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Will Lestrange

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  1. There's a difference between changing sides and changing who you are. A major political figure of the past century, well-known for his persuasive way of speaking (he was an actor before he was a politician) switched alignments because, in his words, "I didn't leave the <party name deliberately obscured here> party. The party left me." In other words, his positions and beliefs never changed; instead, the way society labeled those things were what changed. And so it is with 'hero' or 'villain' with me: while I know what I stand for and what I believe, society's own labels can and do change over time. And if they switch so that my values are now 'heroic' or 'villainous', then that will make me a 'hero' or 'villain', respectively!
  2. Ballycastle Bats vs Appleby Arrows Wimbourne Wasps vs Chudley Cannons Falmouth Falcons vs Wigtown Wanderers Tutshill Tornados vs Holyhead Harpies Puddlemere United vs Kenmare Kestrels Pride of Portree vs Montrose Magpies
  3. I get the feeling that any weapon that has changed hands from person to person isn't going to be the right weapon for me. Just as wands choose wizards, I feel that the ideal weapon that I would use would be one that was specifically crafted for me. That way, I know it would respect me and not betray me in the heat of a battle. Moreover, it could play to my strengths and not those of anyone else. If I did want to take someone else's weapon it would only be to make sure they couldn't use it - not because it could have any utility for me!
  4. Future evil overlord in search of a proper second-in-command to help in my quest for evil domination! This person needs to be: -willing to be 100% loyal to me as opposed to being easily persuaded to the other side -be able to think for themselves so that they can let me know when I'm about to make a mistake -in possession of at least one special talent that complements my own skill set -willing to always "be prepared" for whatever the situation calls for... to the point of protecting me from my own slips -knowledgeable enough in the local economy to know which promises will be impossible to carry out (to make sure I don't promise things I can't deliver) Anyone who meets these criteria: you can find me hiding out in the Elephant Graveyard; ask for either "Taka" or "Scar"!
  5. FINAL STANDINGS FOR MAY 2019 1st place: Cody Lewis - 49900 points (Gold Joystick) 2nd place: Will Lestrange - 31760 points (Silver Joystick) 3rd place: Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis - 26250 points (Bronze Joystick) ACCURACY WINNER: Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis - 58.3% But you still have a chance to compete against these scores at the Living High Score Board!
  6. Unforgivable Curses student - Kendra Givens Posted in an Elimination Game - Cody Lewis Drinks Coffee - Prof. Tarma Amelia Black Team Batman - Vanessa Tilley Won a Slytherin award - Arianna Stonewater (Villains; 2nd column) 5 emerald shards to Villains (BINGO #1)
  7. Even though there are a few days left in May's challenge, I have decided to post the final Arcade Club challenge of the academic year a few days early! A few months ago, our Head of House, Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, wondered how long it would take for us to get to a form of one of her favourite games, Tetris, while maintaining alphabetical order. It turns out we can finish the year by playing a round of Game Boy Tetris! Tetris was invented in 1984 by a Russian computer game designer named Alexey Pajitnov as a computer game. In this game, you are confronted with "tetrominoes" (which are shapes that consist of four squares attached together in some way). At any point in time, exactly one tetromino is falling; you can move it to the left or to the right as well as rotate it so that it can better fit into its destination location. Your goal is to position the tetrominoes so that every single square in a horizontal line is occupied; doing so will remove that line from the board and, depending on the version, give you some bonus points. You can "fill" or "clear" multiple lines at once; if you have the right tetromino (the one with the four squares forming a straight line) in the right place at the right time, you can fill four lines at once for a "Tetris"! Over the years, the Muggles have come up with zillions of different variants of that game; my personal favourite was the one found in an arcade console. But possibly the most played version was the one that came with a Muggle gaming console known as the "Game Boy", which was released in 1989 - and this is the version that you will be playing for the challenge! In the standard "A-Type" version, you go up one level each time you fill 10 lines in total. Higher levels mean the pieces fall faster, but they also mean more points when you clear lines (and yes, you get bonuses for clearing multiple lines at once)! For this month's challenge, you want to go to THIS LINK to play Tetris. Choose "1 player" and then "A-Type" for your game mode (the music is up to you); feel free to start at any level. Screencap your best performance (and post it in this thread) by June 30 at 11:59 PM HOL! -Participation at all will earn you 5 scales. -If you score 1000 points or higher - or beat Level 1, your screencap will earn you 10 scales instead of 5. -The top three scores of the month will get extra scales (25, 20, and 15 respectively for the month instead of 5 or 10) as well as special awards! -For additional bonus scales: if you can reach the "Game Over" screen with a score of exactly 1 point, post that as an additional screencap (in addition to your 'top score' screencap) for an additional 5 scales! NOTE: You can choose "1 player" and "A-Type" by pressing the ENTER key twice; even though the options look like things you can click, you actually need to make your choices with the keyboard! PS: Feel free to edit your post throughout the month as you improve your score!
  8. June 1-2 (except for after 1 AM on the 3rd HOL time) will NOT work for me at all. After that, though... -Mondays and Wednesdays starting between 3 and 6 AM HOL the next day -Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridaiys starting between 12 and 6 AM HOL the next day -Weekend days starting between 5 PM and 6 AM HOL the next day [June 8 has a Quidditch match to work around, June 9 I'd be unavailable before ~11 PM HOL, and June 11 would be generally bad due to other plans]
  9. It is not a conventional hero versus villain battle, but I am captivated by the battles between Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. Wile E. Coyote has a goal - to eat roadrunner - and plans to capture a specific roadrunner, but the roadrunner in question seems to always escape by consistent dumb luck, taunting Wile E. Coyote with his 'meep meep/beep beep' sounds. And so it continues, up to and including the one time Wile E. Coyote even caught the Roadrunner but was too small to do anything with his prize! Ultimately, I think of Wile E. Coyote as representing failed Slytherin ambition (and his name sounds a lot like my own!) Interestingly enough, though, Chuck Jones (who came up with Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner) believes that the audience's sympathies are meant to be with Wile E. Coyote - which ironically makes him the hero even though he is trying to eat the other character that shares screen time with him!
  10. As tempted as I am to say that he's a hero cursed by fate... Taka ("Scar") and I are going to be fighting for the villains!
  11. While it's easy to say something like "Dumbledore has a fatal flaw in which he believes he alone knows what's best for the Wizarding World; as such, he feels that he needs those around him to make the decisions he wants them to make - even if they are not the decisions that they would make for themselves" to explain why Dumbledore seems to withhold so much information for so many people from so long, I don't think that this really answers the question. That said, I do think that Dumbledore definitely manipulated situations so that Harry would almost blindly follow everything Dumbledore wanted... and that this was not really the right thing to change - but that does not necessarily mean Dumbledore needed to tell Harry everything at a ridiculously young age (like one year old)! Even in 1981, it is worth noting that Harry wasn't the only person Dumbledore insisted on keeping in the dark: if you look at the first chapters of series, one of the first things you would see is Professor McGonagall performing reconnaissance on Privet Drive for the sake of Harry Potter... and Dumbledore essentially telling her to mind her own business (and that it is 'for the best' for Harry to spend ten years in a miserable environment... without telling her why). At the very least, Dumbledore should have informed McGonagall about the prophecy as soon as possible (and, in any event, no later than Harry's arrival at Hogwarts). This would enable her, as Harry's future Head of House to be able to better look out for him [after all, she cares about Harry as a person; not just a pawn to some larger goal]. And definitely by the first time that it was apparent that Harry was under real threat from Voldemort, Harry should have been given more advice on exactly why he was in danger! Keeping Harry shielded from useful information did not protect him from pursuit by Voldemort - and, if anything, it made his life more stressful - not less - as being in danger without knowing why is more stressful than understanding the reasons for your peril! Granted, I also think that Dumbledore should have done SOMETHING to lessen the pain of those first ten years at the Dursleys (there are many ways he could have pressured the Dursleys to loosen up a bit, for example - or to let them 'allow' him to visit Arabella Figg or someone else from the Wizarding World without making Figg believe she needed to make Harry's visits there miserable so that the Dursleys would 'allow' such visits) so that Harry would NOT view Dumbledore as his sole 'friendly contact' in terms of authority figures - but then again, that would make him less pliable to Dumbledore's wishes - and Dumbledore wouldn't want that... would he?
  12. FINAL STANDINGS FOR APRIL 2019 1st place: Will Lestrange - 22866 points (Gold Joystick) 2nd place: Iverian Gnash - 9407 points (Silver Joystick) 3rd place: Elena Galatas - 6910 points (Bronze Joystick) But you still have a chance to compete against these scores at the Living High Score Board!
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