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  2. Hello everyone! I am a first year Hufflepuff and a writer for The WT. I like your common room, it's very regal.
  3. Approved Aedrie Rose - Ravenclaw Visitor Rejected katherine batson - Unfortunately I couldn't find you in the HOL database
  4. Approved Amari Neal-Oakwood - First Year Meg Atmoste - First Year Olivia Lily Smith - First Year Kat Silver - Visitor Rejected Artemis may - I couldn't find you in the HOL database
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  6. Rose enters the library and the first first thing she notices was that there were not a lot of people. She had a lot of homework to complete and it wasn't going to be easy. She finds herself a good spot near the window and takes out her quill. "I should start with A Visit To Diagon Alley, then I'll move on to the other ones," she whispers to herself. She opens up her books and takes out some parchment. She sits and thinks for a moment, and then starts writing. "I've a lot of work in this class, but I think I'll complete this one soon. The assignments are nor hard, neither long. I guess Manya will be here soon," she says.
  7. Yeah! Our country India is full of various cultures! The state from which I belong here we celebrate a festival just before Diwali is "Durgapuja" (Worship of Goddess Durga). The story behind this which I know is is, when a evil 'Asur' (Kind of devil/monster) named Mahisasur was torturing the people of Martya (Earth), he had the blessings of Lord Shiva (an Indian God) that no man can defeat him. But he was making many troubles, and people went to the Gods praying to stop this. Then the Gods decided to create a woman who will finish Mahisasur. Lord Brahma, Lord Bishnu , Lord Shiva, Lord Indra and many other Gods created Goddes Durga! It is believed that Durga has 10 hands and weapons in each hand, her main weapon was trisul (trident). She defeated Mahisasur by the Trisul. Durgapuja is a sign of woman power. Durga is the wife of Shiva and it is believed that she comes to her father's house in the time when Durgapuja happens! At ancient time Durgapuja used to happen in April-May but now it happens in the month of October. Because the story which @Rose Pottermore told us there Rama worshiped Durga to defeat Ravana. We address her as Maa (Mother in Indian language), because a mother always saves her children from every kind of problem so that Maa Durga does! In some other states Durgapuja is also known as Navratri, we dance, we go to different temples and worship her. We made may kind of sweets and foods in this festive season, Diya is also used while worshiping Durga. We buy new clothes and celebrate this month by worshiping Maa Durga. :D
  8. In my country, in India, there is a big festival going on : Diwali! Diwali is a festival interrelated with another one, Dussehra. The story behind them, which I have been told, was of a great king Rama, the king of Ayodhya, who defeated Ravana, because Ravana had kidnapped Sita, Rama's wife. It's an epic story in India, and Rama is considered as an avatar of Lord Vishnu (the creator of all worlds, one of the Trinity). On Dussehra, a dummy of Ravana is made, and is set to fire. This represents the victory of good over the bad, of righteousness over the wrong, and of courage over fear. Dussehra is celebrated becuase of this. Diwali is celebrated 20 days after Dussehra, is the Festival Of Lights. It marks the return of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana to Ayodhya. We light diyas (it's like a candle, earthenware like) all over the house, lighting every place. During these two festivals, people start cleaning their homes. Every place is dusted, from the attic to the ground. Things which are no use to the owners are thrown out, and useful possessions are cleansed and put back at their places. This festivals also tells us to throw away our anger and sadness, and have a new start with happiness and joy. Soan Papdi is the main dish of Diwali, while we share 'Pan' (It's a kind of eatable here) on Dussehra. We make a lot of snacks, Gujiyas, Chaklis, Meethe Pare, Namkeen Pare, Gulab Jamun, and many more. Dussehra or DIwali, none of these are one-day festivals. Diwali's celebrations go for 5 days,(actually more than this) and Dussehra is more too. People worship and pray to Gods and Goddesses, and enjoy the month. Lovely festival! Anything you'll like to add, @Manya Granger?
  9. We all are from different places, different countries, different cultures, and yet unite at HOL. Here, you can discuss and share with others about the festivals you have in your country, how do you celebrate it, what's the story behind it, and more. Even though there might be a festival celebrated worldwide, everyone celebrates it in their own style! So, here, you can share how you enjoy your time! You can also share any particular thing you like about your culture, anything such!
  10. Hello! Today, I've got a question for you all. The answer will seem nonsense at first when I tell you - but it's funny.

    Each one who answers correct

     will get 10 beans from me. Please include a small description of why you chose this as your answer.

    "How many Hogwarts students will be needed to simply replace a light bulb?"

     

    You can PM me here at this forum or on HOL. I'll release the answer 2 days after now.

    Hint: No, the answer is not 0.

    Also, Happy Diwali!

    1. Rose Pottermore

      Rose Pottermore

      No one from any houses was actually correct. I'll send 5 beans to everyone who participated. The answer is 6.

       

      Any Hogwarts student would not replace a bulb for fun. I didn't say the bulb had a fault, nor it was broken. From the book Hogwarts, 1 Slytherin to break the bulb.

      1 Gryffindor to volunteer to climb up a ladder to replace the bulb.

      3 Hufflepuffs to hold the ladder firmly to ensure the Gryffindor's safety.

      After all, 1 Ravenclaw to point out that they could just have simply used magic!

       

      Don't come to try and beat me up for this kind of answer.

  11. Approved Ruby Granger - First Year Scarlett Forge - First Year Leviosa Potter - First Year Nesaia Syder - First Year Rejected Camila Shmunk and Eli Weasley - I couldn't find you in the hol.org.uk database. Please make sure you have an account there and try again. Notes Zoey Potter - Your name was changed to @Zoey Dunn to match your HOL name and you were approved as a first year Ruby scar - Your name was changed to @Ruby Grace Scar to match your HOL name and you were also approved as a first year
  12. We’re currently lagging behind a bit in the cup race so it would be an excellent time to earn a few extra points for the Gryffindor hourglass! The Departments have 4 projects for your delectation. The Library are providing new menus for The Three Broomsticks as well as thinking about what it must be like to see someone you love leave to attend Hogwarts. The Art Department are celebrating Dobby with a socks project and getting all autumnal. Deadline: 30th November Over on Hollers, there’s excitement afoot. Lots of creatures have escaped and are parading around HOL. If you can corral some or all of them, you’ll earn yourself lots of points! (Up to 80, to be exact) Deadline: 12th December Two newspapers are open for submissions right now! The Alte Sententiam is hitting ‘reset’ for their Drabble Babble Contest and, as ever, Creative Writing Bingo is going strong. Visit the Great Hall on the main forum to hear about those or speak to Gail Allen if you’d like to submit an article, graphic or puzzle to the paper. There are 90 points up for grabs! Deadline: 30th November Shh, the SerpenTimes has come over all secretive! If you can think of something top-secret or mysterious to write about, then head over to The Dungeons for more information. There’s another 90 points in it for you if you do. Deadline: 15th January
  13. Hi, Zee. Thanks for stopping by!
  14. Hey, Gryffs, 1st yr Hufflepuff here! I'm only here bcos I need to for my HOL 1O1 class but I'm glad I am bcos you guys seem like a wild ride, pretty much as I expected lol! Anyway, I've popped in and now I'm gonna pop back out, see ya when I see ya! =^~^=
  15. Rose Pottermore , I have a question for you. Are the History of Hogwarts classes fun classes? I am looking for my new classes next terms and am not sure if I want to try those.
  16. Approved Zee Chibuike - Hufflepuff Visitor Charli Potter - First Year Zoia Hanne - First Year Agatha Hopkins - First Year Rejected Olivine Aleoyeon, Alexia Hoang and Eli Weasley - Unfortunately I couldn't find you in the HOL database Serafina - Please use a valid HOL name Notes Phoebe - Your name was changed to @Phoebe Lemon to match your HOL name and you were approved as a first year. To anyone still awaiting validation, I'll get to you ASAP
  17. @Rose Pottermore waiting for you in front of the library! come soon! :D

    1. Rose Pottermore

      Rose Pottermore

      Lots to do in the library. One class is hard, working on it. "Are you sure you want to start with the work, Manya? I think you shall have some more rest."

    2. Manya Granger

      Manya Granger

      Don't worry Rose! I have to do this

    3. Rose Pottermore

      Rose Pottermore

      Sure Manya. Just take care of yourself. And, if the doctor says rest - you rest. Best of luck for your classes!

  18. Hi everyone , I am Cadyna Ldh and I am new at HOL this year. I feel so lucky and excited to be here, eventhough I am not a Gryffindor (but i guess that is okay). I just wanted to wish everyone a happy year here, and apologize if my english is not the best, I am spanish actually. Okay, bye!
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