Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More Muggle Dueling

Since I'm doing it again, I should write about it again - Dueling With The Muggles.

This is a different group of Muggles, and a different group of things to knit - instead of hats, it's socks. The Muggles call it Sock Madness. For those of you who are interested in Things Muggles Do, the "Madness" part comes from "March Madness," which is the big tournament (sort of like the Quidditch World Cup, but every year, and only for Americans) for Basketball. "Basketball" is a Muggle sport that's a little like Quidditch, but with only one ball, and no brooms - it's kind of complicated to explain.

Anyway, at least the socks are easy - or it's easy to explain what a sock is. It's not so easy to knit them, and that's kind of the point. The socks are hard to knit (and get harder), but you have to knit them faster than everyone else in your division. I finished these socks in just five days - and without any magic!

Knitting without magic is hard. These socks were from the second round of last year's Sock Madness, and I've only now finished them. Obviously, I didn't do so well then - but I'm hoping I'll make it to Round 3 this time around!

I have to let you in on a secret - I had just a little bit of magical help. Since it was in the privacy of my own room, I think it's OK - no worries about violating the International Statute of Secrecy or anything.

Besides, Oscar really wanted to help. Since he's part Niffler, he likes to burrow through things and find stuff. So it made perfect sense for him to help me dig through my trunks and pick out sock yarn. These are the ones he found for Round 1, and the choices turned out to be good, since I finished my sock. Now he's helping me get ready for Round 2, which begins on Saturday. I'm almost as excited about it as I am about Quidditch!

Sunday, March 29, 2009


I had a real surprise yesterday morning when an owl dropped off a package for me! I don't tend to move very fast in the morning, so it's a good thing it was a squishy package...and squishy packages are usually good.

This one was - it was yarn! From "Elanor" - maybe Elanor Cadogan? The owl didn't look familiar at all. I think it's a prize for doing homework, but I'm not completely sure.

Whatever it is, it's lovely yarn, and it made my day happy! The day got even happier when my fiance dropped by for a visit - he was on a trip for his Muggle school, and wound up nearby. Two great surprises in a day! Thank you, Elanor!

I'm not even putting the yarn away, because I may need it soon. I'm in the middle of Sock Madness, which is sort of like Dueling Club, but mostly involves Muggles. You have to knit socks very, VERY fast, and since Muggles are playing I can't even use magic! But I'll try to write more about that later.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Quidditch, Round Two

Wow, I've been really bad about posting lately. Nothing has been going right, especially knitting-wise, so I just haven't had anything exciting to say. But that should change - it's almost time for our next Quiddtich match! There's always excitement when there's Quidditch!

So here are my Quidditch Questions, or at least some of them. I might have to go back and fill in some blanks later:


1. On which day did the Order of the Phoenix come to get Harry?
a. Tuesday
b. Sunday
c. Saturday
d. The day of his 17th birthday

2. During all this chaos with voldemort and the Death Eaters, people still had lives to live and Ron's oldest brother, Bill decided to marry Fleur Delacour? Who were the uninvited guests at Bill and Fleur's wedding?

b. Death Eaters

3. Voldemort had seven Horcruxes hidden in different places. Six of them were hidden at the Gaunt shack, Hogwarts, a cave, inside Harry, inside his snake, Nagini and Tom Riddles Diary. Did Voldemort hide the last Horcrux inside the Malfoy's vault at Gringotts?

b. No

4. Why did the Dumbledore's move to Godric's Hollow?

c. The father went to Azkaban

5. Harry and Hermione read a part of "Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore," written by Rita Skeeter. Then they met Dumbledore's brother Abeforth and he told them the same story, just with a few details changed. Which of the following did Aberforth and Rita Skeeter agree on about Dumbdore's past?
a. Why the Dumbledore family moved to Godric's Hollow
b. That Dumbledore was friends with Grindelwald for a while.
c. Why nobody outside the family noticed Ariana much.
d. The reason for Dumbledore's father's imprisonment in Azkaban.

6. When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, they visit the graveyard to see Harry's parent's graves. Harry walks by a tombstone that we later learn belong to tone of "The Three Broother'. The brother buried there once owned what?
a. The ressrection stone
b. The cloak
c. The wand
d. The sword

7. The Trio finds out that Luna had been kidnapped by the Death Eaters , and that they won't give her back until they got Harry Potter. Why did they kidnap Luna?
a. Her father sided with Harry and Dumbledore
b. They though he would come to her rescue
c. She was a muggleborn
d. Her father failed as a Death Eater

8. After Voldemort killed Snape, he left the room and Harry came out from under the cloak. Snape gave Harry some of his memories all the way from when he was a child to just months before. Harry dived into the Pensieve and which of the following did he not see?

c. Snape and Lily having fun in a potions class

9. On the search of the Lost Diadem, Harry finally gets to takl to the Gray Lady. Who was the Gray Lady when she was alive?

c. Helena Ravenclaw.

10. Which of these is not one of Harry or Ron's children?
a. Rose
b. Hugo
c. James
d. Victoria

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Godric's Hollow