Sharing a body with the nebulous hate-filled soul of Bellatrix Lestrange, Gilderoy Lockhart (now called Leshart) is set to become the new Minister of Magic in the wizarding world.
PROLOGUE: So I wrote this for kicks & giggles and not to cope with any kind of significant event happening today IDK GUYS.
It is the dawn of a new age at the Ministry of Magic. Anxiety hangs stiflingly in the air—the product of political tension that’s been roiling beneath the surface of the wizarding world and seems to increase daily.
These days, it is fear and hostility running rampant through the veins of witches and wizards alike.
Some take precautions and await their fate, paralyzed by the numbness that invariably settles at any attempt to comprehend the implications of their impending future. A terrified and confused Muggle family removes their son from Hogwarts amid the rising harassment of “non-pure” students. A young witch struggles to inform her Muggle parents that, to preserve their safety as well as her own, she must no longer associate with them. A father of four holds his Muggle wife close as he casts protective charms over their home each evening in the wake of recent threats and hate crimes against his family.
Others give in or wholeheartedly embrace the crushing panic. A Pureblood mother of two loudly touts her support of the new Minister, cheerfully insisting to her Muggle-born neighbor that all will be well if one remembers to sport a positive attitude. A wealthy Pureblood couple eagerly asserts their blood-dominance over non-pure wizard families (and what a happy coincidence to stumble upon more power/wealth in the process) amid increasingly aggressive pro-Pureblood sentiments. They roll their eyes at rumors reporting the resurgence of Death Eaters and chuckle with disdain at the distressed unease of their peers.
In the wake of this unstable climate, a new leader has emerged. He promises to bridge the divide. He constantly assures the public of his adequacy. He shouts that he plans to “Make Wizards Powerful Once More” (though the actual meaning of this saying remains unclear).
Those familiar with the recent history of the wizarding world may remember the notorious Bellatrix Lestrange, a blatantly deranged loose cannon who served as Lord Voldemort’s most sycophantic follower and Death Eater.
Ostensibly, Lestrange was killed by Molly Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts; however, contrary to popular belief, she never truly died. Whether she learned of the ability to split one’s soul (as a close confidant of Voldemort) or experimented with the dark arts herself is unknown.
Regardless, though her soul was stripped of its body, it remained very much alive, searching for a host in which to regain her strength.
During her search for a body in which to house her spirit, she eventually visited St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. There, she found Gilderoy Lockhart.
A popular celebrity in the wizarding world before a freak accident involving a memory charm, Lockhart was the impudently pompous yet purportedly successful traveler, author of the best-selling autobiography Magical Me and one-time Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts.
Having been tragically Obliviated several years earlier, Lockhart had been living out his life in St. Mungo’s (where he also penned another best-seller, Who Am I?) when he fatefully crossed paths with Lestrange’s nebulous hate-filled soul.
In this way, Lestrange found the perfect host, blissfully empty-minded, able-bodied and belonging to a fairly influential individual, whereupon she proceeded to leech onto his mind and meld with him. The union left Lockhart strong-minded enough to leave St. Mungo’s a few months later (much to the reported relief of the entire hospital staff).
Thus, a mash-up of Bellatrix Lestrange and Gilderoy Lockhart was born: Lestrange-Lockhart. Leshart.
Together, they live within one body, sharing one cramped mind to this day. The arrangement is reminiscent of the relationship between former Hogwarts professor Quirinus Quirrell and the notorious Lord Voldemort—however, instead of living as a parasitic being in Lockhart’s body as Voldemort did, Lestrange holds much greater dominion over his/her/their thoughts and actions.
All of this explains why Leshart’s infamous reputation as a man obsessed with power and superiority while at the same time remaining strangely aloof and self-absorbed despite the gravity of his public position.
Leshart spent the next few years rebuilding his reputation, gaining power and wealthy supporters along the way. Predictably, the money and fame fell short of satisfying Bellatrix’s lust for power; as a result, Leshart decided to enter the world of wizard politics.
And so, it has been a year since Leshart, the esteemed new Minister of Magic, began an incredibly popular campaign of intolerance, during which he advocated a rhetoric of hate and prejudice that quickly insulted and/or threatened an incredibly diverse range of citizens in the wizarding world. These included but are not limited to: non-Pureblood wizard families, “blood traitors” (Pureblood families who sympathize with non-Pureblood families), Muggles, House Elves, goblins, ghosts, poltergeists, Acromantulas, giants, and Squibs.
In this way, amid growing popularity, Leshart earned his current position as the new Minister of Magic.
Thus far, the Ministry doesn’t appear to consider the tenuous nature of Leshart’s grip on reality as a threat to the public. Despite the fear, chaos and dread reportedly seething through the wizarding world, many government officials seem distracted by Leshart’s tendency to speak loudly and compliment himself in order to avoid self-awareness.
Some Ministry members claim that Leshart’s controversial attitude is exactly what will begin healing the widespread tensions, although these individuals have yet to support their claims with any logical explanations.
Notably during his campaign, Leshart also condemned the Ministry’s career bureaucrats, claiming that such individuals cannot adequately serve the people without simultaneously serving their own interests. Luckily, although his own current appointees for government positions seem to consist almost entirely of wealthy career bureaucrats, the wizarding world seems indifferent, with tabloid sales (such as the Daily Prophet) higher than ever.
Controversy has repeatedly exploded from a number of Leshart’s public political statements, many of which have gained notoriety for blaming Muggles and non-pure wizards for a large number of societal issues that plague the wizarding community.
“I love Muggles,” declared Leshart in a series of widely quoted interviews. “They’re great. Just great. But when Muggles and Purebloods mix, the result is Mudbloods. And we don’t need more filthy Mudbloods leeching off the very great society created by our Pureblood forefathers.”
Much controversy between Purebloods and “blood traitors” seems to center on the statement: “Give him a chance.” Notably, the duration of this “chance” is unconfirmed, as many in the wizarding community believe that Leshart will have succeeded in inciting all-out war with any or all of the aforementioned magical beings within the first few weeks of his term as Minister of Magic.
Still, some factions of the wizarding world seem disposed to reject Leshart’s authority. Though these groups are often regarded as “too extreme” by Leshart supporters, their popularity has greatly risen amid the approach of Minister Leshart’s official initiation.
Below is a reproduced sample of this group’s recruitment leaflets, published by unknown anti-Leshart activists:
My fellow witches and wizards, the Minister is our public servant. Thus, Leshart himself is only as influential as we allow him to be.
Based upon the hateful rhetoric he spewed throughout his campaign (which consequently emboldened many wizards across the country to echo his sentiments), he should not be allowed much power at all. Yet recent events have revealed an attitude of complacency toward our newly-appointed Minister. That cannot stand, because in the words of Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” In this case, “evil” refers to hate crimes. It refers to social injustices. It refers to the intimidation of less privileged, less protected people by those who want to demonstrate power and dominance over them.
While we must certainly work to bridge the gap that currently exists between us, we certainly cannot forget about those who, through no fault of their own, are feeling the immediate negative impact of a renewed surge of threats and hostility. These people must remain at the forefront of our minds and we must stay vigilant.
Violence is not the solution. Hate is not the solution. But casual acceptance is not, either.
Ultimately, the power to change the wizarding world rests in the hands of its citizens. So now, it’s time to wipe those hands clean of despair and instead use them to embrace action through the following avenues.
Engage in political activism. We urge you to support lower-level Ministry members and local representatives who oppose Leshart’s agenda, as well as getting involved in political campaigns.
Promote knowledge. By suppressing knowledge, Leshart and his supporters aim to rob us of information and education, more powerful and important than any spell. Help address the threat posed to our education systems by supporting our wizarding schools. Getting involved in your local school will improve education and help our young witches and wizards learn to read, write, and develop critical thinking.
Be an example. Starting today, act as the opposite of Leshart and his fellow Lesharters. Many of us interact with Muggles on a daily basis; reject the urge to be self-absorbed and superior, and encourage others to do the same. Through your actions, you can prove that you do not tolerate hate.
As the great Albus Dumbledore once said, “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
Regardless of individual opinions regarding the new Minister of Magic, the wizarding community as a whole admits that they have little choice but to give in to the “Give him a chance” supporters.
Currently Minister Leshart’s approval rating is the lowest of any Minister since Cornelius Fudge.
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