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Old 08-13-2019, 11:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A New Home for Hogwarts
by Wallace Fletcher
HOGWARTS - Staff and students alike will not be returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry come September 1st. Reports have confirmed that, at the point of this article, all attempts to clear the castle of the ominous mist have failed. This strange phenomena settled on the castle’s grounds sometime back in early November. From then, it forced the castle’s residents further inside until a mass evacuation was put underway. The school year ended in the small village of Hogsmeade, just outside the school. With the term now behind them, Headmaster Malachi Trent has confirmed the new school year will not find them in the highlands of Scotland.

“The castle isn’t in any sort of shape to be lived in and it’s certainly not the place to get an education, not at the moment and not with such high stakes. The school’s Board of Governors is still working closely with the Ministry but until it can be cleared away, our hands are tied,” said the Headmaster.

Despite the grim outlook for the new school year, there is a small ray of hope. Following a meeting over at the Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France, Headmistress Giselle Demarais of Beauxbatons has agreed to house the students and faculty of Hogwarts for the coming 2099-2100 school year. The Headmistress has asserted that preparations have already begun to receive the extra students and staff.

“Headmistress Demarais has been most gracious in the face of this unexpected terror. I look forward to working with her and providing a new experience for the students.”

The students of Hogwarts will travel by Beauxbatons’s abraxan drawn carriages on September 2nd, allowing the French school to transport its own students on their scheduled date of September 1st. Change of location aside, the Headmaster does not see this having too much of an impact on the students or their learning and says he’s optimistic about the year ahead.

Minister for Magic, Charles Hollingberry, states that he fully supports the Headmaster’s decision. In communication by portrait since the mist engulfed Hogwarts in March, Hollingberry regrets that the Ministry is unable to provide any concrete answers at this time even after the Department of Environmental Regulations and Protection was deployed. “What Environmental encountered there is unprecedented. The reports received, including a first hand account by my incredibly gifted grandson, up to then referencing petrifying hallucinations only but nothing physical like our investigation discovered. We can confidently say that this is no weather phenomenon as previously suspected and will be sending a second investigation team involving multiple departments very soon.”

Hollingberry admitted with much reluctance that the Ministry had failed in recovering two Hogwarts students who had gone missing back in March. “We are not giving up. We will bring those two home.”

The Minister further elaborated on the Ministry’s efforts to contain the situation, noting in particular the vigorous attempts being performed by the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures in the recovery and safe containment of all those creatures who fled Hogwarts’s grounds and the Forbidden Forest. With sightings of ‘unnaturally enormous spiders’ being reported by muggle news sources as far away as Scrabster and other numerous accounts of other ‘unusual’ sightings across the United Kingdom, the Ministry is working around the clock for the safety of these creatures and the protection of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.
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