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    Order of Merlin

    I have something I have been pondering lately. Do you think the Trio was ever awarded the Order of Merlin for their defeat of Voldemort? After all they went through: skipping their last year of school, hunting down the Horcrux, and leading the fight against Voldemort, don't you think winning the honor is the least the wizarding world.

    Also, what class do you think each member of the trio won? And do you think they students who stayed and fought at the Battle of Hogwarts were awarded the order as well, even if it was only Second or Third Class?

    Who else do you think might have been awarded the honor for their role in the Second War?

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    If Lockhart can get an award, then they all can.

    I think The Trio plus Neville probably got 1st class and I'm fairly sure a shedload of others would have got lower class orders. Some would probably be posthumous (Remus, Tonks, Colin perhaps)

    In my story Aberforth Dumbledore: A Love that Dare Not Bleat Its Name, I gave him an Order of Merlin second class, and Molly a First Class. She did kill Bellatrix after all. In retrospect perhaps if Harry gets a first class, she should probably only get a second, but it suited my story that she got a first.

    What did Dumbledore get his for? Was it for defeating Grindelwald?

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    From Prisoner of Azkaban, I recall Fudge telling Snape that his efforts in capturing the notorious Sirius Black merited at least an Order of Merlin, Second Class.

    Considering that Harry Potter killed Voldemort, I cannot see him getting anything other than First Class. I assume the rest of the Trio would also receive Orders of Merlin, First Class for their role in bringing down Voldemort. Another First Class recipient could be Neville Longbottom for leading the underground resistance in Hogwarts and his role in the final battle. Other DA leaders could receive Second Classes.

    As for the rest of the students (cannon fodder), you might see Third Classes spread here and there, but I don't imagine EVERYONE who fought for the good guys at the battle would receive a medal. Instead of handing out individual Orders of Merlin, there could be some new award for heroism issued to the fighters collectively.

    And lastly, SNAPE. We already know that Harry Potter, being the goody goody man he is, already cleared his name by the DH Epilogue. It is possible that he might have campaigned to give Snape a posthumous Order of Merlin.

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    What did Dumbledore get his for? Was it for defeating Grindelwald?
    Presumably, yes..

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    A small part of the plot of Grave Days (which will carry over into Aurors and Schoolgirls) involves Harry refusing to accept any medal until a few names are added to the list of medal recipients. Dobby did, after all, save Harry's life, and Lupin gave his life in the battle. House elves and werewolves would not normally be considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equinox Chick
    What did Dumbledore get his for? Was it for defeating Grindelwald?
    I believe it was first class, mentioned in OotP during Harry's trial.

    So you suppose special consideration was given to students who had died in the Battle of Hogwarts? Would a dead student be more likely to receive it than one who had fought and live, or else considered for higher consideration.

    Also, as far as 'DA leaders' who would these people be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OliveOil_Med
    So you suppose special consideration was given to students who had died in the Battle of Hogwarts? Would a dead student be more likely to receive it than one who had fought and live, or else considered for higher consideration.

    Also, as far as 'DA leaders' who would these people be?
    In Muggle armies, simply getting killed in action does not merit a medal for bravery. So I'd normally not consider awarding all casualties of the Battle of Hogwarts an Order of Merlin of at least Third Class. What we must consider, however, is that these casualties were not soldiers. They were not expected to put their lives on the line and kill or be killed. Being civilians, they had no obligation to fight, yet they did anyway. Since these were ordinary people, that might merit them some decorations.

    I believe higher decorations should be awarded based on heroism and personal contribution to the victory, not just being a casualty. For example, Neville Longbottom might receive First Class for personally resisting Voldemort, killing Nagini, and restoring the morale of the beleaguered good guys. Any John Doe who just becomes a casualty five minutes into the battle probably should not be eligible for higher awards.

    As far as other DA leaders go, I'll probably go with Luna and Ginny. They plus Neville are sort of like the "other" Trio of the series, or at least of DH.

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