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October 31, 2019

Quidditch: Lions versus Snakes!


9:01 pm - Cait




Welcome to our second match of the season! Grab a friend and take a seat in the Spectator Stands to watch Gryffindor take on Slytherin. Will the Snakes slither their way to victory, or will the Lions roar triumphantly? Be sure to watch the match to find out!



October 29, 2019

House elections


5:54 pm - HEX Staff




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 24, 2019

Monster Memories


2:42 pm - Jojo




All stories have a beginning and behind every story there is a truth....
Have you ever wondered where the monsters under your bed came from when you were a wee child and didn't know anything about the wizarding world? Well, this is your opportunity to find out! In honor of Halloween, Gryffindor has brought to you an event that will take you to the very roots of Muggle fear and beasts. Do you have the courage to delve into the world of classic Muggle monsters with us?



October 20, 2019

Daily Prophet :: October Edition


5:15 pm - ragna lokisdottir



What really happens in haunted locations? How happy are the spirits within them with the living? Well, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Maybe the most important question is this: Do you believe in ghosts? Though, we'll admit that if your answer is no with all the ghosts at Hogwarts ... We wonder how you explain them. Speaking of Hogwarts - it isn't the only home to ghosts. The United Kingdom alone has plenty of haunted locations. Join us in our October issue as we explore some of the most well-known haunted locations in both the Wizarding World and the Muggle world! Who knows? Maybe we'll make a believer of you!

Interested in being featured on the Daily Prophet but missed our applications? Be our next Guest Writer and join us for an issue!

Did you miss an edition or want to re-read your favorite articles? Visit our Official Archives for all of the Daily Prophet's former issues.

If you have any concerns regarding the Daily Prophet, please contact Janelle, Mark, or Thene. You may also get in touch with Cody, Mark or Steph from Publications Management.



October 19, 2019

The Atrium


12:58 pm - MariaAna




How much does propaganda matter? Find out with some new activities!

We can't wait to hear what you have to think in our two newest polls, and we've got a new participation raffle and HEXperience trivia to tickle your taste buds! Run on over to the Fountain of Magical Brethren to chat up two members of site staff and ask them all your questions! Remember how much propaganda there was during the last part of Harry's fight? What if you had to create one at the time? Show us your work in this month's contest: 'Opinions Matter'.

In addition to our Errors and Glitches thread, be sure to check out our Known Bugs thread, the Broken Coding and Formatting thread, and our Homepage Polls: Let's Talk About That! thread!

We hope to see you around The Atrium soon!



October 17, 2019

Slytherin Elections: Results


8:32 pm - 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!

SLYTHERIN
Prefects: Axolittl, ClumsyFox, Narcissa Black, Ragna Lokisdottir, JoMalfoy96, and Joe Hunters.



October 16, 2019

Caretaker Concoctions - October


6:58 pm - Zimmy





The Hogwarts House ghosts have been seen haunting the Library and the Trophy Room, reminiscing about the good old days. Ready for a 1970s Hogwarts throwback? There are some amazing prizes to be won, so we hope you'll join us in We've Got Spirit, How Bout You?



1st Place: Quidditch Scrapbook + 3500 House Points
2nd Place: Enchanted Timeline + 2000 House Points
3rd Place: Hermione's Copy of Hogwarts, a History + 1000 House Points

Stay up to date with the latest happenings in Hogwarts Castle! Be sure to watch the Student Hangout Watch Thread and regularly check our Student Corkboard .



October 15, 2019

Pumpkins have arrived!


10:34 am - HEX Staff



It's October on HEX, and you know what that means - time to dig out your green thumb and grow some pumpkins!

As the weather begins to cool down and take on the brisk autumn chill, it's the perfect time of year to put our pumpkin farmer hats on and get to work. The seeds are waiting, your patches have been prepped, and the Wheel of Fortune is eagerly awaiting your spins. What are you waiting for? Head on over to the Pumpkin Patch to get in that pumpkin-growing mood!

Don't forget to take a look at the Pumpkin Guide Thread to learn more about how to grow pumpkins and the changes to the prizes for the Halloween season this year!

Good luck to all, and happy growing!!



October 14, 2019

Fan Fiction Forum


9:50 am - desi




"Trust me, I know what I'm doing... or at least, Felix does."

Want to turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one? Felix Felicis, also called "Liquid Luck", is a magical potion that makes the drinker lucky for a period of time, during which everything they attempt will be successful. What would you do with a little bit of Liquid Luck? Let us know in October's Theme Prompt.

Are you more of a reader than a writer? Then head on over to Reader's Digest, where the audience gets to shine! Don't forget to participate in the following activities to earn tickets towards the Monthly Raffle:

Character Journals l Continue the Story | FanFic Con | Guess the Character | Picture Prompt | Writing Circle




And, of course, don't forget that participation in Author's Notes could win you an item exclusive to the Fan Fiction department!



October 13, 2019

Shopping Forums Update


5:30 pm - Edmundus



Don't let the new Quarterly Raffle bewitch you! But with so many wonderful prizes, it's sure going to try.

Start earning tickets for the Raffle with any of these activities, and house points besides! Watch the raffle thread to hear about new opportunities as they are revealed.

Muggle Trivia Night | Trouble on the Tracks
LU Activity | Daring Decor | Vanquishing the Vanished




October 12, 2019

The Grounds - October Update


2:45 pm - ragna lokisdottir




Have you ever wondered what the Trolley Witch and Train Conductor are up to when the Hogwarts Express isn't running? After all, you can't expect them to sit around all day doing nothing! But wait a minute ... it's Halloween. Which means that there is plenty of Spooky Shenanigans for them to get up to at Kings Cross Station!

Don't forget all the new activities that await you in the Grounds! Go and check out the Grounds Activity Overview for the list. You don't want to miss any of the shenanigans that are happening within the Grounds!



October 9, 2019

RPC TC Updates


9:23 am - Cait


It's spooky season and that means candy galore! Well maybe. Only if you if appease the pumpkin king by joining the Teaching Center in their activities. First up is the glorious Halloween Feast, what better time of Halloween? Except you don't get any food just yet. This year you get to take an adventure into one of Hagrid's Giant Pumpkins in Honey I Shrunk The First Years. How cool is that? What's the first thing you plan on doing?

Next up with have grammar. Yeah yeah, we know. Who likes grammar? But just because it's Halloween and all we want is candy, that doesn't mean we can forget our lessons and act like ghouls. After you've stopped eating that candy corn, come look at Grammar 101 to show how well you know your stuff. Once you've nailed that grammar stop by The Write Stuff roleplay and use your new skills, or freshly hone skills to the test.

Just when you're almost out of candy or off getting some more stop by and congratulate the newest student of the month, Eimear, and possibly give them some candy. It's the nice thing to do after all, right?

Written by Jamoki



October 8, 2019

Club Creation: Fixes & Upgrades


12:00 am - HPfanextrm


Hmm. Let's see if I still know how to do this..
Clubs are home to many user-run communities on HEX, and after nearly two years, the ability to create new ones returns. Have you started one yet? Perhaps you're already president of a successful organization and dreamed of launching another. We have you covered there too. Club Upgrades have been reworked to entice the more successful union builders. The changes to Upgrade 2 and Upgrade 3 are as follows:

Upgrade 2 Requirements:

  • Have not been sent to Azkaban in 3 months
  • Have been using HEX for 6 months
  • Be a president in 1 club: this club must be at least 1 month old and consist of at least 25 members
Cost: 5,000,000 G

Upgrade 3 Requirements:
  • Have unlocked Upgrade 2
  • Have not been sent to Azkaban in 3 months
  • Have been using HEX for 6 months
  • Be a president in 2 clubs: each club must be at least 1 month old and consist of at least 35 members
Cost: 10,000,000 G

I'm sure many of you have zeroed in on the increase in cost for upgrades. After careful consideration, we determined these values would ensure that the best club leaders could afford to begin a second or third venture when weighed against the potential database space that additional clubs for every user on the site would occupy. However, to celebrate these long overdue fixes, I'm happy to announce that Upgrade 2 will be 50% off, or 2,500,000 G, until Monday, October 14 11:59 PM HEX time. During this time, the minimum 1 month old club requirement for Upgrade 2 will also be suspended. In essence, if you start a club today and are able to attract 25 members, you can create your second club within 7 days at the reduced rate.

On a smaller, but still just as important note, all of your club-related user events will feature a new icon just like the one depicted at the top of this post. Thanks, Julie! Additionally, you can now prevent your club from trending on the Clubs Directory page via your club's Settings.

Finally, did you know that there was more than one type of club? There are actually two, Standard and Order. Standard clubs are clubs as you've always known them. Order clubs are unique in that you may only be a member of one Order club. This was never well documented or communicated to users (even I wasn't aware of this distinction until I took on the project), so we linked a small note next to Club Type on a club's description page.

More than a dozen changes were made to Clubs behind the scenes to increase their security and avoid some (potentially) catastrophic incidents, but most of those won't actually be visible. Now go start a new club!



October 7, 2019

Publications Management - October Update


7:42 am - Morgan93



With another month, The Newsstand brings another set of assorted activities for your enjoyment. As much as we want you to participate, we also want you to take time for yourself to rejuvinate and refresh. Afterwards, come join our discussion on self-care, based on September's issue of The Daily Prophet.

In September, The Quibbler explored something that you're looking at right now: letters! But did they mean letters of the alphabet? Or mail letters? Tell us what you think in our letter-themed discussion.

The September WWN broadcast took a studious turn, focusing on education. But before returning to school, many students paid a visit to Diagon Alley. In our contest, your challenge is to take part in A Bookish Bash and create the next bestselling back-to-school item.

After you've made the rounds to all of our activities, check out The Newsstand Quarterly Raffle and its marvelous prizes, one of which might become yours!



October 6, 2019

RPC October Updates


7:29 am - Morgan93



In the spirit of Halloween, the spooky, suspenseful, and mysterious have come to the RPC for October. First, a choice lies before you. However confusing or unclear the correct path may be, Left or Right, you must decide in the Roleplay of the Month.

If you choose to go to Hogwarts, then you may find that, in the Freestyle, the portraits are... up to something. If Walls Could Stalk, what mischievous and eerie antics would the painted subjects engage in?

The spookiness continues over in the Lounge, where we've got a puzzling mystery on our hands. Can you figure out what is causing the Haunting at Hogwarts?

Finally, partaking in any of these phantasmal events will earn you tickets to the October Participation Raffle and a chance at some ominous prizes.



October 5, 2019

HINT FORUMS :: OCTOBER UPDATE


1:22 pm - Kasey


This is HINToween

This month, we're giving you the chance to get creative with this holiday's theme, and put your own spin on one of the most iconic Halloween traditions - the haunted house! Come check out This is HINToween for your chance to win some awesome prizes, including 11,000 House Points!


Written by Lauramarie.



October 4, 2019

Social Media October Update


8:53 pm - little fox



October is full of fun in the #SocialMediaForum! We've got prizes, house points, and galleons up for grabs!

Have you ever wanted to work on our official HEX social media platforms? Our applications are open! Check out this thread for all of the details!

There is a story for everything! Check out our October contest Six-Word-Story to see if you are up to this challenge!

If you see MalfoySwan fluttering about, congratulate them on being our latest Muse of the Month! Are you ready to talk MySpace? Discuss this and more in October's Monthly Musings!

October brings a new batch of monthly trivia questions! Scroll on over to I Bet The Muggles Won't Know About This! to test you knowledge on the Wizarding World!

Do you want a chance to win the fabulous Social Media exclusive item, House Points, or galleons? Visit our monthly raffle Platform Ponderings for all of the important details!

A new Social Butterfly is fluttering around HEX! Interested in earning this title and a snazzy new avatar? Check out the details here!

#SocialMediaofHEX #BeSocial



October 3, 2019

October Arts & Graphics Update


8:54 pm - Julieexann



This month, A&G beckons you to join them in entering the Department of Mysteries. While we do know of six rooms devoted to mysteries, what others are there? Explore what these other rooms could be with our Graphics Challenge. You can also become an Unspeakable for the duration of our stay here, and that involves some ... experiments. However, one of these may have ended in a catastrophe, and we need you to submit a report about it in our Writing Challenge. Check out how our weekly prompts have a mysterious twist to them this month as well! Any good Unspeakable loves a good discussion, and this month our discussion focuses on prophecies.

Remember to check out our Blotting the Parchment Incentive Program for a chance to earn ink spots to win our exclusive Enchanted Paintbrush!

1st Place: Time Turner Charm OR Broken Prophecy + 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 || AotM || Discussion



October 2, 2019

Magical Archives Update


6:12 am - Edmundus



October brings chill air, pumpkin flavored everything, and a fresh batch of contests and activities from the Magical Archives! For example, you won't want to miss joining Hogwarts residents old and new as you celebrate Sir Nicholas' Dearest Deathday Party and help Ginny arrive for her first year after a bit of Playful Packing.

But there's plenty more to see and do. Check out the Table of Contents to see everything the Archives' forums have to offer. Participation in those might just bring you closer to winning the Book of Records.

Watch Thread || Table of Contents



October 1, 2019

Quidditch: Eagles and Badgers!


11:36 am - Armoracia



Welcome back to Quidditch, everyone! It's time for the first match of the season to get underway. Just grab a fellow student, or come on your own if you prefer, and head on over to the Quidditch Pitch to watch Ravenclaw face off against Hufflepuff. It should be an exciting match! Will the Badgers dig out a victory? Or will the Eagles soar triumphant? Come root for your favorite team from the stands!



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