Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Quidditch, Round 1

1. What was Harry dreaming about the first time he woke up with his scar on fire?
b. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill him

2. What is the problem with leprechaun gold?
a. It vanishes after a few hours

3. Why did Mad-Eye Moody turn Malfoy into a ferret?
c. Malfoy attached (I assume this should 'attacked') Harry when Harry's back was turned

4. Sirius warns Harry to be careful around Karkaroff because he had been a Death Eater. Which one of the professors at Hogwarts, who also used to be a Death Eater, is frequently bothered by Karkaroff?

5. Voldemort could have used the blood from any foe to make the potion that revived him work, but he held out for Harry's blood. Why?
c. The special protection Harry received from his mother would also pass to Voldemort

6. How old would Frank have been on his next birthday?
d. 77

7. Amos Diggory works for?
b. The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures

8. Who shared a carriage with the three friends on the way from the train to Hogwarts?

9. What date in October did the delegates from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arrive?
a. 30th

10. What color were Percy's dress robes at the Yule Ball?
a. Navy Blue

Picture Scavenger Hunt
Mr. Ollivander

Mad-Eye Moody


World Cup Tournament

Dark Mark

Monday, January 28, 2008

Knitting Socks spell

My mother has given me permission to blog about our family spell for knitting socks. It is not really something they teach in school and it is ever so useful.

The basic spell is 'texetis.' You can use this on a specific pattern by setting the yarn and needles on the pattern. This is a bit tricky though. Don't do it near your yarn stash or another pattern because you could end up knitting something else entirely! I tried to make a bulky weight cabled purse one time and it picked up a lace weight shawl pattern. I have a pretty cool blanket now, though.

So if you just have a cool yarn, which I know so often happens, you can just think (hard) of the basic pattern. Really think about the details if you have something particular in mind. Or you can just say the spell and it will knit up into whatever the yarn wants to be.
  • Socks - texetis pedalos
  • Gloves - texetis chirothecam
  • Scarf - texetis amictorum
  • Sweater - texetis sudacula
You can get some really amazing stuff items this way, just letting the yarn design the item. I love buying handspun, -dyed yarn and letting the yarn pick any cables or lace or whatever else it wants to be. I am pretty sure that a lot of those designs in muggle knitting magazines are from clever witches who scratch out the pattern from a yarn that picked its own design!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ravenclaw House Quiz #2

For the second piece of Ravenclaw homework, this lovely word scramble. It was tough! I forgot that Sirius signed as Snuffles, so that threw me for a loop right there.

1. RWIDZTAIR UANONETRMT - Triwizard Tournament

2. NRNAGIHAU RAHNIOTL - Hungarian Horntail

3. AEEMDY ODYOM - Madeye Moody

4. ARTI KEESTRE - Rita Skeeter

5. ELSAUAEPBNKS - Unspeakables

6. ULSFENFS - Snuffles

7. NEPSVEIE - Pensieve

8. RMUEIIPS - Imperius

9. TREUEEBTBR - Butterbeer

10. ROFELIBT - Firebolt

Saturday, January 19, 2008

My classes

Well. What a night I had. That crazy little canary that has been following me around seems to have stablized and is at a constant translucence. Last night she got me to follow her down to the Great Hall around midnight were the ghosts and house elves seemed to be having some sort of mellow party. All sitting around drinking tea and talking. It was quite a scene. I am glad they were all having such a good time, but I ran off before they could catch me snooping.

Other than that, I am enjoying all my classes. They are challenging and fun. I wish my Enchanted Kits class were a little more faced paced, but it is an extra curricular class and if it took up too much time, I would probably fall behind in my other classes.
  • Astronomy - I love learning all the stars. Plus I am a night owl, so having a class at midnight is just great!
  • Charms - Charms are fun and silly.
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts - This class is creepy, but at least the new teacher makes it a little more pleasant with something nice to look at...
  • Herbology -What a strange class. I never thought gardening could be so interesting.
  • History of Magic - I am surpised that I am enjoying this class. My parents never too much interest in the history of magic, so they never really told me much about it. Lots of interesting things went on. Too bad the teacher can making the most gorey goblin battle dull. I have enchanted a paper to visually display pictures of what he is talking about so it is not so bad now.
  • Potions - We haven't done anything too interesting yet. I don't really care what all the names for a plant are, though, I guess it is important so that I don't mix the wrong things. The little canary seems most interested in this class, hoping around on my desk all the time.
  • Transfiguration - I am not sure I understand the purpose of this class. How often is that when I need a cup, the only thing handy is a rat...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What a clutz!

I couldn't post last night because I was so busy cleaning up after myself. I dropped my whole potions kit next to my bed. I can't believe some of the stuff that came out of that mess. I now have a very strange pet canary. I don't think anyone else can see her. She seems to be pretty nice though. And she seems to be fading with time.

I had to use an adaptation of the anti-intruder jinx on the door so I could clean up my mess before anyone saw what I did. I fixed the burnt spots on the floor and got all of the ingredients back in their respective bottles and bags. What a mess though. I don't think that room will ever smell the same. Mind you, now it smells like burnt cookies, so it could be worse.

And a note to my lovely prefect, I am checking in with the hsks4 blog basically every day. Most often more than that. It is just too exciting.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ravenclaw House Quiz #1

I finished my first homework assignment from the Ravenclaw House Prefect. Very exciting perusing everyone's blogs.

1. Name 4 housemates who have revealed their Patronuses and list the form their Patronuses take.
a. Fleur Lovegood - Phoenix
b. Cassandra Hokirk - Eagle
c. Minerva Kwikspell - Eagle
d. Ferula Vector - Eagle
Am I seeing a pattern?
EsmereldaBeanswallow - wolf
Patonga Pinkstone - Tiger
Lavender Ackerly - Tiger
Fluer Crockford - Hydra!

2. Who attended the first meeting of the Ravenclaw Knitting Club?
Elanor Cadogan
Gabriella Clearwater
Fleur Lovegoods
Esmerlda Beanswallow
Cassandra Hopkirk
Millicent Brocklehurst
Minerva Kwikspell
Enid Black
Allitrya Spelling
Mafalda Ackerley
Serafina Starfire

3. Name the housemate who likes to knit with peacock feathers.
Fluer Lovegoods likes to knit with peacock colors

4. Name the Ravenclaw who spent the New Year at Hogwart's Costume Ball.
Emma Diggory with her son Grompton (as Harry) and Husband Rodolphus

5. Which Ravenclaw got the first howler?
Lavender Ackerly for turning half the clothes in the closet with her coat purple. At least I am not the only forgetful Ravenclaw.

6. Name 5 different types of wood used in the wands of Ravenclaws and name the housemate having that wand.
a. ebony
b. maple
c. holly
d. tulip
e. hawthorn

7. Who accidentally ate a toenail flavored Every Flavor Bean?
Serifina Starfire. What a way to start your stay at Hogwarts!

8. Who cast a noise dampening spell before going to bed and then overslept?
Esmerelda Beanswallow

9. Besides the HSKS4 blog, on what blog will you find the Ravenclaw Anthem?
Minerva Kwikspell, right in the side bar

10. Which housemate has a Muggle cellular phone?
Victoria Black has a cellular broadband card, but that is a card for the laptop that uses the cell phone waves to connect to the internet (I know this Muggle guy, 'nough said. He's cute though.)

My wand

Wood type: holly
Length: 11½ inches
Core: Dragon Heartstring

get your own wand!

Holly: Holly is the strongest of the protective woods. It is used to guard against evil. In fact, Holly means "holy". Holly wands excel at combat, defense, and protection spells. It is also useful in glamour's and warding. This wand tends to pick an owner who's brave and pure of heart, not to mention has a high intelligence.
Holly's personality is Determined
Element: Fire

Dragon Heartstring: Wands with Dragon Heartstring cores are excellent for hexes, or for dueling, not to mention fire magic. They tend to choose a witch or wizard who is strong not only physically, but also emotionally, and who usually has very strong opinions on things, though they often tend to be strong willed and thickheaded as well.

Looks like I am going for fire, since both wood and core are meant for fire.

Earlier I had gone to a lesser wandmaker and he told me that I needed a Holly wand with a unicorn hair core. Here is the difference:
Unicorn hair: Unicorn Hair is best for those with pure intentions, and is almost never wielded by someone intending to use their wand for evil purposes. Especially good for love, defense and healing magic.

Monday, January 14, 2008

I'm here!

Phew! I am all settled into my room with the other Ravenclaw first years. I have some interesting tidbits about myself I thought I would share here.
My patronus - a badger. Which is really strange since I got sorted into Ravenclaw.

Family - My mother is Celestina De Mimsy Porpington and my father is Sir Nicholas Ackerley.
My brother, is the infamous
Xantian The Insane. He really isn't as awful as everyone says he is. The chicken incident was truly a misinterpreted accident. It's head was like that to begin with.

Anyways. I better finish unpacking. I am looking forward to my class with
Miss Mandy Finch-Fletchley about Enchanted Kit Planning so I can do better in the Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 4.