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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Julia H. on Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:57 am

Thanks for the new guesses to everyone!

Lady Arabella,the answer is not Crabbe and Goyle in their Polyjuiced disguises guarding the Room of Requirement, but some components of this guess are similar to some components of the answer.

Choices, I can see how Voldemort's attempt to kill Harry (and killing the Potters instead) on Halloween night would fit many of the clues, but the answer is related to another Halloween.

Verity, the Basilisk petrifying Mrs Norris is yet another Halloween-trick in the HP-books, but not the one we are looking for.

You have earned a new hint!

Keep guessing, please.

Meant to do the job

For less than a year

Entertained the mob

Didn't work, oh dear.


Still, some help I got

As I was to fail

- Success on the spot?

On a larger scale.


Hint: Trick or treat?

Hint 2: Beware of the bearded one!

Guessed: Horace Slughorn, Gilderoy Lockhart, Dolores Umbridge, Hagrid trying to enlist the giants' support, the band playing the musical saws at Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday Party, Severus Snape , the charm Snape did on DD 's cursed hand, Hagrid looking after his half-brother Grawp, Draco Malfoy - or more specifically, his task to kill Dumbledore , the Unbreakable Vow, the troll that Professor Quirrel let into the school at Halloween, Sir Cadogan taking guard of the portrait hole after the Fat Lady takes flight, Professor Quirrell's failed attempt to steal the Sorcerer's Stone from Gringotts Bank, Crabbe and Goyle in their Polyjuiced disguises guarding the Room of Requirement, Voldemort's attempt to kill Harry (and killing the Potters instead) on Halloween night, the Basilisk petrifying Mrs Norris.

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Verity Weasley on Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:54 am

OK, I have racked my brains to try and think of another Halloween related guess, and the best I can come up with is this - the age line around the Goblet of Fire. It fits with the bearded hint!

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Choices on Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:03 pm

Could it be the polyjuiced Mad Eye Moody (Barty Crouch, Jr)?
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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Julia H. on Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:49 am

Verity you're almost there! You have certainly got the bearded hint right, and I'm already half-inclined to declare you the winner, but the actual answer is not the age line around the Goblet of Fire, but ... (Think of the first two lines.)

Choices, you're in the right book, too, but the polyjuiced Mad Eye Moody (Barty Crouch, Jr) is not the answer.

I'm adding one more hint. Keep guessing, please.

Meant to do the job

For less than a year

Entertained the mob

Didn't work, oh dear.


Still, some help I got

As I was to fail

- Success on the spot?

On a larger scale.


Hint: Trick or treat?

Hint 2: Beware of the bearded one!

Hnt 3: "Less than a year" is in fact 5 months.

Guessed: Horace Slughorn, Gilderoy Lockhart, Dolores Umbridge, Hagrid trying to enlist the giants' support, the band playing the musical saws at Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday Party, Severus Snape , the charm Snape did on DD 's cursed hand, Hagrid looking after his half-brother Grawp, Draco Malfoy - or more specifically, his task to kill Dumbledore , the Unbreakable Vow, the troll that Professor Quirrel let into the school at Halloween, Sir Cadogan taking guard of the portrait hole after the Fat Lady takes flight, Professor Quirrell's failed attempt to steal the Sorcerer's Stone from Gringotts Bank, Crabbe and Goyle in their Polyjuiced disguises guarding the Room of Requirement, Voldemort's attempt to kill Harry (and killing the Potters instead) on Halloween night, the Basilisk petrifying Mrs Norris, the age line around the Goblet of Fire, the polyjuiced Mad Eye Moody (Barty Crouch, Jr).

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Verity Weasley on Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:29 am

Julia, following your hints to their logical conclusion then, the answer must be the aging potion that Gred & Forge used to try to trick the age line around the Goblet of Fire. Is that it?

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Post  Julia H. on Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:41 am

, Verity!

The riddle:

Spoiler:
Meant to do the job

For less than a year

Entertained the mob

Didn't work, oh dear.


Still, some help I got

As I was to fail

- Success on the spot?

On a larger scale.


The hints:

Spoiler:
Hint: Trick or treat?

Hint 2: Beware of the bearded one!

Hint 3: "Less than a year" is in fact 5 months.
The answer:

Spoiler:
The answer is indeed the aging potion that Gred & Forge used to try to trick the age line around the Goblet of Fire!

Meant to do the job

For less than a year


The twins tried to use the potion to "bridge" the remaining months until their birthday so the potion was supposed to do the job of those months.

Entertained the mob

Didn't work, oh dear.


Spectacular failure in front of laughing spectators.

Still, some help I got

As I was to fail

- Success on the spot?

On a larger scale.


Although the twins did not manage to deceive the age line, thanks to Dumbledore, they sprouted white beards, so seemingly they aged many years instead of the few months. (Of course, they did not really age, hence the question mark.)

Hint: Trick or treat?

Halloween. The "trick" is what the twins tried to do, but also Dumbledore's trick. The treat: becoming a Triwizard champion.

Hint 2: Beware of the bearded one!

Two meanings: a) It is not easy to trick Dumbledore. b) The beards that the studens sprouted marked them as tricksters and rule-breakers.

Hint 3: "Less than a year" is in fact 5 months.

April 1st is the twins' birthday, that's five months from Halloween.

Guessed: Horace Slughorn, Gilderoy Lockhart, Dolores Umbridge, Hagrid trying to enlist the giants' support, the band playing the musical saws at Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday Party, Severus Snape , the charm Snape did on DD 's cursed hand, Hagrid looking after his half-brother Grawp, Draco Malfoy - or more specifically, his task to kill Dumbledore , the Unbreakable Vow, the troll that Professor Quirrel let into the school at Halloween, Sir Cadogan taking guard of the portrait hole after the Fat Lady takes flight, Professor Quirrell's failed attempt to steal the Sorcerer's Stone from Gringotts Bank, Crabbe and Goyle in their Polyjuiced disguises guarding the Room of Requirement, Voldemort's attempt to kill Harry (and killing the Potters instead) on Halloween night, the Basilisk petrifying Mrs Norris, the age line around the Goblet of Fire, the polyjuiced Mad Eye Moody (Barty Crouch, Jr).
Well done, Verity! I look forward to your riddle!

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Lady Arabella on Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:55 am

Wow! Congratulations Verity!

I think you deserve the Hermione Granger Award For Knowing Everything!
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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Verity Weasley on Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:02 pm

Wow, Lady A, you're making me

Much as I would like that award, I don't think I really deserve it! I was pretty clueless until we got the Trick or Treat hint, and then it was a process of elimination of things that happened at Halloween that might fit the clues. Thanks Julia. It was a great riddle.

I planned to have a new riddle up today but I've had a really busy day and have only been able to come up with the first two lines so far. I'll post those anyway - you never know, someone might guess it before I have a chance to add to it.

Edit: OK, I've added another two lines. You can tell by the dreadful rhyme that this was done in a bit of a rush.


I'm there at the end but not at the start.
A little bit fruity but pure of heart.

My predecessor suffered a fractured defeat.
But not at the hands of a Death Eat-er


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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  azi on Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:02 pm

Hmm, I'm going to go for a stab in the complete and utter darkness - Horace Slughorn.
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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Puck on Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:32 pm

Luna Lovegood?
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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Julia H. on Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:39 pm

How about Draco Malfoy's hawthorn and unicorn hair wand?

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Verity Weasley on Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:49 pm

Ooh guesses! Yay! cheers But no comments on my dreadful rhyme? I thought I'd be dodging a few dungbombs for that.

It's not Horace Slughorn, azi and it's not Luna Lovegood either, Puck. But I guess both of those characters could be described as a little fruity!

Julia, it's not Draco's wand, but this guess is definitely heading in the right direction.

I'm there at the end but not at the start.
A little bit fruity but pure of heart.

My predecessor suffered a fractured defeat.
But not at the hands of a Death Eat-er.


Guessed: Horace Slughorn, Luna Lovegood, Draco Malfoy's hawthorn and unicorn hair wand

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Julia H. on Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:20 pm

Neville's second wand?

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Post  Choices on Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:35 pm

Great guess Julia.....I bet you're right.
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Post  Verity Weasley on Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:47 pm

I'm there at the end but not at the start.
A little bit fruity but pure of heart.

My predecessor suffered a fractured defeat.
But not at the hands of a Death Eat-er.


You're right Choices, it was a great guess. Julia has done it again! Congratulations! The answer is...

* answers below *
Spoiler:
indeed Neville's second wand.

That was a pretty short-lived one, wasn't it? Here's the explanation:

I'm there at the end but not at the start.
Neville gets a new wand between books 5 and 6, so this particular wand was not there when the story starts, but is there when it finishes.
A little bit fruity but pure of heart.
Neville's wand was cherry with a unicorn hair core.

My predecessor suffered a fractured defeat.
Neville's first wand was broken in the battle at the Ministry, along with his nose, hence the choice of the word 'fractured.'
But not at the hands of a Death Eat-er.
A bit of a trick here. A Death Eater was responsible for breaking Neville's wand, but he broke it with his foot, not his hand!

Guessed: Horace Slughorn, Luna Lovegood, Draco Malfoy's hawthorn and unicorn hair wand

Take it away Julia!


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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Julia H. on Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:16 pm

Thanks, Verity! I really liked your riddle - even the rhyme!

Here is mine:

I was not alone

How could I have known?

Another one's art

Robbed me at the start.

But that stolen name

Today I reclaim

Part of my old dreams

Has come true, it seems.


Enjoy!

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Verity Weasley on Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:42 am

I am completely stumped by your riddle, Julia. I've been trying to decipher the clues and work out how art could have stolen something, and why 'today' is italicised. I've no idea, but in the interests of getting the guessing going, is it Stubby Boardman?

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Post  Julia H. on Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:50 am

LOL, Verity, I had to look up Stubby Boardman in the Lexicon, so no, he is not the answer. The word "art" is a synonym for 'magic' here (like in Dark Arts), for the sake of the rhyme. The word today is italicised because it has to be interpreted quite ... literally. Does that help?

Keep guessing, please.

I was not alone

How could I have known?

Another one's art

Robbed me at the start.

But that stolen name

Today I reclaim

Part of my old dreams

Has come true, it seems.


Guessed: Stubby Boardman.

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Puck on Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:02 pm

Daily Prophet? Doesn't totally fit, but the today part made me think of it. At first it was the only wizarding paper, but then the Quibbler become the more reliable of the two. One would hope the fall of the DE would allow it to print truth once more.
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Post  Julia H. on Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:09 pm

Thanks for the guess, Puck! Your reasoning is very convincing, but the answer is not the Daily Prophet this time.

Keep guessing, please.

I was not alone

How could I have known?

Another one's art

Robbed me at the start.

But that stolen name

Today I reclaim

Part of my old dreams

Has come true, it seems.


Guessed: Stubby Boardman, the Daily Prophet.

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Post  Puck on Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:46 pm

Hagrid?
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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Julia H. on Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:16 am

Thanks for the new guess, Puck! The answer is not Hagrid, but it is indeed a person.

I'm adding an "official" hint.

Keep guessing, please.

I was not alone

How could I have known?

Another one's art

Robbed me at the start.

But that stolen name

Today I reclaim

Part of my old dreams

Has come true, it seems.


Hint: Warning: Bad Pun in the Riddle!

Guessed: Stubby Boardman, the Daily Prophet, Hagrid.

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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Verity Weasley on Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:29 am

I'm trying to think about the stolen name part of the riddle and hoping that will lead me somewhere. The only thing that comes to mind though is when the trio were giving false names when caught by the snatchers. I don't have my books handy to check, and I'm probably way off the mark anyway, but I'll guess Stan Shunpike. I really have no clue! scratch

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Post  Choices on Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:09 pm

The riddle makes me think of Harry, who in the beginning was not alone until the dark magic of Tom Riddle (aka Lord Voldemort) robbed him of his parents. Harry is the only one I know of who has dreams that we are told about - dreams of various things including Lord Voldemort killing his mother. So, is it Harry?
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Re: Potty Games - Riddles Only (Vol. II)

Post  Julia H. on Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:16 pm

Interesting guesses, though not the answer yet.

Verity, Stan Shunpike has nothing to do with the answer. Great guess though.

Choices, it is not Harry either, but some of the words in your explanation could be used in the explanation of the answer as well.

In this riddle, the word dreams means 'wish, desire' rather than actual dreams.

Keep guessing, please.

I was not alone

How could I have known?

Another one's art

Robbed me at the start.

But that stolen name

Today I reclaim

Part of my old dreams

Has come true, it seems.


Hint: Warning: Bad Pun in the Riddle!

Guessed: Stubby Boardman, the Daily Prophet, Hagrid, Stan Shunpike, Harry.

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