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November, 2096
by: Jorge De La Garza



If you have ever wondered what fun you could have with muggle sports and events or if you just love going to a muggle style festival, then this fundraising event is just what you are looking for. On Saturday, November 4 the Department of Magical Sports and Games will be holding a fundraiser, but not just any fundraiser, a Muggle Sports night fundraiser. This night will be a free event to come to, but activities at the event will cost tickets that you can buy ahead of time or at the Practice Quidditch and Gobstone fields located outside the ministry the day of the event. The event will start at 10 a.m. with gates at both practice fields opening at 9:45 and go until 6 p.m. that evening.

Young children (infant to age 10) will have plenty to do with balloon makers, face painting, and carnival games. The adults will have a chance to dunk their favorite Quidditch or Gobstone player, try their hand at Futbal and basketball skills, and everyone will enjoy plenty of food that is available. The evening will end with a fun game of rounders. Don't know what rounders is? Don't worry many of us didn't know either at first, they will be explaining many of these games on the 24th.

All proceeds will go to the Stemp House, which is a wonderful place that has been helping children with magical descent for the past 11 years. Opening in 2085, Adam and Lorelai Stemp felt there was a need for a children's home that could help magical children after Lorelai Stemp had once been in a home herself. Finding that many homes did not have the capability or the resources to help these children and many foster or adoptive parents either didn't know or kept the magical aspect quiet. The Stemp house has twenty full and part-time staff members caring for their twenty residents, some of those residents are off at Hogwarts while others are either homeschooled or too young yet. This summer they implemented a homeschool program for students that did not wish to enter or return to Hogwarts after the happenings there in the past year.

Victoria Culldoen, Department head, has been working with her divisions to get this set up for a few months now and is very excited for it "The Stemps are doing amazing things and Adam has been with our department for many years. This is a way to show appreciation to a very dedicated employee as well as help out with a wonderful nonprofit organization that is supporting and molding our young witches and wizards." It seems that many of the community agrees with Victoria as many professional players have stepped up to help out with this event. Lorelai also commented, “The residents and I are so grateful that there are people that want to help us out. Stuff like this brings up the morale around Stemp House, too. That it’s not just us fighting to better the lives of these children. And the more people we can get word to, the more children might get forever families.”

When asked why muggle sports, Victoria was very quick to answer, why not, and explain that the idea was to let the community try something new and just have a fun filled family day.

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December, 2096
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Are you struggling with some inner problems that you need another eye to look in? Maybe you are in need of some advice from a stranger instead of a loved one that knows too much about you? If any of this sounds familiar you have come to the right place and asking Sapientia is just what you need.

Dear Sapientia,

My sister thinks she's a Kneazle, and I don't know what to do! She acts normal in front of the healers!

Sincerely,
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Hmm, interesting conundrum. Has she only recently acquired this? Perhaps she needs a little more affection. Have you thought to give her a hug the next time she starts mewling? Although the claws might be a little painful, even kneazles need love.

Just remember, kneazles hate water, and love nap times. Just watch out for those hairballs!

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Dear Sapientia,

I turn 11 next summer and I know I'll get my letter to Hogwarts. I’m afraid to admit it but....I'm terrified the wall will close with me inside it!

Sincerely,
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Every new student at Hogwarts has even a small fear that the wall will be closed when they try to enter Platform 9 3/4. No one has gone missing yet, although it is not uncommon to lose an arm or leg or even an eyebrow.

Only joking! You'll get through it just fine!

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Curse-Breakers Wanted For Thrilling Opportunities Abroad

March, 2097
by:Robert Blackburn


After a recent cave-in of a private dig site at an undisclosed location, Gringotts Wizarding Bank is now in need of new Curse-Breakers for thrilling opportunities abroad.

"If you have an interest in adventure, have obtained an OWL in Arithmancy, and NEWTs in Ancient Runes, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, or Transfiguration, then we can take you the rest of the way and train you to be one of the world's premiere Cure-Breakers," Helo Banner, the current Head Curse-Breaker at Gringotts explains. "You don't need experience to sign up, you'll get that on the job, but experienced 'Breakers are of course welcome."

The 'treasure-and-curse' business has been a lucrative one for Gringotts over the centuries, though the Goblins remain secretive about exactly how much treasure has been obtained by their mostly human employees.

"We can't go about giving exact values when it comes to who gets what," explains Tearlung, the bank's Head Goblin, "Or it might make certain Curse-Breakers into targets, and we already have enough trouble as it is with of youngsters bothering us to let them barge into the Curse-Breaker Headquarters to meet Nigel Barrington." He says, referring to the bassist of the wizarding rock band The Dead Kneazles, who has been moonlighting as a Curse-Breaker since 2088. "Tell them not to join up if all they want is an autograph, or I'll lock them in the vaults," He added. When asked, Barrington only stated, "He isn't joking about locking them in the vaults."

Curse-Breakers can also work part time, even if they are employed elsewhere, so long as they are able to commit to join scheduled expeditions. "We have always had part-time Curse-Breakers on our roster," explains Banner, "Its an ideal way for those who just happen to be qualified but are otherwise stuck in boring desk jobs to get a taste of something a little more exciting in their lives, and earn treasure for all their hard work."

Daphne Flamsteed, one of the valued part-time Curse-Breakers that the bank employs, agrees "Curse-Breaking itself is liberating, both in its execution and in reaping the spoils, but I prefer working alone as a freelance Curse-Breaker. Occasionally you come across situations that require more than one wand to the task, so there is a real flexibility and benefit in working part-time with Gringotts. I don't have to go out and look for guinea pigs to assist me, I get assigned a team."

Applicants must be aged 17 and have completed their seventh year prior to the end of the application period.

For those who wish to apply for this opportunity or have any questions, please send a letter of interest to Helo Banner. care of Gringotts Wizarding Bank before the end of July.


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Ministry to open, Nickels found guilty

March, 2097
by:Jorge De La Garza


After an unprecedented four-month lockdown after the impeachment of the now former Minister for Magic, Morgan P. Nickles, the Ministry of Magic is expected to resume usual operation. Nickles previously confessed to wilfully contaminating of foodstuffs with an animal transformation potion that transfigured many employees who dined at the ministry's food court into animals against their will. Among the transfigured was Mysteries Department Head Airey Flamesteed, who expressed relief in never coughing up another hairball again. “It was as excruciating as it was disgusting. I would never wish that fate upon my worst enemies.” With the cause having been unidentified for so long, the transfigured employees were quarantined until both an antidote and the cause were found.

Furry employees and coworkers were not the only concern to be brought forward in the wake of Nickles’ appointment. There were reports of plants attacking indiscriminately Ministry-wide shortly after he took temporary charge of the Department of Environmental Regulation and Protection (DERP). In late November, with evidence gathered and presented by Senior Undersecretary January Bones and the remaining department head team, Nickels confessed to tainting the food with aspirations of turning the Ministry into his own private zoo. His reasoning being that it “simply seemed like a fun idea.” Under the guidance of Bones, Nickles' impeachment process began and he was immediately taken into custody by the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (DMLE). The Ministry closed soon after for a full investigation, renovations, and decontamination. "After gathering enough evidence, we took a unanimous step forward to rid the Ministry of Mr. Nickels," Bones recalls. "We, the department heads and including our future Minister for Magic, have our employees as our number one priority. Moving forward, we are full of hope and optimism for a bright future in the Ministry."

Nickles held the office Minister for Magic since January of 2094.

With Nickles to stand trial for his crimes, the Ministry is ready to move forward under the leadership of newly appointed Minister for Magic, Charles Hollingberry.

Hogwarts alumni, Hollingberry brings with him over 50 years of experience working in wizarding politics with 30 of those serving as the department head for the Department of International Magical Cooperation for the Japanese Ministry of Magic. Hollingberry also served as the campaign manager for Puddlemere United chaser Carter Phillips during his successful bid for a position on the Hogwarts Board of Governors in 2080. “My vision for wizarding Britain is for a wizarding community that is strong in our values and our freedoms, strong in our family and community life, and strong in our sense of wizardinghood,” Hollingberry shared soon after his appointment. “Gone are the days of juvenile tyranny under P. Nickles. I look forward to keeping the Ministry on the trajectory January and the other department heads began and building upon it for the future of our wizarding world. Speaking of which, I do have five beautiful PERFECT peaches for grandchildren.”

In commemoration of the grand reopening, the Minister and the department heads will be hosting a cocktail hour on March 31, prior to the opening on April 1.

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West and Alice Odessa Retire from Quidditch

April, 2097
by: Renee Chapman


In a shock announcement from the Montrose Magpies camp today, husband and wife chaser team, West and Alice Odessa are retiring from Quidditch. Alice Odessa has been playing for the Magpies since she graduated Hogwarts in 2083 under her maiden name Alice Fischer, while her husband West Odessa played for the Wigtown Wanderers from 2083 until Summer of 2094 before joining the Montrose Magpies to play alongside his wife.

Alice Odessa has been sitting on the bench since game ten of the 2096-2097 Season with “medical reasons” cited and has opted not to renew her contract. A spokesperson for the Montrose Magpies states however that West Odessa is required to buy out his contract or continue to play out the remainder of the season and half of the 2097-2098 season. “We have a signed contract with West Odessa that commits him to playing on our team until the middle of next season.”

There is no question that West Odessa can afford the required payout due to his standout music career. He is the frontman of wizarding world-renowned rock band The Dead Kneazles. All of the members of The Dead Kneazles are known for having dual careers, but for several years now speculation has been rife about when and if the band members will make the move to focus solely on their music.

Alice Odessa too has a dual career path, having received a doctorate degree in Astrophysical Magic in 2090 and working as an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. Her husband regularly gushes about his wife’s achievements in interviews, recently stating: “There’s far more to Alice than being the premier chaser in the British and Irish Quidditch League, she’s the smartest person I know. She’s studied Astronomy, Experimental Magic, Astrophysics, Mechanical Charms, and Astrophysical Magic. She’s a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. She’s an amazing role model to the young woman.”

Whether the couple has chosen to retire from Quidditch due to their other career paths or for another unnamed reason has not been confirmed, though there have been long time will-they-won’t-they speculation amongst their fans regarding if the pair will ever start a family. Perhaps an unannounced pregnancy is an explanation for Alice Odessa’s “medical reason” benching?

When asked for more information, Alice’s response was only to gnash her teeth at this reporter and state that she had no comment in less polite words.

West Odessa, however, had more to say. “Alice and I are on a new path with our lives and our careers, and we appreciate the support from all our fans at this time and hope that you can all continue to respect our privacy. Also please don’t ask about the new album - it's coming.”

This reporter suspects there’s more on the way than just an album. Stay tuned.

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Worple and Warmsley Magical Travelling Carnival
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July, 2097
by: Cameron Grail


After 22 years touring the globe, the Worple and Warmsley Magical Travelling Carnival is returning to Diagon Alley this summer.

In the intervening years since the Worple and Warmsley Carnival was last seen in Diagon Alley during the summer of 2075, the carnival has updated its acts and now features a myriad of exotic creatures from all over the Wizarding World. Each creature is trained and cared for by highly-experienced experts, licensed and certified by the International Confederation of Wizards, and the carnival has been lauded for its safety measures for patrons as well as its commitment to creature welfare.

Alongside the fascinating creatures you will be treated to meeting during the carnival's stint in Diagon Alley this summer, all the usual carnival acts and workers will gladly entertain you. From magical balloon animals to a one-man band, a mime, a juggler, a stilt-walker, and a contortionist, patrons should prepare themselves to experience top-notch sideshow games and entertainment right in the middle of the alley. Street games, carnival food, rides, and good wholesome family fun are on the agenda for all.

The games and food are all reasonably priced and ideal for kids with limited pocket money. Entry to The Worple and Warmsley Magical Travelling Carnival itself is free for all ages and many of the acts are completely free of charge.

The carnival will run throughout August 2097 right in the middle of Diagon Alley.
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Meet the New Face of Firewhisky

September, 2097
by: Cameron Grail



Following the unexpected death of the Ogden patriarch, Brogan Ogden, there were some whispers as to who would be thrust onto the throne of the Firewhisky Empire. Would the long-lost son reappear? Would the skateboarding hipster hang up his Vans in trade for a pair of Prada loafers? There was always an obvious enough choice, honestly, but it was with great suspense that the Wizarding World watched on to see if the renowned bad boy was actually done with his naughty ways and ready to tackle the boardroom.

It would seem that the bad boy has indeed renounced his ways and stepped into his father's larger-than-life shadow. It is no secret that the family has had its issues over the years, Garrick Odgen often at the forefront of scandal by and large... but that just makes for a good print, no? That is if the tight-lipped clan ever lets anyone near enough with a camera or simply a pad and pen. I was lucky enough to find the man sitting at the bar of his newest holding; Aeon Blue. It was certainly a treat to have an opportunity to speak the normally reclusive Ogden CEO. Read below for the entire interview!

Daily Prophet: Thank you so much for agreeing to speak with me today, Mr. Ogden! You are a very difficult man to get close to!

Garrick Ogden: Please, do not call me Mr. Ogden. That was my father. You can call me Garrick. And I wouldn't agree with that last statement, actually... I just tend to shy away from those of you holding a press pass.

Daily Prophet: That was an awfully cheeky grin, sir! I had heard that you tend to just... ooze charm. I see that the rumours were indeed true! But all of that aside, how are you finding your transition to patriarch and CEO?

Ogden: Well, we're just diving right in, aren't we? [He then paused to unbutton the top button of his coat and sit back languidly in his seat] I will be taking the reins as CEO of Ogdens Finest only, I do not have the want or the time to take on the "patriarch" role. It's every Ogden for themselves.

But as far as the business side of things go; I have basically been groomed for this exact moment since before I went off to Hogwarts, really. It was not a path I wanted to follow when I was younger, but then again is any teenager keen on being told what to do? [chuckles lightly] I think I had a head start in all of it, though. My father was a brilliant businessman and certainly taught me all that he could at any given opportunity.

Daily Prophet: That's good to know that you don't feel out of your depth! But I have to wonder... what do the other Ogdens in the brood think of your ascension to the head of the family?

Ogden: [laughs more naturally now] I am sure you are well aware that everyone else has their own lives.

Daily Prophet: So you're saying it fell into your lap because you were the only one around? I find that hard to believe.

Ogden: Don't go putting words in my mouth, love. I simply said everyone has their own lives. No one is upset and, in fact, my cousins and brother have been nothing short of amazingly supportive throughout this all. I couldn't say that I would be where I am now without them all having my back.

Daily Prophet: So there was no petty in fighting or dramatic scenes behind closed doors? That is mildly disappointing...

Is it true that Witch Weekly recently contacted you for a full spread for the Eligible Bachelor edition? And that you not so much declined, but actually guffawed into the phone before rudely hanging up?

Ogden: [tenses visibly] Where do you get your information from? And that is not something I will comment on at this time. You can stick to the business side of things as agreed, or this interview is over...

Daily Prophet: Seems as though I may have struck a nerve.

Ground just broke on your newest distillery in Monte Carlo. Is it true that your cousin and yourself got into a bit of a scrape while in a casino after the ceremony? Is that how the Ogdens Finest brand will run now?

Ogden: [stands abruptly] The Ogden Firewhisky brand is in good hands with myself and my team making new and exciting strides in expansion. I thank you kindly for your interest and for meeting me on my terms. [strides away]


While the Man Forged In Firewhisky seems to be one of few words, it is my belief that there is more to him than most see. Keep your eyes peeled here for more information if it unfolds. I wouldn't be surprised if there was more scandal than we can shake our wands at in the future!


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November, 2097
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A page right out of the fairy tales has landed in Great Britain. One Mr. Richard Brighton of Sussex attempted to make his latest pumpkin crop an award-winning success. Only that apparently wasn’t good enough for the man in the end. No, his harvest was to have pumpkins and guards of all shapes and sizes, complete with a prize pumpkin-made coach that would make your local fairy godmother proud.

But sometimes one must learn that playing with nature isn’t always a good idea to attempt. Especially when you’re mixing around with your Latin and trying to create new spells to do your bidding. No matter how strong your intent is. A word to the wise dear reader, spell creation is best left to the professionals.

Neighbors were alerted to the situation when an explosion rocked the area and several escaped animals from Mr. Brighton’s farm were found with permanent orange spots on their skin and covered with pumpkin seeds. When a group of them went to check on the poor farmer, he was found unconscious in a pumpkin shaped crater. The surrounding wreckage enough to keep the community well supplied in pumpkin pies throughout the season.

If one trusts the faintly glowing pulp.

Members of the Accidents and Catastrophes department were called upon to fix the matter from helping Brighton from his predicament to making sure the local muggles thought it all make believe. Maybe next time the man will be sure to be satisfied with what is truly manageable by the average witch or wizard. And let the only Cinderella story be the one in children’s books.

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Where have all the Dark Wizards Gone?

November, 2097
by: Kara St. Cloud



Two sides of the same coin; it’s an idea as old as time. Basically, it’s the observation that even though two things may seem completely different, they’re actually closely related to each other and cannot be separated. Think Batman and the Joker, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort or Shakespeare’s the Capulets and the Montagues. But what happens when one does lose their ‘other side’ so to speak?

Folks, this is the question that we are currently facing with the Aurors. There’s simply an absence of dark wizards (the Aurors' natural opposite) for the Ministry’s elite policing force to chase down. Now, most people would say that this is a good thing. But what exactly is left for the Aurors if they have no one to chase down? Do they start doing the more mundane jobs usually left for the Magical Law Enforcement Squad? Or do they start squabbling amongst themselves like children? Maybe it’s a combination of the two. Either way, this lapse in dark activity is sure to lead the Aurors down a dark path towards sure implosion.

And what has happened to all the dark wizards, anyway? Surely our dear Aurors haven’t caught them all. Maybe they’re laying in wait, watching, ready to strike when the Aurors do eventually implode. Maybe this is their grand plan. Or, maybe the Aurors got tired of chasing them and paid them off to go away for a while. No matter what the situation is, all of the dark wizards have seemingly fallen off the face of the planet and it’s time for the wizarding public to start asking questions. Time to start worrying about the implications and the repercussions.

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A Modelesque Halloween Party

November, 2097
by: Cameron Grail


Earlier this week, your Daily Prophet correspondents got front row passes to one of the most awaited Halloween soirees in our very own wizarding community. An event hosted by none other than the prestigious Models Association of the London Wizarding Community (MALWC) and attended by a handpicked selection of fashionable wizards and witches of various age and background from all over Europe. Being invited along by the community’s premiere non-profit organization of models, known for producing some very promising talents, was a golden opportunity and we expected nothing short of grand.

So what exactly happens in a MALWC Halloween party, you ask? It turns out a whole lot of dancing, a whole lot of picture taking, and of course a whole lot of major fashion moments. The theme being a masquerade ball, the night had an air of mystery and elegance to it, with the place charmed to be reminiscent of old whimsical London from a whole century ago. Intricate floating chandeliers lit up the venue to highlight some of the most interesting and bewitching looks, showcased by the models and their guests. We can't mention all, but here are some of our favorites:

High fashion runway model Sachiko of Modèle Mystique simply looked regal in an extravagant marble-textured gown. Coupled with a pair of silver dangling earrings, an imposing shiny crown that was almost seven inches tall and a subtle mask complimenting her overall ensemble, she was quite the queen of the night. Quidditch player and model Elian Maes also made an appearance, looking quite dashing in a black and white tuxedo. The classic bow tie and embossed flashy gold mask he wore over his eyes was an absolute head-turner.

Another favorite was fashion icon and animagus Ambrosia Crabtree who challenged the faux pas and exuded vibrancy with her colorful feathered attire. She perfected the look with a painted mask that made her and her pink eyebrows stand out. Renowned model and nail artist Ruby Banner also did not disappoint, donning a fitted gown made of delicately fluttering butterflies especially tailored for her by Pensacola Morgan-Bott's O-Star designs. The quaint butterfly mask clouding her eyes for an added oomph perfectly completed the look. Finally, to roundup our list is rising star Evony McKenna in a sheer sweetheart crystal ball gown with embroidered details. She kept the accessories to a minimum but accentuated her facial features and golden locks with a dainty lace mask.

It was a truly memorable night and we can hardly wait for what this organization and their esteemed models have in store for us next Halloween. Stay tuned!

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Quidditch in Crisis?

December, 2097
by: Jordan Thomas


With Quidditch starting up all the fans are rushing to pull out their favorite robes and the always fun trash talking between friends has started, but is it at the height that it usually is at this time of year? We are only a month in and it seems that ticket sales are down from previous years. What is going on this year that wasn't last year or the year before? Lucas Hawthorne announced just before the season started that the ministry would be raising the prices on tickets. With it only being two short years since the last spike in prices, many fans have become less excited about going to the matches.

If you go to a match, you are still seeing the excited fans cheering for their favorite teams, but you aren't seeing as many. "It's crazy how empty the seats are. We are usually so busy on match days in the concession stands, but this season so far it's less crowded which always means less money coming in." Crysten is just one of the many workers that are noticing a difference this season.

The question still is why did they raise the prices and why are people less likely to go out and buy the tickets? Many speculations from older fans are that there have been so many player changes that they don't feel as devoted. Now that great player like Hamilton, Whittebrook-Low, both Odessas, Botros, Barnard, and many other players have retired, the thrill isn't there for the ones that once were devoted to their favorites. Still, there are many up and coming players that are shining through and some veterans that still rock the quidditch world like Summers, Potter, Andres, Thatcher, and many more that fans should be excited enough about to support their favorite sport.

If this trend keeps happening, the Department of Games and Sports will need to answer to the fans as to why they can't afford to see matches anymore, and if they can't afford matches then teams will start to suffer. It looks likes a cycle that will need to be stopped. When asked to comment about it, Department Head Victoria Culloden was unreachable. So it leaves us as well as all the fans to wonder, what is really going on?

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Matchmaker Madness

January, 2098
by: Hector Velez


The holiday season has come and gone, and that can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! For some, the day means flowers, chocolates, and a romantic date with that special someone; for others, it is nothing but a bad reminder of their loneliness. If you find yourself single and ready to mingle this Valentine’s Day, your soulmate might be right under your nose. Matchmaker, Matchmaker is here to help in your search.

Located in Diagon Alley next to TerrorTours, Matchmaker, Matchmaker is easily spotted by its vibrant pink exterior, but do not let the frilly appearances fool you! The shop, family owned and operated since 1985, has garnered quite the reputation over the years for successfully matching couples one blind date at a time. Their slogan boasts “helping find love Amortentia-free,” so it goes without saying that they take their matches quite seriously. The shop is currently headed by Juliet Raphael, a veteran with over 20 years experience at the helm of Matchmaker, Matchmaker. When asked for comment, Raphael stated, “This is my favourite time of the year! It just absolutely makes my heart melt seeing people fall for those they are blindly paired with, and I am incredibly honoured to be part of that process.”

The matchmaking process itself is fairly straightforward. Customers ages 18 and over need only fill out an application, which will be carefully reviewed by the shopkeeper and her team. Couples are matched based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to common interests. Once the matching is complete, applicants are notified of the time and location of their blind date, and the rest it up to the couple.

While Matchmaker, Matchmaker is open year round, the shop experiences a spike in business around Valentine’s Day. More applications means more chances for those looking for love or just looking for a good time to find a match, so get those applications in while you can!

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Communication is Key

February, 2098
by: Simon Stackton


All sorts of relationships require work from everyone involved. We know this. We have likely seen this all of our lives. Why is it that we seem to forget everything we know to be true when the heart gets involved? Amazing isn't it?

Recently my boyfriend and I went through a very painful period of non-communication. It was, honestly, our first real fight and BOY was it painful! He had gotten into some sort of slump or something like that. And that is FINE. It happens to the best of us, right? The problem? He never communicated with me that he was having a hard time with something. Instead we stopped talking, buried ourselves in work, and stopped even spending time together. Everything was strained for us and between us.

Finally it all came to a head, so to speak. Of course we had this epic fight that ended with hurt feelings and us, again, not speaking for days. The difference was that even though we were shouting and fighting, we had communicated. Somewhat, anyway. (I am still not sure what the root of the problem was, to be honest...) But when cooler heads had prevailed it was all settled like adults.

My point to sharing personal information with all of our readers is that COMMUNICATION is key! Easier said than done? No. It is the easiest thing in the world to do. I find that if I am unable to verbalize my issues that I often get them out by writing them down. Or sending an email or text. It is not meant to be an insincere way of dealing with things, simply sometimes we can form our words better this way.

This is not only true in matters of the heart, either. Friendships are a two-way street, also. If someone is hurting your feelings, not being a good friend, whatever the case is: COMMUNICATE! How can things ever get sorted if the other person doesn't have a clue that there is an issue? It is so simple and yet one of the scariest things we do, right? The anxiety of telling others how we feel can sometimes eclipse the realization that it has to be spoken to be solved.

This is my long-winded way of saying that we have got to start speaking our minds and our hearts in a healthy manner or else all relationships will suffer.


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Ask Sapientia

February, 2098
by:Sapientia


Are you struggling with some inner problems that you need another eye to look in? Maybe you are in need of some advice from a stranger instead of a loved one that knows too much about you? If any of this sounds familiar you have come to the right place and asking Sapientia is just what you need.

Dear Sapientia,
Help! My friend is giving me the Ultimate Silent Treatment and I can’t handle it! It’s been so long! I’m going to die! Am I going to DIE?!
Sincerely,
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I suggest you first have a cup of calming tea, darling, because making a fuss out of this is stressful! And no, you won’t die! Don’t forget that it’s not at all foreign for others to not talk to you. Perhaps your friend is busy with whatever takes most of their time these days (say, a new work schedule) or perhaps your friend just needs space for whichever reason that may be.

Or you can try and make sure they really aren’t under a Silencing Charm! Who knows, right?

Best of Luck,
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Dear Sapientia,
How do I ask the love of my life out for Valentine’s Day? HELP!!!!!
Sincerely,
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Before anything else, take a deep breath, sweet cheeks. Inhale, exhale. Always remember that feeling nervous is normal. There are so many possible outcomes from asking someone out. Whether he or she accepts or declines is beyond your control, but don’t let this opportunity flutter away! Valentine’s only happens once every year, so grab that chance.

How you ask the love of your life depends on what he or she wants, since I’m sure you know him or her better than I do. If they are the intellectual type, a crossword puzzle or a game of Scrabble would likely do the trick. If they enjoy creatures, letting your puppy carry a note is quite an adorable sight. If they’re the straight-forward, just drop the question as if ripping off a band-aid. Get your creative juices flowing!

But if you are planning to just send roses to yourself anonymously, then it is with deep regret that I inform you that people have already done that before.

Best of Luck,
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Now, remember dear readers if you ever have a question for me you can always find the answer by owling the Daily Prophet.


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Discovery of the week: Pixie Lullaby at the Mermaid and Raven

March, 2098
by: Opal Mainwaring


There’s no shortage of new bands on the pub circuit in London, but Indie newcomers Pixie Lullaby certainly have a lot to rave about. The trio comes fresh out of the WADA music program with a provocative original set reminiscent of hometown favourites Murtlap on Toast, interspersed with storming wrock classics to electrify the crowd. I stumbled into them at the Mermaid and Raven last Saturday evening, immediately drawn in by the pared back, inspirational lyrics of Blank Slate about starting afresh and leaving the negative behind. In contrast, the head-bopping Seek My Love got toes tapping with its catchy rhythmical chorus, before they rounded off the show with an electrifying cover of wrock anthem You’re Banished by Krystal and the Yetis.

I caught up with Stevie Allen, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, after the show, where she told me that inspiration mainly comes from the people around them. “WADA has so many talented people attending, eccentric and open, and it’s hard not to want to be open too,” she told me. Confident and engaging on stage (“there’s something electric about people singing in unison, you know?”), she’s quiet and thoughtful off of it - which comes across in her poetic lyrics. Jaz, the guitarist, is the artsy creative one, and Mila, the drummer, is the networker, booking their gigs. The combination comes together into a dynamic, sweeping sound, both familiar, but also slightly edgy.

So, any plans hit the studio to record their first album? “That’s the goal,” Stevie told me. But for the moment they’re focusing on live gigs, enjoying the performance and the thrill of the crowd. And as awesome as this trio was to watch, that’s no bad thing at all.

Want to catch them yourself? They’ll be at the Witch’s Brew, London, next Wednesday, kicking off at 9pm.

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Senior Undersecretary Bones Targeted in Suspected Attack


March, 2098
by:Brutus Trimble


The ministry picnic held in January was interrupted by an unusual fireworks display which culminated in an attack by several fiery dragons made from real flames. While many in attendance thought the attack was a harmless if eye-catching part of the display, the quick thinking of two nearby aurors, Evangeline Shacklebolt and Angelo Toussaint, likely saved Senior Undersecretary Bones's life as well as those of the other picnickers in the vicinity. Neither auror was willing to comment when contacted.

While it has not been confirmed if the flame dragon attack was intentional or accidental in nature, an unnamed ministry source has revealed that Senior Undersecretary Bones has been receiving regular death threats blaming her for her involvement in the Nickels administration, and she has a round-the-clock security detail, which suggests the threat is being taken seriously, and that the attack during the fireworks display was premeditated and targeted towards January Bones rather than accidental.

When asked for comment, the ministry released the following statement: "While we will not confirm nor deny speculation regarding Mrs. Bones' safety or the details of the security measures for any of our senior ministry staff, we assure the wizarding public at large that they do not need to worry, and our employees and their families were not at any risk during the events at the picnic."

If January Bones is again targeted in public, how will the ministry protect the public from being caught in the crossfire? This question and others remain as yet unanswered.


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The Dating Shame

April, 2098
by: Hector Velez


Earlier this year, the Daily Prophet featured an article on Diagon Alley’s own Matchmaker, Matchmaker and the shop’s annual spike in business. With Valentine’s Day and the busy dating season over, new details have emerged about the dates provided by Matchmaker, Matchmaker (more specifically, the types of dates offered) that call the shop’s practices into question. When one hears the phrase “blind date”, it typically brings to mind things like candlelit dinners, dancing, or maybe attending a show or concert, but matchmaker Juliet Raphael apparently had other ideas in mind for this year's valentines.

One such idea took the phrase “prisoners of love” to ridiculous levels with a blind date set up in Azkaban prison! Yes, you read that right. The date was supposed to entail a climb up the prison walls, an Auror-led tour of the facility and time spent getting to know each other over dinner… while locked inside a cell. The couple, however, had other ideas. Ramiel Skeres says, "We didn't climb the walls of course, that's just madness" If you think that location sounds less than ideal, you're not alone! Zinnia Shacklebolt had this to say about the situation, "My company was pleasant enough, but that crockpot of a matchmaker needs to be admitted to the Janus Thickey Ward because sure someone Obliviated the common sense right out of her. A blind date in Azbakan? Honestly."

Speaking of the Janus Thickney ward, another date took place inside St. Mungo's hospital itself, complete with a tour of the wards and potion area, meet and greet with patients, and three-course meal provided by the hospital cafeteria. I spoke to the unfortunate couple, and needless to say, they were not pleased! "It was a bloody joke without a punchline,” says Elliot Cox. “I didn't even bother to wait for my blind date to arrive before decided to vacate the premises." Mr. Cox's companion, Tala Asadi, was more generous in her assessment. "I'm not sure if a hospital is ever an ideal location, location to take... someone you're potentially interested in,” she says. “I felt rather uneasy, but it did give us something to talk about, so I suppose it did the job it was meant to do."

These less than romantic venues have led some to question matchmaker Juliet Raphael's sanity. Has Ms. Raphael been at the matchmaker game so long that she's losing her touch? Did she run out of ideas for dates? Was the annual uptick in business a contributing factor? Were the stranger date locations perhaps the result of a scheduling conflict with other more traditional venues?

When asked to explain her reasoning behind the locations, Juliet Raphael commented, "Oh, deary, such a silly thing to ask. We here at Matchmaker, Matchmaker give all of our clients a unique place to fall head over heels with their perfect match. It is not the location that matters at the end of the day, but rather whether or not the pairing can make a connection with each other in the scenario they were put in. Whether at the park on the swings, in a café with a coffee at hand, or, yes, even climbing the walls of a prison, love has a habit of sparking in the oddest of places where you would least expect to find it."

With that response, it's up to the readers to determine whether or not there was method to the madness. What do you think? Are you satisfied with Ms. Raphael's explanation?

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World Cup Coming to England

April, 2098
by: Jordan Thomas


Ever since our last time hosting in 2070, everyone has been waiting for the Quidditch World Cup to come back to England and now, FINALLY, the wait is over. 2098 is OUR year and with news hitting the public late December, early January the World Cup buzz has been the hot topic around Diagon Alley: questions about the stadium, which players, and which teams will be playing against each other have taken over. Well, we have all the information you have been waiting for right here.

Four years ago the Department of Magical Games and Sports were told that they had earned the bid to host the World Cup right here in England. The first round of games will be played at all professional Quidditch stadiums around Great Britain and Ireland; a detailed schedule will be coming out soon. Magical Games and Sports Department Head Victoria Culloden made a public announcement recently that each country had a set of regulation officers, world scouts, and team managers that come up with their world team's rosters. The teams that make the final 16 are the top-seeded teams in the world. Games starting in early May will consist of: Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Syria, Madagascar, England, Armenia, Côte D'Ivoire, Fiji, Bulgaria, Brazil, Jamaica, China, India, and Mexico. The Ministry has announced that all ticket sales for the round 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the final match will go on sale April 15. They are projecting record sales, so don't wait!


Every business in Diagon Alley and around the Wizarding area is ready for a busy few months, and with all the heavy travel that will be coming to the area, all the shops and lodges are now announcing their sales and events. The Leaky Cauldron was the first to jump on the excitement, announcing they would be holding a raffle to win an all-expense paid stay with all meals included during the World Cup. If that isn't enough, you can find all world team merchandise, fireworks, and robes at your local shops. A full list of shops and events can be found below.

We at the Prophet aren't sure how any young witch or wizard will concentrate on school the next few months, knowing the finals to the world cup are being played. Heck, we aren't even sure how us adults will be focusing on anything else at this point.

Full list of events in Diagon Alley:
  • Leaky Cauldron is already holding a raffle to win 6 night 7-day stay, all meals included, with VIP access to Diagon Alley Quidditch World Cup events for you and a guest.
  • Quality Quidditch Supplies will be hosting a meet in greet of retired, active, and up and coming players.
  • Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes will be having team-colored fireworks
  • Florean's will be having team flavors beginning in May
  • Junk Shop will have many second-hand quidditch items available
  • Scribbulus will be hosting a design your own stationery based on your favorite teams.
  • Olivanders will have toy wands for sale that shoot off your favorite team's colors
  • Madam Malkin's will have all the team apparel you need to cheer on your favorites.
  • Paradise Tattoos will have Team-inspired jewelry & tattoo designs, body paint in team colors
  • Atticus's Attic Music Shop will have a music bundle featuring your favorite players' favorite songs.
  • Florish and Blotts will be having a sale on all Quidditch related books and team-colored journals.

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Youth Writing Contest

May, 2098
by: Jorge De La Garza

In a world where news is everywhere, from fashion, gossip, daily happenings, and even sports, have you ever found yourself wanting to write about them? Maybe you have a child interested in the big news stories around the Wizarding World, or you or your child love sports so much they could give every single detail about what is being reported. If you are a young inspiring writer or you know one, then the Daily Prophet has something just for you.

The Prophet is proud to present a writing contest just for our wizarding youth. So get those quills inked up and that parchment ready if you are ages 10-17. We are looking for young inspiring journalists who can't wait until university to put those quills to use and get their stories out to the public. The topic can be up to each writer as long as it follows in one of our overarching paper features: news, sports, or lifestyle. Once you have picked the section of our paper you wish to write in, then all that is letting your mind and your quill put words on parchment.

All submissions are due no later than June 1, 2098, and should be owled to the Editor-in-Chief Jorge De La Garza. There will be a winner for each age group (broken up between ages 10-11, 12-14, and 15-17), and each will win two tickets to this summer's final Quidditch World Cup match. Every writer that enters the contest will be invited to a youth writers event this summer at the Daily Prophet. Those details will be owled to all entrants when the date for the occasion is closer.

Don't delay, young writers! Get to writing. We at the Daily Prophet look forward to your submissions.





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England Moves on as the Round of 16 Concludes

May, 2098
by: Jordan Thomas


The wizarding world’s single greatest sporting event, the 2098 Quidditch World Cup, is already proving to be dramatic and unpredictable as the Round of 16 reaches its conclusion.

Ireland, predicted to perform well in the tournament, saw its Cup dreams come crashing down upon suffering loses to both Portugal and Jamaica while clenching victory against Madagascar. “Every paddy is sociable 'til a cow invades his garden,” Ireland’s coach, Dermot O’Casey, shrugged off when questioned what happened. “‘Twas simply not our year. Best of luck to the teams remaining in the tournament.”

In another surprising upset, China saw itself eliminated from the tournament with a 0-3 result in Group B. Sun Xiulan, chaser and captain for the Chinese side, felt a deep regret in disappointing fans and country. Particularly in light of being favored to claim the title for the second World Cup in a row. “Maybe we were a bit too confident going in to our matches or maybe we felt the pressure too much to perform. Both are just excuses for our lack of focus,” she told reporters at a press conference following the Côte D'Ivoire match. “I expected us to give England a better run for their galleon.”

Indeed Group B appears to have housed the two teams to watch this tournament. With a total of 890 points and 850 points respectively, India and England have soared to new heights early on in the tournament. With England such high scoring victories such as their 200- 90 victory of China and 350 - 70 over Côte D'Ivoire, Magical Games and Sports analysis are confident in predicting that they will go all the way. Others warn against ruling out India who defeated England in a nail biting 320 - 300 victory. “India’s chasers have unprecedented speed and stamina on their side” recalls Wilguens Geffrard, the Quidditch official who oversaw the match. “England was playing catch up for the later half of the match. But the English teamwork is awe-inspiring and a true pleasure to officiate over.”

16 teams began (Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Côte D'Ivoire, Egypt, England, Fiji, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Madagascar, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Syria) and now this number has dwindled down to half that as the tournament progresses on to the Final Stage of the competition.

GROUP A


GROUP B


GROUP C


GROUP D




It’s a tournament where legends are born, hearts are broken, and, when all is said and done, a team is crowned the World Cup champion: the pinnacle of the wizarding world’s most popular sport.

England’s fate in the tournament now rests upon their performance against Group A’s top seed, Portugal.
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Gossipy Tidbits from th Week That Was

June, 2098
by: Suzette Haggard


It’s that time again! Time to gather ‘round for a peek into the sordid debauchery that comes with the celebrity set. If you have ever felt like your life could be on camera well listen here and see that celebrities just might be normal like us or maybe these little owls that have given us this information might just show you why there are paparazzi following their every move and not yours. Enjoy your coffee or tea as you find out our latest information.

Which young almost-Auror was seen at the grand opening of the new club Uproar the other night? Why, it was none other than one Ronan Carter, son of famed failed wanna-be-Minister-come-French-MLE-Head Roxanne Carter. And just what was he doing there? Seemingly looking for someone to snuggle up with! How is it that guy's still single? Ladies you might want to find your way there to see if you could be the one that scoops him up. Also seen at Uproar was married actress Nessa Leighton, who was spotted kissing in the corner some blonde haired man that most certainly was not her husband!

Could there be trouble in paradise? We can only hope.

On another part of the famous planet, someone was seen popping out of a dumpster on Tottenham Court Road, but who could it be? Niv MacLean, that one hit wonder from a few years ago, that's who! It seems like he has fallen on hard times ever since his promising music career stalled out and he is trying to find a second career in making your garbage into someone else's treasure. We could only hope for that he has more talent designing trash than he did singing.

We hope you didn't think we would forget about all the buzz around with the world cup. Oh no, we have been watching and seeing some famous names in and around Diagon Alley, but also we have seen or should we say not seen some. We hope you have been out watching because there is one player who needs to keep his eyes off the ladies and on the pitch if England is going to win it all. Mr. Lamberto Urupi we are talking about you, yes, we saw you flirting with every lady you can.

Keep your eyes open and your camera's out dear readers, you never know when you could have the next scoop for us to share.
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England is in the World Cup!

August, 2098
by: Jordan Thomas


Yes, everyone, we know this isn't breaking news, but we had to say it again, ENGLAND IS IN THE WORLD CUP! If there was anyone who hadn't realized in the last year it was happening last night's opening ceremony would have been heard from every house in England we are positive. The Dead Kneezles were the headliner of the festivities and even wrote the anthem to this year's World Cup. West Odessa had this to say about the experience, "We were really excited to be invited to create the anthem for the cup and play at the opening ceremony. Quidditch is still so close to my heart, and it's surreal to see so much passion and support out there, both from our fans and from those who are just as damned excited about Quidditch as I am." Fans no matter who they are cheering for were on their feet dancing and screaming. The excitement leading up to this World Cup exploded in the stadium as the bands played and the World Cup Mascot made its entrance.


The World Cup crazy didn't just start in the last few days, which many of us already knew. Anyone who has been in the Diagon Alley shops would have seen apparel flying off shelves faster than Ollivanders sells wands to eleven-year-olds. With the semifinals in the books and India taking over Bulgaria in an easy 180-60 win spectators are starting to favor them for the cup. We were able to catch up with Captain Raju Mishra, who had this to say, " It's been quite an experience Captaining India once more in a World Cup. Each team has been strong in their own way and they all deserve to reach the Finals. For this reason, the Indian team will not underestimate the English team. To Team India's fans around the world, bahut dhanyavaad, many thanks for your support and we hope we can secure the Cup for you as much as for ourselves."

Though anyone who was at those last two matches would know that England will not be letting India just come into their home country and take that cup away, no they had a pretty good fight with Brazil with a final score of 230-110. Captain Cynthia Logan had this to say, "With having the very best Quidditch players in all of England on the national team, I have every confidence that we will take this all the way to win the cup!" Eyes will surely be on both teams to see who comes out on top holding the cup.


With hotels, Inns, and even the campground being fully booked up for months now fans are scrambling to find places to stay and have even had some minor issues with the MLE trying to sleep in the streets just to get a better look at the players as they get ready to play. "It's crazy around here, I can't believe the young people just sleeping where ever they want. I've had to run people off my property for about a month now." Martin Coleman was quoted as he was actually shooing people away when we spoke to him.

With everyone celebrating until the early mornings hours, we hope that the fans have had enough rest to be ready for the excitement of the day. The Quidditch Match will begin promptly at 1 p.m, but fans will have an opportunity to meet the players at an early meet and greet beginning at 9 a.m. Quidditch officials have said that tickets have been sold out for a while and to please be cautious of any wizards who could be selling fake tickets. So please be safe, enjoy the match, and GO ENGLAND!
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Hogwarts Suffers From Mutant Infestation

August, 2098
by: Reed Castell


It seems like not a single year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry goes unnoticed. With the conclusion of the recent school term, both students and staff alike faced yet another year full of problems as a swarm of mutants plagued the Scottish institution.

These mutants, described as pink furry creatures with a penchant for cuddles and affection, caused humans to experience itches and, over time, grow an alarming amount of hair. In addition, those who have made contact began to chomp on anything within their reach, much like the mutants themselves.

Furthermore, not only did these mutants eat random objects ranging from homework and school property, they also seem to have an appetite for creatures and, unfortunately, humans. Hogwarts did not only lose various possessions to the mutants, but also experienced the loss of their recently hired Charms instructor, Professor Dolly Dopple.

Intervention from the Ministry of Magic was deemed necessary when the mutant horde began to drastically expand in population with every item they could eat on. "There’s always something strange happening in that castle. Fortunately the mutants didn’t put up much of a fight," former Care of Magical Creatures professor and current head of the Department of Magical Creatures, James Draper, shared. "We have the mutants under our control and appropriate safety measures are being taken to ensure that an infestation such as this one is avoided in the future."

"It was definitely an....experience I can tell you that. Pink and fluffy aren’t words you expect to describe the next “threat” to Hogwarts," Hogwarts headmaster Malachi Trent said. "I’m happy to report we’ve since gotten most of the destruction replaced and things can get back to normal. A certain house elf will now be under more careful watch."

Prior to the infestation, the unnamed mutant had been kept locked away by one of the school’s house elves, Toddles, throughout the duration of the term. The house elf said that he wanted to have a pet of his own, much like the students can.
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World Cup Was More Than Just a Match

October, 2098
by: Jorge De La Garaza


England won this year's World Cup, but many are asking if it was a fair win or if the Quidditch administration should have stepped in and forced a do-over. The excitement leading up to the biggest match of the year was not the excitement it ended with, for India at least. The match started out intense with both sides fighting a great fight for the quaffle and the Keepers doing an exceptional job keeping the score at zero, but quickly everyone but the official noticed something wasn't right.

When a rouge bludger started to find it's way to India's captain it was becoming obvious that the match was tampered with. How did this bludger get into the stadium at all when the Magical Games and Sports Department at the Britsh Ministry were suppose to be testing and approving all equipment. Was there an inside job or had someone been able to get past the security the day of the final match? This is the question that many are asking and that MLE has assured they are investigating. Department Head Victoria Culloden would not comment leaving further questions about the incident.

A bludger wasn't the only issues that seemed to happen that day when during the middle of the match a muggle was spotted walking around very confused. Magical Law Enforcement took care of the situation quickly, but not before some witches and wizard took notice, "The MLE used a Patronus for Merlin's sake in front of the old man. He was so confused and scared, I felt bad for him really." a witch that wanted to remain nameless said at the scene. While other witnesses felt MLE did exactly what they should.

As both the match and the muggle events were happening it seems a pickpocket was among the crowd as well. He or she was not caught, but many people in the stands are now missing watches, bracelets, wallets, and many other personal items. The thief was never caught at the match and there is no other information about the person.

We are now two months later and there has still not been any leads or any arrest for either the bludger or the pickpocket. It leaves the questions was this an inside job or someone trying to ruin the World Cup for England, plus, what will this do for England to ever get a chance to host again?

If anyone has any information on either incident we would love to know or go directly to MLE for a small reward they are offering for any leads.




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Pick-pocket Pandemonium in Diagon Alley

December, 2098
by: Ellura Hardwicke


The Quidditch World Cup wasn’t the only excitement that took place this busy summer in the UK. Reports have been gathered from various sources of the mysterious sightings of a niffler running around Diagon Alley among the maddening crowds out school supply shopping or just going about their business enjoying the nice weather. Or was it more than one creature? No one talked to could be sure it wasn’t the same one every time. Some can’t even prove that they weren’t just imagining things in the hub bub.

All we know was the fountain was quite busy getting upset with passersby’s even though they all swear that they gave money to the stone guardian just outside the Leaky Cauldron’s courtyard entrance to the alley. And there may or may not have been curious shadows around Espresso Patronum while its patrons were enough a respite from their shopping. Not to mention Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment and its customers had its fair share of surprises as one of the most well-stocked homes of reflective surfaces to attract the lovers of precious metals.

Thank goodness Gringotts seemed to have escaped with all its galleons, sickles and knuts. Or at least this reporter hasn’t heard through the grapevine of any unfortunate and unexpected withdrawals from the wizarding bank.

Could the pickpocket previously reported be of a fuzzy variety or was there a duo of troublemakers in Diagon Alley since this summer?

We may never know.

I just advise everyone to keep their valuables close and their shinies extra secure from now on.



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