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August 27, 2012

The Hogwarts Express

2:16 am - HPfanextrm

With classes starting soon, it's time to jump on the Hogwarts Express. Ride the new default layout all the way to school, courtesy of Adam (Xeneixian). Enjoy!

August 18, 2012

O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s

6:30 pm - HPfanextrm

With a single wave of her wand, Headmistress McGonagall neatly stacked the house tables against the walls of the Great Hall, the long benches settling in alongside them. Waving her wand again, she conjured dozens of individual desks. Each desk came equipped with a rigidly straight-backed chair, clearly designed to keep anyone sitting in it from falling asleep. On the desks was set a single bottle of black ink and a rather plain-looking quill. Professor McGonagall smiled to herself; she knew that the most powerful anti-cheating charms were placed within each of the quills. They might look mundane, but anyone who dared to cheat while holding it in their grasp would be in for a rude awakening.

Preparations done, she cut across the hall to the front. Where normally the teachers' table sat, there was an expansive--albeit plain--teacher's desk with a wing-backed chair behind it. Piled atop the desk were rolls of parchment. The hall was ready, examination papers waiting. All that was left was to call the students in. Wand still gripped in her right hand, she flicked it at the doors to the Entrance Hall and announced, "Enter!"

It's that time of year again: time for examinations! If you are currently a 5th-year student and earned at least 100 points this past term, you may take your Ordinary Wizarding Levels. If you are a 7th-year student and earned at least 100 points this past term, you may take your Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests.

You will have two weeks to take your exams, at which point they will be closed. You do not have to take these tests to move up a year or graduate. Good luck!

O.W.L.s | N.E.W.T.s

August 16, 2012

The Daily Prophet: August 2012

7:38 pm - MuggleBornMegan07

School is soon to be the focal point of the fall once again, and the Daily Prophet writers aren't excited one bit. Get the inside scoop on one of Slytherin's most recent dueling victories as Sloan Sicarus goes one-on-one with Mr. Kanye (not Kanye West, sorry fans). See our thoughts on the new changes of HEX. Plus, Don't miss the Daily Prophet's official response to the Quibbler pancake crisis, and hear the story of the victim first-hand. That, and so much more only in the August edition 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!

August 14, 2012

House Team Try-Outs

8:01 pm - Xeneixian

Have you ever wondered how to get on your house's Quidditch, Dueling, or Debate team? Wonder no longer!

Currently, most houses will be holding try-outs for their Quidditch teams and possibly more. In preparation for the school term, house staffs are going to be doing their best to select the most active, talented, awesome players they can find to represent their house. If you think this might be you, head to your Common Room and look for stickied or colored threads.

Why would you even want to be on a team? If the thrills and the glory aren't enough for you, perhaps you might be enticed by hundreds of thousands of House Points? That's right: each competition will be handing out even more House Points than ever before! That doesn't mean you can win the House Cup without doing your homework, though. ;)

Quidditch - 15,000 House Points for each win and 5,000 for a loss. 7,500 Points for catching the Snitch and 1,500 Points for each goal your team scores!

Dueling - 1,500 House Points for each individual win and 500 for each individual loss. 15,000 Points for a team victory (best out of 5 duels) and 5,000 for a team loss.

Debates - 15,000 House Points for a victory and 5,000 for a loss PLUS your team's score times 200 Points!

So head on over to your Common Rooms and see how you can be part of your house's fight for the House Cup this term.

August 6, 2012

House Canon Role Play

8:36 pm - Jeleme

HCRP is coming back and hopefully better than ever! We'll start RPing at the beginning of Harry's fifth year. For those who are unfamiliar with it, there are 25 characters for each house. People from within the house will take on the character and roleplay within the HCRP forum with that character. We'll have contests, we'll have incentives for those that are chosen! So, head on to your common rooms and apply now!


August 4, 2012

The results are in, requesting TA's now!

6:23 pm - Ninja Kitten

Please help the Magical Education Administration welcome our newest professors for this upcoming fall term in the Entrance Hall. We are looking forward to yet another awesome term and hope to see you all participating and earning points for your house!

Training will start soon, but as we wait for that to begin some of your newest professors are looking for teaching assistants to help keep our homework graded on time. Any professor who is looking for TA's should post their request in this thread. Please remember that professors are allowed to choose whomever they want to TA their class.

1st year classes are allowed a maximum of 4 TA's.
2nd year classes are allowed a maximum of 4 TA's.
3rd year classes are allowed a maximum of 3 TA's.
4th year classes are allowed a maximum of 3 TA's.
5th year classes are allowed a maximum of 2 TA's.
6th year classes are allowed a maximum of 2 TA's.
7th year classes are allowed a maximum of 2 TA's.
Graduate Studies are allowed only 1 TA.

August 1, 2012

Promote HEX - Downloads

3:44 pm - Xeneixian

Do you ever find yourself searching for just the right avatar, wallpaper, or other graphic and simply cannot find it? Or are you a HEX superfan, wanting to show off your love of the site on your instant messenger, another forum you frequent, or any other place across the wide world of the internets? Now you can!

Our Graphic Designers have been burning the midnight oil just for you, and have come up with dozens of avatars, wallpapers, and posters for you to show your love of Harry Potter and HEX. Simply click on the Promote link (above the Welcome Center on the left-side navigation) to check out all the new downloads. And be sure to keep checking back for future updates, which may include such things as phone wallpapers and Facebook cover images.

Finally, let's give a big round of applause to our designers who spent so much time making all of these beautiful graphics: Alex, Lydia, Saphy, and Josh. Additional thanks to Alex and Adam for making the page pretty and organized so you can find just what you're looking for!

Check Out the New Contests in the Contest Forum with Even Bigger House Points!

3:35 pm - Samantha Bradley

Arithmancy Placement Exam
Test your math skills by taking the Arithmancy Placement Exam. This job requires an eye for detail, logic skills way beyond those of your peers, and the ability to work through any problem. The test before you is designed to test all three of those things.

+ Hard work pays off! Enter for the chance to win an Enchanted Scoreboard, an Enchanted Timeline, or a Wizarding Pigybank.
+ Not only that, but this contest will be giving away a combined total of 9,000 house points. Support your house!

What Ever Happened to Good Old Pansy?
There are so many unanswered questions about what happened to certain characters from the Harry Potter books, things we will never know for certain but really wish we did. One of these people is Pansy Parkinson. Tell us the story of what happened to Pansy Parkinson after the final battle was over!

+ Enter for a chance to win Pansy's Wand, Boggart in a Dresser, or a Vial of Vampire Blood!
+ This contest will also be giving away a combined total of 9,000 house points. Show some house support and enter! We all want to win the house cup!

The Quibbler: August 2012

7:34 am - Marluxia

Grab a plate and fork, because this month the Quibbler is serving you an issue stacked to the heavens with pancakes! (Also known as "the sacred breakfast food.") In this issue we cover the tragedy of the Great Pancake Famine of 2012, why pancakes are better than anything else (but particularly waffles), and a recipe to make your own (healthy!) pancakes. So ready your appetite, because this month's issue is the yummiest ever!

If you have any questions or concerns about the Quibbler or its content, please owl Marluxia or one of the other publications staff members, Tori Tendleswift or MuggleBornMegan07. Thanks!

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