So before I would tell about the changes we made for StH, I'd like to emphasize two very important but less known facts from the books, that still apply to the wizarding world of this forum as well:
- Ever since the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy was established, it's a serious crime to reveal anything to muggles about magic and the magical society. Only the relatives are an exception and future spouses can be told about the truth as well before the marriage, but in both cases wizards and witches have to inform the Ministry of Magic first, so they can make the necessary precautions. If a muggle breaks the engagement because he or she can't accept the truth about magic, their memories will be erased.
- Magic is a talent -- in spite of what many like to believe -- it exists in everyone at some level, but only a relatively small number of humans have it strong enough to be able to use a wand. This talent can be developed through the years, but some wizards are simply more talented than others. Adults aren't good at everything just because they are adults. Sometimes a student will be better at some things. (Say dueling, an adult Herbologist for example won't necessarily be good at it, most likely not, after all years of tending to herbs won't make you a fighter. A student who's good at dueling may realistically win.) So please keep this in mind when you make your characters and plots.
1. INTRODUCTION TO WIZARDING SOCIETY
2. LEGAL AGE AND FREE MAGIC USAGE
3. WOMEN'S RIGHTS (RULES OF INHERITANCE AND ACCEPTED GENDER ROLES)
4. RACISM AND BLOOD ELITISM
5. CHANGES SINCE THE WAR (THE EVENTS OF HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS)