~ Craft Prompts Crescent ~
Alchemy: Continuing with our study of the classical planets, we are looking towards Venus this term. Venus is linked to the metal Copper. Please create something linked to Venus, or the Roman goddess of love and beauty it is named after, or incorporate copper in to the item in some way.
Apparition: In order to be allowed to apparate you must pass the course and be of age. For this semester, I want you to craft something inspired by something legal you can do once you become of age. Maybe make a dish with alcohol, something for the car you’re allowed to drive, or something for someone who are in the military, or even for someone who are getting married.
Arithmancy: Wizards can use arithmancy to help predict trends in the future. This term please craft something inspired by the upcoming trends. Maybe it’s fashion, environment, diet, music or other kinds of trends.
Astronomy: This term we will study the constellation of Scorpius. For your homework please craft something that has a curve or a “sting” to it.
Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC): The pixie is a mischievous little creature that is electric blue in color and delights in all types of tricks and practical jokes. For your assignment this term please craft something tricky or that is a practical joke. Make a hoopla where the punchline is highlighted, crochet a tricky pattern, or bake a cake with a surprise inside. Alternatively, craft something bright blue in color.
Charms: This term we are working on the Baubillous charm. This creates a jet of white sparks from the tip of your wand. It is useful to indicate your location. For homework this term, create something that involves the use of fire, or is white. As most of us are in the one location for the duration, you may alternatively create something to make your home more beautiful.
Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA): As the world is currently afflicted by the Corona-hex, we will study hex deflection spells. Salvio hexa You will study ways to mitigate its effects. For homework, craft something that helps you, or others, through the duration of the current hex. This might be masks, nourishing food, comforting blankets or shawls for those that are suffering from the effects of the corona-hex.
Divination: This summer we will begin our study of Lithomancy, the art of divining by studying crystals or semi-precious stones and the light they refract. To demonstrate your mastery of the subject matter please submit a project that either utilizes a transparent element or contains jewel tones. This could include jem colored candies or a fairy garden featuring translucent resin water.
Flying: While broomstick flying may be marginally safer at this point than the muggle flying machines, most of us have had our vacation plans disrupted for the coming months. Instead of an in-person appearance, take a flight of imagination and craft something inspired by a place you would like to visit, either in the muggle, magical, or a fictional world.
Herbology: Bottle Gourd has smooth, light-green skin, and white flesh. It’s used to help control blood sugar and relieve headaches, and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Further uses include treating Alzheimer’s and age-related senility. Your options are: 1) include a green or white element 2) make something you find soothing, such as an eye pillow, blanket, or just something that makes you feel calm and happy to make or look at 3) make something with cleaning properties, whether it’s a magical floor wash, or a dish scrubber, or an organizer to help you tidy things away; or 4) create something that helps you remember something.
History of Magic (HoM): The Quidditch World Cup is a major event held every 4 years. Many Witches and Wizards will travel to the site and camp out for days or weeks before the matches to enjoy the festive atmosphere. For your assignment, create your project out-of-doors, or to be used camping or picnicking.
Muggle Studies: You may be surprised to know that Wizard Society occasionally takes inspiration from the Muggle World. One example of this is the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. The bus has 3 tiers, and is recognized by it’s purple color. For your assignment, please create some purple, with 3 layers, or that offers protection.
Potions: We will be making the Vitamix Potion, which will give us a burst of energy - which I’m sure we all can do with during the Corona-Hex. For your homework I would like you to craft something that would be helpful during or after doing your exercises
Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): The rune Ehwaz means “Partnership”. For this project, create something with 2 main materials or colors, such as a striped scarf. You may also create a project with assistance from another wizard, or muggle.
Transfiguration: The Multicorfors spell changes the color and style of a persons outfit. Shake up you own or someone else’s style this term by crafting something for a new outfit. Add a splash of color to an otherwise awesome plain outfit with a fascinator or new pin to wear. Sew up a skirt with a asymmetrical hemline, paint up a pair of sneakers, or tie dye a new tee to wear. No limits here!
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 ~
WIP Challenge: For this challenge, please complete a Work In Progress. For this term only, you may complete this prompt 2 times!
Stash Challenge: For this challenge, please craft something solely from your stash. For this term only, you may complete this prompt 5 times!
Reparo Challenge: For this challenge, please repair something broken or alter something to work better for you. For this term only, you may complete this prompt 2 times!
Advanced Studies Challenge: For this challenge please put in 2 hours on an ongoing OWL or NEWT assignment & be prepared to show before & after progress shots. Please note: no before & after pics = no points! For this term only, you may complete this prompt 2 times!
~ Headmistress Prompts ~
July - Freedom Challenge: July 4th is just around the corner, and for many of us after months of lockdown, a holiday celebrating freedom is most welcome. Whether you are planning a backyard bbq just for your family, having a socially distant small gathering, or going to watch your city fireworks display from your car, there’s plenty of summer fun to be had. For this challenge please craft something involving stars or stripes; the use of fire (such as a cooking project); something red, white or blue in color; or something inspired by Freedom. (For folks not in the US, you may bend these guidelines to fit your own countries flag and symbols!)
~Iron Chef Challenges~
July Secret Ingredient: Peaches!
A ripe, juicy peach is like sunshine in your hand! Make spiced peach turnovers, fresh peach frozen yogurt, or peaches and cream dessert nachos this summer!
~ Hermione’s Book Club ~
Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised July 6-19
Christmas is approaching and despite Malfoy’s teasing, Harry is happy to stay at school for the holiday. The Trio spends time in the library looking for information about Nicolas Flamel. Madam Pince catches Harry near the restricted-books section and kicks him out.
On Christmas, Harry is amazed to find he has presents. He receives a flute from Hagrid, Chocolate Frogs from Hermione, and a knitted jumper from Mrs. Weasley. He also receives an Invisibility cloak accompanied only by an anonymous note telling him that the cloak once belonged to Harry’s father and to “use it well.” After Christmas dinner, Harry tries on his Invisibility Cloak, and while unseen, visits the library’s restricted section. When one of the books screams, he leaves. While hiding from Filch, Harry enters an old classroom where he finds an old mirror. When Harry looks into it he sees his parents standing behind him, but when he turns around no one is there. Harry lingers a while before returning to his room. The next night, Harry brings Ron, who sees himself holding the Quidditch Cup. The third night, Harry returns alone. There he finds Prof. Dumbledore, who explains that the mirror, which is known as the Mirror of Erised, displays ‘the deepest, most desperate desires of our hearts’. He warns Harry that men have wasted away before the mirror and says the mirror will be moved to a new location. When Harry asks what Dumbledore sees in the mirror, his answer is “himself holding a pair of socks.”
For this challenge, please craft something inspired by a deep desire, whether desperate or not. Or, craft something related to socks. In addition to the suggested prompt, you may always craft something inspired by a character, scene, or situation in that chapter, provided you note what specifically inspired you in your project submission.
~Expecto Patronum Challenge~
Masks & Scrub Caps
There continues to be a great need for handmade cloth masks for our families, our friends, our neighbors, and most of all for our health care workers. For this challenge you may complete masks for either personal/friends use, or for health care facilities who are calling for them. By also posting in the Lettuce Help Our Communities LC Challenge, you can gain 10 bonus points for each submission. By crafting for hospitals, doctors, & nurses (NOT for family & friends), you may also claim a second 10 point bonus, for a total of 35 points per submission. But please note that it only covers those going to health care workers. Items made for family & friends can earn up to 25 points. You may complete this challenge 5 times. If you have filled all 5 spaces, and are still crafting more masks, please let me know, and I can adjust this limit.