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"There is only one wizarding newspaper in Britain, discounting such small circulation publications such as The Quibbler. The Daily Prophet, whose headquarters are in Diagon Alley, is delivered by owl on a daily basis to nearly every wizarding household in Britain."
—Description of the newspaper[src]

The Daily Prophet is a wizarding newspaper based in London, England. It is the primary source of news for British and Irish wizards. The current editor is Barnabas Cuffe, who works in the main office in Diagon Alley.

Because of its ability to influence the minds of many in the British (and probably Irish) wizarding community, the paper has been known to have its content slanted intentionally by the Ministry of Magic (which it has strong ties with) into telling the Ministry's preferred version of events. Unfortunately, the Prophet does not seem to have a lot of journalistic integrity, it has been known to be more concerned about sales than about factual accuracy.

The paper features a morning and evening edition, the latter of which is called the Evening Prophet. The weekend edition is called the Sunday Prophet. Additional news bulletins can be delivered quickly when important, newsworthy events occur. As news changes, an edition may magically change, too, over the course of the day, probably by means of a Protean Charm.

Overview

Distribution

There is only one wizarding newspaper in Britain, discounting such small circulation publications such as The Quibbler. The Daily Prophet, whose headquarters are in Diagon Alley, is delivered by owl on a daily basis to nearly every wizarding household in Britain. Payment is effected by placing coins in the pouch tied to the paper-owl's leg. Occasionally (when something particularly interesting or exciting happens, such as the illegal flight of a Ford Anglia the length of Britain) an Evening Prophet edition will be rushed out. Subscriptions cost 1 Knut. This paper is delivered to professors and a few students at Hogwarts in the mornings, when the owl post arrives.

The Prophet is not the only publication in the Wizarding World, but it is almost certainly the most widely read. Stories in the Prophet often color public opinion to a great amount. When the Prophet published stories deriding Harry Potter and Dumbledore, most people in the Wizarding World believed what they read. The most widely read alternative newspaper in the wizarding world is The Quibbler.

Journalistic Integrity

"Anyway, such rumours this summer. Of course, one doesn't know what to believe, the Prophet has been known to print inaccuracies, make mistakes..."
Horace Slughorn regarding the Daily Prophet[src]
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Rita Skeeter, a journalist from the Daily Prophet

While the Daily Prophet has been known to print facts, it has also had a somewhat negative reputation for being incredibly biassed, corrupt, and deceptive. It is clear that, as there is strong government control of the newspaper, the facts can be misleading, if not outright fabrications, and that certain means of gathering information appear to be somewhat unethical. Government control of the Ministry is shown in the way that the Daily Prophet appears to pressure the government and go around official sources, and several people in Harry's circles feel that the Ministry of Magic "leans heavily" on Prophet.

In other instances, the Daily Prophet has misleading journalism — information that, while accurate in fact, leads readers to the wrong conclusion. There are also occasions when the newspaper is seen to contain inaccurate or libellous content. It appears that there is little regard for accuracy in any form and there are no consequences or accountability for poor journalistic practises.

The Daily Prophet's unethical means of gathering information are most accurately seen with Rita Skeeter, a prominent but corrupt journalist who writes with a complete disregard for accuracy, truthfulness and objectivity — often conducting interviews with a Quick Quotes Quill, a magical quill that writes automatically as the subject speaks. However, the quill does not record verbatim what the subject says. Instead, it takes a subject's words and creates sensational and inaccurate tales that bear little resemblance to actual events. In addition, Skeeter illegally turns herself into a beetle to spy on people and get personal information from them without being seen.

Description

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Daily Prophet Ministry advertisements 

The Daily Prophet reports on everything going on the wizarding world (albeit not always in an unbiased way). In addition to news, the Daily Prophet includes a Magizoology column is run every Wednesday and a Quidditch section which features a boxed table of all the teams in the league, ranked by total number points scored, with forthcoming matches listed side by side. This section also includes articles on recent matches and other items of interest.

Wizardkind tends not to require alternative political flavours in its news coverage (which is not to say, however, that the Prophet does not have a political agenda). As a small, outsider and occasionally beleaguered community, wizards are, by and large, interested in the same kinds of stories: whether anyone is in trouble for infractions of the International Statute of Secrecy, what irritating legislation the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office has come up with now, and when the next Celestina Warbeck/Weird Sisters concert will take place.

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Daily Prophet business advertisements

There is also an editorial section of the newspaper, where only few get responses, and are usually brief. The best letter is under the headline STAR LETTER. A classified advertisements section is in the newspaper, with subheadings of JOBS, FOR SALE, and LONELY HEARTS. Birth and death notices also appear on this page. The advice section of the Prophet has a variety of experts in differing fields answer readers' questions. Some topics covered in the past have been Medical Queries, Emotional Dilemmas, Legal Problems, and everyday magical problems. Sometimes, the Daily Prophet has a "fiendishly difficult" crossword puzzle, and usually has a Magic lottery and a Magical Symbols Game.

The Daily Prophet also allows advertisements in their newspaper by businesses. some of these ads include: Nimbus brooms, clothing, Floo Powder accelerator, and O.W.L. crammers. The Ministry also uses ad space in the Prophet. The Ministry posts various warnings, classes on advanced Defensive spells, and spells that can be used to safeguard your home.

Evening Prophet

The Evening Prophet was the name of the evening edition of the Daily Prophet. Presumably, this edition included different features, compared to the morning edition or Sunday Prophet.

Evening editions that are can apparently be delivered very quickly after an important story breaks. A witch or wizard anywhere in Britain can have a copy in hand within a short time of publication. For example, when Ron Weasley and Harry Potter were spotted by Muggles flying the Ford Anglia, Snape had a copy of the warts, so t e story cou in his hand telling about it very shortly after they arrived. One of the Muggles who spotted them was in Peebles, which is relatively close to Hogwarts, so the story couldn’t have been more than an hour old at that point.

Sunday Prophet

The Sunday Prophet is the name of the weekend edition of the Daily Prophet. Presumably, this edition includes different features, compared to the daily edition.

History

Creation

The Daily Prophet has been producing papers since 1743[1], the year when it famously described Gideon Flatworthy, head of an extremist anti-Muggle group, as "less a wizard, more a lazy walrus-like object who lies all day on a rather smelly cushion, and expects people to admire him for it".

Early 20th Century

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Daily Prophet from 29 November1926

The Daily Prophet covered the rise of Gellert Grindelwalds rise to power, questioning if then Minister for Magic Hector "Flamboyant" Fawley was doing enough and detailing the increased security measures taken at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Recent history

Ministry of Magic's denial

"All right, Fudge is leaning on the Prophet, but it comes to the same thing. They won't print a story that shows Harry in a good light. Nobody wants to read it. It's against the public mood. This last Azkaban breakout has got people quite worried enough. People just don't want to believe You-Know-Who's back."
Rita Skeeter on the Daily Prophet's role during the campaign to discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter[src]
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A Daily Prophet article showing the Ministry in Denial

During the Ministry's campaign to discredit and slander Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter, the Prophet was an instrumental tool of the Ministry in their goal to convince the public that Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter were fear-mongering or simply mad. The Ministry of Magic was responsible for the unfair journalism of that summer as Cornelius Fudge strove to discredit Dumbledore's account of the return of Lord Voldemort.

Hermione Granger subscribed to the paper to keep on top of the Ministry's agenda and see what the enemy was saying. Some people, such as Augusta Longbottom, cancelled their subscriptions due to believing in Dumbledore and Harry over the Ministry. Originally, Harry kept getting his subscription only to skim through the front page for information about Voldemort's movements, as he was unaware of the Ministry's denial. Because of this he missed out on the slip-ins of him and Dumbledore being antagonised. Upon realising what was happening, Harry ceased his subscription.

After Fudge was forced to admit that Voldemort had returned, the Prophet changed its stance overnight, calling Harry "a lone voice of truth". The newspaper even bought, from The Quibbler, Harry's interview on Voldemort's return and claimed it to be exclusive.

Second Wizarding War

"The Prophet? You deserved to be lied to if you're still reading that muck, Dirk. You want the facts, try The Quibbler."
Ted Tonks insulting the biassed prophet[src]
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Daily Prophet article during the Second Wizarding War announcing the terror brought on the Death Eaters

After the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and the Ministry was forced to accept the Rebirth of Lord Voldemort, the Daily Prophet reported on all the tragedy and terror affecting wizards and Muggles alike. This included reporting the murder of Amelia Bones and Emmeline Vance, the incorrect arrest of Stan Shunpike, and the arrest of Mundungus Fletcher for impersonating an Inferius.

When the Death Eaters took over the Ministry, they also took over the Daily Prophet, and subsequently they stopped reporting deaths that Death Eaters were responsible for. They also printed biassed, bogus news such as articles on Muggle-borns stealing magic from true wizards. As such, many resistance members turned to other programmes for news, such as Potterwatch and The Quibbler.

It is likely when Kingsley Shacklebolt became Minister for Magic in 1998, the Daily Prophet was de-corrupted.[2]

Contents

The regular contents of the Daily Prophet are usually the following:

Known positions

  • Editor
  • Security Editor
  • Sports Editor
  • Reporter
  • Photographer
  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Senior Quidditch Correspondent
  • Chief Consulting Magizoologist
  • Advice Columnist (General)
  • Advice Columnist for Legal Problems
  • Advice Columnist for Personal Problems
  • Advice Columnist for Medical Problems
  • Advice Columnist for Magical Problems
  • Op-Ed Columnist

Known personnel

Editor-in-Chief

Security Editor

  • R. Amorin - wrote an article covering the escape of ten Death Eaters from Azkaban in 1996

Sports Editor

  • Ginevra Potter - Quidditch Correspondent during the 2014 Quidditch World Cup 

Reporters

  • A. Fenetre - reporter for the Daily Prophet who wrote an article on how security officials at Azkaban 
  • Andy Smudgley - In 1991, he wrote an article covering a break-in at Gringotts Wizarding Bank
  • Betty Braithwaite - interviewed Rita Skeeter about her forthcoming book on Dumbledore 
  • M. Amerinus - wrote an article about an incident involving two flying pigs and a Muggle in 1994
  • M. Carneirus - wrote a story about the Death Eater attack at the Quidditch World Cup in 1994
  • R. Almeidus - was a reporter for the Daily Prophet who wrote a story covering the Death Eater attack at the Quidditch World Cup in 1994
  • Rita Skeeter - Reporter, Special Correspondent, and Gossip Correspondent
  • E. Limus - worked as a reporter and columnist for the Daily Prophet
  • Kikis Trecus - Trecus wrote an article about the upcoming final match of the Quidditch World Cup
  • Kevinus Morrisons - He wrote an editorial entitled "Grindelwald Threat: Is Flamboyant Fawley Doing Enough?"

Advice Columnists

Correspondents

Photographers

  • Adrian - was a wizard who worked as a photographer
  • Bozo - Rita's photographer partner 

Newspaper Vendors

Known articles

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The Daily Prophet reports Sirius Black's escape from Azkaban

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The Daily Prophet confirms that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named returned

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The Daily Prophet reports the appointment of Severus Snape as Headmaster of Hogwarts

  • GRINGOTTS BREAK-IN LATEST
  • GRYFFINDOR DEFENDS TITLE[3]
  • INQUIRY AT THE MINISTRY OF MAGIC
  • CANNONS GO DOWN IN A SHOWER OF ARROWS
  • FAULTY WANDS RECALLED
  • MAGPIE CHASER "ONLY TRIED FOOTBALL FOR A LAUGH"
  • MUGGLES NOT AS STUPID AS WE THINK, SAYS MINISTRY REPORT
  • BLACK STILL AT LARGE
  • HOLYHEAD HARPIES DRAWS RECORD CROWD
  • CELESTINA WARBECK CONCERT CAUSES BROOM CRASH OVER LIVERPOOL
  • TROLL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OUT OF CONTROL
  • BATS SURVIVE THE TORNADOS
  • CANNONS DIDN'T LOSE SHOCK
  • CHOSE REIGNS ON EXMOOR FOR FALCONS & PRIDE OF PORTREE
  • MADDOCK BLAMED FOR KESTRELS' WIN
  • WILDA WALLOPS THE WIGS
  • GOBLIN RIOTS ERUPT IN CHIPPING CLODBURY
  • MAKING SURE THE PURCHASER OF YOUR OLD WAND IS HUMAN
  • WHY CAN'T GOBLINS BE MORE LIKE ELVES
  • MUGGLEMANIAC MADDOCK MUST QUIT MAGPIES, SAYS MCLEOD
  • SEEKERS JINXED AS PRIDE OF PORTREE FALL TO THE ARROWS
  • BRAND NEW HARPY SAVES THE DAY
  • CHUDLEY CANNONS WIN STUNS FANS
  • MINISTRY IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS
  • NEW POTION GIVES HOPE FOR HAGS
  • ESCAPE FROM AZKABAN
  • PUDDLEMERE CHASER VANISHES AMID CHAOS AT HOLYHEAD MATCH
  • CANNONS BLAST THE FALCONS
  • THE BOY WHO LIES
  • DUMBLEDORE: DAFT OR DANGEROUS?
  • TRESPASS AT MINISTRY
  • MASS BREAKOUT FROM AZKABAN
  • HE-WHO-MUST-NOT-BE-NAMED RETURNS
  • Dp dumbledore daft or dangerous
    DEATH EATER ATTACK TARGETS MUGGLES
  • HARRY POTTER: THE CHOSEN ONE?
  • DARK MARK SPARKS PANIC
  • NEW HEADMASTER FOR HOGWARTS: SEVERUS SNAPE CONFIRMED
  • MUGGLE FAMILY MURDERED
  • RUFUS SCRIMGEOUR HOLDS EMERGENCY MEETING WITH MUGGLE PRIME MINISTER
  • DEATH EATER TERROR CONTINUES
  • DARK FORCES GROW IN NUMBER
  • GOBLIN NEGOTIATION TALKS BREAK DOWN
  • HOUSE PRICES CRASH IN HOGSMEADE
  • FLOO POWDER MISHAPS: THE FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • WHERE DO WE GET OUR WANDS NOW?
  • TERROR AT THE QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP
  • DUMBLEDORE'S GIANT MISTAKE
  • POTTER OR PLOTTER?
  • DUMBLEDORE: DAFT OR DANGEROUS?
  • OUR CHASERS AREN'T CHEATING
  • DISASTROUS OPENING CEREMONY LEADS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP SECURITY
  • NORWAY VERSUS IVORY COAST
  • ROSENFELD CASE FALLS APART: VERITASERUM TAINTED?

See also

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Wiki
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Notes and references


Daily Prophet
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Evening Prophet · Sunday Prophet
Regular features

Other features
List of articles · Magical Symbols Game · Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw · Me, Myself, and I · Weekly zoological column · Bestseller List
Known Personnel
Editor-in-chief: Barnabas Cuffe
Security Editor: R. Amorim
Reporters: A. Fenetre · Andy Smudgley · Betty Braithwaite · Chief sports writer · E. Limaria · E. Limus · Emma Squiggle · Miras Phlaras · M. Amerinus · M. Carneirus · R. Almeidas · Rita Skeeter
Columnists: D. Shaman · E. Limus · Dr. Medusa · Dempster Wiggleswade · Grizel Hurtz · Helbert Spleen · Zamira Gulch · Winkus Oddpick
Correspondents: Rita Skeeter · Ginny Potter
Photographers: Adrian · Bozo
Newspaper vendors: Paper-owls · Ministry of Magic newspaper vendor
Magizoologist: Rolf Scamander


Death Eaters
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Leader: Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters

Avery (I) | Avery (II) | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Crabbe | Barty Crouch Jr. (deceased) | Antonin Dolohov | Gibbon (deceased) | Goyle | Barnaby Lee's father | Barnaby Lee's mother | Jugson | Lestrange | Bellatrix Lestrange (deceased) | Rabastan Lestrange | Rodolphus Lestrange | Walden Macnair | Mulciber (I) | Mulciber (II) | Nott | Pyrites (possibly) | Augustus Rookwood | Rosier | Evan Rosier (deceased) | Thorfinn Rowle | Selwyn | Merula Snyde's father | Merula Snyde's mother | Travers | Wilkes (deceased) | Corban Yaxley | Unidentified Death Eaters

Death Eater defectors

Regulus Black (deceased) | Igor Karkaroff (deceased) | Draco Malfoy | Lucius Malfoy | Peter Pettigrew (deceased) | Severus Snape (deceased)

Death Eater allies

Borgin | Vincent Crabbe | John Dawlish | Delphini | Golgomath | Gregory Goyle | Fenrir Greyback | Mafalda Hopkirk | Narcissa Malfoy (defected) | Nagini | Pansy Parkinson | Quirinus Quirrell | Albert Runcorn | Scabior | Serpent of Slytherin | Dolores Umbridge | Blaise Zabini

Other affiliations

Acromantula | British Ministry of Magic (under Voldemort's control) | Daily Prophet (Under Voldemort's control) | Dementors | Draco Malfoy's gang | Tom Riddle's gang | Gang of Slytherins | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Inferius | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Theodore Nott (possibly) | Snatchers

Death Eater establishments

Borgin and Burkes | British Ministry of Magic Headquarters (under Voldemort's control) | Chamber of Secrets | Lestrange Vault | Little Hangleton graveyard | Malfoy Manor | Abandoned nuclear power plant | Riddle House | The Ruins | Spinner's End | The Cave | Gaunt Shack