Saturday, February 28, 2009

HoM Gryff Homework

I was fortunate enough to travel to Hogsmeade this weekend and oh did I have a wonderful time! I bought my first owl, and I learned some very interesting things along the way! More about my owl later. ;P

The thing that I probably found most interesting that I learned this weekend was about Honeydukes Sweet of my favorite places to visit! :D As I'm sure it is many Hogwarts student's favorite place! What I learned is that there is a secret passage from Hogwarts to the sweet shop, the one that Harry used to sneak to Hogsmeade, and that it is unknown to Filch! They think that these passageways were possibly created during the Goblin rebellion of 1612, but 2 of them were created for specific purposes...the first for Remus Lupin when he game to Hogwarts goes from a hole by the whomping willow, to the shrieking shack, so that Lupin would have a safe place away from students to transform (which is why the shack was shrieking!) The second was created in 1998 when DA was practicing in the Room of Requirement and needed a place to get a passageway opened up to the Hogs Head, behind the portrait of Ariana in the second floor of the Inn. Some of the others were used in the battle of Hogwarts to help defeat Voldemort, and others were probably used in other historial magical events, but it is unknown. What that means to me is that not only is there at least one passageway in Hogwarts that leads to Hogmeade, but there could be many more just waiting to be discovered! Or...created...

Oh, and my owl,

She is a Ural Owl. Her name is Persphone, but I call her Seffy for short. Isn't she just adorable?!?

Can't WAIT for the next trip to Hogsmeade!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Quidditch Homework Match #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 Scimgeour

5. During the wedding celebration for Bill and Fleur, Kingley 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?

a. To Godric’s Hollow

Photo Scavenger Hunt
Mad Eye Moody

Nymphadora Tonks

George Weasley

The Dursley's


Monday, February 16, 2009

Favorites at Hogwarts so far...

So I am LOVING transfiguration. It's easily my favorite class. However, I really like Herbology as well, I just think it's so interesting! I can't wait to go to Hogsmeade this weekend! It should be sooo fun! I have to say too, those Ravenclaw girls are just the sweetest! Bevin Rae and I have so much in common, and she is just so sweet! I'm so glad I met her! And Cassie (Goode) she is just the sweetest too, and one of my favorite first years! I love how eager she is to learn! This is shaping up to be my best term at Hogwarts so far!

Monday, February 9, 2009

"Muggle Studies"

More homework, but this is the type of homework I actually enjoy...a sort of word, transfiguration if you will! We have been instructed to create as many muggle words as possible out of the words "Muggle Studies" and then give a definition of such words...words that are particularly helpful are words that help magical folk to better understand the muggle world.


1. Mugs: My favorite kind are stonware, but can be made of anything from plastic to ceramic. Used to drink beverages out of. The main part is sort of bowl, or "cup" shaped and then there is an elongated "u" shaped handle attached to the side.
2. Gust: This is what Merriam-Websters said 1.obsolete a: the sensation of taste b: inclination , liking
2: keen delight

However, I thought of it more of a form of speech along the lines of a "gust" of wind. Meaning, a larger amount that moved quickly through.
3. Gums: Part of the mouth that houses the teeth.
4. Ties: Things you use to close, restrain, or contain other things. i.e. hair ties, garbage bag ties etc.
5. Stud: has several meanings...1. a the wooden pole to which drywall is attached...i.e. the "framework" of a room. 2. a small earring that consists of a post that goes through the ear and something small adorning the front 3. and probably my favorite! ;P Slang term for an attractive male, i.e. That hunka hunkaliscious boytoy is a real STUD! 4. a small metal or jewel adornment for clothing or accessories.
6. Studs: plural of Stud, see above def. Ooh, lot's of hunky guys! LOL!
7. Gels: has a few meanings as well... 1. slang for everything going smoothly, and/or meshing well together. 2. Plural form of Gel, a gooey substance, some forms are edible, others are used for hairstyling.
8. Gems: Can be natural or artificial. Sparkly and beautiful stones, are used in everything from muggle jewelry to cell phone decorations, to cloting and accessory decorations.
9. Tide: 1. the rising and falling of the surface of a body of water 2. a muggle brand of laundry detergent (substance used to get clothing clean) that works rather well, but is rather expensive.
10. Tides: plural of tide, see above definition.
11. Digs: 1. to break up and put a whole in something, usually the earth/soil/dirt. 2. muggle slang for clothing 3. muggle slang meaning interested i.e. "He really digs you!"
12. Side: 1. one portion of a whole, if an item is split down the center, there would be two "sides". 2. to agree with one party over another...i.e. taking "sides".
13. Sides: plural of side, see above definition.
14. Duties: 1. synonym for responsibilities 2. the things that one is required to fulfill.
15. Elms: 1. plural a type of large tree
16. Guts: 1. The inards of any living creature, can also refer to complicated insides of inanimate objects, such as the "guts" of a computer.
17. Gets: 1. synonym for "receives."
18. Glue: 1. sticky substance used to hold things together. There are different types for different applications, such as paper, wood, metal, etc.
19. Glues: plural of glue, see above def.
20. Glued: Past tense of glue, see def. #18
21. Sums: 1. meaning to total of multiple values added together 2. Can also be an abbreviation of summarize.
22. Suds: 1. synonym for bubbles
23. Slug: 1. Slimy, yucky insect that typically lives in gardens.
24. Slugs: plural of slug, see above def.
25. Sets: 1. to place i.e. sets the table for dinner 2. a group of something i.e. set's of dishes
26. Tussle: 1. a physical contest or struggle.
27. Legs: 1. The two appendiges on which we stand.
29. Sled: 1. an item that you ride on down a snow covered hill, can be made of wood, plastic, metal or any combination of these.
30. Sleds: 1. plural of sled, see above def.
31. Slid: 1. past tense of slide, see below def.
32. Slide: 1. to slip, or loose your footing causing you to glide across whatever the surface may be that you are standing on.
33. Slime: 1. gooey substance, similar to gel...slugs leave a trail of it behind them.
34. Slimed: 1. action of getting slime wiped on you
35. Glee: 1. the feeling of strong happiness and joy
36. Glum: 1. opposite of glee, to be depressed or down
37. Guide: 1. to lead or direct
38. Guides: 1. plural of guide see above def.
39. Sleet: 1. type of frozen rain mixed with regular rain
40. Sleets: 1. action of sleet falling
41. Seem: 1. synonym for appear
42. Seems: 2. plural form of seem, see above def. i.e. It seems things were quite awry.
43. Must: 1. have to
44. Missed: 1. overlooked
45. Miss: 1. singular proper pronoun, used for a young lady who is not married 2. to get something other than what was aimed for.
46. Mist: 1. similar to fog, usually wetter
47. Muds: 1. plural of mud 2. can be the action of applying drywall plaster i.e. he "muds" the wall.
48. Mule: 1. animal, relative of the donkey
49. Mules: 1. plural of mule, see above def.
50. Mite: 1. very small insect, smaller than a flea
51. Misled: 1. the action of being led in a direction other than what you thought you were being led.
52. Dies: 1. the action of passing away.
53. Dims: 1. fades
54. Dime: 1. form of muggle currency. Coin, in the amount of 10 cents.
55. Dimes: 1. plural of dime, see above def.
56. Diss: 1. variant of dis, means to put-down or belittle
57. Lugs: 1. to srain to carry 2. to drag
58. Tugs: 1. to pull
59. Legged: 1. meaning "with legs"
60. Mugged: 1. past tense of mug, means to be attacked
61. Gusts: plural of gusts, see def. #2
62. Lust: 1. to desire
63. Lusts: used as an action 1. He "lusts" after her.
64. Lusted: past tense of lust
65. Mild: 1. not extreme, strong, or bright 2. diluted
66. Sits: 1. plural of sit. She "sits" down.
67. Ides: 1. the 15th day of March
68. Lids: 1. plural form of lid, meaning top
69. List: 1. multiple items, written in one form or another with an order, and form
70. Lite: 1. lacking in seriousness
71. Lites: plural of lite
72. Lime: 1. type of green fruit. Tart. Related to a lemon. Citrus.
73. Limes: plural of lime
74. Slimes: plural of slime
75. Ledge: 1. The edge of something, particularly the edge of a building or shelf.
76. Sludge: 1. build up, usually of dirt and grime
77. Ledges: plural of ledge
78. Dust: 1. tiny particles of dirt and/or other substances i.e. Saw dust, which is tiny wood particles caused from sawing.
79. Dusts: plural action form of dust
80. Duties: plural of duty
81. Gutless: 1. without or the abscence of guts 2. lacking courage

Friday, February 6, 2009

And So It Begins! Term's barely started and we've already got homework!

At least it's easy...sort of "what I did over summer vacay" esque...anyways, here goes.

What are your three most favorite colors? Orange, Pink, Blue when it is with Orange, otherwise, green.
What are you three least favorite colors? yellow, mustard and/or chartreuse, and let's say...hmmm...tan
Your favorite candy is _that's a toughy...a tie between sour patch kids, andes mints, and fererro rocher (no idea if I spelled that right! lol!)
Who is your favorite Weasley? Hmm, again, a toughy...I think it's pretty safe to say Molly.
Do you knit, crochet, or both? Both...and needlefelt, scrapbook, make hairbows, sew, make jewelry, woodburn, and I'd love to learn to spin! :D
What type of kit did you ask for? I don't remember, I think felting. Yeah, let's go with that!
Acrylic— (a) has its uses, (b) should all be burned, (c) best yarn to work with? (choose an answer) (a) has it's's not always my favorite, and I prefer natural fibers, but some of it is really soft, and machine washability and affordability are a plus...and no I don't sell it even though it may sound like it!
Who is the Gryffindor Head Girl ? Centy B? (((run's to hide in bedroom b/c she should know!)
Name four "extras" you would love to receive in your kit...hmmm again a toughy...I'm not real picky...
1. Knitpicks essential sock yarn issue of Interweave Knits and Interweave Crochet wouldn't be bad either
3.a pattern for thrummed mittens
4.scraps of sock yarns to make scrappy socks for my babies!
What are your three most favorite scents? for candles...cinamonroll, pumpkin spice, and cranberry manderin...for something smelly for me...coconut lime verbena, fruity scents, and vanilla jasmine.
Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks? both! LOL! I'm not picky about food...I like the kind you eat! ;P
Which Gryffindor and Slytherin students are sisters in real life? Lizzie Wynchwood and Emma Wigworthy
Do you really need more stitch markers? Not really, but I don't have a lot of pretty ones (just two sets) so if they are really pretty, I could always use more!
DPNs, circular, or straight? Mostly DPN's and Circulars, but straights have their place, I just don't use them for many projects.
Favorite yarn? Dream yarn? Hmm, I can't really say that I have a favorite...probably Schachenmayr nomotta Micro Bamboo Spray, or anything Alpaca or alpaca blend. Oooh, I really like Mosaic Moon and Dashing Dach's too! Dream Yarn: Plumknit Yarn Supply 6 or 8 ply cashmere, Dashing Dach's Goldfish, or Mosaic Moon's Woodland Tale, Rose Garden, or Dragon's Lair (or about 50 other colorways! LOL!) on Cestari.
Favorite HP Movie? I'd have to say PoA or OotP. I really like them all though! I own all of them and have watched them all several times!
Favorite HP character? Another Toughy...I really love Harry, but Hermione, Oliver Wood (teehee) Hagrid, Molly Weasley, and Dumbledore are all way up there!
What is your favorite pattern? Again, not really sure, right now I'd LOVE to knit the Rogue sweater sans kangaroo pocket on the front...I LOVE those cables! I also love Saartje's booties!