Mystery Shrouds Hogwarts, Ministry, and Daily Prophet
Somethings afoot at Hogwarts! But what? This morning the perimeter of the school was surrounded by Ministry personnel.
No one has been let on the grounds since early this morning and there is an extremely suspicious quiet amongst those guarding the wards.
Claudia Oldsman, 143, Hogsmeade resident of 67 years claims that she woke up around 10pm to the sound of explosions.
“I’m not entirely sure what they were,” she said, “but they were extremely loud and I swear to you there was plenty of screams coming from the castle.”
Other residence claim to have heard the same strange noises coming from the school grounds. Others also witnessed school aged children running amuck in Hogsmeade.
Nicholas Brummy, 32, Hogsmeade resident all his life claimed, “I saw a number of school children running past my window. They were in large groups and very young. When I called after them they scattered. Some side alonged out of site, and others ran into the woods past my house.”
It seems that on top of the suspicious truancy of students late last night there has been an increase of missing persons reports.
A reliable source at the Ministry has informed Prophet staff that about 38 individuals were reported having disappeared over night. What's more, our source reports that the Minister of Magic himself is believed missing, as are many high ranking public officials.
As it stands a number of our writing staff have failed to appear for work as well.
It’s been suggested by an anonymous source that the missing persons are entirely related to the strange noises at Hogwarts. And though we don’t know exactly what – we at The Daily Prophet would like to assure the public that we will get to the bottom of this.