Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts
Project Name:Cucumber Melon Cold Soup
Brief Description: This is the season where my allergies make me feel like I have been hit in the head with a sledge hammer, so I am constantly looking for things to sooth my sore throat and achy sinuses. Especially things that are comforting without the excessive use of medication. So I came up with this cold soup I put peeled cucumber, cantaloupe, agave nectar, fresh mint leaves, and fresh basil leaves in a blender with some ice and blended it until smooth. If you make this don't be shy with the mint and basil their aromatic qualities are a big part of why it is so soothing, and also If you want to cut back on the sugar content (which I had to do) just put a few table spoons of Agave Nectar and then some splenda packets. That way you still get the soothing texture of the agave nectar but it is lighter in the sugar and calorie department. In the end this cold soup was very delicious, and incredibly soothing. I will definitely be making this again in the summer when it is 100 degrees outside! This fits the Defense Against the Dark Arts class because of it's cucumber content, and the fact that Kappas are dark and dangerous creatures but are great luck if you are able to befriend one and the best way to befriend one is to invite it to dine with you and serve it cucumber dishes, so this cold soup would be the perfect appetizer to a feast of cucumber sushi on a hot summer afternoon.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux: Marvolo Gaunt's Ring
Project Name: Phoenix Feather In Memory Of Dumbledore
Brief Description: Everyone knows that Dumbledore loved his Phoenix, Fawkes, dearly and that the symbolism of the Phoenix is central to not only Dumbledore's character but Harry Potter's character and the over arching theme of the series in general. The Idea of rising from the ashes and allowing yourself to be reborn after difficult times is one of the things that inspired me most about the Harry Potter series. With that in mind I made an illustration of a Phoenix feather. I drew it in black ink and colored it with prismacolor pencils.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux: Helga Hufflepuff's Cup
Project Name: Hufflepuff Badger Drawing
Brief Description: When drawing the Phoenix feather I did for the above project I had such a good time and seemed to be on a roll with drawing in that style so I continued by drawing this badger drawing in honor of Hufflepuff. Their mascot is the badger and that house is very much drawn to earthy and natural pursuits like Herbology, so I included lots of plant life in the drawing as well. I made sure to accent the black ink drawing with yellow for Hufflepuff pride!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux: Harry Potter
Project Name: Water Lily paintings
Brief Description: By now everyone has seen ErinAquaheart's owl where she spent over 90 hours painting a koi pond, well she was kind enough to let me have a small hand in that project by letting me paint the water lilies. The lilies evolved over time and one of the ones I loved actually had to be erased with acetone so that I could paint all of them in the final style, but luckily I got pictures of both styles.
First the one that had to be erased:
This one is the final style, it's mainly blue but some are pink as well: