~ Craft Prompts Crescent ~
Alchemy: This term we are going to start looking at Indian Alchemy. The 2nd millennium BC text Vedas describes a connection between eternal life and gold. Craft something that includes some golden element, either the metal or the colour.
Apparition: In this class we explore disappearing and reappearing. This term please craft an idea that you once had that disappeared but now is finally reappearing again. Maybe it was an idea you had but because of time, energy or money you weren’t able to do anything about it and you forgot or put it to the side, maybe the idea will finally reappear this term.
Arithmancy: We are delving into Numerology. Use the numbers in your birthdate to determine your craft for this class! Use the numbers individually or use a combination of mathematical operations to come up with a number that relates to your craft. Ex: Hermione Grainger born 19 September, 1979 would be 19, 8, and 1979. She might add 1+ 9 + 8 (18) and add 1+9+7+9 (26) to total 44, then turn to page 44 of her knitting book and make the pattern seen there. Or she might choose 19 and 8 and perform the operations 9-8=1 /1 = 1 then combine with 1979 in the following way: 9-9=0x7=0+1=1 and combine that 1 with the other 1 to get 2. From here she decides to make a pair of mittens or a set of 2 coasters. You do not have to give your birthdate. You can simply list the answer you arrived at and how it relates to your craft.
Astronomy: For this term you are to choose one constellation and craft something inspired by it. You can be as literal or loose as you like, as long as you can explain how the constellation is reflected in your project.
: Care of Magical Creatures: This term we are studying the Hebridean Black , a species native to the Hebrides Islands of Scotland, which has black skin, with rough scales and brilliant purple eyes. Craft something that is inspired by Scotland – think tartan, the national emblem of the thistle or one of the legends.
Charms: This term we are working on the permanent sticking charm . Muggles who don’t have the advantage of this charm have to use glue (which was historically made from horses) and a curious little metal device called a ‘stable’. The two may be connected. For homework explore how the Muggles stick things together, this can be with glue, stables, or sewing items together.
Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA): We are exploring some curious creatures this semester, including flesh eating slugs. As Hagrid can tell you, they destroy vegetable patches, but they also have a corrosive effect on the skin. Create something that has in one of it’s stages the use of a slimy ingredient, or something that is grey or something that covers the skin.
Divination: This term we will be covering the practice of lithomancy, or the art of divining using stones. Typically one uses a set of thirteen stones each representing a different concept, such as fortune, luck, news and the astrological planets. One will then toss the stones on a board and interpret the pattern in which they fall. To demonstrate your mastery of this subject create a project using stone or stones as one of your materials. Alternatively, you may also create something representing the number 13 (13 ingredients, 13 components, 13 sides etc).
Flying: It’s important to keep your broom in good condition. Luckily a Broomstick Servicing Kit contains all the tools needed. For this term please craft something using a kit, or follow a tutorial or recipe that lists all the needed tools/materials/ingredients.
Herbology: This term we will be reviewing One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi in its entirety! There’s a wealth of information in this text. To show your understanding, please complete one of the following options. 1) Create something that uses a lot of ingredients. Examples would be beading, quilting, or anything with a variety of elements or pieces used in its creation. 2) Create something that you need to study or use your text for. Examples would be something you have to learn new things to make, or something for which you need to consult a pattern or recipe.
History of Magic (HoM): Almeric Sawbridge defeated the largest river troll in Britain, who was threatening people attempting to cross the river. Trolls are generally aggressive creatures with low intelligence. For this term craft something that calms you down, or hypes you up. Or that doesn’t require a lot of brain power to complete, like how some people can knit without even looking down. Alternatively you could craft something inspired by a troll or a bridge.
Muggle Studies: For this term you are to go to a public, Muggle-centric location and observe Muggles interacting together and with their environment. Afterwards, craft something inspired by your observations. Be sure to cite your field notes in your homework submission to show what the observations were which inspired your crafting choices.
Potions: This term we are working on the Alihotsy Draught. Drinking this or inhaling its fumes causes uncontrollable laughter. This is a blue potion that produces blue fumes. For this class, you have options: 1) Create something that brings you great joy 2) create something blue or something that has blue in it 3) create something that has noticeable fumes such as soap, potpourri, or a delicious food 4) create something using a medium that gives off fumes, being sure to wear proper protection!
Study of Ancient Runes This term we are studying the ancient Irish script Ogham, (Oh-am, the ‘g’ is silent). This script was incised on stone and it’s comprised of straight lines. For homework work with sand, stone, or the colour grey. Alternately create something that involves a lot of straight lines, or something inspired by Ireland.
Transfiguration: Untransfiguration is the art of reversing a previous transfiguration. For this term craft something where you undo a previous project. This can be a project that worked out but you no longer need it, or a failed project you’re undoing so you can use the parts for a new project. For instant an old painting on the canvas can be painted over, or the failed and dry cake can be turned into cake pops.
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.
WIP Challenge: Complete a Work In Progress.
~ Headmistress Prompts ~
This month is all about the LOVE! Please create something in a medium, a material, or a pattern you truly love to work with. Alternately you may craft something special for your one true love.
Iron Chef Challenges
February - National dishes: Almost every country has a national dish, this month the challenge is to pick a country and try out their dish. The challenge is to not pick your own country or something you’ve already tried. List of both official and unofficial dishes can be found on Wikipedia
~ Hermione’s Book Club ~
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Chapter 5: Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes February 1-28
Harry arrives at the Burrow, and meets Ron’s brothers Bill & Charlie. Mr. Weasley scolds the twins for letting Dudleyeat a trick candy, which enlarged his tongue to 4 feet long. The boys explain they did it because he bullies Harry. When Mrs. Weasley learns of the incident, she scolds them too. Ron tells Harry that Molly is upset that Fred & George started a business called Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, to sell their prank objects, while Molly wants them to join the Ministry. Later, everyone enjoys a nice dinner in the garden together. They discuss the upcoming Quidditch World Cup, a missing Ministry Witch named Bertha Jorkins, and Percy hints at a top secret event, that he is working on for the Ministry, which will take place after the World Cup. For this challenge please craft something physically long, such as a scarf, or that took an inordinately long time to create. Alternately you may create a dinner to enjoy with friends and family, or you may craft a component of a larger, top secret project!