Mandrakes, Lockhart, Howlers and Filtch...
Today was a busy day! Students were able to attend both Herbology and Defense Against the Dark Arts classes. We studied madrakes and everyone worked on created and potting their own. Madrakes were made out of sculpey clay which a a type of polymer clay that can be baked hard in a regular oven and then painted or left as is. Check out the student art gallery here for a full viewing of these fun creations!
Watch this video of a student made Howler being opened.
In D.A.D.A. we were visited by the best-selling author and five time winner of the Witch's Weekly best smile award, Gilderoy Lockhart. He gave a rather uh interesting lesson and quiz. See video below. (sorry it's sideways for now....)
By using the components that go in record-able greeting cards students were able to make their own howlers with actual talking messages that played when the howler was opened. I ordered these parts from Sound Expressions. It was fun to listen to everyone record!
Today was also the Gryfinndor ghost Nearly Headless Nick's 500 anniversary of when he died. Ghost's in the Harry Potter world celebrate this occasion with a deathday party. We were lucky? enough to attend his party and participate in the headless hunt.
After walking back up from the deathday party (it was on the lower level of the castle) we noticed something strange. A sign and unconscious Mrs. Norris. Filch, the school custodian was beside himself as she is his beloved pet. She was petrified. The culprit has yet to be caught. We can only hope more attacks don't happen.