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Do you attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Do you find yourself thirsting for the latest happenings and news around this school? Do you oftentimes wish you had a reliable source (AHEM, eyes on you, Aparecium) to deliver these things? If you answered 'Yes' to any of these questions, LOOK NO FURTHER.

Starting this school year, the famed "The Quill" student publication of old is making a comeback! "The Quill" is both an IC and OOC student-run newspaper. It differs from Aparecium because it's not strictly gossip, and differs from the Yearbook because it publishes more regularly and has different types of articles. A good way to describe the Quill would be to picture the Daily Prophet just for the happenings at Hogwarts.

Below is a listing of the Staff and students currently involved in the publication.

The Quill Staff
Staff Advisers
Leo Kitridge (Nordic Witch)
Maddox Quigley (DaniDiNardo)

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Jenna Hensley (AlwaysSnapesGirl)
Sophie Brown (feeheeheeny)
Tobias Fuller-Thompson (Felixir)
Eden McGee (kayquilz)
W. "Hugh" Hughbert (fanficfanatict)
Ruby Banner (Tegz)
Grayson Whitlock (hermionesclone)


OOC: This is COMPLETELY IC (In Character). Since this is the case, anything submitted via our questionnaire needs to have happened IN THE SCHOOL RP on Snitchseeker. At this time, we aren't including Twitter RPs/Twitter characters to be mentioned in the publication. This is to help keep everything canon and relevant to IC student life.

With that said, we do have Tumblr and Twitter accounts, where content will be uploaded and referenced to. Everyone is encouraged to follow these accounts. As for content/material posted ON Snitchseeker, reference this thread. Only 'The Quill' Staff Advisers or the Editor are allowed to post here.

We also have old Quill issues, so if you're curious about Hogwarts' oldest and only OFFICIAL student newspaper, be sure to check out the Quill Issue Archives and Quill Article Archives. Happy reading!



SPOILER!!: Article Index!
May 2nd, 2015
_____Consciously Saving Our Unconscious Mind: The Battle for Freedom of Expression
_____Which Pet is best for YOU?
_____Duck, Duck...Charms?
_____Top Ten Things To Do at Hogwarts

May 8th/9th, 2015
_____Witchy Trends: a Fall Fashion 'How To'
_____Potion of the Month: Antillergen Potion
_____Spell of the Week: How to Create Beautiful Music with Just Your Wand
_____Professor of the Month: Professor Javier "Javy" Thompson

May 10th, 2015
_____Divining with the Mystic Ro: September Horoscopes
_____Divining with the Mystic Ro: September Monthly Meanings
_____Wizards, Witches, Magical Beasts, and Quidditch!: A Wrap-Up on All Things Summer!

May 15th, 2015
_____Confidence, Kisses, and Starcrossed Questions: Your Weekly Advice Column!
_____Stellar Dates in the Exploration of SPACE!
_____What Does Your Favorite Magical Plant Say about YOU?
_____Top Ten Ways to Combat Homesickness
_____In Response to the Aparecium...

May 24th, 2015
_____Ghastly Fashion: How to do it RIGHT for the most FRIGHTFUL night of the year!
_____Divining with the Mystic Ro: October Horoscopes
_____Happy Halloween: Halloween Puzzle Fun!

June 1st, 2015
_____Divining with the Mystic Ro: Crystal Ball Care!
_____Spell of the Week: Conjuring a Spirit Guardian
_____The Power of Definition
_____Protecting Against Potions' Disaster: Ingredients, Cauldrons, and Cauldron Care

June 8th, 2015
_____Potions, Lost Love, and Creature Woes: Your Weekly Advice Column!
_____Abraxan Racing: Fun or Cruel?
_____Gobstones: The Race for the Cup
_____Beloved Pebbles MISSING

June 17th, 2015
_____Pull a Prank: Seventh Year Edition

August 8th, 2015
_____Howlers, Points, and Conspiracy Theories: Your Weekly Advice Column!
_____The Poop Scoop
_____Reclaiming the Robes: Tips for Pulling Off a Retro Look
_____Student Spotlight: Zhenya Burton
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Consciously Saving Our Unconscious Mind
The Battle for Freedom of Expression

by W. Hughbert


When you walk the halls at Hogwarts at any given time, you may notice professors lurking about to bust students holed up in every nook and cranny and broom closet they can occupy. These small spaces offer refuge to Hogwarts' students' subconscious mind, an idea presented by Freud in the early 20th century. Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist in the late nineteenth century, developed psychoanalysis or the study of human psychology through the prism of human wants, needs and goals. Freud said all of these primal thoughts and feelings no longer had a place in modern society, so human beings had learned to suppress natural urges. Freud explained that all human beings are born with a conscious mind-- thoughts and feelings we are aware of and control in our day-to-day lives-- but he also argues that because human nature is driven by primal desire (for food, human contact, shelter) we must repress our truest urges to fit into stereotypical civilised society. To act like an animalistic wants would be inappropriate. This repression is called the subconscious mind (because we do not actively think about these specific wants) AND because desires are repressed and not suppressed eventually people lash out. Act on impulse. Explode.

AND SO YOU GET BROOM CLOSETS. Sort of.

With that Freudian concept down and explained, I think its important to ask this question- if desire is a natural part of human existence why do professors care if students act on them? Why do they find the need to tell students to not be affectionate with their significant other, to not dress the way that expresses themselves in a way they deem fit, to kick them out of the kitchen past a decent hour? These are all natural things that come with the territory of being human. Now, while I personally do not subscribe to some of these desires (I would never frequent a broom closet) I think it's important to acknowledge it is someone's basic human right to use one.

The subconscious mind is a fragile thing that, if left without an outlet, will explode in the whole student body's face one day. And I really do not want to watch the world fall to chaos. I have a hard enough time deciding whether or not we exist to add further complications to existence.

So the point?

Let students express themselves. They need to. Even if I think most of them are moronic.
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Which Pet is best for YOU?
by Eden McGee


So maybe youíre feeling a little lonely. Maybe you just need a snuggle bug after spending all day on homework. Or perhaps your maternal (or paternal, come on, folks) instincts are just KICKING in, and YOU find yourself wanting a pet.

Thereís a tiny problem. Which pet is right for YOU?

The thing about pets is that they require work. Theyíre not something you buy on a whim, decide theyíre boring, and toss them aside like trash. Pets are friends! But unlike normal friends, pets canít take care of themselves (wellÖokay, maybe we ALL have that friendóno matter!) and need us to provide food, water, a sustainable place to live, comfort, and happiness! Some pets require lots of attentionóothers, not so much. Itís all about what YOU can afford to give to a pet.

So, like the nice young woman I am, Iíve compiled a list of pets appropriate for Hogwarts that you might consider. Weíre allowed, here at this lovely castle under the merciful dictatorship leadership of the ever-beautiful Headmistress Truebridge, any one of these five pets: cats, owls, toads, rats, or pet rocks.

I made this chart for you lovely readers to take a look at, see if any of these pets are a fit for you!




Cats are really great, right? Sassy, fun, and they tend to catch their own food. The thing about CATS is that they DO require a good bit of attention from their owners. Rats are bit adventurous, but they are very sweet and like cuddles and play time and can be just as time consuming as cats. Toads keep to themselves for the most part. Owls are VERY self sufficientóand pet ROCKS are probably the easiest of the pets to care for.

Our VERY own Airey Flamsteed says of HIS pet preferences, ďI had a toad as a student. Was about the only pet I could stand to own because the creatures do not possess fur and claws...so when I stumbled upon Pebbles in a muggle hobby shop just before I left to work at NASA I was blown away by muggle innovation once again. A pet that comes pre-trained to sit and stay...and it totally obedient. What ISN'T to like?!Ē So, see? ToadóAND a pet rock?!

The chart Iíve included is just the tip of the pet-care iceberg! Do some research on what you want! This is just a little guide on your way to getting the perfect pet fit for you! Hope this helps! Our library here at Hogwarts is chalk-full books on all sorts of animals, too! So check it out, have fun, and be responsible!
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Duck, Duck...Charms?
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For the many witches and wizards who want to know more about the Muggle world, there are a lot of different things to learn about. How do aeroplanes stay up? How does electricity work? And - one of the somewhat popular and funny questions - what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?

The answer is actually pretty simple and boring - it's just a toy typically played with during a child's bathtime. That's not solely what this article is about though. I'd instead like to suggest some new possible functions of a rubber duck.

The first ties in with bathtime. I'm sure some of us like to take a book or something similar to keep us occupied and entertained while relaxing in the bathtub. However, sometimes there's a fear of dropping it in the water and ruining it. So perhaps an alternative - charm a set of rubber ducks to entertain you. They could perform your favorite scene in your favorite book, play, or WWN radio drama, or they could even perform something from your history book to help you study.

Speaking of studying, they could be charmed to help you while you're doing just that. Want to make sure no one disturbs you while you're trying to focus? Charm those rubber ducks to pester anyone that gets to close or tries to interrupt you. You can be sure to get a great, quiet studying area with them protecting you.

The possibilities are endless, really. The function of a rubber duck is limited only by your imagination.
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Top Ten Things To Do at Hogwarts
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The Hogwarts castle is a vast and super magical place, with TONS of things to do and so many secrets to discover that it's nigh on impossible to do everything the school has to offer, even if you're here for a full seven years. I've gathered data on some of the most popular things to do at school, and now I offer you, dear reader, this list of Top Ten Things To Do at Hogwarts.

10. D-d-duel!
The Dueling Arena is always open for kids to practice their dueling skills. Maybe you want to battle it out with someone, or perhaps perfect your aim on a moving target. And if you don't want to risk hurting another person, or perhaps you're just really feeling that teenage angst today, there's a ton of practice dummies in there just BEGGING to be blown up. (In the case of the angst: trust me, it works. Usually.)

9. Visit the Library
For those of you who enjoy reading, the Library is the place to be. And even if you're a kid who isn't the type to sit with your nose in a book all day, the Hogwarts Library has something for everyone. Textbooks about every subject, information about all kind of hobbies, career advice leaflets for those who need them. And if none of that interests you, perhaps try searching for the Invisible Book of Invisibility, taming the Monster Book of Monsters, or catching the Flying Book of Flying.

8. Talk to the Portraits
They're everywhere. In every corridor, on every floor, on almost every wall. The portraits line the interior of Hogwarts and have done for hundreds of years. You may think of them as just part of the background, but these portraits each have a story to tell. Literally. For those interested in history, or perhaps any lonely soul who'd just like a chat, the portraits are there, and they do love to talk. Go ahead and make their day!

7. Search for the Chamber of Secrets
That's right, the legendary Chamber of Secrets may no longer be in use, but I assure you it's still there. Those who know their history (or anyone who was part of the Cartographers' Club last year) can tell you that the Chamber is concealed in the girls' bathroom, so I'm afraid it's No Boys Allowed. But if you're a girl who can speak Parseltongue, the Chamber is all yours to explore!

6. Pet a Puffskein, Hug a Hippogriff, Cuddle a Creature, etc...
Creatures aren't for everyone, but for those who like to get to know the menagerie of creatures in Hogwarts' care, all you need to do is head down to the stables where all the magical creatures are kept. Ask Professor Thompson nicely enough and he might even help you catch a glimpse of a unicorn.

5. Delve into the Lake
The Lake is ginormous; plenty of space for everyone. No need for a pool when you can have a leisurely swim here, or maybe try to befriend Bartholomew Henry, the Giant Squid (I hear he likes toast). Or, if you're brave enough and have yourself some Gillyweed, what's stopping you from checking out the gloomy depths. Well, probably the merpeople, actually...

4. Visit the Kitchens
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! The Kitchens are where the real magic happens. Aside from being the Place To Be for all your culinary needs, the Kitchens also house the Hogwarts House Elves, a friendly bunch who work tirelessly around the castle. If you stop by for a bite to eat, be sure to thank the House Elves for their unwavering service to the school; it only takes a few moments to say a few kind words! Of course, to get into the Kitchens, you need to know how to get there. Just look for the biiiiiig bowl of fruit, that's all I'm saying.

3. Stargaze from the Observatory
You don't need to be keen on Astronomy to appreciate this place. Come up here at night to view the stars from one of the prime positions in Hogwarts, whether you're an avid stargazer or just feel at peace looking up at the night sky. Make sure you get permission from Professor Airey before you break curfew, though, and keep in mind he's not too keen on catching snogging couples in his Astronomy Tower, either.

2. Learn a Thing
Hogwarts is, first and foremost, a school, so I guess it goes without saying that a pretty big thing to do here is to... learn something. That may sound like a drag to some of you readers, but learning IS fun, and the level of fun found in lessons here, and the mixture of 'entertaining' and 'educational', is unprecedented. Seriously, I mean you're at a SCHOOL for MAGIC! Hopefully you don't have to me Muggle-raised to understand how awesome that is!

1. Visit the Room of Requirement
Some have found this room and known nothing about it, only to never find it again, others know of this place but never manage to find it. The Room of Requirement is arguably one of Hogwarts' most fantastical secrets. A room that will do your bidding, and provide whatever you want it to, within reason. From a quiet place to study, to a huge chamber filled with a giant adventure playground, this room can do almost anything. And once you find it, somewhere up on the seventh floor, you need only ask, and you shall receive. The possibilities are endless.
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With the autumn leaves falling, so are all the hemlines! I know, I find it totally tragic too, but I have to admit that a hemline sitting just above the knee can still be cute and it does give you a perfect excuse to show off a little skin elsewhere if you're brave enough to defy the dropping temperatures. If you're anything like me (I know you aren't, but hun, its healthy to have goals!) then you have already mastered a spell or two to keep warm, so you can bare your arms or your midriff until winter at least!

Make sure you throw on a skirt with a splash of colour, ladies and Phoenixes, but be sure not to clash with the leaves crunching under your cute ankle boots. A wedge boot is just perfect to add a little height, but flats are just as chic this season. To stay on trend, keep away from stiletto heel in your boots for fall, we're not in the 2070s after all, and a skinny little heel which pokes holes in the grass is never a good look. You really shouldn't be stingy with your boot choices either, because we can tell if what you put on your feet is sub par in quality and style. Make sure you're wearing genuine hide; whether its leather from a cow or the hide of a manticore, boots are an investment in your wardrobe, so don't be afraid of shelling out the galleons.

Boys, don't go thinking that you can get away with just tossing on your uniform and calling that done for your fall fashion. Scarves are totally a thing for men this season. You can express your personality, bundle up warm, and - bonus - provide an excuse for the girl you like to snuggle up with you. Accessorizing will up your game dramatically, so I expect to see some effort on the first Hogsmeade Weekend of the term! Fall '86 is all about touchable fabrics, heavy knits, and texture texture texture. Bold colours are your safest bet, gentlemen, so why not show some house pride and try some forest green, blood red, or deep blue? Hufflepuffs, babes, you're best off sticking to black. Yellow isn't in, but I'm betting it will make a return come spring, so your time will come.

Stay styled, cuties, and remember: if in doubt, don't wear it out.

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With summer gone, you'd think the hayfever and similar allergies would take a hike, right? WRONG. Most stay with you for a long time because they're annoying little buggers. So we, at the Quill, have decided to enlighten you on a potion that should help. Heard of the Antillergen Potion? Itís a potion that deadens your allergic reactions for an entire year, if brewed correctly. Thatís right, folks: a whole year where you can show that hay fever that youíre not taking its nonsense this year. The recipe is below, complete with the writerís edited notes and tips.

Antillergen Potion
deadens allergic reactions for a year's time

Ingredients:
ē Water
ē 10 drops Valerian root
ē 10 drops Salamander Blood
ē 2 dock leaves
ē 1 Ashwinder Egg
ē 4 sprigs Fluxweed
ē 10 drops Murtlap Essence
ē 2 sprigs Parsley
ē 3 spoons Raw honey
ē 5 Basil leaves
ē 1 whole Papaya
ē 1 Ginger Root
ē 17 Reishi (mushroom of immortality)


Instructions:
1) CLEAN YOUR CAULDRON!
Double-clean, triple-clean, if you have to but just make sure that itís CLEAN.
2) Fill cauldron with water:
Aguamenti is brilliant
3) Add valerian root and salamander blood, one drop at a time, alternating between the two
There is no rush in this step. Simply take it slow and make sure you get out a drop EXACTLY. Get right down until youíre eye level with the bottom of the stopper and squeeze it slowly until you get the perfect little drop. If you have to, practice with a pipette and a beaker first. Try and squeeze out droplets of water into the beaker until you're confident at it.
4) Add the dock leaves to mortar and crush
Make sure to CLEAN the mortar and pestle BEFORE adding the dock leaves
5) Break frozen ashwinder egg into mortar
Like you would with a regular egg. Havenít broken an egg before? Learn.
6) Add fluxweed to mortar
7) Add mixture from mortar into cauldron
8) Add Murtlap Essence
9) Stir eight times counter clockwise
Note that it says COUNTER clockwise. I always look down at the cauldron and imagine the face of a clock on there. I start stirring from where the 12 would be because itís easier to mark whether Iíve made a full stir.
10) Add parsley sprigs loosely crushing them into cauldron
Just crush these with the mortar and pestle LOOSELY. Donít over do it.
11) Add raw honey
12) Slice Basil leaves with a Silver Knife.
CLEAN the silver knife before using it.
13) Stab whole papaya with same silver knife stuff basil in papaya's wounds.
You donít need to clean this since youíre going to add the basil leaves anyways.
14) Add Papaya to cauldron.
Add, not freaking dump into the cauldron like itís a Quaffle.
15) Add grated ginger root.
CLEAN the grater. This is a VERY important step.
16) Add thinly sliced Reishi Mushroom to cauldron.
Take your time making these slices as thin as possible.
17) Wave wand over Cauldron in fast strinking oblique motion and cast the "Sanum" spell.
Practice first.

And that's all! If done correctly, your Antillergen Potion should work properly and save you from the allergies. Have a potion youíd like to see on the Potion of the Month? Have any tips of your own? Drop us an owl and it could be featured in the next issue.

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How to Create Beautiful Music with Just Your Wand

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This week's spell is useful in a variety of situations, from friendly dueling scenarios to school dances, or even to keep things from getting too awkward in the loo!

The Music-Creating Charm is used to create background music in a room, and the incantation "Creo Musica" comes from the Latin words for "Create Music." To perform this charm, it isn't necessary to be holding one's wand - it simply needs to be in the caster's possession, and the caster must think very clearly of the song desired to fill the room while speaking the incantation.

The appeal of this spell is easy to see, as its entertainment possibilities are endless. Simply choose battle music to cast as background music during a duel to set the mood or fill the all-too-silent bathroom with lounge music when you're not the only one taking care of business and need to defuse the tension.

Anyone in the general vicinity can change the song playing by concentrating on a new song and casting "Novo Musica," which means "New Music," and a casting of "Musica Exitus," which translates to "End the Music," will cause the music to cease. Of course, when the spell is left alone, the song will continue to play in a continuous loop until someone casts the spell to change the music, so you'll need to be aware of this before you leave the room!

Try out this spell the next time you have an unfortunately-timed need for the loo - you and all parties involved will be grateful you did!

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This month's Professor hails to us from Madrid, Spain, and his enchanting smolder will make you weak at the knees! You know him as the massive tree-like figure strutting around the grounds of Hogwarts, caring for our creatures - he's Javier "Javy" Thompson!

Professor Thompson is a highly-skilled magizoologist and potioneer, having double majored in Cryptozoology/Magizoology and Potions at Madrid's Wizarding University. He has also volunteered at animal shelters and worked as an ingredients harvester, but it's undeniable that his job here at Hogwarts has been his greatest milestone and truly changed his life for the better.

In the fall of 2082, Professor Thompson took on the position as our Care of Magical Creatures professor. His relaxed personality and charm have made him a favorite of many students, but his primary strengths shine most brightly in his teaching methods. Examples of this are seen in his short lectures and hands-on activity time, keeping his students interested throughout the duration of his lessons. He also takes a methodical yet easy-to-understand approach in his explanations of the best ways to care for the diverse selection of creatures he teaches about. It cannot be easy keeping large classes of tween to teenagers safe from the dangers of said creatures, but there is such a great respect for Thompson that never has there been an unfortunate accident under his supervision. The respect is mutual, as he makes sure his students know that his office door remains open for those seeking professional guidance, and he would never turn down the opportunity to be of assistance to those in need.

A Muggleborn and former Ravenclaw, Professor Thompson is well-recognized as the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, but sorry, ladies - he's taken by former Hogwarts Charms Professor Pierson Fuller! The two have been the best of friends since they were teenagers at Hogwarts, and it was only a matter of time before they tied the knot, which finally happened just last year! The pair now have two sons, Tobias and Curtis Fuller-Thompson, and judging by the Professor's increasing expressions of joy through his work, he seems to be living the dream!

It's really only a matter of time before he takes his work closer to home, so let's cherish every class we spend with this overgrown teddy bear before we inevitably lose him to his beautiful family.
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by Rowan Fields


Are you interested in what's in store for you this month? The sky has the answers! Hidden away inside those twinkling constellations is the key to unlocking your future: Whenever you feel like you are unsure of what lies ahead, the heavenly bodies will provide you with the information that you need. So here it is...the ultimate low down on how the planets are going to influence you for the next lunar cycle. Just find your star sign and away you go!

Aries
Aries! You’re going to be lucky in loooove this month, Mars is igniting your passion for life and will be making your charms more powerful than ever. This month’s lucky colour is purple for you, and you’ll be wise to avoid the number 8.

Taurus
Taurus, I hate to break this to you, but you might have to take a break from that new hobby. Too much of a good thing can ruin the experience for you. If you put it on the backburner for a few days you’ll rediscover your adoration for it!

Gemini
Wow, Gemini! Your potions skills are through the roof this month! Don’t be afraid to try that risky new concoction you’ve been dying to give a go, the planets are in your favour! Maybe avoid the colour blue, though. That’s not looking good for you, sorry Ravenclaws.

Cancer
Something is on the horizon that may test a friendship this month, Cancer. But if you listen to one another then you’ll easily come to a compromise that will strengthen the relationship for good. Don’t wear any yellow for the first week, but other bright colours are lucky for you!

Leo
Steer clear of big bodies of water this month, Leo, don’t want you getting in trouble with Barty the squid. On the upside though, you’re going to be lucky in the financial department! You’ve been looking after your knuts, and your galleons are proof of that!

Virgo
Careful with your charms this month, Virgo, they may be a little wobbly. Mercury is taking its toll, but if you make sure to steer clear of dense forests you shouldn’t find it too difficult to navigate. Your lucky number is 5!

Libra
Good news, Libra! Your creative juices are flowing, with Venus encouraging all creative outlets. Try your hand at something new and beautiful this month, maybe pick up a paintbrush for the first time, or ask a classmate to teach you one of their skills!

Scorpio
You’re going strong this month Scorpio, all that hard work is paying off, so celebrate! Don’t be afraid to take a break and enjoy the fantastic fruits of your labour, it’s been a long time coming and you truly deserve it. Wear some red, it’ll do you good.

Sagittarius
Now’s the time for some serious divination, Sagittarius! You’ll find your mind clearing much more easily this month, so drink some tea and get out the crystal ball. It’s a wonderful time to explore the future, and avoid spiders if possible, number 8 isn’t looking good for you.

Capricorn
Your mood is on the edge at the moment, Capricorn, so be careful not to bite anyone’s head off. You’ll find yourself especially talented in runes this month though, so try not to neglect this advantage. Your lucky colour is orange.

Aquarius
This month is looking lovely for Aquarius, you’re going to find yourself surrounded by lots of friends who are willing to give you support for the next step in your life. Be sure to keep your mind open, there’s something exciting coming your way.

Pisces
Now’s the time to expand your academic horizons, Pisces! You’ll find yourself much more efficient in your studies, so use this month to advance in places you’ve been slacking. The number 1 is looking fantastic for you, so don’t shy away!

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Divining with the Mystic Ro
September Monthly Meanings

by Rowan Fields


For those of you who are interested in divination, it's always good to expand your knowledge. The best way to do this is a little bit at a time. So, I've grouped together some symbols for you to learn and look out for when you're divining. Sometimes, it can be difficult to work out exactly what you're seeing in your tea leaves or crystal, and learning the meanings for all 78 tarot cards can be really difficult, but if you learn them one by one you'll be well on your way! This month, all of the symbols have meanings of inspiration; lovely things to find in your cup or cards, enjoy!

Tessomancy: The Lighthouse - something is calling for your inspiration, if you see this don’t be scared to let your imagination wonder, it might conjure up something extraordinary!

Tarot: The Ace of Wands - inspiration and creativity! Potential for new beginnings. Don’t shy away from any new experiences! (Negatively aspected, it could mean the subject is experiencing a lack of motivation, so they should be looking around for anything that could inspire them!)

Dreams: If you dream of a flying machine, it means your inspiration can carry you somewhere and your creations will be successful! So go for it!

Crystal Ball reading: If you see a hatching egg in your crystal ball, it means that your motivation is about to launch you into a wonderful new idea!

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Wizards, Witches, Magical Beasts, and Quidditch!
A Wrap-Up on All Things Summer!

by Zander Adair


Summer is definitely the best time of the year. You havenít got any homework to fuss about, you can wake up whenever you want, and you donít have to worry about any last minute exam cramming...(by the way, if a Professor asks, I definitely did NOT cramÖ ahem). Despite how short the summer holiday always feels, though, it was nothing short of "fun and adventurous" for Hogwartsí students this year. Whether the time off was spent at home teaching a crup some cool tricks or experiencing a world of travel, the student body really made the best of it!

One of the most anticipated events of the summer was the trip to Scotland sponsored by the Hogwarts Board of Governors. Hufflepuff Fifth Year, Leah Abbot, had a blast on the trip, explaining that the group ďtraveled to Loch Ness in search of the large kelpieĒ. Which, if you were wondering, is not a myth. Leah would know, as the group actually encountered the large sea creature; even hopping on board to catch a ride in the water! Students on the trip also got a sneak peak of whatís in store this year at Hogwarts after discovering that their tour guide was none other than Scott Maclaren, new Groundskeeper for the 2086-2087 school year! The trip itself was full of adventure and was surely an experience of a lifetime thanks to the Board of Governors, Professor chaperones, Tour Guide Maclaren, and all the participants. No worries if you missed out though, hopefully, theyíll be more field trips in the future!

The Loch Ness field trip was a great success and a needed break from a hectic year of studying! But some people chose to keep their summers productive, working towards their future careers! My very own dormmate, Chance Coeur, was among those hard-at-work; taking an internship at WHiMóthatís Wizarding Highlights In Media, for those who donít knowóMagazine. Chance shadowed Ms. Parker, who is the head of advertising for the magazine. Iíd personally think that a magazine internship would be tons of work, but Chance had nothing but good things to say! He hopes to intern there again next summer if given the opportunity and mate, me and the rest of Hogwarts are behind you!

And while on the topic of future jobs itís definitely worth mentioning that, Slytherin student, Rorie Hazelwood, spent her entire summer working towards hers as well. This spunky Slytherin took plenty of time off during the school year for her roles in big productions, but this summer she attended her very first film premiere! On top of that, Hazelwood also shadowed Hogwarts Alumni, Justine Janvier-Kim, at Julliard and starred in a couple of music videos. Woah, talk about a busy summer! Just goes to show that if you put your mind to it, you really can achieve your dreams. Well, at least Rorie Hazelwood can.

Another one of my favorite things about summer has got to be the beautiful weather. One might even say itís perfect forÖ. Quidditch! With the sport still under a ban at Hogwarts, the summer holiday is a PERFECT time to get all your practice in; especially this year with the Ministry of Magicís Quidditch Camp! Ravenclaw Kyroh Scabior was one of the many Hogwarts students in attendance and luckily I was able to catch up with him to talk to him about his experience at camp! Kyroh and the others got a lot of practice with the sportís fundamentals, taking the opportunity to play each position and work on perfecting techniques. Perhaps, though, the best part of camp was getting to fly alongside some famous players, including some of our own alumni players! Kyrohís personal favorite part of camp was working with West Odessa and from what Iíve heard heís not a bad pick, Kyroh.

As you can see, summer of 2086 taught us lots of lessons like how to brew the perfect morning coffee for your boss, the right way to fly a broom, that giant kelpies do NOT make good pets, and that we should keep dreaming big, Hogwarts! Now that summerís over though, weíve got to buckle down for another busy year of school, Ďcause Iím sure the Professors have quite a few lessons of their own to teach. Welcome back to another year of Hogwarts, folks! School is officially back in session, whether youíre ready or not!
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Confidence, Kisses, and Starcrossed Questions
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In times of trouble and distress, the public often looked to their king and queen. The royal pair offered their subjects advice, peace of mind and sometimes entertainment in the day-to-day monotony of life. And so (keeping the age old tradition alive), another royal pair has risen from the ashes to help fulfill the same roles. The Philosopher King and the Scarlet Queen are here to help the students of Hogwarts by dishing out advice in all manner of things. Sure they may not be the advice team that Hogwarts NEEDS, but they are the ones that Hogwarts got.


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What's a first kiss like? Is there any particular way you're supposed to do it? Is it all about the angle of your neck? What if you collide noses? What if you don't kiss the other person's lips?

never-been-kissed
That's not a question I can answer, never-been-kissed. Not because I have never been kissed, which is true, but because it is, as a Buddhist would say, a question wrongly asked. Every human being ever (if we work under the assumption that we all exist and life is exactly how we see it lol) is a unique biological being. Physical experience varies from one human being to another. It is why so many people like different things, have different preferences it in a partner and, sometimes, have no preference at all. LIKE, you can't ask how to kiss because every kiss is unique to you. What may not be MY preference could be YOURS. There is no wrong way to engage in physical contact.

You're welcome.

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Boys are idiots about this stuff, if you're a boy, never-been-kissed, then that totally includes you. For most people, first kisses aren't always great, but that's okay because if you like the person then you can work on that and by the time you lose count you'll be a pro. You are obvy a Ravenclaw, so I'll give you some important advice: stop overthinking it! For starters, if you don't kiss their lips it doesn't count, cheek kisses are just an introduction. You should probably practice on the back of your hand, or find a Gryffindor, they're usually willing and most of the time don't ask pesky questions. Kissing is supposed to feel good, if you're too stuck in your head then you will miss the good parts. Don't blame me if you suck though, not everyone can be as good at these things as I am!

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What if you liked somebody, but your father had no idea because you know that he would be very displeased about it?

starcrossed lover
Starcrossed lover, I do not understand your question. Firstly, what are you even asking? Like, I think you're asking what you should do about the guy you like...but it's not very clear. You should work on your question asking.

Secondly, you are working on assumption. How can you KNOW that he would without a doubt not be game for this guy you like? I think, at best, what you can do is take circumstantial evidence and draw conclusions but to know, well, that is a serious claim.

Save the philosophising to those equipped to do it.

You're welcome.

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Secrets are fun, starcrossed lover! I say enjoy it, sneak around and write in a diary and sigh over it at night and make the most of it!

xoxo

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Do you have any advice for someone who would like to dress more appealing in the aspects of a confident girl, but not to the point of making yourself uncomfortable?

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You can't personify clothes. They can't be confident. Only you can. Duh.

You're welcome.

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First you have to work out what makes you uncomfortable. That's your line. Then think about why it makes you uncomfortable. If its just because you are shy then maybe it is time to be a bit bold and push those lines a little more, if it's because you totally never want to go beyond those lines then stick to them and don't let anyone dictate to you otherwise. You'll be a ton more confident if you are comfortable. To be appealing in your dress, you have to be appealing in your bearing and to do that you have to like yourself. A good first step would totally be adding extra colours into your wardrobe! Feel cute and you'll be cute, I promise!

xoxo

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Stellar Dates in the Exploration of SPACE!
by Jenna Hensley


You have surely learned a lot in Professor Flamsteed's Astronomy lessons so far (and will continue to learn even more), so you will probably know of many important astronomical events and discoveries throughout history. So let's take a few moments to remember just a few stellar events that took place around this time.

4 October, 1957
One of the most notable events in history was the launching of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik. It weighed 184 lbs (about 83 kg) and orbited the Earth once every hour and 36 minutes, transmitting radio signals that could even be picked up by amateur radio operators. Its time in space only lasted until January 1958, but it was still a major accomplishment for the time and is considered the event that began the "Space Age."

24 September, 1970
Another important event was the spacecraft Luna 16 landing on the moon and retrieving samples of the moon's soil. It was the first automatic spacecraft to do so successfully, though, it was not the very first retrieval of lunar samples ever. Three small samples (0.2 g) from this mission would later be sold at a Sotheby auction in 1993 for $442,500.

17 November, 1970
Continuing on from the previous event, the spacecraft Luna 17 landing on the moon, transporting the automatic robot, Lunokhod 1. This would be the first automatic robot on the moon. It was driven by a team of five men back on Earth and lasted for 11 lunar days (about 11 months in Earth time), which was much longer than originally expected. The robot conducted more than 500 experiments with the moon's soil and sent back to Earth 20,000 TV images and 206 panoramas.

These are just three among the numerous events in the history of astronomy. If there are any particular ones that you would like to see talked about in another article, feel free to owl something in to us - and if any mentioned so far have caught your interest, go check out some books on them in the library or swing by Professor Flamsteed's office. Expanding your knowledge - now that is truly stellar.
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What Does Your Favorite Magical Plant Say about YOU?
by Eden McGee


So I know it might be odd to have a favorite magical plant, but take a look! SO many plants around us have such cool qualities, and plants could use a little more appreciation around here! Here are some of the cooler magical plants and herbs; which plant is your favorite? And what does this say about your personality? FIND OUT!


Alihotsy

If your favorite plant is Alihotsy, youíre a laugher. Alihotsy leaves induce uncontrollable laughter, so youíre probably someone who thinks anything is funny. While this might be annoying to some people, itís probably a good thing. Laughter is food for the soul, no? This doesnít mean youíre a happy person, though. It just means that you literally canít take things seriously, that everything is funny, and that people PROBABLY get annoyed with your laugh. Alihotsy does have a natural sedative, though, in the form of BLUMBUMBLE treacle. They neutralize the effect of the Alihotsy. SoÖif youíre this plant, just find your neutralizer! Youíll be okay. At least youíre not deadly.


Flitterbloom

If you like flitterblooms, itís because you have something to hide. You admire the way the plant can look deadly, but isnít really. You want to seem deadly and tough to others, so you put on a front, like this plant. Flitterblooms resemble the deadly plant, Devilís Snare, pretty decentlyÖso youíre probably good at this faÁade you display for others. Youíre actually pretty harmless; you just seem tough to those not close to you.


Devil's Snare

The REAL tough guy here, people, is the Devilís Snare. If this is your favorite plant, youíre not only very aggressive, but youíre also very manipulative. Devilís Snares have vines that are really soft when you touch them, but their grip is killeróliterally. Theyíll suffocate you if you struggle against them. The only way to get free of these guys is to remain still. Theyíll eventually release their grips. If youíre this type of person, you probably dominate everyone around you into bending to your will. Rude, much?

Mandrake

If your favorite plant is the Mandrake, youíre terrified of growing up. These little guys cry when removed from their pots, but this is all part of the process. They /have/ to be repotted in order to grow properly, and just like your personality, you hate this entire process. The cry is fatal, but all that translates to are your extreme emotions about growing up. Itís okay to grow up, Peter. Donít fret. It will all be okay!


Dittany

Dittany is a pretty nifty plant. Itís a type of healing herb, and if youíre one of those few who appreciate it, youíre a lovely soul. You have a naturally healing personality, meaning that youíre one of those people to whom others find easy to talk. Dittany has the ability to grow fresh skin over wounds and like you, heal. You probably have a gentle nature and a good ear for advice giving, too. People probably flock to you for your help; youíre just so awesome!

Wolfsbane

If your favorite plant is Wolfsbane, chances are youíre pretty tough. Wolfsbane has the questionably minor (and by minor, I mean HOLY HECKLE IS THIS PLANT DEADLY) tendency to be super toxic. Fun fact, Wolfsbane got its name because it was used to kill wolves back in the day. The toxin was put on arrows used in hunting the wolves. If your favorite plant is this one, youíre probably a deadly combination of wit, secrecy, and cunning that far outweigh your nice side. You probably have the ability to win any argument in that Ďdrop the micí kind of way. You probably are a planner, and like to plan things way ahead of time in order to smooth out the kinks along the way with a plan. Overall, youíre deadly.

Mimbulus Mimbletonia

]If you adore the Mimbulus Mimbletonia, you are probably a sensitive, quiet person who has the ability to remain cool as a cucumber until a situation pushes you off the edge. Like these plants, you arenít aggressive, you just warn people when youíre about to explode. Mimbletonias squirt out a sap when touched, but the sap isnít harmless, it just smells bad. Similarly, you might be a calm personality with tendencies to hoard your feelings until you canít take them anymore. Try letting them out a little!

Niffler's Fancy

These plants are very shiny. If you like these guys, then youíre probably super materialistic. You care more about money or how nice your clothes are over meaningful things, like knowledge, love, or wisdom. These plants are very rare and used to be the form of wizarding currency (isnít that INTERESTING?). So, show some depth and stop being so shallow!

Flutterby Bush

Flutterby Bushes are such a rare beauty. The flower that these bushes produce only blooms once a century. If you favor these bushes, you are a rare beauty, and I donít mean just on the outside; the inside, too. Personalities like you only come around once in aÖ.CENTURY, perhaps? These bushes also have the proclivity to tremble a bit, so this just makes them seem all the more delicate and adorable, probably like YOU.


So, here are just a few examples of magical plants. Did I just make you read a bunch of magical plant info, or did I NOT? Fascinating facts for such a fascinating audience! Hope you guys enjoyed reading about my not-so-professional psychoanalysis of your personalities based on plant preferences! Enjoy!
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Top Ten Ways to Combat Homesickness
by Tobias Fuller-Thompson


This one may not benefit everyone out there, but I know some of you might find it useful. We all know that Hogwarts is an awesome place: entertaining classes, magic at every turn, I meanÖ we live in a CASTLE. But though Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a spectacular learning (and living) environment, some people find it tough to be away from home. Summer's over now, we've all been back and reunited with friends for a while, and the novelty is starting to wear off. So this one's for all you homesick students out there, whether first year or Hogwarts veteran, here's my top ten tried and tested methods of combating those cravings for home.

10. Do some studying

Okay, so this one might mainly be in here to appease the professors in our readership, but seriously, give it a go! Homework might seem boring, but this is a magic school, you guys! The assignments here can be super fun, and where there's fun, there's distractions. I mean, unless homework stress is what's making you homesick, in which caseÖ maybe this one isn't for you. But if real homework doesn't do it for you, maybe try a little independent study on whatever area of magic you like! Start a project! Learn Mermish! Make fairy furniture! Honestly, finding something that you enjoy that you can throw yourself into really will take some of those sads away.

9. Count down the days!

School doesn't last forever, and that includes Hogwarts. Sometimes it feels like it's going to be forever before you get to go home again, and all those days stretch out ahead of you like it's a million years. Make a calendar, cross off the days 'til the next holiday. For extra satisfaction, use your wand to blast a hole through the days once they're done.

8. JUMP AROUND!

Physical exercise! Run around the grounds, frolic through the corridors, swim in the lake, turn the Room of Requirement into a massive trampoline room. This is another distraction tactic, but also this kind of exercise can make you happy! And Hogwarts has a lot to offer. Seriously, the Room of Requirement is your friend.

7. Take a day for yourself

NOW, I'm not suggesting you skip classes. Do this on a weekend, or if you somehow find yourself with a whole day of no classes. Forget about homework or anything like that, and do what YOU want to do (check out my last Top Ten Things to do at Hogwarts article if you need help thinking up ideas!). Wanna jump in the lake? Do it! Go to the kitchens and find yourself an entire cake to eat? Go for it! Fancy spending the entire day in the observatory looking at the stars? What's stopping you?! A day that's without limits (uhÖ within reason, of course) and full of treats is just the ticket for the homesick angsty souls out there.

6. Make a list of things you want to do before the holidays

Hogwarts basically has a limitless supply of fun things to do, seeing as its secrets are still constantly being explored. Write out a good long list of all the fun things you want to do this term and get to work on making that list a reality! Not only will this serve as a distraction, but with a decently long list and a deadline, you'll soon see the time fly by.

5. Chat to a professor

It's not like being home, or hanging out with a friend, but visiting the professors of Hogwarts for a chat can be super interesting. You never know what you might learn, and we're not just talking in terms of academics. Some of the Hogwarts professors lead some interesting lives, and many of them appreciate visits from their students. Sometimes it's good to just be able to talk with a proper grown-up ABOUT being homesick; they'll probably understand, and maybe have some tips of their own.

4. Hang out with friends

A lot of people find a different type of family at Hogwarts; they make a family out of their friends. So when you miss home, try hanging out with some close friends, anyone who'll put a smile on your face. If you've yet to make a friend, there's no shortage of approachable kids at Hogwarts who are willing to be just that. Finding it hard to approach one of them? Just hang around the Entrance Hall looking lonely; they'll find you.

3. Write a letter home

This tends to be the go-to solution for a problem like this. If you're homesick for somewhere or someone, write a letter to whoever you need to hear from. It takes a while to adjust to the whole letter-writing thing when you first get back here, but after a while, writing those letters becomes almost as satisfying as talking face-to-face. It just takes time. Plus, those at home will probably love to hear about your adventures. And writing a letter home usually means getting a letter in return, which is great for assuaging those homesick feels.

2. Request a care package

Okay, so I know this might sound like I'm suggesting you write home and demand gifts, butÖ okay, wellÖ maybe that's exactly what I'm suggesting. Seriously though, anything helps, even just a box of homebaked cookies; the Hogwarts House Elves make real good food, but there's nothing quite like home cooking. Demand letters, photos, maybe drawings from siblings, and hopefully they will deliver. Care packages = instant mood boosts.

1. Decorate your dormitory

I'm willing to bet that some of you expected spot number one to be taken by the suggestion 'VISIT HOME!', but no. Mainly because I'm pretty sure Headmistress Truebridge wouldn't approve of that. Actually, my advice is to decorate your section of your dormitory with whatever you can to make it feel like home. Really turn it into your space. I, for example, have put up Quidditch posters, photos of my family and pets, and as many pictures of cows as I can find. It makes such a huge difference, trust me.
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In Response to the Aparecium...
by 'The Quill' Team


...What are we going to do with you?

You really think that you're news, don't you? To clarify, you're hardly the bastion of cut-throat journalism that you want Hogwarts to believe your publication to be. Our readership is just as impressive as yours, if not more so, and we manage it without turning student against student or spreading libel and outright lies...for the sake of 'seeing what happens'.

...And yes, we do have style and substance to spare, and no, we don't need to invent ridiculous rumours to maintain that. Maybe we should loan your lot a writer or two...Certainly, Aparecium is in dire need of an editor if it can't even correctly spell the names of the people it attempts to defame.

Jabs aside, we are glad you're in the 'game', as you call it. You're welcome to the rumour mill, as it doesn't interest us. Do keep writing and feel free to have your articles appear somewhere within our pages. We're confident enough in our own body of work to share the limelight.

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How to do it RIGHT for the most FRIGHTFUL night of the year!

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Why not try getting UGLY this Halloween?! I know you think that sounds crazy but hear me out, if you can still look cute while purposely dressing like a foul fiend or gruesome ghoul then that means you've got the advantage in the battle for love. This is something to keep in mind for everyone that intends to dress up, and besides, you can definitely test your significant other to see if they're just with you for your looks or if they really like you beneath all the fake blood and costume makeup.

Of course, not everyone likes to go all out. Even if you're not big on participating in the fun of dressing up as something traditionally Halloween-y, why not borrow the school robes of a friend from a different house? You might just find a new colour will bring out your eyes. You could even dress as Puck Greyvson- just ask Cutty Mordaunt, a little bit of polyjuice potion and your Puck costume will be indistinguishable from the real thing.

Even if you aren't inclined to go so far as to use polyjuice, there is a lot of fun to be had in dressing up and becoming someone else for a night. Even if you don't want to wear a costume you could go for a different look, change your hair, play with makeup, change your style. Halloween is an excuse to be brave after all, and sometimes the scariest thing is to step outside of your comfort zone.

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Are you interested in what's in store for you this month? The sky has the answers! Hidden away inside those twinkling constellations is the key to unlocking your future: Whenever you feel like you are unsure of what lies ahead, the heavenly bodies will provide you with the information that you need. So here it is...the ultimate low down on how the planets are going to influence you for the next lunar cycle. Just find your star sign and away you go!

Aries
Howís that new relationship looking, Aries? The planets say to keep at it, even if something is niggling at you. The best way to get through it is to talk it out, and it could lead to some wonderful love. Oh, and wear floral patterns if you can, itíll help matters wonderfully.

Taurus
I know what youíre thinking, Taurus, and yes, it is a bad idea. As much fun as cheekiness is, the Professors arenít going to like it. So try to reel in your stubbornness this month or it could land you in detention for a long time, and then youíd miss out on the blossoming friendship that is coming your way.

Gemini
Tut, tut, Gemini. I can see youíve been up to no good. But never mind, the planets show that your misbehaviours will be forgiven soon and youíll be able to wiggle your way back into your friendsí good books. Just tread carefully for a few weeks, or you might end up hexed.

Cancer
Amazing news! That thing youíve been working on? Youíre about to have a wonderful breakthrough. All you have to do is take a step back and examine it from a different angle, maybe ask an acquaintance to provide a fresh pair of eyes, and add a little colour to your wardrobe, itíll help the ideas flow.

Leo
Itís been a tough few weeks, hasnít it Leo? But things are going to start looking up for you really soon! Venus is in your favour, so those little arguments youíve been having will soon melt away, and youíll rediscover your passion for the things you love. Chin up, itís getting better!

Virgo
Listen, Virgo, we need to have a chat about these lies. They may seem tiny right now, but if you carry on this way then very soon people are going to stop trusting you. On the upside, if you starting owning up now, then youíll earn some solid trust from some wonderful places. Red is a good colour for you right now.

Libra
Something is bothering you, and thatís okay, but you need to talk to somebody about it, or itís only going to eat you up. Donít worry, a close friend will provide the support you need and a shoulder to cry on, and soon enough it wonít seem as terrible as you think. Your lucky number is 18.

Scorpio
A close friend needs your help right now, Scorpio. It may not seem like it, but they are struggling with something, and itís bringing them down in a big way. You donít have to save the world for them, but a few hugs might help, and theyíll be very grateful. The number 4 may provide an obstacle this month.

Sagittarius
I can see youíre loved up with something, Sagittarius. Whether itís a new book, a project or a person, you need to remember to make time for those close to you. You donít need to make any grand gestures, just try not to neglect your friends, or you might find them drifting away.

Capricorn
Calm those horns, Capricorn! As a self-conscious sign, you can be too worried about what people think of you, but their reactions arenít a reason to get angry. Focus on your own self-esteem this month, itíll make it easier to deal with the people who really get your goat.

Aquarius
Wow, Aquarius! Look at all the things youíve achieved recently! It may feel like people havenít appreciated the little victories that are making you happy, but rest assured, something wonderful is coming your way. Keep an eye out for the letter O, itís a great one for you!

Pisces
Now then Pisces, you may think thereís something fishy going on, and I understand that it can be easy to think people are talking about you, but the planets say you need to relax a little this month. If you take it easy for a few days, youíll find the gossip easier to ignore. Avoid lilies this month, they hold something unpleasant for you.
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OOOOooooOOOOooo! It's that time of year, kiddies...where all must beware the things that go bump in the night! Or...if you're at Hogwarts, like we are, that could be any night, but the fact remains that Halloween is a very special time. To many, it's about dressing up and partaking in the consumption of sweets, but there are a few that enjoy a deeper, more inspired meaning.

Or simply stronger magic. On this cross-quarter day (also known as Samhain), it is believed that the constellations can add to your magical prowess. All that is required is that you carve them into pumpkins by way of vegetable sacrifice. So, have you prepared your pumpkins for the carving of constellations this season? Do you hope to feel that extra boost of energy as you perform your charms and enchantments tonight?

Will simple 'scary faces' and monsters ever be featured on a carved pumpkin again?

In honor of all those lovable, dangerous creatures, far and wide (who may no longer grace our pumpkins), we present CREATURE FEATURES for your GRISLY pleasure.



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Crystal Ball Care!

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Finding a fog in your future that canít be unfogged, even with Cassandra Vablatskyís help? Well, maybe your problem isnít your technique. Maybe your crystal ball just needs a little care. As a vehicle for your psychic energy, your crystal ball absorbs all kinds of other energies that may interfere with your readings if you donít take proper care of it. So, here is a brief explanation of the best ways to look after your crystal ball; to keep it as clear and as efficient as possible.

First off: Cleaning!
Sometimes, the simplest thing you can do for your Crystal Ball is cleanse it carefully. This will rid it of any unwanted energies that could interrupt your readings, so itís important to do occasionally. Firstly, you should leave your ball to soak in sea salt water for 1-2 full days; you can also add herbs or oils to the water, but thatís a personal choice. Choose whichever additions you feel will help you in your own readings, as each herb and oil has its own magical properties. After this time, dry the ball carefully - and pour the salt water and any herbs you use back to the earth - and place the ball outside somewhere safe for another 1-2 days. This will help the crystal to recharge and allow your energies to flow through it more easily. When this is done, bring the ball back inside and rinse and dry it carefully.

Next, Storage!
Storing your Crystal ball is just as important as keeping it clean. If it isnít covered it can collect dust easily, or pick up on energies that are floating around in the place itís stored. When not in use, itís sensible to keep your crystal ball wrapped in a dark cloth - silk is protective and insulating for all of the energy, but any fabric is good. Also, remember to keep the ball in a quiet place. It absorbs energies, remember, and it might confuse all your readings if kept somewhere exposed to too many different vibes.

Finally, Communication!
You have to communicate with your crystal ball regularly, it will absorb your personal energy. The more you use it - the more easily it will cooperate with you. Your inner eye will grow accustomed to the feel of your specific crystal, and will grow stronger with regular use. Some people prefer that their crystal remains personal, and donít appreciate other people handling or using them; the different energies can confuse each other. This is a personal choice, however, so if you donít mind sharing...that is perfectly fine.

Those are the main three things to remember about keeping your crystal ball clean and healthy.

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"Expecto Patronum."

Those two words together have great power, as we all recently learned in Defense Against the Dark Arts class. They have the power to not only conjure a corporeal patronus that can ward off the ever fearful Dementors and Lethifolds alike, but they also seemingly have the power to break hearts and crush students' hopes and dreams. In his first couple months as a professor, Professor Dakest introduced the Patronus Charm to his students of all ages and skill level, but was the Hogwarts student population really ready for such a lesson?

During the first week of the term, Professor Dakest encouraged The Quill to cover the Patronus Charm as an article topic. He thought it would be insightful to discuss the charm in depth and be a strong voice of encouragement for discouraged students who sought to successfully cast this charm, and now we know why.

The Patronus Charm is one of the most beautiful, impressive spells a witch or wizard could ever cast. Its magic is far beyond that of what is expected of Hogwarts students, and mastering it is a true feat. No student at this school should feel inferior if they were unable to conjure even the slightest silver mist during the lesson. As discussed in class, there are countless brilliant witches and wizards who have gone on to accomplish great things, but have never been able to perform this charm. It's not a valid gauge of one's abilities nor how skilled one is with magic. More than that, this charm requires us to dig deep into our minds, hearts, and souls to find clarity, self-confidence, and the purest form of joy one can grasp - none of which come easy by any means.

The obstacle of clarity of the mind is difficult in itself, as one must forget all worries and focus with intensity upon a strong, uplifting memory and let that memory fill up one's entire being, down to the very core. Self-confidence in itself can be a hard trait to come by as it is not uncommon for the general teenage population to struggle with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. One must truly believe they can perform the charm before they'll produce results. And harnessing the joy from one's happiest memory and letting it fill one's entire being is no simple task. Some may not even have a memory from their past that is happy enough and powerful enough to use for a magic this advanced, and The Quill is here to tell you: it is not your fault.

Are you hearing us? Let us reiterate: it is not your fault.

Whether it's a painful past or a compromised mental state that may prevent you from successfully producing a corporeal patronus, it's not your fault, and those things don't have to define who you are nor your self-worth. If you were one of the majority in class who had troubles with a patronus, take comfort in knowing you're not alone, that it's normal to struggle with this magic, and things are going to be okay. The people who were successful in this charm aren't necessarily any better than you - though kudos to every student who was successful in producing results for such advanced magic - or more skilled than you, but it simply means their conditions for producing one were better, whether it be a clearer mind, a less troublesome past, or the fortune of having built up confidence over time.

We're all different people with different backgrounds, misfortunes, and hardships. Rather than compare our progress to one another, we need to work together as a student body to build each other up and help those in need of extra support. This is why I, Sophie Brown, would like to invite anyone who would like extra practice with the Patronus Charm to meet in the Practice Room this Sunday after lunchtime. We can work on clearing the mind, digging deep to find those happy memories - or we can work toward creating new, positive memories to use moving forward - and building confidence. For those who have had success and would like to take part in honing your skills or assisting and supporting others, your presence is also quite welcome.

Come on out and join us for an unofficial practice session of camaraderie and fun. We hope to see you there!
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The Power of Definition
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In our modern society, there are so many things that people arbitrarily toss out into the world- the information overload vortex. It is so easy to throw out an opinion, a thought, a feeling into the void without recognising that real people with real thoughts will consume that content. This lack of regard for the consumer is an issue in all facets of modern life now.

From gossip to slander, to offhanded comments people think are so insignificant no one will care, everything is consumed today to a certain extent. And so, it is important to be aware and conscientious of every single thing you, a modern person, says. Which leads to the point of this article: definitions. Do not throw out words willy nilly. Truly, truly, truly know and understand every word that you use and why you use it. Do not start defining people, places, and things with words you feel are cool to say or even sound intelligent rolling off your tongue. I guarantee if you're using a word for 'impressive value' you will accomplish the opposite. People who know what that word actually means will know that you don't.

The same goes for slang against your fellow students. Words like gold-digger, stupid, ugly...these are all subjective words. To colour your peers with subjective words is moronic and, yes, I am using that specific word purposefully because I know what it means. It is foolish and weak-minded to judge your peers on subjective things. Objectively, someone can be less intelligent than you and, objectively, someone can be many, many things. But when you colour your interpretation of someone to the point where it becomes judgemental, that is when you are the wrong party.

I do not live in a world where I believe everyone can get along (or even in a world where I am naive enough to think that everyone will like every person they meet), but stop making the world so black and white. The Socratic paradox states that "I know one thing: that I know nothing". Perhaps everyone should take that to heart. You cannot possibly know everything or everyone or why people are the way you are when you pass arbitrary judgement. Only define people by what you know of them or, better yet, do not define them at all. It is your right as a human being as Socrates said to know thyself . That is all. That is all you can know with certainty.

Name-calling hurts. Be careful. Make sure you know the definition of every word that you use and what it infers about the person you are using it against. We are modern people. Perhaps, we should start acting like them.
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Ingredients, Cauldrons, and Cauldron Care

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When one reflects on potions-making, in the general sense, the first things that come to mind are cauldrons, ingredients, cause and effect, and the dungeons. But that barely scratches the surface of what the subject IS...or what's most important to understand about Potions if you're showing an interest in brewing. You have to respect the rules...and yes, there are rules. They're in place to protect you and everyone else in the vicinity when you're practicing potions-making. Our current Potions master, Professor Culloden, recently reviewed this topic in a special class, but I'm going to outline the first (and most crucial) three. This isn't to say that they aren't ALL important (because that would be a lie), but as with all things, some just ARE.

1. Know your ingredients.

First and foremost, you HAVE to know what you're working with; inside and out, forward, backwards, sideways...and this isn't limited to simply knowing what ingredients go into a potion. In broader terms, it's necessary to understand: where it comes from, what it brings to the brew individually, how it interacts with the other materials being used, and its potency. Also, and this goes without saying, quality and quantity. A little research can go a long way, as to why a certain amount is needed, or if it's required to be FRESH. "Doing your homework", as the muggles say, will ensure success!

This information is also helpful in discerning what type of cauldron you need to be using during the process, what utensils are safe (whether it be wooden, metal, glass, or crystal), and what vials it needs to be stored in.

2. Always clean and inspect your equipment before and after each use.

Over the years, cleaning techniques involving potions and their preparation have been idly standard, with most relying on sound Scouring charms to get their cauldrons ready for brewing. What's important to remember is that Scourgify doesn't clear away all substances. Some take a more aggressive approach, with other abrasive materials being implemented. And after the brewing process is complete, the popular practice is to clear away the rest (after bottling what is needed) and repeat said Scouring charm. Depending on the grade of metal and the condition of its curing, this is either sufficient or dangerously neglectful.

In 2069, former Potions master Valon Kazimeriz lectured on using Scarpin's Revelaspell to reveal if anything was left in ones cauldron (including grime and odors). I've tested it and it works, if anyone was curious. As for stuck-on crud and other hard-to-remove residue, clabbert elbow grease and rottenstone have been noted as effective; with rottenstone being exceedingly abrasive, I'd use it in moderation.

Once your equipment is properly clean, then you can check for defects, rust spots, cracks, etc. Most can be mended, others are most likely ruined and need to be replaced.

3. Always cure your cauldron after each use.

By definition, curing (in the muggle sense) is a chemical process that is used on various materials to cause a physical or molecular change. Temperature, humidity, and pressure can be a factor in this overall process. However, in regards to cauldrons, it's more simplistic than that suggests. To cure a cauldron essentially means to prevent rusting, cracking, and/or general deterioration (from usage) over time. If it's done after every use, your cauldron will stay in much better shape and you won't have to replace it nearly as much. The proper heat and type of curing agent used, like all things, is contingent upon what cauldron you have.

For example, both stone and pewter cauldrons would only need a standard heating and curing; while you'd want to heat and cure copper cauldrons several times over before usage, due to the toxicity of copper alloys. And because brass is such a soft metal, you wouldn't put it to high heat; curing would be necessary, though, as it's a byproduct of copper and zinc. Silver and gold aren't metals I've worked with before, but in theory, silver is more ritualistic in nature: as a metal and as an ingredient. As for curing, I'd imagine it'd need a standard treatment; as with pewter and stone. And about gold cauldrons...I have attitude about them, but this is a personal choice. Save for the fact that it is resistance to corrosion and most other chemical reactions, I think any standard cauldron would be better suited. Unless there's a potion that specifically requires it.

As for curing agents (paste, liquid, etc), there are a few manufacturers in the magical world and it's sold cheap enough...but you can also make your own. The only thing to keep in mind is that some metals react differently to certain things, as I mentioned before. Take a moment to consider whatever cauldron you have. You wouldn't want to use something that could cause a negative reaction (or melt your cauldron).
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In times of trouble and distress, the public often looked to their king and queen. The royal pair offered their subjects advice, peace of mind and sometimes entertainment in the day-to-day monotony of life. And so (keeping the age old tradition alive), another royal pair has risen from the ashes to help fulfill the same roles. The Philosopher King and the Scarlet Queen are here to help the students of Hogwarts by dishing out advice in all manner of things. Sure they may not be the advice team that Hogwarts NEEDS, but they are the ones that Hogwarts got.

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A boy broke my heart, and I'm not sure how to get over it. It's been a few months, and I know he doesn't care. What should I do? Don't tell me to move on--trust me, I have.

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You said not to tell you to move on...but, like, yo, isn't that what you are supposed to do? Personally, I think you should take a moment and consider a few things. Firstly, why do you think this all matters SO MUCH that you've wasted months on this? Secondly, come to the conclusion that a tiny romance in the grand scheme of the world means nothing. It's a lie. The most beautiful lie we have (save our own existence) is that love actually matters. It doesn't.

So...get over it?

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You're obvy lying, hun.

If you were over it, you wouldn't be writing to us to ask how to get over it. There is a solution, though! Stop worrying about that dumb boy and find a better one; they're everywhere. Also next time, don't give any boy the power to break you. Nobody should have that sort of power over you! Work on building yourself up instead, and if you aren't sure if you can, then fake it until you make it.

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Girlfriend as in a friend who is a girl or girlfriend as in you are involved in a romantic relationship with her? BECAUSE THAT CHANGES ALL THE THINGS, YO. Definition is such an important thing that people just have a tendency to ignore when they ask questions. Words are powerful but only as powerful as the intention behind them.

So...can't answer your question until you answer mine. I hope that helped.

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Oh my Merlin, that is SO tragic. First of all, I would totally need more information here, but the short answer is DON'T. Does her bestie even know that this is a thing? Because if she doesn't, your girlfriend is totes not doing her any favours. I mean, who wants to have someone fake-like you? If anything, and if the bestie does like that boy and you do feel inclined to help, why not do it the old fashioned way and just have a casual chat to him; put it casually out there and see if he might like her back? Or like, get a better girlfriend for yourSELF, that would work too.

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As Einstein (Albert if you are not sure to which Einstein I am referring) once said "we cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them". You're worrying about the wrong problem here, see. The bigger problem is that you, anonymous or not, just told us that a friend of yours has an unsanctioned knarl at school...in a professor reviewed paper. Which means that now the faculty are going to know and be on the lookout for said knarl. The real problem you should have been considering was approaching this from another angle to secure the answer to your question.

This was not so smart.

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Okay, but like, it isn't really your problem, right? Soooo, why not just enjoy the knarl's cuteness and say nothing? When your friend gets caught, if they are really your friend then they won't drag you down with them; just like how if you are really THEIR friend you won't tattle in the first place. Just be sure to dress appropriately when handling the little cutie because knarl quills can catch on fabric and ruin a perfectly good outfit.

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