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Sky Alton

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  1. The Wizarding World is full of unanswered questions. Why was Wilfred Wistful? What was going through the head of the person who invented something quite as stupendously impractical as the exploding tuba? Why did the Hogwarts founders leave a distinctly dangerous patch of trees on their front door step? This is your chance to ask and get some answers. The aim of the game is to think up the stories and people behind those obscure wizarding discoveries, inventions and nicknames. Someone will pose a question and it’s your job to answer it in a sentence, then to pose one of your own. If there’s an explanation already in cannon then you can tell us that if you like, otherwise let your imagination run wild. You’ll earn 2 beans per post for your first 5 posts up until 31st October. For Example…. Person 1: How was the jinx that causes leeks to sprout out of people’s ears invented? Person 2: A very nasty altercation over steam tampering at the Welsh Amateur All-comers Soup Cook Out of 1248. What possessed Barnabas the Barmy to try to teach Trolls Ballet? And so on…. So, what really did possess Barnabas the Barmy to try to teach trolls ballet?
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    Acts of Courage

    Molly’s defeat of Bellatrix, Neville’s defiance of Voldemort’s entire army, Snape’s work as a double agent, Lilly’s sacrifice and basically most things Harry ever did (saving those moody periods but less said about those the better): they’re all strong candidates for the bravest acts in the books. But as we’ve learned, bravery isn’t always about defeating some great evil or saving the lives of those you love. Bravery is subjective: what might seem a small and quiet act to someone observing may take all the courage in the world. In your opinion, what is the single bravest act (or sequence of acts) undertaken by a character from the Harry Potter Books? If possible, try to interpret bravery in a broader sense but traditional acts of courage like those above are also acceptable. Explain your pick in 100 words or more. Post your choices below; you can complete this task up to 4 times and you’ll earn 20 beans for each you submit (25 if you get them in by October 19th). The overall deadline is, as ever, the 31st of October.
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    Anything Goes

    All for one and free for all... There are many other ways to celebrate unsung heroes that we haven’t had time to cover: tapestries, statues, stained glass windows, memorial plaques, interpretative dance routines, firework displays, decorations, novelty keyrings, games, sayings/idioms, poems, raps... Write, craft, design, draw, photograph or otherwise magic up some novel way of paying tribute. You can pick something that memorialises one particular hero or something that includes lots of people. The only condition is it has to be fun (and obviously follow HOL rules.... so, two conditions). Post your creations below. As usual, you can complete this task up to 4 times; you’ll earn 20 beans per entry (25 if you get them in by October 28th). Overall deadline: 31st October.
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    Quality Quotes

    There are few better ways to inspire than a quotation. I always have one in my signature as a reminder of something important I should keep in mind (what do you mean right now it’s about unicorns? Are you telling me that’s not important to remember?). For this game, I want to collect a library of inspiring quotations to encourage us to do things anyway, even if they seem impossible or even if they go unnoticed. You’ll earn 2 beans per quote for your first 5 quotes posted by October 31st. They can be quotations from books, famous speakers or even song lyrics. Keep them HOL appropriate and credit the person who came up with them! I’ll start: ‘In the slip of a bolt, there’s a tiny revolt. The seed of a war in the creak of a floorboard. The storm can begin with a flap of a wing, the tiniest might packs the mightiest sting.’ – Tim Minchin
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    Credit Where Due

    Sometimes a hero isn’t merely overlooked. Now and again, an arguably greater injustice happens and someone else gets credited with their deed. Perhaps the greatest modern example of this are those people who fell afoul of the charming but gutless Gilderoy Lockhart. It’s time to do justice to the people who really holidayed with hags and wandered with werewolves. What would the books of Lockhart’s victims have looked like if they’d been inclined to publish before he caught up to them? Write a blurb (100 words or more) or design the cover for one of these ‘true stories’, including details about the author if you so choose. Post your blurbs or covers below; you can complete this task up to 4 times and you’ll earn 20 beans for each (25 if you get them in by 25th October). Deadline is 31st October.
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    I'm Not Sure If You're Aware But...

    I'm not sure if you're aware but I once dealt with a huge flock of flamingos that had over run my study single-handed. I bear the peck marks to this day (and yet I still love those birds).
  7. While it is unfortunate that so many people’s contributions go unsung, can you imagine what it would be like if everyone tried to get noticed? If a flask of self-importance Solution, like this one I happen to have on the table here for no real reason, somehow got spilled in the Gryffindor Common Room? And all the lions and their guests began annunciating their achievements (real, exaggerated and imagined) very loudly? *SMASH* Oopsie. How clumsy of me, Self-importance Solution all over the rug. I’m just gonna clear this up, you guys carry on chatting… just try not to breathe in the fumes, they’re rather powerful. Did you know, my scouring spells are the strongest ever seen? I think you probably get the idea of this game already: now’s your chance to blow your own trumpet about your wizarding achievements. They can be grossly exaggerated or entirely made up, providing they’re funny. Remember to wait until someone else has posted before posting again and feel free to try to ‘one up’ what the person above you has claimed. You’ll earn 2 beans per post for your first 5 posts up until the 31st of October.
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    Gryfftoberfest 2018!

    I refuse to believe you guys are partied out just yet. Get those tasks in by 11.59 PM HOL-time tomorrow!
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    Duck, Duck, Goose

    So, it's not quite verbatim.... also, how long? Quack!
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    Slap the person above you!

    I slap Dario because I can as if he puts me in detention for it, he'll have to clean up after Gryfftoberfest himself.
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    Word chain

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    Innocent or Guilty?

    Never. My sense of guilt at wasting a good thing is too strong Has gone out and done something even though they were technically too sick for it to be sensible
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    We're Off to the Movies

    In a time long ago, in a land not so far away…. We’re going to the movies! For this task, I’d like you to pick an unsung hero and imagine a film is finally being made about them. You can choose to design a movie poster for the up coming film and make a graphic of it or write the voice over/script for a teaser trailer. You can choose a person from the books (hint: the category ‘historical figures’ on the Harry Potter Wiki is super useful) or make up one of your own. If you make a graphic please keep it to 600 x 600 pixels and if you write a trailer, it needs to be 100 words or more. Post your posters or trailers below; you can complete this task up to 4 times and you’ll earn 20 beans for each poster or trailer you submit (25 if you get them in by October 16th). The overall deadline is, as ever, the 31st of October.
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    Answering the Unanswerable

    They have a young offenders institution in Inverness guarded by security trolls. What led someone to invent something as disgusting as cockroach clusters?
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    I'm Not Sure If You're Aware But...

    Did you know that I discovered 7 new secret passages and a hidden laundry closet on a single afternoon stroll?
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    Happy Birthday, Dario!

    Today’s a chance to celebrate our very own Deputy Head of House, Deputy Headmaster and Groundskeeper (plus all the titles I’ve given him in the past that would take far too much explaining), Prof. Dario Brighton! Happy birthday, Dario. I hope it’s a tremendous one. I also hope that my annual tradition of leaping all over the furniture yelling ‘DHoH, my DHoH’ will distract you from the fact that over the last 48 hours I have spilled potentially dangerous potion all over the CR and clogged everything up with red and gold confetti. Wait, did I say that out loud?
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    Happy Birthday, Zen!

    The Happiest birthday to Zen McGregor! *throws scarlet and gold confetti everywhere and charms up a whirlwind to distribute it better* Have a spectacular day! (And also.... um.... guys? I might need a bit of help clearing this up, someone appears to have thrown confetti all over the CR. Bad someone.)
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    Portraits on Parade

    As part of a grand Gryfftoberfest tradition, we’ve designed many, many fabulous new outfits for our stalwart and stylish door guardian, The Fat Lady. This year though, she’s told me she’s downsizing her wardrobe. Once I got over my shock (and apologised profusely for the involuntary snorting sound I made), she informed me that this year she’d like to share her limelight with those who aren’t as universally celebrated as she is. So, we’d love you to introduce us to a portrait we’ve never met before. Maybe they’re down a side passage people rarely go into, maybe they’re in plain sight but just don’t get much attention. Let’s go hear their stories! For this task, you have two options: you can either make a graphic of your portrait or describe them (in 50 words or more). Once you’ve done that, please allow them to introduce themselves and tell us a bit about the circumstances that lead them to be immortalised on canvas (again in 50 words or more). So, a graphic and 50 words or 100 words. Please keep your graphics to a sensible size, no more than 600x600 pixels. Post your portraits below! You can complete this task up to 4 times and you’ll earn 20 beans per portrait introduced (25 if you get them in by the 7th of October). The overall deadline is, as ever, the 31st of October.
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    Answering the Unanswerable

    We know some stayed over Christmas (they'd have to to look after the students): I reckon the ones for whom family wasn't a big draw probably did (like Prof. McGonagall who was a widow). As for summer I think a lot of them went off to unwind, to visit friends/family and maybe even to conduct research in far flung places where no teenagers could interrupt. What lead 'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn to get on the wrong side of a chimaera while on holiday in Greece?
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    Slap the person above you!

    I slap Iverian for having so much energy (seriously, can I have some of that?)
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    Rule 2: Next time you feel like flying off the handle, try some soothing breathing and counting to 100 first.
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