Will Lestrange

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  1. The Madness of Mr. Crouch - Task 2

    proved yourself to be my seeking idol!
  2. Slytherin Study Hall

    Just as last time I’ll be on vacation but will do what I can to at least make an appearance at both! SO MANY returning veteran snakes around... I’m hoping to see them on the 24th or 25th!
  3. The Genie Game

    Granted, but instead the human body expires and passes away when it would have otherwise needed sleep. I wish that I got to live within walking distance of a beach again!
  4. Today I Played...

    Haven’t played anything good lately, but Amy’s story about Clank victory sounds AWESOME!!!!!
  5. My Cookie

    I pose an interesting mathematical problem to you, just barely too complicated to be solved in your head. As you reach for your quill to work out the answer, you let go of the cookie... which falls into my outstretched hand. Now it’s my cookie!
  6. The Egg and the Eye - Task 2

    [OUT OF CHARACTER] When I was younger, I was better at math than everyone around me. At one point, I was nationally ranked at #5 in the country for all high school students according to a major national competition... and I was only a freshman at the time! Naturally, it made sense that someone who's that good at math should be a professional mathematician. But, in college, things began to change. This was the time when I realized I wasn't going to coast through life on brains alone and that I needed to supplement them with cunning, strategy, and well-planned ambition; in other words, I usually count 2003 as the year I shifted from identifying with and valuing "Ravenclaw traits" as keys to success to identifying with "Slytherin traits" as the key to success. Nevertheless, I still was the best in my year in my specialty amongst those around me... and seeing others around me drop out of the profession as I stayed in? Only a sign that I was going to be one of the 'winners' in the competition for being a successful mathematician! After all, sixty people got hired in my country as top tenure track mathematicians each year, and even if I was "only" #10... there wasn't enough room for me! As it turned out, though, the way mathematicians are rated when they are younger (based on mental agility, speed of thought processes, and test taking skills) was one in which I did particularly well... especially compared to the way mathematicians are rated professionally (long, tortuous research papers that make literal marathons look like sprints by comparsion). As such, it soon became apparent that I would not be one of the top sixty mathematicians in my year after all... and therefore that there wasn't really a career for me as an academic mathematician. By the time this became obvious, I was into a PhD program and, with the Great Recession underway? It still made perfect sense to pursue and complete my PhD as I was making some money and had health insurance! But now it was time to work on my backup plans: remembering all the people at my undergrad who found great jobs from an econ major? I took econ classes, from introductory Econ 1 all the way to grad level, to try and copy the same results (economics is a 50/50 mix of mathematics and being a Slytherin; until you get to grad level, where it's a particular form of applied math, you couldn't imagine a subject better suited to me)... and based on advice from other friends, did some actuarial exams as well [a profession that's now hard to get into once you already have your BA]... and... eventually learned the true keys to success for a mathematical mind: statistics [econometrics was my last degree; if you were in HOL during my first year, you probably heard me flailing about my "Muggle coursework" in that class in London] and computer programming [appropriately, my favorite language is Python]! And sure enough, after my last degree, I finally got the offer I had been waiting several years for... And those skills I mentioned earlier: mental agility, speed of thought processes and test taking skills? Why do you think I fell so completely in love with Quidditch here (and NOT JUST the logic part)?
  7. The Egg and the Eye - Task 1

    The obvious answer? 99 The other obvious answer? "I'm sure you already know because I've been using the bathroom religiously for the past 2 1/2 years" Instead, I'm going to say that I have a few go-to 'perfect' settings depending on my moods... but most of them only use three or four of the taps at a time! And yes, I go swimming in it regularly as well... the warm water is much more comfortable for that than most pools are!
  8. Scavenger Hunt Info

    welcome back down here, elena!
  9. Top House Points 2017-18

    Did I win the February early-grading lottery? To everyone on this list: way to go! Getting February points is HARD!
  10. Sweets Elimination Game

    Cauldron Cakes + Licorice Wands - Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans 7Chocolate Frogs 8Drooble's Best Blowing Bubble Gum 8Peppermint Toads 8Cauldron Cakes 10Licorice Wands 1Sherbet Lemon 7
  11. Rita Skeeter’s Scoop - Task 2

    I'd say often I'm my own best motivator (when I'm not my own worst enemy)... but plenty of Slytherin housemates (both here and elsewhere) have been very reliable for support when I needed it! That's one of the things that keeps me drawn to Slytherin: people in that house are more likely to 'get' who I really am.
  12. Rita Skeeter’s Scoop - Task 1

    I think... she could use a bit more fact-checking. A lot of what she said is true (e.g. Hagrid's mother is named Fridwulfa, and Draco did say that Crabbe got a bad bite off a Flobberworm)... but proper context would do wonders! If she quotes people, she could at least explain whether or not the people quoted are or are not likely to be true!
  13. Slytherin Study Hall

    Right after (or maybe 28 minutes after ;)) a Snitch match featuring one of our own Seekers! So Slytherins can go straight from the match to study hall... at the very least, I'll be in and out over much of the 2 hour window!
  14. I’ve come to the realization... that I definitely need more Slytherin snark in my life!

  15. The Wizard/Witch Below Me..

    I haven't even heard of it! TWBM is... not currently a member of Slytherin House.
  16. Double Letters

  17. Sweets Elimination Game

    Chocolate Frogs + Acid Pops - Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans 6Chocolate Frogs 8Acid Pops 1Drooble's Best Blowing Bubble Gum 5Peppermint Toads 7Cauldron Cakes 8 Licorice Wands 5Sherbet Lemon 9
  18. Last Letter, First Letter

  19. The Unexpected Task - Task 2

    Draco Malfoy knew who his date was going to be; he wasn't particularly excited about it but she was pretty enough and seemed to worship the ground she walked on. So one early December evening in the Common Room, Draco found his intended date sitting on the couch, looked down at her, and said "Parkinson: you're going to the Yule Ball with me... right?" Naturally, she said yes, despite not liking that particular style of invitation!
  20. The Unexpected Task - Task 1

    I heard a rumor that Albus Dumbledore will return from the realm of the dead to party at this Yule Ball! I don't think this is plausible at all, but maybe some Unspeakable knows more about the secrets of death than I do?
  21. It’s getting real... I’ve been approved to actually teach something here!

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      Ancient Civilizations:  I've assisted the class twice before so I 'should' know the ropes by now.

    3. Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
    4. Shadow Gaunt
  22. Sweets Elimination Game

    Chocolate Frogs + Drooble's Best Blowing Bubble Gum - Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans 5 Chocolate Frogs 7 Acid Pops 5 Drooble's Best Blowing Bubble Gum 3 Fizzing Whizbees 2 Peppermint Toads 8 Cauldron Cakes 8 Licorice Wands 5 Sherbet Lemon 6
  23. The Hungarian Horntail - Task 2

    I'd go the 'easy way out' with the dragon which seems less dangerous: the Common Welsh Green, whose fire is easiest to avoid. Also, there's no way I'd be confusing its brown and green eggs with the golden egg I wanted to take!
  24. The Hungarian Horntail - Task 1

    They wouldn't threaten dark magic or anything, but maybe... bribery works better. Putting signs in the common room advertising tasty desserts in the Great Hall would work wonders!
  25. Slytherin ABC

    Salazar Slytherin