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The story so far

August 2020 - March 2021

Update coming soon!
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Plot threads to date

last updated: July 15th

August 2020

News -
The Daily Prophet
- August 16th, breach in Gringotts security reported
The Quibbler
- August 23rd, look to the Quibbler for clues

September 2020

News -
The Daily Prophet
- September 7th, magical creature herds migrate throughout Europe
The Quibbler
- September 13th, look to the Quibbler for clues
The Daily Prophet
- September 23rd, Headmaster Greavish's reputation suffers as professors leave Hogwarts
The Quibbler
- September 30th, look to the Quibbler for clues
Hogwarts Herald
- September 30th, news from Hogwarts

Threads -
Sorting Ceremony
- September 1st, the Sorting Hat's song contains an eerie warning
A Vision Softly Creeping
- September 13th, Headmaster Greavish holds a meeting with Hogwarts staff

October 2020

News -
The Daily Prophet
- October 12th, Ministry turns its back on Bulgaria
Wizarding Wireless Network
- October 12th, casualty report from Bulgarian auror conflict
The Daily Prophet
- October 21st, Minister Shacklebolt resigns, Melloc Crowther swears in
The Quibbler
- October 23rd, look to the Quibbler for clues
Wizarding Wireless Network
- October 23rd, interview with Harry Potter in regard to events in Bulgaria
Hogwart's Herald
- October 31st, news from Hogwarts

Threads -
Come At Me Bro
- October 17th, Titania Cram and Roxy Weasley run afoul of a strange visitor inside the school
Hard Day's Night
- October 17th, Donnelly, Mulpepper and Oswald become concerned as they chaperone the students back to the castle following the first circus Saturday of the month
Black Breeze Blows
- October 17th, Headmaster Greavish turns to Professor Babineaux for guidance, and makes a startling connection.
Legilimens
- October 24th, Finley MacTavish runs into something sinister at the circus
Do You See What I See
- October 24th, a group of boys get more than they bargained for when peeking into a women's changing tent
Fortune Teller's Tent
- October 31st, a fortune teller reveals startling predictions to students at the Halloween Masquerade
Bad Moon on the Rise
- October 31st, on the way back from the Masquerade, Dominique Weasley and Lenox Hawthorne make a horrifying discovery

November 2020

News -
The Daily Prophet
- November 2nd, news of the Halloween attack, the arrest of Bulgraham Greavish, and the disappearance of Volkov's Travelling Circus
Hogwarts Herald
- November 3rd, Emergency Edition discussing Halloween
The Quibbler
- November 4th, look to the Quibbler for clues
The Daily Prophet
- November 6th, Ron Weasley is discovered alive, Volkov is found dead
The Daily Prophet
- November 20th, Minister Crowther meets with International Confederation of Wizards, werewolf hunt continues, Aurors in recovery, trial date set for Greavish
Hogwarts Herald
- November 30th, news from Hogwarts.

Threads -
You Have No Control
- November 1st, new Hogwarts leadership is announced and the school is placed on lock-down.

December 2020

News -
The Daily Prophet
- December 1st, France undergoes an unmodifiable event and threats are made to the Statute of Secrecy across Europe.
The Quibbler
- December 1st, look to the Quibbler for clues
The Daily Prophet
- December 18th, Paris situation under control, Greavish released sans Headmaster's title, and Ministry toilet transportation tampered with.
The Daily Prophet
- December 30th, Break-in at the Ministry of Magic and unidentified body found in Cardiff.
The Quibbler
- December 30th, look to the Quibbler for clues.

Threads -
Come With Your Arms Raised High
- December 27th, an enigmatic trio break into the Department of Mysteries in search of something significant.

January 2021

News -
Witching Hour
- January 3rd, 6:00 pm, the debut broadcast of Celestina Warbeck's tribute to Bulgaria is interrupted by an eerie interception.
The Daily Prophet
- January 4th, report on the crash of the Hogwarts Express and the identification of Rhion Nott's body.
The Daily Prophet
- January 5th, report on the Ministry attack and an update on the Hogwarts barrier.
The Quibbler
- January 6th, Gellert Grindelwald allegedly photographed, plus a scathing denouncement from Petra Linwood.
The Daily Prophet
January 7th, speculations on the sighting of Grindelwald, update on the Ministry, and an Auror's response to Petra Linwood.
The Quibbler
- January 18th, grassroots protests on the rise and the call for Victoire Weasley's resignation.
The Daily Prophet
- January 19th, the search for answers turns international and old suspects are apprehended.
The Daily Prophet
- January 26th, Minister for Magic assassinated and migratory herds grow more aggressive.
The Quibbler
- January 27th, Spectral Spotlight on Grindelwald and an update on the "Prophets" of Diagon Alley.
Hogwarts Herald
- January 31st, news from Hogwarts.

Threads -
Ruins of Nurmengard
- January 3rd, a team of aurors discover the body of Ron Weasley inside Nurmengard prison.
Ghost on the Radio
- January 3rd, a team of aurors has been dispatched to Hogsmeade following an eerie interception of The Witching Hour on the WWN.
Welcome to the New Age
- January 4th, Morrigan makes an appearance at Hogwarts.
Prophet of Pestilence
- January 4th, a group of Aurors apprehend an individual suspected of impersonating Ron Weasley and bring him in for questioning.
I'm Solid, Not Apparition
- January 4th, Connor O'Caroll reveals a strange photograph to Quibbler journalist Barbara Coupe.
Sanctuary
- January 4th, Morrigan addresses the questions and concerns of Hogwarts students as she informs them of the new working order.
Dedication to a New Age
- January 25th, a disturbance during an interdepartmental meeting turns the Ministry on its head.

February 2021

News -
The Daily Prophet
- February 1st, Wizengamot declares a State of Emergency and enforces Council Rule.
The Hogwarts Herald
- February 8th, Emergency Edition discussing changes at Hogwarts.
The Quibbler
- February 10th, Grindelwald on the move and telepathic jellyfish?
The Daily Prophet
- February 16th, Wizengamot chairman found dead and Diagon Alley breached.
The Quibbler
- February 22nd, a new type of community and the Wizengamot "exposed".
The Daily Prophet
- February 24th, "Grindelwald" breaches muggle community, Wizengamot pass restrictive legislation, and migratory herd update.
Hogwarts Herald
- February 28th, news from Hogwarts.
The Statute of Destruction...
- ...and the Dangers Muggles Pose to Modern Wizarding Society. This pamphlet was distributed by the group known as The Prophets in Diagon Alley from January into March.

Threads -
All Along the Watchtower
- February 6th, a message falls into unintended hands.
What's Behind the Other Door
- February 14th, a strange meeting is happened upon in the kitchens.
Click Click Saddle Up
- February 16th, Plot Opportunity #1 (experimental plotting format. Look for NPC post).
The Sky Wasn't Big Enough
- February 22nd, a creature makes a visit to the grounds.

March 2021

News -
Ministry Memo
- March 1st, an update on protocol sent to all Ministry personnel
The Daily Prophet
- March 2nd, Muggle PM left in the dark by the Wizengamot and the return of post addressed to those inside the barrier.
The Daily Prophet
- March 8th, Grindelwald strikes again, Yatton ordered to cease and desist, and the Wizengamot respond to accusations.
The Quibbler
- March 10th, Spectral Spotlight and a new Quibbler column courtesy of The Prophets.

Threads -
We'll Build Us a Home Here
- March 1st, an announcement in the Great Hall and a strange turn of events as the morning post arrives.
Communicate to the Masses
- March 1st, the Task Force intercept another message from Morrigan
Punching in the Wind
- March 3rd, a meeting is called for volunteers interested in protecting the school.
Doesn't Matter If We've Gone Too Far
- March 4th, the Ministry calls a meeting to discuss recent changes to protocol and the ISS.
Shiny Smiles and Plastic Bodies
- March 7th, The Prophets of Diagon Alley hold a meeting.
A Slight Change In Style
- March 9th, Plot Opportunity #2 (experimental plotting format). Students converse with a House Elf.
Are You Waiting for the Call?
- March 10th, the villagers of Hogsmeade hold a meeting.
Coming In Unannounced
- March 12th, what's that clicking sound?
To Whom it May Concern
- March 14th, Elias Ramsey arrives at the Ministry.
As the Sky is Falling Down
- March 17th, Barrier Fall Event Group 3
Crashed Into this Lonely Town
- March 17th, Barrier Fall Event Group 2
Shadow Upon the Ground
- March 17th, Barrier Fall Event Group 1
Hear My People Screaming Out
- March 17th, Barrier Fall Event Group 4

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Plot FAQ

What sort of plot does HFTA employ? Why?

HFTA utilizes several different plotting formats that have experienced a great deal of change since the site's inception in June 2016. The site was originally created with a rigid plot structure designed to heavily guide characters within the world. While we still employ an overarching plot, it is now far more loose and relaxed, and allows players the chance to influence the overall direction of the site. We also love and are highly supportive of individual character plotlines. When every character contributes to the board in their own way, it makes the site more interesting for everyone!

Why has plot changed?

The site was originally founded by Mica, who created the board and original plot storyline. Around in-character January, that plotline reached a branching-off point. Mica made the decision to open up plot to members at large, giving them the opportunity to influence the direction of the board and allowing her to take a step back from large-scale plotting. Shortly after, prior to the beginning of in-character February, Mica made the decision to step down as Admin and turned over board-operation responsibilities to the remaining members of our team. Since then, we've been experimenting with new styles of plot distribution and have adjusted the scope of our overarching plot to see what suits everyone the best! We realize that our members enjoy different aspects of both a highly-structured plot and a completely-open plot, and we're doing our best to strike a happy balance between these methods.

What is considered site plot and what isn't?

There are different sorts of plot on HFTA, but "site plot" involves the board at large. Site plot events are organized by the admin team, either publicly or behind the scenes, and will normally affect a wide pool of characters ranging from an entire usergroup to the entire board. Site plot will always be marked with a post icon, either "Plot" or "Clue" as the thread necessitates (threads marked "Clue" may contain some relevant information, but ultimately are not as impactful as those marked "Plot"). With the exception of News, threads that are not marked "Plot" are not considered site plot. While not every single News resource will contain plot-relevant information (looking at you, Quibbler), the VAST majority of them do. Even those articles that are only there for fun provide opportunities for your characters to react with and engage in the wizarding world and aim to establish a greater context for the world in which we play. A list of plot-relevant threads and News articles can be found via the navigation bar at the top of our site.

How can I get my characters more involved in site plot?

It is certainly not mandatory to get involved in site plot, but if you would like your characters to be involved or you simply feel a little more on the outside than you'd like, here's a list of things to do first:
  1. Check your activity. Organizing plot is a lot of work and affects the site as a whole. Participating in site plot is a commitment to both the plot thread and the entire board at large. Before signing up for a plot event, please take a moment to consider the commitment you're undertaking. We understand that life can get in the way, and we aim to be accommodating when these situations arise. As a rule of thumb, we like to see members consistently active before asking them to take on more responsibility. You can check your own activity by using our site's search engine to look up your characters' most recent posts. The search engine can be found HERE! (To refresh, our activity requirements state that a member must consistently post at least once every two weeks to avoid losing their claims).
  2. Read the news. News often contains important information about what is happening in the world, and this context provides insight as to the direction of site plot. Getting your character up-to-date with what's going on around them may leave you feeling more prepared to craft plots of your own and jump in where you see an opportunity.
  3. Check for open threads. We do our best every month to make sure there are open or wide-reaching threads on the board for your participation. Being an active participant in these threads is a great way to help everyone out and puts you in a position to seek out more plot interaction. Characters who give themselves a reason to be involved and go searching for opportunities themselves are more likely to be involved.
  4. Craft personal plots. This may seem like it has nothing to do with site plot, but it very much does. Characters who are engaging with the world and characters around them have more potential to influence the direction the board takes. It's the same in real life: the more connections you have, the more influence you possess. Who knows––you may find that your own plans have the potential to overlap with site plot all on their own, or even alter the course of a major event!
  5. PM an Admin. If you've gotten this far and still feel like you'd like more to do, please do not hesitate to PM an Admin with your thoughts. We'd love to help you out. We have a lot of moving pieces to position, and quite a few members to consider, so it's very difficult for us to check in on everyone individually. We also recognize that there are some members who don't wish to engage with site plot at all, and we want to respect that desire as well. Let us know if anything grabs your attention, if your character has any special skills that you would like to see utilized, or reach out with ideas that pop into your head! We're happy to field questions, and we can work together to ensure you and your characters are fulfilled.

I have an idea, but I'm worried it will conflict with the direction of the main plot or that it won't be otherwise approved. What should I do?

Ask! We love hearing your ideas, and the last thing we ever want to do is simply shoot you down. Sometimes, an idea might not work out exactly as you conceived it for a number of reasons, be it the direction of the site plot or interference with another character's personal plot. This does not mean, however, the idea has to be thrown out. Sometimes a resolution is as simple as tweaking a date!

Where can I ask questions?

You are always welcome to use Personal Messenger, but some members prefer off-site methods of communication. All members of the Admin team are available off-site on different platforms. We're more than happy to share our handles with you for your preferred method! Don't hesitate to ask. For more sensitive questions that you might prefer to ask anonymously, you can use our form HERE.

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