The History of Modern Wizarding Nobility

Wizarding Nobility has a long and illustrious history. The most famous of the Wizarding Kings of course being Arthur, King of the British Isles, Ruler of Camelot. Throughout the ages, five great Kingdoms rose and still thrive today, the Kingdom of France, the Kingdom of Spain, the Austrian Empire, the Russian Empire, and the Holy Roman Empire. Ironic enough, while each of these Kingdoms, save for the Kingdom of Spain, have ceased to exist in the Muggle World and continue on in the Wizarding World, the opposite is true for the Kingdom of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

In the past, the Wizarding World and Muggle World lived in peace, the Wizarding Nobility were recognized by the Muggle Nobility and members of the Royal Families often had magical abilities. However, in 1672, all that changed. In the Court of Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, the famous Seer Ekaterina Trelawney, ancestor of the well-known and loved Cassandra Trelawney, predicted the downfall of the French Kingdom. After seeking the verification of other Seers, Louis XIV began work to ensure the continued success of the Wizarding World in France and Navarre, and in 1672 he named his daughter, Marie-Thérèse de France, Fille de France, la Petite Madame, as his successor to the throne of Wizarding France and Navarre as she was the only one of the children to inherit her Grandmother, Anne of Austria, HMCM The Dowager Queen of France's magical abilities. Thus, the two worlds were separated for the first time in known history. Marie-Thérèse was five years old when she was named Queen of France and Navarre, and until her sixteenth birthday a regent ruled, at which time an elaborate Coronation was held, and power was transferred to the young Queen. Queen Marie-Thérèse married Philip Prospero of Spain, Prince of Asturias Gerona and Viana, son of Phillip IV of Spain and III of Portugal in 1683. In 1696, Louis d'Artagnan, named after the Queen's father and Grandfather, and after the Captain of the Musketeers who gave his life to protect Louis XIV, was born. Due to a law that Queen Marie-Thérèse decreed after officially taking power, that no ruler would reign past their 100th birthday, she stepped down from the throne in 1767 and Louis d'Artagnan, later known as Louis d'Artagnan I became King.

Following the separation of France and Navarre, Leopold I, the Holy Roman Emperor followed the example of Louis XIV and began the steps necessary to separate the two worlds. In 1696, he named his daughter, Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria as Holy Roman Empress of the Wizarding World, which today encompasses the Kingdom of Italy, the Kingdom of Sicily, and the Kingdom of Naples. The young Empress was twelve at the time of her Coronation, which Queen Marie-Thérèse attended. It is said the two young Queens were exceptionally close, and Marie-Thérèse who had ruled France and Navarre for thirteen years gave council to the new Empress, the two remaining close until the Empress' death in 1854. Today, the Empire is ruled by Emperor Maximillian III.

In 1719, the Kingdom of Spain, under the rule of King Phillip V was the next to separate. Phillip named his son, Phillip, Infante of Castile as King of Spain and Portugal, when the young prince was seven years old. Until he was thirteen, officially the Wizarding World of Spain and Portugal continued to be ruled by Phillip V, though the Muggle World believed the Prince to have died in 1719. In 1725, Phillip officially began his reign over Wizarding Spain and Portugal, and was known as Phillip VI, King of Spain and Portugal. In 1921, the thirty-two year old Ferdinand, was named Ferdinand VI, King of Spain and Portugal, and continues to reign today. His daughter, Isidora, Infanta of Spain married Louis, le Dauphin, grandson of the then King, Louis d'Artagnan VI in 1980. His Granddaughter, Isidora, Madame de France, is the current heir to the throne of France and Navarre.

The Austrian Empire separated in 1857, following a Prophecy about the downfall of the Empire, similar to the circumstances surrounding the secession of France a hundred and eight-five years prior. Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, named his daughter, Archduchess Sophia of Austria, as heir to the Wizarding throne when she was merely two years of age, the only child to inherit magical ability. Like the other royals before her to become Kings and Queens of their respective Kingdoms, the Muggle World believes the young Archduchess to have died at the age of two. When she was sixteen, she was named Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia. Empress Sophia's Great-Grandson, Franz Joseph II named for the last Emperor of unified Austria, Hungary and Bohemia, has ruled as Emperor and King since 1993.

Perhaps the most famous of separations between the Wizarding World and Muggle World of any Kingdom is that of Imperial Russia. Czar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate the throne in 1917 by the Bolsheviks, and he and his family were forced into exile. The family was imprisoned in Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, a militant Bolshevik stronghold. On July 17, 1918, at 2:33 am the family, their physician, and three servants were taken into a basement room and shot. An official announcement appeared in the national press two days after the killing of the Czar and his family. To the knowledge of the Muggle World, the family and their retainers' bodies were lost for over eight decades, with the exception of two of the children. The two missing children were Alexei, the teenage son and heir to the throne, and Muggles believe it is likely the youngest daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia. Through the years in the Muggle World, various women have claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, though all were disproved as time went by. Not known to the Muggle World is the knowledge that shortly after the execution, Grand Duchess Anastasia and Tserevich Alexei were found some distance from the site where the rest of their family died. The executioners, not wanting to admit that they had not killed the entire family as they said they had, and also being Muggles having no knowledge of the Wizarding community could not explain how the young Czarevna and Tsearevich had disappeared. Grand Duchess Anastasia, Czarevna of Russia had alone inherited the magic of her ancestors, and during the ensuing confusion of the massacre managed to grab her brother and get both of them out of the house through apparition. Unfortunately, the young Tsearevich died, due most likely to his lifelong condition of haemophilia after being injured in the attack, before HIM The Dowager Empress of Russia could be contacted in secret. With the death of Alexei, Grand Duchess Anastasia was left as the only living Romanov and heir to the Russian throne.

Immediately, Anastasia was taken to the Wizarding World newly created in Russia by the higher nobles who had hoped to rescue the entire Royal Family and continue their world. She was crowned, Czarita Anastasia Nikolaevena Romanova, Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias, Queen of Poland, Grand Duchess of Finland. Her first act as Empress was to have her beloved brother, buried within the Wizarding World in a private crypt, a search for the rest of her family provided no results, and they remained lost until they were found by Muggles in 1991, as of yet, the family has not been reburied, much to the pain of the now Dowager Empress Anastasia. Tzearevich Alexei Nikolaevich has remained interned where he was laid to rest nearly eight decades ago, and the Dowager Empress has insisted that his fate never be revealed to the Muggle World. Today, the Dowager Empress remains in Wizarding Russia, established in the Palace built identical to the Winter Palace. The Winter Palace is also the home of Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov, named after his Grandfather; his official title is Nicholas III, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias, King of Poland, and Grand Duke of Finland, and his family.

In recent memory, it is not the fate of the Russian Empire and Czar Nicholas II that most think of when they think of the Wizarding Monarchies, but instead the Monarchy of France and Navarre. HMCM King Louis d'Artagnan the VI died in the summer of 1981, and his son, Louis d'Artagnan the VII was crowned King. Already in his sixties, the new King was prepared to rule for no more than thirty-eight years at which time the throne would pass to his son, Louis, le dauphin who had married Isidora, Infanta of Spain and Portugal, daughter of King Ferdinand VI in 1979 when he was nineteen and she seventeen. A year later, in the spring of 1980, the dauphine had a daughter, named Isidora Louise Mignonette Geneviéve, Madame de France, beloved of her Grandfathers Louis d'Artagnan VII and Ferdinand VI. When the Princess was eighteen months old, Isidora le Dauphine took her to visit Louis d'Artagnan V who had retired to a palace in Navarre, leaving the Wizarding Palace Versailles to his son, and his son's family. While away, Lord Voldemort, who had been terrorizing England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales for some time led an assault on the Palace, resulting in the deaths of the entire royal family before he returned to England where a month later he attacked the Potter family and young Harry Potter so famously survived.

Immediately following the massacre of her family, the young Madame de France was named heir to the throne, and her Great-Great Grandfather, HMCM Louis d'Artagnan V took the throne once more until she came of age, re-writing the law set down by HMCM Queen Marie-Thérèse nearly three hundred years prior. Isidora, Madame de France's coronation is currently planned for the day of her sixteenth birthday, the twenty-eighth day of March, 1996. At this time, there is no other heir to the throne; however this can change depending on events in the near future. The Duc d'Orléans has always been the heir to the throne following the Royal Line of Succession, as the first Duc d'Orléans of Wizarding France was the nephew of HMCM King Louis XIV. However, in 1936, HMCM King Louis d'Artagnan V decreed that the then heir to the Duchy d'Orléans could not inherit due to reasons that were never publicly stated. The Duchy was denied the Grandson of the last Duc d'Orléans as well, however it is believed that the Great-Grandson of the Duc d'Orléans will be allowed to lay claim to the dormant title if he is married by his eighteenth birthday and the match is approved by Isidora, Madame de France who will be Queen by that time. At that time the Duc d'Orléans will become le Dauphin if there is no other heir, until such time that the Royal Line of Succession is re-established.

In the aftermath of the assassination of King Louis d'Artagnan VII, his son and the other members of the Royal Family, each of the Monarchies has doubled the security around their Royal Family. That is not the only form of protection the Monarchies have today. While the five ruling Families each have their own Monarchy, there are a number of marriages through the last three hundred years that have joined the families. The Princess Isidora is a prime example; she bears French, Spanish, Italian, English, Russian, Dutch, Austrian, Bavarian, Hungarian, and Bohemian blood; though by far the more prominent blood would be French, Spanish, and Italian. Her ancestry traces back to each of the other Kingdoms. Such familial connections between the five Monarchies provide a strong political partnership that far exceeds any treaties the Monarchies have with each other. In the face of the possibility of a war with Lord Voldemort since his return, or any who would challenge one of the dynasties, it would be much more difficult for whoever might attempt to depose of the ruling Monarch, as it would not be simply one Monarchy and the Kingdom or Empire's military forces they would face, but that of all five of the Monarchies.

Returning to the history of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; it remains most interesting to many that while the Monarchy continues to exist in Muggle England, the Wizarding World has been without a Monarch in England since the English Wizarding World, along with the Wizarding communities of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, retreated from the Muggle World. Until that time as there had been no Wizarding King since King Arthur, Wizarding kind had been governed by the ruling Muggle Monarchy. But, when the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy went into effect in 1692, though it is of note that the Statute was never recognized by any other country save for England and subsequently Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, and happened after the secession of France. The then King of the British Empire was James II, King of England, King of the Scots, and King of Ireland, and fortunately he did not argue the decision of Wizarding Kind to create their own world. Since then there have been no attempts to re-establish the monarchy in Wizarding Britain by any of the remaining nobles and it appears that the monarchy shall never return to Wizarding Britain.

Excerpt from A History of Wizarding Nobility copyright 1995