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Issue #262 - Top Four Eligible Widowers
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This recipe is a tried and tested concoction of Madam Bethalina Spendlove, and an exclusive preview of the potioness’ forthcoming book Madam Spendlove’s All-Natural Alchemy of Beauty (now available for preorder).

Madam Spendlove says, of this recipe: “This is one of my most illustrious accomplishments, and my dear late mother, Ethelburga, for whom I brewed this solution regularly, had many a glowing report of how every young bachelor at a party mistook her youthful face and hands for a twenty-one year old debutante’s even at the age of sixty-three! But it is not only for a wilting matron; the stress of being a young socialite leads to premature furrows in a lady’s brow or tightness around the eyes and mouth, and should be swiftly smoothed away by this simple wash. Never worry about how many seasons you have been out again!”

Ingredients
4 cups of honeywater
3 1/2 newt spleens
1 tsp of loose chamomile
1 1/2 tbsps of billywig slime
Small dash of belladonna essence
2 stems of dittany, finely chopped
1 sprig of elderflower


Instructions
1. Pound your newt spleens until they are pleasantly mushed. Pour into cauldron.
2. Add 4 cups of honeywater and mix spleen mush in, well.
3. Bring cauldron to a gentle simmer and stir in chamomile six times anticlockwise.
4. When solution reaches a sunset orange colour, add billywig sting slime.
5. Let stand for fifteen minutes. In the meantime, chop the dittany stems to a fine, even size.
6. Now on a higher heat, add a dash of essence of belladonna and the dittany.
7. Stir vigorously.
8. Lower the heat and add sprig of elderflower to leave the potion a fresh, youthful green.
9. Once cooled, add two drops per pint of water to a washbowl or a bath and use a cloth to scrub well into skin.
10. Admire yourself in the mirror to appreciate the instant rejuvenation!
11. (Don’t forget to order Madam Spendlove’s All-Natural Alchemy of Beauty for more beauty solutions.)

 

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Bellona Zabini, Facts on the Unlucky Beauty
We all know the scandal that rocked the Zabini family -and Society – in 1881. We know of her sister’s scandalous elopement, but what do we truly know of the tragic beauty, Miss Bellona Zabini? Never fear, dear readers, Witch Weekly investigates and according to her closest friends, these facts are entirely true!

Bellona Zabini: Beautifully tragic or tragically beautiful?
1. She was meant to be Mrs. Septimus Yaxley
The first Mrs. Cosmo Zabini doomed more than her own marriage with her scandalous secret. It seems that Bellona Zabini was betrothed to Mr. Septimus Yaxley, a perfect match for a prestigious young lady. Understandably, the match was dissolved. Mr. Yaxley was unavailable for comment. Perhaps the betrayal is still too sore a subject.

2. Her name is important
Any naming seer will tell you the importance of a child’s name, but Miss Zabini’s name has a deeper meaning. In her mother’s foreign culture, ‘Akosua’ means ‘born on a Sunday.’ According to those customs, daughters born on Sundays are leaders in Society, inquisitive, and agile people. Time will tell if Miss Zabini lives up to her name.

3. She keeps noteworthy friends.
Scandal hasn’t robbed Miss Zabini of all her connections. Miss Angeline Malfoy has been connected to Miss Zabini since childhood and Mrs. Lestrange, formerly Antigone Baudelaire, has been a close friend since school. Surely if Miss Zabini can keep friends of the Malfoy and Lestrange family she has noble qualities of her own.

4. She is an animagus
The rather common dormouse
A most surprising discovery, to be sure! Miss Zabini has a talent for self-transfiguration, unfortunately, she can’t transfigure her bloodline. Soon after finishing her schooling, she completed her animagus transformation to become a dormouse. Meek, quiet, and at the mercy of the world around them, a dormouse may reflect the inner Miss Zabini. In our humble opinion, this is a fitting form for a young lady, albeit a potentially lazy one.

5. She’s Finished, in a manner of speaking
Following her Hogwarts career, Miss Zabini spent two years as a Pendergast Rose. Between her exotic beauty and rigorous training in the womanly arts, Miss Zabini has the makings of a successful debutant. Time will tell if she can use her talents to secure a match.

6. Hope on the Horizon?
While her sister’s dubious shadow has darkened Miss Zabini’s prospects, there may still be hope. Miss Zabini was seen speaking with both Mr. Felix Prewett and Mr. Charles Macmillan at her sister’s wedding reception. Could Miss Zabini cure Mr. Macmillan of his heartbreak and secure the enviable position of wife to a Ministry man on the rise? Perhaps the Prewett twins have designs to coordinate brides and Miss Zabini will avoid ostracization in the form of Felix Prewett. Imagine, the pureblood twins both settling for the unfortunate halfblooded beauties. That is the sort of romantic tragedy we here at Witch Weekly will watch with great interest.

We wish Miss Bellona Zabini the best of luck; if the last decade is any indication, she will need all the luck she can get.


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#4
Top Four Eligible Widowers
The first season does not always bring good fortune for every young society lady. Some ladies are awkward and others may come off as a little too eager. One must look for the best suitable match after past season mistakes. For the unfortunate ladies who are on their second - or even third! - season, perhaps a widower is for you! Here are the top four eligible widowers for those who have had a hard run of luck thus far on the husband hunt.

Charles Macmillan, Junior Assistant to the Minister of Magic.
1. Charles Macmillan:
Fresh from a broken courtship, this devastatingly handsome widower may possibly be open for a new relationship. This depends particularly on what motivated his courtship with Miss Lestrange and how strong that bond was. But there is hope ladies! A man of such high professional standing and lacking of an heir would need to find a new bride sooner, rather than later.

Octavius d'Orsay, Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor.
2. Octavius d'Orsay:
Mr. d'Orsay has the benefit of having ample experience in handling children without having a child of his own. As a Head of House at Hogwarts, any wife that he marries shall need to get used to the absence of her husband for a significant portion of the year. This would require an incredibly patient bride.
Mikail Karim, Investor and Sponsor of the Hogsmeade Howlers
3. Mikail Karim:
New to the country, Mr. Karim would be a wonder to behold as a husband. Coming into the match with him would be not only an heir, but two daughters in need of a positive feminine influence. As the oldest daughter has yet to reach the age of ten yet, there is plenty of time for a prospective step-mother to form bonds long before either daughters would be in need of a guiding hand for their own season.

Charles Marshall, Lawyer in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement
4. Charles Marshall:
While incredibly handsome, Mr. Charles Marshall has a troubled past with marrying below his station - and eloping at that! Now widowed with a child from the pairing, any potential bride would likely be currently down on their luck socially and good with children. A difficult task, though perhaps fatherhood has lead this rake towards a better path than rash elopements.

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#5
Missed Connections
Heart Fall

You were a gentleman with the dapper top hat who tripped over his own two feet on the dance floor at the Sandition Ball. I found you to be quite adorable and I think you would make for a suitable husband. Not all men need to be so charming and dashing. Your awkward air had its own charm about it, I assure you!
Book Club?

To the young lady in the brown dress that was reading in Hogsmeade Station. I think we might have a similar love for literature and I would love to see if we might be friends! I would love to pick your brains about another book by that particular author if you are so inclined. Maybe we could gather other ladies such as ourselves and form a merry little group to talk of books and enjoy a cup of tea?

Poetic Warnings

I am a seer and I have had the following visions. I am not particularly inclined in hunting you down and figuring out who you are. That would simply take too much time and my ghostly friend has refused to do so because he doesn't know who any of you are.

A stout woman is she,
and turned into a pig she shall be,
for the hedges have brought discord,
and should she not apologise,
it will be too late until she does realize.

The thief stole your heart,
And so that one day you might never part,
You haunt Diagon Alley each day,
This might bring you your end,
might you marry one of my friends sisters instead?

The girl with the yellow parasol,
lovely as can be,
without that deceptive beau,
happier she might be.

Ladies Prerogative

You were a rather charmless cretin at the Coming Out Ball. I have spoken to other ladies about your conduct and we have made it our mission to ensure that you never marry! A man such as you who plays with young maidens hearts does not deserve to be happily married. Perhaps you should think twice before shamelessly flirting your way through a group of women who were all in the same school year!
Love Thief
In response to...

I do believe you might be referring to me. I do apologize for stealing your heart but I have no intention of keeping it. So please, give up on me. It really is not a good idea to go falling in love with criminals.
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