Hufflepuff House Quiz  

Posted by Violette Black

Here is the house quiz for this week.

1. James Potter and his friends have nicknames for each other - give three names and who they belong to.

2. What are the three Deathly Hallows?

3. What are the four items that belong to the founders of the houses at Hogwarts?

4. What is the Hogwarts Motto?

5. What is the Hogwarts school song (Book 1)?

6. What does O.W.L. stand for?

7. What exams do Hogwarts students take at the end of their 7th year?

8. What form does Snape's Patronus take?

9. Who takes over teaching divination after Trelawney is sacked by Delores Umbridge (Book 6)?

10. Who is Elanor Cadogan's boyfriend? What is his brother's name?

I love love love Diana Lockhart...  

Posted by Cliodna Trelawney in

I nominate her for the best spoiler. Read all about my awesome package on my blog. Warning, I got picture happy.

Thanks you so much Diana. Can I request you for spoiler next term. ;)

Ravenclaw Homework  

Posted by Bevin Rae Mooney in

Aaah, the 9-letter word of our favorite house! This week, this word is being used for your homework.

Here are the rules and directions:
The center letter MUST be used in each word you find (i.e. Crawl, Raw, Arc, etc.)
You can only use each letter once.... since there are two A's in Ravenclaw, you can use it twice.
The letters do not need to be connected to be used... but the R must be in each word.
Blog your list of words by Friday, April 3rd.

OPTIONAL BONUS:
For the 'Claw who loves word scrambles like this, you can add a list of words that do not include the R (i.e. Claw, Law, Awl, etc.) What's the bonus for? Hmmm... we're not telling... you'll have to play and see!!
Have fun!

Dueling Club, Semifinal Round  

Posted by Agatha Vablatsky in

Good evening Duelers! This round's theme is Twilight! I know we're all here because we share a love of all things Harry Potter but these patterns were gorgeous and both are based on items worn in the Twilight movie. So, here goes:

Knit Hat Bracket Pattern
Bella's Hat
Bella's Hat, Ravelry Link

Knit Mittens/Gloves Bracket Pattern
Bella's Mittens
Bella's Mittens, Ravelry Link

Best of luck everyone!

Early Send Bonus  

Posted by Winnie in

Beginning today every house will receive a 50 pts. bonus for each kit that is sent between now and April 17th.
Delivery Confirmation MUST be included.

REMINDER: Mailing Requirements  

Posted by Winnie in

Hello, students!!
I thought that now was a great time to shout out a little reminder of the mailing requirements, especially since kits are flying through the air on trusty and reliable owls as you read this.

Mailing Requirements

For those in the U.S. you will be required to purchase a Delivery Confirmation when you send your package off. Delivery Confirmation provides both proof of mailing and allows you to track your package to make sure that it gets to it's destination. When you purchase the Delivery Confirmation option you will need to email your tracking # to your Head Girl

Requirement: Delivery Confirmation provides proof of mailing at the time of mailing and date and time of delivery or attempted delivery. A delivery record is maintained by the USPS. Delivery Confirmation is available with First-Class Mail and Priority Mail. For an additional fee, Delivery Confirmation may be combined with restricted delivery or return receipt. Each student is required to purchase delivery confirmation. When the package is sent you must email the delivery confirmation to your Head girl so that she may update our databases with the information. Believe me!! Packages go lost more often than we like. Delivery Confirmation is also proof that a package was mailed at all and may save you from being black listed from future swaps if you cut it close to the deadline for sending out your package.

Best Kit
In order to have your kit considered for the Best Kit category you MUST take a picture of your kit before you send it. Email that picture to your Head Girl as well as to Bevin - our Best Kit Coordinator. Many times the kit receiver might not have a camera handy when he or she receives your kit. Wouldn't it be a shame if you poured your heart and soul into your kit, but didn't get a chance to show it off to the whole of Hogwarts???

Suggestion: Flat Rate Boxes
Hopefully many of you know about this option, which the postal service provides. Flat Rate boxes!! Whatever you can fit into this box will only cost you $9.95 to ship, plus your Certified Mail. The joy of it is that you can get the boxes from the postal service for free. You can either order them online or visit your local postal site and request them in person. There is also a larger box option at $12.95.

An Owl Has Landed!  

Posted by Ronnica

I think it may be the first one, which (if possible) makes it even more exciting! :)


My dearest and most sincere thanks go out to Dagmara Grindewald of Gryffindor. Here's a link: http://ronnisroundup.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-kit-is-here.html


And a photo:

Dueling Club, Semi-Final Specifications  

Posted by Agatha Vablatsky in

Hello Duelers! This week I have a super fantastic theme, which shall become obvious on Friday :) Regardless, here are your specifications for the semi-final round of the duel.

Knit Hat
The knit hat will require a skein (less than 100 yards) of bulky weight yarn. You will also be using US 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles – 16” circular and DPNs. Tools include a yarn needle (for tucking in the ends) and cable needle. The gauge is pattern specific, so you'll need to do a gauge swatch when the pattern is released.

Knit Mittens / Gloves
The knit mittens/gloves will require approximately 200 yards of bulky weight yarn. You will also be using US 8 (5.0 mm) double pointed needles and 24" or larger circular needle (or size needed for gauge). You will also need a cable needle, yarn needle, stitch holder and stitch row counter. The recommended gauge is 16 stitches and 24 rows is 4” in stockinette.

The pattern will be released Friday, March 27th at a time TBA but it will be an evening (CST) release. When I can commit to a definite time, I will post the exact release time in the ravelry thread.

Europe Meet!!!!  

Posted by Lizzie Wychwood

We're here! Check out my blog for updates on what we are doing! First post is there now!

St. Patrick's Treasure Hunt  

Posted by Sarah in



It's time for a photo-scavenger hunt! I know it's just after St. Patrick's Day, but leprechauns are year-round, right? I'd like to invite all 4 Houses to participate in this fun scavenger hunt. Here's your lucky list!

cloak
cup (as in Helga Hufflepuff's cup)
devil's snare
diadem
diary
glass eye
gold
leprechaun
locket
owl
picture frame
pint of brew
scar
shamrock
snake
statue
stone
sword
tombstone
wand



You have until midnight PST on Sunday, March 29th.


Please post all pictures in one blog post on your own blog
with labels and, if you so choose, descriptions!

Your originality marker must be visible in each picture. What's an originality marker, you ask? Something that's in every picture to show that you didn't just find the photos on the interwebs! I used my keychain, others have used a peacock feather, a toy animal, or even their thumb!

All participants will get a badge, and the overall winner will get a set of stitch markers from Bumblebirch. Oooh! Pretty!

Bonus points will be given for completeness, speed, and creativity. And if you cheat these leprechauns will eat you. Good luck!

Impromptu Party in the Great Hall  

Posted by Wisteria Lovegood

It seems like a good day for an impromptu party in the Great Hall! Come on by whenever you can!

Where o, Where Do HSKS Students Live?  

Posted by Winnie in

I know that the HSKS 7 2009 Get-Together planning is well underway, but I thought that I would still post this map to aid with further planning.


View Larger Map

House Points  

Posted by Winnie in

These are the cumulative points recorded all the way to the current week - week 7.

1st Place ~ Ravenclaw 113%

2nd Place ~ Slytherin 100%

3rd Place ~ Gryffindor 97%

4th Place ~ Hufflepuff 92%

Ravenclaw Posting Prizes  

Posted by Wisteria Lovegood in

And while Ravenclaw is handing out prizes, I would like to award weeking posting prizes to:

FLEUR DOLOHOV

and

ARRIANA STYLOS

Watch for a cute little owl to be winging your way!

Ravenclaw homework bonus  

Posted by Bevin Rae Mooney in ,

Last week, Ravenclaw gave out a 3 part homework assignment... one mandatory (blogging of course) and two additional optional parts.

Those 'Claws who completed all three were entered into a surprise drawing for some delicious yarn from Crazy 4 Dyeing... and

Fiera Firenze, you won!!
An owl is on the way to you as I type. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Game Well Played!  

Posted by Penelope of Flitwick

Congratulations to Wavery Trimble for being so speedy! I also want to say every one was on thier game. It went so fast GOOD JOB!

Quiddtich Rulings  

Posted by Winnie

I hear that there are grumblings in the ranks, so I feel that a further explanation of the last two Quidditch rulings is in order.

Quidditch ~ Round One

There was a disagreement because Lydia had not seen the further direction to post an additional piece of information from the site. After some discussion I decided to keep the ruling with Rowena of Ravenclaw as winner, but to post the directions above the image during the next round. During round one the direction was there from the beginning and was posted at the same time as the image.

Quidditch ~ Round Two

The win was awarded to Waverly because the extra direction was not posted until after the Snitch had been reported as found by Waverly. That was completely my mistake, because I did not tell Bevin to post that direction until 30 seconds or so after she had posted the image. If the direction was posted at the same time as the image the win would have went to someone else and not Waverly unless she had followed the direction. Though, the direction was mistakenly posted at the bottom of the image the fact that it was becomes a moot point because of the speed at which the image was found.

I'm posting the timeline of this mornings events as proof of how it all went down.

9:20 I asked Bevin to hide snitch
9:20 She said yes
9:22 I sent the Snitch image to Bevin
9:24 She replied and said that she was post
9:26 She emailed me that it was posted
9:27 I posted the clue on the blog
9:31 Rowena found but posted on "Quidditch Clue- Round Two"
9:33 Waverly posted finding on correct blog posting (nothing about the cake was there yet)
9:33 Cassandra C. found but posted on wrong posting
9:33 and :07 seconds I asked Bevin to add the line about the cake
9:34 Bevin added the line
9:34 Clara Clearwater found and posted with the Lime Tea Cake

Round two's ruling stands.

Congratulations To Waverly Trimble  

Posted by Winnie

Boy!!! That went so fast! How did you guys do it?????

My sincerest congrats goes out to Waverly Trimble of Ravenclaw House.

I'm in the Great Hall

Quidditch Clue - Round Two  

Posted by Winnie in

The Snitch, The Snitch
O, Where Could It Be?
Some Will Itch
To Find Before They Flee

Our Beginning Clue
Lies in the Whole Grain
Goodness of One Who is Not Blue
Nope! You Must Use Your Brain
To Think of The Grain
Which Resembles The Clue

ROAR!  

Posted by Penelope of Flitwick


Go Gryffindor!

Slyther on! (take 5)  

Posted by Quinn

Ho-wy cow, did swytherin just catch the snitch?


(Michelle Tanner)

ETA No we didn't this is just a cheer!

Slyther on! (take 4)  

Posted by Quinn

Nice socks Andi!


Where the heck is that darn snitch?

Slyther on! (take 3)  

Posted by Quinn



Slyther on!

Slyther on! (take 2)  

Posted by Quinn

Happy Birthday Phelicia!!!  

Posted by Bevin Rae Mooney

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHELICIA!!!!

HUFFLEPUFF: Top Secret Homework Winner  

Posted by Antonio dela Weasley in ,

Congratulations to the winner of the Top Secret Homework Assignment

Winnifred Hornswaggle
An owl will be flying your way this week!

Snitch Sighting!  

Posted by Winnie in

The Snitch is set to be released Tuesday, March 17th, between the hours listed below:

8 a.m. - 10 a.m. PST

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mountain

10 a.m. - Noon Central

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Eastern

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. London

You can expect the Snitch to be released in the same fashion as last time and there will definitely be instruction on posting something from the site where the Snitch is found as well as posting the direct location of the Snitch.


Quidditch Round Two  

Posted by Winnie in

Please forgive me, everyone! Full day today - started early with TB test check and I completely forgot to post the trivia early. Sorry for any typos! Typing fast and running out the door.

1. On which day did the Order of the Phoenix come to get Harry?
a. Tuesday
b. Sunday
c. Saturday
d. The day of his 17th birthday

2. During all this chaos with voldemort and the Death Eaters, people still had lives to live and Ron's oldest brother, Bill decided to marry Fleur Delacour? Who were the uninvited guests at Bill and Fleur's wedding?
a. Voldemort
b. Death Eaters
c. Scrimgeour
d. Grindewald

3. Voldemort had seven Horcruxes hidden in different places. Six of them were hidden at the Gaunt shack, Hogwarts, a cave, inside Harry, inside his snake, Nagini and Tom Riddles Diary. Did Voldemort hide the last Horcrux inside the Malfoy's vault at Gringotts?
a. Yes
b. No

4. Why did the Dumbledore's move to Godric's Hollow?
a. The reason is unknown
b. They were tired of their old home.
c. The father went to Azkaban
d. It was a better place for their children to grow up

5. Harry and Hermione read a part of "Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore," written by Rita Skeeter. Then they met Dumbledore's brother Abeforth and he told them the same story, just with a few details changed. Which of the following did Aberforth and Rita Skeeter agree on about Dumbdore's past?
a. Why the Dumbledore family moved to Godric's Hollow
b. That Dumbledore was friends with Grindelwald for a while.
c. Why nobody outside the family noticed Ariana much.
d. The reason for Dumbledore's father's imprisonment in Azkaban.

6. When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, they visit the graveyard to see Harry's parent's graves. Harry walks by a tombstone that we later learn belong to tone of "The Three Broother'. The brother buried there once owned what?
a. The ressrection stone
b. The cloak
c. The wand
d. The sword

7. The Trio finds out that Luna had been kidnapped by the Death Eaters , and that they won't give her back until they got Harry Potter. Why did they kidnap Luna?
a. Her father sided with Harry and Dumbledore
b. They though he would come to her rescue
c. She was a muggleborn
d. Her father failed as a Death Eater

8. After Voldemort killed Snape, he left the room and Harry came out from under the cloak. Snape gave Harry some of his memories all the way from when he was a child to just months before. Harry dived into the Pensieve and which of the following did he not see?
a. Dumbldore telling Snape that at some point Snape had to kill him.
b. Snape telling Lily she was a witch
c. Snape and Lily having fun in a potions class
d. Snape talking to Dumbledore on a hilltop

9. On the search of the Lost Diadem, Harry finally gets to takl to the Gray Lady. Who was the Gray Lady when she was alive?
a. She didn't remember because she had been dead for so long.
b. Rowena Ravenclaw.
c. Helena Ravenclaw.
d. A girl who was put in ravenclaw 800 years previously

10. Which of these is not one of Harry or Ron's children?
a. Rose
b. Hugo
c. James
d. Victoria

Picture Scavenger Hunt
These pictures must either be posted to your blog or linked to from your blog.
Lily
Ron
Snape
Luna
Godric's Hollow

Slyther on!  

Posted by Quinn in

Make way for the house of the Snakes!

We've got devilishly charming young rakes.
We'll beat you at Quidditch
And then eat some Spinach
And finish with Honeydukes cakes!
 
GO SLYTHERIN!


Cheering poem for Quidditch!  

Posted by Bevin Rae Mooney in

Ah, a merry game it is, Quidditch
Whether played by wizard or played by witch
Hogwarts All Stars playing against the Ballycastle Bats
And a St. Patrick’s Day match at that!

Who will win the game? Let us guess…
The team to profess speed and alertness
Four houses coalesce, and will not rest
Until the snitch, they posess!

Hogwarts! Hogwarts!!
Dominating Quidditch field and sky
We’ll send those Bats back to Northern I
Then off to the Three Broomsticks we will fly
To celebrate with Butterbeer and mincemeat pie!

Hogwarts! Hogwarts!!
The team to beat
Spectators, never leave your seat
The game will be quick, it will be merry
The Ballycastle Bats will be buried!!

Goooooo Hogwarts!!!!

A Little Cheer to Inspire Our Team  

Posted by Kari Lu Cowell

Here's something I came up with for our match against the Ballycastle Bats on Tuesday! GO HOGWARTS!!!!!!!! :D:D:D:D


Hogwarts, Hogwarts, we're the best! We're the team that never rests!

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, go, go, go! Beat those Bats and steal the show!

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, they're our team! They don't suck like lima beans!

Gooooo, Hogwarts! WOO! YEAH!

Quick Quidditch Competition  

Posted by Wisteria Lovegood in


As everyone is aware, our next Quidditch match will be on Tuesday, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. Coincidently, Hogwarts will be playing a special match against the Ballycastle Bats from Ireland. In preparation for the match, Miss Wartbobble and I challenge everyone at Hogwarts to come up with an original cheer to encourage our Hogwarts All-Star Team on to victory!

Post your best original cheer here by midnight PST on Friday, March 13. A random drawing for a prize will be held from the names of those who post cheers. Let's see just how original Hogwarts witches and wizards can be!!

Points awarded for Quidditch will remain the same as always.

Tea w/Headmistresses!  

Posted by Winnie in


Please join us for tea Tuesday!
I'm a little under the weather, so a nice piping cup of tea sounds delish!!
Someone, please correct me if I've screwed up the times. The PST/Mountain times are the correct starting point.

First Tea

10 a.m. PST
11 a.m. MST
Noon Central
1 p.m. EST
6 p.m. London

Second Tea

5 p.m. PST
6 p.m. MST
7 p.m. Central
8 p.m. EST
1 a.m. London

Happy Birthday Sian Doge!  

Posted by Antonio dela Weasley


Another Hogwarts Birthday!
Birthday wishes to Hufflepuff's own...

Sian Doge
Break out the Cupcakes and Firewhiskey... I mean Pumpkin Juice!
Hope your day was a happy one.
From all your fellow Puffs.

Happy Birthday Cassandra Goode!!  

Posted by Bevin Rae Mooney in

Happy Birthday Cassie Goode!

Hot Chocolate, Apple Tarts and a creamy
Choco-Vanilla-Strawberry cake are being served!!
We hope you have a wonderful day!
Love, Your Ravenclaw housemates

Gryffindor Arithmancy Assignment  

Posted by Lizzie Wychwood in , ,

Gryffindor students, your assignment this week is in Arithmancy.

Firstly solve the sudoku puzzle below, which relies on the 9 numbers used in arithmancy. Then by reference to the given grid, establish the letters indicated by the numbers in shaded cells and unscramble them to indicate a character from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Note that numbers in the top 3 rows of the sudoku represent letters shown in green, with the middle 3 rows representing letters shown in red, and the bottom 3 rows representing letters shown in blue. Post the character’s name on your blog, and describe their personality. You may find the arithmancy guide given here useful.



The assignment is due to be submitted by 12 midnight on Saturday 14th March. Good luck everybody.

Ravelry Problems  

Posted by Jen

Sorry everyone,
I can't get to any Rav page. Am I the only one? Our Antonio said that he couldn't.
If I am not, does anyone know anything about it?
Sitting here bummed....
Violet

Gryffindor: Hogsmeade Assignment winner  

Posted by CentyB in ,

for her History of Magic assignment is

Phelicia Phoenixfire


An owl is on the way with your prize!

HUFFLEPUFF WINNER #2  

Posted by Terri

Ms. Violet Starfire,

the house prize hat has spit your name out as the Winner of Homework #2.

Ravenclaw Posting Prize  

Posted by Wisteria Lovegood

For the 4th week in a row Ravenclaw House has had 100% posting participation. Congratulations to everyone!! The prize for posting this week goes to....

CASSANDRA GOODE

Watch for an owl to be headed your direction with a special little something for you.

Dueling Club, Round 2  

Posted by Agatha Vablatsky in

Good morning Duelers! This round, I attempted to have a theme week with the theme being ‘Diamonds In The Rough’.

Each pattern (with the exception of the newly added crochet gloves, which were a last minute addition) has a diamond motif of some sort within the pattern!

Here are the links for the patterns for round two (including links to the patterns on ravelry in case you would like to look at them).


As always, here are a few reminders: First, NO OVERNIGHT SHIPPING. Second, please email me at hsksduelclub at gmail dot com AND post to the HSKS7 dueling club ravelry thread when you receive your item. This will help both me and all the other duelers keep track of winners. Third, you must send an item to your partner win or lose. If you lose a duel, you can send the partially (or fully) completed item or yarn required to make the item. And fourth, HAVE FUN!!!

Best of luck everyone!

Congratulations Minerva Wood!  

Posted by Bevin Rae Mooney in ,

The Ravenclaw house had some pretty clever and time-consuming homework this week which was done with great wits and many laughs!



What the 'Claws didn't know was that we planned to hold a special drawing for some goodies from the Crazy 4 Dyeing shoppe which is owned by our fellow 'Claw Patonga Pinkstone. All the names were put into a special hat and the winner is:

Minerva Wood!
The Crazy 4 Dyeing store is also having a March Madness sale... 20% off all sock yarn! You can use the link in the Diagon Alley section to the right of this post, or click on the pic above.

Gryffindor Homework Assignment  

Posted by CentyB in ,

This week's homework assignment - with a prize! - is a simple cipher of a quote from Half-Blood Prince.

CVMMT GJJFZY VMJPIY; OCZMZ RVN BDIIT MPIIDIB OJRVMY CDH; NCZ CVY V CVMY, WGVUDIB GJJF DI CZM AVXZ VN NCZ OCMZR CZM VMHN VMJPIY CDH. VIY RDOCJPO OCDIFDIB, RDOCJPO KGVIIDIB DO, RDOCJPO RJMMTDIB VWJPO OCZ AVXO OCVO ADAOT KZJKGZ RZMZ RVOXCDIB, CVMMT FDNNZY CZM.

Hope this is fun for you - please let me know if it's too tricky and you need a hint :) It's due on Saturday, by 11:59p ET.