BREAKING NEWS : BODY FOUND IN HOGSMEADE
JUNE, 2014; Hogsmeade – Hogsmeade was shaken up when a body was found behind the Honeydukes shop. It was highly unusual for something of that scale to have happened in the small, peaceful village. The body itself was so disfigured that it was hard for the Auror to identify the gender. To top it all of, this was not the first murder of this sort. Three more murders have happened and all of them were done in a same manner.
By Leviathan Dy
As a reporter, it was my duty to shed some light and to give readers more details about the incident. Luckily, I have a friend in St. Mungo's and she filled me in with some details.
The insides of the body was completely liquefied, while the outer body was kept firm. It looked like the victim was petrified while its insides were completely melted. Aurors didn't have anything to say, but according to the preliminary reports, an unknown creature was suspected to be the real culprit.
Since there was no known case of this nature, it was safe to assume that someone was meddling with nature and have managed to create this terrifying creature.
A few weeks later, it was discovered that man whose name was Jackyl Hyde was responsible for the murder. However, he disappeared without a trace. Aurors have raided Mr. Hyde’s laboratory and they have found several clues to what the creature might be. The only thing that they had concluded was that he had created a Basilisk which was cross-bred with a spider, thus creating a creature that doesn't fear spiders, nor will it be killed by a rooster.
The wizarding world was left terrified, and many people have cast protective spells around their homes. Aurors need to step up in order to protect the people from this new kind of evil.
My dear readers, I will try my best to bring you the latest news and the progress of catching both of the culprits. Even though, in my opinion, the creature is not at fault. It was created for the sole purpose of killing people. I can only imagine what was the motive that compelled Mr. Hyde to create such monstrosity.
HOMICIDE : REVENGE KILLING
London - After almost seven months of incarceration, the jury found Andrew Morris guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend's brother in revenge for ending their relationship. Andrew Morris, 30, killed Henry Stangroom, 21, a chef at the Criterion, Piccadilly Circus, on Thursday, October 17th 2013 at the flat they shared in south west London.
By Robert Langdon
Police were alerted to the situation when family members raised their concerns for Henry’s welfare. Henry was still staying in the flat at the time, but was planning to move out the same month. Authorities entered the property and found Henry’s body lying on his bed. He had been stabbed in the heart and lungs with a knife and had also suffered an injury to his head believed to have been caused by a harpoon spear. Henry Stangroom was pronounced dead at the scene.
The assailant, Andrew Morris was found in the bathroom, with slits on his wrist. The murder weapon was also found together with Morris. Police arrested the man and took him into custody where he remained until his trial.
Through the course of the investigation, Morris was interviewed by police officers where he claimed to have no memory of the murder. He produced a statement stating he had been drinking heavily and taking drugs over a period of time leading up to the murder. Authorities looked at Morris’ internet search history and found that during early October he had searched ‘Murder and mental illness sentencing’ and ‘sentencing for murder in the UK’. He also searched for ‘Spear gun death accident’ and ‘How to knock someone out’.
With the result of the investigation, the police have concluded that there was premeditation to commit the murder on Morris’ part. Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway, Homicide and Major Crime Command, reported that Andrew Morris killed Henry Stangroom in a brutal attack because he felt rejected and because he could not come to terms with that. Since his ex-girlfriend moved out earlier, he channelled his rage towards the victim, as a form of revenge. According to the observation done by the investigative team, Morris has not taken responsibility for his actions and shown no genuine remorse.
Morris had a history of violent and aggressive behaviour towards his ex-girlfriends and had punched one former partner in the stomach and spat in her face. In the run-up to the murder he was employed as a highly paid financier in the city, but had been on sick leave for five months. Morris was abusing large amounts of cocaine and alcohol and his employers had begun disciplinary action against him.
On the day of his death, Mr. Stangroom worked a double shift. He went for a drink with colleagues before getting the tube home. This was the last time he was seen alive.
HEX ECONOMY: May 2014
For those of us who are into the Hex economy, we know it never gets boring. Exciting changes spice up things and it's hard to keep track of the changes. It's easy to forget even major updates and changes (thanks to RL stress!), but the Daily Prophet is here with a concise overview of all the news about Hex economy in May 2014.
NFY Sale - Perhaps the biggest buzz of the month. Naut Fur You sure stood up to its reputation by offering some of the priciest items on the site at exciting (and pocket burning) prices. The forty-odd items started with the lowest price of 100k and went up to a three million galleons. The three-day included Founders Cards, the Sword of Helga Hufflepuff, Lily's Fishbowl and Snape's Wand.
Lottery - While the increase in the price of lottery tickets wasn't a hit with everyone initially, the price rise to 100g hasn't had a significant impact on the number of tickets being activated every week. The galleon prizes have been raised to 100k, 50k and 50k. Daisyroot Draught is the new item released for the month of May.
Donation Items - The Donation Items for April were Belladonna and Gurdyroot Infusion.
Dirigible Plums - Had a busy Saturday evening and slept through Sunday and realised you missed buying the plums? Or maybe you had a wedding to attend and simply couldn't remember. Or you're like me and you spent the entire day on Hex and only realised that you forgot to buy plums when the clock struck twelve and the day turned to Monday. There's a lovely new feature to free us of the worry of forgetting to buy plums. With the new reminder, there are sure to be fewer plum-less weeks.
Merchanting Guidelines - Let's not forget the newest update to Merchanting Guidelines. In the words of the staff, "Selling/giving away anything not site-sanctioned that will give anyone an unfair advantage in the HEX economy is strictly forbidden. It is considered cheating, and covered under rule 16 in the site terms."
REGIONALS: THE JOYS OF SCOTTISH HAGGIS
The Scottish countryside remained one of the most beautiful places I had ever been in my travels. The wonderful rolling hills, the cool weather and the wildlife lend their charms to the mystique surrounding this ancient land. Scotland is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland shares a border with England, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea to the east, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
By Kay of Kent
Scotland is known all over the world for their colourful culture, surrounding the existing clans from the Highlands and the Lowlands. There are many ancient customs and events that can be found in Scotland. I was sent here on assignment last week to attend a rather new custom, called the Gathering of the Clans, particularly to witness a most extraordinary sporting exhibition, Haggis Hurling.
You read right, my dear readers. Haggis Hurling is a recent sport dating back to the 1970s, when it was first introduced in the Gathering of the Clans as part of a practical joke. Somehow, this particular sport managed to hang around long enough to become a sort of tradition in the Gathering of the Clans. What is Haggis Hurling I hear you ask? Well, the premise of the sport is simple. The person that hurls a haggis the highest wins the competition.
The star of this peculiar sport is, of course, Scottish haggis. Many of us coil when the word haggis is spoken around us, but haggis has been one of the food staples in Scottish culture. Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck - heart, liver and lungs; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt. The mixture then is mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for approximately three hours. It sounds appetizing doesn’t it?
Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish and is considered the national dish of Scotland as a result of Robert Burns' poem ‘Address to a Haggis of 1787’. Haggis is traditionally served with ‘neeps and tatties’, that would be turnips and potatoes, boiled and mashed separately and a glass of Scotch whisky, especially as the main course of a Burns supper. Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25th of January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day.
The presence of Haggis in the Scots’ cuisine is steeped in history and national pride. For those of us not from Scotland, the idea of haggis is a bit daunting. But like many other traditional foods, it cannot be allowed to disappear from the palates of the younger generations. Haggis has its humble beginnings as a way to not waste an animal, using all the parts to feed the poor farmer’s family. Now, after almost six hundred years, this humble pudding has managed to stay strong amidst the sea of new recipes and food trends.
The joy of Scottish haggis, after all, lies in the knowledge that you are consuming part of your nation’s history. That in itself is something to be proud of. I’m sure six hundred years from now, haggis will remain one of Scotland’s national dishes. If you are still wondering about Haggis Hurling, I can tell you this, the present World Record for Haggis Hurling was set at 217 feet by Lorne Coltart at the Milngavie Highland Games on 11 June 2011.
I wonder if he was a wizard who used the Levitation charm.
INTERNATIONAL : THE MYSTERY OF MH370
We all have stared in wonder at the Muggles' ingenuity and their inventions: the aircraft and flights that skirt the skies with almost as much magic as brooms do. But, certainly, everything comes with a dark side. The same goes for an aircraft traversing the open seas. This tale is deeply saddening, and worrying and mysterious at the same time. It is the tale of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 travelling from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to the Chinese capital, Beijing. It had 239 people on board, and was laden with hopes and sounds of happiness of the families travelling to meet their children or vice versa.
Alas, fate always strikes us when it is least expected to. In an area that is a few miles off the Vietnamese coast, the flight vanished, and with it, the contact that it could have established with powerful radars, an efficient facet of Muggle technology was forfeited. Worse still, it is reported that the aircraft had made a possible detour, and rather than actually moving northeast towards the Chinese capital, it turned towards the Straits of Malacca that make up the maritime border between Malaysia and Indonesia, and vanished without any trace. Initial bouts of panic exploded in the form of oil slicks floating in the South China Sea, but nothing belonged to the flight that had gone missing.
This soon turned into an international headline: after all, how could a flight, equipped with all the latest communication technology, just disappear, without even a single trace? This was baffling for the communities worldwide. People prayed for those on board, lit candles, and did everything they could possibly do to find a way to get back to their beloved. The Malaysian PM, Mohd. Najib Abdul Razak then asked for the help of nearby nations, including China, Japan, India and Australia. Later, on the United States sent in its naval search equipment via the Pacific Ocean.
The hunt began. But while it was sure that this was going to be an exhaustive search, the relatives of the missing passengers on board started to lose their temper. After all, who can blame them? All their loved ones, swept away and who knows where they were? They demanded more information, and said all data were kept away from them. Their anguish brings tears to one's eyes. Public shows of anger are banned in China; nevertheless, they took to the streets and stormed the Malaysian Embassy, asking questions.
The hunt, meanwhile, was proving fruitless. Experts from the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Inmarsat, two organisations involved in the search of missing aircraft and aviation accidents, provided information from their satellites and estimated two paths for MH-370 that could have been taken. Path-A travelled via Bangladesh and South Asia into Central Asia. The other path, Path-B, passed through the southern Indian Ocean. Deeming the first route as not probable, the search then concentrated on the vast area of the Australian coast and the southern Indian Ocean. Anguish and anger bubbled beneath the surface as the predominantly Chinese relatives of those on board, demanded information.
The problem, however, was that either the parties involved in the search had no information, or didn't want to reveal it. Military radar data, sensitive and not usually shown to civilians, was also used in the search. Now, the area of the search was narrowed down to a still massive area about 1500 km. west of Perth, in south Western Australia. Underwater probes from the US and nearby countries, including search aircraft from China, are being used to search. It's a tiring search; emotionally for the relatives of those on board, and physically for those searching.
The search continues still, to this point, seemingly unyielding. It's probably the biggest mystery in aviation history. Interviews showed heartbroken relatives, who, despite all the pain, cling on to a tiny strand of hope that, just maybe, their loved ones would be somewhere safe, in perfect health. Who knows? But there's one thing we can do, however. Pray for their safety...or just hope it isn't too late.
We'll keep you updated as this mystery unfolds.
POLITICS: THE ABOLISHMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACT OF MYSTERIES
It is no secret that the Department of Mysteries exists within the walls of the Ministry of Magic in London. The department has long been a source of debate. The contents of the vaults in the Department of Mysteries until this day, remains a secret from the general public. With the new government led by Kingsley Shacklebolt in command, many of the council members of Wizengamot are calling for one hundred percent transparency in all the Ministry’s dealings.
By Lorraine Kingston
Council member, Terrence Pinkstone brought forth the motion in the last council meeting, to henceforth annul the International Act of Mysteries, thus allowing the general public to access the archives of the Department of Mysteries. According to the councilman, the lack of transparency in the last administration resulted in the infiltration of the Death Eaters in the Ministry of Magic. A call for better management and honesty has been set forth by numerous council members.
The International Act of Mysteries was first introduced back in 1630, when the Department of Mysteries was established a few months after the Ministry of Magic succeeded the Wizard’s Council in 1629. According to the act, the daily operations and discoveries made by the Department of Mysteries are to remain a secret from the general wizarding population. Only those with high clearance can access the files and archives of the Department of Mysteries. The daily operations of this department faced little interference. However, due to the secretive nature of this department, certain events took place that could have been avoided.
The Department of Mysteries’ location remains a mystery but to a handful of Ministry personnel. It is a known fact, that this particular department is still shrouded in mystery. The Wizengamot session will resume next week discussing the abolishment of the International Act of Mysteries. Terrence Pinkstone will be heading the committee pushing for the abolishment of the act. The recorded session will be available to the general public once a decision has been made. The Daily Prophet will be reporting on the development of the session as it unfolds.
SPORTS SECTION: THE STANLEY CUP
I recently had the dubious honor of accompanying a Muggle friend of mine to a hockey game. As a matter of fact, it is apparently one of the most important hockey games of the season since it is part of something known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
By Samantha Bradley
Let me just say that this hockey thing is quite a revelation, to say the very least. It is played on, of all things - ICE! To make the situation even stranger, the game is played indoors rather than outdoors. You would think it would make things so much easier just to have the players skate on some big frozen lake and have the fans watch from the sidelines. It would be even more exciting if someone were to break through the ice and land in the water, but then I keep forgetting that so many Muggles have no clue how to save themselves from a situation like that. They'd probably just drown or something, and that would be a bummer for all concerned.
Anyway, back to what I was saying. The participants of this game are big, burly men, many of whom are missing a few teeth. This is mainly due to the fact that all of the players use this big, long stick. They use their stick to push a hard, metal disc called a puck across the surface of the ice and into the opposing team's goal net. Well, that sounds familiar. That's a lot like Quidditch, except not like Quidditch. There are no brooms, no hoops, no flying. But I will say this much - The game of hockey is so violent that it makes Quidditch look like child's play. To top it all off, there are even more penalties in hockey than there are in Quidditch, many of the things I couldn't even begin to comprehend if I lived a million years. The penalties have names like "high sticking" and "icing", the very mention of which made me want to go visit Honeydukes, for some reason. I kind of wish I understood hockey more though, for some strange reason. I might actually like to go again some time. With a Muggle, of course! I couldn't be seen at a game like that on my own.
In any case, I'm very curious which team is going to end up winning this Stanley Cup Playoffs thing. The trophy is a cup, of course. It's pretty nice, though not as fancy as the Quidditch World Cup or even the Hogwarts House Cup, for that matter. What can I say? They're only Muggles and they're doing the best they can. Which may not be too bad, when you come to think of it.
A universe on its own, Hex is constantly changing. It is with great pleasure that the Daily Prophet now brings you the Hex Report - so that you can stay on top of all things Hogwarts Extreme!
Over the past few months, the site we know and love has been bringing in quite a few changes. The first of many includes individual book forums! Readers can now enjoy two new forums: Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. Visitors in these little gems can enjoy contests as well as chatting, all dedicated to their favorite HP novel! And, if rumors serve correctly, the chance for House Points is up for grabs in the Goblet of Fire forum!
Earlier in May, Naut For You had a restock and - WOW. The usual craziness ensued with buying, selling, rebuying and galleon-chasing. The result of the restock? Plenty of fun rares back in circulation! The downside? As usual, the restock caused a bit of unrest in the Hex economy and we're now seeing some item pricing being driven down by the users.
Newly added is the Job Applications page! This can be found under the "Site" tab. This page serves to hold the applications for the design teams - coder, digital artist, item design, and graphic design.
And finally, we have the House elections! The Ads page is crowded with messages: "Vote so-and-so for Gryffindor Prefect!", "Ravies!
Don't forget to vote!" And so on and so forth. The excitement is all around the
common rooms as the old staff waves goodbye and the new members are brought in!
During the elections, we saw the nominations, Q&A, and of course, the polling!
Here are the results of this term's elections :
Head Students: kay85 & Brit
Prefects: Antheia, hj_potter1, J_rod16, & Abdullah28
Head of House - Crystal Nymph
Assistant HoH - Merri Patil
Head Boy - Ccswimmer57
Head Girl - Riri_chan
Prefects - Chrissy May & harryfan09
Head Students: the_sharpie_fairy & Jaessa
Prefects: Artemis Eve, Verritian_Riddle, Riya Potter, & Snape Potter
Head of House - Nicole2013
Assistant HoH - Rachel McAdams
Head Student - erikkagrey, Luxa
Prefects - VirgoBushin & Chen Lee
That does it for this Hex Report. Keep checking back on Hex to see the new and exciting things that are happening!
ADVICE COLUMN: HELP FROM HURTZ
I am Grizel Hurtz, your friendly Daily Prophet advisor who will help you will all your problems. Whether they are big or small, emotional or physical, I will be here to help.
Over the past month I have been receiving owls from troubled individuals. Here are some of their enquiries all answered by yours truly.
I am really in love with this person, but he is engaged. When I tried to tell him, he took it as a joke and turned me away. What should I do? Should I slip a love potion into his pumpkin juice?
-Torn For Thorne
Dear Torn For Thorne,
Do nothing. In all honesty, you should do nothing.
By the sound of it, the person that you are in love with has absolutely no romantic feelings towards you. In fact, he seems to be happily engaged! You have told him about your feelings and evidently, your feelings are not reciprocated. Yes, there are means like Amortentia, but would it really be worth ruining his relationship? More so, do you really want to lose all of your chances in finding true love all because you have committed yourself to a pseudo-romance? Do nothing, leave him to be happy with his fiancé and maybe one day you too will be happy with someone you love and that loves you in return.
Ever since I was in Hogwarts I have hated flying. Now my husband had just bought our seven year old son a broom and he intends to teach him how to fly and how to play Quidditch! I have gotten into an argument with my husband already about this matter, but he just says that flying is a part of the wizarding world and that it is normal. How can I convince my husband that our son shouldn't be flying?
Dear Flying Fears,
A fear of flying and heights is totally understandable, so I understand where you are coming from. However, I also see where your husband is coming from. Flying is a trait that witches and wizards are blessed to have. Trying to stop them from flying could be a little suffocating. By stopping them from flying,it's like you almost want them to be Muggle. I do agree with your fears though. At seven, there are lots of dangers involved in flying, especially if he is going to start playing Quidditch.
I think you should talk to your husband. Really talk to him without getting into an argument. Explain your fears and maybe you can meet him half way with a compromise. Perhaps suggest waiting until your son gets to Hogwarts, where lessons are done by a professional and there is a certified healer always on hand. Or perhaps suggest private lessons by a certified teacher in flying? There will always be fear, but at least perhaps this fear will be lessened with the knowledge that your son will be supervised by professionals. I hope all goes well.
I have recently received a T in a Potions Assignment. If my parents find out that I received a Troll, they will castrate me. I have never failed a unit before and I have no idea how to approach this. How do I get away with this predicament? I am a 6th year Slytherin and I am still afraid of receiving a howler.
You say that you have never failed a unit before, so is there something troubling you? Was there a catalyst that could have possibly caused you to fail that assignment? With that being said, I suggest you send an owl to your parents before they find out about this troll themselves. The last thing we want is for them to be sending you a howler without being able to hear your side of the story. Send them an owl and tell them that you received a Troll. If there is a problem, tell them about it and then assure them you are doing everything to improve. I am sure any parent just wants their child to ultimately succeed. If you tell them in advance, it cannot be that bad. Perhaps take private tutoring sessions from your professor, or give up one day of your weekend to study in the library the whole day. I understand that you said you are a sixth year student, and perhaps talking to them won't help, but we'll never know until you try. I really do hope you are okay.
If you have any problems, feel free to owl me at :
The Daily Prophet,
Diagon Alley, London,
Ciao for now, Grizel Hurtz
AUNT EDNA'S CLEANING COLUMN
Hello, my lovelies! Welcome to Aunt Edna’s Cleaning Column! Today, I will share with you some of my family’s oldest tricks to help keep your home spick and span! This month we will be focusing on oil stains. Oh, yes, oil stains can be a hassle to remove, especially if it happens to be on your favourite dress. No matter! Aunt Edna is here!
By Aunt Edna
My mother and her mother used this particular trick to help remove the stains. Fresh oil stains are quite easy to remove. All you have to do is to quickly throw your clothing into the wash and scrub away! Now, old oil stains can be a bit more stubborn. All you need to do is to have a few items on hand and to follow my foolproof steps.
Stain Removing Ingredients :
1. Non-cooking oil
2. Baking soda
3. Liquid detergent
4. An old toothbrush
1. Add the oil, baking soda and the detergent into a small bowl. Mix well.
2. Apply this paste to the area with the stains.
3. Scrub well with the old toothbrush.
There you go! Your clothing should be looking brand new. In any case, I don’t remember the exact amount of the ingredients you need. You’ll have to render a guess. If anything goes terribly wrong, just use the Scourging Spell. Until next time!
MONTHLY RECIPE: PUMPKIN SOUP
by Granny Smith
Hello my lovelies! My name is Granny Smith and today I am going to teach you how to make delicious Pumpkin Soup.
For this soup, you'll need:
1 large Pumpkin
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 tablespoon of dried vegetables
1 cup of chicken broth
5 large Parsley leaves.
Peel and cut your large pumpkin using a cutting charm into small one inch squares. Pull out your cauldron, put one tablespoon of olive oil inside the cauldron, and heat the oil using the standard Incendio spell. After a minute or so, put the pumpkin cubes into the cauldron and let them fry. While you are waiting for them to soften, chop finely the parsley leaves and add them to the cauldron together with the pumpkin. Stir everything, and then add a tablespoon of dried vegetable mix. Wait for another two minutes for it to mix up, and then add one cup of chicken broth. When it boils, add one liter of water, and let it simmer. When you are done, you can serve this soup up to six people.
I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy its yumminess.
Yours truly, Granny Smith
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