(1938-05-28) Durmstrang Refutes Allegations
Details for Durmstrang Refutes Allegations: Dumbledore Claims Grindelwald Involved
Summary: Durmstrang Institute claims that the accusations of attacking and kidnapping are false.
Date: May 28, 1938
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Related: Plot: For the Greater Good

In response to the allegations that Durmstrang students attacked the visiting delegations from Hogwarts and Beauxbatons, Durmstrang Headmaster Ove Helstrom has issued the following statement.

"Durmstrang Institute has investigated the allegations made by Albus Dumbledore, and concluded that these are exaggerations and outright lies. Professor Dumbledore's motivations remain a mystery, but we can assure the British and French Ministries that the incident on the evening of May 26th was in no way an act of aggression on the part of our students. It is true that a group of Durmstrang students approached some of the Hogwarts entourage to welcome them. The only illicit behaviours that took place were efforts on the all sides to place bets on the Triwizard Tournament task that was to follow the next day.

"It is possible that there were misunderstandings due to language barriers. But we have several confirmations that the first act of aggression came from a Hogwarts student that threw a potion bottle, releasing dangerous vapours into the air. The students of Durmstrang were defending themselves when the fight broke out.

"The death of Leander Fox is a horrible tragedy, and Durmstrang Institute is lighting a pyre in his honour that will burn for seven days. We mourn his passing, and will always remember him for the champion he was."

Helstrom has also stated that Hogwarts Headmaster Armando Dippet has elected to stay at Durmstrang for the time being, in mourning of Leander Fox. Three Hogwarts students have joined him in remaining at the Norwegian school.

But Hogwarts Deputy Headmaster Albus Dumbledore tells a different story, insisting that Dippet and the students are hostages. Even more distressing, Dumbledore alleges that Gellert Grindelwald was on site at Durmstrang during the conflict, and may have orchestrated the events himself. When asked what motivation Grindelwald may have had, Dumbledore stated, "Gellert Grindelwald has openly advocated the repeal of the Statute of Secrecy. He has met with political resistance, and I believe he is now resorting to more drastic measures to achieve his aims. By keeping these hostages, he is attempting to ensure that the British Ministry does not interfere with his plans. I imagine these will not be the last involuntary 'guests' from England we see."

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