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July 31, 1998
The Daily Prophet
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Page 1 – Headlines:
MUGGLES NOT AS STUPID AS WE THINK, SAYS MINISTRY REPORT
Report tells that Muggles notice things like “crop circles,” which are really entries in the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition‘s contorting cereals division, and UFOs, which are really escaped Quaffles. It mentions the fact that Hagrid has offered the Lake at Hogwarts for relocating the Loch Ness Monster.

FAULTY WANDS RECALLED
A warning from the “Department of Magical Equipment Control” about a shady street peddler in Diagon Alley named “Honest Willy” Wagstaff.

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Page 2 – Sport:
Quidditch League Table and Match Information
The Tornados lead the League and the Cannons are at the bottom.
Upcoming matches and locations are announced.

CANNONS GO DOWN IN A SHOWER OF ARROWS
Discussion of the Chudley Cannons’ defeat by the Appleby Arrows, with mention of Galvin Gudgeon’s pathetic performance as Seeker for the Cannons.

MAGPIE CHASER “ONLY TRIED FOOTBALL FOR A LAUGH”
In this first of a series of articles over the course of the Daily Prophets, we learn that Alasdair Maddock, Chaser for the Magpies, is becoming inordinately fond of Muggle sport.

A couple of small news bits reveal that Puddlemere United will be changing the colour of their robes to blue and that no one dares disagree with Gwenog Jones, the brilliant but dangerous Captain and Beater of the all-witch Holyhead Harpies.


Page 3 – Letters Page:
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Calendar and Dates

Although the date printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletter DP1 is 31 July 1998, the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.

Interesting facts and notes

The published date of DP1 (31 July 1998) is J.K. Rowling's 33rd birthday, and would be Harry Potter's 18th.

Memorable lines

I am sorry to hear that you do not feel we give enough coverage to the game of Gobstones. The reason for this is that most wizards find it deeply boring. (the editor's response to an appeal for the Prophet to cover more Gobstones events)

Witches make far better Quidditch players than wizards, everybody knows that. - Gwenog Jones, and no one dared dispute her claim

'[Seeker] Gudgeon certainly missed some opportunities,’ [Cannons manager Ragmar Dorkins] told the Daily Prophet this morning. ‘I mean, the Snitch bounced off his nose twice.’

'[W]e remind the wizarding community that only wands bearing the Department’s stamp are guaranteed safe.' - warning from the Ministry about sub-standard wands

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Commentary

The "Department of Magical Equipment Control" doesn't exist as we now know the Ministry to be organized, but at the time this was written Rowling hadn't finalized the make-up of the Ministry, as evidenced by similar non-existent departments mentioned in books 1-3.

The colour change of Puddlemere United's robes presents a bit of a problem for canon, since the new blue colour (kingfisher blue) would have come into use before the Muggle edition of Quidditch Through the Ages was released saying they wear navy-blue robes (QA7).

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