It's been almost exactly four months since the great Harry Potter defeated Lord Voldemort. Magical repairs have been made to the once-ruined Hogwarts building, and it is reopened. Most people were surprised - they figured that the school was down for good, or would at least not be reopening so soon. And yet, here it is.
Something is a bit different, though. Hogwarts is welcoming "eighth years" back to finish their education. Eighth years are essentially students that were in their seventh year during the war, but didn't get...well, any of an education, really. They have exams to finish and official graduate statuses to earn.
However, hardly any eighth years have returned. Just a handful of Gryffindors, Slytherins, Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws are back at the school. It feels nostalgic and hollow and just all-around weird. The house rivalry is half-hearted. Classes are quiet and small. It's just not quite the same, and while nobody will ever admit it, sometimes thinking about their past years at Hogwarts is enough to make a heavy feeling settle into their stomach or for tears to prick their eyes.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The halls are a little quieter, and the students seem to get along more, but it's still Hogwarts nevertheless. Hogsmeade is available for third years and up on chosen weekends.
-No OOC drama.
-Stick to the plotline.
-No killing people off. They've had enough deaths these past few months, I think.
-No god-modding, unless given permission.
-No Mary Sues/Gary Stus.
-Be somewhat descriptive with your character form. You don't have to write a book, but I'd like a little more than a very basic outline.
-You don't have to use pictures to show appearances, but you can if you wish. No anime pictures, please. If you only have anime stuff, just describe their appearances. (Realistically. Sorry, I'm very nitpicky about this.)
Form (use your own if you want)
Semi-canon plot. (Canon means that it actually happened in the books/movies.)
-Canon characters and your original characters are allowed.
-All of the people who died stay dead. (No using, say, Fred or Bellatrix.)
-Ships (couples) can be non-canon. (Ron and Hermione don't have to be together. This goes for all canon ships.)