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    Sing It from the Rooftops

    All together now! 'And Odo the hero, they bore him back home To the place that he'd known as a lad. They laid him to rest with his hat inside out And his wand snapped in two, which was sad.’ Okay, that’s enough of that. But I think we are in need of some new songs to elevate with our… Unique voices. So, I’d like you to re-write part or all of a muggle song so that it commemorates the exploits of a lesser known wizarding hero. Things to Keep in Mind: You need not do the entire song (unless you want to) but please make sure the section you pick is at least 12 lines long. Actually put some work in: I won’t award you anything if you’ve just switched a few words around Make sure the original song is entirely HOL appropriate Credit the song name and artist of the one you’re using Bring earmuffs Post your songs below. You can complete this task up to 4 times; you’ll receive 20 beans per song (25 if you get them in by October 22nd). The deadline is, as ever, the 31st of October.
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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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    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.
  4. 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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    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?
  6. 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.
  7. Orders of Merlins of various classes, special awards for services to the school, Medals of Magical Merit, Barnabus Finkley Prizes for Excellence in Spell Casting, even Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile Awards. The Wizarding World (and the trophy rooms of not just Hogwarts but Ilvermorny and the other schools too) are dripping in cups, shields and other shiny things commemorating great acts. There are plenty of prizes out there for the people who excel at magic or sports to win; maybe it’s time we recognised something a bit more obscure. What would you like to award an accolade for? It can be as serious or silly as you like. What form might it take? Who would be some potential recipients? You can do this task one of several ways: 1. Physically craft your award/medal/shield/sparkly thing and show us a photo of the finished product 2. Create a graphic (no more than 600 x 600 pixels, please) 3. Write about it in 100 words or more If you choose option one or 2, please also include a sentence or two of explanation about your award. Post your awards below; you can complete this task up to 4 times and you’ll earn 20 beans per award (25 if you get them in by the 13th of October). The overall deadline is 31st October.
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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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    My Hero

    The Wizarding World is full of heroes: by the end of book 7, we were essentially bumping into them every second sentence. But in the bangs and flashes of great deeds, it’s easier to lose sight of the quieter people who are no less important in their way. The people who kept at a crucial task in spite of everything, the ones who withstood horrors that we didn’t see directly, maybe even just someone who managed to be compassionate even when things were stacked against them. For this task, I’d like you to nominate your own unsung hero from the Wizarding World. If possible, try to pick someone who misses out on credit a lot of the time; alternatively, you can suggest someone whose name crops up a lot but not for the qualities you think we should celebrate them for. Please write about them and what you think qualifies them for this in 100 words or more. Post your heroes below: You can complete this task up to 4 times and you’ll earn 20 beans each time you do (25 if you get them in before the 10th of October). The overall deadline is, as ever, 31st October.
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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.
  13. Part of getting into the swing of Gryfftoberfest is brightening up the Common Room (and, let’s be honest, showing off a bit). Design yourself a celebratory signature and or avatar to flaunt for the month. They can depict anything you like providing they’re bright, bold and Gryfftoberfest-y. Of course, they’ll also need to be HOL appropriate and follow our size rules: 100 x 100 pixels for avs and 250 wide x 100 high for sigs. You don’t have to use them but it’s more fun if you do. Get your Gryff on! Post them below before 11.59 PM HOL-time on 31st October and you’ll earn 20 beans for each with an extra 10 for the signature if you include this year’s Motto ‘Roaring With Pride’ (by Vanessa Tilley).
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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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    Innocent or Guilty?

    Guilty. I love to troll Has only remembered something they forgot to do in the early hours of the morning and stayed up wide awake, thinking about it
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    Gryfftoberfest 2018!

    Welcome to Gryfftoberfest! The biggest, boldest, loudest party of the school year where we celebrate the scarlet and gold. Grab yourself a butterbeer and some food, find yourself an armchair (or a bit of wall to lean against if you’re just too cool for chairs) and join the fray. Before you go though, have you ever heard about how our own noble Sir Cadogan defeated the Wyvern of Wye with only a broken wand*? How about how Elladora Ketteridge was the first to discover gillyweed but wasn’t credited for it (I mean, she nearly suffocated herself but who’s counting?)? How about Salvador Thaddaeus Partington-Smithe who is the only person to have successfully danced a foxtrot with a firecrab? Well, I’ll forgive you that last one as I just made him up. My point is that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. While we may have quite set ideas about what constitutes bravery, courage and adventurousness, they actually crop up in very different and sometimes quieter ways than you’d expect. So this Gryfftoberfest, we’re going to be raising our flagons to all those lesser known heroes. All those people who did brave or noteworthy things but who never seem to get songs written about them or Order of Merlin after their name. Our fun filled exploration of the rarely heard of will consist of a month of creative tasks and games. Something new will be released every 3 days so keep checking back. Everything will be due at the end of the month, though there’ll be bonuses here and there if you get things in quickly. If you complete at least 7 of the creative tasks (not counting the games), you’ll earn an award. If you have any accessibility requirements, just chat to me and we can easily work out alternatives to some of the tasks to suit you. So far, the tasks that count towards the award are: avatars/signatures, portraits, 'my hero', designing an award and movie posters/trailors. Even though all tasks offer you the chance to complete them multiple times, you need only do them once for award eligibility. *If you haven’t heard about how our own noble Sir Cadogan defeated the Wyvern of Wye with only a broken wand, his portrait is over in that corner and he’ll happily bellow the story at anyone who comes within 5 feet of him, you have been warned.
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    If you're confused or need to ask for clarification on anything Gryfftoberfest-y this month, here's the place.
  25. Gryfftoberfest is coming and that means it’s time to get ready! For those who don’t know: Gryfftoberfest is a huge celebration in the month of October where we play games, cause Gryffindor Tower to groan under the weight of many ‘tasteful’ decorations and drink truly inhuman quantities of Butterbeer, all in the name of celebrating Gryffindor. While this month is all about being leonine, we’re proud to throw our doors open to every HOLer, be they snake, badger, eagle or something else altogether. Come party with us! But first, Gryfftoberfest is all about celebrating what makes Gryffindor… Gryffindor. Celebrating it very, very loudly. So, we need you to help us find a motto for us to use to represent Gryfftoberfest 2018. We’re looking for something short and bold that people can include in their signature designs for the next contest (or that we can yell at random intervals to make people jump just ‘cause we can). It could talk about our traditional characteristics of bravery and nobility, like last year’s fabulous motto: ‘Paws of Glory’ by Maxim Trevelyan. Alternatively, it could follow this year’s theme of Unsung Heroes as we delve into all the different and less traditional forms that courage, inquisitiveness and adventurousness can take. Rules: -Deadline is 11.59 PM HOL-time on 28th September. Results will hopefully be announced on the first day of Gryfftoberfest, 1st October. -Keep your Mottos to 15 words or less and entirely HOL appropriate. -You must be happy for people to reuse your motto on signatures and the like. -You’ll earn 5 beans per motto for the first 5 you submit. You can submit more for consideration but you won’t earn additional beans for them. -Third place will win an extra 10 beans, second place an extra 15 and first place an extra 20. -The Gryffindor staff will decide winners . Send all Mottos to me (Sky Alton) via a Common Room or HOL Forum PM titled ‘Mottos 2018’ and include your Hol Name and House. Please try to gather them all together into one message – I don’t want my inbox cracking under the strain if you send a new one every time you think up another incredible motto!