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Participation Points: 2pts/1kt for the easy puzzle, 3pts/2kts for medium, 5pts/2kts for hard. +5 points if you own a subscription to the Daily Prophet
Deadline: Saturday, December 27th, 11:59pm UTC
Details: At the link there are 3 sudokus puzzles of varying difficulty. Solve one, two, or all 3!
Submit your entries here!
Participation Points: 1st/2nd/3rd/Participation Only: 50/40/30/10 points & 20/15/10/5 knuts, respectively. +5 points if you own a subscription to the Daily Prophet
1st Place: William/mmailliw of Slytherin
2nd Place: Johanna/monkiainen of Hufflepuff
3rd Place: Steph/lotrangel17 of Hufflepuff
► Hogsmeade is now closed. Hope you had fun!!
► Nominations are open for this term’s HiH Awards until December 17, 9pm UTC.
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► Term XXXI Officials Applications are open! Come one, come all! ♥
stolen from Evy with love ♥
► Megan / mahmfic shared a few fic exchanges with us! 1, 2, and 3.
► Jamie / stelladelnordxd posted an imgur.com PSA!
► Carola / carola_d wants to talk about MBTI and a correlation with Hogwarts houses with you!
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Dear Professor Dumbledore,
Is Santa Claus real? My Muggle parents say no, but since they obviously didn't even know magic was real, I feel like they are not the best judges to be answering this question.
Wants to Believe
Dear Wants to Believe,
This is a little tricky to answer... Your parents are sort of right, but not completely right.
What do you think of the Muggle myth of Santa Claus? Flying reindeer? Fat man going down people's chimneys in the middle of the night? I know the wizard world has its share of nutters, but really.
Odd But Not Odd Enough
Dear Odd But Not Odd Enough,
The thing is, the legend of Saint Nicholas — not quite a myth, you see — has passed through so many people and tales that what it's become is almost unrecognizable from what it was. There were some reindeer involved, yes, and a chimney, at one point, but the way Muggles think of Saint Nick now was hardly what Saint Nick actually got up to on a regular basis before.
And that's the other thing about Saint Nick. He isn't entirely just Muggle in origin either...
Who is this Santa person I have been hearing about from my Muggle classmates, and what business has he got ruining the International Statute of Secrecy without reprimand?
Certainly you've got some reason to be alarmed, but as with the case of the Loch Ness monster, the Ministry of Magic has had a difficult time containing his... antics. That said, there is very strong evidence that the wizarding community as a whole isn't in fact in danger of being outed because Muggles know about Santa, since most Muggles assume he is make-believe. All told, I don't believe we have anything to worry about.
Write to Dumbles
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Hello, hello, hello! With Hogsmeade over, I'm sure all of you are absolutely exhausted! I know I am!
Before we get into new stories that have been uploaded in the past two weeks, I'd like to remind everyone about the Sugarquill Exchange.
Assignments were due yesterday, so if you haven't sent in your story/art yet, you should definitely do that as soon as possible. If you agreed to be a pinch-hitter, those should be out later today and are due SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21ST, @ 11:59am UTC. The gifts sent in should be posted anonymous, through the mod, on the 22nd, so look forward to that!
Now, to the new stories!
Yaakov/j_okay of Ravenclaw posted a wonderful little piece about Peter Pettigrew and Severus Snape at Spinners End. Some of my favorite lines must be:
“I’m not trying to escape,” he told the grimy window. “I just want a bit of sunlight!”
“You need to let it go,” he scoffed, waving a dismissive hand. “Whatever the hell it is that makes you so determined to be a miserable bastard.”
It's a story that definitely hits you in the feels with mentions of James and peeks at something a little more behind Peter, which is always interesting. And somehow, it even manages to make you feel sorry for the rat, which is always a good tale.
If you want to tell Yaakov how good her story is, you can do so here.
Johanna/monkiainen of Hufflepuff wrote a wonderful short story about Vernon Dursley's fears over here. She also wrote for the first Saturday Challenge of December, which was Let It Snow, featuring Luna Lovegood, here.
Megan/mahmfic, also of Hufflepuff, posted a short story, featuring Neville/Hannah and a Christmas dinner. You can read that here.
Sam/pretty_panther of Ravenclaw has posted quite a few works. There's this wonderfully sad piece about Cho right after Cedric's death. Sam has also posted this piece about Peter and his decision to stay with Percy Weasley. She also wrote a breakfast club AU featuring Cho, Hermione, Luna, Ginny and Draco. Lastly, Sam wrote something for the first Saturday challenge here, featuring Harry/Ginny and Teddy Lupin.
We've also had some work from a couple of Slytherins. Izabella/nicevenn posted the first six chapters of a holiday drabble series, featuring Harry/Draco. The masterpost for those chapters can be found here. Alley/alley_skywalker posted With All Abandon, an Alecto-Carrow centric piece.
LASTLY. Kristine/flipflop_diva of Hufflepuff posted a wonderful piece featuring Harry/Hermione. It has infidelity, with Hermione being with Ron and something steamy going down the night before her wedding, but you should definitely go read it!
And I leave you with this little snippet. And a request to Kristine for a sequeeeeeelllll. Please? -pouts-
Until next time, readers!
xoxo, stella ;)
hh_sugarquill sortedchallenge hogwartsicons
It's funtime over here in the fanart corner of the Prophet! I hope you're all geared up to see some gorgeous things.
There's some new things to be seen over at sortedchallenge. First and foremost, the banners for Challenge #10 are out! Interested in seeing some gorgeous OotP covers? Then go to this post. Congrats to Tiffany/growling, Olivia/ohcaptain, and Jenna/jennashaped for their placements, and to Caitie/caitieness for winning best use of image. Here's one lovely example, courtesy of Olivia:
You can also check out the banners for Challenge #10 here, and the banners for Challenges #7-9 here.
hogwartsicons has been bumping recently, with plenty of fanmix posts going up, as well as many other goodies. Check out the November roundup for some stats and sigs.
Like instrumental fanmixes? Check out Tiffany's mix for Avi/flyingharmony, which can be found here:
Want to see some gorgeous HBP banners instead? Check out these lovely ones by Bei/sapphoatsunset:
hh_sugarquill has been quiet on the art front recently; however, it should be now known that Whitney/csichick_2 won't be reapplying for SQ mod next term. Go forth, brave artists, and mod! You can apply here.
Welcome to another edition of Clubs at Hogwartsishome, otherwise known as the place that you come to find something to do when you can't fall asleep!
Because it's the beginning of the month, we don't have results for December to post yet, so how about a small recap from the last part of November?
In the Owl Post Secret activity of Guilty Pleasures, Part 2, we saw some very pretty guilty secret graphics.
Evy/slumber of Ravenclaw posted this ode to Jennifer Lawrence
and Meg/watchpoint of Ravenclaw posted this one.
In the Shutterbug activity, This picture I saw in the paper... , we saw some very cute photographs.
Tiffany/growling of Slytherin posted this picture, and William/mmailliw of Slytherin provided a very cute caption:
MINERVA MCGONAGALL CAUGHT NAPPING IN ANIMAGUS FORM
There are some open activities going on right now if you aren't too exhausted from Hogsmeade Weekend.
If you are looking for something different to do, try Herbology Club: Designer Scents and make a perfume for an HP character. Looking for a good old standard activity? Then head to Pronto Potions Puzzle and do the jigsaw puzzle. If you are looking for a nice flash game to play, head to Charms Club: Accio.... Snowballs?. Over at the other place that never sleeps, the Insomniacs Club, you can find Activity XXX-VI: What Happened When?, a nice logic puzzle.
Want a nice recap of open activities? Either click the Weekly Round Up or better yet click on the Current Tag and get everything at once!
So as we head into December, the last month of Term XXX, don't fall asleep in front of your computer!
Head to over hh_clubs and find something to do and earn your house some points.
Ah, we have reached the end of our journey on the Darkside. Before we leave it completely, let’s take a peek at which infamous people share our signs!
Now wasn’t that fun??!
Blah Blah, Disclaimer. Column contents intended in good fun only. Author means no offense and does not think people are this, well, extreme. ♥
Hello Flourish visitors,
Can you feel Christmas breathing down your neck too? If so, make sure it’s not disturbing your read of the Daily Prophet today!
+ Emmy-winning tv show tags are themed just like last month, so if you'd like to check if your show tags are among those, have a look at this list. In case you want more extra points for themed tags, sign up for a technical category here and it will be your personal December/January theme! Options are black&white, borders&frames and repeated images.
+ Keep your eyes on the Flourish Deliveries at Hogsmeade. Maybe someone got you a little something for the HiH birthday ;)
+ There is always room for more shops, so if you are interested in having a shop, just apply over here. We have room for 2 Hufflepuff, 1 Gryffindor, 4 Ravenclaw and 5 Slytherin shops!
And now let’s have a look at where to find holiday and winter-themed tags. Not that you can get them as actual presents for other people (that would be so cool, though), but you can totally get them for yourself. Because you deserve pretty things! So what comes next are links and examples to all the shops that offer holiday and/or winter tags, so you can order like crazy :D
This has been the Flourish Column. Stay tuned next for the cry of all the people around the world who slowly realize that they will probably again have no white Christmas.
It's really upsetting how the weather works.
Have fun at Flourish HiH, have fun!
It’s time to have another look at what is going on in the world of Animagus!
We have two new animagi amonst us, courtesy of the November batch. They are Kara/fluttershy_kisa of Gryffindor, who chose Bengal Cat as their Animagus form, and Jamie/stelladelnordxd of Gryffindor, who chose Bobcat as their Animagus form. Congratulations for completing your animagus transformation! The December batch will be posted soon, so get ready to cast your votes! (That is, if you are still in the books of living after the ordeal known as Hogsmeade Weekend :D)
If you wish to become an Animagus, fill out the application here (and don't forget to get your The Standard Book of Spells Vol 1-3 from Flourish and Blotts before that!). Or if for some reason you don’t feel connected with your Animagus form anymore, remember to submit an essay here before writing a new application.
Tiffany/growling was selected as the November Animagus of the Month, congratulations! There are also shiny new badges added to the Trophy Cabinet — go check them out!
A friendly reminder for everyone with an animagus form: to retain your animagus form and remain on the list of active animagi, you must do one animagus activity a term. Please make sure you participate in one of December’s monthly activities or vote on the December batch of applicants, or else you might be in danger of losing your form. If you’re not sure whether or not you’ve yet participated any activities this term, please see this list for animagi in danger!
Another Hogsmeade weekend has come to a close. Results are just starting to come in, but the Flourish Delivery Post is up. Even if you didn’t order tags, keep your eyes peeled, as there may be some gifts arriving for you. If you filled out a form at the Sigtag Sale or Fic/Art Exchange, check back to see what surprises are waiting for you.
All the activities are over, but I want to highlight a few of my favorites. For social activities, I really enjoyed Evy/slumber’s Taboo post and Kristine/flipflop_diva’s Apples to Apples games.
My favorite of the points-earning activities was the Mayors’ Monopoly game. It was really fun and creative. I also enjoyed the Order’s Karaoke and Jamie/stelladelnordxd’s Birthday Favorites collages.
Until next time!
Hogwarts always looks incredibly beautiful all lit up for the holidays...though perhaps some of its students shouldn't be 'lighting up' in the 3rd floor corridor bathrooms.
Considering the near-bloodbaths resulting in the last couple of Quidditch games held at Hogwarts lately, word's reached this little birdie's ears that the Heads of Houses are either going to close down the season or introduce drastic measures. Could an interhouse tournament not be far from happening? You didn't hear it from here...
Mops Run Amok!
Looks like someone has been charming the mops again! Earlier this week, students had trouble getting down to the dungeons because the corridors were covered in soapy mops. They appeared to be trying to clean the floor but would get agitated when students walked by. Several children ended up in the hospital wing with bruises and upset stomachs.
Got gossip? Tell us here!
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