Thursday, January 31, 2008

Quidditch Round 1 - answers

My answers are in bold

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 attached 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?
Answer: Neville

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

Cedric Diggory

World Cup Tournament

Dark Mark

Monday, January 28, 2008

What a wonderful weekend

I had the most wonderful weekend with Alfonzo. We spent some time shopping in Diagon Alley. I got a new pair of enchanted boots and two purses complete with pouches for my wand and several potion bottles. We also attended a party with some of our muggle friends. They seem to find it amusing to pretend to be other people in a weird sort of game where one of them is a murderer and we all have to figure out who it is while we have dinner. It was an odd custom but amusing none the less. Funny enough, Alfonzo's character was to be a magician. Be both found it thoroughly amusing.

This week I have much work to do as I have a test on Friday morning for Magical Business Mathematics. Unfortunately I'm not allowed a wand but I can use an odd contraption called a calculator. Hopefully it will go well. But I must be off, time to get back to work.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Going away for the weekend!

I am so very excited. I get to go away this weekend with my boyfriend Alfonzo Firewalker to visit his parents. He is also a first year Gryffindor and with his studies and mine, we don't get to spend too much time together. We've decided to head out for the weekend after classes today and come back Sunday. The only bad part is that I might end up missing the knitting meeting in the common room. I'll try and make it if we return in time.

Because we can't apparate and the two of us are unable to travel by broomstick alone, we're going to take the muggle car that I have. It's not a flying muggle car, so it should take us about 4 hours to arrive. That's not too bad though. I'll have to remember to bring my homework so I can work on it while we drive. I just hope I don't spill ink all over. Maybe I should invest in a self inking quil. Well I had better be off. It's almost time to leave. Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good....

*Runs to the Great Hall*
"Crap, Wartbobble is on the move. Better figure out how this Patronus message works..."

"What do you mean figure out how the patronus message works, I thought you knew?"
"This is the first time I've had to do it under pressure after all."
"Alright, but maybe we should hide for the time being, we don't want to get caught, not after the plan has gone this far."
"You're right. Quick! Behind the suit of armor before Wartbobble gets here. I can hear her coming"

*runs to hide behind the suit of armor*

"That's not the sound of Wartbobble...since when does she cackle like that?"
"It's...oh's Peeves!"
"Shhh! Be quiet and don't move. If he finds us the whole plan is shot!"

*Peeves floats by singing some silly little song. He stops short as if he has seen something*

"Oh no, we're done for!"

*Just as they think they're going to get caught, a 5th year Slytherin comes out of the great hall and runs into Peeves"

"Someone's out of bed! Someone's out of bed!"

*Peeves chases the Slytherin all the way back to their common room*

"That was too close of a call. We had better get this done now before he comes back"
"Alright, have you got them all?"
"Yup. Just lay them out the way we were told, light it and run"

*the fireworks get laid out and lit, then they run for cover*

"This is going to be spectacular!!"

*the fireworks go off forming the Gryffindor crest magically in mid air.*

"Shhh! Now lets get out of here!"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Potions and Charms help

If anyone needs help solving a problem using magic, here are some good ways to come up with your own potions.

Enjoy but use wisely!

House Points

"Hogwarts, Hogwarts, hoggy warty Hogwarts, teach us something please. Whether we be old and bald or young with scabby knees, our heads could do with filling with some interesting stuff. For now they're bare and full of air, dead flies and bits of fluff, so teach us things worth knowing, bring back what we've forgot. Just do your best, we'll do the rest and learn until our brains all rot."

Phew, I think I finally have the school song memorized. Hooray! I know I'm not the first of the Gryffindor's but I'm close!

I ended up having to leave the great hall last night in a rush because someone jinxed my computer. Lucky for me I was a real computer nerd before I came to Hogwarts and it took me no time at all to fix it. Magic does make things faster after all. Thankfully, Professor McPotions passed me in the hall as I was racing back to the common room in a panick and he offered to help me, how sweet. We brewed up this virus removal potion from the Standard Book of Spells grade 3. I really couldn't have done it without him seeing as how I am only a first year. He sure knows his stuff. Here is a copy of the spell should any of you fall victim to the same problem I had.

The virus removal Potion

One-half ounce floo powder
One spider toe
Two vials essence of mouse
3 drops oil of green slime
17 hairs from the head of a one friend
Three silver stones

In a cauldron, combine floo powder, spider toe and essence of mouse. Brew over low heat, repair once every 7 minutes until mixture is one and gold. Add the friend hairs; stir twice. Drop in the silver stones, one at a time.

When mixture has boiled down, take the resulting cinders and clean sick.

Rumble fumble toil and virus removalle
Whispius mouseius flispius

Now I really must run, I don't want to be late for Transfiguration. Hopefully Bijoux won't act up today.

Monday, January 21, 2008

What's a girl to do??

Well I am disapointed that two Gryffindor's didn't post in their blog this week. That's 20 house points we lost! Hopefully everyone remembers to post this week.

Well now I am in a bit of a fix. I am supposed to meet in the common room with my Gryffindor Girls but that is also the night of my knitting group with my friends from back home when I am not at Hogwarts. What am I to do? I'll have to ponder this and see what would be the best.

Construction of my pal's bag is going well. I still haven't heard from mine though. Starting to get disapointed, rather than worried or annoyed. Swaps are no fun if you don't get to communicate with your partner. Oh well. I'll just make sure to spend the extra time on my Slytherin friend!

I had best be off, almost time for Potions. HOORAY!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Swap details

I wasn't able to make the meeting last night as I had detention, and then I managed to sneak out of the castle through one of the secret passage ways to meet my boyfriend at the Hogs Head for some butter beer. We had a wonderful evening together. I also managed to stop in at a craft store and get some supplies for my partners bag. I've sent an owl to one of my aunts to ask her for some advice on how to construct the bag so hopefully I hear back soon!

I still haven't heard from my partner who is supposed to be spoiling me. I'm starting to get worried that she's not going to contact me and what fun would that be if I'm not in contact with her. We shall see I suppose.

Off to class I go. Don't forget Gryffindor's to post on your blogs every week! We are going to win the house cup!


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Busy Busy Busy

Just as the title says, I have been very busy lately with school work. Potions is going well, I knew I would love going after I took one look at Prof McPotions as some of the other Gryffindor girl's have nicknamed him. I wasn't so fortunate in Transfiguration though, infact I have detention on Thursday evening. While trying to turn my kitten Bijoux into a vase I must have mis pronounced part of the spell and instad she transformed into a tiger cub, and a frisky one at that. She took off from my desk jumping around the classroom, knocking things over and breaking others. I was in such a tizy that I forgot how to change her back in to regular tiny Bijoux. Thankfully the professor was able to sort things out, but not before tiger Bijoux managed to claw and rip the professors robes. Needless to say I am stuck in detention sewing up the robes by hand the muggle way. I think it's very unfair that I can't use magic to do it. I am going to be there forever if I have to do it by hand. At least I don't have to buy brand new ones, that would be much worse!

But I must run, I'm meeting some girls in the library to work on our history of magic homework. Until next time!

Hermoine Phoenixfire

Monday, January 14, 2008

Swap Partner

I have been so busy getting ready for classes that I forgot to post about my swap partner. She's a first year Slytherin named Matilda Edgecombe. I have to start planning what I'm going to send her. I have already e-mailed her to see if there is anything in peticular she would like but I have yet to hear back from her.

I am looking forward to potions today. The professor is supposed to be very handsome. I hope he's not so good looking that I will be distracted from my studies, but maybe it will keep me motivated to do well. If potions is anything like muggle cooking, I may have a bit of trouble. Hopefully it will all turn out well! I must run though, it's time for Charms and I don't want to be late!

Friday, January 11, 2008

I got my wand!

Wood type: holly
Length: 11½ inches
Core: Dragon Heartstring

get your own wand!

My first week at Hogwarts

After much excitement and shopping for my supplies, I finally made it to Hogwarts! Mum and Dad were with me to see me off on the Hogwarts Express. I have never seen such a beautiful train, shining as if it were brand new. I managed to find a space on the train but I kept to myself reading some of my new books and writing a letter to my older sister Frances who is away in Ireland. Lucky for me, when we arrived, I was sorted into Gryffindor house. Everyone seems pretty nice but I have yet to make a friend. I'm sure it won't take long though. I'm excited for the start of term and for all the fun to being. But I must get going, I still have to unpack my trunk. Until next time!

Hermoine Phoenixfire