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 The Halloween Feast!, Open to ALL at Hogwarts!
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
 Posted: Mar 23 2018, 02:48 PM
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Notes: Mass thread for the Halloween Feast!

Albus was no stranger to the thrills of Halloween, both, in the Muggle and Wizarding communities. There were many traditions both communities observed and Albus enjoyed the Halloween feast that was thrown for everybody to honor those traditions.

But a part of him couldn't help but feel a twinge of sadness. It was the anniversary of the death of Lily and James Potter. And poor Harry, too young to remember. But as the days had passed, Albus had watched him befriend the Weasleys like a second family, and that thought, alone, was enough to cheer the old man up. Before leaving his office to head to the feast, Albus raised the cup on his desk to Fawkes, his phoenix, and few Professors who had known the couple, who stood with nearby. He said quietly, to honor the Potters before the feast, "To Lily And James."

Twenty minutes later, everybody was gathered in the Great Hall, students, and professors alike. As Minerva clanged her cup to get everybody's attention, Albus stood up with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. "As many of you might know, Halloween has roots in both the Magical and Muggle communities. But today also marks the anniversary of the fall of Lord Voldemort, as well as brave Lily and James Potter who stood against him."

He heard a few students gasp at the name and paused but pushed through with his words. "In many communities, people use Halloween and November 1, The Day of The Dead, to honor the passing of loved ones. But one thing remains the same in all communities. The bonds we share with our kin, the celebrations we hold, and" He silently waved his hand as many different dishes, as well as multiple treats and desserts, all appeared on the tables in the hall. "... the treats! Happy Halloween!" With that, Albus sat back down, knowing that he had already lost the attention of many students with the arrival of the goods.
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MINERVA MCGONAGALL
 Posted: Mar 23 2018, 02:49 PM
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Before the feast, Minerva stood in Albus's office with a few other professors. The meeting had been optional since Albus had simply wanted a moment to honor the passing of Lily and James. The thought left a horrible weight of sadness on her shoulders, but she knew Albus, a good friend of hers, had always known what to say to cheer up a mood. And he did just that. As they raised their glasses in honor of the fallen couple, Minivera felt a smile return to her face.

As they entered the hall, Minvera took her seat and used her spoon to clang against the side of her goblet, "May I have your attention please?" As everybody fell silent, she glanced at Albus who stood up to say a few words. As he mentioned the anniversaries of the Potters death, Minerva tried to keep a happy expression on her face. 'Trying' no longer became necessary as the treats appeared on all of the tables. The faces of those at the Gryffindor table, and around the hall, lit up in excitement, and that, alone, improved her mood vastly.

She gave Dumbledore a small smile as if to silently say, 'You always know what to say.'
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WALLIS BABINEAUX
 Posted: Mar 24 2018, 04:13 PM
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Wallis was settling in a little more. She'd gotten used to having to read people's lips most of the times, as nearly no one spoke loud enough for her to be able to hear them. She didn't really expect them to, but she did tell people to stand on her left side, in order for her to make it easier for them to have a conversation. It seemed simple enough, to Wallis.

As a child of a muggleborn wizard, Wallis had always celebrated Halloween, the muggle way, while her parents, especially her mother, always put out three little candles, for the Potters. She hadn't really understood what that meant, until she had heard the story from someone else. But know it just made her more curious, and she felt like that was rude to Harry to go up to him and ask the billion questions she had.

She was quite happy. Her mother and father had announced to her that they were pregnant. And it was, they all thought, going to be a boy. So she would finally be a big sister, after begging for years. Wallis was still a little disappointed that she wasn't getting a dog, but she couldn't complain.

She wanted to talk to her housemates, but she wasn't sure a lot of them wanted to talk to her. She often felt left out, but today she wanted to feel more included. Dumbledore said you-know-who's name, and she knew because it was always clear in her ears. Food appeared, and Wallis dug in. As she did so, she looked at the other tables. Why didn't they ever mix house tables?
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TERRY BOOT
 Posted: Mar 26 2018, 07:12 AM
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Hogwarts had quickly become a second home to Terry Boot. It’s grand hallways and the moving staircase a thing of his everyday school life and it all held a certain warmth that filled his chest. His letters to his parents became more and more detail and his mother’s letters to him became more and more scarce. It bothered him but he had so many other things to worry about that he sometimes allowed himself to forget about it.

Now, Halloween was upon them. The day when the veil between life and death thinned, or so his grandmother told him with her creaky yet proud voice. She always had that sense of mystery about her. Terry pinned it down to the decades she had been alive.

The Great Hall looked different than normal. Huge carved pumpkins and some smaller ones decorated each corner of the room, instead of the usual candles that hung above their heads now live bats had taken their place. Screeching and swirling under the cloudy and slightly creepy sky of the enchanted ceiling. Terry smiled to himself as he took a seat on the Ravenclaw table, noticing some black cauldrons and the castle’s ghosts that were joining the feast themselves as well.

The Hallowe'en Feast was about to begin with Headmaster Dumbledore’s speech. The young Ravenclaw listened to the Headmaster intently, feeling a shiver ran through his entire body when he outwardly said you-know-who’s name like that. Terry was sure by now that not even a dark wizard like You-Know-Who could strike fear to Albus Dumbledore’s heart. Then treats appeared on all of the tables making Terry beam happily. He looked around and watched as his fellow Ravenclaws wasted no time before digging in the goods the house elves had made for them. His eyes fell on a girl with dark hair that he had seen many times during class. She was certainly one from his year but he never had the opportunity to talk to her – not that he was very social himself but he tried since this was his first year here and there were six more to follow. “Is that any good?” he asked, hand pointing at that piece of cake she was eating. His voice a bit louder than usual just so he could be heard over the clutter and the chatting. “I am Terry by the way.”

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WALLIS BABINEAUX
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 02:32 AM
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Wallis looked up at Terry, eyes wide as she swallowed the bite of cake. She didn't really expect to talk too much at the feast, but Terry's loud tones were appreciated. She felt a bit self conscious about shoving that much food on her plate, even if it did reappear magically or however the food came to them. There would still be waits for other people. She pur her fork down, and signed with her spoken words, as she had taken to doing when it was loud, "It's pretty good. I like the filling especially." she picked up her fork again and nudged the cake over onto its side so that Terry could see.

"I'm Wallis, you're in my year, right?" hands were once again signing along to her words. She hoped that people in her year would be able to pick up BSL, or at least a few words, to make things a bit easier for her. She thought it would be a little bit fun, too, because then anyone who knew it could communicate without having to talk. Plus, she'd seen Terry around, and he seemed nice enough, though she was never one to judge without meeting anyone. It was a policy she gave to herself and enforced in her mind whenever she heard gossip.

What she had gotten used to about Hogwarts, was that at dinner and lunch and breakfast, people sat together, but only seemed to talk in their own little groups. So she hadn't made very many friends, as she thought it was a little bit rude to interrupt conversations. Wallis was glad to speak to Terry. It meant that she was noticed, and being noticed was almost always a good thing. Except for when people called you names,
or spread rumors about you. But Wallis hoped she wasn't one of the ones people told too many bad rumors about.

Wallis passed a piece of the cake to Terry, after finding out that the plate was back, or rather, had been filled with the delicious treat again. Like magic, Wallis giggled to herself. "Here ya go." she said as she gave it to him. Hopefully he appreciated the gesture. "So, what did you family usually do for Halloween?Mine usually went trick or treating...I can't say I miss Ms. Jordan from across the street who always gave out toothbrushes instead of other candies." Her hands and mouth were both back to running again.


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HARRY POTTER
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 10:35 AM
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Harry could feel all eyes on him. He felt a little uneasy at the mention of his parents. Obviously everyone knew about them and him and Voldemort and all that happened. They knew far longer than he did, actually. Up until a few months ago, he thought they died in a car crash and he got a weird scar somehow. He wished he could say that he missed his parents but the honest truth was that a lot of the people in that room knew his parents far more than he ever did.

He was glad when the feast started and everyone got distracted by the food in front of them. He, too got distracted and his mood lightened up within a few minutes. There were the normal foods for meals, of course, but there were also so many treats on the table as well! Of course, most of the students around Harry (and himself included) went for the treats first. If only Hermione could see this. Her parents were dentists, right? Wait, where was Hermione? Harry looked around frantically.

"You guys really upset her. You know, she's more sensitive than she lets on."

Harry turned to his left to see Eliza speaking to him between sips of pumpkin juice. She was in his year and also raised by Muggles, except her parents were actually Muggles, unlike Harry's. But they both were new to the wizarding world, so they had that in common. She must be close to Hermione, Harry thought, since they were in the same dorm together.

"But she's missing out!" Harry exclaimed, while holding a cauldron cake in one hand and a biscuit in the other. "Someone should go get her."

"I don't think you can go where she is." Eliza chuckled.

"Erm... Why is that funny?"

"She's in the girl's bathroom."

"Oh. Uh, yeah. Maybe you or Lavender should go." Harry shrugged and Eliza didn't move. The rest of their conversation went dull as he started to eat more and turned towards Ron on his right.

"You think she'll be okay?" Harry didn't like being mean to people but sometimes Hermione really was a know-it-all and it wasn't very nice how she had to let people know that either. But maybe they were too hard on her. Maybe Harry could sneak some sweets up after the feast so she could get some too if she didn't show up.

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DAPHNE GREENGRASS
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 10:39 AM
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Well, this was fun. Of course, Daphne heard the speech about Voldemort and the Potters. Yep, this was her life now. She had entered Potterworld. Everything was about him ever since he entered the castle and she was sure that it was just the beginning. She didn't hate her like most of her House, since a lot of their parents were Death Eaters or blood purists. But she also just didn't like him. It had nothing to do with defeating Voldemort. He was just annoying. She didn't even see how the Slytherins hated him so much - he couldn't be much of a threat. He was so scrawny. She could probably shove him to the ground with a light tap. He definitely looked under nourished.

Daphne wasn't one of the students who went straight for the sweets. She would have some, but she knew she'd just get sick if that was all she ate so she started with some actual food first.

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 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 02:29 PM
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Constance groaned, and she heard her twin next to her do the same as Dumbledore's speech began by mentioning Potter. Famous Potter. Even on a holiday, they couldn't escape mention of him. Constance and her twin, Claudia, exchanged dirty looks as they waited in boredom for the insane headmaster to finish talking. When he finally brought out the food, the two of them sighed in relief.
"Maybe he'll choke and we won't have to hear about him anymore," she heard Claudia say next to her.
Constance shook her head with a disappointed sigh, "No, because then HIS death would be mentioned every year."



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CLAUDIA GREVILLE
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 02:29 PM
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Claudia shared a groan of irritation with Constance as the headmaster mentioned the annoying Potterdork AGAIN. Was that old prat ever going to shut up about him? She exchanged a dirty look with Constance as she momentarily thought of writing home that evening. Would their parents be able to do anything if she and Constance complained enough about Potter being the focus of everything?

She made a comment about him choking to Constance, only for Constance to reply that it would backfire. Claudia glanced at her with a sigh, "We should write to mother. She knows people."
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DRACO MALFOY
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 02:30 PM
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Another damned Potter feast. Saint Potter and his little gang of trash. It disgusted Draco that even on a holiday, Dumbledore found a way to make it all about Potter. He glared daggers at Potter from across the hall as his name was mentioned, and then glanced back up at the headmaster. When the food finally came out, Draco loaded his plate as he listened to those around him. He glanced over at the two twins in his house as they complained about the ordeal.

Draco rolled his eyes at them and sighed. "My father will hear about this. He won't stand for the favoritism towards Potter." He glanced over at Greengrass, whose family name was worth a great deal in England. "What would your family think of this nonsense, Greengrass?"


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 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 02:30 PM
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Invidia scoffed as Dumbledore mentioned Potter's name, a murderous rage filling her eyes. I'd love to bring an end to that babbling old fool, she thought. [i]I can't imagine how angry mother might have been if she'd been here to witness this.
In a way, she felt envious of her partner-in-crime, James Walsh. His parents were both alive, even if locked away. The more Dumbledore shined a light on Potter, the more she hoped he'd succeed in breaking his parents out someday. If nothing else, maybe they'd help see this old man brought to an end. Her own father hated him, but he was too busy drowning himself in work and trying to act as though he had nothing to do with the previous war.
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LAURENT DUVAUCHELLE
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 02:33 PM
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Laurent loved the Halloween feast. Every year, the amazing treats provided for them never ceased to amaze him. But he had a heavy heart as he listened to the headmaster's speech. As heads around him turned towards Harry Potter, Laurent made a point of trying not to be one of them. The young first-year had enough people gawking at him without Laurent adding to it.

As the speech finished, Laurent thought, To The Potters, but said nothing out loud. His own parents had fought in the original war as members of the Order of The Phoenix. Though they had forbidden him from speaking of the organization.

Instead, he glanced down at the happy faces of the members of his house, and smiled. "How has term been going for everybody so far?"

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 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 02:40 PM
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Ellie sat silently at the Gryffindor table as Dumbledore gave his speech. When he mentioned the Potters, Ellie's curious gaze glanced briefly at Harry before flickering back to the headmaster. She was slowly learning more about why Harry didn't have real parents. She felt sorry for him and couldn't imagine what she'd do without her own. He didn't seem like he had done anything to deserve it.

As the food appeared, Ellie shot Harry a shy smile but then glanced down and began eating. He seemed like a good friend to others, but he had so much attention around him at any given time. The last thing Ellie wanted was to be anywhere near him if others were going to constantly fawn over him. It was hard enough eating at a table with so many people around her.

A few moments later, she heard Eliza speak up to Harry and Ron. Who was she talking about? Who was sensitive? Ellie frowned and glanced at Eliza confused. She took a look around to see who was missing. Hermione's missing, Ellie thought. Lucky her, not surrounded by people. Nice people, but it was still nerve-wracking.

Ellie glanced up at Eliza and spoke up quietly, "I can go find her," she offered. While Hermione was far from her favorite person, the know-it-all attitude being too much to handle at times, facing her would have been easier than sitting in a hall full of people. Still, Ellie stayed silent and waited for permission, in case somebody else had a different plan in mind.

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MATTHEW CORNFOOT
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 06:24 PM
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Matthew sat off to himself at the Hufflepuff table and took in the view. It was always a wonder to behold when the Great Hall was transformed into decorations at Halloween. There were a ton of treats on the table after the speech, but he stuck to something lighter. Drinking a little pumpkin juice he kept his ears opened and watched everyone else enjoy the evening. He was hoping to sneak out onto the grounds at some point tonight, but that would come later. Hopefully one of his pals would happen along and decide to go with him.

Corny was feeling just a little down, not sure why though. He had a few different things on his mind and the toast to Harry Potter's parents touched him. He hadn't spoke to the boy yet, but he had seen him around. Perhaps he would try to catch a word with him later on in the night. Until then, maybe a small pastry wouldn't hurt too much.

He munched the snack and glanced around the beautiful hall.
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ALEX BISHOP
 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 06:46 PM
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Halloween! It was his favorite time of year, next to Quidditch season which was year round for him. The Great Hall was decorated with everything he loved about the season. Pumpkins were carved and floating through the air. Enchanted bats were flapping their wings on the edge of walls. Spider webs, complete with spiders... No, let's not think about those things. Spiders are icky. He moved through the door and walked down the aisle beside the Gryffindor table. He passed Harry's little group and glanced over to Ellie with a small smile. He nodded to her and moved to an empty spot on the bench. What he really wanted to do was pull a few pranks to top off the night. His thoughts were interrupted by Dumbledore beginning his speech. The room remained mostly silent, but Alex was watching the other Gryffindors at the table and not particularly paying attention.

Harry Potter's parents were mentioned, and Alex had to force himself to keep from rolling his eyes. It seemed like that was all anyone wanted to talk about since the beginning of school. He didn't have anything against the boy but he couldn't help but become tired of hearing his name over and over again. Kids whispered about him in every corner of the school. Alex couldn't see why they wouldn't just leave him alone and treat him like who he was; just another kid. He thought to mention this very thing to his twin sister, but his thoughts were distracted by the sudden appearance of treats or all sorts. Now, this was a party! He pulled several items closer to him and couldn't decide on which to munch first so he got a pumpkin juice instead. Too many sweets makes an athlete feel weighed down.

Alex glanced up sharply when he overheard Ellie volunteer to go find someone who must've been missing. That didn't sound like the girl he had met when she acted scared to death of his ball. Something important must be going on, and that caught his attention. He tried to make eye contact with the girl as he began to pay a little more attention to what was going on at his house's table.


ELLIE MIRREN and party goers.
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