STATUTE OF SECRECY TASK FORCE
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Calamity puts us all in danger, and it must be contained.
In a time of crisis such as this, the Wizarding community must remain united. We cannot (and must not) let rumours and lies turn us against one-another. Exposure to the Muggle world is too great a risk.
For this reason, the Ministry has decided to address some of the rumours circulating in regards to the Calamity.
The New Year’s Eve Ball incident
This incident was reported in the Daily Prophet as part of their live coverage of the event.
During the Ministry Ball, shortly after the Minister’s speech ended, a flock of Augurey appeared in the room. According to witnesses, these Augurey flew in through the Floo-Network entries, despite the fact that Aurors had blocked the network for the duration of the event.
The Augurey behaved in a very unusual manner, flying around in a panic, scratching at guests and attacking the fairies that decorated the room. Our experts assure us that this incident must be related to The Calamity; they can see no other reason for healthy Augurey to act so violently. This, however, has no connection to the Niffler incident of the previous year.
The Nimbus 2000 incident
The Statute of Secrecy Task Force conducted a thorough investigation regarding the Nimbus 2000 incident and found that the brooms belonged to the Holyhead Harpies Quidditch team. However, the investigators concluded the Nimbus Incident was caused by The Calamity.
The Daily Prophet, however, began spreading unsubstantiated rumours regarding the cause of the incident. They insisted Albus and James Potter were to blame for this and other incidents. These rumours are simply a way to instill fear, gain publicity and up their sales.
The Ministry has since, at the behest of Head Auror Potter, contacted the Daily Prophet in regards to their actions and the smearing of such a well-regarded family’s good name. Still, it seemed important to address these rumours and make sure the public know what the real cause of this incidents is: The Calamity.
In a previous Public Service Announcement, the Ministry released some information regarding other Calamity-related incidents.
Fantastic beasts and creatures have recently disappeared from privately-owned research centers, breeding installations, and reserves. All of these disappearances, however, happened in areas highly populated by magical beings, and there are no reports of beasts going missing from wizarding homes.
Moreso, the incident from this past October at the Ministry of Magic building held no relation to The Calamity or the disappearing beasts. The news that some less-than-reputable sources have published are entirely fabricated.
Although the incident details will not become public for security reasons, an explosion did occur. It was, however, part of normal Ministry day-to-day activities. Many of our Departments deal with cursed objects, explosive potions or experimental magic.
This incident was not related to The Calamity and the disappearing beasts. Although some Ministry workers had to be taken to St Mungo’s for their injuries, no one was questioned or retained at any point.
Help us protect our way of living
With a threat as large as The Calamity and the high risk of exposure, there can be no room for doubts or manipulation. We endeavour to share with the public as much information as we safely can while we work to protect our world.
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