The Ministry of Magic - Use Your Heads?
by Danton Thirroul
“Call the Aurors?”
One of the saddest things on Earth is the fact that PLAYERS seem to think the
Ministry of Magic is made up of Aurors who deal with all crime... and then
everyone else is evil.
Not so. Not even
CLOSE. The CHARACTERS should know things correctly. The Ministry of Magic is not
evil. This is the Ministry that has been run by Kingsley Shacklebolt for a
decade- you remember him - war hero? Potter’s mate? Saved countless lives?
Opposed the Dark Lord? Opposed Fudge and Scrimgeour as well? Order of the
Phoenix? You know, a DECENT PERSON!?
OK, now please roleplay accordingly. “The Ministry is up to no good” is NOT a valid
mind state. Why? Please remember that was a READER'S perception here folks. You are
allowing your characters see the world from a READER'S point of view - the position of
someone OUTSIDE of the story. Your characters are NOT outside of the story -
your characters are IN the story - part of it.
What IS the Ministry of Magic?
The Ministry is the number one employer of Wizards in the country.
The Ministry is the thing without which Wizarding Britain would descend into chaos.
The Ministry is the definition of Wizards in Britain.
Without the Ministry there could be no Hogwarts - without the Ministry there is no
Wizarding Britain. Take away the READER'S perceptions - they are after all the blinkered
perceptions of ONE small child (Harry Potter). READ the books. The majority of
people do not think the Ministry is flawed or corrupted. Yes, they eventually
think Fudge was a total incompetent; and he was. But look closely please. His
time in office is where the rot set in - the metaphor for this rot was the use
of Dementors in Azkaban. That’s the symbol for all that is wrong and that was
wrong with the Ministry of Magic you see. Dementors working for the Ministry. As
long as THAT WAS going on, then things were bad. The moment it stops - things
are better - it’s a metaphor but a bloody important one.
But look now as PLAYERS as to why they was the symbol of ‘The Bad Ministry’…
Dementors being used to guard Death Eaters was bad because it signified a
SOCIETY that was willing to do evil things to sanction revenge! An eye for an
eye. “The punishment must match the crime” or in other words - a VERY right wing
society wherein REVENGE was the end all of the legal system. THAT WAS what was
wrong with the Ministry - and by extension the whole of Wizarding Britain. Or
put it another way. Until his last days when he forced the newspapers to lie for
him, Fudge was quite popular, and did NOT have to lie to remain Minister. The
Ministry reflects society. Never forget that.
Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron and Dumbledore were trying to change an ENTIRE society.
It was never 'The Evil Ministry ALONE lying about Harry' - after all, if society
had have been a decent place - then the Order of the Phoenix would have been much
more open yeah? The Dark Lord came to power because people were afraid and
reactionary. SO, when you roleplay ‘Not trusting the ministry’, what you are
saying is this. Your character is paranoid and conservative and reactionary -
and you ONLY like the Ministry when it is like this.
Frankly - I could never portray a Ministry that has fallen to malice as well as
Rowling - so I will not. If you IC object to The Ministry from now on - you IC
object to Kingsley - (or his administration). Find a decent reason OK?
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