One year after the Great battle,
Hermione Granger has made the decision to return to Hogwarts and further her education as a special advanced student instead of accepting the very tempting offer from St Mungos to become a healer straight after the battle, unlike Ron and Harry who jumped at the offer from the ministry to become aurors without a second thought. Hermione was never one to accept a position she had not earned, therefore asking for a year to complete her schooling and write her N.E.W.T.s before accepting the position.
Draco Malfoy, despite the prosecution he knows he might receive, has also decided to complete his advanced Hogwarts education. Over the past year he has remained locked up in Malfoy manor - a house now considered by locals to be haunted by the ghost of Lucius Malfoy after his death at the hands of aurors while trying to escape after the great battle because screams and cries could often be heard from the walls - due to the haunting realization of what he had done, and the torturous memories he had to endure. But now he has to face his fears and earn the forgiveness of those he has hurt, starting with the woman he treated like scum.