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Issue #213 - The Secret Life of Laverna Flint

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Who Wore It Best?
Every witch worth her wand knows the value of accessorizing, particularly with jewelry. It's important to pick the right piece for your wardrobe, since a necklace or pair of earrings will last much longer than a tulle dress (and will be much harder to come by for those of our readers with more limited funds). Today, we'll look at examples from society of opulent diamond earrings.

Mrs. Hannah Pettigrew
Mrs. Pettigrew has been seen only intermittently in society since the death of her father scandalized the nation. She has made a gradual comeback since her marriage, and was seen recently at a dinner party boasting a decadent pair of diamond earrings. Hers were designed with several shorter strings of diamonds, giving the earrings themselves a rounder look. She complimented them with gentle curls and a simple silver necklace.

Miss Seraphina Nott
Miss Nott, on the other hand, has been a much steadier figure in society and has been scandal-free — though unlike Mrs. Pettigrew, she has yet to secure the affections of a wealthy pureblood suitor. Miss Nott was spotted with a pair of long string diamond earrings, which she highlighted by wearing her hair up and choosing a dress with a lower neckline.

Miss Nott's look was much more vertical, both because of the build of her earrings and because she opted to highlight them rather than compliment them. As a result, her face looked somewhat elongated and her neck was very nearly described as unnatural. The predominance of the earrings can also be seen as somewhat too showy for a debutante, whose style ought to be more modest, particularly in company of mixed social backgrounds.

Mrs. Pettigrew, in this instance, decidedly wore it best.

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How Likely Are You To Become A Ghost?
Ghosts a curious lot among our population. Dead and having not passed over, many make their home at Hogwarts such as the Fat Friar and the Bloody Baron. While others haunt the rest of the world, feared by muggles and even some wizards. But have you ever wondered if perhaps you might become a ghost once you pass?

1.) What do you think happens after you have checked out of the hotel that is called Life?
a) I just know that whatever happens, I will not be ready for it.
b) I just know that whatever happens, I'll be ready for it.
c) Absolutely nothing because once you are dead, you are dead.

2.) Do you tend to finish goals you set out to do?
a) I try to but I am always left feeling like I could have done things differently.
b) Yes and I am always satisfied with what I do.
c) Sometimes, does it really matter?

3.) How do you think you might die?
a) Horrifically.
b) Peacefully.
c) I don't care.

4.) How do you treat ghosts when you see one?
a) With fear - they are terrifying!
b) Respect.
c) I ignore them.

5.) What is your favorite type of genre to read?
a) Anything except scary stories.
b) Gothic and morbid types.
c) Anything but fiction.

Mostly A's: You are quite likely to become a ghost. With your fear of what comes after death and with a feeling of having unfinished business, it is in the cards that you might come back to haunt those that wronged you.

Mostly B's: No, you would not come back as a ghost. You believe in ghosts and might even be open to the idea of becoming one but with you lack of fear of death and what comes after it - you are more likely to pass into the after life than to become a ghost.

Mostly C's: You don't believe in ghosts so could really care less what happens when you die. Despite their constant presence within Hogwarts halls and various parts of our world, you choose to believe that they aren't really there.

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The Secret Life of Laverna Flint
On hearing the well-respected name of Flint, very few would think of Mrs. Laverna Flint, the widow of Titanus Flint and mother of debutante Lucille Flint. Since her husband's death the woman has been decidedly withdrawn, mostly remaining in her country estate in Dorset. She has shown no inclination to remarry despite having only one child, and was barely even a presence during the season up until the debut of her daughter in 1887. With such a withdrawn approach to society, it is little wonder that so few know of the role that she played in the spiral of the now notorious Anabelle Scrimgeour.

Sources close to the Scrimgeour family told our reporters that Mrs. Flint was always particularly invested in her niece and became withdrawn after her disappearance as an infant, even though this coincided roughly with the birth of her own daughter. Mrs. Flint seemed distracted more often than not and found it hard to engage with her own infant, Lucille. When the girl was rediscovered in her Hogwarts years, Mrs. Flint pressed her daughter to befriend her, even though the two were reportedly not particularly friendly during their Hogwarts years (and, most would say, the luminescence and social grace of Miss Lucille Flint mean she likely has very little in common with Annabelle Scrimgeour).

Following her disastrous debut, Mrs. Flint took Annabelle into her home, and this was where her downward spiral truly began.

Mrs. Flint convinced Annabelle's parents to allow her to take a career at the hospital and actively encouraged the interest, our sources say. She was also the girl's caretaker when she began to be spotted around town in increasingly inappropriate situations, including being seen drinking with Reuben Crouch during a festival. It was Mrs. Flint's lack of guidance that lead to Annabelle's father, Argus Scrimgeour, visiting the
house to try and discipline her — and which ultimately lead to his arrest, incarceration, and death.

Was the decline of Miss Scrimgeour's reputation a result of neglect or incompetence on behalf of her guardian, or was there something more sinister at play? Why would Mrs. Flint recommend allowing a supposedly well-bred, wealthy debutante to take a career, and why would she allow her niece to run wild across the country until her father had to intervene, with disastrous effect? The answer will shock you — and certainly explains her absence from society for all these years, as well!

Our reporters believe that Mrs. Flint is secretly a feminist. These radical politicos market ideas such as co-ownership of property, equal rights to work, and suffrage publicly, but their private opinions are often rooted in a deep hatred of men. Mrs. Flint would not remarry holding such ideals, and would likely have encouraged her daughter not to marry at all since she is already heiress to a sizeable estate. Luckily, Miss Lucille Flint seems unaffected by her mother's radical ideals — which lead to Mrs. Flint exporting them instead on to her niece, Annabelle Scrimgeour.

The notorious downfall of Miss Scrimgeour is the true face of this movement. Her wayward habits and insidious disregard for the rules of civilized society are the fruits born by the feminist tree. One can hope that Mrs. Flint would take note and cease to push this sort of lifestyle onto her daughter, but it seems unlikely, since so little of the feminist mindset takes anything from reality — it is a stance taken purely from emotion and which leads only to chaos.

Hopefully the young Miss Filnt can marry before her mother can cause the ruination of another delicate young flower.

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Opinion Piece: Socialites Have No Place In Magical Society—Or Do They?
I first stepped foot into the magical world—which at the time I thought was limited to only Diagon Alley and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry—at age eleven, a small, fair-haired girl from a wealthy magical family. From the moment I could talk, I was trained how to speak, walk, and write in the same way well-bred girls of magical families are. I knew I would one day be a socialite, and if my mother had her way, married off to the eldest son of a Viscount. Things changed the moment I began to identify myself as a witch—but not as much as I’d expected.

Apart from the few who stuck to tradition, many wealthy witches—even those from families who took pride in having no muggles on their family tree—followed muggle trends. They wore the same dresses, spoke the same accent, and followed similar paths. Although they received an education (something few women, even of my status, were ever granted!), the majority married wealthy wizards and became socialites. Rather than showing pride in their magical heritage by pursuing magical paths such as healing and curse-breaking, many set their wands aside and instead spent their days hosting magical balls and calling on their neighbors.

It always confused me why some of these women, who spent little time using the magic they so prided themselves in, would refuse to befriend muggle or muggle-born women. If they prided themselves so much on their magical heritage, why wouldn’t they pick up their wand and do something.
Upon my own debut and marriage to—much to my mother’s dismay—a wealthy Ministry official, I realized that although I would never understand the strange dilemma of magical socialites, they do have a place in our society. Socialites not only help their husbands forge valuable connections to further to political and economic stability of our nation, but they also play their own part in helping the magical community.

While my parents continue to donate to their fund to help young, less fortunate muggle boys attend school, magical socialites help poor children—girls and boys alike—complete their Hogwarts education by donating to various funds. The Witches of Hogsmeade Hospital Association raise money to help the poor receive quality medical assistance. Even quidditch events, which are often hosted by the wives of prominent quidditch sponsors, help witches and wizards complete their Hogwarts education so they might make a name for themselves on the professional quidditch pitch one day.

So it’s true: I will never understand why magical socialites preach their pureblood superiority while their wands dust away in their drawers. Though I do my best to present myself as a perfectly respectable, proper woman for the sake of my husband, I do not shy away from using my wand, or even competing in dueling competitions when my friends agree to compete alongside me. Still, my belief that socialites and housewives have no place in our society has changed so much since I was a girl—and I can now proudly call myself one without any regret.

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