Matrem Stupri Veneficus 2013 Recap

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The Slug Club had an awesome time tonight at Dave and Busters on International Drive! We met up for the first Matrem Stupri Veneficus Tournament (bonus House points if you’re the first one to translate the name!). It was basically just an excuse to get together and go ham on some games in the arcade. Some of us scored pretty big.

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We had a lot of new faces tonight which was awesome! Everyone got along so well. It can be difficult to really connect with first timers when we do events in such crowded places, but we hope to see everyone again for our next meet-up.

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The next event is currently scheduled to be the limited Ollivander’s Wand Making Day. I’m hosting it at my apartment so we have a 15 person cap on the event, so hurry up and RSVP before all the spots are taken! All materials will be provided for you for a $3 cash donation.

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Matrem Stupri Veneficus Tournament 2013

The Department of Magical Games and Sports invites you to the First Semi-Annual Matrem Stupri Veneficus Tournament! Join us at Dave and Buster’s on International Drive for a series of games designed to test your magical skills.

Representatives from the Department of Magical Games and Sports will begin arriving around 5:45PM for drinks and games. The Ministry of Magic will arrange a table to be ready for a tournament feast at 7:00PM. All competition participants are welcome to join us early or start their evening at the 7:00 feast.

The event host location features a number of different deals, including Happy Hour Specials and a Eat-Play-Win deal that includes dinner and a $10 game card for $17.99+tax.  Join Dave and Busters Rewards Program in order to receive additional free game play!

Please RSVP on Meetup or Facebook

Celebrating 15 years

On Wednesday, 9/4, the Winter Park Public Library put on a lovely Harry Potter trivia extravaganza! Members of the Slug Club attended the unofficial event (it did not count for House points) with about 50 other Harry Potter fans from around Central Florida. It was held at the Mellow Mushroom located in Winter Park.

Meg and myself teamed up with my boyfriend, Erik to create the Ravenbrawlers team, while Heather, Melissa and Mallory had their own team named The Order of the Goat. A third team was created with Dory, Ashley and Dominic.

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There were 3 rounds of about 30 questions each. We had an awesome time, and although we thought that the Ravenbrawlers and The Order of the Goat were head-to-head, another team won. I’m going to figure out how they cheated, because the Ravenbrawlers deserved to win, dangit! I suspect a Quick Quotes Quill…..

Here are some questions that were particularly difficult. Can you answer them? Comment with the correct answer, and no using Google!

What was the name of the Slytherin Quidditch player that Draco Malfoy replaced as Seeker in the Chamber of Secrets?
Which four animals is a student allowed to bring with them to Hogwarts?
What was the creature that Luna Lovegood said can be warded off with onion?
What House was Terry Boot sorted into?
Besides Viktor Krum, name the other members of the Bulgarian quidditch team.
What does J.K stand for in J.K Rowling’s name?
What row was Harry’s prophecy located on in the Department of Mysteries?
Where was the first official meeting of Dumbledore’s Army?
What chess piece does Ron sacrifice himself to in order to help Harry advance in The Sorcerer’s Stone?
Who directly preceded Albus Dumbledore as Headmaster of Hogwarts?
What was the name of the student who betrayed Dumbledore’s Army to Umbridge?
What was the name of the location where Harry Potter and Cho Chang had their first official date?
Who said this quote: “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts … but you cannot deny he’s got style …

The Winter Park Library held other events this weekend to celebrate 15 years of Potter, so if any club member attended any events, please feel free to post your recap on the blog.

Our next meetup is on Thursday 9/19 at Dave and Busters where we will be hosting the first Matrem Stupri Veneficus Tournament. Witches and Wizards will be able to test their magical abilities with games and sports. A grand feast will follow.

Until next time, Wrackspurts!

All aboard the Hogwarts Express!

As you all know, the Hogwarts Express pulls away from Platform 9 3/4s at exactly 11:00 a.m. on September 1st. Now, most of us are alumni at this point (as we are reminded every four months when the owls arrive with requests for donations to the school), but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited for the start of the new term! This year we decided to get together and grab some pictures at our local train station and the adjacent park, some in our favorite robes and others in their old Hogwarts uniforms. A great time was had by all – we studied, dueled, listened to a lecture on Herbology, climbed a tree, made friends with a squirrel named Peter, and even found some Hogwarts alumnae that may join our group!


Traveling from place to place is always more fun when you have a large group of wizards trying to discreetly navigate muggle areas of the city. I think (I hope!) we managed to make it through without unintentionally violating the International Statute of Secrecy.

While taking the pictures in the park, we had that awful reminder that we are, in fact, NOT in the United Kingdom. While other areas of the Northern Hemisphere are settling into autumn, here it was… well, Florida. It was Florida. An hour outside in robes is really the max that anyone can handle. (This was fun, but we promise the next cosplay day will be in a “winter” month.)

Once we were done in the park, the cosplay group went to Fiddler’s Green, a fantastic Irish pub in Winter Park. It’s not quite the same as grabbing food in Hogsmeade, but the brunch was amazing and service was fantastic! There were a fair amount of muggles there, but they proved to be friendly and open-minded towards the wizards invading their territory. (Anyone who took Muggle Studies in school knows the key to acceptance in the muggle world is copious amounts of liquor… both for them and us.)

At the pub we played some Pottergories (congratulations to Angelica of Hufflepuff and Adam of Slytherin on their victories!) Every time we play that game, I’m always struck by the creativity and memory of some of our members! People kept thinking of answers that I probably never would have come up with if I had twice the amount of time they did.

All in all though, our first cosplay day was a success! Thank you to all who attended, whether it was for the cosplay day, the brunch, or both! We’ll see you all on Wednesday at the Mellow Mushroom in Winter Park for Harry Potter trivia night! (In the meantime, check the Facebook group for more pictures from our cosplay adventures!)