Scott wakes up with the sun, as usual, and tries quietly heading to the common room.
Blink. "Hello," she laughs, looking bewildered.
"We were wondering if we could ask you, um, why the wizarding world isn't nicer."
"House elves aren't treated right, the goblins keep rebelling, and Squibs, and Muggles..."
"- 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 -"
He takes a pin.
"Oh wow...I hadn't heard about this. Why that name?"
"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."
"Yeah, I think this works. Why didn't people listen to you?"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Maybe we can just get rich and buy all the elves."
"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."
"Is it all how House elves work? Their magic makes them want to serve?"
"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."
"Are there any that aren't upset? How often do elves get freed?"
"It's extremely rare, almost never happens. And there was one... but his masters were terrible, and working for You- for Voldemort."
"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."
"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."
"...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?"
"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."
"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."
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.
"Ooh...thank you, Miss Granger. Can we borrow it?"