Wednesday, November 19, 2008

House Champions

We did it! It's official! Ravenclaw has won the house championship for HSKS6. How EXCITIING! What a great group to be in this term. It definitely was a team effort all term long.

This just goes to show that TEAMWORK really does pay off in the end. Way to go Ravenclaws. That tropy sure does look good in our Common Room.

My owl Snowy is on her way to Mona Ravenscroft as we speak. She had a LONG journey but I know that she'll make it. She's made the long trip across the Atlantic twice before. I can't wait to hear that Mona has received her package. I hope that she likes it.

I plan to come back for HSKS7 and no House Scholarship for me this next term. I've found my home in Ravenclaw.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quidditch Final Round - HSKS6

1. Who was Tom Riddle Sr.'s girlfriend before Merope gave him the love potion?
a. Eleanor
b. Cecilia
c. Sally
d. Mandy

2. What does Luna say floated into Harry's ear when he was in the train car that supposedly caused him to lose focus?
a. Demiguise
b. Jobberknoll
c. Wrackspurt
d. Runespoor

3. How much do the primary Apparition lessons cost?
a. 10 galleons
b. 8 galleons
c. 15 galleons
d. 12 galleons

4. What is Professor Merrythought's first name?
a. Eileen
b. Galatea
c. Carol
d. Jocelyn

5. What Hogwarts club was Eileen Prince captain of?
a. Charms Club
b. Gobstones Club
c. The Slug Club
d. Occlumency Club

6. Who is head of the Goblin Liaison office?
a. Ambrosius Flume
b. Dirk Cresswell
c. Ciceron Harkiss
d. Barnabas Cuffe

7. Mrs. Weasley offers Fleur a goblin-made tiara for the wedding with Bill. What family member is currently in possession of the tiara?
a. Aunt Muriel
b. Aunt Ethel
c. Aunt Edna
d. Aunt Thelma

8. How many points does Snape take from Gryffindor for Harry's late arrival and muggle attire?
a. 30
b. 70
c. 50
d. 90

9. When Profressory Slughorn first meets Hermione, he asks her whether she is related to Hector Dagworth-Granger. What society did Dgworth-Granger found?
a. The Most Extraordinary Society of Charms
d. The Most Extraordinary Society of Herbology
c. The Most Extraordinary Society of the Defense Against the Dark Arts
d. The Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers

10. Which of these describes Golpalott's Third Law?
a. The antidote for blended poison will be equal to less than the sum of the antidotes for each of the separate components
b. The antidote for a blended poison will be equal to less than the product of the antidotes for each of the separate compenents
c. The antidote for a blended poison will be equal to more than the product of the antidotes for each of the separate compenents
d. The antidote for a blended poison will be equal to more than the sum of the antidotes for each of the separtea components

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ravenclaw House Quiz - Shhhhh!

Ravenclaw Super Secret House Quiz - this sucker was HARD!

1 - Astrid Cloverleaf
2 - Cassandra Grubby Plank
3 - Enna Kirts
4 - Selena Starfire
5 - Henry Longstaff
6 - Ceciley Fortescue
7 - Mona Ravenscroft
8 - Argentia Pascal
9 - Prendolyn Wilcox
10- Lyzzie Wynchwood
11- Ursula Longbottom
12- Rowena Weasley
13- Aurora Curlyfurl
14- Lily May Clearwater
15- Megaera Black, but it's a dog

Bonus1- Minerva Wood

Bonus2- around 37, less

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ravenclaw House Quiz - Halloween edition

What security question does Mr. Weasley ask Mrs. Weasley before he enters the Burrow? What is the answer? What is the nickname he calls her? Mollywobbles

What two names does Mrs. Cole call Dumbledore when she takes him to see Tom Riddle at the orphanage? Dunderdore and Dumberton

What is the name of Ginny's Pygmy Puff? Arnold

What three D's are needed for apparating? destination, determination, and deliberation

What spell did Harry perform when he was attacked by Dementors? "Expecto Patronum"

Who did an arrow salute at Dumbledore's funeral? The centaurs

What did Dumbledore set on fire to prove to Tom Riddle that he was a wizard? Tom's wardrobe

What Christmas present did Kreacher give Harry? a box of maggots

What is on top of the Weasleys' Christmas tree? a gnome charmed to look like an angel

What was the most popular item at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes? Nosebleed Nougat

Why did Harry threaten to kick Ron off the Griffindor Quidditch team? For being mean to teammates

What happens if you break an Unbreakable Vow? You will die

Who did Hermoine go to Slughorn's party with? Cormac McLaggen

Who is Mrs. Weasley's favorite singer? Celestina Warbeck

Who are the only two people who know the full contents of the prophecy made about Harry and Lord Voldemort? Harry and Dumbledore

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Back from Sick Call

Well, I'm finally back to Hogwart's after an extended stay in Germany. I have some new high powered iron pills and hopefully now I'll stop being so tired all the time and able to concentrate on my studies!

Now I'm off to see what I've missed in the past week or so. I'm sure I have a LOT of catching up to do!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What's Ailing me?

I went to the infirmary today with a few complaints and I baffled Madam Pomfrey. It appears that I've acquired some ailment that magic can't fix so I'm off to the Muggle Hospital to see if they can figure this out.

I'll keep you all posted. Oh, by the way Olivia and Kitty - It's not contagious! LOL.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Quidditch Round 2 - and a heartfelt THANK YOU!

It's been a strange week here at the burrow. Things are hectic, but I did manage to find a few minutes to catch up with The Raven's Nest. That's when I saw it...I WON, WON. I NEVER WIN! Yippee for me! Can't wait to see what my prize is. Thanks so much! (doing happy dance). Now while I'm still in witch mode, let me get this quiz finished so that I can pop back in to the muggle world and get ready to cook for a dinner party!

1. What animal does the portrait in the Muggle Prime Minster’s office resemble?
a. Rat
b. Frog
c. Cat
d. Lion

2. What drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?
a. Gillywater
b. Butterbeer
c. Pumpkin Juice
d. Elf-Made Wine

3. What is the name of the person who heads the Holyhead Harpies?
a. Gwenog Smith
b. Gwenog Jones
c. Glen Jones
d. Glen Smith

4. How many ‘Exceeds Expectation’ grades does Harry receive in his O.W.L’s?
a. 6
b. 3
c. 5
d. 4

5. What is Professor Slughorn’s favorite candy?
a. Cockroach Clusters
b. Sherbet Lemon
c. Acid Pops
d. Crystallized Pineapple

6. What tattoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?
a. Mermaid
b. Blast Ended Skrewt
c. Hippogriff
d. Unicorn

7. What color robes do the staff at the Weasley’s shop wear?
a. Buttercup
b. Magenta
c. Royal Blue
d. Aqua

8. What is the man outside Flourish and Blotts selling?
a. Amulets
b. Cloaks
c. Wands
d. Hats

9. How much is the skull, which Hermione enquires about at Borgin and Burkes, worth?
a. 9 Galleons
b. 18 Galleons
c. 16 Galleons
d. 12 Galleons

10. What are Professor Slughorn’s initials?
a. H.F.G.
b. H.E.F.
c. H.A.L.
d. H.K.D

Since we didn't have a Scavenger Hunt this round we decided it would be a good idea to post a picture of our favorite character. I actually have two -

Ron Weasley and Snape.

We also were asked about our favorite magical creatures. Well, this one is a little harder for me because I haven't become really attached to any of the creatures in the books. I do have an unbelieveable attachment to this fellow though.

That's Max the Dog in his Halloween costume a few years ago.

And just a quick update, the dinner party was a HUGE success. I put my guests in to a food coma! That cheesecake gets 'em every time!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Photo Treasure Hunt

What a lot of fun. Team Tailfeather's didn't win, but we did come in 4th place overall. Not a bad showing if I do say so myself. I love my new badge!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Twisted Take on Photo Hunting

I had to come back to the muggle world for this assignment. It was too difficult for me to get anything done at was too quiet. Everyone else went to Hogsmeade. I on the other hand decided to be proactive and get this photo hunt finished.


This is my marker item. He is my blah buster buddy from the Hot Cocoa Swap last winter. His name is Cecil. Cecil and I are on my balcony. I're jealous of my view right? Well this view is overlooking the Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan. Eat your hearts out! (note - I'm being VERY sarcastic in this statement)

So here goes.

broom - I cleverly disguise my broom in this handy little case. No one suspects me for what I really am...A WITCH!

diadem - Ah, the Webkinz Crown of Wonder. I've been attempting to get this thing for months now. I'm 5 gems away from the highly coveted prize! MOOOAHAHA!

engagement ring - This is my engagement ring. 1 carat Asscher cut set on point. LOVE IT!

fanged frisbee - - Ok, if anyone really owns a fanged frisbee I'd love to see it. This is the closest I Portion Plate that I use for nutrition education with clients. I guarantee you that at some point someone has wanted to throw it at me!

house socks - On the left, my slytherin sock made with the yarn that I received last term in the HSKS5. It's in the Slytherin colorway by Cosmic Fibers! On the right, the first pair of knit socks I ever owned. Gifted to my by my sister for Christmas a few years ago. I LURV the colors.

magical creature - This is one of Fangs pups. I call him Max. "No MAX! Don't eat Cecil"

muggle artifact - This is my husbands prized artifact! Smokey Joe.

glass of butterbeer - Where was this photo hunt a few days ago when I was making REAL rootbeer floats? You'll have to trust me on that....this is as close to foaming as I could get. It's hard to see, but note the foam that has settled on the counter top? LOL SUDS.

government employee - My US Marine

horcrux - I really wanted to get a picture of the sheep that graze just up the street from my apartment but wasn't quite sure how I would get Cecil close enough. In the interest of my personal safety I opted for this....the Geranium horcrux.

lucky potion - This potion is guaranteed to get you a few nice compliments such as "I wish my wife smelled like you" - it's true. It's great to hear things like that...of course when the wife is sitting right there it's a little uncomfortable. LOL

public art - This is such a dirty dusty city. They try to make up for it by putting colorful tiles in the play areas.

raven's feather - Given that the Azeri national bird is the platic bag you'll just have to settle for the next best thing to a Raven's feather. A feather from my down comforter!

shady shop - I took the picture last night, but forgot to include Cecil! ARGH! I'll figure something out in the next day or so! Good grief! Ok, this is not the original shady here is the closest shop to мой дом (my house - moy dome). I never use this shop because they sell moldy bread! Shady, VERY SHADY! But hey, in a pinch I'll use them for points!

tree changing seasons - There aren't many trees in Baku and the those in the city near me are of the piney variety and don't change color. I'm not sure if the tree in this picture is dying or is changing seasons(see it there on the right with a hint of gold?)I was lucky enough to capture this shot from my balcony.

used textbook - I love this book. I received it in last terms swap also. It is a handy little reference and definitely well used.

So there you have it. My version of the Photo Hunt. I hope you enjoyed it.

And, I think that my dorm name should be Tail Feathers. Fitting for a Ravenclaw room I think...don't you?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Our First Ravenclaw Quiz

House Quiz

What potion has the strange side effects of excessive singing and nose-tweaking? Elixir to Enduce Euphoria

What ingredient can be used to counteract the effect of the above side effects? Peppermint

How much can you get for Acromantula venom? 100 Galleons

What is the most powerful love potion in the world? Amortentia

What antidote does Harry use to help Ron when he is poisoned by Madam Rosmerta's finest mead? A bezoar

How does Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes' Owl Order Service get their potions past the security at Hogwarts to their customers? disguised as innocent items such as perfume and cough potions.

What did Draco Malfoy make in Potions class when Professor Slughorn assigned them to make something amusing? Hiccoughing Solution(???)

What spells will not work in an area affected by Instant Darkness Powder? Light spells and fire magic

What are the ingredients for the Draught of Living Death? wormwood, asphodel, valerian roots, and one sopophorous bean

How much will unicorn tail hair fetch? 10 Galleons per hair

Extra Credit
Do you prefer to knit or crochet? I prefer to knit.

What is your favorite weight yarn to knit/crochet with? I enjoy worsted weight and heavier yarns (cause they knit up quickly). I'm an instant gratification kind of girl.

What fiber contents do you most like to knit/crochet with? What fiber contents do you dislike knitting/crocheting with? I enjoy natural fibers. I love alpaca, mohair and bamboo.

How many complete pair of socks have you knit/crochet? I have completed one pair of socks and have 2 socks that currently don't have mates...I plan to fix that soon though.

What is your favorite item to knit/crochet? I enjoy knitting scarves and bags.

What is your favorite treat?

Do you drink coffee, tea, or both? Both, but my FAVE is hot chocolate.

Do you have an online wish list? If so, where? Not really, but I have recently started saving things to my favorites on Etsy. I also have an Amazon list, but that is pretty much for my husband and mom for Christmas ideas.

How many Ravelry groups are you in? Too many! LOL 12-15

Is there any special item you have been really wanting, but can't find in your local area? I don't have access to any local yarn stores here (I did just hear of one so I'll be checking that out soon). I order most everything I want or need from the internet with no trouble. At some point I need something to organize my circular needles in. The case that the Harmony Interchangeables come in is PATHETIC.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hufflepuff House Quiz - Cause They Said We Could

The Hufflepuffs have homework this week and it looked like a lot of fun. Since they said other houses could do it I thought I'd give it a try. And maybe, just maybe I'll be able to score some java from the barista! ; )

The Quiz...
1 Which is your favorite book in the series (and why)? My favorite book is the Sorcerer's Stone because I was introduced to the Potter Series in a Children's Literature class in college. We had to read this book. J.K. Rowling is a literary genius and if you'd dissected the book like I did you'd agree.

2 If you were taking Owls, which class would you get an E in? Would you get any Ts? I don't think I'd get any T's and I would most likely get an E in either Charms or Herbology or BOTH!

3 Who is your favorite character (or characters) in the Harry Potter series? I love Snape. I think his character has some of the best lines in the books. Of course there's always Ron Weasley! He's just so real to me.

4 If you had to pick 1 character for a roommate, who would you pick and why? Who'd be your least-favorite to have as a roommate? I would not want to room with Crabbe or Goyle. I would choose Luna to room with because, well because she's Luna and there would NEVER be a dull moment.

5 Hufflepuffs are a hardworking bunch, but also a bit mischievous. Which Hogwarts professor would you most like to prank, and how would you do it? I would love to be able to pull one over on Professor McGonagall, but I think the chances of that are highly unlikely.

6 Favorite DADA professor? (from the books, Lucius does NOT count :) Mad Eye Moody! Love the eye.

7 Favorite magical creatures? (Also, if for example you like a certain creature in general, but not how they are represented in the HP canon, feel free to elaborate :)
Centaurs followed by House Elves.

8 What is your favorite food in the HP universe? Which food or foods would you like to try in real life? Do you have any recipes to share with us ;)? Treacle Tarts are the treat I would most like to try. I think in the wizarding world Pumpkin Pasties would be my favorite.

9 Broom, floo powder, portkey, or magic carpet? Port key. I don't like fire, brooms or carpets.

10 Since we're Hufflepuffs... Yellow or Black? Black of course.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

On my way to a diploma!

I'm so excited. I have earned 2 of the 6 required badges to get my diploma. Here they are:

This term has been wonderful so far. I've not been with a more dedicated group of students before. We're at 100% participation so far and I have a feeling that this group has what it takes to make it to the end with 100%! Go RAVENCLAWS!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Quidditch Round 1- Term 6

1. At the beginning of the book, Cornelius Fudge is talking to the Muggle Prime Minister. Which member of the Order of the Phoenix has recently been found dead?
a. Hestia Jones
b. Elphais Doge
c. Emmeline Vance
d. Dedalus Diggle

2. What animal does Bellatrix Lestrange kill when she and her sister, Narcissa, are going to see Professor Snape?
a. Owl
b. Fox
c. Rabbit
d. Cat

3. What time does Professor Dumbledore collect Harry from Privet Drive?
a. Midnight
b. 11 p.m.c. Noon
d. 11 a.m.

4. What did Professor Sluhorn transform into when he was trying to hide from Harry and Professor Dumbledore?
a. An armchair
b. A bed
c. A table
d. A wardrobe

5. What grade did Harry get for Herbology?
a. E – Exceeds Expectation
b. P – Poor
c. O – Outstanding
d. A – Acceptable

6. Herbert Chorley, the Prime Minister’s Junior Minster, has been entertaining the public by impersonating which animal?
a. A hen
b. A duck
c. A lion
d. A squirrel

7. What is Professor Sprout’s first name?
a. Pimmy
b. Pomony
c. Pommy
d. Pomona

8. What is Dumbledore’s idea of ‘a few words’?
a. nitwit, odder, blubber rand tweak
b. nitwit, odder, bubblegum and tweak
c. nitwit, oddment, bubblegum and tweak
d. nitwit, oddment, blubber and tweak

9. Who is Marcus Belby’s famous uncle?
a. Bertie
b. Damocles
c. Tiberius
d. Savage

10. What is Snape’s mother’s name?
a. Helana Prince
b. Eileen Prince
c. Lily Prince
d. Elizabeth Prine

Post pictures to your blogs or link to the pictures from your blog post.




Professor Sprout

Professor Dumbledore

Monday, September 22, 2008

Picture Day

I really don't like Picture Day. This is a great idea though.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Roomies

The start of the semester is always fun for me. I enjoy watching the students settle in to their dorm rooms, become acquainted with each other and just get used to the "buzz" that radiates arounds the halls here.

I have two great roommates this term. Kitty Diricrawl and Olive Bumblebirch. I'm sure we will all get along fine. Kitty has the most beautiful snow globe collection on the head of her bed. I'm going to have to take extra care with Snowy this term and make sure that when she is flying around the room she doesn't get anywhere near those snow globes! Olive has an owl that could pass for Snowy's twin. Her owl's name is Puck. I'm sure happy to have a companion for Snowy this term. She was getting pretty lonely.

I've made wonderful progress on my kit for my spoilee. I've purchase the yarn for her "surprise kit", I'm halfway through with her bag, have a few extra things purchased and now just have to order a few staple items and sit back and wait for them to arrive. I am going to have this kit out before the holiday rush for sure!

Snowy was on a much deserved vacation after making her last journey so I've been without mail for a few weeks. She's just made a trip back from the post and WOW, do I have a lot of catching up to do.

And um, have any of you seen the new Dark Arts instructor? Professor Whitmarsh? WOW. I'd like him to teach me more than a few things.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

HSKS6 Questionnaire

Potter Name: Bella Shacklebolt

Rav ID: swapknitsy

I am allergic to: male cats bother me most

Pets that I have: 3 1/2 spaniel mix aka Max the Dog

My favorite yarn: I love mohair and natural fibers, chunky types (they knit up quick)

If you are a Ravenclaw, do you prefer the film colors or the book colors? I love the book colors, but the bronze is sometimes difficult. The movie colors are really nice too. I guess what I'm saying is it really doesn't matter.

My favorite flavor: This is hard, but I think I'd have to go with key lime!

My favorite holiday: Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. I love Christmas

I would like to receive a: (Sock kit, scarf kit or yarn dyeing kit) Scarf, dyeing, then sock

List your favorite brand of needles or hooks, including size and length: I have the Knit Picks Harmony interchangeable set and love them so pieces to compliment that set such as additional cables (40, 47 or 60") or needle points (13, 15 or 17) that don't come in the kit. I would also love some of the 16" circs for socks...maybe the larger size 2 or 3.

Is there a brand that you are dying to try?: I'm willing to try any....

I've participated in HSKS: (How many times have you participated in HSKS swaps?) This is my third HSKS

Do you have a birthday during this swap? If so which day? Nope, no birthday. Anniversary, 4 years on December 3

Friday, September 12, 2008

Ravenclaw's Newest Residents

Well it's here! The start of another Hogwarts term. This semester is looking like it will be the best ever and I'm so excited for classes to begin. This Interhouse Scholarship is wonderful. It has allowed me to join another house here at Hogwarts! This semester I will be in Ravenclaw. I'm a bit nervous. The students in this house are REALLY smart so I hope I don't let them down.

Today as I was walking the halls trying to find my way back to my dorm room I saw a flash out of the corner of my eye. I didn't get a good look, but it looked just like a House Elf. Now I'd heard of other houses with House Elves, but not Ravenclaw. I'd love to get a good look at her ( I get a good enough look that I know the Elf was a her...)

Our Elf also doesn't seem to have a name and we've been given the task of naming her. I think Corvina would be a lovely name for her. It means "like a raven".

Monday, August 11, 2008


I received the most wonderful owl from Allitrya Spelling. She really knows how to spoil a girl. See this muggle site for pictures.

Monday, July 28, 2008

End of a great term for HSKS5

The packages are arriving and people are starting to pack up their trunks and head back to their muggle lives for the rest of the summer. This has been an exciting semester at Hogwart's...never a dull moment as usual.

My spoilee Avada Abraxam of Gryffindor received her package from me about a week ago and it seems as though she really enjoyed the contents and I am thrilled about that.

My spoiler Allitrya Spelling contacted me earlier this week to let me know that she had mailed my package and I'll be looking for it to arrive in a few weeks. I say a few weeks because it takes about that long for packages to make it from the muggle world to this magical land that I am living in.

I'll post pictures, most likely on the ravelry board when the kit arrives.

See you all in the fall for HSKS6.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dumbledore's Army

Something very exciting happened today. I was awarded an Outstanding Badge as a member of Dumbledore's Army. This is truly a privledge and I am posting my badge in my sidebar with honor.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Quidditch Round 3

It's hard to believe it's the final match of the term.

Quidditch ~ Round Three

1. When Hagrid returns to Hogwarts after being sent to see the giants with Madame Maxime, Professor Umbridge questions him on his late return to school. She suspects that Hagrid had been to the mountains, but where does he tell her he has been?
a. Europa
b. Fiji
c North America
d. South of France

2. Professor Umbridge comes to Hagrid's Hut and searches his cabin one evening (as she believes Harry, Ron and Hermione are there visiting him at night when they are not supposed to). When she walks past the place where Harry, Ron and Hermione are hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, Harry holds his breath. True or false?
a. True
b. False - though this could also be true. I don't think you can pull in your stomach without holding your breath....try it.

3. A stately-looking witch in an emerald green shawl is one of the members of the Advance Guard who rescues Harry from Privet Drive. What is her name?
a. Emmeline Vance
b. Dorcas Meadowes
c. Amelia Susan Bones
d. Bellatrix Regulax

4. What is the name of the witch who was killed two weeks after the photo of the original Order of the Phoenix was taken?
a. Alice Longbottom
b. Marlene McKinnon
c. Emma Fenwick
d. Dorcas Meadowes

5. Which two fifth year Ravenclaw students does Dumbledore choose to be prefects?
a. Terry Boot and Mandy Brocklehurst
b. Luna Lovegood and Ernie Macmillan
c. Cho Chang and Michael Corner
d. Anthony Goldstein and Padma Patil

6. Which house was Rose Zeller sorted into?
a. Gryffindor
b. Slytherin
c. Ravenclaw
d. Hufflepuff

7. What is the color of Murtlap's essence?
a. Pink
b. Peach
c. Yellow
d. It is transparent

8. Name the Ravenclaw girl who became prefect in Harry's fifth year.
a. Hannah Abott
b. Padma Patil
c. Luna Lovegood
d. Marietta Edgecombe

9. According to a healer's portrait at St. Mungo's hospital, which disease was Ron suffering from?
a. Splattergroit
b. Splittygrot
c. Spottygroit
d. Spattergroit (correct spelling - spattergoit)

10. Which book did Harry give Hermione for Christmas?
a. "New Theory of Numberology"
b. "A Compendium of Common Curses and their Counter-Actions"
c. "Acheivements in Charming"
d. "Moste Potente Potions"

Picture Scavenger Hunt
Padma Patil
Hannah Abott
Dumbledore's Army
Cedric Diggory
(Extra 5 pts - What movie will Robert Patterson star in this December?) Twilight

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Winding down

Snowy still hasn't made it to Avada, but I'm not worried. She had a lot of air to cover (Azerbaijan - Virginia - New Jersey). It would be nice if she'd arrive by the deadline of July 11th though.

This term is coming to a close already. It seems like it just started last week. We've had a lot of fun, and drama this term. I'm still trying to decide if I'll return to Hogwarts for HSKS6...

There's still plenty of time to decide. Til then, I've got another round of Quidditch to prepare for.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

No homework lately

This has been an incredibly easy semester over here in Slytherin House. We've had NO homework for a few weeks. I've been keeping my mind sharp by doing the homework from the other houses. I don't want my brain to wither away to witch dust!

The halls have been fairly quiet all over Hogwarts in fact. I think it must be this summer term. Many students disappear for a week or so for family vacations or just a quiet get away. I'd like to get away for a little while myself.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Mischief Managed!

Well I did it! I managed to get my owl out to my very special friend Avada Axbraxam from Gryffindor. Snowy (my owl) is being trusted to make this flight even though she was a little slow with my last delivery.

I'm hoping that Avada receives her package by the July 11th deadline. Come on Snowy, don't let me down!

And of course, as usual I forgot to take a picture of the package before I sent it, I did take a picture of the bag though, but posting that now would ruin the surprise!

Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Quidditch Round 2

1. At the beginning of the year feast, who is the only person who rudely interrupts Dumbledore during his speech?

a. Professor Snape

b. Professor Umbridge

c. Hagrid

d. Harry Potter

2. Off what street is the alley where Harry first met Sirius?

a. Diagon Alley

b. Little Whinging

c. Magnolia Crescent

d. Privet Drive

3. Tonks’ mother had two sisters, both pure-bloods, and both left on the Black Family Tree. What are their names?

a. Elladora and Meliflua

b. Bellatrix and Elladora

c. Narcissa and Bellatrix

d. Meliflua and Narcissa

4. What spell are the students studying in McGonalgall’s class when Umbrdige is doing her inspection?

a. The Acquiring Spell

b. The Shrinking Spell

c. The Demolishing Spell

d. The Vanishing Spell

5. Who comes to warn Harry and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army that Umbridge and her group of followers are coming to break up their meeting?

Answer: Dobby

6. Who are the members of the Order that met Harry Potter in the Dursely’s house during the summer before his fifth year?

a. Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Alastor Moody, Sturgis Podmore, Dedalus Diggle, Hestia Jones, Elphias Doge, Nymphadora Tonks, Mundungus Fletcher

b. Alastor Moody, Albus Dumbledore, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Nymphadora Tonks, Dedalus Diggle, Sturgis Podmore, Emmeline Vance

c. Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Remus Lupin, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones

d. Remus Lupin, Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Sirius Black, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones

7. Moody used the Disillusionment Charm on Harry.

a. Yes

b. No

8. Which of these Death Eaters is Sirius related to?

a. Lucius Malfoy

b. Bellatrix Lestrange

c. Regulus Black

d. All of these

9. At what age did Sirius leave his home?

Answer: 16

10. How many of the original Order members were killed (don’t include those who disappeared)?

a. 9

b. 8

c. 6

d. 10

Picture Scavenger

Kingsley Shacklebolt - MY DAD!

Bellatrix Lestrange

Nymphadora Tonks

Remus Lupin

Monday, June 16, 2008

Birthday Bash

Well this birthday is turning out to be much more than I anticipated. A lovely owl delivered a package to me about a week ago and I promised myself that I would not open it until birthday. Well, first thing this morning I tore in to a set of Knit Picks Harmoney Interchangeable needles, two skeins of yummy sock yarn, an angel pendant necklace and a pair of white gold earrings. Just my style. Thanks mom.

My little dog Max also bought me a bottle of Burberry Summer. What a good dog.

Now off to Hogsmeade to manage some mischief! LOL

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm Back

I know you may not have really missed me, but I'm back online with a for real in my own house internet connection (I muggle of me).

Now, let's get busy and win that cup!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Quidditch Round #1

1. Which of Arabella Figg's cats ran out from under the car?
Mr. Paws

2. Which of the following is NOT one of Albus Dumbledore's middle names?

3. Which educational decree introduced a High Inquisitor to Hogwarts?

4. Apart from Harry, Ron and Hermione, who was the first person to enter the Hog's Head that showed an interest in Harry's Defence Against the Dark Arts classes?
Dean Thomas
Neville Longbottom
Parvati Patil
Lavender Brown

5. In the first Quidditch match of the year which player attempted to score first?
Angelina Johnson
Alicia Spinnet

6. What kind of bush does Harry hide behind to listen to the news?
A pericsign bush
A hydrangea bush
A willow bush
A desendio bush

7. Why is Mundungus Fletcher disguised as a woman when he witnesses the DA (Dumbledore's Army) meeting in the Hog's Head pub?
He was a cross dresser
He was banned from the Hog’s Head pub 20 years ago
He though he was going to a fancy dress party
He wanted to make people laugh

8. When Harry and Cho go on their first date to Madam Puddifoot's in Hogsmeade, what is it decorated with for Valentine's Day?
Golden cherubs and red confetti
Silver cherubs and pink confetti
Golden cherubs and pink confetti
Silver cherubs and red confetti

9. How old is Sturgis Podmore and where does he live?
38 and number 2 Laburnum Gardens Clapham
37 and number 4 Laburnum Grove Clapham
39 and number 3 Laburnum Gardens Clapham
38 and number 5 Laburnum Grove Clapham

10. What did Fred and George Weasley do to Montague?
Forced him head-first into a Vanishing Cabinet on the first floor.
Forced him head-first into a Vanishing Cabinet on the fifth floor.
Pushed him into the lake for the giant quid to play with.
Forced him down a toilet in the girl’s bathroom on the fourth floor.

Picture Scavenger Hunt

Fred and George Weasley (Together)

Hog’s Head Pub

Sirius Black

Mr. Weasley & Harry (Together)

Draco Malfoy

Monday, May 26, 2008

Feeling at Home

Well this room is starting to feel kind of homey. Matilda made a beautiful afghan (in Slytherin colors of course) and is using it on her bed. It looks so beautiful and warm and cozy. Daisy has been super busy knitting and shopping and putting together a wonderful package for her swap partner. And Narcissa, well I think Narcissa might be having strange dreams. Something is waking me up and night and I think that Narcissa may be grinding her teeth. I wonder if she has headaches when she wakes up? The pressure must make her head hurt. I'm going to look (without her knowing I'm looking) to see if her teeth are ground to an angle. Sometimes people who grind their teeth have angled teeth from the grinding back and forth.

My Snowy finally made it to Cliodna Hopkirk. I'm so relieved. I had given up hope and sent her a gift card. Now that they are both there she can enjoy the package and treat herself to some well deserved goodies as a college graduation present! I'm glad that Snowy is safe and I hope that Narcissa's cats like owls because Snowy certainly has had a rough few months and could use a good rest til her next journey in about a month.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Slytherin House Quiz #1

1. How many goal posts are on the Quidditch Pitch? 6 total, 3 on either end

2. Who was portrayed in the picture that kept screaming in the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix? Walburga Black – Sirius’ Mother

3. Who was giving Hagrid all of those bruises and cuts? Grawp, Hagrid’s brother (half brother)

4. Who left his shift early, leaving Harry open to a dementor attack? Mundungus Fletcher

5. What was the name of the Squib who came to Harry's side after the attack? Mrs. Figg

6. What position was Percy promoted to that made him have a 'row' with Mr. Weasley? Junior Assistant to the Minister

7. What secret does Hermione know about Rita Skeeter? Hermione found out that Rita is an Animagus (she can turn in to a beetle)

8. Name one person other than Sirius Black who was scratched off of the Family tree wall? Anromeda Tonks

9. Who discovers the room of requirement? Several people discovered the room of requirement in OP…Fred and George, Filch, Harry, Dobby, etc. The room can only be discovered by someone who is in need.

10. Where is the first DA meeting held? Hog’s Head Tavern in Hogsmeade

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Possible MIA for a Few Days

I just wanted to let you all know that I am in the process of moving yet again! I recently left my home in Belarus (where I'd been for only 9 months) and am currently living in Lithuania (in a hotel where I've been since May 3rd). I will be leaving to travel to my new home in Baku on Sunday. Posting from me may be scare over the next two weeks, but I will do my best to honor my committment to you all.

I promise I'm not a flake, just the victim of a political tit for tat between the US government and the government of Belarus. You can google for the details or visit my personal blog for some additional information (it really is kind of interesting).

This Term's Class Schedule

My Schedule this term:
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic

extra classes
Ancient Runes -

I took a special quiz today to see what classes I would excel in at Hogwarts and was very surprised by the results, here they are...

You would be best at Defense Against the Dark Arts! And now that everyone knows how important this is, I bet you're a popular person to have around. You can do some very powerful bits of magic, but only for a good cause. You have a strong sense of right and wrong, and aren't afraid to stand up and fight for what you know is right.

Use this magical link to see what class you will excel in.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Still Room for 2 More

Well I have two room mates and room for 2 more. So far my Slytherin room mates are Daisy Scrimgeour and Narcissa Shrivelfigs. We are just starting to get acquainted. I'm sure they are both fun girls and I look forward to getting to know them better this term. We have a huge room dorm room so I hope it fills up. Our common room is actually kind of creepy, there are no windows because it is under the lake and there are skulls everywhere. The color is perfect however; green!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Old Friend

I can't believe it. Today as I was strolling the halls trying to learn these new halls I ran in to an old friend Clidonia Acromantula. Clidonia is awesome. I wish I would have known she was coming to Hogwarts. She got sorted in to Hufflepuff (my old house). I would have loved to have her as a room mate.

I'm still waiting to see who my Slytherin housemates will be. Everyone else is walking around in their robes so I guess I better get out of this muggle gear and start looking the part!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

HSKS5 Accepts New Students

WOW! I can't believe it. HSKS5 has room for more students. If you knit and like to have a lot of fun, this is the place for you. There aren't too many spots left so head on over to the main site and see what you need to do to register. You won't want to miss one more minute of the fun!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Halls are a BUZZ!

There are students EVERYWHERE here at Hogwart's. I can't believe how busy the halls are. Everyone is moving about saying hello to old friends and making new friends. We are all really excited for the new students to arrive later tonight and to be sorted. I'm sure the houses will fill up quickly. There definitely is not much room left in Ravenclaw dormitory or the Slytherin dormitory.

Has anyone noticed how many Emma's are in Ravenclaw this semester? WOW~I don't know how we are going to keep them all straight.

I think there may be something going on in the Great Hall at some point today so I'm going to keep checking in...maybe I'll be able to catch the Sorting Hat ceremony!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Inter-House Unity Scholarship

WOW! Today was quite a day. Returning students were given the opportunity to apply for an Inter-House Unity Scholarship. This scholarship allows students the opportunity to be sorted in to a new house at Hogwarts. This is this a great opportunity to interact with student's we normally wouldn't get to interact with.

I am happy to say that I was the recipient of one of these scholarships and I am now a proud member of Slytherin! I'm really nervous and excited about this semester. I can't wait until all of the students are here. I wonder who my room mates will be?

I guess I'd better get new robes at Diagon Alley this weekend!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Long Lost Owl

I am so sad today. My owl Snowy is missing! I sent her out on March 26th with a wonderful package to deliver to my secret pal Clionda Hopkirk and she has been seen or heard from since! I am really starting to worry about her. She's never been gone this long before. I wonder if she is ok...I wonder if she'll make it to her destination safely.

I'm going to wait a few more days and then send out a tracking owl. I just hope nothing serious has happened. Owls are so expensive to replace and the new semester is starting in just a few days!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

New Semester Starting Soon

Wow, I can't believe the new semester is about ready to begin! Last semester really took a toll on me. I stayed busy the entire semester, but don't feel that I made any really true friends which is kind of disappointing. I still haven't received my OWL and that's a huge disappointment. The Headmistress is checking for me and I'm hoping that the OWL is spotted in the next few days.

I told myself that I was going to drop out of Hogwart's, but I think I've had a change of heart. I've been more active on the boards in the past week and have come to the conclusion that I'm going to make my own fun this semester. I'm not going to wait for it to come to me. If my house is quiet, I'm going to party with the other houses (if they'll have me - which I'm sure they will).

I see Educational Decree #1 has been posted and that has also made me reconsider. Hogwart's IS so much fun.

Returning students can sign up for classes next week Tuesday. I wonder which house I'll be sorted to this semester? I absolutely love the Slytherin colors, but Ravenclaw seems to be calling my name...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Final House Quiz

1.Which 2 Huffles have a Pinkstone as spoilers? Cliodna Trelawney and Helga Lovegoods
2.Which Huffle went on a vacation to Germany? Bella (ME)
3.Who is in love with Gus Cauldwell? Petunia Acromantula
4.Which Gryffindor found the snitch during the first round of Quidditch? Cassandra Grubbly-Plank
5.What is Harry’s class schedule on Mondays is GoF? Herbology with the Hufflepuffs, then a break followed by Care of Magical Creatures with the Slytherins, then lunch followed by double classes of Diviniation and finally dinner.
6.What day does Voldemort kill Frank Bryce? Saturday, August 23rd
7.When was Moody kidnapped? August 31st
8.Who is called on to help Moody? Mr Weasly is called (by Amos Diggory)
9.What happens to Hermione during Harry’s duel with Malfory? Her teeth are hexed
10.When is the Yule Ball announce to the Gryffindors? December 10th during Transfiguration

Thank you Huffles! This has been a great semester. I'm looking forward to receiving my owl and I'm sending mine out on Wednesday! I'm not sure if my spoilee reads my blog so I won't post pictures until I know she's received it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quidditch Round 3

1. When Rita Skeeter prints a bad articles about Hagrid in the Daily Prophet, which Professor teaches Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class while he is away?
a. Professor Trisonikly
b. Professor Snape
c. Professor Grubbly-Plank
d. Professor Meshdeh

2. What was the article Rita Skeeter wrote about Hagrid called?
a. The son of Fridwolfa the Giantess
b. The Truth About Rubeus Hagrid
c. Dumbledore's Giant Mistake
d. Half Giant at Hogwarts

3. When the school champions were being chosen from the Goblet of Fire, whose name cam out first?
a. Fleur Delacour
b. Viktor Krum
c. Cedric Diggory
d. Harry Potter

4. What is the spell Ludo Bagman says to magically magnify his voice when he commentates?
a. Sonorus
b. Sonafy
c. Lumos
d. Sonatus

5. What kind of dragon did Cedirc have to face in the first task?
a. A Hungarian Horntail
b. A Swedish Short-Snout
c. A Welsh Green
d. A Chinese Fireball

6. Who raised the trophy after winning the world cup?
a. Troy and Moran
b. Troy and Quigley
c. Quigley and Moran
d. Lynch and Connolly

7. How many bedrooms did Mundungus Fletcher claim to have?
a. 4
b. 8
c. 10
d. 12

8. For what did Moody mistake his birthday gift of a carriage clock?
a. An intruder
b. A basilisk egg
c. A bomb
d. A Blast-ended Skrewt

9. What did Mr. Ollivander produce for the end of Cedric's wand?
a. A bunch of flowers
b. A fountain of wine
c. Twittering birds
d. Silver smoke rings

10. The dark mark is on Snape's left arm.
a. Yes
b. No

Picture Scavenger Hunt
A Basilisk
Mundungus Fletcher
Amos Diggory

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Veela's

I'm pretty sure I have never mentioned this before because it is a topic I generally do not like to discuss, I am 1/2 Veela. My mother and Fleur Delacour's mother are sisters. My mother, Isabella was a very beautiful woman and my father became smitten with her the first time he met her. Theirs was truly a tale of forbidden love. My mother's parents did not approve of her relationship with my father, they forbid her to see him.

After graduating from Hogwarts my father spent as much time as he could along the south coast of France just to see my mother who was still a student at Beauxbatons. My parents were married in a small ceremony along the Mediterranean Coast. They then returned to Scotland and begin their life together.

It wasn't long before my mother received word that her father had taken ill and had requested her to return home to visit him on his death bed. My mother of course returned to see her father, but he was not sick, this was a cruel attempt to steal her away from my father and it worked.

I was born 8 months later, in France. My grandfather wanted no part of my father in his home and ordered my mother to send me to live with my father. My grandfather was a very hateful man and drove my mother to be institutionalized.

Having Fleur here at Hogwarts for the Triwizard Tournament has been a bit strange for me. She and I have not acknowledged one another and I don't know that we ever will. When I mentioned her to my father he got a very distant look in his eye. He promised me that we would talk more about it, but now just wasn't the time.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Back from Vacation

Well, I'm back at Hogwart's all rested and ready to finish out the semester with a BANG! I'm hoping we Hufflepuff's can pull ourselves back up to the top of the House Points.

Germany was wonderful. I have lots of pictures to share and after I get finished sorting through these OWL messages and taking care of a few Muggle chores I will post them.

It's good to be back at Hogwart's.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

End of Vacation

Heading back to Hogwart's in the morning. I'll have lots of fun pictures and stories to share! Can wait to tell you all about it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Quidditch Round 2

Snowy has arrived with the answers to my Quidditch Round 2 quiz.

1. With whom does Ginny go to the Yule Ball?
a. Neville
b. Dean
c. Seamus
d. Harry

2. When Harry arrives at the Burrow and Mrs. Weasley makes them all dinner the night before they leave for the Quidditch World Cup, what does her wand turn into?
a. rubber mouse
b. rubber chicken
c. rubber duck
d. rubber cat

3. Since some of the sixth-year girls didn't have any quills on them, what did they think Krum might sign their hats in?
a. nail polish
b. eyeliner
c. lipstick
d. lipliner

4. How old does the Quick Quotes Quill say that Rita Skeeter is?
a. 43
b. 44
c. 34
d. 33

5. What color cloak is wormtail wearing in the Riddle house?
a. Grey (Gray)
b. Black
c. Gold
d. Silver

6. What color is "Mad Eye" Moody's magical eye?
a. Green
b. Hazel
c. Brown
d. Blue

7. What color are the robes that Rita Skeeter was wearing when Harry meets her at the Weighing of the Wands ceremony?
a. Lilac
b. Magenta
c. Mauve
d. Cerise

8. What does Sirius Black tell Harry, Ron and Hermione to call him when speaking around anyone else?
a. Tibbles
b. Snuffles
c. Scruffy
d. Padfoot

9. Which team beat Wales, disqualifying them from competing for the Quidditch World Cup?
a. Hungary
b. Romania
c. Uganda
d. Luxembourg

10. What does Madame Maxime say is the only thing her steeds will drink?
a. cabernet sauvignon
b. bourbon
c. single-malt whiskey
d. gin and tonics

Picture Hunt
Goblet of Fire
Madam Maxime
Dragon from first challenge
Viktor Krum
Madam Pomfrey

Greetings from Germany

I am relaxing and enjoying a nice vacation in Garmish, Germany. I'm hoping to do many fun tours and see many enjoyable sights on my trip. The resort has beautiful views of the Bavarian Alps and I'm hoping to enjoy a massage or two or three!

I arrived yesterday and will be touring around Germany until the 28th. I'll be returning to Hogwart's on the 29th, but if you need me for anything just send me an owl. Snowy (my owl) will be delivering the answers to the Quidditch Round 2 Quiz.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

I just couldn't wait to share the news! I learned about this special place at Hogwart's called the Room of Requirement. It is a magical room that only appears when you are in need of it. Well Stewart and I needed a place where we could have a nice romantic Valentine's dinner and the room appeared. It was looked just like we were dining on the beach. My clothes even changed from my school uniform to a cute little tank top, nice skirt and strappy sandals.

We had a great conversation and laughed like teenagers (well I guess we are aren't we?). It was a great date!

I hope now that we've found this special room that we are able to escape there from time to time, just to get away from it all.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

House Quiz #3

"Then you should have died!" roared Black. "Died rather than betray your friends, as we would have done for you!"

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Have Fun in Hogsmeade

I won't be going to Hogsmeade this weekend. I am SO far behind on my school work and knitting that I need to stay put. I will tell you though that you must visit Honeydukes Sweetshop when you are there. This was by far my favorite shop. There were shelves and shelves of the most magnificent candy and their homemade fudge is to die for! Bring some fudge back for me!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Snitch Found!

Well my first Quidditch match has come and gone. I definitely need more practice in the seeker department. I was there! I mean I really was on that site and did not see the darned thing! I'm so disappointed, but at the same time relieved that it was over so quickly. 47 minutes, that all it lasted. I was prepared to go the duration. I think the longest game of Quidditch lasted 16 hours. Can you imagine?

Well that being said, this was a very interesting week at Hogwart's the Headmistress had to hand out a few detentions in Ravenclaw House. Apparently there were a few attempts made to sabotage the success of the other Houses' success in the Quidditch Quiz and Scavenger Hunt. Lucky for the rest of us a Hogwart's the Headmistress is a very fair Headmistress and these offenders were set straight.

I may only be a first year, but I've learned that competition brings out the worst in people. These events are about making friends and having fun, not destroying the fun for the other participants. I mean come on people, this is a KNITTING EVENT!

Ok, I'm going to knit now!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Quidditch Round 1

1. What was Harry dreaming about the first time he woke up with his scar on fire?
a. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill Dumbledore
b. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill him
c. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill Sirius
d. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill Cornelius Fudge

2. What is the problem with leprechaun gold?
a. It vanishes after a few hours
b. It vanishes after a few weeks
c. It's only good in Ireland
d. It enchants you and makes you forget everything else

3. Why did Mad-Eye Moody turn Malfoy into a ferret?
a. Malfoy had said something rude about Mad-Eye
b. He was teaching him 'constant vigilance'
c. Malfoy attacked Harry when Harry's back was turned
d. He hated Malfoy's father

4. Sirius warns Harry to be careful around Karkaroff because he had been a Death Eater. Which one of the professors at Hogwarts, who also used to be a Death Eater, is frequently bothered by Karkaroff?

5. Voldemort could have used the blood from any foe to make the potion that revived him work, but he held out for Harry's blood. Why?
a. To show that Dumbledore could not protect Harry
b. To prove that Harry could not apparate
c. The special protection Harry received from his mother would also pass to Voldemort
d. Simply because he hated Harry that much

6. How old would Frank have been on his next birthday?
a. 76
b. 73
c. 70
d. 77

7. Amos Diggory works for?
a. The Department of Mysteries
b. The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
c. The Goblin Liaison Office
d. The Committee of Experimental Charms

8. Who shared a carriage with the three friends on the way from the train to Hogwarts?

9. What date in October did the delegates from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arrive?
a. 30th
b. 31st
c. 1st
d. 2nd

10. What color were Percy's dress robes at the Yule Ball?
a. Navy Blue
b. Maroon
c. Emerald Green
d. Claret

Picture Scavenger Hunt
Please either post the pictures to your blog or link to where the pictures can be found.

Mr. Ollivander
Mad-Eye Moody
World Cup Tournament
Dark Mark

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Back from Hogsmeade

I'm back from Hogsmeade and I must say I'm a bit relieved! Not much goes on in that town, but what does go on is a bit bizarre. I guess that's why it's offlimits until 3rd year so we're a little more prepared for the strange sightings!

Stewart swore me to secrecy so I can't tell how we got there, but I will say that there are several ways to get there from Hogwart's, you just need to know the right people! If the headmistress or the teachers find out I ventured in to Hogwart's as a first year I'm bound to be expelled and Stewart too!

Honeydukes Sweetshop was by far my favorite shop. There were shelves and shelves of the most magnificent candy and their homemade fudge is to die for! We had a nice lunch and a delightful herbal tea at Madam Puddifoots tea shop. I thought the place was rather quaint, but Stewart seemed bored out of his mind. He was much more interested in visiting Zonko's Joke Shop. He purchased some Dungbombs so I'd be on the lookout around Hogwart's if I was you. He said they were for a "friend", but you never know. I swear I think he's part Weasley!

I tried butterbeer....Madam Rosmerta swears there is no alcohol in it. All the boys love to go to The Three Broomsticks and sit and stare at Madam Rosmerta. She is a pretty woman, but on a date it's enough to give a girl a complex.

Well I've got to get a good night sleep tonight. Tomorrow's the first big Quidditch match and I plan on helping the Hufflepuff House to become VICTORIOUS!

Friday, January 25, 2008

My Patronus

Stewart said that if we are going to sneak away to Hogsmeade that I need to learn the Patronus Charm, just in case...

I practiced today and was so surprise to see a beautiful eagle emerge. I thought for sure I'd be a badger.

What's your Patronus?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Head Girl

This semester is becoming much more than I expected. There was a notice on the Common Room bulletin board about needing a Hufflepuff Head Girl. I inquired and the duties seemed like ones I'd be able to handle so I said I would do it. Our Prefect and the Headmistress accepted my offer. So I'm now the Hufflepuff Headgirl. I think I have my cheerleading costume around here somewhere. I'm going to go dig that out of my trunk. We've got another quiz due this week and it looks like my housemates could use some encouragement. We're number one right now in House Cup points and I want us to stay on top!

Other exciting news. I received an OWL from Stewart today. It seems that he is planning to go to Hogsmeade this weekend and has invited me to go with. I'm really excited, and nervous at the same time. It will be a great time I'm sure. Hogsmeade is a great city with plenty of things to see and do. Stewart is a great friend. He's really helped me to feel at home here at Hogwarts.

Hufflepuff House Quiz - Week #2

1. What does Mrs. Weasley do when she is angry? She becomes very overbearing and loud!
2. Who picks up Harry for his visit to the Burrow? Fred, George, Mr. Weasley and Ron
3. What did Moody give Neville? A book where Neville discovered gillyweed.
4. When is Hermione’s Birthday? 19 Sept 1979
5. Who does Snape have pickling rats brains for detention? Ron and Harry
6. Are Dobby and Winky at Hogwarts at the beginning of term? No, when Harry's sees Dobby for the first time he tells Harry that they've only been there for a week.
7. Where do Harry, Ron and Hermione pick up sock for Dobby? Gladrags Wizardwear in Hogsmeade.
8. Who helps Harry figure out the egg? Cedric and Moaning Myrtle
9. Where does Harry have his first meeting with Sirius? By the fire in Gryffindor Tower's Common room
10. Who interrupts the above mentioned meeting with Sirius? Ron

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Wizarding Tutor

For those of you who need a little extra help fitting in to the wizarding world (as I do), you might enjoy a couple of sessions with the Wizarding Tutor. The tutor is located at the bottom of this page. Good luck.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Busy Week

This first week of classes sure has been interesting. I've made lots of new friends, a potential love interest, taken a quiz, learned a few spells and potions and best of all learned to ride a broomstick.

The broomstick lesson Stewart gave me really helped a lot. It gave me the confidence to just do it. It's all in the voice.

The Hufflepuff Common room has been really quiet, not much goes on in there so it's a great place to get out of my room to study and knit. I've seen a few games of Gobstones and Exploding Snap going on around Hogwarts. I think I'm going to take a walk to see if I can find Stewart and his friends. They may be interested in playing a few rounds of Gobstones!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Major Distraction

As if I wasn't having a hard enough time in Potions class, Snape paired me up with a 4th year named Stewart Trelawney. We shared a cauldron with a couple of his Ravenclaw housemates. I was the only Hufflepuff. I think Stewart likes me. He invited me to come with him after school today to practice on the broomstick. I really should go study but I found myself saying yes.

There's something about this guy, I can't put my finger on it. It might be his fascination with Muggle transportation. He says he has a 79' Volkswagon Beetle at home. He showed me pictures, they were really nice. It's red! He also loves airplanes. He doesn't know if wants to live in the Muggle world or the Wizard world yet. His mother is a Muggle and his father is 1/2 Muggle. They let him decided about coming to Hogwart's and he chose to, but now is rethinking things. With only two years to go, I hope he sticks with it. I'd hate to see him go (especially because he is so cute).

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hufflepuff House Quiz - Week 1

1. How many members of Dumbledore’s Army are from Hufflepuff house? 5

2. Which famous member of Hufflepuff is related to Sirius Black? Bonus points for tell me how. Nymphadora Tonks is related to Sirius Black. They are second cousins. Sirius and Nymphadora’s mother (Andromeda) were first cousins.

3. What is the name of the Hufflepuff house member sorted before Harry in PS? Justin Finch-Fletchley

4. Who shared a recipe for Yule Logs? Helga Lovegood

5. List the 3 Hufflepuffs that have listed in their blogs about their wands and what wood they are made of? Cliodna Trelawney - maple, Bella the Beautiful - apple, Antonia Marie dela Weasley – mahogany

6. Who was locked out after forgetting the password? Petunia Acromantula

Monday, January 14, 2008

Tough Day in Potions

Today was the first day of classes and I must say, it is a lot more difficult than I anticipated. Potions is extremely challenging. That is where I'm going to need to focus my attention. The right blend of ingredients, in the correct proportions. This stuff is tricky. I'm hoping someone will be able to tutor me. Professor Snape definitely favors the Slytherin students, so the rest of us have to work very hard for good marks. I could feel him glaring at me when I accidently bumped in to the supply cart. I thought for sure he was going to deduct house points. Luckily nothing was broken or wasted. WHEW! Potions practice is on my agenda for the rest of the day!

I still haven't been able to catch up with any of my fellow Hufflepuff students in the Great Hall or the Common Room. They sure are an elusive bunch. I guess since we are such a small group and the Hufflepuff House is so large there is plenty of space for everyone to claim his/her own territory.

Quidditch will be starting soon so at some point I'm going to need some broomstick lessons. I'm hoping to be able to get Madam Hooch to give me some private lessons. First years aren't allowed to bring brooms to Hogwarts so I'll need to borrow one from the school's supply room. With permission of course.

My secret pal is a Ravenclaw! I didn't realize before I came to Hogwarts that there is a lot of debate over the Ravenclaw colors recently. Some students prefer blue with bronze and others blue with gold. The students are allowed to choose which color combination they prefer which I think is a wonderful idea. I'm not going to say which combination my Ravenclaw prefers because that might just give too much away!

Well, it's back to the books for me.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Big Day Tomorrow

Well, classes start tomorrow and Hufflepuff is getting started on the right foot. We are currently leading in points for the House Cup! Way to go Hufflepuff!

It is very quiet here at Hufflepuff. I hope things get a little more active once classes start. It gets pretty lonely wandering the halls by myself, not to mention scary...that Filch gives me the creeps.

I'm going to call it a night. I'm going to hang out in my room and read a few chapter of Hogwarts a History.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hufflepuff Reporting for Classes

Well I made it to Hogwarts with no trouble. I'm really excited to meet some of my fellow Hufflepuff's. Our common room was deserted when I first arrived. I decided to unpack and then get some practice with my wand. I'm not very skilled in the wand department. I'm going to need a lot of practice. It's a beautiful day, so I'm going to take a walk and work on my technique.

Mr. Ollivander said that the perfect wand for me was made from Apple!

Wood type: apple
Length: 11½ inches
Core: Kelpie Hair

get your own wand!

I can't imagine that anyone still needs a wand, but if you do I highly recommend Mr. Ollivander's shop. Very personal and speedy service.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Heading to Hogwarts

Apparently there was a error on the invitation and classes actually start next week! I'm all packed and ready to go. I should arrive at Hogwarts in the morning. I'm so looking forward to meeting my Hufflepuff housemates. I won't have as much time to explore and get acquainted as I'd hoped, but I'm definitely ready to get started.

Off I go!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Busy Day for Owls

Last night I was sitting in my living room knitting a pair of socks and I kept hearing a faint tapping sound. I thought maybe it was a tree limb brushing up against the roof so I ignored it. About 2 hours later I could still hear this sound and it was really starting to bother me, you know, like nails on a chalkboard.

About that time my father came in to the room and exclaimed, "Bella, are you going to let that poor owl stay out there all night?" "Let the poor thing in so we can see what she brought for us?!".

I turned around and right behind me at the window was a beautiful tawny! Don't get me wrong, I think Snowy is the most beautiful owl I've ever seen, but this tawny was special. She was delivering the identify of my Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap pal. I hurriedly paid her 5 knuts and then just held the parchment in my hand, I was afraid to look. I've been waiting for this for weeks and here it was and I couldn't open it.

Finally, my father took the parchment from my hand and read the letter to me...

"Hello! The time has come!!! Are you excited to find out who your partner is??? Well, without further ado . . . "

Ms. Winifred Wartbobble
HSKS4 Headmistress

So there it was, my secret pal (the one I get to spoil). The next few hours were spent getting to know my secret pal by reading her online blog and her profile on Ravelry. I have a lot of ideas. I jotted a quick note and off Snowy went, on her first deliver my introductory letter to my HSKS4 secret pal.

I just know this is going to be a great semester. This was quickly confirmed by another knocking owl, this one was from MY secret pal. WoW! I have a secret pal. Someone is going to spoil me.

I don't know how much we are supposed to say right now, so I'm just going to say that I am very excited about this day and these owls!

My father has promised me a return visit to Diagon Alley this weekend to do some secret pal shopping!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The List

Well, we got a lot accomplished at Diagon Alley yesterday. We managed to find almost all of my school supplies with the exception of The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection"by Quentin Trimble. Flourish & Blotts says they just can't seem to keep them in stock these past few years. I guess I'll have to use the library's copy or share with my housemates.

I bought a new cage for Snowy, my owl at Eeylops Owl Emporium. Snowy was a gift from my father when I received my invitation to Hogwarts. I think my favorite part of the day was our visit to Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour. Mr. Florean and dad talked for almost TWO hours. I didn't mind though, Mr. Florean makes a great ice cream sundae!

I had a chance to do some window shopping while we were waiting for Madam Malkin to finish my new robes, complete with name tags I might add! This secret pal package has me so excited. I can't wait to get started shopping for some special items for my pal like nice yarn for socks, knitting needles and stitch markers. I wonder what house she's in? Oooh, I hope she knits! I enjoy knitting so much I just assume everyone does!

I hope there is a nice big comfy chair in our common room! I hope there's a fireplace! I'm sure there's got to be a fireplace right? I can just picture myself and all my housemates sitting around the fire, in big comfy chairs knitting and talking about our day. It will be so nice to have girls my own age to talk to!

I plan to leave for Hogwarts on Monday! That will give me plenty of time to get unpacked, meet my housemates and maybe do some exploring around the school before classes begin on the 21st.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Wow! I can't believe I finally made it to Hogwart's. It seems like I've been wanting this for so long. Is that possible? I mean every first year starts at the same age, but it just seems like I should have been here before now...I was ready before, but I'm even more ready now!

I'm excited to be in the house of Hufflepuff! I know we will be victorious this year! I can just feel it.

I'm can't wait for classes to begin on the 21st. My father and I are visiting Diagon Alley today to do some preliminary shopping, you know "the list". All first years have "the list".

I'm especially excited that this year at Hogwart's they've decided to let the Houses get to know each other a little better. We're all being assigned a secret pal from another house and we will be creating very special packages for that special witch or wizard which will be delivered by Owl sometime in April.

I must admit I am nervous about playing Quidditch! I don't have much practice on a broomstick, but I'm willing to give it a try.

Well that's it for today, it's time to visit Diagon Alley. I hope to find everything on my list there!