Sky Alton

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  1. Happy birthday to the one and only Prof. Zenix James! Zee, hope you have an incredible day full of glitter (and maybe some snow)
  2. 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
  3. 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 spring 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 February 1st 2018 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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?
  7. Happy Birthday to enthusiastic and dedicated lion, Zach Jameson! Hope it's an amazing one
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  11. (Read the Intro/Instruction thread first!) Your Head of House gives you a very stern look from the other side of her desk and you clamp your mouth shut. Come to think of it, she probably wouldn’t appreciate the passionate speech you’ve been dreaming up about how charming all of the Professors' hats to flash different colours was a wonderful demonstration of school pride. Best to keep shtum. “It seems a shame,” she says at last, “To let your obvious high spirits and verve go to waste.” You blink and try not to let your mouth hang open. “Far better to let you put it to good use,” she decides, “You may spend the day helping the hard-working people putting together tonight’s Winter Feast.” You can’t help it that time, your jaw hits the floor. “Don’t think you’re getting off lightly,” she snaps, “You’ll be working hard, I can guarantee.” “Yes Professor, no Professor,” you gabble when she glowers at you again. She turns away and goes back to the parchment she’d been reading when you scurried in. “You can begin in the kitchens.” Still a little astounded at the direction your day has just taken, you hurry out. The kitchen is awash with movement and agitated squeaking. A huge frying pan whizzes past you, close enough for you to feel the waft of heat. A platter of peaches scuttles in the opposite direction, narrowly avoiding a plate of jam tarts. You accost a very harassed-looking house elf and she directs you over to the fireplace where the elf in charge is trying to manage the chaos. “Well, think of something!” he shrieks, his ears flapping almost as wildly as his arms. Tentatively, you ask what’s wrong and if you can be of any help. Privately, you’re hoping he’ll tell you to get out. He looks at you in blank disbelief, then recollects himself and bobs a quick bow. “What’s wrong?” he carries on in the same frantic tone, “Someone miscounted. We only have 39 new kinds of dessert instead of 40. 39!” “Oh dear…” “Whatever are we to do? There just isn’t time…” “Couldn’t you…just look in a recipe book?” The house elf looks as though he might keel over backward. Somehow, he manages to explain in a very calm tone that the day has been planned down to the last second. Every single elf has duties that must be performed to the letter if the feast is to arrive on the golden plates on time. He can’t spare even one to go searching for and making another batch of dessert. With resignation, you roll up your sleeves and ask for an apron. You’ve guessed it. Time to put your culinary creativity to the test! Please design a magical dessert for the feast. It can be as weird and wonderful as you like providing its spectacular: after all, this is a party. You can draw or describe your creation. If you choose to produce a graphic, please include a short written explanation of what your image shows. Alternatively, if you choose to represent your dessert with words, please make sure your description is at least 100 words long. Submit your desserts to skyalton856@gmail.com along with your choice of either A or B. Remember, I can’t give you the password to your next location until you complete the task and pick a letter. So, A or B, where’s it to be?
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  13. Anyone who wants to show off their submissions either here or in the relevant thread is more than welcome to. :)
  14. Welcome to Gryffindor’s December activity! All HOLers are invited! Party preparations for a huge winter feast are going on around Hogwarts and you’ve been drafted into help. You’ll be making your way around the school and will have a range of fun tasks to complete in order to bring the party to fruition. The only catch? There’s no way of knowing where you might end up next. That’s because this is a Choose Your Own Adventure activity. Each thread you visit will be a chapter in your own personal journey around the winter wonderland of preparations. Whenever you submit a task, you’ll be asked to pick between two letters to decide which part of the castle you’ll be heading off too next. You’ll receive a password in return, giving you access to the subforum that corresponds to the letter you chose. Inside you’ll find your next location, the continuation of your story and an activity. You begin at the ‘Start’ thread posted in this public forum. After that, you’ll be able to choose between A and B, between C and D and between E and F. Once you’ve done all that, you’ll receive the password to the finish. There will be a mixture of creative and puzzle tasks and what you get will depend entirely on the locations you end up in. If you have difficulty with a task for accessibility reasons or the like, just let me know. You’ll have the chance to complete 5 tasks in total. You’ll receive 20 beans per task and there’ll be a bonus of 50 beans for everyone who reaches the end of their adventure. This means there’s a chance to earn 150 beans in all. You’ll have until 11.59 HOL-time on January 1st 2018 to complete and submit everything. Send everything to skyalton856@gmail.com: I’ll do my absolute best to make sure you have your passwords within 24 hours but please be patient. One last thing before we get started: the characters you’re about to encounter are entirely made up. They are categorically not versions of the ones found in the books or caricatures of people here on HOL. With all that out of the way, go check out the start!
  15. All beans should be awarded! If anyone's curious to visit the locations they didn't see on their own journey, the passwords are as follows (all lowercase): A: shimmer B: snowglobe C: purple D: oblong E: snowflake F: pepper Finish: celebration Thank you for joining me on this exciting tour of the castle!
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  17. You still have time to go on an adventure. The deadline is 11.59 PM HOL on January 1st!
  18. 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!
  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. Congratulations to Zach Jameson for being the first one to complete his adventure! And to those following hot on his heels... Prof. Tarma Black Shadow Gaunt Amanda P. X. Sim Maxim Trevelyan Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis Shiloh Adlar Kendra Givens Guinevere Avalon
  22. 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
  23. Go dive in to our seasonal 'Choose Your Own Adventure' activity! There's a whole castle full of party preparations for you to explore.

  24. If you have any questions about the activity, post them below.
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