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Post  Potteraholic on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:42 pm

shepherdess - Dec 19, 2010 12:09 am (#1278 of 1343)

Ok, PAH; I'm going to give it a shot. Of course, this is blatantly obvious to me. I'm hoping not so much for others.

We can go
And I’ll come back
We’ve things in common
That’s a fact
We help the good
We help the bad
Guessing how
Will drive some mad
If we use our eyes
Can we see?
Tell us now
Who are we?

So there it is for what it's worth. Lol.

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shepherdess - Jan 9, 2011 1:03 pm (#1311 of 1343)

Yes! It is Dumbledore and Fawkes!

The explanation:

We can go
DD can travel by holding Fawkes' tail
And I’ll come back
Fawkes keeps being reborn
We’ve things in common
That’s a fact

Gryffindor, loyal, brave, helpful
We help the good
They've both helped Harry as well as the OoP
We help the bad
DD has helped Grindelwald as well as making sure Riddle was educated in the use of magic; Fawkes provided the tail feather for Riddles wand
Guessing how
Will drive some mad

People have trouble understanding DD's methods as well as the whole brother-wands thing

If we use our eyes
Can we see?

DD wears glasses, Fawkes cries healing tears
Tell us now
Who are we?

DD and Fawkes, of course
We’ve felt the pain
DD has felt the pain of losing his family; Fawkes keeps bursting into flames (though I'm not sure that actually hurts him)
We’ve passed the test
DD has proven himself by defeating GG and helping Harry; Fawkes has proven himself by loyalty to DD and by helping Harry
We give hope
Fawkes' song makes one feel hopeful
And cleverness
DD knows things others don't
We may be odd
This much is true
They're odd as a "pair"; DD is a unique and Fawkes is rare
When you leave me
DD's death
I go too
awkes leaves Hogwarts
We’re together
They both live in the Headmaster's quarters
Though mismatched
Obvious (man/bird)
With different eyes
Obvious
Neither hatched
DD-obvious; Fawkes "rises from fire"

Congratulations HH! (Whew! I was beginning to think it would be miles long before it got solved. Lol.)
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Post  Potteraholic on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:44 pm

HungarianHorntail11 - Jan 15, 2011 6:36 am (#1316 of 1343)

Hi! Thanks everyone and I agree with Julia, shepherdess. It was fun.

Sorry it took so long but wouldn't you know as soon as I finally guess one, things get crazy busy around here. Anyway, it's probably pretty easy (though it always is to the maker of the riddles, isn't it) but I hope it's still fun:

My freedom soars on outstretched wings.
I alight with pain and what I bring.
My life through my eyes - oblivious - all is well
Through the eyes of others it's a living h@##.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jan 16, 2011 10:35 am (#1328 of 1343)

Lol Verity, you're right! You all are too funny!

Ha! You've got it, Julia! It's Errol. Thestral was Trevor's first guess.

My freedom soars on outstretched wings.
He's free to fly about and takes his time, as when delivering to Azkaban for Hagrid's release.

I alight with pain and what I bring.
Crash landings, mail delivery

My life through my eyes - oblivious - all is well
He keeps on making deliveries without protest and seems to rebound all right.

Through the eyes of others it's a living h@##.
Stupid bird always crashes.

Thanks for guessing!

Take it away, Julia!
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Post  Potteraholic on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:46 pm

Julia H. - Feb 1, 2011 3:41 am (#1332 of 1343)

*** tiptoeing in ***

This thread has been very quiet lately. Sorry for the delay. Here's the new riddle. I hope there'll be guesses, too.

Enjoy!

Starting out in darkness deep
Before the end, there’s no sleep
Making progress going round
From fire, water, air and ground.
Aiming to be clear and pure
In bitterness I mature
- A paradox in the end
On skill and art I depend.

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Julia H. - Feb 1, 2011 4:06 pm (#1334 of 1343)

Thanks Verity, for the first guess and the compliment. I'm glad you like my riddle.

As for your "wild guess", it is so close to the answer that it is the answer itself! That was a short-lived riddle, LOL! Congratulations!!!

Here is the explanation (it may not be necessary, but still):

Starting out in darkness deep
At first the potion has a deep purple colour. Another possible explanation is a reference to powdered root of asphodel as one its ingredients. Roots come from under the ground.

Before the end, there's no sleep
The finished potion induces a deep sleep.

Making progress going round
You have to stir the potion while you are brewing it.

From fire, water, air and ground.
The elements involved in potion-making: Fire and water are self-explanatory, "air" is reference to the steam of the potion, and "ground" is reference to the plant ingredients in the potion. The grin is because the fourth element would have been "earth", but I replaced it with "ground" for the sake of the rhyme. I thought it .

Aiming to be clear and pure
In the end, the potion has to be clear as water.

In bitterness I mature
Infusion of wormwood.

- A paradox in the end
"Living Death" is a paradox.

On skill and art I depend.
This potion seems to be difficult to make, so the potion-maker must be skilled. Professor Snape regards potion-making as an art.

Well done! I look forward to reading a Verity-riddle!
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Post  Potteraholic on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:47 pm

Verity Weasley - Feb 4, 2011 10:18 am (#1336 of 1343)

It's been a while since I've written a riddle, so I'm a bit out of practice. So, be gentle with me.

Anyway, here it is. Guess away!

First, rearrange what is great but not good.
Next, think of what’s done by three and by wood.
Finally, add the most powerful magic.
Together, we make the answer you seek.

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Verity Weasley - Feb 4, 2011 12:35 pm (#1340 of 1343)

Well done mona! It is Greta Catchlove, author of Charm Your Own Cheese.

We're having a bit of a run on short-lived riddles lately. At this rate, mona's riddle should be guessed on the third guess.

Here's the explanation:

First, rearrange what is great but not good.
Pretty obvious really - just rearrange the letters in the word 'great' and you get Greta

Next, think of what’s done by three and by wood.
The 'three' refers to the three chasers on a Quidditch team, and 'wood' should really have a capital W. What do they do? They catch the Quaffle of course.

Finally, add the most powerful magic.
Well Dumbledore told us over and over that love was more powerful than any magic, so this line refers to love.

Together, we make the answer you seek.
Pretty self-explanatory. Just put the three clues together to give the answer.

Congratulations mona! I look forward to your riddle.
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:04 am

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This topic serves as an archives of the riddles played on the 'Potty HQ' thread from the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum as hosted on World Crossing which ceased operation on April 15, 2011. These Potty HQ Riddles Archives were reposted on June 8, 2011. None of the original emoticons, font styles, or colors were archived. Any emoticons that appear are those that converted easily to BBCode, like : ) or ; ) to create Smile or Wink. Hopefully, the absence of the original emoticons does not affect a reader's understanding of the riddles. ~ Potteraholic, June 8, 2011
These riddles originated in a thread over on World Crossing called 'Potty HQ' From what I can tell, this thread was a place where Harry Potter Lexicon members could play HP-inspired games like Hangman and become a member of Potty HQ (the 'Potties') by sending in a cyber payment of a certain number of knuts or sickles. I may be wrong about the specific details, as I was not posting on the Forum at that time. Then one day in October 2005, a member posted the following post:

Troels Forchhammer - Oct 5, 2005 11:55 pm (#995 of 2941)

Finn BV wrote on Oct 5, 2005 in message #990 Umm: yes, Troels!! **hides in shame at the blatant obvious-ness of the answer **

Pure luck, I swear (and a smart way of verifying my guess before posting it, even if I say so myself) - how many three-part place names do you recall from the books?

Troels, we will accept that answer because you guessed it so quickly! However, it would be great if you registered with the Potties!

Ouch! Sorry. That is just too typical me - striding into it with both eyes closed, brandishing my belief in my own perfection like a sword ... ah, well, hopefully it isn't quite that bad.

Troels, please send your membership fee to Emily, the membership secretary. She accepts Gringotts' Gold Card should you have it:

Darned! How about a gift certificate to Weasley's Wizard Wheezes? Otherwise I'll have to fall back on my neverending supply of internet-current chocolate ... Emily, can I hand it over here, or are further formalities required (inscribing on the back of my hand, ‘I must not gate-crash threads’)

Your turn for the puzzle, Troels!

………………

[Troels wrote:] I've looked around for some kind of rules for this game, but couldn't find any ... I will post a puzzle in the traditional way {hangman}, but I have another one to ask as well.

First, however, the traditional puzzle - I am looking for a potion: ----------/----/------

Then Troels posted the first HP-inspired riddle on the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum, which you can find in here.

………………

In a later post, he wrote:


Troels Forchhammer - Oct 14, 2005 12:57 am (#1146 of 2941)
Edited Oct 14, 2005 1:58 am

Regarding my other questions, I did look around a bit in the other question-game threads, and didn't think this kind of questions would fit in very well anywhere. But seeing that the hangmen sometimes get past so fast that by the time you get up 'out there' on the western hemisphere (yes, I know that most of Britain is on the western hemisphere as well, but still ... ) we can be on the third hangman since you went to bed ... well, I just thought that having some questions around here that would take a bit longer might be nice - doing them in parallel ...

When the 'Potty HQ' thread closed, a new thread called 'Potty Games' was opened, in which Hangman and Riddles were played in the same thread until each game was given its own separate thread several years later.

Enjoy these first HP Lexicon Forum riddles!




This is an archive of all the Potty HQ Riddles posted on the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum on World Crossing from:
Oct 5, 2005 (#995 of 2941) to Feb 27, 2006 6:51 pm (#2930 of 2941).

1. riddle by: Troels Forchhammer - Oct 5, 2005
2. riddle by: Troels Forchhammer - Oct 14, 2005
3. riddle by: Elanor - Oct 24, 2005
4. riddle by: Troels Forchhammer - Oct 26, 2005
5. riddle by: Elanor - Oct 30, 2005
6. riddle by: CatherineHermiona - Nov 1, 2005

7. riddle by: Troels Forchhammer - Nov 2, 2005
8. riddle by: CatherineHermiona - Nov 8, 2005
9. riddle by: Elanor - Nov 9, 2005
10. riddle by: CatherineHermiona - Nov 16, 2005
11. riddle by: Elanor - Nov 20, 2005
12. riddle by: Troels Forchhammer - Nov 25, 2005

13. riddle by: Troels Forchhammer - Dec 12, 2005
14. riddle by: Elanor - Dec 19, 2005
15. riddle by: haymoni - Dec 21, 2005
16. riddle by: Troels Forchhammer - Dec 30, 2005
17. riddle by: Elanor - Jan 7, 2006
18. riddle by: Good Evans - Jan 26, 2006

19. riddle by: Elanor - Jan 31, 2006
20. riddle by: Lina - Feb 8, 2006
21. riddle by: Elanor - Feb 9, 2006
22. riddle by: Nicholas Schouten - Feb 14, 2006
23. riddle by: Marè - Feb 17, 2006



A huge THANK YOU to Mona for archiving these riddles and their answers to transfer them over from World Crossing to our new home here on forumotion. As much as I wanted this archive to make it over here, intact, from our previous home, I didn't have the time to do the actual copying and pasting myself with the other threads I was archiving at the time. When these riddles and their answers were safely archived somewhere, thanks to Mona's efforts, I didn't need to feel so anxious about not having enough time to get to them, before World Crossing closed on April 15, 2011. So now, they are all formatted and reposted here. These archives would not be possible without your help, Mona! Smile



Here are the more HP Lexicon Riddles to try and solve!


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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:20 am

Troels Forchhammer - Oct 5, 2005 11:55 pm (#995 of 2941)

And now the other one: What, in particular, does Harry Potter have in common with a skull in the sky and with nothing else (that we have heard of)?

Regards,
Troels

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Elanor - Oct 13, 2005 8:30 pm (#1145 of 2941)
Edited Oct 13, 2005 9:32 pm

Would it be Sir Patrick Properly-Decapitated Podmore? That is to say Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore? Ok, ok, I will take pity of you... The answer was: "The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts", that Hermione mentions both in PS (she says Harry is in it) and in GoF (about the Dark Mark).

Troels Forchhammer - Oct 14, 2005 12:57 am (#1146 of 2941)
Edited Oct 14, 2005 1:58 am

You are a soft-hearted woman, Elanor. Yes, indeed. The Dark Mark (the ‘skull in the sky’) and Harry Potter are the only two things that we have learned that Hermione has read about in The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts. I was planning to make a very veiled hint, asking if you believed the Dark Arts were studied in the Roman Empire to make a reference to Gibbon's famous book
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:27 am

Troels Forchhammer - Oct 14, 2005 12:57 am (#1146 of 2941)
Edited Oct 14, 2005 1:58 am

Regarding my other questions, I did look around a bit in the other question-game threads, and didn't think this kind of questions would fit in very well anywhere. But seeing that the hangmen sometimes get past so fast that by the time you get up 'out there' on the western hemisphere (yes, I know that most of Britain is on the western hemisphere as well, but still ... ) we can be on the third hangman since you went to bed ... well, I just thought that having some questions around here that would take a bit longer might be nice - doing them in parallel ...

Actually, I'll try out this little riddle at once:

I am a thing,
but not what I name an earthy ring,
the name of a game is followed soon
by a vital noun when cried by a loon
I caused a frown so, what's in the name
do you see the goal? Join the game
and name my whole.

And of course I use script just to be annoying (the question itself isn't really all that difficult once you 'break the code')

Regards,
Troels

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Troels Forchhammer - Oct 24, 2005 1:21 am (#1234 of 2941)
Edited Oct 24, 2005 2:22 am

Sorry - surprise family visit from Thursday to Sunday. Very nice, of course, but it interrupts everything else.

Kerstin wrote on Oct 23, 2005 in message #1212

Troels, is the word you're looking for Mudblood?

It is indeed. An MUD is an on-line game (Multi-User Dungeon) Well done Kerstin! Do you people want more questions of this kind?

Regards,
Troels

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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:29 am

Elanor - Oct 24, 2005 5:45 am (#1236 of 2941)
Edited Oct 24, 2005 6:48 am

Wow, Troels, I would have never guessed since I had never heard of "MUD" before. That was a good one! I would like more puzzles like this, yes! BTW, I have thought of one, I don't know if I can post it or not since I didn't answer your question but it came to me as I was searching the answer to your puzzle Troels. Here it is, but feel free to ignore it if you don't think it worth it! I've just borrowed Strider's verses, I hope he won't mind...

Not all those who wander are lost
Just ask his namesake, at little cost... A light from the shadow shall spring
When the Queen will marry the King All that is gold does not glitter

But now, I wait for your answer...

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Elanor - Oct 26, 2005 1:41 pm (#1268 of 2941)
Edited Oct 26, 2005 2:42 pm

Congratulations again Troels! Here are the explanations:

"Not all those who wander are lost
Just ask his namesake, at little cost..."

That was the most difficult clue of the Riddle and a veiled reference to St Anthony of Padua. Since the Middle-Ages, people who had lost something used to pray St Anthony (and promised to give some money to the poor) because he was meant to help you finding those lost things. "
A light from the shadow shall spring

When the Queen will marry the King"
The wedding of the King and the Queen is only an image of the creation of the Philosophical gold, thanks to the Philosopher's stone. That's why I told you to think of alchemy, the Stone being able to turn metals into gold.

"All that is gold does not glitter "
It was another veiled reference to the Stone (stein in German), Goldstein meaning "golden stone".

I can't wait for your riddle Troels! But something tells me it will be a hard one!
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:31 am

Troels Forchhammer - Oct 26, 2005 10:55 pm (#1269 of 2941)

And now for the riddle (with a minuscule 'r', mark you!):

The Good Samaritan will not help you,
For I am not what he would say. My name as such is split in two,
but clues to either is not my way. I am for sure unlike my brothers
(and sisters, too, if you should care) But elsewise rather like some others,
I can be used if you've aught to spare. I am related to the tolling bell,
And invoke, perchance, the light of spring. And now I ask you just to spell,
my name, oh do your guesses bring.

Actually, I think it might be rather easier than the last couple of riddles, but we shall see.

Enjoy!

Troels

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Troels Forchhammer - Oct 30, 2005 1:19 am (#1304 of 2941)

Elanor wrote on Oct 29, 2005 in message #1303: So it is Avada Kedavra!

Yes. And now you even got to post it, having done all the work. Congratulations!

Elanor: LOL! You're right, we had all the clues:

Thank you.

Elanor: The Good Samaritan spoke Aramaic (from which come the words of the spell) but he wouldn't say such Dark Words (here I was right, wasn't I?)

Precisely. Aramaic (Samaritan Aramaic, apparently they had their own dialect) is probably the only language we can be sure he could speak. The original meaning of ‘Avada Kedavra’ is, as far as I have been able to ascertain, something like ‘be destroyed at my command’, something which, as you note, a Good Samaritan surely wouldn't command.

Elanor: The light of the curse is green and Harry saw it when he was a baby (in "the spring of his life") and the curse was used to "kill the spare" in GoF.

Yes, I don't mind admitting that I was particularly proud of that clue

Elanor: I had thought the green light could well refer to Avada Kedavra as well but the "tolling bell" and its warning use made me think more of Mors Mordre, silly me!

Well, I obviously intended the bell to refer to the announcement of death, but that clue is somewhat ambiguous (I couldn't spell out the death-theme too clearly), hence the ‘related to’.

Elanor: That was a brilliant riddle, Troels! The "light of spring" was really a wonderful clue.

Thank you :blushes:

Regards,
Troels
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:33 am

Elanor - Oct 30, 2005 6:11 am (#1306 of 2941)
Edited Oct 30, 2005 7:13 am

Thanks Troels! You said this riddle was easier than the previous one so I shudder to think what a hard one would be! I have thought of a new one BTW, that is easier this time I think:

You can seek me
Either in the infinitely great
Or in the infinitesimal... You can chase me
As surely did Aberforth, my pal.
But be warned, before you start the quest,
That nobody but one ever caught me... Will you too?

Sorry for the rhymes that are awful!

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Elanor - Nov 1, 2005 7:03 am (#1348 of 2941)

Congratulations Kaykay! The answer of the Riddle was indeed "Chimaera"! As JKR says in FB, the Chimaera is a Greek monster "with a lion's head, a goat's body and a dragon's tail". Actually, the word "Chimaera", in Greek, simply means "she-goat", hence the Aberforth clue and the fact I told you the "goat" was the key. About the other clues:

You can seek me
Either in the infinitely great

The Chimaera is also a marine fish, and the "infinitely great" referred to the oceans.

Or in the infinitesimal...
According to the Oxford dictionary, a Chimaera is also "a DNA molecule with sequences derived from two or more different organisms, formed by laboratory manipulations"

You can seek me [...]
You can chase me [...]
But be warned, before you start the quest,
That nobody but one ever caught me...

A Chimaera is also a "thing which is hoped for but is illusory or impossible to achieve" (Oxford dictionary again). In short, it is an illusion: you can run after it but you'll never "catch" it.

The "but one" refers to JKR's text in FB: "There is only one known instance of the successful slaying of a Chimaera and the unlucky wizard concerned fell to his death from his winged horse (see page 42) shortly afterwards, exhausted by his efforts." That's why I used "to seek" and "to chase" in the riddle, to evoke Quidditch and thus someone flying. But I guess it wasn't such a good riddle.
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:34 am

CatherineHermiona - Nov 1, 2005 11:04 am (#1352 of 2941)

Before the Riddle, only one thing to say: "Answer is not always on obvious places to look for." Laura book 2 - Signet of seven moons.

So here's the Riddle:

Although we are more than one
As one we used to be. Many years had run
Since we built our patrimony. Our blood still flows
Among the people in the world. We know it would be better though
If one's name we never heard. Now let us see, without stress:
Who we are, can you guess?

This one is really the easiest, I really think it is really easy to guess the clues. I'll be on the chat now, in 5 minutes, so you can come there and guess. And since I'm not the one who thinks that plagiarism is bad, I'll give credit to my mum who helped me.

Kate

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CatherineHermiona - Nov 1, 2005 10:22 pm (#1356 of 2941)

Well. Troels, your answer is correct, although not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for the name of the thread. All clues fit as yours as well, but about the name we wish we never heard, I thought Voldemort. And I wanted to put 'most of us' on the end of first two lines. I said this one is the easiest!

Kate
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:37 am

Troels Forchhammer - Nov 2, 2005 2:44 pm (#1364 of 2941)

Just put the finishing touches on my riddle I cannot take full credit for creating it, as the question was once put to me 'elsewhere', but I have rephrased it from a rather simple 'what is the connection between' type of question to a rhyming riddle (which might make it more difficult even if there are more hints hidden in the riddling words).

Here goes:

What's in a name,
some people will ask.
My name has got fame,
finding it is your task. If the door is locked
to your chambers of mind,
to have it unblocked
you should the hospital find. I found a dragon, 'tis true!
A common Welsh Green,
but you shouldn't pursue
how that could be seen. It all comes back, I fear,
to an awful degree,
it was in the year
nineteen seventy-three.

Have fun

Regards,
Troels

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Troels Forchhammer - Nov 3, 2005 12:18 am (#1369 of 2941)

Emily, Eglerio! A laita s'. That's it, Emily! And note that in OotP, when the kids met Lockhart in the Janus Thickey ward, the healer opened the locked door to the ward with an 'Alohomora!', and that Lockhart's mind was blocked down by the Chamber of Secrets. In general the Janus Thickey ward seems to be for patients whose minds are gone ... locked up. I imagine that Mr. Thickey was a patient of that ward that now bears his name after his wife found him.

Respectfully,
Troels

(NOTE: the riddle-creator did not state the answer outright in his post.)
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:39 am

CatherineHermiona - Nov 8, 2005 12:51 pm (#1425 of 2941)

OK, I will. Here it goes:

My surname is the name of this,
I can't get rid of that. No one would miss
My times. My servant is rat. I have a gift that my ancestors had
Another guy with that gift wants to see me dead. As a Muggle I grew
But when I found out to be a wizard, it wasn't too much new.
Now do you know who am I?

It's too easy, come and try.
Ha, it is too easy, indeed.

Kate

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CatherineHermiona - Nov 8, 2005 11:20 pm (#1435 of 2941)

Finn, your answer is correct! I told you, I can't make a riddle that isn't easy..........

Kate

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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:40 am

Elanor - Nov 9, 2005 11:27 am (#1439 of 2941)

Thanks Finn! (BTW, I forgot to post about it on the chat thread but congratulations about GoF! I hope you'll tell us everything!) So, here it is! As the Riddle is easy there will be extra points if you manage to explain all the clues I've put in it, and there are quite a few of them...

Were you brave and victorious?
I was there for you.
Do you need some spice in your life?
I am there for you.
Either old and weak or young and adventurous,
I'll be there for you too.
But never forget there is more to me
Than meet (all) the eye(s),
Or in your sleepless nights
Rosemary, for you, I will be.

Good luck!

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Lina - Nov 15, 2005 2:45 pm (#1492 of 2941)

We had a nice chat in the chat room tonight and I've been talked into joining the Potty club. So, here I am! I hope Kate will not be too angry with me! Five galleons already sent with the Owl, I now expect my sunglasses. Actually, I'm not the only one who should get credits for solving the Riddle, but I came with the right answer, so I know that it is the right answer and I won't put it in white - it's Moaning Myrtle. Now, the clues, I can only try, I can never do it as good as Elanor would, so I expect her to do it again (I have the Java version of the chat, so I can't do the copy/paste thing).

Were you brave and victorious?
I was there for you.

This one is the reference to the past. Roman soldiers who came victorious from the war, would get a crown with a myrtle in it as recognition for the victory.

Do you need some spice in your life?
I am there for you.

This one is the reference to the present. Myrtle is indeed a spice that can be added to the food.

Either old and weak or young and adventurous,
I'll be there for you too.

As for old and weak, myrtle has some healing properties too. Young and adventurous people can get into trouble as well, so they could need the healing properties, but as a matter of fact, Moaning Myrtle did help Harry and was there for Draco when he was crying afraid of failure.

But never forget there is more to me
Than meet (all) the eye(s),

She had glasses, so she had four eyes, and she met the Basilisk's eyes as well.

Or in your sleepless nights
Rosemary, for you, I will be.

She haunted Olive Hornby while she was at school to make it even for the teasing, she was her "rosemary" and didn't let Olive sleep. There. I'm sure I missed something and Elanor could make it more clear. I'll come with a new riddle (you can bet it will be much easier) as soon as Kate and I work something up.
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:42 am

CatherineHermiona - Nov 16, 2005 10:33 am (#1497 of 2941)

Ok, my mum gave me a permission to post a new riddle. So here it goes:

If you look at my first or last name
You'll understand the bad fame.
Even if you judge by look,
You aren't looking in the right book.
That kind of judging was my fate.
When the truth came out, it was too late.
In the cave we used to hide,
Me and the one I used to ride.
Am I he or she,
It's yours to see.

This is easy riddle. I'm now in the chat room.

Kate

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Lina - Nov 16, 2005 2:19 pm (#1502 of 2941)

As I promised, the Riddle was simple, and yes, you are all right, but Tazzy was first . A little about the clues:

If you look at my first or last name
You'll understand the bad fame.

Here we really thought just about the names - Black meaning something dark, like dark magic, where he doesn't belong, and Sirius, like serious, which he was really not.

Even if you judge by look,
You aren't looking in the right book.

Well, he really looked like a criminal, especially right after he escaped Azkaban...

That kind of judging was my fate.
When the truth came out, it was too late.

In the cave we used to hide,
Me and the one I used to ride.

Those two were quite obvious and correct.

Am I he or she,
It's yours to see.

And this is just the need to put the question in the end. We are obviously not able to make a well camouflaged Riddle, but we are practicing, we are...

Now, looking for the new Riddle!
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:44 am

Elanor - Nov 20, 2005 8:11 am (#1540 of 2941)

Okay! Here is the Riddle:

I was here, now there,
Proud and indestructible.
From the mighty four elements
I was born
And harmony, balance,
From them too was torn.
Follow the phoenix, my friends,
He'll lead you to my name,
For he and I
Share more that can see your eye.

Good luck!

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Elanor - Nov 24, 2005 8:44 am (#1608 of 2941)

Congratulations Troels! It was the firebolt indeed! Some explanations?

I was here, now there,
That's because it moves very fast.

Proud and indestructible.
Proud because of the way it was presented at first in Diagon Alley in PoA and because everyone seeing it finds it to be a gem; indestructible because, as says the Lexicon (http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizworld/brooms.html), it has an unbreakable Braking Charm (ok, that one was a bit twisted, sorry!).

From the mighty four elements
I was born


Its name contains "fire" and it belongs to the "air" element.

And harmony, balance,
From them too was torn.

That's because it has "unsurpassable balance", "aerodynamic perfection", etc...

Follow the phoenix, my friends,
He'll lead you to my name,
For he and I
Share more that can see your eye.

The phoenix is also "born" from the fire and belongs to the air element, the phoenix is born of ash(es) when the firebolt is made of ash wood (love that one! ) and, when the phoenix and the firebolt fly very fast all you can see are blurred colors, like at the Quidditch World Cup or when Fawkes delivers messages in OotP. And there was also the fact that "to follow the phoenix" you had to fly, hence needed a broomstick...

Congratulations again Troels! Your turn!
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:51 am

Troels Forchhammer - Nov 25, 2005 5:14 am (#1616 of 2941)

Elanor wrote on Nov 24, 2005 in message #1608 Congratulations Troels! It was the firebolt indeed!

Yay! Good one about the 'perfect balance' - that would have been helpful to recall. We might some day wish to discuss the difference between the thing itself and the enchantments on the thing, but let's leave it for another time.

And as for a new riddle, I admit that I've been going into the realm of the very obscure, so I'll state the riddle and give a few pointers at once:

You might try it
in surprise or disgust.
You do apply it
whenever you must.
McGonagall, as ever,
met unquestioned success.
Vernon, however,
caused himself distress.
Only those two
and none of the others,
tried me to do,
no one else it bothers.
What did they do?
And what was their object?
name me those two,
this riddle's subject.

The meaning of all this is that I am looking for a specific combination of an action and a type of object, which has been used only by Vernon Dursley and Professor Minerva McGonagall. Others may have tried the action, or have done something to the same type of object, but only these two have used the combination.

Regards,
Troels

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Troels Forchhammer - Dec 12, 2005 12:10 am (#1764 of 2941)

Hi again. I'm sorry about the delay, but I was laid low by the flu last week, so I couldn't get to the floo . . . Anyway, I've got to put a stop to the riddle. The answer is 'to say 'Shoo!' to a cat.' The two relevant quotations are:

As he pulled into the driveway of number four, the first thing he saw - and it didn't improve his mood - was the tabby cat he'd spotted that morning. It was now sitting on his garden wall. He was sure it was the same one; it had the same markings around its eyes.
'Shoo!' said Mr. Dursley loudly.
The cat didn't move. It just gave him a stern look. Was this normal cat behaviour, Mr. Dursley wondered. Trying to pull himself together, he let himself into the house. He was still determined not to mention anything to his wife.

(PS ch. 1 'The Boy Who Lived')

and

They followed Professor McGonagall past the silent figures of Neville, Dean and Seamus, out of the dormitory, down the spiral stairs into the common room, through the portrait hole and off along the Fat Lady's moonlit corridor. Harry felt as though the panic inside him might spill over at any moment; he wanted to run, to yell for Dumbledore; Mr. Weasley was bleeding as they walked along so sedately, and what if those fangs (Harry tried hard not to think 'my fangs') had been poisonous? They passed Mrs. Norris, who turned her lamplike eyes upon them and hissed faintly, but Professor McGonagall said, 'Shoo!' Mrs. Norris slunk away into the shadows, and in a few minutes they had reached the stone gargoyle guarding the entrance to Dumbledore's office.

(OotP ch. 22 'St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries')

In CoS Vernon 'shooed the shocked Masons back into the dining room' (the pudding) and Percy was seen 'shooing some of the younger students away' at the incident of Harry valentine from Ginny. In PoA 'shooed them away' (the Trio) when Hagrid was overcome with emotion after being made a teacher, 'All down ter you three.' To the best of my knowledge these are the only places in the books (Bloomsbury editions) that any shooing occurs. The two places cited are thus the only places where somebody actually says 'Shoo!', and in both cases the object of the shooing is a cat (albeit Vernon's 'cat' isn't really).
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:09 pm

Troels Forchhammer - Dec 12, 2005 12:10 am (#1764 of 2941)

Now, here is another riddle that doesn't exclusively rely on a perfect memory of the texts (although that will surely help):

It's common enough, I think and suppose,
for boys to do this, for girls it's a pose.
But for socks, hat and book, a toy and a wand?
That is unusual, the normal beyond.
But it's all spelled out, for you to find,
the verb which is hidden is a common kind.

Enjoy!

Regards,
Troels

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Troels Forchhammer - Dec 19, 2005 1:01 am (#1841 of 2941)

Elanor wrote on Dec 17, 2005 in message #1826

Troels, I was thinking about your riddle: would the answer be "to scream"? Harry once bought socks that scream when they get dirty, there are screaming yo-yos, screaming books too I think in the restricted area of the Hogwarts Library and Luna's lion hat that screamed too. I don't remember any wand screaming but it may well have happened sometime!

Bingo!

Well done, Elanor - not that I am terribly surprised, of course, but congratulations anyhow

The toy is of course the Screaming yo-yos you mentioned (on the list of prohibited items in GoF and mentioned, as far as I can find, only that one time), and the socks are from GoF as well:

They went into Gladrags Wizardwear to buy a present for Dobby where they had fun selecting all the most lurid socks they could find, including a pair patterned with flashing gold and silver stars, and another that screamed loudly when they became too smelly.
(GoF ch. 27 "Padfoot Returns")

(Had to quote that in full: I just love that passage)

I hadn't thought of Luna's Lion-hat, though didn't that roar? In PS-7 "The Sorting Hat": however, the Sorting Hat "had barely touched [Draco's] head when it screamed, 'SLYTHERIN!'"

Then, as you mentioned, when Harry took out the book in the Restricted Section in PS-12 "The Mirror of Erised":"A piercing, blood-curdling shriek split the silence - the book was screaming!"

Rather less seriously, during the "Priori Incantatem" (GoF ch. 34): "Voldemort's wand began to emit echoing screams of pain."

I did consider also listing a wood and Harry's muscles:

When, at the Quidditch World Cup, the Dark Mark appeared in the sky, "the wood all around them erupted with screams"(GoF ch. 9 "The Dark Mark")

And, once again in GoF, as Harry was emerging from the lake after the second task, his "muscles were screaming in protest" (GoF-26 "The Second Task")

Mentioning the Portrait of Mrs. Black might have made it a bit too easy, though.

Regards,
Troels
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:11 pm

Elanor - Dec 19, 2005 12:51 pm (#1844 of 2941)

Okay, as it is Christmas time, here is a very easy one:

We were, or could have been,
The most wonderful present,
One that truly comes from the heart.
Who would have guessed, in fact,
That we, always opposite and yet united like brothers,
Could make your dreams come true?
Now, we can't sing
But let us still wish you,
A very Harry Christmas to you.

I'm sure you won't be long to find the answer!

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Elanor - Dec 21, 2005 7:15 am (#1863 of 2941)

Congratulations Haymoni and Troels! Yes, socks were the right answer. I told you it was an easy one! I'm really too soft-hearted when Christmas is in the air.

So, here were the clues:

"We were, or could have been,
The most wonderful present,
One that truly comes from the heart."

This was a reference to the sock Harry gave to Dobby in CoS, to the socks Dobby gave Harry for another Christmas and, of course, the "could have been" was a reference to DD telling Harry he would love to receive socks for Christmas but people keep offering him books instead in PS.

"Who would have guessed, in fact,
That we, always opposite and yet united like brothers,
Could make your dreams come true?"

The socks are opposite, on your feet, but united like twins too. And Harry's sock made Dobby's dream of freedom come true in CoS.

"Now, we can't sing
But let us still wish you,
A very Harry Christmas to you."

This one was written to make you think of Dobby and also because I wanted to wish you all a great Christmas time!
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:17 pm

haymoni - Dec 21, 2005 11:22 am (#1867 of 2941)

OK - here is my very, very lame attempt at a "Riddle":

I’m handy when traveling.
I’m really a must.
Keep me with you always.
I’m one you can trust.
I’ll scare you at first,
But I’ll soon be your friend.
Yet, you’ll tire of me
And leave me in the end.
Not all will desert me.
The meek and the young
Will stick with me always
‘Til their adventures are done.
So leave if you will.
It’s not my Swan Song.
Someone who needs me
Will soon come along.

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haymoni - Dec 23, 2005 5:05 am (#1883 of 2941)

Finn, you win! and Solitare, you get credit too!

Happy Holidays!

(NOTE: The riddle-creator did not state the answer in her post and the riddle-solver’s explanation was not archived before WX closed.)
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:18 pm

Troels Forchhammer - Dec 30, 2005 2:31 am (#1927 of 2941)

I've been looking, and it seems that we haven't a new riddle since Finn guessed the last one, so I thought I'd oblige his requests for a new one:

My neighbour's got a big moustache
(frankly he's a big panache).
He resides there next to me,
just come by, and you'll see.
But I do not live next to him,
(and that's not just out of whim).
Now tell my name while I don't hide,
and answer too, where I reside.

So, I want a name and a place of residence that goes with the name.

Enjoy!

Troels

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Troels Forchhammer - Jan 6, 2006 1:08 am (#2015 of 2941)

Well done, Solitaire! That is indeed the solution. Congratulations!

And at Christmas Violet and the Fat Lady got "extremely tipsy" on chocolate liquers but that is hardly anything compared to HBP where they "drank their way through all the wine in that picture of drunk monks down by the Charms corridor."

I like Violet.

Regards,
Troels
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:20 pm

Elanor - Jan 7, 2006 11:32 pm (#2038 of 2941)

Yesterday (well, it was yesterday for me but it was probably just earlier today for some of you), when the forum was down and that we were in a severe forum withdrawal on the fanfiction temporary chat thread, Solitaire asked me for a riddle. As the forum is working again (yeah!!!!!!!!!!) I thought I would post it again here today!

Here it is:

"There is a place
Where the sun meets the moon,
Where every word, though unspoken, is precious
This is a golden place...
Will the Seeker find it?"

Good luck!

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Elanor - Jan 9, 2006 9:03 am (#2062 of 2941)

Congratulations Kate! The answer was indeed "The Lexicon Forum":

- a place where the sun and the moon meet: "sun" and "moon" referred to "night" and "day": there are people from all over the world who meet here at the same time, people for which it can be night or day.

- "every word, thought unspoken, is precious": we don't "speak" the words, we write them, and they're all precious.

- This is truly a golden place and we're all seekers here, aren't we?
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:21 pm

Good Evans - Jan 26, 2006 9:24 am (#2414 of 2941)

I'll pass on the hangman - but may I post a riddle? I wrote it some time ago - but was never quick enough or bright enough to guess the answer to the ones posted by Troels and Elanor (in the main).

here it is

I don’t tell of fire or water but I may help with wind
Usually from on high, nearer to my lord
My cauldron looks sweet but taste at your risk
the inside may have you tied in emotional cords
Long ago Canus Lupis saved my masculine form
and although he was a twin, I am nought
Fred George made me sing of love in a garden
and the love of a king this then brought
I don't love a king, but I have been star struck

who am I? can you work it out? with a little luck

I expect it is dead easy - but have a go and see if you can work out the references, it is an HP character.

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Good Evans - Jan 29, 2006 12:29 pm (#2458 of 2941)

Yes well done Elanor, and Kate too as she guessed in the chat room

to explain

• a weather vane tells of wind - but not much else and is usually found on a church tower or steeple (near to the lord),

• Romilda gave chocolate cauldrons to Harry with love potions so the chocolates looked "sweet" but you tasted them at risk and could have ended up with emotional cords

• Canus Lupis rescued Romulus and Remus, Romulus being the masculine form of Romilda. and she is not a twin

• Frederick George Handel wrote the opera Xerxes, which featured Romilda, she was overheard singing in the garden by the king who fell in love with her - she did not love him back.

However Romilda as we know was a bit starstruck with Harry during HBP.

so that was it - hope all is clear now!!!! and well done to both of you
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:22 pm

Elanor - Jan 31, 2006 9:45 am (#2465 of 2941)

It was a brilliant riddle indeed Good Evans!

I have written one that is really, really easy but the first two lines just came to me (I hope it is not because I have read them somewhere!) and I liked them, so I post it even so.

Don't trust my name,
Don't trust my fame,
But ask the mirror,
To show you the path.
And remember its answer:
Find it in your heart.

Good luck!

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Elanor - Feb 1, 2006 1:04 am (#2474 of 2941)

Congratulations Lina! It was Sirius Black indeed!

Here are some explanations about the clues:

"Don't trust my name,
Don't trust my fame,"

Sirius is not as "black" as his name would make us think he is at first and he is "famous" for murders he didn't commit.

"But ask the mirror,
To show you the path.
And remember its answer:
Find it in your heart."

Harry asked the two way mirror about Sirius, when he was "lost" after his death, but the mirror didn't answer back: he had to find the right "path" in himself. It was also a nod towards the alchemical mirror that "shows what is hidden": there are many things hidden in Sirius's name indeed... Seriously!

Congratulations again! Your turn Lina!
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:23 pm

Lina - Feb 8, 2006 11:05 am (#2676 of 2941)

Woohoo, my life is back to normal! Thank you very much, people, for being so patient about the new riddle! As I promised, this should be an easy one...

Unlike the guy you guessed before,
From my name you can learn much more.
I like to play,
I don't like to pay,
I like to collect...

So who am I?

This time I bet
You'll guess in no time!

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Lina - Feb 8, 2006 2:16 pm (#2682 of 2941)

Oh, as I said, actually, as "he" said, I knew it would be guessed in no time...

Peeves is not at all a bad idea, but I was hinting at the meaning hidden in the name... And to play in Latin is “ludo” and the person who collects money to "provide" some safety is called a “bagman” (it says so in the Lexicon). He didn't want to pay to the Weasley twins the money they won in betting, and I tried to hint his love for betting at the almost end of the Riddle.

Some hints were obviously too good, so it's your turn again, Elanor!
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