Friday, June 27, 2008

Traveling Scarves

My fiance is going to kill me but in addition to all of my commitments at Hogwarts, I've joined a new swap! I just joined the traveling scarves group on ravelry. If you've never heard of a swap like this, basically you start a scarf and mail it to the next person in the circle, who will then add a few inches to your scarf. At the end of the rotation you get back the scarf you started with everyone elses add ons.

Right now they still have openings for two groups: a crochet only group and a european swap group. If any of my other housemates are interested, head on over to ravelry and check it out! :)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Its Monday morning and usually my time to update myself on all of the Hogwarts happenings on Ravelry and the main HSKS5 blog. However, this morning, unlike other mornings, I find myself really sad and disappointed.

I usually have so much fun reading character blogs and interacting with fellow housemates. I've participated in a number of swaps over the years and the Hogwarts swaps are, by FAR, the most fun and, most importantly, have been relatively drama free.

But all of the drama concerning the latest round of Quidditch is just too much and, frankly, I don't get it. I know it was frustrating, and I can understand that. But its over and continuing to cry foul at this point is a bit absurd to me. Its over, so why continue the drama nearly a day later?

My view of the situation is this: the headmistress said this round would be different, it was, congratulations to Selena, the end. I think that the only way the headmistress can appease some of the angry swappers is to have another 2nd round of quidditch, and so its probably necessary, but can't we all just move on?

I have too much drama in my real life that I can't deal with drama in the online world. I'm hoping everything will die down in a few days, so I'm going to take a hiatus from checking the boards until then. :(

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dueling Club Round Two

This round of the dueling club was tough! It reminded me a lot of the release of the Deathly Hallows. I anxiously awaited the release of the pattern, knitted until my fingers nearly fell off, made a late night / early morning run to the post office and still made it to lab the next day, even without much sleep.

It looks like, in spite of my late night efforts, this round is going to come down to the efficiency of the USPS as my partner mailed her hat the same day.

I am really proud of my efforts though :) Even if I didn't make mine in the suggested color (heather green) I think it turned out just as good (or even better) than the hat pictured in the pattern. It looks gorgeous in white and it will match any coat to boot.

Quidditch ~ Round Two

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

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

c. Magnolia Crescent

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

c. Narcissa and Bellatrix

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

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?

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

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

7. Moody used the Disillusionment Charm
on Harry
a. Yes

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

d. All of these

9. At what age did Sirius leave his home?


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

b. 8

Kingsley Shacklebolt

Bellatrix Lestrange

Nymphadora Tonks

Remus Lupin

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ravenclaw House Quiz

1. It's changing out there. Just like last time. There's a storm coming, Harry. And we all best be ready when she comes.

Rubeus Hagrid

2. Dumbledore's Army was about doing something real. Or was that all just words to you?

Neville Longbottom

3. Dementors in Little Winging? Whatever next? The whole world's going topsy-turvy.

Arabella Figg

4. The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.

Severus Snape

5. Face it, Petunia. Our boy has gone lumpy.

Vernon Dursley

6. You're a fool, Harry Potter, and you will lose everything.

Lord Voldemort

7. Practicing is good, but there's something else that's even more important: believing in yourself. Look at it this way: every wizard in history has started out as nothing more than we are now -- students. If they can do it, why not us?

Harry Potter

8. I WILL have order!

Delores Umbridge

9. When are you going to get it into your head? We're in this together.

Hermione Granger

10. When all this is over we'll be a proper family, you'll see.

Sirius Black

11. That's right. Anyway, my mum always said things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end. If not always in the way we expect.

Luna Lovegood

12. You may not like him, Minister, but you can't deny: Dumbledore's got style.

Kingsley Shacklebolt

13. Who wants to watch me take off Snivelly's trousers?

James Potter

14. One person can't feel all that, they'd explode!

Ron Weasley

15. They're very clean, these Muggles. It's unnatural.

Nymphadora Tonks

16. How dare you speak his name! YOU FILTHY HALF BLOOD!

Bellatrix Lestrange

17. Just because you can use magic now does not mean you have to whip your wands out for everything.

Molly Weasley

18. Did you actually believe, or are you truly naive enough to think that children stood a chance against us? I'll make this simple, Potter. Give me the prophecy now, or watch your friends die.

Lucius Malfoy

19. You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

Ginny Weasley

20. Ah, I thought we might hit this little snag. You seem to be laboring under the delusion that I am going to -- what is the phrase? -- come quietly.

Albus Dumbledore

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ravenclaw House Quiz

1. Which Ravenclaw does not like games?
Miranda Moonstone

2. Who is taking a course in Remedial Magical Symphony?
Cecilia Kettleburn

3. Who got 3 puncture wounds in the bottom of her foot by stepping on a hair brush?
Ophelia Hopkirk

4. Who was formerly employed by the Ministry of Magic?
Emma Diggory

5. Who has been enrolled in a Magic Fibres Class in order to learn to knit?
Stuart Cauldwell

6. Whose mother is a squib?
Minerva Kwikspell

7. Whose father is an auror?
Chrysta the Cursted

8. Whose room smells like wet wool most of the time?
Chrysta the Cursed, Elanor Cadogan and Emma Diggory.

9. What Ravenclaws spent time in the infirmary for allergies?
Wisteria Lovegoods and me (Agatha Vablatsky), although I think that Minee and Chrysta might be making their way their now ...

10. Whose wand is made of holly with a kelpie feather?
Hydrangea MacDuff

11. Whose mother was a Ravenclaw and father was a Hufflepuff when they met at Hogwarts?
Olive Bladvak

12. Whose silencing potion backfired?
Emma Scrimgeour (with the help of her roommates Patonga Pinkstone and Andromache Tonks)

13. Who has purple hair?
Andromache Tonks

14. Whose son attends Hogwarts?
Emma Wigworthy, although Emma Diggory's son is in Hogwarts Preschool...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Personality Test

Here are the results of my personality test.... I'm seriously NOT surprised, lol :)

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.