It is Harry Potter's 6th year at Hogwarts. Voldemort is furious at the capture of some of his highest ranking Death Eaters and is gathering his forces. The Order of the Phoenix has reason to believe that at some point in the year they may be an attack at the school. Dumbledore has managed to connect Hogwarts to the Muggle internet and has given all students an online journal. The Ministry of Magic has taken this up as well and it's slowly spreading throughout the Wizarding World. Dumbledore has requested that all students and staff use these in the hopes that it will strengthen inter-house relations.
In the hopes of keeping things as normal as possible at Hogwarts, Dumbledore has reopened the Dueling Club, run by Professor Snape, and there is a Halloween Ball planned as well. The house Quidditch teams have begun practicing and everyone is looking forward to the first game. While everyone is busy with classes and the usual workings of the school, there is still an underlining sense of tension and dread.