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Word crawl/Extreme HP 3
First-year students are required to specify their blood status, depending on their writing speed: Muggleborn, for slower writers; Halfblood, for those at an average pace; and Pureblood, for those with exceptional writing speed.
Galleons are used to skip a round of the crawl that is particularly daunting. Students are reminded that only three Galleons may be spent per year and that it may be wise to spend your money wisely…
Be aware that rounds of the crawl get more intense and long as you move through your years at Hogwarts. This is because as you write more, you will be able to handle longer and more rigorous challenges.
Students may also bring, if they desire, an owl OR a cat OR a toad.
Summer vacation has been great, but it’s time to go to Diagon Alley to pick up your school books! Write for ten minutes as you travel to the shops and pick up all of your supplies.
You run into Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who ask you to tag along with them to the Magical Menagerie so Hermione can buy herself a pet. Much to Ron’s dismay, she picks out a large orange cat named Crookshanks. Write 300 words when the cat jumps on your head as it pursues Scabbers.
You spend your last night of summer vacation in the Leaky Cauldron with the Weasleys. Word war for fifteen minutes with a friend as you and Ron play wizard chess. The winner receives 2 Galleons from the other!
On the Hogwarts Express, you share a compartment with Harry, Ron, Hermione, and a sleeping man Hermione identifies as Professor Lupin. Harry tells you all about Sirius Black and that he escaped Azkaban just so he could kill Harry. Write 150 words as your face pales and you worry about what might happen in the upcoming year.
The train stops and the lights go out as you feel a chill and a feeling of sadness come over you. A hooded figure enters the compartment as Professor Lupin wakes up and forces it away with a charm. He gives each of you a chocolate frog to help you feel better after the ordeal is over, but you can’t eat yours until you participate in a Fifty-Headed Hydra. If you are in Ravenclaw, you recognize the hooded figure as a Dementor and may skip this round for free.
Your first class of the term is Divination, where Professor Trelawny begins class by having you read tea leaves. Roll a die, multiply your roll by 150, and write that many words as you stare at the bottom of your friend’s cup, trying to understand what it means.
Another new class you have this year is Care of Magical Teachers with Hagrid. He shows you a beautiful creature called a hippogriff, and as you get closer to it, he decides that he likes you enough to let you ride him. He lifts you up onto its back and the hippogriff takes off, flying all over the school grounds. Write to the nearest thousand as you hang on for dear life and enjoy the magnificent scenery. If you are in Hufflepuff, the hippogriff takes a liking to you and you may skip this round for free.
Professor Lupin proves to be the best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher you’ve ever had. He takes you to the staff room, where a boggart in the wardrobe will turn into whatever you fear the most. Write 300 words in ten minutes as you face your fears and cast Riddikulus to turn it into something funny instead.
If you succeed: Professor Lupin is very impressed with you, and you win a bet with Ron that you wouldn’t be able to do it. He gives you a Galleon.
If you fail: Professor Lupin insists that you try again. Write for another five minutes as you perfect the spell, this time perfectly executing it on the Boggart.
Halloween arrives, and you’re able to go to Hogsmeade with Ron and Hermione. Write 3% of your current word count as you load up on tricks from Zonko’s and treats from Honeydukes.
The Halloween feast is delicious, and as you return to your dormitory, you hear the news that the Fat Lady was attacked by Sirius Black. Your Head of House escorts you to the Great Hall, where it appears that the entire school is having a sleepover. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to skip this round even if you have enough Galleons to do so.
Gryffindors: Write 350 words as you have to repeat yourself, explaining what happened.
Hufflepuffs: You get hungry in the middle of the night. Write for twenty minutes as you sneak off to the kitchen and grab some food.
Ravenclaws: No one is going to stop you from studying for your Transfiguration exam tomorrow, not even Sirius Black. Write for thirty minutes as you try to study over the noise of the students around you.
Slytherins: You decide that you want to find Sirius Black yourself. You sneak out of the Great Hall and try to find him, but Snape catches you. Write 500 words as he lectures you on your way back to bed.
At the Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff Quidditch match, you can’t see the Dementors on the field but you can feel their presence. Write for fifteen minutes as the game ends abruptly and you hurry off of the field trying to get away from the Azkaban guards.
On another trip to Hogsmeade, Harry sneaks out of the castle to join you, Ron, and Hermione. You go to get a drink at the Three Broomsticks when you overhear McGonagall, Flitwick, Hagrid, and Cornelius Fudge talking about Sirius Black’s relationship with the Potters. Write 200 words as you sit in your seat, terrified that they’ll find you eavesdropping on them. If you are in Slytherin, you are an excellent eavesdropper and may skip this round for free.
Christmas morning arrives, and you spend the day with Harry, Ron, and Hermione playing Exploding Snaps. Your present from your parents arrives, and it’s very intricately wrapped. Write for fifteen minutes as you try to get it open. Your gift depends on how much you write.
Less than 200 words: 1 Galleon
200-300 words: 2 Galleons
More than 300 words: 3 Galleons
Less than 250 words: 1 Galleon
250-350 words: 2 Galleons
More than 350 words: 3 Galleons
Less than 350 words: 1 Galleon
350-450 words: 2 Galleons
More than 450 words: 3 Galleons
Sirius Black breaks into Hogwarts again, this time attempting to attack Ron in his bed after finding a list of passwords to Gryffindor Tower. Roll a die, multiply your roll by 100, and write that many words as you spend another sleepless night in your common room.
The Quidditch final arrives: Gryffindor vs Slytherin. Roll a die; if your roll is even, you’re cheering for Gryffindor, and if your roll is odd, you’re cheering for Slytherin. Word war for twenty minutes with someone cheering for the opposite team- the winner gets to take one of the other’s Galleons!
Your Easter holidays are spent doing homework and nothing else. Write 400 words as you spend several all-nighters studying for your exams.
On the last day of exams, you and your friends decide to go visit Hagrid to give him some support before Buckbeak is executed. Participate in a Fifty-Headed Hydra as you’re forced out of Hagrid’s hut and watch the execution. If you are in Gryffindor, the idea of death doesn’t scare you and you may skip this round for free.
You and your friends spot Scabbers on your way back to the castle, and Ron is dragged under the Whomping Willow by a large black dog! Write 300 words as you, Harry, and Hermione struggle to get underneath the tree.
You follow the passage underneath the Whomping Willow and end up inside the Shrieking Shack. There, you’re met by Sirius Black and Professor Lupin. Write for ten minutes as they explain that Sirius was innocent, and that Peter Pettigrew was the one who betrayed Harry’s parents and killed all those people.
Peter Pettigrew turns out to be an animagus, and Ron’s pet rat. Write 350 words as Lupin forces Pettigrew to turn back into his human self.
On your way back to the castle, Lupin begins to transform into a werewolf! Write 400 words in fifteen minutes as you flee to the castle.
If you succeed: You make it to the castle and start to tell Cornelius Fudge and Snape what happened, but they insist that you’ve been Confounded and need to visit the hospital wing.
If you fail: You get caught up by Lupin and have to flee him as well as the Dementors who show up for Sirius. Write an additional 200 words.
You, Harry, and Hermione are the only ones conscious enough to stand up for Sirius to Dumbledore, and while he believes you, he instructs Hermione to use her Time-Turner to save Sirius. Turn back time and complete three of the previous five challenges again! (Beginning at the Fifty-Headed Hydra and ending at 400 words in fifteen minutes.) Keep in mind that you may not skip this round even if you have enough Galleons to do so.
You and your friends manage to save both Sirius and Buckbeak by using the Time-Turner. There is no celebration of your bravery this year at the end of year feast, but you still enjoy yourself nonetheless. Write for ten minutes as you say your last goodbyes to your friends- until next year!