Dear Hermione Granger

Uproar as Shacklebolt lets Murdering Snape go free 14 July 1998

Shockwaves rippled through Courtroom No.10 as new Minister for Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt announced Severus Snape (murderer of Professor Dumbledore and former controversial Head of Hogwarts) innocent of all charges in front of an outraged Wizengamont writes Daily Prophet special correspondent Rita Skeeter. The judgement comes after only a shocking one week long farcical trial, what's more the Daily Prophet has learned exclusively Snape has even been put up at the tax payer's expense in at luxury manor on Minister Shacklebolt's personal express orders for his supposed "own protection". "Snape is no hero" Says Demetrius Yaxley, who was tragically imperiased by You-Know-Who and forced to commit unspeakable acts "He was spying on both sides on You-Know-Who's orders, I saw him murder and torture without a second thought, he may say Dumbledore was dying but I saw the great man shortly before his death and he looked perfectly healthy to me." The Daily Prophet as also discovered what truly went on during Snape's reign of terror at Hogwarts "My son came home at Christmas covered in bruises and broken bones" says Mary Finnegan " He's never been bullied before, the only person at Hogwarts he's never got on with is Snape." The Prophet as received information from a reliable source that Snape not only ignored the torture of innocent children but actively encouraged and participated in it himself. We can't but wonder what Shacklebolt was thinking allowing this monster to walk the streets, is he simply taken in with Snape's false claims of redemption or is something more sinister going on?

Baby Crisis: 2 August 1998

The Shocking Truth behind the St Mungos' Maternity Ward

The Daily Prophet has discovered a sinister conspiracy lurking in the wards of St Mungo's hospital. The Prophet's newest undercover reporter Detective X has discovered the shocking dangers that bringing a child into the world. Over 60 of babies born at St Mungos are likely to be squibs or so hideously deformed and weak they will not make it to their first birthday. (See Complete article on the St Mungos' Horror on Page 3)

Shacklebolt faces criticism as he ignores the Population Crisis 12 August 1998

Minister for Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt faced a tough grilling against the Wizengamont yesterday as he attempted to explain his timid response to the Population Crisis that could half the magical population within just thirty years. "The time for Shacklebolt's meagre tax breaks and incentives for large families is well past" States Professor Louis Delance a leading expert on genealogy at The Geneva Magical Institute of Research "Generational inbreeding between the pureblood families on Wizarding Britain has left a weak gene pool that can only be revived by breeding with muggleborns or magic itself could die out in Britain forever." Along with Shacklebolt's liberal treatment of deatheaters including the release of the dangerous Severus Snape and Stan Shunpike, many members of the Wizengamont are now worrying whether Shacklebolt is up to the job. "Shacklebolt used to be an auror" says one high ranking Ministry official who wishes to remain anonymous " He was in charge of finding Sirius Black and he couldn't even do that, he's never held a proper administrative job let alone run a department, he only got the job because he's friends with Harry Potter and many of us here are wondering if he's really cut out to be Minister."

Wizengamont depose of Shacklebolt!! 16 August 1998

Following weeks of criticism on Kingsley Shacklebolt's liberal methods on deatheaters, inadequate response to the Population crisis and lack of administrative experience the Wizengamont has finally gotten rid of him. Following a Vote of No Confidence late last night Shacklebolt was dismissed from his title as Minister for Magic. (Further Details see page 5)

Marcus Bones elected new Minister for Magic 17 August 1998

Marcus Bones, former head of the Department of Magical Catastrophes was elected the new Minister for Magic today by the Wizengamont writes special correspondent Rita Skeeter. Bones, brother of murdered Amelia and Edgar Bones lives with his wife Doreen and their two daughters Susan, 18 and Emily, 13 in the Cotswolds, has promised to take decisive action on the population crisis, with a new initiative being unveiled tomorrow and quotes "This issue threatens to destroy Wizarding Britain more than even You-Know-Who, I promise to do my best and solve it" (For Marcus Bones' exclusive interview with the prophet see page 8)

Marriage Law Passed! 18 August 1998

Barely 24 hours into the job and already new Minister for Magic has cooked up a storm by introducing the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act. Minister Bones claims forced marriage between different blood groups with encouragement and enforced procreation will solve Wizarding Britain's growing population crisis. "While this may seem drastic to some, it is the only sustainable solution to the population crisis in the long term" Minister Bones said today in a statement, when pointed out by Daily Prophet reporters that the minister's own daughter Susan, 18 would be subject to the law he replied "Susan understands the necessity for such a measure in order to repair wizarding society, she is engaged to a lovely muggleborn boy named Justin Finch-Fletchley and was planning on marrying him soon anyway, so it doesn't really affect her." (For the full run-down of the marriage law see page 3)

Magical Marriage and Procreation Act of August 1998

Marriages mustn't be between two purebloods and two muggleborns (please note, this excludes all wizarding couples married prior to the act)

A pureblood is hereby defined as a witch or wizard with no less than eight wizarding great grandparents

A muggleborn is hereby defined as a witch or wizard with no less than eight muggle great grandparents, 4 muggle grandparents and 2 muggle parents, (please note this does not include squibs)

Unmarried Wizards over 17 years must accept a marriage petition unless a viable alternative can be found for one of the parties

Unmarried Witches between 17 and 50 years must accept a marriage petition unless a viable alternative can be found

Witches and Wizards between 17 and 50 years of age that have not been petitioned for after six months will be matched up by the Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Widows and Widowers are subject to act one year after their partner's death

Unmarried or Divorced Witches or Wizards who already have two or more children are not subject to act but are encouraged to marry anyway.

The sale and use of contraceptive potions and charms are henceforth prohibited

All couples married under the act must copulate once a week until a least one child is conceived (please note this will be monitored by your wedding rings and failure to comply will result in criminal prosecution)

All couples with less than two children must attend quarterly checkups at the St Mungos' Fertility Clinic

Henceforth only couples with two or more children are eligible for divorce

Dear Hermione Granger

The Office of Births, Marriages and Death is pleased to inform you that in accordance with the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act of August 1998 you have been petitioned for by Ronald Bilius Weasley of Ottery St.Catchpole, Devon. You have two weeks to accept or file a successful petition with a viable alternative .We would like to remind you that after a successful petition is signed by both parties you must be married within 30 days, (please see overleaf for the full details of the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act). Warning failure to comply with the Act is a criminal offence and can result in fines up to and around 10,000 galleons, exile and or an internment in Azkaban prison.

Happy Nuptials

Yours Sincerely

Gladys Popkins

Junior Undersecretary to the Head of the Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Dear Ronald Weasley

The Office of Births, Marriages and Death is pleased to inform you that Hermione Jean Granger of Henley upon Thames, London has accepted your offer of marriage. In accordance with the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act you must marry within 30 days of receiving this letter unless file a successful petition with a viable alternative. Warning failure to comply with the Act is a criminal offence and can result in fines up to and around 10,000 galleons, exile and or an internment in Azkaban prison.

Happy Nuptials

Yours Sincerely

Gladys Popkins

Junior Undersecretary to the Head of the Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Dear Ginerva Weasley

The Office of Births, Marriages and Death is pleased to inform you that in accordance with the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act of August 1998 you have been petitioned for by Harry James Potter of Little Whinging, Suffolk. You have two weeks to accept or file a successful petition with a viable alternative .We would like to remind you that after a successful petition is signed by both parties you must be married within 30 days, (please see overleaf for the full details of the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act). Warning failure to comply with the Act is a criminal offence and can result in fines up to and around 10,000 galleons, exile and or an internment in Azkaban prison.

Happy Nuptials

Yours Sincerely

Gladys Popkins

Junior Undersecretary to the Head of the Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Dear Harry Potter

The Office of Births, Marriages and Death is pleased to inform you that Ginerva Molly Weasley of Ottery St.Catchpole, Devon has accepted your offer of marriage. In accordance with the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act you must marry within 30 days of receiving this letter unless file a successful petition with a viable alternative. Warning failure to comply with the Act is a criminal offence and can result in fines up to and around 10,000 galleons, exile and or an internment in Azkaban prison.

Happy Nuptials

Yours Sincerely

Gladys Popkins

Junior Undersecretary to the Head of the Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Dear Severus Snape

The Office of Births, Marriages and Death is pleased to inform you that in accordance with the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act of August 1998 you have been petitioned for by Sybil Cassandra Trelawney of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. You have two weeks to accept or file a successful petition with a viable alternative .We would like to remind you that after a successful petition is signed by both parties you must be married within 30 days, (please see overleaf for the full details of the Magical Marriage and Procreation Act). Warning failure to comply with the Act is a criminal offence and can result in fines up to and around 10,000 galleons, exile and or an internment in Azkaban prison.

Happy Nuptials

Yours Sincerely

Gladys Popkins

Junior Undersecretary to the Head of the Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths