Hogwarts is a sentient, parasitic, lotus-eater machine. Never throughout the seven books has an incident of accidental, wandless magic ever occurred within the walls of the castle. Magical children who have exhibited accidental magic before coming to Hogwarts, and in the case of Harry, between the 2nd and 3rd school year, has ever done so within the halls of Hogwarts – because the magic was being fed upon by the castle. The Room of Requirement is a proof of Hogwarts having sentience and power of its own – power it takes from the magical children it needs – why nobody within its halls wanted the school to close even when students were at risk of being killed when the chamber was open again. It’s not just the excess energy of children that Hogwarts feed from though – Dumbledore had explained to Harry that Voldemort was drawn to Hogwarts – that powerful people have always been drawn to Hogwarts.

I don’t buy that fear of power was sufficient excuse for Dumbledore to ‘stay away from power’ overtime – Dumbledore holds a position of power as a member of the wizarding supreme court and the Headmaster of Hogwarts AND Fudge’s advisor – what the castle did was influence Dumbledore to stay within feeding range – not away as the Minister of Magic, and not risking death against Grindelwald. Dumbledore hardly ever leaves his office deep within the Hogwarts Castle, and when he finally dies, even though the Dumbledore family no doubt have their own burial plots, the staff of Hogwarts, the staff that live most times of the year within its influence, decides to bury Dumbledore on school grounds, for Dumbledore have been the longest serving headmaster. To Hogwarts, Dumbledore is the caretaker – he has always been the caretaker…

Where does Hogwarts keeps its brains? The Sorting Hat? …and did Salazar Slytherin really did run away or did the castle eat him?
Saturday, September 24th, 2016

AN: Hermione remembers Lavender Brown at her funeral -- the girl who had liked pink, the girl she had long envied for her close friendship with Patil when Hermione was often alone, the girl who was a yearmate she barely spoke to, but also in passing, a /comrade/ in the fight against Voldemort.

"The Girl Who Liked Pink"

The top half of the coffin's lid was opened, displaying Lavender who had her arms crossed over her chest, crossed over a toy bunny made of white felt that Hermione had last seen in their third school year. A delicate tiara was set in Lavender's hair, and her head had been set not dead center but nodding slightly off to the side, poised as if in sleep.

Hermione clutched the bouquet of pink roses she had picked out so tightly, she could feel the individual stems through layers of tissue paper and cellopane. Ron was sitting with Lavender's parents to the side, Patil between them. Harry and Ginny had already left after a brief visitation -- there were several other funerals they had to attend.

All week long, funeral after funeral. Coffins opened and coffins closed. Memorials held for the confirmed dead. Memorials attended by those finally discharged by the hospital.

The first time Hermione was aware of Lavender Brown's existence, it was in the girls' dorm during her second day at Hogswarts. Hermione was rereading her textbooks when Lavender and Patil



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