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Commerce in Hogwarts Down Governors Bewildered

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizard reports a surprising decrease in the number of sales from their on-campus store.

Young witches and wizards alike have been purchasing they house apparel from the school store for generations. But over the course of this school term, Headmistress Minerva McGonagall reports an alarming decline in sales. The school’s Board of Governors were very concerned about this hit button issue from the agenda of last week’s meeting.

Funding from the school store goes towards several funds needed to keep the school functioning normally, and without that funding, many students may see some of their favorite activities suspended, or even disbanded indefinitely.

The Governors have opened their own investigation into this issue and have made it a priority to find a resolution as quickly as possible.

The School Governors have as of this morning received a report on an independent investigation performed by the staff here at the Prophet which sites the main cause of the declining sales.

Many of the students and family members are buying their apparel from different vendors, many of which have seemingly popped up overnight. The merchandise being sold by the vendors are almost identical to the official Hogwarts merchandise sold on Hogwarts grounds and far more inexpensive.

We have purchased our fair share of items from multiple vendors and have found minor inconsistencies with the products when compared to the products being sold at Hogwarts. The discrepancies are almost invisible to the naked eye, most of which being a vague difference in the shape of the fonts, the size lettering on the emblems of the houses. For example; the official Slytherin house crest has a silver serpent, where an item purchased in Hogsmeade bears a gray serpent. And the official Ravenclaw crest is an eagle, but the pennant purchase in Diagon alley bears a hawk.

Further investigation proves that not all of the vendors selling these items have the proper licenses to do so.

We would like to issue caution to anyone making purchases of Hogwarts apparel that it is not deemed official merchandise, and you could face fines for their purchase.

Sweet Shoppe in Diagon Alley Pops Up Over Night

Diagon Alley Gets New Sweet Shoppe

Eileen Sugarbaker of Mould on the Wold is the proud new owner of a new candy shop located in Diagon Alley named the Sugar Shack. The Sugar Shack’s day to day operations will be run by her sons, Liam and Michael and can be found across the alley from Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezies .

“I have always wanted to own my own candy store, since I was a little girl” Eileen stated in an interview, “Since retiring from the Ministry I have wanted to start my own business and what better way to do so then helping put smiles on the faces of little ones!”

The Sugarbaker family will be celebrating their Grand Opening this weekend and invite everyone to attend. All purchases during the grand opening will receive a free candy sample and a 10% discount.

Regular hours of operation will be as follows:

Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 1pm-6pm

Ministy of Magic Announces Hogwarts Internships

The Ministry of Magic announced today that it will be launching new internship programs for upcoming seventh year students and recent graduates of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Internships for graduates will be a term of 1 year, internships for students still in school will last the duration of the summer for what has been classified as a “mini-internship” by ministry officials.

Each internship will have its own requirements and application process, promising a fun environment to learn and grow.

Upcoming seventh years, and recent grads will have the opportunity to submit applications for these programs as of February 1st, deadline for applications is Easter.

Programs will available in the following areas:

Magical Law Enforcement Dept
Retail Management
Charms Development
Dragon Handler
International Banking
St. Mungo’s Junior Healers
Hospitality Management
Sports & Gaming Dept
Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Dept
Transportation Dept
Post Owl Training Dept
Herbology Cultivation

Detailed information will be provided for each internship as it becomes available. We are told the specifics will be made available on the first of February.

Ministry aide Mary Matthews was quoted at the announcement luncheon saying

“These programs are a wonderful way to get your feet wet in the magical career you’ve always wanted! I’m very excited to see how many applicants are ready to further their magical education!”

Quidditch Player Taken Into Custody for Cursing Muggleborn

English Team Quidditch player has been arrested for using the Imperius Curse on a Muggleborn wizard. Reginald Thornbush, a senior English Quidditch player who has played for the past several years has been accused of using the Unforgivable curse on the, as of now, unnamed Muggleborn wizard who has asked to be kept anonymous.

The incident occurred this past All Hallows Eve at the Leaky Cauldron, the gateway to Diagon Alley. The incident has been said to have taken place due to an argument between the two men. Reginald was witnessed attempting to curse the Muggleborn after their argument became heated. Several other witches and wizards became involved, with Reginald being restrained by the Incacasterus Spell until Aurors arrived.

Auror Bones was in charge of the arrest. “We arrived at approximately 10 past 7 pm at the Leaky Cauldron after reports had been flooed in about an incident that was occurring. We arrested Mr Thornbush after witness statements showed he was attempting to use the unforgivable curse on a fellow wizard. We take this matter very seriously and his trial will be taking place shortly.”

Any use of the unforgivable curses will send the user to Azkaban with no chance of parole. The three unforgivable curses are the Imperious Curse, which allows the caster full control over the cursed, unless the aforementioned cursed wizard is able to fight it off, a feat which many are not able. The Cruciatus Curse, the torture curse, of which there is no current abilities to fight off and the Killing Curse. Only one person has ever been documented to survive the Killing Curse.

Harry Potter, the Boy-Who-Lived, is the only known survivor. There have been no other documented shield charms that can save the cursed nor any way to revive them.

When asked why the incident occurred, the anonymous wizard said “we were having a drink, we used to be good friends and I had put a bet on the upcoming England v Croatia game and just asked him how his practices were going. He flew into a rage, cursed me with the Imperius for some reason, I’m not sure what he would have made me do and I still can’t believe that he did it.”

Mr. Thornbush neglected to comment as he was taken away by Aurors.

Witnesses who were in the Leaky Cauldron at the time of the incident confirmed the anonymous wizard’s story. “They were just having a quiet chat in the back of the pub, they were laughing at the time and then all of a sudden the big guy got up and started shouting.”

While it does seem strange that the Imperius Curse was used in this incident, we can only assume that Mr. Thornbush was so enraged that he temporarily lost his mind.

More on this story as it unfolds.