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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #4

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:42 am

Dryleaves - Oct 20, 2008 6:02 am (#118 of 2993)

1. Is it a person? Yes.
2. Is it from the wizarding world? Yes.
3. Is this person a human being? Yes
4. Is this person female? Yes
5. Were they student or staff at Hogwarts at any time during the seven years in which the series takes place? No
6. Are they still living? That is, the character wasn't killed at any time during the saga? No, not still living.
7. Has the character ever been a Death Eater? No
8. Is this character closely connected to Harry? Hmm... That depends on how you define closely, but I'll say No. (But there is a connection.)
9. Is it Amelia Bones? No. And perhaps I should say that the connection is closer than that.
10. Is she a member of the Order of the Phoenix? Yes
11. Is it Nymphadora Tonks? Yes! Of course it is Tonks. Well done, Julia! Only eleven questions! Now it is your turn again!

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #5

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:32 pm

Julia H. - Oct 21, 2008 11:28 am (#151 of 2993)

1. Is it a thing? No.
2. Can it move of its own accord? No.
3. Is it human? No.
4. Is it acquainted with Hagrid? No. (At least I don't know about it.)
5. Is it a spell? No.
6. Is it magical? No. (It is never indicated that it has magic of its own.)
7. Is it a place? Yes.
8. Is it in and around Hogwarts? No.
9. Is it a shop? No.
10. Can Muggles see it? Yes.
11. Has Harry been there in the last 3 books? Yes.
12. Is it the Riddle House? No.
13. Is it in London somewhere? No.
14. Is it a house? No.
15. Is it in Godric's Hollow? No.
16. Is it connected to the Dursley's? No.
17. Is it a place with a specific purpose? I'll say No. (I'm not sure what exactly "specific purpose" means.)
18. Did Harry camp there? Yes.
19. Is it the Forest of Dean? YES!

Congratulations, Mrs Brisbee! I look forward to your puzzle now.

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #6

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:33 pm

Mrs Brisbee - Oct 22, 2008 9:05 am (#177 of 2993)

We have a winner!

Congratulations, Orion, it is indeed the Philosopher's Stone.

1. Has it/he/she ever been in Hogwarts castle or on its grounds or if it is an idea or activity, is it strongly associated with Hogwarts? Yes.
2. Is it a person? No.
3. Is it a thing? Yes.
4. Is it used by a particular person? Yes.
5. Is it associated with a particular house? No.
6. Is it used by a student? No.
7. Is it something "Dark"? No, it isn't considered to be Dark.
8. Is it in Dumbledore's office? No.
9. Is it usually kept inside the castle? No, not usually.
10. Does it belong to Hagrid? No.
11. Does it have anything to do with Quidditch? No, nothing at all.
12. Is it a small object, less than the size of a football (soccerball?)? Yes.
13. Is it the Philosopher's Stone? Yes!

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #7

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:34 pm

Orion - Oct 26, 2008 11:16 am (#211 of 2993)

1. Is it a person? No.
2. Is it a thing? Yes.
3. Is this found within the first three books? Yes.
4. Is it found at Hogwarts? Yes.
5. Is it magical? Yes.
6. Is it a plant? No.
7. Is it smaller than a chest of drawers? Yes!
8. Is it associated with a particular house? No.
9. Is it associated with a particular person? No.
10. Could it fit in a pocket? No, not into an ordinary-sized pocket.
11. Is it made of paper? Yes.
12. Is it used by the professors? Yes.
13. Is it a book? Yes.
14. Is it a book Harry uses in a particular class? No.
15. Is it "A History of Magic"? No.
16. Is it the book in which the names of the future students of Hogwarts are written into when wizards are born? No.
17. Is it Hogwarts: A History? No.
18. When you say, "Yes, it's used by the professors" do you mean "used ONLY by the professors?" To my knowledge, No.
19. Is the book a textbook that one of the professors uses to teach his or her class? No.
20. Can the book be found in the Hogwarts library? Yes.
21. Is it the book in the Restricted Section in PS/SS that screams aloud when Harry opens it? Yes, it is, freshwater! Congratulations, and I'm looking forward to your puzzle very much!

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #8

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:36 pm

freshwater - Oct 29, 2008 6:16 pm (#238 of 2993)

1. Is it a magical object? No.
2. Is is a person? No.
3. Is it a place? Yes.
4. Is it a magical animal? No.
5. Is it lethal? No.
6. Is it a single building? Yes.
7. Is it the Shrieking Shack? No.
8. Is it a Wizarding place? Yes.
9. Is it the Burrow? No.
10. Is it a shop? Yes.
11. Is it Diagon Alley? No.
12. Is it in Diagon Alley? Yes.
13. Does it sell edible things? Yes.
14. Do you have to shop there if you want to go to Hogwarts? No.
15. Is the owner of the shop female? No.
16. Is it Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor? No.
17. Is it Weasley's Wizard Wheezes? YES!

Congratulations, rcs, the 20 questions game is now yours!

BTW, I was soooooo tempted to answer question #14 with "Well, it's not required, but.....", but I thought that would give too much away!

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #9

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:37 pm

rcs - Nov 3, 2008 11:46 am (#277 of 2993)

1. Is it a living being? No.
2. Is it an object? Yes.
3. Does it live or stand around at Hogwarts? Yes.
4. Is he, she, or it magical? Yes, presumably.
5. Can it talk? No, probably not (can one take anything for granted at Hogwarts?).
6. Does it appear in the story as more than a passing reference (i.e. is there a storyline attached to it)? Yes and No. It figures in a storyline, but only in passing (I hope that makes sense).
7. Is any part of it made of metal? Not enough information given in the books to determine that. (Sorry!)
8. Did it belong to one of the four original founders? No.
9. Does it belong to one of the Hogwarts staff members? No.
10. Does it belong to a student? No.
11. Is it mentioned in one of the first three books? Yes.
12. Is it bigger than a student? Not known for sure, but probably not.
13. Is it found in the hallways? Yes.
14. Is it commonly used during a specific class? No.
15. Is it made of stone? Not as far as we know.
16. Is it a portrait? No, but you're on the right track.
17. Is it the statue of the humpbacked witch that opens to the passage way to Honeyduke's? No.
18. Is it one of the hourglasses filled with jewels? No.
19. Is it the painting of Barnemus the Barmy trying to train trolls for the ballet? No.
20. Is it a suit of armour? No.
21. Is it the gargoyle that takes the password at the entrance to the Headmaster's Office? No.
22. Is it a photograph? (Like one of the moving pictures of the Daily prophet or one of Colin Creevey's?) No.
23. Is it a secret passage? No.
24. Is it one of the magical paintings that line the hallways? Yes. (I could get nitpicky about whether it's really a painting or not, but I'll let you have this one.)
25. Is it the painting of fruit outside the kitchens where you tickle the pear and it turns into a handle to open the door to the kitchens? No.
26. If it isn't exactly a painting, is it a tapestry? It's mentioned only once in canon, so we don't really know what it is (in terms of what it's made of) for sure. I said it's closest to a painting because the subjects of the Hogwarts portraits can move in and out of it.
27. Is it the map of Argyllshire on the second floor? YES!!!! And we have a winner!

SSS, you've got it! The next puzzle is yours.

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #10

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:38 pm

Swedish Short-Snout - Nov 5, 2008 7:12 am (#308 of 2993)

1. Is it something magical? Yes.
2. Is it a living being? Yes.
3. Is it a human? Yes.
4. Is that person female? No.
5. Is it (or has he/she been at some point of the Series) a student? No.
6. Does this person make it through seven books alive? No.
7. Is it a teacher? No.
8. Does this person occur in all seven books? No.
9. Does this person appear alive in any of the books? Yes.
10. Can this person be found at Hogwarts at any point in the books? No.
11. Did this person ever work for the Ministry? Yes.
12. Does he transform at all? No.
13. Is he evil? No.
14. Does the person work on Level 2 in the Ministry of Magic (Magical Law Enforcement)? No.
15. Does he hold a high position in the Ministry at any point in the story? Yes.
16. Is it Broderick Bode? No.
17. Is it Rufus Scrimgeour? No.
18. Is it Barty Crouch, Sr.? No.
19. Is he Dirk Cresswell? Yes! Congratulations, Julia!

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #11

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:26 pm

Julia H. - Nov 6, 2008 1:17 pm (#342 of 2993)
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1. Is it a living being? Yes.
2. Is it magical? Yes.
3. Does it live in the Forbidden forest? No.
4. Is it human? Yes.
5. Is it a filthy half-breed? No.
6. Do they attend or work at Hogwarts at some point in the books? Yes and No but rather Yes.
7. Is he or she a grown-up? Yes.
8. Is this person female? Yes.
9. Is she connected with the Ministry of Magic? No.
10. Is she part of the Wizengamot? No.
11. Does she survive the Series? No.
12. Does she run around in Hogwarts at some point in the books? No.
13. Is it Lily Evans? No.
14. Is she one of the founders of Hogwarts? Yes.
15. Helena Ravenclaw? No.
16. Nymphadora Tonks? No.
17. Is it Griselda Marchbanks? No.
18. How about Bathilda Bagshot? No.
19. Helga Hufflepuff! No!
20. Rowena Ravenclaw?

Yes, rcs, the answer is Rowena Ravenclaw. Congratulations!

Let me explain why I hesitated about some of the questions:

6. Do they attend or work at Hogwarts at some point in the books? Yes and No but rather Yes.

What bothered me was "at some point in the books". We can probably say as a founder of Hogwarts, Ravenclaw "worked" at Hogwarts - but "in the books" she is only talked about. Of course, the founders' story is a part of the books but "at some point in the books" may be interpreted as "at some point in Harry's story" so I thought "Yes" would be misleading. However, "No" would have been even more misleading since everyone would have thought the answer had No direct association with Hogwarts, so I decided "Yes" was a better answer.

Then came this question:

12. Does she run around in Hogwarts at some point in the books? No.

Now, we must suppose she did "run around in Hogwarts" but this is something we really do not see "in te books" - that is why I said "No".

Does that make sense?

I look forward to the next puzzle now!

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #12

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:27 pm

rcs - Nov 9, 2008 2:55 am (#387 of 2993)

1. Is it a person? Yes.
2. Is this person female? Yes.
3. Do they have red hair? No.
4. Is she a student at Hogwarts during Harry's years there? No.
5. Is the person magical? Yes.
6. Do we see her in "real time"? (I. e., not as a memory or a picture or as someone talked or written about.) Yes.
7. Is she a Ministry worker? No.
8. Can we see the person in a private environment? Not in the books. 9. Is she a teacher? No.
10. Could Harry Potter spend 20 minutes alone in a room with this person without developing a mad urge to leap out of a window? Yes. (Where are you getting these questions, anyway?)
11. Does she work in Hogsmeade? No.
12. Is she creepy? No.
13. Does Harry consider her his friend? They're perfectly friendly toward each other, but they don't spend enough time together in the books to be "friends" in the traditional sense.
14. Does she work in Diagon Alley? No.
15. Is she a member of the Order of the Phoenix? No.
16. Is she part of the group that stays behind in Hogwarts to fight Voldemort and the death eaters? No.
17. Does she play quidditch? Not in the books, at least.
18. Is she an adult in the books? Yes.
19. Is she the mother of a Hogwarts student? Not that we're told.
20. Is she so beautiful most guys fall over themselves trying to date her? No evidence of that in canon.
21. Is it Mrs. Figg? No.
22. How about Mrs Augusta Longbottom aka Nevilles Grandma? No.
23. Is the female a Hogwarts ghost? No.
24. Was she present at Bill & Fleur's wedding? No.
25. Although not a teacher, does this woman work at Hogwarts? No.
26. Is she mentioned in the first three books? No.
27. Is it the lady who sells candy and treats from the cart on the Hogwarts Express? No.
28. Is she mentioned in DH? Yes.
29. Would it be Mary Cattermole? YES!!!!

Well done, Elanor! The next one's yours.

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #13

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:28 pm

Elanor - Nov 9, 2008 1:06 pm (#437 of 2993)

1. Is it a person? No
2. Is it an object? Yes
3. Is it a Dark Arts object? No
2. Is it an object? Yes
4. Is it found at or around Hogwarts? Mostly but not only there
5. Can you lift it and carry it around? Yes
6. Has Harry used the object? No (as far as I remember)
7.Was it found in Dumbledores office? No
8. Is this object used for educational purposes? No (I guess this answer should be arguable but being "educational" is definitely not its main function)
9. Is it found in the library? No
10. Is it used in DADA? No
11. If you licked it, would you regret it? Probably!
12. Acid Pop? No
13. Have any of the Hogwarts staff used it? Yes
14. Is it in the staffroom? No
15. Does it appear in the first 3 books? Yes
16. Is it liquid? No
17. Has McGonagall used it? No
18. Is it consumable (as in "can be used up and needs to be replaced")as opposed to durable like a tool? No. It is durable
19. Is it directly related to any of the subjects taught at Hogwarts? No
20. Has it been banned by Filch? No
21. Has somebody manufactured it? Yes
22. Does it appear in the last four books? Yes
23. Does it cost a lot of money? It depends what you mean by "a lot of". I'd say it is affordable.
24. Does Hagrid use it? Yes!
25. Is it Unicorn hair? No [/color]
26. Flesh eating slug repellant? No
27. Hagrid's crossbow? No
28. Is it a piece of clothing? No
29. Do members of staff other than Hagrid use it? No
30. Is it Hagrid's "umbrella"? Yes! Congrats Julia!!!!

It was Hagrid's Umbrella/wand indeed! The hesitation I had on question 8 was that when Hagrid used it on Dudley in PS/SS, he did teach him a lesson (or tried to).

Next game's for you Julia!

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #14

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:30 pm

Julia H. - Nov 11, 2008 5:56 am (#487 of 2993)

1. Is it a person? No.
2. Are they magical? Yes.
3. Do they live in the Enchanted Forest? No.
4. Is it a magical creature of some sort? No.
5. Is it something used by the Hogwarts teachers? Yes.
6. Is it a place? No.
7. Is it associated more with one teacher than the others? Yes, with some teachers.
8. Is this thing also used by Hogwarts students? Yes, absolutely.
9. Is it a book? No.
10. Is it something that the kids had to buy for their first year at Hogwarts? No.
11. Is it the Sorting Hat? No.
12. Does Snape have one? No.
13. Is it Quidditch-related? No.
14. Does it have something to do with astronomy? (not necessarily the subject itself, but more the use and study of the planets, stars and such.) No, nothing.
15. Is it a concrete object? Yes.
16. Is it a crystal ball? No.
17. Is it used inside greenhouses? No.
18. Are there more than one of it? No. (At least I don't think so.)
19. Would you store something within it? Yes, but not for a long time.
20. Pensieve? No.
21. Does it make an appearance in DH? Yes.
22. Is it a star chart? No.
23. Is it bigger than a bread box? Yes.
24. Is it portable? No.
25. Is it guarding something (the entrance of a room for example)? No.
26. Is it something that would be used chiefly by the students and the Professor/Head of a particular house? Yes and No. (It is used chiefly by the students.)
27. Is it the Hogwarts Express? Yes!!!

Congratulations, Elanor! The puzzle goes back to you!

(The Hogwarts Express is mainly used by students but we do see some teachers on the train occasionally and I think the train is associated more with these teachers than with the teachers who do not use the train on the pages of the book.)

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #15

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:33 pm

Elanor - Nov 11, 2008 10:06 am (#511 of 2993)
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1. Is it a person? Yes
2. Is it found at Hogwarts? No
3. Are they associated with the Ministry of Magic? Not that I am aware of.
4. Is this person male? Yes
5. Is he an Order member? No
6. Is he a wizard? Yes
7. Is he a follower of Voldemort? Not that we are told.
8. Is he the father of a Hogwarts student? No
9. Does he work somewhere in Diagon Alley? No
10. Does he work in a shop anywhere? No
11. Is he old? Yes
12. Would he be seen as magically powerful? No (He might be but we do not know)
13. Is he associated with Quidditch? Yes
14. Is it Archie from the Quidditch World Cup? Yes!!!

It was Archie indeed! Always loved that part of GoF!

Congratulations Azi! Next game is yours!

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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #16

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:38 pm

azi - Nov 11, 2008 1:53 pm (#537 of 2993)
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1. Is it a person? No.
2. Is it a thing? No.
3. Is it a place? Yes.
4. Does it appear in all 7 books? No.
5. Is it a specific house? Yes.
6. Does it appear in the first three books? No.
7. Does it belong to an Order member? No.
8. Do we only see it in DH? No.
9. Does it belong to a Dark Wizarding family? Yes.
10. Does it appear in HBP? Yes.
11. Is it Spinners end where Snape lives? No.
12. The place that Slughorn is staying at in Budleigh Babberton? No.
13. Is it the Gaunts' house?

Mrs Brisbee gets it - 10 points for your house! (Sorry, Legolas, you are second! Take 5 points anyway. )


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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #17

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:39 pm

Mrs Brisbee - Nov 11, 2008 9:30 pm (#595 of 2993)
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1. Is it a person? No. 

2. Is it a place? No.

3. Is it a magical object? Yes. 

4. Is it bigger than a breadbox? No. 

5. Is it composed of one material --like wood or metal or stone-- as opposed to several (wood and metal, for example)? It looks like one kind of material. 

6. Is this object one-of-a-kind? No. 

7. Is it something all Wizards and Witches use in their daily lives? No.

8. Is it something Hogwarts students use? They might, but not because they are students.

9. Is this object something we've seen in a movie? **thinks hard** Yes (but I'm not sure I remember correctly what it looked like in the movie. The answer to #5 is based on the description in the books). 

10. Has this object been used by Harry? Yes. 

11. Is this object on the kids' school list of items needed? No. 

12. Is this item used for magical transportation? No. 

13. Do we mainly see this object in use at Hogwarts? No. 

14. Have we seen Dumbledore use this object? No.

15. Have we seen one of the other professors use it at Hogwarts? No, we never see a professor possessing or using one. 

16. Have we seen any of the Weasleys use this object? Yes. 

17. Does this object appear in the first three books? No.

18. Is it the golden snitch? No. 

19. Does anyone other than Harry use or deal with this object? Yes, we see several people use them (and deal with them), although they are not an everyday item.

20. Was this object used in the Triwizard Tournament? No. Some students at Hogwarts had them (but not during the Triwizard Tournament), but we never actually see them used at Hogwarts, but rather elsewhere. 

21. Is the object omniocculars? No.

22. Is it the Invisibility Cloak? No.

23. Is this object alive in any way? No, but when activated it is not static. 

24. Does this object make an appearance in the last two books? Yes.

25. Is it Decoy Detonators? No, but I sense we are near the correct answer.... 

26. Is this object a product of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes? Yes.

27. Is it a Curse-repelling hat or cloak? No, it is something we actually see being used several times in the books.

28. Is it Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder? Sorry, not that one either. 

29. Is it a Skivving Snack Box? Nor that one. 

30. Is it a punching telescope ... the one that gives Hermione a black eye? LOL, but No. We have seen this object actively used by Harry (and others).

31. Is it Extendable Ears? YES!!!! 


Congratulations, freshwater!



Sorry that was so long, I need to work on my hint-giving skills. 



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Potty Game: 20 Questions, Set #1, Game #18

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:41 pm

freshwater - Nov 14, 2008 7:11 pm (#623 of 2993)
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1. Is it human? No.

2. Is it an object? Yes. 

3. Is it a magical creature? No.
4. Is it a magical object? Yes. 

5. Is it used by Hogwarts students? Only indirectly....mostly, No. 

6. Does it ever sleep? No. 

7. Is it evil? No. 

8. Is it roughly rectangular in shape? Yes (have you been practicing Legilimency, Orion?) 

9. Could a person lift it and carry it around? No, it is far too large and is fixed in place. 

10. Is it the vanishing cabinet? No. 

11. Does it make an appearance in the first three books? Yes. I believe it is in every book. 

12. Is it found in Hogwarts? Yes. 

13. Does it open? It may appear to, but in reality, No, it does not. 

14. Is it associated with a particular house? No.

15. Is it located in the Great Hall? Yes.

16. Is it some kind of door? No.

17. Is it a door that isn't really a door at all, but just a solid wall pretending? No...although I love the idea of a wall 'pretending'! 

18. Is it made of stone? I'm not sure....but my best guess is 'Yes'. You've got it, Mare! Well done! The 20 questions game is now yours.....

19. Is it the enchanted ceiling of the great hall? 

I have been waffling a bit as to whether the enchanted ceiling is a "thing" or a "place"....but since No one really ever arrives at this 'place', I decided that it was more of an object than a location. Hope that didn't trick anyone... 



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Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:42 pm

Mare - Nov 15, 2008 11:26 am (#646 of 2993)

1. Is it an object? No
2. Is it a person? No

3. Is it magical? Yes

4. Does it/he/she appear in any of the first three books? Yes
5. Is it a place in London? No

6. Is it associated with anything Dark? Yes
7. Would it have a place in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"? Yes!

8. Is this a man-made location (as opposed to a naturally occuring one)? No, neither.

9. Question 5 is not precise enough for me. Is it actually a location at all? No, it is not a location.

10. Is it a "Fantastic Beast"? Yes!

11. Is it the Basilisk? No

12. Is it an acromantula (a giant spider from CoS)? No

13. Is it a Grindylow? Yes! Congratulations Solitaire! (And I was allready getting afraid you were going to name all the creatures one by one... That would have taken some time.)

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Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:43 pm

Solitaire - Nov 16, 2008 9:41 am (#669 of 2993)

1. Is it alive? No 

2. Is it an object? Yes

3. Does it sing songs or make other noises? Not that I am aware. 

4. Is it at Hogwarts? It has been.

5. Has it been used by Harry? No

6. Is it dangerous or associated with dark magic? Yes

7. Was it invented by a Weasley? No
8. Has it ever belonged to Dumbledore? No
9. Do teachers use it in lessons? No
10. Can it be found in a wizarding house? No, I don't think so.

11. Could Hagrid fit it in a coat pocket? Probably.

12. Is it associated with Voldemort? No
13. Is it the cursed necklace that Katie touched? It has been at Hogwarts... briefly... No, it is not the necklace. 

14. Does it appear in only one book? No
15. Is it the hand of glory? Yes!! 

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Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:45 pm

Joanna Lupin - Nov 16, 2008 11:48 am (#703 of 2993)
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1. Is it a person? Yes
2. Is it magical? Yes
3. Do they have eccentric clothing tastes? I'm not sure but probably not..
4. Is it someone who spends most of the year at Hogwarts? No
5. Do we see them at work (their place of employment) during the books? Yes
6. Does this individual work somewhere in Diagon Alley? No
7. Do they work for the Ministry of Magic? No
8. Is it a man? Yes
9. Is it Xenophilius Lovegood, editor of The Quibbler? No, it isn't
10. Are they under 40 years old? Yes
11. Does this man have kids who have attended Hogwarts with Harry during his 7 years there? No
12. does this person work in hogsmeade? No
13. Does he play professional Quidditch? No
14. Does he work with animals? No
15. Has he always worked in England? Yes, as far as I know
16. Is he an Order member? No
17. Do we learn something about him through or thanks to the Daily Prophet? Yes
18. Is he a DE? Yes
19. Is he Stan Shunpike? Yup!

Congratulations, Julia! it's your turn now.

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Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:47 pm

Julia H. - Nov 17, 2008 5:39 am (#730 of 2993)
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1. Is it a person? No.
2. Is it an object? No.
3. Does it have wings? No.
4. Is it a place? Yes.
5. Does it appear in books 1-3? No.
6. Is it a magical place ... that is, a place associated with Wizards? No.
7. Does it appear in books 6 and/or 7? Yes.
8. Does it appear only once in the books? Yes.
9. Is it the house in Budleigh Babberton where Slughorn is "house-sitting" when Harry and Dumbledore go to meet him? No.
10. Is the name of this place more than one word long? Hm... I don't think this place has a name (not mentioned at least).
11. Is the place mainly used for a certain purpose (like a shop has the purpose of being a place of commerce, a hospital is there to heal injuries and diseases, etc. I don't count 'living' as a certain purpose.)? Yes.
12. Is it the lake where Harry found the sword? No.
13. Is it the Prime Minister's office? No.
14. Is it the playground were Severus and Lily met? Yes!!!

Congratulations, Dryleaves! The next game is yours!

15. Is it the cemetery in GH? Sorry, Joanna, no.

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Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:49 pm

Dryleaves - Nov 18, 2008 12:49 am (#761 of 2993)
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1. Is it a person? No.
2. Is it magical? Yes.
3. Is it an object? No.
4. Can it move on its own? Yes.
5. Can it be found at or near Hogwarts? Yes, at least sometimes.
6. Is it a magical creature? Yes.
7. Does it have any direct contact with Hagrid? Yes.
8. Is it Buckbeak alias Witherwings? No.
9. Can it speak? No, I don't think so.
10. Is it Norbert(ina)? No.
11. Does it have wings? No.
12. Is it Fang? No.
13. Does it ever take part in "Care of Magical Creatures"? Yes.
14. Is it dangerous? Not dangerous, but not completely harmless.
15. Is it Blast-ended skrewt? No.
16. Does it ever meet Umbridge in the books? Yes.
17. Is it a unicorn? No.
18. Does it like shiny objects? Yes.
19. Is it cute and fuzzy? Yes, rather.
20. Is it a Flobberworm? No.
21. Is it the Giant Squid? No.
22. Is it a knarl? No.
23. Is it a niffler? Yes!

Congratulations, Julia!


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Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:55 pm

Julia H. - Nov 19, 2008 7:51 am (#797 of 2993)
Edited by Potteraholic Mar 4, 2011 3:27 pm

1. Is it a person? No.
2. Is Harry Potter fond of this person/creature/place/thingy? No.
3. Is it an object? Yes.
4. Is it small enough that a witch could levitate it through an open window? Yes, I think it is.
5. Is it a book? No.
6. Is it Dark? Yes.
7. Does it belong to a DE? No.
8. Did it appear in DH? No.
9. Do we hear about it/see it in more than one book? No. (As far as I remember.)
10. Is it made out of stuff that used to be a living creature? It is not mentioned but I don't think so.
11. Do we see it in Borgin & Burkes? No.
12. Did it hurt Harry, Hermione or any of the Weasleys in any way? Yes.
13. Is it Slughorn's poisoned mead? No.
14. Do we see it in the first three books? No.
15. Was it found at Grimmauld Place? Yes.
16. Do we see it in the last 2 books? No.
17. Do we see it in OotP? Yes.
18. Is it the box of wartcap powder? No.
19. Is it Umbridge's evil Quill that she makes Harry use in detention? No.
20. Is it Mrs. Black's portrait? No.
21. Are these the robes that tried to stranggle Ron? No.
22. Is it the magical music box that put them in a kind of trance? Yes!!!

Congratulations, Elanor! I look forward to your next puzzle now.

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Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:57 pm

Elanor - Nov 20, 2008 8:13 am (#833 of 2993)
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1. Is it an object? Yes
2. Is it magical? No magical properties given.
3. Do we encounter it in a magical environment? (wizard's home, hogwarts, ministry etc.) Yes
4. If you left Ron alone in a room with it for 20 minutes, would he eat it? No
5. Is it Dark? No
6. Is it found in the Burrow? No
7. Is it used for teaching purposes? Yes
8. Is it used in charms? Yes (Charms understood as a teaching subject)
9. Is it the cushions used for summoning charms? No
10. Is it found at Hogwarts? Yes
11. Is it a blackboard? No
12. Is it something the students must buy? No, I don't think they have to buy it (they could if they wanted to though I suppose)
13. Did we see it in the first book? No
14. Is it made of wood? No
15. Is it used by anyone in the DA during their meetings? No
16. Is there only one of it? No (we only hear of one though)
17. Is it the feather the students were supposed to make fly in Charms class? No
18. Is it a book? Yes
19. Is it The Standard Book of Spells? No
20. Is it Quintessence: A Quest? It is!

Congratulations Joanna! Looking forward to the next game!

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Post  Potteraholic on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:59 pm

Joanna Lupin - Nov 21, 2008 6:40 am (#863 of 2993)
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1. Is it a magical person / place / object / something else? yes
2. So, is it a person? yes
3. So, is it an object? no
4. Is it found at Hogwarts? no
5. Is it mentioned in the first three books? no
6. Do we see this something / someone in "real life" in the books? yes
7. Is it visible? yes
8. Does this person work at the Ministry of Magic? no
9. Is it a woman? Yes
10. Is she still alive at the end of the series? Probably, we don't really know
11. Is she on the Dark side? I don’t think so
12. Is she good looking? Perhaps
13. Is she a mother? Probably not
14. Is she sympathetic to Harry and his goals? Possibly
15. Does she irritate Snape? No idea, that’s possible, who doesn't?
16. Is she old? No
17. Does she work on Diagon Alley? yes
18. Does she meet Draco on the pages of the books? nope
19. Does mystery woman meet Harry on the pages of the books??? The answers to questions 10 to 15 make me wonder... you're sure she exists, Joanna? the answer to both questions is yes
20. Is it Verity? It is! Good job, SSS! Your turn

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Post  Potteraholic on Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:00 am

Swedish Short-Snout - Nov 24, 2008 4:18 am (#908 of 2993)
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1. Is it an object? No.
2. Is it a person? No.
3. Is it a spell? No.
4. Is it a place? Yes.
5. Is it Dark? No.
6. Is it a specific house? No.
7. Does this house belong to a wizarding family (meaning they live there)? No.
8. Has Harry Potter visited this house? Yes.
9. Does it appear in more than one book? Yes.
10. Does this house belong to the family of a Hogwarts student? No.
11. Has Dumbledore every visited this house during his life (meaning not via pensieve memory)? Yes.
12. Is it the house where Slughorn stays in HBP? (In Budleigh Babberton) No.
13. Is it 12 Grimmauld Place? No.
14. Is it number 4, Privet Drive? No.
15. Is it Mrs. Figg's house? No.
16. Is it a dwelling at all? No.
17. Is it Gringotts? No.
17. Is the house in Godric's Hollow? No.
18. Is this home owned by a single person? It's not a home.
19. Is it the Ministry of Magic? No.
20. Spinner's End? No.
21. Is it Hagrid's hut? No.
22. Is it a place Muggles would visit? No.
23. Has it more than one storey? I don't think so.
24. Is it platform 9 and 3/4? No.
26. Is it a location, as opposed to a building of some sort? No.
27. Is this a magical locale? Yes.
28. Is it place of business? Yes.
29. Is it the Hogshead inn? No.
30. Is it the Three Broomsticks? Yes! Congratulations, Julia!

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Post  Potteraholic on Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:02 am

Julia H. - Nov 26, 2008 12:51 pm (#1026 of 2993)  
Edited by Potteraholic Aug 21, 2010 6:40 pm

1. Is it a person? No.
2. Is it a place? No.
3. Is it a spell? No.
4. Is it a thing? Yes.
5. Is it magical? Yes.
6. Does it contain anything that once came from a living thing? Yes.
7. Is it an object of dark magic? No.
8. Is it smaller than an average penguin? I'm not sure, probably.
9. Can you buy it in Diagon Alley? I think so.
10. Has Harry ever had direct contact with it? Yes.
11. Is it one-of-a-kind? No.
12. Regarding question 6 ... is the thing itself alive, meaning it's an animal or creature of some sort? No, not at all. It just contains something that came from something living.
13. If a penguin encountered it in a dark alley, would the penguin run? If the thing was alone in that dark alley, the penguin probably would not run. (Have you ever seen a running penguin?)
14. Can you put other things in it? (Not necessarily penguins.) Yes.
15. Is it a Cauldron? No.
16. Is this object primarily made of metal? No.
17. Do you need it for schoolwork? No. [/color]
18. Is it a creation from Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes? No.
19. Is part of it made from wood (like a magical carved seashell-inlayed penguin statuette, for example). No, not that way.
20. Is it an object that causes trouble of some sort? No.
21. Is it a mokeskin pouch? No.
22. Is it the invisibility cloak? No.
23. Is it a Pensieve? No.
24. Is it soft? No.
25. Is this object specifically made to contain things? Yes, in a way.
26. Can I clarify the answer to Q6. Does Does it contain anything that once came from a living thing? Does it mean
1) A pair of nylon tights came from a living thing e.g belongs to a human.   or
2) A leather bound diary comes from a once living thing e.g a cow hide.
It is more (but not exactly) like the latter but this "something living" question may be misleading rather than helpful. Still if you want to know the answer to it, consider again my answer to Q19.
27. Is it connected to Quidditch? No, but this kind of question may be useful.
28. Hmm. Made from plant, then (like a flowering penguin shrub)? Not like a flowering penguin shrub.
29. I can only guess a wand? Not a wand.
30. Is it the Snitch that Dumbledore left Harry? No.
31. Can you eat it? No.
32. Being magical, can it move of its own accord? No, I don't think so.
33. Is it made of stone? No.
34. Can one see it at the Ministry? (i.e. did we hear about it in connection with something happening there in the Series?) No.
35. Is the item mentioned in the first three books? Yes.
36. Is it useful for anything at all, eg do people actually buy and use it? Yes. (Although it depends on how you define "useful". Apparently, people buy it and use it.)
37. Is the item mentioned in more than one book? Yes.
38. Is it used for cleaning? No.
39. Is it in a memorable scene in the books? It depends on what you call a "memorable scene". There is one scene I consider memorable but others may not. (It is memorable enough to make me think of this thing for this puzzle. )
40. Since this object, is in a way, specifically made to contain things (from Q #25), does it have a separate top and a bottom part that snap together when shut? I'm not sure about that but even if it has a similar structure, it will not be in the usual way.
41. Is it a magical trunk like the one Mad Eye had? No. I was afraid that my answer to Q39 would not be clear. It does not close like a trunk.
42. Is it a broomstick? No.
43. Is this object spherical? No.
44. Is it an Invisibility Cloak? No.
45. Did the part of whatever it is that came from a "living thing" . . . come from a creature of some sort? No, it came from a plant.
46. Is it used by Hagrid? It is not mentioned.
47. Did the "plant" give some paper the object would be (at least in part) made of? Yes, it's paper!
48. Is it The Quibbler? No.
49. Is it a book? No.
50. is it the daily prophet? No.
51. Is it Hogwarts, A History? No.
52. Is it the Marauders map? No.
53. Is it play cards/Tarot cards? No.
54. Is it a letter? No.
55. Is it a Howler? No.
56. Does Harry own it? He uses several of these things and using it practically results in owning it.
57. Is it mentioned in PS/SS? Yes.
58. Is it chocolate frog cards? No.
59. Do muggles use a non-magical version of it? Yes.
60. Is it something that is used mostly by children/teenagers (rather than adults)? Yes, I think is is mainly for children, but we see adults using it in the books.
61. (Sixty!!! ) Is it a robe? No.
62. Do we see other people besides Harry use it? Yes.
63. Strange question but is it visible to all at all times? Yes, I think physically it is visible to all at all times but it is not seen at all times in the books.
64. Is it the loose floorboard in Harry's room? No.
65. Has it been banned by Filch? No.
66. Would it be a portrait? No.
67. Is it the Photograph Album that Hagrid gives to Harry? Within are a number of Photographs. No.
68. Is it the bloody parchment? No. (What is the bloody parchment? )
69. Is it a desk? No.
70. Is it a Hogwarts booklist? No, it has nothing to do with books.
71. Is it a Chess set? No, but it has something to do with a Chess set.
72. Is it red? No idea.
73. Does it take orders by McGonagall? No, I don't think so.
74. Does it have anything to do with a game you play? (Like Chess) Yes.
75. Is it recreational (as opposed to something stuffy and serious)? Yes, absolutely.
76. Is it located in the dormitories? No. [/color]You are in the right direction now.
77. Exploding snap?
78. Is it the box the Chess set is contained within?
79. Harry won a Chess set in an Exploding Cracker. Is this the answer?

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post #1032:

Congratulations, Legolas!!!  

I'm not going to repeat the whole long set of Qs and As now - yes, the answer to the puzzle is Christmas Crackers! (Not specifically the one the chess set came from just any cracker.)

The "see Beyond the Penguin" comment wanted to be a hint (like penguin - bird - vulture - cracker OR penguin - snow - winter - Christmas - cracker).

I did not think it would be such a difficult puzzle but I hope you had fun. Thanks for being patient and persistent, everyone!

Well done, Legolas!!!!

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