Welcome message from Albus Dumbledore

Welcome, and thank you for your support of the Women's Center of Montgomery County. We are delighted to help raise funds for their programs by permitting this rare glimpse into the Diagon Alley shopping district. I use the term "we" loosely, as in fact the Ministry of Magic went into a collective panic at the idea of allowing Muggles to roam the streets of wizarding Britain. Phrases such as "utter madness" were in ample supply. I therefore must remind you of a few important rules, both for your safety and to conform with the International Statute of Secrecy.

The Muggles of your community have been granted access to the streets of Diagon Alley only. Although you may examine the display windows to your heart's content, no shops will be open for business. Disillusionment Charms have been placed on all the doors; if pulled by over-enthusiastic visitors, they will sustain damage and reveal only a blank wall. Any Muggle attempting to open a shop door, or otherwise behaving in a manner that endangers the shops or fellow visitors, will be escorted from the Alley by a security troll.

A few local wizards will remain in the Alley to assist visitors, though I advise you keep your wits about you. The proprietors of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes seem to find test subjects in short supply, so I would hesitate to sample any of their products, no matter how attractive the terms. Rita Skeeter will be covering the event intermittently for The Daily Prophet, but former subjects of her articles have had to develop rather a thick skin for criticism. (In one case, alas, literally. Her misrepresentation of Alastor Gumboil's relationship with his secretary led his wife to hex him with a rather nasty Plaquepustular Charm.) Finally, the proprietors of Knockturn Alley vociferously refused to participate in this event, so visitors who attempt to view the contents of Borgin & Burkes may encounter substantial verbal abuse.

In closing, please note that NO FLAMES OF ANY KIND are permitted inside the Alley. If lighters or other fire hazards are discovered in use, the offender will be reported to the Muggle fire marshal immediately. In the event of a fire or other emergency, Ministry wizards will be on hand to direct you to an appropriate exit.

Best wishes to you in your travels, and remember that anything inexplicable you see is probably the result of your own overactive imagination. (Then again, just because it is happening in your head, why on earth should that mean that it isn't real?)

Yours most sincerely --
    Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore



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