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Lucia Dinapoli

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  1. “Perhaps he’s reminding me of the lack of reading I’ve done this year.” Lucia laughed at her friend, scratching her head, “I’m normally all up to date but with teaching this year and all of my outside HOL activities I’ve fallen behind where I’d like to be. There is just so much to do.” Lucia sighed deflated. “Perhaps I’m just overthinking it,” Lucia confided in her friend, “I just want to be great at everything.”
  2. In some places the icey mornings are just drawing in and for others they’re beginning to melt away…as we head into the second month of our new year, Winter Fling 2022 comes to a close. And what a wonderful time for celebration of culture and exploration this years Winter Fling has been! Well done to everyone for all your wonderful contributions to this years event. What a way to start off the year. Here are your total scales: Prof. Tarma Amelia Black - 160 Prof. Will Lestrange - 160 Louis Walles - 160 Harry Walles - 160 Cole Thronheart - 150 Emily Spencer - 100 Rory Devaney - 90 Maeve Madden - 60 Lucia Dinapoli - 40 Prof. Felicia Hartwick - 30 Aurelia West - 20 Mia Fountain - 20 Georgie Sithern - 20 Flora Darker - 20 Silvana Mandeville - 10 Remember if you see any irregularities please let us know so we can change them! Well done again everyone, thank you for taking part ~
  3. I come from a huge family and we certainly have lots of different recipes and comfort foods. When I was sick I’d always have jam butties (a raspberry jelly sandwich for those unfamiliar with the term) or having adding lots of pepper to a hot water and ox to sweat out a cold. My family are also Italian so homemade pasta and antipasti is very comforting to me. My number one comfort food that reminds me of home however is a dish called Scouse. It’s basically just a huge pot of stew, potatoes, carrots, meat (usually beef) and onions or other vegetables. We usually eat this hot with nice buttery bread. Some even eat it with side dishes like beetroot. It is associated with Liverpool docklands, and gives us our people their nickname “scousers”.
  4. The Legend of Zhang Min is a story told all around China’s Wizarding World community. The legend says that an ancient and powerful wizard, skilled in the crafts of Magizoology, tamed and befriended a dangerous beast by the name the locals gave him: Killer. He was a tremendous Chinese Fireball dragon, huge scaley, red and mean. He sat at the top of a mountain and tormented villagers with his firey breath! It wasn’t until he met Zhang Min, who spoke to him without fear, respected his wishes and wanted to understand him more than kill or defeat him did he cease his attacks on the villagers. It is said on the eve of the meeting and birth of their friendship, at the height of Ainter when the villagers are shivering and wrapping up warm, that Zhang Min rides Killer through the coldest of towns and cities, using his firey breath to light fires and keep the people warm!
  5. Thank you soooo much ~ I had such a wonderful time as always!!
  6. "Why hello there," Lucia smiled seeing her younger friend approaching, hands full of homework, "Prefect duties. I volunteered since I like it up here so much. You get much done?" Lucia gestured to Emilio's work, "I'm not great at Astronomy, but I find it really interesting. Really beautiful. I just wish all the information would stay in my brain rather than go in one ear and out the other." She chuckled. 5 scales awarded
  7. Solved by: Prof. Tarma Amelia Black Maeve Madden Prof. Will Lestrange Cole Thronheart Silvana Mandeville Louis Walles Harry Walles Mia Fountain Emily Spencer Georgie Sithern Rory Devaney
  8. The Black Lake lapped up against the rugged edges of the cliffs that surrounded the Castle. The Moon was bright and large, highlighting every ripple an shift. Lucia could have sworn she saw her own Mingus swooning over the waves, darting his claws fast in and out the water. 'Perhaps he was playing with Annabelle again?' Although this place was mostly occupied by Astronomy students, Lucia had volunteered to watch over everyone since it was so late in the night. Perfect duties call! She didn't mind all the much. The view more than made up for it. She took a big breath in of the gently moonlit wind, tracing her fingers thoughtfully along the giant metal rings of the telescopic lenses. 'I wonder what the stars are going to predict for me this year...' 5 scales awarded
  9. One of the highest points of the castle was the Astronomy Tower. The wind blew gently, curving around its open circular deck, the room littered with atlases, telescopes, maps, books and guides on the stars and planets. The Moon provided a cool blue lighting to the place, the golds of the equipment looking silver under its melancholy. What brings you up here so late? Do you have some star studies to catch up on? Are you looking for a place to star gaze? Perhaps you just like the quiet? Or perhaps theres something else.... Welcome to this months role play prompt. You, or your character, are venturing out on a Hogsmeade Trip. RP below to your heart content. There is no word limit, you may write as much or as little as you like, just as long as you stick to the rules. You will earn 5 scales for posting your roleplay below and an additional 5 scales for interacting with someone else. There is no due date, you may jump in and out whenever you wish! Remember: Only speak for your character, no one else's. Write in third person, past tense, full sentences, proper grammar etc. You are world building remember so no asterisk and the like. Keep everything G rated and follow the HOL rules. Go HERE to read the RPG Guidelines if you need to refresh yourself on the RP rules or if you are new to roleplaying.
  10. "Oh you're a person of great taste!" Lucia complimented as they reached the top, out of breathe and a little sweaty under all of her wooly clothes. "How poetic," Lucia smiled, Emelio's words ringing very true. The Shrieking Shack was one of those historical landmarks that consistently fascinated her, "I love it, in all of its rotting falling apart glory. I bet every busted floorboard in that place could tell a story. If dust could whisper I'm sure it would have a thousand words about what happened in there. I think theres some pictures of it when it was first built in Hogmeade Station. There's loads of cool old pictures in there..." Lucia leant against the wooden gate that stood between them and the Shack, her fluffy gloves catching on the worn planks. "I wish I was my cat, he's always going in there. I'd love to see it on the inside. It's a shame it's so unsafe, TerrorTours could probably make a fortune from running Tours through the place."
  11. Lucia's eyes lit up as she took in the familiar face of Emilio, Archimedes sneakily making his way to a cautious looking Murdoc. "Go on Doc, say hello," She whispered before turning her attention back to Emilio. "Mind if I join you?" Lucia asked as she settled her heavy pile of books into the seat next to Emilio, "I'm trying to get through the last of my exams so I have time to grade everyone's papers and submit my Howler Article. I seem to have left everything until the very last minute...oops. What are you up to?" 5 scales awarded
  12. "Oh yeah, I think I might have seen those cacti! They're great starter plants since succulents practically look after themselves," Lucia nodded as they made their way towards the Shrieking Shack viewpoint. Lucia silently hoped her boot grips didn't give out on her and send her slipping and sliding all the way back down the hill in front of company. "It's hard to pick an all time favourite there are so many. I guess Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls is probably my favourite. I like lots of different bands and artists though. Do you have a favourite?" Lucia asked, "You're right about the electronics too. I bet it was such a nightmare trying to listen to records if not many people had the right equipment. Imagine the chaos!"
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    It's time for Slytherin's annual Winter Fling! This year, we take on the task of exploring how different cultures across the world celebrate their Winter traditions!
  14. Welcome to the final task of Week 1… Þorrablót, or festival of Thorri (Þ in Icelandic makes a 'th' sound), is an Icelandic midwinter festival that arose in the second half of the 19th century. The Þorrablót is an evening with dinner where people hold speeches and recite poems, originally to honour the Norse god Thor. The event can be celebrated with an informal dinner with friends and family or a large event with stage performances and other acts. The food of Þorrablót is called þorramatur, and includes a wide array of preserved delicious food and some odd sounding dishes not popular with many other cultures. Icelandic favorites like hangikjöt (smoked lamb), harðfiskur (dried fish) and rúgbrauð (dark, sweet rye bread) share the spotlight with dishes that are more of an acquired taste: hákarl (fermented Greenland shark), svið (singed sheep’s head), hvalsrengi (whale blubber), and blóðmör (blood pudding). Because this traditional food was meant to be eaten through late winter, when temperatures were freezing, the food can be very tough. Feeling hungry? For this task, complete this Þorrablót themed wordsearch for 10 scales. Please send me your solutions via Dungeons PM entitled, 'Winter Fling - Festival of Thorri' by 11:59 PM HOL time, Sunday 30th January 2022! Would you try any of these dishes?
  15. Onto the next! We’ve arrived in beautiful boot shaped Italy ~ In Italian folklore, Le Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to all children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve, the night of January 5, in a similar way to Santa Claus. She fills their socks with candy and presents if they are good, or a lump of coal, a stick or dark candy if they are bad. Befana is usually portrayed as a hag riding a broomstick through the air. She wears a black shawl, is covered in soot and is always smiling carrying a big bag or hamper filled with gifts. She is considered a great housekeeper and many say she sweeps the floor before she leaves. Le Befana is celebrated throughout all of Italy and has become a national icon. Urbania in the Province of Pesaro e Urbino within the Marches is where the national Befana festival is held each year, and other places such as Piazza Navona and Fornova di Taro are very synonomous with her legend. Sounds very different from the Hags we know so much about in our wizarding world doesn't she? For this task, I want you to come up with a figure that could be similar to Le Befana in the Wizarding World. They could be a kind witch or wizard who deliver sweets, they could ride on a Phoenix, they could BE a Phoenix. Include their name, how they get about, where they travel to, what they gift... It is completely up to you. Write at least 100 words and post them below for 10 scales. This MUST be turned in by 11:59 PM HOL time, Sunday 30th January 2022!
  16. For this task we head to Austria and Germany! Saint Nicolas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas. You've probably heard of him. He is a very popular figure all across the Western World, delivering presents to well behaved children on the eve of December 24th. But, did you know, in some European countries like Austria and Germany, another magical being is synonymous with this celebration? The creature known as The Krampus! He is a hairy, usually brown or black, cloven hooved goat creature with horns, a long, pointed tongue and fangs. He is heavily associated with Central and Eastern Alpine folklore but his origins are mostly unknown, and during the Christmas season, is said to scare children who have misbehaved. Assisting Saint Nicholas, the pair of them visit children on the night of 5 December. Krampus carries chains, gives bad children coal, and is often offered schnapps, a strong distilled fruit brandy. In some tales, Krampus even eats children...yes, you heard correct...he eats them! Traditions involving Krampus are still growing ever popular across Europe. In Styria, twigs are painted gold and displayed year-round in the house as a reminder to any child who has temporarily forgotten Krampus. Krampus is also a part of the popular Christmas markets in Austrian urban centres like Salzburg. Europeans have been exchanging greeting cards featuring Krampus since the 19th century, some contain poems, cute drawings, funny jokes and some contain art thats a little scarier. It is your task to create your own greeting card featuring Krampus! You can hand draw or make a digital design. Post your designs below by 11:59 PM HOL time, Sunday 30th January 2022 for 10 scales!
  17. Welcome to Week 1’s first task! In the UK there are many more celebrations than just Christmas around this time of Year. From The Twelfth Night in England to Calenigg New Years in Wales, there are lots of traditional celebrations that aren't as widely known. Hogmanay in Scotland is taken from the Scots word for the last day of the old year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year in the Scottish manner of course. Although the origins of Hogmanay are unclear, it is believed to have been derived from Norse and Gaelic observances of the winter solstice. Throughout Scotland celebrations usually include gift-giving, visiting the homes of friends and neighbours, with special attention given to the first-foot (the first guest of the new year). For this task you must complete THIS Jigsaw and post your completed puzzle picture below for 10 scales! This MUST be turned in by 11:59 PM HOL time, Sunday 30th January 2022! Have you ever celebrated Hogmanay? I am sure if you listen closely you can hear the Muggle fireworks from the HOL castle!
  18. Happy Holidays ~ Welcome to this year's Winter Fling celebration! Whilst some of us will be snuggled by the fire in fluffy jumpers, battling the cold winds and rainy days, others across the world are trying desperately to beat the heat…sounds strange for a Winter activity I am sure. This year, in honour of our users around the globe, we will be taking a journey across the continents, exploring Holiday traditions from a wide variety of different cultures. Each week we will travel to a different continent, learning about different countries all whilst having some wonderful festive fun along the way! To help everyone keep things organised, here is a handy breakdown of the activity: -The event starts Monday 3rd January 2021 and finishes Sunday 30th January 2022! -The event will run for 4 weeks, each week has 4 tasks, with each week coordinating to a particular continent. Tasks revolve around different traditions from countries within those continents. They will be posted every Monday! -Each task is worth 10 scales. -Alongside these we will be posting Trivia! -The final week is January 24th, and all tasks MUST be turned in by 11:59 PM HOL time, Sunday 30th January 2022. To track your scales, please see this Spreadsheet. If you see any discrepancies, please let us know so that it can be adjusted We hope you have lots of fun ~
  19. Happy New Year! Wishing everyone nothing but the best this 2022! ^_^

  20. Emilio, Lucia found, was very easy to talk to despite their obvious shyness. She hoped her efforts to make friends would bring her out of her shell - so far Lucia thought she was doing a great job as she listened to Emilio chat about Arc. "He sounds like Murdoc, always causing a scene I swear." Lucia chuckled, thinking of her cheeky black cat causing mayhem across the castle. "I've always loved The Magic Keep," Lucia fawned, "It's so pretty in there, so cosy...much cheaper than Dogweed and Deathcap to get all my herbs and plants. Herbology is one of my favourites, Potions too actually. How's the acid pop treating you?"
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