Ah, Guten Tag, tatjanablack,
Well I wonder what your parents has told your former Muggleschool? I mean, how do they explain the reason for why you have left the school? I supose that they don't have told them about Dumstrang?
Grindelwald plans to reveal the existence of the wizarding world in the future, but until then, we're not supposed to let anyone outside of my family know what I'm actually doing.
What my parents have told curious relatives and my school is that I was admitted to a Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalten boarding school to the east - in Silesia, I think. Anyway, the NPEA institutions (commonly called Napola) are leadership schools, and I'd actually would have liked to go to one.
However, I much prefer Durmstrang.
Note: The Napola schools (it's a common abbreviation of its long German name) were special boarding schools designed to make young Germans future leaders. In other words, they would get little Nazis and after seven years, they would be even scarier big Nazis.
And tatjanablack, I will watch "Before the Fall" if I get the chance.
I'm your favourite National Socialist, OliveOil_Med? I am flattered, though I think that honour should go to the Führer.
And why do you keep calling me a 'Nazi?' It's per... what's the word? ja...jorative. Pejorative! That's it. The proper term is 'National Socialist.'
You've told us before that now Durmstrang has changed their policies to allow Muggle-borns in, but public opinions don't change overnight. Is there anyone at your school who is less than happy about Muggle-borns being allowed in?
"Less than happy" would be putting it lightly. Most students are fine with me, and some like the idea of wizarding unity regardless of magical or Muggle parentage.
Then there are those who don't. Professor Geschichte, who teaches History of Magic, has a funny expression when he looks at me (and Ernst, so it's not just me), so I think that might be because I'm Muggle-born.
There are also several students who don't seem to like me, but are at least civil. Other's aren't - there are these two boys who are openly hostile towards me and other Muggle-borns like my friend Ernst. One of them is one of my roommates, Aleksandar Todorov; the other's name is Igor Karkaroff. They are both Slavic Untermenschen and purebloods, and I don't like them.
Germany has just invaded Poland. How are the Polish students coping with this? Do they worry about their families and friends? Are the students from other countries worried their homes will be next?
I actually can't really answer this question - I haven't asked any Polish students what they feel about the Muggle war. However, I guess most of the wizard-born children aren't all that worried, since they see the war as just another Muggle war that doesn't affect them. Muggle-born Polish students are a little more worried, probably.
However, a few students (and not just Poles) think that it is suspicious that Poland voted to join the Zaubererreich soon after Grindelwald dispatched the ZVK to help protect wizards from Muggle firepower. But they're just being stupid, and the professors agree.
With Germany becoming more agressive, how are the rest of the students treating you and the other German students (although I don't imagine the pureblood students would know as much).
You are sadly misinformed. Germany is not being aggressive, our enemies were the aggressive ones. All we wanted was peace, but Poland attacked us, since they were unwilling to give Danzig us back to us, the rightful owners. After we entered Poland in retaliation, France and Britain declared war on us! Then the Soviets invaded Poland, so now our troops are there to contain Bolshevik expansion into the rest of Europe, but there hasn't been any shooting yet.
Now, to answer your question, many foreign students know little about the Muggle war, so they just treat us normally - they consider it just some Muggle matter. However, there are a few Slavs who look at us funny, but they don't do anything. We Aryans heavily outnumber them.
Another Note: I imagine Durmstrang to be located somewhere in eastern Prussia, which was part of Germany before the end of the Second World War, and today is part of Poland. I think that after Grindelwald's defeat, the school becomes much less German and resembles the school we see in Goblet of Fire.
Do the teachers treat you specially because you come from a Muggle family?
Nein. They treat me just like any other student - they're supposed to, after all. However, my History of Magic professor doesn't seem to like me at all, but he doesn't grade me any differently - he knows he can't discriminate.
My Quidditch instructor finds me being Muggle-born quite interesting. He often asks me how aeroplanes works.
Are the girls at Durmstrang in general much different than the Muggle girls in your old village?
Not at all. They're just as weird - perhaps more so, because magic is involved.
Have you met any of the older students?
Not really. Each year sleeps in a different part of the castle - us first years have our dormitories in a small tower on the eastern wall. We don't see much of the older students, except for during meals and in the courtyards and outside.
Now time for another Geography lesson! My family comes from Malta (a tiny island near Sicily). What do you know about that country?
I know where Malta is - I took geography back in Muggle school, you know. Anyway, I know that Malta is owned by the British, and they have a naval base there for their Mediterranean fleet. I don't know much about the racial composition of the Maltese people (our teacher only devoted about five minutes to Malta before moving on), but I think they are sort of Italian - they're Latins, I suppose.
And back to you, tatjanablack.
Before you knew you were a wizard, how do you felt about magic? Did you believe in magicail things or did you think it was something stupid you only heard about in fairytales when you was small child?
Well, I always thought of magic as being a fairytale thing. I didn't necessarily think it was stupid - there were some magic stories that I liked, but I was smart enough to know that there was no such thing as magic in the real world.
But now I guess I wasn't so smart back then. Magic does exist, after all! Perhaps that story about the boy hitting that little demon on the head with a cauldron was actually true!
~ Dieter Heydrich
Thank you everyone for all of the great questions! You've given me some good ideas to include in the story, like how Dieter acts in a civil manner if you bribe him with food!
Tim the Enchanter