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October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween!

11:16 pm - HEX Staff

It's time to celebrate that special time of year all about ghosts and ghouls and most particularly candy. HEX can't let such an important time of year pass without celebrating in proper spooky style, so get ready for Halloween at Hogwarts! We've got a variety of fun for you to enjoy while you're out playing tricks and enjoying treats. Hagrid is putting together a carnival full of exciting rides, and you can help him by combining items to make ride parts.

Building not your style? In that case, watch out for our candy buckets which have come back for another year! You'll have to be clever to figure out where they lead you! Prefer to take a more relaxed approach? Then just enjoy chatting and exploring HEX and see what Random Events you can catch as you explore!

So come check out all the fun in the Pumpkin Patch and check out the the guide thread to learn more!

October 26, 2018


1:31 pm - HEX Staff

We're sure that most of you have noticed what fabulous Global Moderators we have working around the site. They're passionate, diligent, and continuously strive to make HEX the very best that it can be. As we like to reward hard work, we have a whole plethora of promotions to announce!

The following Junior Staffers are being promoted to the position of Staff Member: Amy, Katie, and Julie

Also, you may have noticed two of our Global Moderators stepping into the role of Junior Staff. Please congratulate Lauren and Dusty.

And finally, we have a fresh batch of Global Moderators too! We're welcoming Oakley, CrimsonAshDragon, Ariental, SilentSyren, Kasey, Enyra, AimNorth, Edmundus, and a very happy start to the team.

October 25, 2018

Mentor Applications are OPEN!

1:14 am - dagaz

"Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." - J.K. Rowling
HEX has always prided itself on being an immersive Harry Potter experience, and a huge part of that experience comes from the users - the people who are here every day, for innumerable hours, invested in this project or that. People enroll here because of their love for the Potterverse, but what keeps them here? That is where the magic comes into it. The HEX Mentor Department plays a pivotal role in bringing about this experience, as we are typically a newbie's first user-to-user interaction. Now is your chance to find out if you are ready to help bring the magic to life.

October 23, 2018

Time for House Elections!

12:44 am - Brandon

Attention: Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, and Ravenclaws. It's election time again! If you've ever been intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes and are keen to get more involved in your House, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! Find the links for your House below to get your campaign going! Best of luck to everyone who decides to run.

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

October 21, 2018

Hagrid's Halloween Hijinks

12:02 am - Zoe

Pumpkins, bats, skeletons, ghouls, and mountain trolls galore... it's everyone's favorite time of year! Putting on the scariest costume that you own, you head to the Great Hall to check out the annual Hogwarts Halloween party. As you're rushing across the Entrance Hall toward the candy bowl you spotted, you run directly into Hagrid, who's carrying a box of decorations. Without warning, he shoves the box into your arms and begins to ramble on about all of the creatures and holding a party for them. Intrigued, you follow him.

Please join the Ravenclaw staff in Hagrid's Halloween Hijinks - and visit some of your favorite Hogwarts creatures, too!

October 20, 2018

The Great Pumpkin

9:00 am - Nicole Phelps

"There are three things I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." -Linus

The Great Pumpkin is coming to Knockturn Alley, and there is so much to do to prepare for his arrival. He visits only the sincerest of pumpkin patches, and to get things in order, the Shopping Forum Mods have teamed up with the Peanuts to bring you a heartwarming harvest event. With 20,000 House Points and dozens of prizes to be won, start up your pumpkin carols and head to The Great Pumpkin now!

Plus, don't forget to participate in the Shopping Forums monthly activities that end October 31st:
Hogsmeade Poster Sale | Accursed Antiquities | Delicious Drawings
And the latest Economy Training that ends November 12th!

October 19, 2018

Fan Fiction Forum

12:25 am - Desiree Snow

What's this? A fake love letter for one of the professors? Oh my! Who sent it? What was in it? And how did the professor react? Tell us your version of the story and stand the chance to win some awesome prizes:

Participate in the contests below to earn tickets towards the Monthly Raffle:

Picture Prompt | Guess the Character | Continue the Story | Character Journals l Writers Circle

Would you rather read than write? Then maybe you'd have more fun with our Readers Digest!

October 18, 2018

The Atrium

10:55 am - Katie

The season of spook has started here in The Atrium with a new round of polls, trivia, #MeetTheTeam, and contests!
Our two newest polls are up and eagerly awaiting your feedback (please note the new voting method!), plus a new participation raffle and HEXperience trivia! Don't forget to head over to the Fountain of Magical Brethren to see which member of site staff is on the hot seat this month! Our monthly contest is challenging both your creative side and your spooky side as you create the front and back covers of the wizarding world's spine-chilling best-seller novel, Locked in the Atrium!

In addition to our Errors and Glitches thread and suggestion threads, we've also got a few new features this month. Our Known Bugs thread lists out the existing glitches on the site, along with temporary fixes if available. Our Broken Coding and Formatting thread is open to you if you spot any simple typos or broken links or coding. Lastly, if you've been voting in the homepage polls and wondering how your fellow HEXians cast their votes, come chat with us in Homepage Polls: Let's Talk About That!

We hope to see you around The Atrium soon!

October 16, 2018

Daily Prophet: A Mystery Within

6:06 am - Cait

October, and autumn in general, is a time of mystery. The Daily Prophet is not exempt from that. Come check out this month's edition and see what is in store.

Did you miss an edition, or want to re-read your favorite articles? Check out our Official Archives to get your hands on all of the Daily Prophet's former issues.

If you have any concerns regarding the Daily Prophet, please contact Cait or Breanna. You may also get in touch with Karlieor Steph from Publications Management.

October 15, 2018

Caretaker Concoctions - October

11:40 am - Ry240

The Ghosts are just another normal fixture at Hogwarts. No one thinks much of them. However, some of the ghosts love to be in the spotlight in October, especially a certain poltergeist. Having fun with each other out of sight of the pesky eyes of students is something they look forward to. And others? Well, they simply like to go about their daily 'life'. Why not see what the ghosts are up to, maybe by the end even you'll say All My Friends Are Ghosts!


Moaning Myrtle Plushie // Basilisk Skeleton // Moaning Myrtle Portrait

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

October 12, 2018

New Issue of The Quibbler!

1:28 am - Zoe

The Quibbler's writers have had their heads in the clouds this month as they spent weeks upon weeks learning all about these fluffy - and sometimes ferocious - sky dwellers! ...okay, let's be real. The majority of them spent their time laying in their backs in the courtyard, staring up at clouds, trying to decipher the shapes that floated by. Why don't you come join us after you read the October issue?

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about The Quibbler, please either visit The Newsstand or send an owl to Zoe.

October 11, 2018

From the Grounds

7:52 am - Kljy

In honor of the Day of the Dead, Hogwarts has decided to offer up a second chance at goodbyes. For one day, families and friends can speak to those who have passed. The question is - how does it go? What do the participants discuss? How do they communicate? Head on over to In Loving Memory to discover more. All entries are due October 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. HEX time.

Please keep the Grounds' Watch Thread on watch for updates regarding activities and events like the current Bi-Weekly Chat, as well as the Roleplay and Roleplayer of the Month.

October 10, 2018

Slytherin Election Results

2:25 am - Pain

Without further ado, here are the results from the Slytherin House staff elections! Please help us congratulate the winners. We wish them the best of luck in the upcoming term and can't wait to see all the wonderful things that they will do for Slytherin!

HoH: Ashleigh
AHoH: snakesnitch43
Prefects: KK Kaia, Narcissa Black, Ragna Lokisdottir and Seraphine Duchanness

October 7, 2018

Pumpkins have Arrived!

11:59 pm - HEX Staff

As the weather starts to take on that Autumn chill, we know every one can't help but start thinking harvest thoughts. No need to have visions of pumpkins dancing in your head any longer, because the pumpkin patch is back again this year! The seeds are waiting to be bought, the patch is waiting to be planted, and the Wheel is waiting to be spun! So head on down to the Pumpkin Patch to get started!

Oh, and be sure to check the Guide Thread to learn more about how to grow pumpkins and the changes to the prizes this year.

Publications Management - October Updates

2:35 pm - Aelara


September's issue of the Daily Prophet took us all on a journey back to school, and we loved it so much that this month we at the Newsstand have brought you a challenge: Wordoku! Can you find your way back to Hogwarts?

Don't fancy going back to school? Well no worries, how about taking a look behind the scenes at the Ministry of Magic, the Quibbler, or the Daily Prophet instead? Join us in this month's discussion of the latest WWN broadcast as we decide what careers we'd like to pursue.

Finally, we bring to you a discussion based on the latest Quibbler issue where we'll be talking about a thing we all know one or two things about: legs!

Participation in The Newsstand's monthly discussions and/or the contest will earn you a ticket for the Newsstand Quarterly Raffle. You can keep up-to-date with the latest news about the wizarding world by visiting The Newsstand.

October 6, 2018

RPC October Updates

12:11 am - Pyper

Take a deep breath, count slowly in your head and grab your best friend's hand as we trek through a haunted location to discover what Haunted Happenings are going on.

If dark and spooky things terrify you too much, perhaps the bright-yet-enclosed cornfield maze appeals to you more. Can you help us figure out what's happening in the maze as we explore the antics in Cornfield Confusion?

If, however, you are better at coming up with the tricks and pranks, the Weasley twins are in need of a new assistant. Why don't you pop over and help them develop Spooky Sweets, the new candy item that everyone is dying to try.

As always, all valid entries to these spooky shenanigans lead to tickets towards our Participation Raffle, where some terrifyingly good items are just waiting for a new home - after we dust the cobwebs away, of course.

October 5, 2018

Arts & Graphics Forum Update :: October

7:53 pm - Katie

"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

October has arrived and the Arts & Graphics Forum welcomes you in with open arms to celebrate Dia de los Muertos! If graphics are your game, head over to our Graphics Challenge to create a travel journal from a canon character's point of view. If writing is more your speed, stop by our Writing Challenge to describe the holiday from the spirit's side. If you've been tearing your hair out in muse-less frustration, run right over to our Weekly Prompts to see if anything gives you that spark of inspiration!

Be sure to stop by our new Blotting the Parchment Incentive Program to learn about the different ways to earn ink spots for a chance to snag yourself our exclusive Enchanted Paintbrush!

1st Place: Sugar Skull Charm OR Silver Ghost Charm + 3,000 House Points
2nd Place: 50,000 Galleons + 2,000 House Points
3rd Place: 25,000 Galleons + 1,000 House Points

Graphics Challenge || Writing Challenge || Weekly Prompts || Artwork of the Month
A&G and Imgur

October 4, 2018

Magical Archives October Update

8:01 pm - sasuke uchiha

When Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was but an up and coming place of learning, the four founders each decided on the qualities that they thought were most important for their students to have. How much do you know about Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin or Ravenclaw? Join us in our latest event Celebrating the Crest, where we will explore each House, and their roles and influences in each of the Harry Potter books. You'll even have the chance to win lots of shiny prizes in our Raffle.
For the whole of October we'll be celebrating those kind and hardworking students from Hufflepuff House, so what are you waiting for? Pop on your "Support Cedric Diggory" badge, and get started.

You don't want to miss out on any exciting Celebrating the Crest updates do you? Then make sure to keep our watch thread on watch. You can also keep an eye on our Table of Contents for a cohesive list of all happenings in the Archives. Remember, for every four events you participate in the Magical Archives forums, you earn one ticket for the exclusive Book of Records up to a maximum of five tickets.

Loyalty and hard work are always best
You will need them when celebrating this month's crest

October 2, 2018

Quidditch: Badgers & Snakes

12:12 am - dagaz

The game is on in the second match of the 2018/2019 season! Fearsome winds are causing a stir over on the Quidditch Pitch as Hufflepuff takes on Slytherin in what is expected to be an exciting match! With Hufflepuff almost taking the Quidditch Cup last year, will they bring that momentum back to the pitch this season? Or will Slytherin take them down in their own journey to the cup? Join us over in the spectator stands and make sure your favorites hear you scream!

Posted on behalf of the overseer, Desi.

October 1, 2018

Operation: Sci-Fi

12:16 am - duckie

Are you an avid sci-fi love? Or love space in general? Well, you are in luck. The HINT Forums and the Welcome Center moderators and staff have decided to team up! Together our team will be exploring the Universe, and more importantly science fiction. You'll find that we've transformed our forums to be hubs of sci-fi.

However, we've run into some problems, and we need your help on traversing through space and time. Are you up for the challenge? Will you join us in Operation: Sci-Fi?

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