With Fenrir Greyback being released in exchange for the, now absentee, Minister of Magic Christina Roberts, werewolf attacks are on the rise. Several attacks every full moon cycle, many dying from the attacks. And not just in the United Kingdom. France, Bulgaria, Russia, and even Germany are giving reports of werewolf attacks becoming a frequent occurrence!
Other Magical governments are up in arms at the British Ministry of Magic for releasing the monster, Greyback. Many are making threats of retaliation, ill wishes, and even some so far as to implement a ruling where all werewolves are removed to their respective prisons, as though they themselves have committed a crime, regardless of innocence or guilt.
Hogwarts is no better. Parents threatening to remove their children, attacks on students becoming a constant worry around the school and in Hogsmeade. Several have remarked that it's back to the not so old days of the second Wizard's War that has just now begun to become a thing of the past.
Everyone is living in constant fear and panic, and blaming the Ministry of Magic for lack of punishment on the Death Eaters, who must be behind all of this. Former Death Eaters are denying having done anything, having any ties to Fenrir Greyback and his 'pack'. Many are being watched closely, others investigated at urging of the public. Several werewolves of note are being watched and investigated as well.
This is all the makings of a third war between magical beings.
The leaves have fallen... Snow is on the horizon...
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Hogsmeade is the only entirely wizarding village in Britain. According to tradition it was founded over a thousand years ago, around the same time as Hogwarts. It's a picturesque little village of thatched cottages and shops, with enchanted candles hanging in the trees during the holidays. It is located just down the road from Hogwarts and on select Saturdays throughout the school year the village is filled with Hogwarts students, who are allowed to visit beginning in their third year.
Hogwarts Castle is a large, seven-story high building supported by magic, with many towers and turrets and very deep dungeons, built in the late Early Middle Ages (c. 993) by a wizard architect and the four most celebrated wizards of the age: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin. The Castle houses Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, regarded as the finest wizarding school in the world.
Hogwarts is built in a valley area — surrounding mountains are part of the landscape — with the fairly large Black Lake to the south of the main building. The huge main oak front doors leading into the Entrance Hall face the west, and open up to sloping lawns. The deep Forbidden Forest extends around to the west of the Castle. There are also exterior greenhouses and vegetable patches on the school grounds.Hogwarts is located in the Scottish Highlands, near the all-wizard village of Hogsmeade and "not far" from Dufftown, in Banffshire, and Achintee, in Lochaber.
One may enter the Ministry via the Visitors' Entrance which is located in a payphone outside on the sidewalk. The entrance code on the payphone is number 62442 ("MAGIC").
Following the prompts of the Operator, passes are issued and the telephone box will descend through the ground into the lobby (Floor 8).
Tapping just the right brick in the wall behind the Leaky Cauldron in London ("Three up...two across...") will reveal an archway which is a portal into Diagon Alley, a long cobbled street where is to be found a strange and exciting assortment of shops and restaurants. It is unquestionably the hub of commerce in the British wizarding world, with virtually every wizarding business stationed there. Consequently, the demand for space here is steep, and rent costs "loads of Galleons".
Just around the corner from Diagon Alley lies a dark, twisting alleyway devoted to the Dark Arts: Knockturn Alley. Not only are the wares sold there are a bit dodgy, but the wizards hanging around behave fairly suspiciously as well. From the shops and the street vendors one can purchase, among other things, shrunken heads, poisonous candles, human-looking fingernails, and Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent.
Founded in late 1500s or early 1600s by Mungo Bonham, St. Mungo's Hospital is the primary (and likely only) wizarding hospital in Britain. Located in an abandoned department store in London, the Healers treat wizards for all sorts of magic-related illnesses and injuries, & in extreme circumstances has been known to treat Muggles as well. Unlike, the Leaky Cauldron, St. Mungo's is visible to passing Muggles, who merely believe the sign on the front that the store is "Closed for Refurbishment."
The Neighbourhoods of the Wizarding community are located around Britain. All types of houses, some castles and even manors are widespread. Hidden from the Muggle World and have been for centuries and will continue to be so for many many more generations.
London, Muggles have no idea but Wizards have been mixing in and around them for years. One of the greatest cities in England, Westminster offers a large range of new muggle fashions, food, entertainment and nightlife.
Godric's Hollow is a village in the West Country of England. It is a small community, which centres on a village square with only a church, a post office, a pub, and a few retail shops. The residential streets are lined with quaint cottages. According to A History of Magic, the graveyard is rumoured to be haunted.
A small town along the River Otter in Devon, near Exeter. Ottery St. Catchpole is a Muggle town but has historically also been a large settlement for wizarding families. Ottery's notable buildings include the Tumbling Weir and St Mary's church. The town is the site of The King's School, now a comprehensive school, a former grammar school founded in 1545 by Henry VIII, and Ottery St Mary Primary School.
Ilkley Moor is an expanse of moorland above the town of Ilkley in West Yorkshire. It is famous as the inspiration for the Yorkshire "county anthem" On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at. To the north, where the moor drops steeply down towards the village of Ben Rhydding, a satellite of the town of Ilkley, are two millstone grit rock climbing areas: Rocky Valley and Ilkley Quarry.