Prefects.

We no longer have Prefects. We haven't had them for well over a year, please stop owling staff about becoming one. Thank you.


Emoticons

As you may have noticed, the emoticons (smilies) have been turned on in chat. This is a TRIAL RUN to see how well they work with the live chat system. If they seem to work properly, we will keep them, but if they cause problems with the chat, they will be turned off again.

Spam rules apply to emoticons- no more than 3 together, please. We know it's kind of exciting to see them in chat, but please don't get all obnoxious with them.

For instructions on how to do them and to see the list of what we have available, please refer to the FAQ- Questions about Emoticons.

Thanks.


Letters from Hogwarts

UPDATE: Edmund and SerenityRose had a very enjoyable time during their trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Thanks to all who owled in the hopes of receiving a postcard from Hogsmeade and congrats to those that did receive one!

Please stop owling as this little contest is over :)

Hello everyone,

First of all I want to give a very heartfelt thanks on behalf of me and my wife Barbara (LadyOfFantasy SerenityRose) for the Happy Anniversary wishes you sent us in July. I know we haven't been around much lately, but we've been very busy.

This coming week the two of us will be visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida on vacation. While we are there we are intending on doing a video podcast for you all from the park, so look forward to seeing that soon. (If we can manage it, we will do this video podcast as a live stream on Tuesday and/or Friday).

We may have some special HogwartsLive surprises for people when we come back, but in the mean time, I would like to give a few of you a special, real life gift.

Letters sent from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will contain a certified "Hogsmeade" stamp. And I want to send out some postcards while I'm there. And I want to send those postcards to you!

If you would like a postcard from me and Barbara sent with an official Hogsmeade postmark from the Owl Post, owl me your physical address, as both the postcards and the postage cost money, I can't afford to send too many of these. I will pick some addresses at random from my owls and they will receive the postcard.

I will erase all of your addresses after this is done. Anyone under 18 be sure to get your parent's permission before giving me your address. Names will be chosen completely at random, be sure to indicate who you want them addressed to and if you want any special message.


A Quick Memo

We've noticed more people sharing their passwords recently. So from this point on, if you share your password with someone else and your account gets messed with it is YOUR problem. Staff will NOT return your lost items or your account to you if they change your password on you.


Families


Here's the deal...

The NEXT person to threaten another player over a stupid RP family is going to be banned. On Facebook, Skype, Yahoo...wherever.

This has gone on far too long. This is a GAME. If you depend so much on a fake family to make yourself feel so important and badass, get off the internet and get some professional help.

Seriously, people. Having a good time with it without interfering with other people's enjoyment, even making fun of it in a JOKING manner...that's all fine. But when it gets to actual threats and bullying, it's way past the point of acceptable.


Edit by Spinal:
There is also this blog post you can refer to.
http://hogwartslive.wizards.pro/blog/post/450/cant-we-all-just-get-along


4 Years Ago Today...


...two very special people tied the knot in Real Life™. They met and fell in love right here on HogwartsLive.

May the memories you cherish
And the joys that you recall
Help make this anniversary day
Your very best of all,

And may these truly happy years
Of seeing dreams come true
Be a promise of still greater joy
In the years ahead of you!


Happy Anniversary, Edmund and SerenityRose!!


Even Newer Trailer

For those who haven't seen it, here is the latest trailer for the Deathly Hallows.



Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47OdmBKKwsU&feature=player_embedded


Please help save half a million children in Haiti - Donate to UNICEF

The child survivors of Haiti's brutal earthquake represent an entire generation. Many were orphaned. Countless lost friends and family. Their schools and homes--destroyed.

Give now and give the child survivors in Haiti essential nutritional supplies, clean water and vaccines, school-in-a-box kits, and increased child-protection services.

Reconstruction in Haiti means nothing if these children don't make it.

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 Site Admin" button and I'll add your funds to my next donation to UNICEF at the end of July. Keep in mind this method is not tax deductible as is the case when you use UNICEF's official form
.

Haiti's children still need your help. And with the hurricane season ahead, they now face increased risk of disease.

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


Deathly Hallow's Trailer from MTV Movie Awards



Here is the link for people who are getting errors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6NgUhl96CQ


Personal Attacks

A reminder of the rule being some have seem to forgotten lately:
Personal attacks(bringing someones real life into it) and insulting remarks should be kept off the public channels such as the forums and the chats.

This means when you are sitting there accusing people of being pedophiles and bringing their RL into the chats, you are breaking said rule. People keep making this accusation toward others lately (not even directed at just one person) without having any proof to back the claim up. If you had proof, you should be reporting it to the police not trying to be a vigilante and take the situation upon yourself.

Consider this your only warning, if you make this kind of accusation against anyone in chat you'll be muted for it, without prior warning. A few players already have been.