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    01.11 I've got a bit of a reputation...
    01.06 AC underway, and a puzzle to solve!
    01.01 Happy new year! Have some announcements of varying importance.
    12.31 Enter the Winter Labyrinth if you dare!
    12.23 Professional Quidditch things...
    12.21 New stamp!
    12.20 Concerning immortality
    12.16 A heads up that the Secret Swap deadline is fast approaching!
    12.14 Introducing our new Minister of Magic!
    12.13 On the first day of Charming, Kayte gave to me...
    12.11 Some quick reminders!
    12.08 Another peek at what's to come...
    12.05 It's election day! OOC, at least.
    12.04 We have our PW winners for November!
    12.02 New Skins! In less exciting news, the AC is underway.
    11.27 AC Saturday and election next week!
    11.21 A glimpse at post-move changes.
    11.13 This news is not at all big. Do not bother with it.
    Issue #153 - A Session With Skeeter

    Lady Penelope Humphrey-Mavis, Mr. Lytton's own sweetheart, made an appearance for his birthday party!

    Octavia Lytton, sister of Mr. Lytton, celebrated his birthday by his side as well!

    Eva Sleptova alarmed some guests with her risque fashion choice!

    Annette Fontaine looked like she climbed straight out a fairy tale novel in her gown!

    Trends of Tomorrow!
    Mr. Marcus Lytton celebrated his thirty eighth birthday on the 22nd of October with an extravagant parties. Ladies and gentleman were invited from all over Britain and it was rumored that all were advised to wear their boldest ensembles as to inspire a new era of fashion trends!

    Some ladies, like the lovely Lady Penelope Humphrey-Mavis and Miss Annette Fontaine, chose more muggle-esque gowns. It is said that Lady Humphrey-Mavis' gown was designed by her own beau especially for the occasion! Other ladies, such as Miss Violetta Lestrange, attended while wearing some more similar to fashionable robes than muggle dresses (which isn't all that surprising seeing that other members of the Lestrange family, such as Priam Lestrange, have made an attempt to return to their magical roots!).

    Other ladies, like Miss Ophelia Dippet and Miss Octavia Lytton, made beautiful attempts to showcase their magical heritage despite dressing in muggle-esque gowns. Miss Dippet's dress lit up the room like the night sky, with subtle charms causing the stars on her dark gown to swirl throughout the night! Miss Lytton, true to her nature as a fashion designer, wore a sparkling gown that bloomed dazzling silver and gold leaves throughout the evening!

    Two of the more questionable fashion choices of the evening were worn by Miss Eva Sleptova and Miss Gabrielle Fontaine. While not all that unfashionable itself, Miss Fontaine's gown looked like it belonged in spring rather than autumn! Miss Sleptova, on the other hand, wore a very tight-fitting gown with leopard print accessories. While the beautiful Miss Sleptova could make rags look stunning, we're unsure if her outfit for the night could compete with the likes of Lady Penelope Humphrey-Mavis or Miss Lytton!

    Ophelia Dippet drew the eyes of onlookers (as usual, might we add!) when she arrived at the party!

    Violetta Lestrange opted for a more conservative garb at the fashion desginer's party!

    Gabrielle Fontaine picked an odd choice for an autumn party, with her dress doused in spring flowers!

    @Marcus Lytton @Penelope Humphrey-Mavis @Annette Fontaine @Violetta Lestrange @Priam Lestrange @Ophelia Dippet @Octavia Lytton @Eva Sleptova @Gabrielle Fontaine
    Spooky Ghost Facts!
    With Halloween approaching, we thought to give a spooky twist to our beloved facts article!

    Herbert Fudge
    1. In his lifetime, he was best known as the proprietor of the Sanditon Resort.
    2. He was born in the 1st of April, 1849.
    3. He died on the 9th of July, 1887, as one of the World Market disaster’s victims.
    4. His favourite country that he has visited in his lifetime was Greece.
    The one thing he misses about being alive is a glass of good brandy!

    The Grey Lady
    1. Best known as the ghost of Ravenclaw House!
    2. Judging by her clothes, she must have died sometime in the middle ages!
    3. There is a level of mystery on the cause of her death. Some speculate that she put an end to her life by jumping off a cliff!

    Geoffrey Headington
    1. Best known as a member of the Headless Hunt!
    2. Many suspect that ‘Headington’ isn’t his actual surname but rather one that he picked after joining the Headless Hunt.
    3. He was beheaded in the 15th century!

    Sappho Hartwright
    1. She was murdered in 1879; how tragic!
    2. She finds that the most difficult thing about being a female ghost is the changes of fashion! It surely must be hard to be stuck in just one outfit for the rest of eternity!
    3. The one meal she misses most is her mother’s fruitcake. She also wishes she could have proper breakfast with the tenants of the house she haunts!
    Mr. Herbert Fudge

    Miss Sappho Hartwright

    @Herbert Fudge @Sappho Hartwright
    After Mister Skeeter's drama-filled tenure at the Ministry and his campaign against women - how does he rate his chances of running for the Ministry top spot? A Session with Skeeter!
    We were welcomed into the pleasant home of Mister Skeeter. Of course, as an unmarried man his home lacks the refinement that only a woman’s touch can bring, but the bachelor's home has all the cultured refinements that a gentleman without other demands on his time and income might arrange about himself. Mister Skeeter himself greeted us with his usual cordiality and boyish charm, and a smile that in our opinion could only be improved by the addition of the boyish locks of another society gent!

    Read excerpts from our interview with Mister Skeeter below!

    WW: Mister Skeeter, can you tell us why have you decided to run for Minister for the first time?

    I've always had ambition. I was prefect at Hogwarts, I've been working diligently in the Ministry and now as a head of department, I've naturally set my sights on Minister. After the half-breed debacle, I believe it was necessary for a change in leadership. Someone with professionalism and a proven track record should fill the position - someone who genuinely cares about the welfare of the portion of the population that has been so unfairly discriminated against. I could think of no one better than myself.

    WW: What do you bring to the role of Minister that other candidates do not?

    Having been featured in Witch Weekly a number of times, your readers will already be aware of my great troll rescue of 1884 - where I was sadly maimed and lost a portion of my leg. Both ladies lives were saved, and I would do the same thing over again if given the chance. I have been bayoneted, had fingers reattached, been cursed, hexed and worse all in the name of the Ministry. I am not some shrinking violet that will back down at the first sign of conflict. I stand up for what is right, and that is equality for all.

    WW: Very impressive indeed Mister Skeeter! With so many accolades, what do you see as your greatest achievement?

    Why, the Wizengamot ruling to allow women to duel of course! Now, hear me out - I know my position to allow women to duel was a strong opposition. However, throughout the hearing and with the many strong, capable women that I have met since, my belief has done a complete reversal. I'm fully supportive of women being able to duel. If it had not been my mission to bring the issue to light, and if I had not kept at it until a Wizengamot ruling was made... well, it could very well be that women would still be met with restrictions!

    WW: With the departure of Minister Urquart, can you tell us candidly how you would rate his performance?

    He may have had some distractions that prevented him from performing to his fullest potential, but I do believe that he did the best he could, given the circumstances.

    WW: With your eyes on the Minister's post, what will be the major focus of your campaign?

    The removal of half-breed prejudices. There is absolutely no reason that a person who can wield wand magic should not have a wand and not attend the greatest wizarding school of all time. They already have this magic. It's incredibly dangerous to let fear of those who are different prevent them from getting their own education. What is more dangerous? A half-goblin who can control her magic because she received an education at Hogwarts or one who cannot control it because she wasn't even allowed to attend?

    WW: And lastly Mister Skeeter, I’m sure many of our readers would like to know, what do you look for in a lady?

    Right now, I am focusing on my campaign. If I must answer however... I have a weakness for well-spoken women that have a sweet and demure way of conducting themselves.

    For more election coverage, stay subscribed to Witch Weekly!

    @Barnabas Skeeter
    A young girl is torn between her love for her (scandalous) family and her hopes for her (hopefully scandal-free) future.

    A young lady is caught reminiscing about a passionate but ultimately doomed former acquaintance. How can she move on?

    A ladies' club puts their patrons in a difficult position by refusing to take an active role in their membership rosters.
    Harmony Aidsworth Addresses Family Rifts, Former Loves, & Ladies' Clubs
          Dear Miss Aidsworth,
    One of my relatives recently went through something (well, a lot of somethings!) and there was a lot of backlash about it. I always thought I was close to their sister, and their whole family. We were raised together and their sister and I had done virtually everything together. But when they went through these rough patches and I tried to offer my support, it was like I didn't exist. The thing is, these things affected me too. They are my first cousins. We are seen together a lot. I had to find out about my own family issues through the paper and your magazine!

    One of these events caused a lot of public scandal, and one of my cousins had to leave school. We are back at school and many of the other children stare and are frightened of me. I worry about my future marriage chances and how society will view me, but I miss my cousin. She wasn't just my cousin but one of my dearest friends. What do I do? Do I stay loyal to my family when that will hurt my marriage chances and my reputation, or do I break away and look after myself first?

    Hopeful for advice,
          Miss Cautious and Unsure

          Dear Cautious and Unsure,
    Your family seems to have put you in quite a dilemma, though because of their own misfortunes they may not have realized it. If they cared about you and your future as much as you clearly care for them, they would have added distance of their own accord in order to assure your peers that you were in no way attached to this scandal!

    Family is important and cannot be overlooked, but once you marry, the only family that will matter is your husband's, so you cannot prioritize your relationship with your natal family over your future. There is no need to cut ties drastically (which would likely offend them and seem ungracious in light of what they've been through), but I would try to do everything you can to subtly distance yourself from the more scandalous branch of your family. Once the scandal is less fresh in the minds of your peers and your cousins have less of their own woes to distract them, you can reach out to your favourite cousin again. Family never goes away, and so ties you damage now can be mended in the future, whereas bridges you burn with society may never be rebuilt!

          Dear Harmony,
    I had a brief, but passionate entanglement with a gentleman. Tempers flared often but in the good moments, things were sweet and full of romance! We'd even discussed a future together! After the last argument however, we cut ties. The last time I saw him was over a year ago in a dueling tournament. Suffice to say, it was an incredibly uncomfortable experience... though I felt as if there were things that he wanted to say to me, and I to him. I cannot stop thinking of him to this day. What do I do? I have half a mind to obliviate all memories of him from my mind.
          Heartbroken and lonely

          Dear Heartbroken and Lonely,
    I absolutely cannot advise attempting to obliviate yourself, and unless the trained professionals at the Ministry begin to hire out their services on Sunday afternoons, I think we can safely say that option is off the table for the great majority of us. Never fear, however! Many strong women have felt exactly as you do now and have forded the heartbreak and emerged all the stronger for it on the other side.

    What you need is a distraction from this previous acquaintance. As passionate as your affair may have been, you did mention it was brief, and no gentleman deserves to be so affixed in your thoughts after having ignored you for an entire year! Tell a close friend how you feel, and let them encourage you to move on. Your friend will be able to entice you to social events and push you in the direction of more suitable males, and in no time at all you will find your thoughts less occupied with your stormy gentleman of the past.

          Dear Harmony Aidsworth,
    I am a member of Rose & Thistle, which as I'm sure you've heard has had quite some dust kicked up this week. Mrs. Greyback is a member, and after everything came out in WW some of the other ladies in the club decided to leave! I think they were hoping that the management would see Mrs. Greyback out, but they haven't done a thing about it and now what used to be a lovely ladies' club is looking sparser by the day!

    I really quite enjoy this club, and I would sorely miss it were I to leave. I've never wanted to join the Daughters of Demeter, but I do agree with the people who left. The thing is, I really don't want to be in the center of any controversy. Should I remain in the club but leave the room when Mrs. Greyback is present? Or would remaining in the club while she is a member be some sort of tacit approval? I don't want to lose the society of Rose & Thistle, but I just don't know what to do!
          Non-Confrontational But Concerned

          Dear NCBC,
    The management of Rose & Thistle has put you in a difficult position, indeed, as well as the rest of their memebrship, by failing to address Mrs. Greyback's continued presence in the club. Leaving the room while she is present may save you from any fear of being thought to approve of her, either as a wife and mother or as a Ministerial candidate, but at a certain point you must re-evaluate whether Rose & Thistle is continuing to serve the purpose for which you joined it. If respectable members are leaving every day and the questionable ones remain, at what point will the membership dues no longer be worth the level of company you are able to enjoy?

    A ladies' club with no reputable members is not a ladies' club at all, but merely a gathering place for women of loose morals. If you do decide to stay, monitor the membership situation closely and ensure that if Rose & Thistle looks to be turning towards the latter path, you're well clear of them when they do.
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