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Friday, February 20, 2009

Reported by Willam Dashspear

Elmira Babbage, reported missing in mid-January, has at last resurfaced, much to the relief of family and friends. Originally traveling to Romania to visit her owl pal, Petra, Elmira tells us she happened to stumble across the Romanian Liberation Cooperative in the middle of a rescue operation, and was so impressed with the work they were doing that she decided to join them in their mission. She returned to the UK last Thursday and has established a group for those witches and wizard who also wish to lend their support to the RLC's noble cause. Interested parties may contact Elmira by owl.

In other news, Romanian Ministry officials walked out of talks with the RLC after the RLC claimed their Ministry of Magic attacked one of the towns they have been trying to protect.

We asked Elmira her opinion of the Romanian Ministry's recent walkout. "I was hopeful at the announcement that talks were forthcoming. I'm appalled that the Romanian Ministry would try to attack an RLC area right before the meeting. I wouldn't be surprised if they had an extremist or two within their ranks that did this. The time has come for the international magical community to stand up and be counted. That's why I started the group I have. We need to speak out so that the Romanian Ministry or the ICW will pay attention."

OBITUARY Gwen Weezles

Reported by staff:

Muggle wife of the renowned retired potions master and magical arachnologist mentioned in Great Wizards of the 20th Century, Aaraneus Weezles', died suddenly and unexpectedly late last Tuesday evening. Gwen was 89. Her son - auror, Alan Weezles, Order of Merlin First Class - preceded Gwen in death. Survivors include devoted husband, Aaraneus - daughter-in-law, Anna - and grandson, Aaran. Torquay Funeral Services conducted a private muggle service for the Weezles family Saturday afternoon in Devon.

Though Gwen was a muggle, she was part of a very noble and well-respected wizard family. Her husband, Aaraneus, is most famous for his discovery that marinating toad liver with purified Black Widow's venom aided in the healing of spattergoit. He authored several texts on the proper care and handling of spiders for magical purposes before his premature retirement. Her son, Alan, fought bravely against five Death Eaters in the final moments of his life, enduring hours of being cruciated and imperiused before finally succumbing to the Killing Curse after they realized he would never provide the information they sought. Ministry officials unanimously decided to award him the Order of Merlin First class posthumously after reviewing the memories retrieved from the only witness, his son, Aaran. Gwen's daughter-in-law, Anna, was a respected investigative journalist for the Daily Prophet who retired after her husband's death, but has since returned to us.

We asked Aaraneus why he left the wizarding world, his answer: "For love." He refused to comment upon his future plans or whether he planned to return to the wizarding world now that his muggle wife was no longer with us. Daughter-in-law, Anna Weezles, has taken a short leave of absence from the Prophet in this time of loss.

We at the Prophet extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Weezles family, and we are sure our readers do as well.