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Muggle Media leaves Ministry Mystified

 There was yet another wave of Brilliant Foundables in January, this time themed on the 1994 Triward Tournament.
This tournament was hosted at Hogwarts as part of an initiative by late Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore.

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 The aim was to bring back the tournament in a safe way to encourage international magical cooperation at a time when Lord Voldemort was trying to regain form.
  However, the tournament ended in tragedy when a boy was killed by a Death Eater when the cup itself was turned into a Portkey.  However, with dragons, lake monsters and a maze with all sorts of creatures, it’s hard to believe a proper risk assessment was made at all.  “It was a miracle no one was killed earlier, bloody mental”, said Ronald Weasley, one of Harry Potter's closest friends.  
  Harry Potter was entered into the tournament by Barty Crouch JR who cheated the Goblet of Fire.  Barty Crouch JR kidnapped the Ex Auror Alastor Moody, took his form using Polyjuice potion and took his teaching role as Hogwarts School in order to set up this elaborate plot.
  The goal was to turn the Triwizard Cup into a Portkey, have Harry win the tournament and transport him to Lord Voldemort. Voldemort would then use some of Harry’s blood to restore his full body and regain his power.

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 Although the wizarding world is very familiar with this story, what happened during this Brilliant Surge has only just been revealed.
  A muggle reporter, Brice Badeaux, has been causing chaos by taking photos of Foundables and SOS Task Force members who are dealing with them.
  Brice is a member of the French press and published articles in an attempt to expose the wizarding world.

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   We ask Minister of Magic, Hermione Granger, to explain how this muggle managed  to create this mayhem. “Members of the SOS Task Force undertake training in order to prevent muggle eyes from seeing what is going on. For instance, Muggle-Repelling Charms are used around traces to clear the area.”
“Initially, we thought that this had been missed in a single case, however this happened twice with the same reporter. We believe Mr Badeaux had an accomplice from the wizarding world.”
  Brice Badeaux managed to evade capture for quite some time, it was only when he became curious about a Triwizarding Golden Egg that he gave his position away and a task force member was able to apprehend him.
  Further evidence of a wizarding accomplice came when Badeaux exclaimed: “He warned me that you'd try to stop me! ”.

  Ministry Officials wrote a retraction on Brice’s behalf and removed the evidence he collected. It’s not known just how much damage has been done, but muggles tend to like conspiracies, even without evidence.
  In addition to this Statute of Secrecy crisis, it appears there is a power struggle over these Brilliant Events.

  The Unforgivable are essentially at war with the Ministry. Many of the dark Brilliant Events were under their control and the subsequent events have been made less severe by Harry Potter steering the calamities' course.

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  It does appear that The Unforgivable are not taking this lying down. Harry did not steer the latest surge despite it being from his memories.  Could Harry himself be compromised? If The Unforgivable are able to extract his memories, who knows what classified information they could get hold of.
  The new Adversaries that we are now finding have also been extracted by a third party from Harry’s Memories. Could he be a liability rather than an asset?
The new Adversaries that we are now finding have also been extracted by a third party from Harry’s Memories. Could he be a liability rather than an asset?

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Snape's Birthday Bonanza!

Wizards across the world were surprised this month, when the late Professor Severus Snape kept turning up in the most unexpected of places.
  The Calamity seemed to focus upon the hero of the second wizarding war during what would have been his 60th birthday. As a reminder, Snape was killed by Lord Voldemort when he was only 38 during the Battle of Hogwarts.  Severus Snape played a key role as double agent working for Albus Dumbledore, providing key intelligence to the Order of the Phoenix.
  A number of Foundables were seen, including a Pensive, Young Neville Longbottom and Severus Snape himself.

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 Professor Neville Longbottom, currently teaching herbology at Hogwarts, had this to say on the matter: “As much as professor Snape scared me and made my life horrible, he was a hero. Maybe not one we desired, but one we needed.”
  Professor Snape was well known for his extremely strict teaching style that bordered on abuse, especially by current standards. Though he never resorted to physical punishment his mere presence and tone were enough to bring even the most unruly students into line.

  Snape was also not known for his fairness.  He was heavily biased and fiercely loyal to his house Slytherin. When the sorting hat chose him as a student back in 1971, he was warmly welcomed to Slytherin house by Head Boy, Lucious Malfoy.
  During his years as a student at Hogwarts, Severus was a natural at potion making. Because of this talent, Snape became a member of the exclusive Slug Club.  This collection of the most talented and well connected students was run by Professor Horace Slughorn.
  When we interviewed Horace he was more than happy to talk about Severus Snape over a few glasses of mead. “Well, you see, he was a very talented wizard even at a young age, very skilled at potions. I would say he was the best student I ever had, a natural talent.”
“He was from a very poor background, his parents argued a lot and they certainly didn’t take good care of him. It was a shame really. As an adult, he made it back from a very dark place, running around with death eaters and he came back as a teacher. I never saw him happy or smiling. I do sometimes wonder if his death came as a bit of a relief for him”.
It does seem as though this hero had a troubled life with more ups and downs than the hills around Hogwarts. In the end, though, he certainly did his part to defeat Voldemort and we can all be thankful for that.

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Kings Cross Comfort

On a lighter note, there was a small surge in Platform 9 ¾ Traces on the 23rd.  The calamity appeared to be faltering as the forecasted events failed to unfold as foretold.
  New Zealand and Australia lacked the predicted spawns of Foundables and Portkeys but after twelve hours the surge was in full swing and lasted an extra twelve hours than predicted.
  Many British witches and wizards were delighted when fond memories of Hogwarts came flooding back. The trip from London to Hogwarts takes around ten hours and to most outside of the UK this would seem arduous, but the continuous flow of Pumpkin Pasties, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans and lack of Professors make for an enjoyable ride.
  The King Cross Station page in the task force registry is a strange one. For reasons probably only known to The Ministry, a Foe Glass, a Baby Mandrake and a Giants Helmet form part of the page.
  The Hogwarts Express has been serving Hogwarts since 1830 as a solution to the fact almost a third of students were failing to arrive on time by missing portkeys.  Even organizing hundreds of portkey locations was a complex procedure for the school.
  Procuring such a significant muggle artefact was no simple feat, even with magic. A mass operation involved one hundred and sixty-seven Memory Charms and the largest ever mass Concealment Charm performed in Britain. The next morning, villagers in Hogsmeade were astounded to find the scarlet steam engine at a station they did not realise they had.

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Hungarian Horntail Harassment

 The muggles seem to have it easy when it comes to flying pests. The most they need to worry about are wasps and hornets. SOS Taskforce Members, however, had to deal with a horde of Hungarian Horntail Dragons.
  “That Hungarian Horntail is a right nasty piece of work”, said Rubeus Hagrid, game keeper and Care of Magical Creatures teacher at Hogwarts. “We had a bunch of dragons for the Triwizard Tournament and the Horntail was a bit nippy”.
  SOS task force members had a very busy 24 hours cleaning up the mess.  The tasks set by The Ministry were a lot more achievable this time around, as Wit-Sharpening potion gifts were easier to find.

  Constance Pickering said: “We had reports of Horntails nesting in bank vaults, attacking Muggle flying contraptions, setting palm trees on fire... it was a right mess out there.”
  A number of task force members are seeking compensation from the Ministry for damages such as burnt cloaks and singed hats. The Ministry reiterated its position stating that they are in no way responsible for damages caused by dragon fire, nor any other Foundable related injury.
With the increasing rate of Foundable waves, the Ministry may need to re-think its position if task force members start to get quite literally burnt out.

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