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SHADOWS ARE NEVER LOST 2026

THE ORGAN 2026

THE ORB OF LENTRILLION

After a five-year-long mission only two people knew about, the Unspeakable Daniel Nagus returned with news that a dangerous, dark artefact was set to reappear after several centuries. Hannah Fischer, Minister for Magic at the time, seemed sceptical, but if ‘The Orb of Lentrillion’ truly was as dangerous as Nagus believed, it had to be retrieved and hidden before anyone else could find it.

Nagus arrived at Hogwarts in September 2026 under the assumption the Orb would appear at the school. He worked alone. Having faced a similar artefact during his time at school, he was uniquely qualified to handle the situation, though his investigation fell apart; he’d managed to arouse the suspicions of Aoife O’Keeffe and Abaddon Blightly and had been unable to discover any clues to when or where the Orb would appear. He soon left Hogwarts to continue his research, hoping to return with a stronger idea on what to look for.

During his absence from Hogwarts, Minister Fischer sent another agent to search for clues, Michel St. Jours. It was vital that the Orb of Lentrillion remained out of the hands of organisations such as Umbrae – but such an artefact could prove useful in combating the Ministry’s enemies. St. Jours’ investigation, however, was just as fruitless as Nagus’.

Several months passed with no sign of Lentrillion’s Orb. Most forgot about it, while others concluded it had just been a myth, and Nagus had led them on a wild goose chase. In April 2027, however, Nagus returned, this time with strong evidence – the Orb would, certainly, be appearing at Hogwarts in April. Reentering the school, Nagus faced a race against time; he had to find the Orb before any students stumbled across it, or risk unleashing a disaster much like the one he faced in his youth.

Employing the help of his son, Tom Morgan, Nagus began searching every corner of the castle. Nagus was doomed to fail, however, as the Orb would only reveal itself to those under the age of seventeen. Morgan and his friend, Aloy Osiris, found the Orb first, and became afflicted by its curse. While Nagus came to a dead-end in his search, Morgan and Osiris began luring other students to the Orb, and soon a wave of students became afflicted.

At first, the Orb’s affliction was fairly harmless. Students felt compelled to wear daft outfits, or talk backwards, or give each other wacky nicknames. Over time, though, Lentrillion’s curse became far more sinister. ‘The Orb Cult’ as they became known felt obliged to bring more and more students to the Orb – by force if they had to – and they felt they had to protect the Orb from adults by any means, even if it meant holding Nagus captive to near-starvation.

After a week as Morgan’s prisoner, Nagus managed to escape the Room of Requirement where he’d been held captive and made his way to the Heads of Houses Valyria Rask and George Vikander just before collapsing. After some quick treatment, he explained to them and Juniper Green the situation the school faced. The faculty joined Nagus in searching for the Orb’s location, in a bid to stop the curse from spreading any further.

While the search for the room continued, the faculty rounded up the students that had already become afflicted and held them captive in their own part of the castle. Fearing for the wellbeing of the students in captivity, Aoife O’Keeffe became involved in the investigation and drew knowledge of the Orb’s location from Morgan’s memories. After notifying Nagus, the pair investigated.

They found the Orb’s home in the dungeons behind a wall guarded by a password: ‘We doon seke a wish it ys true’. Desperate to destroy the Orb (despite Nagus’ wishes to retrieve the Orb for further research) and free the afflicted students from the curse, Aoife entered the Orb room with Nagus – though Lentrillion had prepared for such an occasion. Once across the threshold, Aoife and Nagus lost their memory; mentally, it was their seventeenth birthday again.

After twenty-four hours, their memories returned, and they realised they still had a long way to go before they could rid Hogwarts of the Orb. Aoife called a faculty meeting and laid out their new plan of action: guard the Orb room to stop any more students from becoming afflicted, and research a way to combat the memory curse.

Nagus and Aoife tested several theories together, all in vain. Fearing that prolonged exposure to the curse could damage their minds permanently, the pair asked the faculty for volunteers to test other theories. Blightly and Nagus oversaw Vikander’s entry into the Orb room – another failed attempt that resulted in Vikander stunning Nagus and leaving him disillusioned on the dungeon floor. Meanwhile, Green discovered a cure for the Orb’s affliction, an antidote including glumbumble treacle, which helped free the afflicted students from Lentrillion’s curse.

No theory seemed to work, and while the faculty had made no progress, the Orb had opened up a new entrance. Time was running out. In one last effort, Aoife called all the faculty together so they could all enter the Orb room and destroy it. Nagus had devised a basic plan on how to combat the memory curse. While they couldn’t protect their memories when they entered, they could leave themselves notes to explain their situation and their mission, with the hope being that their seventeen-year-old selves would believe their own handwriting. As an extra layer of precaution, Nagus enlisted the help of a student he had grown to trust, Essa Nazari, who could enter the room with the faculty and remind them of their notes. Once they’d destroyed the Orb and left the room, they’d all be able to restore their memories using a memory potion that Aoife had discovered would work as a cure for the curse’s effects outside the room.

With the plan in place, the faculty and Nagus all left themselves notes and entered the room. Once Nazari had convinced the faculty of what was happening, they all began reading their notes, telling them of the mission to destroy the Orb. Nagus’ note, however, differed…

As a final attempt to retrieve the Orb before its destruction, Nagus had left himself a note saying to take the Orb and run instead of helping to destroy it. He was unsuccessful, however, when the Charms professor Ophelia Idylwild read his note before he could escape and stopped him. With Nagus incapacitated, the faculty were able to destroy the Orb and free Hogwarts from its clutches.

Once the faculty’s memories were restored, Blightly dragged Nagus up to her office for questioning. She was able to discover that Nagus had been employed by Umbra to secure the Orb sometime during his five-year investigation. If Nagus could enter the castle, it meant that, despite Fox’s sacrifice, Hogwarts was still not safe. To keep Nagus from returning to Umbra with information, she wiped his memory of everything he’d experienced during his time at Hogwarts and anything he might know of Umbra and the Orb, which led to the unfortunate side-effect of Nagus forgetting everything from the last six years.

Nagus was soon sent to St. Mungo’s, assumed magically insane, and Hogwarts was once again saved. But while the Orb might be gone, there’s a chance its effects remain. Can those that had been afflicted ever truly move past all they did as Lentrillion’s puppets..?

INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION SUMMONS

Ministers of Magic from around the Wizarding World were summoned to the United Kingdom. On the 7th of August 2027 they arrived in London, and stayed at the Ritz Hotel in London. The Ministers remained in the United Kingdom for a week, some even taking a tour of Diagon Alley, and Godric’s Hollow. The Minister of Magic also held a formal gala, and only select adults were invited to attend this high security event. On the 15th of August the Ministers of Magic returned to their home countries.

THE TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT

During the re-opening of Hogsmeade, The Department of Magical Games and Sports, with the Department of International Cooperation announced a Triwizard Tournament was to be hosted this year by Hogwarts, after many years of the Tournament’s discontinuation.