Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What You Missed: The Event Which Must Not Be Named VI (photos)

 [Editor's Note: all photos by View Staff]

A Deatheater watches over the battle

Students on an adventure

Fighting Inferi

Adventurers had to blindly brush a rune onto paper after grinding flower petals into paint

Bowtruckles attack

Undead Inferi attack the hill

Dagger versus the Deatheater

Sounding their strident cries, Fwoopers swoop in to attack the students

Transfigured students gather fwooper eggs with their claws

Transfigured chizpurfles carry eggs in their claws

A Transfiguration gone horribly wrong

A creepy yet delectible spread awaits at Borgin & Burkes in Knockturn Alley

Mr Burke talks with the students

A puzzle awaits in the woods

Working on said puzzle

Fighting Devil's Snare

Spider goes after a unicorn while Bright tries to reason with him

A chill permeates the air as a Dementor appears amid a horde of Inferi

The items needed to force Voldemort's appearance are placed on the pillars

Voldemort is forced to Apparate in front of the students

The selfless sacrifice of Lavender Brown

At long last, Voldemort lies dead in defeat

Dumbledore presents Grebinar with an item of power

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I Can't Even

I Can't Even...
Sara 'Zarine' Jessop
... Change 

I think we all know that I don't like change. I prefer things to be in an orderly fashion, and in the same order all of the time. If my morning tea gets set down on the wrong side of my breakfast plate I basically lose my mind. So you can only imagine how difficult is was to make some revisions to how things are done here at Alchimia Lupinaar. 

I have advisers who tell me what the most effective way to run a business is, however most people's business isn't, well... people. It takes something of a strange moral compass to do what I do and I didn't like the way I was being advised. I certainly do not think of myself as a good person, dear reader, but even I know that people are more than commodities. So I fired them. "But Zarine, what will your guests be entertained by..." You're wondering that because you're an idiotic pleb that thinks that I fired the people who keep me in business and you warm at night. Well, you're completely wrong. Unless you're being kept warm at night by one of my business advisers, in which case your only half wrong.  

What every pleb is thinking right now....

So things are changing here. 

At first I didn't like it because almost no one likes change. We all like the status quo because it's at least familiar. We are all a little bit shy when it comes to new things and are slow to accept that the world can't always stay the same. But sometimes things need to change. 

Oh, don't worry, you won't notice any difference in the quality of your service. The adjustments mostly only effect my coin purse. You might notice some of them only because I have pointed the possibility out to you. I've shared this information both because it will make you curious and increase my bottom line, and because I hope that it teaches you a valuable lesson about change; it's not always bad.

There are many times that change is good. Changing your clothes, for instance, is something that you should all do far more often. Changing your attitude is another good example. Most of you could do with a bit of a personality adjustment. Changing your tune would also be great since it appears that most of the Realms citizens are born completely tone deaf, myself included. Change of pace? Please do, as my girls are getting quite bored with the lot of you and your fondness for doing everything at a medium pace. 

What's the moral of this whole article, you are probably wondering? I was going to tell you, but I've changed my mind. 

See you next Tuesday. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Flashback Friday: The Event Which Must Not Be Named I

As the Harry Potter event series draws to a close this year with the sixth and final event, we take the time to take a trip down memory lane to the event that kicked off the series in 2012. Editor's note: all photos by Casey Lemay.

Hogwarts awaits, banners, aloft, the sorting hat ready to do it's duty.

Delicious treats are just part of the wizarding experience.

Each new student got sorted according to their personality.

A runic puzzle, using what the students learned in Runes class.

Many dangerous plant monsters lurked in the forest near Hogwarts castle.

This dangerous scarecrow was one of many magical creatures the students had to contend with.

Trolls are dangerous enough by themselves, let alone when they are in groups!

Collecting Mandrake Root while fighting off enemies.

Hargid teaches the students in Care of Magical Creatures.

Happy students listening intently.

Gargoyles were one type of dangerous magical creature.

The Sphinx asked riddles of it's foes.

The heroes attempt to collect Devil's Snare in the woods.

More sneaking up on that dangerous plant

The always boisterous Hagrid and his pink umbrella.

The heroes attempt to collect Devil's Snare in the woods.
Wizard duels begin, Graham faces off against Naj

The professors look on as their students duel.

Razmith steps into the wand dueling arena.

The lesson from Runes class sits on the chalkboard.

Kaelkatar about to strike the final blow in a wizard's duel.

Grebinar hoists the House Cup after Gryffindor wins!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

What You Missed at: Grimloch Grill and Games (photos)

Squad Battles (photo by Jason Rosa)

Squads, continued (photo by Jason Rosa)

Live Checkers (photo by Jason Rosa)

Flag Control Tourney (photo by Jason Rosa)

Dagger fights (photo by Jason Rosa)

Huntress tournies (photo by Jason Rosa)

More Huntress tournies (photo by Jason Rosa)

Fierce competition (photo by Casey Lemay)

Testing the mental mettle (photo by Casey Lemay)

Raffle prizes abound (photo by Casey Lemay)

Slade gets some air (photo by Casey Lemay)

The tough job of judging (photo by Casey Lemay)

Grimloch Gravedigger comes out on top (photo by Casey Lemay)