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Chudley Cannons Win Christmas Charity Match

Chudley Cannons fans were celebrating on Friday night after winning their first match of the season -- in a charity Christmas match against Pride of Portree. "Well, 'tis the season," said Pride of Portree Chaser, Megan Martin. "After so many losses, you start to feel sorry for them."   Pride of Portree, who fielded most of their under-17 youth team whilst the majority of their first string team were spotted drinking eggnog and mulled wine in the Leaky Cauldron in London, are not too bothered by the loss. The Chudley Cannons are currently ranked second-to-last in the world after the beleaguered French national team.   Cannons fans are making the most of their time to celebrate and are campaigning for December 23 to be made a public holiday.   Fans of both teams raised 3412 galleons, 13 sickles and 2 knuts for The Society for the Reformation of Hags. Founded by Honoria Nutcombe, the society is dedicated to helping steer hags towards a more civilised life in the wizarding world.

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

Use Caution When Traveling

IK: Hello, this is Isla Kelly with your nightly news. Continuing coverage from the attack on Hogwarts, the Ministry of Magic has issued a news bulletin urging wizarding families to be careful when traveling. The wolves that escaped from the Taith Coch Reserve have yet to be apprehended by the Werewolf Capture Unit, and the Auror Office reports that their whereabouts are currently unknown. If approached by a werewolf, please report their location to the Werewolf Capture Unit. All of the escaped werewolves are considered extremely dangerous and you should not attempt to interact with them.   Now to Michael Santander for the latest news on this year’s Quidditch season.  

Wizarding Wireless

Wizarding Wireless

 

Attack at Hogwarts: The Aftermath & What We Know

In the early evening hours of November 8, reports of an attack at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry began flooding in from hundreds of concerned citizens, with little to no information as to how it all began, or why. While details continue to remain closed off to the general public while the school and the Ministry collects itself, we at the Daily Prophet have carefully analyzed the data we've received from some of our most trusted sources.   The Beginning   Dinner at Hogwarts had finished. Older students, stuffed to the brim with the luxurious feast, were sitting down at cleared tables to endure another night of studying in Hogwarts' Great Hall, while first years headed down to the quidditch pitch to practice evening flying with their instructor. Unfortunately, no one would be learning anything that day.   First Attacks   It started with the youngest. The first years, soaring through darkening skies with bright smiles on their faces, were unaware of the dangers that crept in the darkness around them. They came out of nowhere: a pack of unknown werewolves, attacking the most vulnerable students at Hogwarts. The students' instructor  @Madam Wilde-Hextor  fought the unexpected predators as powerfully and bravely as she could, but with few security measures to back her up and the wolves outnumbering her, it became a difficult task even for the talented witch. She signaled for help.   Breaking & Entering   Werewolves followed the students who ran to the castle, and ended up inside the very doors through which many students come and go freely each day. There, they walked in on the Great Hall, filled with unknowing victims to their claws.   Aurors Arrive   Shortly after the attack began, aurors were given a call to action to Hogwarts, including those in the Werewolf Capture Unit which was reportedly bulked up years ago. They began a fight that no one was prepared for.   Unforgivables   It is unclear whether aurors were given the permission to use Unforgivable Curses before they were dispatched or once the damage at Hogwarts was assessed, but this act has been a controversial topic since media reported it. Multiple injuries were reported throughout the event, which most agree gives cause for use of force, however many suggest this was unfairly administered, and question the Ministry's decision to allow it.   Death   News soon spread that aurors had reported a death of one of their own, however this was debunked by an anonymous source close to the aurors, who stated, "You were wrong." It was later found that one of the attackers had been killed. Their identity has not yet been released.   What's Next?   Dozens of families across the country have been greatly affected by this tragedy and are certainly awaiting answers to their thousands of (understandable) questions. Injured students have remained at Hogwarts, attended by Healers from St. Mungo's as well as staff from the school's hospital wing. Backlash has already begun on the Ministry's decision to grant law enforcement the license to kill, as this is the first time since the First Wizarding War that this type of force has been allowed. Minister Granger-Weasley and her staff as well as Headmistress McGonagall have yet to make a statement regarding the attacks, but Hogwarts has reportedly strengthened its security and it is rumored that the Minister has already visited the school.

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

BREAKING: Multiple Casualties Among Those Injured At Hogwarts

IK: This is Isla Kelly once again bringing you an exclusive update to the tragedy unfolding at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy. Our sources have reported at least two casualties on the grounds, one being an Auror whose name has yet to be released. We are unsure whether the other is a student or otherwise, but we can only hope that this number doesn't grow as this serious attack rages on.   ...All we can say is: be strong, students, staff, and Aurors. We wish you our best as our hearts go out to Hogwarts.   Now Franklin Stone will bring your the weather.

Wizarding Wireless

Wizarding Wireless

 

There's an Attack at Hogwarts! Now What? (With Pictures)

For centuries, Hogwarts has been home to some of the brightest young witches and wizards of all time. While spending seven years within its walls can be an intimidating journey in and of itself, sometimes there are outside factors that make things a little more complicated.   Because of the traditional values and success surrounding the school, Hogwarts is a target for many devious minds and groups who believe they have something to gain from destroying it, or the people within. So what do you do when there's a dastardly villain coming at you with their wand at the ready?     We've compiled a list of Dos and Don'ts to help you have a successful attack.   1) DO react!     Is little Johnny scared for his life? Does Annabelle think she can take on a fully rabid wolf? Excellent! Get out there and show us your character's greatest fight or flight reaction. Not everyone will be able to win, but you can at least get some good spells in there to show them what's what! (Or hide under a table and cry to yourself - no judgement here!)   2) DON'T ask for a custom attack!     Even though we really want everyone to have a great time being maimed or hexed or whatever it may be, it is unfortunately nearly impossible to help make everyone's dreams come true during a site-wide event. So as much as we would all like to see Greg shatter the world record for most knockback jinxes tossed at an enemy in one minute... it probably is not in the cards.  In order for our plot team to properly serve the site, it's best to let them do their thing. However, see number 3 for more.   3) DO PM your attacker if you have a problem or question.     As much as we'd like to think it, our plot team doesn't always know what you like or don't like - or even whether you want to be attacked or not. Not everyone knows this, but it's completely OKAY to have a discussion with them at any point during their time with you. While we can't always guarantee a customized plot and can't take requests, there are compromises and conversations that can happen to get the best experience for both sides!   4) DON'T think you'll never be involved in a plot.     As a plot team, we all constantly aim to include as many people as we can, but it doesn't always happen that way - and it's never intentional. If you didn't get to take part in this event, don't be too bummed. We've certainly got more coming your way!   If you ever have any questions, comments, suggestions, or otherwise for the plot team, @Birdwhistle and @Egg keep their PM inboxes open just for you! Send us a message!

Egg

Egg

 

ATTACK ON HOGWARTS: Update

IK: This is Isla Kelly once again bringing you an update on the ongoing situation at Hogwarts. The Ministry is remaining tight-lipped on the extent of damage and injuries that have occurred, however our sources tell us Ministry officials have given their Aurors authorisation for emergency use of Unforgivables due to these dire circumstances. Whether they will prove necessary remains to be seen. We will keep working round the clock to give you all the information we can as this story continues to unfold.

Wizarding Wireless

Wizarding Wireless

 

BREAKING NEWS: Attack at Hogwarts!

IK: Hello listeners, this is Isla Kelly. We interrupt this Quidditch match recap to bring you breaking news. The Ministry has just informed us that Aurors have been dispatched to Hogwarts to respond to a werewolf attack. Sources estimate that there are between eleven and fifteen werewolves on the ground. Students have apparently been injured, and some have apparently been bitten. We will continue to bring you coverage as we learn more.  

Wizarding Wireless

Wizarding Wireless

 

Quidditch Season Record

League table Match information Kenmare Kestrels        850 Appleby Arrows         820 Holyhead Harpies        800 Otley Outsiders        790 Falmouth Falcons        780 Montrose Magpies       630 Ballycastle Bats        610 Tutshill Tornados        500 Pride of Portree            310 Wimbourne Wasps      270 Puddlemere United     230 Caerphilly Catapults   180    Wigtown Wanderers    120 Chudley Cannons         50         Forthcoming matches:   Saturday - Falmouth Falcons v Pride of Portree Loch Lomond, midnight   Atmospheric charms in effect. Prepare for  typhoon. Bubblehead charms advised.   Monday - Montrose Magpies v Caerphilly Catapults Dartmoor, ten o'clock   A reminder to all Caerphilly fans that  catapults, even of the miniature kind,  are not allowed at matches.  

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

Veela Group Boycotts Siren’s Kiss Perfume!

The veela rights group, Veelas Against Objectification (VAO) issued a statement today encouraging consumers to boycott the perfume brand Siren’s Kiss.   Amaryliss Bliss, President and CEO of VAO, had this to say when contacted by The Daily Prophet, “Siren’s Kiss Perfume still says on its packaging that it contains veela extract, which is widely understood to be veela hair. The fact that a mainstream brand would claim to contain veela hair, is dehumanizing to those individuals who have part-veela ancestry, and promotes a view of part-veelas as beautiful and flirty seductresses when we want the same things as anyone else.”   Arantxa Dixon, President and CEO of Siren’s Kiss Perfume dismissed the boycott. “It says right on the packaging that Siren’s Kiss contains no veela extract.The idea that it’s dehumanizing to veelas is completely ludicrous. The words on the packaging are apart of the story of our brand and it’s a story that our customers have supported over the years. I’m sure that our customers will see this boycott for exactly what it is--a public relations’ stunt by VAO.”  

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

Roseclaw Dismisses Anonymous Op-Ed

Earlier this month, The Daily Prophet published an anonymous opinion piece by someone who claimed to have worked in a potions processing facility in Diagon Alley. Their identity is known to us, although we are not making it public at this time.
Thaddeus Roseclaw, head of SNARLL pen pal program on the Taith Coch Reserve, in a meeting with ministry officials in the Department for the Regulation of Magical Creatures, pushed back on the idea that the reserve was involved in research or trafficking on the black market.   Ministry insiders have also confirmed that the pen pal program is under investigation by the Auror Office, a fact that Roseclaw has denied has any significance.   “Inquests by the ministry are routine when you work with a werewolf population,” Roseclaw said in a comment to The Daily Prophet. “It was irresponsible for The Prophet to publish an article with unsubstantiated allegations. The werewolves that the Taith Coch Reserve works with are subject to discrimination in so many aspects of their lives that it is wrong to vilify the one place that they’ve been able to call home. I hope to see better reporting from The Prophet in the future.”

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

Playwright Accused of Plagiarizing Goblin Script!

Aurelia King: A jury has apparently been convened by the Wizengamot to deal with with allegations against playwright Maude Tempest, sources have shared with Witch Weekly Radio.   This reported jury seating comes just days after the British Library's Goblin archivist Ubdart announced the discovery of a script dating back hundreds of years to the Goblin Rebellions which allegedly is very similar to Maude's hit production The Lethifold.   However, Maude Tempest's lawyer, Allard Krauss, shared with Witch Weekly that he has not been notified of anything regarding the case:   "No one from the department of magical law enforcement has contacted me or my client regarding any potential investigations. They are aware that I am representing her as I have done since her first play so they would have reached out to me if the rumours are founded on any sort of truth. Wizengamot jury selections are kept highly-secret so I have no idea how people are commenting on what may or may not be going on — and are possibly violating the law by doing so. Still, I can tell you I have heard nothing."   The British Library has confirmed the existence of the script with similarities to The Lethifold but a spokesperson for the Wizengamot refused to confirm or deny any investigation. Boring!!   Time for the justice system to do its job so we can get on to reporting more interesting gossip!

Wizarding Wireless

Wizarding Wireless

 

Chudley Cannon Manager Unfazed By Poor Showing

The Chudley Cannon's manager Ronald Keenan says he is not worried by his team's poor start to the season; the Cannons have lost all of their matches so far and have not managed to score even a single point.   The team's lacklustre start has been impeded by French Seeker Francis Dubois, who seems more interested in catching hearts than the golden snitch. Dubois recently won Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award, and his sparkling teeth and joyous dimples have seen the Cannon's female fanbase grow exponentially.   "We had a rough pre-season," says Keenan, oblivious to the fact the Cannons have been bottom of the league for the last three years, "with many injuries and illnesses. One of our beaters caught dragon pox and set our broomshed on fire when he sneezed. We'll hit our stride soon."   Despite his eternal optimism, Keenan's job must surely be on the line if the Cannons do not score even one goal in the next few games.

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

Pop Star Regina Lovelace FIRES Goblin Manager!

Lana: Hey guys, it's Lana Lumos, with your five-minute pop culture news.    Pour Some Pixie Dust On Me singer Regina Lovelace confirmed last night on Odessa Nox's late-night wizarding wireless show That's ShowWiz, that she has fired long-time goblin manager Grovekt after a series of disagreements over money.   Grovekt has been Regina's manager since she stormed onto the music scene aged 18 and fresh out of Hogwarts with hit single Should I Slay Or Should I Go? which, as you remember, was at the top of the charts for a record-breaking seven weeks. Grovekt was responsible for getting Regina her first deal with WizHitz Records.   However, after eight years, Regina has decided to end their partnership.   The popstar claims that Grovekt has been helping himself to a LOT of her money...   “I was just blindly believing everything he said. I had no sense of self. I was young when I first signed with him and he's a goblin, you know? They run Gringotts. I've always been brought up to trust goblins when it comes to money - everyone has...it was such a shock when I found out how much money he'd been taking. It wasn't until I spoke to Finn Vonner, the lead guitarist from band Poison Dreams, that I realised how wrong I was.   "After I realised how much money he was taking each month, I started to question what he was doing. Like, what was he doing to earn it? It's not like I need him to promote me anymore. I'm always being stopped in the street for autographs... An associate from WizFirst bank approached me the other day, offering me their services. She was such a lovely lady, she's followed my career from the start and knows the lyrics to all my songs."   The whole interview — about 50 minutes in length — is really something to hear. You can listen to it in full when it's repeated on Odessa Nox's show, this Sunday at 8 p.m.   Now back to news with Isla Kelly.  

Wizarding Wireless

Wizarding Wireless

 

Quidditch Season Record

League Table Match Information: Holyhead Harpies        570 Appleby Arrows         550 Otley Outsiders        540 Kenmare Kestrels        490 Montrose Magpies        480 Ballycastle Bats        450 Tutshill Tornados        330 Falmouth Falcons        310 Pride of Portree                  200 Wimbourne Wasps         180 Puddlemere United         170 Caerphilly Catapults        30 Wigtown Wanderers         20 Chudley Cannons         0 Forthcoming matches:   Sunday - Wimborne Wasps v Wigtown Wanderers Yorkshire moors, ten o'clock A Confunding Charm has been put on the new stadium, make sure to write down directions to the ticket office before arrival.   Tuesday - Otley Outsiders v Tutshill Tornados Dartmoor, eleven o'clock Ministry of Magic Law Enforcement Officials will be on hand to minimise crowd trouble: all part-humans are required to register themselves at the gates.  

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

Otley Outsiders Are Making History

The Deparment for Magical Games and Sports has come under fire and intense criticism recently after it announced the promotion of amateur Quidditch team Otley Outsiders to the national league. The Otley Outsiders are a relatively new team, compromised entirely of part-human players who claim to have faced discrimination when trying out for other professional teams.   "It's only fair," press secretary Lucretia Lightwood, herself a 1/4 Veela, told enamoured reporters at the team's first official  press conference, "We have been top of the amateur league for the last five years and gone undefeated for the last 26 games. If we were any other team we would have been promoted years ago." Much wistful sighing and attempts at impressing her followed.    "It makes a mockery of our beloved national sport," claimed Ridley Mendlehall, chairman of the English Quidditch Fans' Association. "What are we meant to do if there is a full moon during one of the games? Stop play so that they can take their wolfsbane? Don't make me laugh! And don't even get me started on that ridiculous tree trunk their part-giant keeper calls a broom. The sheer size of him is preposterous, no wonder teams don't score against them! It is all quite simply balderdash."   Despite grumblings and misgivings from some wizarding communities of both Britain and Ireland, the decision has been made. Minister for Magic Hermione Granger-Weasley herself gave the team her blessing two days ago with an impromptu visit to their training ground.   With the new season just around the corner, all eyes are on this new team - for better, or worse.

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

Application Tips

Hello everyone!   As Weasley mentioned, lately we've been a little short on apps. I'd like to shed some light on the process and provide some tips.   Applications are shared with the moderating team for discussion, and reviewed by multiple mods before a decision is reached. The mods are all distinct human beings with unique perspectives, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I want to admit upfront that I don't know everything about this, but I have read quite a few apps so I wanted to share what I've picked up.   First off, please send us your applications! If you don't send an app, you're guaranteed not to get it. Regardless of the decision on your application, we greatly appreciate your willingness to help out VH. There's a lot to do on the site, and we need your help to make VH amazing.    There is, of course, a chance you will be rejected. I've been rejected for most things on the site at one time or another, it happens to all of us. Rejection sucks and I'm so sorry that we have to reject anybody for anything. But please don't let the fear of rejection deter you from applying. If your app is rejected, it's not personal. It doesn't mean "the mods" dislike you. Typically, the timing wasn't quite right or we got a particularly strong applicant group in that round. So apply again next time! Applying again shows your continued interest in the role, which makes your application stronger the next time around. A previous rejection for a position is not a strike against a future app, it's usually a point in your favor.   That said, if you're thinking about sending an application, here's a few tips that might help you out!   Apply for the things you really want to do! There's a lot of things to do on VH, and nobody can do all of them. We love getting applications where you're really passionate about the role you're applying for.   Communicate. If you have a question about an application, or about a position you're thinking about applying for, please ask. We're happy to clarify what we're looking for and we want to see you write a strong application! Similarly, when we send rejection messages, we typically include little or no direct feedback. Rejections can be upsetting on their own, and it's perfectly understandable that not everyone wants to know more. But, if you're looking for further constructive criticism on your application, we're often happy to elaborate and help you succeed on future apps.   Consider your audience. Think about what we might want to know when reading your application and try to include relevant content. Try to follow any instructions or word count specifications. At the same time, be honest and genuine! We read a lot of apps, so we can tell if you're telling us what you think we want to see.   Think about the IC aspect of the role. We consider whether the character you've created is a good IC fit for the job. They don't need to be a perfect fit of course, but we try to make hires that are plausible on an IC level, so this is taken into consideration.   Handle rejection as graciously as you can. Please keep in mind that what you say in chats, even to your friends, is likely to get around. It's understandable to be disappointed when something doesn't go your way, but please be mindful of your words, your actions, and your audience.   Be aware that many VH jobs will ask you to keep your staff account secret! One of the first things we ask new (non-alumni) staff to do upon hiring is keep their identities secret. Try to act accordingly when you're applying.    Additionally, I'd like to provide insight on a couple of commonly asked questions.   "When listing alters on an application to the mods, what should I include?" I recommend always including all of your current students (even your 'secret' alter, we probably already know about them anyway) and any current or previous staff accounts, or accounts in the same category as the one you're applying for (e.g. include past canons in a canon application). Alumni are nice too, as the fact that you've been around long enough to have them shows dedication to the site, and you can also include any other accounts you feel are noteworthy. Feel free to leave off other inactives and any unsorted characters you dropped before sorting.    "Once I've sent an application, how long until I hear back?" This varies. We do our best to consider each application fairly, which can take some time. Just like you, moderators have lives outside the site and may not always be the most attentive to VH. We're aware that there are sometimes delays with applications. I'm really sorry about this. We know that this is something we can improve on. If you feel your application has been waiting a long time, feel free to reach out to us to inquire about it. You can contact the moderator(s) who posted the application, or reach out to any mod you're comfortable with. Likewise, if your application goes unread for more than a week, you can reach out to the "You wrote to a mod, but they never answered?" mods, currently Snape and Undercliffe (that's me!)    And as always, if you have any questions about applications or anything else on the site, please don't hesitate to ask. The moderators are all here to help you out, and personally I am always happy to answer a question or provide assistance however I can. <3 

Undercliffe

Undercliffe

 

The Return of Nemblog

Hello VH! Once upon a time, I was named Nemesis (like a decade ago?), so Nemblog was the name of my 'blog' on VHOT.    There are so many things the other mods and I want to talk about, but I will TRY not to tackle them all now and turn this into a novel. Please enjoy the following hodgepodge of information. This is more like a rambly Site News post, sorry. Future posts will hopefully be more concise and focused.   GSD CLUB Welcome to our new club. We hope that you'll keep an eye on the club and join in on projects when you can. Projects will range from one time and small (Can someone make a list of ____?) to ongoing (social media content, vh:ah posts). Our aim is to bring projects that don't have to be secret out of the mods' hidden lair and invite you to work on them with us, if you're so inclined.   Also, as mentioned in the Welcome to GSD Club post, we want to work on communicating more with everyone and bringing a little more transparency to what we do. And that's what this blog is for.     If you want to reply to a topic or blog post, you'll have to join the club. Sorry about that. I would've made it Public so folks could reply without joining, but I wanted the ability to designate club moderators. Joining the club does not require you to do anything and membership doesn't require approval.   DEFAULT ACTIVITY STREAMS I was thinking we could make more use of the activity streams feature, so I've added two default streams to the Activity tab: Help Wanted and Site Plots. You can find them by going to Activity > My Activity Streams > Default Streams   Help Wanted: this is for all applications, whether posted by moderators, staff or prefects. Any topic which is tagged with help wanted, help-wanted, or helpwanted will show up in this stream. We ask that members not use those tags for roleplays or questions, etc. We also ask that anyone using those tags remove them after applications are closed. The mods will periodically look at the stream and remove the tag from old topics as well.   Site Plot: This is so you can see what's new with the plot folks. Currently, any topic tagged plot or the uprising will show up here. We ask that members outside the Plot group do not use either of those tags without permission.    Other Stream Ideas?: I was thinking of adding lesson streams. Would that be helpful? (If you doubt I'd keep them updated - a valid doubt, I would make it part of Sorting Day tasks to update the stream tags for the new year's lessons. I always do my sorting day stuff).  If you have other ideas for a default stream that people might find useful, let me know in the comments!   Lessons streams, would look something like this, so the Default Stream section didn't get ridiculously long:     SHOP/BANK SYSTEM I was informed recently that an update about the shop system was long overdue. Sorry about that!    The status has not changed much since my last update. Here's the main parts we're missing: items/credentials showing in member profiles admin section (to add/edit shop items and shops) earn money for posting   There are a couple more bells and whistles we'd like, but those are the essential missing bits. Otherwise it's working great.  If we could even just get the items to show in profiles, I'd probably put it up for you guys to use.   I'm very sorry that this has dragged out so long. I had gotten pretty fatalistic about the whole thing. I hadn't totally given up on it, but there'd been too many let downs so I put it way on the backburner for a while. Coding for Invision has gotten way more complicated and just knowing php and mysql isn't quite enough. A few people that offered to help did not get very far into deciphering how it all worked before giving up, so I got wary of accepting any new offers. (Thank you so much though to those of you who did offer.)   ANYWAY, I am trying again. A few mods have offered to pitch in some money so we could hire someone experienced with coding apps for Invision. I contacted someone in December who seemed like he'd be able to help, but has not followed through either. So this week I'll try contacting a couple more coders. It's going to happen, darn it!   SHOP FORUMS We've decided to downsize The Marketplace forums. Activity in the shop forums had naturally decreased quite a lot ever since we switched the shops system to direct purchase. There are too many forums in there and not enough interest in roleplaying in them. With our current population and activity levels, we didn't feel it made sense to focus member time and energy on increasing activity there.   We have bid a sincere thank you and adieu to our Shopkeepers (not including wand assistants). We will soon bid goodbye to most of The Marketplace forums as well. (Any roleplay topics already in them will remain public. You won't lose your roleplays.)   One of our first projects to be posted in here (soon!) will be to help writing up and formatting descriptions of the shops and NPC shopkeepers to post in pinned topics in the remaining forums. That way people interested in roleplaying in a particular shop can take a quick peek and include those characters in their roleplays if they so wish.   BITS AND PIECES There are a few other topics I'd really like to touch on,  but I think they deserve their own posts. So more on the following later, either from me or the other mods, but for now I will just say: We all know VH is smaller than it used to be and this affects all aspects of the site. So PR/Social Media is a big priority for us to help boost our population. Burke will be posting ways for people to assist with our efforts to lure more people in, so please keep an eye on her "Cool Stuff" forum in this club and help out if you can. Even if you can't help with that stuff, do what you can to be welcoming to new folks who find their way to VH. Applications are open for a few positions and response has been low. If you're kind of/maybe thinking of applying, please give it a go! (Check out that handy new Help Wanted stream...) If you have questions about the jobs or time commitment involved, send the mod who posted them a message. I promise they won't mind!     ON NOTICE: Murder mystery novels! I've read two this month and they let me down hard. The first ended without ANY of the mystery being resolved. (Nobody warned me it was the first book in a trilogy! UGH). The second... it was clear the protagonist's husband was secretly a murderer from the first chapter. Maybe it was supposed to be obvious? That was not clear. Try harder, murder mystery novels!   DEAD TO ME: The cracks in my walls/floors that let the ants in.    LOVE OF MY WEEK: NINE NINE! Welcome back ❤️

Weasley

Weasley

 

Welcome to GSD Club!

Welcome to GSD club!   We've envisioned this club with two purposes in mind: Create a space where members can get involved and help with certain projects for the betterment of VH Keep members informed about VH and what the mods are working on   Your moderators have a lot of things we're working on at anytime and often could use a bit of help. We haven't had a great way to recruit help apart from asking people directly. And we know a lot of our members have busy lives and may not be able to commit to a steady job, but may like the opportunity to jump in and help with projects now and then. At least we hope so!   Also, we're aware that we need to communicate more with you about what's going on with VH in general. There are many things we keep to ourselves with good reason, but there's a lot we could be more open and frank with you about.  So we're putting up an OOC blog in here where we'll try to post regularly about the state of VH and what the mods are up to. We may also occasionally ask for your input on particular issues or decisions.   What you'll find in this club: Modblog - OOC blog with posts from your moderators Projects forum - short term projects you could help with Cool Stuff forum - for assisting with PR/Social Media and more to come (like VH:AH, Daily Prophet submissions, and more)   Who can join: Anyone. This is an open club. Everyone can see in here. Anyone can join and participate. Certain members may be promoted to moderators of the club if given responsibility on ongoing projects.

Weasley

Weasley

 

[Op-Ed] SNARLL Is a Front to Turn Students into Werewolves 

A recent ad that was run in The Daily Prophet was identified as a fake. I know because I'm the one who sent the ad in to the paper.    Even though the ad was fake, the address in it was very real. If you follow it, you will find that it's an address for a potions processing facility. I worked there for the past six months. Every morning I would arrive, going through a back entrance that you can only find if you know the precise sequence to tap on the building.    And every day, I would work on analyzing samples of hair and nails from werewolves to see if their magical properties could be identified. All of the samples that I received came directly from the Taith Coch Werewolf Reserve, though I was never involved with collecting any of them.    Byron Handley-Mills and Thaddeus Roseclaw (the head of Taith Coch Werewolf Reserve and SNARLL, respectively) are both highly interested in harnessing the power of werewolves as magical creatures, and it is my firm belief that the reason that this address was included is because they wanted to source the information of students--and possibly have them be turned into werewolves so that they could study them too.    I believe very strongly in the power of research, and I think that there's a lot that we have yet to discover about the world around us. But I can no longer stand by and be silent about what I know.    The identity of this op-ed is known to the staff of The Daily Prophet. We have decided to keep their identity secret, but consider their op-ed valuable information for the public to know. 

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Daily Prophet

 

Giants Flatten Toothless Bill

The Part-Giant Community Access Bill is facing an uncertain future, as giant communities begin to push back against what they see as weak, ineffective legislature which fails to address the real problem.
 
The bill was first introduced in September as part of Minister for Magic Hermione Granger-Weasley's suite of proposals aimed at improving part-human engagement with both sides of their heritage. Spokespeople for giant communities say the delayed response is due to the government's failure to reach out to giant communities with an explanation of the bill in appropriate language.
 
Now that giant communities are aware of the bill and its contents, part-giant and dedicated activist Kiki Walker claims they are overwhelmingly disappointed.
 
"This bill is trying to improve accessibility and rights for part-giant children who want to connect with giant communities, but most of the time that isn't the real problem and where it is, this bill doesn't have the teeth to help.
 
"The Minister might be well-intentioned, I don't know, but it's plain to see that somebody hasn't done their research. Ask any giant or part-giant who has a stake in this particular issue and they'll tell you the real problem is that when the human parent and giant parent clash, overwhelmingly the law sides with the human and the giant is left with no rights to contribute to decision-making when it comes to their own child. Did this government draft a bill about giants without talking to any actual giants? It sure looks like it."

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

SNARLL Announces New Leadership Amid Controversy

Clifford Benbow, President of SNARLL and Head of the Lupine Pen Pal Program, was reported missing from the Taith Coch Werewolf Sanctuary last week. According to ministry insiders, the Auror Office is investigating the disappearance. Both the Office of Harry Potter and the Auror Office at large would not provide any comment for this article, citing security concerns.   Byron Handley-Mills, the Head of the Taith Coch Werewolf Reserve, had this to say when he was contacted about Clifford Benbow's disappearance. "Clifford was deeply committed to the werewolf community, and I have no idea what could have caused him to leave so abruptly. I've contacted a number of suitable candidates to take his place during the past few days, and I'm happy to say that Thaddeus Roseclaw has been hired as Clifford's replacement."   Thaddeus Roseclaw is well-known in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, having published a book about the potential dangers of wolfsbane. When reached for comment for this article, Roseclaw denied the ideas of the book were dangerous.   "I'm a scholar, and we need to be able to look at wolfsbane critically. We can't let the ministry dictate which subjects are appropriate or inappropriate to study," Roseclaw said. "It's purely academic. And I look forward to being in charge of a program that will encourage the free exchange of ideas between the wizarding community and the werewolves that live on the Taitch Coch Werewolf Reserve." 

Daily Prophet

Daily Prophet

 

Werewolves Missing!

Taith Coch Reserve is denying a report that two werewolves identified as living at the sanctuary are missing. Representatives from the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures have gone on the record as claiming that two werewolves: "Rose" and "Danielle" cannot be located on their registration rolls (Please note that The Daily Prophet did not get permission to publish their real names).    "This is exactly what we were warning the community about," the Jacobins said in a statement. "Minister Granger-Weasley has been too lax with part-human communities, and now werewolves have escaped from an unplottable community. Young witches and wizards have been put in danger because of her complete recklessness and disregard for their safety."   Reached for comment, Byron Handley-Mills, the Head of the Taith Coch Werewolf Reserve had this to say: "The reports that we have anyone missing from our sanctuary are egregious lies. We deal with troubled young people from time to time, but we have never lost track of them. This is a scheme designed by radicals like the Jacobins to draw scrutiny toward our sanctuary when we have always followed the laws and are committed to the well-being of the magical community at large."   Both the Auror Office's Werewolf Capture Unit and the Office of Harry Potter refused to comment on whether there is an ongoing investigation, citing security concerns.    If you see anyone transforming into a werewolf, you are urged to contact the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures immediately. Staffers have been dispatched into Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade to provide the towns extra protection during this time. 

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