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Strangers when we meet
Good day, ladies and gentlemen. Ezekiel Brunderbluss here with another commentary. For those of you
The reviews, as they say, are in - but mixed. Some find them charming, some would run in terror. Others have little or no opinion on them either way and remain very closed mouth on the subject. I find this normal.
After all, we are all individuals, are we not? Presenting different faces to the different people in our lives. Those we wish to remain close to are given a deeper look inside and those who might prefer to keep a little distance from us in our day to day dealings are merely given the surface. Getting to know these visitors will be interesting at least. Feel free to owl the station with any insights you might have.
This has been Ezekiel Brunderbluss. None of the views expressed are station policy, merely my own humble opinion.
No 'Shy Retiring Rose' Here
Hello my lovely listeners! Rita Skeeter here with the social news you need to know. Today I bring to you a tale of a woman and - not a man - but three!
Upon her return our frisky bit of flora has been seen in the company of Charlie Weasley, whom recently returned to Hogsmeade to help run the family business. Rumor has it the pair met through her 'studies' with Rubeus Hagrid.
Mental note: Three Broomsticks next weekend.
Also spotted sampling Miss Zeller's
Vacation cut short for some of Hogwarts' staff
I'm outside the gates of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The castle behind me should be standing still and silent now, waiting for September first and another influx of students.
However, this year the grounds of Hogwarts are alive with color and sound, and Headmistress Minerva McGonagall has taken the virtually unprecedented step of recalling staff for the summer - the sudden appearance of delegates from the Summer Court of the Fae may be the cause.
Sources have confirmed that not every member of the teaching staff has returned, and that some had not yet left for their summer residences at the time of the recall.
Caretaker Argus Filch had this to say:
"... -dy garden parties, that's the last thing we need around here right now. Those faerie squatters and their tents should have been run out weeks ago, if you ask me. Not only do I have to put up with that lot of poncy invaders, I've got to deal with Horace Slughorn flittin' about like he owns the place, bringing in visitors. Caught Professor Binns trying to teach an empty classroom more than once, Professor Pucey wandering in whenever he feels like it. Hagrid is off visiting whatshername from that posh Frenchy school, leaving me to care for the grounds. Those faeries don't clean up after themselves, let me tell you. It's like I was sayin' to Irma just yesterday, Irma Pince mind, I said..."
When asked why only a portion of her staff was still in residence, McGonagall answered:
"The Board of Governors, and on this point I do agree, don't feel that the full faculty is necessary. Professors Sinistra and Lupin are both staying nearby, should the need arise. The others - Professor Granger, Madam Pomfrey, Flight Instructor Krum among the rest - are spending time with their families, and there is no need to ask them to return early."
From Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this has been Anastasia Witherpool.
Gallery opening closing the door on a love affair?
Lachlan Peasegood here, standing outside what will be Hogsmeade's newest addition, The Goddess Gallery, owned by none other than the capricious daughter of Arthur Weasley, Ministry employee and proprietor of the Three Broomsticks Pub. Never one to settle into one place for long, Ginevra Weasley - or Ginny as she prefers to be called - has left the
"It's actually both a gallery and an art studio. Hogsmeade, while I love it here, was in need of some culture and what better way to provide that then having a place people can come to be exposed to the arts, both local and throughout the wizarding community? And for any budding artists, I also offer classes in the studio space upstairs. I plan on covering everything from beginning instruction in drawing to advanced classes in both muggle and wizarding mediums."
This move is just the latest in a string of sudden upheavals. Less than a year ago Ginny was putting the finishing touches on Lumos, a
But this new venture wasn't enough excitement for the fickle red head, her craving for excitement and danger led her to the arms of Severus Snape, also an instructor at Potter's school.
When questioned about the sudden withdrawing for her classes -
"I merely started at The Phoenix, without the intention of staying there permanently. After all, it isn't a school for the arts. Mr. Potter and I were both aware of that from the beginning, so while my departure may have seemed sudden, really, it was always in the planning."
One has to wonder if her tumultuous relationship with the moody Snape -
The matter still seems to be a touchy one for her, as evident by her reluctance to discuss it on the air.
"I worked in that building with Mr. Snape for a full semester. If he was the reason I left, I would have been gone a long time ago. As for my romantic status, that has nothing at all to do with my gallery, now does it? What is it with you reporters and all your rumor scrounging? A person, a woman for that matter, can't change locations, can't open a bloody business on her own without you lot digging into her personal life for dirt. If that's all you're here for, this interview is over. If not, your next question had better have something to do with my gallery or you'll be looking for more than rumours, Mr. Peasegood."
Disappearance of former colleague baffles officials
The search for a missing former Unspeakable continued today, with the authorities reporting no progress in the investigation.
Buford Croaker, a well-respected former official for the Department of Mysteries, first was reported missing nearly two weeks ago.
John McMathis, Auror, at today's press conference:
"In the course of his long and distinguished career, Mr. Croaker was instrumental in helping to apprehend many a dangerous criminal. As well, his investigations into certain Mysteries continued on a freelance basis. Suffice to say, there are a number of leads for us to follow and we will continue to do so."
Authorities initially became suspicious when Croaker, 60, failed to meet former colleagues for a lunch on July 3. A search of his flat revealed no sign of foul play, and McMathis stated there has been no activity in the missing man's bank accounts.
Paul Smythe, Unspeakable:
"Frankly, we're beginning to fear the worst. Croaker has no real family that could have called him away for an emergency, he didn't like to travel ... I don't like to think it, there are some bad folk out there, and they don't care for ol' Buford."
This has been Horace Knickerbocker, reporting from the Ministry of Magic. Now back to you in the studio.
Dear Auntie Bella:
I have just received the caffienated goodness that shall chase the head pains away and my brother is thumping around like mad — knowing full well I have a headache.
Do you normally consider it better etiquette to inform your victims of their fate ahead of time — so they may live in fear — or do you find more enjoyment of the shock and surprise forever fixed in their lifeless eyes?
Flexibility is key. Know your victim — is it an introspective sort, whose every comfort would be destroyed by knowing what was to happen? If so ... share. Happy-go-lucky types are better suited to learning about life's little foibles as a surprise.
Kisses, and don't forget to demand more tea or at least have a supply to hand before killing anyone.
What's the best spell to get rid of dried blood stuck in fine jewelry?
Deep, Red Rubies
Fine jewelry is such a varied term — most work by respected craftsmen can stand up to a basic Scourgify, if used with care. Pearls, of course, are more delicate and should be taken to a professional. However, do not be short-sighted. A small amount of blood can add to the patina of an antique piece of silver, and with the right charms can change a simple brooch into a talisman of some worth.
And if you wear costume jewelry, do try a self-inflicted Avada Kedavra. It's for the best.
Just because it's murder — there's no reason to be uncivilized.