It has been about seven months since the notorious group called the “Raglers” first struck the home of Mrs. Willis in Kent and robbed her at wand point. Since then, their reign of terror has steadily increased to a point that last week, the entire Cornell family were found unconscious (and in the case of Mr. Cornell, badly injured), in addition to being robbed. The Cornell family, who are currently in good health (though still shaken up about the incident) have voiced their concerns about the safety of their family and others, now that the Raglers have escalated their robberies to include attacking unarmed witches and wizards in their own homes.
For several months, the Magical Law Enforcement Officers has been working tirelessly to uncover the identities of this notorious four-man group, but their efforts have been unsuccessful thus far as the Raglers don’t seem to show any particular pattern while choosing their target houses. “But, now that they have started attacking the home owners, we have decided that the Auror Office take point in our hunt for the Raglers.”, says Peter Bones, Head of Magical Law Enforcement Office and nephew of the late Amelia Bones. (May her soul rest in peace)
The Auror Office has been tight-lipped about their plans to track and apprehend the notorious Raglers, but sources from within the Ministry have disclosed that a special Task Force has been created to bring down the group, headed by a veteran Auror who’s identity shall not be disclosed at the present time. “The Task…
Smoking, it seems, is a thing of the past. As wizarding society has begun to integrate some fringe forms of muggle culture, vaping has been on the rise. Much as we adapted the wireless from muggle radio services, vape stalls have been appearing in Diagon Alley, and even Hogsmeade. There are a variety of companies, each with their own claim to fame, though Vexing Vapors seems to be dominating the market.
But what exactly is vaping? A vape pen is similar in shape and size to a normal muggle pen- a self-inking, handheld, writing utensil. The pens heat oils, waxes and/or dried herbs, allowing the user to inhale pure vapor, without the harmful toxins traditionally found in tobacco smoke. A simple heating charm replaces the function of the Muggles’ battery, allowing wizards and witches to enjoy the benefits of smoking with fewer side effects. Though the long-term risks of vaping are unknown, many witches and wizards have turned to them as a slightly-healthier form of smoking.
“The vape juice, or little liquids that go in , come in almost any flavor you can imagine. We’ve even begun adding wizard-exclusive flavors to our selection,” says Stanley Shunpike, co-owner of Vexing Vapors. “I started seeing more and more people with ‘em on the Knight Bus, and saw an opportunity. I’m still there part time, and Lee handles the rest when I’m away. Best business partner I could ask for!”
Mr. Shunpike went on to say, “One plan in the works is…
Following a Ministry crackdown on the use of a newly discovered branch of spells being referred to as ‘Perception Charms’, the Wizarding World at large is left to question, ‘Will these charms be classed as unforgivable?
A charm is a spell that adds certain properties to an object or person. Commonplace examples are in use every day, from the simplest, ‘Wingardium Leviosa,’ to the highly complex Fidelius Charm. All can prove extremely useful in the course of everyday life, and until now have been warmly received by the magical governing bodies.
Believed to be the initial brainchild of Palto Eskarbo, perception charms can be used on one’s self or one’s companion, and alter the subject’s perception of reality. The effects are recalled by users to be euphoric and energising, with some charms even causing their subjects to experience full sensual hallucinations
Lobbyists are protesting to the ministry that these charms should be free for recreational use, if restricted from workplaces and schools, however Head of Department of Magical Law Enforcement Angus Merrythorpe, believes that such spells could have too negative an influence on society. “What if we have children brought up receiving these sorts of spells as reward, and then exit them to just change once they enter schools?! What of the effects of other charms performed under the influence of these spells?! Can you imagine how many more splinchings there will be?! The only practical solution is to outlaw these charms for good, effective immediately, never to be written down or published anywhere. The sooner…
The Dark Forest on the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is home to many magical creatures, but just how many of them are going unchecked? When reviewing the open records within the Department of Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, it seems that the Ministry has kept close tabs on all breeds of beasts, but the stories that we have been hearing lately spin a different web of information.
We here at The Prophet heard from a number of reliable sources that some of the beasts in the forest have started to migrate. The question is; are they being smuggled out of the forest, are they leaving on their own, or are they being brought into the country another way? The beasts in question, acromantulas, generally prefer a habitat of dense vegetation. The Dark Forest provides this perfectly, so the rapidly increasing number of reports that they are dwelling elsewhere is concerning to say the least.
Acromantulas are arachnids, originating from Borneo, that grow to exceedingly large sizes. They have a high intelligence level, can communicate through speech like humans, and are carnivorous. The first acromantulas were brought to our region of the world by notable magizoologists. Due to their incredibly rare venom and its useful properties for potion making, Magical Law Enforcement has seen a rise in the number of smugglers who attempt to bring acromantulas into the country without proper documentation.
Creature trafficking has become an epidemic in the last few decades. While some beasts are harder to conceal, such as dragons…
Our offices here at The Prophet were flooded with owls this morning when staff arrived to begin their day after an announcement was made by the Governors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The staff of Hogwarts and the Governors have apparently been working on expanding several school policies to be more inclusive, such as pet policies and dormitory assignments. The announcement sent to parents via owl post late yesterday afternoon stated there were several other policies updated and even some new policies that will be announced in the coming months after final adjustments have been made.
The owls we received from parents of Hogwarts students seem to have a common thought: that these policies will be more trouble than they are worth. Changing dormitory assignments is an easy adjustment as it is described by the Governors. Students will no longer stay in the same room their full seven years in the castle, but instead, there will be specific rooms for each grade level. Our source from the last Governors meeting stated the dorm rooms will offer different amenities than the standard dorm rooms’ four-poster beds and wardrobes.
Each dorm room will still have these basic items for each student, but as students progress through school, their personal storage space in the dormitories will be expanded. Bathrooms will also be larger and have more features for each ascending grade level. While we received a few complaints about the changes to the dorms, the main cord of discontent was in regards to the pet policy.
The official standard,…