Greetings & Salutations!
Another year at Hogwarts Online has passed us by and as I sit here writing this important holiday message, I am reminded of the very first holiday address I read when I joined from Professor Chauncey Clemenceau. It was so full of hope for what great things were to come for our humble site and it called upon all of the membership to share in being a part of it. This year, I find myself writing a similar and yet unique message to our current membership.
In the preceding years, Hogwarts Online has seen many great changes: we added two schools in the last couple of years, but we also closed one; we established three magical governments, where now we have one unified Ministry; and we have seen countless faces come and go since the beginning of 2018. This year we said farewell to so many amazing Governors, Professors, and friends... Yet even reflecting on these losses makes me smile.
I smile for the memories that were made, for the friendships, for the amazing contributions to our community, yes, but I also smile knowing that Hogwarts Online continues to be bigger than any one of us. For almost 14 years, we have schisms and hacks, comings and goings, active and inactive seasons, but no matter what we throw at it our home has always been here, resolute, arms wide open, ready to go with us on our next adventure. This site is bigger than any one person, even me. Me? I am just a humble servant to Hogwarts Online like all Governors who came before me and when I am gone a new leader will take my place.
And no matter how far you roam, when you return Hogwarts Online will be waiting there to take you on your next great adventure...