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Daily Prophet
Periodical information
Format

Newspaper

Frequency

Twice daily (morning and evening), as well as a Sunday issue

Focus

Publishes newsworthy events

Editor

Barnabas Cuffe

Hermione Granger: "So the Daily Prophet exists to tell people what they want to hear, does it?"
Rita Skeeter: "The Prophet exists to sell itself, you silly girl."
Rita Skeeter and Hermione Granger.[src]

The Daily Prophet is a wizarding newspaper based in London. It is the primary source of news for British 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 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. In some cases, the Ministry of Magic is highly reliant on the Daily Prophet to assure the public that the Ministry is doing the right thing.

The paper is delivered to subscribers by owl, and 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 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.

The Daily Prophet maintains a best-seller list. At some point in August 1992, Gilderoy Lockhart's autobiography Magical Me was celebrating its 27th week atop it.

History

Creation

The Daily Prophet has been producing papers since at least 1883, since Quidditch Through the Ages cites its coverage of Quidditch from that time.

Ministry of Magic's denial

TheBoyWhoLies

A Daily Prophet article showing the Ministry in 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]

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 is saying. Some people, such as Augusta Longbottom, cancelled their subscriptions due to believing in Dumbledore over the Ministry.

After Fudge is forced to admit that Voldemort has returned, the Prophet changes its stance overnight, calling Harry "a lone voice of truth". The newspaper even buys, from The Quibbler, Harry's interview on Voldemort's return and claims it to be exclusive.

Second Wizarding War

DeathEaterTerrorContinues

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.

Under the Death Eaters

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 biased, bogus news such as articles on Muggle-borns stealing magic from true wizards. As such, many resistance members turned to other programs 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.[1]

Distribution

The Prophet is not the only publication in the British wizarding world, but it is almost certainly the most widely read. Stories in the Prophet often colour 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

Skeeter

Rita Skeeter, a journalist for the Daily Prophet

"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 on the Daily Prophet[src]

While the Daily Prophet has been know to print facts, it has also had a somewhat negative reputation for being incredibly biased, 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 practices.

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

Daily Prophet Azkaban Breakout

The Daily Prophet announces the 1996 Azkaban Mass Breakout.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Contents

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

Known positions

  • Editor
  • Security Editor
  • Reporter
  • Photographer
  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Senior Quidditch Correspondent
  • 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

BarnabusCuffe

Barnabus Cuffe

Editor-in-Chief

Security Editor

Reporters

Advice Columnists

Correspondents

Photographers

Newspaper Vendors

Known articles

Prisoner of Azkaban - Sirius Black

The Daily Prophet reports Sirius Black's escape from Azkaban.

TheBoyWhoLies

The Daily Prophet accuses Harry Potter of lying about the return of Lord Voldemort.

Daily Prophet Voldemort Returns

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

Daily Prophet on Death Eaters attack on Millennium Bridge

The Daily Prophet reports the attack of Death Eaters in the Millennium Bridge in London

Snape Headmaster DP

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

  • GRINGOTTS BREAK-IN LATEST
  • GRYFFINDOR DEFENDS TITLE[2]
  • 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[3]
  • 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
  • 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
    Dumbledore, Daft or Dangerous?

    Daily Prophet - Dumbledore, Daft or Dangerous?

  • 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
  • POTTER OR PLOTTER?
  • DUMBLEDORE: DAFT OR DANGEROUS?
  • OUR CHASERS AREN'T CHEATING

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