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June 29, 2013

Forum Group Events

6:39 pm - Nefarious Black

In honour of the Magical Things happening this summer, various forums across the site will be holding events and contests next to the IHC, to ensure that everybody gets to have some fun competing and earning house points for the next term and of course winning some awesome prizes and REs along the way! We would like to (re-)introduce you to some of the forums you may be less familiar with, but which exist nonetheless and no doubt have plenty of interesting things and hideaways to offer! So join us in rediscovering HEX!

FIRST STOP - INFORMATION FORUMS. The Welcome Center, Clubs, Magical Theories,Ideas & Suggestions, Questions and Books & Film Discussion Forums would like to present their areas to you! Make sure to poke your head in everywhere because they're offering awesome contests with various opportunities to win all kinds of prizes and that also serve to introduce you to what their forum is really all about. Discover the depths of HEX' Information Centers.

June 26, 2013

Invitations and Owls

5:28 am - John

Invitations to the site have been completely overhauled. Everyone has been given 10 invitations to start. You can now receive certain rewards for inviting your friends to the site. For more information, please see the invite page.

Also, all mysterious owls can now be opened. Be careful when opening though. You never know what might happen. The owls are very mysterious after all! Have fun!

June 24, 2013

Site Mentors Wanted

8:15 pm - scully

Do you want to be a Site Mentor, responsible for helping new Hexians find their way around HEX? We are currently looking for users who want to join our Mentoring team. If you would like to be a Site Mentor you must meet the following qualifications:

1.You must have been on HEX for at least 6 months.
2. You need to be able to answer a wide variety of questions about HEX.
3. You must be active!

Before you apply, understand that mentoring takes work so please be sure that you have the time to devote to the task. For more information, check this thread. Applications will close on July 8th at 11:59pm Hex time.

June 22, 2013

Hepzibah at the Hobbit Fair!

11:59 am - anushree

Hepzibah Smith trotted down the muddy lane, towards the collection of hobbit-holes she had been told of. Shame, really, that she couldn't apparate there directly because hobbits, apparently, didn't like surprises! Hepzibah had heard of the distant place called the Shire and how the hobbits here had a lot of beautiful and valuable items. She had left immediately, even if it meant a long and arduous journey, so she could pamper herself by adding more items to her various collections.

When she reached, she realized she had come at the right time! A Hobbit-Fair seemed to be going on - the perfect place to buy, bid and even win preciouses! Clapping her hands happily, Hepzibah entered the fair with a speed noone could have imagined she was capable of.

Join the Hufflepuff Staff as we journey into the Shire and see Hepzibah's dealings with the Hobbits. Go here to see how you can buy your way in!

June 21, 2013

Introducing: The New HEX

12:54 am - John

Well, the wait is over. Magical things have happened! Hogwarts Extreme has been completely redesigned from the ground up for the first time ever in its eleven years. Everything on the entire site has received a complete refresh. Most pages, as well as the forums as a whole, have been given new life. Explore the site to see all of the new and improved HEX!

In addition to the redesign of the entire site, Hogwarts Extreme's slogan has officially changed. It is now "The Interactive Harry Potter Experience." This change was made to reflect who and what we have become as a site, and also so that it would communicate just how you, our members, experience the site on a daily basis. Our new slogan helps show what we truly are and offer here on HEX.

There are some main features about the new design. One of the biggest is the elimination of the bottom bar in exchange for the brand new top bar. You will notice all of your usual stuff--Events, Apparation, and Hogfriends--at the top in icon form. An updated owl and user search area has been added as well. Simply type in the search box and options will appear. For more information about the features in the new design, discover them here.

There are many groups of people to thank for contributing so much throughout this entire process. First, thank you to all of the staff, who have worked like crazy for many hours, from the beginning planning stages all the way to today's final release. This could not have been done without all of them. From the coders to the graphic designers, as well as the planners and the organizers, everyone on staff contributed so much, allowing the design to fully come together. I also would like to thank my parents and family, as well as the Oklahoma City based design firm, liquidfish. Also, thank you to all past and current donators. Without all of these people and groups, the design would not have become what it is. Thank you to everyone that made this process as great and seamless as possible. And a special thank you to Lydia for creating the fantastic new crests you see at the top and bottom of this post.

I want to thank all of the members that have supported HEX these past eleven years. Without all of you, the site would be nothing like it is today. You have truly made the site a great and magical place. Thank you!

Finally, we have one of the most intense release schedules ever planned for new pages, sections, and features in the coming weeks and months. New adventures await you. Delve into new realms, interact with some of your favorite characters, or test your luck and your wallet with some fantastic new interactive features.

This redesign is only the tip of the iceberg. So hold onto your broomsticks, everyone. Our summer of magic has only just begun.

June 15, 2013

Daily Prophet - June 2013

9:55 am - Xeneixian

After a three month hiatus, the Daily Prophet makes its triumphant return! We have brand new writers, and a brand new layout. Dive on in and read about Ari the Squib, the news from Inside Azkaban, the crazy things Muggles say about Harry Potter, and much more! This month's issue is fun and educational, and we'll be introducing a couple of new features. When you've read it all, feel free to take our little quiz at the end for a chance to win some galleons!

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If you have any general concerns about the this month's issue of the DP, please contact either Tony Shacklebolt or GSP827 at the Daily Prophet Offices, or check in with Publication Management at Kitten050606

June 5, 2013

House Election Results & Promotions

10:48 pm - John

The results are in for the new house staffs! They are as follows:

Head Students: Tinuel, Richard Lestrange
Prefects: yuki_chan, Heather_91, tictac, kashtastic

Head of House - Anushree
Assistant HoH - BLMB
Head Boy - Thornshield
Head Girl - EchoKey174
Prefects - JrunneL, saara_mehta

Head Students: misshavokk and julieexann
Prefects: chive_p, ali_lacey, pan, bumbleboy

Head of House - Crystal Nymph
Assistant HoH - rebel_leader
Head Boy - Phoenix101
Head Girl - Luxa
Prefects - Samantha Bradley, Lenalie

Congratulations everyone!


Also, some promotions are in order. we are pleased to announce the following additions to our global moderator team: rebel_leader, scully, harry_fun, and julieexann.

In addition to the global moderator promotions, there are also two staff member promotions. Both Shining Star and SofiaR have been promoted.

Congratulations to all. All of the promotions are well-deserved.

Lastly, some of you may have noticed the admins/staff have all changed their avatars. Magical things are about to happen. Stay tuned...

Job Openings at the Ministry

11:40 am - yuki_chan

Ever wondered how to get a job at the Ministry of Magic? Well, here are a few job openings that might suit your skills.

Summertime is approaching, and while the House teams are enjoying their well deserved vacation, the Department of Magical Games and Sports are recruiting more employees to prepare for next season.

Yes, you heard it right. Kingsley, Hoochiemama and Lockhart are looking for new colleagues to share the latest goss- their prodigious skill. Of course, aside from their expertise, you get compensation/salary for your efforts--it is a job after all, and mind you, Ludo Bagman pays well.

So do you think you have skills? Click on the links to become the next Debate Judge, Quidditch Referee or Dueling Master.

We are also looking for ideas for future debate topics, so if you have any, please owl them to Chris, whether you are applying or not. If your idea is picked, you will be given proper credit for it as we really appreciate your input.

June 1, 2013

The Quibbler - June 2013

9:03 am - Reneespeaks

Good news: The Quibbler staff has survived it's high seas adventures! Bad news: we've landed on some strange island, with some digitized dangers to keep us on our toes. But don't let me tell you all about it, read for yourself! And if you have any questions or concerns about this issue of the Quibbler, you can owl Reneespeaks or Kitten050606 for Publications Staff. Happy reading, and duck!

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