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Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis

The Marauder's Map - Task 1

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Fred and George pass along the Marauder's Map to Harry, especially highlighting the secret passageway to get from Hogwarts to Honeydukes. Describe one of the other secret passageways on the map. Where is the entrance? Where is the exit? Does it require a password? Post all the details in this thread to earn your scales.

 

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Just outside of the tranfiguration classroom is a picture of a section of the library. When no one is looking, if you go up to the portrait and stroke the spine of the book labelled "Writing 101" the picture will swing forward to reveal a hidden passageway. After travelling for about 45min you will come to a stone staircase with a wooden door at the top. There is a magical peephole in the door so you can see if anyone is in the room on the otherside. Once its clear, you open the door to reveal you are in the back room of Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop!

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Go out to the Quidditch Pitch, to the Locker Rooms. Go where the Bludgers (and Quaffles and Snitches) are stored. (Yes, of course there is more than one Quaffle or Snitch and more than two Bludgers! We always have spares. In fact, one of the things we're going to do is let loose two snitches some time. See what happens. :rofl: )

 

Anyway, just around the corner from the room where they are kept, looking towards the rear of the room,go towards the drinking fountain. Exactly eight steps from the doorway (my steps, so you might be out of luck) look to your left. See that shadowy area on the wall? No, not the dirty patch, the shadowy area. Drift sideways until your shoulder brushes up against it. Keep drifting sideways, if you did it correctly, you will walk through the wall and end up in a tunnel which is dry and well lit. The walls are lined with bricks and parts of them are paneled. Be sure to notice where you came out, because that is where you come back through. (When you return, just press your LEFT palm to the place and it will let you through.) (Be sure it's your left palm, if you put your right palm to it, you'll be stuck there until someone else comes along -- or your screams are heard on the other side of the wall. It's not sound-proofed.)

 

Walk along the tunnel for a while. Enjoy the Quidditch mosaics painted along them. When you see the one where Hufflepuff is receiving the Quidditch Cup, put your hand (left hand again) on the Cup and the concealed doorway will open up into a back room of a shop there in Hogsmeade which I think I better not name because this door is a plain door on that side and if I named it, then anyone could get in. But it's very close to The Three Broomsticks.

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In the Dungeons, along one of the corridors which is rarely used so the house-elves don't bother lighting the lamps anymore, you will find a very old, slightly crumbled statue of a snake. It used to have jewels for eyes but they were taken many generations ago by a greedy student whose name was never discovered. If you put your wand into the left eye hole and whisper the name of the greatest Howarts headmaster every, Phineus Nigellus, the snake will slther to one side and reveal a hidden passageway. It is no wonder that this has remained unknown and unused for generations, as simply finding your way to the statue is difficult. However, once the passageway is revealed you see even more dangers. The passage leads you underneath the lake and is a little flooded at the very bottom. In fact, you need to swim a short section completely submerged under the ice cold lake water, before you can reach your destination. You appear in the basement of one of the houses in Hogsmeade which once was the home of an ex-Slytherin student but has now long since died. The exit now lies forgotten under layers of dust which haven't been disturbed for many, many years.

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