Nov 25, 2020 5:32 PM
Tyrians and salmons learn magic
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Blink. "Hello," she laughs, looking bewildered.

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"We were wondering if we could ask you, um, why the wizarding world isn't nicer."

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"House elves aren't treated right, the goblins keep rebelling, and Squibs, and Muggles..."

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Sadde beams.

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"- hang on." She reaches inside her bag and her hand emerges holding two pins with the acronym S.P.E.W. written on them. "The Society for Promotion of Elfish Welfare, I made these in fourth year but no one would listen - I'm gonna join the Ministry and work at the Department of Magical Creatures, it's all so terrible -"

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He takes a pin.

"Oh wow...I hadn't heard about this. Why that name?"

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"It was supposed to be Stop the Outrageous Abuse of Our Fellow Magical Creatures and Campaign for a Change in Their Legal Status but that wouldn't fit on a pin."

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"Yeah, I think this works. Why didn't people listen to you?"

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"Well, Elves do really like working, it's part of their magic and freeing them is also a magical thing and very upsetting to them, so most people don't think past that and don't think about the terrible masters."

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"That's stupid. I need to convince people to be nicer to elves, then. Why are there terrible masters? Is it fun to be mean to servants? I suppose you might not know."

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"They don't think of their servants as people, or think it's their right, or yes have fun doing it. People aren't always very nice."

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"Maybe we can just get rich and buy all the elves."

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"Oh it's nowhere near that simple, they're very loyal to their families even when they're treated badly and they're not exactly bought."

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"Is it all how House elves work? Their magic makes them want to serve?"

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"I don't know if it's their magic. It's not my magic that makes me want to study Charms. But freeing them is a magical thing so they're magically bound to their families and - I know an elf who got freed when she didn't want to, and it's been four years and she's still extremely upset about it."

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"Are there any that aren't upset? How often do elves get freed?"

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"It's extremely rare, almost never happens. And there was one... but his masters were terrible, and working for You- for Voldemort."

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Nod.

"So if wizards did a spell, it's really old and strong. Have you thought about mermaids and hags? I don't know what to do there."

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"Oh the law is dreadful but it's much better than it used to be. They can eat children, so that's bad, but they can eat other things - it's like being vegetarian, for them."

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"...okay. But if the mermaids don't want to be Beings because hags are Beings, and if the Ministry isn't going to treat them well unless they're Beings, then we still have a problem. Should I talk to mermaids?"

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"You can, but I'm not sure that's going to help - this is just one tribe, and magical creatures' rights should involve more than that."

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"What kind of rights can they get if they're not Beings? It must be less. Mermaids might be harder than goblins, maybe those should be first."

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She reaches inside her bag again and gets a huge book that certainly does not fit inside that bag then shows it to them: A history of the rights of magical creatures according to wizarding law around the world.

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"Ooh...thank you, Miss Granger. Can we borrow it?"

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