Saturday, March 28, 2009

Photo Scavanger Hunt

My favorite little dragon, Druscilla, and I went on a little scavanger hunt. Here are some of our finds!

Druscilla really wanted this pretty little wand, but I told her it was a little inappropriate for Hogwarts!

Here she is posing by a wee tombstone. I wonder if the tombstone might be for a week leprechaun.

Shhhhh....don't tell, but Druscilla and Knitsy sneaked into the dank Slytherin dungeon and stole a badge!

Druscilla found this wee shamrock hanging near a door. She'll put it back, I promise!

After a long day of studying with Professor Solem, we all needed a pint of brew!

Druscilla LOVES my new picture frame! So do I....sigh!

Druscilla things this should count as both an owl AND a statute. What do you think? It's my little owl Paisley.

And here is my favorite's filled with wonderful perfume someone special gave me on Valentine's Day. Druscilla likes to wear it when I'm not looking.

And, here's a wee leprechaun we found at the Happiest Place on Earth! go with Druscilla's gold wings.

Druscilla found my diary! She better not read it!!!!

Druscilla wearing her very special diadem! Isn't she adorable?

Druscilla got caught up in some devil's snare. Fortunately it was LAST year's devil's snare! The new growth hasn't started yet. She does get herself into trouble sometimes.

Druscilla really thinks she needs a special cup that declares her queen. I tell her she needs to be a princess first!

Every good witch has a cloak!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Visit to Hogsmeade

This evening I made a trip to Hogsmeade. It wasn't an official Hogsmeade weekend so Miss Wartbobble suggested I be accompanied by a member of the faculty. Professor Solem volunteered to to be my chaperone, which I thought was very kind.

I was meeting a cousin whom I haven't seen in many years. He was seriously injured 3 years ago when an accident occurred in Potions class and a wall fell on him, breaking his neck. In spite of all Madam Pomprey's best efforts, he is now paralyzed from his chest down but in such good spirits. It was wonderful seeing him and sharing a few butterbeers with him.

Professor Solem and I then strolled leisurely back to Hogswart discussing the upcoming Quidditch match against Ballycastle Bats. We totally lost track of time and found the doors to Hogwart locked when we returned. Professor Solem, fortunately, was able to work his magic and got he door open. We said good nite and I quietly tiptoed up the moving staircase. Fortunately Knitsy was waiting for me in the Ravenclaw common room. What would I do without her?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Quidditch Round 2

1. On which day did the Order of the Phoenix come to get Harry?

c. Saturday

2. During all this chaos with voldemort and the Death Eaters, people still had lives to live and Ron's oldest brother, Bill decided to marry Fleur Delacour? Who were the uninvited guests at Bill and Fleur's wedding?

b. Death Eaters

3. Voldemort had seven Horcruxes hidden in different places. Six of them were hidden at the Gaunt shack, Hogwarts, a cave, inside Harry, inside his snake, Nagini and Tom Riddles Diary. Did Voldemort hide the last Horcrux inside the Malfoy's vault at Gringotts?

b. No

4. Why did the Dumbledore's move to Godric's Hollow?

c. The father went to Azkaban

5. Harry and Hermione read a part of "Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore," written by Rita Skeeter. Then they met Dumbledore's brother Abeforth and he told them the same story, just with a few details changed. Which of the following did Aberforth and Rita Skeeter agree on about Dumbdore's past?

b. That Dumbledore was friends with Grindelwald for a while.

6. When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, they visit the graveyard to see Harry's parent's graves. Harry walks by a tombstone that we later learn belong to tone of "The Three Broother'. The brother buried there once owned what?

b. The cloak

7. The Trio finds out that Luna had been kidnapped by the Death Eaters , and that they won't give her back until they got Harry Potter. Why did they kidnap Luna?

a. Her father sided with Harry and Dumbledore

8. After Voldemort killed Snape, he left the room and Harry came out from under the cloak. Snape gave Harry some of his memories all the way from when he was a child to just months before. Harry dived into the Pensieve and which of the following did he not see?

c. Snape and Lily having fun in a potions class

9. On the search of the Lost Diadem, Harry finally gets to takl to the Gray Lady. Who was the Gray Lady when she was alive?

c. Helena Ravenclaw.

10. Which of these is not one of Harry or Ron's children?

d. Victoria

Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Technique

I decided to try something new yesterday. So I pulled Minee's cauldrons out of storge and conjured up a mixture of strong tea and strong coffee....(after saving a cup or two for me) and soaked some fine linen fabric in it, pulling it out and wadding it up again and again. I then put it on a baking sheet...wadding it up...and baked it in the oven for 15 minutes, basting it occasionally and re-arranging it on the cookie sheet. I then used a hot iron to set the color. It turned out quite interesting..some spots are much darker than I would have liked, but for a first attempt at dying my own fabric, it was fun. I will definitely find something to cross stitch on it.

Now, I wonder how kool aid or other fun dyes would work. I see a BIG mess coming......

Friday, March 6, 2009

The shadows lengthened as the lonely witch waited in the graveyard to make her connection. Where was he? He couldn't have forgotten about her, could he? The shiver of cold slithered down her back and her heart jumped to her throat as she spotted someone in the distance. Was that him? She had never met him before, but hoped it was her contact. If she were to be caught by Ministry officials with this in her possession, it could mean real trouble for her whole family! Impatient and fearful, the stranger approached too fast, but too slow all at once. "How did I get myself into this?" she muttered under her breath. The faces flitted though her mind of those that coerced her into submission, Dirty Diaper, Poopy Pants and Dingleberry, the other members of her rock band Butt Cheese. Why had she drawn the short straw? Why did she have to go into this dark unfamiliar place to turn over the 84 song endless play set to an unfamilar man in exchange for headline billing? Was winning the World Wide Wizard's Music Competition really worth jeopardizing herself and ending her career as a musician?

She pulled her cloak further over her head, staying in the shadows of the tall headstones and watched the tall silhouette approach. She could hear her knees knocking and her legs starting to buckle. The stranger stopped suddenly and quickly looked from side to side. She saw movement to her right and then to her left. What should she do? Had she been found out? Should she use her invisibility cloak and flee? Her mouth was dry and her breath was coming fast and furious. She started backing up slowly when she felt a hand on her shoulder. She spun around and a scream exploded from her. She was surrounded by a circle of dark shapes all holding candles. She knew it was over...all she had dreamed of was gone and she would be forever a disgrace to her family. As she raised her teary eyes resigned to her fate, the dark shapes threw back their hoods and in unison yelled....