Today, we were visited by two members of our esteemed Ministry of Magic (M.o.M.). Their names and credentials were NOT presented (highly improper that, but I digress…). These so-called ‘investigators’ saw fit to tear apart our beloved school, invade the sanctity of our dorm rooms and rifle through our very belongings with no sense of propriety nor respect for any of us. Everything was returned to the inspector’s idea of order, but her idea of order differed vastly from what had been there previously. Your annoyed author returned the areas to their previous lived-in state–a state that many of us took great pride in achieving, thank you ever so much. This was a task of which I, of course, did not mind. We ARE sisters, after all, but I digress.
I did not observe any professional behaviour on the part of Ms. (expletive removed for the sake of propriety. Ed. ). Granted, I am a student; however, that does not mean that I am unfamiliar with proper investigative procedure. Investigative Theory is something that I learned at Mum’s side, practically as soon as I received my first training wand. These individuals were representatives of law enforcement. As such, there are protocols which must be followed and treating the students of a school like Azkaban inmates is not amongst them, I can most vehemently assure you.
Proper investigative procedure includes the following (for those of you unfamiliar with the process):
1. Examination of evidentiary information (what was found at the site of the incident?) and,
2. Interviews with witnesses, technical experts, and subjects of investigations.
I still find it intriguing that the M.o.M. displays more concern for the missing items–a clutch of eggs that were probably destroyed in the aftermath of the landslide that took place that day in Brighton–than they do for the safety and well-being of the very youngest of their citizenry. Of course the M.o.M. must be seen as effective and what better way to do that than the fiasco that went down today. These self-professed law enforcement officials used their claim of ministry jurisdiction as an excuse to harass students. Of all the unmitigated, festering pustules of GALL! Your humble Prefect had to visibly restrain herself from verbally eviscerating them for their unbecoming conduct.
If anyone behaved in a professional manner today, it was our Headmistress. She apologised for this disgrace upon the great house that is Hogwarts—an apology that was heartfelt and most respectfully received.
Our “guests” however, were another case of scrolls entirely. These people supposedly represent our government, my brothers and sisters. If that is, indeed, the case, it is a very poor example that the illustrious Ministry is providing such impressionable minds as ours.
Yours in Solidarity,
The Vexed Prefect