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#5990 Boggle Tournament Chat Room

Posted by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black on 04 November 2015 - 04:55 PM

Never played Boggle. ... I'm boggled.   :lol:

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#11809 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black on 14 February 2017 - 03:09 AM

You two are just so ..... :wub: :wub:



Here's some coffee for Sirius ...




(Heart-shaped) Flamingos for Maxim




And magically-multiplying-so-they-never-run-out strawberries and/or pizza for all of us :D





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#11808 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Sirius Fudge on 14 February 2017 - 01:13 AM

It was nearly midnight and the common room of the Sett was empty, except for Wilbur picking some forgotten gobstone pieces. The members of the Operation sneaked and got their operation done


The wall with Helga for sure also got some makeover.



The operation members also left a message to all those reading it:


And with that, the Operation Members had a high five and quietly went asleep in their dorms.

P.S. Yes, you got it right. Our slav, err, Mini, Maxim did all the decorations. I just drank my coffee.
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#9609 Welcome Lions, Snakes, and Eagles!

Posted by Gail Allen on 24 October 2016 - 12:14 PM

Blueberry muffins!
That's so homely! We have them in the Roost as well. :sits down and noms on one:

My name is Gail - sorry I shouldn't be talking while I eat :swallows:
There, that's better. I am a first year Ravenclaw - very ickle. Actually I'm almost an egg still having joined HOL only two months ago. But it feels like so much longer. There is just so much to do and so many thing happening that you can be a part of. I really am enjoying myself and very much regret not joining a few years back when I first discovered HOL, but didn't have the time I do now. Though maybe I would have been sad then that there were so many things I wanted to be a part of that I couldn't be because I didn't have the time. Maybe.

Also I feel very at home here in the sett. I have always felt that if not Ravenclaw (where I have admittedly always felt I belonged) I would be a hufflepuff. I feel that the hufflepuff values are the ones that best suit me after Ravenclaw's. And that maybe your house's are perhaps the most noble of all the houses. Not the most flashy by any means, but very noble. :badger: :wub: 

Hope to see you all around HOL!

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#16995 Week 1 - Professors - Discussion

Posted by Zen McGregor on 12 September 2018 - 08:26 AM

Lots of professors at Hogwarts are worth mentioning, but I am surprised that not many of you are mentioning Prof. Flitwick. The way he treats students, his willingness to teach them and transfer his own knowledge is remarkable. He is an expert in his field and I could not imagine a better person to teach me something as fundamental as Charms. Not to mention the display of his courage alongside the others during the Wizarding War in the Battle of Hogwarts against Lord Voldemort. Always ready to go above and beyond his responsibilities, Prof. Flitwick is definitely an asset to Hogwarts that should be long cherished.

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#16993 Week 1 - Professors - Discussion

Posted by Astaria Rivers on 12 September 2018 - 03:40 AM

Ivy, mentioning Charity Burbage is great! I agree with you in what you said that she stood up for what she believed in. Sometimes standing up for what we believe in can be a death sentence whether it's literally, as it was in her case, or figuratively such as in a person's reputation. It is also a cool thought in what you said about muggles having to figure out ways to do things without magic. They are forced to be more resourceful in what they do and creative in the way they get things done, whereas we witches and wizards cast a spell and it's done for us. I sometimes believe we don't know the value of a day of hard work.


Maxim, Prof. Grubbly-Plank is a character I would also like to learn more about. She's mentioned so briefly, but the points you brought up about how she never mistreated Hagrid, even if his classes were lacking in the way of students really being taught. I think she sees his enthusiasm and joy for magical creatures, and since she also has a passion for them, maybe that is why she can understand him somewhat. Some people are not meant to teach no matter how passionate they are about a certain subject.


Arianna, about Prof. McGongall, the part that gets me the most is also when she brings the statues to life. I can't remember if this is in the books, but I know in the movie she states that she's always wanted to use that spell. I loved McGonagall to begin with, but that statement made me love her even more.


Elena and Sirius, while I do love Prof. Trelawney, I think I would enjoy Firenze's way of teaching much more. Planetary divination or whatever he wants to call it would be my calling as that is what I am into. Celestials bodies are mindblowing to study and watch. Astronomy fascinates me as does astrology and how the planets move and affect our lives. If I had to choose one of them to take a class with, it would be the beautiful Centaur. Also like you said, he risked a lot accepting the job at Hogwarts and helping Harry out in his earlier years.

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#16923 Coming Attraction - Welcome

Posted by Prof. Felicia Hartwick on 09 September 2018 - 12:15 AM

Welcome to The Supporting Cast of Harry Potter


We love the Harry Potter books (and movies) and follow the adventures of The Trio with great glee and anticipation. We're also very aware of some of the main characters of the books -- Professor Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, Rubeus Hagrid, Lord Voldemort ... but what about the rest of the people who fill up the stories?




awesome graphic created by Sirius Fudge


Starting September 10th, we plan to celebrate The Supporting Cast of Harry Potter.  Four weeks of looking at Professors, Students, Shops and Shop Keepers and Animals in a way that maybe we've not done before.  All of HOL Hogwarts is welcome to participate, have fun and earn Diamonds.    


We will have three or four things for you to do each week, plus daily trivia, so be prepared for a wild ride!     :cheer:


All challenges and/or activities will be due on October 10th (HOL 11:59pm).  We will, however, be offering bonus Diamonds to those who finish them within a week's time of the activity being posted.   


If you participate in at least half of the activities presented, you will earn a nice Award to add to your treasures!              supporting_Cast_-_Fels_-_award_40x40_2.p

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#11826 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Prof. Felicia Hartwick on 14 February 2017 - 08:55 PM

What a lovely surprise that I came home to right now.


After celebrating Valentine's Day with 24 8 - 9 year olds I just wanted to sit down and relax.


Which I did, and come to the Sett.


And what do I find?.... wonderful Valentine messages from some lovely, sneaky people.


Thank you all ... it made my day.  


*tosses heart shaped confetti into the air* :confetti:

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#11810 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Riliey Starshine on 14 February 2017 - 04:04 AM

Thank you Maxim and Sirius for my valentines! This was an awesome idea, it totally made my day!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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#5989 Boggle Tournament Chat Room

Posted by Leonie Munslow on 04 November 2015 - 09:39 AM

I love boggle, so I'm really happy! I've only played with my family before, but I like to think that I'm fairly good at it  :)

I'm really excited about this!

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#17336 Supporting Cast of HP - Trivia

Posted by Astaria Rivers on 09 October 2018 - 03:56 PM

Thanks for the trivia! They were great questions!

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#17216 Week 4 - Animals - Discussion

Posted by Vanessa Tilley on 01 October 2018 - 12:30 AM

One of my favorite animals in Harry Potter has to be Pigwidgeon!  First off, that is just a fun name is say.  Aside from that, Pigwidgeon reminds me of our Dachshund Comet.  Pigwidgeon has a lot of character and is a kind of comic relief.  Again, I also have a special place in my heart for him because he is small but that doesn't stop him from carrying and delivering letters that are bigger than him.  I think he tries to show off because of his small stature trying to show that he can hang with the big boys and It is just so adorable!  Finally, he is described as being loud and somewhat annoying which I myself am. :P  Just ask my friends or husband ;)

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#17138 Week 2 - Students - Discussion

Posted by Will Lestrange on 22 September 2018 - 03:40 AM

I was tempted to go to a different era, but I'll say that one of my personal favorite students is Blaise Zabini.  The dynamics of Hogwarts dorms can be absolute torture:  you're with the same small group of people every year - and if the majority of them form a clique that excludes you, you're reminded of this fact every night!  But Blaise managed to excel despite 75% of his dormmates being "Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle"... building his own reputation using his own connections, mystique, and skills.  And as it turned out, he managed to beat out Draco Malfoy in Professor Slughorn's eyes; he was the only Slytherin out of that particular dorm to be invited into the Slug Club!  I really wish we knew more about him (besides the "blood traitor" mark he made - quite possibly for show) - as he could have definitely shown a different side of my house than "Draco Malfoy and his sycophants/followers"!

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#17067 Week 2 - Students - Discussion

Posted by Arianna Stonewater on 17 September 2018 - 12:03 AM

I think we can all agree the obvious answer to who would the books be incomplete without is Neville! However, he's not my favorite. I actually had to think about this, and I had a tough time, as most of my favorite characters are adults and not students. I think I'll have to go with Colin Creevey. He is so adorable, and he's pretty much what I imagine I would be like attending Hogwarts. Since its unlikely that I'd unknowingly be famous, my experience as raised-by-Muggles, oblivious-to-magic witch would be very different from Harry's (plus I like to think I'm a good deal smarter, though I'm not quite into research as much as Hermione.) He is so innocent and genuinely happy and excited! 

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#17032 Week 1 - Professors - Discussion

Posted by Will Lestrange on 15 September 2018 - 02:14 AM

I was thinking about naming an "evil" professor like one of the Carrows as a favorite simply because of their intriguing approaches to teaching... but I don't think I can count either of them as a favorite in any meaningful way!  Looking at minor characters who teach but aren't so minor that we don't really know anything about how they teach?  I'm going to go with Firenze, one of the Divination teachers at Hogwarts.  Compared to the other Divination teacher at Hogwarts, Sybill Trelawney, it becomes transparent that Firenze is the only Divination teacher who is actually willing to teach the limits of his art (i.e. that even the most skilled Seer can't predict the future with 100 percent accuracy).  His approach, along with the fact that he's willing to defy his entire species, make him a favorite of mine!

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#16966 Week 1 - Professors - Discussion

Posted by Arianna Stonewater on 11 September 2018 - 01:51 AM

I love Professor Minerva Mcgonagall! She is clearly an intelligent woman, with a bazillion different talents! She played quidditch, she teaches one of the most difficult and precise subjects, she did the work to become an animagus for goodness sakes!

All of her awesomeness and she still finds glee in something like bringing the castle statues to life. She is also someone who deeply cares. Finding out about her backstory made me love her even more!

She has had to make many difficult decisions and sacrifices in her life, especially when it comes to her love life. I was so happy to hear she did briefly have bliss! I have so much respect for her.
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#16952 Week 1 - Professors - Discussion

Posted by Iverian Gnash on 10 September 2018 - 04:01 PM

  I have to say that Charity Burbage is probably one of my favorites. She is mentioned very little in the books. She was the muggle studies teacher and she stood up for what she believed in. She believed that Muggles were just as good as witches and wizards and they should be treated equally. I agree with this to a certain extent. I think that muggles should not be used as slaves for witches and wizards. In some ways, muggles are better because, since they don't have magic, they have to create an alternative non-magical way to deal with day-to-day problems. This just shows their creativeness and resourcefulness. We know that Charity Burbage or Professor Burbage was later captured by the death eaters and killed by Lord Voldemort at a death eater meeting. She died fighting for what she believed in.

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#16945 Week 1 - Professors - Discussion

Posted by Astaria Rivers on 10 September 2018 - 12:52 AM

I've said it before, but one of my favorite supporting professors is Sybill Trelawney. I would still love to do a case study of her. From a psychological perspective, she seems to have some sort of anxiety disorder. She sees the worst of what could happen and can't deviate from that path, something in my field that we call catastrophizing which is classic behavior. She makes predictions of things that may or may not come true, usually they don't, but they are always dark and grim. In the thought process, one would need to look at all possible scenarios. I am thinking of the time where she refuses to sit at the staff table because there would be 13 of them there. Of course, we are also dealing with the world of magic and that has a few different rules than in the muggle world. I start to wonder if Trelawney was this way before her feared prophecy of the Dark Lord and Harry Potter or if that prophecy triggered some sort of change in her once she realized what was going on which can sometimes happen. All of a sudden, something we thought would happen sets into motion and then everything after that seems fearful or dim. She is also a very sensitive soul and drowns out her problems with sherry which she often smelled of, a sign of addictive behavior that is often seen in those with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). I will always find her intriguing.

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#12602 Doves -- and a Hummingbird

Posted by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black on 27 June 2017 - 06:02 PM

What a lovely couple of days. Yesterday I woke up to Hedwig's theme playing in my head and yes, it was the 20th anniversary date of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone!


All kinds of celebrations are held in all kinds of places, including Facebook where, if you type Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw or Harry Potter, a wand magically appears and sheds all kinds of sparks on the page!


But today ...


I've got a bird feeder and all kinds of creatures come visit and feast.  For years I've heard doves but they never came by.  Finally, in April, one came to feed.  :cheer:


This morning, there were TWO doves at the feeder!  Then a little while later, a hummingbird came and perched on a branch about 4 feet from me (where I was sitting in a chair very very quietly).


A gorgeous day.


How is your day?  See any bird or critter people to come and say hi?


EDIT:  I'm thinking I need a bird bath. Something from which they can drink, above ground level.  I have a tray (1-1/2 inches - 2 inches deep and about 14"x14" rectangular) on the ground, but ... something on a stand would be nice. Sure it would freeze in the winter, but then, so does the tray on the ground freeze in the winter and I have to clean out ice and put in fresh each morning.

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#11811 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Hanna Inari on 14 February 2017 - 05:24 PM

Yeah, thanks a lot! Your postcards brightened my day.  ^_^

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