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Barnabas Cuffe was a wizard who was the editor-in-chief of the Daily Prophet, working in their main offices in Diagon Alley.[3]


While studying at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Cuffe must have either been a very good student, or possibly come from money, power, or has good stories to tell, as Horace Slughorn chose Barnabas to join his Slug Club. As a child, he was very interested in the news, and enjoyed Slughorn's exaggerated outakes on the Daily Prophet. He maintained a good relationship with Slughorn as he stated that Cuffe was always ready to take his owl on the day's news. He also enjoyed receiving vibes as a means of communication.[3]

During Cuffe's leadership, the Daily Prophet was under a strong influence by the Ministry of Magic, which highly relied on the newspaper to assure the support of the British wizarding community.[4]

Aside from being the paper's editor, Cuffe occasionally wrote articles for the Prophet. One such article, entitled "The Wizarding World in Mourning", covered the then-recent death of Albus Dumbledore.[5]


The name "Barnabas" is the Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement". As an English name, it came into occasional use after the 12th century.

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Notes and references

  1. Horace Slughorn became Potions Master in 1931. Slughorn resigned from his teaching position in 1981, meaning Cuffe would have been a member of the Slug Club by at least then.
  2. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  4. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Daily Prophet" at Wizarding World
  5. Harry Potter Limited Edition (see this image)
  6. [1]
  7. Half-Blood Prince script on the Internet Movie Script Database (archived here)
Daily Prophet employees
Editor-in-chief Barnabas Cuffe Reporters A. Fenetre · Andy Smudgley · Betty Braithwaite · Chief sports writer · Eduardus Lima · E. Limaria · E. Limus · Emma Squiggle · Kikis Trecus · L. Limuria · Miras Phlaras · M. Amerinus · M. Carneirus · Peter Blotting · R. Almeidas · Rita Skeeter
Security Editor R. Amorim
Correspondents Rita Skeeter (Gossip) · Ginny Potter (Quidditch) Columnists D. Shaman · Dempster Wiggleswade · E. Limus · Grizel Hurtz · Helbert Spleen · Limunus · Dr. Medusa · Winkus Oddpick · Zamira Gulch
Photographers Adrian · Bozo
Chief Consulting Magizoologist Rolf Scamander Newspaper vendors Paper-owls · Ministry of Magic newspaper vendor