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Word crawl/Extreme HP 5
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.
This summer has been an interesting one for you; you’ve been living with a woman named Mrs. Figg, who lives in Harry’s town. You’ve spent some time with him this summer on orders from Dumbledore, though you don’t know why. When you sense the Dementors on Privet Drive, write 500 words as you and Mrs. Figg go to investigate. If you are in Gryffindor, the Dementors don’t scare you and you may skip this round for free.
You don’t see Harry at all after the incident until several witches and wizards come to pick you and Harry up to take you to 12 Grimmauld Place. Write for thirty minutes during the long broomstick flight to London.
Once you reach 12 Grimmauld Place, you see Sirius for the first time in months, and he tells you and Harry about the Order of the Phoenix. Write 500 words in ten minutes as you try to convince him, the Weasleys, and other members of the order to let you join.
If you fail: You don’t get to join the Order. Sorry about that!
If you succeed: You still don’t get to join the Order… but Sirius is impressed and amused. He gives you a Galleon.
As Harry goes to the Ministry for his trial, you help around the house doing several chores. If you complete all of the chores Mrs. Weasley has for you, Ron, and Hermione to do, she gives you a Galleon. If you are in Hufflepuff, you have already done so much to help Molly and may skip this round for free.
Clean out some of the upstairs bedrooms by writing 250 words.
Write for fifteen minutes as you make dinner and Mrs. Weasley gets some rest.
Write 500 words in ten minutes if you help get rid of the boggart upstairs.
September first arrives, and it’s time for you to go back to Hogwarts. Ron and Hermione are prefects and go to sit in their own carriage, so you share a compartment with Ginny, Neville, and Luna Lovegood. Write for 45 minutes during the long ride to school.
At the start of term feast, you notice that Hagrid is missing from the staff table. You also learn that this year’s new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor is Dolores Umbridge, who looks like a toad who was drowned in pink fabric. You soon learn in class that she is a horrible teacher. She makes you write 3% of your word count when you speak out against her in class.
Umbridge is out of control, and her rule over the school is becoming more and more extreme. In secret, you and several others who disagree with her teaching methods meet in Hogsmeade to organize a group that will learn under Harry. Write 500 words during the meeting at the Hog’s Head.
The new group, now called Dumbledore’s Army and forced to meet in secret due to the Educational Decree Number Twenty-four, needs a place to learn where it won’t be discovered by Umbridge or any of the students in her Inquisitorial Squad. Write for twenty minutes as you search for a place to meet. Dobby tells you about the Room of Requirement, and it is decided that you’ll meet there. If you are in Slytherin, you are also a member of the Inquisitorial Squad to try to sabotage Umbridge and may skip this round for free.
Hagrid has come back to Hogwarts, and you, Harry, Ron, and Hermione go to visit him. Participate in a Fifty-Headed Hydra as he describes the giants to you.
Harry wakes you up in a panic and tells you that he had a nightmare about Mr. Weasley being attacked at the Ministry by a snake. Write 600 words during the long night with the Weasleys comforting them as they discover that what Harry dreamed about was true.
It’s Christmas at 12 Grimmauld Place! Many members of the Order are there, and you spend your break from school getting to know some of the others better. If you complete all of the challenges, take a Galleon.
Nymphadora Tonks: You accidentally call her Nymphadora. Write 500 words as she explains to you that she hates being called by her first name.
Kingsley Shacklebolt: Write for twenty minutes as you listen to Kingsley’s stories about being an Auror.
Alastor Moody: You never really got to know the real Moody last year because of Barty Crouch, Jr. It turns out that he’s really as crazy as you thought he was. Write 300 words in five minutes as he demonstrates several curses on you, much to the enjoyment of your friends.
Arthur Weasley: After Arthur’s accident, you spend more time with him in order to lift his spirits. Write to the nearest thousand as you describe what you know about Muggle objects to him.
After the holidays, one of your Dumbledore’s Army meetings is interrupted when Umbridge and the Inquisitorial Squad find their way into a meeting after the organization is exposed by one of Cho Chang’s friends. Dumbledore takes responsibility for forming the organization despite having no part of it, and he escapes custody when several Aurors attempt to arrest him. Once he’s gone, Umbridge becomes the new Headmistress. Write 500 words as her grip on the school becomes stricter than ever.
It’s time for you to have a career advice session with your head of house. Your O.W.L.s are fast approaching, and you need to decide what career you want to go into in order to narrow your studies for your last two years at school. However, you don’t know yet what you want to go into! They each have their own advice for you:
Gryffindors: McGonagall seems to think you have a knack for Defence Against the Dark Arts, though she admits that your education hasn’t been the best under Umbridge. Write for twenty minutes as she describes the work that Aurors do.
Hufflepuffs: Professor Sprout tells you that your marks in Potions are absolutely exceptional, and that you should consider becoming a doctor at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Write 400 words as you listen to her describe the different potions you would be able to make from the plants in the greenhouses.
Ravenclaws: Divination is your strong suit; at least,it is according to Professor Flitwick. Write for thirty minutes as you demonstrate your skill reading crystal balls for him.
Slytherins: Snape presents your marks to you and berates you for doing poorly in Charms and History of Magic, because he sees you as a great Head Warlock of the Wizengamot. Write 600 words as he gives you studying advice for your upcoming tests.
During one of Gryffindor’s Quidditch matches, Hagrid leads you, Harry, and Hermione into the Forbidden Forest, where he introduces you to his younger half-brother, Grawp. He seems very nice, but he doesn’t understand that it’s not socially acceptable to lift people off of the ground. Write for fifteen minutes as your friends try to convince Grawp to let you down.
Exam time has fallen on Hogwarts, and it’s time for you to take your O.W.L.s. In order to receive the O.W.L.s you need for your chosen career, you must write 1500 words. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to skip this round even if you have enough Galleons to do so.
If you complete this task in under an hour, you receive an O- Outstanding! You’ll be sure to get into all of your N.E.W.T.-level courses, and your parents send you a Galleon to congratulate you.
If you complete this task in under 90 minutes, you receive an E- Excellent! You might not be at the best level you could be, but you make it into all of your required courses.
If you complete this task in under two hours, you receive an A- Acceptable! You have a little trouble getting into your courses, but with a little help from your professors and a little more sweet talk, you’re just fine.
If you fail to complete this task in under two hours, you do not pass your O.W.L.s. However, after begging your Head of House for some kind of exception, you are allowed to move onto your N.E.W.T. courses… but not without writing another 500 words. Ouch.
Harry sends you a message that he believes Sirius is in serious trouble in the Department of Mysteries at the Ministry, and he needs you to meet him at Umbridge’s office while he attempts to reach a member of the Order through the Floo Network in the Headmistress’s office. However, you and the rest of your friends are caught trying to give Harry enough time to contact someone. Write 300 words as Umbridge tries to torture information out of you. If you are in Ravenclaw, you know how to combat her methods and may skip this round for free.
Hermione’s plan to lure Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest works. She is trapped there, and you, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, and Neville are able to escape the grounds. Roll a die and multiply your roll by 150. Write that many words as you fly to the Ministry.
It was a trap! Sirius is not in the Department of Mysteries at all, but this was a ploy to lure Harry to the Ministry, retrieve a necessary prophecy, and capture him. Write for ten minutes during your first real duel with several masked Death Eaters.
You’ve fought well, but you and your friends are nearly defeated when several members of the Order arrive to help you fight the Death Eaters. With their help, you are able to successfully defeat most of the Death Eaters, but there is one casualty. Write 400 words as you look back and see that Sirius has fallen through the Veil and has died.
Dumbledore appears, and so does Lord Voldemort. This is the first time you’ve ever seen him, and you’re terrified at the sight, even though you already knew that he was back. Write for fifteen minutes as you watch the two most powerful wizards alive battle, simultaneously fearing for your life and in awe at the sight of such powerful magic.
The battle is over, but the war has only just begun. Write 150 words on the train ride back to Hogwarts and think over the dangers that loom in the future ahead.