In the summer of 1997, the wizarding community began to learn the details surrounding the death of Albus Dumbledore - or at least, what the Daily Prophet reported as truth. "How could Dumbledore not have realized that his most trusted colleague was a Death Eater?" the community outraged.
It was only a matter of time before there was mass panic in the wizarding world. After all, Dumbledore was the only wizard that the You-Know-Who had ever feared. If such a wizard could be so easily defeated in his own school, the message was clear: Hogwarts was no longer safe. Parents began pulling their children out of school, and many teachers ran for cover. Without enough students and willing teachers, Hogwarts closed its doors.
But life in the wizarding world was just as unsafe as it was at Hogwarts. The Ministry of Magic - more concerned for their reputation than security - had been denying Voldemort's return for nearly two years. With very little interference, Voldemort was able to gather his followers and rise to power. Too busy covering up all evidence of their failures, the Ministry of Magic had left themselves defenceless against a coup. Voldemort swiftly and quietly took over the Ministry, carrying out many atrocities in line with Death Eater ideology.
Meanwhile, most of the wizarding community was unaware that the Ministry of Magic had even changed hands. Although Voldemort was defeated in the "Battle of Hogwarts" and the war was brought to an end, it would be many years before the magical community would fully recover from the Second Wizarding War. The Ministry of Magic would eventually be reformed, but its reputation is still being repaired.
Hogwarts was able to reopen for the start of term in 1999, but it took months of dispute and less than half of the students returned. The reopening also came with the following condition: Aurors were to be hired to permanently guard the school and grounds to ensure the safety of the students and staff.
The year is now 2005. Life in the wizarding world is slowly receding to the level of normalcy it maintained during Voldemort's missing years. Other than those who do not trust the Ministry of Magic and live in a constant state of vigilance, convinced that there is a new Dark Lord rising, life is relatively peaceful.
Life at Hogwarts has normalized, if you don't count the tension between the Aurors and the teachers that seems to be growing and bubbling beneath the surface. Aurors follow their orders, dutifully upholding their strict protection of the school, but their feelings are divided. Some Aurors are simply happy to be the reason that Hogwarts was able to reopen at all. Others, however, resent guarding a school where nothing happens other than some underage mischief. It's hopeful that in time, Hogwarts will return to a place where students are allowed to roam freely but for now, this is the best the Ministry of Magic can offer.
While most of the main participants of the war were killed in the final battle - Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, to name a few - many witches and wizards have done their best to put the massacre behind them. Not unlike the taboo surrounding Voldemort's name, the atrocities of the war are almost culturally forbidden to speak of. After all, who wants to be reminded of the reign of terror that had struck fear into the hearts of even the bravest of wizards?
Come join the world of magic, a place where Harry Potter and the people of his generation have become little more than another chapter in History of Magic textbooks. Will you enter the world of magic regardless of what may come? Or will you choose to hide beneath the covers of your bed and not take the risk?