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    Word chain

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    Would you Rather...

    Heights I suppose as I'm less likely to encounter them as often as darkness Would you rather be extraordinary but never have the chance to prove yourself or ordinary and constantly forced into the spotlight?
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    True or False

    False, actually. While paperbacks have their appeal, I think there's just something magical about the weight of a hardback. Has more bookmarks than they'll ever conceivably use
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    Happy Birthday Zee!

    Happy birthday to the one and only Prof. Zenix James! Zee, hope you have an incredible day full of glitter (and maybe some snow)
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    Point Earning Opportunities (Spring 2018)

    The Book Club are celebrating the many ways people experience the magic of the written word with the annual Harry Potter Book Festival. Three tasks worth 10 points each are released weekly and there are 90 points up for grabs in total. Get on over to the Book Club section of the main forum to join in. The deadline for week 1 is 11.59 PM HOL-time on Sunday 4th Feb. the Serpentimes is already gearing up for their next issue, themed around you, so get your article ideas in early. Check out the Dungeons for info Deadline: 15th March
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    Point Earning Opportunities (Autumn 2017)

    The Book Club are celebrating the many ways people experience the magic of the written word with the annual Harry Potter Book Festival. Three tasks worth 10 points each are released weekly and there are 90 points up for grabs in total. Get on over to the Book Club section of the main forum to join in. The deadline for week 1 is 11.59 PM HOL-time on Sunday 4th Feb. There's still a little time to get Drabbles and Stories in for the next issue of the Alte Sententiam. Check out the posts in The Great Hall on the main forum for details. Deadline: 31st January the Serpentimes is already gearing up for their next issue, themed around you, so get your article ideas in early. Check out the Dungeons for info Deadline: 15th March
  7. The easiest way to help out your house and show your lion’s pride is to earn points! There are lots of ways you can do this so you’re bound to find some that play to your strengths. In this post, I’ll give you a brief run-down of the regular point earning opportunities available to you. Whenever a new one opens up throughout the Autumn Term, I’ll post it as a reply so keep checking back! The first and most obvious is to take part in classes. Most classes will give you the chance to earn 60 points a month through homework and extra credit. If you take several classes (even if you don’t have the time for the maximum of 5 every term), those 60 points soon mount up to quite a tidy haul. Class sign-up opened on September 1st 2017 so remember to put your name down for the classes that interest you and get sending in that homework! (It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the individual assignment deadlines so that you don’t run out of time or put too much pressure on yourself) The next are the creative projects offered by the Hol Library and art department. If you enjoy getting artsy or brushing up on your writing, have a look at current and past projects, as well as keeping an eye open for new ones. Finally there are the house newspapers. These are a great chance to earn plenty of points by writing about what interests you. If articles and reviews aren’t your thing, most also offer creative prompts and even the chance to submit your own puzzles, recipes, graphics and many other things. All of them have different windows for submitting so be sure to check The Great Hall on the Hol Forum and the Common Rooms for announcements from the editors of each (I’ll be doing my best to keep you clued up about the deadlines for all of them here too). The most important thing to remember is that whenever you have some spare time to get journalistic, you’re almost certain to find a home for what you come up with. Visit our own Paw Print: http://pp.gryff.net/ Slytherin’s SerpenTimes: http://holserpentimes.weebly.com/ Ravenclaw’s Alte Sententiam: http://altesententiam.weebly.com/ And Hufflepuff’s Wizarding Times: http://padfootsportkey.us/Wizarding-Times Throughout the term, there will be unique and exciting activities to take part in which will give you the chance to earn points along the way. Remember to check my replies to this thread for announcements and reminders about anything that might be occurring!
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    What's Under the Tree?

    Even if you don't celebrate Christmas yourself, the residents of Hogwarts go for it in a biiiig way. So, let's help them out by suggesting gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for castle dweller! I'll start us off by naming a character at the end of this post, the person after me has to suggest an appropriate present for that character and then give the next person a character to ponder. Hopefully, it'll end up looking like this: Person 1: Albus Dumbledore Person 2: Socks! How about McGonagall? Person 3: A tin of Ginger Newts. What about.... And so on.... So, to start, what should we buy for... Neville?
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    Happy Birthday Zach!

    Happy Birthday to enthusiastic and dedicated lion, Zach Jameson! Hope it's an amazing one
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    Point Earning Opportunities (Autumn 2017)

    HOL is hoisting the mainsail and taking to the seas for a school-wide game of Battle Ship. There are plenty of points to be earned so be sure to check out the 'Battle Ships' section of the main forum for details. Don't worry if you don't have a team, you can sign up as an individual and be matched with a crew. Deadline for Sign-ups: January 4th The Serpentimes is still open for submissions so curl up with your keyboard and get writing on the theme of hibernation (or anything else you feel like contributing, of course). Remember their exclusives are a fun, easy way to snag some extra points. Deadline: 15th January Quick Update: As of this morning, there were 3 Gryffs in the top 10 of the point Earners list, Keep up the amazing work you guys!
  11. A massive congratulations to Amanda for the hard work that led her to be crowned Mx Gryffindor. You did the house proud!

    1. Amanda P. X. Sim

      Amanda P. X. Sim

      Oh gosh I just saw this! <3 Thank you so much Sky!

  12. Fun and games on IRC at 5 PM HOL-Time! Come join us in #gamesroom: it's the perfect chance to mingle with other HOLers. Even if you're totally new to IRC, it would be a great time to stick a toe in.

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    Point Earning Opportunities (Autumn 2017)

    Secret Elf has launched on the main HOL forum! You can give a gift to another HOLer, receive one yourself and earn 30 points as a bonus on top of all that. Go to the HOL forum and find the Secret Elf Subforum (or use the blog post on the main page) and get yourselves signed up. Deadline: 5th December
  14. Go dive in to our seasonal 'Choose Your Own Adventure' activity! There's a whole castle full of party preparations for you to explore.

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    True or False

    Mmm, true! And now I want some, darn it Actually Llikes the winter
  16. Games and fun on IRC at 5 PM HOL! It would be amazing to see some lions there! Join us in #gamesroom

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    Happy Birthday, Patrick!

    A very happy birthday to 3rd year Quidditch enthusiast, Patrick James! Hope it’s an amazing day.
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    Point Earning Opportunities (Autumn 2017)

    You have an extra week to sign up for Mx HOL. Go bring glory to Gryffindor! (...and earn us some points too) Updated deadline: 11th November
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    Duck, Duck, Goose

    Goose. *hides*
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    Word chain

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    Duck, Duck, Goose

    Darling Amy, please change your signature to 'Exalted queen of graphics, efficiency and fluffiness' for 48 hours. Duck
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    Innocent or Guilty?

    Sooo guilty. Neck deep in it Has gotten into a really passionate rant about some Harry Potter related matter that someone else misguidedly commented on.
  23. It’s nearly time to board the Hogwarts Express for the autumn term! Reading and equipment lists have gone out, your family has dragged you off to the shops and there is an ominous pile of stuff sitting on your bed. Whether this is your first or even your tenth Term at HOL, you still have to somehow wedge everything you’ll need into your trunk. Roll up your sleeves and let’s tackle the packing! Books? Check. Quills? Check? Robes? Check! But what about the more exciting stuff? What personal items will you be taking to dress up your dorm, remind you of home or help you pass the time? Your Gobstones Set? That lumpy unicorn jumper Auntie Gladys knitted you for passing your exams? That new, super cool model of the solar system from Diagon Alley? Or maybe just a massive box of chocolate frogs. Post below the top 10 personal items you’ll be trying to fit into your trunk before you trundle off to King’s Cross (you can include pictures, should you so wish). It’d also be cool to hear why you couldn’t possibly leave home without them. For more fun activities to get you ready for the new term, remember to check out the ‘Off to School’ section of the Hol Forum
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    Superlatives! (2016-2017)

    We’re gearing up for another amazing school year so what better time to look back on what was awesome about the last one? Or should I say ‘Who’. HOL is wonderful but it wouldn’t be the place it is without the people who stroll the castle corridors. So it’s time to remind them just why they’re so tremendous by handing out some completely made up but very shiny prizes! This is wide open for all houses and anyone (students, professors, post graduates, ghosts, even giant squids) is welcome! Gryff is giving you a chance to make up your own award for those friends, professors or team mates who make your time on HOL memorable (or maybe even just people you see around now and again who you think deserve an imaginary trophy). You can be as silly, sappy or serious as you like. For instance, for my first presentation, I’d like to award… Prof. Missa Matz- ‘The Order of the Golden Wader’ For her fearless traversing of the sapping swamp of tedium that is Common Room Registration approvals. Post your awards below along with your reasons why (should you want to share them) and I’ll edit them into this post so everyone can see what beautiful, jewel encrusted gongs they’ve received! But folks, please keep your acceptance speeches to 5 minutes maximum, okay? Awards Received Amanda P. X. Sim: The Paw Full of Plumes Award Gail Allen: The Viking Bread Award Jonah Gilmore: The Mischief Managed Award Kendra Givens: The Funnel Cake Award Kim Alting: The Fantastic Pharmacists and Where to Find them Award Marie Dark: The Pur-fect Publicist Award Maxim Trevelyan: The Ticklish Jellyfish Award Nicole Dark: Mischief Managed Award Patrick James: The Quality Quidditch Medal Prof. Amy Lupin: The Miraculous Ifficiency award Prof, Dario Brighton: The Sassy Techie Super Hero Sunglasses Squirrel Award, The Awesome Problem Solver Award Prof. Hailey Potter : Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mentor Prof. Missa Matz: Order of the Golden Wader, Sweet Momma-bear Award Prof. Tarma Amelia Black: The One Award to Rule Them All Rowan Wildsmith: Order of the Copper Compass Sky Alton: Muggle-Life Acumplisher Award, Most AMAZING AWESOME PERSON EVER award Vanessa Tilley: Order of the Platinum Paintbrush (Massive credit to Prof. Hailey Potter for the idea and working out the logistics last year)
  25. Crests are very important in the Wizarding world. There are our own house badges of Lion, Eagle, Badger and Snake that all come together to form the symbol of Hogwarts. There are the crossed wands and stars of our fellow school, Beauxbatons - not unlike the crossed wand and bone of St Mungo’s Hospital. And there are also far more mysterious symbols, like the one that supposedly represents the 3 Deathly Hallows. We’re all very used to our house and school crests by now and have definite ideas about what they mean to us. But what about a more personal symbol? One that represents all of you and not just the qualities you share with your house? It’s time to get creative! To earn 30 beans, please design yourself a symbol that represents you in some way. Maybe it refers to your nationality, your interests, your friends, your family or even just your favourite colour. Try to pull in as many aspects of you as a person as you can (and that you’re comfortable sharing with us). You could also include a short quote. If you made it to the right size (between 50x50 and 100x100 pixels), you could even use it as an avatar here on the Gryff CR. As an example, a playful person who lived near the sea and was a lover of swimming, astronomy, nature and math might make a star shaped crest with a leaping dolphin at the centre and their favourite equation or lucky number beneath. You could draw or craft your crest in some way or just write us a description. If you choose to make an image, please include a brief explanation about what the different parts represent. If you write us a description, try to make it over 100 words so we can get a real idea of what your crest would look like. Remember to keep it Hol-appropriate! However you choose to do it, post it below by September 30th and you’ll earn yourself 30 beans. For more fun activities to get you ready for the new term, remember to check out the ‘Off to School’ section of the Hol Forum