KCL MUN Study Guide - Harry Potter (29/11 and 6/12/2011)
A KCL Model United Nations 2011-„12 “Funny Simulation”
The Perpetual Council of High Wizard LoreIt has been a year since the momentous events since the fall of Voldemort... momentous events such asthese are not resolved easily nor quickly. His rapid rise and eventual crushing defeat has exposed some ofthe great rifts and divisions in the magical society.A year after this events, summoned by the voice of the much-missed Albus Dumbledore (via the portrait inhis office) and the noble Professor Minerva McGonagall; the representatives of the various Wizardingraces, institutions, factions have been invited to a session of the Perpetual Council of High Wizard Lore.The Perpetual Council of High Wizard Lore has been in existence since the Second Fall of Atlantis. Sincethen it has met in times of great need. It has great importance because of the wide range of powers itenjoys and its role in deciding the path that magical society takes. Crucially it now has a well establishedtradition of involving those from all sections of Magical society, regardless of faith, creed, species or lengthof wand. Its first principle is its commitment to the benefit of Magical Society as a whole. Its powers comefrom the Grand Treaty of. The Grand Settlement was an agreement after the Great Wizarding Warsthroughout AD 455 (the Sack of Rome) to the Treaty of Paris 1783. In a secret 11th Article of the Treatythere was to be ‘a grant of legislative powers to the Perpetual Council of High Wizard Lore, to pursue the objective ofprotection of the peaceful relationship between the Wizarding and Muggle Society, a commitment to a minimum of interferencewith Muggle Society, and above all the pursuit of actions for the progress and benefit of the Two Great Societies.’The period between the Sack of Rome and the Treaty of Paris had been a dark and shameful part ofWizarding history where various magic factions and clans, under various leaders had blatantly manipulatedMuggle society for their own ends, in pursuit of conquest. This had triggered many of the great eventsthroughout the period such as the Dark Ages, the Black Plague, the fall of the Holy Roman Empire andthe rise of Napoleon. Throughout the period the Perpetual Council of High Wizard Lore had beenpowerless due to the Grand Lords of Wizarding Lore which composed it. They were a group of old viziers,constantly re-electing each other and reinvigorating themselves with Self-Perpetuation Rites. They hadstood by idly and done little to use the Perpetual Council to unite and settle the disputes throughoutWizarding Society. They were of the out-dated opinion that Muggle Society was subservient to WizardingSociety, and hence whatever happened to Muggles was of no concern to them. However, when one GrandLords eventually died, his seat passed in succession to the Magnanimus Rex Dumbledore (Grandfather ofAlbus Dumbledore). He used the Council to enable the settlement in the Treaty of Paris and settle theGreat Wizarding Wars. This final settlement ended the use of Muggle armies and leaders as puppets of thevarious clans and factions that made up Wizarding Society.In recognition of its achievements the Council was awarded full legislative powers within the wizardingworld.Nowadays the Council has reinvented itself as a global forum for finding solutions to great problems in thewizarding world. It now meets in the wake of Voldemort’s demise to discuss the problems left unresolvedin wizarding society.
Issues in The Post Voldemort World Immediate Resolution: the issues affecting a resolution after the Fall of Voldemort. Amnesty, Rehabilitation, Justice for victims (Magic and Muggle) Extremism and Future Stability: remaining extremism and anti-Muggle sentiment amongst magical human and non-human groups; reforms to ensure the protection of institutions from coups such as Voldemort’s, reform of educational institutions to promote future peace and understanding, ensuring that no particular magical races are scapegoated nor are able to take advantage of the instability after Voldemort’s fall. The Relationship between the Muggle and Wizarding World: the changing relationship between Muggles and the Magical Community.Throughout the past decade, as dramatised in the excellent accounts provided by the Muggle-born author JK Rowling, Voldemort has exposed great flaws and rifts within Wizarding Society. Firstly there was thedisturbing ease with which wizards flocked to his side, to pursue the aim of abolishing all Muggles fromexistence. Then there was the relative powerlessness of the Magical Authorities to protect people fromVoldemort. They were hindered both by the need to keep the conflict secret from the Muggle World, andby lack of cooperation between the various magical races who have always been resentful of the executivepower held by the centralised Ministry of Magic. This left the conflict to independent guerrilla fighters,notably the last stand of student vigilantes led by Harry Potter and other Hogwarts students.The role of non-human races throughout the conflict is often overlooked. For example, Dementors wereessential to the consolidation and enforcement of Voldemort’s ‘new order’ after the fall of the Ministry ofMagic. They were notable in their almost universal alliance with him. Individuals of other races were moremixed in their alliances. The non-human races have often resented the human domination of magicalsociety and culture. Some feel that they should be given more independence, others feel that the horrificresults of Voldemort’s campaign of terror was purely the fault of humans and resent the collateral effects ithad upon them. Others see the instability of the post-Voldemort situation as a chance to settle old scores,or even re-claim old territories or boundaries.Purely within wizarding society there are still many wounds to heal. There are many of have lost family andfriends to the Death Eaters. There are others who have taken their own action against Death Eaters andstill feel that further justice needs to be done. The Ministry of Magic has suffered greatly for its quick falland ineffectiveness in combating the rise of Voldemort. There are those who now live in hiding, fearingthat they will be recognised for what they did under the orders of Deatheaters. There also remains adangerous fringe who benefitted financially and politically from the ‘new order’ and would still like tocontinue doing so.The effect of the Muggle world with the wizard world steadily increases. The relationship between theMuggle world and the Wizarding world must be reconsidered. Should there be increased recruitment fromthe Muggle world? Should magic start to play a concealed, guiding role in the affairs of Muggles? Wouldthis lead to increased protection of Muggles from over-powerful wizards such as Voldemort in the future?Or should the wizarding world, take the controversial step, of open negotiations and settlement with theMuggle World? In light of the ever-increasing encroachment of the Muggle world upon the magic realmsuch as environmental issues, resource allocation, and increasing populations perhaps wizards mustincreasingly work with Muggles to protect and conceal the wizarding human and non-human minorities.Or is it possible one day, that the magic world may openly present itself to Muggle society? Theconsequences of this would be entirely unpredictable.
Members of the Perpetual Council of High Wizard LoreRepresentatives of Magical Races 1) The Minister for Magic 2) The Wizengamot 3) The Centaurs 4) The Goblins 5) The Mer-people 6) The Hags 7) The Vampires 8) The Dwarves 9) House Elf Workers’ Union Solidarity Party 10) High Chief of the Giants 11) Nearly Headless Nick – Supreme Spectre of the Council of Ghosts 12) Squibs AssociationImportant Institutions of Magical Society 1) Hogwarts a. Gryffindor b. Ravenclaw c. Hufflepuff d. Slytherin 2) Durmstrang 3) Beauxbatons Academy of Magic 4) Gringotts Bank 5) Azkaban Prison Guard Association – Representative of the Dementors 6) The High Quidditch AssociationSignificant Individuals 1) Harry Potter 2) Ron Weasley 3) Hermione Granger 4) Albus Dumbledore’s Painting 5) Professor McGonagall 6) Draco Malfoy 7) Rubeus Hagrid