THE VEIL

Epilogue

30th June 1996 – Awakening

There were Daily Prophet newspapers scattered on the table in a private room in St Mungos. Each of them had been read through multiple times. The crosswords completed in each one; the headlines dating back to the 19th June 1996.

HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED RETURNS! - 19th June 1996
Late on the 18th June 1996 in the Ministry of Magic Atrium, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge and many Ministry Officials, including The Minister's Assistant Percival Wheezy, witnessed the duel between Albus Dumbledore and He Who Must Not Be Named.
After a year of the Ministry denying the allegations the ministry has since issued a statement verifying that You Know Who is back and has been for a year. Full story on page 3, Interview with Dumbledore on page 4. Cornelius Fudge Resignation page 7.

THE BOY WHO TOLD THE TRUTH – 20th June 1996
Harry Potter who returned from the Triwizard tournament has been verified in telling the truth about You Know Who's return last summer. It has since come to light that Mr Harry Potter and several of his school friend including, Mr Ronald Weasley; son of Mr Arthur Weasley the head of Misuse of Muggle artefacts office; were present at the Ministry the night of the 18th June 1996. Mr Potter and Mr Weasley were unable to provide statements to this. The school deputy Professor Minerva McGonagall stated that they are still children and are required to continue school until the end of term, not answer silly questions to the Prophet.
Exerpts from his interview for the Quibbler, on page 8.

MISSING: Hermione Jean Granger – 21st June 1996
Long-time friend of Harry Potter, also presumed to have been an ex-lover of the Boy who lived, and also the Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum is now missing presumed dead. It has since been verified that Hermione Granger was one of the five students to track down He Who Must Not be Named at the Ministry of Magic on the 18th June 1996. It is currently unknown whether she had been taken by the Death Eaters that had escaped with You Know Who, if she has joined the group or if there is something more sinister afoot. Full Story on page 4.

HUFFLEPUFF'S HERO: The story behind the Murder of Hogwarts other Triwizard Champion Cedric Diggory. Cedric's Father Amos Diggory has stated that the truth that Harry Potter has insisted upon for the last year is now finally being accepted by the wizarding community. Amos has said that he is sorry to hear the suffering that the wizarding media has put the Potter boy through, standing to the truth on who murdered his son.
More light has been shed on the tragic death from the Triwizard Tournament held at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry last year…

SIRIUS BLACK CLEARED OF CRIMES – 23rd June 1996
Sirius Black previously accused of murdering 13 Muggles and allegedly murdering his old school friend Peter Pettigrew, 15 years ago. Evidence provided by Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived and his friend Ronald Weasley has since allowed a trial for the Wizard Sirius Black who was quickly cleared of all charges. All possessions have been restored to him as well as compensation for the loss of freedom for the last 15 years.
Details on Peter Pettigrew's betrayal page 6.

MYSTERY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MYSTERIES – 24th June 1996
Unnamed sources have verified that a young woman had been taken to St Mungo's, She left the Department of Mysteries on a stretcher unconscious on the 22nd June 1996. Attempts to interview one of the Unspeakables to verify the claim has been thus far unsuccessful.
Interviewing a Healer at St Mungo's has confirmed that an unknown young woman between the age of 17-19 has been admitted. They were unable to confirm if this is the same woman that was taken from the Department of Mysteries.
Further insight regarding this mystery on page 11.

MOST WANTED BACHELOR – SIRIUS BLACK – 27th June 1996
Sirius Orion Black, the wizard most recently cleared of all crimes has been voted to be the most eligible bachelor in London. As the last remaining member of the family Black, a family of the sacred twenty eight; Sirius Black is also now one of the most richest wizards of the age. The coffers of his cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange nee Black have also been taken into the Black family possession, which caused controversy with Mrs Lestrange's sister Narcissa Malfoy nee Black. Mrs Malfoy has declined to comment on the matter. Their other sister, Andromeda Tonks nee Black, has stated that her sister is rotting in Azkaban and does not deserve a single knut as far as she is concerned…

The Healer finished casting her diagnosis charms on the sleeping form in the bed and wrote down the results on the chart that hung on the end of the bed. The nurse glanced nervously at the visitor that refused to leave the bedside the day after the patient came in. He had caused a stir and refused to leave until he had seen the patient. He hadn't been the only one, yet after the Hogwarts headmaster arrived he was allowed access to see the mystery patient. The Healer finished adding her notes to the chart and hurried out, having other duties to perform.

The girl shifted in the bed, waking after several days of lying in a state of unconsciousness. She was in a hospital gown. The wrist band around her right arm identified her as a Jane Doe Witch aged between 17-19 years of age. Her hair had been washed and had dried in a halo of lush brown curls around her face. A gold chain necklace with a fairy ruby pendant still around her neck as it was unable to be taken off when she was admitted. Her clothes and wand were sitting on the bedside table, as well as a small ring box.

Her brown eyes opened slowly adjusting to the stark whiteness of the hospital room. However the very first thing that she focused on was a pair of mercurial grey eyes. A smile blossomed on her face as she recognised those eyes.

"Hello Princess"

~ End ~


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