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Hermione's Secret - Task 1

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The Minister of Magic mentioned giving Snape the Order of Merlin, Second Class for his role in capturing Sirius Black. “First Class, if I can wangle it!” What arguments could Fudge give to the Wizengamot to bump Snape up to First Class?


If you don’t know the difference between the Order of Merlin Classes, read about them here. This page also provides the interesting tidbit that the ribbon of the Order of Merlin First Class is green in honor of Merlin being a Slytherin at Hogwarts!


10 scales if posted before Sunday 22nd January, 23:59 HOL time.

5 scales if posted after that but before Tuesday 31st January, 23:59 HOL time.

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The First Class Order is awarded ‘for acts of outstanding bravery or distinction’ in magic, the Second Class is awarded for ‘achievement or endeavour beyond the ordinary’

 

Perhaps Fudge would be able to persuade a First Class based on their erroneous conclusion that Black had murdered all those Muggles over a decade ago and perhaps also that he was the leader for the old Death Eaters. It would take an outstanding amount of courage and magical abilities to apprehend someone who had done all that. It's all a lie but ... well, that whole thing was a lie.

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A couple of things Fudge could say:

 

1. It be a bigger distraction for the wizarding community from all of last year's "chamber of secrets" mumbo-jumbo

 

2. He had to deal with not only the notorious Sirius Black, but a WEREWOLF too!! If that's not outstanding bravery, I don't know what is

 

3. As Snape is a Slytherin, it just makes sense to give him one with a green ribbon

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Yes, capturing an escaped convict was definitely well above Snape's normal duty, therefore he might simply deserve a Order of Merlin, Second Class, but think of how much Sirius Black has done! Not only did he murder twelve people, he also gave the school two huge frights by showing up with a knife within the castle walls, and was the first person ever to escape from Azkaban! Knowing all of that, what Snape did was incredibly brave! He also has the distinction of being the first person ever to capture an escapee from Azkaban. His role in saving Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger from the clutches of a madman, even while they tried to harm him (while 'Confunded' of course), is not just an achievement but a true act of outstanding bravery!

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If dealing with a Whomping Willow, a werewolf on the night of the full moon, an Azkaban escapee, and three confunded children is not outstanding bravery, I don't know what is!

 

We just can't mention details: Remus broke away, Sirius escaped yet again, and Snape was unconscious most of the time. . .

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