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As the acting minister of Magic, took to the dais, a hushed silence fell over the crowd, as anticipation filled in the air.
The minister started off with general condolences to all those who lost their loved ones or their family during the course of the war and appreciation for the courage shown by all of them who participated in the war- inspite of being very young of age. Then he proceeded on to announce about the various facilities and measures that the ministry had arranged to take care of the victims of the war- be it direct or indirect.
He also took the opportunity to give an open invite for all the muggle born witches and Wizards who had been forced to quit ministry during the last regime to report back to duty with immediate effect. He declared that all the anti muggle rules that were put in the course of the last year will thereby stand nullified with immediate effect and also that a direct order has been issued by him to the acting aurors of his office to arrest any death eater of loose for further investigations and acquitting of the guilty.
He also condemned all those who acted mean, showing support to voldemort's regime ' and said investigations were on, on those terms and anyone found guilty of having taken the circumstances to their own profit would also be arrested and disciplined. A wild applause broke out when he chuckled that the first in the list would be Dolores Umbridge. He mentioned that the ministry has been deciding on order of merlin being issued to those witches and wizards who had displayed outstanding bravery during the course of the war- and the list would be out soon.
He went further and announced that Professor Minerva Mcgonagall had magnanimously accepted to take up charge as the next person to head Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry. A round of applause broke out cheering this news and the minister also mentioned that a war memorial was being proposed to be built in the Hogwarts grounds in tribute for those who lost their lives in the war. As the cheer grew louder, the minister waved his hand down, and stepped down giving a chance for Professor Mcgonagall to address the crowd-
Harry sighed thankfully as he realized that the minister hadnt mentioned him more than once though he his jubilant eyes suggestively lingered more than required around him when he had announced that the very active participants of the war were eligible to join the ministry under any department they asked for- and successful completion of NEWTS was not mandatory for them.
Professor Mcgonagall then came up to the podium ' A loud cheer broke out as she smiled at the crowd mixed with students and their family. She went on to declare the closure of the school for the year, the cancellation of exams for the year and the announcement that students who missed the academics that year and wished to take it up the coming year or the ones who wanted to repeat it for various reasons, would be allowed to do so- Much to the excitement of Hermione.
She also announced that the students willing to do so will have to register themselves for the year. The registration sign up sheets would be available with the heads of the respective houses. As for Griffindors, Hagrid would take up the post. ' A loud applause broke out after this news as Hagrid who was standing amongst the crowd waved at the students in happiness and with wet eyes.
Noting that a great expanse of the school has been damaged due to the war, the inhouse staffs have already taken care of spells required to initiate the ability of the school to repair itself on whatever dimensions it was able to do by it self- but still Argus Filch would gladly accept any assistance in cleaning up the space- and the cleanup activity would start a month later owing to let the inmates and volunteers to take a break to properly mourn the dead and recover from the heinous events of the past one year.
She further went on to inform them all that the students who were willing to offer a helping hand can sign-up for the same for the cleaning camp activity commencing in over a month- Those signing up for the activity will be notified by owl post. After informing about the facilities that have been arranged for the student and wizarding folks from hogsmeade or from the outskirts of the school premises, she also informed them that the school would reopen as usual on September 1st.
There was a hustle and bustle of activity as the meeting ended.
Harry was clapped at the back by people as they passed by him, but he was oblivious by all those friendly gestures as something else was eating his insides.
His eyes focused on two people who stood talking and smiling to each other a little distance away from him he wondered if Ginny had moved on. She was not to be blamed- He had been the one who had ended their blissful relationship. But didn't she realize why he had done it? Neville had been by her side the entire year and though Neville had mentioned more than once that it he, Harry who inspired him to stand up to what he believed in- Harry realized that Neville had come a long way from a blundering chubby boy that he had known him to be and Ginny- Ginny of course was a very beautiful, talented young witch who was much sought for by young wizards and it was irrational on his part to expect her to wait for him to finish his expeditions and get back to her.
Though the sane part of him reasoned Ginny's actions with such points, the insane wild and untamed part of him gnawed at his insides on the unfair treatment metted out to him by his girl- his girl- was she still his to claim? He was lost in these thoughts as he heard a soft whisper next to him.
"You should talk to her soon Harry- high time you -"
"What do you expect me to tell her Hermione?" he asked her angrily 'not sure why he was behaving irrationally to his friend
"If you don't, I shall" Ron came up next to him still glaring at Neville and his sister as she laughed at something Neville joked about.
Harry couldn't help but feel very grateful to his friend for displaying such loyalty but Hermione was amused. Not able to stand there any longer, Harry turned back towards the entrance to the hall recalling the work that was to be completed before he left the place.
"There is something that I need to do" He told his friends and they too followed him out. As they stepped out, much to Harry's annoyance, Ron started the topic again.
"Are they seeing eachother now? Ginny and Neville? " Ron asked Hermione abruptly making her to raise her eyebrows.
"I don't know" She admitted honestly "we didn't get much chance to talk to eachother yet.. But even if she is it is nothing of a matter that you should be interfering with' Why do you always have a problem with your sister's boyfriends?"
"I didn't have a problem with Harry" Ron reminded her a little rudely, as Harry flinched a little ' the topic was moving into a more sensitive area.
"you didn't? what about the time you asked him to stay away from her last summer" Hermione whispered back to Ron hoping that Harry who was walking a little ahead was not listening
"That was a different issue- it was entirely different ' I ' look I was always been ok with him and Ginny" Ron hushed back at her throwing a look at his friend who had gathered a little speed and was walking ahead.
"Will you both please stop bickering for a moment? " he told them in an irritated tone as they fell silent. They had already reached the place where Dumbledore's white tomb was and Harry stepped a little closer to the tomb to put back the elder wand to rest.
To be continued
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