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@ 2010-04-24 12:56:00
GRAND DAME OF WIZARDING EDUCATION TO BE HONOURED
Minerva McGonagall, widely-admired Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of her career, writes Millicent Bulstrode, Junior Correspondent.
McGonagall started teaching Transfiguration in 1956. She became Head of Gryffindor House in 1967 and Deputy Headmistress in 1991. Following the demise of Severus Snape, Headmaster and esteemed war hero, McGonagall reluctantly took over the reins and officially became Headmistress after the rebuilt of Hogwarts had been completed in 1999. "Following in the footsteps of two such great men as Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape has been an honour as well as a challenge," she says with a stern sense of duty.
Her dedication and tireless efforts in educating generations of young witches and wizards will not go unrewarded. Tonight, Minerva McGonagall will be honoured with the Albus Dumbledore Medal for a life devoted to teaching and service to the wizarding world.
(Read the full interview on page 27.)
TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT: DANGEROUS LEGACY OR NEW BEGINNING?
The announcement of the Triwizard Tournament 2006-07 has started a controversy over the appropriateness of the renewal of a tradition that has cost the lives of many young witches and wizards, writes Millicent Bulstrode, Senior Correspondent.
Minister Shacklebolt supports Headmistress McGonagall's decision to reinstate the Tournament after the disastrous events of 1994-95, when Headmaster Dumbledore ultimately failed to do the same. There are, however, many voices in the Ministry that accuse him and McGonagall of dangerous madness. How justified are they?
While it is true that the famous contest between Beauxbatons, Durmstrang and Hogwarts was discontinued in 1792 because of its mounting death toll, we should keep in mind that the death of Cedric Diggory, champion of 1994-95, was caused by Tom Riddle, self-appointed Lord Voldemort, and not by any of the Tournament tasks.
Headmistress McGonagall has granted The Daily Prophet exclusive media rights to cover the event. In an interview, she talks about the collaboration with the other schools and reveals her hopes and expectations.
"Our goal is to encourage friendship and camaraderie between the magic youth of different nationalities and backgrounds. In future, we plan to invite schools from other continents as well," she says.
She looks prim and aloof behind her old-fashioned desk, but her enthusiasm is evident in every word she speaks. Her task is the most demanding. She doesn't have to overcome dragons or giant spiders. Her opponents are an outdated bureaucratic system and the prejudices of a society that lived in seclusion for too long. It might turn out to be a fight against windmills, but if she succeeds, it could be the dawn of a new beginning.
(Read more of this exclusive interview on page 2.)