The entrance to the common room is concealed in a stack of large barrels in a nook on the right hand side of the kitchen corridor, which is one floor below ground level (this is also known as Hufflepuff Basement).
Tap the barrel two from the bottom, middle of the second row, in the rhythm of ‘Helga Hufflepuff’, and the lid will swing open. We are the only house at Hogwarts that also has a repelling device for would-be intruders. If the wrong lid is tapped, or if the rhythm of the tapping is wrong, the illegal entrant is doused in vinegar. You will hear other houses boast of their security arrangements, but it so happens that in more than a thousand years, the Hufflepuff common room and dormitories have never been seen by outsiders. Like badgers, we know exactly how to lie low – and how to defend ourselves. Once you’ve opened the barrel, crawl inside and along the passageway behind it, and you will emerge into the cosiest common room of them all. It is round and earthy and low-ceilinged; it always feels sunny, and its circular windows have a view of rippling grass and dandelions.
There is a lot of burnished copper about the place, and many plants, which either hang from the ceiling or sit on the windowsills. The Herbology Professor brings the most interesting specimens (some of which dance and talk) to decorate our room – one reason why Hufflepuffs are often very good at Herbology. Our overstuffed sofas and chairs are upholstered in yellow and black, and our dormitories are reached through round doors in the walls of the common room. Copper lamps cast a warm light over our four-posters, all of which are covered in patchwork quilts, and copper bed warmers hang on the walls, should you have cold feet.
All classes run weeks 1-8 and all exams will be week 9. Week 4 will be a break for Christmas Holidays.
Jonathan and Lilith
Jonathan PrinceSixth Year Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff Prefect -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 23:03, August 1, 2020 (UTC)~
A day after the tournament, Jonathan had coordinated with Lilith to meet in the Common Room when there wouldn't be many others around offering extraneous advice so they could tackle the task of opening up the box. He was giving it a good once-over, looking at it carefully to see if there were any clues or insight to be found to figuring out what was inside.
"It looks pretty...locked?" She finished the last of her brownie as she leant back against one of the couches in the room, "Is there a keyhole or something? Or...a...what do you call them? COMBINATION!" She snapped her fingers, obviously proud that she figured out the word.
The only difference to the other boxes is that theirs is a golden color in reflection of their house's colors. It has no special or meaningful engravings. The lock is a basic latch lock, but no matter how much they physically try, the latch won't budge.
Jonathan PrinceSixth Year Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff Prefect -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 23:28, August 1, 2020 (UTC)
"I'm willing to bet that Alohomora won't work," he said, frowning. He tapped the latch with his wand. "Specialis Revelio," he said, with the aim to learn what sort of enchantments the box may have on it.
There's no rattling noise coming from within the box when Lily shakes it. Her attempt at Alohomora afterwards is successful. When the lock clicks and they open it, they'll realize that there must've been no noise because all contents are limited to two pouches. One is bigger than the other. In the bigger pouch, there are many silver and mahogany-colored metallic and wooden pieces. In the smaller pouch, there are also metallic pieces, albeit much smaller in size and quantity. By the way each piece is carved and designed, it's possible the champions will have to assemble the pieces, but there is no note or instructions on what to do or how to do it.
Jonathan PrinceSixth Year Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff Prefect -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 23:52, August 1, 2020 (UTC)
"It looks like... a puzzle." He examined each of the pieces to see if there were corner or edge pieces. "Think it's one puzzle or two? Since they came in different pouches?"
She took one look at the puzzles and groaned loudly, "Are you kidding me?" She lay her head back onto the couch cushion, "Has anyone made a spell for solving puzzles yet, that would be nice..." She threw herself back up again and examined the pieces, "Well one pouch is smaller than the other? So I'm guessing two?"
There are no corners or edges and the pieces aren't flat, like a normal puzzle would be. It looks like whatever they'll be building will be one or more gadget(s). From the looks of it, the contents of the big pouch don't look like they'd fit with the contents of the small pouch, based on the size differences.
Jonathan PrinceSixth Year Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff Prefect -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 00:04, August 2, 2020 (UTC)
"You could try Reparo," he said with a shrug. "The pieces aren't flat-- it must be something 3-D," he noted. He looked at the different pieces of each bag. "It's definitely two things though. There's no way those little pieces will line up with these bigger ones." He grabbed a few of the bigger pieces, looking for patterns in the pieces, or the way they were cut up to see what would match.
"Maybe it's cake?" Her tone was blunt until she realised that Jonathan probably wouldn't get the reference, "Uh, I mean...maybe they arrange to make a word or something? Why are they made of different materials?" She started lifting and feeling the pieces, seeing if any vibed with her.
In the small pouch, there are two small screws, two rings with a small hole in each side big enough to fit said screws in, and a necklace chain. In the big pouch, there's a cylinder about six inches long with small, pin-shaped marks. There is also a comb with bristles shaped like pins and a metallic bed-plate with small holes meant to fit in the accompanying small screws. There's a small metallic box with a hole that seems to be the same size of the small lever included in the pouch.
Jonathan PrinceSixth Year Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff Prefect -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 01:16, August 2, 2020 (UTC)
"Oh, this isn't a puzzle at all." He shook his head. "We're building something. Two somethings." He looked at the rings from the small pouch and the necklace chain. He noticed one of the rings had a spot to clip the necklace chain into, and he did so. He held up the necklace, with the ring attached, trying to see if the image looked like something he'd recognized. "There's less pieces to this one, let's do this one, first."
She stared at the pieces scattered on the carpet, "It's like assembling IKEA furniture without the instructions..." She tried to put together what the object could be, "A necklace? A magical necklace?" She scoured her brain for a moment, fishing for answers.
With the necklace chain clipped onto the ring, all that's left to assemble is the two screws and the other ring. There's no special elements or properties to the rings or any other part of it. All pieces are silver-colored and plain.
Jonathan PrinceSixth Year Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff Prefect -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 02:01, August 2, 2020 (UTC)
Magical necklace... "Wait! Did you see an hour glass?" He held up the second ring so it was perpendicular with the first. "It could be a time turner. But we don't have the other pieces..."
She paused for a moment, pouring over all the pieces they have, "Maybe the other...thing? I'm not sure what it is yet, maybe it has some answers?" She lifted the metal cylinder, "It kinda looks like a cheese grater..." She peered into one of its holes.
Like Jonathan noticed, there is no hourglass or the piece meant to hold the hourglass together. When Lily picks up the pieces to the large pouch, she'll notice there is no hourglass or anything meant to fit into the small pouch's item.
Jonathan PrinceSixth Year Hufflepuff - Hufflepuff Prefect -Son of Ash and Charity Prince – 03:09, August 2, 2020 (UTC)
He attaches screws to hold the rings together in a perpendicular fashion. "A time turner with no hour glass... that's an interesting message." He looks at what she's holding. "The holes... look at them. They're in a pattern." He frowns. "If there weren't so many other pieces, I'd think we were meant to shine light through it and see some kind of star pattern. But... none of these other pieces support that theory."