Hey, guys. Here's a Harry Potter fic. I happen to think it's pretty good, but who knows. It's inspired by the Allen Ginsberg poem, which I think is really appropriate to describe the post-Voldemort's-rise wizarding community.
So -- Enjoy guys!
Author: Shini no Miko/Nirohmy
Pairing: SBRL (That's slash, you ninnies, so be forewarned)
Summary: For Remus Lupin, dreams begin to become reality as the world he's always known collapses.
Feedback: Mais, oui!
Archive: Here at fanfiction.net. Anywhere else, ask and ye shall doubtless recieve.
Disclaimer. The characters and places (mostly) discussed herein belong to J.K. Rowling and her affiliates. The dreams are mine, so please respect that.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night . . .
-- Allen Ginsberg,
STARVING HYSTERICAL NAKED
From The Falling Out: Life After 1981, by Violet Dawney-Shaww, originally published in Wizard's World Quarterly, June, 1990.
After the Pureblood Panic of 1833, it was noted in a February, 1834, report to the Wizegamot that nearly half the wizarding population was either Muggle-born or of mixed ancestry. The trend has continued, and today, only a fraction of the families in the wizarding community can count themselves as entirely pureblood. Some have called this magical diaspora tragic', and others maintain that the International Statue of Wizarding Secrecy is the only thing preventing the intermingling of blood between Wizards and Muggles from undoing over a thousand years of careful cultural segregation. Whether the prediction that our two societies will eventually desegregate remains to be proved.
What we can be sure of is that, since the middle of the 19th century, there has been a steady, subversive backlash against so-called Mudbloods.' (The term itself was coined in 1835 by Dorkas Miglinn in her reactionary Treatise on Breeding and Ancestry, and has, since the start, been a slur not commonly used in polite company.) Whether this aversion was commonly publicised before 1833 is not entirely clear, but that is a matter of speculation for an essay other than this one. The Mudblood Massacre of 1892 is a prime example of the hatred some wizards harbored for those of mixed ancestry, and also illustrates the terrible harm it can do. Although no one will be able to tell the final outcome of these tensions, modern scholars have considered the rise of the Dark Lord in this century to be an extension of an issue that is hundreds of years old.
After the events of the mid- to late-1970s, it became clear that the magical diaspora' that concerned You-Know-Who and his followers was not the only problem at hand. He Who Must Not Be Named's rise to infamy has left the Wizarding community in a state of deep unrest such as we have not seen in nearly a millenium. We have been left in peace, finally, but the chaos wrought in decades past is not yet righted. Whether the cultural upheaval that has resulted is being dealt with properly is an issue that has never been adequitely addressed, but, more importantly, we must consider how it can be resolved.