Rita Skeeter: Spattergroit
This year, the Wizolympics have taken over the exciting, and possibly dangerous, Rio de Janeiro. Were you wise enough to stay away, but worried about missing all the hot gossip? Not to worry, readers, your favorite Daily Prophet correspondent Rita Skeeter is here reporting on the ground! I’m here discovering what is really happening and telling you what others would wish to hide. As you all know from my bestseller, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore (available at Flourish and Blotts), I know how to get the scoop.
There has been a nasty rumor going around that the lake where water events like Body Boarding and Synchronized Troll Swimming has been contaminated, but I’m not so sure. What horrible affliction has been popping up in this area? Why, dear readers, my sources tell me that cases of spattergroit have been popping up all over Rio! Spattergroit is, of course, a dreadful little disease that causes the skin to break out in purple pustules and leaves you bedridden! We certainly can’t have that happening to our players, can we? I don’t think that they are the ones we need to worry about. I believe that this infection is being shared within the Ministry, and not the lake at all! Who started this outbreak? Which country began this mess? Will I be able to save the Wizolympics single-handedly with my groundbreaking story? Me, myself, and I want to know and will soon find out.
I first went out with my Quick-Quotes Quill to interview some of the afflicted victims,with a head-to-toe Bubblehead Charm around me, of course, but soon found that it had already spread to their throats, leaving them unable to talk. But dear readers, I could see the tears of gratitude in their eyes that I was on the case for them. I did manage, though, to get an interview with one of the affected family members. A former Brazilian Ministry of Magic employee, Marie Liuza Lima, spoke up. “My husband works for the board for the Wizolympics. His job was to check the water, to make sure it was safe. He claimed it was completely safe. He then went to the board to tell them this straight after, and by the time he came home, he had spattergroit.”
He must have been infested at the ministry. Clearly, he had checked the lake, so there is no danger for any of our athletes. I won’t chalk this up to human error. None of the other families was willing to open up to me. Through some digging, I found that all seven of the afflicted members were at this Water Clean-Up Committee meeting. He must have caught the disease from them, certainly not the other way around. Perhaps this means that someone on the Water Committee affected our dear Mr. Montes. We may never be able to find out the true source. But in the meantime, I say don’t fear the lake! Splash around, play some games, heck, drink it if you want!
This is your favorite Daily Prophet correspondent, Rita Skeeter, keeping you up to date with all the news at this year’s Wizolympics.