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July 31, 2019

Hiring New Site Mentors!


8:51 pm - Zoe



"Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it." - Albus Dumbledore

When Harry first arrived at Hogwarts, he was surrounded by support from friends and teachers who helped him adjust to the wizarding world. Are you interested in serving as a helpful guide for the new members on HEX? Are you friendly, kind, and love to meet new people? Great! We are searching for active and knowledgeable users to add to our team of HEX Mentors. If you want to learn more about the important role that these mentors play in helping out new users or find out how to apply, we'd love to have you stop by and check it out.

HEX Mentor Applications are now open!



July 30, 2019

Publications Management is Hiring


5:30 am - Morgan93



Extra, extra, read all about it! The Newsstand, the hub of all of HEX's wizarding news publications, is seeking out new moderators! Do you enjoy reading The Daily Prophet? Can't get enough of the quirkiness of The Quibbler? Look forward to every WWN broadcast? Then this may be the job for you! If we've caught your attention and you think you have what it takes, then head on over to The Newsstand Moderator application thread to learn more about how to apply. Take note that all applications must be submitted by August 13th, 2019 at 11:59 PM HEX time lest they become yesterday's news.

Have you ever thought about writing for one of HEX's publications? The Daily Prophet, The Quibbler, and the Wizarding Wireless Network are also in search of creative talent to join their ranks!



July 28, 2019

Job Applications


7:40 pm - Nelly



Have you ever wanted to share your skills and knowledge for the betterment of HEX? HEX runs on the time and dedication of users like yourself volunteering their skillsets to keep the site running and to move it in bigger and better directions. If this sounds at all appealing to you, we'd like to encourage you to apply for a HEX job! The current positions that have open applications are: Coder, Digital Artist, Graphic Designer, Item Designer, and Site Character Account.

The Job Applications page is linked under the Site menu on the top bar, as well as in the footer links area at the bottom of each page. 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, and we look forward to seeing your application!



July 25, 2019

Site Safety


7:47 pm - HEX Staff


"You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it." - Albus Dumbledore


To paraphrase the quote above, HEX Staff would like to remind all of our users that likewise, help will always be given on HEX to those who ask for it. In saying this, it occurred to us that even now there may be those users who are unaware of exactly how to ask for that help. Should you ever wish to speak one-on-one with any member of the site's Staff, you can find us all listed on the About Us page. To navigate there without the link, you'll need to hover over 'Site' at the top of any page, then click on 'About Us.' On that same menu, there is the option to 'Report'. This can be used to report a bug you may have noticed on the site, to report another user or other rule infraction, or to report a forum or Global Moderator.


Alternatively, you are able to report a specific post in any forum. You simply need to go to the post in question and click on 'Report' which is located between 'Quick-Quote' and 'Share'. These reports are dealt with every day, several times a day, so you can rest assured that yours will be seen and acted upon quickly.


All of these methods are in place to make HEX the safest it can be, for both you the users, and those who work behind the scenes. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to post them in this thread, contact any member of Site Staff, or owl the HEX Staff account.



July 23, 2019

The Grounds - July Update


6:36 pm - Maia



Uh oh. Peeves has been at it again. Crude paintings were strewn across the walls, confetti littered nearly every surface, and the room reeked of dung bombs. Peeves needs to be stopped, don't you think? Meet us in the Shrieking Shack to help us formulate a plan to get rid of him once and for all.

Don't forget to put our Watch Thread on watch to be notified of all the news from the Grounds. For example, the Bi-Weekly Chat or the announcement of the Roleplay / Roleplayer of the Month.



July 20, 2019

Top Student Prizes


9:27 pm - Nelly



Attention all students! If you participated in the 2018/2019 school term, we're quite certain that you're all awaiting with bated breath the announcement about Top Students. Well, the wait is officially over! Please head over to this thread in the Entrance Hall for more information!



The Welcome Center


1:34 am - Spike




Join us in the Welcome Center and show off your magical skills as you compete with the best-of-the-best! Between dazzling displays of wizardry, a rousing game of Sock Hockey - socks provided by Dumbledore, of course - and Spectator Row, there's much to do! So pack your bags and spend the week at the Wizarding Champion Trials. You might find yourself walking away with a fancy item, a pocket full of galleons, or even some coveted House Points!



July 19, 2019

Fan Fiction Forum


8:52 am - Cody




"Aurors are the Wizarding World's best defence against the practitioners of the Dark Arts. We're well-versed in offensive magic, because our very lives depend on it. It takes courage, wit and guile. Not many have the stomach for it. Do you?"

From Kingsley Shacklebolt to Nymphadora Tonks to Harry Potter himself, talented Aurors have for centuries been tasked with protecting the Wizarding World against Dark forces. However, individuals just don't happen upon such integral careers; they must earn their spots. Just what tests do Auror hopefuls have to undergo, you might be asking? Well, that's up to you to decide in July's Theme Prompt.

Are you more 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 that is entirely exclusive to Fan Fiction!



July 18, 2019

The Atrium


4:10 am - MariaAna




The Ministry is seriously concerned with Death's feelings this month. Especially since everyone is so keen on conquering Death. So, here are 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! This summer, HEX is trying to conquer Death, without even considering how Death feels with all of this. It seems everyone forgot that Death Has Feelings Too!

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!



July 17, 2019

Quidditch Referee Applications


12:00 am - Armoracia



Attention Quidditch fans! Everyone's favorite magical sport will soon be returning for another season, and we know the teams are training hard in preparation. But the players can't play without the hard work of the referees! We're looking for more dedicated and enthusiastic referees to join our ranks. Interested? Fantastic! Then check out the information Madam Hooch has posted here to find out what you need to do to join the team that helps make Quidditch happen!



July 16, 2019

Daily Prophet:: July Edition


3:00 am - athenniene cromwell



Being a school-free month for most students of all ages, July is often known as the time for traveling and other fun stuff to do over the summer. However, all this free-time can quickly lead to an endless month of nothingness. Because of this, we found it only appropriate to celebrate Anti-Boredom Month in this month's edition of the Daily Prophet! Whether you would like to discover a new traveling spot or a new hobby to pursue for both kids and adults, we surely have an article that will help you pass your time without getting bored. So, grab a copy of July's issue and take a look into these exciting activities with us!

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 Janelle, Mark, or Thene. You may also get in touch with Cody, Karli or Steph from Publications Management.



July 15, 2019

Caretaker Concoctions - July


9:38 am - Sammy




After the final battle, many new ghosts joined Hogwarts making the castle more eerie. Explore the Ghosts' new dwelling in the afterlife in Haunted Hogwarts!

PRIZES


Haunted Gingerbread House || Pack of Bloodstained Cards|| Spooky Every Flavor Bean


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.



July 14, 2019

RPC Teaching Center - July Update


3:00 pm - Pyper



Capes, vivacious color, and lots of great behavior. Well, that's the impression we were going for in the Teaching Center this month. We may have inadvertently gotten ourselves into a right mess, though. Who better to save us all, than a hero?

Firstly, fly down into your initial mission by creating your own hero in I Need A Hero. Once you have established their character and quirks, their mission is to team up with a partner and prepare for an epic battle in our beginners roleplay, A Helping Hero.

Also, our Student of the month is Lily. With some terrifically in-depth analysis of the theme of doubling, she has been suitably rewarded with the title, Student of the Month. Be sure to congratulate her if you see her around. Why don't you too join in the fun in the Teaching Center? Perhaps you could be our Student of the Month next month.

If perhaps you're more of a teaching hero, mentoring may be for you. Pop over and check out our applications and be a hero for someone else.



July 13, 2019

Shopping Forums Update


5:57 am - little fox



Quill and book lovers unite! July welcomes a new Quarterly Raffle full of exciting prizes that will surely scribble your interests!

Start earning tickets for the Quarterly Raffle with these fun activities! There's also some fabulous prizes and house points up for grabs!
Lost In London Underground | King's Cross Station
Hogsmeade, A History | Gillywater and Gobstones | Turbulent Tunnels




July 12, 2019

Publications Management - July Updates


10:31 am - anna



Here comes July, all dressed in white... that's right, fellow HEXians! Join us in The Newsstand for June's issue of The Daily Prophet, which centered around weddings! And what's a wedding without cake?! Wait... there's no cake. However, there is a wonderful discussion all about weddings, which is just as satisfying, right?!

What if you aren't getting married or attending a wedding any time soon, you might be wondering? Well, have no fear! June's issue of The Quibbler had us all playing dress-up. So, you can put on a wedding dress, a tuxedo, heck... you could even dress up as the punch bowl! Whatever you decide to be, take a moment to join in our discussion this month!

Last, but most certainly not least, our hard-working WWN broadcasters have outdone themselves with a riveting broadcast on The Triwizard Tournament. Our contest this month will challenge you to create a task for the upcoming 2019 Triwizard Tournament.

Participation in any and all of the events for July could earn you not only some House Points or other shiny prizes, but also tickets to the Newsstand Quarterly Raffle!



July 10, 2019

New Issue of The Quibbler!


9:19 pm - Zoe



Accents. We all have one whether we all own up to it or not. For some reason, this has become a rather hot topic at The Quibbler, so... what better way to hopefully rid the office of such a discussion talk about it than make it our theme for the month? No matter what type of accent you have, we invite you to check out the July issue of The Quibbler!

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



July 7, 2019

Six Month Rare Release


7:39 pm - Donations


The July 2019 six month donation rare with item actions is now available for all that qualify! The six month rare for this period is:


Pomona's Plum Plumper

This rare features 3 item actions: Go hunting for a plum, try and dig one out of Xenophilius' Garden, and get Pickett on the search for one. Explore and figure out how each of these work. :) Sharing the item back and forth with friends is encouraged! More items/development pertaining to this new area to come.

For more information, and to claim your six month rare, please go here!

The next six month rare will be given in January 2020, for all that donate at least $10 a month, every single month from July to December 2019.

Thank you!



July 5, 2019

RPC July Updates


4:40 pm - Pyper




Celebrities are frequenting the RPC, at least that's the gossip in here this month. We've heard stories of a discussion taking place between the celebrities and the paparazzi over in this Month's Roleplay of the Month, Paparrazi on the Prowl. Why don't you check it out and see what gossip you can hear?

If other celebrities don't interest you, then perhaps you would rather be the celebrity? We're making some infamous jam in our Freestyle, A Dose of Fame, so why don't you pop on over and experience the celebrity life for yourself?

If you prefer more formal occasions, then we're inviting you to dine with our celebrities in the RPC Lounge. Charting Celebrities gives you the opportunity to assign seats to each person; we just hope you're up to date on the celebrity relationships.

Finally, valid entries to any of our events will earn you tickets towards our July Participation Raffle With some amazing prizes up for grabs, we encourage you to spread the news and get involved.



July 4, 2019

Social Media July Update


7:02 pm - little fox



Hop into the summer fun with the Social Media forum! We've got prizes, house points, and galleons up for grabs!

It's time for the #ObligatoryFoodPic(nic)! Check out our July contest A Puzzling Picnic Party to join the fun!

What are your thoughts on editing softwares for photos? Discuss this and more in July's Monthly Musings!

The new month brings a new batch of monthly trivia questions! Scroll on over to I Bet The Muggles Won't Know About This! to check them out!

Do you want a chance to win the Social Media exclusive item or House Points? 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



July 3, 2019

HINT Forums :: July


6:10 pm - Zimmy


Oompa HINToompa

HINT has their very own chocolate factory! What, you didn't know? Well now you do! We're taking you on a journey through a handful of challenges reminiscent of Willy Wonka himself in this month's House Point Contest.

Think luck will be on your side? Have some creativity to spare? Complete our challenges for tickets to the fantabulous prizes below! Otherwise, well, I wonder what happens to HEXians who choose to wander off in a chocolate factory...



July 2, 2019

Arts & Graphics :: July


5:47 pm - ragna lokisdottir



This month, Arts & Graphics is exploring our goth side as we dive into goth culture! Within our Graphics Challenge, you can become a tattoo artist for the month. We want to see what you design for a gothic, Harry Potter-themed tattoo! Or, you could write us a fairy tale instead - just make sure you're putting that gothic twist on it! There is also our weekly prompts that should give you inspiration throughout the month. Be sure to stop on by the discussion and let us know your thoughts on some gothic tunes!


Remember to check out our Blotting the Parchment Incentive Program for a chance to earn ink spots to win our exclusive Enchanted Paintbrush! Our Mentorship Program is always accepting new mentees so check that out if you've ever wanted mentoring!

1st Place: Dark Mark Egg OR Moony 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 || AotM || Discussion



July 1, 2019

Magical Archives July Update


7:47 pm - nickolaii



With the summer evenings being bright and warm, there is plenty to do. How about a wedding, for example? Roleplay your way through Bill and Fleur's wedding as Luna and Xenophilius Lovegood in Beautiful Bonding. Or maybe, once the sun has set, you fancy some stargazing? If so, you can create your very own constellation in Constellation Creation.

Of course, we also have plenty of other contests to enjoy in the Magical Archives. Check the Table of Contents to see all the currently ongoing activities. And be sure to put the Watch Thread on watch to be notified of any future contests and activities. After all, participating in those will earn you a chance at the much sought after Book of Records.

Watch Thread || Table of Contents



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