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1937 / Re: Do a little dance...!
« on: 12/27/2012 at 18:17 »
...marry me.

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1937 / Re: Much Ado About Everything
« on: 12/19/2012 at 14:19 »


1937 / Re: and that's what we call a legacy. [RAVENCLAWS!]
« on: 12/11/2012 at 02:54 »


« on: 12/05/2012 at 14:27 »

« on: 12/05/2012 at 02:21 »

1. Esme's original face was Amy Adams and I love that someone's finally using her. She's so cute! And so perfect for Ursy.

2. High school sucks until it doesn't and that's usually when it's over. Go you for liking books. I like books too. Let's be friends.

3. I also fall asleep at the computer. Sometimes I wake up to half-written sentences and I'm like "...what. but why. what does that even mean?"

ex-house mom

1937 / Re: I like food.
« on: 12/04/2012 at 03:49 »

1937 / Re: Rollin' with the homies
« on: 11/30/2012 at 02:45 »

1937 / Re: w e a r e t h e C H A M P I O N S | slytherin
« on: 11/29/2012 at 18:44 »

just kidding go snakes.

1937 / and that's what we call a legacy. [RAVENCLAWS!]
« on: 11/29/2012 at 04:31 »
my babies.

my darlings.

my little sunbeams.


So is Lola. And she would like to be rescued from George's oppressive talons, should anyone be up for it.

1974 / Re: Better late than never...
« on: 08/20/2012 at 13:52 »
Eee! Happy birthday, my favorite Other Woman.

1974 / [Summer Games] Quidditch Match 1, Game 1
« on: 08/08/2012 at 14:52 »

10 July 1974
Early Morning
Already hot & humid


Sweat crested on her brow, and though Esme usually loved the heat - was a child of the deep south - England had tempered her taste for it. Switzerland hadn't helped. Lifting her sunglasses to rest atop her head, she looked out onto the field before stealing a sidelong glance at the blonde.

"I never understood why people liked this game."

And she didn't, she never had. Timothy had played Quidditch as though his life depended on it, Damien and Lukas and Penelope all following suit, but Esme had watched from the sidelines -- often with her head in her hands. Flying on broomsticks invited certain death, and she had better ways to perish.

Hopefully with a fruity drink in the middle of Aruba.

Dressed in a simple black sundress, her hair was chopped short and cut close to her chin. Esme hadn't expected to return to the isles so soon, missed Finland already, but that was neither here nor there.

She drew a breath and stepped onto the field, her heels standing firm against the dried grass.

"Game on!"

OOC: Remember not to powerplay and please bold your actions!

1974 / Re: Now I'm Not Somebody That You Used To Know
« on: 08/04/2012 at 20:27 »

2. omg that gif is my favorite gif of all the gifs.

3. Cookie come back.

1974 / Re: Anti
« on: 08/04/2012 at 20:24 »

Wanna go be researchers again?

« on: 08/02/2012 at 16:14 »



hello ex-babies I miss you already come to mommy.

1973 / Your Levels!
« on: 04/28/2012 at 19:47 »
New applicants - your years and levels will begin appearing beneath your name as we anticipate starting term. Don't worry! You'll find out your house on 01 May 2012.

1973 / New Administrator!
« on: 04/28/2012 at 18:42 »
Hello everyone!

We've elected a new administrator to the site. In this process, we were looking for someone who was an enthusiastic member of the site, actively contributed both IC and OOC, and had a specific skill set to help set and measure our site metrics.

That said, please congratulate J Walsingham (Annabel Grey) if/when you see her!

Admins Inc

1973 / Re: can't see certain boards
« on: 04/28/2012 at 11:37 »
With this, as with most things, we ask that you submit a helpdesk ticket. Thanks!

1973 / Re: RAVENCLAW
« on: 04/24/2012 at 19:11 »

1973 / Back to School 1973
« on: 04/24/2012 at 15:25 »
Hi everyone! Within the next week, we will transition to the last two boards in the Hogwarts School ring. For our new members, this is intended to be your go-to guide to the Castle and the Classroom boards.

By now, you should have accessed three of the boards within our school: the Sorting Hat, where you applied, the Summer Campus, where you are now, and Elsewhere. If you can't access the Castle or the Classroom boards when term begins on May 1st, please submit a ticket to the Helpdesk (located at the top menu bar), and someone will get on that as soon as possible!

finding your house

On the first night of term (1 May 2012), there will be a large thread in the News forum announcing where all new applicants are placed. Older students are free to RP this however they see fit - though they likely visited Hogwarts Castle over the summer and were given an admissions test and sorted privately. These results were kept a secret until term started, though you are free to RP as though Pythagorea Proud (Deputy Headmistress, NPC this term) pulled your character aside and assigned them a house before entering the Opening Feast.

Once we open the castle, you're allowed to post everywhere, but always remember to check out the Opening Feast first. It's where you can meet other students. While the IC sequence would be: Hogwarts Express thread (at the Elsewhere forum), Sorting, firsties walk to their table, Professor speech, food and conclusion, all of these up to firsties walk to their table would be happening concurrently in OOC so you'll be able to post in all these threads at the same time. 


The next thing to check is your levels. Levels are the mishmash of numbers and letters beneath your avatar (your "subbie", colloquially) that denote your character's magical strength, weakness, and overall levels. To check this, you simply have to post! If you're checking subbies, go ahead and check them in the Testing forum, or just wait until you show up at the Opening Feast and check them then. The letters in your levels denote the subject: C is for Charms, D is for Divination, T is forTransfiguration, and S is - you guessed it! - Conjuring/Summoning.

Your magical strength will be one number above your year, while your magical weakness will be one number below your year. The other two will be the same number as your year. For example: Sally Slytherin is a fourth year with a charms strength and a divination weakness. Her levels are:


If you have any trouble with your levels, ask your Head of House or your mentor! Accordingly:


This is where the moderators sign off and hand the reins over to a new set of administrators. Don't worry, you know them - they're the ones who accepted your application in the first place. For reference, the Castle and Classroom administrators are:

Headmaster: Professor Tibble
Deputy Headmistress: Pythagorea Proud, NPC
Keeper of the Keys: TBA.
Gryffindor Head of House: Arnaud Gaudet
Hufflepuff Head of House: William Lancaster
Ravenclaw Head of House: Esme Faracy
Slytherin Head of House: Anneka Ivanova


The Classroom board is where all classes are held.

Class sign-ups are usually held within the first ten days (OOC) of term. You are allowed to take up to four (4) classes, two of which may be core classes (Charms, Divination, Transfiguration, Conjuring/Summoning). This means that you can take two core classes and two electives, one core class and three electives, no core classes and four electives, or any combination that I haven't considered. You do not have to take four classes, and it is encouraged that you take as many as you can handle, but know your limits. Classes attempt to hold three full lessons through the course of the three-month term which makes for steady posting. If you have any questions, again, contact your mentor, your Head of House, or the professor in question!

Classes are RPed, so you write posts much like you would in any other thread. There is a designated professor leading each class, and they've written out syllabi as to what will be done. Some classes have group exercises, where your character is paired with others, while some have practical lessons where you write your character practicing spells and learning to harvest plants.  There are usually three lessons per class that are RPed out each term, staggered over the course of the term.

Electives for this term are:
The Art of Dueling
Care of Magical Creatures
History of Magic
Muggle Studies


There are four extracurriculars in our universe:


The Spellbound is the school newspaper. Students can write for it in lots of different capacities - house news, gossip columns, sport news. Older students are editors for the paper. You can see past editions at!

Hospital Wing

back to school checklist
Right Now
[ ] Read the rules on magical levels, located here:
[ ] Make sure your special requests have been responded to - special powers, animals, and the like. Remember, only owls, rats, cats, and toads are allowed as pets without a special request!
[ ] Refresh the Castle rating rules, found at the Sorting Hat.

Two Days Before
[ ] Close up your threads at the Summer Campus. Almost immediately after the Castle opens, the Summer Campus dies, so be ready for a quick drop-off in summer-related posts.

Big First Day
[ ] Check the News forum for your house and year!
[ ] Check that you can access your House OOC (if you are able to see posts within your House OOC, you have access. You won't have access to the other House OOCs.)
[ ] Check that your magical levels are correct: your strength will be one number higher than your year, and your weakness will be one number lower. For instance, if Annabel's strength was charms and her weakness was divination, and she was sorted into first year, her levels would be C2D0T1S1.
[ ] Go to the Opening Feast! The Opening Feast is set up in multiple threads, and students are welcome to post their entrance as soon as term starts. If you would like to be Sorted (as most first years do!), there will be a thread where you can RP your character being Sorted. Midway through, Professor Tibble will make a speech and the Head Boy, Head Girl, and Prefects will be announced. After the speech is completed, students are free to go (though the food will have just been served!).

Big First Week
[ ] Sign up for classes! Classes sign ups are usually open for a week--unless it has reached its caps--and you can sign up by replying on the sign up threads. The professor can choose to place a cap on it (sometimes they don't), and yes, it's first-come, first-served. However, if you really want to attend a particular class and you're late for sign up, you can try to PM the professor, see if they would be able to fit another student in their class. Don't be upset if they can't, there's always other classes to take!

Classes this term are:
Conjuring and Summoning
The Art of Dueling
Care of Magical Creatures
History of Magic
Muggle Studies

You can take up to four (4) classes, but no more than two (2) of those may be core classes (those in italics).

[ ] Sign up for extracurriculars! Extracurriculars this term are:
  • Quidditch (house team)
  • Dueling (house team)
  • Hospital Wing Nurses
  • Spellbound Writers

The common room is decorated with scarlet tapestries, which hang on the walls. The tapestries depict witches and wizards, but also various animals. It is usually where celebration parties are held after Gryffindor Quidditch victories.

The Gryffindor dormitories are also located in the Tower, with two doors leading off from the common room that open to spiral staircases. One of them leads to the girls dormitory, the other to the boys. The stairs to the girls dormitories are enchanted to become a slide if any boy attempts to climb them, but not vice versa, since it was deemed that girls were more trustworthy than boys.

The Ravenclaw common room is one of the airiest rooms at Hogwarts. It is a wide, circular room with a midnight blue carpet, arched windows hung with soft blue and bronze silks, and a domed ceiling painted with stars. During the day, the Ravenclaw students would have an excellent view of the school grounds, including the lake, Forbidden Forest, Quidditch pitch, Herbology gardens and the surrounding mountains.

The room is furnished with tables, chairs, and bookcases; and by the door leading up to the dormitiories stands a tall statue of Rowena Ravenclaw made of white marble. The sound of wind whistling around the windows of the tower is very relaxing whilst going to sleep.

The Slytherin Dungeon is located behind a wall in the cellars of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A password spoken to the wall is required to enter it; whereupon a passage is revealed leading to the common room -- a low-ceilinged, dungeon-like room with greenish lamps and chairs. This dungeon extends partway under the lake, giving the light in the room a green tinge. The common room has lots of low backed black and dark green leather sofas with buttons, skulls, and dark wood cupboards. It has quite a grand atmosphere, but also quite a cold one. The password to the common room changes every fortnight, and it is posted on the noticeboard.

The actual basement itself is round, earthy and low-ceilinged, welcoming, warm and sunny. There are lots of yellow hangings, burnished copper, and overstuffed sofas and armchairs upholstered in yellow and black, and circular windows that provide a vista of "rippling grass and dandelions". There is also a large, honey coloured, wooden mantelpiece with carvings of badgers on it. This is located underneath a portrait of the house's founder, Helga Hufflepuff.

The Hufflepuff dormitories are also located in the cellar and have perfectly circular doors, with lots of little underground tunnels leading off from the common room. One of them leads to the girls' dormitory, the other to the boys. In each dormitory four-poster beds covered in patchwork quilts. The dorms are illuminated by warm copper lamps and copper bed-warmers hang on the wall in case of cold feet.

Staff - the staff common room is in the South Tower, not far from the Entrance Hall. Unlike the student common rooms, it isn't warded, so anyone can go in if they need to. There are en-suite apartments for the use of staff in the upper floors of the west bailey, and an apartment for the school nurse in the hospital wing; these are password-warded.

Students do not have to wear the school uniform at weekend. They don't in the films, as you say, and I didn't have to when I was at boarding school, so it seems reasonable to me.

house points
IC Points

One of the easiest ways to receive IC points is to participate in classes. However, these points do not contribute to the House Cup race. The short and simple reason behind this is because we do not want people to strive for Mary Sue characters. We want everyone to write different type of students--some intelligent, some not, some rule-breakers, some teacher's pets, etc. Therefore, IC points would disadvantage active OOC players who are playing a not-so-perfect student.

OOC Points

OOC points are awarded based on participation and quality of posts. Contributing in Spellbound, Hospital Wing, Duelling tournament and being chosen as Prefect Picks would also help in this. These points are then accumulated and tallied at the end of the term and then used to determined the winner of the House Cup. With this, we encourage members to participate, stay active, and to write better quality posts and characters.

duels and fights
Duels/fights of any kind need to be pre-approved and it's up to the posters as long as it still follows the magical rules which can be found here:

Students are allowed to leave the Castle to visit Hogsmeade on weekends (chaperoned by an older student for the younger years), and may return home for the winter holidays. Other visits need to be authorized by your house head.

thank you!
We still have a few days, so please continue to enjoy the Summer Campus until term begins. We'll do our best to keep things interesting and be around to answer any questions. If you have any problems or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me or any of the Hangout staff (you'll find a full listing in the Announcements forum). Thanks to everyone for a great summer, and we'll see you at the Castle!

Kudos to Annabel Grey for coding this. Mommy loves you.

1973 / Annual Survey!
« on: 04/21/2012 at 03:06 »
Hello everyone!

Each term, we like to publish a survey for our members to collect feedback on how things are going, what we can do to improve, and whether you like cupcakes ice cream. There are two different surveys, depending on whether you are a returning member (joined on or before 01 January 2012) or a new member (joined after 01 January 2012). Both are completely anonymous, and we ask that you give as much feedback as possible - the more we know, the more we can do.

Some examples of past improvements:
- Announcements when new administrators are appointed
- Beauxbatons Academy & Salem Insitute became real schools
- Extracurriculars earn levels in addition to classes
- And more, but I can't think of it right now.

Anyway! Surveys will be open until 01 May 2012, so if you could take a few minutes and fill it out, it would be greatly appreciated.

>>> New Members

>>> Returning Members

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