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  1. I slap Ivey for having the most house points of anyone in the school right now. Seriously, rude
  2. Approved Valeria King - First Year Skye Grant - First Year
  3. Shout out to Prof. Jenny for a truly courageous performance on the quidditch pitch this weekend! If you're new to Gryffindor, remember that GQT is always recruiting.

  4. Some people like to work in absolute silence but for others, having something stimulating or soothing on in the background can really help. Traditionally that’s been music but lately, there’s been a huge upsurge in people using ‘ambient sound’. Whether that’s the sound of rain, birdsong, a crackling fire or something quite different, you’ll probably be able to find a video on the internet that fulfils your soundscape needs. My go-to study soundtracks at the moment are from a channel called ASMR Rooms who make intricate soundscapes based on the Harry Potter Universe (oddly enough, the Prefects Bathroom is a particular favourite). If you like music, then Ambient Worlds does the same sort of thing by layering music from the films over suitable sound effects. Piano covers of famous songs or movie soundtracks are also a hit with me and I also have my huge library of jazz and musicals CDs to hand should the mood strike. So, do you like silence or find that studying ‘to’ something helps? Are you a music person or do you prefer something more organic like a soundscape or white noise? Let us know! Although remember: please don’t link directly to sites outside of HOL and make sure anything you suggest by name is suitable for all ages.
  5. We’re around half way through the term now and putting in a strong points performance. Keep it up, Gryffies! To help you do that, here are the latest lovely lot of extra point earning opportunities. First up, projects! Both Art and Library have them available. In the Library, there’s the chance to browse for magical new books in the literary section of the Daily Prophet or earn yourself a wish or 2 or 3. Art are winding down their prompts on enticing invitations and Hogwarts resident ghosts (so get over their fast to show Sir Nick some love) but I’m sure there will be new projects to follow as soon as those close. Art Deadline: 9th November Library Deadline: 30th November Find out More: https://hol.org.uk/departments Stop the presses! Not 1 but 3 House newspapers are after your articles and other such headline grabbing contributions (I’ll list them in order of their deadlines). You can earn a maximum of 90 points from each paper: that’s a total of 270! Alte (Ravenclaw’s esteemed publication) is warming the castle with a sense of Community this cold and blustery season. You’ll find the community spirit in their Drabble Babble contest where there are points to be earned through welcomingly short stories and photography. Contact Gail Allen with your ideas for articles, reviews and everything in between: If you have articles of a scientific nature, here would be the ideal home for them (though of course, the eagles are happy to receive anything you’d like to write, factual or not). Lastly, remember to check out Creative Writing Bingo if you’re someone of an author-ly disposition! Deadline: 30th November Find Out More: by contacting Gail Allen for regular submissions. Drabbles: https://hol.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=31825 Bingo: https://hol.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=31826 Next up is our very own Paw Print, returning after a short hiatus. We’re inviting everyone to cuddle up by the fireplace in The Den with their quills and notebooks as we write on the subject of Cosy (and anything non-cosy you have the urge to write too). We want to while away those long winter nights with your articles, opinions, recipes, reviews, guides, poems and much much more, so get sending them in! We also have 4 fun challenges for you in the shape of Prose and Cons. Please visit the Quivering Quill forum to check those out and tell the editors all about your ideas over a mug of hot chocolate. Deadline: 22nd December Find out More: https://gryff.net/index.php?/topic/3387-submit-to-the-december-issue/ Lastly, the end of 1 year and the beginning of another is an excellent time to ponder. The folks down in the Dungeons obviously agree as the theme for this issue of SerpenTimes is just that, ‘reflection’. So, look back, forward or in a mirror for inspiration and head over to the SerpenTimes forum to let them know what you’d like to reflect upon in your submissions this time. Remember to check out Exclusives too for some photographic and wordsmithing fun, as well as the chance to hand out awards to your fellow HOLers. Deadline: 15th January Find Out More: http://www.dungeons.org.uk/forum/index.php?/forum/161-serpentimes/
  6. Approved Rowena Granger - Ravenclaw Visitor Notes Tushar Potter - your name was changed to match your HOL name of Tushar Goyal and you were approved as a first year. Please be more mindful of consistency in future.
  7. Approved Zack Millar - First Year Notes veronamalfoy - your name was changed to match your HOL name of Verona Summers and you were approved as a first year. Please be more mindful of consistency in future.
  8. 712 posts, 250 items and over 2000 rubies later, the Gryfftoberfest Ren-Fair has come to an end. It really has been a gryfftastic time. I would like to thank you all for making the most of it and also Iverian for once again running with a wild and massively over complicated idea of mine and helping to make it a reality. *raises her flagon of butterbeer* You should all have the rubies you’re due now but if you think there’s been an error, just let me know. A few quick shout outs, first to everyone who earned the maximum number of rubies available for shopping (Prof. Amy, Evi, February, Maxim and Prof. Tarma) and by completing tasks (February, Maxim and Prof. Tarma). Also to everyone who completed their fortune and earned the Gryfftoberfest award (Adaleine, Prof. Amy, Evi, February, Kendra, Maxim, Raevia and Prof. Tarma) – your trophies will be with you ASAP. And finally to Maxim who proved his shopaholic skills are not to be taken lightly by not only earning all rubies available but acquiring every single item (in every colour) on offer at the fair. So, for one last time, let’s enjoy screaming February’s winning motto far too loudly: ‘roaring and revelry!’ Huzzah!
  9. You stroll through the restaurant, trying not to glance behind you. You’ve been careful but you’ve been playing this game long enough to know that that is rarely enough. You slide into a seat at a table for 1 and order a coffee from a passing waitress. You pull out your tablet and you wait. You sip your coffee, trying to keep your posture relaxed. A cash of data was stolen from a top secret base 2 days ago. A criminal organisation has arranged to buy it from the thief, only you’re here to intercept it first. Your mission is to obtain the data, remove the most crucial bits of information from the drive, plant a false trail and then replace it at the rendezvous spot, ready to be picked up by its new owner. And you have less than ten minutes in which to work. No big deal… The Treasure (10 rubies) The information that was stolen is so top secret that your boss didn’t want to mention it to you directly. What you do know is that a file that was stolen contains the location of a very valuable asset. As you wait, an audio message pings in to your tablet. When you play it, you find a distorted collection of shorter and longer bleeps (represented by . and – respectively below). Crack this code to discover a clue to the identity of that asset. Send the decoded message and the name of the asset for full rubies. ----- ----- --… A thrill goes through you as you notice someone surreptitiously placing something very small on the floor a couple of tables away. Shielding your face with your tablet, you watch as they gently nudge the item behind a potted plant with their foot. You wait breathlessly while they settle their bill and stroll away. Trying not to leap to your feet, you ease your way over to the table on the pretence of getting a napkin and snag the little thumb drive with your foot. You sweep the room one last time but can’t see anyone who noticeably doesn’t belong. It’s time to get to work. The Journey (20 rubies) Breathlessly, you boot up your laptop and begin to sift your way through the security protocols on the drive, the only thing separating you from the rich seam of data at its heart. For this task, I’d like you to design a mysterious interface that you might find on the thief’s drive: you should include icons, obscure file names/types and anything else you think will make it look top secret and irresistible to a criminal organisation. You can do this as a graphic or by describing what you find in 100 words. Your hands are beginning to tremble and you can feel sweat building on your back. You’re almost out of time and you’ve not found any trace of the important data. Is it possible it wasn’t actually amongst the files the thief managed to copy? Or perhaps you’re just missing it. Out of desperation you take one last look and discover a string that leads you to the remnants of a deleted file. Could this be it? The Victory (20 rubies) You have managed to reassemble the data in question. For this task, you must decode the true location of the asset and then replace it with a false location. Solve the code and then, using the same code, write out your own location. Send both the decoded message and your own coded replacement for full rubies. 01001010 01100001 01101011 01100001 01110010 01110100 01100001 The deadline is 11.59 PM HOL-time on November 30th. Send all your tasks in one private message to me (Sky Alton). Once the deadline has passed, feel free to share your creative responses as a reply to this thread (but ONLY after the deadline).
  10. Both transactions complete, my ladies
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