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Word crawl/Extreme HP 7
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.
It’s been a long, anxiety-ridden summer for you. Now that war is officially upon the Wizarding World, you have been preparing as much as you can for the hunt for Horcruxes that’s waiting for you. But tonight, it’s time to bring Harry to the Burrow. Write 700 words as you take Polyjuice Potion and disguise yourself as Harry.
You mount a Thestral, along with Charlie Weasley. As you take off to head towards a safe house, however, you’re immediately ambushed by Death Eaters! Write for thirty minutes as you ward off your attackers. If you are in Gryffindor, you are a valiant fighter and may skip this round for free.
After mourning Mad-Eye Moody’s death during the flight to the Burrow and celebrating Harry’s seventeenth birthday, Fleur and Bill’s wedding arrives. During the festivities, however, Kingsley Shacklebolt’s Patronus arrives and warns you that the Ministry has fallen. It’s time for you to leave the safety of the Burrow. Write 500 words as you flee the wedding with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
You take refuge in 12 Grimmauld Place, which is under protection of the Fidelius Charm. There, Kreacher tells you about how the owner of the locket was Regulus Black, and he forces Mundungus Fletcher to tell you where the original locket is. The answer? Around Dolores Umbridge’s neck at the Ministry. Write for twenty minutes as you plan how you will infiltrate the Ministry. If you are in Slytherin, you know Umbridge better than the others and know the perfect way to get the locket. You may skip this round for free.
You and your friends spend a month spying on the Ministry before you use Polyjuice Potion to disguise yourselves as employees and sneak in so you can find the locket. Write for forty-five minutes as you locate the Horcrux, steal it from Umbridge, and run from Ministry officials who are trying to capture you. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to skip this round even if you have enough Galleons to do so.
Yaxley grabbed a hold of Hermione’s arm when you Apparated to 12 Grimmauld Place, revealing the house to the Death Eaters. You instead Apparate to a thickly wooded forest, but you have no time to rest because Ron is splinched! Write 600 words as you heal his arm and set up camp.
All efforts to destroy the Horcrux are hopeless, but Hermione realizes that you can use the sword of Gryffindor to destroy the Horcruxes because it is infused with basilisk venom from the time Harry stabbed the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. However, Ron becomes discouraged, thinking that your quest is hopeless, and he suspects that Harry and Hermione have feelings for each other. He leaves angrily, and you participate in the Three Digit Challenge as you mourn his absence.
Harry wants to visit Godric’s Hollow to visit his parents’ graves as well as to look for the sword of Gryffindor. When you are approached by Bathilda Bagshot, you go with her to her home without asking any questions. The house is very decrepit, though, and you don’t hear Bathilda speak at all. It is revealed that she is actually Nagini, planted in Godric’s Hollow in order to attack Harry. Write 500 words as you fight off Nagini.
Your situation reaches a new low when Harry breaks his wand and you have no idea where to start in order to look for the other Horcruxes. During Harry’s watch in the middle of the night, you and Hermione are woken up by the sounds of Ron’s return. He holds the broken locket in one hand and the sword of Gryffindor in the other. You are quick to forgive him, but Hermione is still angry that he left. Write for thirty minutes as they argue, a sound you never thought you would miss.
Hermione wants to go visit Xenophilius Lovegood and learn about the symbol that she’s seen many times since you began your journey. He tells you about the Deathly Hallows, but he doesn’t leave without revealing that Luna has been captured by Death Eaters and summoning them to capture Harry as well. Write 3% of your word count as you escape as the Lovegood’s house crumbles. If you are in Ravenclaw, you’ve visited Luna’s home before and know the quickest way out. You may skip this round for free.
Ron manages to tune into Potterwatch, a radio station that reports news as it actually happens and supports Harry in his efforts to defeat You-Know-Who. After listening, Harry accidentally says the name Voldemort, breaking a Taboo placed on his name and causing Snatchers to find you. Write 1000 words in twenty minutes.
If you succeed: You don’t outrun the Snatchers, but you manage to pickpocket them and find 2 Galleons.
If you fail: You’re captured by the Snatchers and taken to Malfoy Manor.
In the cellar of the Manor, you find Ollivander, Griphook, and Luna, as well as Dobby, who helps you to escape. He drops a chandelier onto Bellatrix Lestrange and Apparates all of you away from the Manor, but not before Bellatrix throws a knife that fatally stabs him in the stomach. He dies as you appear near Shell Cottage. Write for fifteen minutes as you mourn Dobby, a free elf. If you are in Hufflepuff, you help Harry dig the grave for Dobby and may skip this round for free.
The next step in your hunt for Horcruxes is to break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault at Gringotts and look for another Horcrux: Helga Hufflepuff’s cup. You and the group talk to Griphook the goblin and ask him for help in breaking into the bank, and he accepts, but only if you give him the sword of Gryffindor in return. Roll a die, multiply your roll by 200, and write that many words as you plan the break in.
With Hermione disguised as Bellatrix Lestrange, you successfully make it past the front desk, the depths of the bank, and into the vault. As you begin to search for the cup, the gold and treasures inside begin to multiply rapidly. In order to escape, you must write 3000 words. However, for each Galleon that you have, you will decrease this amount by 100 words. (For example, if you have 10 Galleons, you will only write 2000 words. 10x100=1000, 3000-1000=2000.) However, in doing so, you lose all of your Galleons. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to skip this round even if you have enough Galleons to do so.
Many guards attempt to capture you on your way out of the vault, but you escape on the back of a dragon being kept captive in the bank. Participate in a Fifty Headed Hydra as you fly on its back to the edge of a lake. If you successfully write 500 words in five minutes, you spot a Galleon on the ground.
There are three Horcruxes destroyed (the diary, the ring, and the locket), and you have a fourth, and now there are only two left. Harry believes that one is hidden at Hogwarts, and you decide to Apparate to Hogsmeade and figure out a way to get inside. As soon as you arrive, you’re cornered by Death Eaters. However, an old man bearing a striking resemblance to Albus Dumbledore comes to your aid. He reveals himself to be Aberforth, Albus’s younger brother. Write for thirty minutes as you listen to him talk about Albus’s past.
In order to get into the castle, Aberforth opens a passageway, and Neville greets you. Before you leave, Aberforth gives you a Galleon to help you during the inevitable battle. Neville leads you through a passageway that leads to the Room of Requirement, which is now a shelter for those abused the most by Snape’s regime as Headmaster. Harry tells them about the possibility of a Horcrux at Hogwarts, and you write 600 words as you brainstorm what the relic of Ravenclaw could be.
Voldemort has discovered that his Horcruxes are being destroyed, and he has assembled an army of supporters to attack Hogwarts. He announces that he will attack at midnight, giving you time to write for an hour in order to prepare for the battle.
You believe that the Horcrux, the lost diadem of Ravenclaw, could be in the Room of Requirement, and you and the trio enter the room. You’re intercepted by Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle, who begin to duel with you when Crabbe misfires the Fiendfyre spell and sets the room ablaze. The Horcrux is destroyed by the magical fire, but you write 500 words as you barely make it out of the room alive.
The last Horcrux to be destroyed is Voldemort’s snake, Nagini. You, Harry, Ron, and Hermione go down to the Shrieking Shack, where Voldemort is waiting out the battle. There, you overhear his conversation with Snape about the Elder Wand, and he sets his snake on Snape in order to become the master of the wand. Once Voldemort is gone, you run out to Snape and write 400 words as you witness his death.
Harry has disappeared, and you’re given an hour to take care of the casualties of the battle. Among them are some of your dearest friends: Fred, Lupin and Tonks, Lavender Brown, and Colin Creevey. Write for twenty minutes as you spend a quiet moment with those that remain mourning the dead.
The next time you see Harry is when Voldemort arrives, forcing Hagrid to carry his dead body in his arms. Grief overwhelms you, but you’re distracted by Neville, who stands up to Voldemort’s taunting and slays Nagini. Reinforcements arrive, and the battle commences more intensely than ever. Write 1500 words during this last stretch of the battle. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to skip this round even if you have enough Galleons to do so.
Harry suddenly pulls off the Invisibility Cloak, revealing that he’s actually alive. He faces down Voldemort in the Great Hall and reveals that instead of Snape being master of the Elder Wand by killing Dumbledore, it was actually Draco, who disarmed him. When Harry took Draco’s wand from him at Malfoy Manor, he became the true master of the Elder Wand. Voldemort refuses to believe him and fires the Killing Curse, which rebounds and hits him instead. He falls to the floor, dead at last. There’s one moment of stillness, and then you write 250 words in celebration of the end of the war.
Families are reunited, friends comfort each other, and Harry finds you, along with Ron and Hermione, and explains everything that happened after he disappeared, from seeing Snape’s memories to his time in limbo at King’s Cross. He repairs his own wand before destroying the Elder Wand, ridding it of its powers. You and your friends sit together quietly, and you write for five minutes as you realize that all is well.