NaNoWriMo Outlining: The Wizarding World, Voldemort, and Finding Time

I don’t even know what day this is, but I do know that we’re halfway through October, and November 1 is right around the corner. My plans for NaNoWriMo are coming along nicely, though I’m not nearly as organized as I wanted to be (surprise, surprise).

Today, I have three topics that I’m brainstorming. First is the size and structure of the Wizarding World or the magical world or whatever. In canon, we’re given a sense that the LIght and the Dark are about equal in terms of size, but that in general, the Wizarding World is quite small. There are fanfic authors out there that do a good job of making the magical world larger, Radaslab is one of these. He hasn’t been around in years and doesn’t have a good track record of finishing his stories, but all of his stories have a large wizarding world.

Others, like an author named Granger, do a good job of modernizing the wizarding world without having it lose its old-fashioned, traditionalist environment that is so prominent in the books.

My story will bring both of these things together. The size of the Wizarding World will be much grander than it is in canon, with a magical population in England of around 1 Million, or about a sixth of the population of the UK in 2017. Because of this size, the institutions that go along with it will be correspondingly larger as well. Hogwarts will not be the only school in the UK like it seems to be in canon. Nor will Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade be the only magical shopping districts. There will be wizarding enclaves in London and big cities around the UK, there will be magical villages like Godric’s Hollow and Ottery St. Catchpole, and several other places that are magical only.

This also brings up my second point for today: Voldemort. Instead of the Light and the Dark being equal, old Voldie is going to be more like a leader of a terrorist group. He’ll be scary, and he and his Death Eaters will kill a lot of people, but his support group won’t seem like it is equal to the good guys as it is in canon. That isn’t to say that he’ll go away easily, nay. Instead, he’ll be like terrorist groups in the real world, who kill a lot of people while having very little chance of overall success in their goals.

There will be a lot of bigotry in my story, but it won’t be as all-consuming as it seemed in canon. The purebloods will have a lot of power due to their money, but they won’t be able to thoroughly ignore halfbloods and muggleborns either. Instead, there is going to be a vast divide between the two sides, that is prominent in the magical world as I’ll portray it. The muggleborn and halfblood and light-sided purebloods will have their groups, businesses, and institutions, while the more traditionalist purebloods and dark-aligned bigots will have theirs.

Finally, I want to talk about timing. I’m going to win this year. I’m set on it, and I will do it even if I have to glue my fingers to a keyboard for the entire month of November. But it’s also going to be harder than I thought. I have to get back to working on paid work in the next few days, and I plan on writing about 6000 words for my History job every day for the rest of the year. Adding in another 3000 or so for NaNoWriMo is going to be a great, and daunting, challenge. Here’s hoping I succeed.

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