Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Winnie's Box of Clues

"Dear Wisty, Siobahn, and students,

After weeks of travel and following leads, I've found the person I was looking for: the thief who stole the Quidditch World Cup trophy! He was very reluctant to talk, quite angry and I had to defend myself. I'm sorry to say there won't be getting any information out of him anymore, and that's a problem because he's hidden the trophy somewhere. I gathered all of the personal belongings he had with him before his sudden demise, and am enclosing them in this package. Please take care as I haven't had time to inspect them for magical qualities beyond the obvious. See if you can identify where the trophy might be hidden. I will be staying at a low-profile inn awaiting your conclusion. Just send a note back by this same owl--she knows where to find me.


So here are the clues that were hidden in the box.

* Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder
* Broken Wand
* Blood Pops
* Hand of Glory
* Hogs Head
* Golden Snitch
* A Quidditch Broom

I have been going back and forth between Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, and maybe even Hogwarts itself but have come no closer to where the trophy could have been hidden. The first thing that entered my mind was Draco Malfoy but not sure about the whole Blood Pops thing unless he likes them. So maybe the greater London area? Yeah, totally not helpful at all but I can't think right now.

Some of the clues point toward the thief’s identity. If you’ve been following Winnie’s updates, you should have a vague idea by now of who he is, so think of which items would just be his because of who he is.

Some of the clues point toward the theft and/or hiding of the trophy. Think about which items would be useful in such an endeavor.

A couple of the clues point toward the location the trophy is hidden. These items are not obvious at first glance, so look closely.

Just like all of Winnie’s previous travels, the location will be a well-known place. As far as we know, Harry Potter has never been there (so think real-world places…though this doesn’t mean it was never, ever mentioned in the books).

So this latest information just confuses me even more. So I am just gonna go off on some wild tangent and say the Black Forest of Germany.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Winnie's Secret Mission

Apparently a mysterious box has arrived from the Headmistress with a mysterious clue on the outside flap. How mysterious is that? The clue is as follows:

5 words: 6, 9, 5, 3, 6

That might be the reason for all of those bolded letters in her notes that we have been getting.


So what does this all mean?


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Slytherins Take House Cup

Slytherins take House Cup
Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Where is Winnie????

This week I'm heading to the place where Christmas began as I seek to find the hiding place of a souvenir of sorts somewhere near the notorious being from last week's letter. It is Rather cold here and making it almost impossible for me to continue writing this letter, so I will keep it short.
Going from last week near the notorious being of Dracula, my guess would be somewhere near Transylvania. I've seen guesses that included Bethlehem as well as the North Pole. And since the North Pole is a little away from Transylvania, I think I will go with Bethlehem. But of course, I could be wrong.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Where is Winnie????

"I'm in a large city stocking up on supplies before a dangerous trip. I'm not sure How long it will take to get there but I've got Plenty of garlic. It should be easy to find holy water and a cross here, and hopefully they're authentic beCause I'm going to need them."

That sounds like the Vatican City located in Rome, Italy. There should be plenty of holy water and crosses there. And she could even get them blessed before her next trip.

The next letter came just last week and said,

"I've finally arrived in a dark region nortHwest of a mountain range. As expected, I've already used the supplies I picked up last Week to keep unwanted guests away, though an invisibility cloak helps, too. Good thing I've been practicing my Protego charm! The other daY I had a close run-in with a certain notorious being, but escaped just in the 'neck' of time!

I wonder if she dropped by Transylvania, Romania which is by the Carpathian Mountains. That area is often associated with Count Dracula. Hopefully she will come back in one piece and not as a creature of the night.

I'm definitely getting tIred of all the traveling, but I'm hoping I'll be able to return to Hogwarts soon. I've got just one more Quick trip to make, and I'll send an owl as soon as I find what I'm looking for."

November Classes for HPKCHC

So for the third month in a row, I have completed all 6 classes. I even managed to complete an OWL in Muggle Studies and do 3 hats for Quidditch. It was a very project packed 3 months. Right now we are just waiting on the final points to be awarded. The next term starts in January and I will once again be in the Mighty House of Slytherin as a 5th year. I'll post my OWL projects in another post.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Where is Winnie????

This week I made my way to a very fashionable city to seek out a frienD who used to run his own club at Hogwarts.

That sounds like Horace Slughorn who ran The Slug Club back in the day.

I found him in the magical library that was shaped like giant books. Thankfully, I had stocked up On crystallized pineapple during the SouTh America trip.


My nExt stop took me to a place that had pyramids of a different kind than those in South America. I had to visit a friend who is an author and beastly anthrOpologist. I'm really and truly hoping that his experiences can help me on my mission.


The Pyramids at Giza, Egypt
The one thing that I did not like about my last stop?? There was sand EVERYWHERE! AbsolUtely can't stand the stuff. Gets in your hair, in between your toes, and other places that I will not mention here.

Until next week!

The bolded letters: D O T E O U

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Physics of Nascar

So this would be a really good book for me to have. Maybe one day I might convince Mum to get it for me. She thinks I am pretty odd for my fascination with muggle car racing anyway.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Where is Winnie????

First, I visited a capital city that was built On a lake, but the lake has since disappeared. Many ghosts meet in the ancient temples and all over the town.

The first city that popped in my head was Mexico City. The city primarily rests on what was Lake Texcoco.

Next, I landed in a city where many kites are built & flown. Very windy place that! The city has old game courts which would have been useful for local Quidditch playoffs.

I'm not really sure about this but I've seen guesses that include Puente Alto, Chile. Apparently they have fighter kites and it is very popular to fly kites during Independence Day in Chile.

Then, lastly, I went to a beautiful Northeastern coastal city that is known for its annual multicultural carnival. Ravenclaws would have loved the pink library! The town is smaller than a nearby large city and is very relaxing. There are so many historic places to visit - I hope I get to see them all before I'm off on my next adventure. I'm definiTely going to catch the Friday night serenade before I set off to my next destination.

Another one where I don't have a clue but I saw this pink library on another blog that said it was Olinda, Brazil. Olinda is located on the northeastern coast of Brazil and they do have a carnival there.

Mystery bold letters inlude... D O T.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Where is Winnie????

This week it sounds like Winnie went to 2 places. She mentioned Cyprian Youdle who was cursed during a Quidditch match but that happened in 1357 and not 1857. I was thinking Queerditch Marsh as that is the birthplace of Quidditch but now I am thinking that she was referring to the first match of that year. She also mentioned that one of the teams had a lovely blue jersey and a silver arrow as in the Appleby Arrows whose home town is Appleby Village located in Lincolnshire. Sadly the village is void of any shops or pubs. Then there was the cryptic bolded letters - D N T. Still have yet to figure out what they mean.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Where is Winnie????

This week our headmistress went to two different places that are thousands of miles apart. Her first stop took her south of the equator where it is "spring" while it is "fall" up here. She will get to see lots of sheep and alpaca while there. So my guess would be Larnach Castle located within the limits of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand.

The second stop took her to a "a quaint little factory that makes it fresh in the town that is situated on a lake that is on the border of Quebec". Also the town used to be 3 little towns that were combined into one. So my guess is Stanstead, Quebec located near Lake Memphremagog. The town of Stanstead was created in 1995 by the merger of the former towns of Stanstead Plain, Rock Island and Beebe Plain. They were known collectively as "Trois villages" or "Three villages."
I haven't quite figured out what the letters "CLR" and "CLS" meant. But they are probably important somehow.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Where is Winnie????

Our beloved Headmistress has gone on vacation. Apparently it started off crazy with a run in with the department head of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes. Something about
improperly teaching some young wizards how to apparate. The department head must have clearly lost his mind as she would never do that. So it looks like her journey has begun in London, England at the Ministry of Magic. From there, who knows?
to be continued...

HLBOES - Slytherin Package for me...

Here is the package that arrived today. It is from Lilith Greyhardt of Ravenclaw. Look I got a pair of snakey mittens as well. :) Very happy with that. Also I love Nutella and look forward to trying out the coffee. Thank you Lilith. I am totally thrilled with my package.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Homework #1

Someone with the same craft as you (either those listed above or another one).
Hermione Bagnold of the Pride of Portree (knit and crochet)

Someone who was born in the same month.
Ariana Stylos of the Wigtown Wanderers

Someone from a different country.
Cassandra Grubbly-Plank (Canada) of the Montrose Magpies

A new HSKS Quidditch player.
Poppy Pluot of the Pride of Portree

A player who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps.
Agatha Vablatsky of the Montrose Magpies

A player who has a bigger stash than you! (And if your stash is the biggest, proudly say so!)
Rowan Dragonsinger of the Wigtown Wanderers

A player who both knits and crochets.
Olive Bumblebirch of the Montrose Magpies

Someone who has the same favorite color as you.
Intarsia Bindoff of the Wigtown Wanderers with blues, greens, red

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A RAOK for me....

A totally unexpected gift from Mafalda de Mimsy Porpington of Hufflepuff. Huge thanks!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Monday, August 17, 2009

First Place to Slytherin!!!


1st place SLYTHERIN- 100 points
2nd place RAVENCLAW- 50 points
3rd place HUFFLEPUFF- 25 points
4th place GRYFFINDOR- 10 points

Saturday, August 15, 2009

HLBOES - The Colin Creevy Challange

mail delivery owl that brought your school supplies list this year (or in this case the mail delivery bat)

floo powder

fourish and blotts

Gilderoy Lockhart (a mirror to make sure he looks good before he goes out)

The Whomping Willow (“that has been on these grounds since before you were born!”) or "Honey, I shrunk the Whomping Willow!"

Sunday, August 9, 2009


1) Which is the incantation one must say to repel a Dementor?
a. Anapneo
b. Riddikulus
c. Braccium Immendo
d. Expelliarmus
e. Expecto Patronum

2) Name the three "Unforgivable Curses."
Avada Kedavra (the Killing Curse)
Crucio (the Cruciatus Curse)
Imperio (the Imperius Curse)

3) What is the name given to the language of snakes, which is usually associated with the Dark Arts but that Harry Potter can speak?

4) The ability to penetrate another's mind and read their thoughts is...
a. Mind-reading
b. Psychology
c. Memory Alteration
d. Legilimency
e. Occlumency

5) What is the difference between a werewolf and an animagus?
Animagi change into animals of their choices whenever they please, and they learn how to do so through extensive study. Werewolves can only transform into wolf-like creatures at the full moon and they are made when they are bitten by a werewolf.

6) What Unforgivable Curse killed Harry Potter's parents, the Riddle family and -- in "Half-Blood Prince" -- a certain main character?
Avada Kedavra

7) What creature lurks in places where blood has been shed, waiting to attack unwary travellers?
a. Vampire
b. Redcap
c. Hag
d. Kappa
e. Banshee

8) How can a Petrified person be restored to their original state?
a. They can't
b. Mandrake Draft
c. Pheonix Tears
d. Essence of Dittany
e. Skele-Gro

9) If a dementor kisses you, what has it done?
It sucks out your soul.

10) What is the name of a creature that is reanimated by a Dark Wizard to do his or her bidding?
a. Dementor
b. Inferius
c. Flobberworm
d. Boggart
e. Banshee

11) Which is the incantation one must say to repel a Boggart?
a. Obliviate
b. Protego
c. Expecto Patronum
d. Riddikulus
e. Stupefy

12) A Patronus by itself is not enough to repel a Dementor. What else is necessary?
a. A sad memory
b. A happy memory
c. A general memory
d. An angry memory
e. A confusing memory

13) The first basilisk is believed to have been bred by what wizard?
a. Uric the Oddball
b. Herpo the Foul
c. Emeric the Evil
d. Loxias
e. Antioch Peverell

14) The ability to conceal one's thoughts from external penetration is...
a. Levitation
b. Occlumency
c. Mind Cloaking
d. The "GET THE HELL OUTTA MY BRAIN" Focusing Charm
e. Legilimency

15) What is the only cure to basilisk poison?
a. Essence of Dittany
b. Centaur Tears
c. Pheonix Tears
d. Unicorn Blood
e. Gillyweed

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


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And this is why I am the Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor...

Friday, July 31, 2009

July Classes

And here is my last class projects picture for Hufflepuff. Today was the last day of this term for the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup. One month off and then it starts back up again in September. There is a good chance I will be going back to Slytherin for that one. The Head Girl there doesn't mind if I keep the muggle racer tied up to my bed as long as I don't leave any marks. So I will just have to use my school tie.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June Classes for HPKCHC

One more month and this term of the HP Knit/Crochet House Cup will come to an end. I don't know where I am gonna be next term as I haven't even thought about it. But it has been fun over in the Sett with the 'Puffballs.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Andromeda's Diary

Here is a collage of projects I did for the HPKCHC (Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup) over at the muggle site Ravelry. This term I am participating as a 'Puffball. But that doesn't mean I am walking around dressed like a bumblebee. Cousin Georgiana has been keeping me informed on what has been going on at summer camp. It seems the Ravenclaw Head Girl is chasing another DADA professor. Why does this not surprise me? I told Georgiana that must be the only way Wisty can pass DADA class. Very sad actually. Maybe she isn't that smart after all? Her cousin Thistle sounds like great fun though. She seems like the mischievous type. Well back to this months projects. Most of them are small ones plus I need to work on the OWL in Arithmancy.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Muggle Racing

Reporter: Jeff, so are the rumors true about one of the teachers from Hogwarts?

Jeff: Yes, they are true. I have fallen under the spell of a witch. She has this great idea to install a flying mechanism to the 31 CAT car. And she thinks that I am the greatest. So how could I resist? I would suggest you watch what you say about her as she is the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor and has no problem using muggles as target practice.

Reporter: I will keep that in mind.

Jeff: Good idea.

Tutorials R Us

Remember this bag? I had received it last year during HSKS5. Well today I was playing on the muggle laptop and found a tutorial on how to make one. And it looked pretty easy. It had tons of pictures to follow. So go and check it out.

Woven Duct Tap Purse Tutorial

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Andromeda's Diary

Dear Diary,

Summer Camp - To go or not to go...that is the question. Part of me really wants to go but the other part would rather leave the country for holiday in France. Mum has been trying to get Dad to take us all to Paris for the summer and it looks like she might succeed this time. Avada is really thrilled at the chance to practice her French. I was going to ask Cousin Georgiana if she wanted to come with us but she might be going to summer camp instead. Plus, she also informed me that she has left Hufflepuff for Ravenclaw. Odd... anyway, not much else is going on. I did get a letter from Edward though. Not really sure what to make of it.

Andi :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Twilight can be defined as that time of day between daylight and darkness. The time of day when the mundane business ends and the beginning of another long restless night begins. The time when I start to wonder. Wonder about what could have been. Wonder about what will come to be. And wonder if I will ever get a full night's sleep.

It has been a long term and this week it will finally come to an end. I will pack my trunk and head back home still contemplating all that has happened this term. The excitement of putting together a great package for my 'Puffball pal and the drama surrounding this term's Quidditch matches. So yes, it has been a long term. Both physically and emotionally.

Rumor has that there will be Summer Camp. I have not decided whether I will be attending. Maybe spending some time away will clear my thoughts and give me a fresh perspective on things. Only time will tell. But right now, all I need is a break.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Shop Hop

Today I went out and mixed with the muggles on what was called a Shop Hop. It was a long, crazy and fun day as we went to five different yarn stores. We were all given a goody bag when we first got to the meeting spot. I picked out a lovely blue bag.

Here is a picture of my prize that I won on the way to the last yarn store. The bag came filled with the notions and has room for more.

From Dublin Bay and Northwest Wools in Portland, Oregon (Lamb's Pride Worsted)

From All About Yarn in Tigard, Oregon (Malabrigo Sock Yarn & Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn)

From Molehill Farms in Lake Oswego, Oregon (Cascade 220 Superwash)

From Knit Purl in Portland, Oregon (Shibui Sock Yarn)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Muggle racing

Check out what I got today!!! I can hardly contain my excitement. I know ya'll may not feel as excited as I am about this but it makes me happy. There will be good dreams tonight.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The February Lady in April

So here is what I have working on lately. It is the February Lady Sweater. I am using Absolute Wool by YarnArt which is 100% New Zealand wool. I picked up 5 lovely skeins in a navy blue color for only 2 galleons, 1 sickle and 8 knuts ($10 US Dollars). I have this interesting idea for the garter stitch section at the end. ::grins:: Ya'll will just have to wait and find out.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Yellow is for Hufflepuff

Next month I will be joining the Mighty House of Hufflepuff. Yes, you read that right. Not for HSKS7 which is almost over but for the Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup. Can you imagine me running around dressed like a bumblebee. Who would have thought? I'll probably be doing black with yellow as an accent color since I really don't look good in yellow. Clashes with the skin color.

As far as HSKS8 goes, I haven't made up my mind yet. But I heard that it involves Summer Camp. I wonder if there will be poison ivy there.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

HSKS VII Quidditch Round III

1. This “Harry Potter” character’s first name comes from Roman mythology. The mythological character’s twin brother is named Romulus. What is the Harry Potter character last name?
a. Black
b. Lupin
c. Pucey
d. Finnigan

2. Which “Harry Potter” character’s first name is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Goddess Athena?
a. Evans
b. Malfoy
c. McGonagall
d. Flitwick

3. In ‘Harry Potter’ World, this wizard has created the Philosopher’s Stone (called the Sorcerer Stone in the US). The historical figure from the 14th and 15th centuries was a scribe and a manuscript-seller who became famous as an alchemist. Who is this individual?
Nicholas Flammel

4. What is the first name of a character whose last name is the name of a Bulgarian leader from early 9th century who doubled the country’s territory?
a. Theodore
b. Cedric
c. Viktor
d. Vincent

5. Which character’s name is the name of goddess in Indian mythology?
a. Creevey
b. Patil
c. Zabini
d. Vane

6. “Where the Wild Things Are” tells the story of Max, a young boy sent to bed without his supper for his wild antics. Who created this winner of the Caldecott Medal?
a. Maurice Sendak
b. Chris Van Allsberg
c. Ezra Jack Keats
d. John Steptoe

7. What was NOT one of the unexpected defense mechanisms that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook encountered in their attempt to rob Gringotts?
a. The Flagrante Curse
b. The Thieves’ Downfall
c. Anti-summoning Enchantments
d. The Geminio Curse

8. What was Snape aiming at when he cut off George’s ear?
a. Another Death Eater’s back
b. George’s wand hand
c. Another Death Eater’s wand hand
d. George’s face

9. How much older than James was Lily? (Referring to Harry’s parents, not children).
a. James was older
b. 6 months
c. 1 month
d. 2 months

10. Food is one of the five exceptions to what magical law?
a. Grimp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration
b. Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration
c. Gamp’s Law of Fundamental Transfiguration
d. Grimp’s Law of Fundamental Transfiguration

George Weasley

Professor McGonagall


Where the Wild Things Are