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Six More Dead and Authorities Bemused, Are Muggles Next?

As the uneasy fog drifted across London early this morning, news toiled in regarding the deaths of six more Witches and Wizards in Knockturn Alley.

The scene was evocative of the same black magic used days before Halloween late last year. Similar to the attack on October 26th, all victims were found with the same distinct dark mark branded into their skulls and their bodies nearly unidentifiable. (According to a source at St. Mungo’s, they have been working diligently to identify the bodies and will notify the families shortly.)

While there was a brief hiatus in the number of Dark Magic related arrests directly following the October carnage, this attack signifies a dreaded return of Dark Magic to the World.

As of yet, there is little known about the seemingly ceremonial deaths that continue to claim the lives of our fellow Witches and Wizards.

In an attempt to learn more, the Daily Prophet caught up with the Ministry of Magic for comment. We were simply told that an anonymous tip had arrived via owl approximately four hours after the victims’ deaths. No other information outside of this was provided.

Furthermore, when asked if the Ministry believed the deaths were related to the killings in Diagon Alley earlier this year, the Minister refused to comment.

An anonymous spectator who had surveyed the scene before it was cleared out, told The Prophet:

“I saw the bodies hanging from a wall, skinned and turned inside out. It looked like a horribly cruel way to die. Especially….. alive.” When asked, the witness grimly informed us that they knew the victims were alive during the skinning due to “The petrified look on their faces.” The witness explained that “Their mouths were wide open as if they had been screaming until the very moment of their deaths.”

The spectator also explained to The Daily Prophet what the symbol looked like and provided a rough illustration to the reporter on scene (see picture below).

At this point in time The Daily Prophet has no more information regarding the who, the what, the when, the where, or the why – but you can rest assured that as soon as we know, so will you.

The critical clue? The dark mark that continues to pervade the minds of those witness to the eviscerated bodies.

If you have any further information regarding the perpetrators of the dark mark pictured below, please contact The Daily Prophet immediately.

Follow us as this story unfolds. For more information on the October 26th attack, please read ‘NEW DARK MARK CLAIMS THE LIVES OF SIX.’

A New Dark Mark And Six Dead Leave Authorities Bewildered

An uneasy silence shrouded the group of stunned spectators who gathered around the outskirts of Diagon Alley earlier this morning where the bodies of six victims lay discarded in a disheveled heap, far away from the grinning jack-o-lanterns and fake spiders of the main streets.

A dispatch unit from St. Mungo’s and a team of Aurors were on the scene almost immediately in a desperate bid to cover up the corpses, claiming that there had been a “freak accident” involving a loose bit of scaffolding, but eyewitnesses say otherwise.

Chris Lewis, a 70-year-old wizard vacationing from Australia was one of the first people unfortunate enough to have stumbled upon the gruesome scene this morning.

“I just couldn’t believe my eyes,” Lewis remarked, a potent look of fear still painted across his ashen face. “Them bodies were mutilated – I’ve gutted enough Roos in my day to know when summat’s been turned inside out.”

Shop owners and patrons alike have been shaken up by the occurrence; hushed rumors spreading like wildfire throughout the Wizarding Community. Some insisting that it was nothing more than a Halloween prank gone horribly wrong, while others are hinting at something far more sinister.

The ritualistic murders come hot on the heels of an increase in the number Dark Magic related arrests in the past few months, bringing back harrowing memories of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s ascent to power before the First and Second Wizarding Wars.

What makes this macabre homicide even more intriguing is the use of an unknown occult symbol, spotted by a young American witch just before the bodies were hauled away.

Summer Chronister says that in addition to being turned inside out, the bodies had been branded with a strange mark.

“I’ve never seen anything like it – all six had the same thing burned into the back of their skulls.” The Ilvermorny graduate conveyed excitedly.”It looked like some kinda weird ritual. But I’m not chicken about that kinda stuff, so I took a picture with my celly.”

The victims have been identified but their names are being withheld from the general public at this time.

The only information we have been able to glean from the ongoing investigation is that the victims were current staff at the Daily Prophet.

That’s right folks.

Six of our own have been taken – but by whom and for what still remains a mystery.

For now, your most trusted source of Wizarding news will be slowing down production to weekly updates until staff numbers are restored and the culprit(s) behind this Halloween homicide has been brought to justice.