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Harry Potter CommitteeBackground GuideGeorge H. Moody Middle SchoolModel United Nation IIIHannah CharlestonandKara ChalifouxChairsAshley Henneberger and Ashley MeyerCrisis1

Welcome Delegates!Hi Everyone! My name is Hannah Charleston and I welcome you to the HarryPotter Committee at Moody Model U.N. 2014! I am an eighth grader here at George H.Moody Middle. This will be my third conference, but my first as a chair. Other thanparticipating in the Model U.N. Club, I enjoy playing soccer for both the RichmondStrikers and the school team. Outside of school, I love hanging out with my friends andlistening to music. I’m really excited that you have chosen to participate in such a funevent! We have been working for months to make this conference a great experience forall of you.Hi! My name is Kara Chalifoux and I am one of your Co-Chairs for Moody ModelU.N. 2014. This is also my third conference, and my first time as a chair. I am an eighthgrader here at Moody and when I am not at school, you can find me playing soccer, bothwith Richmond Strikers and Moody’s school team.I am extremely excited to meet youand see what you have thought of.In this committee, you will be debating and solving problems in the view of one ofyour favorite characters. You could be portraying Hagrid, Snape, or maybe evenDumbledore! Although this is based on Harry Potter, please understand that this is afictional committee and does not have to follow how the books go. We want to see youcome up with creative solutions to the topics. Also you should have a position paper, 1-2pages long. The position paper should be used for you to use when debating and helpsyou fully understand your role. An introduction to how Model U.N. works will beprovided before committee begins.We wish you the best in your research and preparation and we look forward tomeeting each and every one of you! If you have any questions or concerns, pleasecontact us at hannahcharleston@gmail.com or karachalifoux@gmail.com. Check out ourwebsite for more information: http://3moodymun.weebly.comThanks,Hannah Charleston and Kara ChalifouxHarry Potter Committee Chairs2

Background Information on the Ministry of Magic:The Ministry of Magic was founded in the late 1600s. It was created to regulateand enforce laws for the magical community, as well as keeping this community hiddenfrom the Muggle World. Also, each country had its own ministry to govern it. Forexample, Germany, Bulgaria, Norway, United Kingdom, etc. It is made up of severaldifferent departments as well. Like the Department of Magical Law Enforcement,Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, Magical Accidents and Catastrophes,Mysteries, and Magical Games and Sports. Finally, the one person that is in control of allof these aspects that make of the Ministry is the Minister.Topic I: Protection of Harry PotterNovember 1st, 1981, James and Lily Potter were murdered by Voldemort, butbecause of Lily’s self-sacrifice, Harry survived. Once Dumbledore learned of Harry’ssurvival, he sent Hagrid to rescue Harry and take him to the Dursley house on PrivetDrive. The Dursley’s wanted nothing to do with Harry, because Mrs. Petunia Dursleysaw magic as nonsense and that Lily was a freak. Once Lily and James graduatedHogwarts, they went to work for the Order of Phoenix. Voldemort tried to recruit Lilyand James as Death Eaters, both were reluctant. The got married later that year andbecame pregnant with Harry. Both Harry and Neville were born with the characteristicsto fulfill the prophecy. When Voldemort learned of this he tried to kill Harry. Monthsbefore the Potter’s were attacked, Severus Snape, a death eater (at the time), warnedDumbledore and the Potters of Voldemort planning the attack. He desperately tried toprotect Lily since he was secretly in love with her. The Potters went into hiding atGodric’s Hollow. A Fidelius Charm, a protection charm made by the secret keeper, wascasted to hide the house and the family inside. The place that the charm is casted, makesthe place invisible to everybody until the secret keeper tells somebody. However PeterPettigrew, a servant of Voldemort, told Voldemort the Potter’s hiding spot.With the recent attack at the Ministry of Magic, 10 people were killed and 40prisoners of Azkaban, who were on trial, escaped. We believe that this was ordered byVoldemort. Even though there has been no sign of Voldemort, it has been confirmed thata group of Death Eaters are after Harry Potter and Neville to kill them, before one ofthem can fulfill the prophecy and kill Voldemort. Neville is currently with hisgrandmother and Harry is with his aunt and uncle. The Death Eaters are getting closerto finding the boys and will kill them, when they get the chance. The Dursley Family is atrisk of also being attacked and magic being exposed to the muggle world. Harry Potter isstill unaware that he is a wizard and does not know what happened to his parents. Withtensions rising, and time against the ministry, a plan needs to be created quickly to3

insure the highest amount of protection available. Dumbledore has recently suggestedHarry being under his protection, while the MInistry of Magic has turned that down,stating it was “too risky for other children and obvious.”Questions to Consider:1. Is the Order of Phoenix a good possible place to put Harry because they areconstantly moving around? Why or why not?2. What actions should be taken if Voldemort tries to attack again?3. Who should be responsible for Harry?4. Who, if anyone should tell Harry Potter about the magic world and his parents?5. What measures should be taken to protect both Neville and Harry, since theyboth fit the prophecy?6. Should Harry and Neville be protected together or kept apart?7. Where are some other possible places to keep Harry and Neville safe? Why wouldthey be good spots to keep them protected?Topic II: Prevention of AttackThe Magic World has stayed hidden for thousands of years from Muggles.However, if Harry Potter or Neville are killed then there is nobody to stop Voldemortfrom venturing into the muggle world to kill people. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft andWizardry is protected by a type of Muggle-Repelling Charm. This charm causes an areato be unseen by Muggles or causes it to be undesirable for them to enter. Also, Hogwartslooks like an extremely run-down ruin with a creepy “Keep Out” sign to Muggles andthat made it undesirable.One way that we, the Ministry of Magic, have been debatingabout is how we could prevent another attack by Voldemort would be to use hisweaknesses against him. Dumbledore explained to the Ministry that his greatestweaknesses is that he doesn’t fully understand magic. He is also afraid of only one personin the entire wizard world: Albus Dumbledore. So that is why he then starts to take toover because Dumbledore is no longer a threat. Lastly, he is believes that death is theabsolute worst fate, and that is why he goes to such great lengths seeking immortality.We have taken measures to prevent another attack by spreading awareness ofVoldemort and what the Death Eaters are capable of. We have also put a Fidelius Charmon very important wizards both in the ministry and wizard world. However, there arewizards in the ministry who are secretly death eaters, 100 death eaters have beenfound, but there are an estimated 500 death eaters who are involved in the ministryright now. This is why our solutions have not worked because they have been leaked toVoldemort. We must act quickly before they can figure out all of our secrets. Also to4

prevent the Muggles knowledge of the Magic World.We must become united to save ourworld.Questions to Consider:1. Should we be concerned about securing Hogwarts?2. How do we calm the muggles and secure their world to stop it from mixing withours?3. Should we be hunting for Voldemort?4. How can we use Voldemort’s weaknesses to our advantage?5. How do we to find the Death Eaters in the Ministry? What should theirpunishments be and how can we insure that our solutions will not be passed on toVoldemort.Works Cited/Links to ling Charmhttp://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Memory Charmhttp://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Lord lines/essays/timeline lhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry of Magic5

Possible Roles for Committee:Albus DumbledoreThe only wizard that Voldemort everfeared. Headmaster of Hogwarts School ofWitchcraft and Wizardry. Founded theOrder of Phoenix to fight Lord Voldemortand the Death Eaters.Nymphadora TonksHalf-blood witch. After leaving Hogwartsshe joined the Ministry of Magic andtrained to become an Auror. She joinedthe second Order of Phoenix and workedundercover to help guard the Departmentof Mysteries.Bartemius Crouch Sr.Head of the Department of Magical LawEnforcement when Voldemort rose topower. Followed the rules stiffly.Severus SnapeHalf-blood wizard who was a PotionsMaster and Defense Against the DarkArts Professor at Hogwarts. Member ofthe Order of Phoenix and played a veryimportant role in both of the WizardingWars.John DawlishAuror. Very capable and self-assuredman.Remus LupinA half-blood wizard who attendedHogwarts with James Potter, Sirius Black,and Peter Pettigrew; together they madethe Marauder’s Map. After Hogwarts,they all joined the Order of Phoenix andfought in the First Wizarding War. TaughtDefense Against the Dark Arts.Rubeus HagridHalf-giant who was trained as thegamekeeper at Hogwarts. He was also theprofessor for the Care of MagicalCreatures, and the Keeper of Keys andGrounds. Put in charge of reintroducingHarry to the world of magic. As a memberof both of the Order of Phoenixes he also6

fought in several battles during both ofthe Wizarding Wars.Bertha JorkinsBecame a Ministry of Magic employeeafter leaving Hogwarts. While at school,she was acquaintances with James andLily;was known for being nosy.Minerva McGonagallWitch and registered Animagus. Workedat the Ministry for 2 years and thenreturned to Hogwarts where she becameHead of the Gryffindor House,Transfiguration professor, andHeadmistress of Hogwarts.Rufus ScrimgeourHeaded the Auror Office for the Ministrybefore taking over position of Minister ofMagic for the United Kingdom afterFudge.Cornelius FudgeMinister for the Magic of Britain, thus hadcomplete control of the Ministry.Percy WeasleyReceived perfect grades while atHogwarts, and then went on to work forthe Ministry with his direct supervisorbeing Crouch.Pius ThicknesseHead of the Department of Magical LawEnforcement, after Crouch and AmeliaBones.Mafalda HopkirkWorks in the Improper Use of MagicOffice in the Ministry, and is responsiblefor sending out warnings when magic bythe underaged is detected.Arthur WeasleyPure-blood wizard in the employ of theMinistry of Magic, as well as a member ofthe second Order of Phoenix. Believed inthe equality of all magical and Mugglepeople.Dolores UmbridgeDefense Against the Dark Arts Teacher atHogwarts. Appears as a quaint, little7

women, but was then known for her harshpunishments.Kingsley ShackleboltWas a pure-blood wizard in theemployment of the Ministry of Magic.Worked for the Ministry as an Auror, butjoined the Order of Phoenix after thereturn of Voldemort.Molly WeasleyPure-blood witch and member of therevived Order of Phoenix after the returnof Voldemort. Participated in the finalbattle of the Second Wizarding War.Amelia Susan BonesHead of the Department of Magical LawEnforcement after Crouch. Called a “greatwitch” by Dumbledore.Madam EdgecombeWorks in the Department of MagicalTransportation. Helped Umbridge policethe fireplaces at Hogwarts.Alastor “Mad Eye” MoodyScottish wizard of pure-blood descent.Considered the most powerful Auror of alltime. Prominent member of the Order ofPhoenix during the First and SecondWizarding Wars.8

Sample Position PaperPlease remember that this is just a sample to help you with how the whole thing should “flow.” Feelfree to add more information that could be useful. Please do not copy this, as that would beconsidered plagiarism.Committee: Harry Potter CommitteePerson: Petunia DursleyDelegate: Jane DoeSchool: Little Pebble Elementary SchoolBackground Information:Petunia Dursley is a very nosy, and stuck up woman whose goal is to appear normal. She wasborn in the 1950s to a muggle family. She had a younger sister, Lily, who was born a witch. After hersister left for Hogwarts, she broke off contact with her, but after Lily and her husband, James, weremurdered by Lord Voldemort, she took in their child named Harry. Before all of this she marriedVernon Dursley and together they had a son and named him Dudley. She was always very jealous ofher sister and hated everything to do with the wizarding world.Topic I: Protection of Harry Potter:I, Petunia, believe that Harry should be protected even though I have very strong feelingstoward magic. He should be kept somewhere where they actually know how to deal with his powers.Our family is no match for this. So I feel that if Harry were to live with someone in the wizarding world,he would be much better protected.Topic II: Prevention of Attack:Since Harry seems to be a target that Lord Voldemort has his eyes set on, the best possibleway to prevent attack is to use some kind of memory spell, whether it be the Memory Charm or FalseMemory Charm. I do not know a whole lot about magic, but I do know that there has to be some kindof spell that will take away Voldemort’s recollection of why he wants to kill Harry so badly.Sources:"Wikia." Harry Potter Wiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.9

Explanation of the Position Paper:*At the top of the paper you always include the committee name, the person or placeyou are representing, your real name, and the school in which you attend.*The first paragraph is always just general background information on the person orplace that you are representing. So it usually includes biographical information and someof their history.*The rest of the paper is broken up by topic. There is no specific length to each topic.Feel free to write as much as you feel necessary. The sample is very simple and not verydetailed because we just wanted to show you that you need to write from theperspective of your character and how the whole paper should “flow”, so pleaseelaborate and be as detailed as possible.*Also please type your paper in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, and double-spaced.*Finally at the end, always include your Works Cited in MLA Format. Easybib.com is agreat resource to use to help with that.10

Things to Remember: Since committee will be in session all day, make sureto bring a packed lunch, and anything else you mightneed throughout the day because lunch is notprovided. Do NOT forget your position paper. You need to haveone copy for yourself and once copy for the chairs. Itneeds to be 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, anddouble-spaced. The “Questions to Consider” are there to help guideyou with your research. Do not just simply answer thequestions in your paper. Please remember that you should stay in characterthe whole time and express what their opinion wouldbe, not your personal opinion. Make sure that all of the sources that you use arecited in MLA format. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. The most important thing to remember is to HAVEFUN! We have been working really hard to make surethat this is an enjoyable experience for everyone.11

Topic I: Protection of Harry Potter November 1st, 1981, James and Lily Potter were murdered by Voldemort, but because of Lily’s self-sacrifice, Harry survived. Once Dumbledore learned of Harry’s survival, he sent Hagrid to rescue Harry and take him to the Dursley house on Privet Drive.

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