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This article is about the newspaper. For the Diagon Alley shop, see The Daily Prophet.

The Daily Prophet is the wizarding newspaper which is published daily. It is a reputable source of news, although it is possible the Ministry of Magic censors some content.

New content from J.K. Rowling can be unlocked in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, chapter 18, The Weighing of the Wands, "Rita Skeeter"[1] by clicking on the paper in Rita Skeeter's handbag.

Introduction

The Daily Prophet is the daily wizarding newspaper. Delivery (by owl) costs five Knuts.

New from J.K. Rowling

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.

The Prophet is not an entirely unbiased source of news, and sometimes displays unfortunately sensationalist tendency best epitomised by star reporter Rita Skeeter. Ostensibly an independent news source, it has more than once been influenced by the Ministry (or ruling power) of the day to hush up certain stories. A clue to its overriding motivation may be found in its name, 'prophet' being a homonym of 'profit' (although I was also taken with the idea of a wizarding newspaper claiming foreknowledge of news to come.)

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: the Quidditch League results, 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.

It seems likely that wizards will continue to favour old-fashioned newsprint, even while the Muggle world resorts increasingly to the internet. If Muggle newspapers had moving photographs, their circulation might be similarly buoyant.

From the Story

Daily Prophet Sign

A sign with a front page of the Daily Prophet on Pottermore at Playstation Home

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Discovered in chapter 5, Diagon Alley

Hagrid reads the Daily Prophet on the boat journey back from the hut on the rock.

–"Arriving at Diagon Alley"[2]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Discovered in chapter 4, At Flourish and Blotts

The Daily Prophet is a wizarding newspaper.

–"Lucius Malfoy"[3]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Discovered in chapter 19, The Servant of Lord Voldemort

It was the front-page article in the Daily Prophet on the Weasley family's prize win that prompted Sirius Black to escape from Azkaban. The picture the newspaper showed of the family showed Scabbers on Ron's shoulder. Black recognised him immediately. The picture caption said that Ron would be going back to Hogwarts, 'He's at Hogwarts' being something that Black was overheard to mutter in his sleep for days afterwards.

–"Peter's Transformation"[4]

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Discovered in chapter 10, Mayhem at the Ministry

The day after the Quidditch World Cup the front page of the Daily Prophet is taken up with the headline 'SCENES OF TERROR AT THE QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP', with a twinkling, black-and-white photograph of the Dark Mark hovering over the tree-tops underneath.

The article written by Rita Skeeter blames the Ministry of Magic for the events at the World Cup, and criticises them for having lax security. The article mentions the statement given by Arthur Weasley, who had impressed that nobody had been hurt, but the article is sceptical about how true this is; Skeeter suggests that there are rumours that several bodies were removed from the woods.

–"Dress Robes"[5]

Discovered in chapter 13, Mad-Eye Moody

The Daily Prophet runs an article by Rita Skeeter after the events at Alastor Moody's house. Skeeter criticises Arthur Weasley for involving the Ministry of Magic in such an undignified and potentially embarassing scene

–"A Pure White Ferret"[6]

Discovered in chapter 19, The Hungarian Horntail

The Daily Prophet runs Rita Skeeter's article about the Triwizard Tournament on the front page, continued on pages two, six and seven. The front page is taken up by a picture of Harry, and there is little mention of the other three champions.

–"Four Dragons"[7]

Discovered in chapter 24, Rita Skeeter's Scoop

The Daily Prophet publishes an article by Rita Skeeter which reveals that Hagrid is a half-giant.

Discovered in chapter 31, The Third Task

The Daily Prophet publishes an article by Rita Skeeter on the morning of the third task, claiming that Harry is 'disturbed and dangerous'.

Excerpt

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, chapter 8, The Potions Master, "Hagrid's Wooden House", an excerpt of the Daily Prophet can be seen inside Hagrid's house. Clicking on it reveals a news story about a break-in at Gringotts:[8]

GRINGOTTS BREAK-IN LATEST

Investigations continue into the break-in at Gringotts on 31 July, widely believed to be the work of Dark wizards or witches unknown.

Gringotts goblins today insisted that nothing had been taken. The vault that was searched had in fact been emptied the same day.

‘But we’re not telling you what was in there, so keep your noses out if you know what’s good for you,’ said a Gringotts spokesgoblin this afternoon.

References

  1. Daily Prophet (as of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18) on Pottermore
  2. Daily Prophet (as of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5) on Pottermore
  3. Daily Prophet (as of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4) on Pottermore
  4. Daily Prophet (as of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 19) on Pottermore
  5. Daily Prophet (as of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10) on Pottermore
  6. Daily Prophet (as of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13) on Pottermore
  7. Daily Prophet (as of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 19) on Pottermore
  8. Hagrid's Wooden House on Pottermore

See also

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