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WIZARDING CRIMES : ONE UNLUCKY DAY
By Angelblade

MARCH 2016, DIAGON ALLEY, ENGLAND - Coming up is St. Patrick's day. Internationally, the symbol of the lucky three-leaf clover is first to come to people's minds. Unfortunately for us, the Ministry of Magic faced the exact opposite.

As the end of Leap Day was nearing and some of the employees were leaving work, a dastardly plan commenced at around eight o'clock. Down in the Department of Mysteries, a trio of wizards snuck in. Unlike the legendary battle that had taken place there , it wasn't Harry, Hermione, Ron, or anyone from Dumbledore's Army. No, they were much younger. These three boys looked to be about fifteen. They were dressed in all black and it was impossible to see their faces. The only thing our Ministry workers could see was the size of their shoes and their height.

"I had never seen anything like it," an unnamed Ministry worker replied, "These kids were very skilled in the Dark arts. The only reason we knew they were even there was the loud crash that came from a toppled shelf. Startled, a majority of our security staff sprinted down to the scene, only to find it was just a diversion. The real crime was taking place on the other side of the department. We could tell by the trail of missing prophecies left behind. The thieves knew exactly what they were taking and where it was."

The special aspect of the stolen prophesies is still under wraps. Evidently, they were crucial to some secret operation to uncover something, at least, that was all we were able to eavesdrop/find out.

"That's not even the half of it," a wizard who fought in the battle itself said. "We actually had them cornered at one point. All three of them, after a lengthy chase, had met a dead end and turned to see us standing in front of them." According to the rest of his story, there were more Aurors covering all the exits, ready for anything to happen. "But before we were able to do anything," the wizard continues, "the smallest of them just happened to be holding a prophecy that prophesized their escape. It took only a split second for the trio to see how they were going to get out, and it happened. Unforgivables, curses, hexes and every dark art you could think of was cast by those boys."

A later survey stated there were two casualties and almost all of them left injured.

Kingsley Shacklebolt, our current Minister of Magic, agreed to answer a few of our questions.

Me: "What is your response to this outrageous act?"

Shacklebolt: "Our best witches and wizards are already on the case. We're already investigating the spells used and all the evidence left behind. It's our top priority at the moment to catch these thieves."

Me: "So what have you guys figured out about the crime so far?"

Shacklebolt: "We have come to the conclusion that these boys did not work alone. The odds that they were able to grab these exact prophesies are exceptionally slim."

Me: "But it seems the odds were against the Ministry in almost every aspect of this crime, what makes you think this wasn't different?"

Shacklebolt: "Thought this is true, evidence points to show that we have a rat in our very own staff. We are doing a thorough search."

Me: "Is there anything you'd like to say to our readers?"

Shacklebolt: "There is, actually. Look out for people who have abnormalities in their appearance or behaviour. Our research suggests that, due to the amount of dark magic used, it's going to take a toll on one's behaviour."

Me: "Thank you for your time."

So there you go. The case remains open and the thieves on the loose, but the Ministry insists they have it all under control. Keep your eyes peeled and stay safe everyone!

ECONOMY : MARCH'S FORECAST
By ScarletAuror

This St. Patrick's Day, the leprechauns are at it again. All of the money in the infamous Gringotts Banks turned out to be leprechaun gold on this very green day. The Ministry of Magic is working on a theory as to how these little pests could have managed this devious scheme and still gotten away with it. The Ministry believes that it wasn't just the leprechauns that were the criminals in this mastermind plan. It could have been a mix of the leprechauns, some greedy wizards or witches, and a few all-too-powerful goblins.

It is said that some wizarding folk went into a riot upon finding that their purses were empty. The Ministry of Magic is currently searching for the culprits that did this in hopes of finding out what truly happened. The newfound absence of this money will affect the economy greatly, for now that thousands of previously rich wizarding families are broke as can be, they are expecting the Ministry to pay it forward.

For witches and wizards invested in the stock market, beware - a lot of that money will go down the drain. With the lack of money to purchase from stores in places like Diagon Alley, nobody is making any money. It should be in your best interest to keep any spare galleons you have safe, for it doesn't look like we'll be able to afford anything for quite a long period of time.

Some officials believe that this heist was just a distraction and that this group of criminal masterminds are plotting even more. But for everyone's sake, let's hope it doesn't have any more to do with valuables because this drastic decrease in the economy has already taken a toll on many people.

After this terrible but momentous event, hopefully. the economy will be able to recover. Gringotts goblins are hard at work trying to restore all of the treasures that lay there, but are still reluctant to let any official Ministry workers in to help figure it out. Hopefully this is one of those occasions where everything is figured out in good time. So to honor that hope, hold on to your money!

And as of today, March 17th, do your best to keep your eyes on your galleons, sickles, and knuts just to be sure they don't start disappearing on you again. That's it for this article. See you next month in the Economy section.

REGIONALS : STORM OF THE CENTURY
By titanicfan101

A storm that was named Imogen hit England and Wales. This storm brought fierce winds, tidal waves, power outages and much more.

I recently reached out to a few of the residents in England and Wales to see what they thought of this storm. "This storm was horrible, we were not expecting to get this kind of storm this early in the year and especially right after the day of love," said Bryan Delo of Wales. I also asked our Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt what he thought of this storm and he only had this to say, "This storm is the storm of the century."

During this storm, there were many different kinds of injuries and deaths that occurred. The hospitals were flooded with patients with injuries from a sprained ankle to glass piercing their skin and even some that were coughing up water. There were over 230 injured and 300 deaths that occurred because of this storm.

There were many cancellations during this storm as schools, banks, bridges, and trains were forced to close or not open until the storm had passed.

Storm Imogen lasted about 1-2 weeks but left many damages behind such as cars being crushed, train tracks flooded, and homes being hit by large tidal waves.

This storm brought many power outages with it, as over 19,000 homes were without power for the duration of the storm. People were told to take shelter either inside their homes or at their local storm shelter. Many people listened but some ignored the warnings and they ended up getting severely hurt.

Power was restored on Monday, February 29th, 2016, a week after the storm had hit but several homes were still without power though these remained in Cornwall and Devon.

Two young children were badly injured when part of a garden wall fell down on top of them as they walked to school in Worcestershire. The two children were automatically transferred to the nearest hospital and they needed severe care because their injuries were far too bad. One had a crushed bone and the other had a tension pneumothorax, which is a collapsed lung, but this is very rare in some parts of the world.

Some shopping centers were also closed due to roof tiles falling in or falling down. Some shop owners lost business due to this rare storm.

Our Daily Prophet photographer was in England at the time of this storm and you can see the pictures he took below.

This storm is a rare type of storm that typically only happens every 5-10 years but, this time, it hit only 3 years after the last had hit.



INTERNATIONAL : INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
By Lunahermione1

March 8th is known as International Women's Day around the globe. As a day that celebrates women, girls and their contributions, it only happens once a year, so keep on reading to learn more about this holiday.

International Women's Day was created in 1909, in remembrance of the 1908 International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, which was not on March 8th, but still. There used to be an untrue story going around, that there was a protest on the 8th of March, in 1857, in New York City that argued against the terrible conditions in textile factories, especially for women. It was said that on the 50th anniversary of this event, on March 8th, 1907 there was a rally in commemoration. However, now it is widely discredited, although some people still believe of the rumor's truth.

Since 1996, each year, the UN establishes a different theme for the day. Many events connected to that same theme are held, both within and outside the UN, starting from the first ever theme, Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future, to this year's theme, Planet 50/50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality. Many other, non-UN related organizations also create themes and hold campaigns.

This day has become official in many countries, from Afghanistan to Vietnam. In others, it is celebrated widely, and is acknowledged by most, but is not an official holiday. In many countries, it is customary for men to give the important women in their lives, such as their mothers, sisters or close friends, flowers or gifts to show their appreciation for the women. In Italy, specifically, men will gift the women with yellow mimosas. In Russia as well, chocolates and mimosas are the traditional presents to be given.

Even though International Women's Day has gained much recognition and is so widely acknowledged, unfortunately there is some controversy to its existence. In some countries, people planning a rally or similar event can be in some danger. One year, there were hundreds of people who were injured by police for trying to organize a rally for the day of March 8th. Many were brought in and interrogated for their work. Some were placed in jail and released some time later. There are countries where permits to speak or rally are revoked or not given, unfortunately.

I don't want to end on a gloomy note, so I am wishing you a happy International Women's Day, and don't forget to set your calendars for the day next time around! LunaHermione1, over and out.



POLITICS : ST. PATRICK'S FRIVOLITY
By BLMB

The Ministry of Magic has always been amused with some Muggle culture. Have you heard of the "Dress Up Weirdly For Work" tradition that Muggle companies sometimes do? For some odd reason, the Minister decided he wanted to try that out once, and it went... well, weirdly. If you know the series called the Hunger Games and can imagine what the people in the Capitol looked like, that was exactly how everybody was dressed that day. Never before have I seen so much pink in my life! It looked completely idiotic and so utterly absurd, one would think the Minister would rather NOT let that happen again.

Well, I was wrong. The Minister absolutely LOVED that idea and had decided to celebrate yet ANOTHER occasion for the Ministry of Magic. His belief was that the more people were involved in all these celebrations, the more 'united' the Ministry would be. After all, people always kept commenting about how corrupt and selfish the Ministry was in terms of certain aspects, so the Minister figured he can lighten this load by creating something fun -- something new!

What he wanted? Everyone to dress up in something St. Patrick's Day-related. He figured that the best way to honor leprechauns and their gold was to dress up as something that was closely related to them. It confused the heck out of all the Ministry officials, of course, but what were they to do? it wasn't like they could go against the Minister. It wasn't like they could stage a coup d'etat because they were forced to dress up as leprechauns.

The Minister even went so far as to promote the person with the BEST costume. The promotion? This person would become the Minister's secretary starting the following week. This confused the officials even more because when did the Minister ever give an incentive that huge? Why would he be giving an incentive that huge?

I tried asking some of the people he worked closely with, and they have this theory that the someone cast the Imperius Curse on him. He wasn't in his right state of mind, and all these incentives he was giving just didn't make sense. Why did people have to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, above all things? Why was it so important that someone would be promoted if they have a really good costume?

Then again, it's also possible the Minister just really enjoyed everyone dressing up and wanted a reason to see everyone silly again. I mean, who wouldn't want to see people dressed up in leprechaun costumes on a busy day for work? Sure, it was odd, but at least it made the day more enjoyable, though, right?

The date for the occasion hasn't been announced yet, so the promotion hasn't been given out yet either, but if you ask me, I think it isn't the Imperius Curse working its magic. I believe the Minister is in his right state of mind and just wants a little fun in his life once in awhile. After all, what better way to have fun than to dress up, right? He probably gave the incentive so that the people would put time and effort to making themselves have just as much fun as he did. It makes sense that way too.

Then again, maybe it -is- the Imperius Curse, and the person casting it on the Minister is the man or woman set on getting that promotion. You'll never know, really, since being the Minister's secretary was a HUGE deal, and for someone to win that through a costume party also seems a bit questionable.

Although, it's also possible the Minister has been hit by the Luck of the Irish. Maybe the spirit of St. Patrick's Day just got reincarnated in him this year, and he decided to roll with it. You'll never know, really, unless you get a skilled Legilimens to go through the Minister's mind to see why exactly he's undergoing this phase. It's best not to try that, however, because Merlin knows how much more trouble THAT would lead to.

Might as well just dress up in your best St. Patrick's Day costume and roll with the idea and celebration... then figure the reason behind all of this once the occasion is done. (And if the person you think is undeserving of the costume award ends up being chosen, because there would be absolutely NO logic to that, if it happens.)

SPORTS : QUIDDITCH ROUNDUP
By Rosie_may

What a month it has been! Quidditch has never seemed so lively. We've had matches lasting days, we've had scores of over two-thousand, and we've had more broken noses than any other month. But it`s all worth it.

At the beginning of the month, one of our most beloved referees, John St. Andrew retired after nearly forty years in the game. He participated in over eight hundred matches during his time. He will surely be missed, but at least now he doesn't have to worry about having his nose broken again. He currently holds the record between himself and the other referees for the amount of times it`s been broken. It stands at one hundred and two. He certainly went out on a high note though. His last match was between the Dublin Doubloons and the Hull Howlers. That match was the talking point at many a pub in the following days. The Dublin Doubloons had started on a low note, barely scoring one goal to the five that the Hull team scored. But as luck would have it, the Golden Snitch managed to evade the keen sight of both teams' Seekers for over thirty-eight hours. It's been seven years since a match lasted so long. Impressive as it is, it doesn't hold the world title for the longest match ever played - that belongs to a match lasting over three months. Even though the Dublin Doubloons Seeker eventually snagged the Snitch, the lead was too great and they went down seven hundred and thirty to three hundred and ten. This means that the Hull Howlers will be in the national playoffs to move up into the premier division, coveted by all the teams.

Over the weekend, Tungsten Tornadoes played the Wiltshire Wallopers, and what a match that was! Bloodthirsty Bludgers took chunks out of every player that match. The Tornadoes ended up going through three different Keepers, all taken out due to injuries. Cornal Walls, 23, had three broken ribs and a concussion. Jenna Martins, 28, suffered from a broken jaw and a fractured skull and the last Keeper managed to stay airborne just long enough for his nose to shatter in three places before their Seeker, 18-year-old Lucy Wright caught the Snitch after diving into a spectacular Wronski Feint. The Wallopers didn't fare much better, with three broken arms and one broomstick which caught fire. The match itself was rather entertaining, if not akin to a good old-fashioned pub brawl.

And that wasn't all, we've had plenty of matches as well, some a little less bloody and shorter in length. The Horncastle Hornets went down four hundred and seventy to five hundred against the Wilderland Wasps. Things were buzzing there. London Loiters lost ten to seven hundred and ninety. They were absolutely thumped by their opponent and at times you wondered if the London Loiters had even turned up, they team is aptly named though considering their lacklustre performance.

And that is that for this month`s roundup, we have more on the way for this month with the playoffs for the division moves and of course, the match we`ve all been waiting for, Chudley Cannons versus Tutshill Tornadoes!

HEX REPORT
By HaleyLupinTeddy's Girl

Hello, readers! Hex has been abuzz lately, with a series of events rounding out last month's holiday activities nicely and making way for this month's big holiday: St. Patrick's Day!

Leap-Day Extravaganza: As you know, the 29th was Leap Day and HEX had a lock-in! For those of you who don'€™t know, a lock -in is when most of the site is locked off for twenty-four hours, only allowing users to enter/interact in certain places that included common rooms, the Lead-Day Extravaganza Forum, the wishing well and similar other places. The site came together in just a few forums and spent some time talking and being together. There were also some rare REs that dropped, bumping along the economy. There were also some contests involved with the event that gave some fairly interesting prizes as well!

The Magic Awakens: The Slytherin house is running a fun buy-in event including contest, prizes and common room access! A buy-in is an event where you pay anywhere between 1500-2500 galleons to get access to certain rooms that would otherwise be off limits, such as common rooms, bathrooms and dormitories. There are also contests, a special roleplay group and other surprises waiting for you!

Jobs: The contest forum is currently hiring! Applications are due March 9th at 11:59 pm HEX time. The entire job application process has also been redone! Sitewide jobs that are available are coder, digital artist, graphic designer and item designer! So if you have any interest in any of the jobs opening up on HEX go and apply in the proper places!

Archive Update: The Magical Archives have updated! We are now on to book three of the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Head over to the Magical Archives for tasks, contests and some good old-fashioned fun! The Magical Archives have been taking us back, one by one, through the Harry Potter novels to explore them as a community and it's a great opportunity to brush up on your knowledge that the books, especially the third one, offer.

A Day Off Classes: On February 21st HEX had something almost unheard of: a day off from school! Classes were postponed for an entire day, giving students a chance to relax and spend some time lazing about the castle or the grounds. Everyone have had a good chance to catch up on homework and have some time to cool off.

That's all for now but keep a look out for some fun St. Patty's day events to come!

ASK US!
By Cassandra Lovegood

I've been having a LOT of trouble with exams and homework this year. My friend told me that there are some memorizing and recall potions and spells I could use. Do you know of any and if they're against Hogwarts rules?
~ Lost in Homework


Well, out of the potions and spells I know of, they all have some nasty side effects, along with being against Hogwarts rules. If I were you, I wouldn't chance it. A girl in my year did that during our OWLs and she ended up in the Hospital Wing after passing out from a migraine. She ended up in quite a bit of trouble!

If you're having trouble with tests and homework, it could be that you don't fully grasp the material. Try asking your teachers for help and paying extra attention in class. Another idea would be to take more notes and practice going over the material every day for a pre-determined amount of time.

I hope that helps you, Lost!
Cass




I have Quidditch tryouts coming up soon, but I'm super nervous! I'm thinking about taking Felix Felicis to boost my confidence. How long does it take to make?
~ The Lucky Player


The potion takes six months to brew. However, even if you did manage to get a bottle, taking it for the tryouts would be against the rules. Luck potions and spells are banned from tests, Quidditch matches, duels, and so on. After all, if one person takes Felix Felicis, then they have an advantage over everyone else.

If you need confidence, try looking up some tips in the library! I'm sure there are plenty of tips and tricks to keep you from getting nervous. If you're still nervous, just practice, practice, practice! Good luck on the pitch, Lucky Player!
Cass




Do you believe in luck?
~ Curious and Curiouser


Hmm, interesting question! I don't know if I would say luck exists or not. I mean, luck is this abstract notion that you can't really prove or disprove to anyone. I can't really say if I truly believe in it or not, but I often will throw out a mention about my luck, or lack thereof.

Sorry if that didn't answer your question, but I tried my best!
Cass




Why is the House called Ravenclaw if the mascot is an eagle?
~ Raging Ravenclaw


Excellent question! Well, the House was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw who chose the eagle mascot. The raven is often thought to be Ravenclaw's mascot, but it actually is not. Like the other founders, Rowena Ravenclaw named her Hogwarts House after herself, using her last name. I hope that cleared up any confusion, love!
Cass




Why is the mascot of Gryffindor a lion? Shouldn't it be a griffin?
~Gryffindor Griffin


Well, seems like we got a second question on House names and mascots today! Well, the founder of the House was Godric Gryffindor. He valued bravery, chivalry, etc. in his students. The lion is typically associated with bravery and strength, perfect for Gryffindor's House.

The Houses were all named after their founders. Gryffindor's founder was Godric Gryffindor, therefore, the House was named after him. While griffin seems to be in Gryffindor's name, it actually isn't. The lion seems to be the perfect fit for the Hogwarts House, right?

I hope I helped!
Cass

STARBURST! : LOONY LUCK
By Lunahermione1

Hello readers! As you probably already know, St. Patrick's Day is coming up on March 17th, and when I read my owls this morning, much celebrity news relating to the holiday has been reported. Who knew?

The first thing I read was about Horace Slughorn, the man behind the careers of many celebrities that you may recognize. The professor had taken it upon himself to 'brew luck', in other words, Felix Felicis. He then handed free copies out to students, among them, some troublemakers. The group of vagabonds, from Gryffindor, used the potion to cheat on many tests and in Quidditch games, before they were caught by the new Astronomy professor at Hogwarts, Professor Ariel Wales. Professor Slughorn is facing his consequences, and the Headmaster is considering firing him. The unnamed students have already been expelled and they are a year behind, as their grade for the term is Troll. Their families have refused to give any information about the children, except that they will be heading to Beauxbatons next year. For now, the are being homeschooled.

When I had put down that shocking bit of news, I moved on to this nugget, discussing Anthony Wolverine. The man that is now a household name is apparently selling luck, and not like Slughorn. Mr. Wolverine is giving advice to passers-by in Diagon Alley, for the fee of 10,000 galleons. However, apparently the Ministry of Magic doesn't approve of this and the famous Mr. Wolverine is on trial for not having a licences to sell his 'wares', as well as being accused of misleading the public with false claims. Wolverine is upset and even called the foolish, old Minister a fraud.

But the real gold nugget out of the heap of news was the interesting claim made by Rhianna Summers, the new 'in' singer, who is apparently marrying a leprechaun this coming St. Patrick's Day. She claims that last St. Patrick's Day, she was walking along, when suddenly, out of the blue, or should we say green, came a leprechaun singing away. He caught her eye, and the pair has been in love ever since. However, her prince charming has never been sighted, and there are people who think that St. Mungo's is the best option. Rhianna is furious and is planning a wedding which she says will prove to everyone that leprechauns exist and that she has found true love . I can't wait to see how that one turns out.

And speaking of turning out, I am turning in, because my eyes are weary of reading all the new information of the wizarding world. I hoped you enjoyed hearing about all the crazy celebrity schemes, because I certainly did. LunaHermione1, over and out.

AUNT EDNA'S : SPRING CLEANING
By titanicfan101

Hello readers! Spring is in the air. With spring being here, it is almost time for a little spring cleaning and attic cleaning. I will be giving you a few tips for spring.

Tip #1: Food is important, is it not? Keep your oven clean by using Easy-Off.

Tip # 2: If you are one of those people that use sponges, be sure to disinfect it every night so that bacteria does not build up on it. How do you do this? First you start by ringing it out each night, Then microwave it for 20-30 seconds.

Tip # 3: Did you know that lemon oil can be used for more than just health benefits? Rubbing a little bit of lemon oil on glass doors can make them shine.

Tip # 4: Citric acid is something we can find in many different drinks but this can also be used to clean your toilets. The acid acts as a powerful scrubber and by letting it soak for about 30 minutes will leave your toilet bowl happy and clean.

Tip # 5: Do not forget to keep your floors clean. Make sure you sweep your kitchen and bathroom floors each night. Doing this each night will help keep rodents and all different types of insects out of your house. Who wants mice and rats in their kitchen, anyways

Tip # 6: Are you a big technology fan? If you are then you have a computer in your house. To keep this clean and shiny, use a lightly dampened microfiber cloth on your computer screen and wipe either from side to side or up and down.

Tip # 7: Who does not love flowers? To help make your house smell nice, bring a few potted plants inside. This cuts down the use of chemicals inside your home.

Tip # 8: Garbage smells. Everyone's garbage smells and no one likes the smell. To keep this smell at a minimum take your can outside and hose it off or rinse it off and dump the water outside.

Tip # 9: Have spider webs? There is a quick fix to get rid of those pesky webs and insects? If you have a spider in your house, take a fly swatter and smack it until it dies or runs from the location of the web. Then by using an extension wand from your vacuum, you can suck up those nasty pesky webs.

Tip # 10: To keep bacteria from growing on your bathroom products, replace your toothbrush every 3 months and if you use a loofah or a sponge in your bath, replace these every 30 days. If not, you can grow that nasty bacteria and that bacteria can make you sick.

I hope these 10 tips help you out with your spring cleaning needs. There are many more tips I could give you but I think these tips will work just fine. Winter is gone and spring is here. Time to enjoy some fresh warm air.

Sincerely with love,
Aunt Edna

MONTHLY RECIPE : KNICKERBOCKER GLORY
By Samantha Bradley

Remember this one? It looks absolutely amazing!



Ingredients :

2-4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
2-4 scoops of strawberry ice cream
100 grams strawberries, washed and sliced
50 grams cashews, dry roasted
50 grams flaked almonds, dry roasted
200 ml fresh cream, whipped with 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoon strawberry compote

For strawberry compote :

250 grams fresh strawberries
50-75 grams sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon water

Directions :

Strawberry compote :
1. Wash the strawberries and slice them.
2. Mix all the ingredients in a pot on medium heat.
3. Then bring it to a boil and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes.
4. Now chill the compote until used.

For the sundae :
1. In a large, tall glass, add in the sliced strawberries as the base layer.
2. Add in a scoop or two of strawberry ice cream and vanilla ice cream.
3. Now pour the strawberry compote over the ice cream.
4. Then tip in the chopped and roasted nuts.
5. Top it with fresh whipped cream and a glazed cherry.

ON THE STREETS : LUCK BE A LADY TONIGHT!
By kay85


March would be the luckiest month of the year! Why? Well, St. Patrick's Day of course! But what is St. Patrick's Day, really? Is it leprechauns and golds? Is it the day people wear green? Is it about the feasts and parties? We take to the streets of HEX to find out what Hexians think about St. Patrick's Day!

I actually don't celebrate St Patrick's Day. If you asked me what the day was about, the best answer I could come up with is..."Green?" To me it's a day that can easily be used as an excuse to party, but not to be taken seriously (as opposed to holidays like Thanksgiving or Easter).
~ ihaterbf (Ravenclaw)

Deep in the heart of every Celt there dwells an unshakeable core of strength and honour. These qualities have guided the Irish through a turbulent history: they have been occupied and oppressed, suffered from famine and civil war. And in the face of it all, they have refused to be defeated. They have stood their ground and they have triumphed, again and again, in the face of overwhelming odds. The Irish make their own luck--through hard work, dedication and an absolute refusal to give up. And all along, they have done so with grace and good humour. As the saying goes: "If you're lucky enough to be Irish...you're lucky enough!"
~ lumosowl2285 (Hufflepuff)

Here where I live, they don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day. So I barely know when it's actually happening. But I've been once to an Irish Pub in Bruges on St. Patrick's Day and it was real fun! The Irish have this joyful music and the entire pub sang along with it. The pub itself was covered with green, there was the Irish flag and lots of people were wearing green and the huge green hat with the clover on it. Like on the Muggle drawings of leprechauns. Everything was lovely to behold and the music makes me dream.
~ lisamc (Ravenclaw)

I do believe in luck for I have had much luck in my life for many years. When I wanted some money, I did this mediation for it, and within a week I had a job. If I take a lotto ticket or go to the casino, I always use my lucky numbers and I always seem to win. I believe in carrying lucky charms to help luck continue in my life.
~ Agatha Gwenog (Slytherin)

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