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Over the last seven weeks, seven wizards have gone missing from their hometowns throughout the country. The Ministry of Magic is baffled; the missing men’s family are beside themselves with worry, and the Aurors seem to have no clues as to who is behind these kidnappings. What we do know, is that these disappearances began at the end of July. The alarm was raised by Eleanor White, 42, after her husband failed to return home from work at the Ministry of Magic. Lukas White, 44, a member of the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Department, is documented to have arrived at work at 7am and signed out 4:30pm, after which he was then seen turning the corner and heading down Whiteheart Lane, London. When her husband failed to arrive back home, Mrs White checked in with work, and waited, but after twenty-four hours with no sign of her husband, she informed the Auror Office who began searching for the missing wizard. Seven weeks later, Lukas White is still missing, along with six other men. The Auror Office even went as far as to commandeer video evidence from Muggle CCTV camera’s in order to ascertain Mr White’s last movements, which unfortunately yielded no leads.
Since then the Auror Office has released the names of the other men that have disappeared, all within a similar location and around the same time of day. The names of the missing men are: Joseph Parker, 19, Alexander Wade, 75, Peter Rush, 21, Mohammed Singh, 32, Kang-Ji Kwan, 43 and Leopold Williamson Jr, 30. The ongoing investigations into these missing men are being led by Captain Murphy McDuff, of the Auror Office, a seasoned veteran with over thirty years experience with missing person cases.
“There’s only so much we can tell the press, this is an ongoing investigation and we are not going to risk the chance of letting something slip which may harm our victims. What I can confirm is that seven men are currently missing and that there are many Aurors working on solving this case.” He’d stated when asked for a quote. When urged to answer the rumours about an eighth missing person, he simply scoffed and rolled his eyes, although the Daily Prophet’s insider at the Ministry is adamant that an eighth person is indeed missing and the circumstances around the disappearance are akin to those related to this case.
“As soon as we can, we will tell you more. But for now, that is all.” The finality of his words left us unable to ask the most important question, are they looking for the victims, or the remains of the victims? Our reporters will be keeping a close eye on this developing case.
Hello there, shoppers and shopkeepers! The goblins at Gringotts have agreed to have an interview with me. These guys are always so tight-lipped when it comes to what happens in their bank, and the money and items found within. They agreed to hold this interview on the condition that I expanded to a larger vault, but I probably needed to do that, anyway.
The goblin I interviewed is named Kryton. He is native to Britain and always knew that he’d go to work at Gringotts. For over three decades, he has worked at Gringotts. He is the youngest of fourteen siblings, and has no wife or children, living alone near the bank. I was told they drew a lottery at the bank for who would be so lucky as to get interviewed, and when he won, he jumped very high.
Me: So, Mr. Kryton…
K: Just Kryton.
Me: Kryton. Absolutely. Can you tell me what an average day here at Gringotts looks like for you?
K: I arrive at precisely 6:30 in the morning. I check my account logs, twice each, ensuring that there are no inconsistencies. The vaults under my care are always in pristine condition.
Me: I’m sure that’s true.
K: After I check the accounts, I work at the front desks from noon until five in the evening. I answer questions, open new accounts, make deposits, and send people to their vaults with a supervising goblin.
Me: And then do you break for a meal?
K: No. Not when there is work to be done and money to watch. After the desks, I work as a supervising goblin for people visiting their vaults. Then at eight o'clock, I check all of my accounts again, twice each. Following this, I go home.
Me: Right. What a full day! What is your favorite part of your responsibilities?
K: I like to count the money.
Me: Okay. Do you have a least favorite part of your working day?
K: Talking to people. Anytime I must talk to people.
Me: Right. So, um, do you have any tips for people wanting to save money?
K: Make money. Save it at Gringotts. I can open an account for you under my care.
Me: Very wise advice, Kryton.
K: I’m done.
Me: Oh, but I had a couple more questions about…
K: No. Goodbye.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have learned that Gringotts might have the hardest-working employees ever, even if they are not the most personable. There really is no safer place for your Galleons.
The first day of this month marked a very special and important day for many young witches and wizards throughout Great Britain. Not only was it the beginning of a new term at Hogwarts, but it was also the famous day listed as being "nineteen years later" in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
With both of these major events happening at the same time in the same place, King's Cross Station was filled to the brim with school cloaks, teary mothers, and impatient reporters. Everyone there - whether an excited student or an anxious adult - was searching the people in the crowd for one familiar face. They could all sense that Harry Potter was somewhere nearby, but he was yet to be seen.
As the whistle of the Hogwarts Express blew a sharp signal of warning, all of the disappointed students scrambled to find their seats on the crowded train. Each of them peered out the window, still straining to catch a glimpse of the elusive "Chosen One." The rumbling of the train engine grew louder and it prepared to pull away from the station. Just as the hopeful students began to lose confidence that they would ever see him, Harry came dashing up to the train with his son in tow. A loud cheer went up from the assembled people, and they began to shout his name over and over again.
The magical celebrations only lasted for a short amount of time, however, before the Muggles started to notice that something rather odd was taking place.
"It was like chaos was spilling out of a pillar," one Muggle commented with a shudder. "I saw hands holding on to weird stick things and pointy hats galore poking out of brick walls all over the station!"
Another Muggle onlooker noted that, "it almost seemed like a Harry-Potter-themed Comic-Con invasion was taking over reality."
Of course, the Ministry of Magic's Improper Use of Magic Office was called in to help resolve the issues with the Muggle sightings of magic, but several of the Muggles were able to escape with their memories of the events intact. If you come across one of these slightly disoriented and confused Muggles, please do not hesitate to give them a kind shove toward the Ministry. They are in dire need of assistance and a good memory wiping, both of which will be best provided by trained professionals. Do not attempt to clean their memories yourself under any circumstances! Thank you for your cooperation in this deeply concerning matter, and have a lovely day.
Ah, September - the time when all those big yellow buses will come driving around, picking up eager little children and not-so-eager teens. The time when parents are scrambling to get back into the routine of fixing breakfast and lunch packs.
Yes, these wonderful days of school are back and are here to stay until May of next year. The cycle is as common as the seasons. You’re probably thinking that everywhere all around the world, little feet are tromping towards their first day of school. Right?
Well, you’d be wrong. In a cluster of islands, south-east of Asia, the kids are already well into their school year. They have already finished their first quarter and would be somewhere in the middle of the second quarter of the school year.
Nearly all of the members of the Association of South East Asian Nations or ASEAN (Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand) follow the September-to-May school calendar. All except one: the Philippines.
In the Philippines, the school year starts in June and ends in March. And most schools follow a quarterly pattern, where kids take tests after every quarter of a year to test their knowledge. Nearly all schools in the Philippines are traditional schools. It was only recently that they started following the K-12 system, fumbling most severely.
They have failed to adapt it for the purpose it was meant to serve (i.e. spread out the lessons in such a way that the students would be better able to absorb and understand them). Instead, the country merely added more years into their system and even more lessons for the students.
Preschoolers, ages 3-4, are expected to know and explain the life cycle of a bean plant, write stories, and solve multiplication problems. Schools have capitalized on this opportunity to add extra years into their system without adding to the educational value.
There have been some schools that have attempted to follow the September-to-May schedule. This was met with severe negative feedback from the parents who are accustomed to the June-to-March schedule.
In the United States, the school calendar starts between August and September, and ends in June. In Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland), school starts between mid-to-late August, while in Southern European countries (Greece, Portugal, and Turkey), the school calendar starts during the second half of September.
Hello, readers! Thank you for choosing the Daily Prophet, as always! Today, I'm going to be discussing the Ministry of Magic's latest choices regarding O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s. As you may or may not know, there has been a revamp lately of the grading system, and so many of the marks given out were incorrect. Although this was blamed on rushed marking under a new system, many people believe that this was a cover-up for something bigger.
The general consensus is that the new system is worse than the old one. Grades are done on a numbered scale from 1-10, which does not correspond with the letters previously used as boundaries. This means that while some people were put on the number 5 for an Acceptable, others were put on 4, or even 6, depending on the person that marked their paper. The question this leads to is: How could the “improved” system be failing so badly already, and why did the Ministry not predict this happening?
After talking to many witches and wizards from the Educational Department of the Ministry, I was none the wiser as to what had happened. They all gave me similar throwaway responses to my questions, which leads to my theory of a cover-up happening. When the Minister for Magic himself was asked about the issue, he diverted the conversation towards the statistical changes in grades, and talked about specific subject changes, avoiding the initial question completely.
If the Ministry is indeed covering up a lack of preparation - or even a series of blunders - what's to say that the system will work next year? Teachers across the country are fighting an uphill battle to learn the new marking system, yet the core politics and theory behind it isn't even secure within the Ministry yet! Personally, I feel sorry for the students caught up in the middle of this, more than anyone else. They have all tried their hardest, and yet the change has completely confused the results, to the point where some students cannot pursue chosen paths until the correct grades are finalised.
Whether you agree with the theories of a cover-up or not, it's clear that the Ministry needs to get their heads screwed on tightly, and work as quickly as possible to fix the mistakes that they have made with this new system. I will be following the updates that the Ministry gives out regarding the scores, to see how it progresses. If you have a child, or are a child caught up in the middle of this, I wish you the very best of luck!
See you in the next issue!
Ah, back to school. It's the time of stress, homework, and, more often than not, tryouts for any sort of team. If you're like me, tryouts are not fun, and sometimes, you aren't accepted for the team you slaved to be on. I decided to help ease the pain by writing a few quick tips for how to ensure your admittance to a particular team or club.
Do you want to become the Head of the Sports Committee, but your ideas aren't being taken so well by the President of the Student Council? Don't worry - just spike their juice with coughing poison! Non-life threatening, of course, and available from Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes for only 300 Galleons! But as soon as they hit the three-minute mark of non-stop coughing, quickly offer them a bezoar that you just happen to have stashed away in a pocket. They'll be so grateful that they might even make you Vice President.
Quidditch Tryout wasn't as spectacular as you dreamed? Or are you a Muggle, and tried out for basketball or soccer? (Shh, don't worry - I won't tell!) Well in that case, get yourself an invisibility cloak and float around yelling at the captain to let you on. If the Captain doesn't budge, move on to the other team members. (Just not the Beaters. I mean, they carry those bats everywhere!) Eventually, they'll be so sick and tired that they'll let you on. (Note: If an invisibility cloak is not available, an old sheet works just fine, too.)
Is announcing at the sports games your biggest hope and wish since childhood? Are you perfectly suited for it, with a loud voice, the ability to project it, and a love of Quidditch? Even if all those things are untrue, don't panic: I have a foolproof tip for being the lucky person to carry on Lee Jordan's legacy, and become the next Hogwarts Sports Announcer. You can always go the boring route of just trying out and hoping that Professor McGonagall falls asleep during your audition; or, to make things interesting, take Polyjuice Potion, turn into Lee Jordan himself, and audition as his twin brother from Durmstrang. Nepotism and a letter from Lee should get you in the door. During this period of time, you should probably kidnap and sedate the real Lee Jordan, and an Obliviate wouldn't be a bad touch. You should also note that Polyjuice Potion only lasts an hour, so be prepared to have an extensive collection of Polyjuice for the next 1-7 years.
With all this amazing advice, how could you not make that team you've been dreaming of? You don't have to thank me - I know I'm amazing. Have a good day/night!
Summer has officially ended, dear readers. While we all return from the beaches, wash off the sunscreen (or tend to the sunburns), and pack our bags for school and work, never fear: HEX is here to make the transition period all the more enjoyable!Classes Return
Grab your backpacks and wands, because it’s time to return to Hogwarts for another school year. The holidays have been great, but I’m sure we are all excited to get on the Hogwarts Express and go back to school … right?
Either way, before you head to Platform 9 ¾, make sure to register for classes which you would like to take. For Graduates, there are also two new careers, so don’t miss your chance to try out Magizoology or Wand-making, and become the next Scamander or Ollivander. Are you hungry for more information? Check out the Entrance Hall right now!Sweet Sixteen
August 24th is a special day for many. Take, for instance, that a certain Rupert Grint turned twenty-nine this year on this exact day. While he blows out the candles and helps himself to cake, we HEXians must not forget possibly the most important occasion of all.
Sixteen years ago, HEX was founded – and what a ride it has been! I’m sure all of us can recall the good times that we have had here, so it is down to us to help make HEX’s sweet sixteen a memorable time. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, the lovely HEX Staff also rewarded us for joining in the celebrations. If you had kept your eyes peeled, you may have found some treats lurking in the Hogwarts corridors on the way to your new classes!SCA Applications
Do you fancy yourself a bit of an impersonator? Are you a huge fan of all of the characters from the Harry Potter series? How would you like to put smiles on your fellow HEXians’ faces?
No? Well, anyway, take a moment to stop by the Entrance Hall and check out the Site Character Accounts Applications for yourself. The applications have now closed, but don’t panic – you will surely have another opportunity to apply later!House Cup Results
Yet again, the eagle-eyed birds over in Ravenclaw House have swooped down and scooped up the House Cup for this school term. Not far behind, in an admirable second place, was Slytherin House, followed by the Houses of Gryffindor in third and Hufflepuff in fourth. Congratulations, Ravenclaws! Now that the score has evened out, next year’s House Cup is all to play for, so make sure to complete your homework on time and enter as many contests as you can.
Along with this fabulous news, we also have thirty-two users who have graduated from Hogwarts. What an achievement! While the list is too long to write out here, the Daily Prophet would like to wish each person the best of luck as they set out into the vast Wizarding World.
Another ten people worth a special mention are those with the most House Points collected individually during the last term. Fortunately, this list is a little shorter, so shout-outs are needed for:
1 ) Morgana Malipiero
2 ) LadyReeseKightkens
3 ) spree953
4 ) Amity CatWalnut
5 ) Tarcet
6 ) Cody
7 ) Samantha Bradley
8 ) Sternbeere
9 ) Vie Noblefury
10 ) Spike
Congratulations to all ten of you, and thank you to everybody for their contributions towards the House Cup race!Daily Prophet Contest Results
We thank everyone participating in this month's Daily Prophet Contest. Whilst our own master spy wasn't very successful, these six students were. A massive congratulations to our winners who each won 1000 House Points for their house!
Once again, thank you all for participating. We look forward to seeing you again next month!
That is all for this month’s HEX Report. Make sure to sign up for classes and start supporting your House today. Just remember to pack your robes, or you may find yourself receiving a record number of detentions in the first week!
Hello, wizards, witches, and magical folk of all nature! Welcome back to your favorite celebrity dish column ever: Starburst! This month, we here at the Daily Prophet have been quite interested in back to school, since, as y'all know, Hogwarts is starting back up again!
This is why I'm sure all of the Hogwarts-age witches will be thrilled to hear that teenage witch model, Ashley Tanner, has created a clothing line! Many noticed the subtle differences in four separate categories that seem to represent Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw! I don't know about you, but I am definitely eying that adorable Ravie-themed sweater! You can order the catalogue by owl to start getting some of those gorgeous designs!
Speaking of Hogwarts, exciting news for Ancient Runes students! Scholar and famed academic, Cyrus Carroll, will be joining the Hogwarts staff this year as the new Ancient Runes teacher! Carroll is known for his amazing knowledge of runes, and has been thought to be an expert on them with his best selling book, Ancient to Modern: Everything a Wizard Needs to Know About Runes. Carroll was quoted saying, "It may just be a year thing, but it's so wonderful to get back to teaching and informing young minds of all the interesting facts about Runes!"
There have also been rumors of a new Triwizard Tournament; according to sources, Holden Boggins has been attempting to push it through. Of course, given that the last ended with the Dark Lord Voldemort being resurrected and Cedric Diggory dying, along with the beginning of the entire Second Wizarding War, sources doubt that it will be a successful attempt. Maybe next time? (Or never? I vote never, for the aforementioned war that happened last time.)
This year marks the first year at Hogwarts of radio star, Madison Rowan, who portrayed Alice on the radio show Falling Through Time. Rowan's character Alice was the younger sister of the main character, Eliza, and quickly became a breakout character in the series. Currently, sources vary on whether Rowan will continue the role during her time at Hogwarts, but we can hope! However, many are curious as to which House the eleven-year-old will be sorted into. While Alice was a clear Hufflepuff, many think that Rowan will end up in the House of the Wise. We'll just have to see, then!
Not to forget another radio show, the Class of War, a series set in a fictional school during a fictional war (which was heavily inspired by the First and Second Wizarding Wars), has announced a second season! Fan favorites, Lydia Peters, Marcus Juno, and Olivia Scandev will be reprising their roles in the series as Cheryl, James, and Liv. We've yet to learn if George Cooper, Caitlin Ursula, and Wendy Williams will reprise their roles as Caleb, Jaz, and Beth, but we can hope!
That's all for this month's edition of the Starbust! We hope to see you next month here at the Daily Prophet. Remember, witches and wizards, focus on the class, not the star!
Hello, dear readers! Aunt Edna here again to bring you all the wonderful ways to enjoy life! And in this article, we’ll be talking about the essentials you’ll need to pack for returning to Hogwarts! As we all know, Hogwarts is one of the greatest places in the world, but that doesn’t mean starting a new school year is easy, or that getting to platform 9 ¾ on time is easy either! (Not that I would know about that…) So, without further ado, let us jump right in!
1) Clothing! Yes, this does sound daft and rather obvious, but just you wait until you get there and realise you’ve left all your clean underwear at home and your parents are on holiday for three weeks in the Bahamas! The most efficient way to pack is to make a list, and then check it twice, thrice, and then another time for good measure. Also, learn to pack really well. It’s a skill that will be valuable to use for the rest of your life! From holidays to education, packing is important. I also recommend packing some clothes in your rucksack just in case you leave your trunk on the platform and it doesn’t reach you for three days because the Muggles found it and locked it up! Never a good idea to let that happen.
2) Textbooks and School Supplies! We all have that one friend who always asks to borrow a quill or inkwell, or a spare bit of parchment. Well, what would you do if you ended up leaving it at home? Or you brought the wrong sort with you? There’s a simple solution: buy as much stationary as physically possible, cram it into your trunk and you can’t go wrong! There is no such thing as too much stationary especially when you have to write five-feet long essays on the uses of dragon dung! Yuck!
3) Snacks! Do I even have to mention this? The food at Hogwarts is always spot on, but what if you’re in detention? Or Quidditch training and you miss a meal? Go hungry? Not likely! And if you don’t know how to reach the house-elves in the kitchens, what are you going to do? Packing your own snacks is the way to resolve that. And it’s a good way to make friends and have private slumber parties in your shared quarters. And if you’re Muggle-Born, at least you’ll have your favourite snacks with you which can be hard to acquire.
4) Teddy Bear! Admit it, we’ve all been homesick at one point or another, which is why taking your teddy bear or other stuffed animal is essential. Sad? Upset? Happy? No matter what the emotion, a teddy or stuffed animal will always be there to listen to you and snuggle up to and will protect you from the forces of darkness and monsters under your bed while you sleep.
Well, that’s it folks! We hope you have a great new year at school! Until next month dearies!
Hello, dear readers. It was up to me to find an amazing recipe to include in this month’s issue of the Daily Prophet. When it came to the theme of the new school term, my first thoughts were, ‘something that the kids can take to school for lunch.’ Of course, parents can also keep some, or most, for themselves. The following recipe - although not completely healthy - can be used as an incentive for the kids. Eat your healthy food and you get one of these. Even save them for dessert after dinner: ‘eat your veggies or no yummies.’
The following is a list of ingredients that you will need to make these delicious little squares.Ingredients:
For the benefit of those using Muggle methods when they cook, the directions are for Muggle equipment. I’m sure that you brilliant witches and wizards can figure out which spells to use if you prefer the old-fashioned, magical way.
First, you need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside.
After that, in a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the apples and walnuts. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.
The last few things you need to do are to bake it for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.
And there we have it: an easy, simple recipe for a delicious little snack (or brunch, if you’re like me). I’ve never made these amazing delights before, but I certainly plan to in the future. I have seen what these babies look like, and believe you me, they look glorious. Besides, who doesn’t like little yummy squares that taste like apple crumble?
I hope I’ve given some of you a great idea for lunch - not only for the kids, but for you, as well. Maybe even skip the kids and just keep them to yourself. Until next time, dear readers.
It’s that time of the year again: the summer is waning, the nights are starting to pull in once more and the new term at school has started. Septembers are new beginnings, whether you're starting at primary school, secondary, college, university, or stepping into a new job for the first time. Or maybe you’re returning to Hogwarts, to start another new, exciting year full of magic and excitement. The Daily Prophet reporters have been out and about collecting people’s opinions on the start of the new school term. Have a peek below and see if you agree with their sentiment.
If it’s one thing that we can be sure of, it’s that September brings a host of new opportunities to advance our knowledge, our goals, to create new friendships and to make some unforgettable memories. And even if you don’t like school, hate that swirling feeling of butterflies in your stomach every time someone mentions returning to it, just remember: it’ll be worth it in the end. What you learn from school, whether skills, knowledge, or a little of something else, use it, own it, and never let the world get you down!
So, on that note, the Daily Prophet wishes you all a wonderful new term, and hopes that whether on HEX or in real life, you have a fantastic term!