Orphans in the Wizarding World

bellatrix93
August 29th, 2010, 2:57 pm
Who's responsible for them?

Both cases we had in the books were special ones. Harry was sent to live with his muggle relations. Voldemort was left at muggle orphanage by his mother. But what happens for 'normal' wizarding orphans? Are there orphanages specialised for wizards? I tend to think so. It's probably risky to have a magical orphan among muggle orphans. He/she might use their powers of which they're ignorant, on their fellow muggle orphans. And thus, harm the other orphans, and become a danger to the secrecy of the wizarding world.

Also, I wonder who is responsible for paying for their needs? Education, treatment, starting a future job, etc..

Is there a department in the ministry responsible for regulating all this? Or, are there families who volunteer and adopt those orphans?


Please share your thoughts, :).

xhanax315
August 29th, 2010, 7:01 pm
Didn't Dumbledore mention their being a loan for students with no cases, in which happened with Voldemort in HBP?

emmitts
August 29th, 2010, 8:33 pm
It's probably risky to have a magical orphan among muggle orphans. He/she might use their powers of which they're ignorant, on their fellow muggle orphans. And thus, harm the other orphans, and become a danger to the secrecy of the wizarding world.



I probably agree with you there.

I mean, we saw what happened with Tom Riddle in his orphanage, i seem to reember him taking two other kids into a cave and traumatising them or something. But on the other hand.. that might've just been how Riddle was in general.

Harry was okay among his muggle relations, but I guess they already knew that he'd be a magical kid. :)

bellatrix93
August 30th, 2010, 9:16 am
Didn't Dumbledore mention their being a loan for students with no cases, in which happened with Voldemort in HBP?


Yes, I believe Dumbledore saud something like this. However, I think it meant that they only help them get stuff for the school (books, uniform, potion materials, etc). Also, Dumbledore pointed out that Tom might have to get his things used. So I think this means there wasn't much money after all. :shrug:

LizaW
August 30th, 2010, 9:27 am
Teddy Lupin was an Orphan, but he lived with his grandmother, and seeing that the wizarding community is so intertwined with each other, of course he/she would stay with a family member or close friend, or their Godparents.. If non of those are there, well them I'm out of suggestions :lol:

N_Mado
August 30th, 2010, 12:30 pm
Orphans....hmmmm
I think three cases in the books aren't enough to guess, but why not ? it's a wizarding worldafter all.
As long as they have a ministy, I think it includes every single need for this world and caring for orphans is one.
In OOTP ,when Harry visits the ministry we learn about all departments, wasn't there any mention of something like that in the dapartments??

dobby_rocks
September 1st, 2010, 9:43 pm
I think most parents are going to make some sort of arrangements for their child(ren) if they both die or are render incapable of caring for their kid(s) [i.e. Neville Longbottome] before their child(ren) is (are) of age at 17.

Most will end up living with a relative Grandparent(s)[Teddy Lupin and Neville], Aunt/Uncle [Harry Potter], possible an older sibling who is of age. There would have been some other measure put into place for a Godparent or guardian. Harry was a special case since he had to live with his mother blood family. Lily and James made arrangement for Sirius to take him if something happened to them. Which he would have if Harry had not had to live with blood relation and he had not gone to prison.

For someone who truly has no one like Tom Riddle. Today I think they would end up being fostered or Adopted by some wizarding family.

Kierstoast
September 3rd, 2010, 2:50 am
Even if they're in an orphanage, I think that it's in an orphanage carefully monitored, you know? I don't see people in the WW taking things by chance.

merrymarge
September 3rd, 2010, 3:52 am
I don't know about wizarding orphanages. I would think parents would have a godparent or other family member. I have wondered why no one adopted Tom Riddle. Usually, when kids are in an orphange, they want to have the kids adopted. So, i wonder, did someone try to adopt him, or did word get out that he seemed too unusual?

twinsrule26
September 6th, 2010, 10:35 pm
In the beginning of HP SS/PS We see Macgonagal telling Dumbledore that there are lots of families, that would take in baby Harry and giving him a home to grow up in . This leads me to think that any child without a family, would be taken in by another wizard family . Maybe the MoM has a fund set up for a foster care system ,that pays a wizard family to look after an orphan?.

_Jai
September 6th, 2010, 11:41 pm
Hmmm, I never gave this subject much thought untill now.
I would like to think that there might be a wizarding one, but if there is its never spoke of in the books, nor a dept. in the M.O.M.......hmmm