Progress, finally! The Department of Magical Law Enforcement has finally been making some advancements in the prolonged hunt for the Wizard known as the Faceless Murderer, or for some of you, the Animagi Killer.
December 23, 2026 saw the beginning of brutal attacks on gifted and talented Wixen that began shaking communities across the United Kingdom, starting down in Southern England, with attacks dotting the country all the way up into Scotland. The only thing these victims shared in common prior to their attacks was that each of them was a registered Animagi.
Aurors have been working tirelessly in an attempt to bring this threat to an end, one Auror in particular, Emrys Cadwell who was put on the case following his return from field duty, has been following every lead possible. Reports say he is even reaching out to experts to see what he can discover about the Faceless Murderer’s mysterious armour, attempting to learn whether or not it is just for show or if it has some protective qualities to it.
Following an attack in Hogsmeade back in late November of 2027, a woman by the name of Paulie Stur was brought in for questioning. She was found attempting to attack a young man who fled before he could be questioned, but she openly confessed she was hunting Animagi. The Department has reason to believe she is not the original Faceless Murder, and the investigation continues, though now Aurors are being asked to keep watch for copycat killers who think it wise to follow the delusions of the Faceless Murderer.
Changes within the Ministry are quickly being put in place in an attempt to protect any new Animagi from suffering the fate of those who lost their lives. When discussing with Law Enforcement Department Head Aleksandr Metel, I was assured that the animagi registry is now being kept under lock and key when not being viewed. Anyone may still request to view the registry in the Department of Improper Use of Magic office in the DMLE, however they will now need to fill out a brief request form first.
Metel goes on to say
“Securing the Ministry remains one of the DMLE’s top priorities, and these small changes such as the new entryway checkpoint and making personally identifiable information more difficult to access will add up and make our community safer overall.”
The questions that are hanging over many of us now are, will this be enough? What about the hundreds of names, individuals, people, who already had their privacy neglected? How many names did the Faceless Murderer copy down the first time? How many more copycats will we need to endure? Is the original murderer aware of them? Is he sending them? Let us hope that the Department of Magical Law Enforcement will have answers to these soon!
In other news, as one case closes, another gets a possible lead! Many of us wonder, or even fear, what it is like to have an unforgivable curse used upon us. We learn about it in school, we’re warned just how bad it is, and the consequences that follow, but few of us dare to go that far, and for those who do, swift punishment is usually waiting.
That is the case for Vilhelda Óðrvegr, once known for her dominating presence in the position of Durmstrang Deputy Headmistress. She was arrested on Hogwarts grounds in early November of 2026 for casting the Cruciatus curse on one of her own students, School Champion Lars Stangeland, who earned the spot in the legendary Triwizard Tournament.
The case on Óðrvegr was a straightforward one, and was recently closed, however, it would seem that the Department of Magical Law Enforcement is not done with the once Deputy Headmistress. As soon as the case on the use of an Unforgivable Curse closed, Óðrvegr will once more be facing the questioning glare of the Aurors as focuses turn to any possible involvement in the death of Durmstrang Headmaster Golovin by Óðrvegr. This case, being overseen by Alys Cadwell, is still ongoing, and we will be sure to keep readers informed of any changes.
Stay safe out there readers!
– Sterling Raggs, Magical Crimes Reporter
Hollow Housing Hardships
Muggle Police Officers were called out to Godric’s Hollow following a break in to one of the magical residences. The DMLE attended Church View Cottage, owned by Professor George Vikander of Hogwarts, to investigate an apparently magical break in that left no evidence behind.
– Saffron Foxclaw, Current Events