Okay, so I know this has been done many, many times. But I recently read a couple of excellent marriage law fics (Not So Bad After All, by HalfwaytoNowhere142, and The New Mrs Weasley by Omens, to name two) and the idea has been rattling around in my brain ever since. I'm meant to be writing an in-depth analysis of Doctor Faustus, but this seems much more fun!
Fred/Hermione, so obviously, Fred lives in my book... (I still haven't forgive JKR for his death!).
As ever, enjoy, dearest Reader.
The owl was insistent, tap, tap, tapping on the window even though it was 7am on a Sunday, and oblivious to the fact that Hermione and Ginny had both been up late the night before, skimming through marriage magazines in preparation for Ginny's upcoming nuptials. She had been staying there for a few weeks before the ceremony, after Ginny had insisted she couldn't be without her maid of honour. Hermione dragged herself out of the bed, allowed the bird in and removed the two letters attached to its leg. She threw the one addressed to Ginny at the protesting witch currently in bed, and sat on her own divan. It was sealed with purple wax, and showed the official Ministry of Magic symbol.
For the attention of Ms. Hermione Granger, The Smallest Bedroom, The Burrow.
Dear Ms. Granger,
As you are aware, the magical population has been decimated in recent years by the uprising of Dark Wizards, led by a man styling himself Lord Voldemort. Thanks to the courageous actions of the Boy-Who-Lived, Harry Potter (Order of Merlin, First Class), and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, these Dark Wizards have been defeated, and the Ministry seeks to destroy the remaining groups of these so-called Death Eaters.
As part of its ongoing measures against these Death Eaters, the Ministry has enforced a number of new laws to protect the Non-Magical Population, and Muggle-born witches and wizards. The pamphlet enclosed contains some information on a new law, to be instigated on 16th March of this year. We hope that this pamphlet will be found informative and useful.
Minister for Magic
Order of Merlin, First Class
Former Wizengamot Member
Hermione sighed. This was one of a series of almost identical letters that had been appearing over the last few months. Adolfus Salem had been elected Minister just a few short months after the last Wizarding War, and he had been introducing more and more laws under the guise of protecting Muggles and Muggle-born magical people.
'Don't worry, Gin, it's just another protection law coming through next month.' She sighed. Ginny made a noise that could have been approval, and snuggled further under her comforter.
Hermione laid back on her pillow. She was awake now, so she may as well read this pamphlet. She would need to know about it when she went back to work on Monday, after all.
The pamphlet was the familiar purple, the same as the rest of them. Yellow, cursive writing banded across the top of the paper:
The Statute for the Regulation of the Magical Population
Hm. Hermione didn't like the sound of that, and she frowned slightly. Her frown deepened as she read further and further through the pamphlet.
Given the now severely diminished Magical population, which is now less than half of the what it was at the beginning of the last Wizarding War, the current government is taking steps to redress this problem.
The Ministry of Magic has always encouraged marriage as an important Magical institution. We at the Ministry also wish to protect the remaining witches and wizards born to Non-Magical parents. After the devastating effects of the last Wizarding War, in which many valuable lives were lost due to their Non-Magical parents, the Ministry wishes to safeguard these important assets to the Wizarding World. For these reasons, and various others, outlined below, the Statute for the Regulation of the Magical Population has been introduced.
The Statute states:
· All unmarried witches and wizards under the age of forty (40) years of age are to be married, by a Ministry official, to a Ministry-appointed spouse.
·All witches and wizards from Non-Magical parents shall be married to a Pureblood spouse.
·These weddings must take place within six months of the Statute's commencement.
·Marriages will conform to Ministry of Magic marital regulations. Couples will be bonded for life.
·Unless medically impossible, within one year of these weddings, couples must have conceived a child. If couples have not conceived within one (1) year of marriage, couples will be required to undergo a medical test by a qualified Healer at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.
· Throughout the course of the first year of marriage, the couple will be required to undergo various aptitude tests, to ensure they are attempting to have a marital relationship with their appointed spouse. If they are found to be unwilling to co-operate with this law, their magical status will be revoked, and their wands snapped.
Couples who are engaged, who have lodged their intention to marry with the Ministry of Magic prior to the receipt of this letter are exempt from this Statute, and are free to marry their already-chosen spouse.
Your spouse will be decided for you within the next week, and you can expect confirmation of your new life partner by return owl.
What followed was a list of exemptions, regulations and reasons. Hermione sat in shock for several minutes before shaking Ginny awake fully. As she forced Ginny's letter into her hands she realized it wouldn't matter to her: Harry and Ginny had filed for a magical marriage license three weeks ago. Their wedding was in less than a month. Ginny and Harry were exempt.
Hermione ran a hand through her already bushy hair.
'Oh Hermione…' Ginny sighed softly as she finished reading the Statute.
'It's okay, at least you get to be with Harry!' she smiled, feeling actually relieved for her friend.
'Yeah,' Ginny allowed herself a smile. 'I'm glad I told him I wanted a spring wedding! But what about you Hermione? What on earth are you going to do?'
'I don't see how there's anything I can do! I don't want to lose my place in this world, I love it too much. I guess I've just got to hope they don't match me with someone awful. Or Ronald!' she giggled slightly.
Ginny smiled too. She had been relieved when Hermione and Ron had split up a few months after the Battle of Hogwarts. Not that she didn't want Hermione as a sister, which she wanted more than anything, but she was happy Hermione wasn't going to let Ron treat her like she meant so little.
Her hand flew to her mouth when she realised what they were laughing about.
'Oh, what are you going to do?'
'Wait, I guess. Wait, until I know who my…my husband… is going to be. Oh Merlin, I need to write to my parents!'