Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sad Tale of a Substitute Beater...

I am such a bad student because I didn't do my homework this week, but I have visited Madame Pomfrey at least twice. I can't stand the fact that a BEATER has to get hit with a Bludger during a Quidditch game, especially since we were doing so well. I heard that one of the Seekers from one of the other teams got hurt when he fell off his broom trying to catch the Snitch, so I'm glad I'm not the only one. Misery does love company, right?

Madame Pomfrey gave me a little bit of Skelegrow, but I'm not sure it had the desired effect. Or maybe one's arm is supposed to hurt like hell after trying (and epically failing) to keep a Bludger from smacking into her best Chaser friend. This is Andrew, not Spencer, though I must say that Spencer is quite cute. But Andrew's one of my best friends ever.

So now I'm off the Quidditch team (I think Vorian decided this because Yuri had been one of the ones who tried to convince me to try out again this year) for probably the rest of the season and that snobby Bontecou kid is now the other Beater. Oh well. Maybe I can have fun and actually watch a game and since I'm still a substitute, I'll be showing up at practice.

~Callisto Verity

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Quidditch: Round One

I am doing this without a book, so hopefully my answers are accurate...

1. What momentous event was the reason that the members of the Order of the Phoenix felt it necessary to move Harry out of the Dursley's house?
a. The start of the new school year
b. The Dursleys kicking him out
c. Voldemort's escape from Azkaban
d. Harry's upcoming birthday

2. Who revealed the actual date of Harry's transfer to Voldemort, despite the misinformation the Order had been spreading around that the move would occur on the eve of his actual birthday?
a. Mundungus
b. Snape
c. Yaxley
d. Shacklebolt

3. With the use of Polyjuice Potion (and to confuse any possible attack by Death Eaters), six member of the Order were disguised as Harry and escorted out of Privet Drive, along with the real Harry. Which member of the order did not survive that night?
a. Mad-Eye Moody
b. Nymp0hadora Tonks
c. Hagrid
d. George Weasley

4. Who informed Harry, Ron and Hermione of the bequests left to them in Dumbledore's will?
a. Kingley Shaclebolt
b. Minerva McGonalgall
c. Arthur Weasley
d. Rufus Scimgeour

5. During the wedding celebration for Bill and Fleur, Kingley Shacklebolt sent a Patronus to tell the guests that the Ministry had fallen, Scrimgeour (the Minister) was dead and the wedding celebration was about to be attacked by Death Eaters. What form did the Patronus take?
a. A lynx
b. An otter
c. A doe
d. A stag

6. Escaping from the wedding to London, our three friends found themselves confronted by a pair of Death Eaters, disguised as workmen. This close brush impressed on them the need to find someplace to hide. Where did they decide to go?
a. The Leaky Cauldron
b. Sirius Black's house
c. The Dursley's house
d. Ron's Auntie Muriel's house

7. Kreacher's animosity towards Harry, Ron and especially Hermione (a Mudblood) was well documented in book five, "The Order of the Phoenix." His initial interaction with them showed that his attitude had not changed. How did they win him over?
a. By giving him clothes and his freedom
b. They didn't win him over!
c. By giving him something to eat
d. By giving him Regulus Black's old locket

8. Who did they eventually find was in possession of the locket/Horcrux?
a. Severus Snape
b. Lucius Malfoy
c. Lord Voldemort
d. Dolores Umbridge

9. What did Harry find embedded in the door of Umbrdige's office?
a. Moody's magical eye
b. Nymphadora's purple hair
c. Hedwig's head
d. George Weasley's ear

10. After retrieving the Horcrux, they tried to return to their safe place but they were pursued (actually Yaxley tagged along when they disapparated). This meant that the Death Eaters knew their hiding place and they had to go somewhere else. Where did Hermione take them?
a. To Godric's Hollow
b. To the Forbidden Forest
c. Back to the Burrow
d. To the site of the Quidditch World Cup

Picture Scavenger Hunt
The pictures must be posted on your blog or at least linked to from your blog. Make sure that the links work or you will not get credit.

Mad-Eye Moody

Nymphadora Tonks

George Weasley

The Dursley's House

There you have it!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Slytherin House Quiz Two

Quiz`Two: Get to Know Your Housemates

1. Which housemate has an 11 ½ inch holly wand with a Dragon Heartstring core?
That's Bathilda Boomslang, my spoiler. I'm so lucky to have a fellow snake to spoil me this term!
2. Which housemate creates rockin’ sock patterns?
Emma Wigworthy makes the most awesome sock patterns! I love them very much and even though I'm not good at making socks, I can only dream of the day when I'm good enough to knit something that looks like one of the patterns she has up. I especially like her Durmstrang socks.
3. Which housemate has the hots for David Boreanez?
Oh my! That Cassandra Puddlemere is so funny sometimes! I heard from Peeves that she seems to have something for a Mr. Boreanez... Peeves is so silly! I think he might be fabricating a tale, but shh... don't tell Cass I said that!
4. Which housemate used to be the top badger who made a habit of eating snakes?
I think they're talking about Quinn here. She used to be a Hufflepuff, but now she's one of us!
5. Which housemate shows off her awards from HSKS6 on her blog?
Madam Ferula Finnegan. She has almost as many awards as in the Hogwarts Trophy Room!
6. Which housemate makes kicka* * cookies IRL?
Since Esmerelda Beanswallow has a picture of a crocheted pie on her blog and she has a link to the HSKS recipe blog, I shall just assume that she is the one who makes very good cookies. Perhaps she will make some without chocolate to share with the rest of us?
7. Which housemate is a third year Slytherclaw, whatever the hell that means?
Haha... that's me, Callisto Verity. A Slytherclaw is someone who is either a Slytherin or a Ravenclaw, but displays traits of the other House... not like a Gryffindork, who is someone who is in Gryffindor who happens to be a dork (like Donovan).
8. Which housemate wants Plymouth to make her feet happy?
Belladonna Boomslang is the one who likes that particular type of yarn! Is she somehow related to Bathilda, I wonder?
9. Which housemate is a knitting addict? (Ok, all of us, but one in particular.)
Lily of Flitwick is a self-proclaimed knitting addict, but I think all of us are addicted, whether we'd admit it or not!
10. Which housemate loves to sing?
I heard Diana Lockhart singing the other day. She actually has a pretty nice voice.
11. Which housemate has issues with muggle devices?
That's Ginny Crookshanks. It's too bad so many Slytherins underestimate the importance of being able to use these things. I grew up in a mostly Muggle neighborhood, so I know how to use all that stuff.
12. Which housemate likes Darth HelloKitty?
Ceciley Fortescue. I thought HelloKitty was strictly a Muggle thing - or that's what Emrick told Hana - but I guess not.
13. Which housemate has a member of the family with his own fan club?
Prince Corey, who is the son of HRH Queen Frysia the Fierce has his own fan club within the Snake Pit.
14. Which housemate has never-ending PMS?
Would that be Olivia Moody Gaunt, by any chance?
15. Which housemate originally comes from South New Joisey?
Twenty questions for twenty Slytherins... I'm assuming that no one would use the same person twice, so the only one left on the list (assuming I got all these correct) is Penelope Caerphilly. This was the last question I answered.
16. Which housemate “adores” European chocolates?
I don't know this one, but I'm guessing it is Clara Clovenhoof. The type of chocolate she listed in her blog is apparently an Italian chocolate. Not that I know much about chocolate, seeing as how I can't eat it.
17. Which housemate has a roommate who seriously put a crimp in her communication abilities?
Rowena Weasley seems to not like something her roommate did. What is this "Comcast" people speak of? Is it some Muggle way of talking to people?
18. Which housemate was fortunate enough to lose her HP husband?
That's Lavender Diggory-Dolohov, but I'm not sure if she think's she feels all that unfortunate to have lost Sirius.
19. Which housemate likes some Nascar dude?
That would be Andromeda Finch-Fletchley. I've also heard she fancies Oliver Wood...
20. Which housemate needs a new time-turner?
Ophelia Crookshanks. Does she know how tightly the Ministry controls those things? I do hope she's able to get one, though...

That was a hard quiz! But I think it was well worth the effort to go stalking looking around on people's blogs.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday Six

Since this is Callisto's blog, I shall be answering these how she would.

Have you had any snow lately?
Yes! It always snows here during the winter at Hogwarts. Just a few days ago, it snowed another couple of inches... and there's always someone making enchanted snow in the Great Hall.
Do you love to play in the snow?
Not really. It's kind of cold and nasty. I like to stay inside and read instead... I'm so much of a Ravenclaw!
Is a bit of snow a good excuse for a day of work/school?
Yes! Playing Quidditch in the snow is incredibly hard, it turns out and what else can you do outside the Common Room, other than play Quidditch and hex stupid Hufflepuffs and Gryffindorks who don't know their counterspells?
Do you think people panic when it snows, specially when they are not used to it?
Yes. I remember my first year at Hogwarts and I'd known Donovan for a few years by then. He's from America, where it doesn't snow. When the older kids got to go to Hogsmeade (lucky!) and it was snowing really hard, he totally started freaking out. It would've been funny, but Emrick told me that only he was allowed to make fun of his cousin. Emrick doesn't know it, but I think I make fun of him more! Of course, Ali always tells me to stop and that it isn't nice. I've never given him a nasty hex before... just a stinging jinx every now and then and Petrificus Totalus a few times.
Is it Christmas without any snow?
Well, it's always snowed on Christmas here for as long as I can remember and even if it doesn't, Mum can enchant our backyard to be covered in snow if she wants. She's never done that on Christmas before, but she did it on Lara's birthday (her birthday's in the middle of July) one year. She had to cast protective charms to keep the nosey Muggle neighbours away.
If it was to snow tomorrow and you had 10 inches of snow outside your front door what would you do?
I would wonder if the professors or the Ravenclaws were playing a joke on us because I live down in the dungeons. It's probably cold enough down here to snow, but I don't think Miss Wartbobble would let that happen! Or Quinn because she is good with magic and she can fix things.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Slytherin House Quiz 1

Slytherin House Quiz 1

1. What are your three most favorite colors?
Purple, green and black!
2. What are you three least favorite colors?
Orange, yellow and pink.
3. Your favorite candy is _________________.
Those green and white hard candies that are kind of like peppermints only they aren't peppermint. I think they're spearmint.
4. Draco, Lucius, or Snape?
Snape, most definitely. Not only does he know more about Potions than almost anyone else, but he is very smart and brave. He's a lot braver than people think he is and he shows us not to underestimate people... because that may be your downfall. Plus, he's a half-blood, like me. No offense or anything, but Draco's kind of a wimp. And Lucius is a pretty boy who can read and throw a mean hex. Slightly better than that prat of a son he has.
5. Do you knit, crochet, or both?
I knit. I try to crochet, but it doesn't get past trying and then cursing at the yarn.
6. What type of kit did you ask for?
I think I asked for either fingerless gloves or a bag kit. I love making bags for people and I am planning to make one for myself as soon as I get enough time. Making gloves or mittens would also be fun; I've never done it before.
7. Acrylic—has its uses, should all be burned, best yarn to work with (choose one)?
I tend to use mostly acrylic yarn because I am slightly allergic to wool (though I can work with Cascade 220). I really like the Lionbrand Homespun, even if it is a pain to work with. For worsted weight, I enjoy Caron Simply Soft (and Caron Simply Soft Eco). I tend to use a lot of Red Heart because the projects I make do not require luxury yarns.
8. Who is the Slytherin Head Girl this term?
Quinn! Who was formerly known as Lav A. She can be our house Badger-Snake. ^_^
9. Name four “extras” you would love to receive in your kit.
Maybe something to help me count my rows other than using a piece of scratch paper and pencil... and pens! I love pens. I also collect stuffed animals, mostly marine ones. And something from where my spoilee lives would be nice, especially if they are international or live on the East Coast. Or if it has to do with knitting, I really don't have a good place to store my knitting needles yet, other than an old box.
10. What are your three most favorite scents?
I have almost no sense of smell (this makes it nice for Potions labs!), but I do enjoy the smell of mint. I don't enjoy scented items, though; they make my eyes water. I honestly have a severe lack of
11. Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?
Sweet! Though not overly so.
12. Which Slytherin is the Keeper of the Crucio List?
Isn't that Cassandra Puddlemere?
13. Do you really need more stitch markers?
I've been using the plastic ones I picked up from the local cheap store and I have a nice set of handmade ones in Slytherin colors that Penelope Caerphilly made me. So not really, but I do like them. Some in purple and silver would be awesome!
14. Dpns, circular, or straight?
I make my own dpns, but I am always looking for circular needles. My most used needle is a circular US size 8 needle with a fairly short cable (it has a project on it, so I can't measure it) that Andromeda Finch-Fletchley gave to me when she sent me the dueling hat. I would love a set of US 4 or 5 circulars.
15. What yarn makes you squee?
I haven't had enough exposure to different yarns to really squee at any of them, but I like the softness of Caron Simply Soft. I would love to find something that is not acrylic (or wool) and would feel about like that so I could make myself a nice pair of fingerless gloves out of that.
16. Favorite HP Movie?
I enjoyed them all, but Goblet of Fire is probably my favourite to date. Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince are my favourite books by far. Especially seeing how Lupin and Snape interact in PoA.
17. Favorite HP character?
Remus Lupin! Well, him and Professor Snape. I love that Lupin is a werewolf and that he's still able to be part of the Order. Even though he is in Gryffindor, he is very intelligent and thoughtful, unlike his classmates. One of the two times that I cried during the HP series was when Tonks insisted on marry Lupin, despite the fact that he's a werewolf. The other time was when Snape died. Professor Snape has always been one of my favourite characters and in many ways, he reminds me of myself. He is such a tragic character.
18. Who was your first choice for DADA professor?
Colin Firth! ^_^
19. What is the Slytherin Common Room called?
The Snake Pit... is that what you mean?
20. What makes you worthy of being in Slytherin House?
Well, I am a brilliant person, but I could care less about studying for the sake of studying like those Ravenclaws do. I enjoy throwing a good hex in the direction of another student if they deserve it.