Evacuating the Castle

Apparently, I have a lot of thoughts about the Battle of Hogwarts. Specifically, the movie version. I actually really like the Deathly Hallows Part II movie, but there are a few things about it – most of them very minor – that get on my nerves.

Yesterday, I wrote about the horde of a thousand Death Eaters, and I’m sure there will be a post coming soon about the weird way Voldemort’s body dissolves when he dies. But one of the things that bothers me the most is that no one attempts to evacuate the castle.

In the book, Professor McGonagall’s first thought upon realizing they’re going to fight Voldemort at Hogwarts is that they have to evacuate the students. She and the other Heads of House agree that anyone under seventeen must leave the castle before Voldemort attacks, although the oldest students will be allowed to stay and fight if they choose to. There’s a whole scene in the book where the students gather in the Great Hall and McGonagall explains everything that’s going on. The movie does things a little differently, but it wouldn’t have been hard to have evacuation brought up and Harry suggest the secret passageway to Hogsmeade.

Instead, what happens is this: after Voldemort’s ultimatum, Professor McGonagall sends the Slytherins to the dungeons, and the rest of the students are left to fend for themselves, even the first and second years who can barely make sparks fly out of their wands. Aside from how hard it is to believe that none of the Hogwarts teachers thought about trying to get their students to safety, and the horror of realizing many of them likely didn’t survive the battle, this takes away their choice as well.

It takes away from the fact that so many of the seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds did stay to fight. It takes away from the fact that younger students, like Ginny and Colin, refused to be told they had to leave and fought in the battle anyway. I wouldn’t say it negates the heroism of those who fought, but it makes their actions more about survival than a conscious decision to do what was right.

It also takes away the choice from the students who left. Those who had not been part of the DA and knew they would be no good in a fight. Those who left to make sure a younger sibling got safely home. Those who left to return with reinforcements. Those who were just plain scared and decided the battle could be won or lost without them. Those who were loyal to the other side. The fact that so many left – all the Slytherins, and some of the Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs – adds realism to the story and makes those who stayed seem all the more noble for doing so.

For that matter, it takes away the possibility of help from the outside. In the book, Professor Slughorn returns near the end of the battle with a large group of reinforcements to help defend the castle. In the movie, this couldn’t possibly happen, because no one left the castle. The villagers in Hogsmeade might have seen that something was happening, but they wouldn’t have known what they could do or why they should. The families of the students who stayed to fight would have had no idea that a battle was even happening. Someone had to find them and ask for their help, and if no one left the castle, that’s impossible. The reinforcements are more than just numbers to help them win the battle. I see them as a sign that Hogwarts is not alone. The teachers, Dumbledore’s Army, the Order of the Phoenix, the few who are there when the battle starts and who have been fighting all along, are not making their final stand on their own, and there are many others out there who step up when the time comes. This kind of wider support for the heroes is in direct contrast with the movie, where they truly are on their own and up against massive numbers under Voldemort’s command.

It takes away the Slytherin students’ choice as well. In the book, many went straight to Voldemort, while a few went with Professor Slughorn and then returned to help win the battle. Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle snuck back into the castle and tried to capture Harry themselves, which didn’t go all that well for them. In the movie, there are no such choices. No one has a chance to leave the castle.

That means it also takes away from the Malfoy parents’ dilemma. In the book, when other Slytherin students start showing up to join the Death Eaters and Draco doesn’t, they have no idea what happened to him. Voldemort seems to suspect disloyalty and makes it clear that he doesn’t care if Draco lives or dies. There’s a battle going on, and they don’t know which side he’s on or whether he’s even still alive. His father begs Voldemort to call off the battle, and when that fails, his mother lies to Voldemort, telling him Harry Potter is dead, in an attempt to end the battle and find Draco. In the movie, though, Snape is the one person from Hogwarts who went to Voldemort at the start of the battle. The students are all still in the castle. Draco’s parents have no reason to suspect that anything unusual happened to him, or that he’s in any more danger than the other Slytherins.

The Harry Potter books are so tightly-woven that even a small change makes a big difference.

How many people fought in the Battle of Hogwarts?

The Deathly Hallows Part II movie makes a big deal of how outnumbered the heroes are, with shots that show Voldemort surrounded by vast numbers of Death Eaters and hordes of Snatchers, quotes about numbers not winning a battle when the Order members see what they’re up against, and a distinct lack of the reinforcements that showed up near the end in the book. But how many people really fought in the Battle of Hogwarts?

Let’s start off by establishing how many wizards there are in Great Britain, since that puts an upper limit on the numbers for the battle. All the witches and wizards in Britain attend the same school, buy their wands from the same wand-maker, and frequent the same few places: Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, Godric’s Hollow, etc. They have one major newspaper, one favorite sport, twenty-eight “pure-blood” families, and one court that handles cases ranging from petty crimes to felonies. There can’t be all that many of them.

There are 40 students in Harry’s year at Hogwarts. 40 students per year x 7 years = about 280 students at Hogwarts. However, J.K. Rowling has said before that about 1,000 students attend Hogwarts. Presumably, either not all of Harry’s classmates are mentioned in the books or the Original Forty list, or his group is unusually small. I prefer the latter assumption, because it would be hard to imagine 25 more Gryffindors in Harry’s year.

According to the 2011 census, 6.2% of Britain’s population was age 0-4, 5.6% was age 5-9, 5.8% was age 10-14, and 6.3% was age 15-19. This is a bit after Harry’s time and includes the years before and after students graduate from Hogwarts, but it’s close enough to use for a general estimate. If about 12% of witches and wizards in the UK attend Hogwarts, and about the same amount are too young to attend, then …

If there are 280 students at Hogwarts, there are about 2,300 wizards in the UK, 560 kids and 1,740 adults.

If there are 1,000 students at Hogwarts, there are about 8,300 wizards in the UK, 2,000 kids and 6,300 adults.

So there are likely somewhere between 2,000 and 6,000 adult wizards in the UK. Are you starting to see why images like this from the Deathly Hallows Part II movie bother me?


Just how many followers did Voldemort have? I counted a hundred people just in the first few rows and then gave up. The vast horde of Death Eaters extends far beyond the edge of the image. There must be a thousand of them!

Here’s another picture demonstrating just how vast their army was:


That’s not even counting the Snatchers.


There are probably what, a hundred people in this picture? It gets hard to tell near the back, and like with the previous picture, the army doesn’t stop where the picture ends. These guys aren’t official Death Eaters, just lower-level followers who do a lot of the dirty work. Their costuming is different, they fight in different parts of the battle, and really, there should be many more of them than the Death Eaters, who are just Voldemort’s elite inner circle.

Meanwhile, here are the defenders of Hogwarts:


All surviving members of the Order of the Phoneix, many of the Hogwarts teachers, and most of Dumbledore’s Army. The first two overlap a lot, so let’s just make a list. There are literally that few of them:

  • Adults: 5 Weasleys (Molly, Arthur, Bill, Fleur, Percy), Aberforth, Kingsley, Tonks, Lupin, McGonagall, Flitwick, Hagrid, Sprout, Trelawney
    • Possibly a few more, since it’s not clear whether minor Hogwarts teachers like Sinistra, Vector, Babbling, Hooch, etc. remained to fight or evacuated.
  • DA Alumni: Fred and George, Lee Jordan, Cho Chang, Angelina Johnson, Alicia Spinet, Katie Bell, Oliver Wood
  • Hogwarts Students: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Neville, Ginny, Dean, Seamus, Lavender, Parvati, Padma, Terry Boot, Michael Corner, Anthony Goldstein, Ernie Macmillan, Susan Bones, Hannah Abbot, Colin Creevey
    • Possibly more unnamed students, since “a number of older Ravenclaws … even more Hufflepuffs … and half of Gryffindor” chose to stay and fight. Those who were underage were told to leave, but it’s not clear exactly how many of the seventh-years stayed and how many of the younger students snuck back in to fight, as Colin did.
  • Near the end of the battle, reinforcements arrive, led by Charlie Weasley and Professor Slughorn. They include the centaur herd, the families of students who stayed to fight, villagers from Hogsmeade, and – according to J.K. Rowling later on – a group of Slytherin students.

So, about 40 or 50 people initially stayed to fight for Hogwarts, and maybe another 100 people came to help later. The movie is very realistic in the way it portrays the heroes’ forces – if anything, it makes them too small by not including the reinforcements.

Naturally, it looks impressive to have fifty intrepid heroes taking on an army of a thousand villains, but is it realistic?

No exact numbers are given for the number of Death Eaters, but we can assume they outnumber the heroes, since heroes tend to be portrayed as underdogs fighting a more powerful enemy.

In Goblet of Fire, a small group of Death Eaters arrives to witness Voldemort’s return in the graveyard. This group consists of those who survived the first war and did not go to prison. Only seven named characters are there, but it’s mentioned that he did not speak to them all. In Order of the Phoenix, fifteen Death Eaters escape from Azkaban, including the Lestranges. However, for the most part, it’s not clear which group the Death Eaters introduced in the last two books were part of, and some may have joined later. The only definite conclusion is that the number of people in his inner circle was at least in the mid 20’s, putting it at a similar size to the Order of the Phoenix.

Here’s a list of Death Eaters who are (or might be) still alive when the Battle of Hogwarts begins, as well as prominent supporters who were not in the official inner circle but were definitely at the battle: Bellatrix, Rhodolphus, and Rabastan Lestrange; Lucius, Narcissa, and Draco Malfoy; Severus Snape; Alecto and Amycus Carrow; Fenrir Greyback; Pius Thicknesse; Avery; Dolohov; Crabbe Sr; Goyle Sr; Yaxley; Jugson; MacNair; Mulciber; Nott Sr; Rookwood; Selwyn; Rowle; and Travers.

That’s 24 people, not a long list. Of course, the real numbers are likely higher. The list is just named characters. Mentions of things like a dozen Death Eaters guarding Hogsmeade indicate that Voldemort has grown his following again. Maybe there were as many as 40 or 50 Death Eaters, and they weren’t the only ones working for Voldemort. So let’s look at who else was:

Fenrir Greyback’s werewolves. Let’s assume that about 1% of wizards are werewolves, since it seems like a very rare condition. That would mean about 80 werewolves, and statistically ten of those should be Hogwarts students. As far as we know, Professor Lupin is the only werewolf at Hogwarts in Harry’s time, so even 1% is probably a high estimate. But let’s say there are 80 werewolves, and let’s say half of them are following Fenrir Greyback.

The Snatchers. The Snatchers were not at the Battle of Hogwarts in the books, but they were in the movies, so let’s include them. The Snatchers were bounty hunters who tracked down Voldemort’s enemies: muggle-born wizards, Order members, and so on. The two we know of are Greyback and Scabbior, and presumably some of the other werewolves were also involved. Ron describes them as being “everywhere”, so there have to be a lot of them. However, it’s unlikely they would all be at the Battle of Hogwarts. They were not part of Voldemort’s inner circle or even necessarily operating on his direct orders. They did not have the Dark Mark, so many might not even have known when Voldemort summoned his forces. But let’s say there were 100 Snatchers at the Battle of Hogwarts and Harry simply didn’t notice them in the book.

Ministry employees. Pius Thicknesse was at the battle, and I included him on my first list. I don’t think it’s likely that many others were, even those loyal to Voldemort. They had a government to run, after all, and it’s not as if Voldemort knew this was going to be the final battle.

Imperius victims. We’re told that Voldemort uses the Imperius curse to control people and force them to fight for him, but it’s unclear how many people are actually being controlled this way. The confirmed list of imperius cases is very short: Pius Thicknesse, Stan Shunpike, Viktor Krum in Goblet of Fire, Broderick Bode and Sturgis Podmore in Order of the Phoenix, and a muggle man in Half-Blood Prince. For the most part, it seems to have been a convenient excuse for people like the Malfoys after Voldemort’s first disappearance. However, let’s be generous and say Voldemort has twenty Imperius victims fighting for him at the Battle of Hogwarts.

Slytherin students. Now, this is where it gets tricky. In the movie, the Slytherins are locked in the dungeon, but in the book, they are evacuated to Hogsmeade along with all the underage students and those who chose not to fight. Voldemort tells Lucius Malfoy that Draco did not come to join them “like the rest of the Slytherins”, implying that all of them went straight to Voldemort and presumably fought for him. However, J.K. Rowling has since said that this is not the case, and that some Slytherins who were not loyal to Voldemort actually helped Professor Slughorn gather reinforcements to defend the school. Presumably others, especially the younger ones, simply went home. Voldemort was trying to scare Malfoy by questioning his son’s loyalty, so it’s not hard to believe he exaggerated.

Let’s say Pansy Parkinson and Theodore Nott went to Voldemort; Nott because his father is a Death Eater and Pansy because she made her position quite clear. Let’s also say Daphne Greengrass and Tracey Davis help Slughorn gather reinforcements; Daphne because, in Cursed Child, her sister and nephew are among the most unambiguously good Slytherin characters, and Tracey because she’s half-blood and has a normal-sounding name, which indicate she wasn’t raised with the kind of snobbery and prejudice that lead one to support Voldemort. Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle went to the Room of Requirement, which leaves Blaise Zabini and Millicent Bulstrode, both unpleasant but not directly linked to the Death Eaters, and one unnamed girl if the 5 students per gender per house per year thing is accurate. However, if there are 1,000 students at Hogwarts, there could be as many as 35 Slytherin seventh-years.

Let’s go with 10. Let’s say that two helped Slughorn, five went to Voldemort, and of course, three went to the Room of Requirement.  Now let’s say there are 20 sixth years. Four helped Slughorn, ten went to Voldemort, and six went home. Let’s say that most of the younger kids went home or didn’t fight, since there’s no mention of Voldemort sending 11-year-olds into battle. That would mean 15 Slytherins, about half of the older students, went directly to Voldemort and fought with the Death Eaters. These numbers are, like the ones for the Snatchers and werewolves, totally arbitrary but hopefully within a reasonable range.

50 Death Eaters + 40 werewolves + 100 Snatchers + 20 Imperius victims + 15 Slytherins = 225

Voldemort’s army should have had numbers in the low to mid 200’s, give or take a little. Maybe even round it up to 300 if you think there’s any category where I’ve estimated low, or down to 200 if you think my estimates are high. His forces would still outnumber the Order’s something like 4, 5, or even 6 to 1 until the reinforcements arrive, and as much as 2 to 1 after that, but it seems like a reasonable number. It’s not a number that makes me fear for the future of the Wizarding World. Because if this many people were Death Eaters …


… (and, as we’ve already established, the Death Eaters were just the inner circle, not the majority of Voldemort’s supporters) … if about 1/6 of adult British wizards were Death Eaters and maybe twice that many supported or worked for Voldemort in some capacity, then how are we supposed to believe this world was rebuilt and all was well?

Professor Rakepick Theory

So I’ve been playing Hogwarts Mystery again (I got locked out for a while on my old phone – it’s a long story). I’m partway through year 5, and I’ve started to think that Patricia Rakepick might have been a Death Eater.

Here’s my evidence:

  • She’s definitely a suspicious character, one that the player is set up to distrust.
  • Snape, who hates my character and her brother, sees Rakepick as such a great threat that he’s willing to work with me to find out what she’s up to. Presumably he has already tried to convince Dumbledore and failed.
  • She and I are currently trying to get the Marauders’ Map from Mundungus Fletcher, who is a no-good thief and smuggler, but also a member of the Order of the Phoenix. He seems to be taking the possibility of her torturing him very seriously.
  • Dumbledore trusts her enough to hire her as a teacher, but that doesn’t mean much. Dumbledore trusts a lot of people that probably don’t deserve it. The position of Defense Against the Dark Arts is hard to fill, and if nothing else, he might be suspicious of her and be setting her up to fall victim to the curse the way he did with Lockhart.
  • She went to Hogwarts at the same time as Lily, James, Snape, etc., but was several years older than them. Most of the known characters from that generation fought in the first Wizarding War. We know she wasn’t a member of the Order of the Phoenix, so there’s always the chance she was fighting for Voldemort rather than against him.
  • She was apparently a Gryffindor and was sort of a mentor in mischief to the Marauders. That’s according to the Harry Potter wiki; I don’t actually remember this being revealed in the game. However, remember that Peter Pettigrew joined the Death Eaters and everyone was convinced that Sirius had for a long time. Clearly, Gryffindor at the time was producing dark wizards as well as heroic ones.
  • For that matter, why did Snape, who was a spy at the time, definitely knew Peter Pettigrew was a traitor, and helped Dumbledore to protect the Potters, believe that Sirius Black was the one who betrayed them? Maybe it wasn’t too hard to believe that two of the Marauders had become Death Eaters, because he knew an older Gryffindor they had looked up to was one.
  • If he thinks Rakepick had any part in turning Sirius and Peter to the dark side, Snape would have all the more reason to hate her, since he thinks Sirius is the reason Lily is dead.
  • We’ve met several characters whose parents were Death Eaters – Merula, Ismelda, Barnaby, Felix – but no Death Eaters aside from Snape who avoided punishment for their actions. In the Harry Potter books, while many Death Eaters went to Azkaban or died fighting for Voldemort, a lot of them got off scott free by bribing the Ministry or pretending they were under the Imperius Curse. It makes sense that one of these would be the main villain of the game.
  • Rakepick is not still around in Harry’s time. She’s not part of the Order in either time period, and she’s not one of the Death Eaters who appears in the graveyard the night Voldemort returns. If she really is the villain of the game, she probably dies in year 7 – or sooner, for that matter, since she’s teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and the job is cursed.
  • When Rakepick is putting together a group of students to be her “apprentices”, two of the three have connections to Voldemort. Merula’s parents are in Azkaban because they were Death Eaters, and my character’s brother is rumored to have been one as well, which I’m becoming more and more convinced is at least partially true.
  • Someone who signed their letters with the initial R was writing to Jacob, threatening him, and offering him rewards for doing what they wanted. Now, who has the initial R. and an interest in the Cursed Vaults?
  • In Year 5, Chapter 7, it’s revealed that R. was trying to recruit Jacob and his two friends, Olivia and Duncan, into some kind of group. Whoever survived the longest while searching for the Cursed Vaults would earn the right to join them. Duncan and Olivia died, Jacob took the blame and was expelled, and went on to become “one of the most feared wizards in Knockturn Alley”. Sounds like the group might have been the Death Eaters.

Conclusion: Patricia Rakepick was a Death Eater.


A Hogwarts Mystery Theory

I’m beginning to think that Jacob, the older brother from Hogwarts Mystery, is in Azkaban.

All the clues were pointing to him being trapped somewhere in the Cursed Vaults, but I just talked to Madam Rosmerta, and she said she witnessed him being dragged away by aurors. That makes it sound more like he was arrested.

He was expelled from Hogwarts, which doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in prison. Newt Scamander and Hagrid were both expelled. However, they both had Dumbledore on their side, and neither of them were accused of being Death Eaters. I seriously doubt that Jacob actually was a Death Eater, but the possibility has been mentioned several times, so it has to be important.

It seems like every Slytherin student at Hogwarts has parents in Azkaban. Merula definitely does, and I’ve heard that Barnaby does as well, although I’ve just met him and haven’t learned that yet in the game. Possibly Felix, too, since – as I’ve mentioned before – the age difference is too small for Evan Rosier, who is dead, to be his father. Ismelda talks about bringing back the Dark Lord the first time you meet her, so if her parents aren’t Death Eaters, I’ll be very surprised – but whether they’re in Azkaban or not is a different story.

None of that is necessarily related to Jacob, but at the same time, it’s a lot of emphasis on Azkaban and the Death Eaters for a story that takes place in a time when Voldemort was supposedly gone. We also know from what Sirius tells Harry that the trials held after the first war were not conducted fairly and not everyone got a trial at all, leaving the possibility that Jacob was innocent, but was sent to prison anyway. He might have looked suspicious because of his involvement with the Cursed Vaults, which Ismelda is already hoping will be able to bring back Voldemort.

If he was sent to Azkaban, what about the clues that he’s at Hogwarts right now, trapped in the Cursed Vaults? It’s possible he escaped from Azkaban and returned to the school, but it’s also possible those hints are a false trail laid by Merula, who has already asked the main character to tell her if they find any more of the vaults and may be trying to give them incentive to keep looking. For all her bragging, she must have noticed we always find the next vault before her – maybe she’s trying to ride on our coat tails.

Merula Snyde

I don’t know whether this is just a flaw in the game or a subtle bit of foreshadowing, but I have a hard time buying that Merula from Hogwarts Mystery is exactly what she seems. There are just too many inconsistencies.

Her parents are in Azkaban for supporting Voldemort, but they’re never mentioned in the Harry Potter books. There could certainly be Death Eaters we’ve never heard of, but the easiest way to make that connection with a new character is to use a familiar name. The Cursed Child writers knew that and had Delphi be raised by the Rowles, with Scorpius figuring out she couldn’t be trusted after hearing their name. The Hogwarts Mystery developers seem to know this, too, and used it with Felix Rosier. If Merula’s surname was Rookwood, Selwyn, Dolohov, or Avery, any Harry Potter fan would know without even being told what kind of family she came from. Who are the Snydes? They’re new. We don’t know them. We have to be told what it would have been so much easier to imply. If this was a new novel by J.K. Rowling, I’d assume there was a reason for that, but I don’t know how much involvement she had in naming the characters or writing the script of this game.

But you know what? I’m going to take this and run with it. This game is a mystery, right?

You know what I’ve noticed about Merula? She says Voldemort’s name.


There’s a scene where she taunts the main character and claims their older brother was working for Voldemort. Rowan freaks out and insists that he be called “You-Know-Who”, but Merula refuses to. She’s one of the few characters to use the name, and I believe she’s the only Slytherin to do so (except in Cursed Child, where everyone does). Those who are loyal to him say “the Dark Lord” and would never dare to use his name. Only the people who fight against him do.

You know what else I’ve noticed about Merula? She doesn’t just hate the main character for no reason. She becomes bitter and envious after they beat her in a duel, but she starts off like this:


She starts off by talking about how dangerous they are and how awful their brother was. Their brother who she also claims was working for Voldemort alongside her parents – an accusation she hurls at the main character like it’s the worst thing she can think of to say, as if she isn’t living in a glass house and throwing stones.

I don’t know if I’m reading too much into this. Merula is a mean-spirited bully and a stereotypical evil Slytherin. She goes around calling people “mudblood” and literally tries to murder the main character. But if this is a mystery and we’re supposed to put the clues together, and if J.K. Rowling’s world is intact enough for things like saying or not saying Voldemort’s name to have the same meaning, then what if …

What if Merula hates Voldemort?

Not for what he did or what he stood for, but for failing  – for the fact that her parents are in prison?

Or, because we don’t know the Snyde family and we do know not all convicted Death Eaters were guilty, what if her parents were innocent? What if, like Sirius’s parents, they shared the Death Eaters’ beliefs but never got involved in the war – but, for some reason, looked guilty and didn’t have the money to bribe the right person? What if they were sent to prison without a fair trial, as many people were during Barty Crouch’s time as Head of Magical Law Enforcement? Wouldn’t it make sense for their daughter to hate Voldemort?

What if Merula hates Voldemort and truly believes what she said about Jacob being a Death Eater? Or what if he really was, and let her parents take the fall so that he could disappear? What if the main character is just a scapegoat to Merula, someone she can project her anger onto?

It wouldn’t make her a good person, but it would make her a lot more interesting. It would give her a believable motive for trying to murder a classmate she just met, if nothing else, and it would allow a lot of room for growth and tough decisions in both Merula and the main character if the game went down that path. A two-dimensional future Death Eater is a boring enemy at this point, but someone who hates Voldemort as much as she hates the hero could be a fascinating antagonist, or even allow them to begrudgingly team up if a greater evil enters the scene.

More Thoughts on Daphne Greengrass

A few minutes ago, I posted a poem from Daphne Greengrass’s point of view. Since she’s really kind of a blank slate of a character, I thought it was worth explaining a bit of my thought process.

Sometimes I like to imagine what a “good Slytherin” from Harry’s generation might have looked like. Not a Draco Malfoy type who turns out to be less evil than he’d like to be, but more of a Professor Slughorn: someone consciously choosing to “live within the light” despite their housemates’ decision to do the opposite. The problem is that all Harry’s Slytherin classmates are so unpleasant, and unlike the adult characters, they all seem to be unquestioningly pro-Voldemort. So when my mind drifts down that route, I have only a few very minor characters to choose from. My ideas usually center around Daphne and Astoria Greengrass.

The two sisters make only one appearance each in the actual Harry Potter books, but Astoria has a major off-screen role in Cursed Child as Scorpius Malfoy’s deceased mother, and is given most of the credit for what a decent person he’s grown up to be. Daphne is there in the background throughout the series as a member of Pansy Parkinson’s giggling gang of Slytherin girls. Neither of them plays any role in the conflict between Harry and Voldemort, so it’s hard to say what they would have thought or who they would have supported. At the very least, they weren’t actively working for Voldemort, and it’s not too much of a stretch to think they might have privately disagreed with their fellow Slytherins who were.

But, then again, what kind of conflict would that have led to with friends and classmates, relatives, future in-laws, etc. who were all either Death Eaters or at least in support of Voldemort? How could you be a decent, “live within the light” sort of person and be able to tolerate being constantly surrounded by evil? Hence, the poem I wrote.

You can read it here: https://hogwartspensieve.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/hate-a-poem-about-daphne-greengrass/

Hate: a Poem about Daphne Greengrass

Read my thought process here: https://hogwartspensieve.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/more-thoughts-on-daphne-greengrass/

Some people hate the Death Eaters
I don’t have that luxury
In this dimly-lit world of silver and green
My home for seven years
There are too many people
Who forgot somewhere along the way
About cunning and ambition
And let themselves become pawns
Easily sacrificed
That should not be the Slytherin way

Some people hate the Death Eaters
I don’t have that luxury
When my best friend whispers in my ear
That her life’s ambition
Is to serve a man I hate
And my little sister
Sighs and doodles hearts on her parchment
Yearning for a boy already lost
To the darkness

Some people hate the Death Eaters
I don’t have that luxury
They come over in the summer to have tea with my parents
And praise my high marks in school
And whisper offers to bring me into
Their inner circle
But I shake my head
I cannot hate these pawns of the Dark Lord
If I did, I would hate nearly everyone I know
And become a bitter shell of hatred
No better than them
I can hate what they stand for

Some people hate the Death Eaters
I don’t have that luxury
Even many years later
When I have left the dimly-lit common room behind
And the war has faded to memory
A fake coin that belonged to my husband rusting in a box on the dresser
Even now, every weekend
I go to my brother-in-law’s house for tea
We talk about the weather
About quidditch
About his son and my daughter
But we don’t mention her
His wife, my sister
Just a memory now, too – a memory we both loved
And where there was love, I cannot hate