~ Craft Prompts Crescent ~
Alchemy: Continuing with our study of the classical planets, we are looking towards the Sun this term. The Sun is linked to the metal Gold. Please create something linked to the Sun or incorporate Gold in to the item in some way, either the metal or the colour.
Apparition: Underage Apparition is tracked by the Ministry via the Trace. For this term please craft something you need to keep track of; like how many masks there are in a row, or something you traced or transferred onto another craft. Alternate you can craft something inspired by the different departments of the Ministry of Magic.
Arithmancy: Bridget Wenlock was the first to establish the magical properties of the number seven. She was extremely protective of her theorems and therefore wrote most of her ideas in invisible ink, which she then sent to her cousin as a letter. Please craft something with a hidden property, like pockets, or cupcakes with a hidden filling, alternately you could craft something you’re going to send to someone else.
Astronomy: This term we will learn about the “Lupus” constellation, in honour of our dear professor Lupin. Please craft something with a “Wolf” in mind (as usual, think outside the box if you can).
Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC): Bowtruckles are small wood-colored creatures that are found in trees often used for wand-making. Their long, thin fingers are used to find and eat wood lice and can be used to defend themselves and their tree homes. For homework this term please create something with something long and thin like the bowtruckles fingers. Or craft something that brings protection to trees. This can be anything from an actual bowtruckle to something that replaces paper somehow.
Charms: Due to the plague currently afflicting the Muggle world, there is a lot of sadness and fear around. So this year we are going to focus on cheering charms. Make something that will cheer someone up, (this can be you) or make something that makes you smile.
Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA): This year we will be learning how to defend against all manner of dark associated creatures. In particular we will study the vampire. For homework craft something inspired by vampires and their lore, or inspired by the colour red, or use garlic in your craft.
Divination: This term we will focus our studies on the technique of Palmistry. Palmistry uses the characteristics of a person’s hand to determine what the future holds for them. To demonstrate your knowledge in the art of palmistry please craft something incorporating the imagery of hands, the number 5 (representing the fingers), or delicate line work (representing the fine lines on our palms).
Flying: If you are flying in the Northern Hemisphere this semester you may find your visibility hampered by snow and fog. Therefore, please craft something that is gray in color, is lacy, or that was difficult to see during the crafting process.
Herbology: Astragalus has drooping, white flowers, and ferny, green foliage. It’s frequently used as an immune system booster, as well as for treating hay fever. It is also excellent for alleviating anxiety. Your options this semester include 1) include white or green in your creation 2) create something to help protect you from illness or the elements 3) create something soothing or comforting or 4) work in a medium that you find soothing or comforting.
History of Magic (HoM): We’re going to look at more recent History. Hogwarts History actually. We all have heard the stories about The Marauders and their map! Please craft something inspired by Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs, by the Marauder’s map, or by traveling.
Muggle Studies: Muggles have come up with some incredibly clever ways to compensate for not having magic. We have a very full term ahead of us, but please focus on just one of the following: 1) Muggle Tech such as the internet, computers, electricity, powered tools, etc. 2) Muggle Handicrafts – things we normally accomplish by magic, but that Muggles do by hand such as knitting, hand sewing, crocheting, and carving to name just a few.
Potions: The Muggle world seems to be quite a chaos right now (health, politics etc), and it does affect us here at Hogwarts as well. Because of this we will be learning to make the “Draught of Peace” this term. Please make something that would help you in the event of an anxiety attack/something to make you feel safe.
Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): Ancient runes are written in an ancient language that needs to be translated for us to understand their meaning. For this term please craft something that needs to be translated in order to be understood, or something which has strange markings on it. Maybe it’s an ancient recipe someone translated, or a knitting pattern which is a mystery to most people who don’t knit, alternatively you could craft something that has words or strange markings on it.
Transfiguration: Switching spells is the art of exchanging physical features between two targets. Practice your ability to switch two objects this term by substituting one item for another in your craft. This can be altering a recipe by substituting a vegetarian alternative for the meat or simply replacing a different weight of yarn in a pattern.
House Pride Challenge: Please craft something by your chosen Hogwarts House.
House Unity Challenge: Please craft something inspired by another Hogwarts House, or by all of the Houses/School combined.
~ Detention Challenges ~
Advanced Studies Challenge: Put in 2 hours on an ongoing Advanced Studies project, and be prepared to show before & after progress shots.
Reparo Challenge: Repair something, alter something to suit you, or complete a large organization project.
Stash Challenge: Craft something solely from your stash. For this term only, you may complete this prompt 3 times!
WIP Challenge: Complete a Work In Progress.
~ Headmistress Prompts ~
January - Foe Glass Challenge
A Foe-Glass is a Dark Detector that looks like a mirror, but instead of a reflection it shows the enemies of its possessor. The figures appear as “shadows” but become clearer and more visible as the enemies get closer to the possessor. For this challenge contemplate the foes that plague your crafting time. Dinners that must be cooked, pets that demand cuddles, or internet distractions. Fight back against these banes of crafting, and set aside time to work on something YOU want to make. Not something you HAVE to make for someone/some event that pops up. Set aside the time to craft something you want to craft with no distractions.
~Iron Chef Challenges~
January Secret Ingredient: Grapefruit!
Grapefruit is for more than breakfast. Try these pink grapefruit dessert bars, grapefruit rice, or grapefruit chicken!
~ Hermione’s Book Club ~
Chapter 9: The Writing on the Wall January 25th-February 7th
“Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign, even in the wizarding world.” —Ron Weasley
Upon finding the Trio at the scene of the crime, Argus Filch and Prof. Snape suggest Harry be punished for killing Mrs. Norris. Dumbledore however, says that Mrs. Norris has simply been petrified, and that it was powerful dark magic that no second year student could perform. He declares that they will use Prof. Sprout’s Mandrakes, to create a draught that will revive Mrs Norris, once the Mandrakes are fully mature. Meanwhile Hermione wants to research the Chamber, so she persuades Prof. Binns to tell the class about it during History of Magic. He explains that one of the founders of Hogwarts, Salazar Slytherin, got into an argument with the others about whether Muggle-born students should be admitted. Eventually the rift grew too large and Slytherin left the school. According to legend, he built a secret chamber that could only be opened by his true heir, contains a monster that only they could control and that, once released, will purge the school of all Muggle-borns. Binns unsuccessfully tries to assure the class that the Chamber does not actually exist and that the school has been searched many times in vain.
For this challenge, go with the voice only you can hear. Craft whatever it is your heart or mind are telling you to make. Alternately, you can craft something you’ve been petrified to try before.