Pictured: Deputy Minister Desdemona (Right) with an intern.
In a pristine office, I was greeted to an array of wall art with inspirational sayings on life. Due to Desdemona having to deal with a last minute meeting, I took the time waiting to admire just how positive her office was; it was a major contrast to what I was expecting from the bleakness of the past when the previous Deputy Ministers had been interviewed. In fact, it was quite relieving. Before long, I was greeted by our Deputy Minister for Magic herself with a smile. I was fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to interview one of first women in such a prestigious position of the Ministry since 1990.
"Hello!" Desdemona had said happily.
I couldn't help but to tremble at my own words even though I hadn't said anything in return yet. I picked up my automatic writing quill with many questions running through my head; I needed time to calm down over her overwhelming aura that acted as if it was taking me to a dream world.
"I want to be an inspiration to all of the little girls out there in the wizarding world who feel discouraged to follow their dreams."
She gave a wide smile at me and laughed. "Nervous are ya? I'm as nervous as you are!" Desdemona had commented to help calm me down.
I smiled back feeling as if everyone in the wizarding world can have the pleasure to know that Desdemona will be a positive force in progressing our society. She was everything you'd hope for in a politician: fair, relatable, kind, and, most importantly, not corrupt.
Nicholas: Hello, Deputy Minister, how has the day been for you?
Desdemona: It's been swell! All of the lovely people here at the Ministry, Minister Feofan, and I have been working very hard to keep the wizarding world safe!"
N: That's a pleasure to hear. How does it feel to be the first woman in a prestigious position like the Deputy Minister for Magic in 30 years?
D: It's rather scary actually! You don't just move up so far and so quickly in the Ministry, but I'm also very thankful that I was given this opportunity as it'll allow us to hear more of what the people want. I want to be an inspiration to all of the little girls out there in the wizarding world who feel discouraged to follow their dreams.
N: I can't imagine, especially when it has usually been men in such positions. In fact, only a few women comes to my mind such as Millicent Bagnold, Priscilla Dupont, and most recently, the late Hermione Granger.
D: It's quite a shame! When I ask most kids about past Ministers, I only ever hear about Fudge, Shacklebolt, and Granger, and I don't blame them too as they are who they know due to their parents having lived under Fudge and the majority of their lives under Shacklebolt. Though the Deputy Minister position has only been established in recent years due to preparing for the worst in regards to harm towards past Ministers, it still is an honor even though most probably don't find it as big of a deal as the Minister position itself. I have to be the one setting a precedent for all the future Deputy Ministers after all.
N: I understand your exact sentiments. Is there anything you plan to do as Deputy Minister? There have been talks of a Ministry reform as of late.
D: Absolutely! One major topic I plan to tackle is education. I've noticed over the years that our education rate is plummeting which is a huge shame. We've been raising our kids to contribute to society. How are we expected to do that if our children and their children aren't well educated?
N: What do you plan to do to fix that?
D: I've been considering coming up with a plan of common expectations for each year in every school to aspire to master. It'll help to keep all the children on the same level in core classes and to help better prepare them for their O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s. Another goal I want to achieve with such a reform is that it'll help our children think more critically and become better problem solvers. What would happen if they end up in a situation they weren't prepared for years after graduation?
"I have to be the one setting a precedent for all the future Deputy Ministers after all."
N: I'm thankful that you're helping the children. They are very precious after all. Was there anything that drove you to want to have that be such a focus in your platform?
D: Stories friends have told me and happenings I've noticed myself. I may not have any children myself, but that doesn't mean I can't help them the best I can.
N: What do you plan to work on when it comes to social issues?
D: I hope to open up more resources to our growing issues in the job market and in a citizen's personal life. I strive to work with contractors and citizens residing in Knockturn Alley to make the standard of life there better. I've noticed mothers being forced to prostitute to support their family, drug-addicted men and women who are unable to find a job, children having children, and so much more. It's almost as if the system the past few decades have been setting up our very own people to fail.
N: I honestly had no clue that was going on. I've always lived in a more privileged part of society, so you just don't see those kind of things.
D: I know exactly how you feel. It wasn't until I went down to visit that I saw all of those things happening. I plan on opening rehab centers to give resources for the addicts throughout the wizarding world to become clean and get a brand new start at live. A rebirth!
N: Unfortunately, my time to interview you has come to a close. I have to attend to a news story. It has been a pleasure to interview you, Deputy Minister Desdemona.
D: It's been a pleasure to be interviewed by you! I hope we'll be able to meet again. In the meantime, I would like to tell all of the citizens of the wizarding world that the Ministry is now working for the people not our own interests.
After saying goodbye to Deputy Minister Desdemona, I set off to find out details regarding the Hermione Granger case. I hope all of you readers are as confident in our new Ministry as I am.
"...I would like to tell all of the citizens of the wizarding world that the Ministry is now working for the people not our own interests."