(#) 31415 2007-02-16
I must say, of all the changes you're making to canon, this new familiarity with the staff of Hogwarts must be, in my opinion, one of the most important.
For all that JRK has butchered characters (viz. Hermione in HBP) and plot-lines alike (viz. the foolishness and idiocy that was OotP) the one aspect of canon that has always struck me as most objectionable is the reactions of the staff and, even more, the authorities to the goings on at Hogwarts. I cannot help but think that heads would roll in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education if such things as happen routinely at Hogwarts were to occur in the real world. Perhaps with these changes, we'll see some modicum of professionalism and ethical conduct in what is, after all, one of the most important roles in society -- the teaching of children.
P.S.: It's not the idea of Harry marrying Ginny that makes me retch, but that which accompanies it all too often: Hermione being stuck with Ron (who is, after Wormtail, the least friend-like friend in the canon or fanon).
That's one of my biggest goals for this story: get the staff to interact with Harry on a level that's beyond simply what happens in the classroom. McGonagall's their Head of House--I figure she ought to act like it!
Ron's not mature enough to have a girlfriend of any sort, although he might adopt Harry's HBP chest monster when Viktor Krum asks Hermione to the Ball...