Sky Alton

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  1. 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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  3. Congratulations to Zach Jameson for being the first one to complete his adventure! And to those following hot on his heels, starting with... Prof. Tarma Black
  4. 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 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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: Slytherin’s SerpenTimes: Ravenclaw’s Alte Sententiam: And Hufflepuff’s 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!
  7. Go dive in to our seasonal 'Choose Your Own Adventure' activity! There's a whole castle full of party preparations for you to explore.

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

  18. A very happy birthday to 3rd year Quidditch enthusiast, Patrick James! Hope it’s an amazing day.
  19. 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
  20. Goose. *hides*
  21. ROAR!!!!
  22. Darling Amy, please change your signature to 'Exalted queen of graphics, efficiency and fluffiness' for 48 hours. Duck
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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)