There really was a safe-hold of some type in Ballymena.
Times like this sometimes I think it would have been easier if I'd never found out about Hogwarts in the first place. Not that I guess I could truly escape it, but it wouldn't seem quite so...scary. I Owled Mum about it and she seemed surprised I asked. Seems like the story with the Muggles is that it's just another one of those terrorist attacks Northern Ireland is known for. Even with me, she didn't make the connection of this whole wide...War.
They do say ignorance is bliss. I wonder if it's really any better, though.