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      How to get sorted   10/05/2017

      To find the Sorting Form, click on the "Sort Me!" tab at the top of the page.    Before you go to fill out the form, make sure that you have a username that follows our rules. If you don't, your form will be rejected. You can change your name once yourself, by going to Account Settings -> Display Name. If you've already used your one change, you can request a name change in this topic. Be sure to read the first post in the topic carefully so we can get you updated without any back and forth.   Don't rush to answer the form! There's no prize for sending it in first. Please take your time and fill out the form thoughtfully, so the hat will have the information it needs to put your character in the right house.     Calendar: Sorting Form appears: Thursday, October 5th Sorting Form closes: Friday, November 3rd (No forms will be accepted after this date) The Sorting Ceremony closes: Sunday, November 5th, about 10am Central Time You find out your new house: Sunday, November 5th, 11 am Central Time First day of the new school year: Monday, November 6th   (For reference: Central Time Zone includes Chicago, Illinois)   How to get sorted:   1. Register with a name that follows our rules. The registration agreement explains the rules about names. You can also find them in the Rules.   2. Remember you may only send in one form total for this school year. If you send forms in from multiple accounts, we will not sort ANY of them. Then we have to feel bad about not sorting you. Don't make us feel bad, please.   3. Click on the Sort Me tab and fill out the sorting form as thoroughly as possible. The better we understand your character, the more likely we can put you in the right house. See "How to use the form" below if you're confused. For some in depth information on each house, please check out this topic on sorting. (Note: After you fill out the form, a copy will be PMed to you. Please save that because we delete them from our system after sorting.)   4. Wait for a PM from the Sorting Hat. Be patient, it could take a few days. If you don't receive a PM from the Sorting Hat within 4 or 5 days, contact one of the moderators.   5. If your form is: Accepted: Congratulations! You should now go post in the Sorting Ceremony topic in the New Member resources forum. This is very important. This post is where you'll go to find out what the Sorting Hat had to say about you. Don't skip this step! Rejected: Don't worry, you can still be sorted. Be sure to read the reasons for the rejection carefully, then edit your form (just click on the Get Sorted! link again) to fix the problem. Once you've done that, you can send the form in again. 6. That's it! Once you've gotten your acceptance letter AND posted in the Sorting Ceremony, you're all set. You'll find out where the Sorting Hat put you on Sorting day when you can check the Great Hall for the edited Sorting Ceremony.   How to use the form: The form is pretty straightforward and user friendly. Here are a couple tips: You don't need to fill the whole thing in at one sitting. You can finish one page at a time and save it. Then finish the rest later. Don't use your browser's Back or Forward buttons. Use the buttons in the form to Navigate.  If you don't fill out all the questions on a page, you can't save or move on. If you don't meet the word number requirements in the In Depth section, you can't submit the form. Use the "Check Word Count" buttons to see how many words you've used. If you fill in the wrong answers on the quiz page, you won't be able to submit the form. After you've submitted the form, you can't access it anymore. But if your form is rejected, you'll be able to see it again with your old answers still filled in. Still have questions? Ask here.    Note: Section I: Short Answer Please include a brief explanation with each answer. I'd like to remind you all to include an explanation with all the short answer questions. The answers to those questions aren't very useful for sorting unless you explain them.   Otherwise, we don't have enough information to sort you with. (Translation: we'll have to reject it.)     Many thanks as always to Arianna Wright for her hard work revising and updating the form and to Faraz Memon for initially coding it many years ago. <3
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Mrs Blithe

Lesson One, Welcome to Pre-Hogwarts Primary!

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Pre-Hogwarts Primary
Lesson One
Welcome to Pre-Hogwarts Primary!


Greeting the children and their parents as they all arrived, the instructors stood there, smiling and trying to remember all the new names. There were so many of them! But she was sure she could handle it, just like she had the years before. Once everyone was in the classroom and settled, Delaney decided to hop right to it.

"Welcome to Pre-Hogwarts Primary! I'm Mrs Blithe! I'm so thrilled to be working with you all this summer, and getting you ready to head to Hogwarts in September! I hope we'll be good friends by the time you all leave this classroom." She said brightly, repeating the same speech she'd used in summers past, and chose to ignore the scoffs and sighs she heard. Taking a step back, Mr McRobbie took his turn introducing himself. Her fellow instructor mentioned how nice a day it was outside and after a quick look out the window, Delaney had to agree. It was only the first day of lessons, after all. What could hurt to end it a little early?


”Straighten your tie.”

Those had been his wife’s parting words before Max apparated away for the first day of term at Pre-Hogwarts Primary. On arrival, he had indeed straightened his tie, doing his best to look somewhat professional upon meeting his colleague and the new pupils. Standing at the door as the young’uns trickled in, Max turned on the charm. He was new and on the back foot a little, he needed to get in their good books, and fast. “That’s quite the haircut,” he quipped to one kid with a cheeky grin, ushering the last one in and closing the classroom door behind them before joining Blithe at the front of the room.

Mimicking an overdramatic version of the tuts and sighs, Max started his speech. “I get it, it’s summer school, you’d rather be outside, but we’ll make it fun. I’m Mr McRobbie, gobstones expert, I'll take on all challenges,” he explained to the class with a smile. He wasn’t quite sure if he had a good read of the class yet, gazing out across the sea of faces, some of them looking like they’d rather be anywhere but in the classroom.

To be fair, it was pretty sunny outside. Maybe Mrs B would let them have an early lunch or something.

 

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Welcome to Virtual Hogwarts!


Pre-Hogwarts Primary was created on VH as a way to introduce new members to the site. If you're not new, you may still learn a thing or two! Or, you could just do the lessons for the Character Development & RP Opportunities. On VH, Pre-Hogwarts Primary is not mandatory. You do not need to finish the lessons, or even participate at all in order to be sorted. However, In Character your student does need to attend regardless of background or blood status.

There will be Nine PHP Lessons, each addressing a different aspect of how VH works, and the different things you may need to know. If you have any questions about PHP, VH or any of the lessons, feel free to post here & we'll get back to you as soon as possible. <3

 

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Here you'll find the rules & guidelines about names that are acceptable on VH. Basically you need a first & last name, properly spaced & capitalized, that is not the name of a Character from the Harry Potter books, any other books, television shows, movies, fandoms, or that is a celebrity name. If your last name is a name from one of the Harry Potter books, you cannot use it without first submitting an application & getting mod-approval, so if you've already registered with a name from the books without that approval, you'll need to have your name changed.

If your name is not VH appropriate, accounts in the Member group (Unsorted) now have the ability to change their own names - but only once! So if you didn't see our naming guidelines before you registered and are stuck with a name that doesn't fit, you can quietly change it by going to "Account Settings" and then "Display Name." Type carefully. You won't get a second chance. 

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Next, please click this and this! Now your bank & shop accounts are both active and you'll start earning money from certain posts & be able to send & receive shop items! For the moment, Shop & Bank accounts are unavailable. We'll update this section when they're up and running once again. You will learn much more about the bank and shops in Lesson Six.

 

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If you scroll ALL THE WAY to the bottom of this site, there is a footer that should be visible regardless of what page you’re on. It says ‘Themes’ & gives you the options ‘Castle’, ‘Forbidden Forest’, ‘Colour-Change Ink’, and ‘IPS Default’. Using this feature changes the skin & background of the website. The ‘Colour-Change Ink’ theme currently even allows you to customize the look a bit further - at the top of the page by your user bar, you’ll see an icon of a camera and an icon of a paintbrush. Those let you swap around the banner and the site’s colour palettes to your taste.


Edited by Mrs Blithe
Updates for New New New VH

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Homework


Assignment: Start your workbook! Instructions are here!
Extra Credit: RP what your character is most looking forward to about going to Hogwarts. You may wish to RP what your character is thinking, or what he or she might tell a friend or family member. 50 word minimum.

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RP your character learning they've been accepted to Hogwarts and their feelings about this! Remember, Muggleborn children in their first year (and their family) would be visited by a Ministry official to explain this. (Click here for the exception to this... thanks, Olive & Prof. Gawkrodger!) 50 word minimum.


Also, these lesson threads will remain open all year.
Please be sure to start your workbook in the Library as a new topic! Each of your assignments should be posted as a separate reply to that topic; you may post the lesson and EC in the same reply, but please be certain to label each post with the header, including the lesson number and whether you are doing the assignment, EC or both.

If anyone has any questions about THIS particular lesson,
feel free to post it here, and one of us will answer it as soon as possible! <333

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Extra Reading: The Next Sorting is . . . , All About VH!


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