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April 25, 2012

McGonagall's Tail

12:16 pm - Ninja Kitten

Flitwick: You do realize we can't keep out You-Know-Who indefinitely.
McGonagall: That doesn't mean we can't delay him. And his name is Voldemort, so you might as well use it, he's going to try and kill you either way.

Neville: Are you really giving us permission to do this?
McGonagall: Yes, Longbottom.
Neville: Blow it up? Boom?
McGonagall: BOOM!

Throughout the books we were able to build a pretty good picture of the Minerva McGonagall Harry knew. She was a stern, demanding Professor and person, very respected and even feared by her students. However, she was also someone who cared deeply about her students and one of the people who stood on Harry's side through and through. Fierce defender of the good, she valued bravery and loyalty and often showed a fun, dry side. However, Harry only knew her for a very small part of her life. Is this all that is to know about this avid Quidditch fan, with a huge love for cats?

Welcome to the Gryffindor Site-wide, McGonagall's Tail. In this event, we will try to share with you some of the hidden story that only very recently was revealed about McGonagall's life. We hope you have fun in the process and enjoy the contests we set up for you.

McGonagall's Tail

~The Gryffindor Staff

End of an Era... of sorts.

12:08 pm - Ninja Kitten

Due to the steady decline of raffles, Fortune's Alley will be closing down soon. All users will be given one week to move their raffle threads to Diagon Alley. All raffles will be moving back into Diagon Alley, but that does not mean that the rules are necessarily changing completely.

The following guidelines are now in play:

- All side contests will occur within the actual raffle thread, and advertisement threads for raffles in Diagon Alley will also no longer be allowed as you could just bump the actual raffle thread.

- If you hold a raffle/contest and disappear for an extended period of time without notice, we will delete all funds that were gained by selling tickets.

- If you hold a raffle/contest and either refuse to give out prizes or something else determined to be cheating your account will be brought back down to zero, as in no money or items, even ones gained prior to the raffle.

- If you take more than 2 months to end a raffle/contest you will receive one warning by owl. Once it is determined that the owl was read/seen and nothing has been done you will be punished accordingly. It is up to the users partaking in the raffle/contest to report any problems.

- We will not be fixing any raffles or contests that go wrong, every contest you participate in is done at your own risk.

- Raffles/contests can be held in user store forums if you so wish, but you are subject to the same guidelines.

One last note is that there will be no more stickying or coloring of raffles. All users will be responsible for keeping their own thread afloat in DA. We hope that this will help keep everything more stream-lined and more fun.

Any questions/problems can be directed to Kitten050606, HPfanextrm, or Caleneledh.

April 17, 2012

New Site-Wide Layout

11:59 pm - John

A new site-wide layout has been added to bring the site from winter to spring. It is titled, "Spring with Padfoot" and was made by JamesLondon. I particularly like this layout because of the very scenic background. Great job!

April 15, 2012

The Daily Prophet: April 2012

11:55 am - MuggleBornMegan07

It's the middle of the month, and you know what that means... Another issue of the Daily Prophet is hot off the press! Whether you flock to the exclusive article about Albus Dumbledore's expected return from the dead, delve into the article on the phenomenon that is known as "Internet Trolls", or decide that the article covering the Bertie Botts crisis is more up to your speed, there is something in here for everyone! Read about all of this and more in this issue of The Daily Prophet!

If you have any general concerns about the this month's issue of the DP, please direct them at either MugglebornMegan07, Tori Tendleswift, or Marluxia. Thanks!

User Store Expansions

2:37 am - Xeneixian

Shopkeepers and resident wizarding tycoons will be happy to learn that you can now make your stores bigger and better than ever...for a small fee.

Until now, only 52 items fit in a store at a time, and the maximum sale price of items in user stores was 25,000 Galleons. Those limits are a thing of the past. Stores can now be upgraded up to five times. With each upgrade, you are able to stock more items and price them higher than before.

So, how do you know if it's worth it for you? Take a look:

Upgrade Max Item Stock Sale Price Cap Cost to Upgrade
0. 52 Items 25,000 Galleons 2,000 Galleons (new stores only)
1. 70 Items 40,000 Galleons 15,000 Galleons
2. 95 Items 60,000 Galleons 35,000 Galleons
3. 125 Items 100,000 Galleons 50,000 Galleons
4. 175 Items 150,000 Galleons 85,000 Galleons
5. 250 Items 200,000 Galleons 135,000 Galleons

Things to keep in mind:
  • To upgrade an existing store (or to open a new store), click on Store in the Your Items section of the left-side navigation OR click HERE. It'll look something like this:
  • Upgrade "0" represents the initial item and price caps in a store; if you already have a store, this is what you already own, so you don't have to pay anything more. If you don't own a store, you can open one for 2,000 Galleons.
  • Upgrades can only be purchased in order. You will only be able to see the next upgrade available; when you purchase an upgrade, the next will become available.
  • Upgrades 4 and 5 must be UNLOCKED before they can be purchased. You can unlock them by meeting certain special requirements in your store.
Happy shopping!

April 3, 2012

Yeah, you guessed it.

9:51 pm - HPfanextrm

April Fools. Thanks for putting up with our twisted sense of humor. ;)

April 2, 2012

Hogwarts Easter Carnival

3:55 pm - Heather

At Hogwarts, Easter is celebrated with a week long holiday while Molly Weasley ensures there's no lack of Easter eggs. This time, Easter will be celebrated with even more fan-fare as the Hufflepuff Staff brings to you the Easter Carnival.

Join us at the carnival booths and indulge in various games being hosted by our very own professors. Win fabulous prizes along with a chance to get Molly's Easter Egg! Ride the ferris wheel, pop in a Bertie Bott bean and enjoy the extravaganza.
Head over to the carnival now!

April 1, 2012

Important Site Changes

12:00 am - HEX Staff

Please read this post carefully as it contains vital information about HEX's future on the web. Starting today, major changes will go into effect to assure that HEX fully complies with copyright law. While we have operated under the "Fair Use" policy for years, recent events, like SOPA, have prompted us to err on the side of caution. We love the Harry Potter series, and intend no infringement upon its creator. It is important, especially so close to the public release of Pottermore, that we respect boundaries.

Therefore, we are removing all specific Harry Potter and Hogwarts references from HEX. This includes character, place, item, house etc. names. For example, instead of Diagon Alley , we will have Shopping Alley; instead of Knockturn Alley , Evil Alley; and so on. We appreciate your cooperation in this endeavor and hope everyone will not only understand, but actively support HEX's new measures.

Thank you,
The HEX Staff

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