox caught notice of the commotion, and arrived and dueled an enraged Digby, disarming him and taking the cursed object, thus breaking the curse that a mysterious Dark Wizard had placed upon him.
Real world 2014-2015
A few students claimed to have heard the voices of their closest friends screaming and calling to them, but when they rushed to their aid not a soul, living or dead was found. Was it that they were going mad? Meanwhile, the attention of many turned to the arrival of Zimelda Zemeckis, Vice
Chancellor and direct agent of the notorious Judy Dorchester. Word of a “Shadow” began to surface, rumours that spoke of the “Shadow” creeping about the castle grounds. Did the Hag manage a way into Hogwarts?
While a wild storm rampaged the grounds with thunderous rain and flahses of bright lightning, a weakened Headmistress Fischer gathered frightened students in the Great Hall. As a bright white light illuminated the walls from the outside storm, students spotted a lurking “Shadow”. After a piercing scream from a girl, Professor Fox broke from the Great Hall to investigate and found the “Shadow”. In an eerie fit of laughter, the “Shadow” plunged itself into the lake below. Sometime later, Headmistress Hannah Fischer uncovered information that had exposed Zemeckis as a former Death Eater. Zemeckis enraged by this, engaged in a fiery duel with the Headmistress, leaving Fischer cursed by deadly, and unknown dark magic before fleeing.
The meddling of a group of students uncovered that the Honeydukes Clerk was the enigmatic “Shadow”, a dark wizard with unknown interests in
Hogwarts, that had been using the secret passage there to infiltrate the school. After a confrontation late in the night of the 13th of June, the intrepid lot found themselves overwhelmed by the dark magic of the “Shadow.” The timely arrival of Professors’ Fox and Digby, along with the unexpected aid of the Hag of Crowscreep, drove the dark wizard away, but not before vengeance was sworn. Following the epic – ‘Midnight Duel at Hogsmeade,’ Chief Warlock and Hogwarts Board member Judy Dorchester arrived, having been informed of a late night disturbance in the village. Dorchster arrived in time to find Professor Fox and students, in conversation with the Hag of Crowscreep, which promoted the Hag to flee in a whirl of cawing crows.
Real world 2015-2016
As the school year ventured on and Fischer’s curse getting worse by the day, Fox found himself in a conundrum. Resist the rise of Dorchester or save Hannah Fischer. For Professor Fox, the choice was a simple one and he set out, leaving the school in the care of the professors to do what aurors have failed to do. Hunt down and find Zimelda Zemeckis.
In the coming months it all seemed as if things at Hogwarts had simply calmed down, but anyone that knows Hogwarts, knows that any calm, is merely a calm before the coming storm. That storm came in the form of Judy Dorchester, whom had burst into the Great Hall bringing an end to the day’s Hearty Party. Dorchester – with no Headmistress Fischer, nor Professor Fox to be found, used her power as Chief Warlock and Head of Board, to instate herself as acting Governor of Hogwarts until which time a new Headmistress or Headmaster could be appointed. Dorchester spent the next month manipulating many professors to her cause while alienating others, effectively pitting professors against professor and student against student. Along with her team of goons, the gluttonous Magwina Leech, the greedy Morton Fallax, the envious and jealous Priscilla Knotts, the prideful and obedient Boris Boggs, and the insane and lustful Ironhand, Dorchester managed to enact her will upon every corner of Hogwarts, transforming it into a cold, dark, lifeless, military-esque school.
Meanwhile Oreyn Fox found himself pulled as far as Germany in his quest to track down Zemeckis, and eventually came upon her. In an agreement made, Zemeckis revealed that should could make a temporary cure of sorts that would halt the curse, provided Fischer maintain a steady dosage for the rest of her life in exchange for Fox ensuring that she would not come to harm, nor punishment by the Ministry. Fox agreed and the pair traveled back to Hogwarts.
There was more going on at Hogwarts however that just Dorchester and her goons. The strange and mysterious dark wizard known only as the shadow had seemed to returned, puppeteering the voices of students, spreading confusion about the school. This prompted a group of students to seek out answers, and to solve what was going on, and what this shadow that they faced the year prior was, or what. Discovering a clue that was left behind by none other than Professor Fox himself, they found that they were led to Crowscreep, the dreaded thicket where the Hag of Crowscreep was suspected to reside, a cursed place that none venture to. In the late evening, these students, along with Professor Drachenblume sneaked out and began their flight. Crowscreep Thicket surely lived up to it’s name. A dark, twisted, eerie place that had a dense hallucinogenic pollen that caused the band to witness fears, the absurd, and desires. The hallucinations pulled at their minds, mixed with the pegging caw of thousands of crows that seemed to mimic and laugh… Til all went black.
They awoke in a small cave.
Real world 2016-2017