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WIZARDING CRIMES :
FAULTY FIREWORKS CAUSE FATALITIES
By Rosie_may

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.

ECONOMY :
PAY GAP WOES AT THE MINISTRY OF MAGIC
By Rosie_may

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.’

REGIONALS : CELEBRATION TIME
By Japanthony

Hello, readers!

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!

INTERNATIONAL : LA RENARD STRIKES AGAIN
By Rosie_may

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.

POLITICS : PIZZA PANDEMONIUM
By Snowleetah

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).

SPORTS : WIZARDING OLYMPICS?
By Char

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?

HEX REPORT
By Rosie_may

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!

Voting Time
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!

ASK US!
By Seza Silverwolf

Dear Daily Prophet,
According to my professors, I’m not doing as well as I could in my studies, I’m not entirely sure what would be the best way to fix this.
- Need Study Help


Hello Need Study Help,
Well this certainly won’t do, your magical education is a very important part of your young life, it ensures you have a decent future after you graduate. There are many ways you can study for homework and exams. The most obvious would be a visit to the library; the school library is filled will many books on all subjects and you will surely find ones that you need. If you have trouble finding a relevant book, don’t forget that Madame Pince is there to help, just as long as you don’t make a racket in the library. Another option is to form a study group with your friends and fellow year mates. Quizzing and bouncing ideas off each other is a great way to study; it not only benefits you, but them as well. Also, you can find ways to study on your own, flash cards are a great example for ways to do this. Hope this helps.



Dear Daily Prophet,
My owl has been acting funny recently, she used to hang around with me all the time, but now she prefers to spend her time somewhere else. What is happening?
- My Owl Doesn’t Love Me


Hello My Owl Doesn’t Love Me,
I will by no means try to tell you I’m an expert on owls, I sometimes don’t understand my own owl when she decides to eat the most suspect of things. One thing I know is that you need to learn to understand what you can and not to push what you don’t. Owls have personalities as much as we do and things can change in their behaviour, doesn’t always mean it’s bad or that your owl doesn’t like you anymore. However, if you’re really worried and her behaviour is a lot more extreme than it sounds, perhaps a visit to Hagrid is in order. I’m sure you know how knowledgeable he is about animals, even if he does know more about magical creatures, I’m sure he can help you some way with your owl. I hope this helps.



Dear Daily Prophet,
Recently my mother has been sending me more and more letters asking about my day and what I think about something she wants my opinion on. I love talking to her, but I think she’s sending me too many letters in one week, what should I say to her?
- Less Letters Please


Hello Less Letters Please,
I can’t say I wouldn’t have appreciated more letters from my mother when I was at Hogwarts, but alas, she was a busy woman. As for your dilemma, well, I think you need to try being straight with her. Is it that you are too busy to receive and answer all her letters or is it just too much to handle? I’m not sure what counts as too many letters for you, but if you can’t handle the amount she sends, maybe you need to tell her. Hopefully she will understand your plight and agree to hold back a little. You know it could just be because she misses you, which is the most likely answer. If you don’t want to hurt her feelings then you realise you’ll just have to endure it. Either way, the decision is yours.

STARBURST : INTERVIEW WITH A "VAMPIRE"
By Rosie_may

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.

AUNT EDNA'S
By Cassandra Lovegood

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.

FROM THE KITCHEN :
DOUBLE, DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CAULDRON CAKES
By Rosie_may

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.


Ingredients:
For the cakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ of canola oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (more if desired, no such thing as too much chocolate)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the filling:
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 4 ½ teaspoons of all-purpose flour
  • 4 ½ teaspoons of powdered chocolate milk mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the frosting:
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups of cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • ¼ to ½ cups of milk
  • ½ cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips, for dipping and décor

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line the muffin pans with paper liners
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In another bowl combine the oil and sugar, add the egg and vanilla until combined. Add the milk and stir. Add another 1/3 of the flour into the bowl and mix before adding the remaining milk.
  5. Beat until mixed, then add in remaining flour and stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Place 2 tablespoons of the batter into each cup.
  7. Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Allow cooling before decorating.

To make the filling:
  • Combine the flour, milk, and chocolate drink mix in a saucepan over a medium heat. Whisk until it thickens, then remove and cool completely.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, add the vanilla and beat in the milk until combined.
  • Whip the mixture until fluffy.

  • To make the frosting:
  • Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl, stir in vanilla and cocoa.
  • Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until fluffy.

  • We hope you all enjoy trying out this recipe! We at the Daily Prophet certainly enjoyed eating them! Until next time!


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    ON THE STREETS
    By thundercat123

    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…

    "Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, what do you do? If not, are there any other things you do that are special for November?"

    Here were some of the responses:

    “We don't have the culture of Thanksgiving in South Africa, but we do have a couple of days that are celebrated. The 24th September is Heritage Day, which we locally call 'Braai Day' (translates to BBQ day). The point of this day is to celebrate our heritage of South Africa but it's also an opportunity for people to unite together by having a BBQ. It’s a huge thing here and enjoyed by everyone.” ~ Georgy77, Gryffindor


    “Yes, my family always get together every Thanksgiving to celebrate and reconnect! We make a lot of food in preparation like macaroni, chicken, mashed potatoes, turkey, and all the usual stuff! It's the holiday I look forward to a lot since I love food!” ~ Sliemy, Gryffindor


    “Yes, I celebrate Thanksgiving. We usually go to someone's house for dinner and bring a dish or two for pot luck. Or we end up hosting the dinner and my husband's family comes with dishes to share. We always have the traditional turkey main course.” ~ GoldMist, Gryffindor


    “Here in Germany we don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Neither do I do anything special in November.” ~ yesachael, Slytherin


    “Yes, I celebrate Thanksgiving. I spend a lot of time cooking my family's traditional and our favourite dishes: turkey, stuffing, home-made cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet-potato casserole, green beans, asparagus, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie. There is also the tradition of watching the Thanksgiving day parade and watching American Football. When I was growing up my extended family played American Football in my aunt's backyard, the winning team got to get their food first and the losing team had to clear the tables.” ~ Aelara, Gryffindor


    “I don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I used to have dinners at my Grandma's house for Thanksgiving before I moved away. My family really doesn't celebrate anything, so we don't do anything special in November.” ~ PCZDJ, Gryffindor


    “I celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Each year, we go to my Aunt's house for a big, delicious meal (stuffing is my favorite part of it!). We also have a traditional game night that we do each year on Thanksgiving. Some games we play are Thanksgiving Bingo, Jeopardy, and Monopoly. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year because I love getting to see my family that I hardly see throughout the year.” ~ katie72093, Gryffindor


    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!

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