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We're going to attend classes. That means maybe you'll have to transform cups into mouses, transplant baby mandragoras or brew potions, among other things.

They may need some planning, so read instructions careful. Once in a while the Class Masters may go and check if your book applies or not. Points are at stake here.

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◈ Questions about classes (to the mods) are made by captains only on the captains group. Infractors will be penalized by 5 points. This does not apply to questions done on the teams thread to the captains.

◈ If the classes masters think the book doesn't fit your team will be granted negative points - no discussion. Well, you can contest it. But, if we take it to voting on the mod table, and we still decide the book doesn't fit, instead of -5 points, you'll get -25. So, is up to you.

◈ No questions about if a book fits a certain task are allowed. For example: you can ask what we consider a Dark Art. You cannot ask if a book about werewolves can be consider a Dark Ark. We have been doing this for a long time, again, use common sense. There are negative points at stake here.

◈ No questions about if a book cover has enough of a certain color. You can use Mad-Tineye Moody or some other online color extractor tool, in case the color at hand applies (indigo and turquoise may not be on their range). We're not limiting a certain percentage, but again, is a matter of common sense. You need to look at the cover and identify the main one.

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Arithmancy is a magical discipline that studies the magical properties of numbers, including predicting the future with numbers and numerology

For this class you need to read one book for each point tier. After that, class is considered mastered and you will earn one point per each book read during the challenge.

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Astronomy consists in the use of telescopes to chronicle the stars and the movement of planets. Its homework, assigned by Professor Sinistra, involved learning the names of stars, planets and moons and filling in blank star charts.

For this task you'll be required to read one book per Hogwarts year, where the book title contains a celestial object (sun, moon, stars. comets, etc).
Books are worth 0.02 points per page, and all seven need to be read to score.

I'll Give You the Sun - 371 pages = 7 points
The Star-Touched Queen - 342 pages = 7 points
Fool Moon - 401 pages = 8 points
The Worst Man on Mars - 380 pages = 8 points
Heart of the Comet - 479 pages = 10 points
Morning Star - 524 pages = 10 points
Stardust - 248 pages = 5 points

Astronomy Grade: 55 points

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The study of the life cycles of various magical creatures, some of which can be rather dangerous. They learn to care for, feed, and manage the creatures, and also learn lore about them and how to use them (or parts of them) for magical purposes.

Describe your Magical Creature using book covers(Required: 5 books)
Using books, piece together your unique creation. You can look for just those unique parts (fangs, wings, skin, etc.) that you want. Just make sure the part you are using is on the cover.

White Fang by Jack London + The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater + The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. Lewis + Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) by Richard Adams + The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
A wolf + black wings + lion mane + rabbit ears + horse tail

Using aspects from the book, tell us more about the Magic Creature
4 books

Classification : Book Rating

Ministry of Magic (M.O.M.) Classification
XXXXX – Known wizard killer / impossible to train or domesticate
XXXX – Dangerous / requires specialist knowledge / skilled wizard may handle
XXX – Competent wizard should cope
XX – Harmless / may be domesticated
X – Boring

Localization :Book Setting: Louisiana, Under Water, Panem, etc

Feeding Habits : What they eat - blood, raw meat, etc (*)

Uses : Eggs, Feathers, Blood, etc (*)

(*) It has to be mentioned in the book

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Classwork involves trying and practicing various charms. The Hogwarts Charms teacher is Professor Flitwick

Read Pairs of books that represent the Charm you are trying to master (Can be cover or title, but the pair must be both. So must be a title and a title ; or a cover and a cover for the pair)

Levitation Charm : is a charm used to make objects fly, or levitate

Cheering Charm : is a spell which makes a person happy. When the spell is overdone, it can cause the victim to be overcome with fits of hysterical laughter.

Mending Charm : also known as the Repairing Charm (Reparo), is a charm that can be used to seamlessly repair a broken object.

Summoning Charm : is a charm that causes a target at a distance from the caster to levitate or fly over to them. This spell needs thought behind it, the object must be clear in the casters mind, before trying to summon.

This spell is one of the oldest spells known to wizarding society

Banishing Charm :is the counter-charm to the Summoning Charm. As Accio summons objects to the caster, Depulso sends both objects and living things away from the caster.[3] Unlike the Summoning Charm, which can summon specific objects from anywhere, the Banishing Charm banishes whatever the wand is aimed at.

Fire-Making Spell : also known as the Fire-Making Charm (Incendio) is a charm and a form of Conjuration, that can be used to conjure a jet of orange and red flame. Thereby this spell can be used to set things alight

Water-Making Spell : "The Water-Making Spell conjures clean, drinkable water from the end of the wand." The Water-Making Spell, also known as the Aguamenti Spell (Aguamenti) is a charm that conjures a jet of clear, pure water and shoots it from the tip of the caster's wand.

Example: Mending Charm
What Remains by Helene Dunbar + Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Broken Heart + Heart

Instructions for a Broken Heart + With My Whole Heart

Example: Levitation Charm
The Sorcerer's Concubine (The Telepath and the Sorcerer, #1) by Jaclyn Dolamore and Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

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Class for teaching defensive magic to students so they can protect themselves against the Dark Arts. Often simply referred to as DADA class

Read Pairs of books that represent the Dark Art and the way of defending against it (1 pair per Hogwarts year )
Book 1: Dark Art / Creature in book
Book 2: Title contains a way of defense

Dark Art: Moon Called - book with werewolves in it
Defense: Silver Borne - Silver (poisoning to werewolves) in title

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Divination is magic which attempts to foresee future events. Many in the wizarding world consider this branch of magic to be imprecise at best

◈ Read three books where a character uses fortuneteller/divination tools
◈ Read three books where a prophecy/vision is described/felt
◈ Read three to be published books (ARC/eARC)

Each book is worth 10 points, and you need to read all three books within a section to earn the points.

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Herbology class at Hogwarts is the study of magical plants and fungi, including their care and their magical properties and uses.

To repot a baby Mandragora you will need:

Dragon dung compost : Read two books with dirt, dung or compost on the cover/title

A large pot :Read a brown cover book with 500+ pages

Dragon hide gloves (to protect from bites): Read two hardcover books

Ear Muffs (The cry of a baby mandragora puts you to sleep): Read two fluffy/chick-lit books

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Consists of lectures on various aspects of magical history. It is extremely boring, but this is due to the teacher, Professor Binns’, teaching style, not the material itself, which seems to emphasize vicious goblin riots, goblin rebellions, and giant wars.

Read one book per Hogwarts year (7 books)
Using the book titles above, write an essay for the class

All the Little Liars
Curse on the Land
Frost Burned
Gameboard of the Gods
The Kingdom
Moon Called

The dice were rolled on the Gameboard of the Gods. Eve, the Moon Called had to face All the Little Liars to save The Kingdom from being Frost Burned and lift the Curse on the Land

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Potions class is the study of potion-making. Potions classes take place in a dungeon, drafty and cold, which is filled with worktables with cauldrons over fires.
The instructions for brewing the Wiggenweld Potion are thus:

Add salamander blood until the potion turns red.
Stir until the potion turns orange.
Add more salamander blood, this time until it turns yellow.
Stir until the potion turns green.
Add more salamander blood, until the potion turns turquoise.
Heat until it turns indigo.
Add more salamander blood until the potion turns pink.
Heat until the potion turns red.
Add five lionfish spines.
Heat until the potion turns yellow.
Add five more lionfish spines.
Add flobberworm mucus, until the potion turns purple.
Stir until it turns red.
Add more flobberworm mucus, this time until it turns orange.
Stir till it turns yellow.
Add Honey water until it turns back to a turquoise colour.
Add another few drops of boom berry juice.
Stir the potion again, then let it simmer for thirty minutes.
Take the potion away from the heat and allow it to cool, when it is cool its ready for use.

Collect your Equipment - Cover Hunt (books with the items on cover)
For mortar and pestle, you can use any item that allows to crush and grind - A baseball bat, a heavy rock, etc.

Collect the Ingredients
Salamander blood - Read a mystery/thriller book where someone is murdered.
Lionfish spines - Read a skinny book (under 125 pages)
Flobberworm mucus - Read a book that contains the words worm or mucus, or is a bright green or yellow.
Honey water - Read a romance book with a body of water on the cover.
Boom berry juice - Read a cozy mystery book with berries or juice on the cover.

Brew The Potion - read books with cover colors, or colors in title or series.

Orange: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Cover Color)
Red : Red Rising (Color in Title)
Indigo: Night Myst (Color in Series Name - Indigo Court)

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Transfiguration is magic which changes one object into another. It is possible to change inanimate objects into animate ones and vice versa. Some Transfiguration spells alter a part of something, such as changing a person’s ears from normal into rabbit ears

For this class you'll need to form pairs again. One book represents the initial object, the second the transfigurated one.

It's a cover hunt, and it's up to your imagination. Some examples are:
1)Person to Cat
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen + Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks, #1) by Miranda James

2) Teapot to Tortoise
Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1) by Laura Childs + The Tortoise and the Hare An Aesop Fable by Janet Stevens

3)Water to Wine
Magical Thinking True Stories by Augusten Burroughs + When Love Walked In by Charlie Cochet

You can use just a part of something BUT you need to say is that part of something. For example, you can't say person to cat, and then have a book with just an arm on the cover.

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