Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mad libs part 2

I have to tell you about the smart time I had in Diagon Alley last weekend! My friend Waverly Trimble and I decided that we really needed some new needle cases and had to get over to Diagon Alley immediately. Waverly put on her belt because it was clever and did not want to get a cold. I grabbed my purse and we headed to the trains.

While waiting for our train to Diagon Alley, we chatted with Buttercup Dumbledore and Selena Starfire who were planning to visit Gringott’s. Selena did not want to go alone because she was collecting a broom and that was very colorful and brought Buttercup along for her excellence in protecting spells.

The train arrived and off we went. Our seats were very comfortable and the train sped along towards Diagon Alley and we were there in a flash! Before heading to the Yrsa’s Yarn Shoppe, we went into a glass that sells the sturdy chocolate pies!!! As we neared the glass, we noticed quite a lot of commotion! The glass owner had set the chocolate pie making machine and it had gotten stuck! Chocolate pies were flying everywhere! I ducked as a cream-filled chocolate pie came flying right at me and it striped into Professor McGonegal’s sock just as she walked through the door! A lime chocolate pie did a nose dive and splattered all over the ceiling most elaborately! We made it out of the store just as a chocolate pie frog and a kettle of Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans collided in a rainstorm of goo!

This was lots of fun, and made for a funny (if odd) story!

Since we were still happy, we walked the 13 blocks over to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor! I decided on a cone with lemon ice cream and Waverly got the hot fudge sundae with extra caramel! Yummy! Professor McGonegal had made her way over here as well after the incident at the chocolate pie shoppe and had chosen a birch beer float.

After that, we passed Gringott’s and headed to Yrsa’s Yarn Shoppe! I tried not to look at the beautiful skeins of silk and bamboo and wool and instead, headed toward the needle cases while Waverly stopped to run the stitch markers. I found a purple needle case made out of steel and made my purchase. Waverly kept hedging between the needle case she came for and a pattern for a wash cloth. She chose the wash cloth pattern and we walked the back towards the train station just in time to make the 12:30 train.

After sitting down, we noticed Buttercup and Selena were on the train as well. Selena looked quite shiny to have the broom with them. Buttercup however did not look shiny at all. While waiting to go into the vault, a baby goblin waiting in line with his Mommy had played on Buttercup, getting pinot grigio all over their clean robes! The smell really was just horrendous! Apparently, Buttercup’s protecting spells don’t work well against pinot grigio!! We made our way to a less smelly compartment and talked about how we were going explain missing Professor Snape’s lecture on the valuable ways hippogriffs are working with the Department of Mysteries in solving unsolvable witches!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fun homework!

This week's homework is all about word! We get to pick words to match categories, and then tomorrow we get a mad-lib to slot them into. Can't wait to see how this works out!

1- An adjective: smart
2- A fellow Ravenclaw: Waverly Trimble
3- A knitting or crocheting item: needle case
4- A clothing accessory: belt
5- An adjective: clever
6- Something you always have with you: purse
7- A HSKS student1: Buttercup Goblinshimmer Dumbledore
8- A HSKS student2: Selena Starfire
9- A noun: broom
10- An adjective: colorful
11- A noun: glass
12- An adjective: sturdy
13- A food: chocolate pie
14- An adjective ending in “ing”: flying
15- An adjective ending in “ed”: striped
16- A Professor at Hogwarts: McGonegal
17- An article of clothing: sock
18- A food flavor: lime
19- A part of a room: ceiling
20- An adjective: happy
21- A number: 13
22- A food flavor: lemon
23- A food topping: caramel
24- A drink: birch beer
25- A verb: run
26- An adjective: purple
27- Something you can knit or crochet: wash cloth
28- An adjective: shiny
29- A past tense verb: played
30- A food or drink: pinot grigio
31- A Professor at Hogwarts: Snape
32- A magical creature in Harry Potter’s world: hippogriff
33- A noun: witch

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

quidditch pictures

George (Weasley)


(Parvati) Patil

Where the Wild Things Are (needs no explanation)

quidditch questions

Wow, this round of questions is tough. Luckily for me, though, these brainy questions are right up this 'claw's alley!

I'll post the pictures separately.

1. This “Harry Potter” character’s first name comes from Roman mythology. The mythological character’s twin brother is named Romulus. What is the Harry Potter character last name?
a. Black
b. Lupin
c. Pucey
d. Finnigan

2. Which “Harry Potter” character’s first name is the Roman equivalent of the Greed Goddess Athena?
a. Evans
b. Malfoy
c. McGonagall
d. Flitwick

3. In ‘Harry Potter’ World, this wizard has created the Philosopher’s Stone (called the Sorcerer Stone in the US). The historical figure from the 14th and 15th centuries was a scribe and a manuscript-seller who became famous as an alchemist. Who is this individual? Nicolas Flamel

4. What is the first name of a character whose last name is the name of a Bulgarian leader from early 9th century who doubled the country’s territory?
a. Theodore
b. Cedric
c. Viktor
d. Vincent

5. Which character’s name is the name of goddess in Indian mythology?
a. Creevey
b. Patil
c. Zabini
d. Vane

6. “Where the Wild Things Are” tells the story of Max, a young boy sent to bed without his supper for his wild antics. Who created this winner of the Caldecott Medal?
a. Maurice Sendak
b. Chris Van Allsberg
c. Ezra Jack Keats
d. John Steptoe

7. What was NOT one of the unexpected defense mechanisms that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook encountered in their attempt to rob Gringotts?
a. The Flagrante Curse
b. The Thieves’ Downfall
c. Anti-summoning Enchantments
d. The Geminio Curse

8. What was Snape aiming at when he cut off George’s ear?
a. Another Death Eater’s back
b. George’s wand hand
c. Another Death Eater’s wand hand
d. George’s face

9. How much older than James was Lily? (Referring to Harry’s parents, not children).
a. James was older
b. 6 months
c. 1 month
d. 2 months

10. Food is one of the five exceptions to what magical law?
a. Grimp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration
b. Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration
c. Gamp’s Law of Fundamental Transfiguration
d. Grimp’s Law of Fundamental Transfiguration

Friday, April 10, 2009

Homework, again

I think these were good practice for quidditch. I'm proud to say I was able to find all the answers in the book.

1- Who wrote the obituary of Dumbledore in The Daily Prophet? Elphias Doge

2- What is a Squib? A non-wizard born of wizard parents

3- Who stole the locket Horcrux from the Black House? Mundungus Fletcher

4- What are the Albus Dumbledores' siblings names? Aberforth and Ariana

5- Where did Hermione leave the money for the eggs and bread that they
stole from the lonely farm? Under the chicken coop.

6- What is the quote Lily and James Potter have on their tombstone? The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

7- Why did Gilbert Grindewald leave wizarding school? He was expelled from Durmstrag for performing “twisted experiments.”

8- Where does Xeno Lovegood first say that Luna is when Ron, Hermione and
Harry visit? Down at the stream, fishing for fresh water plimpies.

9- What wood is the wand from The Deathly Hallows supposed to be made out of? Elder

10- How did Harry, Hermione and Ron escape the vaults of Gringotts? On the back of a dragon

11- What is the name of the all-female Quidditch team that Ginny has a poster of in her room? Holyhead Harpies

12- Describe what the Undetectable Extension Charm is. A spell placed on an object that makes the inside bigger than the outside, like Hermione’s bag. I also believe one was cast on my Ford Focus, because I can pack more stuff in there than you’d ever believe. My car’s name is Hocus Focus because of this.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Brainy good fun!

This week's homework is to find as many words as possible using the letters in the word Ravenclaw. Each word had to have an R in it, although the bonus was to make a list of words that didn't have R in it. Of course, being a Ravenclaw, I did both parts. And being a crossword puzzle buff, this was lots of fun for me.

R words (32): acer, arc, are, Aver, care, caer, caner, Caver, Cavern, claver, Clear, Crane, Crave, Craven, Craw, Crew, Lacer, Laver, Lear, Learn, Race, rale, Ran, Rave, Raven, Raw, Real, Vernal, waner, Warn, Waver, wear,

Non-R words (27): ace, ale, alec, awe, canal, cane, Cave, Caw, Claw, clew, Clean, lace, Lave, lane, Law, lawn, Lean, Nave, New, veal, venal, wale, wan, wane, Wave, weal,