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Point Earning Opportunities (Autumn Term 2020-21)

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   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 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 opens on the 1st of September 2020 and will remain open until December 20th 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 each month by the Hol Library and art department. If you enjoy getting artsy or brushing up on your writing, visit the 'Departments' tab on the main website. Don't be shy: your submissions are anonymous during the rating period. You can get started by going to your profile and telling us 'How you Got Into Harry Potter' in the designated section - that will earn you a cool 10 points!


  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.

Brows old editions of 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!



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We're already 10 days into term. Have you picked your classes yet? I know some particularly enthusiastic souls are already busy turning huge amounts of homework in (go you!). If you haven't started yet though, don't worry. Remember that term is a marathon not a sprint. You have plenty of time: relax and enjoy it.


  If you're looking for something to do that isn't homework (while still earning some glory for Gryffindor) then HOL already has some very tempting options. Stop by the Departments and check out this months projects. The Library Department are inviting you to imagine what your application would look like were you ever to go for the job of Hogwarts professor and then to play swapsies with Harry Potter characters. The Art Department are decking out Platform 9 3/4 in decorations to celebrate the new school year and asking you to depict your favourite chapter from the HP books in image form.

Points Available: A maximum of 80 (you can get 40 just for joining in)

Deadline: September 30th for Art and October 1st for Library


And now some updates from HOL's various newsrooms. Each house newspaper gives you the chance to earn 50 points from regular submissions (like articles, puzzles, recipes, graphics etc) and an 40 by completing their extra challenges. That's 90 points per paper and with 3 papers open for submissions right now that's a whole lot of points (270, if you want to get technical).

  The Alte Sententiam is almost as fun to say as it is to submit to. It's Ravenclaws paper and they can't wait to receive your submissions. If you have an idea for an article, get in contact with Gail Allen. Check out their Legendary Drabble Babble and Creative Writing Bingo challenges over in The Great Hall on the main forum.

Deadline: 30th September


  Have you paid a visit to the Dungeons yet? Well, their newspaper, the SerpenTimes, is open for business. This issue's theme is Snake Eyes and they can't wait to see what you make of it. Remember to check out the SerpenTimes Exclusives as well for the chance to snag an easy additional 40 points. You'll find all the info you need over in the SerpenTimes forum on the Slytherin Common Room.

  Deadline: 15th October


  And last (but by certainly no means least) there's our very own purrr-fect publication, The Paw Print. We're getting into the swing of a new term with a theme of 'Patterns and Rhythms' (though we'll accept any submissions whether they're related to the theme or not). We also have Prose and Cons where you can snag yourself some extra points by captioning pictures, creating a leonine list or indulging in a spot of creative writing. so make sure you quick step your way over to the Quivering Quill and tell us what you'd like to write!

Deadline: 23rd October


However you're spending your September, I hope it's magical!

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Can you believe it's already October? If you can drag yourself away from the Gryfftoberfest fun, there are plenty of point earning opportunities for the taking. The house cup race is shaping up to be another thrilling one so let's make sure we're a contender this year!


  First up, the triumphant return of Hufflepuff's newspaper, the Wizarding times. They're taking things back to where it all started with a theme of 'Privet Drive - Beginnings, Memories, Growing up'. There's 50 points to be earned from regular submissions to the paper and another 40 if you do the fun WT Challenges. Head over to the Great Hall on the main HOL forum for details!

Deadline: 15th October


new projects! The Library department are reuniting long lost friends and exploring the unknown. The Art Department are inviting you to design your own villain's lair and show off your organisational skills. There's a maximum of 70 points up for grabs across all 4 projects!

Deadline: 31st October.


  Remember that the SerpenTimes and Paw Print are still eagerly awaiting your submissions too. the ST is open until the 15th of October and the Paw Print until the 23rd. Newspapers are an excellent way to earn points and to show off your skills so make sure to get your paws wet by giving them a try.


Happy Gryfftoberfest, lions!

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  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

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  Tis the season for points opportunities!


  Over in the Departments, there are projects for the doing. The Art Department are giving you a chance to deck out your Common Room and have some fun in the wintery Hogwarts grounds. Over in the Library the talk has turned to Hogwarts traditions that we never saw in the books as well as those days where everything just seems to go wrong.

Deadline: 31st December


  The HOL forum is hopping with new things to do! Remember you have a few more days to submit stuff for Creature Card Corral too (details above!).


  First up, we have the annual Secret Elf Present Exchange. You get to make a gift for another HOLer, receive one and earn points into the bargain? Who on earth wouldn’t want that? Head over to the HOL Forum to sign yourself up and quickly, you only have 2 days left!

Sign up Deadline: 9th December

Gifts Due: 31st December


  We’re also off on a magical adventure to the Land of the Sweets. Starting next week, all of HOL is invited to traverse a magical kingdom based on the Nutcracker to mark the winter solstice. Points, sweets and fun: this is another no brainer. You can head over there now to read more!

Deadline: 17th January


  The Newspapers are also ready and waiting for submissions!


 First up, there’s the top secret issue of the SerpenTimes which I briefed you on last time. Sneak over to the Dungeons to see if you can get to the bottom of it! I heard whispers that there are 90 points available.

Deadline: 15th January.


  And now our very own Paw Print has gotten in on the act. We’re going all mythical with an issue themed around Legends and Folklore. Stop by the Quivering Quill to find out more. There are 90 points up for grabs!

Deadline: 24th January.

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2020 is nearly at an end and so is the Autumn term. Most classes will have a final deadline of 15th January but make sure you double check yours so you know for certain when you need to get any last minute assignments sent in by. We're lagging a little behind in that cup race right now so let's start off 2021 right and snag a few extra points if we possibly can. :D


If you signed up for Secret Elf, the deadline is drawing near! Remember to get your gift sent off to the organisers at the dedicated activity email before 11:59 PM HOL-time on the 31st of December.


  Land of the Sweets is also in full swing. Make sure you head over to the main forum to enjoy some of the sweet, festive goodness on offer before January 17th!


Go go Gryffindor!

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