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The Newsstand The Quibbler May 2019 Discussion: Everything or Nothing!



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Mixed Blood
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Salutations, lovely Newsstandians! As some of you may recall, the theme of the Quibbler's April edition was... nothing! Well, to be me more specific, it was everything - the readers were free to choose their own topics last month. If you missed the April issue, then never fear; you can still read it here!

To pay adequate homage to our quirkiest publication, the Newsstand staff thought it would be apt to shake things up a bit this month! Instead of our typical discussion questions, we're providing you with an eclectic array of (hopefully fun) creative writing prompts inspired by the Quibbler's April edition. Do as many or as few as you'd like; as long as you meet the usual minimum word requirement, your entry will be considered for prizes! So buckle down and put on your thinking caps, folks, as these topics span, you guessed it, everything.


Discussion Prompts to Consider:
- What was your favorite article in this month’s issue and why? (Not a creative writing prompt, but we always love to give shoutouts to the Quibbler's hardworking writers!)
- In this edition of the Quibbler, one writer wrote about her nefarious chess set, detailing how her pawns were plotting to take over Hogwarts! For this prompt, write a short story in which some or all of the pieces of your chess set instigate a takeover of this beloved wizarding school. Which pieces are responsible for the coup? Is there any division amongst the ranks? How do they go about toppling their much larger magical foes?
- Another author detailed her dismay that the Muggle hobby of geocaching was leading to Muggles accidentally coming into contact with active Portkeys. For this prompt, tell the tale of another individual finding a Portkey that you have intentionally placed in a Muggle geocaching location. What object did you choose to enchant? Where did you place it? Where did the Portkey transport the individual who found it? Was said individual magical or Muggle in origin? Did you intend for this specific individual to find it?
- In a particularly colorful article, one author tackled the daunting task of interviewing a demiguise. For this prompt, write a brief interview between yourself and a magical creature of your choosing. Which creature did you choose? How did they respond to your questioning? Were they able to communicate with words? If not, how did they communicate their opinions on your questioning?
- As we discovered in this edition, dreams can often have odd and unexpected meanings. For this prompt, interpret a dream that a random individual has sent to you for review. What was the dream? Why did the individual send it to you specifically? What is your interpretation of the dream's contents?
- In her article on absurd questions, Eline posited that it's possible that few magical folk know where furniture comes from because furniture makers keep their knowledge of furniture-making spells under lock and key. For this prompt, create your own furniture-making spell. What is its incantation? What wand movement does it entail? How do you know if you've cast the spell correctly? What does it do? Does your spell have any special quirks?
- Unusual superstitions, such as holding one's breath as one passes a graveyard to ward off a Dementor's kiss, played heavily upon Mair's mind in this edition of the Quibbler. For this prompt, create your own magical superstition. What is the superstition? How did it originate, either historically or for you personally? Do you still believe in this superstition today?


RULES:
- In order for you to be eligible to win, your post must be over 200 words long (excluding the words in the questions) according to this word counter and relevant to the topic.
- You may answer as few or as many prompts as you like. As long as you answer at least one and meet the word requirement above, your submission will be valid.
- The best post will be chosen based on originality, the points made, and how well it fits the topic of discussion.
- All HEX terms apply; as such, all work must be your own.
- Your discussion posts should be made in this thread by
11:59 PM HEX time on the May 28th. Any posts submitted later than this will not be eligible for prizes.
- Any questions may be posted in this thread or owled to Cody.


PRIZES:
Best Post: 1000 House Points + 2 raffle tickets
Randomized Winners:
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 250 House Points
5. 250 House Points


Everyone who meets the minimum requirements, including the randomized winners, will earn 1 ticket towards The Newsstand’s Quarterly Raffle.
 

Slytherin SKWAD
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Furniture-making spells have many variations depending upon what you would like to make. To make an armchair you would use the Latin term ‘cathedra’ or chair, and ‘brachium’ or ‘of the arm’. Altogether it would become ‘brachium cathedra’. So the incantation would be ‘Facio brachium cathedra’ or in translation, make an armchair. But this alone will only give you the simplest of chairs and craftsmanship. To create a truly magnificent armchair, you must picture the precise armchair you want in your head, from the color of the fabric down to the slope of the backrest. You may add an extra word or two to the spell to denote color or size, for example, if you wished to have a red arm chair you would add the word ‘rosseum’ or ‘rose colored’ in between the terms ‘Facio’ and ‘Brachium’.
But this is only the incantation. Without superb concentration and the proper wand movements, one may only conjure up a poorly tailored and unstable chair instead of a masterpiece. You will know if you have cast it correctly by the quality of the finished product. Conjuring chairs fine enough to sell is the mark of a true master. The wand movement is to trace out the shape of the chair you are picturing in your mind, and, as always, the more precise the drawing, the better the product will be crafted.

[229 WC]
 

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The secret spell for making chairs is cathedrasia (cath-DRAW-si-AH)
The wand movement is to trace the shape of the chair you would like, but you must be careful. If you have an unsteady hand, you'll get a chair with the same outlines. This also allows you to make chairs with very unique shapes, which will always have a seat so that you can use them. Before you begin, you must have the materials you want to make it out of. If you don't have enough of the material for the size of the chair you're trying to make, it will form, but then fall apart a few seconds later. If you try to make a chair without any materials, you'll get an outline of steam, that will attempt to strangle you if you try to sit in it. You need to think about the details while you make it. If you want any carvings, you have to think hard about it. you have complete control over the color, if you imagine it a bright green, it will end up bright green. if you want to give it any cushioning, you will need the stuffing and something to cover it with. if you only have stuffing, you'll end up with stuffing everywhere. If you say it wrong or don't focus enough, you won't get a chair, but instead, the pile of materials will be set on fire.
 

Pureblood
Slytherin
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There is a Muggle superstition that if you whistle in the house you will have bad luck and/or attract evil spirits. I noticed something in the wizarding world that is similar. A friend told me she found herself whistling while taking a bath. She said withiin minutes it got ice cold and she felt like there was no happiness in the world. My first though was dementors, but when I asked her she said no.
Another friend mentioned the same thing, except he was working late at the Ministry. He was whistling as he started to walk towards his office door. He stopped walking towards his door when things got frigid. He said he felt the same way...no happiness at all.
Coincidence? I think not. I have heard several reports like this. No one has ever seen Dementors while this has happened. My thoughts are that some evil spirits or demons noticed the effect of the dementors and decided to copy it to create terror and havok.
If enough spirits started doing this, it could bring the wizarding world to a crisis. Do I believe these stories, yes, until proven otherwise. The people I talked to are not prone to making things up. I have thought about trying the whistling to see if it happens to me. I keep chickening out. I don't want to invite any spirits or demons to me. Who knows how long they would stay or what else they might do?
I looked up this phenomena. It was first reported in the 2nd century. I can understand that back then things were not clear and people might think it was evil spirits or demons. It's odd that it still happens today. The Ministry needs to look into this and try and find the cause. Until the answer is found I will not whistle at all.

WC 310
 

Pureblood
Slytherin
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The outdoor recreational activity of geocaching is popular with both magical folk and Muggles around the world. In the English county of Yorkshire it’s the most popular it’s ever been. Although the Ministry of Magic try to prevent Muggles from stumbling upon Portkeys, it does occasionally happen.

A Muggle, Jacob Harrison, found what he thought was an ordinary plastic bottle lying on Ilkley Moor when he was taking part in the National Geocaching Championships in 1994. Before he could say anything to his companions, however, he had touched it and found himself being whisked away in a flash.

When poor Jacob opened his eyes, he found himself gazing around a huge campsite. He had, in fact, been transported directly to the Quidditch World Cup. It was just thankful that a quick-witted Ministry employee ran interference until he could whisk Mr Harrison away for memory alteration.

To say this was a shock for Jacob would be an understatement. The twenty-four-year-old had just been enjoying partaking in his hobby when he was suddenly thrown into a different world.

Having had the memory of the entire incident altered, the young man is now back at home with his family and the Ministry officials who were meant to be overseeing that area are being given a stern talking to; a Muggle should have never found the Portkey.

~223 words~
 

Pureblood
Ravenclaw
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For this prompt, write a brief interview between yourself and a magical creature of your choosing. Which creature did you choose? How did they respond to your questioning? Were they able to communicate with words? If not, how did they communicate their opinions on your questioning?

I attempted to interview an acromantula, but it did not go very well. I had it locked up in a cage (for my safety) and asked it a bunch of questions, ranging from the simple (what is your name?) to the philosophical (why is 42 the answer to life the universe and everything? I had heard that they can understand English, so I was really interested to hear what he had to say. But it answered every question the same way, with a variant of "let me out so I can eat you." It was not being cooperative at all. Eventually, I decided to bribe it, saying that I would give it food if it answered my questions. But then it said that if I was not that food, then it did not want it. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow. Or perhaps I'll just concede that the spider did not want to be interviewed.

- Unusual superstitions, such as holding one's breath as one passes a graveyard to ward off a Dementor's kiss, played heavily upon Mair's mind in this edition of the Quibbler. For this prompt, create your own magical superstition. What is the superstition? How did it originate, either historically or for you personally? Do you still believe in this superstition today?

There are many things witches and wizards do with little effort because of magic. These include packing their bags with a flick of the wrist and apparating down the stair. But one thing you will never (or should never) see them do is use magic to make their bed during a snowstorm. Why? Because everyone (should) know that doing that makes the bed sheets angry. They might even try to strangle you.

Apparently the first time this happened was roughly 2000 years ago, when a roman wizard had traveled north at one point. He had disappeared, and when people came looking for him, they eventually found him in his bed, covered with clothes and strangled by the bedsheets. They checked his wand, and the last two spells he had cast were a snow-clearing charm and a summoning charm. Nobody could come up with an explanation other than the superstition, and nobody wanted to test it to find out.

I still believe that this superstition is true. I have never tested it, and I don't know anyone else who has. It is certainly safe to cast the summoning charm in bed when there is no storm, and there is nothing inherently dangerous about bedsheets during a snowstorm. But together? That's something to be avoided.

[367 words]
 

Muggle Born
Ravenclaw
“Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.”
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- I really enjoyed the Dream Interpretations Section. It made me laugh, but in a way is just what you would expect from the Quibbler. Of course I always enjoy the Wizard Horoscopes. I love checking to see if mine actually comes true (I am Lacerta by the way, lol).

-My furniture making spell would be ‘Consilio Ligno’. This roughly translates to ‘design wood’, but what it really does is intricately carve designs into wood. It enables the furniture maker to create elaborate and beautiful wood works, for things like bureaus, beds, bannisters, you name it. The particulars are as follows:

Incantation: Consilio Ligno
Pronunciation: CON- sil-io Lig-NO
Wand movement: move your wand in a double infinity loop, very slowly.
Light: A pale gold


If the wand is moved too fast however, sloppy work will result and the caster must have a definite image in his or her mind as to the design they would like to achieve.



- Did you know that if a Matagot licks you, you will become the unluckiest person ever? It is true, I saw it happen when I was in France on vacation, and my uncle has now lost all of his riches, land holdings and his magic abilities. Considering he is the only other witch or wizard in my whole family it was quite the blow. Evidently it happens when a witch or wizard treat a Matagot like a regular cat. The Matagot deeply resents this and retaliates the best way it can. It has always been true, but you can find this legend in the histories of the French Ministry of Magic’s Department of Mysteries, though they will deny it to the public. But I know, I used an invisibility cloak and a few other bits of magic and read it for myself!


[WC – 301]
 

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When asked to interview a magical creature my first thought was a niffler. I had always thought they were cute and I didn’t want to interview anything too dangerous so a niffler seemed like the perfect choice.

A friend of mine who has one as a pet volunteered to let me interview hers. She dropped him off one afternoon and said she would be back later to pick him up. No problem I said as I took the cute cuddly creature. He seemed very eager to come to me. I later found out why. I set him down asking if he would like some water. He seemed to nod his head which took as a yes. I went to get him a drink but when I returned, he was gone.

My first thought was I’ve lost my friends pet. I searched the living room and dinning room area first before going into the bedroom. What greeted me there was a shock. The place was a wreck and the niffler had my gold necklace around his neck. That’s when I realized that I was no longer wearing earrings or a bracelet. I tried to get him to give me back the necklace but he just shook his head and ran out of the room. Well he couldn’t escape could he the doors were locked.

By the time my friend came to pick him up my house was a wreck and I had nothing for my interview. My friend just looked at the mess emptied out the niffler’s pouch and left. So much for interviewing a niffler I thought as I started to clean up the mess.

WC 275
 

Ultimate Hufflepuff
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My magical superstition is one that I used to have as a little girl, and it is that on the day of your birthday, always stay in bed until after you hear the house beginning to wake up. If you do that, then you will find that beside your bed or outside your door, a fairy has placed a large bowl of sweets for you! But if you dare get out of bed earlier than that, you will find nothing.

The superstition is one that I no longer have, so I can actually reveal the story behind it now that I'm older and no longer believe in it. My parents had a tradition of giving us kids this "birthday bowl" full of sweets, supposedly from the fairy, on each of our birthdays. One birthday, not sure what age I was exactly, I got up too early before my mom had time to place the bowl besides my bed/door. So when I checked, there was nothing waiting for me, no bowl.. Which is how the superstition began XD
Naturally the kid me went immediately back to bed and hoped the fairy would still come. And when I got up the next time the bowl was already waiting for me ^_^
 

Mixed Blood
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Mahogany loves to hike, and she is especially adept at route-finding; she prefers to use a map and compass rather than GPS. Her most recent hobby of geocaching has taken her to many remote locations in the mountains north of the town in which she lives. She's my closest Muggle friend (full disclosure - she knows that I am a witch, although I have never used magic in front of her).
One day, Mahogany had become a bit smug, sighing that she was growing bored of the usual routine of seeking out hidden caches in the mountains. Even without the aid of GPS she had found it too easy to find the sites. That gave me an idea...
I Apparated to a geocache site that I knew she had not yet found, which was hidden beneath a rock, retrieved the log book and bewitched it to become a Portkey. After scribbling a message to her in the book, I chuckled as I placed it back in its waterproof container and slid the container back under the rock. Before she left on her next search, I gave her a cryptic instruction: "Be sure to read the log book!"
Two weeks later, I received a post card from Patagonia. "I'm having the time of my life! Thanks for sending me here; oh, and thanks for explaining what was happening to me in the log book. The minute I touched the log book I felt like something was pulling me by the navel. It was weird. But now you're making me find my own way home? Okay...LOL you might see me in a couple of months. Cheers - Mahogany"
Three months later, Mahogany returned home, after taking a wrong turn in Brazil. She's never since complained of boredom.

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Magical Archivist
Hufflepuff Warrior
Quidditch Captain
Nine-tailed fox

Fairy princess

Queen of hearts
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Quote:
- In a particularly colorful article, one author tackled the daunting task of interviewing a demiguise. For this prompt, write a brief interview between yourself and a magical creature of your choosing. Which creature did you choose? How did they respond to your questioning? Were they able to communicate with words? If not, how did they communicate their opinions on your questioning?


This month I was tasked with interviewing a bowtruckle about the impact wand-wood harvesting has on their habitat. The bowtruckle I found seemed as dubious about the assignment as I felt, but after a hefty offering of fairy eggs he became fairly obliging. At the very least, he sat and chittered back at me while inspecting and snacking on his treats.

“Okay, Twiggy,” I began uncertainly. “Do you have an opinion on wizards pruning your tree for wand materials?”

Mr Twigs didn’t appear to have a word of English in his arsenal (or if he did, he wasn’t performing for my benefit), but his outburst of chirping and gesticulating could only be interpreted one way.

“You feel indignant?” I checked confidently.

Much nodding and sulky squeaking. I had a Tupperware container of woodlice held back in case things really went south, but he seemed content for now to munch moodily on a fairy egg and eye me warily from under his… leaves.

“Is it harmful to you or to the tree?” I asked next.

There was a brief pause while Twiggy stuffed a particularly large and shiny egg into his mouth and chomped. He narrowed his beetle-black eyes at me and muttered in Bowtruckleish.

“Not harmful? But inconsiderate and rude?” I ventured.

Twiggy’s twittering was much more heated this time. I had, it seemed, hit the nail on the head. The miniscule creature jumped to his feet, gesturing wildly with his arms in a most Shakespearean manner. I had to take a step back, fearing for my skin as those sharp claws swung about.

“I’ll be sure to pass the message along!” I shouted over his grumpy gabbling. “For now, take these as a thank-you for your time!” I emptied the woodlice out onto Twiggy’s branch and beat a hasty retreat as his ill humour turned to glee. The last thing I heard from the clearing was the sound of wet crunching, and the gurgling of a very tiny tummy.


[WC: 330]
 

Mixed Blood
Ravenclaw
You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.
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It is a well known fact that I love being outdoors communing with nature. The fact that I was chosen to interview the Bowtruckle seemed very natural and a task that I looked froward to.
The sun was shining , there was a crispness in the air on the morning I set off for my adventure. My backpack stocked with paper, pencils and most importantly a container of Woodlice, in my hopes of enticing a Bowtruckle into a short conversation. Walking very slowly , eyes peeled on every tree until I finally see what looks like a moving stick figure....alas I am looking right at my subject. He is magnificent, green in color that blends into the tree with large brown eyes. He seems to be as interested in me as I am in him.
"Hello little fellow, I won't hurt you" , I say
The Bowtruckle tilts his head slightly watching me intently.
I slowly get the Woodlice out of my backpack.
"Would you like some?", I say while keeping eye contact with him
He blinks his eyes but remains completely still. I believe I took a breath at that moment, he didn't look like he was going to attack me.I quietly walk closer to the tree so that I can place Woodlice within his reach. As I step back he slowly reaches one long arm down and scoops up my offering.
"Did you like that?", I whisper
Once again his head tilts and his eyes blinked. My subject might not have spoken in words but I believe my interview to have been a success. After all I am still alive to write this report.

[WC: 273]
 

Marketing Maven
Badger Brigade
Batty Koda
Mushu
Evinrude
Sir Hiss
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I had been planning a surprise for my best friend's birthday for a few weeks now and because they were into geocaching I decided to incorporate it into my plans, with a little twist. Turning the little slip of paper usually used to write one's name on into a portkey, I hid it inside a fake rock and carefully placed it along the base of the wall so that it blended in. Later that day, I watched excitedly as my friend searched for their next treasure, having already uncovered the magnet under the fence and the coin in the slot of an abandoned phone booth.
"I found it!" they shouted excitedly, picking up the rock with its little surprise. Only one minute before the portkey was due to activate! As they pulled out the paper, I rushed over to them, pretending to be looking curiously at the list of names.
"But, these are all our friends names!" they said, curiosity in their voice. I smiled and grabbed the edge of the paper just in time. Lurching suddenly forward as though pulled by an invisible hook around our bodies, we were launched straight into the centre of a huge garden behind a beautiful country house. All our friends were stood around, holding cake, platters of party food and presents!
"SURPRISE!" they shouted in unison. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

[WC: 225]

 

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Dear Quibbler,

I have had the same dream several times in the past month. My bestie and I ended up in a large warehouse after following suspected criminals. We were caught, and they tried to dispose of us in a giant peanut butter and jelly sandwich! The bread slices were at least 10 meters wide, and the peanut butter and jelly jars were 8 meters tall. What does this mean?! I’m not concerned about the mystery solving aspect of the dream. My mum introduced me to her favorite childhood stories, Nancy Drew Mysteries and Scooby Doo shows. But the giant sandwich has left me a bit freaked out about my sack lunches!

Afraid to Eat My Lunch


Dear Afraid to Eat My Lunch,

There are two possible interpretations of your dream. Absent knowledge of your relationship with your mum and your feelings about her favorite stories, I will present both interpretations.

Do you enjoy the mystery stories, or do you resent your mum for pressing her preferences onto you? If you have other interests that you don’t feel free to explore, then your dream is a manifestation of your desire to be free from your mum’s control. I am sure she doesn’t mean to crush your dreams and interests, but you are feeling that way. Try and share what you care about with her, and maybe you will feel less anxious.

But if you do enjoy the same mystery stories as she does, then I think the dream shows a creative mind that thinks outside the box – or outside the bread box! Find a creative outlet that appeals to you. If you enjoy writing, then maybe an internship at The Quibbler is in your future!

Beach

WC: 286
 

Mixed Blood
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- What was your favorite article in this month’s issue and why? (Not a creative writing prompt, but we always love to give shoutouts to the Quibbler's hardworking writers!)

I enjoyed the Dream Interpretations section. I myself have very weird and vivid dreams, but I'm not sure I've ever dreamt anything nearly so horrible as Christmas songs in July. Even my nightmares seem tame in comparison. On another note, just a few minutes ago I don't think I had ever heard the exclamation "Merlin's saggy pants." Now I have. Thank you so much, Darya.
And then there was the Wizard Horoscopes section. Apparently I'm to be rejected by my deepest crush in the upcoming month. As it happens, I'm ace and have literally never had a crush on anyone. Awkward.

- As we discovered in this edition, dreams can often have odd and unexpected meanings. For this prompt, interpret a dream that a random individual has sent to you for review. What was the dream? Why did the individual send it to you specifically? What is your interpretation of the dream's contents?

Dear Sky,

This past month I have been plagued by a most strange recurring dream. It wasn't what any sane person would call a nightmare; however, not being quite sane myself, it has filled me with the utmost fear and dread. It always begins the same way: I am standing upon a hill, looking out at the valley below. There's a faint tickling on the back of my neck, or sometimes my shoulder, or sometimes my knee, or sometimes the tip of my nose, but no matter how I turn and search, I can never seem to find what's causing it. This continues until I'm raving mad and want nothing more than to carve the culprit into a nice meat pie. Luckily for them, I always wake up before I can storm off in search of my sharpest knife (carving flesh with a wand just isn't satisfying enough).
If this continues for any longer, I'm afraid I'll snap and find a living scapegoat to take the place of the fiend in my dream. Please, help.

-Raving Dreamer


Dear Raving Dreamer,

If what you shared here is true, then I'm afraid your future doesn't look too bright at all. The recurring hill in your dream suggests that you will soon be cursed such that you may only ever wear high heels for the remainder of your days. This would be a most ghastly fate, as I'm sure you can imagine, if you've ever worn high heels before. It may also suggest that you will be transformed into a moderately pleasing shrubbery, but the grim mood of the dream makes me think that it is something far worse than that.
As for the tickling, I believe that it most likely represents the feather of a chicken. Its incessant tickling suggests that soon in the future you will be pursued by a gang of rabid and remarkably stealthy chickens. They will inevitably thwart your efforts to bake them into a meat pie, and will continue to hound you until you truly go mad and commit a crime foul enough to earn you a life sentence in Azkaban.
Because of the inevitability of this impending crime, I have taken the liberty of preemptively alerting the Ministry. Henceforth, you will be under 24 hour surveillance, and a Dementor will be sent to escort you wherever you go, so that the Ministry may easily find and detain you once the crime is committed.

Sweet dreams,
Sky

- In her article on absurd questions, Eline posited that it's possible that few magical folk know where furniture comes from because furniture makers keep their knowledge of furniture-making spells under lock and key. For this prompt, create your own furniture-making spell. What is its incantation? What wand movement does it entail? How do you know if you've cast the spell correctly? What does it do? Does your spell have any special quirks?

This spell is relatively new - it was invented only a few years ago by a wizard known for his irritability and short temper. Its function is relatively limited: it merely acts as a stand-in for glue, allowing you to stick two pieces of wood together.
The incantation for this spell is "Stigadamit", with the emphasis on the stig. The incantation comes from the modern English words "stick", "God", "damn" and "it". As you say the incantation, press the pieces of wood together where you want them to stick together, and jab the tip of your wand as hard as you can into the seam between them. The wand should ram into the wood on the first syllable of the incantation.
The spell's inventor claims that this particular incantation helps you channel your frustration and impatience through your wand right into the wood in front of you. The more irritation you pour into the spell, the more sturdy the glue job will be. To maximize the potency, it is best to provoke an argument with your sibling or significant other before attempting the spell. Alternatively, find the most irritable person you know and make them do it for you.

Edited by Riverglen
 

Mixed Blood
Slytherin
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For this prompt, create your own magical superstition. What is the superstition? How did it originate, either historically or for you personally? Do you still believe in this superstition today?

When you grew up in the wizarding world I’m sure you’ve heard of the superstition of blowing on an owl feather that you found in your olwpost to receive a good message. This superstition dates back to the sixteenth century. And while historians can’t tell exactly when it first occurred as a superstition in the wizarding community they can tell how it came to life:

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During the sixteenth century lived a muggle woman named Jenefer who had a child with a wizard. The wizard never told her what he was, not even after they married, and soon after their daughter Mabel was born he disappeared without a word. Feeling left alone and sad Jenefer found joy in bringing up her little girl.

During those times the burning of witches reached its peak and it didn’t spare the village where Jenefer and her daughter lived. The villagers found it odd and suspicious that a beautiful young woman like Jenefer was abandoned by her husband. In their minds there was either something wrong with her child or Jenefer herself. Soon rumors spread through the village that Jenefer was a witch and had used magic to trick the poor man into marrying her. When her child was born the evil spell was lifted and, now free, he ran for his life.

Jenefer became scared and feared for her and her daughters life. She tried everything she could to appear normal and prove that she did nothing wrong. To make things worse a strange bird appeared on her window one day and wouldn’t go away no matter what she tried. When she saw a parchment scroll attached to the leg of the bird hot panic rose in her. A bird that carried strange parchment scrolls? Everyone knew that only witches did that. Not wanting to be seen with this sorcery Jenefer took the scroll and burned it. She needed to destroy all evidence of unnatural things before the villagers could find out. Since then not a day went by without one of the birds appearing at her window. And every single day Jenefer took the scroll and burned it.

She became stressed, shouted at her daughter for no reason and to make matters worse the villagers now openly accused her of being a witch. So one day when she came home, exhausted and scared, she sat at the kitchen table and simply watched her daughter. Mabel was playing with a feather Jenefer recognized as one of the bird’s feathers, carefree and happy, and seeing the smiling face of her daughter brought tears to Jenefers eyes. When Mabel noticed her watching gaze she took the feather, placed it on her palm and softly blew against it. The feather rose in the air before it slowly glided to the ground where it landed next to a parchment scroll. Not wanting and neither having the strength to fight any longer Jenefer took the scroll and for the first time uncoiled it and began reading. It was then that her life changed completely. She learned that her daughter was a witch, was invited to attend a prestigious magical school, had financial support, and her, Jenefer, was granted support in all matters as well.

Later, when Jenefer moved to another village and didn’t need to worry about being accused of being a witch any longer, when her daughter attended the magical school, she would remember the moment that marked this change: It was the serene scene of her daughter blowing a feather into the air.

Now, whenever Jenefer found a feather in her owl mail she would take it in remembrance at that moment, place it on her palm an blow on it before opening her letters. This tradition carried on with Mabel who would tell her friends about it and added that it was a lucky omen when you found a loose feather in your owl post.
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I for my part believe in this. I remember several occasions where I found an owl feather in my owl post, blew on it and I always received good news afterwards: one time I learned that my favorite Quidditch team won a match, another time I got a letter from my crush and one time I got my amazing O.W.L. results back.
 

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- In a particularly colorful article, one author tackled the daunting task of interviewing a demiguise. For this prompt, write a brief interview between yourself and a magical creature of your choosing. Which creature did you choose? How did they respond to your questioning? Were they able to communicate with words? If not, how did they communicate their opinions on your questioning?


Interview with a Basilisk
by Penelope Potter, third-year Slytherin student

This interview was conducted at great risk to myself. Luckily, I am a Parselmouth, so language was no problem, but locating the beast was not so easy, and interviewing it without looking it in the eye would also be quite challenging. I had heard that there was a Basilisk or two roaming wild in the Forbidden Forest, so I set off with my parchment and Quick-Quotes Quill (which I had modified to be able to transcribe Parseltongue into plain English). After searching for an hour, I came across the dreaded Basilisk. Well, not so dreaded as he was a juvenile - not yet fully grown - but a Basilisk is a Basilisk! I started by asking him how he had come to be there, and this is what he told me:

"The only thing I remember about my earliest days is that I was born from an egg. Emerging into the sunlight, I saw a strange-looking beast that had dry, leathery skin, short legs, and large bumps covering its unattractive body. I then noticed that there were actually two of those ugly, little creatures. The first one had fallen off the egg that I had emerged from, and the other was sitting on top of a second egg. I ate both of the unsightly amphibians and when I grew older, I learnt that they were called toads; I often hunt them in the forest, along with frogs and small lizards which I also like to eat.

"After I had eaten the two toads, I bit open the unhatched egg that the second toad had been sitting on, and I saw an even stranger creature hatch from the egg. Its torso was long and covered in shimmering green scales that reflected the late afternoon rays of sunlight on that autumn day. Its head seemed too large for its long, tubular body, and I saw sharp fangs in its mouth. It had beady yellow eyes and when I turned my head back to look at my own body, I realised that I was looking at a mirror image of myself. I must look like that creature too, I thought and deep down in my heart I knew that the other one was a female and that I was male.

"From that time on, we spent most of our time together, although often I would disappear for days on end and so would she. I know what ghastly deeds I had committed in the forest, but I do not know how she had spent her time when she was away from me. I suspect that she may have eaten a student or two from the school that is located nearby - Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I have often wondered what it is like to consume human flesh and now that I look at you, I think you might be quite a tasty morsel. I think that I will eat you now, little girl!"


NOTE: This parchment was found near the Black Lake. It is not known if this essay was a piece of fiction or a figment of Penelope Potter's imagination. After all, who has ever heard of a Quick-Quotes Quill that can transcribe Parseltongue to English? However, it should be noted that Miss Potter has never been seen again. Her backpack was found in the Forbidden Forest, near some track marks that appeared to have been made by a very large serpent.
 

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- What was your favorite article in this month’s issue and why? (Not a creative writing prompt, but we always love to give shoutouts to the Quibbler's hardworking writers!)

My favorite article was the absurd questions article about where furniture comes from. It brought up some very good points that I never even considered. I think I most agree with the last theory, that no one makes furniture these days, because any broken piece of furniture can simply be repaired with magic, so there is no need to make anything new. That would certainly explain why all of the furniture seen in the wizarding world seems so dated. That’s because it is! I can’t recall any instance of modern-looking furniture in the wizarding world. I used to think it was because wizardfolk were really attached to their aesthetic, but now I wonder if it’s more because they can fix anything that breaks so easily that they haven’t had the opportunity to explore newer styles.

- In a particularly colorful article, one author tackled the daunting task of interviewing a demiguise. For this prompt, write a brief interview between yourself and a magical creature of your choosing. Which creature did you choose? How did they respond to your questioning? Were they able to communicate with words? If not, how did they communicate their opinions on your questioning?

I stood before the jewelry case, frozen with indecision. I was trying to pick out a pair of earrings for my girlfriend, but I have to say, I was hopelessly confused. Jewelry has never been my thing and I had no idea what to choose. I was just about to give up when I spotted a flash of brown fur out of the corner of my eye. I turned just in time to see a small niffler slipping an entire golden watch into its pouch.
What luck! I thought to myself. Who better to ask for an opinion on jewelry than a niffler?
I approached the small fellow, who was so busy stuffing his pouch with various rings that he didn’t see me. I cleared my throat, hoping to get his attention. “Er… excuse me, uh, sir?” The niffler turned to look at me and blinked twice as if to acknowledge my presence. “I was wondering if you could help me out with something. You see, I’m trying to pick a pair of earrings to give my girlfriend for our anniversary…”
The niffler reached for a silver bracelet, all the while maintaining eye contact.
“So… um. Is that something you could help me out with?”
The bracelet disappeared into the niffler’s pouch. He blinked once more.
“If you’re not too busy, that is…”
Blink.
“Well, what do you think of this pair?” I gestured to a pair of earrings with dangling crescent moons. The niffler followed my gaze and stared at the earrings as if contemplating them. He quickly snatched them and deposited them into his pouch.
“Okay, well maybe not that pair, then. Erm, how about those silver hoops?”
Blink. Grab. Pouch.
Finally, growing desperate, I pointed at a pair of clay earrings in the shape of turtles. The niffler simply yawned and turned away, seemingly tired of my questions.
“Well… you didn’t take them, so I will assume that you are leaving them for me! Thank you for your time, sir.”
The niffler scurried away in search of new treasures, while I grabbed the earrings and headed towards the cash register.

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