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A quiet, countryside town is reeling tonight after a fireworks festival planned for Bonfire Night went tragically wrong. The predominantly magically-inhabited town of Briarwood, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, is grieving after losing six members of its community. On the night of the fifth, when muggles and wizards-kind gather to celebrate Bonfire Night, the tragedy occurred. While setting up for the show, the fireworks, a new brand from well-known developer Filibuster, went rogue and shot out into the packed crowd enjoying the festivities. This resulted in six fatalities and over two-dozen more injured from the supposed, ‘safe’ fireworks. The victims, aged between 22 and 78, were stood closest to the bonfire and its safety cordon and took the full force of the blasts. So far, the victims have not been named.
‘It’s was horrible,’ says the Mayor, one Petunia Trumpkin, 45. ‘No matter what spells we tried, we couldn’t get the flames under control, they just burnt through anything in their path. We’re only a small community, those we lost will be sorely missed. I’ve promised the families, that we will get to the bottom of this and find out what went wrong and prevent anything like this happening again.’
The initial report stated that the fireworks bought to be used for the event were purchased by Abe Ludwig, 32, Mayor Trumpkin’s personal assistant, and were from a licensed supplier. Further testing on the remnants of the fireworks showed a discrepancy in the casing of the fireworks and a lack of protective charms on the explosive material inside. Yet, the certification on the purchasing order, clearly states that the fireworks passed all health and safety inspections, leading the Aurors investigating this accident to believe that either the fault was missed deliberately and signed off, or that they were tampered with between leaving the factory and arriving at the bonfire event.
‘We’re investigating the incident that took place in Briarwood,’ Captain of the Aurors, Mac Muldoon, 38, said when asked for an update. ‘As it’s an ongoing investigation we can’t broadcast many details to the public. But at the moment, we are focusing on the transit that the fireworks went through and are following various leads as to a possible perpetrator. Justice will be served for those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.
‘What I will say, is that anyone who has purchased Filibuster Fireworks in the last few months should get them checked, either by the supplier or by the Auror Office, we’ve opened a special drop-in centre at the Ministry of Magic that will check the fireworks for faulty components or sabotage.’
The Daily Prophet will keep you updated on this story as it unfolds.
It has come to light, that the Ministry of Magic is shying away from its promises to cut the pay gap that is plaguing its workers. During the last election, when our current Minister, Aloysius Grabhorn was elected, his campaign revolved around equal pay, for all the workforce at the Ministry of Magic. Now, one year later, and with the help of an anonymous whistle-blower, the Daily Prophet can reveal, that things were never as bad as what they were made out to be.
In his initial campaign, Minister Graphorn condemned the pay gap between genders at the Ministry and used these figures to highlight the plight of his workers. In different departments, the heads would have a 16% difference in pay, then their assistant head counterparts. However, this varies for each department, with the highest gap being 28% and the lowest (Misuse of Muggle Artifacts) only 5%. And when examining the pay gap between genders, it was clear, that men, in the lowest rungs of the employees were still earning 8-21% more than their female counterparts.
It’s understandable to expect a pay gap between the heads of departments and their assistants when factoring things such as workload, experience, and responsibilities. However, with the figures we received from the whistle-blower, things were not as what Minister Graphorn announced. Before he took over the position, the difference in rate between a head of the department and an assistant was at most, 15%, not the 16-28% he first declared. The lowest figure is 11%. Now, comparing that with the demographics of voters, who voted for him, those aged between 21 and 45, it’s clear to see that this issue influenced potential voters, especially those who work at the Ministry and are working their way up to higher and managerial positions.
And it doesn’t end there. In the figures released during the campaign, the pay gap between the average female worker and the average male worker was double or more in some departments, with the Auror Office having the biggest difference. However, what was revealed in the papers released to us, show that in actual fact, the pay gap, at its worst, was only 7%. This leaves us wondering, where did Minster Graphorn get his figures from, and just what does he plan to do about the false promises he made to his voters. There have been calls for his resignation, but so far, the Ministry of Magic has stayed silent on any possible comings and goings from the office.
When asked for a comment on the situation, Deputy Minister for Magic Angelina Spoop, had this to say, ‘Whatever you have heard from this so-called whistle-blower is utter tosh. The figures you’ve been given were rubbish and have no correlation to the Minister’s election campaign.’
November is a time for celebration for many. There's Bonfire Night here in the UK, which sees fireworks and bonfires up and down the country, and of course there is also Thanksgiving across the pond.
However, have you ever stopped to think about some of the other holidays in November, here in the UK? For instance, at the start of the month (the 1st and 2nd) there are two religious holidays known as All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. These are widely observed by Christian followers; but in Northern Ireland these two days are more widely observed than in other areas; though of course not everyone will observe these holidays regardless of where they are.
November 5th sees Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. We celebrate his attempt to blow up Parliament by lighting fires of our own, and creating dazzling firework displays for all ages to enjoy. Despite the popularity of the event though, some people do refuse to observe the holiday; and there is a growing movement of people who take in other's animals while they go out; to stop them from being scared of the fireworks. Sadly, not many people know about this service at the moment.
Moving further in the month, the second Sunday of the month is known as Remembrance Sunday, and is a day dedicated to remembering all those who died during the World Wars to ensure the safety of the United Kingdom. Poppies are worn by many people to signal allegiance to the day, and the Poppy has now become the universal symbol for the day itself. On the day in question, there are ceremonies, marches and other symbolic events all around the country. The Queen herself will always be seen laying a wreath of poppies at a memorial; that is how special this day is.
The final day of note is one that only Scotland celebrates. November 30th is Saint Andrew's Day, a local holiday to Scotland, celebrating their very own Patron Saint. The national holiday has been around since 2006, and since 2015 it has also been present in Romania! Typical celebrations for this holiday include providing traditional Scottish food, music and dance. In the town of Saint Andrews, the holiday is a week-long celebration!
So there you have it. Although many people think November is all about Guy Fawkes in the UK; there are many other official holidays just within the United Kingdom itself! I hope you found this as informative as I did while writing it!
Until next time!
Europe is under threat. After a year of silence, La Renard has struck again. For those of you who may not know, La Renard is the moniker given to the thief terrorising the streets of Europe, from England, to Sweden, to Russia, not a single country has escaped the wicked wrath and terrifying skills of what the Auror Office is calling the greatest thief in Magical and Muggle history. Two years ago, was the first time La Renard struck, a large wizarding household was targeted, and a priceless family heirloom was taking, an engraved locket that belonged to the founder of the house. After a spate of robberies and with their name in every wizarding and Muggle newspaper across Europe, La Renard disappeared. For a year, everything was silent, some had thought they’d been caught, others thought they might have died, and there were the few who thought they’d been contracted to work for the Auror Office. But alas, it seems as if La Renard has resurfaced and is resuming their ways.
Two weeks ago, a Ming vase was stolen from a museum in Frankfurt, a vase that one belonged to a great, Chinese wizard, who pioneered many new magical inventions and was said to have blessed the vase. As a one of case, no one suspected it was La Renard, that was until the second burglary occurred. Another vase was taken from an affluent Muggle family near to the Swiss border, and this time the calling card was left behind, a single, custom made playing card with a laughing fox engraved in gold upon it. Since then, another six burglaries have taken place, each with the markings of La Renard.
The latest one to take place was at the Ministry of Magic in London. A priceless heirloom, of extreme magical prowess, was stolen last night, from right under the noses of the Auror Office.
‘There’s one thing we know for certain,’ Current head of the Auror Office said, when we asked for a quote. ‘Is that La Renard is a Wizard or Witch, there is no other possible explanation, a Muggle would never get passed out protection charms. But apart from that, we have very little to go on from what clues we’ve picked up from the crime scenes. The only chances we have is to catch the perpetrator in the act, which is something we’re working on with the other Auror branches across Europe.’
The advice given from the Auror Office is to transfer valuble and magical items to vaults in Gringotts, and to keep all protection charms and spells on your property up to date. Let us hope, La Renard is caught soon.
Undoubtedly, you will be aware of the case surrounding Arnold Wallis, ex-Head of the Invisibility Task Force for the Ministry of Magic. Just last week, his name was splashed across the front pages, as he used his position to wreak havoc on Halloween night - including dancing with Beatrix Fairbairn’s skeleton decoration for forty minutes in her front yard, and only stopping when her Jack Russell escaped through the cat flap and bit him on the elbow.
After this alarming display, Wallis was naturally fired and, at first, seemed unusually happy to cooperate. However, as his old colleagues began to clear out his office, they found, among the masses of pizza boxes that would rival even the greatest pizza parlour, evidence that Wallis had been plotting “The Big One”. Just what is “The Big One”, I hear you ask? Well, dear readers, this question stumped the entire Auror Office, as they hastily searched for further clues as to what this could be. Aside from his Muggle search history, which contained an abnormal number of visits to pun websites, they found nothing of value.
Terrified of what he could potentially unleash, the Aurors hauled Wallis back into the Ministry for an interview, demanding to know what exactly “The Big One” was, and why his obsession with puns bordered on unhealthy. Sitting back with a smug smile on his face, Wallis refused to speak until all of his pizza boxes had been returned to him. However, as Carl Salvage brought the first armful of boxes into the interview room, one of them exploded, showering the employees in greasy crumbs. From his chair, Wallis cried with laughter; the Aurors, on the other hand, had been pushed too far, and demanded that Wallis be thrown into Azkaban while the investigation continued.
To everyone’s great surprise, the Auror Karina Sanford burst in at that moment, brandishing a coffee-stained piece of parchment and announcing that she had solved it. As it turns out, “The Big One” was designed to be the ultimate prank. While the details of this are, naturally, confidential, we here at The Daily Prophet can reveal that the prank was designed to affect every pizza parlour in the local area, with pizza boxes exploding at every corner.
But why would someone who seemed so keen on pizza be so desperate to remove it from the streets? After further questioning (and threatening with no pizza for the rest of his life), Wallis finally admitted the motivation behind his actions. In his words, the sight of “pineapple on pizza” around the Ministry of Magic was enough to make his blood boil, and he was determined to prevent such an epidemic from spreading further through his workplace by preventing his colleagues from buying it.
While everyone is still very puzzled by such a statement, we are pleased to report that Wallis’ crimes against food did not go unpunished. As retribution for his misdeeds, Wallis is required to work, wandless, in a Muggle pizza parlour for the next five years, not only helping to deliver the pizza to the Ministry and the surrounding areas, but also helping to cook it (and, to his great horror, create new pineapple flavours).
There you have it, then, readers – what started as a series of Ministry pranks could have turned into a lack of delicious nosh for our hard-working Ministry employees. We can only hope that Wallis learns his lesson (and realises that pineapple pizza really isn’t as bad as he thinks).
In the Muggle world, there is what we call the Olympics Games. I'm sure people of the wizarding community have heard of this one way or another, yes? It's a set of games that occur every four years, showcasing athletes and their abilities in different sports. Whereas the wizarding world has Quidditch, Gobstones, Quodpot, and the like, Muggles have swimming, track and field, badminton, basketball, and a whole lot of others!
It's actually pretty overwhelming if you hear it for the first time, since there are so many events and sports that occur during Olympic games. Not to mention the sports differ in summer and in winter. Way to have Muggles complicate things, right? Anyway, the bottom line is that both the Summer and Winter Olympics happen every four years, but they happen two years apart. The last Summer Olympics, for example, happened in Rio in 2016. The Winter Olympics is next and will be held in Pyeongchang in 2018. Then the next Summer Olympics would be four years after 2016, and the next Winter Olympics would be four years after 2018.
Of course, the difference with both would be the sports that athletes can compete in. Where the Summer Olympics has what I mentioned above (and more, since there are a loooot of sports for that one), the Winter Olympics has sports relating snow or ice. Some examples of which are freestyle skiing, bobsleigh, figure skating, ski jumping, and some others. More information on the different sports in the Olympics can be found here.
So what's the wizarding world's equivalent of the Olympics? I've tried reading about it, and some books say that the Triwizard Tournament is our equivalent for the Olympics, but I feel like they're still two different things. For one thing, the Triwizard Tournament still has its dangers to it. Yes, there's danger in competing in different sports because there's always a chance of getting injuries, but I feel like they aren't as bad as... you know, attempting to run from a dragon?
I suppose that's what makes it more exciting, that there's the magical factor you have to beat in the Triwizard Tournament, but it also makes it insanely different and dangerous at the same time. So something I'd been recently thinking of was -- what if we had our own WIzarding Olympics? Something entirely different from the Triwizard Tournament (since we still aren't sure when the next tournament will be announced, or if it will be any safer than the last ones.) Like, those competing could just be good at sports -- whether it's running, ice skating, basketball, volleyball, bobsledding -- these things are equally interesting when you see people competing in them!
How would it differ from the regular Muggle Olympics, though? Well, magic of course! Maybe the regular track and field run could have magical obstacles you have to beat. Or for iceskating, you have to incorporate different spells to make your routine even better. In swimming, for instance, transfiguration spells could also be a must. Really, there's a bunch of ways to incorporate magic into regular Muggle sports, and I think they would prove to be interesting to participate in and to watch!
Of course, this would still have to be approved by the Department of Magical Games and Sports, and a proposal would have to be made and such, but I think it's worth a shot bringing forth the idea to the plate. We already have our own wizarding sports. Why not have Muggle sports mixed with what we have, then add some magic to make it challenging?
People might disagree with the idea, yes, but I'm down for it. Heck, I'd be willing to help write the proposal, if more people are in favour of the idea!
How about you? What do you think of this? Or are there any other sports you'd like to see happen in the wizarding world?
It’s been another busy month for the contest co-ordinators and event planners of HEX! After a Spooktacular Halloween event, with pumpkins galore, fantastic new items, and a truckload of fun. As Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to settle back with a cup of cocoa, snuggle under the blankets, and learn about the upcoming and current events HEX has.
Gryffindor Vs Ravenclaw
At the start of the month, a nail-biting Quidditch match was announced between firm rivals, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. Its expected to be a spectacular match, which both teams fighting for victory! What to check out the scores? Well head on over to the Quidditch Pitch for a slice of the action!
Earlier this month, voting took place to elect new house staff for three of the Hogwarts houses, and the results have been released. For Gryffindor, congratulations to the new house staff which consists off: Emily J, EvelynBlake, Ginny_Potter, Kaseyanne5, Pyper, and Sliemy. For Hufflepuff, well to the new prefects: Amytyler, Danny, Joslyn, Kayleigh101, Lochness and Mariaana. And for Ravenclaw, the new headstudents are: Ollivandra and Robin, with the prefects being: Dragon_Rider2637, InfiniteStarburst, Oakley, and Shimmering Sky! We at the Daily Prophet wish the new staff and prefects the best of luck in the upcoming months!
Arts & Graphics
The Arts and Graphics Forum is back with another set of contests for this month! With the theme revolving around Autumn, you’re bound to have a blast with both the writing and graphics contest. And congratulations to Shlim for winning Artwork of the Month in the A&G forum.
RPC November Updates
This month, the RPC is taking on a Super event. With superheroes in abundance, try your hand out at the Roleplay of the Month: Siblings: World’s Best Enemies, inspired by Marvel and Thor’s latest adventure in his new movie: Thor Ragnarok. So pick a partner and write the best roleplay that you can! And if that wasn’t enough, head on over to the Just Marvel-ous Thread to roleplay your favourite superhero or create your own!
HINT Forums: November
HINT is back at it with another exciting edition to HINTory, so, pop on over to the forum to see the daring dragon escapes! And if that wasn’t enough, have a go at winning 2,000 house points through the Fantastic Finds events in the forum and win the HINTspiration award!
Well, with all of that going on in only the second week of November, we can expect, much, much, more to come as the days wind down towards Christmas! So, get ready everyone, because Christmas on Hex, is undoubtedly, the greatest event of the year!
It’s a cold, blustery night, as I walk towards the dimly lit café where I am to meet the focus of my latest article. Tugging my coat closer, I pushed open the door and was enveloped by the delectable aroma of freshly baked pastries. Sat in the corner of the bakery, with a single cup on his table is Ivan Dragomir, the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness, and the man I was meeting. Sitting down across from him, I take in his neat appearance, his tailored jacket suits him, and his crisp pants fold delicately across his folded legs.
‘Mr Dragomir, thank you for taking time to meet me, the readers of the Daily Prophet will appreciate it,’ I pulled out my notebook and quill, and settle back.
‘It is my pleasure, Miss Wood,’ his thick, Eastern European accent, is almost perfect, the lilt to his vowels and the deep resonance of his voice set the tone for the following interview. ‘I’m sure your readers will be intrigued by this.’
‘Mr Dragomir, Ivan, where did your fascination for the Vampiric lifestyle come from?’ I waste no time in jumping in with my questions, my time is limited and of course, Mr Dragomir is famed for his violent outbursts when his time is wasted.
‘Coming from a Muggle family, I was always aware of vampires, and when I started my education at Hogwarts, my hobby became a passion. I remember the night, I’d snuck out into the Forbidden Forest and there, I met my first vampire. It was only a few moments, but I knew that my life only had one purpose, to be a vampire.’
I nod, scribbling down his words. ‘You haven’t turned, but yet you replicate the lifestyle of the vampire?’
‘I do plan to turn one day, but as you know, the Ministry laws are strict, and they like to keep an eye on me. After all, if I wasn’t of certain notoriety the Daily Prophet would want nothing to do with me. And, yes, I do replicate the life in order to prepare myself for my future life as a true vampire.’
‘Is it true you drink blood?’
He pauses, a twitch of his brow tells me he wasn’t expecting that. ‘I do…not. No.’
‘Hmm,’ I reply, jotting down more notes. ‘Even though you were arrested last month by the Aurors for breaking into the research facility at St Mungoes and stealing vials of blood, both human and non-human?’
‘Vicious lies,’ he says through gritted teeth.
‘The reports from the arrest say something different,’ but, I change the subject, knowing how fickle his moods are. ‘Does your family approve of your life choices?’
‘I haven’t had contact with my biological family in a decade, I spend most of my time with others of the same interests as myself, and the vampires of course. They are my family.’
‘Noted,’ I reply, turning the page of my notebook.
And that is where the interview ended, only moments later a team from the Auror Office arrived to arrest Mr Dragomir, real name Ernie Toot, after reports of him breaking into Muggle hospitals to steal blood came to light.
Hello, dearest ones! It is Aunt Edna back with a wonderful new product to share! As every housewitch knows, there are just some spills and messes that even the toughest cleaning spell will not fix! (Do you remember those Wizayola Permanent Pens? I think every parent was happy when they were removed from the market!) Well, no longer will you have to worry! Recently, I discovered this absolutely amazing product called Tersus Spray!
Tersus Spray was created by housewitch Elizabeth Hanes a few years ago in 2009. She has been improving the product for the last eight years, but released it in 2015. Marketing has been scarce, but sales have been steadily rising, as Hanes herself told me. Currently, Tersus Spray is sold in stores in Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley, Hogsmeade, and through owlpost. Stores carrying the product include the Witch's Home, Wizard-Mart, and the Knut Store.
Despite still being largely obscure, Tersus Spray is becoming much more well known! Witchly Mothers named it in their "Top Ten Must Haves for Every Housewitch" in 2016 and Magically Parenting ran an article about in in early 2017. An advertising campaign has also just been launched, with advertisements for the product showing up in Magically Parenting, Brooms 101, Muggle Mania, and Magic Parent Weekly.
The spray is marketed in a bottle that resembles the spray bottle of a Muggle. (This is due to Hanes choosing to make it more "Muggleborn friendly.") The spray is a deep purple colour, for reasons unknown due to Hanes' patent. The spray is very simple to use! All you have to do is lightly spritz the spray onto the spill or mess that you want to clean it up and then leave it alone. Depending on the mess, it can take up for an hour to remove the mess. The only thing that the spray cannot clean is blood, due to Hanes' preference.
The spray works absolutely wonderfully and truly is a must have for any parent in their home. It is a miracle worker, especially if you have toddlers or teenagers! You can pick up your own bottle of Tersus Spray at the Witch's Home for only a few Knuts! Now, I am afraid that this is all I have you for this month, dear readers, so I will leave you with this. Remember to pick up some Tersus Spray on your way to get next month's edition of the Daily Prophet.
With the wintry weather setting in, and Christmas songs playing in the distance, I thought I’d bring, to our dear readers, a tummy warmer of a recipe. And who doesn’t love something with the name double, double chocolate in it! And these have an extra magical sparkle too them. Now, for the convenience of this recipe, I’ve used the Muggle variation, as there have been some strange effects when using magic to bake this recipe! And nobody wants to turn a chocolate cauldron into a real one by accident! So, without further ado, onto the recipe!
This recipe makes about 18 chocolate cauldrons, depending on the size of your muffin tins and how many get snatched by little hands while you’re not watching.
We hope you all enjoy trying out this recipe! We at the Daily Prophet certainly enjoyed eating them! Until next time!
Hello readers! It is November, so over here in America that means Thanksgiving! I love the diversity and global unity which HEX is made of, so I thought it would be cool to see who celebrates Thanksgiving and how, and to see if other countries had any similar holidays. I took to the streets (and owlposts) and presented some HEX users with the question…
Here were some of the responses:
So there it is folks. Thanksgiving seems to be a thoroughly American holiday full of food and family (and football)! That South African Heritage Day celebration seems to be an equally special time of food and family. So whether you celebrate “Thanksgiving” or not, I hope you eat some great food, spend time with people who love you, and have a great November!