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Magical Media To Be Diversified

The final war at Hogwarts is over. What now?

In a fun piece, a group of human rights wonks spell out a set of insanely witty, yet well researched policy recommendations on the work of stabilizing the post-Voldemort magical world.

They assess that of the “four pillars of post-conflict reconstruction”—security; governance and participation; urgent social and economic needs; justice and reconciliation—the magical world will face no difficulties only on one front: social and economic needs.

After all, with the proper application of scouring, mending, and engorgement charms, much of the physical damage wrought by the war can be repaired, and food can be multiplied to meet the needs of the population. But with respect to the other imperatives, critical challenges remain.

One such critical challenge is the diversification of the magical media.

A single wizarding newspaper—The Daily Prophet—cannot maintain its independence and hold government officials accountable when it has no competition (especially given the rumor, first published in the tabloid the Quibbler that the Prophet may soon be bought by dark wizard Rupert Murdoch).

New media should also be promoted in the magical world. Right now, for example, wizards and witches stay in touch by sending letters of any length by the slow, reliable method of owl post.

A new system could be developed employing faster, lighter sparrows, which could distribute shorter messages—say under 140 characters—to larger numbers of people.

The Ministry of Magic must become more transparent to the public and press. Fewer documents should be protected by the Fidelius Charm and the budget of the Department of Mysteries should be declassified. Too much secrecy will only invite more WizenLeaks scandals.

h/t: FOREIGN POLICY

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