This page refers specifically to the Second War with Voldemort. A page also exists on the Sierra Leone Conflict.
In the late summer of 1997, the Trio set out to find the last of the Horcruxes and save the world as they knew it. They were prevented from doing so by the Order who restrained Harry from going out to fight, insisting that this action would cause the war to break out in the open. When Hogwarts reopened in the fall, many of the students had been sent to Beauxbatons or Durmstrang for their education. The Death Eaters, however, were silent.
War was not officially declared until October of 1997 when a series of sudden and swift attacks against wizarding institutions were launched. Taken by surprise, the Ministry was unprepared and several of the Aurors were killed in ambush. It looked for much of the war as if the Light had already lost it.
Voldemort went on a massive assault against muggles during this time, often capturing or imprisoning them in order to use them for medical experiments. Several Death Eater safehouses were established off the shore of England, many of them near or in Yorkshire. Despite the Ministry's attempts to provide muggles with some sort of protection, during this period, many were "Disappeared". (This term came to mean a number of things, from being abducted to killed.)
Despite the challenges faced by the Light, they eventually managed to destroy the organization and structure of the Death Eaters such that they have not been heard of since the war's conclusion in 1999. Although the war is considered over, England took many blows during its course and most wizards have strong feelings about the events that occurred. There is almost no one who did not lose a family member or close friend to the struggle.
The Ministry is still facing several issues, among them the tracking and destruction of the creatures unleashed by Voldemort. Few citizens have any sympathy or compassion for parahumans - during the war, they comprised the majority of the Dark Lord's armies - and many races have gone into hiding, openly harboring resentment or threatening humans.
A secondary issue to come out of the war is the extreme levels of unexplainable phenomena.
Magic itself has warped with the war. The control and casting of spells has become more difficult in some areas where the fighting was strongest. Spells do not always work as they should in these places, sometimes taking on the nature or true intentions of the user, other times changed by the aura of the place in which they are cast. Magical creatures have also been affected greatly by the shifts in magical power. Some of them have mutated in horrible ways while others remain unchanged. It has begun to become noticed that some muggles are expressing supernatural phenomena as part of the magical backlash and the Ministry's hold on the division between mundane and magical worlds is rapidly slipping.
And there are reports now of magical creatures that truly predate organised, scholarly magic in the world. Elves have been seen, or perhaps only claimed to have been seen, as have creatures like the jacky-twoad, bean sidhe, fairies, daoine sidhe, sluagh, and the other "mythological" creatures of the United Kingdom and Ireland. There are, additionally, reports of minotaurs, trolls, and orcs, but those sightings are generally considered to have less validity. Some wizards theorise that somehow Wild Magic has returned to the islands; there are no alternate theories given any credence, though they are out there and can certainly be heard in many wizarding pubs after people have had a few drinks.
In the wake of these events, the Department of Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures has now become the Department for Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures and Unexplained Phenomena.
Or, more simply, "the Regulators".
Year One of the War: 1997 Edit
May 29: The attack on Hogwarts begins. Dumbledore is presumed killed by Snape. Some of the DE-aligned students leave school at this time while others remain. Those that remain for seventh year are highly suspected and many of the Slytherins are subjected to unfair treatment by their fellow students.
June 1: Dumbledore's funeral. Harry tells Ron and Hermione that he will not be back for his seventh year. Other students will later be pulled from Hogwarts and sent to other wizarding academies for their seventh year. Still others will choose to leave school altogether and join military efforts on both sides. In June, however, the war has not quite come home to the Lightside- many of these decisions are not made until the summer comes to a close.
June 7: The Daily Prophet publishes an editorial on Dumbledore's death asking why the Ministry has yet to declare war on Voldemort. Minister of Magic Scrimgeour announces to his staff that they are not allowed to speak to the press and that his intentions are to prepare for war fully before it is declared. At this time, he recruits a small group of Ministry workers to act as spies, as well as a series of workers to become liasions for Muggle government officials. Arthur Weasley is one of the latter, as is Kingsley Shacklebolt.
June 10: The editor of the Daily Prophet is found dead in his office of unknown causes.
June 11: Voldemort directs his followers to begin preparing for strongholds outside of England as well as a series of “safehouses” within the country in the event of an emergency. Most of these strongholds are planned in the Welsh Marches, Northern Scotland and family holdings in France. Voldemort begins laying plans to take over the French Ministry in order to utilize their resources in attacking the English wizards. Harry, Hermione and Ron have not been seen since the end of school and it is felt by some of the Death Eaters that Voldemort is overestimating Harry. The Death Eaters undergo a long period of absolute silence as they begin to make preparations for the next stage of the battle. Likewise, the Ministry is beginning its own plans, recruiting promising students to serve as warriors for their side.
July 19: The Night of a Thousand Daggers Death Eaters strike the French Ministry in a coordinated attack at the heads of their officials. Several French citizens with familial ties to the Death Eaters provide Voldemort's generals with the information they need to make concerted night attacks on prominent French officials. In one night, over one hundred French wizards are dead, through curses or unexpected attacks. The Death Eaters secure the French Ministry and those remaining of the original government form a government in exile. Appeals are sent to Scrimgeour but he does not answer them. Due to their interception by Voldemort's spies, the letters never reach the British Ministry. The French, however, believe that the English are colluding in Voldemort's plan.
July 21-23: The Avignon Offensive Scrimgeour decides, in the face of angry public opinion, that he has to launch a concerted attack on the head of Voldemort's army which has settled itself in Avignon, slaughtering a number of muggle families within city walls. The effort is made more difficult by Muggleborn activists who insist that the muggles remaining in the city must be evacuated before any spells are cast. Aurors are sent in to rescue the Muggles with a small team of Obliviators with the idea that another force will back them up. The second force, led by former teacher Horace Slughorn, refuses to attack, continually sending owls for more reinforcements. Scrimgeour refuses to send more wizards under the grounds that it will alert the Death Eaters to their presence. Slughorn withdraws in anger and as a result, most of the Aurors involved are killed or imprisoned. A significant number of Muggles leave the city before this occurs. Their escape is perhaps due to some of Voldemort's advisors, who do not wish the Muggles involved in the war.
July 31: Several former students are given the Dark Mark in a ceremony meant to solidify both their loyalties and the Dark's success in the war at this point.
August: Some minor battles are fought along the coastlines of France and England, near the Strait of Dover. The battles are normally only between one or two wizards and neither side gains advantage from them although several notable wizards are killed as a result (Miranda Goshawk, Drusus Lepellier). During this time, Scrimgeour attempts to recoup both forces and public opinion. Voldemort finds himself occupied with keeping his troops in check with Greyback and Bellatrix Lestrange forming a coalition. Both sides send emissaries to Ireland during this time to attempt to get Irish wizards to side with them. Ireland wants no part of the battle and declares themselves neutral.
September 1: School begins at Hogwarts. Many students of the sixth and seventh years begin to make choices to leave. Classes are significantly reduced and many of the teachers leave to fight the war themselves, often leaving older students to teach classes. During this time, Harry sends word to the school that he and the others are alright. Students remaining at Hogwarts begin the DA in his absence.
September 16: The Destruction of Beauxbatons Madame Olympe and Beauxbatons faculty make the decision to lock the doors of the school against the Death Eaters when they come to take the school as a headquarters. As a result, the Death Eaters completely raze the school to the ground, killing many of the children within and leaving the others to find their way out of the rubble. Afterwards, the Death Eaters do not return to Beauxbatons and the ruins are used as a meeting place for the Resistance.
September 18-21: The Battle of Lyminge Forest A series of pitched battles in the middle of a small forest not far from the English coast. The majority of these battles were fought between Lightside wizards and a small force of werewolves known as “Greyback's Legion”. Greyback's Legion won the battles but suffered massive losses. Most of the Legion defected after the battle, leaving Greyback low in the opinion of his fellow Death Eaters.
October 8: By this point, Scrimgeour is no longer able to micromanage the amount of information leaving his offices and the formal declaration of war is made. Many wizards are angered by the length of time it takes to come to this decision, including the members of the Order of the Phoenix. The Order begins to reform as a task force, away from the eyes of the Ministry and doing their best to keep Scrimgeour from being aware of their existence. Initially, Remus Lupin acts as the head of the Order of the Phoenix; however, he is needed more on the frontlines of the war with the werewolf problem and Molly Weasley takes over. A few former students are inducted into the Order at this time.
October 14: Stalisfield. More and more, morale on the Light side is dropping as Slughorn continues to lag on making offensive attacks and other leaders have minor failures. While quartered at Stalisfield, a small group led by Amos Diggory is met by Harry Potter who shows them three of the Horcruxes that the Trio have in their possession. This rumor spreads until it gains epic proportions and many wizards who were not at Stalisfield claim to have been there later on. Sightings of Harry are rare until his death.
October 30: The Battle of Black Mountain. The Light wins their first significant battle against the Dark in Wales. Lupin leads a group of other wizards in flushing out trolls from the Mountain who have sided with Voldemort. It is an overwhelming loss for the dark side and Voldemort goes into seclusion for some time afterwards.
November 1: Arthur Weasley is sent to discuss matters with the British Prime Minister due to the fear that attacks on the Muggles may have escalated to a point where the Ministry can no longer control them. Recruitment during this period is as high for Obliviators as it is for Aurors. Ironically, muggles in France are left largely alone, the Death Eaters not wanting to deal with them.
November 2-15: Fenrir's March. Greyback, in retaliation for Lupin's attack on the mountain trolls, begins a march down the English coastline, beginning in Dunstanburgh Castle and going down it, attacking mainly the children of the Light side along with whatever stray travelers he may find. The majority of the attacks are done in early evening and the children themselves are often displayed in grisly ways, their parents left alive but injured. This is an action that not even the Dark can counternance and the March ends outside Tunstall where Amycus Carrow captures and sends Greyback to his counterparts.
November 16: The Conflict at Withernsea. Members of the Order attack the Death Eaters resting at Withernsea and capture Amycus Carrow. The battle is not without cost, however- Bill Weasley goes missing during it and is believed captured. As a result, his wife, Fleur, leaves to Europe where it is believed the Dark is holding prisoners. Neither of them are active in the English conflict for the duration of the war.
November 20: There is an increased pressure on the Ministry to end the war quickly and activist wizards have begun calling for a compromise with the Death Eaters, due to the inability of the Ministry to mobilize forces and decrease bureaucracy to a manageable point. Conscription into the Auror forces is considered briefly during this period as there is a lack of suitable wizards to fight for the Light; however, numbers increase as stories of Fenrir's March are publicized.
November 24: Increased reports begin to filter in of wizards being placed under the Imperius Curse. Giant sightings are recorded in Northern England and Aurors must be diverted to deal with giants threatening muggle villages. Spies report that Voldemort is beginning to show extremely erratic behavior among his subordinates. During this time, Death Eaters Ailsa Hayes, Deiophorus Repton and Eduard Boleine are executed by their own side for implied treason.
December 11: The Fight at Blue John Cavern. Three Light wizards living in the wizarding village of Little Shepney (outside Sheffield) stumble on a small force of Death Eaters while out riding brooms on a watch near their community. These three manage to take on all seven Death Eaters and survive due to ambush tactics. The group is heralded by the Ministry and Light morale increases for a short time.
December 18: A huge sea storm sweeps the countryside near Brighton, an act of terrorism by the Death Eaters. Arthur Weasley again tries to make arrangements with Muggle Prime Minister Seymour regarding the coverup of the wizarding war. The talks do not go well due to Seymour's lack of interest in cooperating with the wizards due to a rapidly rising death toll. On the way back to the Ministry, Arthur finds the Floo corrupted and ends up in the hands of the Death Eaters.
December 21: One of the head Death Eaters contacts Scrimgeour to discuss negotiations and a trade for Arthur Weasley with the imprisoned Death Eaters. Scrimgeour refuses to ransom hostages, a fact which has yet to be discovered, and the discussion between the two is kept secret. The Death Eaters do not do anything to Weasley, believing that he can be used as bait for Ron and Harry. He is kept in a safehouse in the middle of Wales.
December 22-January 12: Another series of small, pitched battles as the war begins to escalate. It appears at this point that the Death Eaters will win the war. They have managed to organize themselves well without the shadow of bureaucracy over them and morale is high among the group. Some former Lightsiders begin to defect as the Dark's power becomes apparent.
Year Two of the War: 1998 Edit
January 13: In an attempt to forestall the Dark victory, Scrimgeour announces that Harry, Hermione and Ron have located five of the Horcruxes. He has no proof to back up the statement but the message serves its purpose and another morale boost occurs.
January 14: The announcement is initially believed by the Dark side. In a fit of anger, Voldemort has Arthur Weasley killed and sends his head to the head of the Aurors. The rest of Arthur's body is mangled and left outside the Ministry walls.
January 15 – April 4: January 15, Voldemort disappears in an irrational rage. His Death Eaters, many of them experienced generals, manage to conceal this fact from most of the others. At this point, while the Dark is winning the war, it is becoming divided into two sides- sane and rational fighters against those more interested in promoting their own sadistic pleasures. In spring, it is still in control. Likewise, Scrimgeour is fighting with his own people. Slughorn is formally removed from all command and dies in a small skirmish in the middle of March. Scrimgeour finds himself appointing younger military leaders as so many of the older wizards have retreated or been killed during the war thus far. Again, conscription measures are discussed but decided against. On Molly's orders, Remus goes after those of Greyback's Legion who defected after Lyminge Forest in hopes of bringing them to fight for the Light. Those sympathizers of other races are encouraged to do the same. For the most part, this period of the war results in a stalemate, the Light not being strong enough to defeat the Dark and internal conflicts causing problems for Voldemort's forces.
April 5: The Little War of the Thames A group of ten Death Eaters decides to enter London by the way of the Thames and force the issue of Muggle interaction, thus giving the Light something more to deal with. On their way down, however, they are stopped by one of the strangest incidences of the war, a group of muggles on a garbage barge. As the Death Eaters begin to cast spells, one of the Muggles, a man known as Peter Crewes, realizes that something is wrong and starts to toss garbage towards them, an act which probably saves his life as the caster stopped in confusion. With that, the remaining Muggles began to pitch the rest of the garbage at the Death Eaters, pelting them all with rank refuse. The Death Eaters Apparated away in anger but did not return. A Daily Prophet reporter witnessed the event and wrote it up for the newspaper to lighten the spirits of Light wizards. Crewes and his compatriots were not Obliviated due to the strange nature of the battle.
April 29: The First Battle of Diagon Alley Harry reemerged in Diagon Alley at the beginning of the month and it did not take long for the information to reach the ears of the Death Eaters. While Voldemort was nowhere to be found, it was decided to launch an attack on Diagon Alley in an attempt to capture Potter and his friends. For this battle, a force of Inferi were released and tore apart the streets of the Alley. Potter, Granger and Weasley managed to defeat the force with the help of the Order but it resulted in Harry's forced removal to a hidden part of the country. It was revealed at that time that most of the horcruxes had been found and destroyed.
May 10: The Fight at the Crossroads A group of high-ranking Death Eaters was on the way to attack London when they were surprised by a night guard flying over Gravesend where they had stopped to make plans. A group of Aurors launched a surprise attack that resulted in three deaths and two captures, although most of the Death Eaters escaped. Former student Adam Summerby was killed in this fight.
May 13: Voldemort returns to find three of his favored (and most able to keep his madness in check) generals gone. He begins to act extremely paranoid and irrational- it is during this time that several Death Eaters begin to privately question his aims. More minor skirmishes in May show that the Light is growing stronger even as the Dark begins to fall apart.
June 1-7: The Seven Days of Terror Giants launch an assault from the Mountains of Wales, coming from the peaks in what appears to be a last-ditch effort to save the War for Voldemort. They destroy much of the isolated countryside and it takes a force of several wizards to stop them.
June 5: The Second Battle of Diagon Alley At the same time as the Giants march, a separate force of Death Eaters launches a directed attack at Diagon Alley, succeeding in securing it and setting up camp within. Many of the shopkeepers are either killed or forced out of their businesses. Several of the Death Eaters delight in setting the businesses on fire, giving the battle the alternate name of “The Fireraiser Assault”.
June 6: Wizarding London undergoes a severe stage of lockdown. New visitors to the city are heavily watched and wards are thrown up everywhere. As a result of the mass arson committed in Diagon Alley, the Ministry passes a highly popular law confiscating any property used as a headquarters or asset for the Dark. An attempt is made to freeze financial assets but the Gringotts goblins claim neutrality and refuse to freeze the accounts, due to the fact that the primary funds are all located in their Swiss headquarters. Despite the popularity of his draconian measures, Scrimgeour continues to fear for his job.
June 27: The Engagement at Epping Forest The Aurors begin to create a living wall around London in order to keep out further Death Eaters and to create wards to prevent escaping. Several Death Eaters attempt to repel the Aurors from doing so but are captured in large numbers.
July 3 – September 18 : The Siege of Knockturn Lead Aurors construct and successfully carry out a plan to block the Floos to Diagon and Knockturn Alley and ward the Death Eaters inside them to prevent them from escaping. Due to the earlier arson committed among many of the food sources, they feel (justifiably so) that the Death Eaters will be unable to hold out long. However, a miscalculation is made and many more innocents are within the walls than intially expected. As a result, the two alleys turn hellish, with Death Eaters and remaining wizards fighting it out inside the wards and horrifying acts of cannibalism occurring inside as the siege continues. By the time the group has surrendered, it is difficult for the Aurors to determine who is on what side.
October 2: The Battle of Calais French Resistance forces mount a concerted force against the Death Eaters still remaining in France and drive most of them out. After this point, the French Ministry begins undercover operations to find and assassinate all known Death Eaters who participated in the war against France. These operations are not discussed with the British Ministry and openly, the French wizards join with the British to fight the Death Eaters remaining in their country. Many who are believed Death Eaters are killed by vigilante mobs whether they are proven or not. A significant part of the rest of France's war is spent rebuilding their Ministry and restoring Muggle relations. Morale in England rises as a result of this battle.
October 3: A special force forms to find and flush out Death Eater safehouses. This marks the first time since the beginning of the war that the Death Eaters find themselves on the run.
October 4 -December 31: A series of small battles occurs with many of the remaining Death Eaters taken to Azkaban. Efforts are made to avoid killing them so that they can be brought to trial at the end of the war. Scrimgeour's popularity reaches its highest levels since his election.
Year Three of the War: 1999 Edit
January 6: The Battle of Crychan Forest Voldemort has an initial confrontation with the Order which roots him out of hiding in the Forest with the remaining groups of creatures who are faithful to him. He attacks and wounds several of the Order members, escaping himself with extensive physical damage.
January 7 – February 14: A period of time elapses in which most efforts are being directed towards chasing Voldemort down. During this time, Harry reappears and unites with some of his friends from school. He leads them to believe that he has destroyed all of the Horcruxes- however, this is not the truth.
February 14: The Battle of Crownhill Fort Voldemort is found at Crownhill Fort with a few of his closest supporters. The area is quickly surrounded by Aurors and Dementors come from their hiding place to chase many of them away. The battle is extremely terrifying- mist from the dementors shrouds the hillsides for miles and the aura of terror and fear surrounding the area affects even Muggles. Voldemort breaks through the line but many of his supporters die in order for this to occur. It is found when the Fort is entered that several of the prisoners within have been poisoned in order to kill them before the Light can rescue them. The Ministry estimates that Crownhill Fort has been used as a holding cell for Light prisoners since the beginning of the war. They are only able to save a few of those within.
February 28: The Battle of Thirty Thousand A small team of Ravenclaws stumbles upon a much larger force than their own while pursuing a Death Eater scout into the western part of Wales. Drawing back, they realize that their forces are too few to engage the Death Eater gathering. Through cleverly aimed spells, they manage to make their group seem much larger than it is, giving the appearance of being a massive army. The Ravenclaws exit before major blows can be struck but it boosts morale for the rest of the Light side.
March 13: The Battle of Louth A remaining group of Death Eaters is betrayed by one of their own. Another large scale battle occurs, this one resulting in over 50 Light and 40 Dark wizards' deaths. It is decided in the aftermath of the battle that Harry must seek Voldemort out as the cost of the perpetual fighting is destroying the wizarding population.
March 14- June 22: Voldemort and Harry play a cat and mouse game. The remaining Death Eaters are gathered up and MacNair actually surrenders the troops to the Ministry on May 29. The Death Eaters are then placed in holding cells to await the outcome of the war and future trials.
June 23: The Last Battle Harry kills Voldemort in a battle at which no one else is present. Some rumors emerge that he was not successful but the whole of the wizarding world accepts what has happened and becomes triumphant in the wake of the Dark Lord's death.
August 8 - September 30: The War Trials Begin Charges are lowered against the Death Eaters who are captured. In the aftermath of the war, many of those loyal to Voldemort during it experience extreme prejudice. In some instances, they are attacked or killed after hostilities have officially ended. Much of the property seized during the war is never returned and many rights are removed from the Death Eater-aligned wizards. Among these rights are being able to vote on certain councils, hold certain positions within the Ministry and sit on the Wizengamot. It is alleged as well that in some instances, Aurors committed abuses against the Death Eaters during their stays in Ministry holding cells but the general public showed little concern in bringing those perpetrators to justice.
Notes and Errata Edit
Battle Naming Conventions: Battles tended to be named for places or significant events during the War. However, there was a tendency towards the middle and end of the war on the Light's part to name battles for the Muggle cities that the battles were being fought by. The Dark tends to refer to those battles either by wizarding towns or landmarks nearby. Occasionally, this will result in some confusion in wizarding histories and points to another breach between the losers and the victors of this struggle.
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