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« on: February 26, 2014 08:40:14 AM »

~Harry Potter Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~

~*Begins March 1, 2014*~
~*Ends May 30, 2014*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be “Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make. 
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included.  If your item is a private piece, you may submit a picture link to one of the headmistresses.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft." 

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August; FALL-September, October, November.
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress pinkleo's Central Timezone (Texas time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistresses Mistress Jennie AND pinkleo.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Geminio, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  I suggest adding it to your header.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Gryffindor Lion-along project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
Badge Station
Witch/Wizard of the Week
Room of Requirement
Daily Prophet
Berite Bott's Every Flavour Bean Grab Bag
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Team Dobby Clubhouse
Quidditch Pitch

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy Dungeon
Astronomy Tower
Care of Magical Creatures
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Dungeon 5: Potions
Room of Runes
Classroom 1B: Transfiguration
Wizarding Tests Exam Room

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*Spring HPC Staff*~
Headmistress pinkleo
Deputy Headmistress Mistress Jennie

Gryffindor Head of House WhistleFish
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House DragonChilde

SPEW President Ant Bee
Quidditch Refereee MamanTattoo

Alchemy Professor Inselaeffchen
Apparition & Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor noodle-bug
Arithmancy & Divination Professor coulsenl
Astronomy Professor DragonChilde
Care of Magical Creatures Professor ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor Madame Suppléer with Spirit Division Contact noodle-bug
Flying Professor MamanTattoo
Herbology Professor Madame Suppléer with Spirit Division Contact noodle-bug
History of Magic & Muggle Studies Professor WhistleFish
Potions Professor FiberAlchemist
Study of Ancient Runes & Transfiguration Professor BadWolf314

Kitchen Elf OPEN
Team Dobby Captain noodle-bug

Badge Baronesses BadWolf314, coulsenl, FiberAlchemist, Mistress Jennie, pinkleo, WhistleFish,
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen
Spreadsheet Sorceress Mistress Jennie
Math Magician pinkleo

~*Members of Slug Club This Term*~
Acadian Driftwood, BadWolf314, coulsenl, DragonChilde, ErinAquaheart, jellybean89, Magpirate, MamanTattoo, Mistress Jennie, Moonflame, noodle-bug, pinkleo, rockmygypsysoul

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw

~*Previous Winner of Quidditch Cup*~
Summer 2012: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor

~*I want to express my gratitude to the HPKCHC on Ravelry which was the inspiration point for the craftalong.*~
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014 08:56:12 AM »

~*Current Challenges*~
Join Dumbledores' Army
Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans: Be warned, bean flavor changes every 2 weeks.
Detention in the Dungeons: Semester long challenge with new challenges each month.

~*House Pride & House Unity*~
You can turn in as many House Pride or House Unity projects as you wish.  These are projects inspired by one of the Hogwarts Houses.  House Pride would be projects representing your house, and House Unity would be projects representing the other houses or a combination of houses.  They can be inspired by house colors, mascots, founders, heads, past members, house ghosts, etc.  Note you will get House Points on only 1 House Pride and 1 House Unity project per semester.

~*Spring Classes*~
---Alchemy: With regards to my teacher training placement we will continue to study alchemical symbols during the Spring semester. This time we will look into the PHOENIX. This animal alchemy symbol is the archetypal bird. It rises, reborn, out of its own ashes, representing the alchemical process of death and rebirth. The phoenix is a highly used emblem in alchemy, representing the purifying and transforming fire, the chemical element sulfur and the color red. For your assignment, craft anything that shows the properties of sulphur, something that depicts the "rebirth" of the Phoenix or something that is red and gold (colors of the Phoenix).

---Apparition: Remember the apparition motto; Destination, Destination Destination. Focus on a destination that you would love to travel to, but haven't (yet), and use that as inspiration for your craft. Your destination can be a real trip that you have planned, or just somewhere you wish to visit one day - and who's to say how realistic those wishes should be? Maybe if you focus hard enough, you'll get there! 

---Arithmancy: The number 8 represents balance.  According to the pythagoreans the number 8 is the symbol of love, friendship and thinking. The chemical symbol for oxygen is 8. Create something based on the number 8.

---Astronomy: This term we will be studying the Pleiades, a cluster of stars found near Taurus the bull. According to Greek mythology, the Pleiades were companions Artemis the virgin goddess of the hunt. According to some myths they were placed in the sky as stars by Zeus shortly after their father Atlas was condemned to carry the world and they became deeply saddened. Other versions of the tale state that they were turned into stars by Zeus to allow them to escape from Orion. Your job this term is to either take something negative (either negative emotions or objects that you are not particularly fond of) and turn it into something positive/beautiful or to make something with seven parts. You may also, if you so wish, do some research of your own and make something that relates to another myth about the Pleiades.  

---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC): This semester we will be focusing on the Fwooper.  The Fwooper is a magical African bird with brightly-colored plumage.  Its vivid feathers usually include orange, pink, lime green, and yellow.   The Ministry of Magic has listed the Fwooper with a danger classification of XXX, which means that only competent wizards should attempt to handle this exotic magical creature.  The Fwooper has earned this rating because of its very distinctive song.  Listening to the Fwooper's song will drive the listener insane!  Each bird, therefore, must be sold with a Silencing Charm placed on it. This charm is then reinforced monthly.  A license is required to own one.  The Fwooper lays elaborately patterned eggs and their feathers are highly prized for use as quills.  As you can imagine a naturally lime-green quill would be an attention getter....(think Rita Skeeter!)   On a side note, a little History of Magic for you, Uric the Oddball once tried to convince the Wizards' Council that the Fwooper song was actually beneficial to a Wizard's health, and listened to it continuously for three months. His presentation did not go well, when he turned up wearing nothing but a toupee that, on closer examination, was revealed to be a dead badger.  Your assignment this semester will be to create something that is BOTH vividly colored AND patterned, using at least THREE colors or patterns.  Example: one pattern and two colors OR three patterns and no color. Be creative and remember that the Fwooper is dangerous if you don't take precautions!  Remember your Silencing Charms!

---Charms: The swish and flick movement is one of the first wrist actions we learn in Charms. However, no wand movements are in-effective unless used with the correct spell-word (either verbalized or not); thus all Charms require the use of two different skill sets simultaneously. For your homework, practice using two different skills at once by producing a project that requires mastery of at least 2 techniques or mediums.

---Defence Against the Dark Arts (DADA): Spring is all about celebrating new beginnings, and with the curse tradition of annual teacher changes for DADA, we have plenty of those! Craft something to welcome a new person in your life; this may be a new baby, colleague, new found friends, or anyone else who you are just getting to know.

---Divination: This term, all divination classes will be held outside as we study the art of Aeromancy. Aeromancy is the study of divination using things you see in the sky, particularly focusing on cloud shapes. For your homework, you must look into the sky and create something based on what you see.

---Flying: In order to better your flying aptitude this semester, you must study a creature that is able to fly on its own, magical or not. See how elegantly a pegasus take its flight, how sturdy is the hippogriff. Look at a bird's or a pixie's wings and create something that depict a flying creature or wings.

---Herbology: No plants can thrive unless they are given the right conditions to grow in, and all require different things.  Some need lots of water, whereas some must be watered sparingly - some love heat whereas others frolic in the frost. In the greenhouses we work in, we recreate these conditions as best we can. For your homework, you must create the conditions which YOU work best in by making something to use in future crafting; this could be a practical  item like a needle case, an item to increase your comfort while working such as a cushion, or a piece of inspirational art for your work-area. 

---History of Magic (HoM):  For thousands of years flowers have been used in many different kinds of spells and magical endeavors.  Craft something inspired by the historical, magic uses of popular flowers.  For example, did you know the daffodil is associated with love and fertility? You could create a baby item, an item for a loved one, or something bright, cheery, and yellow like a daffodil.  Or take influence from a Narcissus flower: named for a Greek figure, the Narcissus helps promote polarity and harmony. Its calming vibrations bring about tranquility and inner peace so you could create something that brings a sense of calm to your household or garden.

---Muggle Studies (MS): Isnt it amazing how Muggles survive and live without magic? This semester well be studying the annual Muggle tradition of Springtime Cleaning! Muggles dont have spells and charms to whip their houses into shape. Sometimes they have to spend HOURS getting household things done. This semesters assignment is not quite a crafty lesson, but its still an important one. To learn some respect for how hard Muggles really work, your assignment will be to take an area of your house (or yard!) and give it a good deep cleanwithout any magic. To receive full credit for this class you must take a before and after picture so we can see just how much work you did. Happy Cleaning! 

---Potions:  Polyjuice Potion allows a human drinker to temporarily assume the form of another person.  This is a very complicated potion that takes one month to brew completely and is brewed in two separate stages.  It also contains many uncommon ingredients, such as lacewing flies, fluxed, powdered horn of bison and boomslang skin.  This semester you will need to create something to demonstrate your knowledge of the Polyjucie Potion.  This can include a complicated project or something that uses luxury or difficult to source materials.  Or you may choose to focus on the effects of the completed potion, such as something that transforms into another object or something that looks like one thing but is actually something different.

---Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): Regenerative power and light of spring, renewal, promise of new beginnings. The rune berkano, birch, is the rune of the Great Mother, the goddess worshipped as Nerthus by the early Germanic people. The Earth Goddess is the mother of manifestation and of birth and rebirth. She also rules over death, since the soul travels to her cauldron after death to await rebirth. Her symbol is the birch tree, which is a fundamental symbol of fertility. For your assignment, you must craft something inspired by the rune, Berkano.

---Transfiguration: The Avifors Spell is a transforming spell that can be used to change the target into a bird, flock of birds or flock of bats with a vivid flash of blue light. When used in offensive manner, a jet of blue light will shoot from the witch or wizards wand, erupting upon hitting the target and solidifying them into a flock of black bats. These bats can be controlled by the caster, although they may also fly away. Your assignment this semester is to practice the Avifors Spell. You must craft something that shows your mastery of this spell.
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014 09:16:22 AM »

~Completed Classes and Challenges~
Looking for links to projects?  What to see everyone's crafty magic this term?  
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jenleahlynn, 7th Year: SoAR
Mamaneedles, 7th Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DET-May, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, MS, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration,
Mistress Jennie, alumni: Alchemy, Apparition+SPEW, Astronomy+SPEW, Arithmancy, CoMC, Charms, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DADA, DET-March, DET-May, Divination+SPEW, Flying, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, MS, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration  
pinkleo, alumni: BEAN-Violet, DADA, DET-March, Divination, Herbology, HoM, SPEWx3
rockmygypsysoul, 3rd Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Strawberry, CoMC, Charms, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DADA, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, MS, Potions, SPEWx2, SoAR, Transfiguration
tiamatfire, alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, CoMC, Charms, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DADA, Herbology, HoM, DET-March, DET-May, Potions, SoAR
WhistleFish, 7th Year: Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DET-May, Divination, Herbology, HoM, MS, Potions,

Acadian Driftwood, 3rd Year: CoMC, Charms, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DET-May, Flying, MS, Transfiguration
AnnoyingBigSister, 3rd Year: BEAN-Violet, BEAN-Glue, CoMC, Flying
blupaisan, 2nd Year: BEAN-Violet, DET-March,
BringMeKnitting8, 1st Year: BEAN-Violet, Arithmancy, DADA, DET-March, Divination, Herbology, House Pride, MS,
gaudiknight, 2nd Year: Alchemy, BEAN-VIOLET, BEAN-Glue, DA-Fear, DA-Drink, DA-Sign, DET-March, DET-May, Divination+SPEW, Flying, MS
midkiffsjoy, 4th Year: Arithmancy, BEAN-Violet, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-March, DET-May, Divination, HoM, MS, Potions, SoAR,
Moonflame, 6th Year: Alchemy+SPEW, Arithmancy+SPEW, Astronomy+SPEW, CoMC, Charms, DA-Patronus, DET-March, DET-April, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, SoAR, SPEWx1, Transfiguration, Potions
Nicajeanie, 4th Year: Alchemy+SPEW, Apparition, Astronomy, CoMC+SPEW, Charms, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, Potions, SoAR,
sammylouise40, 3rd Year: Alchemy, BEAN-Violet, BEAN-Glue, CoMC, DET-April, Divination, Herbology, HoM, MS
seeuudee, 3rd Year: Flying, HoM, Potions,

Audania1, 7th Year: Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Charms, DA-Disarm, DADA, Divination, Herbology
BadWolf314, 4th Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Violet, BEAN-Glue, BEAN-Strawberry, CoMC, Charms, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DADA, DET-March, DET-April, DET-May, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, MS, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration
FiberAlchemist, alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DET-May, Divination, Flying, Herbology, House Unity, MS, Potions, Transfiguration
jellybean89, 3rd Year: Alchemy, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Violet, BEAN-Glue, BEAN-Strawberry, DA-Patronus, DADA, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, SPEWx3, SoAR, Transfiguration
Magpirate, 3rd Year: Astronomy, BEAN-Strawberry, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-March, DET-April, HoM, House Unity, MS, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration,
netchez, 4th Year: Alchemy, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Violet, BEAN-Glue, BEAN-Strawberry,
noodle-bug, 7th Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Glue, BEAN-Strawberry, CoMC, Charms, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DADA, DET-March, DET-May, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, SoAR, Transfiguration,
pottermouth, alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Violet, BEAN-Strawberry, CoMC, Charms, DA-Stunning, Divination, DADA, Flying, Herbology, HoM, House Unity, MS, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration
vincentvanbuck, 3rd Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, Potions, SoAR

AnnoyingLittleBrother, 4th Year: BEAN-Violet
Ant Bee, alumni: DADA, HoM, SoAR
calliemae, 1st Year: Arithmancy, Astronomy, Charms, DADA, DET-March, DET-May, Divination, HoM, SoAR
coulsenl, 3rd Year: Alchemy, BEAN-Violet, BEAN-Glue, Charms, DA-Patronus, Flying, SPEWx2
DragonChilde, 4th Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-March, Herbology, HoM, Potions, SoAR,
ErinAquaheart, 6th Year: Apparition, Alchemy, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Violet, BEAN-Glue, BEAN-Strawberry, CoMC, Charms, DA-Room, DA-Patronus, DA-Mysteries, DADA+SPEW, DET-March, DET-April, DET-May, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, MS, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration
Inselaeffchen, 3rd Year: Alchemy, Appartion, BEAN-Strawberry, CoMC, DA-Protean, DA-Stunning, DA-Shield, DA-F&G, DET-March, Flying, Herbology, HoM, MS
ladychris2010, 2nd Year: DET-March, Herbology, MS,
Naantje, alumni: DET-April, Divination, SoAR, Transfiguration
samash90, 1st Year: Alchemy, Astronomy, Arithmancy, CoMC
TechnicolorAquahearts, 6th Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Astronomy, BEAN-Glue, BEAN-Strawberry, CoMC, DA-F&G+SPEW, DA-Patronus, DADA, Herbology, MS, Potions,


~House Points~
*Reminder: Class/Challenge 15 pts , OWL 100 pts, NEWT 150 pts , SPEW 10 pts extra*
*Cup Winner, average from points per house & number of members per house*

Gryffindor: 7 students, ...points
Hufflepuff: 10 students, ...points
Ravenclaw: 9 students, ...points
Slytherin: 11 students, ...points
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014 09:17:52 AM »

NOTE: Once you propose, please go forth on your Advanced Studies projects.  Your Examiners will PM if they have any inquiries.

~Everything O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s~
---Ordinary Wizarding Levels, OWLs, and Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, NEWTs, are advanced crafting projects.  OWLs and NEWTs are supposed to be more complex and challenging projects.
---OWLs and NEWTs are more time-consuming than HPC classes and challenges.  There is no hard and fast rule on how many hours a project should take, because speed and difficulty levels are too subjective.  What we are really looking for is a project that will be a personal challenge to you.
---OWLs should take 3-4 weeks to complete.
---NEWTs should take more than a month to complete. (Please see post below for more on NEWTs.)
---Projects that do not take the allotted time of crafting will not be counted as complete; keep that in mind when you post your completed OWLs and NEWTs.  If you finish your OWL or NEWT earlier than expected, then craft an additional item(s) that correspond with your subject.  Add notes on how you finished earlier than expected and details about your additional crafting in your Completed Project post.
---You must propose your OWL or NEWT before starting so that we may be your cheerleaders and help encourage you during this more challenging craft adventure.
---You may only do 1 OWL & 1 NEWT at one time.  (Dont want you to be stuck with a ton of OWL & NEWT WIPs!)
---You may propose an OWL or NEWT any time during the semester.
---OWLs and NEWTs can carry over to the next semester.
---If you decide to abandon an OWL or NEWT project, notify your OWL Examiners, and they will erase that log from their records.  Once you have submitted to have an OWL or NEWT erased, you can propose a new one.

1. Select which OWL you would like to complete.  You may only do one OWL at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your OWL project.  You may do this by PM to your OWL Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an OWL Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future OWLs.
3. Begin work on your OWL project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the OWL Header provided below.  Once you post a completed OWL, your OWL Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your OWL Badge for that subject.

OWL Subject & Option(if available):
Project Name:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

OWL Subject & Option (if available):
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.

--Alchemy:  Option 1-Alchemists have, through their mystical quests, made significant contributions to our world.  These include metalworking, production of inks, dyes and cosmetics, ceramics and glass manufacture, preparation of extracts and liqueurs and the invention of gunpowder.  Honor the work of these alchemists by creating something from one or more of these contributions.  Option 2-The Four Elements of alchemy are Fire, Earth, Air and Water.  Craft a project that represents all four of these elements.
--Arithmancy: Bridget Wenlock was a famous thirteenth-century Arithmancer, and the first to establish the magical properties of the number seven.  Your OWL quest is to turn in something that involves the number seven.
--Astronomy: Option 1-Craft a star chart.  Option 2-Interpret the solar system into a craft.  Option 3-It is believed that we can only see 5% of the universe, the rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which is invisible to us. Create something where at first glance you can only see a small portion, but when you look closer you can find the rest of the details.
--Care of Magical Creatures:  Option 1-Even in the muggle world, we are surrounded by fascinating and breathtaking creatures.  Craft something inspired by an everyday animal you find magical.  Option 2-Dragons are terrifying yet awe-inspiring; craft something inspired by these magical creatures.
--Charms: Research the different charms and show your mastery of a particular charm by crafting something inspired by it.  For example, Alohomora is an opening charm; craft something that open or has an opening.  Another example, Confundus is a confusion charm; craft something you find a bit confusing.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Option 1-The patronus is an effective charm against dementors and to call for help when in need, though difficult to master. Craft something using or inspired by your patronus animal.  Option 2-Craft something inspired by one of the DADA professors.
--Divination: Option 1-Create at least 4 items you need for a successful reading.  Option 2-Create a dream item.  Option 3-Create something inspired by the zodiac.
--Herbology:  Research magical and mundane plants, and show your knowledge by creating something inspired by one or more plants that could be found in a wizards or witches garden.
--History of Magic: Option 1-Create 4 different items, one item for each house, these items should reflect your interpretation of the characteristics of each house.  Option 2-Craft 3 items which represent 3 characters with Harry Potter.   Option 3-Craft something using a vintage pattern, material, or technique.
--Muggle Studies: We all know the Tales of Beetle Bard, but did you know that muggles have a vast array of fantastical stories?  The most fascinating are known to muggles as fairy tales.  Study these tales and craft something inspired by them.
--Potions: Option 1- Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.  Colors can be monochromatic.  A variegated yarn or one fabric swatch with various colors within it count as one color.  Option 2-Research different potions and show your mastery by crafting something inspired by it.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Option 1-Use an intricate charted design; you may create your own design for this project.  Option 2-Create something that contains 7 or more letters/symbols.  Option 3-Create a set of runes; these can be presented in one or more pieces.
--Transfiguration: Option 1-Practice your vanishing and conjuring spells by taking a large amount of supply and crafting one piece.  Option 2-Craft something with a dual purpose.  Option 3-Craft your Animagus.


Abbeeroad: Transfiguration, Sept. 6, 2013
dwfan10: Arithmancy, Apr. 30, 2013
IsikkahJai: Herbology, Sept. 6, 2012
Melissaurus: Divination, Jan. 28, 2013
Mistress Jennie: History of Magic (Option 3), Feb 11, 2014
pinkleo: Muggle Studies, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Transfiguration, Dec. 5, 2013
sakuracat23: Transfiguration, Jan. 22, 2013
spikefan: Transfiguration, Sept. 4, 2012
The Mad Quilter: Transfiguration, Sept. 3, 2013
tiamatfire: Herbology, December 25, 2013
ttsaria: Study of Ancient Runes (PM Proposal), Sept.15, 2012
whenindoubtsew: Care of Magical Creatures, Sept. 23, 2012
WhistleFish: Transfiguration (Option 1)

blupaisan: Arithmancy, Jan. 27 2014
CraftLadyMJ: Potions, Option1 (PM Proposal), Mar. 25 2013
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, Aug. 18, 2013

Audania1: Arithmancy, March 01, 2014
AugustBell: Transfiguration, Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1, March 02, 2014
consultingcorsair: History of Magic, Jan. 9, 2013
FiberAlchemist: SoAR, Option 1 April 07, 2014
Flip-floP: Charms, Apr. 10, 2013
krashromance: Potions, Mar. 19, 2013
kstaron: Charms, Sept. 6, 2012
Listessa: Potions, June 17, 2013
Natasjadreams: Study of Ancient Runes, Sept. 7, 2012
noodle-bug: Alchemy, Option 1 March 21, 2014
PenguinSoup: Care of Magical Creatures, Jan. 18, 2013
SenatorOrgana: Tranfiguration, Oct. 20, 2013
ShardaeDobby: Muggle Studies, Sept. 11, 2012
SiakelA: Alchemy, Jan. 5, 2013
Swimswamswum: Transfiguration (PM Proposal), Sept. 2, 2013
teag: Potions, July 8, 2013
the_essence: Charms, Dec. 9, 2012
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013

Ant Bee: Transfiguration, Sept. 8, 2012
audio: Transfiguration, Jan. 27, 2013
bookie0013: Charms, Sept. 1, 2013
calliemae: DADA, Option 2 March 19, 2014
coulsenl: Potions, Dec. 2, 2013
DragonChilde: Transfiguration, Option 1 April 01, 2014
ErinAquaheartL Potions, Option 1 May 13, 2014
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic, Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Potions, Option 1, Jan. 1, 2014 (PM Proposal)
lightninglisa: Astronomy, Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic, June 4, 2013
samash90: Transfiguration, Option 1 & 2 March 18, 2014
SKooKum: Potions, Apr. 2, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: MS, June 16, 2013
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013


jenleahlynn: Potions

Acadian Driftwood: Potions
gaudiknight: Care of Magical Creatures

BadWolf314: Alchemy
noodle-bug: Muggle Studies
Magpirate: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1
pottermouth: Alchemy, Option 1

margaron: Transfiguration, Option 1

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014 09:20:59 AM »

~Headmistress pinkleo's Tower~
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Welcome new and old students!  As we settle into the Spring term, I wanted to say a few words. 

First, you will see me and Deputy Headmistress Mistress Jennie mention many times about how you do not have to craft ALL the classes and challenges.  This is because we don't want anyone to feel overwhelmed and not craft along.  I can tell you now that I, Headmistress pinkleo, will not be crafting everything in the Winter HPC; what I will be crafting is those classes and challenges that inspire me.  Furthermore, all that is needed to complete the semester and a HPC year is to post one project during the semester.  I sincerely hope you find this a comforting reminder and enjoy your crafting. 

Second, you will find that we are a chatty bunch.  Don't let this intimidate or prevent you from posting.  Think of the HPC like stopping into the Three Broomsticks.  Pop in and chat about what's going on at the moment.  No one will be offended if you "skip" their projects during commenting.  We are all here to have fun and explore our crafty magic. 

Finally, I hope you have fun this term.  Take your time exploring the castle and all that's within; for your convenience, portkeys to various rooms have been added to the first post of this thread.  And if you ever have a question or problem, do not hesitate in sending an owl (aka PM) to me, pinkleo, AND Mistress Jennie.  I would like to leave you with some final words, and here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you and blessed be.

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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2014 09:29:41 AM »

IMPORTANT: To be eligible to take your NEWT, you must have completed one OWL.  If you have not completed an OWL, you cannot propose a NEWT.
1. Select which subject you would like to complete for your NEWT.  You may only do one NEWT at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your NEWT project.  You may do this by PM to your NEWT Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an NEWT Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future NEWTs.
3. Begin work on your NEWT project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the NEWT Header provided below.  Once you post a completed NEWT, your NEWT Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your NEWT Badge for that subject.

NEWT Subject:
Project Name:
Brief Description: (explain how your project relates to your subject, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

NEWT Subject:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.

So, whats a NEWT?! A NEWT is impressive! A NEWT is just enough crazy that youre not totally sure you can make it to end, but not so crazy that youll land in the padded wagon on your way to the finish line.  A NEWT is much like a thesis.  You are to choose the course of study you wish to take in a particular subject.  Research your desired subject, find a facet of that subject that you wish focus your advanced studies.  Form a plan of action, and make your proposal.  Remember your NEWT should be detailed and should be a craft endeavor that take you 1 month or more to finish.  This is Advanced Studies so make sure to stretch yourself and your crafty magic.  You may take NEWTs in the following subjects:
--Alchemy: Students are expected to show extensive knowledge of basic elements, as well as the transmutation of substances.
--Arithmancy: Students display their mastery of all things magical and mathematical.
--Astronomy: Students should demonstrate knowledge of the celestial heavens.
--Care of Magical Creatures: Students should demonstrate extensive knowledge of magical creatures and their proper care and handling.
--Charms: Students are expected to have total mastery over charms.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Students must demonstrate the ability to defend themselves in magical combat.
--Divination: Students should have a sound knowledge of a variety of techniques of foretelling the future.
--Herbology: Students should have a vast knowledge of magical plants and be able to easily manipulate complex organic creations.
--History of Magic: Students must produce evidence that they did not sleep through all of Prof. Binns lectures.
--Muggle Studies: Students should demonstrate their knowledge of all things muggle and have the ability to blend into muggle society with ease
--Potions: Students should exhibit full knowledge of all potions and a mastery at mixing complex potions.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Students are expected to decipher obscure markings with ease.
--Transfiguration: Students will demonstrate the ability to transfigure and vanish.


Abbeeroad: Arithmancy, Sept. 6, 2013
Melissaurus: DADA, Feb. 9, 2013
MamanTattoo: Astronomy April 07, 2014
Mistress Jennie: Transfiguration, Jan. 29, 2014
pinkleo: HoM, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Muggle Studies March 04, 2014
tiamatfire: SoAR, Jan, 22, 2014

Acadian Driftwood: Herbology, April 10, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: Arithmancy March 28, 2014 - On HOLD as of 4/30/14
Moonflame: Transfiguration, June 6, 2013
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, August 18, 2013

BadWolf314: Alchemy, March 02, 2014
indigo_roses: Ancient Runes, Mar. 4, 2013
Magpirate: Alchemy (Email Submission) April 05, 2014
netchez: CoMC, Sept. 1, 2013
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes, Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Charms, Jan. 9, 2014
pottermouth: History of Magic,  March 06, 2014

DragonChilde: Divination, Oct. 12, 2013
ErinAquaheart: Muggle Studies, May 13, 2014
Naantje: Arithmancy, Jan. 25, 2014

MamanTattoo: Transfiguration

Audania1: Arithmancy
noodle-bug: Arithmancy
noodle-bug: Herbology

ErinAquaheart: Astronomy

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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2014 09:30:28 AM »

Career Paths (UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!!  These are not finalized requirements!)

Time to choose your profession!

You can earn your position earn by completing the course work for your career.  You will be working several terms to "apply" for your position.  You wouldn't have to announce your profession path until they complete all requirements.  When you wish to apply for a position, then you will need to provide links to your completed requirements.  

After completing a profession, you can go for another profession path, but you will start anew with job requirements...mean ing once you announce a completed profession, then your class/course slate is wiped clean.

For House Points & Year tracking I was thinking we could label them as such.  B for Bachelor's and then year 1-7 so 7th Years would be B1 in the Spring...after that we could move to M for Master, D for Doctorate, MO Merlin Order...etc.

If a student pass 7th Year wants to propose a profession we don't have listed, they may present a course of study that the headmistresses will review for approval. (Once a new profession path is approved, it will be added to the list)

---Auror:  5-Potions Classes (so 5 terms), 7-Defence Against the Dark Arts (7 terms), 4- Transfiguration (4 terms), 3-Herbology (3 terms), 2-HoM, and 4 Charms (4 terms)
---Arthimancer: 7-Arthimancy, 5 Divination, 6 SoAR, 5-DADA, 3-Charms, 3-Potions, 2 Herbology OWL Arit, NEWT in DADA/Potions/Trans/Charms
---Broom Maker: 6-Herbology, 7-Flying, 5-Charms, 2-Potions
---Curse Breaker: 6-DADA, 2-Herbology, 2-Charms, 2-Transfiguration, 2-HoM, 2-SoAR
---Dragonologist: 7-Dragon Inspired Projects, 7 CoMC, 2-HoM, 4-Charms, 2-Flying, 2-Potions, 5-Herb, 2-DADA, 3-Trans OWL CoMC NEWT CoMC
---Healer: 6-Herb, 6-Potions, 5-Trans, 5-Charms, 2-CoMC, 4-DADA, 1-OWL, 1-NEWT in Potions/Trans/Herb/Charms/DADA, 1 project reflecting your uniform-lime green robe with a sign of a bone and a wand crossed on it.
---Herbologist: 7-Herb, 6-Potions, 4-HoM, 2-CoMC, 1-OWL Herb, 1-NEWT Herb
---Magizoologist: 4-projects inspired by Magical Creatures, 7 CoMC, 2-HoM, 4-Charms, 2-Flying, 2-Potions, 5-Herb, 2-DADA, 3-Trans OWL CoMC NEWT CoMC
---MoM-L2-The Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office: 7-MS, 7-Charms, 4-DADA, 4-Trans, 4-HoM, 1-OWL MS, 1-NEWT MS/HoM/Charms
---MoM-L3- Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes: 7-Charms, 6-Potions, 6-Transfig, 5-DADA, 4-HoM, 2MS, 1-OWL & 1 NEWT Charms/Potions/Trans/DADA
---MoM-L4- Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures: 7-CoMC, 7-DADA, 4-Charms, 4-Transfig, 3-Herb, 3-Potions, 1OWL CoMC, 1 NEWT DADA/CoMC
---MoM-L9- Department of Mysteries aka Unspeakable: 5-Divination, 5-Charms, 5-Transfiguration, 7-HoM, 6-DADA, 2-SoAR, 2 Astronomy, 1OWL-HoM, 1-NEWT of your choice, 1 project inspired by time (Time Chamber), 1 project that inspired by love (Love Chamber), 1 project inspired by death/veil of death (Death Chamber), 1 project inspired by the brain (Brain Room), 1 project inspired by space (Space Chamber), 1 project inspired by prophecies (Hall of Prophecies)  
---Muggle Relations: 7-MS, 7-HoM, 4-Charms, 4-Trans, 2-DADA, 1 OWL-MS, 1-NEWT-MS
---Obliviator: 7-Charms, 4-MS, 4-HoM, 2-Fying/Apparating, 2-Potions, 2-CoMC, 2-Herb, 1-OWL Charms, 1-NEWT-Charms
---Potioneer: 7-Potions, 6-Herb, 2-CoMC, 4-HoM, 2-Trans, 2-Charms, 1-OWL Potions, 1-NEWT Potions
---Professional Quidditch Player: 7-Flying, 4-Charms, 2-HoM, 2-Arithmancy, 2-DADA, 4 projects inspired by Quidditch, 1 project inspired the Pro Team you will play for
---Professorship: 7-of your intended subject of teaching, 2-OWL & 1-NEWT in your subject along
---Quibbler Reporter: 7-CoMC, 7-Divination, 3-SoAR, 3-Arithmancy, 5-Astronomy, 4-HoM, 2-Charms, 2-Tranfig, 2-Herb, 1-OWL Divination/CoMC, 1 project inspired by article/ad you might find in the Quibbler
---Shop Owner (Food): 20-Recipes, 4-Charms, 2-Arithmancy, 4-Herbology, 4-Potions, and 1-Transfiguration
---Snake Charmer: 7-CoMC, 7-Charms, 7-Transfiguration, 4-Flying/Apparation, 7-Snake Inspired Projects
---Wandmaker: 7-Herbology, 6-Charms, 6-Transfiguration, 2-Care of Magical Creatures, and 4-DADA, 1-OWL Herb/Charms/Transfig, 1-NEWT Herb
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2014 09:33:31 AM »

Are you sick of Umbridge already?  Do you want to learn - properly learn - practical defensive magic?  Do you need to know what it's really like facing him?  Facing Vo... Voldemorte?   Are you ready for a brand new epic *series* of Craftalong Challenges? Do you have what it takes to join Dumbledore's Army?

Well then you are in luck my friends because your Headmistresses have dreamed up another awesome challenge for you!  This challenge series spans three HPC semesters, and covers the journey taken by our favorite Trio, and their faithful friends, as they learned to use magic, and fought to live in a world without fear or prejudice.  Each individual challenge will have a specified time frame, much like you saw in Summer Quidditch.  The Fall Semester contained 3 awesome challenges.  Winter semester we had lessons with Harry Potter himself!  This semester we will have three more challenges, a new one each month!  Each 'on-time' project you submit will earn you 15 House Points, just like all other Class and Challenge prompts.    

So, what's our next task?*

*If you did not complete the Fall or Winter Semester's tasks in time, but would still like to participate, please scroll down to the bottom of this post for directions on how to catch-up!

~*Department of Mysteries*~
May 11 - May 31, 2014
"There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all." Albus Dumbledore

The Department of Mysteries is a section within the Ministry of Magic where the various mysteries of the world are studied, including space, thought, time, death, and love.  On June 18th, 1996 Lord Voldemorte planted a vision in Harry Potter's mind, of his godfather, Sirius Black, being tortured somewhere within the Department of Mysteries.  When Harry decided to rush to Sirius' aid, he was accompanied by his best friends, Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley, as well as  Dumbledore's Army members Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom.  Though many students had joined the D.A., it was only Ginny, Luna and Neville who rushed to help Harry fight the Death Eaters and rescue Sirius, without thought for themselves.  

"We were all in the D.A. together. It was all supposed to be about fighting You-Know-Who, wasn't it? And this is the first chance we've had to do something real or was that all just a game or something?" Neville Longbottom

For this challenge you will need to follow Luna & Neville's example and go out of your way to help a friend who could really use a hand.  You can create any sort of crafted item, provided the intended recipient is a good friend, and the craft is intended to help them in some way.  Be sure to explain the situation in your post.

~*Mastering the Patronus Charm*~
March 17 - April 7, April 22, 2014[/center/

"This ancient and mysterious charm conjures a magical guardian, a projection of all your most positive feelings. The Patronus Charm is difficult, and many witches and wizards are unable to produce a full, corporeal Patronus, a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity. You may suspect, but you will never truly know what form your Patronus will take until you succeed in conjuring it."

The Patronus Charm (Expecto Patronum) is an immensely complicated spell that evokes a partially-tangible positive energy force known as a Patronus, or spirit guardian. The charm was primarily designed for defense against Dementors and Lethifolds.  Dementors as you know, feed on human happiness, draining it from their victims until all they can feel is depression and despair.  While Witches & Wizards are able to defend themselves with this charm, Muggles have no such luxury, and there are many living in depression and despair every day.  A successfully cast corporeal Patronus is able to shield not only its caster, but also other human beings around them.  In this way a single Witch or Wizard can defend their families, friends, neighbors, and even strangers.  

For this Challenge you must craft an item for a CHARITY, that will help bring hope to someone in despair.  Please check out the SPEW Craftalong for a wonderful list of organizations that accept handmade items.  Many of these charities even have guidelines, tutorials and patterns available to help you in your crafting.  Your crafted item will earn you 15 House Points, and cannot be combined with any other class.  However, in effort to promote the spread of joy and love in the world, your Headmistress is also giving you a chance to earn extra House Points on all charity items crafted within this Challenge's timeline.  For each additional SPEW item you craft, you will earn an additional 5 House Points, on top of the normal 10 points. These SPEW points CAN be combined with Class prompts.  For example, you could create a daffodil yellow quilt for Quilts for Kids to complete your History of Magic homework.  This would earn you 15 House Points for History of Magic, + your normal 10 SPEW points, + 5 Bonus SPEW points = 30 House Points!

~*Lessons With Harry*~
December 1st - February 28th
It's time we learned how to defend ourselves from Voldemorte and his Death Eaters.  Throughout the Winter Semester you will be learning practical defensive spells from Harry Potter in the Room of Requirement.  In order to earn the right to move on in the Join the DA Challenge, you will need to master 5 out of 8 of the following spells.  You may choose any 5 you wish, and you have until the end of the semester to post them.  However, as a good Headmistress I must remind you that leaving all your studying to the last minute will result in poor performance on your exams.  So start thinking, planning and crafting as soon as you wish!
And since I just *know* someone will ask...  If you master your 5 spells and still wish to continue crafting the others you may do so.  If you complete all 8 *within this semester* only, you will earn a bonus of 10 House Points, and an extra fancy badge.   Cheesy

1. Disarming - The word expelliarmus is derived from the Latin roots, expel, meaning 'to drive out' and arma, meaning 'weapon'. For this challenge you must remove something standing in the way of your completing a craft project.  This could include striping down a piece of furniture in order to refinish it, redyeing an object to hide a pesky stain, bleaching to remove color, or cleaning out & organizing your messy craft area in order to better utilize the space.
2. Impediment Jinx - The Impediment Jinx is used to freeze something in its current place.  For this challenge craft something that either literally freezes like homemade ice cream, or something that blocks or stops something else like a door stop.  Other ideas include a shawl to keep out the chill, a batch of Freezer Meals for busy work nights, or draft blocker for one of the doors in your house.
3. Reductor Curse -  The Reductor Curse is used to blast an object into tiny pieces.  For this challenge you have two options.  One is to break down a larger object into smaller pieces and use them in a completed craft project, such as breaking plates into small tiles to create a mosaic table top.  Your second option is to craft something tiny.  This can be anything you desire, but the maximum size is 3x3x3.  (For our friends using the Metric System, this is 7.6 cm, but you may round it up to 8 cm. Wink)  
4. Stunning Spell - The Stunning Spell, otherwise known as Stupefy, is used to render someone unconscious or to halt a moving object.  For this challenge you must create something that stuns at least one of the 5 senses.  For example, it can dazzle the eye with sparkle, dazzles the ear with sound, dazzles the taste buds with flavor, dazzles the nose with an intoxicating scent, dazzles the sense of touch with softness.  (Note: Please do not try to render anyone unconscious in your crafting! Wink)
5. Shield Charm - Shield Charm is a term applied to several varieties of charms that create a magical barrier to deflect both physical entities and spells. For this challenge you must craft something that will shield either you or another person, from an outside force. Ideas include a potholder to shield you from hot pots & pans, a hat or scarf to shield someone from the winter's cold, or a sleep mask shields tired eyes from the bright sun.
6. Protean Charm - A Protean Charm is a very advanced spell, which links multiple objects together for a common purpose.  In 1995 Hermione Grainger cast the Protean Charm on a series of fake Galleon coins in order to communicate with other members of the D.A.  A change in Harry Potter's master coin would be magically reflected on the other coins, as well as emit a heat signal, alerting group members to the next meeting date.  The genius of this method of communication is that even if a student was searched by Umbridge and the Inquisitorial Squad, they wouldn't find any sort of contraband on the person as it is perfectly legal to carry currency.  For this challenge you must craft an object that is actually something else in disguise, or that contains a hidden meaning.  Examples include a pillow quilt or "quillow", a clever tea cozy, a mask, or something more personal like noodle-bug's ingenious "Birdhouse In Your Soul" project from last semester.  
7.  Fred & George Fight Back - After the D.A. was betrayed by Marietta Edgecombe, Fred and George Weasley continued to fight back against Umbridge's hold on the school by doing what they are best at; namely causing mischief, chaos, and laughter.  They released some rather impressive enchanted fireworks to disrupt lessons, created a swamp in the corridor, and in their final act of rebellion, struck several members of the Inquisitorial Squad with jinxes, summoned their brooms from Umbridge's office and escaped the school to start their joke shop.  For this challenge, take your inspiration from Fred & George's methods.  Craft an *impressive diversion* for yourself or a group of friends.  This could mean creating a stunning display of lights & decorations around your home for the holidays.  (Think beyond hanging ornaments on the tree.)  Or how about crafting food, decorations & favors for a fabulous New Year's Eve party?  On this challenge, be sure to GO BIG.  This is for Fred & George after all.
8. Help the Room of Requirement - The Room of Requirement, otherwise known as the Come and Go Room is possibly one of the most fascinating parts of Hogwarts Castle.  The room is thought to have some degree of sentience, because it transforms itself into whatever the witch or wizard needs it to be at that moment in time.  It is also Unplottable and can only be accessed by a witch or wizard who has great need of it.  For this challenge, you will take your inspiration from the room itself and craft something for which there is *great* need.  You can decide just what is needed and how to best supply it, but you must explain this clearly in your posting.  For example, perhaps your broom closet is overflowing with plastic grocery bags and is an utter mess that you can no longer control.  You could turn those bags into a set of reusable bags.  (Thanks noodle-bug.)  Or perhaps your great aunt Muriel has been getting cold while reading in her drafty old house.  You could crochet her a new lapghan to keep her warm.  Whatever you choose, remember to explain why it is so needed.

~*Sign the Parchment*~
November 8th-30th

"I I think everybody should write their name down, just so we know who was here. But I also think that we all ought to agree not to shout about what we're doing. So if you sign, you're agreeing not to tell Umbridge or anybody else what we're up to." - Hermoine Grainger

This next challenge should be a real doss for everyone.  Hopefully a nice way to wind down the semester.  As easy as signing your name really.  For this challenge you will need to create something in your 'signature craft'.  The craft that you are most comfortable and familiar with.  You may create anything within that medium, no restrictions.  If you have more than one craft that is your signature, you may pick either medium.  If this is somehow still unclear, think of it this way.  If two Craftsters were to have a conversation about you, your signature craft would be how they'd identify you.  It would probably go something like this:

Abbeeroad:  Hey noodle-bug, do you know Mistress Jennie?
noodle-bug: You mean that girl who makes all the charm bracelets?

Yep, that girl who makes the charm bracelets.  So, if you were me, which you're not because you're you, but if you were me, then you'd craft a charm bracelet.  If you were pinkleo, you'd crochet something.  Etc. etc.  So get going on signing that parchment!

~*Have a Drink in the Hog's Head*~
October 10th-November 7th

"Hi," said Fred, reaching the bar first and counting his companions quickly.  "Could we have... twenty-five butterbeers, please?'
The barman glared at him for a moment, then, throwing down his rag irritably as though he had been interrupted in something very important, he started passing up dusty butterbeers from under the bar.

Sometimes darkness lies ahead.  Whether it be a long war against evil, or the long dark nights of autumn and winter.  But even when times are difficult and the road ahead of us looks impossible, there is comfort in sharing a moment of peace, some laughter, and some good food & drink with friends.  For this challenge you will take inspiration from Fred & George, and share a treat with your friends or family.  You must make a food, drink, or sweet treat to share that will serve at least 5 people.  (Not dinner for 2. The purpose of this challenge is to share with a larger group of friends.)  Further, in an effort to broaden the effects of your sharing spirit, you MUST post the complete recipe here in the HPC thread, in order to earn your Badge & House Points.  
***It should go without saying that, like all craft submissions here in the HPC, a picture must also accompany your post. No picture also = no points.***

~*Fear of a Name Challenge*~
September 11th-October 9th

"Harry, don't you see? This... this is exactly why we need you... We need to know what it's really like... facing him... facing V-Voldemort." - Hermione Granger

Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.  This is a lesson that all Potter fans take to heart; that facing your fears is the first step towards defeating them.  Hermione began to face her fears when she said Voldemorte's name for the very first time.  For this challenge you will will learn from her example, and face your crafting fears.  You must choose to craft something in a new medium that you have been afraid to try before, OR, you may craft something in a medium you are familiar with, but with a new technique that you have been afraid to try before.  For example, perhaps your a a knitter, and have made tons of knitted items, but you've always been afraid to try cables.  Then this is your chance to try knitting the heck out of those cables!  Since you will be trying new things, you have 4 weeks to complete this challenge, giving you lots of time to make mistakes and perfect your technique.

Catching Up with the D.A.

You:  Dear Headmistresses, I did not get a chance to complete the first DA task, but I would still like to participate.  What can I do?

Glad you asked my friend!  Your Headmistress and I have discussed this and come up with a solution for anyone who missed the first challenge, but still wishes to participate.  Whether you were too busy to jump in during a busy Fall Semester at your real world school, or family & personal obligations kept you from crafting as much as you'd like, you may have fallen (or may in future fall) behind with the DA Challenges.  This is not a problem, and you can still participate.  (As can folks who decide to join the HPC over Winter or Spring semesters.)  

Since learning practical defensive magic and joining the fight against Voldemorte and the Death Eaters was a journey for our characters, you will still need to complete the same journey they do in order to earn your place in the DA.  Therefore, you will still need to do all the challenges *in chronological order* to complete the task.  Therefore, if you missed the Fear of a Name Challenge, you will still need to complete it before you dive into the Drink at the Hog's Head Challenge.

But, there is a bit of fine print...  Wink

First off, each challenge will be assigned a required amount of time "Catch Up" time.  This means that you cannot post your NEXT craft until that amount of time has past.  (This amount of time will be noted with the closed challenge prompt.)  For example, the Fear of a Name Challenge has a Required Make Up Time of 2 weeks.  So if you missed that prompt but you still want to join the DA, first you must plan and craft an item that fits the Fear of a Name challenge prompt.  After posting it, you cannot post a Drink in the Hog's Head Challenge for 2 weeks.  This is not because we are mean.   Smiley  It is because we want each and every crafter to craft their best, rather than rush through a large number of poorly made crafts in a short time.  (It will also make more sense later, when there are lots more projects to get through in order to Catch Up.)

Second bit of fine print:  Each project completed DURING the official Challenge Period will receive 15 House Points.  Any project completed AFTER the official period will earn 10 House Points. For example, if you are joining the HPC this semester and complete the Fear of a Name challenge, you will earn 10 Points for it, because that challenge closed last semester.  You can then begin planning and crafting your Drink at the Hog's Head project and may post it 2 weeks after you Fear of a Name project.  If, in the course of catching up, you get to making some of this semester's challenges (during the semester), you will earn 15 Points for those.  If you still have questions, feel free to PM both ME, and pinkleo.  We will be happy to clarify.


***Please remember, you can choose to do any, all, or none of the Challenges and Challenge Series that come up.  The goal here is always to have fun and to be excited about our crafting!  None of the Challenges are intended to cause you stress or strife.  Even your Headmistresses do NOT plan to do ALL the things.  So craft on Friends, craft on.***
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2014 09:34:33 AM »

Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
A risk with every mouthful!

"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once." - Ron Weasley

Its no secret that Hogwarts students love sweets.  And teachers, Headmasters & Headmistresses have been known to enjoy their share of treats too.  Therefore, your brilliant Headmistresses have devised an epic new *series* of Mini-Challenges for you.  

Every two weeks we will pull a new bean out of the bag.*  Each bean will be the inspiration for a mini-challenge.  Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, the old one is gone and cannot be entered.  As with all things in the HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures.

*If the Semester ends before the Bean's two week span is over, the Bean will continue into the new semester.  You may only enter your Bean project in *one* of the semesters.

And this weeks bean is...

Spring is finally well under way here in the northern hemisphere, and with it have come the first bright red strawberries of the season.  With their sweet-tart flavor, beautiful color, and heavenly smell, can anything beat fresh strawberries?  For this challenge you must create a recipe that includes strawberries as an ingredient, is inspired by a strawberries shape or form, or is red in color.

~*Challenge Badges*~
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2014 09:36:30 AM »

~*Detention in the Dungeons*~

This semester there will be three Detention Challenges, one for each month.  You are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  (Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!)  All Detention projects are worth 15 House Points and may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on February 28th.  (For example, you may turn in December or January challenges in February.)

March Challenge:
Fred & George Weasley posted a notice in all the Common Rooms, asking for volunteers to test their new Weasley's Wizard Wheezes products.  (Seriously, how did they get into the Hufflepuff Den, the Ravenclaw Tower, or the Slytherin Dungeon?!?!)  At 3 Galleons an hour, it sounded too good to pass up.  Sadly, the Fainting Fancies they gave you worked too well!  Now you're stuck in the Hospital Wing, with Madam Pomfrey giving you a Strengthening Solution every hour, on the hour.  She says you'll be here for at least a week.  Fortunately your friends have brought you some crafting supplies to keep you busy during this time.  So sit back, relax, and finish that darn project that's been hanging around for far too long.  For this challenge you must complete a Work In Progress.

April Challenge:
Merlin's pants!  Professor Lupin has caught you mocking Snape in the court yard between lessons.  While he seemed to be suppressing a chuckle when he saw Ron flapping about like a bat, he still gave you both detention. Now you'll have to be there bright and early on Sunday morning instead of sleeping in.  For this challenge, we will be taking a cue from the perpetually shabby Professor Lupin himself. You must fix up a shabby item to give it a new life. Put a new coat of paint on a chipped old table, upcycle an ugly old chandelier into a fabulous new find for your bedroom, or redecorate a sad looking guest room.  

May Challenge:
Malfoy provoked you into cursing him outside of Potions Class, and Snape has given you yet another Detention for it.  Writing "I am not above or exempted from school rules," 1,000 times.  Fortunately Fred & George gave you one of their new Copy-Quick Quills, allowing you to finish the task in record time.  So now you can use thetime to catch up on other homework.  For this challenge you must complete a Work In Progress.

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