Agent Sparrow Field Notes: December 31st, 2001
The following is transcribed in unofficial format on—unfortunately—crumpled newsprint due to extenuating circumstances. In addition, note that the following is transcribed from an unknown location beyond the Veil of Passing, and therefore time and date are approximate, relative to the time last observed in the Department of Mysteries.
The International Consortium on Magical Equilibrium was on New Year’s Eve interrupted when delegates Krum and Delacour reported a grievance with the Ministry. According to Krum and Delacour’s testimony, deceptively well-crafted decoy wands were returned to them in place of their originals following the Weighing of the Wands ceremony at the Consortium’s inception. Employing techniques developed by former Agent Bluebell, the wands in question (Hornbeam, Rosewood) were tracked to the Department of Mysteries itself and found in my desk, along with a third wand of Elm formerly belonging to one Alastor Moody, deceased.
I am being framed for theft of personal wands (a primary offense in accordance with Wizengamot charters) as well as, it appears, a much worse offense: the Rosewater curse.
In the presence of Agents Pegasus, Bluebell, Price, and myself, the origin of the Rosewater curse was rapidly brought to light. Before the advent of his rebirth in 1995, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named had his servants cast a number of fail-safe enchantments in the event that his plans to abduct subject Empire should not come to fruition. The apparent intent was to use the Tri-Wizard cup, an incredibly powerful magical object, to dismantle the fabric of magic itself, drawing enough raw strength to give He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named a physical body once more. The complexity of such an enchantment would of course be astounding, and is not fully understood. The spell was intended to be enacted by the traditional ceremonial ending of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, which would have taken place after all contestants emerged from the labyrinth created for the Third Task if subject Emperor and one Cedric Diggory had not been transported to Little Hangleton.
The traditional Tri-Wizard closing ceremony involves the participation and spellwork of all contestants, as well as the individual responsible for the Tri-Wizard cup (in this case, an impostor using the wand of Alastor Moody). It was canceled following Cedric Diggory’s death. Whoever has endeavored to frame me for their misdeeds used the Tri-Wizard cup and borrowed wands to enact the Rosewater curse some time in the past three years. Since then, magical equilibrium has been experiencing massive disruptions, accounting for the malfunctioning of the Patented Daydream Chamber and other Department assets. It would appear, however, that the culprit underestimated the damage they would cause, and attempted to disengage the curse and blame its existence on me in one fell swoop.
I was officially arrested, despite Agent Price’s request for leniency to investigate the matter internally. However, before I was taken into Wizengamot custody, Agent Pegasus caused a distraction by ingesting what I believe was a Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes Canary Cream. In the midst of the resultant chaos, she led me through the Veil of Passing where we both took refuge.
The arid landscape on this side of the Veil is strange and incomprehensible. Time seems to move in leaps and bounds. More importantly, the way back through to the Ministry appears to be blocked. Agent Pegasus, having come this way before, claims to have some idea how to proceed.
There seems to be no other course but to follow her.
 Addendum by Agent Pegasus: Not nearly dramatic enough, Sparrow. You should have written in your own blood.