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Don't be so hard on yourself, mate.

Chang's been at this awhile, and you've only played what, three matches? You'll get there.

And hey, I flew for Hufflepuff all last year and I still nearly got whacked by a Bludger and missed a major goal today. I think there's room for all of us to up our play a bit.

Wasn't it good to see Ced cheering us on, though? I hope he'll be able to get back out on the pitch himself soon.

Brrr....

Feb. 2nd, 2013 10:02 am
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I suppose I should be grateful for the many opportunities I've had recently to practise my Warming Charms.

If they appear on our O.W.L., I'm sure I'll do ace!

Keeping them up whilst riding a broom is an especially enjoyable challenge.
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It was good fun!

It was pretty wizard to play on the same side as people you normally play against and great to have something to bring the younger sibs to as well, where they could join in at their own level.

Thanks Ced for organising it all! You've got a new fan in my little brother too--I have a feeling I'm going to be hearing a lot of Diggory this and Diggory that from Pete in the next few days!
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I usually try not to come over all prefect-y here in the journals, but I heard a lot of grumbling at the breakfast table this morning about how the Quidditch suspensions are hurting the team, and I had to say something, both as a team member and as a prefect.

First of all, it's not for me to go into the details, but everyone on the team supports Diggory and agrees it was justified, even Bobolis and Smith. You notice they aren't the ones flapping their gums about how it's unfair?

Second, for all the people moaning about how it hurts our chances of winning the next match--what is Hufflepuff known for on the pitch? Playing hard, but playing with honour, that's what. Anything less isn't just isn't in the spirit of the sett. Winning's brilliant, but it's not worth losing that.

Also, it's one match. One Match. They could have got suspended for the whole season.

And finally, if you really care about Hufflepuff Quidditch as much as you say you do, take a minute to support Rickett and Goshal and let them know that you have confidence in them.

We're a team, both on the pitch and in the sett as a whole, and it's time we started acting like it.
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Well, I survived my first match, and didn't fall off my broom or any of the other things I was worried about. And I had an assist on the winning goal!!

There were a couple of close moments though! Thanks Cadwallader for giving me a hand--not just when my broom slipped, but in general as one of the new ones.

Well played everyone, including Chang and the Ravenclaws. I was just trying to keep my eyes on the Quaffle and didn't see much, but it sounded like there was some pretty snitch Seeking going on!

But I certainly heard about the, er, celebrating afterward...Jordan made sure of that!

The Hufflepuff celebration (not that kind, as far as I know!) is still going on in the Common Room.

In fact, Megs just poked me in the ribs to tell me she and El saved me some biscuits and pumpkin juice, so I'm going to go eat now!
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It's stupid, I know, but all of a sudden I'm well nervous about the match.

I know I've done the work, we've all practiced together loads...but I'm still nervous. I'm thinking I might go for a quick solo flight, just to clear my head.

If you have any advice, that would be wizard--but I know you might not even see this before the match.

See you then!
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The Dales were lovely!

Mum was a bit sad that I wasn't home for Easter, but it isn't as if we really go to services or anything.

It was good to be back with the family generally; it's always sort of shocking how much bigger Peter and Carrie get when Ed and I aren't there. I can't believe Carrie's going to be at Hogwarts next year!

Oh, Sally Anne--they were both absolutely enchanted with the origami owl you gave me. Peter's already asking me if I can find him an origami book. I've had to hide it from Valkyrie, though--she keeps trying to attack it!

Neville, I've been doing my best to follow your instructions on the care and feeding of African violets, and I don't seem to have to done anything disastrous--so far, so good.

Mum & Dad had sent me a not on my birthday saying that they wanted to give me my present in person when I came home--you can imagine, I was dead curious. Well, it turns out that one of the Cannons players is upgrading, and he was willing to give Dad a good price on his old broom, so...I have a new broom! It's a Cleansweep 5, which is loads better than what I had before.

I can't wait to try it out!

Speaking of Quidditch, what do you lot think of that new side, the Lethifolds?

A Full Day

Jan. 21st, 2012 09:24 pm
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That's what it's been for sure!

The YPL meeting was long and pretty detailed.

I'm excited about it, but maybe a tad nervous too. Professor Sinistra talked about wanting to stretch us, and yeah, I think it's going to be well challenging for everybody. And I don't know about anyone else, but I'm definitely going to be checking my warming charms and making sure they're ace. Dornie in the winter is going to be cold.

All this is part of what makes it exciting of course--if it were too easy for us, it'd be dull!

Then there was the mixer after--it was really quite fun, although sometimes social things that are organised by adults, even super-nice ones like Professor Sinistra, can be a bit awkward at first.

I really enjoyed getting to know some of the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students a little more; some of the Durmstrang boys especially have been very quiet in lessons and it was nice to see them open up a bit more.

I do wish more of my friends from Hufflepuff could have attended as well, but I understand that it would have defeated the purpose to have too many people from any one House. Maybe we'll have more things like this later in the term.

I know that some of them have been coming to YPL, but it would be nice to have some other kinds of events that our guests could attend. I talked a bit to Cedric, who was there helping to host, and he said something about organising pick-up Quidditch for anyone who wants to play, which would be pretty wizard!

I'd be well intimidated, playing with Krum, but I expect he'd probably enjoy the sort of match where everyone's just out to have a good time, as much as anyone else would.
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Great Merlin I've got absent-minded over summer hols! I started out to write in my journal and I couldnt find the new one anywhere; all I could find was the old one, and that one seems to have turned into just an ordinary notebook now. I don't think I've really got used to being back at school--I'll really have to broom it now if I want to get good marks this term!

I dont feel all that different being in second year, but one thing that is different is--I'm allowed a broomstick! I haven't _got_ one, of course, but it's nice to know I'd be allowed one if I did. And at least now I won't have to get special permission from Madame Hooch to use the school brooms--I stopped her after the first years' flying practice, and she said that second years are considered responsible enough to take out brooms on our own. Which means I can practice for Quidditch tryouts! Slytherin already had theirs, but Hufflepuff always leaves plenty of time for people to sign up.

Quidditch!

Nov. 29th, 2008 05:18 pm
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Today was my very first Hufflepuff Quidditch match and it was marvellous to watch!  Of course I was a bit dissapointed that our House didn't win, but it was still loads of fun.  I wasn't sure if it would be after the week I've had but it was.

I got a package in the mail from Mummy yesterday and it had her special homemade sweets in it, so I shared them with my friends while we watched the match.  Cedric Diggory is such a good flyer even though its only his first year playing.  I just love watching him.  He got really close to the snitch once and I'm sure he could have caught it, but he didnt.  I think he thought that we might be able to take the lead in goals but we didnt.  Even though their a different house I have to admit that the Ravenclaw Chasers were really good--sometimes it was like they could read each others minds!  Davies and Troy did some wonderful defense--I saw them do a brilliant Dopplebeater--but MacAvoy and Applebee seemed like they were having a really bad day.  It didn't help that Samuels kept cobbing when Madame Hooch wasnt looking!  Still I guess it was a pretty clean game overall.

Sometimes I think I would like to play Quidditch for Hufflepuff when I'm older but other times I'm not sure.  My dad says I haven't got the killer instinct which I think means that I care more about having fun and making sure everyone has a good time than winning.  Which is true.  I dont like playing with people who always have to win everything all the time because then it stops being fun.

At proffessional Quidditch matches, some people get bella beli really angry when their team doesn't win. My dad has to calm down people like that when they've had too much firewhisky and start making a scene.  It isnt always easy, especially when their rich and imp...Sorry, spilt ink.  Anyhow it can be a big pain--Falcons fans are usually the worst.

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