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Welcome to the HPFT bulletin, where you can find all of our major monthly announcements and information about upcoming events! We're very sad to announce that @Aphoride will be stepping down from her position as Auror on December 1. Laura was one of the first people to join our validator team, and she's done an amazing job in that capacity over the past year (as well as in her role as prefect before that). We'll miss her a lot, and her help was invaluable as we got the next event ready. We hope to continue to see her around the forums, even if RL gets busy. Thank you so much, Laura! Our three current archive staffers feel like they have the queue under control, so we'll be holding off on replacing Laura for the moment. Hufflepuff: 787 Slytherin: 740 Ravenclaw: 528 Gryffindor: 379 This month, we're all going to be taking a walk in a winter wonderland. We've teased you a bit about this, and now it's time to lay (most of ) our cards on the table. Last year, things got pretty hectic over the last few months of the house cup, which some of you mentioned in your responses to our end of year survey. To break things up a bit more, we shifted our events around. This year, we'll be having the FROGS in January... and that means doing our reviewing event in December! The holiday season in theoretically a time of togetherness, and we wanted to embrace that... and not just within our houses. You'll be teamed up with a different house for each of the first three weekends of December (Saturday-Tuesday), where you'll be working together to beat the other team in a snowball fight. Those teams will have special names, common rooms, and even some blinkies to show your team pride in your signature if you'd like. You'll have the chance to earn extra points and extra snowballs over the course of the fight... and even have the opportunity to block some of the other team's snowballs. We'll also be featuring our prefects' winter writing challenge (which will have some really awesome prizes!) and just playing a lot of fun, low-stress games. The wonderland opens tonight, and the first reviewing snowball fight will start on December 1 at midnight, GMT. We hope you'll check it out! Our first head student has been one of the most active and enthusiastic members of HPFT since the site opened a year and a half ago. We were thrilled to be able to bump them up to prefect last month, and this month has been no exception in their activity. Please join us in congratulating... @BlackPixie! Our second head student is also one of our new prefects. She's come back to the community fairly recently, but she's already made a huge impression with her unfailing friendliness, encouragement, and hard work - most recently, in the NaNo nests and in the Hufflepuff Common Room. A huge thank you to... @Renacerá! A huge congrats to you both - we're thrilled to have you on the team. Please PM me with your choice of what story of yours that you'd like to be featured on the archive, and thank you for everything you do for HPFT! With the chaos of the summer, perfect changes, and the House Cup events, we have missed a few months, but we are back and would like to congratulate this month’s recipient of the Order of Merlin… @BellaLestrange87 Olivia has been an active and friendly presence on the site since it opened, first as a prefect and then as a member of the staff. She’s always willing to lend a helping hand and is always around to answer questions or participate in activities both site-wide and in the Ravenclaw common room. Recently, she has been a commanding presence in the queue, helping validate numerous chapters since she became an Auror, as well as being a huge help in organizing many of the sites upcoming activities. Congratulations once again to Olivia! (award to be edited in) A huge congratulations to @FlamingQuilltips for winning December's SotM! Is destiny determined by Chance or Choice? If it is a bit of both, then, the story began years before that fateful Halloween night. It began before the Prophesy was made. It began when a small, puny boy chanced upon a bright, cheerful young girl. Once Upon The Marauders: The Untold Story of their journey through seven years at Hogwarts. ~Canon Compliant~ banner by loveatfirstview @TDA Every month, HPFT runs Fic Night, where a staff member reads a nominated fic from one of our members. You can check out November's fic night +here if you haven't seen it yet - @TidalDragon read @clevernotbrilliant's Inevitable (M), and she answered some questions about it! Congratulations to all of our featured stories - to check them out, just click on the award. Please keep in mind that some stories may be rated M. First, we'd like to draw everyone's attention to the winning stories for December's SotM and November's Fic Night... Next, we'd like to feature the winners of our spring prefects' writing challenge... And those of our FROG winners who haven't been featured yet! Congrats to @abhorsen., @banshee, @clevernotbrilliant, @dreamgazer220, @esmeraude, @FlamingQuilltips, @melian, @sunshinedaisieswindmills, @TidalDragon! November 30 - The Hogwarts AU Challenge by @cat! December 14 - The Conjure Your Patronus Challenge by @MegGonagall December 15 - The Dialogue or Description Challenge by @ShazaLupin December 16 - The Totally Constraining Challenge by @Dojh167 December 21 - The Tanka Style Romance Poetry Challenge by @StarFeather January 1 - The Character Vignette Challenge by @Rumpelstiltskin March 1 - The Pettigrew Awareness Challenge by @Felpata_Lupin March 2 - The Say Goodbye Challenge by @dreamgazer220 @AbraxanUnicorn (1) @AlanaSibertelli (1) @Lostmyheart (5) @Crimson Quill (11) @merlins beard (12) @Pixileanin (14) @Elenia (20) @Jen25 (20) @nott theodore (22) @azimuth (24) @Accio_Serpent (25) @MegGonagall (27) @SiriusAura92 (30) OoM write-up by the prefects. header, promo image, awards, and the rest of the bulletin write-up by @abhorsen. - please remember to rehost & credit if you'd like to save your awards!
Hello, all! One of your headmistresses may or may not have been slowly losing her mind over the topic clutter every month , so we decided to compile all of our major monthly announcements into one big bulletin that we'll post at the beginning of the month. (Plus a few headers, because why not.) Hopefully you enjoy this new format! We're happy to announce that @MalfoysAngel will be moving over the gamekeeper position. We won't be adding another professor to replace her right now - we had a couple really strong applications for the position, but our current professors feel like they've got the workload well in hand for the moment. We're sad to announce that @Diogenissa will be stepping down from her position as Slytherin prefect. Karen was one of our very first prefects, and we've loved having her on the team. Thank you, Karen! However, we are very excited to announce that we're welcoming several new people to the prefect team! @BlackPixie (Slytherin) @forever_dreaming (Ravenclaw) @Renacerá (Hufflepuff) @Rumpelstiltskin (Slytherin) Congratulations to all of you - we're psyched to have you on board! congrats awards by @abhorsen. It is officially NaNoWriMo! (Or at least, it is for at least some of you. ) Whether you're aiming for 50k words of a story, are planning to include school papers or reviews in your final word count, or are just rebelling with your own rules, you're welcome in the Crazies' Cafe! We'll be running rat races, talking about our projects, cheering each other on, and procrastinating by playing games all month. In celebration of NaNo, we'll even be opening up the archive's queue - you can now submit five new chapters at a time for the entire month. Happy writing! Our first head student has been a huge asset for her house during a number of House Cup activities, including (most recently) CLUEDO! She's also a dependable, engaged prefect who we know we can always count on. Please join us in congratulating... @clevernotbrilliant! Our second head student is a regular fixture in her common room and has stood out on the archive as well, posting several new chapters and leaving her fellow HPFTers some very lovely and encouraging reviews. Please give it up for... @dirigibleplums! Congratulations to you both - this is super deserved. Please PM me with your choice of what story of yours that you'd like to be featured on the archive, and thank you for everything that you do! awards by @abhorsen. A huge congratulations to @MuggleMaybe for winning October's Story of the Month with her story Beyond Repair (M)! Lily and Petunia were more than sisters; they were best friends. And then, they weren't A series of one shots about Lily and Perunia over the years. We strongly encourage you to check it out - it's absolutely amazing! banner by @Lady Asphodel, award by @poppunkpadfoot Congratulations to all of our featured stories - to check them out, just click on the award. Please keep in mind that some stories may be rated M. First, we're very excited to feature the top three entries to the prefects' recent inter-house friendship challenge... We'd also like to draw your attention to a couple stories by our recent Head Students... Some of our FROG winners who haven't been featured yet... And finally, to a couple staff picks! Congratulations to @800 words of heaven, @abhorsen., @Crimson Quill, @Diogenissa, @dreamgazer220, @forever_dreaming, @MegGonagall, @Rumpelstiltskin, and @TidalDragon! awards by @abhorsen. October 31 - The Body Positive Challenge by @WindingArrow October 31 - The First Kiss Challenge by @ImaRavenclaw November 1 - A Muggle History Challenge by @beyond the rain November 30 - The Hogwarts AU Challenge by @cat! December 14 - The Conjure Your Patronus Challenge by @MegGonagall December 15 - The Dialogue or Description Challenge by @ShazaLupin December 16 - The Totally Constraining Challenge by @Dojh167 December 21 - Tanka Style Romance Poetry by @StarFeather January 18 - The Character Vignette Challenge by @Rumpelstiltskin And, finally, happy birthday to all of our members who have November birthdays! @baletgir (1) @SpoonyLupin (1) @hecate (5) @nyx (5) @Sarz (7) @Phoenix_Flames (10) @scooterbug8515 (18) @toomanycurls (20) @ShazaLupin (22) @Lost Muse (24) @victoria_anne (24) @putitonpaper (27) Headers + bulletin write-ups by @abhorsen.. Please remember to rehost & credit if you'd like to save your awards!
The first month of our second house cup has finished, and so many of you have stood out for your activity on the archive and the forums. We had a hard time picking just two of you, but ultimately, we were able to come to a decision. Our first head student has been active on the forums, and she's also posted a lot to the archive in the last month. She's a wonderful addition to the Hufflepuffs, so please give a hand to... @velajune Our second head student has been active on both the forums and the archive since she joined the site, but this month, she really went above and beyond for Gryffindor, showing a lot of great leadership in MAGIC. Please join us in applauding... @Crimson Quill Congratulations to both of you! If you'd like to keep your awards, please rehost & credit to @abhorsen.. Your wins will be reflected in your house points, and please PM me with your choice of a story to feature on the archive.
After giving everyone a chance to regroup for our second house cup in August, we have a (slightly belated :P) announcement for September's head students! Our first head student only joined the forums in July, but she's jumped in and made herself at home, including starting a review thread and making herself a huge asset for Ravenclaw in our first House Cup event, MAGIC! Please give it up for... @forever_dreaming! Our second head student has recently returned to the community after a hiatus, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her back. She's also been a force to be reckoned with in MAGIC, but she's really shone on the archive as well, posting several wonderful stories as well as 27 reviews (and counting) in the last month. Welcome back, and please join us in applauding... @Rumpelstiltskin! Congratulations, both of you! <3 If you'd like to keep your awards, please rehost & credit to abhorsen. @TDA. Your wins will be reflected in your house points, and please PM me with your choice of a story to feature on the archive.