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« on: May 09, 2017 07:46:58 AM »

The HPC Midsummer 2017 Term is now CLOSED!  
But never fear, crafty magic will always be found at Hogwarts by those who seek it.  Please check the Craftalongs board to find our current semester.

~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2017*~

~*Begins June 1st, 2017*~
~*Ends September 30th, 2017*~

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 AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---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: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)

-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.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Floo Powder Challenges, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---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 a 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 the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard 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 Headmistress Mistress Jennie, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  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 below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---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.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  Smiley Just 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 & Floo Powder Challenge, 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 a legitimate 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.  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 Slytherin Scavenger Hunt 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 - Headmistress Challenges & Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress's Office & S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Quidditch Pitch
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

Common Rooms
Gryffindor Tower
Hufflepuff Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests

~*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.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.

~*Midsummer Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor
Apparition  Temp Prof noodle-bug
Arithmancy Professor  noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor  Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures  ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor  Magpirate
Divination Professor  FiberAlchemist
Flying Professor  gaudiknight
Herbology Professor  Inselaeffchen
History of Magic  jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor  Magpirate
Potions Professor  noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes  
Transfiguration Professor  ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014[/b], Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014/2015 Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2015/2016, Spring 2016, Midsummer 2016, Yule 2016/2017, Ostara 2017

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw
Summer 2014: Ravenclaw
Fall 2014: Gryffindor
Winter 2014/2015: Gryffindor
Spring 2015: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor
Fall 2015: Gryffindor
Winter 2015/2016: Slytherin
Spring 2016: Slytherin
Midsummer 2016: Hufflepuff
Yule 2016/2017: Gryffindor
Ostara 2017: Slytherin

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~*Current Challenges*~

~*House Pride & House Unity*~
These are projects inspired by one of the Hogwarts Houses.  House Pride would be projects representing your house, and House Unity would be projects representiing 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 can get House Points on 1 House Pride and 1 House Unity project per semester.

~*Midsummer Term Classes*~
---Alchemy: As Alchemists, we often focus on the end product we are trying to create (typically precious items, such as gold or the philosopher's stone), however we cannot achieve this end without the seemingly ordinary base starting point. For homework, please take an object that appears mundane and turn it into something precious. A pile of old t-shirts may become a memory quilt, scrap paper may become a beautiful canvas for mixed media art, or a rock may become a decorated keepsake for a friend.

---Apparition: When a person apparates, it makes a loud cracking sound - this makes it very difficult to apparate secretly. Use this homework assignment to practice being non-discrete by crafting in a public space! On a train during your commute, in a pub with your craft group, or during a relaxing afternoon in the park.

---Arithmancy: Continuing our examination of individual number meanings, we now turn to the third integer. Number 3 is associated with versatility, thus you must demonstrate your own varied accomplishments by crafting something that incorporates 2 distinct skill sets. Some examples would be; a sewn thrown with a crocheted border, a bound book with drawn cover illustrations, or a woodworked box with an embroidered lining.

---Astronomy:  Let's have a look up through the telescope this evening, shall we? There are not only planets out there, and stars... but often overlooked things. This term we will look at the Asteroid belt. The asteroid belt is the circumstellar disc in the Solar System located roughly between the orbits of the planets Mars and Jupiter. It is occupied by numerous irregularly shaped bodies called asteroids or minor planets.  For this term, please craft something that is irregular, craft something freeform/without a pattern. Step away from convetional crafting ways in the way of clean lines and symmetry. Craft something that is green and/or red (like the colour of the asteroids). Or as last option... craft a belt.

---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC):  The Niffler, besides being adorable, is a rodent-like creature that resembles a platypus with black, fluffy fur and a pouch that holds far more that it seems. They are attracted to shiny objects which make them excellent treasure hunters; however, they do not make good pets because they tend to destroy belongings in their pursuit of shiny things. This term please craft something shiny to attract your niffler, or create something that will protect your belongings from being pilfered or destroyed. This could mean making a shiny pair of earrings or a glittery scrapbook page, or make a jewelry pouch or crochet a trivet to protect your counter.

---Charms:  Charms classes are notoriously an excellent place to talk without being overheard, since the atmosphere is so loud. This term you must craft something that embodies the spirt of charms by being lively, busy and fun.

---DADA: This semester we will be studying the Dark force known as an Obscurus.  An Obsucurs is a powerful, malevolent force that arises from a magical child's willful supression of their powers due to physical or psychological abuse.  It can manifest as a dark cloud that attacks the child's tormenters and causes destruction in its wake.  While the Obscurus itself cannot be reasoned with, it is possible for the host (known as an Obscurial) to be calmed by someone they know and trust, until they can gain control of the Obscurus.  For your assignment, either make something calming, or craft for someone going through a difficult time to let them know you're there for them.

---Divination:  This term we will be practicing the art of Carromancy. Carromancy is a form of divination involving wax. One of the most common methods of carromancy is to heat wax until liquid, then to pour it directly into cold water. The shapes and movements of the wax as it cools and solidifies can then be read to forecast the future. Additionally, the flame of an ordinary burning candle may be studied. The movements and actions of the flame can be interpreted to predict the future.  You will have three options this term to complete your homework. First you may focus on the candle itself, making something out of wax or using wax in your craft someway. Second you could focus on the solidifying wax and create something that transforms from a  liquid to a solid. Or thirdly, you could focus on the flame and craft something inspired by fire or that uses fire in its creation.

---Flying: Many students struggle with Acrophobia as they start using their brooms for flight.  Acrophobia is the fear of heights, coming from the Greek words ACRON - meaning peak, summit or edge - and PHOBOS - meaning fear.  For this semester's prompt, please craft something that helps you overcome one of your fears or is inspired by mountains.

---Herbology:  This term we will take a walk out into the grounds towards the Whomping Willow. The Whomping Willow is a very violent species of the willow tree. Its branches serve as arms that attempt to push, hit, or whomp anything that approaches it. One moment the tree looks calm and sedate, and the next moment it transforms into an extremely dangerous foe!  Professor Dumbledore planted this tree to hide Remus Lupin's secret lycanthropy. For this term I would like you to craft something that hides a hidden secret, to craft something that incorporates knots like the willow (celtic knots, crochet..), or something that can "transform" or something you "transformed" (changed color, shape, etc.).

---History of Magic (HoM): After a semester of hard work in your classes, and completing your NEWTs and OWLs, your assignment is to treat yourself to a Butterbeer. It is a very popular drink at the Three Broomsticks. Try and create one yourself.  (Is it best warm, cold, or slushy?)  Your project doesn't have to be a drink at all! Recipes have been reported as ice cream, cupcake and cookie form.  If you go this route please share your recipe.  You could also create a non-edible project inspired by Butterbeer's butterscotch scent, or gold and white color. A hot bath with a Butterbeer scented scrub or candle would be heavenly...

---Muggle Studies:  The International Statute of Secrecy, officially established in 1692, was enacted to prevent the persecution of the wizarding community by hiding them completely from the Muggle world.  In order to uphold the Statute, it is sometimes necessary to cast muggle repelling charms, concealment charms, or disillusionment charms on magical places or creatures.  These charms either hide the magical entity entirely, or change its appearance to Muggle eyes.  Show your mastery of such charms by making a craft that disguises its true nature (perhaps a hollow book safe or transforming toy) or has a hidden element or component.

---Potions:  Many potions require ingredients to be collected in a specific manner, such as plants that must be picked during full moon or at a certain time of the day. Of course, some students go to particular lengths of stealing ingredients from my store if they wish to make forbidden mixtures!  For homework, please craft using an 'ingredient' that was particularly hard to source; this may be having to search the shops for just the right thing, resorting to ordering online for foreign suppliers, or using items brought back from holiday, for example.

Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): Runes were originally the alphabet form used in germanic languages before latin letter shapes were developed. Their charecteristic straight vertical and diagonal line composition is because they were most often carved into wood or stone, which does not lend itself to curves or horizontal lines. Please take inspiration from this careful marrying of material and design by carefully matching your supplies to a suitable craft project; use appropriate paints for the texture and absorbency of your paper, select the right pattern to use given your fabric's elasticity, or make the most of a waterproof modeling clay by using it to sculpt bath toys!  

---Transfiguration:  This term we will be practicing turning beetles into buttons. With warmer weather upon us there is no shortage of creepy crawly beetles to practice this incantation on. So raise your wands and turn some of these beetles into useful buttons. Craft something that uses buttons somehow, or create a project inspired by the humble beetle. This could include making a set of six cards to reflect six legs, bake cookies that have a crunchy outside but a gooey center, or make a bracelet out of iridescent beads like the body of a beetle.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017 11:06:20 AM »

Look how much cool stuff we've done!
~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~

Abbeeroad: Alch, Anniversary-Kitchen, Anniversary-Parchment, Anniversary-Library, arith, astro, Charms, CoMC, DADA,  Fly, Head july, HOM,  h.pride, h.unity, iron sept,  MS, Pot, SOAR
jenleahlynn: Alch, Ani 12, App, Arith, Astro, charms, CoMC, DADA, DET-June, DET-July, DET-August, Div, Floo-Morocco, Flying, Herbology, house pride, House unity, HoM,  MS, pot, Q 5, Q, SoAR, trans
Mistress Jennie: Alchemy, Anniversary-Parchment, Anniversary-Kitchen Duty, Ani 12, Ani 15, Ani 16, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, det june, DET-July, DET-August, Div, Floo new mex, Floo-Muggle Excuse, Floo-Arctic, Floo-Sunnydale, Floo-Morocco, Fly, HEAD-August, HEAD-Sept, HoM, h.pride, House Unity, Ironchef june, Ironchef july, Iron Chef August, iron sept,  MS, Pot, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q11, Q12, Q13, Q14, Q15, Q16, SoAR, Transfiguration
rockmygypsysoul: Astronomy, Charms, CoMC,  herb, house pride + SPEW, pot, Transfiguration,
Whistlefish: App, Charms, CoMC, SoAR

AnnoyingBigSister: DADA, Det july, Floo moon, Floo-New Mexico, Floo-denmark, Fly, HEAD-July, Herb, MS, Q3, Q, Q10,
gaudiknight: Alchemy, Apparition, Astronomy, charms, COMC, DADA, Det-June, Det-July, Det-August, Det-Sept, DIv, Floo-muggleexcuse, Floo-Morocco,  Flying, HEAD-July, head aug,  h.pride, Herbology, HoM, House Unity, Potions, Q2, Q3, Q6, Q10, SoAR, Transfiguration,
j_Kieviet: Apparition,
midkiffsjoy: Astro, CoMC, charms, Div Floo moon, Floo-New Mexico, Floo-Muggle, floo- arctic Flying, HEAD-June, herb,  House pride, MS, [pot, Q1, Q2, Q8, q12 SOAR,
Moonflame: alch, Apparition, Arith, Astro, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Det july, DET-August, Div, Floo moon, Floo-muggle, floo artic, Floo Aviary, Floo-Morocco, Flying,HoM,  Head june, Herb, h.pride,  MS, Pot, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q11, Q12, Q14, Q13, Q15, Q16 SoAR, Trans,  
patty_o_furniture: alch, app, arith, astro, CoMC, Charms, DADA,  det june, div,  Floo-New Mexico, floo-muggle,  Floo morocco, flying, head - aug, HoM, house unity,  Iron Chef-Lentils, Iron Chef-Tea, Iron corn,  MS, Pot, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q11, Q13, Q14, Q15, SoAR, trans
PlaidPineapple: Anniversary-Parchment+SPEW, Anniversary-Library, CoMC, Charms, Flying, Herbology, House Pride, House Unity, Pot, Q3,  
seeuudee: Anniversary-Bus, Anniversary-Mirror, Anniversary-Parchment, Anniversary-Library, Anniversary-Kitchen, Apparition, Astro, Charms, DADA, Div,  Floo moon, Head june, HoM, House Unity, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q10, Q13, Q16

Audania1: Alchemy, Apparition, Astronomy, Charms, DADA, DET-June, DET-August, Divination, Flying, HEAD-Sept, Herbology, MS, Potions, Transfiguration,
edelC: Alchemy, Arith, Astro, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Div, fly, head july, head aug, head sept, Herb, HoM, Ironchef aug, mS,  pot, Q1, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q7, Q9, Q10, Q11, Q13, Q14, Q15, Q16 , SoAR,
FiberAlchemist: astro, alch,  charms, COMC,DaDA, det aug,  Floo-denmark, herb, head aug, head sept, HoM, h.unity,  Iron Chef-Lentils, Ironchef july,  Ironchef aug, iron corn, Q3, Q8, Q13
jellybean89: Anniversary-Parchment, CoMC, Charms+SPEW, DET-June+SPEW, Herbology+SPEW, HEAD-June, House Unity, Floo-Aviary +SPEW, Q1+SPEW, Q4+SPEW, Q6+SPEW, Q8+SPEW, Q10+SPEW, Q13+SPEW, SPEWX4
Magpirate: Astro, charm, DADA, Div, Fly, Herb, h.unity, q1, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q8, Q10, Q11, Q13, Q14, Q15, trans
noodle-bug: Alch, Ani 12, Ani 13, ani 15, Ani 16, Anniversary-Parchment+SPEW, App, Astro, Arith, Charms+SPEW, CoMC,  DADA+SPEW,  Det-june, det july + SPEW, det aug, Det sept + SPEW,  Floo new mex, Floo moon, Floo Kyoto, Floo-Denmark+SPEW, Floo-muggle, Floo aviary,   Floo-artic (PM submission), Floo-sunnydale, Floo morocco, fly, HoM, Herb Head june, Head july, head aug, H.Pride, H.Unity,  Ironchef june, Ironchef aug, MS, Pot, Q1, Q2, Q3 (PM submission), Q4+SPEW, Q5 (PM submission), Q6, Q7, Q8,  Q9, Q10, Q11 Q12, Q13, Q14, Q15, Q16, SPEWX1, SOAR (PM submission) trans,
Tiamatfire: Alchemy, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Det - june, DET-July, det aug, det sept, Divination, Floo morocco,  Flying, HEAD-July, HEAD-Sept, Ironchef aug, iron corn,  MS, Potions, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5,  Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q11, Q12, Q14, Q15, Q16,  SoAR,  Trans

Ant Bee: alch, app, CoMc, DADA
DragonChilde: Apparition, Potions,
ErinAquaheart: Anniversary-Knight Bus, Anniversary-Parchment, Anniversary-Library, anniversary-Mirror, alch, app, astro, CoMC, charms, DADA, det july, det aug, det sept,  div,  Floo aviary, fly, head sept herb,  house unity, Ironchef  aug, MS,  Pot,  Q1, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q11, Q12, Q13, Q14, Q15, Q16 SOAR, trans,
Inselaeffchen: Dada+SPEW,
TechnicolorAquahearts: Ani 16, App, Charms, Dada, Det july,  Floo Kyoto, Floo moon, Floo aviary,  HoM, House unity, MS, Q8, Q10, Q11, Trans,

~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: 5 students, abundant points
Hufflepuff: 8 students, copious points
Ravenclaw: 6 students, numerous points
Slytherin: 5 students, plentiful points
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017 01:38:15 PM »

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
butterflyangel: Potions, Option 1 July 23, 2014
dwfan10: Arithmancy, Apr. 30, 2013
IsikkahJai: Herbology, Sept. 6, 2012
jenleahlynn: Charms, August 25, 2017
Melissaurus: Divination, Jan. 28, 2013
Mistress Jennie: History of Magic (Option 3), Feb 11, 2014 (On HOLD)
Mistress Jennie : CoCM option 1, Nov 12th 2016
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
ttsaria: Study of Ancient Runes (PM Proposal), Sept.15, 2012
whenindoubtsew: Care of Magical Creatures, Sept. 23, 2012
whistlefish; Astronomy option 3, July 29th 2016

Acadian Driftwood: Transfiguration, Option 1, September 05, 2014
BringMeKnitting8: Astronomy, Option 2, June 11, 2014
blupaisan: Arithmancy, Jan. 27 2014
CraftLadyMJ: Potions, Option1 (PM Proposal), Mar. 25 2013
fatewineroses; SoAR, June 29th 2016
gaudiknight: HoM Option 1. 18th March 2017
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
J_Kieviet: Alchemy #1, June 3, 2017
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
patty_o_furniture: Defense Against the Dark Arts, December 09, 2016
seeuudee: Charms, June 20, 2014

AugustBell: Transfiguration, Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1, March 02, 2014
bluejanuary: CoMC Option 1, Feb 22nd 2016
consultingcorsair: History of Magic, Jan. 9, 2013
Flip-floP: Charms, Apr. 10, 2013
jillybean89: Charms, March 03, 2017
krashromance: Potions, Mar. 19, 2013
kstaron: Charms, Sept. 6, 2012
Listessa: Potions, June 17, 2013
Magpirate: Astronomy, Option 3, June 14, 2014
Natasjadreams: Study of Ancient Runes, 2012
nerdplusneedle (Noxika): Charms, October 03, 2016
noodle-bug: SoAR option 2, September 1, 2017
PenguinSoup: Care of Magical Creatures, Jan. 18, 2013
primrosepetunia: Transfiguration, Option 1, February 21, 2017
SenatorOrgana: Tranfiguration, Oct. 20, 2013
ShardaeDobby: Muggle Studies, Sept. 11, 2012
SiakelA: Alchemy, Jan. 5, 2013
Swimswamswum: Transfiguration (PM Proposal), Sept. 2, 2013
the_essence: Charms, Dec. 9, 2012
tiamatfire: Herbology, April 08, 2015 (ON HOLD)
tiamatfire: Muggle Studies, August 30, 2017
Treemoon: Charms, December 19th 2015
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013 (ON HOLD)
vincentvanbuck: Arithmancy, December 24, 2014

audio: Arithmancy, June 11th 2016
bookie0013: Charms, Sept. 1, 2013
calliemae: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1, August 24, 2014
coulsenl: Potions, Dec. 2, 2013
DragonChilde: Transfiguration, Option 1 April 01, 2014
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic, Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Charms, July 02, 2014
Ladychris2010: Potions, option1 Jan 01 2016
lightninglisa: Astronomy, Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic, June 4, 2013
Samash90: Alchemy option 1, Jult 1st 2015
SKooKum: Potions, Apr. 2, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: Arithmancy, August 14, 2017
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013

Completed Owls
Moonflame: Charms, June 11, 2017
TechnicolorAquahearts: Transfiguration, June 15, 2017
noodle-bug: Divination option 1, June 02, 2017
plaidpineapple: History of Magic, option 1, August 8, 2017
Ant Bee: Transfiguration, option 1, August 25, 2017
edelC: Transfiguration, September 4, 2017

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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 posting in the HPC thread or if you'd like to keep the project a secret for a swap you can propose it by sending a PM to Mistress Jennie & noodle-bug.  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.

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.


jenleahlynn: Arithmancy, March 6, 2015 (ON HOLD)
Jenleahlynn: DADA, October 27, 2015
MamanTattoo: Astronomy April 07, 2014
Melissaurus: DADA, Feb. 9, 2013
Mistress Jennie: Potions, Nov 12th 2016
pinkleo: HoM, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Muggle Studies, September 11, 2017
whistlefish: Charms, 25th Sept 2015

Acadian Driftwood: CoMC, March 7, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: COMC april 8th 2016
J_Kieviet: CoMC, June 3, 2017
plaidpineapple: Arithmancy, February 02, 2017

Audania1; MS, 22nd Jan 2017
BadWolf314: Alchemy, March 02, 2014
edelC: SoAR, February 02, 2017
Elliot-Anne; Arithmancy, June 9th 2015
FiberAlchemist: Transfiguration June 10th 2016
indigo_roses: Ancient Runes, Mar. 4, 2013
jellybean89: Potions, Option 1, October 05, 2016
magpirate; COMC, June 7th 2015
netchez: CoMC, Sept. 1, 2013
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes, Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Arithmancy,  June 30, 2014
tiamatfire: Alchemy, September 13, 2017

DragonChilde: Divination, Oct. 12, 2013
margaron: Potions, August 17, 2014
TechnicolorAquahearts: Charms, August 14, 2017

~*Completed NEWTs*~
TechnicolorAquahearts; Alchemy, June 20, 2017
noodle-bug: Herbology, August 4, 2017
patty_o_furniture: Transfiguration, August 15, 2017
tiamatfire: SoAR, September 13, 2017

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~*Headmistress Challenges*~
This semester I will be offering extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what's up next?

Hogwarts Express Challenge
September 1st-30th

The Hogwarts Express is the train that runs between Platform 9 at Kings Cross Station in London, and Hogsmeade Station. It makes this run six times a year, setting off without fail on September 1st, at 11:00am, and arriving at Hogsmeade in the early evening.  It also makes runs to bring students home for the Christmas and Easter holidays for the students who do not choose to stay at the castle.  Finally it brings students back to London at the end of term in June.  As readers, we begin and end the first several books with Harry riding the train to and from school, symbolically transporting us from the Muggle world, into the Wizarding world. For this challenge please craft something to take with you on a journey, or symbolizing the beginning or end of a journey.  This could be a new bag to take with you as you head back to school, a planner to help you navigate your way in the world as you begin a new job or career, or a memory quilt made from the clothes of a loved one who has journeyed beyond the veil.

Tom Riddles Diary Challenge
August 1st-31st

Tom Riddles Diary was one he kept during his sixth year at Hogwarts, and which he later turned into his first Horcrux.  Riddle used the diary to capture a piece of himself, at a moment of time.  When it later came into the hands of Ginny Weasley, a piece of the 16 year old Riddle was able to communicate with her, and even force her to reopen the Chamber of Secrets.  For this challenge, please capture your own moment of time.  You can create a scrapbook page featuring your familys summer adventures, craft a picture frame to hold a special photo, bake a cake to celebrate a special event such as a birthday or anniversary.

Harry Potter Challenge
June 27th-July 31st

"You are protected, in short, by your ability to love! The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort's! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart, just as pure as you were at the age of eleven, when you stared into a mirror that reflected your heart's desire, and it showed you only the way to thwart Lord Voldemort, and not immortality or riches." - Albus Dumbledore

Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, is a half-blood wizard, and the only child of James Potter & Lily Evans.  He is the only known person to survive the Killing Curse.  He was the youngest person chosen for a Hogwarts House Quidditch team in over a century, where he played Seeker and was know as quite a flyer.  He faced down Lord Voldemorte numerous times, and according to Professor Dumbledore, was truly remarkable in his capacity for love. For this challenge create something inspired by Harry or an aspect of his world, something for a special child in your own life, or something truly remarkable.  Please note that truly remarkable means an outstanding craft project, above and beyond the average project.

Invisibility Cloak Challenge
June 1st-30th

"If that's what I think it is they're really rare, and really valuable."  -Ron Weasley
An invisibility cloak is a magical garment which renders whoever or whatever it covers, unseeable.  During Harrys first Christmas at Hogwarts he was given one as a Christmas present, with a note stating that it had belonged to Harrys father.  Over his 6 years at school, Harry, Ron, and even Hermione found it to be a highly useful to aid both in rule breaking and occasional heroics.  When discussing the Deathly Hallows with Xenophilius Lovegood, Harry learned that most invisibility cloaks fade over time, and do not protect the wearer from curses or summoning charms.  This made Harry realize that his cloak might actually be the very one in the Tale of the Three Brothers, Death's own cloak of invisibility, making it a truly rare and magical object.  For this challenge please create a truly useful or truly unique, garment or accessory.  This could be a sun hat to protect you on your summer adventures, pretty yoga socks to inspire your practice sessions, a one of a kind dress for a special celebration, or a beach coverup to wear as you lounge by the pool.  

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2017 Quidditch Cup
July 17th-September 11th, 2017

--Keep in mind that the Quidditch Cup Deadlines will be strictly enforced. All enchantments and protections spells will end precisely on September 11th, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.
--All HPC rules apply for Quidditch events!  Please refresh yourself of these guidelines; they are located first page, first post.
--Remember projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.
--All submissions should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.
--Incomplete or partial projects will not be accepted.
--No WIPs are allowed for the Quidditch Cup unless specifically indicated in the prompt.
--You may complete one challenge from each Match.
--When submitting a project please write 'Quidditch' & the team name of the challenge you are completing.  Ex. Challenge: Quidditch - Pride of Portree

--Events & Penalty Shots = 15 points
--SPEW projects earn a 10 point Bonus, 15 + 10 = 25 points!

This summer there are 16 Quidditch Matches.  Each match is between two different teams, and prompts are inspired by these teams.  You may choose ONE prompt from each match to complete, meaning that you can complete 16 Quiditch challenges.  The Quidditch Cup will last 8 weeks, and as always you are welcome to participate as much or as little as you wish.  At the end of the Quidditch season, we will announce the House that won the tournament, and MVP's!

#1. Sweetwater All-Stars vs. Fitchburg Finches
Sweetwater All-Stars: The All-Stars from Texas once won a 5 day long quidditch match. For this challenge please craft something that incorporates the number 5; craft 5 of the same item, something with 5 points, 5 pieces of a jewelry set, five colors, five stripes, etc.

Fitchburg Finches: The Finches are from Massachusetts, and are 7 time US Quidditch Cup winners!  For this challenge please craft something that incorporates the number 7; craft 7 of the same item, something with 7 individual components, 7 colors, seven different stitches, etc.

#2. Tarapoto Tree-Skimmers vs. Patonga Proudsticks
Tarapoto Tree-Skimmers: The Tree-Skimmers are the most popular team in Peru.  Quidditch was originally brought to Peru by vipertooth dragon breeders immigrating from Europe. Please craft something inspired by a culture other than your own.

Patonga Proudsticks: The Proudsticks are from Uganda, and six of their players from this powerhouse team are on their national team too. Please craft something that represents your national identity.

#3. Vratsa Vultures vs. Montrose Magpies
Vratsa Vultures: This Bulgarian team was the first to perfect the "long goal"; scoring from further down the Quidditch pitch and outside the usual area. They also have a reputation for giving chances to young, unknown players. Craft something that uses either a technique or medium that was previously unknown to you.

Montrose Magpies: The Magpies, from the UK, are the most successful team in quidditch history.  Colorful highlights of their long history include their team captain getting killed by a muggle device called a 'helicopter' during a game, and a chaser who tried to introduce aspects of the Muggle sport 'footing ball', such as kicking.  For this challenge please craft in whatever you consider to be your most successful medium or technique.

#4. Wigtown Wanderes Vs Puddlemere United
Wigtown Wanderers: The Wigtown Wanderers wear blood red robes with a silver meat cleaver across the chest.  The original team was amazingly all from one family; the 7 children of a local butcher!  For this challenge, please craft something inspired by, or for, your family or a family member.

Puddlemere United: This UK team had their anthem, Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here" recorded by Celestina Warbeck, in order to raise funds for St. Mungo's.  For this challenge please craft something for a charity (SPEW crafting).

#5. Barnton Quidditch vs. Gimbi Giant-Slayers
Barnton Quidditch: Prior to 1883, this UK team had goals made of different sized baskets. Those for their opponents were tiny while their own were "great wicker caves" which were easy to score into.  For this challenge please craft something tiny.

Gimbi Giant-Slayers: This African team from Ethiopa is the two time winner of the African Cup. For this challenge please craft something giant in size!

#6. Kenmare Kestrels vs. Pride of Portree
Kenmare Kestrels: The Irish Kestrals wear emerald-green robes.  The Hawkshead Attacking formation was invented by one of their chasers. Please craft something triangular in shape, or something green.

Pride of Portree: The Scottish Pride of Portree wear deep purple with gold star. Their seeker was once sanction for turning the head of opposing seeker into a cabbage! For this challenge please craft something featuring stars, or something purple.

#7. Stonewall Stormers vs. Moutohora Macaws
Stonewall Stormers: According to Quiddtch Through the Ages, Canada's own Stonewall Stormers are one of the best quidditch teams in the world. Please Craft something with a supply that you consider to be the best.  (This doesn't have to be the most costly supply, but is the one you prefer working with, such as your favorite brand of yarn.)

Moutohora Macaws: Moutohora, New Zealand is a partially collapsed volcano, designated as a conservation and scientific reserve area. There are no human residents, wizard or muggle. Engage in conservation by crafting with recycled materials; this could be purchased supplies manufactured from recycled materials, or materials that you are reusing yourself!

#8. Woollongong Warriors vs. Sumbawanga Sunrays
Woollongong Warriors: The Warriors from Australia are known for the "Woollongong Shimmy", a high speed zig zag move designed to put off the opposing team's Chasers. Craft something incorporating a zigzag pattern.

Sumbawanga Sunrays: The Tanzanian Sunrays are known for formation looping. For this challenge please craft something using looping patterns, such as looping yarn in macrame or crochet, creating looping patterns with free motion quilting, etc.

#9. Heidelberg Harriers vs. Appleby Arrows
Heidelberg Harriers: Irish captain Darren O'Hare once described the German Heidelberg Harriers as "fiercer than a dragon and twice as clever". The captain of the Harriers, Rudolf Brand, proposed to Harpies' captain Gwendolyn Morgan at the end of a 7 day match. She hit him with her Cleansweep Five as a reply. Craft something that requires hitting during the process - for example build something using a hammer and nail, bake some bread that needs to be beaten down in the dough stage, or hand stamp some jewelry. Alternately, craft something inspired by marriage traditions, not forgetting to explain what tradition has inspired you!

Appleby Arrows: The UK's own Appleby Arrows wear pale blue robes with a silver arrow across the chest.  Supporters of the team used to celebrate every goal by shooting arrows into the air.  The practice was eventually banned when one of the arrows pierced through the nose of a referee!  Craft something which includes piercing; for example, pierce leather with studs or rivets, pierce metal or paper to create decorative patterns, or pierce fabric with a needle by sewing into it!  Or craft something that pierces something else, such as a pair of handmade earrings.

#10. Chudley Cannons vs. Falmouth Falcons
Chudley Cannons: The UK's Cannons have a very well earned reputation for losing!  After their chaser earned the title of 'most quaffle drops in a season', they actually changed their motto from We shall conquer to Lets all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.  They are equally well known for their bright orange robes.  For this challenge take a craft project or medium that you have failed with in the past, and learning from your mistakes, create something new and improved, or alternatively you can craft something very bright in color!

Falmouth Falcons: The famously hard-playing Falcons wear dark gray robes with a white falcon head on the chest, and are known for their violent tactics on the pitch. Their motto is Let us win, but if we cannot win, let us break a few heads. For this challenge craft something you are confident in creating without problems, or alternatively you can craft something dark in color.

#11. Karasjok Kites vs. Moose Jaw Meteorites
Karasjok Kites: The Kites are from Karasjok Norway, which is also the home of the Sami Parliment in Norway! For this challenge please craft something light and airy, or that includes feathers or wings.

Moose Jaw Meteorites: The Meteorites, from Moose Jaw, Canada, were once threatened with being disbanded in the 1970s, due to their tradition of flying over local villages shooting sparks from their brooms, which violated the International Statute of Secrecy. They now restrict their victory celebrations to the Quidditch pitch and these colorful displays have therefore become quite the tourist attraction. For this challenge please craft something sparkly!

#12. Banchory Bangers vs. Thundelarra Thunderers
Banchory Bangers: from the UK.  Known for their appallingly awful Quidditch skills and wild after-match parties. Once set their bludgers free; once went dragon hunting as they wanted a team mascot. Craft something wild and free - leave your crafted item outdoors (either in a public space for a stranger to enjoy, or in your own outdoor space, such as an item for the garden).

Thundelarra Thunderers: Competition between the two Australian teams is so fierce that refereeing a game between the two is seen as asking for personal injury, giving rise to the response of "Yeah, and I think I'll volunteer to ref the next Thunderer-Warrior game" when someone makes an unlikely statement. For this challenge please craft something unlikely, or unlike you; for example using a medium, color-palette or style outside your comfort zone.

#13. Tutshill Tornados vs. Caerphilly Catapults
Tutshill Tornados: The English Tutshill Tornados hold the record for fastest snitch capture in a game.  For this challenge craft something quick! (Minimum 30 minutes - Maximum 1 hour craft time.)

Caerphilly Catapults: The Welsh Caerphilly Catapults wear light green and scarlet robes.  Famous player 'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn was eaten by a Chimaera in while on holiday.  Today the player who takes the most exciting risks is now awarded the Dangerous Dai Commemorative Medal at the end of each season. For this challenge craft something exciting and possibly risky - for example, play yarn chicken, use an tool that could cause damage if mishandled, or cook with exploding candy!  

#14. Grodzisk Goblins vs Wimborne Wasps
Grodzisk Goblins: The Grodzisk Goblins of Poland, was the team of famous Seeker Josef Wronski; creator of the dangerous Wronski Feint. This maneuver requires great skill and concentration. For this challenge please craft something complex that needs great focus and skill.

Wimbourne Wasps: The English Wimbourne Wasps wear robes in thick horizontal stripes of bright yellow and black, with a picture of a wasp. Ludo Bagman, who commentated for the Quidditch World Cup in 1994, played for them.  The team takes their name from a 17th century match where their beater batted a wasp nest at the head of the opposing seeker. Fans now call themselves Stingers, and buzz loudly during penalties to put the opposing Chasers off. Please craft something with loud colors or noises that will distract the eye or the ear.

#15. Quiberon Quafflepunchers vs. Ballycastle Bats
Quiberon Quafflepunchers: This highly visible team from France are known for wearing shocking pink robes.  Please craft something that is shocking or surprising.

Ballycastle Bats: The Bats, from Northern Ireland, are the second most successful team in their league, having won the title 27 times.  For this challenge, craft something highly expected of you.  This could mean crafting something in your prefered medium, or something you do on a regular basis such as a great recipe for dinner, or something for the garden you spend hours a day in.  

#16. Holyhead Harpies vs. Ilkley Quidditch Team
Holyhead Harpies: The Welsh Harpies is an all female quidditch team. Please craft something inspired by an amazing woman - from history, the public sphere, or your own life.

Ilkley Quidditch: Ilkley, in the north of England is thought to be where the sport of quidditch was invented! For this challenge, pleas craft something without a pattern. Invent it yourself!

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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2017 01:56:35 PM »

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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 September 30th.  (For example, you may turn in June, July, or August's challenges in September.)

June Challenge:  While in the Great Hall during lunch, Prof. McGonnagall overheard you & Ron daydreaming aloud about breaking Malfoy's brand new broomstick.  (Right over his fat head!)  She said that while she appreciated your drive to win the Quidditch Cup for Gryffindor, breaking other students broomsticks was NOT something to joke about, and gave you Detention for it!  A whole night spent cleaning, servicing and repairing the school brooms.  For this challenge please repair something that is broken or needs mending, or alter something to better suit your current needs.

July Challenge: During a free period, Hermione talked you into getting some homework done in the library.  There you were, minding your own business, working on yet another essay for Snape, when Prof. Moody burst out from behind a bookshelf, holding a struggling Malfoy by the scruff of the neck.  "Caught this one sneaking up on you lot!  And you not paying any attention to what could be sneaking up behind you... What have I told you?  Constant vigilance!"  Then he proceeded to give you all Detention for 'not taking elementary precautions against eavesdroppers, sneaks, and filthy little ferrets.'  You are to spend the time going over the chapters on the use of portable sneak-o-scopes and pocket foe-glasses.  For this challenge, please complete a Work In Progress (WIP).  

August Challenge:
The morning started off so well.  You had gotten a good night's sleep.  You weren't woken by a House Elf staring at you in the dark, or your scar hurting in any ominous manner.  The kippers were especially good, and since you have first period free today, you were just pouring a second cup of tea when it happened....  Errol flew into the Great Hall, looking as tired as ever, but this time carrying a red envelope that was twitching and smoking.  A Howler from Mrs. Weasley, addressed to both you and Ron!  Well, there goes your day.  For this challenge you have a few options, you may craft something red in color, something made primarily from paper (of any color), or you may create something that you wouldn't want during breakfast.  This can include any foods that you deem inappropriate to start the day with such as a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs!

September Challenge: Ugh, Umbridge has put you in Detention yet again!  You didn't even lose your temper in class this time.  You were just talking quietly with Ron & Hermione in the library, when she swooped in and declared that 'no three or more students can sit together in any space, unless they are members of the Inquisitorial Squad'.  Oddly enough she left the group of 7 Ravenclaws sitting a table over alone, and completely ignored the 4 Hufflepuffs behind them.  Even Madam Pince looked annoyed that she stopped students from talking in the library.  So, it's time for more lines.  But this time, Ron has saved the day.  He acquired a small vial of fake blood from Fred & George's shop, and written 'I must not tell lies' on the back of your hand.  Hermione set the makeup with a simple non-smearing spell, and now you're free to work on your DADA homework instead.  Just remember to make convincing wincing sounds every now and then, to fool Umbridge!  For this challenge, please complete a Work In Progress.

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He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash.
Mistress Jennie & Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug are trying to get to Honeydukes, but something has gone wrong.... Where are they?

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Every 2 weeks (usually on a monday) A new challenge will be posted, taking us to explore a different place
Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a badge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until midnight Central time that day to finish posting the "old" challenge.
As with all things 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!

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Moroccan design is sumptuous, and contains many distinctive elements; key amongst these is the use of repetitive geometric patterns, often silhouetted in dark colours against bright backgrounds. Please craft something which features rather a repeated geometric pattern, or silhouette elements.

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