Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Daily Prophet - Special Rush Edition!

Hogwarts Headmistress Solves Crime!!!

By, Hermione Bagnold and Olive Bumblebirch
London, England
Latest intelligence reports that unknown to the wizarding world at large, the Quidditch World Cup Trophy, an item of great importance in next year's match results, had been stolen! The Ministry of Magic recruited a top secret employee to resolve the case, using a witch in their employ that the last person would expect...the Headmistress of Hogwarts, Winifred Wartbobble! This talented witch who has a knack for searching out troublemakers, followed a trail of clues all around the globe before finally cornering the thief: a vampire! As it turns out, this vampire used to be a wizard that lost his magical powers and rights (though not his love for Quidditch and flying around on his old broom under the cover of darkness!) when this transformation took hold in him. It all goes back to the very first Quidditch World Cup, in 1473, between Transylvania and Flanders. This particular wizard was a spectator at the historical match, and witnessed firsthand all 700 fouls known to the sport, including the release of a hundred blood-sucking vampire bats from the Transylvanian captain's robes! One of these numerous winged mammals bit an onlooker and turned him into a vampire.
After further investigation into the matter, it seems as though the Ministry, upon hearing of the situation, not only broke his wand, but refused to cover any costs in damages to the poor wizard. Miss Wartbobble, after locating his lair, had to duel for her life; a duel in which he did not survive. Among his possessions was evidence that he had been long searching for a way to make the Ministry of Magic pay for it's inept handling of the Quidditch Match so long ago. It was only after being able to obtain the Hand of Glory and some Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder (a Weasley's Wizard Wheezes ware, obtained by mail-order) that he was able to finally put things into play. The trophy was not on the grounds of his estate, but rather hidden in an abandoned broom factory in the Black Forest of Germany. The Ministry is naturally pleased to have the item back in their possession, but the question still remains of how they intend to keep it safe from now on.

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