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May 2019 - Official Discussion

This quarter the WWN took us back in time, to 1998 to be precise. As you may recall, this was around the time that the Ministry was under the Dark Lord's influence, the Chosen One had been designated as Undesirable No. 1 by the corrupt government, and individuals needed passwords to get “real” news from a pirate radio program known as Potterwatch. It was definitely a scary time to be a witch/wizard/wix. If you haven’t heard the latest broadcast, be sure to check it out here, then come back and chat with us.

Here are some questions to consider:
- What was your favorite segment of the broadcast and why?
- If you were a witch/wizard/wix during this time period, would you have embraced, defended, or hidden your blood status (assuming your blood status was the same as your current HEX blood status)?
- If you could create a code name for Potterwatch, what would it be and why?
- Imagine that you worked for the Ministry back in 1998 when it was hard to trust everyone. Would you have gotten all of your news from the WWN, listened to Potterwatch, or both?
- What kind of magic do you think was needed for Potterwatch to interrupt the WWN broadcast?


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If I had been a witch in 1998, I wouldn’t have had that much of an issue. It was only the Purebloods who openly sympathised with Muggleborns who were forced to go into hiding. Therefore, I would have embraced my blood status and, in some cases, defended it. Not all Purebloods believed in blood supremacy and I certainly wouldn’t have.

I have no idea what my code name for Potterwatch would be. I do, however, think that I would come up with a better one than some that are in the series. I would most likely use a favourite spell of mine and create a twist. Or use a combination of spells, like Nocio or something like that. Or something really silly like Moose.

If I had worked for the Ministry I definitely would have used both the WWN and Potterwatch. It was difficult to know who to trust at the time so, by listening to both, I’d be able to cover all areas. If you just rely on one source of information, and it becomes corrupted, it could become difficult to know why really was happening.

I definitely think they would have used some sort of scrambling spell. Whatever they used, it was very clever. I would have loved to have been involved in Potterwatch. To think that you could be doing something useful would be amazing in itself.

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- If you were a witch/wizard/wix during this time period, would you have embraced, defended, or hidden your blood status (assuming your blood status was the same as your current HEX blood status)?
I'm a HEX pureblood, so I would not have had to hide it or anything, and as long as I did not act out against the government, I would not have had any problems.

Imagine that you worked for the Ministry back in 1998 when it was hard to trust everyone. Would you have gotten all of your news from the WWN, listened to Potterwatch, or both?
I would have listened to both in order to get all of the news, although I would only listen to Potterwatch at home, when I could be confident that nobody was watching and would find out about it. At work, it would just be the WWN, although I would take any news I get with a grain of salt, as I would not be certain whether I could trust that news.

- What kind of magic do you think was needed for Potterwatch to interrupt the WWN broadcast?
A broadcasting spell. It would probably be a very complicated spell that turns the sound waves into radio waves, transmits them across the country, and then turns the radio waves back into sound waves.

- What was your favorite segment of the broadcast and why?
My favorite segment was the one on the Muggle-Born Registration Commission. There were some funny moments in it, like when Umbridge brings up a "beetle" while talking to Rita Skeeter. I also thought it was funny how it was "just a coincidence" that the incarceration rate was increasing as much as it did, and that most of the people arrested were muggle-borns. However, I don't think that Rita would have gotten away with everything she was saying and that Umbridge would have at least interrupted her early on and warned that she was straying into dangerous and seditious territory.

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- Garrick Ollivander's Abduction was my favorite. O like that some more has been added to this story and wish some more would be added in the future.


- I think as a Muggle Born I would have gone into hiding and tried to organize some sort of resistance army. Maybe just outside the country, or perhaps in the Highlands of Scotland. I would have offered support and a safe refuge for all Muggle Born who wanted to join. If they just wanted to flee the country I would help with that too. But the fight would have been most important.


- Considering my name, my code name would be ‘a little birdie’. Then Potterwatch could say that ‘a little birdie’ had told them my latest news and updates. I think my supporters would know it was me, lol.


- I would have gotten my news from all possible sources, so I could read between the lines and listen to all that was being put out to the wizarding community. It would be important to know what the enemy is saying in order to better refute it with the absolute truth.

-I think it would have taken strong magic and a talented group of witches and wizards to pull it off. Maybe some variation of ‘Finite Incantatem’ to disrupt their broadcast and then some sort of shield charm to protect Potterwatch from being interrupted. Of course this does not take into the password magic to find the channel on the listener’s part or the spells required to keep its broadcast location hidden.

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- If you were a witch/wizard/wix during this time period, would you have embraced, defended, or hidden your blood status (assuming your blood status was the same as your current HEX blood status)?
Considering everything going on at the time, I would try to hide the fact that I was mixed blood any way that I could, while "embracing" my magical blood. I would have sided with the Order, helped in any way that I could, though. I really think a lot of witches and wizards were left with this choice and most would have made the same decision. Most were mixed blood or muggleborn by then, as there were only a few families that could still maintain their claims to being truly pure blooded.
- If you could create a code name for Potterwatch, what would it be and why?
Oooh! That's so hard to decide! Something water related I think, like Grindylow or Kelpie, or even Ramora. Some water creature, lurking in the deep and ready to strike Thinking about it, most of their names started with "R" so I'm leaning mostly towards Ramora for myself.
- Imagine that you worked for the Ministry back in 1998 when it was hard to trust everyone. Would you have gotten all of your news from the WWN, listened to Potterwatch, or both?
I'm pretty good about wanting the whole story, so I'm pretty sure I would have listened to both until my gut led me to lean towards one over the other.
- What kind of magic do you think was needed for Potterwatch to interrupt the WWN broadcast?
I never even put thought into it, honestly, but I'm sure it was pretty intense. I really think it would have taken several attempts and several witches and wizards to work it out.

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- What was your favorite segment of the broadcast and why?
The abduction of Ollivander was interesting.


- If you were a witch/wizard/wix during this time period, would you have embraced, defended, or hidden your blood status (assuming your blood status was the same as your current HEX blood status)?
I am a pureblood, so I would have used that to my advantage. I might have pretended to go along with the Death Eaters, while secretly working for the resistance. (Like the Danes in WWII). I think, in fact that I would have tried to get job at the Ministry of Magic so that I could gather intel and work against the Death Eaters who had taken over.

- If you could create a code name for Potterwatch, what would it be and why?
My code name would be Athena, since I my name is LumosOwl and owls were the Goddess Athena's patron bird.

- Imagine that you worked for the Ministry back in 1998 when it was hard to trust everyone. Would you have gotten all of your news from the WWN, listened to Potterwatch, or both?

I would absolutely have listened to both, which is sort of what I do today in Muggle life. I read several newspapers and try to get my news from several sources at once, to get different perspectives. As an employee of the ministry, I also would have tried to gather any information I could, to smuggle out to the broadcasters.


- What kind of magic do you think was needed for Potterwatch to interrupt the WWN broadcast?

I have absolutely no idea what type of magic was used to interrupt the WWN broadcast. Anything that would block radio waves, I guess. Although... are the broadcasts really carried over radio waves? Isn't that "Muggle Magic"? I guess we would have to know the details behind how the broadcasts were actually made if we wanted to understand how to interrupt them.

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I would have embraced my pureblood status. I would not have done anything to call attention to myself. I would have watched where things were going so if a huge change happened I would be ready for it and could take action to protect myself and my family.

A code name would be to easy to break. It would have to be a combination of things to keep it safe.
If a code name were used it would need to be in another language and nothing related to the wizarding world. Something like- lever du soleil (sunrise in french). It would signify a new start in a time of trouble and would not be something most people would know unless listening to Potterwatch.

I would have used both the Ministry and Potterwatch since you had no idea who to trust. If a third source was available listen to it as well. You would have to decide who was telling the truth. It would take a lot of information to try and figure that out.

I have no idea what type of magic could have been used. It would have had to be done by a highly skilled witch or wizard. Hermione comes to mind.
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- What was your favorite segment of the broadcast and why?
My favorite part of the broadcast was the commercial for Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. I always enjoy Fred and George and I like the thought of them interrupting the broadcast to advertise items that people can use against a Ministry run by Voldemort.

- If you were a witch/wizard/wix during this time period, would you have embraced, defended, or hidden your blood status (assuming your blood status was the same as your current HEX blood status)?
Since my blood status on Hex is pureblood it wouldn’t have been a problem for me. I would have been one of the lucky ones who wouldn’t have had to lie about it or worry that someone would find out. I would have tried to protect muggle born witches and wizards perhaps help them get out of the country.

- If you could create a code name for Potterwatch, what would it be and why?
It’s not something I’ve really thought about but I think may the name of some magical creature possibly a niffler. They’re cute and cuddly and it’s easy to underestimate the trouble they can cause if left unattended.

- Imagine that you worked for the Ministry back in 1998 when it was hard to trust everyone. Would you have gotten all of your news from the WWN, listened to Potterwatch, or both?
I think I would have done both. I would have been more likely to trust what I heard on Potterwatch but I would have listened to both just so I would know everything that was going on. I would have wanted to know what lies the Ministry might be spreading as well as what information they were leaving out.

- What kind of magic do you think was needed for Potterwatch to interrupt the WWN broadcast?
I think they must have needed some very powerful spells to interrupt the broadcast. Something that would block one broadcast and replace it with another one.


 

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I actually had to check what my blood status is on HEX... XD
As a Muggle born, I suppose I would go into hiding. Probably take my family and hide away, try to live a normal life somewhere that is safe or at least far from any suspecting eye. I wouldn't be brave enough to actually try and make a change, I think I'd just try to survive and wait, hoping that the situation would change without me having to endanger myself or my loved ones... it's not very heroic, but i suspect that's what I would do.

If I could create a code name for Potterwatch, I think it would be Hope. I always loved it as a name, but as a codename I think it will be even better because it would actually symbolize all of our aspirations for a better time, as well as a constant reminder not to lose hope and continue to fight.

If I worked for the Ministry back in 1998, I would have gotten all of my news from Potterwatch, I suppose. Because it was the only source that's actually trustworthy... But I think I would have kept my eyes and ears open to all fake news as well, since it was important to know what was being reported there as well. I'll just have to remind myself to take the fake news or corrupted news as what it is - an untrusted source of information.
 

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