“The great Atrium seemed darker than Harry remembered it. Previously a golden fountain had filled the center of the hall, casting shimmering spots of light over the polished wooden floor and walls. Now a gigantic statue of black stone dominated the scene. It was rather frightening, this vast sculpture of a witch and a wizard sitting on ornately carved thrones, looking down at the Ministry workers toppling out of fireplaces below them. Engraved in foot-high letters at the base of the statue were the words MAGIC IS MIGHT.
“‘It’s horrible, isn’t it?’ [Hermione] said to Harry, who was staring up at the statue. ‘Have you seen what they’re sitting on?’
“Harry looked more closely and realized that what he had thought were decoratively carved thrones were actually mounds of carved humans: hundreds and hundreds of naked bodies, men, women, and children, all with rather stupid, ugly faces, twisted and pressed together to support the weight of the handsomely robes wizards.
“‘Muggles,’ whispered Hermione. ‘In their rightful place.’” At Empire Coffee + Pastry in Minneapolis re-reading chapters 10-18 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling for my Friday fantasy novel (a #latergram from 05/25/18)