All School Debate was a debate in the First year of James Potter. The debate was held in the school’s Amphitheater, the topic of the debate is “Re-evaluating the Assumptions of the Past: Truth or Conspiracy?” Tabitha Corsica is not on the debate committee but her friend Philia Goyle is chairperson and she is thought to have influenced the choice of topic. Prof. Franklyn moderates the proceedings.
Team B’s opening argument maintains that current Ministry policies such as the Law of Secrecy, the assumption that Wizard-Muggle contact will result in war and the existence of “Dark Magic” are discriminatory, false and the basis for prejudice against the Muggle world. Their goal is equality for Wizards and Muggles alike. Team A’s counter-argument postulates that such reasoning is based on the assumption that history is a fabrication of the truth. In the midst of this, Ted and Noah launch a Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes fireworks display, representing a humorous presentation of the Dark Mark and a Lightening Bolt. With no clear winner, Team B’s final argument asserts that “Lord Tom Riddle” was a misguided but well-meaning wizard whose desire for Wizard-Muggle equality was too radical for the ruling class to allow; that he was defamed by a campaign of half-truths and lies and ultimately defeated and mercilessly killed by the old powers. In the end, it was an outright personal attack on Harry which so riles the crowd, Prof. Franklyn and Prof. McGonagall are both needed to restore order. While James has been angry with Ralph for participating on Tabitha’s team, Ralph says nothing during the debate and leaves the stage during the outburst, apologizing to James for being so caught up with the Progressive Element.