Saturday, January 31, 2009

Potions Homework II - HLBOE Swap

1. Name the two known Potions professors at Hogwarts during the books. Include which book(s) each of them were professors during.
Professor Severus Snape - Books 1 to 5
Professor Horace Slughorn - Books 6 & 7

2. Name the five pieces of equipment that a student of Potions is expected to have.
Cauldron, knife, mortar and pestle, potion making kit and brass scales

3. Give me the name and the person who invented the potion that is used as a remedy for the common cold.
The Pepperup Potion - invented by Glover Hipworth

4. What does the Polyjuice potion do? Name at least four of the ingredients. Tell me at least two of the characters who used this potion in the books and tell me what it did to them.
Polyjuice Potion is used to transform a person into the excact likeness of another. It is made with lacewing flies, leeches, powdered bicon horn, knotgrass, fluxweed, shredded boomslang skin, and a bit of the person being transformed into. Barty Crouch Jr. used the potion to transform into his mother so he could escape from Azkaban prison. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley both used it to turn into Slytherin students to sneak into the Snake Pit and talk with Draco Malfoy about the Heir of Slytherin. (sneaky gits)

5. What is a bezoar and what is it used for?
A bezoar is rare, kidney shaped stone which can be found only in the stomach of a goat. It acts as an antidote to most poisons.

6. Tell me what the Amorentia potion is. What would yours smell like?
Amorentia is the most powerful love potion in the world. Mine would be a mixture of lavender, parchment, and daffodils.

7. Name three Potions ingredients that can be found in the Muggle world. What are each of these items used for in each situation? How to Muggles and Wizards use these things differently?
Moonstone - used in various potions including Draught of Peace. Muggles use it in jewelry.
Ginger Root - Cut ginger roots are used in a wit-sharpening potion. The muggles use it in cooking.
Daisy - chopped daisy roots are used in a Shrinking Solution. In North America, the common daisy is often considered a weed.

8. What is your favorite Potion and why?
That would be a bruise-healing paste because I am such a clutz.

9. There are at least two Potions which are mentioned as being illegal to the students at Hogwarts, but they get used in the series. Which two are these and what do they do?
Felix Felicis potion -makes the drinker very lucky and is a banned substance in sporting events, examinations, and elections
Amortentia potion - the most powerful love potion that causes the drinker to have a powerful infacuation or obsession with someone.

10. Name the three ingredients in the Draught of the Living Death. In what year do the Hogwarts students brew this potion?
The Draught of the Living Death is composed of an asphodel of wormwood, valerian roots, and a single Sopophorous Bean. The Hogwarts students brew it in the 6th year (Half-Blood Prince).

11. We all know that Remus Lupin is a werewolf. During his time teaching at Hogwarts, Snape makes him the wolfsbane potion to counteract some of these nasty effects. There is one ingredient which Lupin says will render the effects useless. What is this ingredient and why is it important?
Adding sugar to the wolfsbane potion will render it useless even though it would probably make it taste better. Wolfsbane potion tastes really nasty.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Potions Homework - HLBOE Swap

The Potions Mistress keeps the dungeons about as cold as the Arctic with a cold north wind blowing. Okay, so it is not really that cold down there. It just feels like it. Anyway, these lovely fingerless mitts should keep the hands warm when I go down there to see how the students are doing. I am just happy that my office is not in the dungeons. At least I have a window view of the grounds.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Muggle baseball


I think that this jersey says it all.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Ghosts of Hogwarts - HLBOE Swap

How many ghosts were there in the Harry Potter series and name them.
There are hundreds of ghosts in the series but there are at least 20 who reside at Hogwarts.

Named Ghost characters:
Nearly Headless Nick (Gryffindor Ghost)
The Bloody Baron (Slytherin Ghost)
The Grey Lady (Ravenclaw Ghost)
The Fat Friar (Hufflepuff Ghost)
Professor Binns (History of Magic)
Moaning Myrtle (Ravenclaw)
Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore (leader of the Headless Hunt--a club for decapitated ghosts)
The Wailing Widow of Kent

Since Peeves is Poltergeist (an indestructible spirit of chaos), he is not considered a ghost.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Quality Quidditch Supplies

Dear Diary,

This past weekend, mum took us to Diagon Alley to get ready for the next term at Hogwarts. I was really looking forward to getting my new broomstick at Quality Quidditch Supplies. Mum bought me a new Firebolt since I dd really well in my classes last term. It went pretty well at the beginning. I picked out some Puddlemere United items and Avada picked some Chudley Cannons items.

Then it came time to get the broomstick. Finally!!! I would have a really fast broom. That's when I turned into a pathetic idiot. He was there. No, not Edward. Although I would have been surprised to see him there. I am talking about that guy who kept staring at me over at the Hog's Head last term. He was bringing me my new broomstick and I just stood there with my eyes wide open. He ended up having to hand the broomstick to my mum and Avada tried not to laugh out loud. Then he took my hand and kissed the back of it before going to help some more customers. That is when Avada lost it and started laughing. I just glared at her which did nothing but make her laugh more. I swear that I must have turned 10 shades of red. Mum went and paid for all of our purchases and just as we were leaving I took one last look around the store and caught him watching us leave. He just grinned at me and went back to work. It's gonna be a long school year.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The First Term...HLBOE Swap

The term has only barely begun and Andromeda is already tired. But then that is what I get for not getting enough sleep. Eh, I'll just blame Oliver. At least I have a laptop to keep up with the paperwork. Sighing one last time, she went back to work catching up on the paperwork. The candles flickered in the office while silence was all around her. The only noises being heard was the light noises from the house elfs and the taping noises from the laptop.

The New Broomstick

Woohoo!!! I am really excited for next term to start. Mum is getting me a new broomstick as long as I give my Nimbus 2000 to my baby sister - Daisy Finch-Fletchley. I am getting a new Firebolt. So that means a trip to Diagon Alley. I wonder if I will see a certain someone whom I meet at the Hog's Head last term. Ya never know.