Voldemort is dead.
Through an act of incredible bravery and sacrifice, he has been destroyed thoroughly and absolutely, and he will never be able to return. In addition, the Ministry has been rendered obsolete, Hogwarts has been routed of all who would threaten the lives of our children, and a significant number of camps country-wide have successfully liberated themselves.
We will be working over the next months to establish a transitional government consisting of magical and non-magical representatives, and will be depending on volunteers to help keep our communities fed and safe, as well as to begin the massive undertaking of re-settling and awaking our sleeping countrymen. In the coming weeks, we will be providing volunteer centers in various cities across Great Britain for any who wish to lend a helping hand. This is still a period of instability and uncertainty; although the tide has turned, there are several members of the old regime who will insist on going down fighting. We will make every effort to try to protect all people from their acts of violence.
To those Enforcers, Council-wizards, and Aurors who remain at-large; you will either surrender to be held accountable for your actions in a court of your peers, or will be taken forcibly. You are no longer relevant, and you no longer represent the will of this country. If you surrender peaceably, you will be treated humanely and fairly.
To the people of Great Britain: Now is a time to gather our loved ones close to us, to attempt to rebuild this great land, and to remember what it is like to be free. You can communicate without fear using the private messages; they are no longer capable of being monitored, nor will they ever be. You can move freely within the country, and we are working to re-open our borders. If you have Muggleborn or Muggle servants, they are no longer your property, and can leave of their own will. We will direct them to places where they can reunite with their families, and they will be living and working among us as we rebuild our communities together.
This is far from the end of things, but it is a promising beginning – a chance to move forward and build a future together – not tied together by fear and subjugation, but united under principles of democracy and free will, where people are treated with dignity and respect because of their inherent humanity. It is time to forge a new path where wizards and muggles work, live, and love alongside one another. We do not need to hide; we do not need to rule; we are capable of coexisting.
We must collectively face this new future with eyes wide open: prepared for repentance, reconciliation, and forgiveness, but also wary of those who have used their power to accomplish acts of depraved cruelty. Now is not the time for acts of revenge or mob justice. We will heal together, but we will also stand together against those who pose an immediate threat to our safety.
To the parents of all children who were attending Hogwarts this school term; several of you have already had your children returned safely home. Many thanks to the House Elves of Hogwarts for their assistance in this matter, and for their stalwart defence of so many during the fight.
Poppy Pomfrey will provide a list of students whose parents were unable to be located, who are currently still missing, who are too wounded to move safely, and who died fighting. As to the wounded, we have capable Healers attending them, and as soon as we can assure their safety, we can transport those who need it to St Mungo’s for further care. We will continue to work with the House Elves to locate any remaining students in Hogwarts, and will provide updated information about the missing as we learn more. Any parents or legal guardians of students on these lists can approach the main Hogsmeade gate. You will be asked to turn over your wand for inspection, and will need to wait for an hour as a security precaution. Your wand will then be returned to you, and you will be escorted into the building. For several of you, this reunion will be one that is very painful. As a parent, as a mother who has lost a child, I can begin to fathom your grief and sorrow, and I am overwhelmed with regret at our not being able to save everyone.
There are a handful of students who have decided for their own safety to stay under our protection for the time being. They are here by choice, are capable of coming and going as they please, and will be able to communicate directly and privately with you using the journals if they so choose. They will have our support for as long as they need it, as will any young person who requires asylum or protection.
To the students of Hogwarts; you will no doubt need time to mourn – an entire generation of magical young people was very nearly extinguished, and many of you saw your schoolmates and friends cut down in front of your eyes. As soon as we are able, when the immediate threat has passed, we will find a way to honour their lives together. They will be remembered. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
The wounds of the past few days – of the past twenty years – will not heal overnight. But today holds great promise, and I look forward to building this new future with you.