WIZARDING CRIMES : WILD HOME INVASIONS?
DEC. 2015, GREAT BRITAIN - Strange events have been plaguing the Muggle world. The Daily Prophet has received information that a group of renegade wizards have been entering into Muggle homes and business and turning the occupants into different forms of animals. These attacks have been occurring regularly for the last month and as the Daily Prophet has found out, the Ministry themselves have been keeping these attacks hidden from the Wizarding kind.
One can only come to the assumption that the Ministry has done this because of the fear that could spread at the thought of a group terrorizing the Muggles and causing chaos through both worlds. We all remember a darker time in our Wizarding history and even after all of these years since his demise, the Ministry remain jumpy and on edge.
The first attack took place in a small, suburban street on the outskirts of Exeter. A young married couple, Alice and Joshua Mumford (24 and 26) were found by a panicked relative scurrying around their living rooms having been transfigured into a chinchilla and a raccoon. Reports from the night suggest that there was no altercation between the Mumford`s with their attackers and that - until the scream of their relative the next morning - there was no sign to any of the neighbours that something was out of the ordinary.
The second attack happened only three nights later. While locking up his bakery, Gerald Humphries, 60 of Bridlington was caught off guard and turned into an ostrich. If it wasn't for a passing wizard who noticed an ostrich running by wearing a flat cap and a tie, Mr. Humphries could have been stuck in his bird form for much longer. Yet again there were no disturbances reported by either wizards or Muggles during the time of the attack.
The third attack happened a week after the second. A family of five were turned into animals in their own beds. Dr. Andrew Page, 48, his wife Sharon, 44, and their three children, Lorna, Keira and Daniel, 18, 15 and 12 respectively, were transfigured into a variety of farm animals. Thankfully, the morning after the attack, a magical relative of theirs discovered what had happened to them and were able to call the appropriate Ministry department in order to have the family returned to their original state.
This time however, there was a witness. The Daily Prophet can exclusively report that a young man who lives in the house across from the Page`s saw three people in long, flowing cloaks enter through the front door of the house. The witness, who wished to remain anonymous, told our reporter that the men spent less than five minutes within the house before leaving through the front door once more. He wasn`t able to give an apt description of the suspects.
Our reporter travelled to the Ministry of Magic`s Auror Office to speak with a representative about the details of the case. "We are working on solving this case as quickly as possible in order to ensure the safety of both Muggle and wizarding kind. Those responsible for these crimes will be caught and brought to justice. That we can promise you."
We asked the representative if there were any new leads which had yet to be disclosed and if these attacks could have something to do an increased amount of reports on Muggle-baiting. "This is all still under investigation. Once it is cleared, I will be able to divulge more to the press but for now my hands are tied. As for those responsible, the Auror Office would like to assure people that we believe the motives and actions of these criminals are not shared by others and the three suspects are not working with any others."
Let us hope the people responsible are caught quickly.
ECONOMY : NEW THINGS?
Recently, for the first time, a fairly large portion of the wizarding world participated in what used to be the solely American and Muggle Black Friday.
On the 27th of November 2015, many shops outside of the USA participated, but were met with resistance - after all, Black Friday follows Thanksgiving, which is celebrated for the most part in America.
In the Muggle world, Black Friday has spread from just the US, and is quite disconnected from Thanksgiving for most people at this point. While the phrase originated in the 1960s to describe the traffic that happened when coming home from Thanksgiving meetups, etc, it evolved and now describes the day where prices are lowered - often quite drastically - and shops are open for much longer.
However, the tradition of Black Friday has never before been brought over to the wizarding world outside of the US - or if it has, it hasn't been on record. Wizarding shops across the rest of the world have begun this year, though, and it seems set to spread.
The wizarding US (WUS) have been participating since 2006, and it has gained popularity each year, with the majority of large companies and owl orders participating. Many of these send worldwide at the discounted prices, but few had taken advantage of this because it wasn't really advertised worldwide.
In 2014, a few of the larger wizarding stores had Black Friday deals in Canada, and this drastically increased in 2015 with Horne's Owl Pellets, Nordi Quills and Kingsmorn Books among them. However, the Canada-based Lightning Broom company refused to participate despite many requests, saying that they would not sacrifice the integrity of the company for the sake of a sale. They refused to say more than this.
In Diagon Alley, only a very few shops participated, and they did not report a good reception. In Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, there were actually reports of customers coming in just to complain about the sales. Slug & Jiggers' Apothecary, on the other hand, received many compliments and increased sales, as hoped.
Gambol and Japes reported a negative reception as well. Interestingly, despite making the decision not to offer Black Friday deals, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes reported an increase in sales from those who switched from Gambol and Japes. George Weasley, from WWW, commented on this. "Well, I expected a decrease, really - sales, people switching, you know? But people seem to prefer when a company stays the same, it shows that they'll always be there, I guess." Unfortunately, he didn't have time for more comments. There were no spokespersons from any other shops.
This certainly seems to have received a mixed response, but that's not unusual when something new happens. It's expected that more shops will start Black Friday deals next year, but no shops in Diagon Alley have revealed any plans yet.
Thank you for reading and stay safe, readers.
REGIONALS : GREAT BRITAIN CHRISTMAS TRADITION
As Christmas comes around the corner, I have been wondering about the different traditions that Great Britain has for Christmas.
First off, Christmas trees are to be taken down after the 6th of January, otherwise bad luck will plague you.
Secondly, Santa Claus is more commonly known as Father Christmas, a man who fills up the stockings. Aside from Father Christmas, the terminology for many other things is different than other places. One such example is the expression "Happy Christmas," something not commonly used, as opposed to "Merry Christmas."
Also, in Great Britain, Father Christmas resides in 'Lapland', a place not known to most other people. Another difference is that in Great Britain, 'Christmas' will be shortened to 'Crimbo'.
Finishing off with lingual changes, let's move on to food and games. In Britain, no Christmas is complete without a Christmas cracker, not an actual cracker, but still, it is essential.
Mince pies, as well, are apparently not popular with the rest of the world as it is as a dessert for the prime British Christmas meal. Instead of the milk and cookies so popular in the United States, when the British set out a gift for Father Christmas, it is in a more grown up form of brandy as well as a mince pie.
How about pantomimes on Christmas Day? Never heard of them? What about Boxing Day? If you have not, let me fill you in. The pantomimes are plays that one goes to watch, but not just any type of plays. These require audience interaction, and are based off more recent tales. They have jokes and the character switches, songs and dances. The actors act like clowns and they have funny props, and often they will call up children to the stage. In the U.K., it is an old tradition to take one's kids along to see a pantomime on the day of Christmas.
As for Boxing Day, well, let's just say that the British are lucky there. The day after Christmas, is called Boxing Day, a day that at is mentioned in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, (remember when they announced Dueling Club?) that is usually spent shopping and watching sports, traditionally horse races. (While Boxing Day is not celebrated in most places other than Great Britain, Canada has announced it as an official holiday.)
While the U.K. has some of its own traditions, Crimbo with Father Christmas there is not so different. Their customs make it the unique place that it is.
LunaHermione1, over and out.
INTERNATIONAL : CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES!
Well, it looks like the holidays are upon us! Since Halloween has already come to an end, people have been going out and about preparing for Christmas, or for the holidays in general since the start of November. Not that I'm complaining, though, as I'm one of those people. (For the record, we only set our Christmas tree up on November 14th, not November 1st, hah!)
Of course, not everyone does their preparations immediately, and some others don't even do them until the very last minute, but I can't help it. Our family always gets excited for Christmas, so it's something we do some time after my mom's birthday. What better way to celebrate as well than to have our Christmas tree standing right there in our living room, right?
It isn't just Christmas happening all over the world, though, that's for sure. There are other holidays and celebrations during these months, and I'll try my best to list those that I've found for all of you to read more about.
In India, they celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. According to my sources, this occurs every 13th day of Asvina (which is October or November in the Gregorian calendar). What they celebrate during this occasion is the Hindu New Year. It's a five-day celebration where Hindus light candles to give way to the once banished hero Rama, together with Sita, his wife. They also do this to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity into their homes. The candles also signifies their thankfulness and for the blessings that they've received in the past year, and to welcome good fortune in the next year.
The next country on the list is Finland. In Finland, they celebrate a fortune-telling ritual every New Year. They first get some tin metal, and they melt it into buckets of ice-cold water or snow. Once the metal has hardened, they cast its reflection on a wall. Whatever the shape will look, will be your fortune for the next year. It brings hope and a new beginning for the New Year.
In Poland, they celebrate Wigilia, the Christmas Eve Supper. It begins when the first star appears on the day of Christmas Eve. The children are sent outside to look for it. Once this has happened, the host would then give the people in the house oplatek. It's basically a very thin wafer with a Nativity scene picture on it. The guests then break a part of the oplatek and give it to one another, while offering the next person a wish. There's an empty seat on the table, to welcome Jesus' presence himself into their celebration. The oplatek that they share is a sign of good will to the people, and it is sort of a symbolism of settling any misunderstandings in any one of them had over the past year.
Brazil has New Year's Eve on the beach. They all dress up in white to symbolize purity and prosperity. All of them then gather by the beach to honor the past year and welcome the next one in their lives. It's also a symbol of communal spirit and camaraderie. That in spite of all the differences people have with one another (whether it be through race, personality, or anything else), they could still come together and welcome the New Year as one big family.
Now, there are of course a lot of other celebrations that occur in this time of the year, but I unfortunately can't list them all! There's a lot more information that you can find on this SITE.
And, last but not the least, here's how we celebrate the holidays in my country, the Philippines. My country... is one of those that celebrate Christmas for a looooong time. As I mentioned, immediately after Halloween finishes, all the Christmas-related stuff are up. Heck, once the -ber months strike, we already begin a countdown for New Year!
One of the meaningful things we do for the season would be to hang Christmas lanterns or parols. It's basically a lantern in the size of a Christmas star. We hang this outside our houses for the duration of the Christmas season. If I'm not mistaken, it's meant to symbolize the star that led the three Kings/three Wise Men on the day they followed it to Jesus. It's also meant to symbolize how the light of the star can guide our homes and prepare us for the coming of Jesus as well.
There's also the meal that we eat at the stroke of midnight on Christmas day. We call it Noche Buena. Lots of food involved to welcome and celebrate Christmas. Then the gift-giving happens after that. (We like counting down to stuff, if you've noticed?) There are other celebrations we do for the holidays, but I believe that's a story to tell for another day. For now, I'll leave you with those and hope that I didn't bore you midway through the article.
Have a very merry Hexmas, everybody! Enjoy the holidays!
POLITICS : THE MUSICAL?
After thinking about it for a bit, I decided that what's currently happening in the Ministry of Magic right now is boring. This is just a lull in the action, I'm sure, because there is usually quite a bit happening and things can be very exciting. Right now just doesn't happen to be that time.
By Samantha Bradley
And so, with this in mind, I would like to make a note about the Muggle government of the United States. The Americans are known for their production of award winning plays on a variety of subjects. Some of the best and most memorable of these are musicals. They focus on a variety of subjects, but I certainly never expected a musical based on the life of an early American statesman to be a success.
This is the case, with the latest craze on Broadway being Hamilton, a musical which is sold out for over half a year in advance. It is one of the hottest phenomena in recent years, and details the life of Alexander Hamilton. Most Americans know little about this gentleman or his part in the founding of the nation. They know only two things - that he was assassinated in a duel with Aaron Burr and that he appears on the $10 bill. The play reveals much, much more, through a lively soundtrack featuring some of the best rap tunes I have ever heard. Yes, this reporter has listened to the entire soundtrack online through the Muggle device known as a computer, and is now quite eager to see the play.
All the tunes are catchy and downright dance-able, and reveal American history in a way that is timely, contemporary and enjoyable all at the same time. I highly recommend any witches and wizards to give it a listen, but make sure to heed the parental advisory warning for the lyrics! (Note: They aren't THAT bad, but there are a few words and themes that could be considered too mature for young listeners). Isn't it fun to mix entertainment and politics together? I thought you would like that!
Speaking of politics, I must say that Hex probably has the best political system I have seen. Everyone in charge does their best to keep us all entertained, and they succeed. It's a great time to mention that, as Hexmas is now upon us. Enjoy it, and I'm sure the new year will bring even more wonders to us. Can't say the same about the Ministry, can you? But that's a whole new story, one that will be covered at a later date.
SPORTS : QUIDDITCH BELLS, QUIDDITCH BELLS, ALL AROUND MY BROOM
Hey, readers! I can tell you that everything has been hectic since Thanksgiving, but luckily I finished everything I needed to do just in time. In that theme, I will continue to report, as the busyness seems to have caught up with some of the Quidditch teams.
The Chudley Cannons seemed to have noticed over the past few years...decades, that Ron Weasley seemed to be their only fan. Mr. Anthony Woodbourne, the team captain, and foremost Chaser decided this could not be, and as to lift the fan standings (and team morale), created the first ever annual Quidditch Christmas Celebration. You may be wondering what this is compared to the World Cup, as did we. We can report that at being asked the difference between this and the Quidditch World Cup, he assured us that this was totally different.
"We may have a few friendly matches, but that is not the point we are trying to make with the event," Mr. Woodbourne informed me hurriedly, when I brought up the question. "This is to teach about the history of the sport and each team, to give out team 'swag' and for players to meet with kids and adults. They might answer questions, or give autographs, but mainly this is about the relation of the players to the fans, to show the public who we really are at the core."
Satisfied with that answer, I brought up the topic of who may be participating in the occasion, and he hastily pulled out a Chudley Cannons notebook (one of which I now have myself, courtesy of Ms. Catherine Davis, the team Keeper), with the information of invitations and responses. Surprisingly, quite a few teams have gone along with this celebration. The Appleby Arrows and Wimbourne Wasps will be amongst the partakers, as will the Montrose Magpies, Wigtown Wanderers , Falmouth Falcons, Kenmare Kestrals, Pride of Portee, Puddlemere United, Quiberon Quafflepunchers, Tutshill Tornadoes, Moose Jaw Meteorites, and finally, the world renowned, Holyhead Harpies, coming to a grand total of thirteen teams, plus the Chudley Cannons.
Tickets will be going for five to a hundred galleons as I was told, and with certain tickets come different deals, such as the fifteen galleons plus a free conversation with a Meteorite for fifteen minutes. Whatever, I do not know much about pricing, you would have to go to the guy or gal in Economy for that one.
I know I am going to be there and so should some of you rabid Quidditch fans. I know on Ginny Weasley's word that the entire Weasley and Potter clans will be there. Ginny may not still be the Captain of the Holyhead Harpies anymore, being in the Daily Prophet, but from firsthand experience I can tell you she is an AVID Quiditch and Harpies fan. (You may want to know that if you meet her, she is prone to wave her jersey around, while prancing to the words of the Holyhead Harpies cheer, with her family sighing behind. )
So be sure to see you there at Christmas, with my jersey, leaning away from the mistletoe. LunaHermione1, over and out.
Ho! Ho! Ho! December has rolled around yet again and as you may have guessed already, the theme this month is Hexmas! We started off our month with some wonderful stocking stuffers with mysterious gifts inside them and now users have the option to adorn their user info with a beautiful tree of their choosing.
Fred's Holiday store has reopened for the jolly season and presents are being placed under the trees left and right! Thank you, hardworking house-elves! Two items have been brought back from last year being the Singing Toads and Candy Cane Grams. Candy Cane Grams work much like Red Roses, send your message and the receiver will see it!
Goblin City is presenting to all you Hexians an amazing and one of a kind Silent Auction of the cherished and much desired item, The Elder Wand! But beware, if you don't pay your dues some of your pretty items from your vaults might be stolen by the goblins, to be sold! Goblins can be quite temperamental, so it's always a smart idea to stay on their good side. Though, you might be grateful for those who had abandoned their vaults because one by one, the goblins have been sifting through and choosing which items would be best to take and sell. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the homepage for more notifications of the beautiful items that will be available to you.
Everyone had the chance to suggest a new Christmas item and then we all got to vote on what item we want to be this year's new holiday item! We'll have to wait and see what item our community has chosen to be released for all to share. But maybe the biased writer can hope to see some House Snowmen this year.
Don't forget to check out the monthly contests in the Arts and Graphics Forum, the HINT Forums, the Contest Forum, the Role Play Center forum and the Fan Fiction forum. There are some wonderful prizes each month, sometimes including House Points! And don't forget that if you didn't make Hex Idol, you can still participate by critiquing, wearing the featured avvies, and participating in the contests in the main raffle thread. Some lovely prizes await those who participate in the raffle.
That's all for this month but I will see you next month in the new year of 2016. Don't forget to make your resolutions and send out your Hexmas gifts! Toodles!
Why is the mascot of Gryffindor a lion? Shouldn't it be a gryffin?
Hello there! My theory with the Gryffindor mascot being a lion is that the House animals are based off of the school song. For example :
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave of heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry,
Set Gryffindors apart.
I take this to suggest the courage of a lion as they have, throughout history, been seen as courageous animals. This goes with all the other Houses: badgers really are good foragers, eagles are seen as incredibly smart birds and snakes are known for being cunning and devious. It all ties back to the early years.
I am wondering is there any advice the Daily Prophet can give to a senior in high school that is going out of state for college?
Hello! I am also a senior in high school getting ready to move across the state for school, so I understand why you're concerned. My advice to you is to call the school in advance, or look it up online; try to make friends beforehand to make the transition easier. I personally am part of a social app set up by my future college to make friends with the other students. Social media is going to be a HUGE help, Facebook, Whisper, Twitter, they are all good places to find people, but be safe about it of course.
Treat these sites the same way you would any other potentially hazardous site and be careful with your personal info. That being said, it's always a good idea to call the college, possibly go on a tour. Skype and Facebook can also be a huge help if you want to contact family back home while you're away. I'm sure there will be other people like you, anxious and away from home, so I'm sure you won't be alone. I'm going to be in the same state and I myself am a little anxious about the ordeal. It'll be a little lonely and strange at first, but I'm sure everything will work out just fine!
Your friend, Hails
Is it true that Muggles in America have recently reported sightings of a Goatman?
Greetings! You see, about that, the USA's Ministry of Magic had a little trouble with some Care of Magical Creatures gone wrong. Turns out a group of satyrs had been living in a forest that was to become a Muggle mall parking lot. The Muggles bulldozed the lot before Wizarding officials had time to check it out and, needless to say, there was a bit of a problem. Nothing to worry about, the USA's Ministry of Magic has everything sorted out and right as rain. So, I wouldn't say it was a "goatman" as more I would a rather angry and homeless satyr. No satyrs were hurt and the Muggles has a bit of a memory blurring, which explains why there are rumors of strange goatmen going around. But there is nothing to be worried about! All of the satyrs involved were relocated safely.
What is your favorite HEXmas tradition?
What a lovely question! My favorite HEXmas tradition has to be the REs They really make working together with other HEXians fun and give the chance to meet new people.
Any advice for someone who is alone on the holidays?
Hmm, that's an interesting question. I suppose my advice would be to get out and surround yourself with people. The holidays can be hard sometimes, but don't feel like you have to spend them alone. Perhaps try volunteering? Give a little back to the community and get the chance to be part of something great! Just, don't be convinced you have to spend it alone.
STARBURST! : CHRISTMAS AFFAIR?
Yes, yes, before you all get huffy and bothered, I am Rita's distant cousin. I too had been bitten by the journalism bug, and so here I am, writing for the Daily Prophet. Boy, have I got a story for you! Remember that hunky Seeker from Bulgaria? If you have been living under a rock for the past twenty years, then let me refresh your mind. I am most certainly talking about the delicious Viktor Krum!
By Janice Skeeter
I'm sure all of you remember his short-lived romance with Hermione Granger, now Mrs. Ronald Weasley. But rest assured Krum was not left broken-hearted when Miss Granger married the resident redhead of the trio. The athletic young man returned to his native Bulgaria and found love in the beautiful Anya Tsvetkov. The two love birds were inseparable from the get-go, leaving many to think that this was the girl that would finally tie the Bulgarian bon-bon down!
They've had a long engagement it would seem, but the news was inconclusive since no formal announcement was made except for the appearance of a gargantuan diamond ring on Miss Tsvetkov's finger. The two were constantly seen together in their hometown, dining at expensive restaurants and catching an opera or two.
However, there is trouble in paradise! My sources had informed me of the possibility of a third party involved in the twosome! Krum was seen leaving a hotel with another young lady, not a blonde like Miss Tsvetkov, but a brunette! Now, I had imagined Krum with someone that might have resembled Hermione Granger in the first place. When approached by our Bulgarian representative, Krum merely waved his hand and disappeared in a hurry.
No information yet as to who the young lady was. Speculation is running amok in the news world, stating that Krum had moved on to a new love! However, Miss Tsvetkov was seen around town still supporting the engagement ring. When asked about the mystery lady, Miss Tsvetkov politely declined to comment.
What is going on? Has Christmas time warped Krum's once capable mind? Anya Tsvetkov is a wonderful woman, established - she owns her own line of wizarding apparel, and comes from an influential Bulgarian family. Why would Viktor Krum find new love in a brunette tart and walk away from a beautiful blonde? Is it really a secret affair, now out in the open? Or the mystery woman was indeed, only a friend?
One thing is certain; Krum was and always will be a bad boy!
My goodness, are the winter holidays upon us already? It seems like only yesterday I was sharing my ideas for a "spooktacular" All Hallows' Eve. If you're just coming to terms with this now, fear naught! Today, my dears, I have a nifty little collection of thoughts on how to make sure you are well prepared for every part of this holiday season.
Suspicious of any nosy children spying on you while you and your spouse work on the shopping list? The Muffliato Charm works marvelously. This spell will keep anyone within your vicinity from hearing a conversation by filling their ears with an aggravating buzzing noise. With any luck this would not just keep those kids from finding out what they are receiving days too soon, it might even keep them from eavesdropping ever again.
Do you have gifts that still need to be wrapped? No worries! Ditch the poor presentation for the Wrapping Spell. Invented by the ever-so-helpful Amelia Ward just last year, this spell will put wrapping paper on anything and everything with minimal effort! It does wrap to the shape of the object, though, so unless you want no surprises this holiday, remember to put the gift in a box first!
Perhaps my favorite thing to do any time of year is hand out presents. But what about the mess that's always left behind? All of that wrapping paper, tissue, and ribbon just thrown about. Instead of throwing away what can't be salvaged for next year, you could use the untied ribbons and thin shreds of the wrapping paper for a homemade batch of tinsel. If store-bought tree decorations are more your style, I hear that Fred's has a wonderful selection this time of year, perfect for any budget.
The Mobiliarbus charm is perfect if a giant heap of ripped paper and unboxed gifts is your concern. Don't spend any time or energy cleaning up; just sit back and move the mess to the appropriate space instantly. After all, there's only so much time you have to spend for this well-deserved break.
Certainly the most important thing to remember is to take time to yourself whenever possible this season. Taking on the added responsibility of Christmas this year can be very stressful, which is negative to not only your family and home, but also harmful to you. Do take care!
That's it! You now have everything you need to make this holiday flawless. Do enjoy yourself, and I will see you darlings when we return this next year!
MONTHLY RECIPE : WINTER FAVORITES
Hello and welcome to the best month of the year, or at least the best in my opinion. With December comes many great things. For some, it may be birthdays, but for the lot of us it's time for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Christmas was first celebrated on December 25th, 336 A.D as the birth day of Jesus Christ. During this holiday, Christians use it as a day of joy. They cook big feasts, sit by the fireplace, sing Christmas carols, and the best part of this holiday is receiving and giving gifts.
However, there is a horrible part of December and it is the freezing cold temperatures. The temperatures can reach below zero, but with the cold comes an array of hot drinks to warm you up, such as Hot Chocolate, Apple Cider and also my personal favorite, Egg Nog.
12 medium egg yolk
11/2 cups (one and a half cups) or 320 g white granulated sugar
4 cups or 1 liter of 4% or full fat milk
2 cups or 500 ml heavy cream (31% fat or higher)
1 tsp ground nutmeg, or adjust to taste
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
1.Place the egg yolks and white sugar into the blender. Blend for about 2 minutes or until the mix thickens up. Pour the yolk-sugar mix into a large bowl, whisk in milk and cream. Continue mixing until the sugar has completely dissolved. Sprinkle in the nutmeg and pour in the vanilla, mix until well incorporated.
2.Taste and adjust nutmeg if desired.
3.Chill until ready to serve. Sprinkle ground cinnamon over each cup before serving.
But for those who don't like Egg Nog, I also have a Hot Chocolate recipe for you.
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. In a saucepan, mix the cocoa and sugar; add water.
2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; boil for one minute.
3. Reduce heat; add milk and heat through.
4. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
5. Pour into 2 cups; top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
ON THE STREETS : HEXmas
Hello, readers! At the beginning of the month, HEXmas began. You know, that one? Yep! Well, I took to the streets of HEX to find out how you all feel about it, and about what's been going on in the past month. Of course, I couldn't resist asking about HEXmas, could I? So I went digging, found a few users willing to talk to me and asked them a question or two...
How have the HEXmas celebrations so far this year compared to those in years past?
So far I am liking it! I got back from a hiatus last year and celebrated Hexmas really late. The poinsettia is a plus and I am so glad they brough that back this year. The trees are amazing like last year and everything is perfect! This year, it is more interactive and interesting with the new plushie machine! I cannot wait for more! Though, I do hope we will have crackers too but I am happy so far with the activities set by the staff. Well done!
How have you found the HEXmas celebrations and contests so far?
I really like the Christmas trees and the gifts that can be put under the trees of other users. I can't wait to open my gifts. I also like the raffle! The snow effect really gives me a Christmas-y feeling. It's a shame that there are so much contests going on because I want to participate in everything, but that is simply not possible.
Kim Snape, Gryffindor
How has your experience been on HEX, signing up so close to HEXmas?
It was a bit overwhelming, because HEX is such a huge website and with HEXmas there's even more to do! But it was also very fun, because of course I didn't know a lot of people yet and HEXmas is a great way to get to know people. ^^ And I love the snow, the Christmas trees, the poinsettias and the tasks we can do. It makes me feel like HEX is one big family you're celebrating Christmas with.
Daisy May, Ravenclaw
How have you found the events and contests for November and December, and what are you looking forward to in future?
I haven't participated in contests for a while. Though, I usually am looking forward to the graphic contests the most. I am not a good writer to RP and writing contests I tend to avoid. Hex has grown and my wish is that Hex stays open for a long time. This is an awesome site, and it's for everyone whether you are young or old.
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