Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hogsmeade, and more...

I was sorry to miss Quidditch on Friday as I had an extra assignment for Charms to complete. I was happy to see our excellent Gryffindor efforts and we nearly caught the Snitch! After turning in my assignment (trouble with my Switching Spell), I apparated to Hogmeade, saw Lydia Figg at Honeydukes, headed to Gladrags for a new robe (mine suddenly developed tiny funny shaped holes), then stopped by the Three Broomsticks for a butterbeer. I was passing by the fireplace to say hello to Penelope of Flitwick, when my ankle twisted slightly and off I went to the Floo Network without any idea where I would end up. I felt like that Alice character from the muggle book as I emerged into Wonderland.

Wonderland, it turned out, is a muggle city called the Sin City, or Las Vegas. There were chubby men with black false hair (called a wig) and strange costume with a tall collar and glittering jewels, each one called "Elvis." And there were muggle cars with signs on top of them which said O, and Tao, and a building that said "Donny and Marie" (whomever they may be), with what I am guessing are their muggle images and their very large white teeth. Wandering down the street, which is called the Strip, there was a statue of two men and a tiger near a large building called the Mirage.

I got a bit lost and tried to wander back to the where I came from to get back to the Broomsticks, and I decided to stop at a lovely tan building which was called The Bellagio since it had lovely magic enchanted water ballet in the lake out front. I marvelled at the lovely glass sea objects in the ceiling and marvelled at a mirror covered horse. It was truly a magic place. Passing by a fireplace in a cafe, there appeared Ophelia Ballycastle. I'm not sure how she managed to get there, but it was a happy meeting. I explained all of the strangeness of the muggle city and after a glass of muggle wine, we stepped outside and I showed her the Elvis, the Donny and Marie, and some men on the street with cards that they flicked in their hands making sounds.

We stopped by a building called Paris, which had a truly amazing Eiffel Tower, similar to one I've seen in the city of Paris. We travelled by elevator to the top, and then stepped of to take a look at the view, when we suddenly appeared back at the Three Broomsticks. Perhaps Madam Rosmerta does not have a charmed fireplace, perhaps another student or professor, or some other witch or wizard worked a spell. I must discover more - Ophelia and I will figure out this puzzle.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Quidditch 7.1


1. What momentous event was the reason that the members of the Order of the Phoenix felt it necessary to move Harry out of the Dursley’s house?
==> d. Harry’s upcoming birthday

2. Who revealed the actual date of Harry’s transfer to Voldemort, despite the misinformation the Order had been spreading around that the move would occur on the eve of his actual birthday?
==>b. Snape

3. With the use of Polyjuice Potion (and to confuse any possible attack by Death Eaters), six member of the Order were disguised as Harry and escorted out of Privet Drive, along with the real Harry. Which member of the order did not survive that night?
==>a. Mad-Eye Moody

4. Who informed Harry, Ron and Hermione of the bequests left to them in Dumbledore’s will?
==>d. Rufus Scrimgeour

5. During the wedding celebration for Bill and Fleur, Kingsley Shacklebolt sent a Patronus to tell the guests that the Ministry had fallen, Scrimgeour (the Minister) was dead and the wedding celebration was about to be attacked by Death Eaters. What form did the Patronus take?
==>a. A lynx

6. Escaping from the wedding to London, our three friends found themselves confronted by a pair of Death Eaters, disguised as workmen. This close brush impressed on them the need to find someplace to hide. Where did they decide to go?
==>b. Sirius Black's House

7. Kreacher’s animosity towards Harry, Ron and especially Hermione (a Mudblood) was well documented in book five, “The Order of the Phoenix.” His initial interaction with them showed that his attitude had not changed. How did they win him over?
==>d. By giving him Regulus Black’s old locket

8. Who did they eventually find was in possession of the locket/Horcrux?
==>d. Dolores Umbridge

9. What did Harry find embedded in the door of Umbrdige’s office?
==>a. Moody’s magical eye

10. After retrieving the Horcrux, they tried to return to their safe place but they were pursued (actually Yaxley tagged along when they disapparated). This meant that the Death Eaters knew their hiding place and they had to go somewhere else. Where did Hermione take them?
==>d. To the site of the Quidditch World Cup

Picture Scavenger Hunt

Mad-Eye Moody

Nymphadora Tonks

George Weasley

The Dursley's House


Monday, February 9, 2009

Homework 7.2 "Muggle Studies"

This was fun. I got many words from 'muggle studies' ... I didn't count.

mild, mildest
deluge, deluges
smuggles, smuggle
glide, glides
item, items
list, lists
sea, seas
lee, lea, lease, leas, leases
glee, glees
gust, gusts
stud, studs
slid, slide, slides
liege, lieges
mist, mists
mess, messed
gum, gums
leg, legs
sue, sues, sued
emu, emus
lust, lusts
slum, slums
glue, glues
gel, gels
die, dies
sled, sleds
mug, mugs
less, lease, lest
mist, mists
dust, dusts
must, musts

Okay. I counted. 71.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Homework Assignment 7.1

  1. What are your three most favorite colors? Purple, green, blue
  2. What are you three least favorite colors? Ochre, tan, brown
  3. Your favorite candy is: Mozartkugel. Dark chocolate with fruit.
  4. Who is your favorite Weasley? Molly kicks snake tails.
  5. Do you knit, crochet, or both? Yes, both.
  6. What type of kit did you ask for? Um. I don't remember. Probably handwarmers ... ? I'm up for anything.
  7. Acrylic— (a) has its uses, (b) should all be burned, (c) best yarn to work with?
  8. Who is the Gryffindor Head Girl ? Er, let me think, uh, yes. Me.
  9. Name four "extras" you would love to receive in your kit. WIPTube for socks in progress;
  10. What are your three most favorite scents? Besides newborn baby and the curve my hubby's neck? Rose, currant, citrus.
  11. Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks? Cheetos, bagel chips. Pita chips.
  12. Which Gryffindor and Slytherin students are sisters in real life? The lovely and talented Ms. Wigworthy and Ms. Wychwood.
  13. Do you really need more stitch markers? Not really, actually.
  14. DPNs, circular, or straight? Circs. All the way.
  15. Favorite yarn? Dream yarn? Koigu Kersti is my favorite. Dream yarn? Qiviut.
  16. Favorite HP Movie AND book? Prisoner of Azkaban
  17. Favorite HP character? Molly Weasley
  18. What is your favorite pattern? Little Rivers, Alice Starmore