Saturday, June 28, 2008

The New Boy

... the continuing saga of the stupid, charming new boy and the delightfully, sarcastic Slytherin girl

Andromeda froze in her tracks, clutching her broomstick with a death grip. It better not be who I think it is, she thought furiously. But she knew exactly who it was without even having to turn around. She took a deep breathe before turning around to face Edward Thomas Pattinson. But she preferred to call him that stupid, charming new boy.

"And what exactly are you doing here?", she said with her voice dripping with venom. Be nice Andi said a voice in her head.

Shut up Avada. No one asked for your bloody opinion.

He really is a nice boy. The least you can do is be polite and give the poor boy a chance.

Fine, she thought. I can do politeness. Putting on her best smile, she looked up at Edward again.

"So, Edward, is there any particular reason you are following me around this late at night? Or are you just out for a stroll in the moonlight?"

"Actually," he replied taking a few steps toward her. " I was hoping that I could talk you into a few study sessions. Every time I approach any other girl, she starts giggling uncontrollably."

"Yes, most girls here have that problem. It can be quite annoying."

"Most girls except you." He replied staring up at the full moon shinning brightly in the night sky.

"I am not like most girls in case you hadn't noticed."

"Yes, I've noticed and it's actually quite refreshing." He grinned at her. "So, about those study sessions."

"You don't beat around the bush, eh?"

"Nope, I see no reason to."

Andromeda walked slowly so she was standing right in front of him and stood on her toes so that she could look at him in the eyes. "I'll have to think about it. But for now, I have to get some sleep." Turning around, she started to head back to the Slytherin common room with a completely smug look on her face.

"Andromeda, wait." She stood for a few minutes to allow Edward to catch up to her. "When will I find out your answer."

She looked up at him with a completely innocent look on her face. "I'll let you know tomorrow. All you have to do is find me. Now, goodnight, Edward." She turned around and continued walking back to the common room knowing the whole time that he was watching her as she walked away. be continued

Friday, June 27, 2008

Slytherin Mini Sock Swap

I am such a slacker. (There will be no comments from the peanut gallery or its the Crucio list for you.) Anyway, I had received this very cute mini sock from Esmeralda Beanswallow and I had totally forgotten to post about it. I blame it on that new boy here at school who has been charming all the female students here. It's all his fault. Stupid, charming new boy. On the bright side, I do have my mini sock all done and ready to go out to its new owner. I just have to get up to the Owlery and send it on its way.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Next Evening

Andromeda sat there in the common room in front of the fireplace just staring. Staring at the flames. Staring at her broomstick. It was late at night and she should have been in bed already. But she was restless and couldn't sleep. She had too much on her mind. There was the very strange quidditch match yesterday and the new boy at school kept giving her funny looks every time she saw him. They had Ancient Runes and Arithmacy at the same time. There were quite a few girls charmed by him and she couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Sure, he was cute and all. Okay, so he was more than just cute. But still, he was just another boy.

So not only was that going thru her mind, but she was wondering what all the frustration was about from yesterday's quidditch match. It made no sense. But since when did things make sense in the highly competative arena of quidditch between the four houses.

Andi, it's gonna be all right. Andromeda sighed not even looking up. She knew her twin sister was not in the Slytherin common room but up in Ravenclaw Tower. They had been doing this their whole lives. Talking to each other without speaking out loud. It's just unheard of. She replied to her twin sister Avada. Two quidditch matches within the span of 4 days. And to be honest, I am not sure that it is completely necessary. Yes, I am disappointed that we didn't catch the snitch but it was our own bloody fault for taking too long to start the search.

The decision has already been made. Avada replied. So just deal with it.

Andromeda scowled. She hated it when her sister got all preachy like that. Fine then, I am going out for a ride. Grabbing her broomstick off the floor, she headed toward the exit of the common room.

No Andromeda! You can't. Students aren't allowed out this late at night. You'll get in trouble.
Andromeda rolled her eyes. Her sister was such a stickler for the rules, that it wasn't even funny. I am going anyway and you can't stop me, she replied. Not hearing any more from her twin she left the common room and started heading toward the court yard.

Just as she was climbing onto her Nimbus 2000, she heard a voice that stopped her in her tracks.

"Andromeda, you really don't want to do that.", said a very familiar male voice behind her. be continued

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Strange Quidditch match

This has got to be the weirdest day of Quidditch in the history of Hogwarts. So the snitch was released at 12 noon Pacific time. While everyone was waiting for some notice that the snitch was released, the lil bugger was caught by one of the Puffballs. Okay, so it was our own bloody fault for waiting too long to start searching. Mass confusion and frustration ensued and now there will be a second release of the snitch this upcoming Wednesday. At least the 'Puffs will keep the points they earned today for being very clever and not waiting. The upcoming round will be bonus points. But I am still seriously considering tossing my broomstick into the fireplace in the common room.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

HSKS V Quiditch Round II

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_____________ (five letters)

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__________ (Number)

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

Post these pictures to your blog. They must either be posted or linked to from your blog in order to receive points.

Kingsley Shacklebolt

Bellatrix Lestrange

Nymphadora Tonks

Remus Lupin

Monday, June 16, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

It's All About Me

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themself. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 0r 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was still in the US Navy onboard the USS Harry S Truman. The ship was commissioned in July 1998 and I missed my 10 year high school reunion.

2. What are five things on my to do list for today.
clean house
do laundry
mend tear on quilt
keep children out of trouble
hopefully get some knitting in today

3. Snacks I enjoy...
chocolate, lemon drops, gummy worms, cheesecake, maple syrup candy from Vermont, pumpkin candies around Halloween time

4.Things I would do if I were a billionaire...
Pay off house & cars
Pay off mom's house
Set aside funds for children's college
Purchase spinning wheel

5. Places I have lived...
San Diego, CA; Ft. Hood, TX; Ft. Ord, CA; West Germany, Ft. Dix, NJ; Pueblo, CO; Orlando, FL; Millington, TN; Brunswick, ME; Pensacola, FL; Newport News, VA; Williamsburg, VA; Hampton, VA; Norfolk, VA; Milton, FL; Tualatin, OR; Hillsboro, OR

6. What jobs have I had...
Electronics Technician in US Navy; cashier at McDonalds; mom to 2 small boys

7. Peeps I want to know more about...
Anyone in Slytherin who hasn't done this...

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Hufflepuff/Slytherin Quiz

The Hufflepuffs and Slytherins have been taking Care of Magical Creatures together this year, so this assignment is for both Houses to complete.

Professor Hagrid has asked for 6 inches of parchment (say 200 words) about a personal experience you've had with a magical creature (outside of Hogwarts), or about the magical creature you'd most like to have as a pet. Of course if you chose the latter option, you should write about why you'd like to have such a creature as a pet, but also the potential problems of domesticating that magical creature.

A listing of Magical Creatures can be found in your textbook,
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Good luck!

When my sister Avada and I were seven years old, the family had taken holiday down in Somerset to visit the Modesty Rabnott Golden Snidget Reservation. The reservation was named for Modesty Rabnott and was set up in the fourteenth century in order to protect the rapidly declining Snidget population.

Snidgets are small, spherical birds with amazing flying abilities and are extremely rare. These birds have amazing agility and can change speed and direction almost instantaneously. This is because of the rotational joints of its wings. They have golden feathers and glistening jewel-like red eyes. The birds were highly prized and were hunted to almost extinction. They were also used in Quidditch matches with the bird usually dying when caught.

Back in 1269, the Chief of the Wizard's Council, Barbeus Bragge had attended a Quidditch match in Kent and had offered 150 Galleons to anyone who caught the Golden Snidget which he released onto the pitch. That would be the same as over a million Galleons today. Madam Modesty Rabnott of Kent had run onto the quidditch field to protest the abuse of the small, defenseless bird. She saved the Snidget by capturing it with a Summoning Charm which she then released into the wild. Sadly she was fined 10 Galleons for her actions as Bragge was furious that she had disrupted the game. Modesty was then forced to sell her house to pay the fine and then moved in with her sister Prudence in Aberdeen.

As a result of this incident, it had become practice to catch a live Snidget as part of the game. A new player, the Hunter/Seeker, was added to the Quidditch team to capture and kill the Snidget. In order to honor the memory of the 150 Galleons offered by Bragge, there would be 150 points awarded for the capture of the Snidget. Because the incident changed the game of Quiddich forever, Bragge now appears on a Famous Wizard Card.

During the fourteenth century, the Snidget population rapidly declined due to the popularity of the sport. The bird was then made a protected species. A metal-charmer from Godric's Hollow, Bowman Wright came up with the idea of a fake Snidget which he called the Golden Snitch. It would be the same size and weight as the Snidget and was bewitched to follow the flight patterns of the bird. It was also charmed to stay within the confines of the Quidditch Pitch.

The bird was declared a protected species by Elfrida Clagg, Chief of the Wizard's Council. There are severe penalties for the harming or capture of the bird. Nowadays, the Golden Snitch has replace the Snidget in Quidditch matches.