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[Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
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Volume 10: December 2002



PAGE 1: CURRENT EVENTS AND MINI PLOTS






hogwarts
Before students may travel home for the holidays on Saturday 21st December, the Christmas Feast is held on Friday 20th. Students are able to sit with their house or mix and mingle with their peers from other houses.

The Grey Lady has still not reappeared, nor have several of the portraits whose subjects have seemingly vanished -- rendering several castle shortcuts useless as they are unable to be opened, and making some students who rely on them late to classes.

At the feast itself, dinner is interrupted when Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore, leader of the Headless Hunt, arrives. The Bloody Baron has now disappeared too and the Hunt do not know where he has gone. The Fat Friar tries to reason that perhaps he has found the Grey Lady and they will both return soon, whereas Nearly Headless Nick is visibly concerned and mentions that Sir Cadogan, Damara Dodderidge, and Glanmore Peakes' portraits have all been empty for a week.

durmstrang
With the Klyk Vampira common room still closed for students, the Klyks are once again dorming with the Drakonya Krovs. The Klyk Vampira common room wall has been secured and reinforced, but the Headmaster is loath to open the common room until the wall has been tested from both the inside and outside. However, the common room has been accidentally left unlocked—making it the ideal place for danger-seeking students to go for shenanigans.

Seventh year Klyk Vampira Lev Leskov has invited several upperclassmen Klyks and Krovs to a private party in the closed-off common room. This said, loose lips may have tipped off many students who were not personally invited to attend. Enter if you dare—will a student who was not necessarily invited tip off the professors? Will the party come to fruition? Or, will they be caught regardless?
world
The German Ministry of Magic have this morning announced they plan to offer "any and all support the British Ministry needs in strengthening their economy", in what is believed to be an effort to free Britain of what we now know are the shackles placed upon it by Sweden following the end of the War against You-Know-Who. The German Minister, Henning Blumenthal, was spotted in Whitehall earlier this week, believed now to have been talking directly with British Minister Kingsley Shacklebolt. This announcement comes after last month's public speech from Shacklebolt, which divided the British wizarding public. Minister Shacklebolt is still expected to visit New York next month as planned, with no word yet on what the Magical Congress of the United States of America makes of the goings-on in Europe.



However, in the Mediterranean, the Italian press has hinted that their Ministry has been entertaining the Swedish Ministry; Mr Nils Nyström was seen attending the opera with Italian Minister Cipriano Mondadori.

In light of the growing tensions across Europe, Liechtenstein and Switzerland have released statements via the International Confederation of Wizards that they will remain uninvolved in the politics of other Ministries but continue to honour all existing trade deals.

ilvermorny
Plenty Ilvermorny students decide to head home for the month of December to spend time with their families during the break. However, perhaps more than any other school, some students see the castle walls as a refuge and decide to stay there for the winter season. The school stays decorated with festive colors: reds, greens, and royal blues. Christmas trees are pitched up in the rooms with the highest ceilings, but allusions to holidays that students from different cultures and customs celebrate are abound as well. References to Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Las Posadas, Diwali, pagan holiday traditions, and even hints at the upcoming Chinese New Year can be found scattered about the castle. The food is made extra-special and extra-rich this time of year for the students who remain, and several Secret Santas and versions of Elf on the Shelf are played among houses, all presented at a relaxed gathering on December 25th.

This year, it's rumored that SGA is spending the entire month of December plotting a special event for January, so student activities are participated in on a relatively personal basis.


beauxbatons
For the first time in six years, the Bal de Noël will be taking place at Beauxbatons! The event was announced last month to give students time to prepare and send home for dress robes. To allow for students to spend maximal time with their families, the festivities will take place on the evening of Friday, December 20th.

On the first of December, a sign-up sheet was posted in each Common Room inviting interested students to volunteer for the Decorations Committee. Several professors have volunteered to assist with the major decorations such as ice sculptures and enchanted snow, but otherwise the student committee has free reign.
Additionally, twenty-one trees have been arranged along the periphery of the Dining Hall: one for each Year, for each of the three Houses. All students of a particular Year and House - regardless of whether or not they chose to volunteer for the Decorating Committee - are invited to decorate their specific tree. Troublemakers, be warned: House points will be deducted if other Years' trees are found to have been tampered with. After the event, the trees will be magically reduced in size and moved to their respective Common Rooms until the end of January to continue the winter spirit.
Throughout the month, the Decorations Committee will be accepting student art for display as part of the ambiance. If interested in contributing, students are encouraged to contact a member of the Committee or, if in doubt, their House's Mousquetaire.

The event itself will begin with dinner - boasting traditional yuletide food from all of the school's regions - after which the dance floor will officially open. In addition to dancing, there will be a table in the Entrance Hall where students may craft their own ornaments or wreaths.

Transportation home for the winter holidays will be arranged for noon on Saturday, December 21st. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6th.




PAGE 2: SPORTS






BRITISH FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT
December brought with it the annual Four Nations tournament between the British and Irish International Quidditch teams. The first weekend of December saw SCOTLAND v ENGLAND in the Cairngorms, and WALES v IRELAND on Anglesey. England beat Scotland 320 - 100 in a match where there was no clear winner for most of the game, Scottish Seeker Fraser Campbell going head-to-head with English opponent Blythe Parkin several times before the snitch seemingly flew straight into Parkin's waiting hand. Ireland meanwhile gave a stellar performance in beating Wales at home 170 - 260. Welsh Captain Gwenog Jones was cautioned for allegedly attempting to blatch Irish Chaser Moran, resulting in a penalty goal for Ireland.

The second weekend started with ENGLAND at home in Dartmoor, fending off old rivals WALES. The match was largely in Wales' favour with many believing they would secure the win, however England Seeker Parkin saved the day yet again for the Roses, resulting in a final score of 240 - 220. The second match of the weekend was IRELAND v SCOTLAND, held at the Killarney stadium; the home advantage clearly boosting Irish spirits and pushing the team on to a comfortable win of 380 - 40 once Scottish Keeper Brown was knocked out early on by a well-placed bludger from Irish Captain Finbar Quigley.

The final weekend saw WALES hosting SCOTLAND in the Black Mountains, and ENGLAND V IRELAND in the North York Moors. The Dragons came out top with a quick-finish, 190 - 60, though some Welsh fans were dismayed by the lack of forethought on Gareth Jones' part in catching the snitch as early as he did, dooming them to finish second overall at best. The deciding game was the final match of the tournament, Ireland v England. Ireland were topping the table before the game but it was all to play for with less than a hundred points separating the two teams. England needed to score a minimum of three goals to push past Wales in the rankings. The game was close, with both teams going tit-for-tat and scoring three apiece until Irish Seeker Quinn Regan sealed the deal by catching the snitch and crowning Ireland this year's Four Nations Champions.

Ireland 820  |  England 590  |  Wales 580  |  Scotland 200
HUFFLEPUFF WINS!
You'd be forgiven for thinking it was going to be a sure win for Gryffindor against Hufflepuff, and judging by number of goals scored alone the lions certainly outperformed their opponents, but in the end the game was won thanks to promising young Seeker Aase Trickett-Cassoway catching the snitch for Hufflepuff despite a valiant effort by Gryffindor opposite number Hardy. The final score was Gryffindor 270 v Hufflepuff 350.

No doubt Hufflepuff Captain Meredith Howell will be overjoyed at her first win -- will she follow in the footsteps of her famous brother? And a special mention must go to player of the match Donna Russell, who scored several goals for her house -- has Captain and elder cousin Clementine Russell's talent also been passed onto the younger Russell?

Many new faces to keep an eye on, we're sure more than one of this years crop will make it into the British and Irish League after Hogwarts!



BELLES BEAT THE BUTTERFLIES!
After a fast and furious match, Bellefeuille comes away with a win by a much narrower margin than last month, with a final score of Bellefuille 180 to Papillonlisse 70. Keeper Adèle Appel had a tough afternoon against the Quaffle-hurtling butterflies, who packed a powerful punch and scored in a flurry. Fortunately for Bellefeuille, their Seeker was on the same level as the Papillonlisse Chasers and managed to catch the Snitch after just over a half-hour of gameplay. This makes December's upcoming match all the more interesting, with both Ombrelune and now Papillonlisse looking for redemption.


CURRENT BRITISH & IRISH QUIDDITCH LEAGUE STANDINGS

Holyhead Harpies 650

Gravesend Griffins 560

Ballycastle Bats 530

Puddlemere United 510

Falmouth Falcons 470

Wigtown Wanderers 420

Caerphilly Catapults 400

Pride of Portree 390

Montrose Magpies 360

Appleby Arrows 340

Chudley Cannons 300

Kenmare Kestrels 160

Tutshill Tornadoes 130

Wimbourne Wasps 80





PAGE 3: OTHER NEWS




MISSING AUROR'S WAND FOUND, PRESUMED DEAD
A wand was found by muggles earlier this week near Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Ministry Officials from both the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes and the Department of Magical Law Enforcement were sent to contain the scene and investigate further. Upon crosschecking with the Ministry's Wand Registry it has been confirmed as that of missing Auror John Quigley. No further evidence nor any remains were found upon a thorough search of the area.

Quigley, in his forties, has been missing since July of this year. The Head of the Auror Office, Ms Rosier, has released a statement that the investigation is now being treated as "suspicious" and as a "possible homicide". Anyone with information is to please contact the Auror Office and may do so anonymously.

BLACK CAT FLU OUTBREAK POSSIBLE, WARNS ST MUNGO'S
St Mungo's Hospital in London has warned that a cold snap forecasted over the Christmas break could be the perfect storm to facilitate an outbreak of Black Cat Flu. The last time Britain fell to this particular strain of flu was in January 1996, and several elderly victims succumbed to the illness. St Mungo's Dean Marmaduke Orpington has advised that those most as risk for catching the virus are "the very young, the very old, and those working in menageries or in regular contact with felines". Symptoms include a fever, sore throat, and coughing that sounds like meowing. If you believe you are infected please seek medical attention as soon as possible.


BANSHEE CHRISTMAS SINGLE DEBUTS AT NUMBER ONE ON WWN CHARTS
British rockers Banshee have released a surprise Christmas single, with all proceeds going to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, in London. The song, Santa Baby, is a muggle classic. Unlike previous singles from the band, this time frontman Baker shares the spotlight with Lynch and Thompson who are allowed to step out from behind their instruments.

When asked about the decision to release a charity single, bassist Liam Thompson commented "I’m glad something good’ll come of this, because I feel like an idiot". Personally, we are most surprised by drummer Sam Lynch's impressive vocals, despite the track being presented as something of comic nature (Baker croons that he's "been an awful good girl" in the first verse, and later convincingly laments "all the fellas that I haven't kissed").

Asked about not changing the lyrics to suit the change in gender (the original version is usually sung by a woman), Lynch simply stated that they refused to "wreck" a classic Christmas song by tampering with it, but was "very excited to have brought a classic muggle song to a wizarding audience".
GOBLIN LIAISON GAMBLING RING EXPOSED!
The British Ministry of Magic's Internal Corruption Unit, which was founded shortly after Minister Shacklebolt took office, has reportedly uncovered an illegal gambling ring within the Goblin Liaison Office. Several Officials have been dismissed without warnings, including Head of the Goblin Liaison Office, Arnold Mansfield.

EDITOR MISSING
Daily Prophet Editor-in-Chief Melissa Morgenstern, previously known by her married name Melissa Knox, has been missing since mid-October. Interim Editor-in-Chief Andrew Smudgley has taken over running of the broadsheet until the board can appoint a new Editor. Ms Morgenstern's disappearance follows a similar vanishing act from several years prior. The Department of Magical Law Enforcement has been advised and are not yet treating it as a missing persons case.




PAGE 4: GOSSIP AND SOCIAL




HOLIDAY PARADE IN NEW YORK
On Saturday 21st December residents and tourists alike are expected at the annual holiday parade in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NYC. The parade takes place in the unplottable 76½ Street, near Broadway, and features magical floats, performers, and music.



TRAVEL: CHATOEIL CHRISTMAS MARKETS
The seaside wizarding village of Chatoeil plays host to Christmas Markets each December, and we think there is no better place to complete your Christmas shopping! Stalls pop up and line along the harbour walls. Shoppers can find a bit of everything, with crafts ranging from homemade fudge to charmed decorations and enchanted axes (no more chopping wood for the fire!). We personally love the food stalls and can't walk past the mulled wine tent without stopping in for a reward at the end of a day of shopping!



REVIEW: IL GIARDINO
Tucked away in a leafy suburb of Neroli is Il Giardino. It's a quaint little restaurant nestled in the Feronia Gardens and like its namesake, it's wild and beautiful. Decorated with fresh flora from the nearby gardens, there is a distinctly traditional feel about the place. With whitewashed walls and soft music, it makes an ideal brunch retreat when the midday sun becomes too much. It's filled with friends and lovers, a sure sign of the restaurant's enduring appeal.

Duality is the name of the game at Il Giardino. While bright and airy by day, it transformed into a magical moody oasis by nightfall. From meadow to a sultry Garden of Eden, the vibe is no less indulgent. Dim lighting and dark corners offer intimacy and exclusivity. The wine list is glorious and renowned for the variety and the restaurant is known for local sourcing all of the ingredients used for the creative and delicious dishes on offer.

My recommendation is any of the handmade pasta dishes, followed by an ice cold aperol spritz. This place is a hidden gem and well worth a visit the next time you're in the Italian town. Top tip; don't forget to book a table in advance! They fill up very quickly.

GOSSIP: HOGWARTS
Is this a date or a meeting between mates? Donna Russell was spotted lunging for the check while out with fellow Gryffindor, Leonard Hardy in what seemed to be an effort to prevent him from getting the wrong idea about their outing. To make matters worse, he was heard stumbling over a confession…or was it a rejection? x.
GOSSIP: ILVERMORNY
An unlikely friendship spans the differences between age, house, and blood as Sylvia Crowne and Adam Nguyen work to collect donations for less fortunate families. x.

GOSSIP: BEAUXBATONS
Ombrelune Quidditch Co-Captain Elisabeth Sturm was seen in a hot and heavy make out sesh with eligible bookworm Ludwig Baumann. The housemates often score top marks in classes, are the big-brained boffins going steady? x.

COMING SOON: NEROLI FESTIVAL OF ARTS
Calling all international artists! Dancers, fashion designers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, and every style in between - all are invited to register as vendors for the annual Festival delle Arti in Neroli, Italy, which is now just one month away. Registration allows budding and established artists alike the opportunity to showcase and even sell their work at the three-day-long event early next month. Participants may also sign up to host brief seminars and demonstrations of their own choosing. The Festival is one of the best-known events for artists and art aficionados worldwide - so what are you waiting for? Register today and share your passion with the Wizarding world!

[[ Please post here with the provided applicable form(s) if you'd like to register your Artist as a vendor, or have them host one of the seminars! The festival will officially roll out in January 2003 playtime: at that point, another notice will appear in that edition of The Daily Prophet and drivers may start creating threads at the actual event. Questions? Please PM both Olivia and Miss Mori! ]]




PAGE 5: CREDITS AND NOTICES



information
We have revamped The Daily Prophet based on member feedback and welcome any comments or suggestions in an effort to further improve the Prophet.

credits
This issue was created by the Administration team, with additional submissions and ideas from Christine, Nan, Emily, and Miss Mori. We would like to thank Christine for the super easy to use coding, and Samm for the amazing header.


how to contribute
We would love to include more member-led stories and submissions. This can be in the form of in-character letters to the editors, rumours and gossip, or character-driven plots. You can submit your ideas to any member of the team, however if you have something in mind for a specific geographical area of the board please try to contact the admin for that area: Laura for Hogwarts/Britain, Olivia for Beauxbatons/Western Europe, Dylan for Durmstrang/Eastern Europe, Ashton for Ilvermorny/North America, Daphne for Koldovstoretz/Russia.


« Last Edit: June 26, 2019, 08:12:03 AM by Laura »

Louise [ OOC Account ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2019, 08:23:06 AM »
I cannot express how happy this DP makes me XD and the emotional responses it is drawing from my characters lol

Great job everyone! Love you guys <333

Ann [ OOC Account ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2019, 08:26:03 AM »
I just can’t believe Scotland came last.... 😭😭😭😭

....but seriously, well done everyone - good job 👍

Nan [ OOC Account ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2019, 08:26:23 AM »
I cannot express how happy this DP makes me XD and the emotional responses it is drawing from my characters lol

Great job everyone! Love you guys <333


sorry lenny


and seconding this!!! great edition <333
also, party emojis from both sam and seamus rah rah go team
 

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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2019, 08:27:12 AM »
it's the most wonderful time of the year~

thank you!<33

Fergie Flume [ British Ministry ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2019, 08:29:03 AM »
I just can’t believe Scotland came last.... 😭😭😭😭

....but seriously, well done everyone - good job 👍



abso gutted


i f   i   w a s   b o r n   a s   a   b l a c k t h o r n   t r e e ,   i ’ d   w a n t   t o   b e   f e l l e d   b y   y o u ,
h e l d   b y   y o u ,   f u e l   t h e   p y r e   o f   y o u r   e n e m i e s

Sylvia Crowne [ Horned Serpent ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2019, 09:24:10 AM »
"An unlikely friendship spans the differences between age, house, and blood ..." - Sylvia doesn't think it was that unlikely... (poor adam]


OCC: Great job guys!

Kita [ OOC Account ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2019, 09:28:27 AM »
Ugh, this is so amazingggggggggggggg <333 My charries are feeling all the feels ;P You are all INCREDIBLE!

Livvy [ OOC Account ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2019, 11:32:02 AM »
Did Koldovstoretz get a new plot this month? I see a header for all the schools except for that one.
  

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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2019, 11:45:13 AM »
Did Koldovstoretz get a new plot this month? I see a header for all the schools except for that one.

Hi @Livvy, not this month :( We may (in future editions of the Prophet) not have a plot for every school every month.

You are however welcome to come up with your own holiday threads of course! (And we are also open to suggestions for things to include in future playtimes!)

Livvy [ OOC Account ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2019, 11:50:12 AM »
Hi @Livvy, not this month :( We may (in future editions of the Prophet) not have a plot for every school every month.

You are however welcome to come up with your own holiday threads of course! (And we are also open to suggestions for things to include in future playtimes!)

This is perfect! Thank you!
  

Olivia [ Beauxbatons Admin ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2019, 11:56:29 AM »
<3 <3 <3

also, y’all — please give a HUGE thanks to @Laura for physically compiling all of this!!

Gage [ OOC Account ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2019, 11:57:29 AM »
yeah she's alrriiiiiigggghhtttt
@Laura (n)

 ;)



jokes, this is so dope

harlan is all stoked
sam is all not

a lot happening with my homies

Adam Nguyen [ Thunderbird ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2019, 02:41:16 PM »
"An unlikely friendship spans the differences between age, house, and blood ..." - Sylvia doesn't think it was that unlikely... (poor adam]


OCC: Great job guys!


"charitable nice guy" is SO not the reputation he's aiming for here


my heart says yes but my mom says no

Quinn Regan [ Quidditch Player ]
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Re: [Announcement] The Daily Prophet - December 2002 Edition
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2019, 03:35:53 PM »
🇮🇪💚🧡

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