Rubeus Hagrid is a Magi sensitive person, of which he is a relatively low level Magi user with his level being Level two.
Rubeus Hagrid is the son of his mother Freyda Hagrid from House Hagrid, and a father of whom small talk state was an ogre but in truth his father was just a Andal raider his mother met while in the north of Denmark. Rubeus Hagrid would discover a slight Magi ability during his youth and this caused him to join the Hogwarts Academy and leave his family in Denmark behind and go southward to the lands of Hogwarts. During his third year, Hagrid acquired one in what would be a long line of dangerous pets: a young Acromantula, which he named Aragog. That same year, fifth year student Tom Marvolo Malfoy, who would go on to become Lord Voldemort, opened the Chamber of Secrets and unleashed a far more dangerous monster, which Tom Malfoy used to attack and petrify a number of Muggle-born students, until he finally caused the death of a girl named Myrtle. When the school was threatened with closing, a consequence highly undesired by Tom Malfoy, the boy found out about Aragog, and turned Hagrid in as the culprit; he even further slandered Hagrid with accusations of raising werewolf cubs under his bed and running off into the Forbidden Forest to wrestle trolls. Hagrid protected Aragog and helped him flee to the Forbidden Forest; however, he was shortly thereafter expelled from Hogwarts where he wandered the Forbidden Forest with Aragog for years until Albus Dumbledore was able to have him returned as the gameskeeper.
Rubeus Hagrid is the son of his mother Freyda Hagrid from House Hagrid, and a father of whom small talk state was an ogre but in truth his father was just a Andal raider his mother met while in the north of Denmark.
Rubeus Hagrid would discover a slight Magi ability during his youth and this caused him to join the Hogwarts Academy and leave his family in Denmark behind and go southward to the lands of Hogwarts.
During his third year, Hagrid acquired one in what would be a long line of dangerous pets: a young Acromantula, which he named Aragog. That same year, fifth year student Tom Marvolo Malfoy, who would go on to become Lord Voldemort, opened the Chamber of Secrets and unleashed a far more dangerous monster, which Tom Malfoy used to attack and petrify a number of Muggle-born students, until he finally caused the death of a girl named Myrtle. When the school was threatened with closing, a consequence highly undesired by Tom Malfoy, the boy found out about Aragog, and turned Hagrid in as the culprit; he even further slandered Hagrid with accusations of raising werewolf cubs under his bed and running off into the Forbidden Forest to wrestle trolls. Hagrid protected Aragog and helped him flee to the Forbidden Forest; however, he was shortly thereafter expelled from Hogwarts where he wandered the Forbidden Forest with Aragog for years until Albus Dumbledore was able to have him returned as the gameskeeper.
Hogwarts Civil War
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| The Goblet of Fire |
Goblet of Fire
Main Article : Triwizard Tournament
The Goblet of Fire would become the moment of divergence for the region of Hogwarts, and would bring about the destruction of the fake peace and the illusion was finally broken that Lord Voldermorte wanted peace for the lands of Hogwarts. Hermione was very close to Harry Potter so she was obviously very close to the forefront of the Civil War as the forces of Lord Voldermorte and the forces of Hogwarts silently battled it out for victory. The lives of Hermione Granger and the rest of the Triumverate were still at this point quite idealistic as most of the wizard world of Hogwarts had no idea that Tom Malfoy had become the sadistic man that he had become. The first strikes against the realm of Hogwarts would come silently and it would all begin during the normal event hosted in Hogwarts called the Triwizard Tournament. For Edward Cullen he was beginning to become homesick, while his friend Hilary was beyond just wanting to go home, she was crying nearly every night, and only the excuse of the Triwizard tournament brought them any kind of peace.
At the Hogwarts start of term feast, Professor Dumbledore announced that Hogwarts would host the Triwizard Tournament, a recently-revived inter-school competition in which the Beauxbatons Academy of Magi, the Kirin Tor, Nubian Academy of Magi, Magisterium of the Tevinter Empire, and the Durmstrang Institute would also participate. The Beauxbatons were a school tended to and trained from the greatest Magi that the Kingdom of Alcase could find, while Durmstrang was a secret Magi school hidden in Norway of northern Europe. The Kirin Tor was the Magi fortress and organization within the Kingdom of Lorderon, and the Kirin Tor sent the largest delegation led by Medivh. The delegation from Beauxbatons arrived in a large carriage pulled by Abraxan horses, and brought with them some thirty Magi, alongside some two hundred attendants. The delegation of Beauxbatons pupils was led by their Headmistress, Madam Olympe Maxime of whom had once trained at Hogwarts before using her long Numenorian lifespan to create the Beauxbatons Academy within Alcase. The Kirin Tor would arrive with some forty Magi and a force of some five hundred conventional forces, and would house themselves north of Hogwarts where they basically constructed a Magi tower that could store all their people. The Nubians would arrive following the Kirin Tor and had arrived via Magi boat which they had traveled west of France going north into Germania before travelling south down the Rhine River, and the Nubians only brought some twenty Magi, and a hundred retainers led by Hele Halone.
The Magisterium from the Tevinter Empire would come shortly following the Nubians and led by Calanthus Vyrantus they were the picture of nobility and honor of which was noted by all who saw them, and they came with some two hundred Magi, and nearly a thousand men at arms and retainers making them one of the largest groupings there. Shortly after their arrival, the delegation from Durmstrang, under the watchful eye of their High master Professor Igor Karkaroff, arrived in a magical ship that could travel underwater. A feast to welcome the new arrivals was held in the Great Hall, where Professor Dumbledore introduced the other Tournament judges - Bartemius Crouch Sr, Vonded Forden, and Ludo Bagman - to the assembled students. After explaining the rules of the Tournament, Dumbledore unveiled both the Goblet of Fire and the Triwizard Cup to the assembled groups. Students would have until the start of the Halloween Feast the following day to enter their names. In agreement with the new rules regarding underage students entering the Tournament, Dumbledore drew an Age Line around the Goblet of Fire, of which concluded that only those over the age of fiteen could enter their names into the Goblet of Fire.
Chosen as a Champion
During the Halloween Feast, Dumbledore presided over the selection of the Champions. Artem Belovich, from Durmstrang, was selected first, followed by Fleur Delacour of Beauxbatons. The Goblet selected Edward Cullen as the Hogwarts Champion, and Cerin Menathil was the only entree from the Kirin Tor and thus for this reason Cerin was selected easily by the Goblet of Fire. The All four Champions left the Great Hall to receive further instructions. To the surprise of everybody, the Goblet spat out a fifth name, as Barty Crouch Jr had intended. Harry Potter, like the rest of the school, was shocked to hear his name called, and went to join the other Champions. After a heated debate, during which Karkaroff and Maxime questioned the motives of Dumbledore and the Ministry, since Hogwarts now had two Champions, it became clear that Harry must participate. Despite his not having entered his own name in the Goblet, the fact that his name had been entered and selected by the Goblet constituted a magical contract that bound him to compete. Even his age was not a real issue; the Age Line was only an effort to stop unprepared students entering and being killed. Traditionally, students as young as Harry had been allowed to compete in the Tournament.
Despite the secrecy surrounding the Triwizard Tournament, Lord Voldemort found out about it from Bertha Jorkins, a Hogwarts Magi of whome had been holidaying in Westbridge and had run into Peter Pettigrew at an inn. Pettigrew brought her before Voldemort, who, using Dark Magi, extracted from her mind information concerning the Tournament. He also learned that one of his faithful servants, Barty Crouch Jr, was still alive and under the Imperius Curse at his father's home, and this would eventually lead to his freeing. Armed with this information, Voldemort set a plan into motion. He freed Crouch Jr from the Imperius Curse, and ordered him to disguise himself as Alastor Moody, Hogwarts' new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. There, he would manipulate the Tournament as his Master commanded to achieve the Dark Lord's goal: the destruction of Harry Potter.
At some point, most likely during the night, Barty Crouch Jr, who was using Polyjuice Potion to pose as Professor Moody, bewitched the Goblet with a powerful Confundus Charm. He made the Goblet believe that there would be four schools entering the competition, then entered Harry Potter's name on a scrap of parchment under a false school name. Since no other entrant would be associated with the school, Harry's name was the only one that the Goblet could select. Thus because of this Harry was mysteriously chosen as a fourth competitor, even though he was under-age and never entered his name into the Goblet of Fire during the selection process. Many people did not believe Harry's story, including Ron believing this to be nothing but another attempt to gain fame. This caused extreme tension between the two friends. Hermione, on the other hand, "accepted his story without question," and assisted Harry in preparing for the Tournament by teaching him useful spells, such as the Summoning Charm, which Harry used in the first task of the Tournament. Besides the resentment that came from Ron for his enlistment, he also received a lot of backlash from the other students, who appeared unwilling to accept his story. Edward Cullen at this point was becoming very popular, as he was seen as Hogwarts true champion, and a generally nice guy. As Harry Potter became the subject of abuse his brother Neville attempted to stand up for him, but this only got him in more trouble and eventually Harry talked him into simply letting it go. It was during this time that Harry and Edward first came into becoming friends, as Edward didn't like the abuse he was taking, and tried desperately to get them to stop but Hilary convinced him to just keep his head down.
The First TaskThe First Task of the Triwizard Tournament took place on 24 November, and the objective was to retrieve a golden egg that was being guarded by a dragon - the egg would be located within a clutch of real dragon eggs. Using Sleeping Draughts, a team of wizards, including Charlie Weasley, transported nesting mothers of different breeds to Hogwarts from a dragon sanctuary in Croatia. The dragons were hidden in the Forbidden Forest to stop students from discovering them. However, despite the secrecy, the Champions became aware of the task that faced them. Rubeus Hagrid, a great lover of dragons, innocently invited Olympe Maxime to watch the dragons with him, unaware that she would tell her Champion, Fleur Delacour, about them. Harry Potter was also present, again at Hagrid's request, to see what was in store for him, hidden under his Invisibility Cloak. Igor Karkaroff sneaked into the Forest to discover what was being hidden, and told his Champion, Viktor Krum. Medivh would tell Cerin Menathil after Medivh watched the Dragons in his mind using spells he had left all around the hidden forest believing that would be where anything would be hidden. Even though Edward Cullen was not present, he was told about the dragons from Harry, who considered it unfair that Edward should be the only one of the Champions who had no clue what the First Task was. After lunch on the day of the First Task, the Champions assembled in a tent near the arena that had been built specifically for the Task. In the tent, they were informed of the task ahead by Barty Crouch Sr. and Ludo Bagman, who would also be acting as judges alongside Professor Dumbledore, Madame Maxime, and Professor Karkaroff. Each Champion was required to dip their hand into a bag that contained miniature replicas of the various dragons they would face, and pull one out. They would then face the real version in the arena. In addition, each miniature dragon had a small number hung around its neck, indicating which order they would face in.
Harry Potter drew the fiercest of them all, the Hungarian Horntail. On the advice of Crouch Jr (disguised as Professor Moody), he used a Summoning Charm to bring his Firebolt broomstick to him, and manoeuvred past the dragon to retrieve his egg. After the First Task, Harry and Viktor were tied for first place, with Edward, and Cerin tied for second, and Fleur in third. The champions were told that, the Golden egg they retrieved contained a clue on how to pass the Second Task. Without it, they had little chance of succeeding. After seeing how dangerous the task was, Ron, as well as the other students, made amends with Harry, with Ron telling him, "I reckon someone is trying to do you in." He managed to escape the first task with only an injured arm.
To prepare for the second task, Harry had to open the egg he won from the dragon, but every time he did, it screeched. His rescue from that particular problem came when Cedric paid him back with the information that he would figure it out if he "take[s] a bath" with the egg. Harry followed this advice; while in the bathroom, he had an uncomfortable exchange with Moaning Myrtle, and on the way back to the Common Room, he ran into Professors Snape and Moody. The latter informed Harry of Barty Crouch Sr's obsession with catching Dark Wizards. Harry did learn that the second task was going into the Black Lake to rescue "the thing they would miss most" from the Merpeople. Harry's new problem was that he had no idea of how to survive underwater for an hour. He got his answer in the form of gillyweed from Dobby, who had come to work at Hogwarts.
The Second Task
All five Champions assembled on the shore of the lake, and were told that they had one hour to retrieve that which had been stolen from them from the merpeople's village, and return. The Champions entered the water; Harry had to eat the gillyweed, which gave him gills to breathe underwater, and webbed hands and feet to allow him to swim faster. Both Fleur and Edward utilised the Bubble-Head Charm, while Viktor partially Transfigured himself into a shark. Cerin Menathil surrounded her entire body with a bubble and would move throughout in this protective shield. The five Champions headed through the lake to the village; although Fleur was forced to retire when she was attacked by grindylows. Harry reached the village first to find that the "item" that had been stolen from each Champion were people close to them. Placed in an enchanted sleep, then tied to the tail of a stone Merperson, were Harry's best friend, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, who had been Viktor's date to the Yule Ball, Edward's best friend Hilary Swift, and Fleur's younger sister, Gabrielle. Concerned for the safety of all the "hostages", Harry refused to just take Ron and go. Edward arrived shortly after and rescued Hilary, followed by Viktor. Viktor's partial Transfiguration had left him with the head of a shark, and he found it difficult to free Hermione. Harry passed him a sharp rock to cut her bonds with, then Viktor left carrying Hermione and headed for the surface. Cerin would wander the waters unable to find her way around as the Merpeople had become angry at her after she casually killed one of them, and surrounded her with mist leading to her wandering around for hours unable to know where she was.With no sign of Fleur, Harry made the decision to rescue the remaining hostages himself. Although the merpeople objected and tried to stop him, Harry managed to free himself, and dragged Ron, Perseiphone, and Gabrielle to the surface.
Back on shore, Harry learned from Ron that none of them had ever been in real danger, and that he should have just rescued him and got back as quickly as possible. Edward, the first Champion back, had arrived one minute outside of the one hour time limit, followed by Viktor in second place. Harry was third, and, because they did not finish Fleur, and Cerin were in last place. Despite finishing third, Merchieftainess Murcus informed Dumbledore that Harry arrived at the hostages first, and only his desire to see them all safe had stopped him from finishing first. After a conversation with his fellow judges, which included Percy Weasley deputising for the ill Mr. Crouch, it was decided that Harry, for showing moral fibre, would be awarded second place. Edward scored forty-seven points, Harry scored forty-five points, Viktor earned forty points, and Fleur and Cerin came last with twenty-five points. After the first two tasks, Harry and Edward were tied for first place, with Viktor second, with Cerin third, and Fleur fourth.
The Yule Ball
A month before the final task, the Champions were shown the beginnings of the challenge. They were told the third and final task was going into a maze filled with obstacles to find the Triwizard Cup. On the way back to the castle Krum took Harry aside to ask him something. Thinking that this was something important, Harry went with him. Krum then asked Harry about his relationship with Hermione, in whom Krum was deeply interested. Harry told him that there was nothing between him and Hermione and that she was just a friend, but by this point he knew he was lying to himself. Edward went to the Yule Ball with Hilary, and after dancing all night they returned to his room where they would kiss romantically, but as they parted they both laughed realizing for sure that they were only to be friends. Cerin Menathil, and Medivh would begin at this point to become aware of dark Magi permenating the air, as Lord Voldermorte had entered the area in secret, and Cerin and Medivh came to believe that the person was Harry Potter after hearing the eventual news that he was seen walking madly out of a room.
To prepare for the final task, Harry, Ron, and Hermione used vacant classrooms to practise spells and jinxes. In Divination class between two of these study periods, Harry dozed off dreaming about Voldemort and left the classroom in a disturbing fashion. Rita Skeeter had witnessed this event, and she wrote on the day of the final task, that Harry was disturbed and dangerous. This did nothing to boost Harry's morale, but when he spent the day with Bill and Molly Weasley, they cheered him up when they also came to watch the final task as his substitute family. As the training continued Harry would continue to see signs of darkness in Draco Malfoy, and finally with time to deal with this he would confront the Malfoy heir and the two engaged in a fight which almost led to Harry killing Draco. Leaving Draco broken and wounded on the ground of the bathroom he erased his memory and told noone of the event, while also not getting information from Draco this was a terrible moment for Harry.
The Final Task
On 24 June, the Third Task was to navigate a maze grown on the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch. The maze was populated by various obstacles and dangers that each Champion had to overcome. Crouch Jr, as Professor Moody, was entrusted with placing the Triwizard Cup at the centre of the maze. While doing this, he enchanted the Cup to be a Portkey that would be activated by touch, and thus sealed the fate of Harry of whom they planned to win this event. Edward and Harry, tying for first place after two tasks, were to enter the maze first, followed by Viktor, and then Cerin, before Fleur entered last. The first Champion to successfully navigate the maze and reach the Cup would be declared the winner.
During the task, Edward encountered a Blast-Ended Skrewt, which he barely escaped from, but was able to use his Magi to deflect the fire bolts it sent at him before he finally killed it. Harry had to deal with a Boggart in the form of a Dementor, and overcame an odd golden mist which turned things upside-down. Crouch Jr, however, was leaving nothing to chance. Using Moody's magical eye, he watched events unfold in the maze, keeping the more dangerous obstacles out of Harry's path, while making sure to severly target Cerin and Edward of whom he knew to be the greater targets of getting to the end first. He also Stunned Fleur by ambushing her with thousands of weeds of which surronded her and pulled her inside the bushes where she was knocked out for the remainder of the final task. As Viktor accidently neared the end of the maze Crouch Jr would place the Imperius Curse on Viktor, and begin to use him as his personal force. He used Viktor to attack Edward with the Cruciatus Curse in order to clear Harry's path to the Cup, but Viktor couldn't defeat him and only managed to push him back away from the maze entrance and towards another way in.
Cerin would come across Viktor next, and when Cerin begin to soundly beat up on Viktor Crouch Jr would intervene by sending dozens of Giant Spiders at her which distracted her long enough for Viktor to begin targeting her. Harry encountered the Blast-Ended Skrewt that had attacked Edward, then heard Cerin being tortured, and rescued her by Stunning Viktor. Cerin and Harry parted company, and Harry had to answer a riddle from a sphinx to continue on into the maze, while Cerin had been poisoned by the spider and fell into a coma before being pulled into the bushes and losing the match but becoming safe. Edward and Harry joined forces to defeat another Giant Spider of whom was so large it tore down pieces of the maze ironically making it easier for them to reach the end of the maze, and after defeating the spider they both arrived at the Cup together. After an argument over who deserved to win more, they decided to take the Cup together, since it would still be a Hogwarts victory. Touching the Cup at the same moment, they activated it as a Portkey, and were transported out of the maze and into the graveyard. Following closely behind them was Viktor of whom touched the Porkey minutes later also entering into graveyard where he would be released from the Imperius Curse once touching it.
The two had been transported to the graveyard in Little Hangleton, the Malfoy's family's final resting place, where Lord Voldemort was waiting. The two boys who had been on such a high from their success were now suddently in a graveyard surrounded by a series of robed men with clearly hostile intentions towards them. As the two wandered about the graveyard they were met with a loud shriek as Viktor would come through as well after following the residue left by the Porkey. As the three talked and learned that Viktor had been bewitched they became unsure if this was part of the tournament and this ws proven to them when Harry discovered the grave of a Malfoy. Tom Malfoy would appear alongside nearly a dozen of his deatheaters including Peter Petingrew, and would begin to berate Harry Potter for his stupidity. Edward of whome was the older of the two attempted to understand what was heppening but Tom Malfoy had no intention of entertaining Edward Cullen so he simply ignored him, and when he moved closer Viktor stood between them and Voldermorte struck him down with the killing curse. As Harry and Edward raised their wands Lord Voldermore would strike their wands away with Magi and then on his order, his servant Gragorix stunned Edward Cullen, and grabbed Harry.
When Harry saw Tom Malfoy at first he was shocked because he knew of this man, and he knew of the influence that Tom held. After watching them knock Edward Cullen uncontious he became horrified that someone of his power would be after Harry, and this led him to beg to understand what was happening. At this point Tom believed he had won and thus he took time to explain to Harry what his plans were, and told him of why he was being ambushed. Following this angry exchange Lord Voldermorte attacked Harry emotionally and the two had a heated argument before finally Tom raised his wand. Harry and Voldemort engaged in a brief duel, but their wand cores connected and created the effect known as Priori Incantatem, and the "echoes" of Voldemort's past victims emerged from Voldemort's wand. They helped Harry to escape from Voldemort by distracting the Dark Lord, giving him enough time to reach Edward Cullen's knocked out body and the diseased Viktor, then Summon the Portkey to him and return them to Hogwarts.
Returning to Hogwarts with Edward Cullen, and the corpse of Viktor, Harry was promptly whisked away from the crowds by Crouch Jr, still in the disguise of Professor Moody. While the assembled crowd learned what happened in the graveyard from the waking form of Edward Cullen, Hermione realised that something was amiss with Moody, since she believed that Moody would never have taken Harry away from the tragic scene. In his office, Crouch Jr started to question Harry on what had happened, and how it felt to stand in the Dark Lord's presence. Unnerved by Moody's seeming adoration of Voldemort - something that went against everything he knew about Moody - Harry was rescued by Hermione who in her panic at seeing Harry in any kind of danger had convinsed Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape to follow her, and from the outside of the door they listened to the argument so that they knew for a fact that their was bad things going on. The effects of Crouch Jr's Polyjuice Potion wore off, since, in the excitement, he had neglected to take it at the proper time to maintain his cover. Crouch Jr was questioned under the effects of Veritaserum, and he revealed Lord Voldemort's plan to resurrect himself, and Crouch Jr's involvement in getting Harry to the graveyard.
Following his near death the entire order of Hogwarts decided that no longer could Harry Potter be exposed as publically as he was until the time came that Lord Voldermorte was truly defeated. In this way he along with his parents went into hiding in a farm that was known to only James, and Lilly Potter along with their most trusted friends which unfortunatly also included unknown to Harry the traitor Peter Pettigrew.
| The Battle of Hogwarts|
I know that you are preparing to fight. Your efforts are futile. You cannot fight me. I do not want to kill you. I have great respect for the teachers of Hogwarts. I do not want to spill magical blood. Give me Harry Potter, and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded. You have until midnight.
Battle of Hogwarts
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Following the Night of Violence and the massacre of House Potter the forces of the Death Eaters had failed in their further attempts to anihilate the remainder of House Potter including extreme failures in the killings of Luna, and Sirius Potter of whom were basically undefended at a northern estate but had been rescued by Ron Weezly in the night. Following these failures and the return of Harry, and Ron to Hogwarts the Deatheaters were leaked that Harry had returned and brought their full forces to bear against Hogwarts in the form of hundreds of Deatheaters, and nearly four thousand men at arms against the defenders of Hogwarts who had not called on the vassals of Hogwarts and thus were low on foot soldiers but high on Magi fighters. Thus arriving and putting the city under siege they would realize that they could not hold their position for long and the only real form of diplomacy was Lord Voldermorte coming to the Hogwarts bridge and threatening the city if they did not release Harry Potter but he was rebuffed and thus true to his threats the Deatheaters would prepare their assault for the next day at mid-day. Very little diplomacy went between the two sides as following the Night of Violence it was very clear that the only purpose of the men of the Death Eaters was the destruction of the current members of Hogwarts that had not sided with them, and thus this left little room for haggling.
With the morning coming and going and the defenders unwilling to hand over Harry Potter and the other surviving members of House Potter Tom Malfoy would reluctantly be forced to launch the assault despite knowing that his forces were not capable of taking the city. With the forces of the Death Eaters being pushed back all across the lines but the losses mounting on both sides it was Harry Potter that would leave the battlements along with Ron where he moved to duel Lord Voldermorte in what he thought would end the siege. As the two approached Tom Malfoy who was in the middle of killing
Retreat of the Death Eaters
Following the defeat of Lord Voldermorte by Harry Potter and his near death, along with the arrival in the west by a relief force from outside forces the forces of the Death Eaters would nearly to a man rout into a full scale retreat.
Hogwarts War with The Empire
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| Hogwarts War with The Empire |
They came here to destroy us. There was no need for diplomacy because both sides knew that the goal was annihilation, and no amount of words was going to change the Teutons minds. That was the saddest part for me. The knowledge that death was the only way this thing ended. Either they died...or we did.
Following the Chaos that was the Hogwarts Civil War there was a brief period where there was peace in the region of Hogwarts. During this time under the leadership of the increasingly influential Harry Potter the city rebuilt itself, and the damage that the Malfoy's had done to the Republic was slowly repaired. But this peace lasted for less then a few months, and it became a moot point when Hogwarts begin receiving letters from the Empire asking for their surrender. This came as a shock as the two parties had usually shared a common interest, and that interest had been for mutual trade and never towards annexation but clearly something had changed. For Hogwarts they met this calls with returns saying that they were basically confused as to what had happened, and thus they wished to remain friends and trading partners but the response to this implied very clearly that the Empire wasn't going to let their aggression just go down and thus those inside Hogwarts reformed their defenses and prepared for the coming offensive.
On the Empire side of things they had been contacted by the forces of the Deatheaters and in this communication they had made deals with House Malfoy in order to destroy Hogwarts in order to facilitate better control of Hogwarts more northern region as well as promises of giving up the other independents around Hogwarts. It had begun with several trips by the servants of Lord Voldermorte to Nuln itself the capital of Austria and while at first Priam Troy deemed it unimportant to him he was alerted to the interest in Hogwarts by some of his more disloyal members of Austria and this brought him to the negotiating table. In the end he cared nothing for Hogwarts and thus made a deal relatively quickly, but in a fake gesture of kindness he placed most of his political enemies in charge of the actual military campaign and offered them nearly all the rewards that went along with it. The forces of Austria would cross the Urhine River near Pfeildorf, and as the armies assembled the divided leadership sent by Priam Troy found themselves supported in the region by basically no one as the entire region was very frightened of the Imperial movement against Hogwarts and several of these surrounding nations openly stated they were supportive to Hogwarts.Scouts that had been placed throughout the countryside begin reporting back to Hogwarts that a truly massive army was incoming towards the fortress in numbers in the hundreds of thousands. The Hogwarts ally in the Realm of Zelhinir would also send scouts into the fight led by two huntresses in the form of Syndel Winterdew, and Aethalas Coldwind of whom would be responsible for silently cutting down the scouting groups of the Empire army in order to blind them as much as possible to what they were walking into. The Empire commanders had ignored the defenses around the fortress of Tarherd and the fortress of Tinevarn was also ignored leaving the entirety of the Emperian army to make a near direct line towards the capital in Hogwarts. Believing that the army would first attempt to establish control of the region the defenses were prepared for the eventuality that they had more time to prepare but to their surprise the army made its way directly towards the fortress with only small splinters moving towards the mini castles scattered throughout the kingdom. Other then these forces the Empire also sent a large force under the command of Wilhem Delgougen of whom led a force of Austrians towards the Realm of Dale where they would attempt to take control of the northern farming lands, and the extremely valuable central mining grounds. When they were only a day away from the fortress they sent one last letter to Hogwarts basically stating that if they didn't surrender they would all die within the fortress, and to this letter Hogwarts simply burned it and did not respond. There was some debate within the fortress led by Edgar Hufflepuff of whom wished to surrender and take their chances, but eventually it was completely agreed upon that the Emperian army would not honor the surrender either way, and thus they were fighting to the death no matter what way they did things. The next day the army of the Empire arrived on the outskirts of Hogwarts and begin encircling the fortress. While the Empire was doing this Harry Potter led a large contingent of Dumbledore's army through the tunnels beneath the fortress, and they made their way behind the lines of the attackers. Severus Snape led the main tier of defenses at the massive bridge, while in the open fields of the western block the defenses were led by Albus Dumbledore, and Minerva Griffindor. A small relief force was sent northward from the large Hogwarts town of Holyhead, but the vast majority of Holyhead's forces were arrayed in Holyhead itself as it was threatened by a small army coming against it. The plan for Hogwarts was basically to use massive summoned creatures to block the attackers while the overwhelming Magi of the people was used against the basically exposed troops of the Empire. Damara Dodderidge the headmaster of House Griffindor would assemble a troop of forces as the attack was preparing to be launched against Hogwarts and moved this force into the neighboring nation of Dale of which was one of the most stalwart of Hogwart's allies and was going to come under some assault. The Empire's commanders present wanted to shell the fortress for two days before attacking and through this to wear down the defenders, but the overall commander in didn't think this necessary and simply ordered that the troops to move forward and mass the Hogwarts defenders.
Fall of Hogsmeade
The town of Hogsmeade was located just north of Hogwarts and located beneath it in terms of latitude it's taking was required before someone could take Hogwarts but problamatic in its defence was its nearly devoid level of fortifications. Placed in charge of the defence of Hogsmeade was Anders Hufflepuff of whom was joined by several other very influential members of Hogwarts in the hopeless defense of Hogsmeade meant more to damage the Emperian forces then actually hold the town. As the Empire forces arrived near Hogsmeade the town had been completely drained of population and the only remains in the town were some five hundred infantry from Hogwarts and nearly a hundred Magi. The Empire sent in some two thousand troops into Hogsmeade and these troops were able to quickly push the small Hogwarts forces out of the town, but they did take significant casualties after they were caught in several fire traps and acrurate archer fire from the buildings. Either way the forces of Hogwarts lost some sixty troops in the failed defence, but the Emperian forces lost nearly three hundred and eighty troops which was a drop in the bucket for what they had in total.
The Attack Begins
The Emperian army would halt itself in the ruins of Hogsmeade and unlike most of the north they did not devastate the town as they would use it as a staging point for their forward command while the main command remained north of Hogsmeade and ordered the battle from afar. In the west a small Emperian army assisted by a force moving in from Lorraine and western Austria would halt itself north of Holyhead and block it from being able to send assistance to Hogwarts as the main army moved against it. In the south it was the forces of Dale that were beating back the forces of Austria around Holyhead, and thus in the south the static nature meant that no reinforcements were going to be coming from either sides to the Hogwarts Battle.
The Western Field
The attack on the western field was always going to be the most numerous, and this had more to do with the fact that the commanders of the Empire believed so strongly in their superiority in numbers that the western field offered the largest of the attack avenues so thus the most troops were sent in. Alongside this large scale opening in the western front there was also the fact that the walls of the western section of Hogwarts were only a single tier while all the other sectors of Hogwarts were two tiers of walls, and in the case of the northern route there was three tiers of walls. Nearly fifty thousand troops were on this western side, and they prepared to attack in three waves with the first wave consisting of some 15,000 troops and this first wave was shockingly made up of most of the elite sections of the western army. In the defenses by this point Dumbledore, and the nearly two hundred Magi with him had summoned to them thousands of elemental creatures of which were hidden carefully in small crevasses throughout the fields thus concealing them from view and in this way they would create a massive shock value when they first appeared. Alongside the hundreds of Magi, and the thousands of Elemental also stood nearly four thousand regular troops of the Hogwarts Castle of which would defend the walls with arrows, and cauldrons but no one believed they could hold for long against such numbers. In command of the western attack would be Vaelin Troy a cousin of Priam Troy, and despite being known as a casual drunk and foolish in mind he was placed in charge of a large force of men at arms.
Lake Hogwarts expanded a large proportion of the eastern approach but there was a small series of locks, and islands that allowed the attackers to attempt an attack that of all the attacks would prove to be the most dangerous, and in the end the most devastating in terms of overall percentage lost. The Empire over the night had constructed hundreds of small boats which they would use to transport the force of some 14,000 in the first wave to the series of small island castles that dotted the lakes locks, while another force of 18,000 would make the attack on foot directly against the locks through the canals that were open to the ground. As an added attack angle a group of some 2,500 unarmored troops were prepared to swim to the first series of locks with the goal of being light skirmishers that would hopefully augment the attack, and would be armed by small equipment boats that would be sent along with the attack. The Empire forces would come at the river during the night, and they hoped that the night would provide additional cover but the Magi defenders would use illumination spells to light the sky once they knew the attack was underway and thus despite it being the pitch dark of night they could see all around them.
The Northern Bridge was a massive sixty foot wide bridge connecting the northern pass to the castle itself, and stretched for some six hundred feet with no cover. For this northern attack the forces of The Empire believed they had little chance of success and so Vaelin Troy placed in charge of the attack the noblemen Herdeck Ont of House Ont of whom were resisters to the direction of House Troy and had been a main source of Priam's ire.
The Suprise Attack
With the forces of The Empire being destroyed in the eastern locks, and massacred in the northern approach the overall commanders saw only one true opportunity and that was to throw all of their reserves into the battle on the western front which while being devestating for them casualties wise was the only one that they were even advancing into. But while they continued down this path of thought they could not see that the force led by Harry Potter and his friends was now only minutes away from their command base in the northern approach. The command base had been constructed beneath a hilltop which turned it into a valley, which they believed was a nice spot to conceal themselves but they didn't anticipate it would allow an enemy force to advance almost secretly to its outskirts. With the reserves spread throughout the region the commanders were defended by a small force of only some two thousand troops and by this point some of those had been sent to the northern approach to attempt to keep the defenders there locked down meaning there was only some 1,000 troops left in the command base to defend. Harry, Hermion, and Ron gathered themselves and their force and begin encircling the command base with their full force of some three hundred Magi, and they begin silently over the next few hours they each summoned elementals to them which brought their force to some two thousand meaning they were about to attack the command base with complete suprise and have the numbers advantage. Waiting till night Hermion, Harry, and Ron settled into the hilltop and laid together in what was perhaps one of the last moments that the Triumverate would ever have with complete trust and love for eachother. Together they talked about everything they had been through, and they promised themselves that when they were done they would try to just be students again.
The Massacre and Retreat
As night fell the Triumverate were awoken by Neville Longbottem of whome told them it was time. With this decleration the group made the sign that the time was now to attack and with this the entire force advanced over the hills and into the valley beneath. The Triumverate moved silently as did the rest of the force, and all around there was the bright hue of different colored elementals as the elementals followed their summoners into a massacre that would send reverberations throughout Europe, and lead to a further series of massacres that would prove to be a marking point in history. The group was able to reach the camp without any problem and they all silently took down any sentries that were present, and then once they were litterly touching the hundreds of tents they unleashed the elementals into the camp while the Magi waited on the outskirts and killed anyone able to escape the inforno of the elementals. Over the next few minutes the force of some 1,000 troops along with the nearly another 1,500 commanders, administrators, servents, and aristocrats were massacred leaving no survivors. With the command base annihilated they burned the remains to the ground to make sure everyone was dead before they then sent Magi messages to the defenders in Hogwarts that the command structure was gone.
Battle of Holyhead
In the south while the main force of Imperials was attacking Hogwarts the southern commander in Wilhem Delgougen was forced to consolidate his forces to move them all around Holyhead in order to keep the fighting in the south going as the forces of Dale had arrived in heavy numbers and had been joined by the Kingdom of Taledavia and together they had defeated the forces of the Empire in the south pushing them all towards Holyhead. Still besieging the city of Holyhead, Wilhem Delgougen did not understand he was now horribly outnumbered due to the work of Shindrell Icewing who had entered the conflict and had went about killing all the scouts of Wilhems army. The two kings of Dale arrived at Holyhead and on the understanding it was for diplomacy they would engage Wilhem in conversation and without scouts Wilhem while he was negotiating was surrounded to the north by the forces of Prince Talbot Grendren of Taledavia, and once this was finished King Bard Girion II. of Dale would let Wilhem know this and accepted the surrender of Wilhem of whom had know hope of victory following this.
Destruction of Greenshop
Following the destruction of The Empire Army, Dumbledore's army council quickly convened and decided that the Empire needed to understand that this sort of behavior would not be accepted. In order to do this they decided to destroy the city of Greenshop where the remenents of the army had retreated to, and reinforcements were now funelling into. A force of Magi led by Severus Snape would arrive at the outskirts of Greenshop as the massive army of The Empire was reasembling for another attack of which Hogwarts would not survive. Grouping together nearly a hundred Hogwarts Magi grouped their power together to asssist in the actual conjuring of the spell that would have dire cicumstances. The actualy spell would be cast by Severus Snape, and its effects would basically rip the entire city of Greenship into the sky and then it slowly turned into dust. Those who watched the destruction said that such destruction wasn't even believed to be possible, but what this had showed was how truly horrifying Magi could be when turned to the pursuit of destruction.
Complete and Unconditional Surrender
When news filtered in to the Empire's military command that Hogwarts had completely destroyed the city of Greenshop, there was extreme fear amongst all present. The loss of the nearly 110,000 person city was too much for Karl Franz, and led him to send a letter of unconditional surrender to Hogwarts.
This surrender was unprecedented in Empire History, and would be a source of great shame for many of the military elites in The Empire.