Diagon Alley Ski

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Diagon Alley Ski

Diagon Alley Ski Lodge

Flopping down on your couch, you begin rereading the Harry Potter books for the gazillionth time. Just as Harry’s finally going to Hogwarts, you’re interrupted by your parents calling you to dinner. You set down the book with an annoyed sigh, deciding to keep reading after dinner.
Returning to the book, you notice a strange lump between the pages. You excitedly flip through to find what seems to be your Hogwarts letter! Opening it up, you read the following, written in familiar loopy handwriting: 

Dearest CBer,
This is not your Hogwarts letter.
It is, however, an invitation to the most marvelous experience you could ever dream of: a month’s stay in none other than the Leaky Cauldron, for 15 people only (not including companions). All supplies will be provided, and yes, the popcorn is free. Just fill out the attached forms before the slots are all taken. We await your owl!
~ Albus Dumbledore & Hogwarts Staff

Approximate age:
Brief appearance:
If you were to meet ___, what would you do? (answer for each of the following: Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, Albus Dumbledore, Lord Voldemort)
Who is your favorite Harry Potter character?
What spell would you like to learn first?
What sort of wand do you think you might have? (if you don’t know, list character traits that might have to do with wand selection: bravery, creativity, foolishness, etc.)
What is your favorite food item, magical or non-magical?
What is your Hogwarts house? (combinations are okay)
What do you wish your Hogwarts house was?
What is your opinion toward purebloods, half-bloods, and Muggle-borns?
What is your favorite location in the magical world? (Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, etc.)

Companions (up to 2, or 3 if you ask VERY politely and give the staff chocolate (white chocolate doesn’t count, sorry)):
Type (AE, CAPTCHA, etc):
Approximate age:
Brief appearance:
Describe your personality in five words:

submitted by Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts
(April 7, 2019 - 1:22 pm)

Day Seven:

Jarnen woke abruptly and, remembering his pranking plan, grinned. He quietly slipped out of bed and grabbed the huge, fake spider he had bought at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes the night before. He eased open the door to Serene’s bedroom and placed the giant spider on her sheets. Then, in a singsong voice, he said, “Serene, wake up, Serene.”

Serene opened one eye, and then, when she had deemed it safe to wake up fully, opened the other. Suddenly, she spotted the fake spider (which looked incredibly lifelike) sitting on her legs. She shrieked and tumbled off the bed in terror. The spider, being magic, scuttled over to her head and began gently tapping her face.

“Get it off! GET IT OFF!” Serene screamed. Her arms and legs began flailing hysterically. Jarnen cracked up and collapsed onto the bed in laughter.

Finally, the spider’s magic wore off after a few minutes (Jarnen had bought it pretty cheaply). Serene had curled into a tight ball underneath her bed, intermittently screaming and moaning. Finally she crawled out, gasping.

“Jarnen! Why would you DO that to me?!” she shrieked. Jarnen was still chuckling.

“Because it’s hilarious,” he answered. Serene groaned and rolled her eyes.

Jarnen…” came a warning voice from the doorway. Both AEs turned around to see Leafpool standing in the doorway, glaring at him disapprovingly. However, Jarnen could also see that she was hiding a smile.

“Sorry, Leafpool,” he said innocently.

“You two woke me up with your crazy antics!” was her response. She grinned. “Let’s make the best of it. Change into clothes. We’re going down to breakfast.”

Ten minutes later, Leafpool, a shell-shocked Serene, a still-cackling Jarnen, and a grumpy Arwen made their way down to the dining room. What they saw was not what they expected. A small knot of CBers stood solemnly around Soren, who, between sobs, was describing her experience that morning.

“-And then I opened the door, and there was a bunch of smoke, and-- and Summer and Beverly were both dead!” Leafpool and her AEs exchanged shocked glances, and Serene bowed her head in sorrow.

“It makes sense, though,” Arwen reasoned. “Summer had her CAPTCHA killed, so she went and reported it to Dumbledore. She was the main one working against the murderer, so they must have-- WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT?!” Everyone in the dining room was ogling her. Leafpool coughed pointedly.

“Arwen, can I talk to you for a moment?” she asked quietly. Arwen looked puzzled.

“Sure.” she shrugged. Leafpool led her to a corner and began whispering.

Jarnen helped himself to a large plate of buttered toast. Sure, people were dead, but it didn’t really affect him. Leafpool was still fine, as well as the rest of his friends.

Dumbledore entered the dining room, but stopped when he saw Soren crying. “What’s the matter?” he asked gently. Soren continued sobbing.

“Summer and Beverly are dead,” Levana explained for her CBer. Dumbledore nodded in understanding. He raised his voice to address the entire dining room.

“Everyone, we don’t have anything planned today. You are welcome to explore Diagon Alley on your own today. However, in light of recent developments” -he nodded toward Levana- “there are a couple of rules.” There was a collective groan. Dumbledore continued. “You must travel in groups of two or larger. This is for safety reasons, as we now know there is a murderer on the loose. Additionally, you must stay in Diagon Alley. Do not travel to Knockturn Alley, and do not go anywhere else, by floo powder nor by other means. We are only giving you this freedom because we know we can trust you.” Jarnen giggled at that, but was stopped by Voldemort glaring at him sternly. He seemed especially fierce today. Could Dumbledore’s rules be making him angry? Jarnen wondered.

Dumbledore smiled at everyone through his glasses. “Now,” he said, sweeping his arms wide, “go forth!”


It had been a long and tiring day, and as Jarnen lounged in his room, eating Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, he thought back on it. He had gone with NK to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, and since they had never seen it before, they were overcome with delight. He had accompanied Leafpool to Flourish and Blotts, where she had purchased an eagle-feather quill (boring!), and in return, she had accompanied him to Florean Fortescue’s ice cream shop and treated him to a sundae (much more exciting!) All in all, Jarnen decided, it had been a great day.

Leafpool knocked on his bedroom door. “Jarnen, just a heads up: we’re leaving for dinner in ten minutes,” she called. Ten minutes? He was ready now! As soon as Leafpool was gone, he snuck out the door into the hallway, and then down to the front door.

“Huh? What’s this?” he muttered. A large envelope was tucked under the door. He yanked it out and scanned it for a return address, but there was none; only a short sending address to indicate that Jarnen was the receiver. Ripping it open eagerly, he found an ordinary-looking indigo tie. A note was pinned to the end:

Self-tying tie

Jarnen grinned as prank ideas flooded his brain. He decided that he would give it to Arwen and suggest that she try it on, then witness her surprise as it tied itself! There was only one problem: Arwen didn’t trust him, with good reason. He would need a second person to pull this plan off. How about NK? he thought. They were pretty amazed by Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes earlier. Yes, Jarnen decided, NK would be the perfect person to help out.

Without wasting a second, he ripped off the note, stuffed it in his pocket, and raced out the door into the main hallway. Finding room fifteen, he knocked on the door. Kat’s face appeared.

“Can you get NK?” Jarnen asked. Kat looked puzzled.

“Sure,” she said. Then she was gone, but a minute later, NK appeared. Jarnen beckoned them to step into the hallway.

“What’s up?” NK asked, eyes shining. Jarnen pulled out the tie and chuckled.

“This is a self-tying tie,” he explained. NK interrupted him.

“Where’d you get it?” they asked curiously. Jarnen looked annoyed.

“Unimportant. The point is, I’m gonna give this tie to Arwen, and watch as she tries to put it on. But since Arwen doesn’t trust me, I need a second person in on it. That’s where you come in.”

“Got it!” they exclaimed eagerly. “So, when do we-”

Suddenly, NK’s voice was cut off by the tie that flew out of Jarnen’s hands and wrapped itself around their neck. Frantically, they tried to tug it off, but the tie only wrapped tighter. NK’s face turned purple, then pale. They collapsed into a heap on the floor. The tie didn’t stop there, mercilessly strangling them until their rattling breaths died down completely. Once it was certain NK was dead, it flew up and began choking Jarnen.

He tried to croak for help, but blackness was clouding in from the sides of his vision. He could only feel the tie, heavy around his throat, as he collapsed.


Dumbledore raced up the stairs into the hallway where the guests stayed. He gasped when he saw NK and Jarnen’s bodies in the middle of the hallway. Around Jarnen’s throat was a tie, ends lazily flapping in a breeze. Dumbledore frowned. How could they have died? Poison? Perhaps poison gas? But then why wasn’t anyone else affected? And why was Jarnen wearing a tie?

Dumbledore examined the bodies for some time before spotting a tiny piece of paper poking out of Jarnen’s pocket. With shaking fingers, he pulled out the paper and read the three words (two with the hyphen) written on it:

Self-tying tie

Of course! The tie around Jarnen’s neck must’ve strangled NK, then moved onto Jarnen himself. But how had he gotten ahold of one of these ties?

Perhaps, Dumbledore theorized, the murderer anonymously gave him the tie, and then, being Jarnen, he decided to play a prank on NK. Or perhaps recruit NK for a prank on someone else. Either way, the prank ended up killing both of them. Dumbledore sighed. He would have to go downstairs and break the news to the group. He was getting awfully sick of all these murders. The only highlight of the day was that Gracia had opted out of Voldemort’s group in favor of Dumbledore’s. Darkking had also requested to switch groups, so both groups had been shifted slightly. Both CBers had checked with Voldemort, too, to be certain that the switch was okay. He had whispered fiercely with them, but Dumbledore couldn’t hear what it was about.

It was likely just Voldemort warning them not to share his secrets, Dumbledore reassured himself. Nevertheless, he wasn’t too sure.


Dead: Catsclaw, Spiffycat, Emerald Frost, Autumn, Mor, harry pooooooootter!, Beatrice, Claaws, Summer, Beverly, Jarnen, NK

submitted by Dumbledore&Voldemort, Hogwarts
(June 13, 2019 - 4:39 pm)

Nooooo! Jarnen!

What's up?

You're dead!

Oh. *Reads Day Seven* *Steps back in horror* But I was having a good day! And now I'm dead...aww.

You're not reacting very much.


submitted by Leafy, age No, not a cat
(June 14, 2019 - 9:13 am)

You totally nailed me with the intense sobbing and rehearsed speeches... in fact, this post was a rehearsed speech. XD

Poor NK and Jarnen! Jarnen's last prank kind of backfired... wait. BackFIRED!! *nostalgiac sobs* 

submitted by Soren Infinity, age 27 eons, BeaconTown
(June 14, 2019 - 7:56 am)

*patpatpat* it’s okay Soren, he’s probably a poltergeist now *patting intensifies*

submitted by Toping Topking
(June 17, 2019 - 3:01 am)

Day Eight:

Arwen pulled a scroll from under her door and looked at it curiously. It was plain white with an apple-red seal and neat black handwriting addressing it to her, Leafpool, and Serene.

“Leafpool! Serene! There’s an envelope for you!” she called.

“Be there in a sec!”

“Hold on, I’m still in pajamas!”

Arwen sighed and decided to just open it already. She impatiently ripped open the seal and began to read the short message in a loud voice.

“Dear Leafpool, Serene, and Arwen,

“Please meet me in room 5C at 10:00. Tell no one. I promise this isn’t a trap.


Still in her pajamas, Leafpool finally appeared in the doorway. “This sounds highly suspicious,” she said. “I don’t think we should go.”

“I disagree,” said Arwen petulantly. “I think that if there’s a chance of this being something useful, we should go.”

They both looked to the side, where Serene had just emerged from the bathroom. She glanced between them, her forehead furrowing in thought. The others stayed silent, waiting for her choice: the deciding vote in what had become a debate.

“I don’t know for sure, but I think we should go,” she began, interrupted by a yes! from Arwen. “I mean, Noon just lost Claaws. What’s the chance she’s the murderer? But we should maybe still be cautious?” She bit her lip and looked down, ending the discussion.


Darkking opened the door to 5C slowly, still unsure about whether this was the best idea. The four people already inside - Leafpool, Arwen, Serene, and Kat - leapt up immediately.

“Relax, guys, it’s only me,” he said. It didn’t calm them down much. Shaking his head, he plopped down into the nearest armchair. “Look, if any of us were the murderer, how would we be able to kill four other people before someone managed to raise the alarm? We gotta have trust.”

“Anyway,” said Kat, “The bigger issue is: where’s Noon?”

<here> said Noon, coming out of the bathroom apologetically. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

“So, Noon, why did you invite us here?” asked Serene.



“Why us?”

“Can’t Dumbledore do that for us?”

<weal><lost><smon> pointed out the CAPTCHA.

“So?” asked Darkking.

“Look, do you really think that anyone would have killed off their own companion before they absolutely had to?” pointed our Leafpool. “Besides, the six of us already have a grudge against the murderer. It makes sense to gather us together.”

Nodding gratefully, Noon flew over to a tripod in the corner and unrolled a long piece of parchment. Written in neat handwriting were the names of every guest.

“I think it’s Ella,” Kat said instantly.

Serene took a long, deep breath and let it out slowly. “Let’s not jump to conclusions, okay? How about we proceed in a logical fashion and think about who might have been able to accomplish each murder?”

“Okay,” said Arwen, “Catsclaw was first. He was poisoned, right, so who could have poisoned him?”

“Pretty much everyone had access to the food. It could be anyone,” said Darkking.

“Next: Spiffycat and Emerald Frost. Again, anyone could have put the skull in their bedroom.”

The group proceeded down the list of murders, accomplishing nothing but making themselves sadder. That is, until they reached Harry and Beatrice.

“They were killed by Avada Kedavra, so it must have been by someone with a wand, which means it must have been a CBer,” pointed out Serene.

“Er,” said Leafpool. All eyes turned to her. She bit her lip, looking like she regretted making the sound.

<what?> asked Noon.

“Look, I wasn’t supposed to tell anyone this.”

“So?” said Arwen impatiently. “I tell people things that I shouldn’t all the time.”

“No, look, he said that if I told anyone, I would be killed!”

“He?” said three people at once. Leafpool sighed.

“Okay, fine, Voldemort gave Andrea, Sammy, and Yxek wands.” There was a sudden silence.

“Did he also teach you Avada Kedavra?” asked Asthene tentatively. Leafpool’s eyes darted around the room as if checking that everyone was trustworthy.



Dead: Catsclaw, Spiffycat, Emerald Frost, Autumn, Mor, harry pooooooootter!, Beatrice, Claaws, Summer, Beverly, Jarnen, NK

submitted by Dumbledore&Voldemort, Hogwarts
(June 17, 2019 - 8:35 am)

" I think its Ella."

Me too, Kat, me too.

so this means that It could have been any of the Cbers, Andrea, or Sammy! interesting! 

submitted by Ella Starburst
(June 18, 2019 - 1:33 pm)

Or Yxek... though I don't know if spells would work if a CAPTCHA said them, but then again, I doubt that Voldy would have given him a wand if he couldn't use it.

submitted by Kitten, Pondering
(June 19, 2019 - 3:48 pm)


submitted by Leafy, age No, not a cat
(June 19, 2019 - 10:25 am)

Day Nine:

Brandishing a dogwood wand, the murderer shouted, “Avada Kedavra!” As the walls crumbled around them, they grinned evilly. No one, they hoped, would suspect them after this.


Sammy stirred awake and decided to go down for breakfast. She ran down the stairs and entered the dining room, where she was surprised to see that she was the first one! Deciding to take full advantage of that opportunity, she helped herself to a huge platter of eggs, potatoes, and bacon. As she ate, more people began to arrive, until finally, everyone alive was gathered around tables, eating.

Everyone except one person.

“Where’s Ella?” Zeke asked. He looked around, only to see shrugs and puzzled glances from the other CBers.

“Let’s check her room,” Dumbledore suggested. He and Zeke hurried up the stairs and into Ella’s room. Zeke pointed out Ella’s bedroom, and they stepped inside.

Ella was nowhere to be seen. One of the walls of her bedroom had completely crumbled, scattering debris all over the floor. Dumbledore examined the wall gravely. “It appears that the murderer has killed Ella,” he announced. “This wall was destroyed with Avada Kedavra. Perhaps the murderer cast the spell once and missed, hitting the wall. Then, the second time, Ella wasn’t so lucky.”

“But what about the body? What happened to it?” Zeke asked. Dumbledore pursed his lips.

“Probably dragged off,” he answered.

“Oh, NO!” came a melodramatic wail from the doorway. The pair turned to see Andrea peering into the room. “Ella’s dead!” she screamed with feeling. This sent the rest of the group rushing up the stairs and into the room, where they stared with dismay at the crumbling wall. They tried to comfort Andrea, but she was not to be consoled.

Dumbledore scanned the gathered crowd, then was struck by an idea. “CBers, wands out, please,” he said. He ignored the companions, not realizing that Voldemort had given a few of them wands, and those companions didn’t follow his instruction, for fear of giving away Voldemort’s secrets. One by one, Dumbledore proceeded down the line of wands, tapping each one and murmuring an incantation. Each one, in turn, cast a spell. Some produced the effects of Lumos or Alohomora, a few Wingardium Leviosa or Summoning. One cast Protego with such force that Dumbledore leapt backward, startled. Another set the floor on fire with Incendio. (Dumbledore extinguished the fire, reminding the CBer sternly that Incendio was a dangerous spell and not to be used idly.) With a start, Zeke realized what Dumbledore was doing.

He was checking wands for the last spell they cast.

When Dumbledore reached the end of the line, not one CBer had cast Avada Kedavra, nor anything remotely dangerous (with the exception of Incendio). Zeke concluded that the murderer had cast another spell after killing Ella in order to cover up their tracks. Dumbledore evidently thought so too, for he sighed in defeat and dismissed those assembled with a waved hand. Zeke filed out on the tail end of the crowd.


Andrea was sitting in her bed, reading, when she heard a knock on the door. “Come in,” she called, and in trudged Sammy, her pajamas rumpled by sleep and her eyes showing evidence of tears.

“I miss Ella,” she sniffled. “If only I could magic her back to life with the wand Voldemort gave me. Don’t you miss her?” she asked in response to Andrea’s questioning gaze. Andrea shrugged.

“Not really. I mean, she was always bossing us around. She never gave us any freedom.”

Sammy was confused. “But--but you were so sad when you heard she’d been murdered! Remember?” Andrea shrugged again.

“I was mostly surprised, not sad. A lot of that was an act. It wouldn’t do any good for people to think I hated my CBer, you know?” She smiled and moved to hug Sammy, but the CAPTCHAE hung back in fright and raced from the room, unable to contain her roiling suspicions any longer. Andrea smiled and turned back to her reading.

Sammy leaned against the wall, breathing hard. She felt the urge to enter Zeke’s room down the hall, to confirm what she had just heard. But he would probably over-analyze the situation until he had exhausted the topic, at which point he would shoo her out of the room. He was no source of comfort to her.

Sammy bent down and placed her eye to the crack under Andrea’s door. The AE was smiling as she read on her Kindle, all thoughts of the conversation banished from her mind.

“What are you, really?” Sammy whispered. But there was no response.


Dead: Catsclaw, Spiffycat, Emerald Frost, Autumn, Mor, harry pooooooootter!, Beatrice, Claaws, Summer, Beverly, Jarnen, NK, Ella Starburst

submitted by Dumbledore&Voldemort, Hogwarts
(June 22, 2019 - 8:36 am)

Okay who else thinks Ella totally faked her death

submitted by Soren Infinity, age 27 eons, BeaconTown
(June 25, 2019 - 8:47 am)



*softly* I'm not a dere, tsun-tsun dere~


Plus, I would totally NEVER act that out!!! Though Sammy would TOTS do that~


Aw Sammy, I'm glad to see you care for me!

I. do. NOT.

Anyway, on the subject of the death, there are two possibilities: A, Ella fakeld her own death, which is technically plausible, seeing as there was no body found, just, if I'm using the term right, circumstantial evidence. or B, Ella DID die, and the body was cleverly disposed of by our lovely Andrea here.This theory would make the most sense, because Ella had never been with Voldemort, and thus never learned Avada Kadrava. I'm completely out of the question, as I never got a wand, and all the Chatterboxers who DID get wands were checked, unless, however, they suspected this and used another spell to figuratively "Clear their search history". another thing pointing this to Andrea would be that she completely acted out the entire thing, which is a very Andrea thing to do, especially confessing to Sammy that she did so. However,  a murderer would take bonus steps of caution before saying such a suspicion-rising sentence, and the whole confession there is completely circumstantial, and may even be an example of the popular and infamous trope used in many Murder Mystery stories, the, "Red Herring", a tr-

Okay, I'm gonna stop you right there.

Well, they were right about one thing: Zeke. completely over-analyzed it.

Yeah, I have a tendency to do that.

submitted by Ella Starburst
(June 26, 2019 - 1:02 pm)

Your speculations are quite amusing. Unbeknownst to you, we have thought out your speculations in advance and encouraged them... perhaps with red herrings, perhaps not. And perhaps you should read the latest section again for clues. There may be something you've missed. There may also not be something you've missed and I'm just messing with you. You'll never know.

On another subject, might you be interested in guessing us? I do not know of a single other ski lodge in which the author has gone unguessed for so long. 

submitted by Voldemort, age Ancient, Amused
(June 26, 2019 - 7:22 pm)

It did say the murderer had a dogwood wand. But we weren't told who had which wands, were we?

And...I forget who's been guessed for you yet, but is one of you Icy or Kitten? Or Catsclaw or Rogue Wildling?

submitted by Leafy, age No, not a cat
(June 27, 2019 - 9:06 am)


*Ahem* scuse me. 

Anywho, I looked back, just as you said, and found something very peculiar. 

Dumbledore immediately knew what the murderer had done, and described it in exact detail. Is it a possibility that Dumbledore could be a murderer? Not the main, of course, since she is female.

and I am CERTAIN you are using the red herring trope with our beloved Andrea, whether to derive or cause suspicion.

submitted by Zeke Owttat
(June 27, 2019 - 2:14 pm)

I’m wondering where Asthene went as she has been MIA for quite some time

)(I am right here you blind idiot)( 

*squints* Waut where are my glasses? 

submitted by Darkking, Watching Sherlock
(June 25, 2019 - 10:19 am)