Hogsmeade.   Posted by Hogwarts Academy.Group: 0
Hogwarts Academy
 GM, 20 posts
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 01:20
Hogsmeade
Very little has changed in Hogsmeade over the years other than the Three Broomsticks now being operated by Dean Thomas and Zonko's having been bought out by George Weasley.  Many wizards and witches still live here and with the stringent laws and masquerade hiding them being felled more have moved in to get away from the suspicions of muggles.  The greatest change is the tearing down of the shrieking shack and building of an orphanage for children of magical parents who were orphaned in the wars.
Athene Shoe
 player, 746 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Thu 16 Aug 2012
at 17:20
Re: Hogsmeade
Feb 15th, 2020

Athene and Prof. Bones walked into the wizarding village dressed in their winter gear on the Saturday following her request to visit the orphanage.  She had approached the Headmaster a week after the incident in the Chamber of Secrets and he had readily agreed that a first hand visit would be an excellent way for the second year girl to make up her mind.

Even though the orphanage was on the same side of the village as the road leading to the school, Prof. Bones took her through the village first; pointing out all the various shops and where the Owl Post Office was located.  Athene had seen the village before of course when she had visited Claire over the holidays, but she humored her sponsor none the less.  One shop she hadn't noticed before was Dervish and Banges.  It seemed that they sold and repaired magical instruments and stuff.

After their turn around the village, they headed to the orphanage.  Compared to most of the buildings in town, it was of fairly new construction.  It still had the very steep rooftop that seemed so popular here but instead of the irregularly shaped stones used in the walls, this one had been mostly plastered smooth and whitewashed, only the stone work which stuck out a few inches around the windows, doors and up the corners were a natural dark brown stone.  There were three kids playing outside, who waved to them, but continued on with their game as Athene and Cordelia went inside.

They were met inside by three man and one woman.  The first was an tall, tin, very grumpy-looking old man with a great deal of long grey hair and a beard.  He had blue eyes and wore glasses.  Prof. Bones introduced him as Aberforth Dumbledore, director of the orphanage.  Next was Witch Cassiopeia Hanley, the mediwitch for the place.  She could best be described as middle aged, short, and stout, but with a smiling face.  Thirdly was Amos Meadows, the cook.  He was a very tall, barrel chested man with dark curly hair and muttonchops.  Rounding out this group was a young man wearing a black and white quidditch uniform with a magpie on the front and back.  His name was Devlin Vance and he was the athletics director who came once a month to make sure the children were exercising and keeping fit.  After the introductions were done, Dumbledore gruffly told them he had to get back to the Hog's Head and toddled off; leaving Witch Hanley in charge to give the tour.

The ground floor was dominated by the dinning hall on one side; it looked kind of like a smaller version of the Great Hall at Hogwarts save it didn't have a vaulted magical ceiling and only had two rows of tables and benches for the kids instead of four.  There was a table with chairs at the head of the room for the staff members.  Vance explained that when when the weather was poor they would clear away the tables so that the children could exercise and play inside.  The other half of the floor was taken up by the kitchen, Cook Meadows' quarters, the infirmary and the director's office.  There was also a broom closet under the stairs which held all of Vance's equipment and the communal children's toys.  Meadows left the tour at this point to start preparing dinner.

The first floor held the 2 dormitories ( one for the boys and the other the girls) and 6 private rooms.  Witch Hanley explained that when the orphanage was first built they had been filled to the rafters with an amazing 24 children who had been orphaned in the war, but now there were only 13 in residence; including the 5 children attending Hogwarts at the moment (2 of whom were in their final year; Henry Deacon a third year Hufflepuff; Tomas Carrow- who was in Athene's year in Slytherin; and Ambrosia Sweets a first year Gryffindor).

Athene met a few of the children as she toured the floor.  Just like at Howley, everyone pretty much kept the majority of their things in a footlocker, with the rest in the narrow wardrobe next to their bed, or on the small writing desk on the other side.  A few of the older kids took over the private rooms when the students were away at Hogwarts, but not all of them.  Since there wasn't as many kids as the dorms could hold, they had spread out through the dorms; the unused beds having been tucked up in the attic and a few of the beds in the corners had privacy screens to give the illusion of having their own room to themselves.  The private rooms were narrow, with built in wardrobes, but they were quiet and you could lock the door which was nice.  The Nurse's quarters was also on this floor.

All in all, Athene left with the impression that is wasn't a bad establishment.  Pretty much on par with Howley as far as how the staff took care of the kids.  Dumbledore left much to be desired, but the rest of the staff made up for his gruff demeanor.  The kids seemed to be on par with most kids in the system and none of them gave her the impression that they were being treated badly.  They asked a lot of questions about where she lived now and were a bit jealous that Howley used several smaller dorms which held only 4 or 5 kids per room in addition to the older kids' single rooms.  They were amazed when she told them that Howleys was usually filled to capacity and that there were beds for around 60.  They were even more amazed to find out that there was more than one orphanage for muggles.  Athene did explain that a lot of kids got placed in foster homes as well and that led to her explaining about government grants and subsidies for fostering when the kids asked why they didn't just get adopted.
Amanda Davis
 player, 731 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Fri 7 Sep 2012
at 00:06
Re: Hogsmeade
Morning, July 15

Amanda was glancing through her copy of the Daily Prophet as she ate her breakfast when she noticed Rita’s article about the Lestranges' escape.  The feeling of dread that had been fading over the last few weeks surged.  A bit worried that her family might decided to take Rita’s advise about locking up their children for their own safety, Amanda bolted the rest of her oatmeal and then, calling out to Mrs. Jones that she was visiting her friends, hurried off to the orphanage to warn Athene about the escape.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:09, Fri 07 Sept 2012.

Athene Shoe
 player, 783 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Sat 8 Sep 2012
at 01:31
Re: Hogsmeade
Morning, July 15th

Athene was just about to head off to work, when Amanda came running up.  She could tell from her friend's face that something was wrong.  "What's up?", she asked, straddling her bike.
Amanda Davis
 player, 733 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sat 8 Sep 2012
at 04:41
Re: Hogsmeade
Morning July 15

“Professor Lestrange and her husband both escaped from Azkhaban.”  Amanda offered the now somewhat crumpled edition of the Daily Prophet to Athene.  “According to the Prime Minister, additional security is being assigned to protect those people they might have a grudge against.  But, they escaped almost two weeks ago, and I haven’t noticed any extra aurors in the village.  Have you?”
Athene Shoe
 player, 784 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Sat 8 Sep 2012
at 05:38
Re: Hogsmeade
Athene's face blanched but then a steely look took over.  "No, I haven't.  But if they're using me and Claire as bait, then we wouldn't now would we?"  Her eyes dart back and forth as she thinks furiously for a minute.  "Come with me to the shop?  I need to send off a few letters but I can't be late for work.  I'm not going to give that cow the satisfaction of making me hide from her or give up my dreams."

This message was last edited by the player at 16:14, Sat 08 Sept 2012.

Amanda Davis
 player, 734 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sat 8 Sep 2012
at 22:06
Re: Hogsmeade
Amanda nodded, “Of course.”  A measure of Athene’s determination was reflected in Amanda’s expression, “and you’re right.  We aren’t going to let her ruin our summer.”

She attempted to provide a bit of reassurance as she walked with Athene towards the shop, “The Lestranges might not be anywhere near Hogsmeade.  After all, they have to realize that if they’re caught, they’ll be kissed.  The smart thing to do would be to take Lesandra and flee the country.”  Of course, Amanda couldn’t keep a bit of doubt from creeping into her voice.  Based on the way Bellatrix Lestrange had looked in the picture, Amanda had a feeling she wouldn’t be taking the smart approach.

“In any case, there are almost always adults around.  If you see them and yell for help, someone should be close enough to hear you.”

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 22:07, Sat 08 Sept 2012.

Athene Shoe
 player, 785 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Sat 8 Sep 2012
at 23:13
Re: Hogsmeade
"My first concern isn't here at Hogsmeade.  I'm afraid Bat-Shit-Crazy'll go to London looking for me there.  She use to be a professor so it's likely that she's seen my file some point in the last year or two, and knows where I use to live.  And as for Lysandra, I don't think Bellatrix has ever given much thought to her safety or well-being... not one bit."

Once at the shop, she asked the owners if she can have a moment to write some quick letters of warning to some people in London.  If need be she'd ask Amanda to write them while she dictated and did whatever work was most pressing to finish first.  In the end she had two letters done; one for Sally and the second to the Matron of Howleys.  She had considered writing to Mrs. Hampson, but was afraid that informing her that a mad witch and her husband were on the lam after escaping a magical prison might just give the old gal a heart attack.  She handed Amanda the sealed letters and the knuts she'd need to mail off the letters.
Amanda Davis
 player, 735 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sun 9 Sep 2012
at 03:02
Re: Hogsmeade
Amanda felt a little foolish as Athene reminded her that the insane former professor was more likely to look for her in London than Hogsmeade.  She could easily see why her friend had looked so worried.  Muggles would be even less able to defend themselves against the insane professor than the first and second years had been last February.  She found herself hoping that Athene’s friends and the adults at the orphanage where she used to live would be alright.

While part of her wanted to protest when Athene asserted that Bellatrix didn’t care about Lysandra’s safety or well-being, parents were supposed to care about their children after all, she couldn’t help but remember the expression on Lysandra’s face when she was told she would be serving detention with her mother during their first year.  And, for just a moment, she felt a surge of sympathy for her classmate.  “It has to be horrible having someone like Professor Lestrange for a parent, especially if you are right.”

Amanda waited patiently for Athene to write her letters or took dictation if needed.  While she was still less confident on Athene’s bicycle than she was on a broom, when Athene offered to let her use it to deliver the letters and to warn Claire, she readily agreed.  “I hope that your friends in London will be alright,”  She said as she prepared to ride off.  “And, if there’s anything else I can do to help, just let me know.”

It didn’t take long for Amanda to reach the Owl Post Office and soon the letters were speeding towards London and Amanda was riding towards Claire’s house.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 664 posts
Tue 11 Sep 2012
at 17:18
Re: Hogsmeade
The cowling family took the paper, but unless there was some breaking news that brought an extra edition, it often didn't get read until later in the afternoon.  So the paper sat in the basket beneath the other mail, awaiting the attention it would eventually get.  claire was in the front yard working when Amanda showed up.
Amanda Davis
 player, 737 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Tue 11 Sep 2012
at 22:42
Re: Hogsmeade
Slightly out of breath, Amanda pulled up to Claire’s house and dismounted from Athene’s bicycle.  “Did you read Rita’s article this morning?  Have you heard about the escape?” she asked as soon as she was in speaking range.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 666 posts
Wed 12 Sep 2012
at 18:46
Re: Hogsmeade
"What?"  CLaire looked up confused from her sweeping. "No, we haven't read the paper yet, usually, no one gets to it til after lunch.  What happened?"
Amanda Davis
 player, 739 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Wed 12 Sep 2012
at 21:22
Re: Hogsmeade
“Both Professor Lestrange and her husband escaped from Azkhaban a couple of weeks ago.  According to the article, the Ministry of Magic has ‘taken steps’ and ‘assigned extra security’ for those believed to be in danger.  But, neither Athene nor I have noticed any extra aurors in Hogsmeade.”  Amanda offered the now very crumpled edition of the Daily Prophet to Claire, her expression serious.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 667 posts
Fri 14 Sep 2012
at 20:52
Re: Hogsmeade
"oh Man. Once they see this, they won't let me out of the house."  SHe said in a low voice. " Come on."  She waved back at the housee.  "Where's Athene?"
Amanda Davis
 player, 740 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sat 15 Sep 2012
at 05:19
Re: Hogsmeade
Amanda nodded sympathetically in response to Claire’s comment.  The thought that her parents might decide to keep her confined for the rest of the summer had been her first reaction as well.  Following Claire, she answered, “Athene is at work.  She said she wasn’t going to let Professor Lestrange’s escape ruin her summer or force her to give up her dreams.  She did send some letters to London though, to warn her friends there about the escape.  She was concerned the Lestranges would look for her there rather than in Hogsmeade.”

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Claire Cowlings
 player, 668 posts
Sat 15 Sep 2012
at 20:25
Re: Hogsmeade
In reply to Amanda Davis (msg # 15):

Claire headed out into the road toward Hogsmeade. "and they won't care, those are muggles. Let's go see her.  Soon as they read the paper, Da'll be after me.". She laughed bitterly.  "nothin' here.  I'd lay odds Lysandra's got auror at her house."

This message was last edited by the player at 20:27, Sat 15 Sept 2012.

Amanda Davis
 player, 741 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 06:17
Re: Hogsmeade
Since it was hard to ride a bicycle slowly enough for someone on foot to keep up easily, Amanda walked beside Claire rolling the bicycle along beside them as they headed back to Dervish and Banges.  “We probably shouldn’t stay there too long though.  We don’t want to get Athene in trouble.  And yes, I wouldn’t be surprised if they have aurors watching wherever Lysandra’s staying in case her parents show up there.”  Attempting to be reassuring she added, “There may be aurors around here as well, just in hiding.”
Claire Cowlings
 player, 669 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 14:33
Re: Hogsmeade
In reply to Amanda Davis (msg # 17):

"They managed the hiding' pretty good then."  Claire prided herself on knowing if some thing was going on, but she would have to admit if. They really were sneaky, she very well might miss them. "Well then, what should we do until I'm locked up locked up for the rest of the rest of the summer, assuming they let me go back to school."
Amanda Davis
 player, 742 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 22:00
Re: Hogsmeade
Amanda considered for a moment, but nothing particularly interesting or helpful was coming to mind, especially since she was feeling a bit reluctant to wander too far away from the more populated areas of the village.  “I’m not sure really.  But, if you’re going to be stuck at home for the rest of the summer, we should try to do something fun.”

She added,  “Hopefully your parents won’t make you stay home all summer.  But if they do, Athene and I will come over all the time to visit.  And hopefully they’ll realize that you’d probably be as safe at Hogwarts as you are here, and won’t keep you at home or send you off to France.  Of course, if they do send you to Beaubaxtons, that might end up convincing my parents to do the same.”
Claire Cowlings
 player, 674 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 23:19
Re: Hogsmeade
The girls spent about 2 hours running around HOgsmeade before Grandmum read the paper and Da went hunting.  Claire was dragged back home and was only let out when she was walked to Amanda's house, with orders to stay inside, which wasn't very often.  One of her adults accompanied her on the trip to France, and it took alot of argument from Claire, including an agreement to stay with one of them at all time, for her to get to go to Hogsmeade to buy her school supplies, as compared to haveing one of the adults go fetch them.  On the upside, she learned a whole lot of homemaker skills, including cooking, cleaning, sewing and knitting spells.  Her garden gnome suffered since she wasn't let outside much to garden.
Hogwarts Academy
 GM, 298 posts
Sun 17 Mar 2013
at 19:30
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
The day dawned bright. It was a somewhat chilly October Saturday and the children at Hogwarts were abuzz at the breakfast table. Aside froma  few students who did not have permission or who had earned academic censure, today was a Hogsmeade day and that meant the joke shop, butterbeer, and candy. It also meant just getting out of Hogwarts fro an afternoon. As big and neat as the castle might, as rife with adventure as it could be, a change of scenery was a welcome thing for the students. No books, no quills, and no scowling teachers. Wands could be carried but were not to be used unless in emergency, each student knew that was part of the permission slip their parents had signed and the contract they signed as well.

The last Thursday night, all the third years had been gathered in a classroom and the four heads of house had gone over the terms of conduct. Professors LeFey and Aquila both were adamant in their assertion that violators would have Hogsmeade privileges revoked temporarily for infractions and permanently for repeat infractions. They went over the many things for sale in Weaseleys' Wizard Wheezes that were not allowed back int eh school and told students that butterbeer was fine in moderation but that no actual alcohol for those that did not qualify.

Still, it could barely copntain the excitement, especially for those students who had never spent a serious amount of time in a wizarding village. Noriko, Astrid, Scorpiana, Corrine and Mary-Catherine were giggling and walking as a group near the back of the group and no indication was given to anyone other than Lysandra not to join. In fact, they invited several of the other girls and boys from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw to join them. Most did not, rpeferring to glomp together in their own microgroups.

Corinna, Robert's girlfriend as she often called herself, stole her man away and had him walking with her, her two friends, and their boyfriends.

Lysandra seemed not to acknowledge the exclusion of her from the group in the back as she walked with Tomas, Dolores, Rolf, and Regulus near the front.
Athene Shoe
 player, 859 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Mon 18 Mar 2013
at 01:44
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Athene had been looking forward to today since the beginning of the month, but she was also a bit wary as well.  In addition to needing to keep an eye out for the Lestranges, now she also had to keep an eye out for the thrice-damned reporter, Rita Skeeter.  She was pleased that none of the other students had bothered Claire about Skeeter's latest exposé and had been pleasantly surprised that Lysandra hadn't either.

Since it was a chilly day, Athene wore her hoodie along with her mundane clothes.  This served two purposes.  One, it was nice and warm.  And two, Mehen could hide inside it and not be seen.  He snuggled down in a casual loop around her shoulders.  she knew from practicing, that she could raise the hoodie and no one would see him slither up into her hair so he could whisper in her ear.

When they were finally released to start their walk to town and she noticed that the Slytherins were still pretty much divided, she pretended to stop and tie her shoelaces; allowing even Lysandra's group to get ahead of her.  She then jogged up until she was even with the Slytherin girl.  In a casual tone she said, "Hey, Lysandra.  Hope you guys have a fun time in Hogsmeade." before sprinting ahead again to catch up to Amanda and Claire.  She knew it wasn't likely that they would ever be BFFs, but good behavior should be rewarded after all.  Lord knows she probably never got that from her mother.
Amanda Davis
 player, 809 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Mon 18 Mar 2013
at 02:15
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Amanda had completed most of her homework on Friday night.  So, when Hogsmeade Saturday arrived, she was ready to enjoy a day away from her studies.  Earlier that week, she had asked both Kiri and Lloyd if they wanted her to bring anything from Hogsmeade for them.  (If Nik has been spending much time with the group, he was asked as well.)  During one of her visits to the Slytherin table, she had casually asked the same question of Miles.  Despite the distance between them, he was family and she continued to make occasional efforts to bridge the gap.  Since she grew up in the village, she had also made a few suggestions to those of her friends and acquaintances who hadn’t spent much time there about places other than Honeydukes, Weaseleys' Wizard Wheezes, and the Hogs Head that she thought they might enjoy visiting.

Amanda, dressed in a casual dark blue robe and a warm cloak, was wearing a relaxed smile as she walked towards the village with her friends.  An invitation to for them to join the group of third year girls was greeted with a friendly grin and a, “We already have a few plans.  But, maybe we can all get together for a butterbeer before heading back to Hogwarts tonight?”

She was still smiling when Athene rejoined the group and glancing over she asked her friends, “What do you want to do first?”

This message was last edited by the player at 21:26, Tue 19 Mar 2013.

Claire Cowlings
 player, 750 posts
Mon 18 Mar 2013
at 20:14
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Claire had been working on her homework up to the last minute to lunchtime.  She wanted to go to Hogsmeade, but at the same time, she wanted to go take a nap.  SHe'd been so busy over the last few weeks that she hadn't even worried about the stuff from last year, and the books or any of it.  So she walked out with James toward the gate where Da was waiting.

Some of the students gave a glance to the older man waiting by the gate, in his dusty breeches and work boots, heavy wool jacket and cap over shirt and waistcoat, but most didn't.  He watched the students pass, then turned and followed the last of them toward Hogsmeade.

Claire was a little relieved, she'd been sure Da was going to insist on being right beside her the whole time.  Something else to make people stare at her.