Miranda meets her mum at the train station at the end of Easter hols and is promptly Apparated directly to Charlie's house in Fordwich. She is successfully not-found by reporters there.
But partway through the vacation her Daily Prophet mentions that there is a sort of town hall meeting, open to any British-residing wix, about - the agenda's about forty items long, but it boils down to "there are not enough of us" (and also, "oh no, wild Dementor").
Miranda owls her mum.
Her mum dithers but agrees to take her on the condition that they will Apparate away if anyone shows too much interest in Miranda. (The paper seems, in its small flurry of articles about her after the one she was tricked into giving "quotes" for, to have decided to call her "Silverlight", almost like it's her last name: "Belgian Theoretical Magic Expert Weighs In On Possible Mechanisms for Miranda Swan's "Silverlight" Feat". "Miranda Silverlight: Evidence of New Family Trait Magic?" "The Prophet Investigates The Source of E. Miranda "Silverlight" Swan's Unusual Wand.")
Miranda brings a copy of her agenda, crosses both wands in her hair even though she isn't allowed to do magic over hols, and walks in at her mum's elbow into the Ministry hall being used for the meeting.
"I can't imagine why you would have," Professor Reed assures her. Then she stares pointedly at the Aurors, until they hasten to repeat the point. They still look rather disgruntled and panicked, though. Those were their Patronuses.
"I - I'll avoid telling anybody else? At least unless it turns out you get them back or get people later."
The Aurors seem to want to practice their Patronus spells some more and see if they can get them back. It's left unclear if they actually need Miranda present or not. So, Professor Reed asks, "Miranda? Do you want to stay and help, or go look for your wand?"
"I definitely want to look for my wand."
They leave the Aurors futilely continuing to attempt their spells behind them. They go back down to the lobby and Apparate back to their starting point outside of Hogwarts, where Professor Reed tries again.
Professor Reed frowns, and tries something else. "Point Me."
Her wand spins in a crazy, crazy circle.
She frowns more.
"I think perhaps we should go talk to the Headmistress," she says slowly.
"What does it mean when the spells do that?"
"Summoning Charms are hardly perfect," Professor Reed explains. "It's progressively more difficult to Summon things that are far away, and there are some obstacles they can't get around, and there are a number of counterspells. But Point Me-" she sighs. "The Four Point Spell isn't terribly useful, because it doesn't provide any information about distance, but it's hard to get it wrong short of a counterspell interfering."
"...Someone's hiding my wand?"
"It certainly looks like it."
"Someone stole my wand."
"Unless you just happened to have dropped it somewhere with counter-spells against both the Summoning Charm and the Four Point Spell... most likely, yes."
"At least I have this one, but what if this one can't kill Dementors?"
"Well, I suggest waiting to experiment until you find an Auror with a working Patronus," Professor Reed says dryly. Underneath the dryness is a hint of- sorrow? Anger? Whatever it is, stealing children's wands is not okay.
"I just wrecked four Aurors' Patronuses," whimpers Miranda.
Professor Reed puts a hand on her shoulder comfortingly. "It's okay, it's okay. It wasn't on purpose. And remember: you have a Patronus. Even if you can't kill a Dementor, you are hardly defenseless against them."
"Yeah," sighs Miranda. "But - just chasing them seems really stupid when I know they can die."
Professor Reed smiles. Mini-Crusader she has here, it's adorable. " 'Just chasing them' is very different from 'chasing them to find out if they can still be killed'," she points out. "And even if your wand was stolen-" okay, by now it's pretty obvious, but that seems less reassuring- "the Ministry will find it. This is hardly for forever."
"I guess. Who would have taken it? Why would somebody do that?"
"As a guess- you've said a number of times you think the Silverlight effect is related to the wand. Just now, even, when you weren't sure you can still kill Dementors without it. If someone wanted to imitate the spell, but was failing..."
"I think it less now - if some people can't cast Patronuses anymore after they hear how I do it it seems like it's probably to do with that. But why would they want to do it themselves with my wand? It won't even behave right for them - right? - and it's not like I was saying 'no I refuse to kill any Dementors'..."
"You can use other people's wands," Professor Reed says, surprised. "Do they not tell you that, in England? It's much, much easier to use your own, of course. It's... tuned to you, you might say. Spells on a wand not your own will be unusually weak, but then again, with that wand of yours that might work to their advantage."
"I know you can borrow wands, it just - doesn't work as well, but yeah, I guess with the chimaera wand that might help it not explode them. Even though they are a thief and should maybe be a little bit exploded."
"I'm not well versed in the punitive laws here in England, but I'm quite sure the Ministry doesn't let thieves go unpunished."
"Well, it used to be they'd go to Azkaban, but. I'm not even sure what they do anymore."
"Thieves went to Azkaban?"