| Daily Prophet: 14 July, 2003
||[Jul. 14th, 2010|04:26 pm]
Artifacts Stolen from Hitchens Manor
Mrs. Isabella Hitchens (née Yaxley) reported a disturbing break-in into her family estate early this morning. The theft was discovered around eight in the morning when the elderly Mrs. Hitchens went into her family safe, as she is wont to do once a week. "I like to polish the jewels you see. Oh, I'm too old and daft to go out to grand parties anymore, but I always did like my sparklies! You aren't anything without some sparkle!" she confided, before dissolving into heartbroken tears.
According to her caretaker, a friend of the family who declined to be named, the burglary was no common theft attempt. Several of the items are magical artifacts were several pieces which look completely innocuous, and which would be potentially disastrous if they found their way into the Muggle world. According to one of the Aurors on the scene, "We are particularly worried about a set of silver arm bands, once owned by the druidess Circe, and a set of necklaces with origins we've never quite been able to place. These items are very valuable, of course. But more importantly, they are a part of our cultural history. And dangerous at that. They must be found."
According to our sources at the Ministry, The Department of Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office has been notified and several Aurors have been assigned to the case. Thus far, they have no leads in the case.
Cauldron's Newest Novel Breaks Records
In a surprising move on the bestseller romance list, for the first time in her decade-long career, infamous author Celeste Sparks was trumped on her debut of her thirteenth novel in her "Rogue Warlocks" series, Warlock in White by a fairy new up and comer to the genre, the mysterious Sabrina Cauldron.
Ms. Cauldron has a series of solid best sellers, her last three of five previous novels making it into the top five for several weeks, but this is the first time sales have broken the longstanding record of Ms. Sparks and her well-known series and plots. Perhaps this fresh face is bringing a new and much-needed breath of fresh air to the world of wizarding romance novels. Unlike Celeste's recycled versions of the old tried and true formulas, where the bad wizard turns good for the witch of his dreams, Sabrina Cauldron's refreshing plots put a new twist on the old ideas, her wicked wizards instead luring their bold heroines into their own dastardly deeds and leaving the reader breathless with anticipation at what deliciously devilish mischief the couple will get into next!
Bravo to Ms. Sabrina Cauldron and we look forward to seeing more of her work in the future! Perhaps the author will even deign to allow for an interview, an honor she has never yet granted to anyone, that we've been able to discover!
On Sale Now, in All Fine Wizarding Literature Establishments!!
Quidditch Q & A
With big successes for both the English and Scottish teams in yesterday's first preliminary Quidditch World Cup games, we at The Daily Prophet are beginning a new daily column; a quick question and answer session, new each day, with a member of one of our national teams. Our first interview is with Oliver Wood of Puddlemere United and, of course, the Scottish National Team. Read on for his scintillating questions and answers!
Mister Wood, first we'll start with something simple. What's your middle name?
What's your favourite colour?
Scarlet and Blue. Gryffindor and Puddlemere colors respectively.
Anything that Penny Clearwater or my mum makes.
Quality Quidditch Supplies, of course.
Tell us something about you not everyone knows?
I used to be afraid of heights till da' put me on my first broom when I was nine. That went away pretty quickly.
What's your family like?
Very supportive of everything I do and my biggest fans.
What do you love about Quidditch?
Everything; the rush of the game, being on a broom, the feeling I get when we win. I don't know what my life would be without it.
How did you feel, knowing you'd made the National Team?
Beyond overjoyed. I didn't cry with happiness, but I was pretty darn close.
Which international teams do you think will do well, other than the UK teams?
Bulgaria and Australia have been pretty fiesty in the past, and a lot of their previous players are returning.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
Thank you for all your support between Puddlemere and the National teams. I hope to bring Scotland home a finals win!
Pick up your copy of the Daily Prophet tomorrow for a new interview with a National team player, brought to you every day during the Quidditch World Cup!