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Interlude: Two Letters

June 12th, 1993

To: Auror Department

Ministry of Magic

To whom it may concern,

My name is Severus Snape, Potions Master at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I am currently doing research into the properties of Pensieves, in the hopes of developing a Potion that will behave like a Pensieve for short periods of time.

I should like to view some of the Pensieves that your department has stored, containing records of trials deemed appropriate for public viewing, among the following trials chosen at random:

Trial of Mundungus Fletcher, June 19th, 1980

Trial of Flora Skeeter, October 23rd, 1981

Trial of Peter Pettigrew, November 6th, 1981

Trial of Hawthorn Parkinson, May 11th, 1982

Trial of Mundungus Fletcher, September 9th, 1983

Please let me know at your earliest convenience whether I may be obliged in this matter.

I remain,

Severus Snape.

July 1st, 1993


I trust that you will let no opportunity slip by you as you did with the diary I asked you to fetch. You know what you need to do, and if you do not perform your task adequately, there are others, more loyal to our master, who will.

I see no need for a name. You do not know who I am, and that is the way it will remain. Know only that I stand high in our Lord's councils.

The Dark Lord will return.