The Daily Prophet today brings you sad news – the wizarding world is in mourning after the death of Minister of Magic Rowan Lennox was announced today at 7.04pm. His body was found in his London home by a friend, who is reported as saying that the Minister was ‘in pieces.’ The home has become an official crime scene with law enforcement on the ground and aurors on guard to ensure that the Lennox family is safe while the culprit is found.
Beleaguered Minister of Magic, Rowan Lennox, rose to prominence in the wake of the Second Wizarding War when he helped to rebuild the wizarding world out of the ashes that Lord Voldemort left behind. Winning over the favour of the people and the Ministry alike, the entire wizarding population is today in mourning over the tragic loss of one of its most beloved leaders.
“Rowan was a dear friend, and a good-hearted man,” said Elizabeth Yarnsley, a school-fellow and long-time friend to the Minister. “If there was ever anyone in need, he was there – you knew that you could always rely on Rowan when things got tough, and it was that determination that made him such a successful Minister.”
Lennox came under fire in recent years for his handling of tensions and protests, especially the werewolf equality protests in London which saw him flee the country for a ‘mental health break,’ as it was called at the time. Though strong in his early days, many now saw his retreat as an act of cowardice and, ultimately, it cost Lennox much favour with his people, who saw the need for a strong leader in a time of crisis.
“Whatever his faults and flaws, Rowan Lennox was a good leader,” said Lowell Tegus, candidate for the Minister of Magic position and originating from the Department of Mysteries. “And as we mourn the loss of a good man, we must not lose sight of the future – a future which Lennox himself was not prepared to face. The wizarding world needs a new, strong leader who can take those steps forward where Lennox could not.”
Despite the need for a new Minister in the Ministry, the wizarding world is today in mourning for the leader that it has lost. Early investigations have revealed that there is no known cause for Lennox’s death: spell damage has been ruled out, but foul play is still on the table. Aurors on the scene this afternoon revealed that it was ‘like a bloodbath’ inside, and Lennox’s family had to be removed under heavy protection and were provided with Healers trained in grief counselling. While the cause of Lennox’s death is unknown, the Wizengamot have sworn to provide every effort toward finding justice for the Minister and have assumed full control of the Ministry until the elections in coming weeks. No plans have been made for Lennox’s funeral, though sources have said it may be delayed until the suspect has been apprehended.
A candlelight vigil has been set up outside the Ministry, as well as outside Lennox’s London home, where wreaths and flowers have also been laid down. The Lennox family is urging anyone who wishes to contribute to his memory to instead put their sickles toward a charity – Lennox himself supported the Spattergroit Charity Foundation to fund research and find a cure for the highly contagious disease, as well as the Returned Aurors League, which supports retired aurors and their families. Any witches or wizards looking to contribute to these charities can find the details at their local post office where can be sent by owl.