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The Daily Prophet: Term XXIX, Issue 05

Term XXIX, Issue 05                                                                                                                              July 28, 2014

Welcome to hogwartsishome! You will find many great people and many, many fun things to do. We hope you'll have a great time with us at Hogwarts!

Common rooms:
gryff_lions the_puff_house
ravenclaw_house cunningfolk

Diagon Alley: The place to buy all your HIH needs!

Activity: Boggle
Participation Points: [POINTS] (+ 5 bonus points if you own a Subscription to the Daily Prophet).
Deadline: Saturday, August 9th, 11:59pm UTC
Details: Play Boggle!

Submit your entries here!


Activity: Free Rice
Participation Points: Participation only: 10pts/5kts (+ 5 bonus points if you own a Subscription to the Daily Prophet).
Deadline: Saturday, July 19th, 11:59pm UTC Results
Details: Improve your vocabulary!

Individual Points Results can be found on a the SPREADSHEET under Tab 4!

House Totals:
Gryffindor: 120
Hufflepuff: 145
Ravenclaw: 110
Slytherin: 135

Questions? Let me know here!

A Repeat Professor for DADA?
Several students overheard the Headmaster offer the position of DADA professor to someone who has previously taught it here! Which nefarious villain will be once again roaming our Hallowed Halls? Or should I say Howled Halls?? Just stay inside on the Full Moon and maybe we'll all survive another year.

It seems as if one student of each House has been sneaking into the Restricted Section for some inter-house makeout lessons! How did these students gain access to snog in the silence of the stacks!?

Sick squid?
Rumor has it that the giant squid has been behaving oddly of late. It's hardly been seen near the surface of the lake at all, and on occasions when it is spotted, it's been lethargic. A student fell in last week, and reported that the squid just sat on the bottom of the lake and watched him. The question is, what's wrong with the squid? Is it sick? Has it been poisoned? Or is this just a normal behavior that has never been observed before?

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By slumber

"Dear Dumbledore,

If you weren't Hogwarts' Headmaster, what would your job be?

Just Wondering!"

Dear Just Wondering!,

I've been asked this sometimes before too. I'd likely be a professor, but if that's not what you meant, I might have become a Chocolate Frog taste tester. (It's a pity there is no such position for lemon drop manufacturers. I've asked.)


"Dear Dumbledore,

How long have you been growing your beard? I want one myself but it's not nearly as impressive as yours. I think I can see a few hairs, though. Do you have advice for someone whose facial hair is hairly (get it, barely?) there?


Dear Longing-to-be-Bearded,

If it makes you feel better, I certainly didn't start growing anything until long after I'd left Hogwarts as a student. You've got years on you yet; don't despair!


"Dear Dumbledore,

Do you ever get tired of answering questions?

The One Asking"

Dear The One Asking,

Not unless you've tired of asking them.


Write to Dumbles
You can write to your headmaster here; Dumbledore will try to respond to all letters, but there may be some delay before he gets to yours. All letters dealt with in strictest confidence.

If you would like to write an article for a future issue of the Daily Prophet, please comment at the signup sheet.

Term XXIX, Issue 0X                                                                                                                              Page 2

By la_loony

hh_sugarquill sortedchallenge hogwartsicons
By evening12

Welcome, welcome to another edition of Fanart Spotlight! Here we go with the challenge results at sortedchallenge. Challenge 7 brought us some great icon bases. First place went to Alex/alex_parker of Gryffindor. Tiffany/ growling of Slytherin came in 2nd place with Ellie/erzsebet of Gryffindor right behind her. Both Jenna/jennashaped of Slytherin and Meg/watchpoint of Ravenclaw snagged the award for the special category.

Challenge 8 prompted the creation of wonderful banners. For this challenge, everyone was challenged with making a "Mod Post" banner plus a banner for the Questions thread in the comments. The new banners being used at sortedchallenge were created by Ellie/erzsebet of Gryffindor, who placed 1st. Here is her set of banners:

Ravenclaw's Meg/watchpoint placed 2nd and Slytherin's Tiffany/ growling placed 3rd. Bei/sapphoatsunset received the award for the "best coloring". Here is half of their sets of banners.

New banner makers will take up the mantle for the second half of the term. Here are the winners of the Banner Maker Challenge #2. Our top banner makers were: Gryffindor's Ellie/erzsebet, Ravenclaw's Christa/c_hrista and Slytherin's Tiffany/ growling. Our back-up banner makers are Slytherin's Jenna/jennashaped and Hufflepuff's Kristine/flipflop_diva. Stop by here to check out all of the banners. Banner makers, the schedule has also been posted there, so please take a look if you haven't.

If you want to try your skills, Challenge 10 is up and running until 11pm UTC on Friday August 1st.

Over at hogwartsicons, Catie/caitieness of Hufflepuff shared with us some beautifully textured icons featuring Hermione Granger.

Stop by Catie's post to check out the rest of the icons.

Christa/c_hrista of Ravenclaw shared some great banners featuring Emma Watson from different photo shoots.

Stop by Christa's post to check out the rest of the banners.

Like always, beautiful art is being shared over at hh_sugarquill. If you think that fandom needs more Gellert Grindelwald, Slytherin's Alice/superficiality is here to help.

That little smirk of his and his devil may care attitude that comes from the drawing is what makes this picture. If you also think this drawing is great, stop by Alice's post to leave some comments.

Inspired by Gryffindor's Martine/la_loony's prompt, Delphine/nearlyconscious of Ravenclaw created this lovely little gem featuring Daphne Greengrass wearing an armour.

Against the more colourful background, the armour really stands out. I like how it's the only part of the drawing that is without colour. Stop by Delphine's post to leave some comments.

This is it for this edition! Keep on posting and you might find yourself in the spotlight next time!

By csichick_2

Hogsmeade is almost right around the corner. Our Blast to the Past runs from August 8-10. In case you missed it, we will be travelling through the following time periods: Classical Age, the 1980s, the 18th century, Victorian Era, the 1990s, Mesozoic Era, and the 1920.

Signups for points earning activities have been extended until 5p UTC on Friday, August 1, along with signups for Gryffindor Social Director. It's also not too late to sign up for a Flourish shop.

If you’re nervous about signing up, don’t be. Flourish at Hogsmeade is pretty low key from a maker standpoint – you only have to offer a few tags if you want. Presently, Gryffindor has four slots left, Hufflepuff has five, and Ravenclaw and Slytherin have seven each.

Social directors for the other three houses have been announced, though. Congrats to Avi/flyingharmony of Hufflepuff, Andie/tralfamadore of Ravenclaw and Tiffany/growling of Slytherin!

By interchanges

Hello my fellow furred/scaled/feathered friends! Let's see what's been going on at the Animagus community!

Both of July's monthly activities are now complete. The first activity, Fictional Animagus Batch I, ended with Gryffindor earning the most points! As of this writing, the results for the 2nd activity are not yet posted, but you can read the submitted Animagus Tales here.

The first activity in August will have us finding animals for the fictional batch applicants, so if you'd like to help the mods choose which characters we'll be stamping, leave a comment with your choices here.

There's still a few hours left to vote on July's animagus applicants here. The deadline is TONIGHT, the 28th, at 11pm UTC. There's a whopping FIVE applications this month so lots of points for the taking! (Fun fact: The last batch to have 5 applications was in August 2012). If you've never voted before, you can find more information here, and you can consult unscreened votes on past applications. Make sure you check the hih_animagus profile to confirm your chosen animal isn't already taken!

While having an animagus form isn't required to participate in Animagus activities, it's a good idea to check whether you are still registered if you haven't participated in awhile. If you'd like to reclaim an animagus form you had in the past, you'll need to comment here. If you'd like a new form, and haven't reapplied in the past six months, you'll need to leave a comment here saying why your form no longer fits you in order to get the go ahead to reapply. And if you've never applied before, what are you waiting for? Buy The Standard Book of Spells Vol 1-3 from Diagon Alley, then submit your application here!

Credit to w1llsun

By la_loony

Hey there Flourish visitors,

This issue I bring you a bunch of interviews again with awesome new shopkeepers who can't wait to take your orders. But some other important things first:

+ Brace yourself, Hogsmeade is coming! If you always wanted to try out how it is to have a shop, this is a great opportunity. It's just for the weekend, you don't need a huge catalog, and most important thing, there are still open spots for all the houses, so head over HERE to sign up.
+ Themes are the same as last issue, so shopkeepers make sure to get that extra point if you used one of the provided fonts from here and maybe check if any movie tag you deliver (or the new batch you might be working on for an update) is on the list over here. Because almost everything related to an Oscar-winning movie is themed. If you're not sure, don't hesitate to ask the mods.
+ Everybody who ordered at the Flourish Bazaar — start to get excited because the orders are unscreened so the tag deliveries can come any day! For everybody who has a stall, make sure to find your orders at this post and deliver the tags you make for points until the end of August and submit your points at the tally post before the deadline ends as well.
+ Gryffindor and Hufflepuff have one spot open each, Ravenclaw has three and Slytherin two, so if you are interested in having a shop just apply over here and start making people happy with tags :)

And now let's go to the interviews:

(It is) Sort of a Compliment by Samantha/valerie_jackson

So the first shop of the bunch is full of awesome colorful tags. You'll find mostly stock tags at the moment (cute animals, yummy food and pretty rain pictures), but the fandom collections are growing. My Little Pony and The Hunger Games are just the beginning, so make sure to keep an eye on the updates because Sam has big plans for her shop.

1. Which are your three favorite tags in your shop right now?

This was one of the first tags I made when I decided to apply for another shop, and as cheesy as it sounds, this tag just reminds me of how much I've improved since the last time I tried running a shop.

This tag is from my old shop, only with updated coloring. Rain is something that just soothes me (hence the whole umbrella motif). I live in southern Utah, which might as well be a desert (I really do love it here, but as soon as I graduate I'm moving to a town where I won't get sun burnt going to get my mail) Maybe I'm the only one who loves rain and these tags won't ever actually get ordered, but they make me happy. :)

I really just like the style of this one. I'm always hesitant to make and/or use my own textures, so to be happy with a few paint streaks as the background for my text is pretty rare.

2. How do you get inspiration and ideas to make new tags?
It's mostly just whims. I tend to do a lot of tags of things that I love most, like rain, and animals, and my favorite fandoms. Sometimes I'll see other tags that I like, and if I start thinking about them, then I tend to notice the little things that I like, and then I might start using text or texture styles inspired by those works. I also spend a lot of time on tumblr, and just want to make tags out of all the pretty things.

3. What are your plans for additions to your shop in detail and/or general?
I could always use more stock tags — things like scenery and travel, and I'm definitely going to be adding more animal tags. A section that I like to call "You and Your Stupid Face" aka "Pretty People Who Make Me Cry" is in the works. I also plan on making a lot of Francis Reign tags in update four-ish, and I would love to put in Avatar: The Last Airbender/Stargate SG-1 sections because those just don't get enough love. :) (There should also be a ton more OUAT and Harry Potter tags. I have a brand new shop so I'm just going a little bit tag crazy right now). I also secretly look up to Nikki/nikkikitty and want to offer the variety/quality that her shop does so really just expect lots of tags every week.

Serpensortia by Trin/belladiavolo

Looking for stock or Disney tags? Then this is one of the shops you should check out, because it's full of them. Highlights are for sure the Grumpy Cat Disney princess fanart tags, and from the various stock collections, I think the sunset tags are fantastic, the used pictures are stunning and I hope there will be some more in future updates.

1. Which are your three favorite tags in your shop right now?
To be perfectly honest, there are a couple of tags that I really adore that I can't talk about yet because they won't be coming to my shop for awhile, but I am super excited to see them finished and in the shop because I'm hoping the reactions will be good. As for what I have NOW — Oh man! The Grumpy Cat Disney ones were fun to do — not only because I LOVE Grumpy Cat, but because I thought the images themselves were laugh-out-loud worthy. I also really like my "doodles" section because it's fun coming up with new designs that I haven't seen before.

2. How do you get inspiration and ideas to make new tags?
I spend entirely way too much time on tumblr and other internet sites. No seriously — I do. And occasionally I find an image or something that just JUMPS out at me. It's something I personally love, or a beautiful color scheme, or just something that I feel would be widely liked (after all, what is the point of having a shop if no one ever orders from it?). When I owned a shop in the past, I would troll Hogsmeade to see what people were ordering during the sigtag sale, and then try to make an update based on that. That goes along with what I said above, I want to see my designs used, not just sitting in my catalog.

3. What are your plans for additions to your shop in detail and/or general?
Oh man! I don't even know yet! Ideally, I would like to do a bunch more stock photography things as there are a great many people with better photography skills than me. I am hoping to maybe expand some of my current sections with other offerings, and again — get a general feel for what people LIKE and would WANT to use.

Lambent Dreams by Jenna/jennashaped

Jenna has opened her shop with a neat fandom collection so far that surely will be expanded with her next updates. So far you can order lovely Orphan Black or Doctor Who tags, for example, as well as rad Hogwarts house crest tags. I especially recommend a look at the book cover tags; they are awesome.

1. Which are your three favorite tags in your shop right now?
I think this one, because I just love the image itself, and I really like how the coloring turned out:

This one, because it was quite low quality to begin with but the texture lent itself nicely, and it turned out better than expected:

And perhaps this one, because I like dull coloring these days, and I love the handwriting font:

2. How do you get inspiration and ideas to make new tags?
Mostly from fandoms I love, but also just seeing what others are interested in, too. Even if they're not my fandoms, and they have awesome looking characters, I think about ways they could be colored, have textures applied, etc. High-resolution images have a way of drawing me in.

3. What are your plans for additions to your shop in detail and/or general?
I want to have a lot of categories for people to choose from, including things I'm not familiar with. I actually wasn't quite sure I'd like my 'book cover' series, and I think I have some practice to do before I get better at images like that, but they're a challenge since they're not an easy crop, they're quite fun because I love to read, and it's a great inspiration.

the bee and barb by Meg/watchpoint

One of our youngest shops at Flourish right now is already full of amazing tags. Meg has mostly fandom tags at the moment, and looking at how cool they are, I can't wait to see what she does once she gets a bunch of stock tags out there. So for now, what can you order? Harry Potter, HiH house tags, Frozen tags and tags from the wonderful movie Her. And I'm just in love with her space tags — that planet fan art is adorable. You should check it out.

1. Which are your three favorite tags in your shop right now?
I don't have many to choose from yet but these are some favorites so far.

I like the muted coloring in this one a lot, especially the color of Ron's hair is prominent. I also really like the light: the lighter background to the left and the darker background to the right.

I like the t-shirts this set is made from, and this is the one I like the most. The colors complement each other nicely, and the background color helps with this. I also feel like this one has the most pleasing balance.

I really enjoy the cute planets from this art, but Mars is my favorite, I think. I love the look on its face. It's not amused by Earthlings sticking stuff on its face.

2. How do you get inspiration and ideas to make new tags?
I have lots of ideas for upcoming offerings and so many fandoms that I enjoy to choose from. The difficult part for me is deciding where to start and what to do next. I might narrow down my options by thinking about what works for a monthly theme, what isn't available in another shop, what I'm currently into, and/or what tv shows are currently airing. Also, I have a suggestion post and suggestions are really helpful to me when I'm deciding what to do next.

3. What are your plans for additions to your shop in detail and/or general?
I know I'll be making tags for the other HP movies and probably some book-related tags. Other than that, I have no specific plans. I'll probably start picking away at some of my favorite fandoms or stock subjects.


This is it for the shops this issue. And now for the link you probably always dream about at night: The Flourish Directory!

Have fun at Flourish HiH, have fun!

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Term XXIX, Issue 05                                                                                                                              Page 3

gryff_lions|Flourish Shoppes|Pirates
By iam4him

^Gryffindor this month.

No new cubs :(

Lions Wandering the Halls of HIH

Morgan/wizbey: 12% of the Moment
Alex/gryffinwhore: Spiral Queen
Martine/la_loony: Lost in the Woods
Alexandra/coolceruleanblu: The Knitted Cauldron
Steph/alwaysawkward: That's Irrelevant
Jess/rhye: Bloodless
Ellie/erzsebet: Drama Bomb
Nikki/stillandstorm: Flower Children
Michi/heartsignite: A Songbird's Dream

We have a slot open if you are interested in running a shop!

Ellie/erzsebet: 10 Wallpapers, 10 Wallpapers, 10 Wallpapers
Michi/heartsignite: 5 icons, 8 Wallpapers

Beth/prongsy: Arrrrt: Pirate Lion, Art: James and Padfoot; Art: Prongs Flowers
Michi/heartsignite: Ficlet: Proposal, Fic: Of Quidditch Players and Cauldron Cakes, Drabbles: The Road to Ever After

Writers Block!

Michi/heartsignite won 3rd place in Writer's Block 4!

Sorted Challenge!

Ellie/erzsebet won 1st place in Sorted Challenge 6!
Morgan/wizbey won 3rd place on Sorted Challenge 6!
Alex/alex_parker won 1st place in Sorted Challenge 7!
Ellie/erzsebet won 3rd place in Sorted Challenge 7!
Ellie/erzsebet won 1st place in Sorted Challenge 8!

Ellie/erzsebet won 1st place in Banners Challenge 2!

We've definitely been hibernating this month. This would be us:

I am just as guilty as everyone. We need to pick it up next month! We need to max out in Hogwarts Icons and Sugarquill! Not to mention Hogsmeade is coming up! We need to dominate Hogsmeade, Lions! We are so close to winning that cup! We can't let Father Gryffindor down! Next month is Prongs' month and I for one cannot wait! No more sleeping! Let's be more like the guy down below! Take no prisoners!

the_puff_house|Flourish Shoppes|Puffs of the Round Table
By flipflop_diva

Happy almost August, my little Puffies! I hope you’ve all enjoyed your summer vacations and are (almost) ready to be back to full power.

For those who are ready now, there are a few fun things happening that you might want to join in on.

First, we have even more bb!badgers! Seriously. Where is everyone coming from? Last term we had pretty much none. Not that I’m complaining. Please welcome Joy/essentialjoy, Melissa/prides13 and our most recent newbie, Emma/17tvfreek! You can find Melissa’s intro post here, so make sure you go say hello to her. For Joy and Emma, feel free to make your own intro posts, so we can get to know you!

If you didn’t see it, the July In-House activity has been posted, and it’s everyone’s favorite type of activity: writing! No, but seriously, this is a cute one. All you have to do is write a drabble about yourself. Yes, see that? About yourself. More specifically, about your adventures as a knight, otherwise known as ‘How you got your knightly name.’ Find all the details here, and get it done before 8a UTC on Thursday, July 31.

If graphics is more your speed, then you are in luck because Caitie/caitieness is hosting an icon battle. Caps and details are posted here, and the battle rages on until 7p on Friday (August 1).

Finally, if you’d rather not do activities and just want to give your opinion on such matters as accessories, then bb!badger Samantha/valerie_jackson needs your help over here.

And now for a few Badger shoutouts to awesomesauce Puffs!
• Congrats to Avi/flyingharmony for being named Puff’s Social Director for next month’s Hogsmeade!
• Congrats to Samantha/valerie_jackson, Johanna/monkiainen and Kristine/flipflop_diva for being our latest Star Sorters!
• And finally, congrats to EVERYONE for stepping it up and winning the Potions Club Character Potions activity.

Also, remember, you can still be social without being active. Check out the weekly roundups for exciting news, stop by Puff Chat to hang with Avi, Caitie, Crystal/bluemermaid, Whitney/csichick_2 and me or come add your name to the spreadsheet.

Until next edition, love you guys lots!

ravenclaw_house|Flourish Shoppes|Vikings
By storminmay

Hello again! It's Emma/storminmay, your Claw Correspondent for Term XXIX! I want to give a big hug and super shoutout to Sam//pretty_panther for taking over as Claw Correspondent for Issue 4 – I cannot thank you enough bb! ♥

  • Don't forget to sign up to make OR receive gifts for our Claws with July birthdays!
  • Go say hello to our fantastic new bb!Claw! Meg//watchpoint posted her new Claw survey, so go chat with her and make her feel lovely and welcomed! We want her to stay, obvs. :3
  • Also, don't forget about the July In-House! I know y'all love you some crosswords and some Claw trivia, so LET'S DOOO IIIITTTTT!!

    Which Claws are flying high? Check it out:

  • Delphine//nearlyconscious maxed out at hh_sugarquill!
  • Christa//c_hrista maxed out at hogwartsicons!
  • Meg//watchpoint earned the special category at sortedchallenge's Challenge 7!
  • Ravenclaw earned the most points at Charms' Flitwick's Tests Part III, Divination's Tessomancy Part 1, and Wizarding Wear's Fashion School at hh_clubs! BOOSH!!

    Our Star Sorters since the last issue have consisted of the always-flawless Jalen//jalenstrix (July week 2), the sensationally scintillating Sea//witches (July week 3), and the fabulously unflappable Giulia//bowl_of_glow (July week 4)! Thanks for elaborating on those votes, bbs! I know our platform_934 applicants appreciate it compared to us slackers I MEAN WHAT.

    All of Ravenclaw's accomplishments from this term are being showcased in the ~TROPHY CABINET~, so go and admire the shinies (and our prefects' pwnsome coding skillz).


    Until next time, stay flawless, Claws!

    cunningfolk|Flourish Shoppes|Vampire
    By autumn_mist

    Welcome to another edition of "Cunningfolk", where I give you a roundup of all the great things that have been going on in our house!

    • CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER for Jenna/jennashaped, Alice/superficiality and Cyn/cyn_ful for becoming our NEWEST Star Sorters of Term XXIX!! Speaking of Star Sorters ... have you been collecting your tags? Now everyone who votes on an applicant gets a shiny tag to display!
    • Have you been checking out either the Motivational Monday or the Snake Attack Sunday posts? If not, you should! Both are filled with tons of fun ways to earn points for our noble house!
    • There is still some time left to participate in the July In-House if you haven't already.

    And last, but not least, don't forget to WIN!! WIN!! SLYTHERIN!!

    Now on to Slytherins Around HiH!


    • Krystal/autumn_mist has posted a new event for the Charms Club that can be viewed HERE. Make sure you're on the ROSTER to get those bonus points!

    • Beth/djmayhem_aubrey has posted a new event for the Slug Club that can be viewed HERE. Make sure you're on the ROSTER to get those bonus points!


    • Congratulations are in order for Tiffany/growling for taking THIRD PLACE in Challenge #8

    • Congratulations are in order for Tiffany/growling for taking THIRD PLACE and Jenna/jennashaped for winning the SPECIAL CATEGORY in Challenge #7

    • Congratulations are in order for Beth/djmayhem_aubrey for taking THIRD PLACE and Jenna/jennashaped for winning the SPECIAL CATEGORY in Challenge #6


    • Alice/superficiality HERE

    • Trin/belladiavolo has posted a fic entitled Snape's One Regret, which may be viewed HERE.

    • Alice/superficiality won FIRST PLACE for Artist Block #1 with her Portrait.


    • Jenna/jennshaped has posted 5 WALLPAPERS, 6 BANNERS, 3 ICONS, which may be viewed HERE, and 8 WALLPAPERS, 2 BANNERS, 1 ICON, which may be viewed HERE


    • Don't forget, you can order a MAX of 10 sigtags from ALL our Slytherin shops located at hh_flourish if you find any that strike your fancy. Our current shop keepers are:

    Cyn/cyn_ful with Ultimate Surprises

    Tiffany/growling with Riddikulus

    Rachel/moony_blues with MoonyDoodles

    Olivia/deshi_basara with three a.m.

    Sam/surmise with Ɣ∃ʁɨϯɐᎦ (Veritas)

    Jenna/jennashaped with Lambent Dreams

    Trin/belladiavolo with Serpensortia

    OR if you are graphically inclined yourself, why not apply for a spot?. There are currently still TWO spots available!

    And always remember Slytherin House — You ARE AWESOME!

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