"We thought it ended with Voldemort. We thought everything we did to quash the evil of the world would stop anyone from reliving his legacy. But for all we did... We just let the nightmare start all over again." - Uncredited Ministry Official It is the year 2030, thirty-two years after the final duel between Harry Potter, the Chosen One, and Tom Riddle, otherwise known as the Dark Lord Voldemort. In this time, the wizarding world has changed a great deal from the society it had been before. The Ministry of Magic, a bureaucratic and almost authoritarian government, was dismantled from the top-down and rebuilt from the ground up. For a decade following the death of Lord Voldemort, wizard-populated Britain was a turbulent police state. The first department to be reformed, the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, was tasked with mopping up the mess made by Voldemort's followers in the wake of the Dark Lord's death, a lengthy and dangerous process that left many dead, largely Death Eaters or Imperius-cursed lackies, but also a substantial number of innocent sorcerers merely caught in the crossfire. By the time this so-called Age of Suppression, reluctantly headed by the Chosen One himself, ended, and with it the repeal of many of the controversial anti-sedition laws brought about by the Ministry, the wizarding world and the Ministry of Magic itself were very different than they were originally. In the modern day, open practice of any of the Dark Arts, even for educational or defensive purposes, is banned. Research into the Dark Arts, even for reasons of bettering wizardkind instead of degrading it, is banned. Books pertaining to the Dark Arts, even for educational or research purposes, are banned, and are to be confiscated for destruction. Offensive or destructive spellcraft of any kind, nonlethal or lethal, is forbidden, except in the following cases: for the theoretical teaching of defensive charms, the use of defensive charms in the interest of self-defense, or the use of offensive spells by licensed and Ministry-employed. Any violation of these and several other laws under the umbrella of the State Magical Securities Act leaves the perpetrator subject to life imprisonment in Azkaban, or, depending on the severity of the violation, summary execution by first-response Aurors. On the other hand, the changing leadership of the wizarding world has brought many positive changes. Muggle-inspired technology, from the archaic-looking viewbox (a magically powered television), to the revised model of the Hogwarts Express (an enchanted electric train), the formerly antiquated wizarding world has begun to change drastically, slowly coming to resemble the world of Muggles in technological advancement. In the modern day, Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry remains an active academy for each generation of young witches and wizards. The classes of the 20th century remain, though the syllabi of which are now written in accordance to Ministry law. Defense Against the Dark Arts remains the most affected, having become essentially neutered in its ability to broach the subjects of offensive spells and how to understand the weaknesses of the Dark Arts. Other classes, such as Charms and Transfiguration, have been similarly stricken, no longer being able to teach formerly basic, yet essential spells. For all of this, the Ministry of Magic, currently headed by the widowed Hermione Granger (her husband, Ron Weasley, having been killed by a Dark wizard during the Age of Suppression, leaving her to raise their children and run a country on her own), remains in power through a strong sense of security, backed up by the ruthless suppression of Dark wizardry and virtually no major threats to state security in years. Strict enforcement of magical regulations, the more avid state support of the entertainment industry, and an overabundance of resources brought about by industrialization combined with this state of peace has kept the population at large satisfied. But not all are as complacent as the masses. At Hogwarts, a group of students from all Houses has begun to meet in secret, delving into books of a Dark nature and practicing spells of a forbidden status. Under the cover of the school, where their magical Traces are inactive and render Ministry supervision impossible, their actions are impossible to stop. At first their intentions seem innocent, albeit misguided. Believing themselves able to handle the power of the Dark Arts, they continue to delve into the matter, until, during their sixth year, they abandon Hogwarts and strike out on their own. When they turn seventeen, having been freed completely from Ministry supervision, the depth of their corruption becomes apparent. And the world trembled with terror at the birth of a new Dark Lord... But that's not where our story begins. It begins with a handful of unimportant fifth year students at humble Hogwarts,with unimportant pasts and unimportant dreams, who are about to discover a book that will change their lives, and a name that will define them forevermore. Character Sheet (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Character Sheet (open) Character Sheet (close) Name: Age: (as a fifth year, between fourteen and fifteen) Wand: (wood, core) Natural Magical Talents: Personality: (list, in bullets, of specific traits) Appearance: Rules (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Rules (open) Rules (close) At the start of this RP, our characters are even more inexperienced and untrained than Harry Potter and his group, never having been trained to actually cast offensive spells, ranging from something as simple as the Stunning Charm to the complicated Patronus Charm. As a basic rule, no character will start out with anything more than the Disarming Charm (more frequently known simply as the Expelliarmus Charm), and maybe a natural talent under their belt. This RP is rated 18+ for Mature Content, ranging from violent, illicit, to sexual themes. While members will humbly be asked keep their fucking to a PM if necessary, said content is present. Any teen members will, unfortunately, be rejected on the spot. No god-modding will be accepted, even once we've progressed to an advanced level of magic. It's advised to have mistakes with magic play into your storytelling. Politeness or, at worst, civil anger, is expected and required for prolonged participation in this roleplay. Lewdness or jerkiness is also unacceptable. Failure to comply will be met with a polite ejection from this RP. An absolute maximum of SEVEN players will be allowed. However, players have the option of playing more than one character. OC characters only. Canon characters will be encountered during the course of the RP, but are of themselves not permissible as characters. However, children or relatives of canon characters (so long as they themselves are not already canon) are permitted. The writing level of this RP is Upper-Intermediate to Adept. Inadequate spelling and grammar on the OOC does not necessarily factor into a rejection, so long as it does not show on a CS or in IC posts. It is recommended that mobile users take time to proof their IC posts before posting them to meet this standard. Have fun in the wizarding world of Harry Potter!