Season's Greetings!

It's that time of year... the most wonderful time of the year! We know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, but we'd like to wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Joyous Kwanzaa and/or whatever else you may celebrate. If you don't celebrate anything, we hope this winter is your best one yet :)

We've opened the seasonal village for your enjoyment-
Polareia Borealis. Here you will find most of our holiday modules, from the Ice Hotel to the Dreidel game at the peanut stall. You can also try to build the best snowman in all the wizarding world! Or maybe you'd just like to visit the Ice Castle while dressed up in your cool new costume! Also, if you fancy buying a reindeer, they are now available in the pet shop.

We also have opened a Holiday Gift shop which can be found in each village. This is the place to go to buy your family, friends, and even rivals presents for the holidays. The gifts can be opened starting on Christmas Day (December 25) at the fireplace in your Common Room. You will have until December 31 to open them all. In the meantime, you can visit the Fireplace inside your Common Room to check to see how many presents are waiting for you! Everyone will receive at least one present so be sure to open yours on Christmas Day!
(NOTE: Some of you may see references to Valentine's Day at the Fireplace. Just ignore it and pretend it says Christmas. xD It's just a typo and doesn't affect your presents.)

In the past we have had a few problems with players being nasty to each other with the Holiday Gifts Anonymous Sender feature. This year, we have in place a security measure to ensure that no one is truly anonymous. Although the recipient of a not-so-nice gift will not know who the gift is from, the Staff will know. Those that send nasty messages through the Holiday Gifts will be dealt with in the same way as if it was said in chat. Offensive messages on gifts can be reported by petition, just like offensive owls, through a link in each gift.

For a little friendly House competition, each House has been given a Holiday Tree to decorate. Players can go to their Common Room and help decorate it by using forest fights, gold and/or gems. The House with the best tree at the end of the year will earn the House buff for the entire month of January.

We hope you enjoy these new features and once again, Happy Holidays!


Halloween is Official Hogwarts Live Staff Appreciation Day

To all witches and wizards:

October 31st (Halloween) is now officially Staff Appreciation Day. Show your support to the HL staff in any way you can. Even if that means listening to them for a bit (I'm looking at you truant students out there =P).

Just please try and be extra nice to our staff on that special day otherwise I will smite you with a mighty thunderbolt.


Halloween mounts are back!

The Halloween mounts are now available until November 2nd at every mount shop. There is a Wicked Witches Broom available for every major mount, with the same stats, at the same price.
If you don't know which mount each
Wicked Witches Broom corresponds to, you can find out by reading the description.


Rules Reminder


We have recently been seeing more and more instances of certain rules being broken and we just want to remind you of a few things...

Appropriate content
Keep your comments and actions appropriate for all ages. This means watch your language, watch your sexual content, and absolutely, NO CYBERING ANYWHERE ON THE SITE. Owls and dwellings are not excluded from this. If we have evidence, or in some cases even just suspect that you are here only for sexual reasons, you WILL be banned.

Bullying/Harassment
Do not bully/harass someone for how they are roleplaying just because it is not how you RP or how you perceive RP has to be. You are not a RP king/queen and do not have the right to tell someone how to RP or make fun of them for how they choose to RP. As long as their RP partner(s) is fine with how they RP, it is none of your concern. If you do not like how someone RPs, do not RP with them, it is that simple. If you do not like seeing their posts, use the ignore feature.

Spam
Examples of spam:
Kdhfblagagkjlgdhasgd
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!
"*love**love**love**love**love**love*"
"hahahahahahahahahaha"
"pppllleeeaaassseee"
.................
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
iliketowriterunonwordsthatgoonandonforeverandever
Posting one or two lines of a song is alright, posting more is not allowed and considered spam.

Cheating
Trying to hack into the server, trying to crack other user's passwords, or otherwise doing something detrimental to the integrity or security of HL is strictly forbidden. Do not use scripts or bots to automate game tasks as they may burden the server. You must report any bugs or exploits you discover using the Petition for Help link. Using bugs or exploits to improve your stats will result in a temp ban and/or having your account locked. Those who report bug abuse or means of doing may receive a reward.


Alternate characters (alts)
You may have UP TO 4 accounts per IP address. If you decide to make more than that, your highest account(s) will be locked until you are back down to 4 accounts. If you choose to make more than one account, they may not interact with each other. This means no arguing between your accounts, no sending gold or pets from one account to another, no PvPing yourself, etc. Don't create an alt for drama purposes either. If you do, your main may be locked. Also, do NOT refer your own account(s).*** This type of cheating is just in bad taste. Again, we may decide to lock your main account if you do. If you share a computer, Internet connection, or Network with another player we will assume there is only one person at the keyboard and you will be held responsible for all activity that originates from your account or IP address.

***This also includes your "sisters" or "brothers." Only refer people that don't live in your house.

Also, if you suspect someone of being an alt, it's not your duty to announce it in chat or ask them whose alt they are.
It's none of your business. If you know someone to be an alt, keep it to yourself unless you have permission from the person to share that information with others.

(I would like to note that the only foolproof way to keep an alt a secret is to not tell anyone. I don't care if you only tell your BFF- it will get out somehow. )


The full list of rules can be found in the FAQ, located in every village. You may want to take a moment to review those as well, as not knowing them does not excuse you from having to follow them.

Thanks, and have a good day! xD


Stranger Things Meets Migratory Servers Somewhere in the Galaxy

Happy Almost Spring! At least to those in the Northern Hemisphere. xD

As the temperatures start to rise and the snowstorms venture forth with their last hurrah of the season, our servers have migrated to more illustrious surroundings to continue the circle of life known as HogwartsLive.

Unlike the the long and arduous trek for thousands upon thousands of birds, ocean creatures, and them animals in Africa who are forced to migrate to find water, the process of migrating servers is usually pretty quick and painless. This time however, it seems that some of you may have gotten lost in the Upside Down, as Poly puts it.

Maybe you log in to find a chat that is hours old with only one or two other people? Which is kinda normal tbh, so scratch that one. But maybe posts have disappeared? Or maybe you find yourself all alone in some parallel universe version of Hogwarts? MaYbE yOu CaN't EvEn LoG iN!?

Unfortunately, we can't magically fix it for you even though we're supposed to be all like Witches and Wizards and stuff. But DON'T PANIC!! YOU, yes YOU, can perform all the magic needed to fix this for yourself! So grab your towel, click the link at the end of this post and prepare to be amazed! Mobile instructions included, for a limited time! (not really limited, that's just a sales pitch) If however, you do not want to attempt this yourself, the problem will correct itself soon.

For those who appreciate a more technical explanation, there's something called DNS. This is like GPS for browsers so they know where to go when you type in a website name. So what happens during migration is, the virtual address of the website gets all mixed and muddled up and sometimes it takes longer for some people's internets to find it again. (Or that might be something I made up entirely because it sounds good and I have no idea what I'm talking about.) (Except that DNS does really exist and it does have something to do with finding and accessing websites.)

tl;dr If HL is all weird, it will fix itself soon or you can clear your DNS cache. Instructions here:

https://buffered.com/tutorials/how-to-flush-dns-cache/

Thanks for playing!


Petition for Help

In accordance with the latest blog that has been reposted, if you see something inappropriate or disruptive in chat then please petition for help. Even if there is a staff member online, we are players too and can't monitor the site or chats every minute. We would appreciate it if you can help us help you.

Look over the rules in the FAQs again carefully and don't be afraid to send a detailed petition about the problem. We want to establish and keep and friendly environment for all ages to interact with.

Thanks and enjoy your time on HogwartsLive.


House Christmas Tree Winner

You see Hagrid carrying Holiday Trees to the Common Rooms.

The biggest, sparkliest, twinkliest tree belongs to the
Hufflepuff clan!
Many of the other halls also sport beautifully decorated trees in their windows.

Congratulations, Hufflepuff! You keep the House buff until the end of January!


Hogwarts Live T-Shirt Giveaway

Hey Everyone,

I'm giving away a Hogwarts Live T-shirt!

One lucky player will get to don their very own, custom, Hogwarts Live T-shirt from hogwartslive.spreadshirt.com! :)

Just head on over to the Candy Raffle page under the Global section on the left side of the site and exchange your every flavor beans for raffle tickets.

Beans can be won through special events or acquired through the Prefect's Lounge under Buy Candy.

This raffle ends at the end of July.


Rule Reminder Part 2

Personal attacks are NOT ALLOWED. A personal attack is any comment that is negative toward a persons real life. No matter how mean their role-play character may be to you, there is no excuse to bring their real life into the conversation to attack them. It should have to go unsaid, but due to a sudden increase of people feeling this is for some unkown reason acceptable, that this rule applies to attacking the real life children of players. If you decide you feel it necessary to stoop so low and bring their child(ren) into it, you will instantly be muted for 3 RL days. If after that mute, you continue to make such comments, it will be a week long ban.


A Player's Request

We received a request to ask for your help for one of our longtime players, Catherine.

"My father was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His final wish is to go to Disney Land, but with all his special medical care needs, we can't do it alone. My sister has created a "fundme.com" thing and I know that a lot of HLers are good people at heart and I was hoping to maybe get the chance to put the link here. If, that is, allowed.

http://www.gofundme.com/8rb35h78z4

That's the link. Even if you can't donate, could you consider spreading it out a bit for us? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time."

Thank you for any help you can give!