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August 31, 2018

Quidditch: Lions & Eagles


7:58 pm - dagaz


It's that time of year again! The wind begins to blow, a little fog rolls in, and suddenly... Nothing but Quidditch for days. Cheers that can break eardrums sound, players jump into action on the pitch, and the Snitch is all anyone cares about. Can daring Gryffindor take home the gold, or will witty Ravenclaw start the season off strong? Grab a seat in the Spectator Stands; it's going to be a great match!



August 28, 2018

Shopping Forums Update


8:27 am - Nicole Phelps


A shop has opened its doors in Knockturn Alley, and there's an exciting activity waiting for you. Join us in The Starry Prophesier for Trelawney's Trickery!

If you prefer a tamer scene, pull up a bar stool in The Three Broomsticks, and take a gamble with our new monthly game, Betting with Beans.

Hogsmeade's contest is all about trivia, so test your knowledge about wizarding shopping, and go straight to Checking Out Trivia!

All activities end on August 31st!


And don't forget, the current Economy Training is open until September 12th. So if you haven't already, get your entries in to be eligible for some awesome prizes! Check it our right here.



August 26, 2018

Top House Point Earners


4:34 pm - HEX Staff


Congratulations to Ravenclaw for winning the House Cup for the 2017-2018 school year!

The results ended up being as follows:

Ravenclaw - 2,372,074.6 points
Slytherin - 1,820,507.3 points
Gryffindor - 1,670,620.6 points
Hufflepuff - 1,486,374.4 points

Ravenclaws may collect their House Cup prize via the link at the top of the common room! As a reminder, you must have obtained at least 650 points to be able to collect.

As a reminder to everyone that will take upcoming classes: you must attain 650 points or more to advance to the next year. For graduates, the minimum is 850 points.

This year we had thirty-eight people graduate. Becoming a graduate on HEX is very difficult to achieve, and is a huge honor. The following users graduated this year:

Angelkatey, Antheia, armybrat01, Artemis Eve, Axolittl, belatrix258, cait90113, calypso261, CrookshanksLove, darkreicheru, Desirae0119, detricia, Doc Necro, flory, gaemkyu_minnie, heathermonique005, I am at Hogwarts, ILoveScorpiusMalfoy, Jinaia, Kit_Kat, Lirael83, Lucas, Monkey_Chick08, morriganliban, nevereverregret, NoxWolf, PyraMcDravyn, Reade, rebecca_w, Samcakes, Sammy, Satis, sede_hayabusa, SydneyAlaine, themm1, tierahmisu, TJ1131996, VirgoBushin

The top point earners from points attained from homework, combined with points from doing things beyond homework deserve something for their hard work. On top of galleons they will also be given a Medal for Magical Merit so they can show everyone how hard they worked. The top point earners are as follows:

1. Morgana Malipiero - 1,000,000 Galleons
2. AimNorth - 750,000 Galleons
3. callen8black - 750,000 Galleons
4. Samantha Bradley - 500,000 Galleons
5. K8ekt - 500,000 Galleons
6. Amity CatWalnut - 500,000 Galleons
7. Joan dArc - 450,000 Galleons
8. Selina Kyle - 450,000 Galleons
9. LadyDeSeis - 400,000 Galleons
10. Faithful Puppy - 400,000 Galleons
11. meganhilty - 350,000 Galleons
12. DarkLordDaniel - 350,000 Galleons
13. Ry240 - 350,000 Galleons
14. Katie Errol - 350,000 Galleons
15. Vitallani - 300,000 Galleons
16. LadyReeseKightkens - 300,000 Galleons
17. MoccaMarie - 300,000 Galleons
18. Mel - 300,000 Galleons
19. Zoe - 250,000 Galleons
20. dragon_rider2637 - 250,000 Galleons
21. Cody - 100,000 Galleons
22. KatMarie - 100,000 Galleons
23. Ruru_QueenShield - 100,000 Galleons
24. sentstarr - 100,000 Galleons
25. RouxPuddlefoot - 100,000 Galleons
26. Firen - 100,000 Galleons
27. WhiteWolf221 - 100,000 Galleons
28. Ellery Talbot - 100,000 Galleons
29. Enyra - 100,000 Galleons
30. loula_belle - 100,000 Galleons


Congratulations to all of the graduates and top point earners!



August 23, 2018

HEX COMING OF AGE


12:00 am - HEX Staff


HEX is turning 17 this year! This means that in the wizarding world, HEX would now be considered an adult.

In order to celebrate this special birthday, we deem it only appropriate to celebrate HEX's Coming of Age by having a party with a little help from some familiar faces.

Head over to our Party Forum, join our contests and participation raffle, and share your piñatas with some friends! Check out our Event Guide for more information.

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of HEX for the past 17 years!



August 21, 2018

Want a HEX Job?


8:19 pm - Nelly


The Job Applications area was completely revamped a while ago! 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!



August 19, 2018

Fan Fiction Forum


12:06 am - Desiree Snow




Parents mean well. But sometimes, their rules can be a bit strict. Honestly, one little prank on your sister and now you're grounded? And they even took your wand! What are you going to do now? Tell us your story in this month's theme prompt! Enter for your 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 | Writing Circle | Character Journals

We also have a new contest that has replaced the old "Fan Fiction of the Month" contest. Interested in finding out what it is? Head on over
here to check it out You might even win some house points!



August 18, 2018

The Atrium


11:09 am - Katie


Summer is beginning its inevitable turn towards fall and The Atrium wants to spice up your days with a brand-new round of polls, trivia, #MeetTheTeam, and contests!
We've got two new polls ready and waiting for your opinions (please note the new voting method!), as well as a new participation raffle and HEXperience trivia to test your knowledge! Be sure to stop by the Fountain of Magical Brethren to chat with two more site staffers - they can't wait to meet you! With the start of term approaching, The Atrium is hosting some icebreakers for everyone. But of course, we've added a twist to things. Do you have what it takes to Beat Your Match?

As always, if you've run across a bug or a glitch somewhere on the site, please stop by the Errors and Glitches thread to tell us all about them. Don't forget to drop by our suggestions threads to share that brilliant spark of an idea that hit you at 3:00am this morning!

We hope to see you around The Atrium soon!



August 16, 2018

Daily Prophet August Edition


11:07 am - Cait


This month, come explore different cultures with the Daily Prophet writers. Each article focuses on a specific group of people; you're bound to learn something new! Open up your paper to take a look!

Did you miss an edition? Or maybe you just want to re-read your favorite issues from the past? 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 dragon_rider2637. You may also get in touch with Aelara or duckie from Publications Management.



August 15, 2018

Caretaker Concoctions - August


10:30 am - Ry240


The Weird Sisters concerts have always drawn in huge numbers of music fans from the wizarding world. We're taking you to, and diving into the aftermath, of one such concert. So join the Caretakers in Musical Malades!

PRIZES


Dreamless Sleep Potion // Weird Sisters T-Shirt // Special Chocolate Cauldrons



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.



August 13, 2018

New Issue of The Quibbler!


4:48 am - Zoe



Licorice Wands, Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Fizzing Whizbees, Sugar Quills... oh, the list goes on and on and on and on! No matter which sweet you pick as your vice of choice, none of us can deny that we all have a weak spot for something in particular. Maybe you're partial to fruity treats? No? How about something more tart that makes your mouth pucker like a lemon? Do you have to get your daily dose of chocolate before you start the day? No matter what your preferences are, you're bound to have a craving for The Quibbler's August issue, as it's all about candy!

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



August 11, 2018

From the Grounds


8:28 am - Em


The creatures of the forest seem to have gotten into some sort of misunderstanding; most of them were arguing with one another, with each creature taking the side of their kin. Can you figure out why they are arguing with one another, be their peacekeeper, and save the balance of the Forbidden Forest in this month's Battle of the Beasts? All entries are due August 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm 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



August 10, 2018

Goblin Silent Auction


1:05 pm - Goblins of Gringotts


Have you heard the news? Vault 713 has been broken into! Gringotts has been in panic mode all afternoon, and some goblins have even taken to the streets themselves in search of the culprit. But, what is this? A couple of shifty-looking goblins in cloaks are lurking down a dark alleyway, and it looks like they are selling things - how awfully strange. Some of the items look really valuable, and you wouldn't want to miss out on a chance of getting a nice, shiny, new rare, would you? But be warned, the goblins are very picky creatures. However, we hear they are always on the lookout for galleons to continue building up their hoard of gold, so it might be wise to start digging into your savings.

Head on over HERE to check it out.

Keep an eye out, they will be holding these sales periodically in Goblin City.



August 8, 2018

HINT Forums :: August


12:25 pm - Zimmy



The latest chapter of Hintory has our troublemakers snooping around the Ministry of Magic. How are they going to get out of hot water this time? Come read the next installment, or catch up from the very beginning! Each chapter includes a poll - your votes help us determine what happens next in the story, and you may even get some House Points for your contribution.

While waiting around in the Ministry, River, Alex, and Skye get their hands on some interesting documents, and will certainly need all the help they can get deciphering them. Head over to The XXXXX Files to put your skills to work! Submit an entry for your chance at 2,000 House Points and the HINTspiration Award!

Chapter 13: Curiosity is a Powerful Thing | The XXXXX Files



August 7, 2018

Publications Management - August Updates


6:38 am - LinSpinner



The Newsstand is brimming with excitement this month! Join us as we go on adventures and tell stories, and tell stories of adventures!

They can make you laugh or cry, jump out of your skin in fright or just be for amusement. That's right, we're talking about stories! In July, the Quibbler immersed us in the fantastical world of stories. Now it's your turn to discuss all things stories! Come and share your thoughts on everything from writer's block to librarians.

If you're feeling inspired to write your own story, our contest, DIY Fairytale, may be just the thing for you! Will you take on the challenge of discovering your characters and determining their fate?

Lastly, what's a story without adventure? The Daily Prophet's July edition certainly loved adventures. Check out the discussion and share your own thoughts on adventures and your ideal adventure.



August 6, 2018

RPC August Updates


7:38 am - Cait




Come frolic in the summer sun with the RPC! We have the Greek Gods spending the day with us, but the where and how is up to you in this month's RPotM, Olympian Oddysey.

Perhaps your favorite summer activity is going to an amusement park? We've got you covered in this month’s RP Freestyle, Amusement Park Accidents. Tread carefully though, disaster is just around the corner.

Want a fun, non-roleplaying activity? Head on over to Category Carnival in the RPC Lounge to describe your favorite HEXians as Greek Gods.

You didn't think you'd walk away empty-handed, did you? Check out the RPC Participation Raffle to see what summery treats await you!



August 5, 2018

Arts & Graphics Forum Update :: August


12:29 pm - Katie



In August, the Arts & Graphics Forum would like to invite you all to join us in an adventure through the stars! Be sure to head over to our monthly challenges to try your hand at a constellation myth or to discover a new constellation. Keep an eye on our Weekly Prompts for some new inspiration if your muse has been feeling stuck or if you're just looking for a new idea!

If you're still in despair over the state of your portfolio or store after the Great Imgur Debacle, you can head on over to A&G and Imgur so your friendly neighborhood A&G mods can help you out!


And the most exciting news of all... we are THRILLED to announce our brand new Blotting the Parchment :: Incentive Program! Run, don't walk, over to the thread to learn more about our enchanting new item, what to do to earn some ink spots, and how you can snap one up for yourself!

1st Place: Trelawney's Orrery OR Star Chart + 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



August 4, 2018

O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s are Back!


8:51 pm - Zoe


If you were here in previous years, you likely saw the glorious and definitely-not-stressful return of O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s. It's that time of the year again, so we've been preparing for yet another year of fun-filled exams. The anti-cheating quills have been charmed appropriately, the official parchments are ready to be stamped with scores, and Peeves has been banished from the Great Hall for the duration of the next two weeks. Get ready, HEXians - it's time for exams!

Head on over to this thread in the Headmaster's Study to find out more!



August 3, 2018

Diving into the Deep


12:09 am - Robin


The deep blue sea: how vast and unexplored it is. Have you ever wondered what lies below? Do you yearn to discover new and fascinating creatures down in the depths? What magical and mystical sights have hidden themselves in the depths below the cool, rippling surface?

But, how will you get there? Surely you can't afford your own personal submarine! Or could you? Well, regardless of your answer, the Ravenclaw House Staff welcome you aboard our magical submarine! Of courses, you'll need to buy a ticket first, but then grab a seat and join us as we go Diving into the Deep!



August 2, 2018

Magical Archives August Updates


2:43 pm - Aelara


August is upon us and the Magical Archivists are bringing you our final segment in Life After Hogwarts. This time we are providing you an opportunity to try your hand at being a professional Quidditch player.

The British Quidditch team is looking for new players and applications are now open. Fly on over to Quidditch through the Applications. Hurry, because not everyone will be allowed to participate, and if you wish to do so, you should speak up by August 4th! In addition to the fame and glory playing Quidditch can bring you, participation will also earn you a ticket in our monthly raffle.

The Magical Archives always has contests, activities, and discussions happening throughout all of our forums, so make sure you check out our Table of Contents for the latest information. For every four events you participate in the Magical Archives forums, you earn one ticket for the exclusive Book of Records.



August 1, 2018

Squid Tank Season 2


12:02 am - The Giant Squid


Welcome to Squid Tank Season 2! In a world where the economy takes over an impressively sized portion of our daily lives, it's only natural that we decide to see who is the best of the best, right? From trading, to raffles, to lucky streaks, and more... that's what Squid Tank is here for. Much like the other site-wide competitions test one's skills in writing, role-playing, graphics, or singing... the Squid Tank tests one's skills in the HEX economy.

Interested in learning more? Keep on reading for details including what the contest will consist of, where to go for the application, and new this year, a participation raffle!



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