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March 28, 2020

SURPRISE SALES


2:21 am - Molly Weasley



Hello again dears! Please don't mind the mess, I will get around to tidying up eventually. There is just so much to do with everyone visiting that cleaning has been pushed to the bottom of the list! We've had the boys running around with my pots, the Ministry of Magic asking us to sell their things, and who knows what next!

Actually, when I popped to Diagon Alley this morning to stock up on some more supplies, I noticed extraordinarily long queues outside both Fred's Holiday Store and Quality Quidditch Supplies! Mind you, I didn't have time to take a peek, but I did hear people talking excitedly about a sale.

If you do head over there, maybe you'll be able to find some new goodies to bring back to The Burrow! Oh, I must let Ginny know! I'm sure she'd love to go shopping.



March 24, 2020

The Burrow


12:11 am - John


The Burrow's cozy interior waiting for you to come in!

Hogwarts has always been a home for those of us in need. Whether you've been finding comfort in the pages of Harry Potter for years, or you're just discovering the magic for the first time, we here at HEX welcome you all home.

These are trying times we find ourselves in, but no matter the distance between us, we are all a family. There's only one house that can hold a family this big! That's right... The Burrow!

Join us in this new forum as we come together to show our support, distract ourselves with some activities, and hopefully have a little fun along the way! Stay tuned for new daily activities/occurrences throughout the week!



March 21, 2020

Promotions


9:49 am - Nelly



As many of you know, HEX relies on the volunteer work of its moderators and members of the site's staff to run this website we all love and cherish. These are people who choose to give back to our community by helping out in site positions. Every so often, we like to reward the dedication these moderators show with well-deserved promotions. As such, here's our most recent class of promotees!

The following Staff Members are returning to active status: Cait and Doc Necro.

The following Junior Staff Members are being promoted to the position of Staff Member: AimNorth, Dustball, Edmundus, and Sammy.

Finally, the following Global Moderators are being promoted to the role of Junior Staff Member: Athenniene Cromwell, desi, Kasey, Morgan93, and Ragna Lokisdottir.

We're very excited to see these valued team members joining us in new capacities, bringing their dedication and expertise to the fold!



March 20, 2020

Flight of the Phoenix


4:37 am - Jojo




Phoenixes are fascinating creatures. We've been introduced to their world in the HP series, mostly through the eyes of Fawkes, Dumbledore's famous companion. However, Fawkes wasn't always a domesticated phoenix. Have you ever wondered how is the life of these majestic birds in their homeland and in nature, where they truly belong?

Well, now is the perfect time to find out! Join the Gryffindor staff in watching for the first time the true Flight of the Phoenix!



March 19, 2020

MAGICAL ARCHIVES UPDATE


5:00 am - Sammy



We're halfway through March but that doesn't mean the fun is starting to trail off. Here in the Magical Archives we have plenty to keep you occupied until the end of the month! First up, come tell us what you think Kreacher would have written to Regulus after their dangerous visit to The Cave in Kreacher Fever. You can then jump to our favorite House Elf and design the perfect pair of socks to thank Dobby in Spectacular Socks. If that hasn't satisfied your House Elf fix you can come tell us exactly what you'd say to Dobby to pay your respects. Make sure you grab your tissues because Dobby's Eulogy is an emotional one!

We still have plenty to see you through to the end of the month outwith all our House Elf fun. Make sure to check out the Table of Contents to learn about all the fun activities we currently have in the Magical Archives. Remember, participating in activities will earn you a chance at the Book of Records! We hope to see you in the Magical Archives soon.

Watch Thread || Table of Contents



March 18, 2020

The Atrium


6:01 am - MariaAna




Now that those pesky green fairies have left, we have new activities!

We're all anxiously awaiting your responses to our two newest polls, and we've got a new participation raffle and HEXperience trivia to keep you all on your toes! Skip on over to the Fountain of Magical Brethren to chat up two members of site staff and ask them all your questions. This month, you should try and become the Master of Death. Head over to our monthly contest Mastering Death to learn more!

In addition to our Errors and Glitches thread, be sure to check out our Known Bugs thread, the Broken Coding and Formatting thread, and our Homepage Polls: Let's Talk About That! thread!

We hope to see you around The Atrium soon!



March 17, 2020

New Issue of The Quibbler!


9:09 pm - Morgan93



Bloop... bloop... bloop... what's that sound, you ask? Why, it's a lava lamp - and none other than this month's theme, of course! The staff of The Quibbler had a bubbly time this month as they prepared to write about what may be their most inspiring - and soothing! - theme to date.

While you're out picking up a lava lamp of your own, be sure to pick up a copy of the March issue of The Quibbler as well! They definitely go hand-in-hand, so be sure you're not missing out!

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about The Quibbler, please either visit The Newsstand or send an owl to Zoe.



March 16, 2020

Daily Prophet:: March Edition


9:36 pm - ragna lokisdottir



Vincent van Gogh. Leonardo da Vinci. Andy Warhol. Caravaggio. What do these four have in common with the Daily Prophet this month? Why, art of course! We're stepping into art galleries and taking in art shows to get a true appreciation for the artwork and those who make it. Join us at these events in our March issue to experience just what art means to people. For some art is an expression of themselves. For others, it is the opportunity to see into the annals of history. Whatever your thoughts on art, there is definitely something for everyone!

Did you miss an edition or want to re-read your favorite articles? Visit our Official Archives for all of the Daily Prophet's former issues.

If you have any concerns regarding the Daily Prophet, please contact Janelle, Mark, or Thene. You may also get in touch with Cody or Steph from Publications Management.



March 15, 2020

Caretaker Concoctions - March


7:53 pm - Jessica




Ahhh... Argus Filch often dreams of returning to the days when Umbridge ruled the school with the help of her loyal minions and a veritable army of Educational Decrees. Will you join the Caretakers to take back the halls of Hogwarts from her diabolical grasp?

PRIZES


Umbridge's Detention Quill | Umbridge's Alarm Kitty | Pink Kitty Plushie


Be sure to watch the Student Hangout's Watch Thread and our Student Corkboard for regular updates on the happenings inside the walls of Hogwarts.



March 14, 2020

Let the Hunt Begin!


12:15 am - HEX Staff



Spring is finally March-ing in, and users everywhere have been conspiring and comparing plans to finally catch the elusive Leprechaun this year. All sorts of treasures await you, provided you actually catch him!

Join us for a duck pond contest for your chance to win some snazzy dancing shoes. REs are falling sitewide until the end of Tuesday, so grab some friends and go Leprechaun catching!



March 13, 2020

USF Update


11:07 pm - Edmundus



Do you smell that? Sniff. Sniff. Flowers are blooming and their fragrance is wafting in the air. Over in the shopping forums we are doing some spring cleaning, with a little bit of gardening along the way. The biggest cleaning project is our Quarterly Raffle. Don't forget it ends on March 31st, so hurry over and earn those tickets so we can clean it up and start fresh!

What are you waiting for? Go grab those pretty prizes, shiny galleons and much coveted House Points! Don't forget more ticket oportunities will pop up on the 15th in select forums!

A Clean Getaway | A Dragon's Tale
LU Activity | Gifts Galore | Springtime Sadness



March 12, 2020

Fan Fiction Forum


9:01 am - desi




"Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations…"

March is full of green and, coincidentally enough, there's a certain reporter in the Harry Potter Universe who tends to be associated with this color. Rita Skeeter possessed a secret that allowed her to acquire gossip and news where others could not. Her beetle animagus was hardly ever used for good, but could it have been? Head over to March's Theme Prompt and write a story about a time when Rita Skeeter's beetle-form proved to be highly useful.

Are you more of a reader than a writer? Then head on over to Reader's Digest, where the audience gets to shine! Don't forget to participate in the following activities to earn tickets towards the Monthly Raffle:

Character Journals l Continue the Story | FanFic Con | Guess the Character | Picture Prompt | Writing Circle




And, of course, don't forget that participation in Author's Notes could win you an item exclusive to the Fan Fiction department!



March 11, 2020

The Grounds - March Update


2:09 pm - KatieNumbers



Have you ever wondered how Hagrid was able to procure his first acromantula egg? Join us in The Amazing Spider-Dad as you get to tell the story of how our favorite Groundskeeper acquired such an egg, and all the troubles he may have overcome while raising the creature!

Remember that not only participating in the above RP contest, but also in other activities of the Grounds and user-created RPs can earn you tickets toward the brand-new Grounds-wide incentive item - Hagrid's Keys!

Activity Overview | Grounds-wide Incentive



March 9, 2020

Teaching Center Updates


2:59 am - Jamoki




With Valentines Day over, it's left us all in a big of a fuzz. This month in the Teaching Center we have Amnesia Adversity, where some of us are feeling a bit out of place. Come and act out in a roleplay with us about having amnesia!

With spring coming around, rainbows are appearing in the sky more frequently. Come check out our new Open Roleplay: Leprechauns on the Loose, and help Hagrid! Those pesky leprechauns are running amuck and don't want to be caught. See what you can do to help out.

Once again we have a new Student of the Month, come on down to congratulate and see what it takes to be a student of the month.



March 8, 2020

Welcome Center - March Update


4:58 am - Aurora




Someone special in Harry's life will be celebrating a day all about them this month, but not in a way you'd think. It's National Puppy Day! Harry thought it would be hilarious to gift the animagus a new collar for the occasion. Show us how it looks in A Sirius Collar. Meanwhile, Sirius will need some company at the puppy party, so let's discuss some Four-Legged Friends to bring along. All are welcome, furry, scaley, four legs, or even... five? Finally, our monthly Newbie Raffle for new users has some amazing prizes - something for everyone who enters!

If you've recently joined and feel a bit lost, stop by the New User Area and have a go at the tasks and endeavors to learn about the site and earn some galleons. Check out the other helpful information there too.

And finally, if you are under 13 years of age we have a special place just for you here on HEX. Come and visit the Weasley Hideout for even more contests, activities and chat threads for our younger members of the site to get stuck into!



March 7, 2020

Publications Management - March Update


7:00 am - Morgan93



Here at The Newsstand, March seems to be coming in like a lamb as we calmly present a new assortment of activities! It's never too late to make a change and, as a result, we are still talking about New Year's resolutions this month. But they're not just ordinary resolutions - they're magical! Drawing inspiration from the January WWN broadcast, come discuss all things magical resolutions.

February's issue of the Daily Prophet was all about Random Acts of Kindness Day, and how one could participate in this altruistic celebration with gestures both large and small. In honor of this issue, come join us in discussing kindness and help spread the good will around. While venturing into our discussions, please ignore the smell. You see, in February, The Quibbler explored bad smells, and some of those odors seem to have invaded our offices. We need your help figuring out What's That Smell? permeating throughout The Newsstand this month.

Participation in any of our activities could earn you an opportunity to win some dazzling prizes in The Newsstand Quarterly Raffle.

Finally, if you've ever dreamed about writing for the wizarding world's quirkiest publication, then grab your favorite quill and a pair of spectrespecs because writer applications for The Quibbler are currently open!



March 6, 2020

RPC MARCH UPDATES


10:30 am - Kasey



Trouble is brewing at Hogwarts, and you can bet that the Weasley twins are in the thick of things! However, they aren't always the cause, and this month they, along with some unlikely companions, will be the true Guardians of the Faculty in our Roleplay of the Month. Will they be able to come together and save Hogwarts? It's up to you to decide!

While you're walking about the corridors, make sure you stop and say hi to our favorite twins. They're wandering about, and you're sure to run into them! Joke, laugh, and try to impress them with some One Line Wonders in this month's Freestyle.

Lastly, to relax after an adventurous day at Hogwarts, the twins are hanging out around the fire, ready to talk to everyone who joins. They're looking to learn more about the students at Hogwarts now that they've left, and it's up to you to inform them. Have fun with some Superlative Shenanigans and help them get to know the current student body.

And, of course, any eligible entries to our contests will earn you tickets to our March Participation Raffle. We've got some prankster-approved prizes up for grabs that you'll definitely want a chance at winning!



March 5, 2020

HINT Forums :: March Update


5:27 pm - KatieNumbers


HINT Forums' Once Upon A Time

Oh no! The kingdom of Elphame is in despair, and we need YOU to come help bring things back to order! From dark creatures to fairies, come tell the story of a kingdom that desperately is trying to solve the mystery of their missing princess, Calypso. Can you find out who may have abducted the princess, and bring her back alive to the kingdom? There's only one way to find out! Join us in Once Upon a Time to learn how you can save the kingdom!

Of course, we wouldn't ask such a large task without providing rewards! There are 11,000 House Points up for grabs, as well as these cool prizes!

House Points



March 4, 2020

Social Media Monthly Update


9:07 am - little fox




March Monthly Announcements!


SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST
For years she has reigned as the High Supreme of Memes. But now it's time to finally say, "Bye, Felicia!" Join the SM staff to help with her removal in the new March Contest!

SOCIAL MEDIA CHAT
We have a new Muse of the Month - TheBaddestBlonde. For the start of March we want to discuss Social Medias influence on Festivals, and Events that are advertised on them. Head on over to Monthly Musings to give your input on this topic.

SOCIAL MEDIA TRIVIA
Just how good is your knowledge of the Wizarding world? Come test it with the latest round of trivia questions! Think you're up for it? You better, because I Bet the Muggles Won't Know About These!

SOCIAL MEDIA RAFFLE
The Monthly Raffle is ready for a new month! Make your way over to Platform Ponderings for all the information on how you can participate! You have the chance to earn our Social Media exclusive item, house points, and Galleons!

ISO: CONTENT CREATORS
Do you enjoy making online content or coming up with aesthetics and ways to engage with users on social media? You're in luck because we have applications for content creators open indefinitely! We are currently on the hunt for talented folks to help us with Facebook, but those who are interested in other platforms are welcome as well. What are you waiting for? Join the Social Media Department today!

#BeSocial



March 3, 2020

Ministry of Magical Arts :: March Update


10:10 am - ragna lokisdottir



What's this? It looks like MoMA is turning into a candy store! Yes! Come and splurge to your heart's content this month as we take a look at those delicious sweets. You can design your own candy shop of horrors in the Graphics Challenge. Additionally, the MoMA curators are always looking for some good milkshake recipes. Why don't you give a twist to yours in the Writing Challenge?

Of course, there's always more going on in our forums! Why don't you stop by and check out what's happening? Swing by each forum's watch thread, linked below for your convenience.

The Exhibit || The Gallery || The Institute

1st Place: Flitwick's Cupcakes OR Chocolate Bunny + 3,000 House Points
2nd Place: 50,000 Galleons + 2,000 House Points
3rd Place: 25,000 Galleons + 1,000 House Points



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