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|Saturday, April 9th, 2005|
Students will please note that Saturday, April 16th, will be a Hogsmeade weekend. I encourage you all to enjoy yourselves, as exams are quickly approaching.
|Friday, March 11th, 2005|
I'm sure you will all be pleased to hear that classes will end Wednesday, March 23rd, at noon. At that time any student who wishes to can board the Hogwarts Express to return home for the Easter holidays. You will be expected to return on the train on Sunday, March 27th, also departing at noon. Students who do not wish to return home are welcome to remain here. Fifth and Seventh year students will no doubt wish to remember that this is the last break between now and the time they take their OWLs and NEWTs.
|Sunday, October 31st, 2004|
Announcement at Breakfast
Students, it has come to my attention that some of the older students feel there should be festivities this evening above and beyond our Hallowe'en feast. Therefore, the staff and I have arranged for a surprise Masquerade Ball after the feast, for fifth years and above. Costumes are optional, due to the short notice, but the staff and I encourage students to use their imaginations and what they've learned in class to bewitch and amaze their classmates with their ingenuity. All students will be expected to be in their House common rooms by eleven pm, as we do have classes tomorrow, and some sleep is recommended.
First through fourth years, there will be games sponsored in your common rooms after the feast, chaperoned by the staff members that are not in attendance at the party.
Happy Hallows Eve, everyone.
|Monday, October 25th, 2004|
Quidditch, Round 4
(Home teams listed second.)Saturday
Falmouth Falcons vs. Ballycastle Bats at Orange Pitch
Falmouth 420, Ballycastle 370Kenmare Kestrels vs. Wigtown Wanderers at Solway Stands
Kenmare 280, Wigtown 330Holyhead Harpies vs. Wimbourne Wasps at Poole Memorial Stadium
Holyhead 240, Wimbourne 310Sunday
Montrose Magpies vs. Tutshill Tornadoes at Llewellyn Field
Montrose 200, Tutshill 420Pride of Portree vs. Puddlemere United at Puddlemere Pitch
Portree 220, Puddlemere 240Chudley Cannons vs. Appleby Arrows at The Grange
Chudley 280, Appleby 290
The Caerphilly Catapults had a Bye this week.
A reminder to fans--no matches will be played this coming weekend, October 30-31, due to the holiday.Full match write ups on page 5.
|Monday, October 18th, 2004|
Quidditch, Round 3
(Home teams listed second.)Saturday
Appleby Arrows vs. Caerphilly Catapults at St. David's Stadium
Appleby 380, Caerphilly 190Ballycastle Bats vs. Chudley Cannons at Trevaylen St. Grounds
Ballycastle 270, Chudley 370 (ed. note: No, this is not a misprint.)Wigtown Wanderers vs. Holyhead Harpies at St. Catherine's Field
Wigtown 310, Holyhead 330Sunday
Wimbourne Wasps vs. Falmouth Falcons at Cerniw Field
Wimbourne 180, Falmouth 300Tutshill Tornadoes vs. Kenmare Kestrals at Old Trinity Fields
Tutshill 330, Kenmare 360Puddlemere United vs. Montrose Magpies at Montrose Commemorative Quidditch Grounds
Puddlemere 270, Montrose 260
Pride of Portree had a Bye this week.Full match writeups and an interview with Chudley coaches and players on page 4.
|Monday, October 11th, 2004|
Quidditch, Round 2
(Home teams listed second.)Saturday
Holyhead Harpies vs. Tutshill Tornadoes at Llewellyn Field
Holyhead 200, Tutshill 290Chudley Cannons vs. Wimbourne Wasps at Poole Memorial Stadium
Chudley 330, Wimbourne 410Kenmare Kestrels vs. Puddlemere United at Puddlemere Pitch
Kenmare 440, Puddlemere 320Sunday
Falmouth Falcons vs. Wigtown Wanderers at Solway Stands
Falmouth 320, Wigtown 240Montrose Magpies vs. Pride of Portree at The Skye Pitch
Montrose 240, Portree 340Caerphilly Catapults vs. Ballycastle Bats at Orange Pitch
Caerphilly 260, Ballycastle 300
The Appleby Arrows had a bye this week.Full match writeups on page 3.
|Tuesday, October 5th, 2004|
Quidditch, Round 1
The first weekend of the regular quidditch season was not a promising one for home games. Still, players and fans both seemed almost relieved to see the frantic pace of pre-season slowing down to normal.SaturdayWimbourne Wasps vs. Caerphilly Catapults at St David's Stadium
Wimbourne 410, Caerphilly 260Pride of Portree vs. Kenmare Kestrels at Old Trinity Fields
Portree 350, Kenmare 240Tutshill Tornadoes vs. Falmouth Falcons at Cerniw Field
Tutshill 360, Falmouth 300SundayPuddlemere United vs. Holyhead Harpies at St. Catherine's Field
Puddlemere 260, Holyhead 210Ballycastle Bats vs. Appleby Arrows at The Grange
Ballycastle 380, Appleby 150Wigtown Wanderers vs. Chudley Cannons at Trevaylen St Grounds
Wigtown 310, Chudley 170Final pre-season standings and full write-ups of the weekend's matches can be found beginning on page 6.
|Thursday, September 2nd, 2004|
Identity of Mystery Witch Revealed
Jeffrey FletcherPolitical Correspondent
This afternoon the Ministry finally revealed the identity of the witch found dead in the early hours of the morning Wednesday. Margaret Silvers, nee Shacklebolt, was the wife of late Auror Reginald Shacklebolt. Her husband and eldest son Thomas, also an Auror, were killed during the first war against You-Know-Who and his followers. Her youngest son, Kingsley, is also an Auror, one of a dwindling number of fully trained and qualified members of the elite DMLE force.
While the identity of her murderer will likely never be revealed, it appears she was lured from her home, somewhere in the United States, by a man claiming that her son Kingsley was in danger of dying. Margaret's second husband, Adrien Silvers, arrived in London earlier today in possession of a parchment she left for him, explaining her reasons for leaving so suddenly. Exactly what happened after that is anyone's guess.
While the identity of the murderer is unclear, the Ministry appears convinced that it was planned and orchestrated by Death Eaters. Certainly the use of two Unforgivables supports such a conclusion. The motive seems to be revenge, or perhaps You-Know-Who's further demonstration that no one is safe. Aurors can't be everywhere at once. The backlash from this murder may surprise him
though. At the Ministry today Aurors, always grim and tight lipped, vowed revenge, clearly roused by the attack on one of their own.
The victims family will be returning her body to the United States for burial. The family is requesting donations made to the Auror sub-branch of the DMLE in lieu of flowers.For a full transcription of Minister Umbridge's speech this afternoon, delivered shortly following the announcement of the victim's identity, turn to page 11.
|Wednesday, September 1st, 2004|
Unknown Witch Found Dead Outside Ministry Headquarters
Jeffery FletcherPolitical Correspondent
Early this morning the late shift Aurors getting off duty found the body of a currently unidentified witch lying near the exit to their training facilities. Initially Mediwizards were confused as to the cause, because the woman appeared to have no visible marks on her, but it was later revealed that she was killed by the Killing Curse, indicating Death Eater involvement. Further support for this theory came when the body was autopsied. It appears that the perpetrator cast the Cruciatus Curse before finally disposing of his victim. The use of two of the three Unforgivable curses leaves no doubt in DMLE investigator's minds as to who was responsible for this death. The question now seems to be, why? It is unlikely that question will be answered until the identity of the unknown victim is finally revealed.
Ministry officials, again, caution all witches and wizards to remain in groups, traveling in larger numbers for security, and to avoid unsavory locales such as Knockturn Alley. The Minister of Magic has come under fire again, in light of this most recent death, as the population asks what she is doing to stop such events from occuring. It has been many months since a successful mission has resulted in the arrest, or death, of any of You-Know-Who's supporters, and the mood in London seems to be one of fear and suspicion.
Anyone with any knowledge of this event, or who the victim might be, is urged to come forward. The Ministry assures confidentiality as to the identity of anyone who does so, hoping this will ease potential witnesses fears of retribution.
|Tuesday, July 13th, 2004|
Ministry Murder Suspect Released
Jeffrey FletcherPolitical Correspondent
Ministry officials announced this evening that Derek Bole, the Ministry employee arrested several weeks ago in connection with the death of his co-worker Richard Winters, has been released due to new evidence in the case. Aurors Shacklebolt and Dawlish, acting on an anonymous tip, were able to clear Bole of the murder charges he was due to stand trial for later this week.
The Daily Prophet
was able to question Auror Shacklebolt briefly on this matter, and he assures us that the new evidence leaves little doubt that Bole is innocent of the crime. In fact, despite earlier beliefs to the contrary, it seems that this murder is indeed connected to Death Eaters. A new poison, the result of Dark magic, was administered to the victim, whose family has long stood very publicly against You-Know-Who.
The Ministry was unwilling, at this time, to confirm whether or not new arrests were pending in this case, but they did reassure us that Mr. Bole was released this evening and was free to return to work tomorrow. Whether or not the stain of his false arrest will continue to haunt him is something only time will tell, and he was not available for comment on this matter.
See page five of the Prophet
for details on the new poison.
|Monday, June 28th, 2004|
FALMOUTH PLAYOFF HOPES DASHED
Pallas Athena, Sports Reporter
The atmosphere at Sunday's Kenmare-Falmouth quidditch match was one of anticipation. The match decided who would move onto the League semifinals against the Wigtown Wanderers. With the marked improvement Falmouth's chasers have shown this season, they were favoured to win, but it seems fate had a different outcome in mind. The Falcons got off to their expected start, taking a quick 70-30 lead, but Falmouth Chaser and rising star Marcus Flint's performance dropped markedly after the first hour of playing; he appeared dazed and confused, and his flying became erratic at best. Two hours and twenty-three minutes into the match, while executing the Keller's Kickback, Flint suddenly slowed to a halt and then toppled from his broom from seven metres up. The game was halted as mediwizards swarmed the field, and while he was able to walk off of the pitch, it was ruled that he was in no condition to fly. Chaser Bruno Rawlins, who was moved from his starting position to the reserve team mid-season, took to the pitch, but it was clear almost immediately that the streamlined Chaser unit this reporter's grown accustomed to seeing suffered a heavy blow with the loss of Flint. Rawlins consistently failed to execute formations, choosing rather to make a dash for the goalposts anytime the quaffle was passed to him. The Kestrels Chasers were quick to use this to their advantage, working as a cohesive team to push the score to 140-130 in favour of Falmouth. Kenmare's Seeker then sealed Falmouth's fate, managing to catch the Snitch with a spectacular triple-forward roll, at 2:57 game time. Falmouth's season was ended in that manoeuvre, and Kenmare advances to the semifinals.
Saturday, July 3, 12:30 PM: Caerphilly Catapults vs. Holyhead Harpies @ Holyhead
Sunday, July 4, 11:00 AM: Kenmare Kestrels vs. Wigtown Wanderers @ Wigtown
Full semifinal coverage will be available in Monday, July 5th's Sports Section.
|Thursday, June 24th, 2004|
It is with sad tidings that I must write to you all this evening. The earthquake that damaged Hogwarts yesterday was not without casualties, and so I must ask all of you, current and former students, to mourn with me the loss of some of our own: Lavinia Whitecastle, Ravenclaw, 1st year, Phineas Templeton, Slytherin, 4th year, and Sean Mcpherson, Gryffindor, 3rd year. Many others are still with us, but in need of warm thoughts: Mallory Ballywhistle, Hufflepuff, 7th year, Kevin Whitby, Hufflepuff, 3rd year, Moira MacAllister, Ravenclaw, 4rth year, William Meyers, Gryffindor, 1st year, Sophie Greenglass, Slytherin, 2nd year, Pansy Parkinson, Slytherin, 6th year, Kevin Entwhistle, Ravenclaw, 6th year, Hannah Abbot, Hufflepuff, 6th year, Eloise Midgen, Hufflepuff, 6th year, and our caretaker, Argus Filch.
Please remember, all of you, that things happen in the most expected of ways, at the most unlikely of times. I wish you all safe and enjoyable holidays, and look forward to your return in the fall. If anyone feels they must discuss the events of yesterday, please remember that my door is always open. Current Mood: sad
|Wednesday, June 9th, 2004|
Suspect Arrested in Ministry Murder
Jeffrey FletcherPolitical Correspondent
Late this afternoon the Minister of Magic held a press conference in the Atrium at the Ministry of Magic to announce the arrest of Derek Bole in connection to the murder of Ministry official Richard Winters earlier this month. The Aurors involved in the investigation detained Bole in his office, also in the Department of Magical Games and Sports, and we are told he went quietly.
Minister Umbridge was happy to be able to further calm fears by explaining that this killing was motivated by fear and vengeance, and therefore unlikely to be connected to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Other members of the MG&S department informed us that the victim was seen arguing with his alleged killer on several occasions, and that those episodes always contained threats, which most members of the department assumed were empty.
"Richard didn't like Derek much," confided one of the victims coworkers, who prefers to remain nameless. "He was afraid of him. He started writing down everything Derek did wrong, because I think he wanted Derek dismissed. But then the Minister put him on that special committee and I think he was afraid no one would listen to him after that."
Could this death have been prevented, then? Did the Minister perhaps have a small part to play in it, by not investigating her appointees thoroughly? A growing minority in the Ministry is beginning to voice just those concerns. But that doesn't detract from the fact that this evening one less murderer is on the loose, and the wizarding community may be able to sleep a little better because of that.
|Tuesday, June 8th, 2004|
|Monday, April 26th, 2004|
While I'm sure a party is appreciated by most of the student population, and undoubtedly a fair number of the staff as well (though we won't ask them to admit to it, now will we?) I feel I must remind the fair Miss Abbott and the robust Mr Cornfoot that it is generally considered proper to ask permission before hosting school events of this magnitude. Might I suggest Professor Flitwick, as it is his house you will be celebrating in? Current Mood: amused
|Wednesday, April 14th, 2004|
Ministry Employee Arrested as Death Eater
Jeffrey Fletcher, Political Correspondent
The Ministry of Magic is celebrating its success this evening at the arrest of a Death Eater sheltering in its midst. Terence Higgs, an employee in the Experimental Charms department, was arrested earlier this evening and taken directly to Azkaban prison, where he will be incarcerated indefinitely. This arrest marks the success of an internal investigation implemented by Minister Umbridge shortly after stepping into her role as head of the government. Sources close to the Minister confirm that it was one of many shortcomings that she felt needed to be addressed in the wake of the previous regime.
Kingsley Shacklebolt, the Auror responsible for the investigation and Higgs’ eventual arrest, was unable to be reached for comments, but the head of the Auror department informs us that the investigation was conducted in such secrecy that even some of their department was unaware of it.
Richard Winters, an employee in the Magical Games and Sports office, told reporters, “I feel safer knowing that Minister Umbridge goes to such great lengths to safeguard our society.” And while some Ministry employees might feel that an internal investigation of this sort is invasive, clearly the results of such make any criticism seem trivial.
|Monday, March 29th, 2004|
Quidditch Round 15
Appleby Arrows vs. Holyhead Harpies
Harpies, 380-170 Ballycastle Bats vs. Pride of Portree
Bats, 300-190 Caerphilly Catapults vs. Puddlemere United
Catapults, 360-250 Falmouth Falcons vs. Wimbourne Wasps
Wasps, 270-160 Kenmare Kestrels vs. Wigtown Wanderers
Kestrels, 270-130 Montrose Magpies vs. Tutshill Tornadoes
Magpies, 200-100 Chudley Cannons: no match
(Match details on page 7.)
|Wednesday, March 24th, 2004|
Quidditch, Round 14 results
The Prophet would like to apologise for the lateness in reporting last weekend's matches. Our sports reporter, Pallas Athena, has been stricken with the Spindlerot Flu, causing the delay. Appleby Arrows vs. Tutshill Tornadoes
Tornadoes, 310/150 Ballycastle Bats vs. Holyhead Harpies
Harpies, 420/110 Caerphilly Catapults vs. Falmouth Falcons
Catapults, 480/270 Chudley Cannons vs. Kenmare Kestrels
Kestrels, 210/20 Montrose Magpies vs. Wimbourne Wasps
Magpies, 230/190 Pride of Portree vs. Puddlemere United
Puddlemere, 300/150 Wigtown Wanderers: no match
(In-depth articles on each match can be found on page 4.)
|Sunday, March 21st, 2004|
|Saturday, March 20th, 2004|
The Daily Prophet Society Pages
Pucey and Edgecombe
Margaret Warrington-Pucey and Madam Marie Edgecombe are pleased to announce the betrothal of their children, Adrian William and Marietta Amelia. This marriage will mark the first union between two old, well respected wizarding lines, and promises to bring prosperity to both families. The happy couple are currently in their seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and their wedding will occur upon the completion of their studies in June of this year.