Several years have come to pass since Harry Potter fulfilled his destiny and defeated Lord Voldemort, since then Hogwarts has been restored and has been accepting new students for several years now. Despite being open for sometime now Hogwarts has still been filling in staffing positions, however this year they are filling the the few spots open giving them a full teaching staff.
Once the threat of Voldemort and his followers was finally extinguished, and balanced restored people started to relax for the first time in many years. However, the peace did not last for long. Starting last year there were threats sent to officials both in the Wizarding world and the Muggle world, threatening a collapse of the world they know, and a new power under the mysterious person's rule. The messages were passed off as idle threats until the attacks started happening, people disappearing out of crowded places, or from their own homes in the middle of the day. Once again it feels as though there is a dark presence lingering in the air wherever people go.
Despite this, people are still more than willing to send their students to Hogwarts resulting in a recent increase of students from around the globe.
Thick black smoke from the train billowed over Platform 9 and 3/4, families were standing all around talking to their children. The older ones were already boarding the train in hopes of getting a good seat. The entire platform was one loud mass of meowing cats, screeching owls, stifled cries from first years giving their parents one last good-bye. The black and red trained looked no different than it did last year, or anytime before that. There was about ten minutes left before the train took off, more people hurried to get their things onto the train. It seemed some things never change.