Draco Malfoy, heir to the Malfoy riches and only son of confirmed Death Eater, Lucius Malfoy, was found hiding in one of the lofts of the famed estate, Malfoy Manor. After the disappearance of Narcissa Malfoy earlier this summer, an extensive search in efforts to find the boy proved useless.There was more but Harry stopped reading. He felt sorry for Tonks. He doubted Malfoy would ask her to make funny faces complete with strangely shaped noses.
"That place is a death-trap. There are whole sections of the house we can't even access," Merry Stickerboom, the Child Services representative assigned to the case, declared weeks ago. With the help of Hogwarts Professor Severus Snape, the boy was finally discovered last night. He has been made a ward of Nymphadora Tonks, one of his last remaining free relatives.
Dear Mr. Potter,
Below you will find the marks you earned on your Ordinary Wizarding Levels examinations.
Astronomy Acceptable Care of Magical Creatures Outstanding Charms Exceeds Expectations Defence Against the Dark Arts Outstanding Divination Poor Herbology Acceptable History of Magic Acceptable Potions Exceeds Expectations Transfigurations Exceeds Expectations
Department of Magical Examinations
Care of Hogwarts School of Wizardry
You-Know-Who's Plans for Mass Espionage Foiled!Harry set the Daily Prophet aside, marvelling at how much information Mrs Malfoy had managed to keep out of the paper, and for so long. Her soul had been restored to her own body a week ago, but the article only appeared today. He tried to imagine her as a victim. Her husband was devoted to a madman and according to Draco -- she was forced to abandon her body and spy on Harry. If it was true that Voldemort threatened her life and the life of Draco -- Harry flinched when he imagined Draco dead -- Harry could understand her motivations.
You-Know-Who aka the Dark Lord aka Voldemort has been thwarted again. According to Mr Arthur Weasley, You-Know-Who masterminded the conversion of Fantastic Frocks -- the successful summer dress shop in Diagon Alley -- into a corrupted Hall of Mirrors. Scores of victims were locked in the mirrors since June, unable to communicate with anyone. Madam Scurdonna, the owner of Fantastic Frocks, was found three days ago. Mediwizard Bruce Birchwater confirmed that she had been dead only twelve hours when first discovered. Further details concerning the scheme have been classified by the Ministry.
The families of the locked souls were immediately contacted and the soul swappers were easily trapped, as any magic mirror, beyond the source mirror, pulled the souls out. The names of the soul stealers have been classified by the Ministry. Mediwitch Lilora Larkspur headed the team of medipersonnel who freed the victims of the soul stealing plot. (For a brief explanation of a corrupted Hall of Mirrors, and for a full disclosure of said victims turn to page 17.)
The Ministry has issued a warning for all to be on the lookout for one victim in particular, Luna Lovegood, a student about to enter her fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Her soul was unable to be restored, as her body is missing. It is believed that Bellatrix Lestrange -- an escaped Death Eater -- now occupies the body of this unfortunate girl. Auror Nymphadora Tonks believes that Ms Lovegood/Ms Lestrange was able to warn You-Know-Who before Aurors could detain him. Miss Lovegood disappeared from her home a day before the dress shop was raided. Luna Lovegood's soul now resides at St Mungo's. (A picture of Ms Lovegood can be found on page 17.)
Harry Potter aka The-Boy-Who-Lived, along with Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Draco Malfoy -- all students about to enter their sixth year at Hogwarts -- discovered the plot and led Ministry officials to the dress shop, after a search for the correct Hall of Mirrors proved fruitless.
The Markingtops were just one of the many disgruntled families whose homes had been searched. "We destroyed our Hall years ago," Elory Markingtop Sr complained.
Fantastic Frocks, as a business venture, was wildly successful. The fashionable robes were tastefully designed and less expensive than the competition.
Madam Malkin, of Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions claimed,
"I knew there was something funny about the robes at Fantastic Frocks. There simply is no non-evil way the robes could have been that cheap."
In related news, the guardianship of Draco Malfoy has been restored to Narcissa Malfoy, who had been missing for two months. She was also a victim of the soul stealing scheme.