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July 31, 2016

Top Student - 2016


4:10 pm - HEX Staff


Each year we like to take the time to recognize those students that work tirelessly to achieve high student scores and reward them for their efforts. This year is no different. To see what's up for grabs - and to find out if you qualify - head to this thread in the Entrance Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to owl Rose or Ninja Kitten.

Congratulations to all of our Top Students: it's quite a feat to stay so committed throughout the entire term. Your hard work and determination have helped your house, so it's only right that it also helps your inventory. ;)


P.S. - Fall term will begin in just a few more weeks. More details coming soon- keep your eyes on the homepage!



July 30, 2016

Magical Games & Sports - Judging Apps!


11:19 pm - Raventhefree



Ever wanted to play Quidditch, but were too afraid of heights? Or perhaps you always longed to be on the dueling stage, but didn't think you were quick enough on your feet? Have no fear! Both Rolanda Hooch and Gilderoy Lockhart are out in search of new helpers for the refereeing teams, and would love to have some fresh faces. Think you have what it takes? Apply here to be a Quidditch referee if you think you have what it takes to make sure absolutely no stooging occurs. Or if you're perhaps more interested in wandwork, head over here to become one of Lockhart's 'fan club.' Applications are open all year, but if you want to be a part of the next season of judges, don't wait too long!



July 22, 2016

New Issue of the Daily Prophet!


1:22 am - kay85


July is set to be an awesome month! With the legendary Harry Potter's birthday just around the corner, Daily Prophet has decided that it should all be about Gryffindor this month! Insightful interviews and informational articles from around the world ready for your reading pleasure!

Want to read more of the Daily Prophet? Then head on over to the Official Archives! Special access, just for our loyal readers!

If you have any concerns regarding this Daily Prophet issue, please contact kay85. You can also contact Artemis Eve or Nicole2013with the Publication Management.



July 21, 2016

The Quibbler is Hiring!


3:04 am - Zoe


Do you have a knack for reporting the odd and unusual? Are tall tales your specialty? If so, that's wonderful! The Quibbler is looking for writers - and we need people like YOU! In order to find out more about applications, head on over to this thread. Don't take too long though, as applications close on August 3rd, at 11:59 pm!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Zoe, Art, or Nicole.



July 20, 2016

Public Shaming


4:56 pm - HEX Staff


There has been a trend on the internet in recent months glorying this type of behavior. In some cases, it can be viewed has humorous (making your dog pose in a picture with a note on how he peed in the house), in other cases, people publicly post things to purposely shame others (making young girls shave their hair because they dyed it without permission).

Recently on HEX public shaming has become a serious issue. it is NEVER okay to publicly shame someone for anything that they have done. Not only is it a form of bullying, but it can be/is hurtful for that person to see things posted about themselves. This can vary from shaming a user for an economic transaction that you feel was wrong all the way to purposely being malign and pointing out a mistake that someone has made in a post or contest. If you have a problem with someone, bashing them is not the answer.

If you see someone being publicly shamed or attacked, please report it. If you think that someone is purposefully scamming or intentionally doing something against HEX rules, please report it instead of trying to handle it yourself. We want HEX to be a safe environment for our entire community.



July 18, 2016

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus


2:10 pm - Ninja Kitten


Despite the many changes that are in store for the Magical Education (M.E.) system on HEX, we still require just under a dozen users who are willing to teach our Graduate students this coming fall. Graduates may take up to 14 classes each term, and many subjects repeat over and over. Due to this, we feel it is vital to retain fresh, new material for our most dedicated students (diligently taking lessons for over seven years is quite a feat!).

Applications may be found in the thread linked below, or by entering the Entrance Hall and searching for the stickied thread with a title that matches this announcement. Please ensure that you read the ENTIRE application post as the school does have a good many requirements that MUST be followed by each and every professor.

We look forward to receiving your applications! Good luck!

M.E. Staff



July 16, 2016

Magical Archives Update


2:50 pm - bizarre



Step 5: Fifth year at Hogwarts. Journey Through Time takes us through each book of the series, delving into each and every chapter as we go. Pick up the newest copy of The Daily Prophet that you can find and join us in re-discovering Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. There is a Book of Records incentive to be won amongst many other prizes during this Journey Through Time. Aside from traveling through the series, there are even more contests, activities and events to check out in our nine forums. On-going contests:


Rent in Twain: The Story of a Split Soul | Patronus Problems | Task 1: Best Kept Lawn in England

DH I Semis Contest | PoA Galleons Contest | Task 1 OotP



July 15, 2016

Caretaker Concoctions: July


1:51 pm - Mark


Overworked Owls


This month, the Caretakers invite you to The Owlery and the Student Hangout. The school owls have worked so hard to get everything delivered that they are overworked now. They have been messing up lately, delivering packages at wrong places and leaving gobstones to play with. Help the owls, take your package or get them replaced. Click here for more information on how to help us by joining contests, and how to win amazing prizes!
Prizes:

First: Ron's Gift + 4000 House Points
Second: Hedwig Plushie + 2500 House Points
Third: Kreacher's Gift + 1000 House Points

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



July 14, 2016

A Series of RP Events


6:48 am - Char


Oh dear. Things do not look good for Harry at all. Why, you may ask? Well, Draco happened, and Harry is now on the train back to London. Head over to the Hogwarts Express forum to find out more. All entries are due 31 July 2016, 11:59 p.m. HEX Time.

Well, there's plenty more happening in the Grounds Forums this month! Come and chat with us about the summer holidays of your childhood in July's first Bi-weekly Chat!

We're also excited to announce our very first Roleplayer of the Month and Roleplay of the Month. You can find out more by visiting this thread.

On top of these, we've revamped the Grounds Rules. Please give those a read to familiarise yourself with them before posting in the Grounds.

Be sure to also keep our Grounds Forum Watch Thread on watch for future updates regarding activities and events within the Grounds Forums.



July 13, 2016

Redeem Cards Claim


9:21 pm - John


As many of you have seen and experienced with the Site Store thus far, all orders are being fulfilled by a third party company that has a great reputation with consumers. While they do the merchandise, we still personally send out the redeem cards. A form has been setup to claim your redeem cards. Click here to claim yours now if you have already ordered! If you haven't ordered yet, a handy link is now provided in checkout to the form for easy access. The form is quick and easy, and all cards will be sent as quickly as possible after the form is submitted.

For a reminder about how redeem cards work, click here! If you have any questions about the cards or the form process, feel free to ask!



July 12, 2016

Additional Promotion


10:09 pm - John


Today, Ken has been promoted to the Administrator position. I want to personally congratulate him on this great achievement! As many of you know, Ken has been instrumental in shaping many areas of the site in recent times. Ken led the way for the all-new marketing department, is always establishing new ways of organization behind the scenes that benefits everyone greatly, and most recently, took on revamping the Site Store (and much, much more!). This promotion is so well-deserved and I am excited to see what is to come.

Congratulations, Ken!



July 11, 2016

Promotions!


3:38 pm - Ninja Kitten



We've got a good many members of Site Staff whom we wish to recognize for their hard work in recent months. As part of our thank you for all of their time and dedication given to HEX, the following Global Moderators have been promoted to the position of Junior Staff:
Sara, raventhefree, Pain, Vicki, kay85, birdy, and Marki.


We hope that each of them will continue to show everyone just why they deserve this promotion.

To go along with this, we would also love to further recognize the superb efforts of three of our current Junior Staffers by promoting them to the position of Staff Member. Please help us congratulate:
Deidra, Nicole2013, and Artemis Eve

Thank you ladies, for all of your patience and dedication to the site as a whole.

In closing, we would also like to welcome MissHavokk back to the fold as a Global Moderator after her hiatus. It's good to have you back!



July 10, 2016

HEX Games, 2016 Edition


12:00 am - Ninja Kitten


You've seen the mysterious messages about secrets on our homepage. Perhaps you thought the event related to the upcoming Cursed Child play was our secret. You were correct...sort of. Today, as we await the outcome of those contests, we have something new to celebrate.

Today, friends, we continue the tradition of the HEX Games, with our 2016 edition.

We hear that Albus, Rose, Scorpius, and their families have been training hard to compete in the very first Wizarding Games. They are prepared to earn House Points and bring glory to their houses - are you? If direct competition isn't your thing, perhaps you'd like to join in on some friendly side-line contests. You never know what you might win from those! Pick your potion - the Games will be open from now through August.



July 9, 2016

Social Media Incentive Program


3:33 am - Lu


Did you know that Hogwarts Extreme is on four major social media sites? Well, you bet your bottom dollar that we are! Hex is pretty hip, ya know? Anyway, that is not the sole reason for this announcement, at least from what we've have been told by a little blue bird. We wanted to inform you about our new incentive program that has now gone live.

Want to learn more about it? Well, get your thumbs ready to re-blog and interact with us on Social Media for your chance to win some great rewards!



July 7, 2016

Site Store Revamp


11:52 pm - John



It has been asked for a long time that the Site Store offer more merchandise and we've carefully listened to all feedback along the way. With that, the Site Store has been completely revamped from the ground up. There are now over 100+ products of t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, and more! We have our original t-shirt design still available, but now in many colors for you to choose from. In addition to this, we have all new house t-shirt designs! Check out the completely new store now to see the selection!

The redeem cards are still very much apart of the store. The program for it has been overhauled as well. Here are the key changes:
- Based on merchandise changes, it is now 1 card per $20
- Potential galleons have been upped to 2,000,000 G.
- You now have the opportunity to redeem the card after the initial redeem, every 4 months, up to 3 times.
- For more info on the new redeem card program, see this page!

We're excited to offer you an all new selection and plan to keep on expanding the store as we go along. A big thanks to Ken, who led this effort and worked a great deal to make all of this possible. We welcome any questions/feedback that you all may have!



July 6, 2016

RPC July Update: Roleplay of the Month


11:05 pm - Artemis Eve


Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Who's to say that some of the most unlikely vigilantes can't work together to solve a crisis. Well, now you have one. It's a big problem, too. The Joker and Loki decided to team up to take control over the universe. Their plan is simple: to persuade the good guys to the dark side by getting into their heads and up under their skin. Some heroes have the strength and willpower to combat it, but others will most likely fall prey to their innermost desires and sins. Who will rise and who will fall? Only you and your partner can allow Joker and Loki to succeed in their plans.

Join the RPC for our July's Roleplay of The Month: Unlikely Alliances. You have until July 31st, 11:59 PM HEX time to complete your roleplay.

Prizes
Best Plot: 10,000 Galleons and 2,500 HP (each)
Best Character: 10,000 Galleons and 2,500 HP
Best Overall Post: 10,000 Galleons and 2,500 HP



July 5, 2016

Arts & Graphics Forum Update :: July


11:02 am - Sara


It's July! The height of summertime, filled with long, hot days spent by the pool sipping lemonade. So let's cool off and let our imaginations take us places. Head over to the graphics challenge to show us what a summer in space would look like! Then let's laugh it up as you write a comedic piece about serving customers in a smoothie store. Yum!

After you've grabbed a smoothie don't forget to check out the Artwork of the Month, a gorgeous example of kinetic typography (and a little black magic we're guessing).

If you're still looking to brush up on some graphics skill, be sure to check out Em's Tut-a-Week program! It's still kickin'!

Before we go onto the rewards, don't forget to get your entries in for the Cursed Child contest by July 9th! Awesome prizes up for grabs so go now!


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 || Tut-A-Week || Cursed Child Contest



July 4, 2016

Magical Education Update:


3:14 pm - Ninja Kitten


Hey y'all! I've got a few things that I'd like to clarify for everyone about the school on HEX as we will undergo some major updates this summer.

First of all, we won't be able to hold summer classes this year, as we are focusing on those huge changes. Due to the increase in enrollment, we will be altering the way in which we provide lessons. More information will be provided in the thread linked below.

We've decided that we need to greatly increase our Magical Education staff in order to make things less stressful for all involved. A list of all users who have been hired in M.E. will be provided in the thread below as well. Thank you to each of the users who have agreed to give their all to the school.

Any questions should be directed to NK, Zoe, Denise, Kay, or Rach.



July 3, 2016

New Issue of The Quibbler!


9:51 pm - Zoe


It's time to put on your capes and identity-hiding masks, readers! The Quibbler is back this month with a theme based on the world's crime-fighting heroes - or are they zeroes? Go check it out for yourself here! If you have questions or comments about The Quibbler, please either visit the Newsstand here or send an owl to Zoe.



July 2, 2016

Now Hiring: Graphics Management


10:19 am - deidra



Do you consider yourself an expert in thread headers? Are you an avvie aficionado? Have you ever wanted to get some training in from the GM experts? Well, we might just have a good job for you. GM is hiring a group of Junior Designers to help us keep HEX pretty and get some hands on training while doing it. We are looking for the best and brightest of the up and coming designers on HEX to join our JR Squad. The first batch of applications will be open until July 22nd, so head on over to the thread below to find out more details and get that application sent in. You know you want to join the dark side Graphics Management. ;)

Hiring Thread



July 1, 2016

HEX Pride


12:25 am - Rose




Each year Dumbledore's Office holds an annual Pride event. This event helps us all, as a community, to embrace our differences and celebrate our diversity. So please, grab a friend, take a peak at our Welcome Thread, and take part in the festivities. The event only lasts through the weekend, so be sure stop by! We will be waiting with open arms.



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