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The Three Broomsticks / A job for Susan Bones
« on: July 21, 2007, 10:26:36 PM »
Now that the seventh book is done, I'm finally getting around to looking at my own level.  Seventh year!!!  Time for a title change.

What should it be?

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions / DIY Costume Crafts
« on: July 08, 2007, 05:16:53 PM »
I've decided to go as Professor Sprout to this year's movie premiere and realized I didn't have a decent hat in my wardrobe.  So I made one -- no sewing required.  If someone else out there does this too, please take pictures as you go along and add them here!  I completely forgot.


You will need:
Felt (dark colors work best, but it’s a matter of personal preference)
White posterboard
Hot glue gun
Measuring tape

Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of the forehead, right above the ears.  It will be anywhere from 5-9" around, depending on how big the head is.  Take this measurement and then add ½” to end up with Measurement One.

Do you want your brim to be 2, 3, 4, or 5 inches?  Bigger than that?  Decide now.  This will be Measurement 2.

Add Measurement 2 to Measurement One, to end up with Measurement 3.

Measure from the top of your ears to the top of your head, and add 2 ½ inches.  This is Measurement 4.

Using a compass, draw a circle on posterboard to Measurement One.  Draw another, bigger circle with the first circle in the middle, using Measurement 3.

Carefully cut out posterboard brim.  Poke a hole in the very center, use this to cut out your headpiece circle in the middle.  If the posterboard you are using is very thin or flimsy, it might be a good idea to make more than one brim, then tape the pieces together to get it really stiff. 

Draw and cut a rectangle that is the height of Measurement 4, and slightly more than Measurement One lengthwise.  This “headband” will connect above the brim.  Make sure it will fit (not too snugly) around your head.  Also make sure that it will go around the inner circle of the brim and not leave any space open; it’s okay if it overlaps though.

Multiply Measurement 2 by 2 ½.  Cut out a dozen strips of the felt this length, about an inch wide.

Take a strip and run a small amount of hot glue on the short edge.  Attach this end to the underside of the brim.  Going lengthwise, wrap the strip around the posterboard brim.  You will be gluing the other end to the felt itself.

Do this with all the strips until you have completely covered the posterboard brim.  You may need more or fewer strips, depending on how big your brim is.  Set this aside to dry.

Take your “headband” rectangle and use it as a guide to cut your biggest piece of felt.  This piece will be exactly the same length and exactly twice the height of your headband.

Hot glue three of the edges of your headband, leaving one long side unglued.  Firmly press the headband to the bottom half of your big piece of felt.  The long side of the headband with glue on it should go about an inch from the very bottom edge of the felt.  It should work so that if you flipped the felt over, the headband would not be seen at all.  Let dry.

Roll the headband and felt into a loose cone that is taller than it is wide.  The headband part should be at the bottom.  Test it around your head first to make sure it fits easily, then hot glue the long edge.  Let dry.

Gather up the top of the cone.  Fold and glue the corners down so that you have a nice pointy top. Lay flat to let dry.

You should have an inch along the bottom of the cone, that is pure felt (no posterboard).  Slip this edge inside the brim and hot glue along the underside of the brim.  The posterboard headband (out of sight) should rest directly on top of the inner circle of the brim.  Set upside-down to dry.

The hat will be loose and floppy at the top.  Bat it around a bit to give it a "weathered" look.

(If you like, you can also add “patches”, with felt that is darker or lighter than your hat.  Simply hot-glue them on wherever you please, then add white glue marks that resemble sewing lines to the edge of the “patch”.)

Feel free to copy this and use it at will; but if you reprint please add that it is the brainchild of Susan (Sweetalker) Bones.

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / HP drawings
« on: July 06, 2007, 10:07:56 PM »
Awesome, awesome HP drawings by a guy who just finished animation school.

If the books are ever made into animated movies, this guy should be the one to design the characters.  Some of these sketches are much, much closer to the ideas I had when reading the books.


Am I right?  Wrong?

Zonko's Joke Shop / What do you know about the person above you?
« on: July 03, 2007, 11:39:11 PM »
Give a tidbit of information about the person who posted above you.  Whether it's first impressions, post history, quotes, or opinions.  It can even be something you made up (although to be fair, make it clear that's what you're doing).  Have fun!

Heather, I thought this deserved its own thread:

This article, entitled "Rowling to kill two in final HP book" was just posted on Yahoo! -


The article focuses on the release date for OoP.  Who will the two unlucky souls be?

Any guesses?  Two deaths, and two weddings (mentioned in a JKR interview somewhere around Book 4).  Plus, a "reprieve" was mentioned in the last brief interview JKR did at a charity reading with Stephen King and John Irving (I would've died happy, if I just could've gone to that event).  She says one character that she had planned on killing off turned out to be needed, or something like that.

I know, I know, I need to cite references...... *sigh*

The Three Broomsticks / Sad news
« on: August 01, 2006, 07:24:41 PM »
My mom, the closest friend I ever had or ever will have, had a massive stroke a few months ago.  She barely recognizes me and retains the mind of a child.  I've been taking care of her for a while in-between hospital stays.  Please keep us both in your prayers.

The Great Hall / Deadline on the new House Cup?
« on: May 06, 2006, 04:11:35 PM »
When is it, please?

Hogwarts (No Spoilers) / Request-A-Voice
« on: May 05, 2006, 07:31:27 PM »
I've got some time to kill this weekend and a loooooong stretch of time trapped in a box with a microphone and good sound equipment.  Guess what I'm gonna do?

I'm gonna bring my copies of HP books 5 and 6 and I am going to record my versions of character voices.

I suppose I won't try the ones that have already been done, since they're ingrained into too many memories, but I'll give you a sample of Umbridge, Tonks, and whoever else pops into my head.  I'll send them to a site I have picked out just for occasions like this and I'll link to it here.

Request your favorite passages/characters.

The Three Broomsticks / Ghost story
« on: April 26, 2006, 08:52:00 PM »
The first promotional spot for "An American Haunting" was a few days ago.  Finally, finally, someone is making a movie about the Bell Witch!

For those of you who have never heard the tale, the Bell Witch was a spirit in Tennessee (near to where I am, actually) that tormented a farmer and his family.  Her disembodied voice could be heard all around the Bell property, shrieking with laughter and screaming "You're all going to die!" as she dragged children around and broke things.  You can still hear her at the Bell Witch Cave in Adams, TN.

What ghost story has affected YOU the most?

Tell, and I'll relate the tale of my own personal haunting, in my childhood home.

Zonko's Joke Shop / Picture party!
« on: April 13, 2006, 09:29:33 PM »
Easy to play....  First person asks for the next to find a picture of a (adjective) (noun), or a (noun)(verb), and continue the chain.  For example.... "Now find a CAT JUGGLING!"

Me first!  Here's a CAT JUGGLING:


For Movie Five:

Kingsley Shacklebolt?
Sirius's mum?

I know most of these already have actors attached to the film, but if you could choose ANYone, who would it be?

I also think it odd that one Weasley twin (Fred?) has signed a contract, while the other (George?) is "in negotiations".

The Ministry of Magic / Common Room Error
« on: April 03, 2006, 11:42:33 PM »

Dearest Minister,

We of Slytherin are still receiving this message when attempting to access our noble house's common room:

Template Parse Error!
It seems something has gone sour on the forum with the template system. This problem should only be temporary, so please come back later and try again. If you continue to see this message, please contact the administrator.

and believed this matter was best brought to your attention.

Your humble servant,

Susan A. Bones
The Halls of Hogwarts


Did anyone have any clue what the Doxy thing was?

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions / Hogwarts Comes To TN!
« on: March 31, 2006, 12:30:32 AM »
Lumos 2006 has put idears in my head.

I'm in the process of creating a massive HP fanparty, right here in TN.  I have an entire building for my use, which I plan to transform into a miniature Hogwarts, and several fans willing to help out.

I'll be reporting my progress here in Madame Malkin's.

Right now I'm trying out some recipes myself (yum!) and brainstorming.

Feel free to post helpful hints, party ideas, and invitation begging ;)

The Ministry of Magic / Years and Posts?
« on: March 06, 2006, 12:50:49 AM »
Can someone please give the info on the relationship between (number of posts) and (Hogwarts year)?  I've forgotten.

For instance:  
-100 posts = First year
100-200 posts = Second year
and so on.

I know that's not right......


Okay, you better sit down for this one.

Snape.  Offered.  All.  His.  Thoughts.  For.  Dumbledore's.  Inspection.

This is the ONLY explanation that makes sense.  Years ago Snape, in a fit of remorse after being responsible for Lily's death, offered to let Dumbledore read him like an open book at any/all times.  (Maybe through the Pensieve?)

This connection is what makes Dumbledore trust Snape implicitly.
This connection is how the two were able to communicate on the night of Dumbledore's death.

And now that things are coming to a head, Snape needs to be placed at the front of the line with YKW.  So.... Dumbledore comes up with a plan to get Snape out of the school and into YKW's perfect good graces without making anyone suspicious.  Perfect.

Don't even try to tell me Dumbledore is really dead.  You heard the phoenix.

The Shrieking Shack (Spoilers) / LV and Harry and Snape, oh my
« on: March 05, 2006, 11:58:07 PM »
In light of everything we know now, one question keeps bothering me - why did Snape try to protect Harry from Quirrel?    The simple answer, of course, is to repay the debt to James and remain in Dumbledore's favor.

But is it? 

What if YKW is the only one who can kill Harry?  Is Snape under some kind of order to keep Harry alive at any cost? 

The "Harry Potter is a Horcrux" theory works here.  If YKW *has to* open up a horcrux to get his life-force back (which would explain why Dumbledore destroyed the Black ring, rather than just kept it hidden and safe), then he, YKW, would *have to* be the one to kill Harry.  No one else.

So Snape is a kind of bodyguard...?

BTW, who am I quoting?  Sorry but I've hit the BACK button so many times I've lost count.  Forgive me, whoever you are.

The Three Broomsticks / Happy days are here again
« on: January 14, 2006, 05:42:44 PM »
To:  All Hogwarts Students
From:  The Indomitable Susan Amelia Bones

I see that it's been nearly a year since I posted last.  Shame on me.

That mistake will be rectified, as of tomorrow morning, near midnight.  I'll be on hand to put my unmistakable stamp of arrogance on any and all topics as I see fit. 

Please, please write to me and let me know how all of you are doing.  I miss this place so much!

Start the flogging now.  Ready, set.....

The Great Hall / Who's Who In Hogsmeade
« on: August 19, 2004, 06:20:03 PM »
Oooh!  How's this for a novel idea:

In addition to posting our own Student Backgrounds, how about posting each other's Hogsmeade personality descriptions?

i.e., Shelly posts something about the Hogsmeade history of Cho, then Heather posts something about the Hogsmeade history of Tiamat, etc., etc.....

(Should we or should we not post about people in our own House?  I rather think it would be more fun if we didn't.)

Library / They Do It With Mirrors......
« on: July 02, 2004, 06:38:18 PM »
This thread is started b/c of Lauren Weasley, who so kindly shared this tidbit of JKR interview with us:

What makes some witches/wizards become ghosts after they die and some not?

(JKR's response:)
You don't really find that out until Book VII, but I can say that the happiest people do not become ghosts. As you might guess, Moaning Myrtle!  

This clicked in my mind with Dumbledore's description of the Mirror of Erised ("The happiest man in the world would look and find only himself"...paraphrased).  There's also the scantiliating statement of Harry's:  "Maybe this only shows dead people."


Would a ghost be able to see into the Mirror?

Are Lily and James ghosts?  (Or maybe just Lily, for those of you who know my James Potter theory.)  

Did the Mirror come from the afterlife?

Can ghosts find their happiness and go on to.....whatever's next?  (Can Myrtle finally get out of the toilet?  ;D)

Feel free to opinionate away.......after all, "There are no stupid questions....only stupid people." :laugh:

Library / Opposites for Harry and LV
« on: June 23, 2004, 02:17:48 PM »
Personally I think Harry has green eyes sort of BECAUSE Voldemort has red eyes.  Or vice versa.  They are, after all, exact opposites on the color wheel.

Ooh, I like that!   8)  There's also:

Harry:                  LV:
mussled hair        no hair
Ron is loyal           Ron's rat is loyal.....


I'm just starting this to see which actors everyone would pick for the HP characters, had they been they ones to choose.

Cold Storage / Yo-ho, yo-ho......
« on: May 31, 2004, 08:20:31 PM »
......it's off to work we go.

I found myself wondering what everybody here does for a living (if they're not students, that is).  I know Heather is a lawyer, I think Cho is a teacher, and Marold runs a catering (?) business, but I was curious to see if any House had the lion's share of any particular occupation.

I'll start......I, Bonesy, am in the entertainment industry.

Library / JKR's New Hints About Snape
« on: May 17, 2004, 07:52:27 PM »
If you've glanced around a bit at JKR's new site, you'll find a reference that suggests Severus Snape may be Lily Potter's long-lost brother.

NOTE:  No, she doesn't say for certain.  But it would explain Petunia's nastiness (it runs in the family, wot?) and Severus's hatred of Harry.  

How likely is it that this is true?  On, say, a scale of one to ten?

Library / This has been in my head all day.
« on: May 13, 2004, 06:38:25 PM »
Okay, try to stay with me here....

The Fidelius Charm can hide people/things/information until a Secret Keeper gives away the secret, right?  That's supposedly how James and Lily and Harry hid from YKW.

Yet YKW found (and destroyed) the Potter family at Godric's Hollow.  Wasn't this where they lived?  Why were they at home if they were trying to hide?

::scratches head and wanders off::

Cold Storage / How to turn a non-fan into a fan?
« on: May 10, 2004, 07:59:45 PM »
I have a friend whom I KNOW would love HP as much as I do, if I could just get him to look into it a bit.  He's a Star Wars fanatic and a LOTR fanatic, so I've tried to hint about the similarities between all 3 epics, but to no avail.  His only reply to me is "It's kid stuff".

BTW, my main reason for getting him interested is so I'll have a buddy for PoA who's over the age of 10....

Library / Pop! Pop! Fizz! Fizz! Oh, whatta relief it is....
« on: May 05, 2004, 06:51:41 PM »
A post about disappearing ....

A remark Cho made in an earlier thread got me wondering about the noises characters make when they appear/disappear.  Dobby makes a "popping" sound,
Dumbledore is silent, etc., etc.

Why aren't they all the same sound?  Is this some kind of sign about how powerful they are?  Or maybe there are different spells you can use to Apparate/Disapparate?

Hagrid has given a coupla signs that he can disappear at will, too (Cho, help me out with those, please) or else he just moves really fast..... yet no sound is mentioned.

For that matter, how do Dobby, Fawkes, and Dumbledore appear/disappear around Hogwarts Castle?  As Hermione would no doubt point out, "no one can Apparate or Disapparate on Hogwarts grounds".  (Gotta go reread Hogwarts, A History....)

I'm interested in knowing the plans everyone is making for the opening day of PoA.

What are you wearing?

*blushes as she realizes she sounds like a pervert*

Any parties out there?  I could definitely use some suggestions on mini-games, decor, blah blah blah.

Library / Why did YKW say he would have spared Lily?
« on: April 03, 2004, 04:07:07 PM »
Every prophecy / clue / hint given only states that the Potters are the ones too risky to keep alive (at least to YKW).  So maybe he didn't see Lily as a threat, since she was only a Potter by marriage? Other possibilities....

1.  YKW is a liar, this has been proven time and again.  It's entirely possible that he was simply telling her what he thought she wanted to hear.

2.  Perhaps YKW was a little in love with the fair Lily.

3.  Perhaps YKW was related to Lily (see clues such as eyes, Harry being a Parseltongue even though that was supposedly explained by his connection to YKW, etc.)

4.  Perhaps a little of 2 and 3 combined.  If the relation was distant enough (i.e., seventh cousin eleven times removed) then maybe YKW felt affection for her because she reminded him of himself (like da Vinci said, every man is a narcissist at heart).

Anybody else have speculations on this?

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