Article by Andrea Fawcett
The Owl Post Team would like to apologise regarding any unusual effects students may have experienced upon delivery of the Rose Grams we delivered. We assure you that any tampering with the roses was not perpetrated by a member of the Post.
A recent rash of unexplained behavior has gone through Hogwarts. Cases of a sudden sense of distrust, hatred, giddiness, infatuation, obsession and more have all been reported since the beginning of the month of February. Initially thought to be effects of the the super blue blood moon, this theory was discounted due to the continued new occurrences well after it had passed.
After interviewing a variety of students, several reactions were reported. One fourth year Ravenclaw who was interviewed stated,
“Yeah. It was weird, too. I got really grumpy, as I recall. Which is weird, because I /got/ flowers, and that usually makes me feel pretty good. But it’s gone now, whatever it was. I thought I might be coming down with something, but I never started sneezing or anything… It all just went away. Odd, you know?”
Another student reported,
“Yeah, there was some weird emotions towards people. Anger and the like. I dunno. I kinda chalked it up to the stress of what is going on.”
Of course, some of the situations caused by this disturbance were far more serious. One such incident was reported to me by a gitter obsessed Ravenclaw.
“I was talking to Name withheld to maintain privacy. I remember him shouting at my cousin and it was just weird.”
The Ravenclaw stated and upon speaking with the student in question, they told me.
“I remember feeling woozy and being nauseous, not too long after I got a white rose. It was a really weird sensation. At the time, I didn’t think it had to do with that but it stopped when I tossed it into the stove.”
Wanting to get the full story, this reporter then interviewed the other student involved in the fight. The girl recounted the tale, already becoming upset and pulling out a small handkerchief as she spoke.
“It was no more a fight than him telling me how much of a loser he thought I was. [He] told me I smelled disgusting. He even told me he detested me. He even…. threw his dinner all over me. I was so embarrassed.”
It was at this moment that I informed the teary eyed Gryffindor about the complications with the roses, as well as the reported reactions to the white roses in particular, which seemed to a sense of hatred, loathing, and despising the sender of them. This seemed to cheer her up, as did my informing her about the 24 hour time frame that most of the reactions seemed to wear off in. This reporter also relayed the destruction of the rose by fire and advised her not to take it as a personal slight that he burned the rose. Readers may be interested to know I had the happy privilege of informing her that the student in question was hoping to speak with the young Gryffindor and make sure all was okay.
If you received any flowers and felt unwell or experienced a sudden mood change, you may be relieved that this was the fault of these tampered roses. As the shop roses were obtained from was notified, they are working on tracking down the witch or wizard at fault and assure us that they will be more careful in delivering further flowers this season. If you receive any later flowers and begin to feel you are not yourself, please report to the Hospital Wing immediately. Once again, reported symptoms include:
- lack of trust in someone
- a feeling of wanting to fight someone
- extreme shyness connected to a specific person
- sudden obsession with a specific individual
- a hatred or loathing of specific person
- extreme giddiness
This reporter would like to remind readers, both the receivers and senders of these flowers should be considered victims as not all roses were cursed and intentional delivery of cursed roses was in fact, impossible. Not all of the roses were cursed and to those who received cursed roses, the Owl Post apologises.