Harry Potter: 10 Things Even Diehard Fans Don’t Know About The Daily Prophet Newspaper
The Daily Prophet is the biggest and best known newspaper in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, but how much do you know about it?
There are few references to journalistic institutions in Harry Potter, but the Daily Prophet is easily the most read as well as the one with the most integrity (which honestly isn't saying much at all). For instance, while it usually reports accurate stories, there have been a number of times when the newspaper has printed biased material in favor of powerful authority figures.
The head office can be found in Diagon Alley in London, where most of the work occurs — including reporting, printing, and so on. The Daily Prophet is like any standard muggle journal, except its stories can occasionally border on the eccentric, not to mention it does not have still images.
It Is The Only Major Newspaper In The U.K.
It's not the only form of journalism available to the British Wizardry, of course: there are other publications, magazines, and radio programs simultaneously available.
The Daily Prophet, however, is by far the largest of all news authorities in the country. It is located in Diagon Alley, which is where most of the major magical institutions are, and is presently headed by Barnabas Cuffe, who plays the role of the chief editor.
Costs 1 Knut
It seems like there isn't a provision for a long-term subscription plan with The Daily Prophet, because the story only mentions that each edition of the paper is priced at 1 Knut, based on the amount that subscribers are required to give to the owls that deliver them.
Disregarding how such a low relative cost would possibly pay for printing, writing, editing, and other office expenses, it's strange that the company doesn't charge more than this for each paper. However, it's possible that the 1 knut charge is simply the delivery fee, and the actual subscription fee is pre-paid and simply not mentioned anywhere in the series.
Includes A Sports Section
One of the major coverages of this paper is in the field of sports, although it's almost entirely restricted to Quidditch (given the game's limitless popularity and vast array of fan clubs.)
Edited By Ginevra Potter
The sports section is edited by Ginny, starting her career right after she quits her lucrative job working for the Holyhead Harpies Quidditch team. One of her major works is the set of pieces she pens about the World Cup taking place in South America in 2014.
Unfortunately for her, she has to regularly face the snide Rita Skeeter, whose reportage is often at odds with hers (and for the most absurd, pedantic reasons.) Nevertheless, Ginny is basically in-charge of all sports-related articles for The Daily Prophet.
Several Games And Puzzles
The Daily Prophet includes a number of little puzzles and games for its readership to enjoy. The best known of which is the Fiendishly Difficult Crossword Puzzle, which combined direct clues with exhaustingly subjective ones.
There is also Magical Symbols, which is supposedly a simpler form of gamified cryptography, and the Magic Lottery, which works the exact same way in the Muggle World except, one would assume, with enchanted procedures rather than simply spinning a raffle cylinder.
Five Advice Columnists
There are several columnists employed by the Daily Prophet, of whom five deal with very specific issues faced by the general public. Zamira Gulch counsels people about standard problems to do with witchcraft, Dempster Wiggleswade assists in a variety of law-related topics, while Helpert Spleen is the resident medical advisor.
There Are Specific Versions Depending On Time Or Day
Aside from its basic edition, which is delivered during the morning, The Daily Prophet has two specialized versions. The Evening Prophet is not usually published unless something extremely important has occurred during the day and waiting until tomorrow would remove the news time window.
On the other hand, The Sunday Prophet edition is devised specifically for that day, and is presumably larger than its weekday counterpart, as it is for most non-magical newspapers as well.
Has Been Around Since 1743
The Daily Prophet was first established in 1743, but it is not known by whom nor what policies and philosophy they had in mind at conception. Apparently one of its first pieces mocks the Muggle-hating Gideon Flatworthy as being "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."
Of course, this tenor has changed over time, because the recent heritage of this newspaper (during Voldemort's second rise to power) is riddled with thinly-veiled pro-Death Eater messages.
It Sells Ad Spaces To Basically Everyone
This might solve the question as to the expenditures incurred during production of the Daily Prophet. The paper includes a variety of advertisements to be published every single day, for instance, broomsticks, robes, memory devices, test aids,
adventure zones, and many more.
From Politics To Pulp
Since The Daily Prophet is read widely, it can get away with including a lot of fluff pieces so as to make some extra profit. The most common demand for news relates to magical drama, jurisprudence, musical concert timings, and so on.
And the paper is more than happy to deliver exactly what is required, even if it means adding stories about the most inane things. It's technically not a gossip rag, but a large fraction of the Daily Prophet is dedicated to the very topics it claims to distance itself from. Especially not if they're getting government benefits.