~ Craft Prompts Crescent ~
Alchemy: We have come to the last of the seven planets known to the ancients – Saturn, which was linked to the metal Lead. Saturn is known for its rings, so the first option is to create something with rings, for example crochet, knitting and chain mail all use interlinked rings. Lead may not be as exciting as some of the other metals, but it is known for being malleable. The second option is to create with a malleable material, for example, bake something with pastry or sculpt in modelling clay.
Apparition: There are 3 main things to remember when learning to Apparate. These 3 steps are called the 3 D’s: destination, determination, and deliberation. This term we will focus on the first D, destination. Begin with the end in mind. Craft something that needs a pattern or recipe to begin and arrive successfully at completion. Or, craft something based on a destination that you would like to visit.
Arithmancy: Using complex numerical charts and scientific maths this was Hermione’s favorite subject, but others, Harry included, thought it looked terrible. Please craft something in a skillset or medium which you love but about which others feel quite the opposite, or something created by consulting a complex chart.
Astronomy: This term we will look at the “Phoenix” constellation, which was originally depicted in 1603 in a celestrial atlas and its brightest star is Ankaa, an Arabic word meaning ‘the Phoenix’. Also called ‘Alpha Phoenicis’, is the radiant of two annual meteor showers: the Phoenicids in December, and the July Phoenicids. Rise from the ashes like the phoenix. Craft a new version of a project that went awry previously, or try something new to improve your crafting.
: Care of Magical Creatures: This term we will be studying a grey, fuzzy, flying magical insect native to Northern Europe called the Grumbumble. This magical creature produces a treacle that induces melancholy in those who consume it. The treacle has been used to treat hysteria caused by eating Alihotsy leaves. For your homework create something that battles melancholy or craft something that soothes hysteria. This can be anything from a warm scarf, a cheerful card, to a tasty treat.
Charms: This term we are going to work on Supersensory charms; part of the challenging class of charms that the caster casts upon themselves. So for this class please make something for yourself. Try and pick a challenging or time consuming project, but something that you have long wanted. You can choose any medium and any colour, but it must be for you.
Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA): One of the spells that you must learn to defend yourself against is the REDUCTOR curse. This makes things small, to experience what this curse does, so that you can eventually learn to defend yourself, make something in miniature. This could be a scaled down version of a craft that you already do, or make a miniature replica of an everyday object. Alternatively consider the reverse of the spell and magnify an object for example, or part of the object that you are working on, for example, exaggerated pockets in a garment, giant tassles on a shawl.
Divination: This term we will be branching into the art of dendromancy; the the practice of divining by studying the leaves and branches of plants, usually oak or mistletoe. To demonstrate your mastery of dendromancy please create something featuring leaf or plant motifs. Alternatively you may choose to create something green or brown.
Flying: A safe, well maintained broom is essential to keeping us safe and our statute of secrecy intact. Fall through some poor muggle’s skylight with a malfunctioning Nimbus and you’ll have more than a little trouble. Please dig into your tools and supplies to do some cleaning, organizing, maintenance, or upgrades as needed to keep you crafting safely.
Herbology: This term we will be studying the fly agaric mushroom. This fungus often appears under trees in the days before the winter solstice. Fly agaric is poisonous and hallucinogenic. For this class, please craft something red and/or white, or something wild and crazy. Alternately, create an antidote—this could be an antidote to sadness, sickness, anxiety, etc.
History of Magic (HoM): This term we shall study the horrors of Muggle witch trials. As you know, it was infrequent that a real witch was caught by the Muggles, most often the victims were simply women who were different in some way - today we might recognize a learning or cognitive difference, an unusual outlook or interest, or simply an uncommonly brave and defiant streak! To show understanding that appearances may be deceiving, craft something which is not what it initially seems. Crochet which looks like weaving, a tea cosy that looks like a hat, a book that is really a storage box or anything else which defies initial perceptions!
Muggle Studies: Blenders, blenders, BLENDERS!!! What are they? Muggles use these fantastical creations to pulverize various foodstuffs in order to cook them. Or something. If you can gain access to one of these things, use it in your project. Alternately, create something in Blender, blend two or more things together (pigments, marker tones, etc.) or create a project that blends two or more craft techniques in its creation.
Potions: The Felix Felicis potion is very special. Once taken, it will make the drinker lucky in all of their endeavors that day. If too much is taken, it can make the recipient feel reckless and overconfident. For our study of the Felix Felicis potion, we would like you to be inspired by your lucky charm or craft something that takes dangerous overconfidence.
Study of Ancient Runes The rune Fehu indicates money or wealth. You may study the depths of this meaning in either of 2 ways; apply your wealth by crafting with the best materials your budget allows, or conserve your wealth by crafting with recycled and reused materials.
Transfiguration: This term we will be transfiguring teapots to tortoises. It is a difficult spell to master. Many students find that their tortoises blow steam, whistle, or keep their China patterns in the shells. For homework please craft something that takes time and patience to complete. This should be a project that takes over two hours to complete. Alternatively, create something that reminds you of your favorite China 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.
WIP Challenge: Complete a Work In Progress.
~ Headmistress Prompts ~
Your Headmistress loves the autumn and adores Halloween, so this month’s challenge is simple: Create something autumn or Halloween themed! That’s it.
Iron Chef Around the World Challenge!
This term we’ll take our taste buds on a trip! A random country will be selected each month to serve as inspiration for new recipes, dishes, and ideas. Whether you fun inspiration in a whole dish or a single ingredient, I hope you’ll join me on this tour of flavor. Complete all 4 challenges for a sticker surprise!
October: Thailand: Try a green papaya salad, massaman curry, or mango sticky rice.
~ Hermione’s Book Club ~
Chapter 9: Grim Defeat October 18-31
The students are moved to the Great Hall to sleep while teachers search the castle. They find no sign of Black. The Fat Lady refuses to return to her post until Black is caught. Dumbledore is forced to replace her with Sir Cadogan, who changes passwords twice a day. Both teachers & Percy Weasley find excuses to follow Harry everywhere. Due to Malfoy’s injury from Buckbeak, Slytherin’s team claims they cannot play the upcoming game, so Gryffindor plays Hufflepuff instead. The day before the match, Lupin becomes ill and Snape teaches his classes for him. He ignores the syllabus, gives a lesson on werewolves and assigns the class to write essays on werewolves.
During the match, it rains heavily, and Harry sees a large black dog in the topmost row of seats. Dementors swarm the field causing Harry to faint and fall from his broomstick. He realizes that the screaming he had been hearing during his Dementor-induced fainting spells is his mother in her last moments. Dumbledore saves Harry, but his Nimbus 2000 broomstick flies into the Whomping Willow and is destroyed. Hufflepuff wins the match shortly afterward. Harry wakes up in the Hospital Wing and learns that Oliver Wood has declined Hufflepuff captain Cedric Diggory’s offer for a rematch.
For this challenge, please create something that involved a change. It can be a change of ingredients in a recipe, a change to the pattern you are following, or it may reflect the change of seasons.