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  2. *Merlin's Gnome

    5 - The "I've Returned" Thread

    My absence took longer than expected, but I'm back now.
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  4. Governor Flobster

    The state of things

    Hello everyone! Welcome back from our brief offline experience. As promised, the staff has a special event in store for you. Have you figured out what it is? If you guessed 'Flobberpallooza' then you guessed correctly! Just kidding The real event that students and adults alike are invited to attend is the Spring Equinox Flower Festival! More information on the event can be found in this WWN Broadcast which has been posted in the event forum. Remember that attendance to the festival is by no means mandatory but you are more than welcome to come and check it out if you are interested. If you choose to attend, please be sure to read the Rules for this event before posting anywhere, and if you have any questions be sure to direct them to the Questions thread pinned in this festival forum. We understand the board probably looks strange, but that is OKAY. It is what it is meant to look like since we have returned in an extremely limited capacity for the event. You should not be able to see or post in any forums that isn't in the the "Welcome to Potter's World - PW 135" forum. If you can, please PM myself or another admin so we can look in to it. The only exception to this are those with Graduate tags, you should be able to see your forum in case you wish to post your adult world application early (though it may not get processed until just before registration starts depending on staff availability to process them). If you have any other questions that are not related to the event between now and before the board returns for registration please feel free to PM a member of the staff, but remember that we are technically still in shutdown so it may take longer for members of the staff to reply to you. Have fun in the flobber mucus rain! Kidding (or am I?) Also, keep an eye out on this thread as the staff may have more surprises in store for you later on
  5. Adrian Jameson

    5 - The "I've Returned" Thread

    My kids are also back!
  6. Governor Flobster

    The state of things

    Hello everyone! As promised we would like to update you with what is happening in regards to shutdown. Unfortunately, there are some things that cannot wait for the next shutdown for the staff to do, so shutdown will be taking place as scheduled on the Calendar. We know that a number of you were hoping for the board to remain open this coming week and that is why this shutdown is not going to be your typical shutdown. The staff has a bit of a surprise in store for those of you that wish the board to remain open. However, as mentioned before, there are some things the staff have to do over this shutdown, so the schedule for the upcoming week will be as followed: Saturday March 28th, 9 PM GMT - Monday March 30th, 9 PM GMT --- These days will be more along the lines of a typical shutdown. The board will be completely offline while the staff work on some behind the scenes stuff that needs to be done. Promotions will take place during this time as well as a general board clean up. Any threads that has a last post of September 28, 2019 will be removed, so if you wish to save threads you'll want to do so before the board closes this Saturday. Monday March 30th, 9 PM GMT - Saturday April 4th, 9 PM GMT --- The board will be reopened to members in a limited capacity. There will be a small event during this period of time. It will be a festival of sorts, but full details will not be revealed until the special events forum becomes visible to you when the board reopens. However, during this time, no other forums will be visible to you for your characters to post in. Students and Adults may attend this special event. However, there is no expectation or requirement for members to do so. This period will be treated like a normal shutdown in regards to spam dates, meaning that all spam dates will be extended by a period of a week (7 days). So if the last post in the thread was March 17th before the board closes, it becomes April 24th with the new spam date. You will be free to resume regular posting once registration begins on Saturday April 4th, 9 PM GMT. So, if you need an outlet this coming week, please come see us at the festival, but if you need a break and want to take advantage of not having any requirements, please do so. The staff fully supports the self-care of all it's members and wishes everyone a lovely shutdown. See you when the board returns!
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  8. Katherine Wells

    4 - The Absence Thread

    My laptop charger has died and I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to get a new one!
  9. Governor Giant Slug

    The state of things

    Something to look forward too... We are please to announce a change in Internships with the launch of the Hogwarts Internship Program. This program will be replacing the Ministry Internships and will be open to all work areas of the board! That's right, now everyone gets to join in the fun. The program will offer students and mentors the opportunity to work more closely together with meetings, projects and even visits to prospective work places. For those who complete the program there's also a chance to earn Cornswin credits. For more information on the running of the program and what it involves please check out the handbook here. Sign ups are open for next term here for interested students who meet the respective age requirements. What would a internship program be without it's Mentors? We very much hope the working characters of PW will get behind the program and help our eager young interns learn all they can. A call for mentor volunteers will be posted next term. Hope you enjoy this new phase of Internships and if you have any questions please PM me.
  10. Rowan Harris

    4 - The Absence Thread

    should've posted this a bit ago, but better late than never. am considered "essential personnel" and won't be getting any time off for the foreseeable future.
  11. Governor Grandflobby

    The state of things

    Greetings, the lovely people of PottersWorld. No one needs reminding that things are more than a bit tense in the real world at the moment, and for that reason, the staff of PW want to make this space even more safe and stress-free as humanly possible. Now more than ever, it's important that we are sympathetic to the needs of all members and staff alike - whether they want to distract themselves by throwing themselves completely into a fictional world or have to take a break to look after themselves. Things might be slower, PCs and PMs might take longer, but it's all in the spirit of self-care. We're in this together, and as governments impose more restrictions... we're temporarily getting rid of some of ours. Watch this space over the coming weeks as things change in different areas (not just for adults), and if you have any concerns about anything, please PM a staff member. We're here to help, we're humans too. Stay safe, we love you. Term 135 - All Shop, Ministry, and St Mungo's work requirements are lifted. Visit your employee area announcements for specifics (your head will have more information posted soon). (Info regarding shutdown will also be out soon).
  12. Connor Rhodes

    4 - The Absence Thread

    Should have done this weeks ago, but life has been far too hectic to think about PW. Between moving, getting a new job, and other personal matters, I'm placing PW on the backburner for the time being.
  13. Elias Fisher-Gray

    4 - The Absence Thread

    Self-isolating but don’t have time to post so covering my basis. Hoping I can work out a routine to post once I have a better understanding of how things work.
  14. Zachary St. James

    4 - The Absence Thread

    posting for a friend!
  15. James Anderson

    4 - The Absence Thread

    Posting for a friend!
  16. Governor Flobster

    A Few Updates

    Hello everyone! The staff have made a few important updates to the Private Communications Forum as well as the Azkaban forum (for those that can see it) Please take a moment to check out these rule changes. Any Private Communications that were sent in before these updates will be considered based off the older versions of the rules. Update to the Murder Plot requirements. Update to the Extraordinary Abilites requirements. Update to the Azkaban Rules for posting in the forum. If you have questions in regards to these changes feel free to contact an admin or another member of the staff.
  17. Romee Adler

    4 - The Absence Thread

    I need a little break but I'll be back soon!
  18. Clara Chandler

    4 - The Absence Thread

    Traveling again for school! Will hopefully get my starters up but probably not much else :D
  19. Paris duMont

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    "It's time to get up Master Paris, your father is waiting for you." Groaning inwardly, the eleven-year-old rolled over and peaked at Gatsby from under his covers, eyes narrowing in the bright sunlight. She was simply standing in the doorway, as Gatsby did every morning, hands clasped in front of her as she waited for Paris duMont to shove the covers back and get up. It was always a struggle, rousing Paris from his slumber, which was why the curtains had been secured and sunlight was streaming into the bedroom; the lighter the room, the less likely Paris would simply roll back over and go back to sleep. "Please, Master Paris, Gatsby still has to prepare breakfast." With a dramatic flourish, sheets and blankets were pushed off of a gangly frame and Paris was sitting up, running a hand over his face to wipe the sleep from it. "Okay, Gatsby," came the response. If his father was waiting for him, that meant Ares duMont had something important to share with his son and it would be best for all parties involved if Paris didn't leave the wizard waiting for too long. "I'm coming." Gatsby could only take the young boy at his word, as he was going through the motions of getting dressed and ready to speak with his father. She simply nodded her head and snapped her fingers, reappearing in the kitchen to start making breakfast for the duMont family. Five minutes later, Paris appeared in the hallway outside of the formal dining room, bare toes digging into the carpet nervously. He'd wracked his brain whilst he'd been getting dressed and the boy had absolutely no idea what his father could have wanted to talk to him about. His birthday had been in April, a crowning achievement for the young boy. It meant that he would be following in his father's footsteps and attending Hogwarts - if the letter would ever arrive. Paris had been waiting eagerly by the window for months now and September first was only a few weeks away! He'd been on his best behavior too, with the annual summer societal events and galas. Hell, he'd even let his mother put a bowtie on him at Aloysius and Olivia Goodknight's second annual Summer Star Party. Steeling himself, Paris took the leap and stepped from the rug and onto the hardwood flooring of the dining room. "Good morning, Patéra." Ares looked up from the Prophet, a small smile appearing on his face as Paris cross the room to give Nimue a kiss on the cheek. "Good morning, Mitéra." Nimue smiled brightly at her son, reaching around him with one arm to hug him. "Good morning to you, our belated birthday boy." Realization dawned on Paris as if he'd been slapped in the face with cold water, pale blue eyes turning to Ares. His father picked up a thickly packaged envelope from the table, twirling it around to show Paris the wax seal on the back before flashing the green ink on the front. "I'm going to Hogwarts!"
  20. Beatriz de la Cruz

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    Beatriz was joining her mom, practically jumping out of her seat in anticipation of what should be coming soon: her Hogwarts letter. Her mother, an alum of Hogwarts, was just as eager, although much better at hiding her feelings on the matter in favor of a serious expression. “Mum”, Beatriz whined, “can’t it come any faster?” “It’ll get here when it gets here.” Beatriz sighed deeply, feeling like she had already been waiting an eternity for the letter. She continued to tepidly eat her breakfast, not having much of an appetite Softening her expression, her mother said to Beatriz, “C’mon dear, you need to eat more. You’re going to regret not-” She was interrupted with the sudden presence of an owl coming in through the window they had left open for the letter. That could only mean one thing: the letter of acceptance. As soon as the owl plopped it on the table, Beatriz made a grab for it and frantically tore at the envelope. Holding the letter in her hand, despite being mere confirmation of the inevitable for the eleven year old girl, it felt like she was holding the whole of Gringott’s in her hand. She was going to Hogwarts!
  21. Primus MacBeth

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    “Primus,” his mother hissed over her shoulder as she flicked her wand. He sat up straight, his eyes moving down to his bowl from the window. “Eat. It will come,” she said. His eyes rolled at her words, his spoon rearranging his porridge again. The rolling tide of his stomach couldn’t manage to stop clenching and unclenching. If he weren’t careful he would probably end up losing what little he had kept down. It wasn’t until his father had entered with a satisfied smile that his shoulders released, a breath of air releasing at the envelope slipped before him. “Cool! Can I open it?” Rary blurted from across the table. The five year old leaned over it with a sparkle in his eyes and the eleven year old glowered. “Not until it’s your turn. This is a big moment.” The envelope tore open with an involuntary hiss and the corners of his lips turned up as the list fell out. He made it.
  22. Primus MacBeth

    1 - Character Roll Call

  23. Nova May

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    "There, that should do it," Nova whispered as she finished tying back her french braid. She straightened her navy dress and took a breath, looking in the mirror. Her father had said that she should be expecting her Hogwarts letter any day now and was trying to hide how excited and nervous she was. She wanted her parents to know that she would be comfortable, assured in her decision to go to school. She was, however, mildly terrified. What if she couldn't make any friends? What if she was too awkward for the other children? She shook her head to clear it of such thoughts and made her way quietly to the kitchen. She walked in to her mother and father sitting at the table, breakfast already ready. She smiled and took her place at the table, realizing quickly that her mother and father couldn't stop grinning. "What is going on?" she asked suspiciously. Her father grinned and reached into his jacket pocket. "It's your turn," he said, beaming with pride. Nova's eyes widened as she reached for the letter, taking in the wax seal as she turned the envelope over. My own letter, she thought to herself, I finally get to go. With a squeal, she jumped up out of her chair and hugged her mother and then her father. Then she turned to rush out of the room. "Where are you going?" her mother asked, laughing. "I have to start figuring out what I need to pack- I don't want to forget anything!" She ran up the stairs, clutching her letter close to her chest, hearing her parents laughing in the kitchen behind her.
  24. Beatriz de la Cruz

    1 - Character Roll Call

    Character Name: Beatriz de la Cruz Have you read and understood the rules of this board?:Yes Will you wait for your Roll Call post to be approved BEFORE posting your letter?: Yes Character Face: Mariana Zaragoza Character Masterlist Entry: Zaragoza, Mariana - Beatriz de la Cruz 200 words (minimum) on family history: Alfonso de la Cruz, from the outside looking in, was a highly successful, happily married alum of Beauxbatons from Andalusia, Spain to Carlota de la Cruz, with two children. However, unbeknownst to her very trusting wife, Alfonso was engaging in affairs with a Ministry of Magic employee posted in Spain for international wizarding affairs named Leah Carmichael. The affair was at its peak, with talks from Leah of running away with Alfonso and living a new life in Spain as his new wife, when Carlota finally caught them. Upon finding out about her husband’s infidelity, Carlota directed her rage towards what she saw as a promiscuous woman tempting her faithful husband (despite the fact that it was Alfonso had initiated the affair and had not disclosed his marital status with Leah). Using her prominent connections, Carlota pressured the Ministry to recall Leah from her post and put the affair out in the world, deeply humiliating her and causing her much strife from having to deal with its blowback. Complicating matters, Leah had found out that she was pregnant with Beatriz, now with no one but herself to support her new child and someone she loved hanging her out to dry publically. Leah returned to Dublin and gave birth to Beatriz. Because of the scandal involving Alfonso, Leah relegated herself to less visible and less prominent posts within the ministry, trying her best to balance work and raising her child while waiting for the scandal to cool off. Besides being raised in a single parent household, life for Beatriz was fairly normal, although she was always puzzled why her mother was alone raising her and why Leah was always mum on the details of her father. Existing familial relationships to on board characters: N/A 100 words (minimum) on personality: If you were to ask anyone about Beatriz’s personality, one of the first things that would come to mind would be her inquisitive nature, with her mother always joking she could make a good muggle detective. She is always willing to pick up a new thing or two about the world, be it magical or muggle. Through her curiosity, she has something of an adventurous spirit that isn’t too concerned with following the “proper rules”. Unfortunately, these tendencies can land her into trouble, especially being hardly one to think things through all the way and putting herself head first into risky situations if it's to satisfy an urge to know something or explore. Being someone who likes to show cheek and sassiness in her interactions, she can put herself at odds with people, provided that she is all too willing to press buttons of people. She usually makes it clear that it's all in good fun that she is like this, although she can go too far sometimes and turn people off with her antics
  25. Nova May

    1 - Character Roll Call

    Character Name: Nova May Have you read and understood the rules of this board? Yes Will you wait for your Roll Call post to be approved BEFORE posting your letter? Yes Character Face: Raffey Cassidy Character Masterlist Entry: Cassidy, Raffey- Nova May ----- 200 words on family history: The May family was pureblooded as far back as the lineage could be traced until Nova’s father. Nova’s father married a muggle woman who found out he was a witch long after he was married. Because of this transgression, Nova’s mother Julius did not have relationships with his family and thus Nova knew none of her extended family on her father’s side well. The three moved to an isolated area south of London and removed themselves from the rest of the May family and the majority of people as a whole. This resulted in total isolation from the rest of their extended family. Nova was homeschooled for her entire life up until her arrival at Hogwarts and was prepared to live up to the expectations her parents- particularly her father- had of her. Although distanced from his traditional pureblood family, Julius continued to place strict ideals on his daughter and wife, stressing the importance of magical appreciation and preservation. While he does not believe that magic should remain strictly within pureblood families, he does have an appreciation for keeping magic entirely separate from the muggle world. This led to the isolation that the family enjoyed, which included keeping Nova’s mother Victoria largely separated from her family. This meant that Nova rarely got to enjoy the company of other people and spent most of her time enjoying her solitude. Victoria accepted this as necessary, and never revealed the reality of her family’s magical abilities, often visiting her extended family alone. Existing relationship to on board characters: None 100 words on personality: As Nova never got the opportunity to go to school or spend time with other children due to her isolation and homeschooling, she is incredibly shy and slightly awkward when meeting new people. Friendly, but a little naïve, when she is comfortable around another person she will spend hours talking with them and will make time for them whenever they ask. Fiercely loyal, Nova knows to treasure what few relationships she has- resulting in a close familial bond with her parents. This also resulted in a need to please the people who have expectations of her, and she is always looking for ways to gain the praise of those around her. Spending a lot of time in isolation Nova has developed her creative abilities, particularly relating to painting. She enjoys seeing the beauty in the little thing and thinks best in how to translate this to colours and shapes on canvas rather than words and equations. Nova can often misinterpret social cues as she is not used to needing to read them but tries her best and is willing to learn.
  26. It's hard to say goodbye. But here we are, 13 years later (with a two year break in between) and at last, it's time to go. It's sad because there is still so much I wish I could have done! The board is changing so quickly and if you look at it now versus back in 2007, it has grown into this wild, beautiful, gangly thing with convoluted plots and complex characters. I wish that I had more time to bring on more plots, revamp the articles, rope in some fresh blood, and continue helping you guys be the kindest, most welcoming, and most creative spot on this corner of the internet. It's a bit sweet too though; my RL is moving on, and it is never a bad thing to live in the real world! I am honored and grateful for the time you have allowed me to work on the site, and could not have asked for a better set of fellow staff members to work with. I am lucky that I've gotten to dip my hooves into so many areas of the board and equally break and fix those areas, haha! Thank you for your trust in me and the other staff over the years; I've always thought that it takes a great deal of faith to allow people to mess with your characters and trust that that their story will turn out okay, even if you have no control over how it goes. I've been ready to retire for a long time but have had a hard time doing it. I would have done it long ago, but then the board broke for real, and I never felt right about leaving until I felt sure that it was in a safe, happy place. Now that the board is here, safe and happy (and not without its flaws), I find that it's time to go. It's hard to say good bye to Daisy, who has become such an extension of myself that I cannot fathom what life would be without her, and it's equally as difficult to imagine that the board will continue to grow and exist without me in it. But...I guess it's kind of like how I imagine parenthood - you just go ahead and do it and know that while you might not have done everything you set out to do, you did enough. And I know that while the board is not a flawless place, it is a perfect place, because it has you in it, steering the ship and continuing to tell a story that has lasted 135 years in game time! I have been lucky to read your writing and watch you all grow as writers. I have been lucky too, to see how this universe has expanded - all from your ideas. I feel like I am always reading about people who feel as if their characters don't matter, or who feel as if nobody cares. I hope that you know, and I hope that you remember, that this lovely universe would not exist in the same way without your character. It would not exist in the same way without your writing and your story and it would not continue to exist unless you continue to write your little heart out. Every character has had a place on this board and every character has been read and loved. I hope that moving forward you remember that thought; PottersWorld's universe depends on the fact that you care and that you have a story to tell. Thank you so much for being such a big part of my life (literally nearly half my life has been spent here!) I will be around for the next few weeks wrapping up loose ends as I find them, but I will not be manning any particular area of the board. You'll know I've officially retired this old moose when her tags change over to retired status! In the meantime, feel free to PM or email. Love, Daisy p.s. Credit to Billy Joel for the thread title!
  27. Guest

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    Aria awoke to sunlight streaming through the large windows of her London brownstone. She quickly dressed in a pair of slacks and a chunky knit sweater and piled her long hair into a messy bun atop her head. Then, with much more enthusiasm than the girl usually possessed, Aria bounded down the stairs and into the den. There, sat perched in his usual spot, was Poppea, the family owl. In her beak was the source of the newly eleven year old’s joy. It was October 4th, and that meant it was the day that Aria was to receive her letter from Hogwarts. She strutted across the room and plucked the letter out of the owl’s mouth, giving her an appreciative pat on the head. Immediately, she popped the wax seal and fell on the couch, beginning to read the letter. To her, the letter symbolized reprieve from all of the drama that afflicts her family, and that provides her with an almost weightless feeling. She always knew the letter was going to come, but actually holding it in her hands restored some of the child-like spirit that she has lost over the past few years. She reads the letter a few more times, her seldom-seen grin getting larger each time. Then, she carefully folds it and puts it in her pocket for safe-keeping. It was time to see what she could find to eat for breakfast.
  28. Guest

    1 - Character Roll Call

    Character Name: Aria Quinn Have you read and understood the rules of this board?: Yes Will you wait for your Roll Call post to be approved BEFORE posting your letter? Yes Character Face: Sarah Hyland Character Masterlist Entry: Hyland, Sarah - Aria Quinn ----------- 200 words on family history: Taura Santos relocated to London from her home in Portugal when she was three, after her parents were hired into high-profile jobs within the Ministry of Magic. The prestigious pure-blood family adjusted quite well to life in England, sending their daughter to Hogwarts where she garnered quite a bit of attention. It was there that she met her now husband, Alexander Quinn, although they did not marry until well into their twenties. The Quinn’s were also a prominent pureblood family, so the match was happily met. Aria was born the year after their marriage, in early October. Unbeknownst to everyone besides Aria and her mother, though, is the little fact that Alexander is not her biological father. In a drunken stupor, Taura revealed to her that her father’s real name was Jonathan, and he was a half-blood. Should this secret ever be discovered, it would wreak scandal upon the Quinn family that would almost certainly fall into permanent disrepair. Still, she searches for more information but cannot seem to find a lead that sticks. Her family, despite being purebloods, never shows distaste for those with impure blood; however, Aria would be strongly discouraged if she ever sought to become partners with someone that is not up to the familial standards. They hold her to the status of a pureblood, and she is determined to make sure it remains that way. Existing familial relationships to on board characters: None 100 words on personality: Aria has been quite the handful from birth, often sticking her nose is places that it does not belong. This curiosity is how she discovered her true legacy, which has been molding her demeanor ever since she discovered the secret when she was eight. She became increasingly secretive, keeping even her daily journal writings under lock-and-key. Her inquisitive nature has increased, however, which has made her into quite the listener. She rarely steps out of line, because she believes she is less likely to be exposed if she goes unnoticed. Although, when she does find herself in a bit of trouble, she has become quite good at wiggling her way out of it.
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