Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft (No Wizardry Here) - Part 1

WARNING: The following post is lengthy and will mean more to you if you know about Harry Potter.   
(But never fear! It's mostly just pictures and if you don't know about Harry Potter you'll just think I'm nuts!)   

       Kia ora friends!! I'm so very sorry that it has taken me so long to get back on here.  Life here is crazy and it often makes blogging difficult.  In spite of the craziness, here's the dealio...sometimes when you move to New Zealand you end up with two incredible roommates who are just as obsessed with Harry Potter as you are.  Sometimes to feed said obsession you decide to watch all eight Harry Potter movies (we should be watching Lord of the Rings, I know, but we're not) over the course of your time in New Zealand.  (We just finished #4.) And last but not least, sometimes you daydream in class and figure out that you actually go to Hogwarts! 

Exhibit A: The classes

Care of Magical Creatures 
On this particular day, we learned about taking care of giants.  

This is me and our giant Clyde. We were helping him learn about how to live with witches, wizards, and muggles.  

We helped him make a lot of progress.

In this class we transformed ordinary toothpicks and lollies (aka candies) into a rhombicuboctahedron...   

...and our very own magical tent! Yes it does expand to enormous proportions when you go inside.

I very much enjoyed this class! We learned about patterns and symbols...

And made our own giant Tarot cards! (Muggles here refer to them as tapa cloths) 

We made some complex cards and are eager to see the kinds of futures they will predict.

Tarot card readers for life!

This was another one of my favorite classes! We mostly just practiced Wingardium Leviosa.  

I need to work on my swish and flick. 

Floating on air! You don't see that everyday.

Nine people floating on one table...it's a record! You're looking at some very successful seventh years who will no doubt pass their N.E.W.T.s

Muggle Studies 
We focused mostly on the history of muggles.
We learned all about the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918... 

...which tragically killed Edward Cullen and caused 
him to become a vampire.   


We learned potions that allowed us to bottle the famous M&M, 

Brew the glory of colorful liquids and 
dissolving ginger nuts, 

And put a stopper in the death caused by boredom.  

Make sure to read part 2! 



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