Polaris Black

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  1. The Yule Ball - Task 1

    We took a series of ballroom dance lessons with the grandson of my tap teacher. You follow a very strict curriculum and ultimately, they want you to represent the school in dance competitions. In the end, I found I am not skilled enough to dance with anyone other than the person I learned with! That being said, my favorites were the Latin dances - although it's quite different learning in a studio and negotiating a crowded dance floor. I would love to learn the Argentine tango and maybe the paso doble just for the sheer challenge.
  2. The Yule Ball - Task 2

    I listened to the audio books so pronunciation was never a problem. However, seeing a word in print for the first time was sometimes a big surprise, e.g., Kreacher, Knockturn Alley
  3. The Hungarian Horntail - Task 1

    Hermione could have whipped up a rather large batch of plump chocolate cakes laced with Sleeping Draught, like she did in her second year.
  4. Beauxbatons and Durmstrang - Task 1

    Lee Jordan led a cheer for the Slytherin Quidditch Team!
  5. Task 5: Outfit

  6. The Unforgivable Curses - Task 1

    It depends - the spell, the caster, and the target all play a part. On the one hand, the intensity of the Cruciatus Curse varies with the character and experience of the caster. Merely uttering the incantation is not enough to successfully perform the curse. As Bellatrix advised Harry, "You need to mean them, Potter! You need to really want to cause pain — to enjoy it — righteous anger won’t hurt me for long — I’ll show you how it is done, shall I?" On the other hand, Faux-Moody said, “The Imperius curse can be fought, and I’ll be teaching you how, but it takes real strength of character, and not everyone’s got it. Better avoid being hit with it…” Harry ultimately learned to resist this curse by exercising his strength of will. Although the Killing Curse cannot be blocked by magic, it can be blocked by a physical barrier or merely by a dodge. Harry of course, was protected by his mother’s sacrifice. "Consent" comes in many flavors, most of which are out of the target's control.
  7. The Unforgivable Curses - Task 2

    H.E.A.L. Help Elves Achieve Liberation Seriously, S.P.E.W. or H.E.A.L.? Which badge would you rather wear?
  8. Mad-Eye Moody - Task 1

    This was really hard to figure out but like Scarlet, I am Mercury-dominant. Most Mercurians are extroverted - I definitively am not!
  9. The Triwizard Tournament - Task 1

    This is Orla Quirke, Ravenclaw!
  10. Mad-Eye Moody - Task 2

    I think faux-Moody might transfigure a Slytherin underachiever like Marcus Flint to "motivate" him to successfully complete his NEWTs. Perhaps by turning him into a spider and later demonstrating the Imperious Curse?
  11. Mayhem at the Ministry - Task 1

  12. Mayhem at the Ministry - Task 2

    Muggle Studies might host a practice event as part of the curriculum or Professor Slughorm might plan a formal party for the Slug Club.
  13. Bagman and Crouch - Task 1

    I couldn't say no to a dancing shamrock hat - but most of the shamrocks are on break now!
  14. The Quidditch World Cup - Task 1

    The wallcreeper is a primarily blue-grey bird with extraordinary crimson wings, which echoes the red in the Bulgarian flag..
  15. Door 1: Slytherin's Stash

    A book: This is the 20th Anniversary Slytherin House Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. A weapon: This is Lucius Malfoy with his walking stick. It concealed his wand and was used as a weapon by him during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. It has been conjectured that the cane could be enchanted with a Shield Charm, which would be used defensively in a duel, in conjunction with the wand that was used for offense. An item with a snake: This is the door to the Chamber of Secrets as seen in the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. It was built by Salazar Slytherin and enchanted to open when commanded in Parseltongue. An item with an emerald: This is the Slytherin House Hourglass, which is located in the Hogwarts Entrance Hall and used to record the number of house points that have been awarded or deducted with emeralds. An item with a water element: This is Professor Slughorn’s Hourglass, which is a clock made of two connected glass vessels through which sand and a green fluid flows. It is used to measure how interesting a conversation is.