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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 5:49 am

PeskyPixie - Feb 8, 2008 2:17 pm (#1015 of 2981)

Why does he have horns?

SSS, that was a great riddle.

Okay, I hope everyone is in agreement with Orion, because here's the next riddle. I've put in the effort to make it more solvable than my others. It's the first limerick I've ever written, so be nice!

They Say That It's Nice To Be Nice:
'The Wicked Will Soon Pay The Price.'
Heck, Though It Be Scary,
It's Just Temporary.
So Go On And Revel In Vice!

* answers below *
Spoiler:
PeskyPixie - Feb 14, 2008 11:45 am (#1164 of 2981)

And we have a winner, folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, megfox*, the solution to this riddle is indeed Olive Hornby!

They Say That It's Nice To Be Nice:
'The Wicked Will Soon Pay The Price.'
=> This is not the most informative verse as I was trying to stay true to limerick style, however, the first two lines indicate that we are looking for someone who is guilty of some sort of wrongdoing.

Heck, Though It Be Scary, => After death, Myrtle makes sure she frightens the living daylights out of Olive.

It's Just Temporary. =>The law is on Olive's side and she manages to get a restraining order against Moaning Myrtle.

So Go On And Revel In Vice! => Please see explanation for lines 1 and 2.

Greece And A Rhino Have Wed! => Greece = 'Olive' (Olives are symbolic of Greece, Athens in particular), Rhino = 'Horn' (Rhinoceros means 'horn-nose'; I started the 'horn-nose' discussion to bring importance to the rhino's horn - everyone was focused on its nose!)

I Didn't Want Anyone Dead. => Nasty snot though Olive Hornby is, I doubt she wants Myrtle dead.

My Own Petty Crime => The only misdeed we know Olive to be guilty of is bullying.

Is Discussed All The Time,
Especially On The Snape Thread.
=> Bullying is endlessly discussed on the Snape thread. Makes for quite animated posts, I'd say!

Identical Victim And Foe. => Olive's victim (Myrtle) and foe (Moaning Myrtle) are the same person in different forms.

A Nut And His Servant, Much Woe. => The greatest nut in the series is Tommy/Voldy himself. He, along with his 'fanged servant' 'Basil', create the turmoil at Hogwarts which results in the death of Olive's 'victim' and the creation of her 'foe'.

My 'Crime' Was For Fun. => She teases Myrtle about her glasses for the sheer fun of it.

I Suffered, Then Won. => After the haunting of a lifetime she uses the law to stick Moaning Myrtle back in her cubicle at Hogwarts.

But The Wedding Was Ruined, You Know?! => Moaning Myrtle puts in a guest appearance at Olive's brother's wedding.

Name The Speaker Of These Verses => Why, it's Olive Hornby!

Hint 1. Multi-eyed creatures and 'hares', oh my! => 'Four-eyed' Myrtle, 'hare' was a play on 'heir' (of Slytherin).

Hint 2. I eventually saw through my foe ... never saw through my victim though. => Myrtle was a solid living human being while Moaning Myrtle is a transparent/translucent ghost.

Hint 3. Kalamata => Olives, anyone?

For the next hint I was going to advise you to ask the Grey Lady for help!

Well done, megfox*. The riddle goblet is passed on to you!
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 5:50 am

megfox* - Feb 15, 2008 7:33 am (#1189 of 2981)

Okay, so I am torn about this riddle. It will either be solved in an hour, or will be a pesky one (pun intended).

This may be the sound you make when you are very confused;
A delicious noise is next;
Followed by the sound of a golf ball being struck.
Then, the final connection between Sirius and Albus;
And what you will say when you get this.

Who or what am I?

* answers below *
Spoiler:
megfox* - Feb 15, 2008 3:33 pm (#1203 of 2981)

Not Umbridge, not Irma Pince, and not Harry's sons.

DINGDINGDINGDINGDING!!! Verity has it! It is the Whomping Willow.

This may be the sound you make when you are very confused;
I often go "Wha...?" when my students ask me questions.

A delicious noise is next;
As in, "Mmmmmm, doooo-nuuuuuuts."

Followed by the sound of a golf ball being struck.
PING! Also a brand of golf equipment.

Then, the final connection between Sirius and Albus;
Their wills were the last thing they had in common in life.

And what you will say when you get this.
"Oh, now I get it!"

Who or what am I?

Guesses: Hermes, Ermping Deathoh, Hermione, Erumpent, Erumpent's horn, Umbridge, Irma Pince, Harry's sons

These were all very good guesses! Most had some parts right (actually, when Pesky guessed "Ermping Deathoh" I so thought she was going to get it right away), but you needed all the parts.

Take it away, Verity!
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 5:53 am

Verity Weasley – Feb 15, 2008 10:33 pm (#1205 of 2981)

I can't believe I finally got a riddle right!!! Please be gentle as this is my first time posting a riddle and I very much fear it won't live up to expectations. I just have to say that all of you riddle posters have my deepest respect. Anyway, here it is. I'm sure it won't take long to guess. Oh, BTW I am in Australia so I'll most likely be updating when everyone else is in bed!

When indolence strikes
or tedium is in the air
When the doldrums threaten
I'll be there
If evasion is your aim
Use a kaleidoscope of care
But of alarming alliteration
You better beware
Once bitten, twice shy

Who or what am I?

* answers below *
Spoiler:
Verity Weasley - Feb 16, 2008 4:10 am (#1213 of 2981)

Not Arthur Weasley, Anna. But Mona Amon has it! It is indeed the Skiving Snackboxes. (I knew it wouldn't last long!).

When indolence strikes
or tedium is in the air
When the doldrums threaten
I'll be there

These first four lines are all variations on the theme of boredom. The Skiving Snackboxes are there to save you from 'unprofitable boredom' according to the Weasley twins.

If evasion is your aim - evasion or avoidance of boring lessons

Use a kaleidoscope of care - kaleidoscope refers to the colour coding involved

But of alarming alliteration - this was the giveaway line - Fred & George really went in for alliteration with their snackbox products - puking pastilles, fainting fancies etc.

You better beware - they could have unpleasant effects so care is needed

Once bitten, twice shy - another big giveaway - you have to bite the chews (at least twice) and you might be reluctant to do so again!

Who or what am I?

Well done Mona. I look forward to your riddle.
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 5:56 am

mona amon - Feb 16, 2008 6:07 am (#1216 of 2981)

Here it is! Looks easily guessable to me!

Reminds me of
A toad?
Asphodel?
These windows hidden by windows
Glimpsed at last!

Who or what does the riddle refer to?

* answers below *
Spoiler:
mona amon - Feb 16, 2008 7:45 am (#1219 of 2981)

Sorry Anna, it's not the Room of Requirement, but Megfox has it, the answer is Harry's eyes! LOL, at least I can say it wasn't solved at the first guess!

Reminds me of
A toad?

It's a bit of a stretch to say Harry's eyes remind Ginny of a toad, but she does call them 'green as a fresh pickled toad' in the Valentine she sends him in COS.

Asphodel?
Asphodel is a type of lily. And no doubt Harry's eyes reminded several people of Lily.

These windows hidden by windows
Eyes are often referred to as windows to the soul, and Harry's glasses are also 'windows'.

Glimpsed at last!
This line refers to Snape's last moments spent looking into Harry's eyes.

Looking forward to another riddle from you, Megfox!
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 5:58 am

megfox* - Feb 17, 2008 8:17 am (#1235 of 2981)

Since Pesky's riddle, I can't seem to get limericks out of my head. So, the new riddle is indeed, a limerick. I think that it will be easy, but, well, anyway, here goes...

It's complicated, you see,
To be as useful as me;
But time after time,
I'll save your behind,
No matter what the dilemma might be!
I start in an inauspicious way,
In an effort to keep evil at bay;
I might not be good,
But you know if I could,
I will always help to save the day!

Who or what am I?

* answers below *
Spoiler:
megfox* - Feb 18, 2008 10:08 am (#1273 of 2981)

Ah-ha! Orion has it! It is indeed... POLYJUICE POTION!!

It's complicated, you see,
Hermione calls the potion the most complicated that she has seen

To be as useful as me;
But it is very useful, because...

But time after time,
I'll save your behind,
No matter what the dilemma might be!

We have sometimes complained that it was used for too many plot-points! heir of Slytherin reconnaissance mission, Mad-Eye Moody, Draco making Crabbe and Goyle pretend to be girls, the Seven Potters, the Trio breaking into the Ministry... Am I forgetting any?

I start in an inauspicious way,
The first time we see it brewed (when it "starts"), it is done covertly, illegally, in a girl's bathroom, plus it is during foreboding time at Hogwarts

In an effort to keep evil at bay;
The trio was trying to discover the true identity of the Heir of Slytherin in order to stop him or her.

I might not be good,
Crabbe and Goyle taste awful!

But you know if I could,
I will always help to save the day!

See comment above about the plot point!

Who or what am I?

Awesome job, Orion! Take it away!

Edited for about 12 spelling mistakes - after all of that html code, I was starting to go cross-eyed!
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 6:02 am

Orion - Feb 20, 2008 7:46 am (#1328 of 2981)

Hello, hello, sorry again, *gasp* *pant* I just came home from work and this is the best I can come up with for the moment, please have fun!

I'm now in one, but once one was in me.
I have my hand in evil, but evil once had a hand in me.
I lie in eternal dark, but there is eternal dark in me.

Who or what am I? * answers below *
Spoiler:
Orion - Feb 23, 2008 2:17 am (#1421 of 2981)

Riddle update, riddle update!

Hooray! SSS has it! It is indeed Borgin and Burkes, and it’s an alliteration, like Elanor and Pesky said. (You know the old riddle by heart??? *gasp* I can’t decide what I should find more unbelievable: That you know the thing by heart or you took the trouble to look it up via the Search button. Thanks for the nice compliment!)

The solution:

I'm now in one, but once one was in me.
I’m in a riddle now, but once a Riddle was in me. (Tom’s first job.)

I have my hand in evil, but evil once had a hand in me.
I sold the Vanishing Cabinet and the Opal Necklace, but Draco once bought his Hand of Glory here, too.

I lie in eternal dark, but there is eternal dark in me.
I am situated in Knockturn Alley (‘Nocturnally’ - one of Rowling’s ‘Geddit?’-names), and I sell Dark Arts stuff.

Hint One: - That’s why ‘Riddle update, riddle update’ was always the first line. That’s what the smiley is looking at.

Hint Two: You may not believe it, but Hint One is a real hint and I mean it.

Hint Three: What does Hint One really do? Follow him in the direction of his gaze and you'll find the solution. Not the whole solution, but one line and then you have it!

Hint Four: What do I have in common with Bathilda Bagshot, Severus Snape and Pansy Parkinson? An alliteration, of course.
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 6:04 am

Swedish Short-Snout - Feb 23, 2008 10:19 am (#1423 of 2981)
Edited by Feb 23, 2008 10:37 am

It was a great riddle, Orion.

And here's the new one. It's not that good, but it's the best I could come up with.

Once a beauty and full of pride,
now empty and marked by murder.
Nobody cares for me any more.

* answers below *
Spoiler:
Swedish Short-Snout - Feb 24, 2008 1:16 am (#1436 of 2981)
Edited by Feb 24, 2008 1:16 am

Verity, it is indeed the Riddle House!

Once a beauty and full of pride - the house was beautiful, the Riddles were proud and snobbish
now empty and marked by murder. - the murders of the Riddles, as well as the murder of Frank Bryce
Nobody cares for me any more. - Not after the death of Frank Bryce.
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 6:07 am

Verity Weasley - Feb 24, 2008 3:42 am (#1441 of 2981)

I can't believe I solved another riddle! And Mona Amon, I guess great minds think alike.

OK, here's a new riddle. I don't think it will last long, but I like the way it sounds.

My story is quite gory
but I can't take all the credit
If you ask, I shall not bask,
so you might as well forget it
I'm partial to a drink and my appetite is hearty
but you will never find me in the kitchen at a party

Who or what am I?

* answers below *
Spoiler:
Verity Weasley - Feb 25, 2008 2:06 am (#1470 of 2981)

Congratulations Swedish Short-Snout. It is indeed Sanguini. Well done.

My story is quite gory
the story in question being 'Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires'

but I can't take all the credit
the book was actually written by Eldred Worple, who also offered to write Harry's story for him

If you ask, I shall not bask
so you might as well forget it

bask is of course a synonym for sunbathe, and Vampires are known to shun the sun

I'm partial to a drink and my appetite is hearty
A bit of a double meaning here. First of all vampires drink blood, and blood is pumped around the body by the heart.

but you will never find me in the kitchen at a party.
Of course not, that's where they keep the garlic! Also a nod to the fact that we meet Sanguini at a party, which takes place in Slughorn's room.

Who or what am I?

Well done SSS. I look forward to your riddle.
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 6:09 am

Swedish Short-Snout - Feb 25, 2008 10:53 am (#1476 of 2981)
Edited by Feb 25, 2008 10:54 am

Okay, here's a new riddle. I couldn't even make it rhyme properly, but anyway.

Though I may seem cold as ice,
I am actually very nice.
I didn't let him pay the price.
If the answer's hard to find,
a different angle might be worth a try.

Now tell me, who or what am I?

* answers below *
Spoiler:
Swedish Short-Snout - Feb 26, 2008 11:36 pm (#1526 of 2981)
Edited by Feb 26, 2008 11:36 pm

You have it, Choices. It is indeed Florean Fortescue.

Though I may seem cold as ice, - he's selling ice cream
I am actually very nice.
I didn't let him pay the price.
- he gave Harry free sundaes
If the answer's hard to find,
a different angle might be worth a try.
- diagonally

Now tell me, who or what am I?

HINT:
I know quite a lot
about something hot. - medieval witch burnings
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 6:12 am

Choices - Feb 27, 2008 2:32 pm (#1542 of 2981)

Gosh, I never in a million years expected to get the riddle, but here I am. I have never done a riddle before, but here goes…

GOOD LUCK!

Out of the fire
Into the dark
Like scratchings on a chalkboard,
I'll help, if you're lost.

Who or what am I?

(I'm hoping I get at least one wrong guess before it's solved.)

* answers below *
Spoiler:
Choices - Feb 29, 2008 10:47 am (#1590 of 2981)

Mona Amon, congratulations. It is indeed the witch in Knockturn Alley. Well done!

Out of the fire - Harry travels by Floo Powder for the first time and emerges out of the fire

Into the dark - Harry lands in Knockturn Alley by mistake.

Think scratches on a chalkboard - uhhhh, the sound of fingernails down a chalkboard. **shudders** The witch holds a tray of what Harry thinks are human fingernails.

I can help, if you're lost. - The witch asks Harry, "Not lost are you, my dear?" Then Hagrid shows up to save the day.

Hint: Of all of these, Harry is the warmest. Harry is a part of the riddle.

Hint: I don't even have a name. The witch is never named or seen again that we know of.

Hint: Think about a first for Harry. The first time Harry travels by Floo Powder.

Hint: I'm in an early book. The witch is from the first part of COS.

Again, well done Mona. :-)
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 9:29 pm

mona amon - Feb 29, 2008 5:15 pm (#1595 of 2981)

Thanks!

Here's a silly little riddle, the only type I'm capable of making up!

An article and a camel
without endless rye,
Put them together

to guess who or what am I

* answers below *
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mona amon - Feb 29, 2008 6:32 pm (#1598 of 2981)

LOL, Choices, you've got it! And I was hoping it wouldn't be guessed in the very next post!

An article and a camel
without endless rye

The article is 'an'
A camel is a 'dromedary'
Endless rye is 'rye' without the 'e', which is 'ry'
So put them together-
An + (dromedary - ry) = Andromeda!

Looking forward to another riddle from you, Choices!
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 9:31 pm

Choices - Mar 1, 2008 7:12 am (#1603 of 2981)

Mona, even though quickly solved, nevertheless a clever riddle.

OK, here is the next riddle and good luck to all.

I was the first of a long line you know,
But no monastery for me.
I am not a colorful Persian,
But in Arabia I am happiness itself.

Can you find the answer and tell me who or what I am?

* answers below *
Spoiler:
Choices - Mar 2, 2008 9:24 am (#1636 of 2981)

Verity, you clever girl! Congratulations, it is Hannah Abbott.

was the first of a long line you know,
(Hannah Abbott was the first person sorted in Harry's year - book 1)
But no monastery for me.
(An abbot heads a monastery)
I am not a colorful Persian,
But in Arabia I am happiness itself.

(Hannah, Hanah, Hanna or Hana has many different translations in different languages. For example, it means "Colorful" in Persian, "Happiness" in Arabic.)

Can you find the answer and tell me who or what I am?

Hint: If you speak Persian or Arabic it will help.

Well done, Verity. I look forward to your riddle. :-)
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 9:34 pm

Verity Weasley - Mar 2, 2008 1:48 pm (#1641 of 2981)

I am blushing furiously here, but Pesky I must admit that I do feel a certain affinity with Ravenclaw. I'm getting better at working out and solving some of the riddles but I need more practice at writing them! Anyway, here it is:

Well known to a vegetable
Acquainted with a flower
You won't believe your ears
When you hear about my power.
I am at the root of great danger
With the power to do good
I'll rectify your remedy
If you treat me like you should.

* answers below *
Spoiler:
Verity Weasley - Mar 2, 2008 3:21 pm (#1644 of 2981)

OK, now I'm blushing furiously, but for a totally different reason! Potteraholic, your wrong guess is completely right - it is indeed mandrake root. How embarrassing for it to be solved on the very first guess! I definitely need more practice at riddle writing!! Anyway, here's the explanation (if it's not totally obvious).

Well known to a vegetable
The vegetable in question being sprouts, as it was Professor Sprout who introduced us to the mandrake root.

Acquainted with a flower
Poppy Pomfrey, the matron, who administered the mandrake restorative draught and would have been familiar with its use in healing generally.

You won't believe your ears
When you hear about my power

These two lines feature ears and hearing, which refers to the power of the mandrake to kill by the sound of its cry.

I am at the root of great danger
Root was the giveaway here (I knew I shouldn't have put it in!)

With the power to do good
Despite being dangerous, the mandrake has powerful healing properties.

I'll rectify your remedy
Mandrake is an essential ingredient in many antidotes

If you treat me like you should
But they require careful handling while they are growing to ensure they reach maturity and full strength.

Congratulations Potteraholic. I look forward to your riddle.
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 9:37 pm

Potteraholic - Mar 3, 2008 12:47 pm (#1671 of 2981)

Okay, since two of the past riddles were in limerick form (thanks PeskyPixie and megfox*) I thought I'd try writing mine in a form of verse, too. Instead of limerick, I chose haiku, probably because my class is writing some for our current poetry study (I read some of their drafts earlier and now can only think in 3 line verses with a 5, 7, 5 syllable pattern).

So... without further ado, here's the new riddle:

I am capable
of extraordinary moves,
which surprises one.

Smooth? Certainly not!
When time is of the essence,
That does not matter.

I will help you land
safely on your own two feet.
Just pay all your dues.

Who or what am I?

Okay, waiting to see what people make of this riddle.

* answers below *
Spoiler:
Potteraholic - Mar 4, 2008 3:11 am (#1694 of 2981)

My, what a flurry of guessing took place after I went to sleep! One of the guesses is correct, but I would like to include my 2 hints first, since I had them ready and rather like them! They are additional haiku verses, 4 and 5, then 6. So... please humor me for a moment! (The riddle's explanation is near the bottom of this post.)

I am capable
of extraordinary moves,
which surprises one.

Smooth? Certainly not!
When time is of the essence,
That does not matter.

I will help you land
safely on your own two feet.
Just pay all your dues.

One particular
Defense Against the Dark Arts
professor and I,

share a connection,
of sorts. We bring to mind a
dark, yet vivid hue.

Spins, turns, starts, and stops,
I'm likely to make them all.
Take it or leave it.

Hint 1: Part of me is silent in the beginning.

Hint 2: The 4th and 5th verses, added to the original 3.

Hint 3: The 6th verse, added to the original 3.

Who or what am I?

Now for the answer... good guesses painting Sheila, PeskyPixie, and Verity Weasley, but not the right ones. Phoenixfeather and SSS, 'old (hold) tight, please, the answer was indeed the Knight Bus! At this point, I'm not sure an explanation is needed, but I'll provide one, just in case (and for the sake of the Riddle Archives).

Explanation:

1. Verse 1 refers to the way the Knight bus moves, which surprised Harry (the 'one' in the verse).

2. Verse 2 again refers to the Knight Bus' bumpy ride, and also how Harry needed a way to get away quickly in PoA after blowing up Aunt Marge.

3. Verse 3 refers to the Knight Bus being a way for the stranded witch or wizard to get to a place as long as they paid their dues, in Harry's case, 11 sickles. (I didn't know how to get in the part about holding out your wand hand, though, and hoped the 'paying your dues' part would be enough to narrow the choices down to the Knight Bus.)

4. Verses 4 and 5 refer to the color of the Knight Bus (violently purple) and Prof. Lockhart's favorite color being lilac (or lavender?) They are both 'connected' because they're in the same color family.

5. Verse 6 refers, again, to the way the Knight Bus moves.

6. Hint #1 - Part of me is silent in the beginning. -> the 'K' in Knight is silent, as in not pronounced.

So congratulations, Phoenixfeather and SSS, but since Phoenixfeather got her guess in first, the riddle baton gets passed to her. Here! Catch!
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 26, 2011 9:39 pm

Phoenixfeather - Mar 4, 2008 3:59 pm (#1713 of 2981)

Ok, I've got the riddle - *sigh* - I hope it won't be guessed in one... - but, still, good luck everyone!

Storm and Sky,
Fireflies,
Though not prevalent,
Number One am I.

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Phoenixfeather - Mar 5, 2008 3:03 pm (#1739 of 2981)

And we have a winner! Yes, Swedish Short-Snout, the answer to the riddle is Swedish Short-Snout! I'm so glad you got it - I thought it might be appropriate to do a riddle in your honor, as you guessed PAH's riddle too!

Storm and Sky, - actually refers to colors - gray and blue, as the SSS is bluish-gray. I was going to hint at that.

Fireflies, - yes, John, you were absolutely right - it does refer to flying fire. I saw your post earlier, and knew better than to answer as it would give away the riddle!

Though not prevalent, - we don't hear much about SSSs, except for the Fantastic Beasts Book, and the Triwizard Tournament.

Number One am I. - and, yes, you guessed it SSS - it was the first dragon in the first task.

If the riddle went on, I was also going to drop a 'hotheaded' hint referring to Cedric with his head on fire.

Now, I pass the riddle wand to Swedish Short-Snout! Congratulations!
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 5:48 am

Swedish Short-Snout - Mar 6, 2008 7:32 am (#1764 of 2981)
Edited by Mar 6, 2008 8:01 am

New riddle!

To find me
you need to see the truth among the tricks
In a dark, concealed place you saw me
I was the light on the other side of the veil
If you look for me, you'll find me
where you can find a dream
I was asked
I asked

And now, I ask you: Who or what am I?

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Swedish Short-Snout - Mar 8, 2008 8:00 am (#1803 of 2981)

Verity, you've got it! It is indeed Verity, the shop assistant at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.

To find me
you need to see the truth among the tricks

Verity means truth, she works in a joke shop.

In a dark, concealed place you saw me
In the inner room where they keep the Defence Against the Dark Arts stuff, it's described as darker than the rest of the shop.

I was the light on the other side of the veil
"Light" because she's blonde. The veil is the curtain between the inner room and the rest of the shop.

If you look for me, you'll find me
where you can find a dream

Patented Daydream Charms.

I was asked
I asked

A customer asked Verity about joke cauldrons, and she asked Fred and George.

And now, I ask you: Who or what am I?

Hint: It's not only fun, you know. Weasleys Wizard Wheezes doesn't only sell joke stuff, but Defence Against the Dark Arts stuff too.

So, congratulations, Verity!
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 5:59 am

Verity Weasley - Mar 8, 2008 2:22 pm (#1809 of 2981)

Thanks SSS. That was a very clever riddle, but I'm not sure I can keep this pattern going (of riddles that also match the names of forumers!). For my last riddle, I suffered the ignominy of having it solved on the very first guess, so I have tried to be a little more obscure this time. The problem is I am more of a literal than a lateral thinker. Maybe someone could make a pity guess first:) Anyway, here it is:

Two worlds collide of air and earth
Fire in the eye of the storm
Twin dangers and noble birth
Heritage ended, one re-born

Who or what am I?

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Verity Weasley - Mar 9, 2008 5:22 pm (#1835 of 2981)

Congratulations PatPat, you've got it! It is indeed Buckbeak the hippogriff, also known as Witherwings.

Here's the explanation.

Two worlds collide of air and earth
A hippogriff is half horse, a creature of the earth, and half eagle, a creature of the air.

Fire in the eye of the storm
Buckbeak is described as being a stormy grey, and he has a bright orange eye, hence fire in the eye of the storm referred to his orange eye amidst the stormy grey of his coat.

Twin dangers and noble birth
The twin dangers here are the sharp beak and sharp talons - both deadly weapons. Hippogriffs are also renowned for being extremely proud, which is what 'noble birth' was alluding to.

Heritage ended, one re-born
This line was referring to the fact that Buckbeak ceased to exist. He became Witherwings.

Who or what am I?

Hint: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet PAH correctly identified this line as coming from Romeo and Juliet, but that wouldn't really have helped. This was just another clue to the change of name.

Hint: Call me this or call me that, Just don't ever call me fat! Again, the first part here is hinting at the change of name, while the second part refers to the fact that hippogriffs are easily insulted. In Malfoy's case it was calling Buckbeak an 'ugly brute' that earned him his visit to the hospital wing, but I'm sure Buckbeak would be just as offended to be called fat!

You didn't need my third hint, which was going to be:
Loyal fighter, fierce friend. Twice imprisoned, once condemned.

Those last two hints were both lines I originally came up with when trying to write the riddle but I decided they'd make it much too obvious if I used them straightaway. I really like the sound of that last one though, so I thought I'd include it here.

Congratulations PatPat. Looking forward to your next riddle. (If you're stuck for ideas, Harry's left foot would make a great subject for a riddle! LOL)
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 6:04 am

Verity Weasley - Mar 17, 2008 2:10 am (#1938 of 2981)

I don't know about everybody else but I am suffering from a severe case of Riddle Withdrawal Syndrome. It has been about a week since PatPat solved the last riddle and it seems as if her computer problems are a bit more serious than she first thought. Since it was my riddle that PatPat solved, I thought it might be OK if I posted another one, just to keep everyone occupied until PatPat gets back. I hope nobody has any objections, and if you have, feel free to ignore it.

This is not an official riddle - it is just a bit of fun. And I don't think it is very hard either, but it might keep a few of us occupied until PatPat can post the next official riddle.

Many hands make light work but my work is never-ending.
Time and again I tell you what you need to know
But I don't tell you what I should.

Who or what am I?

* answers below *
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Verity Weasley - Mar 17, 2008 2:52 am (#1940 of 2981)

Oh dear. Here I am thinking I'll keep everyone occupied for a while with a new riddle, and then Orion goes and gets it on the very first guess! Where is Choices with 'Harry's left foot' when you need her?!! I suppose you'd better keep going now and post another 'unofficial-just-temporary-till-PatPat-gets-back riddle'.

Clearly, the riddle was so obvious that explanations are unnecessary. The main clues there were the 'many hands' and the 'time and again'. And yes, you were right in your reasoning Orion. It doesn't do what it 'should' do - tell the time. Over to you.

(Note: The exact answer is not stated in this post, and the riddle-solver’s explanation was not copied for these archives, unfortunately.)
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 6:06 am

Orion - Mar 17, 2008 3:34 am (#1941 of 2981)

Oh dear. That was actually correct? It was in fact a "Harry's left foot"-guess. (The mental image of people sniffing Harry's left foot to see if it smells of roses will never leave me again.)

So here is the new "step-in-if-PatPat-doesn't-mind"-riddle:

Xyxxxxxy
You might ask yourselves: But why?
'Cause I was real long time ago.
Sometimes yes and sometimes no.

Who or what am I?

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Orion - Mar 19, 2008 9:03 am (#1982 of 2981)

Yes! Yes! Yes! Mona, you have it! It is indeed the stag patronus, which keeps being handed down from owner to owner.

Xyxxxxxy
(First James has it (XY), then Lily in doe shape (xx), then Snape (xx, shame, oh shame, Severus is stuck with the Size Zero Girly Version), and finally Harry (xy), who has the manful antler brute again.)

You might ask yourselves: But why?
'Cause I was real long time ago.

(James' animagus shape is a stag, and probably the Marauders learned to change into animals before they learned to cast a Patronus.)

Sometimes yes and sometimes no.
(Which leads us to the rather philosophical question: How "real" is the animal body of an animagus? The question is a bit related to the (as yet unanswered) question whether Hogwarts is a real castle or a ruin.)

Who or what am I?

Hint one: I don't do what my name says, I'm too graceful. (I never stagger.)

Hint two: I have a ginormous set of antlers. Sometimes yes and sometimes no! (See Snape thread! They got it wrong on the Bloomsbury cover, by the way: On the DH cover it should have been the Doe Patronus, not the Stag Patronus, which would have been much more fitting on the POA cover! Eejits.)
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 6:09 am

mona amon - Mar 19, 2008 10:41 am (#1983 of 2981)

Wow Orion, how on earth did you think of that xyxx line? Pure genius! And Elanor, for guessing what it meant!

The only reason I guessed it is I remember your 'antler envy' (LOL!) post on the Snape thread, and you using the words ginormous antlers!

Here's my riddle, which is sure to be guessed in the next post, lol!

I'm here to treat
But nothing sweet
I'm always, always fuming!
Remember, to quiet lie
Forget and you may cause to die.

Who or what am I?

* answers below *
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mona amon - Mar 19, 2008 5:21 pm (#1991 of 2981)

Yes, Orion, It is the Wolfsbane potion! The explanation, if any is necessary-

I'm here to treat
I'm here to treat the werewolf condition

But nothing sweet
Sugar makes the Wolfsbane potion useless

I'm always, always fuming!
Snape brings Lupin a gobletful of Wolfsbane potion which was smoking faintly, and after he gulps it down the goblet is still smoking

Remember, to quiet lie
Remember to take your potion, and you can curl up somewhere as a harmless wolf

Forget and you may cause to die.
Forget to take it, like Lupin did, and you'll become a dangerous werewolf

Who or what am I?

**sigh** I better go to the Riddle Archives and do some research on how to make up a really confunding one!

In the mean time, looking forward to another confunding riddle from you, Orion!

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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 6:10 am

Orion - Mar 22, 2008 2:48 pm (#2047 of 2981)

Here is the new stand-in-until-PatPat's-computer-is-running-again-riddle:

I’m your friend, a teeming ant-hill.
You can ask me for advice.
You can look at me for comfort.
I’ve changed owners once or twice.

Who or what am I?

* answers below *
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Orion - Mar 24, 2008 12:57 am (#2075 of 2981)

Congratulations, mona, you have it! I feel a bit guilty because the Marauders' Map isn't really a teeming anthill, it just looks like one, but the little moving dots made me think of an anthill. Harry uses it to get information, but he also takes it with him, away from Hogwarts, and looks for Ginny. Over to you, mona.
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 6:11 am

Potteraholic - Mar 24, 2008 3:36 am (#2077 of 2981)

mona, I'll step in, if no one else minds! Just thought this one up, picking something randomly from the Lexicon. I expect it will get solved soon!

Done without
a care or a thought
Connected to a reply
or perhaps a response
Then an implement
used for leaving a mark

Orion, I loved how you referred to all the 'dot-people' moving around on the map as a 'teeming ant-hill'. A great simile.

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Potteraholic - Mar 25, 2008 2:13 am (#2099 of 2981)

Verity, you are correct! It is indeed an Auto-Quill. As you stated in your post, If this is correct, then PeskyPixie deserves the credit and should rightly do the next riddle. So, I am going to let you two decide who gets to create the next 'stand-in' riddle.

Explanation: An Auto-Quill presumably automatically answers a question asked in its presence. Auto- Quills are banned from the examination hall during tests at Hogwarts (OP31). Whether they were banned by McGonagall or Umbridge (the Toad), I don't know. I need to get going and I don't have time to check the book. When I originally wrote this riddle, I was book-less and just checked the Lexicon in the 'Magical Items & Devices' section under 'A'. Auto-Quill seemed obscure enough, thus a riddle was born.

Something done,
without a care or a thought

Trying to get at 'auto' (automatic) here.

Connected to a reply
or perhaps a response

'Reply' and 'response' are synonyms for 'answer'; 'connected' was referring to the hyphen (-).

Then an implement
used for leaving your mark

'Leaving your mark': writing; so an implement used for writing: a quill.

Hint 1: My response to mona's guess. Quick Quill Quotes were close, but they are different kind of quills entirely, overly used by Rita Skeeter.

Hint 2: You are not looking for a person. Ob-viously.
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 6:13 am

PeskyPixie - Mar 25, 2008 7:29 pm (#2109 of 2981)

Okay, I have a riddle. I don't think it's 'pesky' , but it'll take up a bit of the time until PatPat's return!

As The Army Of The Brave
Battles That Of Vice,
The Lord Of Light Is Overthrown
By Gift Of Sacrifice

Enjoy!

* answers below *
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PeskyPixie - Mar 27, 2008 9:47 pm (#2142 of 2981)

Congratulations, HungarianHorntail11! The answer to the riddle is indeed HRH's encounter with McGonagall's giant chess set in PS/SS.

As The Army Of The Brave => 'Bravery' is the trait which represents Gryffindor House. The 'army' in question is the Gryffindor trio, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Battles That Of Vice, => The trio are trying to protect the Philosopher's Stone from Lord Voldemort and any henchmen he may have.

The Lord Of Light Is Overthrown => 'Lord' = ruler, or King; on a chessboard, the lighter (i.e. as in shade/colour) side is white; the only way HRH can win the game and move forward to the next challenge protecting the Stone is by maneuvering the white king into checkmate.

By Gift Of Sacrifice => The white king is cornered, the game won by HRH, due to Ron's decision to sacrifice himself for 'the Greater Good' - at only twelve years of age! If he's not a Gryffindor, I don't know who is.

Hint 1. Very clever of you to look to history, however, this time, capitalization plays no role.
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 6:14 am

HungarianHorntail11 - Mar 28, 2008 3:59 pm (#2161 of 2981)

Hi! Sorry, I didn't expect to win it and therefore didn't think to check back here. I thought up a quick one with the aid of my little HHs. It's a short one:

Jarred not Bard

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HungarianHorntail11 - Mar 29, 2008 6:10 am (#2171 of 2981)

Lol Potteraholic, you've got it! It is Rita's animagus, the beetle.

I really wanted to correct Verity, so I put my response in quotes; and when PeskyPixie mentioned jarred as a verb, I was dying to tell her 'yes' but I figured it would go fast enough without any hints, so I resisted the temptation.

Now does it make better sense?? I don't think I need to explain it, do I?

That was fun!

Take it away Potteraholic.
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Post  Potteraholic on Fri May 27, 2011 6:17 am

Potteraholic - Mar 29, 2008 8:26 am (#2174 of 2981)

LOL HH11! I thought you had written a fiend of a riddle if the answer wasn't Rita Skeeter. I didn't realize that you were looking for her animagus form as the specific answer. When I first read your riddle, the image that immediately popped into my head was that of Rita as the beetle in the Scholastic version. So when you said it wasn't Rita, I started thinking "What didn't shake Beetle the Bard? No idea."

Okay, here's my riddle, something light and quick.

I'm like a set of sheets
Or someone’s house
Or a cushion
Attached to soccer
But without the sphere

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Potteraholic - Mar 30, 2008 5:16 am (#2185 of 2981)

DING! DING! DING! Anna, you're right! It is Padfoot.

I'm like a set of sheets - sheets of paper = pad
Or someone's house - someone's house = pad (as in bachelor pad)
Or a cushion – cushion = pad
Attached to soccer – soccer = football
But without the sphere – sphere = ball, so football — ball = foot

The first 3 lines are different definitions of pad and then attach foot to pad: pad + foot = padfoot, Padfoot

So, Anna, catch! The next riddle is yours!
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