A retelling of the Harry Potter stories, beginning in year 5, from the perspective of Hermione Granger. Secondary characters are explored in further depth and a few key changes are made along the way.
Dumbledore was using a scouring charm on the table, so Hermione began work on the chairs. “Reparo!” she incanted, tracing a precise arc with her wand.
“Professor Dumbledore, I have so many things I want to ask about. Reparo! What’s going on with You-Know-Who, and why isn’t there any news about him in The Daily Prophet? Why are they trying to discredit Harry? Tergeo! And why can’t we tell Harry what’s going on? He must be dying to know what’s happening. Even if it’s not safe to send him information, why isn’t he here with us? He’d be so happy to come spend the summer with Sirius. Evanesco! And how is it possible that Sirius has been in this house for two years, yet it’s still such a mess? Should we be concerned about him? Accio chair leg! And why is it that the Weasleys are the ones who have been recruited to do the cleaning? Is it because there isn’t a house elf to be ordered around, so the demeaning work gets left to the poorest, and thereby least important, members of the Order? Reparo! And speaking of inequalities, how is it that there isn’t any infrastructure set up to help Muggle-born witches and wizards learn about the magical world? We don’t have the background, the cultural knowledge, or the support systems in place that students from magical families do. Pureblood snobs think that Muggle-borns are inferior, and how much is that prejudice reinforced by actual disparities that occur because Muggle-borns are at such a disadvantage? Reparo!”
Dumbledore chuckled. “Your enthusiasm is inspiring, Miss Granger. Scourgify! I’m afraid you’re going to find my response to your thorough questioning to be rather disappointing, however.”