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Obituary: Abraham Botros (September, 2090)
No Swap After All: Hogwarts Remains Under Sahnoun's Leadership (September, 2090)
Fire Ruled Accident; Daily Prophet Reopens (October, 2090)
Scabior Elected Minister (November, 2090)
WERPS Event Scheduled for the New Year (November, 2092)
The Newest Daily Prophet Editor in Chief Named (August 2093)
Community Forum for Squibs rights formed (September 2093)
Barton Breaks Big (October 2093)

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Obituary: Abraham Botros, 2003-2090
September, 2090
by: Scout MacIntyre



Abraham Botros passed away in his sleep on August 24, 2090. He was 87 years old. An accomplished educator and researcher, his health had failed in recent years presumably as a result of his involvement with ancient runic scripts.

Abraham was born into a large pureblood family, originally of Birmingham, that had fought during the Second Wizarding War. A Hufflepuff graduate of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, he continued his education first in Edinburgh, Scotland, then in Istanbul, Turkey, and then finally at the Wizarding University in Cairo where he met his wife, Deborah.

A professor of runic study at both the secondary and university levels, Abraham eventually ascended to the post of Headmaster at Hogwarts. He additionally held an honorary professorship at Cairo WU in their Ancient Runes department. Abraham also co-founded the Masters of Runes, a research committee in Alexandria, Egypt.

Abraham was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham and Latifah, his wife Deborah, his brothers Aaron and Samuel, and his sisters Eden and Rula.

He is survived by his sisters Lilah and Samia, his sons Owen (Nora) and Julianne (Patricia), his daughters Sally (Tony) and Janet, and 9 grandchildren: Hassan, Lilian, Marci, Eureka, Rula, Junia, Abraham, Aaron, and Alanna.

Condolences may be directed to the Botros home in Alexandria, Egypt.


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No Swap After All:
Hogwarts Remains Under Sahnoun's Leadership

September, 2090
by: Scout MacIntyre

HOGWARTS - In a surprise turn of events, Mohamed Sahnoun will remain Headmaster at Hogwarts following Meredith Moxley's decision to remain at Ilvermorny.

What was intended to be a one-year multi-school swap concocted by the International Confederation of Wizards has become an international game of dominos. The exchange program had sent Hogwarts Headmistress Moxley to Ilvermorny and brought the Uagadou Headmaster Sahnoun to Hogwarts for the 2089-2090 school term. The intent of the program was that all Heads would return to their schools of origin the following year.

However, Ilvermorny extended an offer to Moxley to continue on at their institution, allowing her to pursue her research into how the American no-maj population differs from our own muggles. This produced a vacancy at Hogwarts, which was then offered to Sahnoun. While Sahnoun told us that the Ilvermorny Headmaster had decided to retire, Ilvermorny representatives could not be reached for comment as to whether he resigned, was fired, or had been mysteriously carried off by Brazilian caipora during a visit to Castelobruxo.

Sahnoun accepted the post, citing his desire to continue the work he'd started during his first year. "Being at Hogwarts was such an enriching experience, and I feel like there is much I can continue to provide for the school under my leadership,” he told the Daily Prophet. He brings on a number of new staff following the resignations of several of the faculty for reasons unrelated to his tenure. He also cited further relationship building with students, and enhanced communication with the wider community as priorities.

As for Uagadou, the temporary Head during the swap did not choose to stay. The deputy who worked under Sahnoun has instead taken on the role. Sahnoun expressed his utmost confidence in her, saying, "Though there is a part of me that is sad about not returning to Uagadou, I know that the school is in very capable hands under the leadership of my former Deputy Headmistress.”


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Fire Ruled Accident; Daily Prophet Reopens
October, 2090
by: Micah Hornsby

DIAGON ALLEY - The blaze that decimated the Daily Prophet nearly a year ago has been ruled accidental by independent investigators.

"While there was some potions residue located at the ignition site and numerous potential suspects with a grudge against the paper, we have determined that the fire was not maliciously set," explained lead investigator Ignatius MacKay. This ruling concluded a several months long investigation that delayed the reopening of the Prophet significantly.

New Editor-in-Chief Scout MacIntyre has her doubts. "While I appreciate the thoroughness with which the investigatory team has conducted their work, the Daily Prophet has been a target in recent years," she shared in prepared remarks. "While I understand, and share, the team's assessment that there was no conclusive evidence of malice, I would have preferred that they issue a ruling of inconclusive, which would allow the possibility for further investigation down the road." MacIntyre was previously a reporter with the Prophet, though had been on a long-term leave when the fire occurred.

Flammable potions residue was found at the origin site of the fire, and the blaze was severe enough that determining whether any notes or records were stolen rather than destroyed was impossible. Investigators say that it was possible that two potions interacted with one another after being jostled inside a desk drawer.

The Daily Prophet reopens with a reduced staff and a new outlook. "Our doors are open," said MacIntyre, "literally and figuratively. We are increasing our freelancer outreach to bring you new voices as well as literally leaving our doors open. Come in. View our archives. Renew your subscription."

All previous subscription records were destroyed in the fire. New spells and other precautions have been taken to protect the new building from a large array of potential mishaps. When questioned about the specifics, a construction team representative replied, "no comment."


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Scabior Elected Minister
November, 2090
by: Micah Hornsby

The Daily Prophet is privileged to officially call the 2090 Minister for Magic election in favor of Althea Scabior.

Scabior is a graduate of the Egyptian Centre for Alchemical Studies and Wizarding University, with a double degree in Magical Metallurgy and Advanced Experimental Charms. She taught both charms and alchemy for years, including at the prestigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Following her teaching career, Scabior took over management of the Fawley-Schirmer Foundation, a charitable foundation that provides internships, apprenticeships, and higher-level education for disadvantaged Wizarding youth.

Scabior also served as Head of the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes after being appointed by Alexander Greingoth, and her ongoing support to the department in ensuing years has been invaluable.

Althea Scabior is married to publisher Everett Scabior and has two children.


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WERPS Event Scheduled for the New Year
November, 2092
by: Micah Hornsby

The highly anticipated Wizarding Environment Rejuvenation and Protection Summit (WERPS), will soon be hosted by the British Ministry of Magic in January 2093. As part of Minister Althea Scabior’s campaign platform regarding supportive measures for the environment and preventing climate change, this long awaited event is expected to address environmental concerns, educate the wizarding community, and let magical folks know just what they can do to help and get involved.

The summit was reported to have originally been planned to take place in the year following the Minister's election into office. Of course, planning such a large event takes some time to make sure everything is prepared and will run smoothly, but sources have pointed to other reasons for the extended delay. One of the reasons was a petition that was submitted to the International Confederation of Wizards by anonymous concerned citizens regarding the risk of potential statute breaches surrounding the event, pushing back at least two scheduled dates due to beaurocratic red tape at the international level.

Minister Scabior was willing to speak to us regarding the delays. "It is particularly galling to have obstacles and delays thrown in front of us now when we are so close to finalizing the necessary planning for an international event of this scope, particularly when no such concerns were raised when the plans were originally submitted to the I.C.W. However, the Ministry is confident that W.E.R.P.S will go ahead as planned in the new year. These so-called concerns that this summit will put the Statute of Secrecy in jeopardy are unfounded and ridiculous: Wizarding Britain has been hosting successful and renowned large-scale events for years and always kept well under the collective muggle radar and we will continue to be vigilant in that regard. We respect the Statute and will continue to uphold it by employing tried and tested methodology which meets International community's standards."

But the submitted petition is not the only reason for the delay. An unnamed source points to the abrupt resignation of former Environmental Regulation and Protection department head, River Davis-Campbell. Her sudden departure is rumored to be the result of a 10,000 galleon bribe and all expenses paid trip to the Caribbean. Davis-Campbell could not be reached for comment.

Two department heads were recently been hired to replace Davis-Campbell, who had formerly overseen both the Environment and the Magical Creatures departments. Noah O'Donnell, the new Environmental Regulation and Protection department head, is “very excited about the upcoming Wizarding Environment Rejuvenation and Protection Summit. I hope it brings the attention to the Wizarding world the effects that we put on the Environment as a community and provides information what we can to help. As the newly appointed head of the department, I feel like it's important to have the facts and know what can be done to protect our environment.” Becca Yenorin, the newest head of the Magical Creatures department and is also eager for the upcoming summit “to acknowledge and discuss any parts of the Wizarding community that are potentially disturbing the natural world around us. Our actions also affect muggles and we need to be very direct in addressing what we can do better. We are here to help you help the community.”

An expert panel of speakers from Britain as well as international have been invited to appear to speak on a variety of environmental and conservational topics. Such subjects are said to include global warming, terraforming, sustainable wand wood trees, and energy efficient wizarding homes. Exhibitions displaying experimental plants and interactive conservation methodology are also reported to be included in the event. The Wizarding Environment Rejuvenation and Protection Summit is expected to be open to the general wizarding public, free-of-charge for all to attend and learn how to best protect our environment.
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The Newest Daily Prophet Editor in Chief Named
August, 2093
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Diagon Alley- The Daily Prophet has gone through some very noticeable changes in the past six years. The departure of Basil Skeeter has seemed to place a curse on the position of editor in chief. It has left many associate editors wondering if they should even apply for the position when it comes available. The latest editor in chief handed in her resignation to return into retirement after just three years. Scout MacIntyre had been an associate editor for the prophet before she had retired only to come back and fill the position of standing editor in chief after the resignation of Tempus Folley. MacIntyre has decided that life is short and she wanted to travel and spend time with family. With her retirement, a new editor in chief has been named.

Jorge Cristo De La Garza, 41 is no stranger to journalism or the Daily Prophet. Studying journalism in Ronda, Spain, De La Garza came to London to join the Daily Prophet in 2082 after publishing a controversial article at his previous position in Spain. He spent eight years with the Prophet until he was attacked along with the previous Editor in chief Basil Skeeter. De La Garza then moved on to develop a Wizarding Magazine for Wizarding Sports, WSPM. Though he has become successful with WSPM he had always hoped to come back to the Daily Prophet. “There were no questions in my mind when I saw that the position of editor in chief was vacant. It was a goal I’ve had since moving here over ten years ago.” The forty-one-year-old is eager to get the Daily Prophet back to its glory after recent struggles, including a devastating fire in 2089.

“Our staff is growing and our editors are always looking for the latest news to bring to the wizarding community. We at the Daily Prophet also welcome freelance writers to bring interest pieces to the paper as well.” Since the reopening of the newspaper, they have anticipated the opportunity to show the public they welcome stories written by the people for the people to supplement their stories written by their hired staff. This was implemented with MacIntyre and seems to be continuing with De La Garza. His official start date is September first and he seems to be determined to bring the traditions and the great reputation of the paper back again.
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Community Forum for Squibs rights formed
September, 2093
by:Jorge Cristo De La Garza

London-Despite the strides society has made in civil rights within the Wizarding community, there are still marginalized populations seeking equal rights and reformation. In particular, squibs have been fighting for equality in the Wizarding World for decades, and, according to sources at the Ministry, public interest is at an all time high.

Following her election, a committee headed by Minister of Magic Althea Scabior and International Cooperation Department Head Erec Delacroix has been working to educate the wider Wizarding community on the issues of squib equality and to provide more opportunities and support for squibs. In May, the Ministry held an employee meeting to begin discussions on squib support. "Squib rights are not just about providing more potential opportunities for squibs to participate in active, valued and equal ways in the Wizarding community," Minister Scabior said during the meeting. "The Ministry will ALSO be providing better support for those squibs, and indeed any witch or wizard who requires it, who plan to integrate into the Muggle world. I have been speaking with the Muggle Prime Minister and he has agreed that it is imperative for individuals of our community to be able to safely and fully engage in the muggle community as required. At times this may mean help with identity papers, National Insurance numbers, qualification equivalencies, credit history - potentially any number of things, legally and legitimately."

Response to the initial meeting was mostly positive. Adam Stemp, a division head in Magical Games and Sports as well as owner of Stemp House, shared, "Working with Travis, a squib, at Stemp House, I know how important it is that squibs feel as much a part of our world as we do and that they're given all of the opportunities and support possible. The meeting was interesting, and all problems seem to have been considered thoroughly, and so I'm excited about the future of this venture."

A second meeting open to the community at large will be held at the Leaky Cauldron on September 15th at 7pm. This forum will be an informational session for both magical and non-magical individuals and will include discussion of opportunities that are available for young children and adults within the community. According to Department Head Delacroix, the meeting will have an open floor discussion for any questions, concerns, and suggestions that anyone may have.

In addition to job and support opportunities available from the Ministry of Magic, other promised support options will be discussed at the forum. Included will be the Ministry's partnership with St. Mungo’s to provide squibs and their families community support groups that can be used for squibs to connect with other squibs, as well as the recent opening of the first squib exclusive secondary school in London, St. Drogo's Secondary School for the Non-Magical. St. Drogo's is affiliated with the Wizarding Primary School (WPS) network and St. Woboldo's Primary School in London. "This is just the beginning. With this school being established we hope this will branch open even more connections between wizards, squibs, and muggles alike as more schools open up," WPS Headmaster Charely Potter shared.

All squibs, families, and the community are encouraged to participate in this forum.
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Barton Breaks Big
October, 2093
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Local boy Benjamin Barton has taken the skateboarding world by storm since his tour debut eight years ago. Known for his ability to pull tricks seemingly out of nowhere as well as his trademark look of dreadlocks and heavily tattooed torso, Barton met with me recently while preparing for his next gig in London.

I find Barton in a local skate shop in East London, where he’s helping a kid upgrade from their first setup. It’s clear he knows his stuff, easily offering advice on the best value kit available on limited funds. He nods in acknowledgment to me, before taking out his own board and going for a test run with his customer on the pedestrianized street outside - this is someone who lives and breathes for his skateboarding and can’t help but want to pass that on. He returns with one satisfied customer and seals the deal with a smile to end his shift. “Thanks for waiting,” he says, leading me out the door and towards his usual training haunt less than two blocks away. “I used to have my own ramp in the garden,” he admits, “but it’s more fun here...so much more inspiration.” It’s easy to see what he means; despite its less than perfect condition, the ramp is teeming with people - young and old, rookies and masters alike.

For some, this would be a distraction, but for Barton it feels like home. He had a troubled youth; his dad died when he was just nine years old and left him with a difficult relationship with his mum. He attended Hogwarts from age 11, but he came back to long summers spent on the ramps near his house. “I just fit right in there, could do my own thing...I spent hours every summer trying to master tricks before my cousin Garrick.” Garrick Ogden has since switched his summers of skateboarding for the boardroom, taking on the family business that now sponsors Barton - Ogden’s Finest. “I couldn’t have done it without my cousins,” he says, noting that it was them who allowed him to move out as soon as he left school and encouraged him to follow his dream of turning professional. As well as giving him somewhere to live, cousin Kalla Vorpatril even let him build a ramp in her back garden.

It took him nearly a year of work on that private ramp to feel like he was ready to face the critics, bursting on to the scene late at the final qualifiers at London’s South Bank. From the get go it was obvious Barton had the ability to shine, even if he didn’t believe it himself. “I didn’t really know what to expect in that arena,” he says, despite starting out with a completely fearless bigspin heelflip. His second run was almost as big, marked down by wiping out from the 360 hardflip. “I was indecisive about the rotation,” he comments wistfully. “I should have gone bigger, and tried unsuccessfully to rein it in.” He now has the steely disposition of someone who won’t be letting that happen again. More successful runs followed in the semis, but the finals didn’t quite go to plan, with Barton dramatically collapsing just seconds after the judges gave their scores.

“Yeah, I don’t know how I even finished my second run,” he admits quietly, “I was holed up the whole following week with food poisoning. It really knocked me for six.” Despite that, Barton still qualified and the rest, you might say, is history. He’s been a solid part of the tour ever since. So what about his chances on his home turf in London’s Trafalgar Square? “I’m looking forward to getting back out there and showing what I can do. I know I’m in the best shape ever, mentally and physically. I’m nailing tricks consistently that I wouldn’t have dreamed of this time last year.”

And that means big things indeed for someone with a self-identified reckless streak, never afraid to push his boundaries. His improvement, in part, he puts down to his sports psychologist, Neil Couch. “Best investment ever,” Barton says about their relationship. “He helps me put everything into perspective; training phases, injuries, results... And I didn’t realize the value of that in this game.” The other party stood firmly in his corner is, of course, his wife Char, the beautiful brunette that works with werewolves by day and is Barton's number one fan by night. “Char’s my rock, and she isn’t afraid to whip my butt into gear when I need it,” Barton tells me with a grin. The pair have matching tattoos, his being the wolf covering the left side of his stomach that appeared a few summers ago. Char was also the designer of Barton's more famous ink, the bright blue dragon that adorns his spine and shoulders. Apparently, it took two full days in the chair to complete. "Totally worth it, though." His fans agree, the dragon regularly appearing on banners of support from Muggles and Wizards alike.

And after London, what next? He looks coy for a moment, the barest hint of a blush coming to his cheeks as a smile spreads across his lips. “The X Games won’t come as a surprise, but I’m thinking I might have a go at that Olympic half pipe snowboarding spot.”

See Benjamin Barton in action this Saturday in Trafalgar Square, 10am until late. Tickets available on the gate.
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Fashion is in the Eye of the Beholder
December, 2093
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After spending last week in the front row of Wizarding London Fashion Week, we’re excited to bring you some of the upcoming fashion trends of 2094. Don’t think you can pull off some of those runway looks? We asked some of WLFW’s biggest designers and fashion experts to look into their fashionable crystal balls and let us know what trends will move from runway to Diagon Alley next year.

Lucienne Bones, owner of BeWitch Boutique, attended WLFW with the Daily Prophet and shared some of the unifying trends for next season. “The great thing about fashion is the ability to express your individuality by making a trend your own. The classic witch or wizard will appreciate the sweet romantic detailing that so many designers are adding this season, while those who want bold patterns and styles will appreciate the unique florals making a splash on the runway. Fashion is self-expression.”

We also spoke to O-Star designer Ariana Gunter, who is now designing under her label ‘Logan’. Gunter’s new line showcased more neutral tones, like coffee and olive, with a strong emphasis on comfort. “This upcoming season will be a good one. My personal line has a new collection for young girls coming out that I can't wait for everyone to see. It focuses on empowerment for young ladies while being fall and winter fashion forward."

O-Star owner and lead designer Pensacola Morgan-Bott added her own take on these trends, echoing Bones' predictions with, "nature-inspired hues and fabrics paired with bold accessories." Her WLFW runway showcased a variety of looks that will be available at BeWitch within a few short weeks.

For accessories, we spoke with Jarrell Crowley, a jewelry designer for Infinity Concepts. As seen in his show, Crowley predicted a strong snakeskin and stainless steel aesthetic this year.
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Arts in London: Focus on Framed!
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Coeus Miarkos moves slowly through his London gallery taking extra care to adjust a frame here or a metal piece there. His attention to detail and love of art is evident as I watch the 50-something Grecian go about his day to day routine. Preparing to open for the day, he says, is one of his favorite parts of the job. Not the big shows, I ask? “Oh no. Those are fun and always exciting, but this… this is what I love. The quiet before the bustle begins," he explains in his still heavily accented English.

Originally from the Isle of Santorini, he first landed in London when he bought the TerrorTours Travel Agency. “While I do love travel, it was never exactly my passion,” he says as he stops in front of a display of some of his own work, blown glass roses that are absolutely stunning to behold. Noticing that I was looking, the artist and owner graces me with a smile before chuckling and moving on. Of course, I could not let that go! Pressing him on the meaning of his expression, Miarkos shared with me a rather candid tale of his love for the former DP journalist, Hunter Bones (now Bones-Miarkos). “Early in our relationship, that headstrong woman… oi, she gave me such grief… well, we were in London and passed by a street vendor selling sub-par roses. Of course, she was eyeing them up, so I paid the man and handed them over. Pfft… she was seemingly unimpressed with the gesture, as she was wont to be, but it did inspire me to start working with glass on my own. My wife has since inspired me in many other works of art. As have our children.” The admiration in his voice and the love in his eyes was enough to melt even the coldest of hearts… or the hardest.

But he insists that is enough about him, despite my many attempts to move the conversation along more personal routes. His other loves, his galleries, are what he wanted to discuss instead. “I hit a rough spot a few years ago and sold the shoppe in Diagon and fled back to my island home. Art still in my heart and on my mind, it seemed only natural to open the first gallery there. With the help of my sister Circe and my brother Mortimer, my son and I made the small place our home. With a little magic and lots of love it took off fairly well.” Κυνηγός, which translates to Huntress, was where he developed his love for the arts and invited artists both young and old to display their work. Coeus paid no mind to whether some would consider the works “high art” or the like, he only cared that those who shared his passion had a place to display their work. Even allowing musicians to come in on weekends and play quietly for the exposure if nothing else.

One of London's own residents, Maddison Cooper was invited to show her art in the Santorini gallery when she attended university. "Giving young people a chance to display their work in a special love of mine, really. Not to sound cliché, but they are the future. Miss Cooper is an extraordinary talent and her work tells such a deep story." He then showed me one of her paintings, which was indeed a sight to behold.

I later spoke to Maddison, and she had a lot to say about her art, as well as Coeus' impact on the art world. "I've met many people in the art world, but few have supported me like Co has. His honesty, eccentricity, and willingness to showcase young artists make him invaluable to the art community because he allows those young artists to gain exposure and pursue their passion by taking a chance on them, thus allowing the art community to grow year after year. Coeus took a chance on me by showcasing my earlier works in both of his galleries. Even though I was young, he shared my pieces which focused on the battles I was going through in my personal life, and the exposure was cathartic and eye-opening. I appreciate his help more than I can say."

Knowing Miss Cooper's thoughts on Miarkos, I was drawn to and moved by the hand-painted sign next to a smaller framed piece, reading “Young Artists to Watch Out for." I am immediately blown away by a scene of Hogwarts in winter, specifically the storied Forbidden Forest. “Oliver Borzekowski- Thomas,” he says immediately, a hint of pride in his voice. “Talented young man. I had a small contest, not widely publicized, mind you, for young talent to win a small sum as well as a place for their art to be displayed here among some major names. Every kid’s dream, no? Oliver’s work blew me away.” Mr. Borzekowski-Thomas is currently in his final year at Hogwarts, I learn and has had a love of art since a rather young age. It shows.

We next move through what I would call a lounge area, for lack of a better description. Scattered about are a few pieces of what are clearly handcrafted furniture, ranging from functional to simply funky. What happens to catch my eye is a fascinating crystal chandelier hanging overhead. As I prepare to ask Mr. Miarkos about it, something drips onto my Gucci jacket, much to my frustration… but as the gallery owner begins to laugh, I see that it completely disappears. Intrigued is an understatement now as I crane my neck to further inspect the piece. “Anton Gellar handcrafted that beauty. He is an amazing craftsman. Furniture is his focus, but he dabbles in other things as well. Like this chandelier,” he explains. “As you can tell, that is not water. He has laid charms on it. It is all very fascinating and you would have to speak to the artist in greater detail to learn his process,” he says with a deep-dimpled grin, making it evident that he not only supports these artists, but he wants to open the lines of communication for them to get that exposure. What catches my eye next is an intricately decorated vase, which was, as it turns out, also one of Mr. Gellar’s creations (one I actually procured for myself). Most of the artists’ pieces are crafted for the rich and famous and made to order, so it was a treat for Miarkos to acquire such sought-after pieces for display.

All in all, the place is a marvel of colors and eccentricities as far as the eye can see. It is no wonder that Miarkos has made such a name for himself amongst the art elite, having featured such names as Marcus Branxton, Jamie Everett, and Magdalene Neves to add to the list. Branxton was actually part of the trifecta opening of Framed! The multi-talented man has since moved onto his second photography book, and, as Miarkos states, “There is nothing Marcus Branxton cannot do. He will long be a name of great admiration in our world.”

The next show will feature works from Ansley Finch (35) and the aforementioned Jamie Everett (29). When asked what to expect, Coeus smiled and simply said, “Magic.” Considering the first is a former History of Magic Professor and the other a famed tattoo artist, I am going to be the first to purchase tickets when the time comes. For all the latest in art in our magical world pop into one of these famed galleries!
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Rogue Portkeys Cause Concern
January 2094
by: Kara St. Cloud
Recent reports from the Muggle world indicate that a few Muggles have been transported by portkeys they have happened upon. Two such incidences have resulted in the death of the Muggles unlucky enough to have picked the rogue portkeys up. In one case, the portkey was set to send the transported to the bottom of the ocean. These rogue portkeys were made from things that Muggles consider valuable and therefore would be more likely to pick up, such as keys (little metal objects used to unlock doors) and mobile phones (rectangular objects used to communicate) as opposed to the normal portkey items like candy wrappers or discarded shoes. Whether or not these incidents are the result of carelessness, an untrained maker, or someone with ill intentions is unclear at this point.

What is known though, is that Ministry portkey makers, or any professional portkey maker for that matter, is trained to avoid using anything that a Muggle might find valuable enough to pick up.

When asked for comment, Lynley Purcell, Head of the Department of Magical Transportation had this to say: "There is no need to panic because everything is completely under control. No further comments." Anyone who might have any information on this unfortunate situation should contact either the Department of Magical Transportation or the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
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Nickels Wins the Election
January, 2094
by: Liliana McQueen
The Daily Prophet has gotten official word on the 2094 Minister for Magic election in favor of one Morgan P. Nickels.

Nickels spent the years after he graduated from WADA working for various nonprofit organizations to help troubled youth overcome their aversion to society through the power of acting and improv. In addition, he has been an outspoken supporter of the early education campaign for those witches and wizards born from muggle families in order to get them on the same level as wizarding children by the time they are school aged. He is also an advocate for the better care of our climate and has been openly critical of Level’s lack of involvement in recent changes.

Nickels has never worked within the ministry but has a close tie to the various politicians around the British Wizarding world. He has been outspoken about his views, and as a rather graduate of WADA, it is no surprise that Nickels has reigned victorious in this most recent election.

Morgan P. Nickels is currently not married and has no known children, but he has a large family within the creative arts world.
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Fear Takes Over Hogwarts
February, 2094
by: Brutus Trimble
What was thought to have been a student prank quickly turned into something more sinister on Hallowe'en night as students stumbled upon an ominous sight -- no, the Chamber of Secrets has not been reopened. Shortly after the announcement that Hogwarts would be putting on a theatrical version of Beedle the Bard's "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," students and faculty discovered that a hawk had been painted on the ceiling above the school's primary bulletin board, dripping blood on innocent heads and staining the floor below. At the time, one could only assume the deeper meaning it represented.

Since that night, the purpose of the hawk has become clearer and clearer. Days before the Christmas holiday, Head Girl Kitty Valentine was caught red-handed scrawling the following message on the floor beneath the winged animal: "EXPOSE THE INEQUALITY. END THE STRUGGLE." To add onto the mystery and horror, Valentine had no recollection whatsoever of how she had arrived at the scene or what she had done.

The occurrences related to this matter did not stop there. Student dormitories were ransacked, their belongings thrown about, pillows nothing but feathers, and numerous items stolen. Professors Haraldur Baldvinsson, Laurel Vance, and Camilla Stewart were also targeted as personal items of theirs were replaced with Howlers that criticized them for doing something that "those who struggle" could not and told them to "use [...] magic for good" and reconsider their position and morals. Sets and props made by students for the upcoming play were not safe either, having been recently found destroyed with yet another accusatory Howler waiting to explode.

A number of students were asked to share their thoughts on these concerning events. Fifth year Slytherin Flynn Kowalski is quite sour and hurt about the ordeal, swearing that he "will avenge [his] tea cup." Others such as Zoryn Spinnet, a third year Gryffindor, were quite upfront in stating that "most everyone is terrified." Some believe that Valentine is claiming innocence to guise her ambition of gaining supporters to eradicate the International Statute of Secrecy, whereas others believe she has been used as a puppet and that something more sinister is at work in the shadows.

Headmistress Regina Hawthorne, when asked for a comment, only stated that the faculty and staff of the school are doing everything within their power to protect every student while keeping learning at the forefront of their minds as they contain the situation.

While the investigation continues, many questions have come to the minds of those within the wizarding world: Who is responsible for the red hawk and the events that followed? How long will it be until matters escalate? Are our children truly safe at Hogwarts while fear runs rampant?
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Curses Plague Hogwarts
March, 2094
by: Opal Mainwaring

It was a bold choice for the Hogwarts Drama Club to elect to put on The Fountain of Fair Fortune. The last time this play was performed proved to be the last performance on stage in the castle for many decades, ending in a fireball the special effects team of a Wizarding West End show would be jealous of. Paul Myers, current Herbology Professor and director of the play, was asked about this weeks ago and seemed unfazed. "I know the play might be seen as 'bad luck,' but I think that’s all hippogriff dung. We're having fun with this play and jazzing up Hogwarts just a little bit along the way."

Of course drama is never too far away at Hogwarts, as the Daily Prophet reported last month. Since then, there has been a startling update to this state of affairs. In a rehearsal that took place yesterday, Myers and two female students, Junia Botros and Juniper Primeaux, fell victim to curses that left them paralyzed as they endured a growing burning internal pain. A third student, Samantha Tyler, was said to be left shaken after appearing to be in some sort of a trance that started the whole calamity and caused her to repeat the haunting words "Expose the inequality. End the struggle." over and over.

While the situation was promptly contained, students are concerned by the lack of action by Hogwarts' staff to determine who is responsible for the events that occurred yesterday and over the course of the term. Flynn Kowalski, playing Sir Luckless, disclosed that he is worried about history repeating itself and questions whether the staff is doing enough to protect them during this time. Ronan Carter, in the room at the time, described it as a "twisted" way to send a message. He and another source admitted that they believe certain peers, still walking among them freely, are behind these events.

As for why the play was targeted, leading actress Jessa Cambridge (Amata) stated, "I think the fact so many people are focusing on it makes it the perfect thing to attack." She thinks that this was the wrong year for Hogwarts to have a play.

Headmistress Regina Hawthorne updated us on the aftermath of the tragic event, stating that Myers and the girls are recovering from the curse that was stopped in its early stages and that the play has been postponed. When asked about who was behind the chaos, all she could say was that "allegations made against certain students have been proven untrue. At this time, we honestly cannot say who is at fault."

It seems odd that no leads have yet developed. However, pieces are slowly coming together. The ominous red hawk, the emphasis on "those who struggle" and accusations against the frivolous use of magic, and the targeting of innocent staff and students have led us to conclude one thing with certainty: this is the work of something much larger. Someone is trying to make a point. Could this be a new cult on the rise, using Hogwarts as its vessel?
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Gobstones season wrap up
April, 2094
by: Fate Fairwood

While many people prefer the excitement and danger of Quidditch, there is also another game that has entranced Wizard Kind, Gobstones. A fun game played with little round stones, that almost look like the muggle game of marbles. Except in true wizarding fashion, instead of plain glass marbles and playing for fun. Gobstones are made of actual stone and every time a point is conceded, the winning stone lets loose a stream of nasty smelling liquid into the losers face. So fun, yeah? Certainly gives one motivation for not losing a point.

We here in Britain have a thriving Gobstone community, with several professional teams that play matches throughout the year. The most recent season ended in September and here I am with a wrap up of all that happened.

There are six professional teams in Britain, The Barnton Basilisks, Galloway Ghouls, Hereford Hippogriffs, Ilkley Ironbellies, Tinworth Talons and the Upper Flagley Firecrabs. These are the teams that battle it out every year to try and get that coveted Gobstones Championship. This year was, of course, no exception and the season proved to be a good one, though of course, some teams had better years than others.

The Hereford Hippogriffs had a slow start to the season, they lost their first three matches, and though they managed to snap their losing streak with a win over the Upper Flagley Firecrabs, they couldn’t keep up their momentum, and they did not make it to the finals. Better luck next year Hippogriffs, we shall be rooting for you. Another team that didn’t make it to the finals was the Galloway Ghouls. They seemed to lose heart halfway through the season, losing four of their last five games. Here’s to next year Ghouls, I’m sure it will be a better year for you.

The Barnton Basilisks had a bit of a rough year as well, only managing to win half of their games, but they did make it to the playoffs, sadly they lost in the first round, but good for them for getting into the playoffs. The Tinworth Talons had a pretty decent season, winning six out of the ten games and making it into the playoffs as well, sadly they couldn’t up their decent season into a great one and they got knocked out in the playoffs as well.

The Ilkley Ironbellies also has a decent season, they also won six of their ten matches and made it to the playoffs. However, they trounced the Barnton Basilisks 15-1, and easily gliding into the finals to face off against the Upper Flagley Firecrabs. Now the Firecrabs had quite the up and down season, they started strong, and won three games in a row and then went into a mid-season slump and lost four in a row. Thankfully, it’s not how you begin (or even middle) your season, it’s how you end it. For the Firecrabs went on to win their last three matches and that momentum catapulted them into the playoffs, where they won their playoff match and went to the finals.

Which they won, Yes the Upper Flagley Firecrabs won the 2093 Gobstones Championship. Big congrats to them!

I managed to snag the owner of the Upper Flagley Firecrabs, Kaeden Massey for a quick quote on their year. “Despite the middle of our season being a bit rough, our players pulled through and really upped their games during the last half of the season. Their work and determination really made this win possible, and I am so happy to bring this championship home.”

And there you have it. With hard work and determination, you can overcome anything, even a mid-season slump.

And that is all for your 2093 Gobstones roundup, the next season starts soon, so be sure to get out there and cheer your favorite team on.
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American Invasion: Is Quodpot the New Quidditch?
May, 2094
By Andrew Chae
Quodpot: Students who attend Hogwarts grow up learning about this sport as a variation of modern day Quidditch. In America, however, Quodpot dominates the sports headlines. Sure, kids still play Quidditch and the cities have their own teams, and a National team to boot, but Quodpot took off in a way that no one anticipated when the Founding Fathers established America in the 18th century. Just like the Muggle sport of football (or soccer, as we Yanks refer to it as) fell in to obscurity once the two nations separated, a similar process happened in the Magical world.

Why was Quodpot the chosen sport over it's arguably safer counterpart? It was simply a matter of someone - in this case, Abraham Peasegood - being in the right place at the right time. Peasegood was an English immigrant who came to America in the early days of it's independece. While traveling, he accidentally charmed his Quaffle to explode when it was tossed around, and thought it added a fun element of danger to the game. Yes, you read that correctly - Peasegood didn't think Quidditch was dangerous enough, and thought it would be fun to charm the rest of the balls to act similarly. Just like that, Quodpot was born.

No one knows for sure why the new magical educational institute Ilvermorny chose Quodpot as its primary extracurricular activity, but one guess might be the desire to separate Ilvermorny from Hogwarts, it's predecessor. After all, Muggles in America were doing just about everything they could to distance themselves from England and show the world that they were able to be their own country. It's easy to assume that similar thinking went in to establishing Ilvermorny. Now, three centuries later, it might be ready to make its way overseas - that's right, the time might be right for Quodpot to establish itself as a dominant, if not THE dominant, sport in the UK.

I know what you're thinking - blasphemy! How could Quodpot possibly take over Quidditch as the preferred sport of British witches and wizards everywhere?! Anyone who has a child who is Hogwarts age knows the answer. Quidditch has not been played at the school in nearly a decade, all because of a threat against the school that prompted the shutdown of the extremely popular program. Despite the fact that the threat has not been followed through with, Quidditch has, as of press time, yet to be re-instated at the school. Kids attending Hogwarts these days know nothing of the thrill of watching their house team soar to victory above them, or know what it feels like to hold your breath as the two Seekers battle it out to catch the elusive Golden Snitch. Competition and sports have many benefits for children - it encourages camaraderie, it helps keeps kids in shape, and it provides leadership opportunities for kids looking to pad their applications for university.

In America, Quodpot is very safe thanks to very rigorous referees who monitor every aspect of the game that they can - if there's any monkey business whatsoever, they're on it. Multiple safety charms are put in to place on the players and equipment, so even when the Quod explodes, the person holding it is left with, at worst, a singed eyebrow. These safety precautions could no doubt be implemented should the sport take up a following in the UK - and the time is ripe for the rise of Quodpot in the UK.

Think about it, Hogwarts students - Quidditch has been gone for what feels like ages. Students need an outlet to foster friendly competition (emphasis on friendly). Not only is Quodpot a FANTASTIC workout, but it also offers all the benefits that dear old Quidditch used to provide students - opportunities to make new friends, foster leadership skills, engage in friendly house competitions, and provides much needed entertainment, especially when exams and typical teenage drama cause all sorts of stress to the typical student.

If Quidditch is not making it's return, Quodpot should step up to take its place. Quodpot youth leagues are sprouting up across Great Britain as we speak, and Hogwarts is obviously trying to foster a better relationship with America after hosting the IMPS competition last year. Quodpot could fill the gaping hole that currently exists in the extracurricular lineup at the centuries old school, and Hogwarts students would probably be thrilled at the chance to show their worth - this time, on the Quodpot field instead of the Quidditch pitch.
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Threat Writer Reprimanded,
Hogwarts Quidditch Ban to Be Lifted

June, 2094
by: Brutus Trimble
Just over a decade ago, Hogwarts, the Ministry, and the Daily Prophet received threatening letters from an anonymous writer demanding that Quidditch be stopped or face deadly consequences. Since then the sport has been disbanded at Hogwarts to protect students from being targeted, the Ministry drastically increased security throughout the League to continue running matches as scheduled and keep hundreds employeed, and a team of skilled Magical Law Enforcement employees have been hard at work to pinpoint the exact identity of the writer. The wizarding world has been on high alert, unnervingly waiting for the writer to strike again.

The Prophet is pleased to report that no witch or wizard need live in fear anymore concerning Quidditch. As of last night, the anonymous writer has been reprimanded by a team of Hit Wizards. After years of working alongside both handwriting analysts and forensic scientists, subtle clues were gradually woven together and led to anti-Quidditch enthusiast Margaret Hughes, who was taken from her home in Farnborough and is now awaiting trial in front of the Wizengamont. An anonymous source from within the Ministry says that at least several years in Azkaban are in Hughes' future for the threats and the mass hysteria that resulted.

"In the early stages of research and comparing that to the handwriting on the letters, we were able to determine that the writer was left handed and a woman. From there we thoroughly examined the penmanship -- the slants, the pressure, the spacing, and so on -- as well as precise science to determine where the parchment used had been bought and even identify hair from one of Hughes' bulldogs, thus closing the gap of potential suspects," informed Edgar Boyd, leader of the investigation team who has kept these details under wraps until now. "Fortunately the years of hard work have finally paid off."

With the case coming to a close and justice finally being served, a question has been raised among many in the wizarding community: Will Quidditch be returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

Hours before this afternoon's edition of the Prophet was released, Hogwarts' reigning headmistress Regina Hawthorne said there was much discussion to be had between the Ministry, Flying instructor Haraldur Baldvinsson, and herself. She did, however, confidently conclude with the following statement: "With Hughes now in custody, it would be only logical to end the Hogwarts Quidditch ban. I think it is safe to bet our galleons on the sport returning to the school in the upcoming term."

Further comments were asked of Magical Games and Sports department head Mariel De La Garza. In her response, De La Garza commented that she "is pleased to know that the threat looming over Hogwarts Quidditch for so long has finally come to an end" and stated that students "once again will be free to play a sport so beloved in our community without fear of repercussion, develop valuable team building skills, and gain the competitive edge necessary to play beyond Hogwarts should they choose that path."
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July, 2094
by:Jorge Cristo De La Garza

When any witch or wizard finds themselves stranded or without a way home, the Knight Bus has been the most reliable wizarding service since the late 1800’s. All wizards or witches have to do is hold their wands up at the curb and the Knight Bus will appear. With a system that works so well, should there be other forms of public transportation in the wizarding world?

Agildo Velho Vidal thinks it is far past time that wizarding London catch up to other parts of the world. In 2082 Vidal started a service in Brazil called W.U. (or Wizarding Uber). The system is modeled after the Uber system muggles use with their cars, but unlike the Knight Bus the W.U. does not need wheels because it uses apparition. A form of transportation many witches and wizards use daily is now one of the biggest growing transportation services in the world. “In Brazil we do not have a bus that comes to take people home or to another location, so getting people who have an apparition license and wanted to make some extra money seemed like a simple solution.” He never dreamed that the W.U. would now be used in most of the Americas, some of Australia, and now reaching into London.

How does a system like this work, though? There are coins that can be bought that if you hold them in your hand they will summon the closest W.U. apparitioner. The Wizarding Uber worker will apparate to you, find out where you would like to go, and then apparate you to the nearest location to your destination. Since, as all wizards know, apparition is a tricky form of magic and you must have a visual of your location, Wizarding Uber workers have to know areas very well. They are fully trained to learn the cities and all points of stop so they can get a person as close as they can. They will make sure the client get to their destination safely from there. If you do not have a coin and find yourself in need there are plenty of public spots one can use. Coins are sold for two galleons and the Wizarding Uber itself is nine sickles each time, which is two sickles less than the basic eleven sickles for the Knight Bus. If you happen to get Floo-sick, your Apparition is unreliable, you hate heights, feel frightened or queasy taking Portkeys, and don’t like the Knight Bus; the W.U. could be for you!

Vidal says that since getting his permits, hiring, and doing all the training needed, the business has been steady. "I think the Wizarding Uber is a great thing. I never felt comfortable riding the knight bus late, if it wasn't workers driving like madmen, the other passengers always seemed like the Aurors should be raiding the bus. With this new Wizarding Uber it’s just one person and a quick pop and I'm home," Linda Chapman, a recent Wizarding Uber passenger stated.

Not all feel this nicely about the new system coming in and giving the Knight Bus competition. When asking Knight Bus passengers their thoughts on it, Jonah Henry had this to say, “We do not need another service, the Knight Bus has been our thing for many many years and these young kids think just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s good enough. I won’t be trying that Wizarding Uber service that’s for sure. I’ll stay loyal to what I know.”

Whether you like the Knight Bus or would like to try the Wizarding Uber is up to you, but what we can tell you is there is a new transportation in town and it seems to be sticking around for awhile.
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The Wizarding World Trade Show is coming to London
July, 2094
by: Tomasina Jayne Michaels

The Magical Department of International Cooperation within the British Ministry of Magic has been extremely busy with preparations for the upcoming International Tradeshow. This yearly event has been in many places all over the world and Department Head Erec Delacroix didn't stop working until he won the bid to have the 2094 show right here in London on the 6th of July. Vendors from all over the world will be gathering at the Abhaydatta Convention center, debuting the newest and latest products that the wizarding world has to offer!

The public is welcome to come check out the Quidditch 2095 broomsticks and flying carpets. With the new upcoming quidditch season at Hogwarts, you will want to ensure your student has the newest broomstick available to them! Other things you will be wanting to see is the newest floo powder that is now scented, hair products, makeup, cleaning potions, the latest in hybrid plants, as well as some interesting creatures from around the world.

Tickets can be purchased at the ministry before the event for a discounted price. At the door prices are 2 galleons per adult, 1 galleon per student, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets give general admission that brings a full day 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, see presentations, test out new products, and so much more.

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August, 2094
by: Arabella Morgenstern
Addy Hutchinson walks into the Leaky Cauldron looking sharp. She's dressed in a lab coat and looks ready to start concocting life-saving cosmetic remedies. As soon as she sits down at the table, Addy apologizes for being late but she’s just on time.

Hutchinson is a researcher at Ellsberry, a fast-growing beauty potions and cosmetics company located just out of London. They’re the inventors of some of your favourite products ranging from the Flavor-Changing Lip Gloss, a lip gloss that is reminiscent of Bertie Botts beans where you never know what flavor of gloss you’ll be wearing, to the incredible and life-saving Skin Brightening Foundation Potion. The company is co owned by Ellsworth Bott Toussaint and Strawberry Sorbet. At this incredible company, Addy works on researching into potions and cosmetics. Though most of her work is focused in potions, she has been doing some dabbling with some Herbology as well in order to try to find new plant sources for brewing. Her favourite item you ask? A dastardly evil question indeed making her choose such a thing. But her favourite product is Bottled Breeze. "Everyone loves a slightly messy, wind blown look. Much better than beach waves", added Hutchinson with a wry smile. I can only nod my head because I myself can agree with that. Messy blown look is just natural especially in a rainy and windy city like London. There's no avoiding that look sometimes!

But working at Ellsberry is not the only task that Hutchinson dedicates herself to, she also is on the Hogwarts Board of Governors. What’s that you ask, dear Hogwarts student? Hogwarts is run by this board and their role is to oversee the operation of the school. The Professors report to the board and are supposed to notify the board when issues arise. They are also responsible for evaluating Professors and the curriculum in order to make sure the next generation is fully prepared to step out into the world upon graduation. Further investigation into this revealed that the Board hasn’t been receiving all of the information of what has been going down at Hogwarts. Hutchinson elaborates saying that the Daily Prophet sometimes posts about events that happen before the own board knows about it!

I then asked her about why she joined the Board of Govenors. From this, I learned that Hutchinson, as a mother of three, wishes to make a difference by making the school a safer place. Not only this, I also think that she wishes to give back to the school as she graduated from Hogwarts in 2080. An amazing feat but will it be possible? For those readers who are unaware of Hogwarts’ troublesome past, I would recap it for you but for the sake of this story, I’d prefer to refer you to Hogwarts, A History as the whole tale would not be able to fit on this page.

Though I'd have to agree with Addy that the more recent events that the school has witnessed within this own year have been worrisome. Refer to the DP’s story about the cursed play for more information of the wicked events happening at the beloved castle. I asked her if she thought whether the school has become more or less dangerous throughout the past couple of years. Hutchinson doesn’t affirm nor deny. Instead, she says, “Let’s say my children will not be attending if things don’t change.” And personally, I could not agree more. Hogwarts has had a history for attracting trouble and danger whereas other Wizarding schools do not appear to have the Hogwartian luck. Then again, perhaps the other schools are better at hiding the troubles that occur in the school.

Despite the dangerous events that have been happening at the school, I asked if she thought the curriculum was sufficient. She agrees immediately and then hesitates. Hutchinson audited a Potions class and found the curriculum to be lacking. However, she said that she could be biased because she works with Potions. Though she also could be biased since she had Potions Master Cosgrach Culloden as her Professor and from what I’ve heard from my own friends and co-workers who attended Hogwarts that he was a strict, firm, and lovable Professor. However that is not the only reason for her bias. Hutchinson is family friends with the famed Potions Master and author Valon Kazimeriz. Talk about being surrounded by greatness!

Now speaking of great educators and wizards, our talk moved onto the future of the wizarding world. Both of us share the opinion that the future of this great world will be based off how much value we put on the next generation's education. Hutchinson informed me that she believes that a "magical education should prepare out children for anything. Not just a battle with a Inferius, but also cooking charms and cleaning spells". Not only this, she implored that the next generation should be taught in a safe environment where their lives aren't permanently put in danger. In fact, she even added that: "it's our job to make sure these kids are nurtured, not mentally beaten down".

Wife, mother of three, researcher, advocate of education, and a member of the Hogwarts Board of Governors, Addy Hutchinson is a confident woman with an agenda to set things right at the tumultuous school. I’m inspired.
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Goblins In a Stew Over Service Refusal in Wizarding Pub

August, 2094
by:Bryan Stanley

A group of goblins refused a table at Carkitt Market pub, The Cackling Stump, this past Saturday is a clear goblin rights breach, activist Margaret Qwindel says.

Gemlig, Bagglin, and Ferog, all employees at Gringotts Wizarding Bank were upset after being booted out of The Cackling Stump by owner Wilfred Prickle. They had chosen to stop into the pub because they had heard its cuisine was 'Goblin friendly,' but they were told to leave before they had ordered any food, Bagglin said.

"Mr. Prickle heard us speaking Gobbledegook and then came over and told us to get out," Gemlig said. "We were shocked to say the least." When pressed, Wilfred Prickle stated he thought it was 'just not on' for goblins to be speaking 'such a wicked sounding tongue.' He went on to explain he did not understand Gobbledegook himself and had no intention of learning a non-wizarding language. He also professed that he did not care if the pub lost business over his refusal to serve goblins, but that goblins were welcome to come in if they spoke only human languages while on the premises.

"There was a sign saying no Gobbledegook, but we thought it was a joke," Ferog said. The sign in question also states that no Mermish, no Parseltongue, and no Trollish may be spoken on the premises. "Merpeople and trolls don't even go to pubs, and the snake language is rarer than fwooper teeth, so the sign is clearly just about being prejudiced against goblins," declared a wizard eyewitness who did not wish to be named.

Fern Dunder, representative from the Goblin Liaison Office, explained that, while Mr. Prickle kicking the goblins out of his premises was a flagrant disregard of goblin rights, there are no laws specifically outlining the legal right to speak Gobbledegook anywhere other than in front of the Wizengamot. As such Mr. Prickle's hard line on non-human languages does not warrant a fine as he is well within his rights as a business owner to display a sign stating the rules of his premises and have patrons who break the rules asked to leave.

Mr. Elsdon Parata, Head Finance and Securities Analyst at Gringotts Wizarding Bank, describes Gemlig, Bagglin, and Ferog as "good blokes" and "hard-workers who are always kind and friendly with witches and wizards that come to them to keep their galleons safe." Gringotts has decided, in solidarity with the mistreated trio, to bar Mr. Prickle from accessing his vault unless he speaks Gobbledegook to the goblins on duty, but added that they are happy to provide him with a translator if he wishes.

Wilfred Prickle has refused to comment on his money essentially being held hostage at Gringotts, and as of yet has not made use of the offered translation service in order to access his vault, nor has he removed the offending sign from his premises.
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Portkey Criminal Caught

September, 2094
by: Robert Blackburn

Taylor Morton, 39, has been apprehended by Auror Tempest Chandler and arrested by for the rogue Portkey situation, which has been ongoing for nearly a year now. Responsible with the deaths of no less than three Muggles and the murder attempt upon Transportation Head Lynley Purcell’s seven-year-old adopted son, he will most likely be locked away for a long time. The Portkey Killer, as many have dubbed him, confessed to his crimes in full to Chandler and is currently being held is Azkaban as he awaits trial.

Taylor Morton was formerly employed by the Ministry of Magic in Purcell’s own department. Shortly after she was appointed to head of the department in early 2087 from outside of the Ministry, Morton left on bad terms. Some of his co-workers called him “a little crazy” and “obsessive” about his Portkeys while he worked there. While he hasn’t openly stated his motives, it’s pretty clear: this man had it out for Level Six. Luckily for Purcell and the rest of her department, he can no longer endanger anyone anymore.

We can only remember those Muggle lives lost in this tragic happening. Helpless to magic, the Portkey Killer had been setting up Portkeys as valuable muggle objects such as “phones,” which Muggles use to talk to each other from distances away, and jewelry. He had the Portkeys transport the Muggles to the middle of the ocean, where one can only swim for so long before exhaustion takes over. The remains of these Muggles have never been found.
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The Bachelor comes to the Wizarding World

October, 2094
by: Gerald Rush

Based on a popular reality show from muggle television many years ago, The Bachelor: Wizard Edition has made its first debut in 2093. Seven contestants participated to fight for the bachelor’s heart. The contestants came from a variety of backgrounds, and include a fashion designer, a healer, and a businesswoman, among others. Every contestant got an opportunity to spend a lovely evening with the bachelor on a mysterious date with the purpose of getting to know each other better. On the last day, our bachelor gave a rose to one woman as a sign that he was interested to continue pursuing a relationship with her.

Allen O’Donnell, A hunky Irishman, was selected to be the first wizarding bachelor. He is a herbologist who is also part-owner of O’Donnell greenhouse in Dublin. He was talked into participating by his sister. At first, Allen didn’t think he could deal with all the women, but surprisingly he said he enjoyed every single moment of every date he had been on.

He ended up giving the rose to Regina Watson, explaining, "On our date trip to Andalusia, I felt a connection happened with Regina and I knew that she was the one"

Perhaps one of the reasons why our bachelor found himself captivated by Regina is that she is a fellow herbologist. The Ravenclaw alumna joined this competition solely just for challenge aspect, but eventually, she was attracted by Allen's personality.

"He was a patient and true gentleman." She explained. Regina said she was shocked but ecstatic when she got the rose.

"I hadn’t expected him to choose me from among the other contestants. I mean, me! He chose me. It was surreal…" Even though Allen hasn't yet proposed to her, they still continue to date and see if things will go further. Regina plans to travel with Allen around the world looking exotic magical plants together.


The next season The Bachelor is turning into the Bachelorette and they are looking for one lucky to play that part. If interested send your owls to the show's director.
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The search for missing children in Diagon Alley
November, 2094
by: Robert Blackburn


Within the last week, at least five children have been reported missing by their parents after a trip down to the alley.

"I was just talking to the shopkeeper for a second, turned around and she was gone. My wife is going to kill me" Explains Sterling Magnuson, father of one of the missing children.

The whereabouts of these children has yet to be ascertained by Law Enforcement however the public has been assured that they are on the case.

“We have a few leads and are doing everything in our ability to find out where our children are and why they were taken. We won’t stop looking until we find them, and those responsible.” Says Gidyun Yenorin, Head of Department for the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (DMLE).

Xanthe Upstead, Ruby Rose Magnuson, Spencer Muldoon, Yolunda Luna Pappadeaux, and Benji Reynolds are among the missing with several other unconfirmed cases.

Sources have alleged that goblins from Gringotts Bank were spotted at the scenes of the disappearances, with one carrying a noticeably heavy sack that could be described as “child sized”. A motive has not yet been found for the apparent kidnappings and no ransom requests have been brought forward.

However, a relative of one of the missing, Supermodel Actress Justine Janvier has offered up a reward of 350G for the safe return of all those who have gone missing saying, “my niece has been missing and I refuse to rely only on the ministry. I'll pay anyone who can give me concrete information about where she is.”

It is being asked that if you know anything about these disappearances or notice anything out of the ordinary, you contact Law Enforcement immediately. Parents are also being urged to keep a close eye on their children while conducting business in Diagon Alley.
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