Three Dark Marks spotted last night in Surrey
Apparition Ban not working as planned
6 April 1978
Dark Marks lingered in the morning sky above three homes in Surrey today. The MLE had not released any of the victims' names yet, but that did not stop mourners from gathering around the blockades the MLE set up; some heckled the officers and others wished them well. One of the well-wishers was late Juventas Lufkin's grandson Paisley Moonjava, who spoke to us at the Daily Prophet, "It's gutting to have someone taken away in such a cruel, unnatural manner. I came over here after a friend of mine in the area Fire Called me, and we've been chanting to try and soothe all the bad vibes in the air. Unfortunately, the only chant I know all the way through is a prayer to the love goddess Rati to cure impotency, but I believe that despite its literally meaning it can also heal the emotional wounds caused by these senseless slayings. And, if a fellow chanter happens to have some trouble with impotency, well, then, I guess that's blessing two birds with one lotus!"
Some other wizards and witches in the crowd, however, did not share Moonjava's optimism. "I've been getting up two hours earlier since this ruddy ban was put into action, and I'm still late for work most days. I held a cut up garden hose yesterday for about twenty minutes before I realised it wasn't a Portkey, so I got all my Muggle neighbours thinking I've lost my mind. Then, on top of all that, I had to stand bail for my son six times already and the fine is almost as outrageous as the ban itself. I just don't see how this waste is benefiting anyone," Eustace Pokeby, 49, Warwickshire, said of the Apparition ban.
Alacazar van den Hoogen, an MLE spokeswizard, met the press this afternoon about the effectiveness of the Apparition ban and what measures the MLE was taking to prevent another Death Eater attack. "When the Apparition ban was put into effect, we unfortunately overestimated the amount of co-operation we would receive from the citizens. Most have been nothing short of terrific during these hard times, but there are sadly some selfish people that are compelled to break this law that was created for their benefit just because they feel it's an inconvenience to them in the short-run. We never anticipated having to use most our trained Aurors to regulate traffic and catch these small-time perpetrators, who care for nothing but themselves."
After that, van den Hoogen was asked about how the Aurors felt about their new duties, "Not thrilled, I assure you. They are being kept from doing their jobs because some people don't want to bother with the Portkey system that we toiled over to make as simple to use as we possibly could. But we can't please everyone, and I doubt we'll ever be able to convince that small group of ban breakers to stop and think of how their selfishness affects us all."
Before he left the podium, van den Hoogen addressed the circulating rumours of the Ministry starting a new department, "We have been seriously considering the idea of starting a new department dedicated to monitoring Apparition traffic, but I can say no more on the matter at this stage."