|The Daily Prophet, 3 July 1996
||[Jul. 3rd, 2004|07:57 am]
Ministry Confirms - Dementors Have Left Azkaban|
In an abrupt reversal of official statements, Minister Cornelius Fudge acknowledged today that the Dementors have in fact left the island where Azkaban Prison is located. "We are horrified to admit that the Dementors are no longer under Ministry control," he admitted in a tired voice at his eleven a.m. news conference. "While no prisoners have left Azkaban, we fear that You-Know-Who may possess some measure of control over the... creatures."
He downplayed any need for concern, stating that guards were stationed at the prison and complex detection spells were set around all known areas were wizards reside. Minister Fudge, however, did not address the concerns that some members of our community have for the Muggles in Britain. "For all we know, he could be planning to use them against the Muggles," one bystander said angrily, 'he' refering to You-Know-Who. Others nearby nodded in unison, but another wizard scoffed, saying that whatever the Muggles got, they deserved. It was only the presence of Aurors Shacklebolt and Janis than prevented a riot from starting on the spot, some say.
Recently reinstated Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore stated his intentions to further strengthen the wards surrounding not only Hogwarts proper but also the adjoining settlement of Hogsmeade. "War is coming," he said soberly when approached for comment. "It is my duty to ensure the safety of my students, no matter what. Anyone that threatens a single one of them will have to answer for it."
Any member of the magical community who spots anything suspicious or feels any of the symptoms indicating that Dementors are nearby is urged to contact either the Aurors or the DMLE as soon as possible.