During the Second Wizarding War (or Deathly Hallows and before that) – what about the Muggles? What’s going on in the muggle world while the magical one is falling apart? How are the Muggles witnessing Voldemort’s rise to power?
Rowling always made a point holding normal and wizarding world far apart from each other, the wizards secretive and as unseen as possible, but there have been several times where the things going on in the wizard world have been bleeding into the Muggle world:
* Vernon Dursely –a man who refuses to see magical happenings – couldn’t help but notice wizards all over the street, owls flying around, and strange meteor showers / fireworks all over the country the day after Voldemort got defeated by wee baby Harry
* Fudge, in his converssationg with the Prime Minister in Half-Blood Prince, pionts out that the Dementor activities have been responsible for a strange fog that made everyone feel weird, bridges had been destroyed, and things Muggle classified as storms have not been storms at all – all doings of Voldemort and his followers
And that was all before the Ministry of Magic had been infiltrated completely, and before Dumbledore – the man Voldemort had always feared – was still alive. It was there, but it surerly hadn’t completely escalated yet. With both of those last defences gone? Voldemort was basically free to reign over the muggles – which was one part he wanted, right, remember the sick thrones he had put up in his Ministry of Magic, the ones where muggles where made into part of his throne.
During the last war: How much did the muggles see? How much did they not see – couldn’t explain what was happening, why people were dying around them, because of things they couldn’t understand because magic had not been part of their lives until that point? How many deaths, how many catastrophes? How many victims were non-magical in this war?
Not to mention the Muggles that had wizards and witches in their families! There were muggle-born wizards in this war – there were muggles who knew about the magical world. How much did they know? How much did they understand of this war? Were they targeted first, because of their relations to wizards? Did their magical relatives and the Order have to hide them, like Hermione hid her parents?
And last but not least – what about Dudley Dursley? (I’m pointedly not saying the Dursleys, because I still believe Vernon and likely Petunia wouldn’t really have cared about Harry’s part in this war and if he lived or not). Dudley had only just begone to respect Harry, or at least accept him. He had even inquired where Harry was going, why he was not coming with them to safety. Did he watch the news, like Harry used to, listening for any strange happenings that screamed magic? Was he worried? Did he try and contact Harry, after it seemed like things had calmed down a bit? The wiki does mention the two of them were later in contact (even though I’m a bit miffed that it apparently wasn’t really a good relationship)
I get that the magical world was more important to focus on, because it was Harry’s story, but there’s so many untold stories there. The strictly distinguishing between the two worlds always bothered me a bit– the secrecy, yes, logical, but it’s impossible to keep two worlds fully apart when one is at war and at stake.
Not to mention that it always annoyed me a tiny bit how little the wizards bothered to learn about the muggles, not even being able to blend in. (It was good for a few laughs as a chid, but later it seemed unlogical. Want to be really secretive? Blend in, instead of standing out like a paradise bird amidst sparrows, and throwing Obliviate left and right. Arthur Weasley had the right hunch there, in my opinion. Kingsley was perfect at dressing like a muggle. Dumbledore, Moody, McGonagall all were the same, if they just bothered to do it. More wizard and witches should have been like that.)