The Magical Games at Hogwarts

The year is 2030 and it's finally time for Hogwarts to host the Triwizard Tournament once more. Who will win?

 
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Kate Richards

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PostSubject: So much to do, so little time (anyone)   Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:33 pm

Kate squeezed her eyes closed as she pinched the bridge of her nose with her left hand, the elbow of which was resting on her desk. Her right hand held her quill, poised and ready to sign yet more documents and write more letters. As Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, she played a big part in the preparation for the upcoming Triwizard Tournament, and there was a lot to do. She had to work closely with the Department of International Magical Cooperation and the Auror, Isabelle Brooke, as well as the staff of Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. That's not to say she was unable to handle the extensive workload, but Kate was a perfectionist and an extremely hard worker. The trouble was, that she had immersed herself too deeply in the work, and found herself unable to think about anything else.

Her parents were worried. They rarely saw her now; she had visited them at least twice a week in the past, but those visits had reduced dramatically since she had begun working towards the tournament. Now they only saw her once every three weeks, if that, and when they did see her, she was always too tired to talk much. They knew how much she wanted things to go well; she had only this year been promoted to Head of the Department, and this was important to her. But whilst they supported her entirely, their concerns were first and foremost for her well-being. Her brother, Samuel, had noticed too, which was saying quite a lot considering how unobservant he was when it came to how people were feeling, spending most of his time wrapped up in Quidditch training. They had all tried to talk to Kate, tried to get her to take it easy; she was hardly behind on her work afterall! But she wouldn't listen.

Now, as she sat in her office as the clock neared midnight, she felt for the first time that she almost understood what they were saying. She had not left the Ministry before eleven at night for as long as she could remember, and she was more often than not still there in the early hours of the morning before she finally packed up and went home. She would be back in her office no later than half past six in the morning and at seven, when her secretary arrived, she would ask for some coffee to help her wake up properly.

Still, once the tournament was underway she would be able to sleep a bit longer. There was not long left now. She could cope. She would cope. Her family said she had lost sight of the important things in life, well they were wrong. She knew exactly what was important, and that was the tournament. She needed to focus herself completely on the preparations, just as she had been doing. What she didn't need, was any distractions.
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PostSubject: Re: So much to do, so little time (anyone)   Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:17 am

She sighed in relief as she finally put down her quill, having completed the final pieces of paperwork she needed to do. There would be more work to come, she realised, as the students would return to their schools tomorrow and then the last preparations for the Tournament would get underway, but there would be very little paperwork, at least in comparison to what she had already been doing.

She folded the last document carefully and put it in an envelope, which addressed and then stamped with the British Ministry of Magic seal before handing it to her owl, Athena. She watched as the snowy white bird flew away into the darkness, and only when she could no longer be seen did Kate push her chair away from her desk and stand up, flexing her right wrist and fingers as she did so.

Wordlessly and wandlessly, the Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports tidied her office, watching as the cluttered desk cleared itself, the scattered bits of paper sorting themselves into a filing cabinet which stood in the corner of the room. Once the office was tidy, Kate smiled to herself and picked up her wand from her desk, placing it in her pocket as she turned to leave. It was only eight o'clock at night, a good three hours before she had been leaving the office for the past few months.

With plans of a warm shower and an early night in her mind, she stepped out of her office, locking the door behind her, and began to walk towards the Atrium, hoping she would not be interrupted on her way home.
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