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14 April 2013 @ 11:23 pm
Hogwarts Is Home  

Are you sick of land comms that only run one or two types of activities over and over again, or only one or two at a time? If so, go join Hogwarts is Home! After filling out your application at platform_934 and getting sorted, you get to explore a community where there's always a party going on: both in your own house common room and in the community at large. With over a dozen sub-communities, we can pretty much guarantee that there will always be an activity going on that matches your taste. Like making jigsaw puzzles? We've got you covered. Video games more your style? Chances are one of those is running somewhere too! We also run two Hogsmeade weekends each term and all sorts of clubs (which themselves run the gamut in terms of activities, from the creative to trivia) – so we can ensure you will never be bored!

Are you wondering about whether or not your land comm will be around next week? Hogwarts is Home is the longest continually running land comm in existence; we have been around for almost eight years (even if you don't count our days as Hogwarts Hallows) and just about every other Sorting community or land comm in existence is either a spinoff or a spinoff of a spinoff of us! So, what are you waiting for? Go to Platform 9¾ (platform_934) today to submit an application; don't worry, we don't bite (unless you want it) and if you put even the faintest bit of thought in your application, we'll almost definitely have a place for you! Tell them rhye sent you.

(As an added bonus, I moderate platform_934 so I will also be the person receiving your application and contacting you about it. And I'm awesome.)

((To be entirely honest my interest in Harry Potter waned years ago, but this community is about so much more than Harry Potter. It's really about each other and the friendships we have made through it. The community has over 300 active members so it's impossible that you won't find a kindred spirit in all that mess.))
dance with those lions: brittanydance_the_dance on April 15th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Was it you who told me that I can join that comm even if I've never fangirled HP? (I do know the HP canon.) I don't remember who told me that, but this post seems like a good opportunity to ask if it's actually true. :D Because the comm seems like SO MUCH FUN and I would love to try, but if I "had to" spend time doing HP things other than graphics, I don't think it would be that much fun to me.
Bloody Jack Flint: Scotty: Hello Computer!rhye on April 15th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah you definitely can. You need to know the canon to fill out the application, but other than that there the activities are pretty wide-ranging and loads of them are not based on Harry Potter, though I suppose they can all be said to be "inspired by" Harry Potter. For instance there's a debate right now about whether werewolves or vampires are better for Defense Against the Dark Arts, the Healers Association is playing Pandemic, Muggle Cultural Society is singing showtunes, and there's a discussion about censorship. And that's only like a quarter of the activities going on at the moment.

Edited at 2013-04-15 12:43 pm (UTC)
dance with those lions: katee: viperdance_the_dance on April 15th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, awesome! I'm more and more convinced that I should try it. :D Are there any rules about how often you need to participate? (I participate A LOT, so that's not an issue in general, but I'll be on a landcomm hiatus for summer holidays, so maybe I'll join HiH after I come back, unless participation rules aren't strict.)
Bloody Jack Flint: Revolution: Charlie Hushrhye on April 15th, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
Ha, you have to do one activity every four months. I think that's pretty lax personally.
dance with those lions: katee & cassidydance_the_dance on April 15th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, and I thought I was being super lenient at womenverse with one challenge per round requirement. :D
astrogeek01astrogeek01 on April 16th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
how ... do you sing showtunes on LJ...?
Bloody Jack Flintrhye on April 16th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
bowl_of_glowbowl_of_glow on April 17th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
I’ve been keeping an eye on platform_934 ever since I discovered it a few days ago – Hogwarts is Home sounds like so much fun and I’m really curious to see where I’d be sorted (I’m a Ravenclaw on Pottermore but I seem to be a Ravenpuff… Which is fine, I love badgers as well!)
I’ve taken a look at the main community and at its various spinoffs but most of the posts are friend-locked and I couldn’t really understand what “partecipating” would entail. I read the first HP book when I was 9, I’m 22 now: I’ve never been part of the HP fandom and I have to say I’m not as obsessed about HP-related things as I used to be, so it wouldn’t make much sense for me to apply if this was a comm based solely on HP.
But I’m interested in making friends and interacting with new people!

I have to ask though, what is considered an “activity”? Because if it’s leaving at least an X number of comments in a month I think I could manage, but otherwise I’m not sure… Much as I’d like to partecipate uni doesn’t leave me much free time :-/

(English isn’t my first language and I’m pretty tired, sorry if there are mistakes!)


PS - found your LJ on the platform_934 profile!
Bloody Jack Flint: Luke Blue Hushrhye on April 17th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Great questions, and I'm happy to answer! There are a billion different kinds of activities and they're all very different and participation in any single one is considered an activity. Each activity has its own requirements for participation. For instance, some current activities and their minimum participation requirements are:

1. A debate on censorship. "Do you think banning books/censorship of books is ever appropriate? If so, under what circumstances?" In order to count as participation, you have to leave a 200-word response to that question for 10 points. That counts as one activity.

2. Anagrams about traditional (non-Harry-Potter) magic tricks. There are ten given, if you solve one of them, that is one point, and it counts as one activity.

3. Creative a movie poster for a fictional movie (already previously described by someone else). One movie poster is worth 10 points if you do not place, more if you place in the voting, and that counts as one activity.

At any time there are about 15 activities like these to choose between, although some very intrepid individuals manage to do them all! But most people do those they are most interested in.

I hope that answers your question? Truly, one activity every four months is too easy to be believed, as usually there are activities that involve writing a single sentence and then you never have to worry for four more months. But most people find it addictive and end up doing more XD