Friday, July 25, 2008

Badger Paws!

I finished the socks I was making for myself using the yarn I received for HSKS4. I'm quite pleased with the results.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


1. When Hagrid returns to Hogwarts after being sent to see the giants with Madame Maxime, Professor Umbridge questions him on his late return to school. She suspects that Hagrid had been to the mountains, but where does he tell her he has been?
d. South of France

2. Professor Umbridge comes to Hagrid's Hut and searches his cabin one evening (as she believes Harry, Ron and Hermione are there visiting him at night when they are not supposed to). When she walks past the place where Harry, Ron and Hermione are hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, Harry holds his breath. True or false?
b. False

3. A stately-looking witch in an emerald green shawl is one of the members of the Advance Guard who rescues Harry from Privet Drive. What is her name?
a. Emmeline Vance

4. What is the name of the witch who was killed two weeks after the photo of the original Order of the Phoenix was taken?
b. Marlene McKinnon

5. Which two fifth year Ravenclaw students does Dumbledore choose to be prefects?
d. Anthony Goldstein and Padma Patil

6. Which house was Rose Zeller sorted into?
d. Hufflepuff

7. What is the color of Murtlap's essence?
c. Yellow

8. Name the Ravenclaw girl who became prefect in Harry's fifth year.
b. Padma Patil

9. According to a healer's portrait at St. Mungo's hospital, which disease was Ron suffering from?
d. Spattergroit

10. Which book did Harry give Hermione for Christmas?
a. "New Theory of Numberology"

Picture Scavenger Hunt

Padma Patil

Hannah Abott

Percy (with Uncle Vincenzio!)

Dumbledore's Army

Cedric Diggory

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Artimus Takes Flight

Our family owl took flight late on Friday carrying a package from my spoilee, Agatha Ackerly. Hopefully it will get there before she leaves for here trip. I spoke with Agatha by electronic owl and she is leaving for the muggle city of Dallas on Tuesday. So I'm hoping Artimus gets there on Monday. If not Agatha will have a surprise waitng when she gets home.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hufflepuff Quiz #6

1) What is a Chimaera?
A bloodthirsty creature that has the head of a lion, body of a goat and tail of a dragon.

2) Name 3 of the 4 breeds of Winged Horses.
Thestral, Abraxan and Aethonan

3) What are Yeti afraid of?

4) How does a wizard rid a farm of a Nogtail?
Chase it off by a pure white dog

5) Why are Fwoopers sold with a silencing charm?
Their song will drive the listener insane

6) Where are Erklings found?

7) Name the only spell known to repel a Lethifold.
Patronus Charm

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Lunch With the Ackerly's

Yesterday afternoon I had the chance to meet my spoilee Agatha Ackerly for lunch. She was traveling with her mum, Kataleena Ackerly and Agatha's young cousin Lucifer Scrimshaw. We had planned to meet at a pizzeria chain, which was a favorite of Lucifer's, but it was closed due to the Annual Independence Celebration of the Colonies. Fortunately there was a hoagie shoppe nearby that was open, although these American's refer to them as "subs."

Agatha's mum did some shopping with uncle Vincenzio in the muggle plaza while the 3 of us had lunch. We talked about our year at Hogwarts and our swapping experiences, although I couldn't tell her much about this one or it would ruin her surprise! I was also able to show Agatha some of the knitting techniques I've learned from the muggle ladies who visit uncle Vincenzio's shoppe. We both were quite amused that they call something "magic-loop" but it has no magic involved. LOL!

Agatha's cousin Lucifer is a brilliant young bloke who is fascinated by muggle gadgetry. Unlike most wizards though, he understands and can use it all! While Agatha and I were knitting he sat by the windows using his muggle "laptop computer." Before we all left he used what he called a "digital camera" to take a photo of Agatha and I. Agatha sent it to me by electronic owl.

I don't quite understand all this muggle "technology" myself, but it doesn't seem to have worked correctly. Young Lucifer only took a picture of Agatha and I, yet the picture is of Agatha's mum and my uncle Vincenzio. Something is not quite right with that. I'll have to ask the Muggle Studies instructor about this in our next class.

We are hoping to meet up again the next time Agatha comes to town.