Hogwarts Live Now Recruiting

Re-posting this as we still need help!

We're looking to put together a brand new development team. This will be separate from our administrative staff who deal directly with players. We're looking for enthusiastic, imaginative, and passionate individuals to help us create the next stage of Hogwarts Live.

Please note these positions do come with perks but are otherwise unpaid--these roles are ideal for high school or college students looking to put an Internet company on their resume. This will look very good on a college applications or when applying for your first job out of college especially considering the scale of Hogwarts Live.

Roles we are looking to fill:

Software Engineer/Developer/Programmer

Description: Responsible for programming new features for the game.

Skills: JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS

Note: If you program in another language such as Java, C#, C++, Scala, Ruby, Python, etc. please apply (especially if you have experience building web services or mobile apps).

To apply email a resume to with code samples or links to applicable work.

Project Manager

Description: Responsible for gathering feature requirements, making sure features are delivered on time, and making the public aware of new features. Will help prioritize when and what features are built.

Skills: Organization, Communication, Time Management, Project Management (obviously)

Note: The ideal PM will keep tabs on everyone involved in a project and make sure stuff gets done on time.

To apply email a resume to with examples of how you've helped teams of people deliver projects on time.

Digital Illustrator

Description: Responsible for the design game art like characters, objects, backgrounds, icons, and other graphics.

Skills: Image Manipulation (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, etc.), Illustration, etc.

To apply email a resume to with either images, PDFs, or links to custom graphics or artwork you've created.

Game Scenario Writer

Description: Responsible for creating game scenarios/storylines.

Skills: Imagination, Good Ideas, English, Grammar, Detail-oriented, Descriptive

To apply email a resume to with writing samples or links to applicable work.

Content Editor

Description: Responsible for editing content for grammar and style.

Skills: English, Grammar, Detail-oriented, Sense of Style

To apply email a resume to with writing samples or a copyedited version of this post.

Web Designer

Description: Responsible for the design and layout of HTML and CSS pages.

Skills: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Image Manipulation (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, etc.), Layout Design, Information Design, Usability, User Experience Design

To apply email a resume to with screenshots or links to websites designed.

It would help if any of you who apply include a cover letter describing why you would like to work for Hogwarts Live and why you think you're qualified to do so.

Double Donation Day: Harry Potter's First Day at Hogwarts

To commemorate Harry Potter's first day at Hogwarts I declare this day, September 1st, 2013 a Double Donation Day! :)

What does that mean? It means while it's September 1st in your part of the world you'll get double the points you'd normally get for donating.

What are you waiting for? Head on over the Prefect's Lounge and get yourself some points! ^^

Some exciting raffles to honor Harry Potter's Birthday

All raffles end on July 31st, 2013 (Harry's 33rd Birthday). No purchase necessary to participate. Just exchange the beans you find in the forest at the Candy Raffle located on the bottom left hand side of the site under Global. Also, as a special treat all entries cost 10 beans or less.

$50 Amazon Gift Card - Get a $50 (USD) Amazon Gift card to spend on anything you want. Try the Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (1-7), or The Complete 8-film Harry Potter Blu-ray Collection, or some Bertie Bott's Every Flavored Beans.

Minister of Magic - That's right, just like many other elections around the world we're fixing this one for whoever wins this raffle!

My Hand in Marriage - Bet this got you really excited. I've already bought some tickets myself! One lucky bean could mean you get to look at my name on your stats bar for a week (sorry, longer is scary).

Raffle Winners and Updates

Congratulation to all the raffle winners!

The winners are as follows:
1 Title Change: Chuan and Nirm
1 Display Name Change: Avelyn and SolanPrince
Castle: LogWarts
15,000 Donator Points: Fundun

The winners of the titles and name changes need to petition what you would like your title/name to be. There is a 25 character limit for titles, including color codes and bold/italic. There is a 15 character name limit for the name change, NOT including color codes and bold/italic. The castle winner needs to petition telling us where they would like their Dwelling built. The donator points have already been added to the winner's account.

Donator Rewards have been added back. Once the monthly goal is reached, you will get a discount on healing and extra turns.

You are now able to own 3 dwellings. It is limited to one per city.


I'd like to remind everyone that all inappropriate adult content is NOT ALLOWED in chats. You will be muted if caught.

Valentine's Gift Shop!!!

The Valentine's Gift Shop is now open, it appears on the left side menu under Shops and Services. You can send gifts to your sweethearts and valentines up until February 14th!

House Christmas Tree Contest!

Congratulations to Slytherin for winning this year! For the entire month of January, the House Cup will be in our possession. Way to go everyone!

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.

The Philippines passed a law that's anti-privacy and Internet freedom

The Philippines passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, a draconian law that makes SOPA and PIPA look reasonable.

It goes so far as to ban online-libel and is so vague as to what constitutes libel that a Like or Share of a Facebook comment critical of the government or police could be used to put you in jail.

I'm a dual citizen of the United States and the Philippines as well as a webmaster. Laws created to censor the Internet and curtail freedom of speech really upset me.

Please sign the petition against the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which threatens Internet freedom, the right to privacy and other essential civil liberties including freedom of speech, expression, and the press.


Pre-order J.K. Rowling's new book

You can pre-order J.K. Rowling's new book, The Casual Vacancy, which will be released this Thursday, September 27, 2012.

Alternatively, you can Pin It to Win It on Pintrest.