After going through all the applications, we would like to congratulate Mallory Haggith, who will be the new Transfigurations Professor, and Theron Balavan who not only is going to be teaching Muggle Studies, but is currently working on publishing his own book which you'll be able to find in the library once it's published! Once again, congratulations you two!
We're looking into what has happened to the chat bar. In the mean time if you need to access your notifications then use this link here. If you really want to chat with your friends and don't want to sit there owling them then just use the chat room. The link to it is located on the side bar. If you're having trouble finding it then the link is here.
Listen up everyone! The new term has begun and that means that you all get to start up your classes and work on studies once more. We apologize in the delay as most of you are accustomed to classes starting earlier. Someone apparently thought it would be funny to let loose a Pygmy Puff in the corridors and it took quite a few of us to wrestle the little critter. Everything is all clear now and a few of you have already been able to start your studies. Don't forget to be kind and courteous to all of our new students! Congratulations to those who have been sorted into their respective houses. We're sure to see great things from all of you.
In other news, we would like all of you to give a warm welcome to our new caretaker, Mr. Walden Burnes! Not too many people were keen on the arduous tasks this job calls for but he has certainly made an impression on us and we are happy to have him in our midst helping to make things run a bit more smoothly around the castle. Congratulations Mr. Burnes!
Last but not least, you all may have noticed that Professor applications were put out not too long ago. We have decided to extend the applications for an extra week. That means that the Professor Applications will now close on May 14th! This should give any one wishing to apply ample time to fill out those pesky application forms. Good luck to all who apply and may each and every one of you have a wonderful term!
This months winner was quite a page turner, Dorian Faulkner and Claudia Visby enjoyed a beautiful yet awkward ride home on the Hogwarts Express in the Case of Identity. The clumsy Irish man showed his musical prowess as the equally clumsy Gryffindor Keeper stumbled in. Go on and read how the emotionally stunted Dorian trips over his emotions, in this gripping story of a budding relationship.
Abigail and Damien both wake up in a strange hotel, in strange clothes, with no recollection of the previous night's events. When the witch pieces everything together, the pair realizes they both did something drastic under the influence of their drinks. Find out how the two aurors handle the situation in this month's first runner-up, That's what you get for waking up... in Ontario?
It's always exciting to see new faces out and about around the site. This month's second runner-up gives us just that! In Lost and Found, two first years, Elizabeth Padmore and Felia Eve Viciousity, give us the wondrous view of two young witches experiencing all the three broomsticks - and the wizarding world in general - has to offer! The girls seem to be experiencing several firsts together, so make sure you stop by and give it a read yourself to see what exciting discoveries they make!
It was really close with some of the votes, but here are your term 22 LA award winners!
Mr. LA – Shadrak Walls
Miss LA – Xiomara Higgins
Most Spirited – Rachel Owens
Best RPer – Xiomara Higgins
Most Improved – Shadrak Walls
Best Newcomer – Griffin Oshanahan
Most Helpful – Bertram Knowles
Most Popular – A tie with Elizabeth Devane and Piper West
Alright ladies and gentlemen! The time for Professor applications are here. Unfortunately our beloved Transfiguration Professor, Kasia Lisette, has stepped down. With Transfiguration and Muggle Studies open we have decided to announce applications. Those who wish to apply have until May 7th. Click here to send in an application. Remember, you only get one chance to send us your best work so make these two weeks count!
Since it is already so close to term we are looking to find our new team members fast so please keep in mind that the staff reserve the right to close applications early should we choose to do so. Good luck to everyone!
First of all, we wanna thank everyone who applied to get a special power this time around. A lot of really good applications were send in and after talking it over, we would like to congratulate Sebastian Rosenthorn, Finnigan Cross, Wil Anon, Sybil Delys, Dorian and Cecily Faulkner, Levi Whitacre, Nash Jennings, Xiomara Higgins, and Bertram Knowles on getting their new special powers!
Our winner certainly is quite the story indeed. Griffin and Xiomara take a trip to the Greenhouses in The Irrationality of Rationality where the younger Hufflepuff is met by uncertain danger. Coming to his rescue Higgins easily steps in and takes out the small foe. The adventure doesn't end there once the two start talking. This interesting read leaves us wondering just what will happen next!
Rivals Cecily Faulkner and Bertram Knowles nab a spot in March's Roleplay of The Month! Are we really surprised here? In the roleplay The Dungeon Classroom Mystery, the Hufflepuff Quidditch Captain Cecily Faulkner accidentally aids aspiring wandmaker and Head Boy Bertram Knowles in conducting an experiment that could potentially revolutionize the world of wand making! This marvelous pair of writers display skill in character development and a talent in creativity and ingenuity. When you see either one of these RPoTM Runner-Ups around the castle, be sure to give them a pat on the back.
In this month's second runner up, Let The Games Begin, we find that Abel Tonkins has been brought in for questioning by none other than Damien Blackwood. After bringing his partner, Abigail Blackwood, in to help question the criminal, things quickly to go downhill as Abel only seems to make comments to purposely annoy the two stressed out Aurors and run them in circles until he makes the worst possible comment towards Damien. Make sure to give this thread a read if you wanna see how the Auror is gonna react!
Job Description: The Caretaker is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the Castle, as well as overseeing the punishment of troublesome students. Duties include, but are not restricted to:
- Patrolling the Castle for students out of bed after hours, or in forbidden areas.
- Enforcing the hygiene of the school and the students.
- Maintaining the school itself, including carrying out repairs if necessary.
- Putting troublesome students in detention and overseeing said detention.
- Taking a lead on security, including Hogsmeade trips, mail and people coming in and out of the Castle.
- Carrying out any other jobs as instructed by the Headmaster/mistress.
Ideal Candidates should:
- Have a positive reputation, both from their days as a student and from any former employment.
- Have a good knowledge of school rules/history.
- Be confident enough to enforce school rules.
- Have a perfectly clean criminal record.
- Be organised, clean and tidy.
Application Form (to be filled out In-Character unless stated otherwise and owled to Lilliana Devane):
Achievements/Work Experience (including school awards/titles/previous employment):
Why do you want to become Caretaker?
Why should we choose you?
Caretaker is a round-the-clock job – how active are you? (OOC):
As Caretaker, your job will be role-play based. Please respond to the following prompt in no less than 300 words. You may make up names/years/houses for the characters in the prompt in order to assist your writing, but please do not god-mode the characters beyond the information given in the prompt. Consider the following questions when writing your response:
- Should both students be punished?
- If so, should they receive the same punishment?
- If not, who do you punish? Just one of them? Neither of them?
- What punishment will you give each of them, if any? Be sure to “tell” the student(s) what their punishment(s) will be in your role-play.
While undertaking your nightly patrol of the Castle you come upon two students in the Restricted Section of the Library. One of them is an older student and a known trouble maker, while the other is a first year and hasn’t been in trouble before. Both are pouring over a book about illegal magical practices. The trouble-maker sees you and makes a run for it, while the first year apologises and begs you not to expel them.
Hogwarts is baffled as Gabriel Velasquez has mysteriously stepped down as Head of Gryffindor. We all may be sad to see this new face go so soon but let's make sure to give a huge congratulations to Finnigan Cross. That's right, Hogwarts, our beloved Potions Master has been promoted to Head of House. Congratulations Mr. Cross! He's not the only one though; some of you may have already caught on but the former Head of International Affairs, Graham Walker, is coming to work as our Astronomy Professor. We'd like to congratulate him as well and give him a warm welcome to Hogwarts. With that being said, we are all very excited for the start of next term and can't wait to see what it has in store for all of us.
It's the moment you all have been eagerly waiting for. Now that term is over it's time to announce the winners! It was such a close call but Gryffindor managed to snatch up the house cup for the first time in what some may feel like forever. They have earned 3,087 points just barely making it past Slytherin who have earned 3,061 points! Both houses battled it out over the last couple of weeks and it was certainly grand to see. We would like to congratulate both houses for their determination. Mind, a special congratulations to Gryffindor as their hard work has finally paid off. It seems that there was a strong effort from all the houses though and we certainly can't wait to see what's in store for next term!
With so many choices, the professors surely found it difficult to pick just a single person for the awards, but of course, there can only be one award for each class.
Art History - Griffin Oshanahan Care of Magical Creatures - Piper West Charms - Rachel Owens Defense Against the Dark Arts - Shadrak Walls Divinations - Ashley Andersson Herbology - Xiomara Higgins History of Magic - Bertram Knowles Muggle Studies - Griffin Oshanahan Potions - Xiomara Higgins Quidditch/Flying - Nash Jennings Transfiguration - Sybil Delys
Congratulations to all of you for your perseverance!
Among the exciting news we also have a few changes to Hogwarts Staff. With Luke Donovan missing, Lilliana Devane has stepped up to the plate and is the new Headmistress. Now having settled and wanting to devote time to her newborn child, Brynlee Zane has returned as Deputy Headmistress and Head of Ravenclaw. Declan Kelly has been called back to the Ministry for reasons unknown though in his place is a popular Journalist, Gabriel Velasquez, who will also be the new Muggle Studies Professor! The man with the glorious locks, Breckin Gilchrist, has returned to his previous position as Hogwarts Governor and taking over as your new Care of Magical Creatures Professor will be the one and only, Elizabeth Devane! The beloved Danielle Ashford has stepped down to pursue a new career leaving Lilliana to take over Herbology. Lumina Brier has also decided to take her leave as our much adored Divinations Professor. While we don't know what's in store for either of the former Hogwarts Professors, we wish them both the best in their endeavors!
On a side note, despite what seems like quite a few Professors leaving our midst through all the recent happenings, there will still be many familiar faces next term; they'll just be in different places! Lana Van Sarkin has become the new Charms Professor while Kasia Lisette has taken on Transfiguration. Simon De La Croix will be taking over History of Magic in place of Declan. Of course, with Brynlee Zane returning as Head of Ravenclaw she will be bringing back the one curricular that many of you might have missed; Foods Class! Things seem to finally be looking up here at Hogwarts and we hope that next term will be the best yet.
As always, you all may now apply to Year-Up by clicking here. You can also head to Platform 9 & 3/4 to head home (or even return!). You never know the friends you might make on the train. Before you all take leave though we ask that you place your votes for LA awards -- which you can find here. Both voting and Year-Up applications will close on April 28th.
Our final announcement regards those who will be staying behind during the term break. Due to all of the strange happenings at Hogwarts, we will be taking all of you to stay at Hogsmeade for the duration of the break. That means that there will be no student at the castle over break.
Welcome, welcome, one and all,
to the Easter Fool's Day Festival.
May the day fair long,
For each and every color you may find,
something hidden inside.
Some of it may be useful and pretty,
or it could be filled with something stinky.
For I am the Fool of Easter Fool's Day
Let the pranks begin!
Greetings to everyone young and old. This year we are holding our Easter and April Fool's Day event for the next two weeks in the hopes you find yourselves needing something to do. With the school closed for the holidays and everyone wrought with terror of the unknown out there threatening our young students, the proprietors of Diagon Alley have decided to host an Easter Festival this year. However, as the day is so close to April Fool's, the fool has become highly affronted and has vowed to make sure no one enjoys the festivities of that darn bunny without a little of his own fun. As pranks become plentiful, be sure to please the fool by stopping by Weasley Wizard Wheezes for a few practical joke items. However, let us not forget that Easter is a symbol of hope and renewal of things to come. Don't forget there are Easter Eggs hidden around the shopping area to be found. For every exceptional Role-Play made you have the chance to earn your house 10 points to get a head start on winning the house cup. Graduates are welcome to join in the fun and maybe let out that inner child and have a food fight or two with the students of Hogwarts.
With some of the changes around Ravenclaw, I'd like to congratulate Xiomara Higgins who has been promoted to Ravenclaw Quidditch Captain! Xiomara is a wonderful addition to the student staff and we can't wait to cheer her and the team on!
We have opened the Special Power applications once again. Only this time, the previous guide some of you may have studied has been replaced with a new and improved SP Guideline! Things will most likely change as we progress but for now this is what you'll need to read before you send in your application.
The apps will be open until April 18th. Make sure you click here to apply.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
Good luck everyone!
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