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APRIL 2017, LONDON, ENGLAND - It was in St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries that an unknown wizard or witch attacked unsuspecting hospital victims on Easter Sunday. The attacker had managed to get past the hospital's defences and into the private rooms and wards. Not only had the victims been hurt, but they also stole the Easter eggs that the hospital kindly left for each patient.
The hospital staff were not actually sure how it all happened. It was St. Mungo's tradition to leave Easter eggs for all their patients each year. It was a gift to them for having to stay in the hospital during the holiday.
"Honestly, it's a pretty normal thing for us to do," Elena Trinidad, the Chief Healer, had mentioned. "Some other offices or places hold Easter egg hunts. While that's something we'd also love to do, it isn't exactly plausible, considering we cater to patients with very serious injuries. It would be a bit counterproductive to have an Easter egg hunt, don't you think? I mean... who else but the staff would be able to participate? That wouldn't be too fun! So instead, we give a pack of Easter eggs to all our patients. A small reminder that in spite of them having to be treated, they have people here who care about them and want to continue helping them feel better.”
"Unfortunately, we didn't realize even that could be taken advantage of. I mean, who attacks severely injured patients? What in the world can someone gain from that other than hurting people who are already hurting? It's very sad to even think it happened," she said, shaking her head in dismay. "We can only hope that whoever did this will be put to justice. And that we rise above the situation and improve our security measures. Aurors have already come to investigate and look into things, and we're glad this is being taken care of."
According to the hospital staff, the attack happened in the middle of the night. The lights suddenly went out for about ten minutes, and the moment it came back, some patients were harmed and without any Easter eggs.
Speculation as to why the attacker had taken the Easter eggs has brought about different theories. There's a theory that the attacker has some personal vendetta against the hospital itself and decided to attack the innocent people there instead. Another theory is that the attacker could have had a relative who was not fully taken care of and ended up dying under the hospital's care. Of course, if this theory were true, the hospital would've done everything they could to keep said relative alive, but it could have been a worst-case scenario. Another theory is that the attacker just really liked candy. The last theory, of course, being the least plausible because it would not make sense for someone wanting candy to steal all the candy in a hospital while attacking some of his victims too. Some victims were said to have even more broken bones, which only meant that the attacker had done something to worsen their situation.
Some Aurors state it's possible that it wasn't just one attacker. Considering everything happened in the span of ten minutes, it's possible the attacker had a very skilled team working with him or her to get the job done. Rather unfortunately, the team was so skilled that there has not been any evidence found yet to pinpoint who these people really were. An Auror of Muggle origin has even gone so far as to ask, "Does the hospital have any CCTV evidence we can look at? I mean, even in the dark, there's got to be some trace of who we can see, right?"
...To which the entire hospital looked at him quizzically because what was a CCTV? (I did my research, though, and apparently, CCTV is a hidden camera of sorts that monitors what happens in different areas of a building. Whether St. Mungo's has this or not, there is still no word.)
The Aurors are still working hard on figuring out who was, or were behind the situation. While there has not been any solid evidence as to who was in charge of the act, I'm sure that one way or another, something will come up that will help solve this case.
To all of you, dear readers, constant vigilance! Yes, it's Easter, and it's time to celebrate with the Easter Bunny, but you'll never know if you have a Dark Easter Bunny instead who wants to steal your candies and attack you. It's best to always be prepared!
After April Fool’s day, the stock prices of Zonko's and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes have now plateaued and are enjoying the highest peak value that they have ever had.
Now that Easter is approaching, the next contenders in the stock market are Honeydukes and Kaboon Choco Ltd. Their products are flying off the shelves! Both literally and figuratively, since the zipping bonbons are causing chaos.
Back at Honeydukes, the chocolate was shaped into Easter bunnies and enchanted to hop around the store while carrying a small white Easter basket filled with golden eggs. Children who enter the store can be seen running after these bunnies in an attempt to get one of their golden eggs.
"It's a promotional campaign," quipped Ambrosius Flume. Mr. Flume and his wife are the owners of Honeydukes, the sweets shop located in Hogsmeade. "Kids can run after the bunnies and try to get one of the eggs. When they do catch one, they get to keep the egg. No charge!"
When asked if he is worried about the high cost of the campaign, Mr. Flume responded by saying, "Nonsense! The golden eggs are merely containers. Inside are small nuggets of treats that can be bought from our store. It's like handing out free samples. And, if I've learned one thing in this business, it’s that once you try something nice, you'll always come back for more!"
He laughed and casually handed me a complimentary bar of their signature Honeydukes chocolate. Cursed with having an insatiable sweet tooth, I fell right into the trap and bit into the chocolatey goodness. After placing an order for five more bars, we continued the interview.
We discussed the status of their business agreement with Kaboon Choco Ltd. Parents are questioning whether the aforementioned chocolate industry follows the prescribed protocol when handling Coconut Dynamite. Mr. Flume responded by saying that Honeydukes has been conducting business with the Kaboon Choco Ltd. and have never had any cause for complaint.
Moving on to other business ventures, Mr. Flume squeezed in his thanks and expressed his deep gratitude towards the Hogwarts Express for continuing to exclusively sell only Honeydukes products. Baffled, I inquired as to why he seemed incredibly appreciative over a small trolley franchise.
"Small?" exclaimed Mr. Flume. "Why, that small trolley earns nearly the same amount of sales that this store can earn in a month!"
To end the interview, I inquired whether the wizarding community can expect a new product from Honeydukes. Mr. Flume merely responded with a playful wink.
Hello, readers! It's that time of year again, the time to celebrate Easter. I hope everyone is ready for the sugar rush of too much chocolate, I certainly am. As with every other globally-celebrated holiday, there are many ways in which it can be celebrated. I travelled around England to see what Easter activities were on offer!
My first stop was the capital city itself, London. My goal here was to speak to a few witches and wizards I happened to find on the streets to ask what they planned to do this year. Thankfully, it didn't take me too long to locate a young witch who had children that were apparently very eager for Easter to arrive. "I'm a Muggle-Born witch, so Easter was a big deal in my childhood," she told me. "So, I decided that I'd let my own children in on the fun. Though honestly, I think they're just excited for some chocolate." She went on to tell me that although they didn't have a big garden, they had just enough to hide eggs in for the kids.
I managed to find a few other magical folk around who were either doing the same thing or weren't planning on celebrating Easter at all. There was one wizard who had no idea what Easter even was. I gave him a pitying look before thanking him for his time and moving on. I had never been to London before so it was nice to take in the sights, but it wasn't long before I realised that I was hopelessly lost. After getting directions from the locals, I was able to find my way back to my hotel for the night.
My next stop was Preston in Lancashire. I read somewhere that they had an interesting way to celebrate Easter and just had to see it for myself. I spoke to a few locals about the festivities, and found out if there was a traditional game of egg rolling going on. Apparently, the preparation was well underway and I was asked if I wanted to have a go. I was not going to turn down this opportunity to roll an egg down a hill, no matter how silly that sounds. I had a few rounds, but alas, my egg rolling skills do not compare to experienced locals and I was beaten soundly on all accounts.
I wasn't sure how to take it, but the locals felt such overwhelming pity for my loss, that they told me I'd find out something nice in one of the little towns outside Preston. Not willing to turn down more interesting Easter facts, I got on the bus they told me about and headed off to a town of which I never given a name. I know Lancashire as well as I know London, meaning, not at all. So, I really had no idea where I was going.
However, upon reaching this little town, it turned out to be totally worth it. This town celebrates Easter with a large-scale Easter egg hunt for just about anyone, children and adults alike. There were areas for kids only and areas for adults only. However, the local tavern owner showed me pictures from last year's hunt and it looked amazing. One look at this glorious event meant that I was staying in this small little town I didn't know the name of to see this with my own eyes.
And so ended my Easter tour.
Hello, wizards and witches! It's Cassandra here with the International Wizarding scoop. Rumours have begun popping up about a new Dark Witch in the United States of America. I've spoken with an American source, who wishes to remain anonymous for her safety.
The Dark Witch goes by the name Persephone, in a reference to the Greek goddess. Known as the daughter of Demeter, goddess of springs, and, most telling for this Dark Witch, Queen of the Underworld, the name choice is meant to inspire fear. Her group of followers are named the Priestesses of Persephone, or Priestesses for short as she only accepts female followers.
There are also rumours that Persephone is not working alone, but with a group of dark wizards and witches, intent on taking over MACUSA, the American Ministry of Magic. This is unconfirmed, but many witches and wizards are expressing their fear of this possibility.
When I reached out to the American Ministry, they assured me that they were thoroughly looking into every possibility to assure the safety of all American witches, wizards, and Muggles. They have denied any possibility of there being a group of dark wizards and witches in the United States and declined to comment on any possibility of the Dark Witch Persephone's existence.
For further background on America's history with Dark witches and wizards, I recommend reading the book The Land of the Free: The Dark Side, which includes information on the United States' numerous Dark witches and wizard. The United States is known for having the most corrupted wizards and witches of any other country.
Currently, no travel restrictions have been placed on any country about travel to and from the United States. However, there have been noted increases of witches and wizards leaving the United States for different countries. If visiting the United States, we encourage witches and wizards to be careful, just in case.
For any witches or wizards here in Britain, remember that the Dark Arts are no joke and should never be performed. If you or another witch or wizard hear someone talking about doing the Dark Arts or about becoming a Dark witch or wizard, immediately report it to the Aurors. This is an incredibly serious matter and incredibly dangerous.
With that, we at the Daily Prophet all wish you happy and safe travels. We'll see you next month!
Chaos has broken loose at the Ministry of Magic as an Easter prank backfires. Yesterday morning, a little after nine, something strange started at the Ministry of Magic. No one is quite sure where, or how, but it caused the Ministry of Magic to shut down, the first time since the First World War. According to our sources, the first disturbance and sighting of the bunny occurred in the Department of Mysteries, sparking theories about a back-firing cursed object. The bunny was average sized, average in colour and was simply nothing out of the ordinary. According to reports, it simply hopped off deeper into the department. A few moments later, in the office of the Minister for Magic, a bunny appeared on her desk, as if conjured from thin air.
Within the next three hours, bunnies sprouted in all department, meeting rooms, dungeons, and toilets, until everyone, all 1,473 employees had dealt with the appearance of one. The Ministry Officials tried and failed to spell away from the bunnies that were taking over the building. But they were no longer ordinary rabbits. With everyone that appeared, they grew in intelligence, size, and attitude. The largest of which was thought to be four-feet in height and weighed the same as a Shetland pony. There were various incidents where employees at the Ministry were injured in rabbit-related accidents. The worst of which happened when Imelda Lawtontried to transfigure a rabbit into something less harmful. The spell backfired and she was left as a rock for several hours until a colleague rescued her. Other injuries sustained were cuts, bruises, broken limbs, concussions and a very serious allergic reaction.
With no other option, the Minister for Magic called in an evacuation plan, leaving only the higher officials and a team of Aurors to try and handle the situation. With the employees sent home, or to St Mungo's to be treated, it was all down to the Aurors to take care of the situation, which unfortunately they were unable to resolve.
"I've never seen anything like it," Jerry Barker, said. "I've seen all sorts of magic in my forty years at the Ministry, but those bloody bunnies were something else. We tried every spell under the sun and nothing. Nothing would get rid of the blighters."
However, on the stroke of midnight, the bunnies disappeared, leaving a trail of destruction that is thought to take weeks to fix. Important paperwork has been nibbled, the floors have been littered with droppings, and the Minister of Magic's favourite mug was smashed during the chaos. Despite dozens of man hours researching what can only be described as an attack on the Ministry, no perpetrators have been brought to justice. There are no leads currently, and the case of the bunny bonanza will go down in history at the Ministry of Magic.
The Quidditch teams of the United Kingdom have done it again! They've stepped up their game to give the fans an incredible Easter! Over the Easter weekend, there are a plethora of activities going on around the country at the Quidditch stadiums. At the Chudley Cannons grounds, there is a massive Easter Egg hunt going on. Inside the eggs that are hidden around the stadium are a variety of prizes, from Chudley Cannon merchandise to tickets to the final Quidditch match of the season, which the Chudley Cannons are aiming to reach. The Hunt begins on Easter/Good Friday and is open to all children under the age of 18.
The organiser of the event, Alice Regan, had this to say: "We love putting on these events, watching the children run around trying to find the eggs, it warms your heart, it really does. And it's all in good fun, there's no fighting or arguing, everyone is just here for a good time!" About the prizes this year, she continued: "We've levelled up the game this year, on the prize front. We wanted to give something back to all of those that support us each year, we can't thank them all enough. Each week, they come out in full force and support the team in hail, torrential rain and snow, this is just a way for us to give back to them."
Over at the Wales national stadium, an Easter Scavenger Hunt is set for Sunday. The team have scattered Easter Bunnies across the town with clues leading to the ultimate prize; a training session with the entire team! So, get yourself down there and have a blast!
The National Gobstone team is swapping out their stones for hard-boiled eggs this Easter weekend to celebrate. The winners of the competition will go into a special round of matches, where all money made will go to local charities. The National Gobstone team puts on these events six times a year; last year, the proceeds went to the St Mungo's Charity, to help those patients who have suffered life changing sports-related injuries. The patron of the charity, Agatha Logan, was a world-famous British Quidditch Team Captain in the sixties who lead the team to glory at the Quidditch World Cup. Tragically, she lost her leg in a freak Quidditch accident twenty years ago.
"I think it's fantastic," she began when we asked her for a quote. "To see these people who are normally competing against each other to come together for such a cause, I'm overwhelmed every year. There are so many more participants and they're hoping to smash their record this year and reach five thousand galleons! I sincerely hope they do, they charity was invaluable to me for the first few months after my accident, I wouldn't have recovered as quickly as I did without them."
So, if you find yourself with some free time this weekend, head down to one of the events and have an egg-celent time!
Hey, everyone! It's your favourite reporter, GinnyQuaffle1, ready to tell all you about Easter and its effects on the celebrity world.
Horace Slughorn will be holding a celebration at his house on Good Friday and is inviting all of his friends and many influential people, including the Minister of Magic. There will be an egg hunt on the lawn for the children, and it's rumoured that inside the enchanted eggs there are candy and bunnies. The Weird Sisters will be there to entertain the crowd, and the Holyhead Harpies, along with ex-captain Gwenog Jones who will be performing an exhibition match against the Chudley Cannons. It's been called the "event of the year," and anyone who is anyone will be in attendance.
Moving on from that, the late famous singer Celestina Warbeck's 32-year-old granddaughter Rebecca has announced her plans to marry the dashing Bulgarian Quidditch player, Viktor Krum. They will be getting married on Easter, in France. The wedding is set to take place next to the Seine River. Celestina Warbeck's old band mate Yvette Johnson will be performing at the reception. The happy couple has also announced that a few months after the wedding, they will be adopting a child from China. The Daily Prophet wishes all the best to the pair and hopes their marriage is happy and prosperous.
The Hogwarts Dramatical Society is pleased to announce that they will be putting on a play titled, "The Life of Albus Dumbledore", a tribute to perhaps the greatest headmaster Hogwarts has ever seen. Albus Dumbledore's grandniece is a famous actress, most recognised for her work in "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" as Amata, and she has stated her excitement for the play. More than a few celebrities will be at the play, and the seats for the first performance have already sold out. After their last play, "The Battle of Hogwarts", which I must say was a beautiful representation of that fateful night, many are looking forward to this newest creation. Written and directed by Amy Rivers, a recent graduate from Hogwarts, the play will debut on Easter night, and will be followed by an Easter-themed school dance, open to all grades, unlike any other dance ever in Hogwarts.
We at the Daily Prophet hope your Easter is enjoyable and as splendid as can be.
April started off with a bang, celebrating the Weasley twins' birthday. Unfortunately, George had a mishap with a time turner and we were all sent back to when Ole Voldy Face was alive. Members had to declare what side they were on as we were at war again. Were you a Death Eater or a member of the Order of the Phoenix? There were pranks galore from both sides.
Quidditch: Gryffindor vs Ravenclaw
The last match of the season is underway at the Quidditch Pitch! Head over there to support the teams as they battle it out for that final win. The poor Gryffindor chaser had a hard time of it in the first round. Hurry over and watch the last game of the school year before it's too late!
Are you a fan of Beedle the Bard? Do you enjoy stories in any shape or form? Then I'm sure you're having a blast with the Five Fables! The Magical Archives are presenting activities with all the stories by the Bard, not just the Tale of the Three Brothers. These contests have awesome prizes and loads of fun to offer.
Arts & Graphics
The A & G forum has gone through the Looking Glass this month. The contests for April centre around Alice's wacky friends in Wonderland. Father Time and the Caterpillar certainly make an appearance. These kooks are sure to get your creative juices flowing for the graphics or writing contest.
The Fan Fiction forum has all the prompts you need to start writing. Want to write the backstory to a picture? Maybe you want to try your hand at guessing a character's riddle? The monthly raffle is up and running just waiting for you to earn tickets by writing. The prompt is really fun this month, with wizards using smartphones!
March Daily Prophet Contest Winners
A whole bunch of you came out to party with us during our March contest. I hope the lot of you enjoyed the riddling, I know I saw some great ones. I also know at least 5 of you had fun because you guys each won House Points!
The winners of 1,000 HP each:
And our lucky winner (her name was drawn twice!) of 2,000 HP is:
Congrats guys and I hope to see all of you for this month's contest!
Hello, dearies! It seems it's April again, and you know what April means: Easter! What a fun holiday! It's one of my favourites. Still, I know it can be very stressful to plan for when the family is coming over and you have no idea what to do. So, here are some fun activities you can do with your family to make this Easter the best one yet!
EGG HUNT - One of the most popular activities during Easter, an egg hunt can bring the whole family together. Adults can work together over planning and hide the eggs, and it can be a fun, non-competitive activity for the children of the family. You can buy plastic eggs and fun treats to put inside them inexpensively at local stores, and though it's a bit time- and material-consuming, it's great fun and a wonderful opportunity for bonding.
EGG PAINTING - Another common and fun activity is egg painting! This is another great bonding activity, though it's somewhat messier. You can use real eggs, though you may want to hard boil them before the activity starts so that if you drop them it's not a mess! You can buy paint or egg painting kits at local stores. This one takes a lot of materials but produces lovely decorations that liven up the house for Easter.
EASTER BUNNY - This is a fun, material free game that's great for the younger members of the family. The Easter Bunny has gone missing! Together, the children work to make up a story about where he could be! You can make it interactive by having them replicate the actions they describe and mediate to make sure everything stays in line. The best part is that this activity can take as long or short a time as you want!
GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE - Most towns and cities have egg hunts, parties, and other activities open to the public. Parks, public buildings, and even regular streets are utilised for such events. If you're tired of setting everything up or just tired in general, this can help you catch a break, while still offering a good time.
EASTER PARTY - Though this is the most laborious option, but if you choose it, you don't have to do anything else! However, if you want, you can still arrange other activities, as well as incorporating food, decorations, etc. into the theme. My personal suggestions are pastel colours for decoration, maybe a picnic-style lunch, and eggs, of course!
There are many options for Easter activities. You can even come up with your own--just be creative!
Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate it than eating chocolate? If you're bored of the usual eggs, why not try your hand at making your own chocolate frogs? As a child, you may have enjoyed many of these, without paying too much attention to how they were made. Well, the process is actually a lot more complicated than this recipe, but I can assure you that after extensive taste testing these are just as delicious!
Unlike those found at Honeydukes, these chocolate frogs will not run loose or hop away. These rich and creamy truffles are guaranteed to be just as fun and delicious as their wizardly inspirations (you could, of course, use a spell to animate them, but you didn't hear that from me).
I hope you enjoy making them as much as the children will enjoy eating them! (I'm kidding, who would want to waste all that lovely chocolate on children?!)
Until next time, happy Easter!
April is finally upon us! And for those of us with a sweet tooth, we can officially get excited about Easter! As part of my yearly challenge, let's see how many egg-related puns I can slot into this article. Are you ready to find them all? Egg-celent!
Are you curious to see what our lovely HEXians think of Easter and the holiday surrounding it? I was highly egg-cited! Have a flick through some of the answers I received.
There were those who enjoyed Easter to the egg-streme...
Then there were those who found the whole experience too eggs-aggerated
Whether you find Easter to be in scrambles, or whether you find it to be a cracking good time, I hope that youll remain sunny-side up and enjoy an egg-splosive, HEX-filled Easter and spring!
Do you fancy sharing your opinion on Easter, pun-filled or otherwise? Head on down to the Newsstand and let us know what you think. Wed love to hear from you (especially if you can hatch a pun or two!).
See you all n-eggs-t month!
(For those of you who stopped counting, either to laugh or to cringe, there was a grand total of ten atrocious Easter puns throughout this article.)