Category Archives: Misc.
Please remember that there is an HPC meeting tomorrow and that if you are participating in the fan art contest, you should bring in your pieces then.
If you can’t make it with your piece to this meeting, try to show up to the soonest (can I say that?) meeting available. We may hold off judging our pieces tomorrow depending on the number of submissions, however we will still greatly appreciate seeing them then.
[Sorry. This whole post is so awkwardly worded.]
Alright. It’s time.
To have your membership updated and verified for the continuance of the school year, please send us an e-mail stating: your NAME, the LUNCH HOURS YOU ARE BUSY, and any OTHER THOUGHTS you wish to relay.
By doing so, you are eligible to earn yourself one point for telling us which lunch hours you are busy (this will really benefit you in the future – it will help us plan meeting times), and up to two points for your comments, depending on how thoughtful etc. they are. Anything you say will be taken under advisement/consideration.
By the end of the day, I hope to have another post out with this week’s meeting times stated. If Friday is a mostly free day, it is very likely we will have a meeting then, as that is when the Fan Art Contest draws to a close.
Speaking of the Fan Art Contest, we (so far) have received ZERO submissions. Just so you know.
Okay. Get to it.
As many of you know by now, we will be holding a Fan Art Contest.
I’m sure you all know what fan art is (it’s self-explanatory) so I will announce the categories of submission for the event. They are: TRADITIONAL/VISUAL ART (of any media), and OTHER (comprising FANFICTION, MUSIC, VIDEO/FILM, MISC. FAN PIECES, ETC.). Just be creative.
Each person has a maximum of two a eligible submissions and an infinite number of fun pieces which will not be judged. If there are not enough submissions, we will merge all of the categories together. If there are too many submissions, we may make additional categories.
For each submission category, there are two judging categories: DICTATOR’S CHOICE, and PEOPLE’S CHOICE. If you win Dictator’s Choice, you will earn yourself several points, whereas if you win People’s Choice, you will earn yourself a prize.
You do not have to participate in the event, but you will/may earn points and prizes if you do.
The deadline for all submissions is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2011, so get started.
[NOTE: If you are writing a fanfiction piece, please see this post: https://thehpc.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/woefully-these-exist/. Also, feel free to browse around DeviantArt if you run out of ideas – but be prepared to lose a lot of time here. It’s a great place to procrastinate.]
You can submit pieces to us by e-mail (which we will then post to the blog), by link (from your website of sorts), by photograph, or by physical copy at one of our meetings. Be sure to have your piece there or accessible at school for the submission date.
Sorry. For all of you who enjoyed my somewhat daily Wrock posts in the past, I have been too lazy to put one up. Since we are now embarking on the two chapters of Philosopher’s Stone, I felt like I should choose a relevant song to share. I might always post Wrock songs from now on which are relevant to the chapters the club is reading.
For those of you who are new, I am somewhat of a Wrock fan – not hardcore, but I know a few bands. My absolute favorite band is Ministry of Magic, so you will probably be seeing their songs a lot. For those of you who are not so immersed in the Harry Potter fandom, Wrock stands for Wizard Rock which is basically rock/pop/electronica music…about Harry Potter. Youtube it, Wrock is great and awesome. Chelsea and I started a Wrock band in grade seven which has been dormant for four years.
Here’s how my Wrock posts work: I post a bit about the song, usually personal and probably not interesting. I embed the YouTube video so you can preview it within your browser, then you can download the song by right-clicking the download link as selecting “save link as” or “save target as”.
Today, I have an oldie but a goodie. Harry and the Potters, you guys. A little bit of Harry Potter education, Harry and the Potters are the gods of Wrock. They created Wrock. They are true pioneers of Wrock music, which probably explains the crappy quality of their songs as opposed to more professionally produced Wrock bands you see today. This is all part of what makes them awesome; people who just decided to put time and effort into writing songs about Harry Potter, recording albums and putting them out there. I’m not even beginning to touch on the incredible things they’ve done with the Harry Potter Alliance. TL;DR? They set the Wizard Rock movement in motion.
I once saw this and now, I just came across it again so since I haven’t made a post on this blog in a while, I thought I would share. The below content is from HERE.
For the cake:
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 Tbsp butterscotch topping (I used Smucker’s)
- 1/2 cup cream soda
- Extra butterscotch topping, for decorating
For the buttercream frosting (makes enough to cover two 6″ cakes, with a layer of frosting in between cake layers):
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup butterscotch topping
- 1 Tbsp cream soda
- 1 lb powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two 6″ or 8″ pans with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
- Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, milk, butterscotch topping, and cream soda.
- Add the dry ingredients half at a time, beating until smooth.
- Pour into the prepared pans. For 6″ cakes, bake 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (You may need to adjust the baking time for 8″ cakes.) Cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting, beat together the butter, butterscotch topping, and cream soda. Add in the sugar and beat until smooth.
- Decorate the cake as desired.
- Drizzle with the extra butterscotch topping – it really does add a little something extra!
Snily is probably the accumulation of all of my “angst” in the Harry Potter fandom. The unrequited love, the almost canon (and most certainly fanon) pair. To celebrate the launch of The HPC, here is a taste of my top Snily songs from my collection. (Some I could not find on YouTube, so just download and have a listen!)
(But I would love it if you would support the artists by buying their music! They are all fantastically talented and it’s thanks to their efforts that we have these lovely songs.)
Note: This video is only around 2 minutes long; the song’s actual length is 5:41. I do love Lena Gabrielle. I might post some other songs from The Butterbeer Experience later.
Lily! is a new find, and I just instantly fell in love with it and had to share it.
DOWNLOAD: Lily! – Lily & James
Ministry of Magic is my favorite Wrock band, so what would this post be without two songs from them.
DOWNLOAD: Lily – Ministry of Magic
DOWNLOAD: Snape vs. Snape – Ministry of Magic