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21st August, 1979 [21 Aug 2004|12:01am]

Balancing Work and Family

Any working witch with a family will tell you: balancing work and family is the most important and most difficult task you face. While the children over eleven are gone to Hogwarts most of the year, the younger ones remain home. And we all know that the younger they are, the more care they need, and the less magic you can use.

The restriction on magic is one of the main complaints of parents: with a toddler in tow, you cannot Apparate, you are restricted on Floo travelling because of their fragile airways, and you need to set a baby harness to your broom in order to fly. By the time your child is old enough to use the Floo network without fear that he’ll end up in Knockturn Alley, he is also a magical hazard, his uncontrolled magic showing up when least expected and in the least expected ways.

Of course, magic is also the most useful help with cooking and general household chores. While your child cannot help you with magical tasks, he can lend a hand differently in the house. Who of us has never degnome the lawn?

The most time-consuming task of parents is education. Every wizarding child must learn English grammar, mathematics, and geography before receiving his Hogwarts letter. While wealthy families can afford hiring a tutor, most children are home schooled by their parents. It is a heavy responsibility with which not all parents are comfortable. Working witches have pleaded for Ministry-funded elementary schools for years, in vain. We can only hope that the new Minister for Magic, being a mother herself, will be more sensitive to their request.

Between the shortage of qualified nannies and the ridiculously few wizarding crèches, a working witch’s life is a puzzle made of pieces that do not match, which certainly explains why witches predominantly choose to stay at home to raise their children, picking up their career once their progeny enter Hogwarts.

2nd July, 1979 [02 Jul 2004|12:01am]

Witching Hour’s Glenda Chittock tells it all:

The truth behind the gossips

In the inaugural article of The Celebrity Scoop, the new gossip column of the Daily Prophet, Glenda Chittock, popular host of the WWN’s Witching Hour, was portrayed in a very unflattering light. Today, Ms Chittock talks to Witch Weekly about her life, her show, and the impact that article had on her and hers.

Witch Weekly: Ms Chittock, welcome and thank you for granting Witch Weekly an interview. Our readers were appalled by the scandalous information presented by Rita Skeeter last week, as testified by the numerous owls we received about it. Though the article scorched many names, you were the one featured. What was your reaction when you first read it?

Glenda Chittock: I was horrified and very angry. I read the Daily Prophet every day when I arrived at the WWN office, in preparation for the show. It was quite difficult to do Witching Hour that morning, understandably. Every pause for advertisement was spent discussing with the WWN management, preparing an official statement, owling my family and my friends.

WW: It must have been a whirlwind of activity.

GC: It was. I think I sent out my own owl and four post office owls, that morning. I was worried at the reaction of those dragged in by Ms Skeeter.

WW: What was their reaction? Were they supportive? Cross?

GC: Everyone was very sympathetic, luckily. I am blessed to have such great family and friends. They were fuming on my behalf. Even those I do not know as well, such as the witches met at the Witch Weekly weekend, were compassionate. And incensed, of course. I was speechless when I first read this particular accusation in the article. It came out of nowhere, really, and it is just so out of character, for all of the witches named.

WW: Attacking your sexual orientation, as well as that of so many prominent witches, was sure to create quite a scandal. Witch Weekly has issued a statement about the nature of its getaway weekend. Such activities were never on the menu of any event organised by Witch Weekly. Your love life in general was under scrutiny in that article, though. You were rumoured as indulging scores of casual lovers, and even cradle robbing was mentioned.

GC: I am single, but not celibate. I have never hidden, though. Pictures are taken at various receptions I attend or clubs I visit, and adorn the social pages of Witch Weekly or the Daily Prophet regularly. I am not in a serious relationship now and have never been. In fact, I’d say that I am married to my job.

WW: What about the cradle robbing?

GC: This is the perfect example of an inoffensive fact distorted in an ugly lie. The wizard referred to in the article is a friend whose flat I visited to care for the dog while he was away. Nothing else!

WW: The article contained assertions not only concerning your love life but your sanity as well.

GC: Yes, and I am truly revolted by how my father’s health was brought up publicly like that. My father was a curse-breaker for Gringotts and, when I was seven, he was victim of a nasty curse that left permanent damage. He’s been in St.Mungo’s ever since. My family is deeply hurt by the article, and angered by how his illness has been used to claim that I am going insane.

WW: There is no hereditary mental illness in your family, then?

GC: No, not at all. He was victim of a curse; there has never been any other case of mental illness in the family. I am perfectly sane and healthy and there is no expectation that it ever changes. The accusation is unfounded, like the rest of the article, really.

WW: You see us here at Witch Weekly, and our readers as well, quite relieved to hear this, Ms Chittock. Witching Hour is amongst the most popular shows on the WWN and its countless fans would be at a loss without their beloved host.

GC: Rest assured that I am not going anywhere. I will host Witching Hour as long as the listeners and the WWN will want of me. I love my job, I love the show, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

WW: This is excellent news. Thank you for this interview, Ms Chittock, and for rectifying the truth for our readers, shocked by the accusations in the Celebrity Scoop last week. Let us at Witch Weekly wish you the best of luck personally and for Witching Hour.

GC: It was a privilege for me to have such an occasion to reassure my fans and correct the lies spread by that libellous article. I am the one who must thank you, really.

15th May, 1979 [15 May 2004|11:30pm]


The Fair Witch and the Dragon Slayer

By Meredith D’Amour

This wizarding romance novel will sweep you off your feet with its talented combination of romance, adventure, and magic. In her new book, the famous romance author Meredith D’Amour brings her readers in 14th century Scotland, where Lachlann MacArthur is a fierce and brave dragon slayer, travelling and offering his services wherever a dragon is causing trouble. His lonely life takes a turn the day he comes across the fair witch Fenella MacKerron, bathing in a stream. Her beauty steals his heart and he cannot rest until he finds her again. But the dark wizard Braeden MacCallum also covets the fair Fenella…

When the fair witch chooses Lachlann over Braeden, the dark wizard sees red and captures Fenella to feed her to the dragon. Will Lachlann be able to save his beloved?

Once again, Meredith D’Amour’s words depict an enchanting world where every Witch Weekly’s reader will lost herself to love and magic. A must read!

April 4th, 1979 [04 Apr 2004|03:22pm]
Ask Aunt Agony!

Q: My fiancé and I are meant to marry in two months, but recently my ex-boyfriend came round and I got to remember all the reasons I loved him, and I think maybe I still do. But I also still love my fiancé! I don't know what to do.

A: You are playing a dangerous game here, love; the trouble is, of course that you probably aren't so much feeling for your former flame as not feeling for your current flame, which is clearly not on. You've got to talk to your fiancé. Tell him you're having second thoughts! Maybe he's been having them too, or maybe he'll toss an incendio your way and you can leave without guilt. Either way, he deserves to know, love, so go to.

Q: There's a bloke who's been sort of chasing me for a few years. I've always thought he was rather minging, to be honest, but recently we worked together on a Potions experiment where we had to drink each other's brews, and ever since I've rather been fancying him, and I reckon he slipped me a love potion. But I can't stop thinking of him, and I don't want to because I know it's not real! Or at least I think it's not real. What do I do?

A: The first thing you've got to do is find out if he's really done that! I suggest you go round the infirmary; if the healer on duty can't help you then maybe it's time for a visit to St. Mungo's. It's just not proper to go round slipping witches love potions! On the other hand, you've got to be a bit flattered, but on the other hand it's more than slightly creepy. Either way, I my suggestion is to stay away from this lad; if he's the sort of bloke you can even consider may have slipped you a love potion it's better not to get involved with him to begin with, even if he hasn't. But first things first; go and see a healer and find out if you're under undue influences.

Q: I've got a question that seems a bit trivial, but it's so important. Every morning I get up and do my hair before I do my face. Is this all right? What should be applied first in the morning, beautification charms on the face or the hair?

A: Love, you've got to do your face first. Pull your hair off your face, and cast your spells and then worry about your hair. If your hair's already set how can you see your face properly!

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