From what I’ve read on here, people remained at Hogwarts after Dumbledore’s death, mainly in Dumbledore’s Army. But why wouldn’t the parents just have their children come home?

Also, I know the Ministry was largely controlled by Death Eaters, but how did Snape remain Headmaster, especially with someone like McGonagall still present?

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    "From what I've read on here" - So you haven't read the Harry Potter books, or seen the films?
    – user1027
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 3:56
  • Because Snape was considered by Voldy and his followers, to be on their side... Snape was a death eater after all...
    – user16696
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 3:57
  • @Keen No I have, I just meant in addition I've read on here. I didn't understand just based on that, so I came here.
    – user28142
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 4:54
  • @cde I know he was considered to be on Voldemort's side, that's why I don't understand why students would stay at Hogwarts.
    – user28142
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 4:55
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    @Anthony the kids were sheltered from the knowledge of the war, death eaters were never publicly identified which is why Snape as a headmaster didn't cause problems, roaming bands of death eaters made travel outside protected zones dangerous, hogwarts had magical protection, and adults did their best to avoid any attention from Voldy's forces (not picking sides, not putting up a fight). People were being kidnapped and tortured. Everything was very Nazi secret police era.
    – user16696
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 5:04

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They probably didn’t have much of a choice.

Some parents did remove their children after Dumbledore’s death. In Half-Blood Prince, shortly after Dumbledore’s death, we have this passage:

Some students were hurried away from Hogwarts by their parents over the next couple of days – the Patil twins were gone before breakfast on the morning following Dumbledore’s death and Zacharias Smith was escorted from the castle by his haughty-looking father. Seamus Finnigan, on the other hand, refused point-blank to accompany his mother home; they had a shouting match in the Entrance Hall which was resolved when she agreed that he could remain behind for the funeral.

Half-Blood Prince, chapter 30 (The White Tomb)

But in Deathly Hallows, Voldemort has control of the Ministry of Magic. He can make whatever laws he like, and in particular, he can force attendance at Hogwarts. We learn from Lupin:

“Attendance is now compulsory for every young witch and wizard,” he replied. “That was announced yesterday. It’s a change, because it was never obligatory before. Of course, nearly every witch and wizard in Britain has been educated at Hogwarts, but their parents had the right to teach them at home or send them abroad if they preferred.”

Deathly Hallows, chapter 11 (The Bribe)

This is tied to the blood cleansing regime happening alongside the war:

“This way, Voldemort will have the whole Wizarding population under his eye from a young age. And it’s also another way of weeding out Muggle-borns, because students must be given Blood Status — meaning that they have proven to the Ministry that they are of Wizard descent — before they are allowed to attend.”

Deathly Hallows, chapter 11 (The Bribe)

This makes sense, and it’s why there are some students who don’t go back to Hogwarts for school in Deathly Hallows. We meet Dean Thomas while on the run, and Colin Creevey comes out of hiding for the final battle. Both Muggle-borns, and both known to have associated with Harry. There will be plenty of other Muggle-borns who didn’t attend that year.

Not sending your children to Hogwarts would be considered a crime and an act of rebellion. Keeping your child at home would probably earn you a visit from Snatchers or Death Eaters. If Voldemort really does have total control (and remember, there’s so much smoke that you’re really not sure), then you probably want to avoid that.

  • I don't think the compulsory attendance should have any weight on such a thing. I mean, any sane person would just say "screw you" and ignore it.
    – o0'.
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 11:15
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    @Lohoris: If there are rumours that Voldemort has returned, there’s a general sense of doom and gloom, and people keep disappearing in mysterious circumstances, I think a lot of parents would be wary of saying “screw it”.
    – alexwlchan
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 11:24
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    Wizards. Not a sharp mind among the lot of them. Assaulting me or my children in my house would be dangerous beyond reckoning even for a Death Eater.
    – Joshua
    Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 3:41
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    Attendance is compulsory but not everyone is allowed to attend. Voldemort was born for politics, he's got the contrariness down.
    – Weckar E.
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 12:38

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