~Craft Prompts Crescent~
Alchemy: In alchemy, each classical planet was associated with one of the seven metals known to the classical world. This term we are going to study the Moon, which is linked to the metal Silver. Please create something linked with the Moon (ex, something that has a face), or something linked to Silver (ex, a piece of jewelry).
Apparition: Not everyone who takes the apparation exam pass flawlessly the first time they try, even the most minor splinching results in the student having to retake the exam. For this term find something that you failed at before and give it another shot. Maybe it’s something you made ages ago which you claimed was done, but you know deep down wasn’t, or maybe it’s something you failed so badly at that you ended up throwing the whole thing out.
Arithmancy: Arthmancy might not be the most exciting of all Hogwarts classes, but it is a required class for many exciting jobs. For this term you must take something “boring” and make it exciting. Maybe the recipe is great by itself, but you have an idea of how to make it more exciting (or delicious), maybe the pattern you are using is nice as-is, but you have an idea of how to make it more awesome. Let us know just what you did to upgrade the craft into something more amazing.
Astronomy: This year we’ll be looking at some constellations, and for Ostara Term we will be looking at “Draco”. Please study the constellation and craft something that reminds you of a dragon. Think outside the box for this one.
Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC): The Diricawl, also know by muggles as a Dodo, can vanish at will when in danger. This has saved it from Muggles. Believed to be extinct by Muggles and used as an example to bring awareness to animal conservation, the Wizarding community feels no need to set the record straight. For homework please show your own conservation efforts to help the planet and other creatures. This can be anything from art of an endangered species to making reusable produce bags to reduce plastic waste.
Charms: One of the most interesting charms that we learn is Accio. This is a boon to the lazy. To explore this craft make something that allows you to be lazy or saves you time. Perhaps a mug cozy or person cozy for when you are relaxing, or create some labelled storage items (and fill them) to save you time looking for supplies in the future.
Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA): The basilisk is a fearsome monster, we need to learn to defend ourselves against it. To effectually defend, you need to know your enemy, so we will be studying the basilisk in detail. Craft something that is pointy or sharp, or use sharp and pointy objects in your craft. Alternatively work with smooth and slippery materials.
Divination: Everyone collect a crystal ball from the shelves at the back of the room and begin gazing into the unknown. To complete this term’s homework look at the images contained within the crystal and create something that contains hidden elements (ie - pockets, or a secret ingredient). Alternately you may focus on the properties of the crystal ball itself and complete something that is very smooth in texture or has a reflective surface.
Flying: As we take to the air, we must not allow ourselves to be distracted by creatures flying at the same altitude we are. This is especially important at this time of year as many birds are migrating to seasonal habitats. Please work your ornithological curiosity out by crafting something that is inspired by your favorite bird - be sure to include what the bird is and why you find it so fascinating when you submit your assignment.
Herbology: Moonwort or Lunaria is a plant with transparent seedpods and purple flowers. The root and young leaves are edible, and the plant is helpful in spells involving honesty, love, wealth, and the banishment of monsters. Please create something that is either 1) transparent or purple (or uses one of those as an element) 2) something edible, or 3) something to banish monsters. Examples include a bright lantern or snuggly blanket to keep away dementors/depression. You are welcome to find other aspects of the plant to use as inspiration as long as you share the info in your submission.
History of Magic (HoM): In Hogsmeade Village, Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Room has long been a popular spot for Hogwarts students to take their sweethearts. This term take your inspiration from the Tea Room. Your project may be inspired by the pink ruffles and bows decorating the shop itself or by the tea and coffee on their menu.
Muggle Studies: In Winter, Muggles enjoy snow sports. These include skiing, ice skating, and sledding. These are done without benefit of warming or fire-making spells. Please create a project inspired by one of these sports, by the color white, or by the cold itself.
Potions: Time to clear out some cobwebs, so during Ostara we are learning the Anti-Paralysis Potion! Craft something that gets you “out of a rut”, craft something for someone to feel better, or craft something in a ruby red color.
Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): The Fwooper is a magical creature, with 4 different colored feathers, and often represents the number ‘4’. For your assignment, create a project using the number 4. It may be made up of 4 different colors, 4 separate items, or have 4 main ingredients.
Transfiguration: The Ebublio Jinx is a transfiguration spell that traps your opponent in a large bubble. This term please show your best Ebublio Jinx by crafting something that uses or represents bubbles in its creation. This can be using bubbles to dye paper all the way to using popcorn stitches to make “bubbles” as you crochet.
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.
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 Monthly Prompts~
March - Vernal Equinox Challenge: During both the vernal and autumnal equinox, night and day are of equal length. This year in the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox falls on March 19, as the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north. According to the astronomical definition of the seasons, the vernal equinox also marks the beginning of spring, which lasts until the summer solstice, in June. For this challenge please craft something inspired by the idea of balance, or something inspired by spring.
Make Your Own Holiday at Home We are facing an unprecidented moment in modern history and it’s important for all of us to do our part to help reduce spread of the Coronavirus by staying home. For many, that can seem like a depressing thing; not being able to go to the park or the library, not going out to a favorite restaurant, or to see a movie with a friend. So to battle the social distancing blues, create your very own holiday at home! Celebrate however you wish. Make a special dinner, or do a craft project with the kids. Create a fun spring wreath for your front door. Whatever you choose to do, have fun, and celebrate just for the fun of it. For this term only, you may complete this prompt 2 times!
~Iron Chef Challenges~
March Secret Ingredient: Harissa
Give this North African hot chili pepper paste a try with lemon harissa chicken, egg cheddar harissa pastry squares, or even tandoori butter sweet potato fries with harissa feta.
~Hermione’s Book Club~ March 30 - April 12
Chapter 5: Diagon Alley
Harry awakens to find he really is a wizard, and will be going to a magic school. Hagrid takes him to London to purchase his school supplies, by way of the Leaky Cauldron. He is shocked to learn all of the pub’s patrons know him, and want to shake his hand. They stop at Gringott’s, where Harry finds the gold his parents have left him, and Hagrid picks up a mysterious package from vault 713. While being fitted for his school robes, Harry encounters another boy, and takes an instant dislike to his attitude towards Hagrid & non-magical people. Hagrid buys Harry an owl as a birthday present, and they pick up the remainder of his school supplies, before heading to Ollivander’s to find a wand. Mr. Ollivander has Harry try several wands before a holly & phoenix feather wand chooses him. Ollivander then explains that his new wand share’s a core with the wand used by Voldemort, and Harry thinks to himself, he’s not sure if he likes Mr. Ollivander very much. Finally, over dinner at the train station, Harry admits to Hagrid that he’s worried he won’t be able to live up to everyone’s expectations at Hogwarts, but Hagrid assures him that everyone starts out as a novice, and that he’ll do just fine at school.
For this challenge please craft something in a medium people expect from you. Alternately you may craft something with an awesome supply that’s been squirreled away in your stash for too long. 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.