- "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."
- —Description of the newspaper[src]
The Daily Prophet is a wizarding newspaper based in London, England and is the primary source of news for British and Irish wizards. The current Editor in Chief is Barnabas Cuffe, who works in the main office located in Diagon Alley.
Because of the newspaper's ability to influence the minds of many in the British and Irish wizarding communities, it has been known to print slanted-content at the request of the Ministry of Magic, in an effort to publicize the Ministry's preferred version of ongoing events and political agendas. Unfortunately, the Prophet does not seem to have a lot of journalistic integrity, as it has been known to be more concerned about sales than the factual accuracy and reporting of ongoing events.
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.
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. 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 Prophet is not the only publication in the 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.
While the Daily Prophet has been known to print facts, it has also had a somewhat negative reputation for being incredibly biassed, 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 wrote 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 turned herself into a beetle to spy on people and get personal information from them without being seen.
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.
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: 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.
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.
The Daily Prophet also allows advertisements in their newspaper by businesses. some of these ads include: Nimbus brooms, clothing, Floo Powder accelerator, and O.W.L. crammers. The Ministry also uses ad space in the Prophet. The Ministry posts various warnings, classes on advanced Defensive spells, and spells that can be used to safeguard your home.
Evening editions that are can apparently be delivered very quickly after an important story breaks. A witch or wizard anywhere in Britain can have a copy in hand within a short time of publication. For example, when Ron Weasley and Harry Potter were spotted by Muggles flying the Ford Anglia, Snape had a copy of the Hogwarts story clenched in his hand after they arrived. One of the Muggles who spotted them was in Peebles, which is relatively close to Hogwarts, so the story couldn’t have been more than an hour old at that point.
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.
The Daily Prophet has been producing papers since 1743, the year when it famously described Gideon Flatworthy, head of an extremist anti-Muggle group, as "less a wizard, more a lazy walrus-like object who lies all day on a rather smelly cushion, and expects people to admire him for it".
Early 20th Century
The Daily Prophet covered the rise of Gellert Grindelwalds rise to power, questioning if then Minister for Magic Hector "Flamboyant" Fawley was doing enough and detailing the increased security measures taken at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Ministry of Magic's 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."
- —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 was saying. Some people, such as Augusta Longbottom, cancelled their subscriptions due to believing in Dumbledore and Harry over the Ministry. Originally, Harry kept getting his subscription only to skim through the front page for information about Voldemort's movements, as he was unaware of the Ministry's denial. Because of this he missed out on the slip-ins of him and Dumbledore being antagonised. Upon realising what was happening, Harry ceased his subscription.
After Fudge was forced to admit that Voldemort had returned, the Prophet changed its stance overnight, calling Harry "a lone voice of truth". The newspaper even bought, from The Quibbler, Harry's interview on Voldemort's return and claimed it to be exclusive.
Second Wizarding War
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.
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 biassed, bogus news such as articles on Muggle-borns stealing magic from true wizards. As such, many resistance members turned to other programmes for news, such as Potterwatch and The Quibbler.
The regular contents of the Daily Prophet are usually the following:
- Security Editor
- Sports Editor
- Photographer's Assistant
- Senior Quidditch Correspondent
- Chief Consulting Magizoologist
- 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
|Security Editor||R. Amorin||Wrote an article covering the escape of ten Death Eaters from Azkaban in 1996|
|Sports Editor||Ginevra Potter||Quidditch Correspondent during the 2014 Quidditch World Cup|
|Reporters||A. Fenetre||Wrote an article on how security officials at Azkaban|
|Andy Smudgley||In 1991, he wrote an article covering a break-in at Gringotts Wizarding Bank|
|Betty Braithwaite||Interviewed Rita Skeeter about her forthcoming book on Dumbledore|
|M. Amerinus||Wrote an article about an incident involving two flying pigs and a Muggle in 1994|
|M. Carneirus||Wrote a story about the Death Eater attack at the Quidditch World Cup in 1994|
|R. Almeidus||Was a reporter for the Daily Prophet who wrote a story covering the Death Eater attack at the Quidditch World Cup in 1994|
|Rita Skeeter||Reporter, Special Correspondent, and Gossip Correspondent|
|E. Limus||Worked as a reporter and columnist for the Daily Prophet|
|Kikis Trecus||Trecus wrote an article about the upcoming final match of the Quidditch World Cup|
|Kevinus Morrisons||He wrote an editorial entitled "Grindelwald Threat: Is Flamboyant Fawley Doing Enough?"|
|Limus Filhous||He wrote an editorial entitled "Grindewald Escape: No conclusions yet pledge the I.C.W."|
|Advice Columnists||D. Shaman||Doctor and advice columnist|
|Dr Medusa||Possible advice Columnists, page twenty of the Daily Prophet was named after the doctor|
|Dempster Wiggleswade||Of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, addresses legal problems for the Prophet's Problem Page|
|Grizel Hurtz||Addresses emotional dilemmas for the Prophet's Problem Page|
|Helbert Spleen||Of St Mungo's, he addresses medical queries for the Prophet's Problem Page|
|Zamira Gulch||Addresses everyday magical problems for the Prophet's Problem Page|
|Winkus Oddpick||Wrote what sounds like an op-ed column about goblins|
|Correspondents||Rolf Scamander||Chief Consulting Magizoologist to the Daily Prophet|
|Photographers||Adrian||Was a wizard who worked as a photographer|
|Bozo||Rita's photographer partner|
|Vendors||Newspaper vendor||Was selling copies of the Daily Prophetin the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic on the day of Harry Potter's disciplinary hearing.|
- GRINGOTTS BREAK-IN LATEST
- GRYFFINDOR DEFENDS TITLE
- 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
- 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
- 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
- DUMBLEDORE'S GIANT MISTAKE
- POTTER OR PLOTTER?
- DUMBLEDORE: DAFT OR DANGEROUS?
- OUR CHASERS AREN'T CHEATING
- DISASTROUS OPENING CEREMONY LEADS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP SECURITY
- NORWAY VERSUS IVORY COAST
- ROSENFELD CASE FALLS APART: VERITASERUM TAINTED?
Behind the scenes
- The Prophet said once in 1995 that it would be three degrees and foggy in Amsterdam.
- It also stated it would be thirty-seven degrees and foggy in Cuenca.
- The Prophet offers "Hocus Tokens", small pullout cards used in contests or for product rebate.
- The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix establishes that, aside from owls, copies of the Daily Prophet are also available via newspaper vendors in the Ministry of Magic.
- Several montages in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix appear to show several example of the Prophet's motion photography with audio. It is unclear whether this is done simply for dramatic effect, or if in fact some stories in the Daily Prophet include audio clips.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hermione Granger used a Daily Prophet to hit Harry Potter over the head when he commented that he was The Chosen One and that gave Romilda Vane the right to be interested in him.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Harry was in the train-station café, the pictures are shown to be still and not moving like the Muggle photos. There might be a special incantation (that is not affected by the Trace) that triggers the movement of the pictures. However, the waitress serving him did mention she thought she saw the pictures move at one point.
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid told Harry to pay five Knuts, instead of one Knut, for the Daily Prophet when an owl brought it.
- A copy of the Daily Prophet is included for free with breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron.
- Tom Felton has said that he would like to work for the Daily Prophet.
- In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, it was revealed that Talbott Winger used to have his poems published by his father, who wrote editorials for the paper.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (Both original and IPhone version)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play) (Mentioned only)
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- LEGO Harry Potter
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault(Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: The Creature Vault(Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- The Art of Harry Potter Mini Book of Graphic Design
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Notes and references
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) - (see this image)
- ↑ Daily Prophet Newsletters
- ↑ Seen on a board in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
- ↑ Harry Potter Limited Edition, see this image
- ↑ https://www.pottermore.com/news/what-wizarding-world-jobs-would-the-harry-potter-cast-members-have
- ↑ Hogwarts Mystery Flying Solo sidequest
|Evening Prophet · Sunday Prophet|
|List of articles|
|Editor-in-chief: Barnabas Cuffe|
Security Editor: R. Amorim
Reporters: A. Fenetre · Andy Smudgley · Betty Braithwaite · Chief sports writer · E. Limaria · E. Limus · Emma Squiggle · L. Limuria · Miras Phlaras · M. Amerinus · M. Carneirus · R. Almeidas · Rita Skeeter · Talbott Winger's father
Columnists: D. Shaman · E. Limus · Dempster Wiggleswade · Helbert Spleen · Grizel Hurtz · Limunus · Dr. Medusa · Winkus Oddpick · Zamira Gulch
Correspondents: Ginny Potter · Rita Skeeter
Photographers: Adrian · Bozo
Newspaper vendors: Paper-owls · Ministry of Magic newspaper vendor
Chief Consulting Magizoologist: Rolf Scamander