Title: The Mudblood And The Werewolf
Summary: When the Ministry of Magic passes a law forcing people to marry to save the Wizarding world it brings together two people that thought they had nothing in common and helps another to realize that he can truly save one soul. Based on the Reversed Marriage Law Challenge on Thewolfandwormgroup.
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Chapter 1: The Ministry Strikes
Cornelius Fudge was busy looking over the report that he had been given by St. Mungo and hoped that he was reading it right. Healer Lark had been working on the sudden decline of Pureblood students that had been allowed to attend Hogwarts and now, two years later, he had finally delivered the report. The report stated that the centuries of inbreeding had caused a rise in squib's and stillbirths which, if left unchecked, would destroy the Wizarding world as they knew it. Cornelius knew that he had to act fast if he wanted to salvage something of the world that he loved. He took out a piece of parchment and started to write out the future of the Wizarding world.
Two days later it had reached the eyes of the Wizarding population. The Purebloods that supported what Voldemort was doing was outraged, other Purebloods were intrigued at who their son's or daughters would marry, and everyone else considered it a personal joke. Dumbledore wasn't in the third group. He considered this a real problem for those that were about to leave Hogwarts and those that were in their final year. He decided to summon the Order of The Phoenix, some of them were still teaching their students. Normally he would wait, but this wasn't one of those things that could be held off any longer.
"ALL STUDENTS SHALL REPORT BACK TO THEIR DORMS-PROFESSORS SHALL REPORT TO THE STAFF ROOM AT ONCE," Dumbledore yelled through a magical megaphone.
Soon the sounds of hundreds of students could be heard, most pleased with the idea that they didn't have to sit in class any longer. Dumbledore turned and headed to the staff room. Ten minutes later the staff appeared and took their places at a large table that had been conjured for this meeting, the other Order members appeared a few moments later.
"So what's the cause for this meeting?" asked Tonks.
"This," Dumbledore said, holding the article up. "Fudge is trying to gain a few points with the Wizarding world by enacting this law. I find it personally distasteful, but I'm forced to go along with it."
"And what kind of law is it?"
"A marriage law," Dumbledore answered. "It says that Muggleborn and Half-bloods must marry Pureblood witches and wizards. Now normally I would consider this bad for us, but since the choice is with the Half-blood or Muggleborn and not the Pureblood then it will be more of them being in our control then us being in theirs."
"What are we going to do?" McGonagall asked.
"I need to inform the school tonight at dinner. I will tell them everything that it covers and then send notices to Half-bloods and Muggleborns that they can attempt to marry any Pureblood that they want. The others will get notices when their time has come. Also there will be a list of Purebloods that can get married off."
"Well at least I don't have to worry about anything," Professor Lupin said.
Dumbledore didn't want to break his bubble.
That night before dinner Dumbledore brought the entire school into the Great Hall. He waited until the noise died down and then he rose up. He knew they weren't going to like it and he didn't blame them for what they would be experiencing.
"Now normally I would only have a small group of students in here, but since this will be affecting the entire school I've decided to bring the entire school. The Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has enacted the Phoenix Law, which is a Marriage Law. It states that a witch or wizard of Half-blood or Muggleborn blood can ask to be married off to a Pureblood of their choice. I-."
There was a roar of outrage from the Slytherin table, which led Dumbledore to have to use purple fireworks to restore order.
"As I was saying, I'm going to read the conditions of the law," Dumbledore went on. "Number one: A Muggleborn or Half-blood between the ages of seventeen and fifty-five for witches eighty-nine for wizards, can seek for themselves the hand of a Pureblood witch or wizard, same age limit, for marriage. Two: The Pureblood has two weeks to accept the offer or the witch or wizard can request another Pureblood's hand, three: If agreed the marriage must be consummated within seventy-two hours of marriage, four: A magical child must be born within a year of the marriage, if not, then the Pureblood is put back on the market, five: No magical forms of birth control can be used. Now this law doesn't exclude werewolves or any other creature that can give birth to live young. A list of witches and wizards that are of age can be found in your common rooms tomorrow morning. Now let's get dinner started."
And the food magically appeared.
"Do you really think that students are going to get married?" Ron asked Hermione.
"I think so," Hermione said. "Thank god I don't have to worry about that until next term."
Ron grinned at that.
"So when should we tell mum were getting married?"
Hermione gave him a hateful look.
"Look, Ron, things might change next term," Harry said, not wanting to hear them argue right now. "I personally am going to marry Ginny."
Hermione turned to him and smiled.
"Really," Hermione said.
"That's wonderful," Hermione said. "I'm sure that Ginny will make a wonderful bride."
"Thanks, I know she will," Harry said.
The next morning the students woke up to find the list of wizards that were up for marriage. Hermione was surprised to see that Remus's name was on it, but she figured that it would since he came from an old Wizarding family. Of course when classes actually started a lot of Professors couldn't get anything done because all they were talking about was the Marriage Law and how stupid or wonderful it was. Even Professor Snape and Professor Lupin were having trouble, Snape due to the Slytherin's and Lupin due to everyone else.
When Hermione returned to Gryffindor tower she went up to her room and found a note taped to her bedpost. She recognized Dumbledore's handwriting and so she opened it.
Please meet me in my office as soon as you get this letter. Password is Snickers.
Professor A. Dumbledore
Hermione suddenly looked worried, but she left.
"Snickers," Hermione called to the gargoyle.
It sprang aside to let her pass.
"Enter," Dumbledore called before Hermione had even knocked.
She opened the door and entered.
Dumbledore looked at Hermione and smiled. He motioned her to sit in one of the chairs and when she did, he started.
"Miss Granger, I'm sure that you know that this Marriage Law isn't easy for a lot of the students and I know that it won't be easy for you."
"What are you talking about?"
"Miss Granger, according to Ministry records your seventeen and therefore you must choose a husband from the list that has been provided. Now I know this isn't easy, but I know that you'll do fine."
Hermione felt like crying. Why did all the horrible things happen to her?
"I'm hoping that you chose someone that is in the Order that way we can protect you."
"I understand," Hermione said. "But, sir, I was hoping that I could wait until after I leave school to marry."
"I was afraid that you were going to say that," Dumbledore said. "Hermione, I don't mean to push you into something, but I know that Tom is going to use this new law for his benefit. I don't wish you to be put under some kind of spell and forced to marry one of his supporters."
Hermione shivered at that.
"Can I think about this?"
"Yes, but don't think about it for long."
"I won't," Hermione said.