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February 29, 2020

Quidditch: Lions vs Eagles


9:15 pm - duckie


Gryffindor vs Ravenclaw

It's a new month, which means a new match is coming. Join us in the Quidditch Pitch with the fans colored in red and blue on the stands. Last match was close call, now will the Lions win or the Eagles sweep them off their feet? Come root for your favorites over in the Spectator Stands.

Snitch



February 28, 2020

Leap Day Festivities


12:05 am - Zoe


In honor of the day that we only get once every four years, the House admins have decided to get together and throw a party! That's right, HEXians - all four Houses have come together to bring you what is sure to be the best Leap Day party that you've experienced in the last four years. (Ha!) There are contests to keep you busy and plenty of items to win, so we hope we'll see you take part in the Leap Day Festivities!



February 26, 2020

Graphics Management is Hiring!


12:43 am - Julieexann



Do you enjoy graphic design? Always wanted an excuse to spend more time in Photoshop? Ever wonder who was responsible for that header you liked in that contest thread or that layout you saw in a holiday forum? Well, look no further! Graphics Management is the team responsible for all official graphics here on HEX, and we have a new application to join our team, which can be found here on the Jobs page. We are a team of designers who work hard to make the site you know and love pretty and enjoyable for all. If you'd like more information about our team, have questions about our application, or just want to find out more about us in general, please take a look at our FAQ, which can be found in the Comstock Memorial Gallery. Please keep in mind that our application is ongoing - we are always hiring! We're happy to have new designers join our team. We hope to hear from you!

Apply Today!



February 22, 2020

Hiring New Site Mentors!


9:34 pm - Jessica




"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!



February 20, 2020

RPC Teaching Center :: February Update


10:11 pm - KatieNumbers




Come join the Teaching Center this February as we learn how important plot outlines can truly be when planning your roleplay! Join us in Problematic Plots, where you get the chance not only to plan your own theoretical roleplay, but also to practice planning outlines on your own!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live the life of a rain drop? This month, you get that chance! Join us in A Day in the Life, where you get to tell the adventure of a rain drop as it falls from a cloud.

But that’s not all! Come join us in Be Mine?, where you get to distribute a Valentine for a student at Hogwarts!



February 18, 2020

The Atrium


9:52 am - MariaAna




Leprechauns! Again? Not only are those little Irish fairies back but they also brought some new activities with them!

We're all anxiously awaiting your responses to our two newest polls, and we've got a new participation raffle and HEXperience trivia to keep you all on your toes! Skip on over to the Fountain of Magical Brethren to chat up two members of site staff and ask them all your questions. This month, you need to come up with a story about leprechauns, ensuring it is as far from the truth as possible. Head over to our monthly contest Leprechaun Lore to learn more!

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!



February 16, 2020

Daily Prophet:: February Edition


6:57 pm - athenniene cromwell



If you want to escape the overwhelming scent of flowers, the cavity-inducing sweetness of chocolates (and partners), or the exchange of sweet nothings this you-know-what, then join The Daily Prophet to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day instead! It may be difficult to come by in today's world, but you might be surprised to learn that there are still those instances when someone takes the time to think of others as well. Dive into our February issue, and turn a frown upside down! Learn a few simple and effortless acts of kindness that you can do for your fellow witch and wizard (or even the Muggles) today and for the rest of the year!

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.



February 15, 2020

Caretaker Concoctions - February


11:09 pm - little fox




It seems all of these Valentine’s Day plans had disastrous results. Join us in A Valentine’s Day Disaster to try to pick up the pieces of this day and salvage the evening. If that doesn't strike your fancy, you can just marvel in the chaos!

PRIZES



Wilted Rose + 3500 house points
Broken Heart +2000 house points
Expired Love Potion + 1000 house points


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.



February 14, 2020

Ministry of Magical Arts :: February Update


1:21 pm - ragna lokisdottir



This month, the Ministry of Magical Arts has transported themselves to a land of wonder and laughter! Come explore all things fairy with us this month. If you feel like creating a fairy garden is right up your alley, check out our graphics challenge! If writing about how fairies get their wings is more up your alley, check out the writing challenge.

Of course, we've got a ton of other things going on in our forums, so make sure to pop over and check out everything that's going on by referencing each forums watch thread posts, linked here for your convenience.

EoIA || CMG || IoCL

1st Place: Fairy Lantern OR Fairy Charm + 3,000 House Points
2nd Place: 50,000 Galleons + 2,000 House Points
3rd Place: 25,000 Galleons + 1,000 House Points



Happy Valentine's Day!


12:05 am - HEX Staff


Love is in the air once more! Valentine's Day is a day of celebrating love in all its forms, whether it's love for a partner, a family member, close friends, or even those delicious looking cookies you had your eyes on in the shop window.

In the spirit of celebrating love, HEX has some festivities in store! Naut fur You and Fred's Holiday Store will be open, you can send and receive Candy Hearts, and there are activities to take part in. We hope you all have a very happy Valentine's Day!



February 13, 2020

Shopping Forums - February Update


1:09 am - Samuel



Be sure to stop by the Shopping Forums this February! We have a handful of fun contests with great prizes waiting to be won. Participating in these activities will also earn you tickets for our Quarterly Raffle.

Caring is Sharing | LU Activity | Off With Their Heads! | A Ruffled Raffle | Valentine's Amok



February 12, 2020

Fan Fiction Forum


8:49 am - desi




"And they've ordered Fred and George's love potions, which I'm sorry to say probably work."

February is the season of love! Unfortunately, that seems to drive people to the limits with insane ideas and questionable morals. Love Potions run aplenty, even in Hogwarts. Head over to February's Theme Prompt and write a story about a character brewing/using a love potion.

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!



February 11, 2020

The Grounds - February Update


4:07 pm - ragna lokisdottir



Ahh, love is in the air and on the train. It seems that there is a Romance on the Hogwarts Express between the Trolley Witch and the Conductor! We all know that the road (tracks) of love can be bumpy, so how do these two manage to keep their love strong? Well, that just so happens to be up to you in our newest RP contest!

In addition to that, we have a variety of contests and discussions spread among our eight forums. Take a look at the Grounds Activity Overview to see all the fun activities happening this month.

Don't forget about our Grounds-wide incentive featuring Hagrid's Keys, a shiny item exclusive to the Grounds. Head over here to learn how you could be one of our lucky winners!



February 10, 2020

February Welcome Center Udate


3:59 pm - CustardApple




Love in is the air! And there is (almost) nothing that us humans love more than... Chocolate! Some people like it sweet, and some people like it bitter, but the fact of the matter is, with the enormous variety of this candy, there is bound to be something for (almost) everyone. So come join us in this month's discussion Sweet Chocolate and enjoy all the mouthwatering talk going on there. And after that burst of sugar, you should now have enough energy to attempt this month's contest Find that Word, where we need your brain cells to crunch on some Harry Potter Trivia. Go quick, before the sugar dip sets in!

Our monthly Newbie Raffle for new users has some amazing, lovely prizes up for grabs in addition to our usual offerings. And if you have questions as you learn your way around HEX, feel free to ask in our Q&A thread! Did you come down from the sugar rush and actually want to get some schoolwork done? Our Course Books & Equipment thread can actually help you get set up. New users, be sure to check the book drives in your Common Room to see if they can help you with supplies.

And finally, if you are under 13 years of age we have a special place just for you here on HEX. Come and visit the Weasley Hideout for even more contests, activities and chat threads for our younger members of the site to get stuck into!



February 8, 2020

Parties, Potions and Predicaments


12:13 am - AimNorth



Love is in the air... hearts, red roses and sappy poems are appearing everywhere. But what's this? An invitation, addressed to you? It seems Hufflepuff staff are hosting a Valentine's Day Ball - and the whole school is invited to join the festivities! So don your best apparel, stick a flower in your buttonhole, and hurry down to the Great Hall, which you will find transformed into a romantic paradise for an evening of Parties, Potions and Predicaments!



February 7, 2020

Publications Management - February Updates


12:00 pm - Cody



Now that 2020 is well underway, The Newsstand wants to check in with you all to see how you've been managing in this new year.

As the WWN articulated in their most recent broadcast, an integral part of preparing for any year is setting New Year's resolutions. As it turns out, this masochistic inspiring tradition extends to the wizarding world as well! However, it's up to you to uncover what rambling resolutions some of our favorite magical characters set for 2020 in this month's contest. While we're talking about resolutions, we also want to hear all about the goals you set for yourselves for this year! Whether they be geared towards losing weight, eating healthier, or more frequently drowning yourself in copious amounts of liquid sugar, tell us all about your resolutions in February's WWN-inspired discussion. Has all of this talk of self-improvement and hard-to-achieve goals left you in need of comfort of the warm and fuzzy variety? Never fear! This month's Quibbler-based discussion on socks promises to be cozier than you could ever imagine!

As always, participation in any of the above activities will earn you tickets to The Newsstand Quarterly Raffle.

Have you ever dreamed about writing for the wizarding world's quirkiest publication? Grab your favorite quill and a pair of Spectrespecs because writer applications for The Quibbler are now open!



February 6, 2020

RPC February Updates


9:00 am - Morgan93



The RPC has settled in to enjoy the rest of the winter.... Or have we? Yes, we've gotten nice and cozy during a trip to a cabin in the middle of a winter wonderland. However, things may not always be as they seem in this Roleplay of the Month. Don't get caught with a bad case of Cabin Fever while trying to escape from a not-so-ideal cabin!

Unfortunately, things are going to get even worse. Hopping over to the Freestyle, we've gotten perpetually stuck on February 29th, jumping ahead four years at the end of every day. Can you discover the mysterious force that is behind Leapfrog Day and free yourself from the curse of time?

Once out of your predicaments, what's more appropriate than a delicious meal? Tell us about your Best Bites and relax in the Lounge. Of course, don't forget to check out the Participation Raffle to see what wintery prizes could be yours.



February 5, 2020

HINT FORUMS :: FEBRUARY


3:23 pm - Hannah Abbott


Unlucky In Love House Point Contest

You might know Ronald Weasley for being one of the key wizards in saving the world from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but there's a side to him he hasn't talked much about publicly in the past. This month, exclusively in the Clubs Forum, he opens up about his love life. While you're at the edge of your seats trying to hear it all, we have some things for you to work on while the messages from our Unlucky In Love sponsors play.

There are 11,000 House Points to earn, as well as some spectacular prizes:
House PointsMy Sweetheart NecklaceRomilda Vane's Lipstick CharmSpecial Chocolate Cauldrons



February 4, 2020

Social Media Monthly Update


5:22 pm - little fox




February is full of fun we can't wait to share! Join us for activities, prizes, galleons, and house points!


SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST
Love is in the air and its all around. Or at least it is on parchment. This month the Social Media department would like to be romanced. Show us what you've got with your best Love Poems in our February Contest!

SOCIAL MEDIA CHAT
We have a new Muse of the Month - Mara Castleman. If you see her around be sure to congratulate her! What are your thoughts about personal displays of affection in your Social Media news feeds? Head on over to Monthly Musings to give your input on this topic.

SOCIAL MEDIA TRIVIA
Just how good is your knowledge of the Wizarding world? Come test it with the latest round of trivia questions! Think you're up for it? You better, because I Bet the Muggles Won't Know About These!

SOCIAL MEDIA RAFFLE
The Monthly Raffle is ready for a new month! Make your way over to Platform Ponderings for all the information on how you can participate! You have the chance to earn our Social Media exclusive item, house points, and Galleons!

#BeSocial



February 2, 2020

HEX's Next Top Graphic Designer 5.0


9:50 am - Julieexann



Welcome to the fifth edition of HEX's Next Top Graphic Designer! We hope you're ready for an adventure because we will be traveling through a number of different worlds experiencing their lore and hanging out with their characters! Each stop on this tour will put our contestants through a set of challenges which will test their design skills to see who will come out on top.

Do you think you have what it takes to be HEX's Next Top Graphic Designer? Head over here to find out more information in the newly minted Exhibition of Interdisciplinary Artistry. Still interested? Well, then head on over to our Applications Thread to apply. Over 80,000 House Points are up for grabs in the design competition alone, not to mention Doyle's Magical Paints and some other artsy finds!

Not a graphic designer? Don't worry - we have something for you as well! Take a peek at our Audience Participation Raffle where there are plenty of activities and goodies for everyone!



Welcome Thread | Applications | Audience Raffle | Watch Thread



February 1, 2020

Magical Archives Update


11:17 am - Enyra



With Valentine's Day just around the corner, February is the month to celebrate love and our loved ones. Reliving lovely memories is essential to summon a Patronus successfully. In Personalized Patronus, you can let your creativity run wild to create a personal Patronus. Some people, however, are in a more mischievous than cuddly mood. In Snowball Shake Up, let us know how one of the iconic pranks from the Harry Potter books looked. Finally, don't let the chance to win your very own Fountain of Fair Fortune slip through your fingers. To earn it, you just need to overcome some obstacles.

Still not enough? Check out the Table of Contents to learn about all the fun activities we currently have in the Magical Archives. Remember, participating in activities will earn you a chance at the Book of Records! We hope to see you in the Magical Archives soon.

Watch Thread || Table of Contents



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