Wizarding London has become a changed city in the last few months with the peaceful occupation of its streets, city centers, and public buildings. Keeping to the wizarding parts of the city, the muggles are blissfully unaware of what’s occurring in the other half: but for the witches and wizards living there, they aren’t so lucky.
Walking down the street is almost impossible without seeing a protester, a supporter, banners, signs or hearing their chants from a few blocks over. The protest has taken on new life with the arrival of more supporters from across the world – lycanthropes from across the globe are flooding into London to help raise awareness for the cause. Still hoping to achieve equal rights, the protest has remained peaceful, with the only sign of violence seen a month or so ago when Jonathan was found murdered – the cause of which is still unknown.
“Lennox did not expect us to still be here,” notes Jade Huptrack, one of the organizers for the protest. “He thought we’d be here for a few weeks, get it out of our system, and then go back home. He thought wrong.”
It seems that Ms. Huptrack was right. Rowan Lennox, Minister of Magic, has been scarce in the last few weeks from public events and press conferences, arousing suspicion that he has been inundated with requests from the wizarding world to deal with the problem in London – and soon. Undoubtedly under great pressure, Lennox’s absence from the public eye has made many question his ability to provide effective leadership, something that has shaken the wizarding community in this fragile time.
“He’s our Minister,” said Lyall Jenkins, a wizard residing on the outskirts of London. “He should step up and make a decision to deal with this problem quickly. Merlin, he should have done that months ago!”
With average citizens becoming frustrated that their city has turned into an activist’s playground, the protesters don’t seem to be showing any signs of quitting: with the new reinforcements comes fresh enthusiasm. The Daily Prophet has embedded several reporters on the ground, all of whom report the same thing – the protest is strong, peaceful, and committed to the case. Every day fresh stories arrive of the struggles that the werewolves and their families have been through in order to secure homes and jobs, all of which only seem to invigorate the others. Now, more than ever, their cause is solid, and it seems that neither side is going to budge on the issue. There was no comment from Rowan Lennox when we asked his office for an interview about his own perspective on the issue, adding to the theory that he has completely retreated from the wizarding world.
The Daily Prophet and its team of reporters are collecting information on the werewolf protest and the reaction from both the public and the Ministry. We will do our utmost to keep you informed of the situation as we learn of it.