Solar Cycle 24
Official Report #3.14159265

On January 4, 2008 a reversed polarity sunspot appeared. This means Solar cycle 24 has begun. No, this does not mean the entire wizarding community has switched to solar power. Although we have been conducting research to use solar power more effectively. (see Butterbeer Brewery efficiency report) What it means is that when a gust of solar wind hits the earth's magnetic field the impact causes the magnetic field to shake. In muggle communities these storms cause power outages, satellite blackouts and compass needles to swing in the wrong direction. For our community there are likely to be several side effects as well.

First take caution when using any kind of summoning spell, or any spell that aims to change the direction of an object. They may not react in the manner you expect. The magnetic pull of object could be altered during Solar cycle 24. For instance while moving a piano with Accio seems like an easy maneuver, the piano may move at such a rapid speed that it will flatten you. Adversely it may take 2 months to move the same object if the magnetic pull isn't working in your favor. I would avoid summoning anything larger than yourself. Charms such as Flipendo, that can knock objects backwards, could backfire and actually come at you. Above all use caution and think your spells through before using them.

One of the biggest disturbances this solar cycle will have upon us will be with lighting. Any spell or charm that produces light should be used with caution. This list includes, but is not limited to Lumos, Blue Bell Flame, Expecto Patronum and Incendio. The cycle will alter the amount of light and strength of the conjured spell. Never direct any of these towards another person. It is also highly advised that all witches and wizards invest in a pair of sunglasses (also known as shades or Ray-bans). Simple muggle contraptions that minimize the effects of bright light.

Any witch or wizard in possession of a Phoenix should be aware that when your Phoenix dies the size of flames expected should be considered unpredictable. Measures should be taken to prevent further spread of fire. Offices or homes should be emptied of paper and anything considered valuable should be stored away from these birds until the end of the solar cycle.

Finally the use of a Point Me charm should be avoided during the entire duration of the solar cycle. The Earth's magnetic field will be in disarray, so use of this charm is almost a guaranteed formula for getting lost. Please invest in muggle maps. They are quite colorful and will make attractive wall hangings when they are no longer needed.

According to muggle experts "Solar Cycle 24 looks like it's going to be one of the most intense cycles since record keeping began." All of the wizarding community should be prepared to expect the unexpected. If anyone should witness something exceedingly strange associated with Solar Cycle 24, please contact me immediately.

Jupiter Galileo
Ministry of Magic
Muggle Studies - Scientific Department

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#1Evelyn Night's AvatarEvelyn Night (rated this 7)

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#5Redd Hawke's AvatarRedd Hawke (rated this 10)

Awesome Job!!

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#7Kiri Galdor's AvatarKiri Galdor (rated this 8)

#8Trevor Espeon's AvatarTrevor Espeon (rated this 9)

Very creative use of spells that produce light. bravo! Science and magic both play into each other, which gives the 'report' a real feel, as the science backs up the report.

-Espeon

#9Adelline Aldridge's AvatarAdelline Aldridge (rated this 7)

Hmm... it's well-written, but I'm not sure I like the whole idea of it. I mean, you can go to many new extremes with this, and you're talking about things catching on fire? I dunno, I guess I'm just a tough cookie *g*. Anyway, I liked the way you presented it in a sort of brochure-type way; it's 'informative' and professional-looking :D.

#10Askeron Kyle's AvatarAskeron Kyle (rated this 7)

Very nice

#11Catriona Watson's AvatarCatriona Watson (rated this 9)

Wow! Good one very detailed.

#12Marguerite Davenport's AvatarMarguerite Davenport (rated this 10)

Wow nicely researched, wonderful job. Very nicely written.

#13Gwen Juniper's AvatarGwen Juniper (rated this 10)

I really liked it !!! ;)

#14Marilla Teague's AvatarMarilla Teague (rated this 6)

#15Lucy Greyback's AvatarLucy Greyback (rated this 8)

This was neat! I liked it XD. Very informative XD.

#16Jacqualine Snape's AvatarJacqualine Snape (rated this 10)

Absolutely brilliant, I loved it.

#17Endang Potter's AvatarEndang Potter (rated this 5)

nice

#18Ariel Kingston's AvatarAriel Kingston (rated this 9)

Cute i Like the bit on dirrectional problems. Also good job listing affected spells.

#19Alana Potter's AvatarAlana Potter (rated this 7)

#20Sirena  Baughman 's AvatarSirena Baughman (rated this 10)

This is awesome! So professional-sounding! Great job!

#21Zach Goldenfarb's AvatarZach Goldenfarb (rated this 8)

cool, very interesting.

#22Claire Stanley's AvatarClaire Stanley (rated this 10)

Love It!!!

#23Prof. Opal Dragonfly's AvatarProf. Opal Dragonfly (rated this 10)

Terrific! Great creative thinking and humor! (No piano moving for me!)

#24Madras Bubbles's AvatarMadras Bubbles (rated this 8)

nice ideas ^^

#25Susan Lovegood's AvatarSusan Lovegood (rated this 8)

Your story is very well written. Well done!

#26Eleanor Fleur Shrivelfigs's AvatarEleanor Fleur Shrivelfigs (rated this 10)

This is so thought out and brilliant.

#27Morag McQueen's AvatarMorag McQueen (rated this 10)

You really thought this through, it's well written too.
I absolutely love your ideads. Well done.

#28Yavanna Basham's AvatarYavanna Basham (rated this 9)

Very good!

#29Ardeliah Longbottom's AvatarArdeliah Longbottom (rated this 9)

Very detailed and interesting. Just like an article in a scientific magazine.