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February 27, 2016

Leap Day Extravaganza!


12:00 am - Jaessa


It comes once every four years - leap day! An entire extra day on the calendar, and for some very special people, the one chance to celebrate their actual birthday until the next leap year. We thought it would be fun to throw a party for all of our leap day birthdays, with some special festivities over the weekend!

But that's not all... Leap day itself will be a very special day for HEX. Love it or hate it, February 29th will revive an old event on HEX - a lock-in! For 24 hours only, the only forums that will be accessible will be the leap day event forum, your own common room, and your House sub-forums. More information can be found here and we'll be available to answer questions in that thread, too.

Grab a noisemaker and let's party!



February 24, 2016

The Contest Forum is Hiring


6:03 pm - Rose


ATTENTION HEX! This is a very important message. Have you ever wanted to be part of a "special" team? Ever wanted to make official contests? Well now is your chance! The Contest Forum is in need of new coordinators to put on official contests for the amazing users of this site. Applications are due by March 9th at 11:59pm HEX Time. Please read the entire post, in THIS THREAD HERE, thoroughly before you apply and take into consideration the amount of time and effort that this job will entail. Only apply if you're serious and ready to make some FUNtastical contests for HEX!



February 23, 2016

Magical Archives Update


6:35 am - Ninja Kitten


We are now on the next step of our Journey Through Time as we continue rediscovering each book, chapter-by-chapter. Get your ticket for The Knight Bus and come travel through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with us. There are tons of prizes to be won, as well as our Book of Records incentive. While our Journey Through Time event is truly magical, keep in mind that the Magical Archives forums also holds two other contests in our eight forums each month! For your ease, here are the current, on-going contests:

Creature of the Unknown | Office of Remus Lupin | Melodic Memories



February 22, 2016

Jobs


12:07 am - John


The Job Applications area has been completely revamped! Most questions have been updated, as well as improvements to overall styling to add clarity. One of the biggest changes is the fact that for some positions, you need only submit your portfolio if you'd like, rather than having to create images. There is still the option of creating images, but that too has been simplified immensely to be more realistic. The current positions that have applications are: Coder, Digital Artist, Graphic Designer, and Item Designer.

The Job Applications page is linked under the Site menu on the top bar, as well as in the footer links area. All jobs are volunteer positions, and are compensated with site currency/items. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in this thread, and someone from the department will come and answer. Thank you!



February 21, 2016

Did I really hear that?


9:16 am - HEX Staff



You're walking back to your Common Room after supper one night when you pass an open door. "It only happens every four years, you know. The students would appreciate a day off of classes to celebrate these rare birthdays. And what a way to build House unity!" you overhear Professor Flitwick explaining. A day off classes; could it really be true? You hurry off to tell your friends the good news...



February 18, 2016

New Issue of the Daily Prophet!


9:41 am - icemousey


Love is in the air, and perhaps, in the food at the Daily Prophet's cafeterias. All of our writers might have been bitten by the love bug! All the articles are dripping with romance and eye-roll clichés, but still worthy news from all over the globe!

Fancy a walk down memory lane? Step this way to our Official Archives! Head on over to the top secret location to peruse our extensive database.



If you have any concerns regarding this Daily Prophet issue, please contact Samantha Bradley or Kay85. You can also contact Icemousey with the Publication Management.



February 15, 2016

Caretaker Concoctions: February


8:43 am - Grant




A Bathroom Filled With Love


Join the Caretakers of The Girls Bathroom and The Boys Bathroom, in this month's cross forum event, to share the spirit of Valentine's Day with everyone. Join in on the discussions, love letter writing and more, to win tickets for a drawing of some great prizes. For more information, click here for the Girls and here for the Boys!


Prizes:

First: Voldemort's Especially Dark Chocolates + 3000 House Points
Second: Luna's Valentine to Her Dad + 2000 House Points
Third: Valentine's Day Cake + 1000 House Points


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



February 14, 2016

A Twist of Time


5:51 am - _sky_


Time is something we've all wished we could manipulate or control, in one way or another, at some point in our lives. When young Severus Snape stumbles upon a time turner, it is of no surprise that he, too, will jump at the chance of being able to correct a past mistake or even simply to relive a moment from his past. Join the Groundskeepers on this journey as we discover what young Severus will do in A Twist of Time. Do make haste, for time waits for no one. This contest ends on February 29, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. HEX Time.



February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day Celebration


2:49 pm - HEX Staff




Whether you have plans with a significant other, a cuddly animal, or a solo Netflix binge planned, we invite everyone to join us in celebrating Valentine's Day this weekend. Stores are stocked and REs are falling. So come, spread the love with us!



February 7, 2016

The Metamorphmagus and the Beast


11:11 am - Lu



As Teddy settled in for the night, he glanced over at the picture frame on his nightstand. In the photograph, his parents smiled out at him, looking tired, but happy. They moved little. Mostly, they just seemed to hold each other close. Teddy liked to think they were content to watch their son grow up. Sheepishly, Teddy smiled back at them, speaking softly as he closed his eyes. "G'night, mum 'n dad."

He drifted off quickly that night, slipping into perhaps the most vivid dream he'd ever had. His parents were there - only in this dream, they were older than he'd ever seen them before. In his groggy, dreamy state, he didn't question it - but when he woke, he would understand: it was as if, instead of dying together in the Battle of Hogwarts, they had survived - and they had raised him themselves.

A family - happy, and whole.

Join Hufflepuff in our Valentine's event: The Metamorphmagus and the Beast.



February 6, 2016

RPC Updates


6:34 pm - Raventhefree


You're seated by the Common Room fire, listening to the fires embers crackle and enjoying the feeling of warmth that the fire surrounds you in. In your hands is a book - your favorite book, to be exact - and as you thumb the pages you take a quick glance around the Common Room. All around you couples lean in to one another, whisper sweet-nothings in each other's ears and giggle over some inside joke that only they share. You sigh and return your attentions to your book to continue reading, but - as you turn to the next page - a note falls out and rests on your lap. Gingerly you pick the note up, look around you for any signs of somebody who could have put it there, and open it up.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I wouldn't be anything
If it wasn't for you.
-Love, F

You sit there pondering for a moment on who F could be, and wonder what they could possibly see in you. Sliding the note back into the pages of your book you enlist your best friend to help you track down your secret admirer.

Join the RPC for February's Roleplay of the Month: Hogwarts, Actually. You have until February 29th, 11:59 PM Hex time to complete your roleplay.



February 5, 2016

Arts & Graphics Forum Update :: February


7:50 pm - deidra


To some, steampunk is a catchall term, a concept in search of a visual identity. To me, it'€™s essentially the intersection of technology and romance.
- Jake von Slatt


It's the second month of the year, and thus, Valentines Day approaches. We decided to celebrate the day of candy hearts and Cupid Steampunk style. Which means precisely the opposite of what most people associate with Romance. Logic, reason, and really cool costumes. You will be designing a Wedding Magazine cover for the Graphics Challenge and writing wedding vows for the Writing Challenge, just in the Steampunk style. Our Artwork of the Month is a gorgerous cannon sketch, and you should definitely check that out! Happy February!

As always, the winners will go home with galleons and House Points, and their entries will be published on the official HEX Tumblr page.
1st Place: 10,000 Galleons + 3,000 House Points
2nd Place: 5,000 Galleons + 2,000 House Points
3rd Place: 2,000 Galleons + 1,000 House Points

Writing Challenge || Graphics Challenge || Artwork of the Month



February 3, 2016

New Issue of the Quibbler!


8:56 pm - icemousey



This month at the Quibbler, it's all about pets. That's right, we're celebrating your wizard's best friend(s) -- be they furry, scaly, slimy or mutated. If you have questions or comments about The Quibbler or Hex's Publications, please either visit the Newsstand here or send an owl to Allie. Happy reading!



February 2, 2016

AMNESTY (Multiple Accounts)


12:00 am - motherof3


Multiple accounts are being discovered on a daily basis. Using an account with a siblings/friends information to make money/get items for yourself is not allowed, and you will be caught. It is perfectly fine if you have family/friends who also have accounts. In fact, we encourage it! What's not okay is having those accounts send you galleons and rare items.

Everyone agrees to the site terms, whether they are read or not, when they sign up. The terms clearly state:

1. You may only have one (1) username/account on this site. Creating multiple accounts is NOT allowed. This is cheating and covered under Rule 16-C.

16. Cheating in all forms is forbidden. You will be sent to Azkaban or expelled immediately. Cheating includes:

c) Multiple Accounts - Anyone found with multiple accounts will be sent to Azkaban. Then, either be expelled, or have their inventory deleted, their money reset to ZERO, and all the multiple accounts will be disabled.

Having more than one account also takes up unnecessary space on the server. This causes the server to run more slowly, which causes problems for the entire site.

If you have a multiple account, you need to come forward and tell us about it. Should you do so, you will be allowed to keep an account. However, should you choose not to come forward about your multiple accounts, and you are found to have more than one account, all shared accounts will be expelled. No questions asked and no leniency will be given. It is time for you to take responsibility for your actions. If you won't, then we will and we won't be nice about it in the process.

We have a No-Tolerance Policy for multiple accounts. If you have more than one account, then you need to owl all of the usernames to Myself, a Staff Member or a Global Moderator so that we can take the necessary action. You will have 2 weeks to do this. Again, should you choose to not do this, all of your accounts will be expelled. It is time to make Hex a fun place for everyone, not just for the people who make multiple accounts.



February 1, 2016

Quidditch: Hufflepuff vs Ravenclaw


7:49 pm - Ninja Kitten




It's time for the second great rivalry of Hogwarts! Will Hufflepuff win this match, putting all of the Houses on the same level in the race for the House Cup, or will Ravenclaw race ahead and continue their winning streak? Or will both teams be forced to forfeit as the blizzard rages, slowly freezing them all to their brooms? For those brave souls who dare to face the winter weather, head over to the Quidditch Pitch to see how Hufflepuff vs Ravenclaw plays out with your own eyes! (Thermoses of hot chocolate and soup are highly recommended.)



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