(1938-10-21) WWN: Cauldron Talk - Public Safety
Details for WWN: Cauldron Talk - Public Safety
Summary: October 21st Broadcast of Cauldron Talk, were your host Brad Moody, interviews Ms. Astoria Bletchley, the Glinch case is brought up in correlation to the Statue of Secrecy.
Date: 1938-10-21
Location: WWN, Hogsmeade

After the Opening Theme fades you are greeted by the very distinctive voice of Brad Moody

Brad: Lets find the truth, this is Cauldron Talk, with yours truly, Brad Moody.

Brad: Good morning, today we a very very special Guest, my Seekers of Truth, Ms. Astoria Bletchley, I know many of you have written me questions about the article, so I did everything I could to get this amazing reporter from the daily Prophet to join me this morning. Go ahead and say Good Morning to the Wizarding World, Ms. Bletchley!

Astoria: Good morning, Mister Moody - and Wizarding World. I am honored to be invited, and look forward to addressing the country's questions.

Brad: Now, there are some curious questions, regarding the Glinch Case. But the one that has my listeners the most upset, is the use of this spell. Have you made any headway in discovering, who or how he managed to learn such a spell?

Astoria: Unfortunately, the Department of Magical Law Enforcement has not released any additional information regarding Mister Glinch, his case, or his victims. The delay is not unusual, however. I have learned a great deal about the spell itself, however, and have a few guesses as to how he may have learned it.

Brad: Ms. Bletchely, please share what you know of this spell and the leads you have got, as to how he learned it. The people need to know, it is after all a matter of personal security, for all my listeners and their families.

Astoria: The spell is a memory charm, and while it is a guarded secret it has not been completely erased from a few older texts. Most are obscure. The mind is, after all, a complicated subject that few witches or wizards have the time or inclination to examine. I believe Mister Glinch may have discovered one of these books, or found a mentor with prior training in the spell. Both are plausible, though of course it is only speculation. Regardless, even with knowledge of the charm, it is also quite difficult to learn. Slightly above N.E.W.T levels, if my research is accurate.

Brad: Well my confusion and some of the confusion of my listeners is that it does sound like a very complex spell, and Mr. Glinch hardly seems like a great wizard, I mean he was taken out by what, a Junior Apprentice at St. Mungo's and a Auror Initiate. If this spell is really so complex how did someone like that, manage to learn it from an old text? Also if he did learn it from a mentor, could that mean more attacks are on there way?

Astoria: He learned the spell, true, but his grasp of its potential seemed mediocre at best. One of the women interviewed for Philomena Rowle's article - which I encourage all of your readers to refer to as well as it is quite marvelous and a culmination of weeks worth of effort - was able to resist Mister Glinch's spell until knocked unconscious. However, while he may not have been the most prestigious student of magic, he was, at least, persistent and quite good at choosing his victims. In the case of Mister Glinch, I believe his own success is due in large part to his expertise as a cowardly thief, and not his grasp of magic, despite the possibility that he may have done extensive research to find the spell. As for potential threats on the horizon: I cannot say one way or the other. It is my sincerest /hope/ that this is the end. These attacks were despicable.

Brad: Now, you mention the Statue of Secrecy, in your article, that his was one of the powerful charms attached to it. Am I understanding that correctly?

Astoria: It was one that was eventually restricted due to its passing, yes.

Brad: So if the Statue of Secrecy was revoked, this is one of the spells that would be revoked with it. Do you hear that my Seekers of Truth? A dangerous spell, that can so easily be learned by, a bumbling fool, able to be taken out by a Junior Apprentice at St. Mungo's and an Auror Initiate, is one of the various spells that has been attached to the Statue. Once again proving my point, that revoking the Statue of Secrecy, just put good hard Working Wizards and their Families in the way of danger. I urge all of you to speak out, for the sake of Public Safety against those who wish to not only reveal us to muggles, but also now proving releasing restricted spells into the public mainstream, that already has been proven to in the hands of an idiot to be very very dangerous!

Astoria: There should be some clarification. In the case of the memory charm, the restriction was passed partially to protect muggles. Upon discovery by muggles, witches and wizards would often subdue the muggle and attempt the charm, which often ended in catastrophe. The charm frequently rebounded, resulting in horrible memory loss for the caster, or the muggles' memory was wiped clean and resulted in a manic state. In response, the rapidly-growing Ministry of Magic trained witches and wizards how to properly use the memory charm to protect both wizard and muggle. These witches and wizards would arrive upon a detained muggle and make proper use of the charm before releasing the man or woman so that they might continue their lives as if uninterrupted. Today, they are known as Obliviators, and while they initially operated under the jurisdiction of the Statute of Secrecy the department, which is now its own branch and subject to other laws and conditions, is unlikely to ever dissolve or approve widespread use of the memory charm.

Brad: That just further proves my point, not only is dangerous to the person it is being cast upon, but also to the caster! What about innocent bystanders? Like I said this is a matter of Public Safety, while I hear what you are saying, correct me if I am wrong I have yet to hear any representative of the Unity Party, say they want to disolve the Statue, except for these dangerous and powerful charms! I keep hearing that it needs to be dissolved completely and that would include the use of these Charms. The point being that many would and can argue that, even though the Obliviators and the use of their charms are now under more current and recent laws, that the originating law, The Statue of Secrecy, predates any of those new laws, which would mean that revoking it would revoke the the use of this Charm we havent even covered the other Charms restricted by the Statue, what about those? Even with this one, it would take a great deal of work at the I.M.C. to get all the paperwork together to start to create Grandfather clauses, so until I hear from those who wish to revoke the Statue, that these powerful charms is something they want to keep protected, I stand by my point that this is just another matter of Public Safety that the Wizarding World should be informed about!

Astoria: My own knowledge of the era derives from my recent study of the memory charm, as well as other more general queries, so I cannot speak to grandfather clauses and hypotheticals of our government crumbling on the whim of some breeze. Nor can I speak to the Unity party's interests, as the Daily Prophet and its journalists maintain a strict non-partisonship in the effort of fairness. I /will/ say, however, that I put great personal faith in the Wizengamot and Minister Gambol, both of whom work tirelessly to bring us the best legislation possible for the safety of our country and its citizens. — Do you have further questions on the article?

Brad: No I think that will do Ms. Bletchley, thank you again for your insight into this troubling news. Well my Seekers, My Friends and yes you my opposition, I urge you to carefully think about what the Statue of Secrecy really means for you and your family. You heard here today some underlining impacts that may just very well effect the saftey of you and your loved ones.

Brad: However that is it for this installment of Caulron Talk. But before I go, I would like to remind you, that here not soon My New show will be coming to Wizarding Wireless Network, Quizard! This is going to be a new type of show, with yours truly, Brad Moody! To put it simply it is a Quiz Show you will want to flick your wands at. We are still accepting entries, for it's premier. If you think you have what it takes and know enough about the Wizarding World, please send me an owl, you might just get one back with an invitation, to be on Quizard!

Astoria: On behalf of the Daily Prophet, I would like to thank you and the listeners of Cauldron Talk for taking such an interest in one of our articles. Mister Glinch's case will receive further updates as it progresses, and we thank you for your support.

Brad:With that, I leave you to ponder the truth! I'll catch you next time, Around the Cauldron, for Cauldron Talk!

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