Óðrvegr Found Guilty
Vilhelda Óðrvegr, previously of Durmstrang Institute, found guilty of using the cruciatus curse on Durmstrang Champion, Lars Stangeland
The trial of Vilhelda Óðrvegr appeared to be a simple one; multiple witnesses to a crime she apparently clearly committed. However the expectation of simplicity was not a reality.
Brought into the Wizengamot Chambers, Óðrvegr appeared a shell of her former self, with tangled wild hair and unshod feet, she lacked the regality that was seen at the opening ceremony of The Triwizard Tournament in 2027. What was largely unsurprising was her plea of not guilty, as had been expected from the preliminary hearing.
It appeared the Wizengamot had initially planned to call each witness to give their testimony but the outburst that followed Dagmar Gaard, former student of Durmstrang Institute and Member of the British Department of Magical Law Enforcement,’s testimony led to a quick curtailment of this plan. Whilst it was clearly evident to the court that Ms Gaard was struggling with the loss of former schoolmate, Gabriel Engström, what was less clear was why she explosively shouted at Óðrvegr in her own language. Following the court it appeared the general consensus was that the Óðrvegr was whispering to Ms Gaard in an attempt to discredit her.
The attempt almost worked as Óðrvegr put forward her defence of non-verbally using the lesser spell “everte statum” to cause pain whilst saying the forbidden curse. Whilst the perception of pain is a very individual experience, most would be aware of the fact that the cruciatus curse’s pain has a greater longevity than the short burst of everte statum. The latter evidence is extremely subjective and thus may be considered inadmissible.
Miss Emily Neutron, also of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, provided key testimony in reporting that no light came from Vilhelda Óðrvegr’s wand when she cast upon Mr. Stangeland whereas Everte Statum produces orange light.
With this clincher, the Wizengamot voted guilty in an overwhelming majority and Chief Warlock Colquhoun passed a life sentence in Azkaban without any chance of parole.
The trial of Dragomir Gvozdic is to be announced in the coming weeks and, though Vilhelda Óðrvegr is set to be accused of conspiracy to murder, and attempted murder, if she is found not guilty of these crimes she is still set to die in Azkaban.
Week two and I suspect we’re going to have lots to talk about next week. For now we’re seeing a lot of motivated competition with strong showing by the Banshee’s, Rangers, and Boggarts. Not much to report now but we’ll be back next week, hopefully, with something resembling some rankings
Dementor Attack in Hogsmeade
More reports have come in that last Sunday dementors were seen to attack a group of students at Hogsmeade.
Neither The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, or Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have made an official comment about the attacks.