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TRAITOR ROOKWOOD CAPTURED IN BAR-ROOM BATTLE
Fight Began as Aberforth Dumbledore Interrogation Attempt
Associated Wizard Press -- HOGSMEADE, 4 October, 1997. -- Augustus Rookwood, widely known for his betrayal of the Ministry of Magic to the group of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named supporters known as the "Death Eaters," was captured today in what began as an interrogation attempt on Aberforth Dumbledore, brother of late Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore.
According to witness reports, three masked men assumed by officials to belong to the Death Eaters entered the Hog's Head bar in Hogsmeade Village at 10 P.M. last night.
"I was just sitting there, enjoying a nosh, when these three blokes came in," said Michael Adler, a local accountant who witnessed the incident. "No one knew what to do."
Witnesses confirm that they proceeded to approach the bartender. "They said something to him about wanting information, and he must not have liked that," Adler said, "because pretty soon he whipped out his wand and cast a nasty-looking curse at the one in front."
The fight between Dumbledore and the Death Eaters did not go on for long before Victor Krum, currently teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts, joined the fray.
"Pretty soon, curses were flying everywhere," Adler said of this point in the battle. "I was plotzing into my butterbeer." Many curses missed their marks, hitting patrons of the bar at random. At one point, an unidentified curse meant for Dumbledore hit Krum instead, knocking him off balance and removing him from the fight.
Shortly thereafter, the four Aurors stationed in the town, most notably Nymphadora Tonks, rushed to Dumbledore's aid. The battle did not last very long thereafter, but two of the three Death Eaters managed to escape. Tonks managed to subdue one, and after he was arrested turned out to be Augustus Rookwood, famous as a former worker in the Department of Mysteries, who betrayed Ministry secrets to the Death Eaters. Rookwood was turned over to the authorities in the early 1980s and served a fifteen-year term in Azkaban before the January 1996 breakout.
Dumbledore and Krum were both unavailable for comment. An unnamed Ministry official confirmed that the bar patrons who were injured or cursed in the battle will receive emergency treatment at St. Mungo's Hospital. Emeric Switch, a fellow Hogwarts professor, arrived on the scene shortly after the fight ended to usher Krum to the school's hospital facilities.
"Poor fellow," Switch said on the scene. "Attacked for no good reason I'm sure."
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