Hidden Lineages @aaliseliza
Chapter 11

"Have you gone round the bend?" Hermione demanded after they'd returned to Tony's London residence. "Do you have any idea how fragile the relationship is between the Goblin Horde and the Wizarding community? You could have triggered another Goblin uprising, as if we haven't had enough bloody wars!"

"I thought we covered this sis," Tony answered over his shoulder. "I did my research. Uploaded all of your library into Jarvis' systems and he parsed out the necessary information. Although I appreciate your faith in my abilities to irritate people."

"What possible reason could you have to invest in the magical economy?"

"Jarvis, care to take this question?"

"Certainly sir," the A.I. promptly answered. "Mr. Stark is concerned because you, Miss Stark, are a prominent member of this community and up until today possessed no familial ties to any family within it.

"The British Enclave community relies heavily on a modern day feudal system, one which is pervasive in your society. By establishing himself as the patriarch of the Stark family, Mr. Stark has the ability to provide you significant protection, which is quite necessary in such a society."

"Protection?" Hermione repeated before looking at Tony. "From what? I've already survived a genocide and might I add that my side won."

"A myriad of possibilities," Jarvis said. "For example, without House or familial protection, a young witch such as yourself could easily find herself trapped in an unwanted marriage contract. While it is no longer common knowledge, several of the laws the Wizengamot have upheld prove that it is still a legal practice."

"What?" Hermione asked, horror in her voice. "I've never heard of that."

"Unfortunately Glinda, money talks," Tony said, with a shrug. "The more you have of it, the more power and protection you can access, which is exactly why I'm investing in your economy. Well that and the diverse portfolio I mentioned earlier."

Hermione sighed in exasperation as she shook her head, "Merlin how does Pepper deal with you?"

"I'll have you know I am an utter delight," Tony quipped back before enthusiastically clapping his hands together. "Now that you're on board, let's talk shop. Jarvis pull up Operation Munchkinland."

Hermione's jaw dropped open as the nearest wall suddenly had dozens of documents displayed on it. Stepping closer she started scanning the information in front of her. In addition to economic research, building plans were present, displaying a new Stark headquarters, based in London from the information named it.

"Agent Hill, Fury's magical lackey, has been getting me in touch with the necessary people to ensure we're in compliance with magical and the other boring laws," Tony said. Throwing up a hand towards the screens, Tony pulled up a document and magnified it.

"Alright, so your government, how are the Wizengamot seats are filled?" Tony asked, before giving Hermione the answer, "They're mostly inherited, held by a class of families who have been isolated in the magical world for generations."

"Purebloods," Hermione agreed with mild curiosity. "What is this about?"

"Indulge me," Tony insisted, his focus still on the information on the screen. "Who owns the majority of companies in wizarding Britain? Private citizens, the public and the government. Now who possesses the power behind those three entities?"

"The old families," Hermione answered. "Most of the bigger companies are directly run by families like the Malfoys. Smaller shops are owned by a myriad of mixed blood families, generally those who have been established in the wizarding world longer. Almost every shop in Diagon Alley belongs to a well established family."

"Exactly! The next question we need to address is how these groups hire their employees. Do they vary from company to company, the government? How prevalent is hiring based on merit or has connection based hiring continued to dominate?"

"Tony, what's your point?"

The Stark CEO brought up a different document that had a full summary of his plans on it, and Hermione stared in disbelief, as she slowly approached the information for a closer look.

"There is a massive economic void in the wizarding market. We can siphon out the best graduates and not handicap ourselves like our competition does."

"You want to expand Stark Industries?" Hermione asked, turning to look at Tony.

"Yes, specifically a parallel business that caters to the magical community," Tony answered as he pulled up a list of different departments he was interested in pursuing. "As you can see we have nearly unlimited possibilities that we could pursue: medical, government relations, technology, etc."

"Tony...this would be incredibly complicated. Magic doesn't work with technology. You'd have to create a resistance within whatever products are created. Honestly, I'm surprised none of your tech has fried yet."

Her brother waved her off, "Minor research issue. The bigger one would be locating a number of experts to head each department of the magical division. Thankfully, Hill has already started compiling a number of candidates that are interested in such an endeavor. Jarvis pull up the Munchkin Resumes."

"After we get off and running, we'll be able to start hiring immediately out of Hogwarts, however in the meantime we'll need to poach from established companies," Tony explained. "We'll have to tread carefully, considering we'll be drastically altering the magic economy. Which will slowly infect the social atmosphere, and the political landscape."

"You'd be pissing a lot of families and individuals off," Hermione told him.

"Not me," Tony corrected, "us."

Hermione gave him a weird look, "Exactly how do you expect to run this?"

"Oh no," she protested when he gave her a pointed look. "Don't even think about it. I'm supposed to be the liaison between the Ministry and SHIELD. At no point will I have time to oversee an entire company."

"You'd just be in charge of the magical division," Tony answered as Hermione gaped at him. "Besides we can find you a personal version of Pepper. That way you're not tied down by the mundane necessities of running the company."

Hermione sighed, "I'm already regretting asking this, but what would we even do?"

"I would like to start with a medical division and one for technology. Agent Hill has mentioned there is a huge potential for development in both areas. I'm sure you know someone in the medical field who'd be interested in research and development."

She did, in fact, know several qualified healers, however one in particular came to mind. As for technology she'd have to inquire if George Weasley would have any interest, although she was hesitant to put him and Tony Stark in the same room together.

"I am not saying yes," Hermione began, "but I would be remiss if I didn't at least look through the resumes. Can you print them out?"

Tony cheerfully shoved a heavy file into her hands before she'd even finished speaking. Glancing through the information before her brother could disappear, Hermione's brow furrowed.

"Exactly why are you interested in the medical field Tony?"

"Medicine is constantly evolving to keep up with evolving ailments and we have the money to venture into the field. I'd rather delve in than waste time," he answered.

"So you didn't specifically reach out for a candidate wanting to research mind magics and potential cures for those suffering from ailments of that nature?" Hermione asked, her voice filling with steel while Tony looked at her guiltily.

"What did you do?"

"Harry may have mentioned what happened to your mom and step-dad. I figured it'd be a good place to start."

She stared at him with narrowed eyes, "You're going to anger a lot of people."

"I'm rather adept at irritating people."

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