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"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 was a wizarding newspaper based in London, England and was the primary source of news for British and Irish wizards.[1] The current Editor in Chief was Barnabas Cuffe,[2] who worked in the main office located in Diagon Alley.[1]

Because of the newspaper's ability to influence the minds of many in the British and Irish wizarding communities, it had been known to print slanted-content at the request of the British Ministry of Magic, in an effort to publicise the Ministry's preferred version of ongoing events and political agendas. Unfortunately, the Prophet did not seem to have a lot of journalistic integrity, as it had been known to be more concerned about sales than the factual accuracy and reporting of ongoing events.[1]

The paper featured a morning and evening edition, the latter of which was called the Evening Prophet. The weekend edition was called the Sunday Prophet. Additional news bulletins could be delivered quickly when important, newsworthy events occurred. As news changed, an edition might magically change, too, over the course of the day, probably by means of a Protean Charm.[1]

Overview

Distribution

There was only one wizarding newspaper in Britain, discounting such small circulation publications such as The Quibbler. The Daily Prophet, whose headquarters were in Diagon Alley, was delivered by owl on a daily basis to nearly every wizarding household in Britain. Payment was effected by placing coins in the pouch tied to the paper-owl's leg. Occasionally (when something particularly interesting or exciting happened, such as the illegal flight of a Ford Anglia the length of Britain) an Evening Prophet edition would be rushed out. Subscriptions cost 1 Knut. This paper was delivered to professors and a few students at Hogwarts in the mornings, when the owl post arrived.[1]

The Prophet was not the only publication in wizarding Britain, but it was almost certainly the most widely read. Stories in the Prophet often coloured 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 was The Quibbler.[1]

Journalistic Integrity

"Anyway, such rumours this summer. Of course, one doesn't know what to believe, the Prophet has been known to print inaccuracies, make mistakes..."
Horace Slughorn regarding the Daily Prophet[src]

Rita Skeeter, a journalist from the Daily Prophet

While the Daily Prophet had been known to print facts, it had also had a somewhat negative reputation for being incredibly biased, corrupt, and deceptive. It is clear that, as there was strong government control of the newspaper, the facts could be misleading, if not outright fabrications, and that certain means of gathering information appeared to be somewhat unethical. Government control of the Ministry was shown in the way that the Daily Prophet appeared to pressure the government and go around official sources, and several people in Harry's circles felt that the Ministry of Magic "leaned heavily" on Prophet.[1]

In other instances, the Daily Prophet had misleading journalism — information that, while accurate in fact, led readers to the wrong conclusion. There were also occasions when the newspaper was seen to contain inaccurate or libellous content. It appeared that there was little regard for accuracy in any form and there were no consequences or accountability for poor journalistic practices.[3]

The Daily Prophet's unethical means of gathering information were 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 wrote automatically as the subject spoke.[4] However, the quill did not record verbatim what the subject said. Instead, it took a subject's words and creates sensational and inaccurate tales that bore little resemblance to actual events.[5] In addition, Skeeter illegally turned herself into a beetle to spy on people and get personal information from them without being seen.[6]

Description

Daily Prophet Ministry advertisements

The Daily Prophet reported on everything going on the wizarding world (albeit not always in an unbiased way). In addition to news, the Daily Prophet included a Magizoology column which was run every Wednesday and a Quidditch section which featured 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 included articles on recent matches and other items of interest.[1]

Wizardkind tended not to require alternative political flavours in its news coverage (which is not to say, however, that the Prophet did not have a political agenda). As a small, outsider and occasionally beleaguered community, wizards were, by and large, interested in the same kinds of stories: whether anyone was in trouble for infractions of the International Statute of Secrecy, what irritating legislation the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office had come up with now, and when the next Celestina Warbeck/Weird Sisters concert would take place.[1]

Daily Prophet business advertisements

There was also an editorial section of the newspaper, where only few got responses, and were usually brief. The best letter was under the headline STAR LETTER. A classified advertisements section was in the newspaper, with subheadings of JOBS, FOR SALE, and LONELY HEARTS. Birth and death notices also appeared on this page. The advice section of the Prophet had a variety of experts in differing fields answer readers' questions. Some topics covered in the past had been Medical Queries, Emotional Dilemmas, Legal Problems, and everyday magical problems. Sometimes, the Daily Prophet had a "fiendishly difficult" crossword puzzle, and usually had a Magic Lottery and a Magical Symbols Game.

The Daily Prophet also allowed advertisements in their newspaper by businesses. Some of these ads included: Nimbus brooms, clothing, Floo Powder accelerator, and O.W.L. crammers. The Ministry also used ad space in the Prophet. The Ministry posted various warnings, classes on advanced Defensive spells, and spells that could be used to safeguard your home.

Evening Prophet

The Evening Prophet was the name of the evening edition of the Daily Prophet. Presumably, this edition included different features, compared to the morning edition or Sunday Prophet.[1]

Evening editions could apparently be delivered very quickly after an important story broke. A witch or wizard anywhere in Britain could 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.[7]

Sunday Prophet

The Sunday Prophet was the name of the weekend edition of the Daily Prophet. Presumably, this edition included different features, compared to the daily edition.

History

Creation

The Daily Prophet had been producing papers since 1743,[8] 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

Daily Prophet from 29 November1926

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.

Recent history

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]

A Daily Prophet article showing the Ministry in Denial

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.[3]

Hermione Granger subscribed to the paper to keep on top of the Ministry's agenda and see what the enemy was saying.[3] Some people, such as Augusta Longbottom, cancelled their subscriptions due to believing in Dumbledore and Harry over the Ministry.[9] 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.[3] 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.[10]

Second Wizarding War

"The Prophet? You deserved to be lied to if you're still reading that muck, Dirk. You want the facts, try The Quibbler."
Ted Tonks insulting the biased prophet[src]

Daily Prophet article during the Second Wizarding War announcing the terror brought on the Death Eaters

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.[11] This included reporting the murder of Amelia Bones and Emmeline Vance,[11] the wrongful arrest of Stan Shunpike,[12] and the arrest of Mundungus Fletcher for impersonating an Inferius.[13]

When the Death Eaters took over the Ministry, they also took over the Daily Prophet,[14] and subsequently they stopped reporting deaths that Death Eaters were responsible for.[15] They also printed biased, bogus news such as articles on Muggle-borns stealing magic from true wizards.[16] As such, many resistance members turned to other programmes for news, such as Potterwatch[17] and The Quibbler.[18]

When Kingsley Shacklebolt became Minister for Magic in 1998, the Daily Prophet was de-corrupted.[19]

Contents

The regular contents of the Daily Prophet were usually the following:

Job positions

  • Editor
  • Security Editor
  • Sports Editor
  • Reporter
  • Photographer
  • 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

Personnel

Job Wizard(s) Notes
Editor-in-Chief Barnabas Cuffe[2]
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, addressed legal problems for the Prophet's Problem Page
Grizel Hurtz Addressed emotional dilemmas for the Prophet's Problem Page
Helbert Spleen Of St Mungo's, he addressed medical queries for the Prophet's Problem Page
Zamira Gulch Addressed everyday magical problems for the Prophet's Problem Page
Winkus Oddpick Wrote what sounded 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 Prophet in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic on the day of Harry Potter's disciplinary hearing.

Articles written

The Daily Prophet reports Sirius Black's escape from Azkaban

The Daily Prophet confirms that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named returned

The Daily Prophet reports the appointment of Severus Snape as Headmaster of Hogwarts

Campaign to discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter.jpg

  • GRINGOTTS BREAK-IN LATEST[20]
  • GRYFFINDOR DEFENDS TITLE[21]
  • 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[22]
  • 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[23]
  • MASS BREAKOUT FROM AZKABAN[24]
  • 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[14]
  • 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[25]
  • DUMBLEDORE'S GIANT MISTAKE[26]
  • 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?

See also

Behind the scenes

Daily Prophet Stand as seen on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Daily Prophet" at Wizarding World
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 5 (The Order of the Phoenix)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 37 (The Beginning)
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) - (see this image)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11 (The Sorting Hat's New Song)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
  13. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 21 (The Unknowable Room)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 22 (The Deathly Hallows)
  16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12 (Magic is Might)
  17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 19 (The Silver Doe)
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 15 (The Goblin's Revenge)
  19. Daily Prophet Newsletters
  20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  21. Seen on a board in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 3 (The Knight Bus)
  23. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  24. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  25. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10 (Mayhem at the Ministry)
  26. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  27. Harry Potter Limited Edition, see this image
  28. https://www.pottermore.com/news/what-wizarding-world-jobs-would-the-harry-potter-cast-members-have
  29. Hogwarts Mystery Flying Solo sidequest
Daily Prophet
Evening Prophet · Sunday Prophet
Regular features Other features


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List of articles
Known personnel
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 · Kit Gerrard · 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
Death Eaters
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Leader: Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters

Avery (II) | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Crabbe | Bartemius Crouch Junior (deceased) | Antonin Dolohov | Gibbon (deceased) | Goyle | Jugson | Barnaby Lee's father | Barnaby Lee's mother | Bellatrix Lestrange (deceased) | Rabastan Lestrange | Rodolphus Lestrange | Walden Macnair | Mulciber (I) | Mulciber (II) | Nott | Pyrites (possibly) | Augustus Rookwood | Rosier | Evan Rosier (deceased) | Thorfinn Rowle | Selwyn | Merula Snyde's father | Merula Snyde's mother | Travers | Wilkes (deceased) | Corban Yaxley | Unidentified Death Eaters

Death Eater defectors

Regulus Black (deceased) | Igor Karkaroff (deceased) | Draco Malfoy | Lucius Malfoy | Peter Pettigrew (deceased) | Severus Snape (deceased)

Death Eater allies

Borgin | Vincent Crabbe | John Dawlish | Delphini | Golgomath | Gregory Goyle | Fenrir Greyback | Mafalda Hopkirk | Narcissa Malfoy (defected) | Ismelda Murk (unofficially, supposedly) | Nagini | Mr Padgett | Mrs Padgett | Pansy Parkinson | Quirinus Quirrell | Albert Runcorn | Scabior | Serpent of Slytherin | Pius Thicknesse (Imperiused) | Dolores Umbridge

Other affiliations

British Ministry of Magic (under Voldemort's control) | Daily Prophet (Under Voldemort's control) | Dementors | Draco Malfoy's gang | Kreacher (formerly) | Tom Riddle's gang | Gang of Slytherins | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Inferi | Charmed skeletons | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Theodore Nott (possibly) | Snatchers | Werewolf army | The Unforgivable

Death Eater establishments

Abandoned nuclear power plant | Borgin and Burkes | British Ministry of Magic Headquarters (under Voldemort's control) | The Cave | Chamber of Secrets | Forbidden Forest | Gaunt Shack | Lee family house | Lestrange Vault | Little Hangleton graveyard | Malfoy Manor | Misty Dell | Riddle House | Snatcher Camp | Spinner's End | The Abandoned Substation | The Ruins | The Quarry

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