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April 25, 2016

HEX Mentor Applications


2:09 am - vally


The Welcome Center is currently looking for new HEX Mentors. Do you know everything there is to know about HEX? Do you love helping new users? We are looking for mentors who will be diligent about sending out their welcome owls and committed to responding quickly and kindly to questions.

If you are interested in applying to become a HEX Mentor, please head over here for more information. The deadline to submit applications is May 5th at 11:59 pm HEX time.



April 20, 2016

House Staff Elections: Spring 2016


2:42 pm - icemousey




It's that time of year again! Some people plan months in advance, others decide today that they want to change their Houses - and lives - forever. That's right. I'm talking about House elections. If you've ever been intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes, now is your chance to find out.
Head to your Common Room to get your campaign going!


GRYFFINDOR Rules Campaigns Nominations
HUFFLEPUFF Rules Campaigns Nominations
RAVENCLAW Rules Campaigns Nominations
SLYTHERIN Rules Campaigns Nominations

Good luck to all!



April 19, 2016

Dueling: Slytherin vs Hufflpuff


8:59 pm - Raventhefree



Just as the Quidditch players get out of the poor weather, it seems Gilderoy Lockhart has something in store for the duelists. Nearly everybody's heard of the rhyme April showers bring May flowers - but almost nobody's willing to go as far as Lockhart to make it happen. So grab your umbrellas and your bright-colored boots, because it's time to go watch the duels! Come and watch as Hardworking Hufflepuff and Ambitious Slytherin try to avoid not only being struck by each other's spells, but also getting drenched by the rain! Head on over to the Great Hall to see how Lockhart literally made it rain indoors!



April 18, 2016

#BreakingOlympus


8:20 am - duckie


Poseidon has taken over the HINT forums in an effort to best his brother Zeus. For the next two weeks, come join Poseidon and many of the other gods and goddesses in #BreakingOlympus.

Enter, if you dare.

P.S. I heard that there were a total of 6000 House Points up for grabs too, whatever those are.



April 17, 2016

New Issue of the Daily Prophet!


12:19 am - kay85


Ahh, April! The time for light breezes and heavy pranking! You heard right! It's the month of April's Fools. The Daily Prophet writers got into the mood of mischief and brought you all the cheeky news from around the world!

Need more of the Daily Prophet to colour your life? Why don't you head over to our Official Archives! All of the previously published issues are stored with love and care for your use!



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.



April 16, 2016

Magical Archives Update


4:07 am - Chrissy


We've got three books down and four more to go. Our Journey Through Time event is revisiting each book in the series, chapter-by-chapter. Purchase your Quidditch World Cup tickets and head to your nearest Portkey location to join us in Harry Potter of the Goblet of Fire. 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 hold other contests in our eight forums each month! For your ease, here are the current, on-going contests:

Letters From Molly | The Daring Escape



April 15, 2016

Caretaker Concoctions: April


7:06 pm - Mark


Earn a Detention and Enter


Are you ready for your detention in the Dungeon and the Trophy Room? Either way, click here!
Prizes:

First: Filch's Lantern + 3000 House Points
Second: Filch's Manacles + 2000 House Points
Third: Filch's Riding Crop + 1000 House Points

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



April 14, 2016

A Series of RP Events


7:07 am - Char


Have you ever wondered what would happen if Harry never met the Weasleys in his first year? How would he find his way to Hogwarts? Would he even get there in the first place? Well, wonder no more! This month, you'll have the opportunity to explore those possibilities and roleplay what could have happened if Harry had failed to meet the Weasleys. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Platform 9 & 3/4 to find out more! There are House Points up for grabs here. All entries are due April 30, 2016, 11:59 p.m. HEX time.

If you haven't noticed already, we have three new additions to the Grounds forums! Our new Image Map Guide will walk you through navigating the Grounds. On top of it, the Under the Lake FAQ serves as both a guide to visiting the Cave and a place where you can get any doubts about visiting the Cave answered. Last, but not least, we've just introduced Bi-Weekly Chats in the Grounds. Head over here, and you'll be just in time for the second one!

For more updates on Grounds events, please keep the Grounds Watch Thread on watch.



April 11, 2016

Grandma Badger's Bake Sale


3:12 am - Lu



After months of waiting, Grandma Badger and the Hufflepuffs are proud to announce the opening of their first ever bake sale! The sweet aroma of sugar and chocolate has filled the air and students from all Houses are salivating in anticipation of the homemade Badger sweets. If only one thing is for certain, it is that Hogwarts is in for a delicious treat. Hanging out with friends and eating goodies sounds like a great time indeed! But the question is, are you ready to enter into the world of cookies and cupcakes?

If a sugar high is just what you're looking for to start the day, come on over and grab a treat from Grandma Badger's Bake Sale!



April 9, 2016

Mystery Solved?


4:18 am - HEX Staff


Lavender flipped the worn token over in her hand. It looked like it had been used for something, repeatedly, but she couldn't think of what. As she began to mull it over she suddenly had the urge to take a walk outside. She had no set destination in mind, but her feet seemed to know exactly where to go. A short while later, she found herself in a clearing. She looked around and noticed a mysterious booth and instantly knew EXACTLY what the token was for. She stepped forward and inserted the token...


Do you dare to learn what Lavender discovered?

Go now...



April 7, 2016

Arts & Graphics Forum Update :: April


12:14 am - kay85


"And then comes a lion
who's partly a trout!
Then more stuff!
For forty-five minutes, about!"

- Dr. Seuss

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! The circus has rolled into forum 51 and everything is topsy turvy! This month, your task, should you choose to accept, will be to make us laugh in both challenges. Over in the writing challenge, you'll be writing a stand-up routine for a cannon Harry Potter character. We think Professor Binns would probably make the best comedian, right? I mean, he'd be spooktacular at witching hour, am I right or am I right. His audience would just drop dead from laughing so hard. Puns aside, over in the graphics challenge, you are manipulating a Harry Potter into a circus act and putting them in a poster for the circus. Dolores Umbridge looks fantastic in feathers, if you haven't had a good look at our new layout this month.

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



April 6, 2016

Roleplay of the Month - RPC April Update


12:51 pm - picklebuddy7


For every hero, there is a faithful sidekick. And for every great pair of friends, there is a story behind it. Some of the best stories focus on the relationships between people, through struggle and triumph, and how they help each other become the very best, like no one ever was.

That's right, grab your controllers, find your mouse, and dust off that disc - with a partner, you're going to chronicle the yet-unknown adventure of famous video game pairings. Will they have a happy-go-lucky adventure? Or will we see a piece of the story that the game directors didn't have time to share? That's up to you in We Are Gonna Be Friends!

Join RPC for its April Roleplay of the Month: We Are Gonna Be Friends. You have until April 30th at 11:59 pm HEX time to complete your roleplay.

Prizes:
Best Plot: 5,000 Galleons and 2,500 HP (each)
Best Character: 5,000 Galleons and 2,500 HP
Best Overall Post: 5,000 Galleons and 2,500 HP



April 3, 2016

New Issue of the Quibbler!


11:06 am - icemousey



Join the Quibbler staff as we find out the truth about our favorite childhood board games. Did you know Candy Land is evil? Or that hippopotami eat marbles? Find out all this and more in this month's issue of the Quibbler! 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.



April 2, 2016

Quidditch: Ravenclaw vs Gryffindor


3:04 pm - Sophia Oceanborn




The birds are singing (no analogy to any players that may participate in the upcoming match intended!), the sun is up and spring joy is all around. Spirits are up and it's the perfect atmosphere for one last Quidditch match, is it not? After their loss against Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw is now ready to reclaim the skies as they take on Gryffindor. Now, if you're eager to see how this plays out, hurry up to the Quidditch Pitch, secure your seats in the spectator stands, lay back and enjoy the game!



April 1, 2016

You must NOT tell LIES!


12:00 am - Ninja Kitten


Things at Hogwarts are far worse than I feared. The educational standards are absolutely APPALLING. There are far too many interactions between boys and girls, so many clubs and activities that are not up to the standards of the Ministry of Magic, and don't even get me started on the Staff members. How on earth it's still being run by those in charge, I'll never know.

That's all about to change now. As I was telling John, all naughty children deserve to be punished. I will make Hogwarts Extreme the fine, upstanding site it should be. I WILL have order! Progress for the sake of progress must be discouraged after all. May I remind you that under the terms of Educational Decree #21, as enacted by the Minister...

Dolores Umbridge has taken over HEX! Will anyone be brave enough to take her on? Will she get what she wants, or what she deserves? We'll let you make that choice. Head on over to Diagon Alley and see what exactly is going on.

It's time. Go make your choice today!



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