Description: Hermione Granger has not been back to England since shortly after graduation, having left to find her parents in Australia and not returning when she found out they’d died. However, 3 years later she has no choice but to return when the ministry announces its new law to help with repopulation efforts.*I do not own these characters or the world they exist in.**This was inspired by the fic Howl for Me by Kittenshift17. Some elements are similar but I am trying not to plagiarize, steal, or otherwise copy any of her fic.***I am trying to upload every Friday but we¡¯ll see how long that lasts.****If you would be interested in BETAing the work for me please let me know. I would be especially grateful for help on the ¡°naughty scenes¡± later on in the fic.*****I don¡¯t mind if you share a link to this work but please don¡¯t copy and paste or republish anywhere else without my explicit permission. Plagiarism is a no-no. Thanks?
Characters: Graphic Depictions Of Violence Rape/Non-ConHermione Granger/Draco Malfoy Astoria Greengrass/Harry Potter Pansy Parkinson/Ron Weasley Ginny Weasley/Blaise Zabini Neville Longbottom/Luna Lovegood Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley (past) Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley (past) Neville Longbottom/Hannah Abott (Mentioned) Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley Dean Thomas/Seamus Finnigan Katie Bell/Lisa Turpin Pansy Parkinson/Draco Malfoy (Past)Forced Marriage marriage law Forced Pregnancy Child Birth Law Slow Burn well¡slow build actually Enemies to Friends to Lovers but more like indifferent to forced lovers Only Non/Con because it’s forced marriage BAMF Narcissa Black Malfoy Narcissa is on Hermione¡¯s side Lucius Malfoy is scared of his wife tags will update as the fic does no actual rape mentions of fertility issues Accent dialogue (not trying to be racist just trying to differentiate characters) mentions of death (not main character) allusions to masturbation Truth or Dare Truth Serum use friendship building Harry Potter Epilogue What Epilogue | EWE
Hermione Granger has not been back to England since shortly after graduation, having left to find her parents in Australia and not returning when she found out they’d died. However, 3 years later she has no choice but to return when the ministry announces its new law to help with repopulation efforts.*I do not own these characters or the world they exist in.**This was inspired by the fic Howl for Me by Kittenshift17. Some elements are similar but I am trying not to plagiarize, steal, or otherwise copy any of her fic.***I am trying to upload every Friday but we¡¯ll see how long that lasts.****If you would be interested in BETAing the work for me please let me know. I would be especially grateful for help on the ¡°naughty scenes¡± later on in the fic.*****I don¡¯t mind if you share a link to this work but please don¡¯t copy and paste or republish anywhere else without my explicit permission. Plagiarism is a no-no. Thanks?,Summary:
This is a prologue to the story. I won’t be posting any more of it for at least a week while I write but I want to put out feelers and see how the intro does in the eyes of readers.
The New World Orders (Companion Piece) by The Unknown and Unaware.
This is a work in progress, but hopefully, I can have it all written out before the end of the year barring any unforeseen challenges or obstacles. Please leave notes of encouragement or constructive criticisms you have for me! They are all greatly appreciated.NEW:****THIS NOW HAS A COMPANION PIECE**** If you’d be interested in seeing a more in-depth analysis of how I see the characters or the world around them there is a companion piece on Wattpad called The New World Order (Companion Piece). I will link it in the remix/translation/podfic/inspired by section. 🙂
Chapter 1: Prologue
?????Hermione Granger was relaxing in her charming little two-bedroom apartment in Port Fairy with a new book she had purchased on her way home from the market when a tapping brought her attention to the window. She was surprised to hear it as when she¡¯d moved to the little town in Victoria, she hadn¡¯t told anyone where she now lived. In fact, she¡¯d had very little contact with her friends or English society since she¡¯d left for Australia three years ago. She had wards up that she¡¯d invented herself (mixing the more powerful pre-existing wards with a few choice Latin phrases and charms to strengthen them) and only communicated with her friends over fire calls and muggle letters sent through the post (always in awe that no matter how many times she told Ron and the other Weasley¡¯s they only needed three to five stamps to send her their letters, they continued to completely cover the envelopes). Even then, her friends didn¡¯t know where she lived. They just sent letters to a PO box she had charmed to move the mail to her house after a few safety stops in between.? ? ?She wasn¡¯t paranoid, she assured herself, she was reasonable. After all, when she¡¯d last heard from Harry just a few months ago there were still death eaters on the loose and she was a prime target, especially living on her own. She kept to herself, for the most part. She worked from home (cataloguing and sorting the magical and mundane animals that Luna Lovegood found and sent proof of for further study) and she¡¯d really only made friends with the postwoman, Keely, who always worked the desk when she went to send her mail, and the two sweet, old couples who ran the shops she regulared. Burt and Annie always set aside new arrivals to their bookstore for her to peruse before they stocked them, and Jeffrey and Harrison never let her leave the market without fresh produce and a few sweets (¡°free of charge¡± Jeff always said with a wink). So, why, then, was there an owl she didn¡¯t recognize tapping on her window???????Setting aside her copy of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (and really this owl had just awful timing), she picked up her wand and cautiously opened the window enough for the little, brown owl to get through. She glanced about quickly before shutting her window once more and taking a better look at the owl that hooted at her. For such a little bird the parcel it carried was somewhat large for it. Setting her wand back down on her end table, she set about untying the burden from the bird¡¯s feet as it waited patiently on the back of her chair. She took note that the package was addressed to her from the British Ministry of Magic in London, and pet the bird on the head softly.?????¡°You came all the way from London? My, that is quite a trip. I apologize but I don’t have any snacks for you, as I don¡¯t get many owls.¡± She told the bird. It chirped sharply in reply, though it didn¡¯t look all that put out by what she said. She didn¡¯t see any pouch on the bird’s leg that indicated she needed to pay it for its services, so she stepped back over to the window, tucked the parcel under her arm, and reopened the exit for the bird. ¡°Thank you for…whatever this is. I¡¯m sure the Australian Ministry has a much closer place for you to rest before heading back to England.¡± The bird dipped its head at her slightly and took off the way it came, leaving Hermione to once again shut the window. Displacing Crookshanks from where he¡¯d taken up residence on her chair with a disgruntled mewl, she set the parcel down in front of her and set about opening it. It looked as if it contained three separate packages within the large outer one, so she started with the rolled-up scroll that had been on top. Unfurling it slightly, she let out a gasp of shock and dropped it. She couldn¡¯t have possibly read what she thought she¡¯d read? Surely, this was some kind of mistake! Picking it up once more with slightly shaky hands, she opened it further and began to read:
Ministry Decree No. 130,902: Marriage and Repopulation Law
Instated: 1st of June, year of 2002 A.M.
Decrees within this document: Ministry Arranged Marriage Decree, Minimum of Three Live Births Decree, Banning and Disablement of Contraceptives Decree, Housing Amendment, Sexuality and Gender Accommodations Amendment
Minister Shaklebolt in accordance with the British Ministry of Magic has implemented a plan to strengthen the wizarding population through marriage and children. Each witch or wizard who is currently a free citizen of the British Ministry between the ages of 17 and 40 who have completed their basic education and is not already married is subject to arranged unions with a witch or wizard of the Ministry¡¯s choosing. Each union will be announced on the 1st of July. Each free Witch and Wizard of Britain between the ages of 17 and 40 must be present at the mandatory meeting in ministry outbuilding number three in London, England for the pairing announcements. These announcements will take place at nine am on the 1st of July, at which time a ministry representative will be present to answer any of the public¡®s questions. Anyone found to not be in attendance will be detained resulting in either a wand snapping or imprisonment in Azkaban prison. Each union is required to take place before the 31st of August. Each chosen pairing will take a two-week honeymoon period. Each chosen pairing will be required to share a dwelling until they have birthed three live children or have gotten the partnership dissolved by the Wizengamot. Each married couple in the Ministries jurisdiction affected by the 2002 marriages is required to have at least one living child by the end of the year of Merlin, 2003. Each couple will be required to take Ministry-selected fertility treatments, overseen by Head Mediwitch Bathalda Gorski at St Mungos’ in conjunction with the Wizengamot and Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt, until such time that they have birthed three live children. The Ministry of Magic will begin magically disabling and banning all contraceptive spells and mechanisms (including those of muggle design) starting the 1st of July, 2002. If you are married with more than three children or require birth control for strictly medical reasons you may be given Ministry approval for monthly potions from St Mungos that you may take in front of a Mediwitch or Mediwizard to ensure you are the only one taking your prescribed potion. Anyone caught manufacturing new versions of contraceptives that are not already disabled or sharing contraceptives without Ministry approval will be subject to imprisonment in Azkaban.
Any couple seeking a dissolvement of their union before the birth of three live children will be required to discuss the reasons with the Wizengamot court under the influence of Veritaserum until the courts reach a decision about the dissolvement. Each couple affected by the 2002 marriages is required to have a minimum of three children by the 1st of January, 2012. Failure to comply without good reason, as decided upon by the Wizengamot, will result in each witch and wizard being put under house arrest with the potential for further wand snapping dependent on the situation.
Any Witch or Wizard caught fleeing these decrees will be immediately detained. Should the witch or wizard in question fail to see reason they will be thrown into Azkaban until such time that the ministry feels they can see reason.
These arranged unions will happen yearly until such a time that the Ministry feels the population has started thriving once more.?
You may petition the courts before the 15th of June to be paired with a witch or wizard of your choice, after the 15th of June the choice will be up to the ministry based on compatibility studies. These compatibility studies will have been provided in addition to this announcement and are to be filled out by every free citizen of the British Ministry between the ages of 17 and 40 who is not already married and returned no later than the 15th of June. Failure to comply will result in jail time equalling the number of days that the studies are late. Enclosed you will find further instructions on how to proceed.
Anyone of a sexual or gender orientation that does not lend itself to creating children must let the ministry know so that we may accommodate you and pair you and your chosen partner with a set of partnering Witches or Wizards of the opposite sex that may become surrogate mothers or fathers. Should you fall into this category you will be required to have six children minimum between the two couples. Enclosed you will find further instructions on how to proceed.
Henceforth, from the 1st of June, 2002, all marriage services not already scheduled and not discussed with the ministry will be halted.?
Following the 1st of June, 2002, all witches and wizards of Britain are banned from applying to other magical governance for relocation until such time that they have birthed three children with their ministry-appointed partner or have discussed alternative problems or conditions with the British Ministry of Magic. All pre-existing applications will be taken into consideration and dealt with accordingly. Work permits and visitation permits for travel outside the British Ministry¡¯s jurisdiction will still exist, however, all witches and wizards affected will still be subject to British law.
Signed into Ministry bills on May the 11th of 2002 by Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt
Final amendments and edits signed into law on May the 18th of 2002 by Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, Ursula Johnson-Piebolt
Law submitted and accepted for publication on May the 31st of 2002 by Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, Ursula Johnson-Piebolt, in cooperation with Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt
?????Hermione stared at the document in utter shock, letting what she had just read absorb before rereading it twice more. It didn¡¯t make any sense to her. Why did the ministry feel the need to take away their right to self-autonomy? Their right to choose whom to spend their lives with! Of course, the population is down currently! They had just bloody fought in a war for Morgana¡¯s sake! They had lost a lot of people, and those still living were more concerned with being happy and not looking over their shoulders for once to worry about settling down and having families. Rubbing her palms to her eyes in frustration, she reached for the more reasonable-looking scroll left to read. She took notice of the Minister of Magic¡¯s purple wax seal on the tie and carefully removed it to unroll the letter.Ms ?Hermione Granger,I do hope this message finds you alright wherever it is that you are currently. At this, she huffed in disdainful bemusement. You must have some very secure wards as the only way I¡¯m able to send this to you is through the use of a modified Book of Admittance on loan to the ministry from Hogwarts for the purposes of distributing the new law to the populace. Headmistress McGonagall would like me to extend her greeting and hopes that you will feel free to visit her upon your return. I apologize for blindsiding you like this. As you are one of the most brilliant and clear-minded individuals I¡¯ve had the pleasure of knowing, I would have liked your input on the studies before fully committing to the new Marriage Law. However, you were (as you are already aware) untraceable. This brings me to why I am writing to you in the first place; I am sure you have questions in regards to the new decrees.?
Firstly, I want to assure you that this is in fact necessary.
?????Hermione snorted, I highly doubt that she thought to herself. Digressing, she continued to read;
We have been monitoring the population growth since my election to the office of Minister and the numbers aren¡¯t good. While it is normal for there to be population booms and ebbs, what we are seeing is drastic decreases without the normal partnering increases. As of May 29th, when I am writing this letter, there are only 3,087 witches and wizards in British society. Compare this to the 19,492 recorded before the second wizarding war, you can see why we are so concerned. Truthfully, I am at a disadvantage in regards to knowing the correct way to handle the situation. There have only been 41 births since the final battle four years ago, but there have been 268 deaths. The Wizengamot went into a state of emergency meeting in early January to try and come up with a way to compensate for these numbers. We had arithmancers, diviners, and runeologists working tirelessly to come up with a solution. And unfortunately, this was the only one they could agree would help our society.?
The 75 world-renowned arithmancers we were working with all told us that the numbers would continue to only decline, with no feasible way of obtaining the births we need to stop our race from going extinct without drastic measures like the requirement of minimum birth numbers.
The 20 diviners (and yes I am aware of your disdain for the subject and agree that it should be considered a faulty subject at best) all prophesied that without the implication of a marriage law, even if we did manage to increase our population, we would crumble as a society.
And of the 15 runologists we talked to, only one had read of a society coming back from the brink of extinction like this. She said that they only achieved this through a major population boom. 9 had not been able to find any ancient texts, runes, or anthologies about this kind of issue. And the remaining 5? They all said the same thing; the only runes they had deciphered in regard to this were from collapsing civilizations that didn¡¯t survive seven years of the kind of population decline we are experiencing.
?????Hermione had to take a break from her reading, placing her head in her hands. The emotional side of her wanted nothing more than to argue that they could keep looking, that there had to be another way to fix this problem that didn¡¯t involve forcing them into marriages and unwanted pregnancies. But the logical side? The logical side of her brain knew that what she was reading wasn¡¯t good. In fact, it was panicking right alongside the ministry. How could there possibly have been such a decline? Surely there were more people having children than that! However, the more she thought about it, the more she realized that the trend was already noticeable. In the handful of letters she had exchanged with her friends in the last three years, she¡¯d only received news of one birth; that of Dominique Weasley. Ginny and Ron had both urged her to come to visit the young baby but she was still mourning the loss of her parents and couldn¡¯t bring herself to return to the Burrow where the feeling of death still hung over everything two years ago. Not one other person had written to her about a birth announcement, or even mentioned in passing a marriage or birth they knew had taken place.I¡¯m sure you can now appreciate the graveness of our situation. After much debate, these decrees were the only way we could see being effective in boosting our population and stabilizing the family unit to keep society from falling apart during the incline of birth rates. Without these measures, we could very well be within three years of irreparable damage to our population in Britain, if we made it that far. I can send you copies of the studies for further inquiry if it will help appease you, it would she thought, however, there is nothing more for it. Come July, everyone will be required to follow the laws we have been forced to implement. A handful of people on the Wizengamot, myself as an example, are to be included in this Marriage Decree. So, we do not make these decisions lightly. Please feel free to reach out for anything; questions, a shoulder to cry on, someone level-headed to speak to, or help with relocating back to Europe. I am only a quill away.
???????Fuck. Hermione thought, eyeing the final package with apprehension. She had a terrible feeling in the pit of her stomach, and she just knew that this was not going to go well.????~Edited 13 Nov, 2021