Added ability to change your character name (display name)

Hey everyone!

I know some of you have requested the ability to change your character name (which I'll refer to as your display name for the continuation of this post).

For those of you who have accumulated more than 10,000 donator points you may now change your display name in the Prefect's Lounge by clicking on the Change Display Name link! You can change your display name once after the initial 10,000 points are earned. Every subsequent change will require an additional 5,000 points.

Some cool perks of changing your display name are that you can:

  • use colors in your name
  • use bold and italic characters in your name
  • use special characters (i.e. symbols) in your name
  • use foul language in your name (just kidding)
When you change your display name using this method you still keep the same login or username. In your bio other players can still see your original username to prevent confusion.


Deathly Hallows DVD Release Date & Deleted Scenes

The BBFC has released the titles of deleted scenes, featurettes and focus points we can expect on the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 DVD. They have also revealed the DVD's release date - April 11.

The additional material will total 56 minutes and 30 seconds. See below for what the additional disc will contain:

Deleted Scenes

- The Burrow's Shed: Ron Discusses Radios with Mr. Weasley
- The Dursley House: Harry and Aunt Petunia As They Leave House
- The Dursley House: Harry and Dudley Shake Hands
- The Granger House: Death Eaters Search Deserted Home
- Ministry of Magic Lifts: Harry Tells Arthur He's Being Tracked
- Tent: Trio Discusses Destroying The Locket
- Rabbit Chase in the Forest
- Montage: Ron and Hermione Skimming Stones

The main featurette is entitled "On The Green with Rupert, Tom, Oliver and James." Focus points include The Last Days of Privet Drive, Hagrid's Motorbike, Magical Tents, Death Eaters Attack Cafe, Creating Dobby and Kreacher, Godric's Hollow, The Frozen Lake and The Return of Griphook.

Source: MuggleNet


My 2011 Birthday Wish: Donate to UNICEF

As you may know it's my birthday on January 12th (that's today for many of you). If you want to do something special for your Headmaster please consider contributing to UNICEF. It's my favorite charitable organization. 90.5% of your donations actually go to the children in need unlike other charities, which waste their contributions on things such as frivolous lawsuits.

22,000 children die every day from completely preventable causes. Please help those who can't help themselves; let's turn that number into 0! No other organization can mobilize and coordinate lifesaving efforts faster and more effectively than UNICEF, which saves more than 6 million children each year. These children are living proof that we can make a difference.

If you'd like to make a donation to this cause I will give you donator points in exchange for doing so. Make a donation on UNICEF's secure online form by clicking here. Please note you will need to provide me with a receipt of your donation to receive donator points.

Alternatively, you may owl or email me, , your PayPal transaction number after making a donation via the "PayPal Contribute" button and I'll add your funds to my next donation to UNICEF at the end of the month. Keep in mind that this method is not tax deductible as is the case when you use UNICEF's official donation form.

There are also other ways to support UNICEF aside from donating, please visit: UNICEF's Other Ways to Give Page.


Raffle Winners

We apologize for the delay, but the raffle winners have been chosen and posted!

The 3 winners of the 3-month VIP pass are:

God Spartacus (Ticket 102)
Mistress RainaFormensul (Ticket 1633)
Supreme God JakeSkellington (Ticket 1374)


Our winner of the 6-month VIP pass is:

Ich Will Haji (Ticket 400)

And our 1 YEAR VIP pass winner is:

NaughtyByNature irishprincess (Ticket 897)

Congratulations to all of you!!

If you weren't one of the lucky winners this time, don't be discouraged. We will be having more raffles soon and remember, it only takes one ticket to win!



HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year!!


Congratulations to Ravenclaw for winning the House Holiday Tree Contest! They will enjoy the House Buff for the entire month of January!

Thank you all for making HL such a great place to log into every day. May 2011 be your best year yet :)


New Year's Raffles

We're raffling off VIP passes!

VIP passes let you log in to Hogwarts Live whenever you want no matter how many players are currently online.

New Year's Raffles:

1 Year VIP Pass

6 Month VIP Pass

3 Month VIP Pass


The raffles end on January 1, 2011 at Midnight GMT.

Please check out the Candy Raffle section, under Global on the left-hand side, of HL to enter. You can exchange your Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans for raffle tickets. You can get beans from special events while playing HL or via the Prefect's Lounge.


Seriously?

If people want to be rude and immature on holidays and abuse the special modules we have for you to enjoy and give you a little something different to do, we will NOT do them anymore. It is extremely cowardly to abuse them to try and ruin someones holiday to make you feel better about yourself. If you were one of the ones who used the anonymous option on the Holiday Gift module to send someone a gift with a nasty uncalled for message, you have two options, owl them an apology or ruin the game for everyone else around the holiday seasons because we won't install any special ones anymore.

If you know who did this, you can petition their name and encourage them to fess up.
Also please read the blog post below this one. :)

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it and Happy Holidays to the rest,
Spinal


Christmas Presents- Opening Time Extended

As an early Christmas present for you all, Danilo has edited the Gift Shop module to extend the amount of time that presents can be opened!

I believe that it is extended for 6 days to allow presents to be opened through New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) since so many of you requested that day to end it. To be safe, I am leaving it set to start opening on Dec. 26; the day AFTER Christmas. If presents can still be opened January 1, so be it, but I'm trying to accommodate as many players as I can. Hopefully this will allow everyone to get a chance to open all their gifts.

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


UPDATES:

Peeves the Poltergeist has been fixed! He now tells you the correct amount of gems he gives you! Thanks to all that petitioned that. :)

Also, for all you cheaters who have been evading PvP by timing out in dwellings...that has been fixed too. Now you will be kicked to the village when you time out. :)

Merry Christmas to those of us who want to kill you!

Update from Spinal:

I added a special Reindeer pet to the Magical Managerie in Diagon Alley, it'll be available until New Years.


Public Profiles

Thanks to Danilo's hard work, the Public Profiles have been fixed!! If you were unable to edit your profile before, you should now be able to!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Public Profile, all you have to do is click on your own name in chat to access it or go to Preferences and there is a link there. There are spaces for you to enter what type of wand you carry, your favorite Harry Potter book and character and your age. All of these are optional- you can fill in all, some, or none. There is also a space for you to post an avatar (directions are in the profile) and a blank text area for you to write about your character or whatever else you want.

Everyone should send Danilo a thank-you present from the Holiday Shop! ;)

Enjoy! XD


Petition for Help Link

The Petition for Help link is NOT for you to ask us how to play the game. Nor is it for you to tell us you're dead, NOR is it there for you to say hi :|

We have a
Frequently Asked Questions section (with answers! :O). It is not there just to take up space. If you have a question, please check there first. If it's not there, maybe that means you are supposed to figure it out for yourself. Novel thought, huh?

The Petition for Help is to report game problems. You not knowing something because you didn't bother clicking and reading is not a problem >.>

An excerpt from our beloved FAQ:

A petition should not say
'this doesn't work' or 'I'm broken' or 'I can't log in' or 'yo. Sup?' A petition *should* be very complete in describing *what* doesn't work. Please tell us what happened, what the error message is (copy and paste is your friend), when it occurred, and anything else that may be helpful. "I'm broken" is not helpful. "There are salmon flying out of my monitor when I log in" is much more descriptive as well as humorous, although there's not much we can do about it. In general, please be patient with these requests - many people play the game, and as long as the admin is swamped with 'yo - Sup?' petitions, it will take some time to sift through them.

Thank you.