Sorry for the delay. I had to wait until the Half Blood Prince came out, and with vacation, work, and school, it has taken me a while to get this up. You may notice that it's longer than previous chapters. Consider it your reward. Thank you to all my reviewers Disclaimer: read first chapter.
Surprise from Ministry of Magic
In a surprise appointment from the Wizengamot, Rufus Scrimengeour, former Head of the Auror office, was appointed Minister of Magic, writes Rita Skeeter, special correspondent. Scrimounger, as said by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, does not underestimate You-Know-Who. Scrimengeour has already announced that he has plans to improve security at Hogwarts to protect the lives of the students returning to the school this autumn. He has graciously agreed to an interview about his plans while he is Minister.
When asked on his plans about defeating Lord Voldermort, he said, "My plans include, besides the increased security at Hogwarts, to make sure all Ministry employees are well versed in all defensive and offensive curses, increased security at the Ministry, and to always keep a look at underage magic and magic in areas known to not have witches and wizards living there."
When the rumors of the fabled Hall of Prophecy and the reason the Boy-Who-Lived, Harry Potter, was at the Ministry, were brought up, Scrimengeour merely replied, "The Hall of Prophecy is one of the many things in the Department of Mysteries that the Ministry can neither confirm, but Harry Potter's presence at the Ministry greatly helped capture many of You-Know-Who's followers, known as Death Eaters." When the Minister and others from the Ministry skirt around the subject like this, it brings more of a confirmation to the fact that it is real and that they are hiding it.
While Scrimengeor's Ministry will undoubtedly be better then Cornelius Fudge's, one can wonder how far he will go to preserve justice.