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31 19 Oct 29 2017, 07:37 PM
In: The Great Un-Masquing 2017
By: AbMag!
Hogwarts Pirate Code
This is where you get started. Check in here to learn about HOW, its history and basic functional code, current plotline, Pirate Code (guidelines for surviving HOW), how to join, application form, and so on.
11 4 Oct 4 2017, 07:15 PM
In: H.O.W. Roster ^_^
By: Aiden
The Sorting Hat: Join the Bedlam
All characters (old, young, magical, non-magical, monster, veela, Fury, banshee, mutant Devil's Snare, etc.) need to stop by here first to join this board. Being the amazing magical artefact that it is, the Sorting Hat survived the destruction, though you may have to rummage through the ruins to find it. Cram it onto your head to get Sorted, or to get sorted out, depending on your age! As a heads up, the Sorting Hat has had very little to do and no company to speak of for the last ten years and might accost you for a long conversation.
45 185 Sep 26 2017, 10:37 PM
In: Fedora Fang
By: Night Cap
 

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General OOC
All OOC related topics go here!
78 1519 Nov 3 2017, 08:19 AM
In: Everyone ok??!!
By: Mim
Plottings, Blottings and Jottings
This is where you come to write character biographies and histories (should you feel like it), plot with your fellow-H.O.W.-ers, request threads, characters, and plots, and so on! It is by NO MEANS compulsory - just a place to throw ideas around, let muses out to play, and see what happens. Bring the crash helmet.
Subforums: Plottings, Blottings, Jottings

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102 356 Oct 22 2017, 05:23 PM
In: Abigail Jeffries
By: Abigail Jeffries
House Points
Self-Explanatory...
34 126 Nov 12 2017, 09:26 AM
In: Housepoints for November 2017
By: J
Technical Support and Suggestions
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20 118 Oct 4 2017, 03:56 PM
In: Forum Descriptions
By: Jazz
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314 4 Nov 12 2017, 10:07 PM
In: Chaos Theory
By: nightwing
 

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Student Advisor's Hall
The SA Hall is open to everyone. Student Advisors were created on HOW as much to spread out the power as to give everyone on the board the right to have a say. Any player can bring up an issue and every player has the right to weigh in. Please check in here for topics for discussion about the board, its running, plot, logistics, and so on!
26 108 Aug 26 2017, 08:28 PM
In: I'm baaaack
By: J
 

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Underground Passages
Only one of the seven secret underground passages that reputedly existed remained fully intact, leading to the Hog's Head and opening into the Room of Requirement. It is approximately safe but out of bounds to students. The other passages have been dug open and exposed, though not by any House Elf or witch or wizard. It is safer to consider them still blocked.
1 25 May 12 2016, 10:35 AM
In: A Town Called Malice
By: Jo'ri Targrist
The Chamber of Secrets
Those who assailed Hogwarts twelve years ago made a project of re-opening the Chamber of Secrets, though we don’t quite know why. They were certainly not after the five Basilisk eggs which still sit innocuously in the middle of the Chamber. Oddly, they remained untouched throughout the monsters' occupation of the castle.
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Dungeons
The area beyond the kitchens is strictly out of bounds to students as a precaution to the havoc that had been caused during the rebuilding process. The dinginess and dampness of the dungeons made this a breeding ground for monsters after the Fall, and it is not unlikely that some monsters still lurk in the corridors here. The mysterious black hole in the dungeon depths that once lead to places unknowable has reportedly been sealed.
8 164 Nov 10 2017, 02:38 AM
In: Stranger
By: Jungwen deJuno
Slytherin Common Room
The Slytherin Dungeons extend under the lake with spectacular views into the water. The rebuilt glass ceiling is a more solid window than the magic it replaced, so it's much less damp these days. Warmer too, now that the roaring fires and green globe pendant lamps have been relit, giving the common room an approximate level of cozy. Freshly charmed stairs lead upwards to the girls' dorm, where the rooms are ready for visitors, and downward to boys' dorm, which has been sealed off until someone figures out how to keep the doors from disappearing and reappearing. There is also a corridor that leads down to unknown blackness, which was left unsealed. Nothing can come UP, but things can go down.
6 150 Sep 15 2017, 12:23 PM
In: Party thrown by Hogwarts fo...
By: Gabryal
Kitchens
Occupied by our five House Elves (Rimley, Hiram, D'Artagnan, Blinky and Fritz), the Kitchens are clean and well-kept, and bursting with aromas. The House Elves themselves are not too happy, considering the clean-up they’ve been dealing with all these years. Tread carefully here and you may just get a cookie!
4 18 Apr 14 2017, 09:27 PM
In: Chitters' Day Out
By: Shea
Hufflepuff Common Room
The Hufflepuff Basement, just below the ground level, is a safe space. The magical house plants that the Hufflepuffs brought here evolved into a small, natural ecosystem of their own, having protected the Hufflepuff Common Room through the years after the Fall. The common room has no password, and all are welcome here, but enchanted vines have been known to enforce order as interpreted by Helga's portrait hanging over the fireplace. Even with the plants trimmed back and tamed, the sunshine trickling in through the rounded windows overhead gives the whole space the air of a manicured garden that just happens to have comfortable, overstuffed couches. Ever since the return of people to Hogwarts, Hufflepuff has housed many of the rebuilders.
5 46 Jul 17 2017, 10:02 AM
In: It's beginning to look ...
By: Elaida May
 

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Entrance Hall
Once again a grand entrance to the castle, the Entrance Hall welcomes all who are friendly to Hogwarts. The staircase, which had fallen in the Fall, has resumed its place as the focal point. The cracks and patchwork stone still recall the recent history of the castle, but its strength bears testimony to the rebuilding effort. The House Points hourglasses, which somehow survived through it all, now count for students once again.
18 590 Oct 31 2017, 02:49 AM
In: Masque: Entrance Hall
By: The Emperor
Great Hall
No longer the center of the rebuilding effort, the Great Hall is now the center of the school, as it should be. The house banners fly properly overhead and the enchanted ceiling lets in light in the day while floating candles are lit every evening. The house tables and professors' table are set up for meals, fresh from the kitchens and almost entirely sourced from our own gardens!
21 593 Nov 12 2017, 11:24 PM
In: Welcome Feast
By: Bree Reau-Cassidy
Trophy Room
The only evidence of destruction left in the Trophy Room is found in the trace remnants of hairline cracks in the glass cases and the wayward tilt of some of the trophies. This room stands proudly as a testament to the past and future grandeur of the school.
2 27 Aug 13 2017, 09:04 AM
In: If you only listen with you...
By: Audrey Clavell
Library
Since the fall, the library has been lovingly cared for by the librarian, a bookworm named Betty. Large, pink, and resembling a seal, Betty is both fiercely protective of her books and overwhelmingly friendly. Her mucus is much more contained these days due persistent mopping, but students and visitors are advised to watch their step as she leaves behind a slippery trail. Due to her efforts, nearly all of the original books were saved, but Betty would be most pleased to tell you about the newest additions to the collection.
10 137 Nov 10 2017, 03:43 AM
In: Loopholes Stuffed With Sweets
By: Audrey Clavell
Courtyard & Garden
These protected outdoor spaces were spruced up for the first Masquerade and are now open to students for their enjoyment. The garden features a maze of flowers and shrubs, and a stone fountain at the center which occasionally hosts a giant frog who comes and goes as he pleases.
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Hospital Wing
The Hospital Wing was brought back up to functionality through the dedicated work of the Healers early on in the Rebuilding. It has proven its worth many times since, and is more than ready to serve the school. The current rotation of healers includes Alannah Morgan, Luke Neeson, and Jake Vance.
9 82 Nov 1 2017, 09:27 PM
In: Breaking Hogwarts: Mould (C...
By: Alannah Morgan
Classrooms, Corridors and Staircases
All of the current classrooms are located here. While some rooms are still closed off, this area of the castle is completely safe for students. No evidence of the once murderous, mobile, mutating, magic mold remains. However, many of the old classrooms have been used as residences for Rebuilders, and some still serve this purpose. Students should remain in the designated school areas.
17 226 Nov 18 2017, 12:16 AM
In: Ask Me
By: Sully
Student Dormitory
A newly constructed dormitory to house the small student population together. Several rooms open into a common area. Each room has been decorated tastefully, but with obvious consideration of functionality and comfort.
2 1 Nov 6 2017, 11:40 PM
In: Elements of Harmony
By: Rory Dash
Student Restrooms
Recently repaired, the plumbing is now fully operational. While we don't anticipate any malfunctions, if something should occur, please dry yourself off before reporting it.
1 22 Sep 16 2017, 10:36 PM
In: Leaky Faucets
By: Torana Caleb
 

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Room of Requirement
As its predecessor did during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1997, the Room of Requirement served as a hideout during the war. It is not easily found, but once found, it is exactly what you need it to be.
3 68 Mar 11 2017, 12:02 PM
In: Cutting the ties which bind...
By: Mkichaa Terath
Prefects' Bathroom
The only loo to make it through the Fall unscathed, the Prefects' Bathroom is currently reserved for staff. (Or anyone else who sneaks in to enjoy a relaxing, lavender-scented bubble bath.)
1 35 Feb 7 2016, 05:53 PM
In: After Party
By: Cerberus
Caretaker's Office
The last caretaker in residence was Millicent Bostock. As far as anyone knows, she hasn't bothered to show up for work in years. She left behind some tools and supplies, although their motivations are rather questionable. The ladder, in particular, has a bad attitude; borrow it only with great caution.
1 18 Nov 22 2016, 12:23 AM
In: This Boat is Sinking
By: Audrey Clavell
Staff Room
The Staff Room is one of those few parts of the castle that survived surprisingly intact. The professor’s lounge is entirely preserved and quite clean, with comfortable chairs, a round table at the center, book shelves and supply cabinets. It housed some of the rebuilders in the early days of the effort, but is now ready to serve it's true purpose once again. Next to it, the erstwhile Joint Hogwarts Office, once the makeshift headquarters of the new school administration, remains utterly destroyed.
3 24 May 12 2016, 01:32 AM
In: Righting a wrong, well, wro...
By: Mkichaa Terath
Staff Apartments
Under Construction.
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Classrooms, Corridors and Staircases
The upper levels are buried under more dust and debris than rubble, neglected rather than totally destroyed. Former classrooms here were highly exposed to the elements, as almost all of the windows were smashed either during the Fall or in the Blackout. This area of the castle also bears the evidence of large populations of magical creatures who made their homes here over the years. Of them, only a peaceful Giant Lizard called Gilbert has been allowed to continue roaming the corridors on the fifth floor.
12 202 May 22 2017, 12:50 PM
In: One Last Thing
By: Torana Caleb
 

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Gryffindor Tower
The Gryffindor Commons suffered greatly in the war, which may or may not be a consequence of the House’s historical pig-headedness, or its fondness for fire. The tower has since been repaired and made extremely cozy by its current residents. The human residents of the tower are outnumbered by cats by at least three to one, a status which has resulted in the tower being dubbed "Gryffincat".
10 151 Jul 27 2017, 03:19 PM
In: Last Portkey Home
By: Cerberus
Headmistress's Tower
Firmly sealed with its inherent magic for almost ten years, the Headmistress’s Office preserves all Hogwarts records and important objects, books, and documents. Now, more than ever, the Office is ready to open up and welcome Headmistress Torana Caleb.
3 11 Nov 11 2017, 02:53 AM
In: A Second Chance to Come Clean
By: Alannah Morgan
Ravenclaw Tower
The Ravenclaw Tower is presumably intact, still airy and resplendent. No one really knows, though, as the Common Room has not been accessed since the castle fell. This may or may not be because the Caretaker Miss Bostock has not so far been able to answer the eagle knocker's riddles. The House Elves, who have their own ways and means of getting inside, suspect that someone someone has been living there for all these years - mostly because the food they leave out is never left untouched. But no one really knows for sure!
7 34 Dec 25 2016, 11:26 PM
In: The Squirrel and the Potion
By: Torana Caleb
Tower Classrooms
The tower classrooms were particularly hard hit during the war. While they are sturdy, they remain in various states of disrepair. It is possible to reach the top of the Astronomy Tower, but some areas are still piles of fallen stones and mortar, and half-destroyed walls. The Divination Tower has yet to be explored, possibly because none of its staircases remain. In theory, it should still be possible to summon the silvery rope to reach the likely chaotic and weather-worn classroom, but none have tried.
2 22 Apr 23 2017, 10:05 AM
In: With Crippled Anger
By: Susanne Al'Khan
West Tower & Owlery
At the top of the West Tower is the Owlery, inhabited by a mixed flock of experienced veterans and newer recruits. Some of the original Hogwarts flock remained through the years and are now nearly tame enough that they just might not take your fingers with your letter! While the Owlery is fully repaired, the rest of the tower is only mostly intact, with an emphasis on mostly.
5 69 Oct 26 2017, 08:40 AM
In: Can I send an owl instead?
By: Mkichaa Terath
 

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Grounds
The main grounds surround the castle with mundane and magical animal stalls and enclosures, carved and winding walkways, towering bridges, lush courtyards, an underground boathouse, and shady waterways that flow behind gaping veils of ivy into dark caverns. Magical fauna and flora still roam and clog the rest of the grounds, but these days they're harmless (excepting the Whomping Willow) and often yield to human foot traffic and the activities of the lawn-munching huflufs or the abnormal amount of cats who wander the grounds.
Subforums: Fidchell Swales and Stones

14 257 Nov 5 2017, 07:17 PM
In: You Can Lead a Hufluf to Ho...
By: Guenevere Sicilia
Greenhouses
The viney courtyard turf is covered in vegetable patches, while greenhouse walls and ceilings are draped with sturdy hammock nets suspending crochet-cord garden bags overflowing with lush crops and ingredients. The plant groups in each greenhouse vary by growing conditions and danger levels, but only two are fully utilized for castle needs. Conversely, the conservatory seems more eccentric, with garden bags tunneling, twisting, and tangling around plants to constrict them from, or funnel them into, a lush, forest polyculture. At the center rests a deep pond with large, round stones while the ceiling has nets littered with knotted cushions and pillows. There’s a shady corner with black wicker chairs and a round table where you just may find herbology professor Naomi Ntonni.
3 7 Sep 11 2017, 06:23 PM
In: In the Jungle You Must Wait
By: Naomi Ntonni
The Lake
The the underwater ecological mayhem wrought by a wave of invasive and deadly marine creatures has calmed down in the wake of the school opening. The Giant Squid seems to contribute by corralling different species into different parts of the lake and mostly keeping humans from venturing past the shallows, while the merfolk's handling of the loch life and politics is still a mystery. Bordering the tense calm of the lake, at a distance from the castle, is a deathly still sea of white marble graves for those who died during the Fall.
1 4 Jun 15 2016, 06:23 PM
In: Just Can't Hide Your Crazy
By: Foxy Fanshawe
Quidditch Pitch
The Quidditch goal hoops, locker rooms, stands, and broom houses have all been restored to their former glory, but the unused field is often overgrown with weeds.
4 36 Apr 22 2017, 09:35 PM
In: How Far i'll Go
By: Raiden Neeson
The Forbidden Forest
The edge of the forest is home to paddocks and enclosures for some of the larger magical and mundane creatures of Hogwarts who discourage forest denizens from trespassing. Venturing deeper into the forest is not only forbidden, but also dangerous due to the dangerous centaur clearings, damp and dark acromantula lairs, and a sudden influx of werewolf dens. Mutants, half-breeds, mongrels, and evolutionary marvels also lurk in the forest's woody overgrowth, hide in tunnels of caves, and loom in the tall expanse of the forest canopy.
8 116 Sep 17 2017, 10:08 PM
In: An Angel Once, Now a Ghost ...
By: Guenevere Sicilia
 

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Hogsmeade
Hogsmeade suffered in the war ten years ago, but most of the damage came after that since the little village lost most of its clientele. The businesses that survived have been grateful for the rebuilding and do what they can to support the effort, whether through donations or part time employment for those who need it. In addition to the train station and its many residences in various states of habitation, Hogsmeade hosts Honeydukes, Zonkos, Tomes and Scrolls, Scrivenshaft's, Gladrag's, the Magic Neep greengrocer, Fedora's Wand Parlour, and the WWN.
38 459 Oct 24 2017, 01:38 PM
In: Luck Favors the Prepared
By: Fedora Fang
Hogsmeade Brews & Stews
Located in the heart of the village, The Three Broomsticks has enjoyed the increase of business as the far dingier crowd that once made up the clientele have been replaced with friendly and familiar faces. The Hog's Head continues to enjoy a roaring trade, despite the sheer number of duels it has inadvertently hosted in the last few years. For those looking for a calmer respite, Madam Pudifoot still serves tea upon request.
30 725 Nov 19 2017, 12:34 AM
In: A Trail for the Devil to Erase
By: Shea Koshan
London at Large
London has arrived at a tentative peace and a fragile sort of synergy exists here now. Corruption runs deep within the Ministry of Magic, which is controlled by a darker caliber of wizards through magical coercion as well as economic means (who said you couldn't learn a thing or two from Muggles).
43 468 Oct 30 2017, 08:21 AM
In: Slow Hands
By: Bryce Brixton
Diagon Alley & Knockturn Alley
Diagon Alley is active, though a cloud of tension hangs overhead, worsened by the unfortunate events of the MIMD explosion. Buildings have been repaired and normal trade has resumed, with security being tightened considerably. The Ministry of Magic has decreed that Aurors and Hitwizards may search suspicious witches and wizards on sight. In the centre of the street outside of Ollivander’s, a gash cuts deep into the earth. It has been cordoned off with official Ministry tape and trespassers may be arrested. Approach with caution. Knockturn Alley thrives despite whispers about its ties to the explosion.
14 180 Nov 12 2017, 11:50 PM
In: Sunshine Chocolate Dreams
By: Torana Caleb
St Mungo's Hospital
St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries reached functional capacity in early 2012, after weeding out some corruption from its ranks. The Healers at this fine institute are committed to upholding the legacy of the hospital.
13 141 May 1 2017, 11:47 PM
In: Blowing this Popsicle Stand
By: Julien Cross
Britain at Large
Britain is united and mostly at peace following the outbreak of war. The Ministry of Magic has succeeded in driving key members of the DOH overseas; although darker witches and wizards remain active, their activity growing in the wake of the MIMD. If you do spot any suspicious activity, please get in touch with the British Ministry of Magic as soon as possible.
Subforums: Fordwich, Kent

51 687 Nov 9 2017, 12:58 AM
In: Anything it Takes
By: Sully
The World at Large
The war is still being fought in many parts of the world, and international relations are in an all out mess. Countries like Russia, the Far Eastern nations, and Chile are in the throws of some of the worst conflict so far, while others have reached an extremely brittle equilibrium. A few countries however have kept themselves sane, Sweden, Sri Lanka, and the nation of Micronesia in the western Pacific being a few. The Micronesian Ministry of Magic is the most stable in the world right now, located under water rather like the ancient kingdom of Atlantis. Most wizard prisons are now in Russia, as Azkaban is only occasionally functional.
24 334 Nov 3 2017, 04:40 PM
In: The Bud, the Blossom, the L...
By: Alannah Morgan
 

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In: Will Betty see her shadow?
By: Betty
 

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Old H.O.W. Archives
Hogwarts Our Way was born on an entirely different forum. To keep up with the changing tides we have relocated (with the selfless help of our current members) to our new corner on the internet. As a testament to where we started we have included our old site's archive on our new site.
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In: Older HOW Rules
By: J
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