Task 9 - Building 'Regular' Snowmen


Task 9 - Building 'Regular' Snowmen

Postby Gail Allen » Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:55 am

To try and better understand what kind of snowmen are normal (so we can maybe spot the imposter Sinister kind), we would like to hear your stories of building snowmen. This will help tell apart the stories of the real snowmen from the ones told by the sinister sort as it will build a picture of what kind of stories will be 'normal' for a snowman to have experienced in their frozen life.

Write at least 100 words about your idea and post it below by 11.59 on the 31st of December.
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Re: Task 9 - Building 'Regular' Snowmen

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:21 am

When building a snowman, you have to remember from the beginning which style you are going for. The 'regular' snowman has three large balls of snow as it's body. The largest one is at the bottom, with the middle size in the middle and the smallest at the top. There is also the 'not-quite-regular' snowman with the three large balls of snow, but they are all of the same size as much as possible. These are for the 'children' snowpeople usually.

When making them, use as large a clump of snow as possible in the building of the balls, and pack the the clumps securely together so when you lift the ball, it doesn't fall apart. (Usually, you start building the snowman where it's going to be standing so that you don't have to move that largest ball of snow.) Then, make the smaller ball and put it on top of the larger one, positioning it so it is centered. Do the same with the smallest ball of snow and put it on the middle ball.

Of the two top balls, each one should have about 2/3 the size of the one below it. Add arms and eyes and a nose. If you like, add a hat and scarf.

Now - as for the sinister sort of snowmen ... if they have legs and are walking around, you might want to suspect that they are not friendly to you. It's not a 'forever' solution, because, after all, Frosty did dance around. But generally speaking, if a snowman starts at you, brandishing some sort of weapon, you might consider that they belong to the S.O.S.
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Re: Task 9 - Building 'Regular' Snowmen

Postby Will Lestrange » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:06 am

Every time I tried to build a snowman like they say the Muggles do, I failed pretty dramatically. The procedures begin with making three round balls of snow stacked on top of each other, but I never could even make it that far. Most of the time, I would run out of patience before the balls became much larger than my hand, and whenever I placed the second ball on top of the first the entire structure would collapse on top of itself. There was only one time I was able to make large snowballs that wouldn't melt or collapse before I could do anything with them - and even then I could never successfully place the second snowball on top of the first!

The ONLY way I was ever able to make anything properly resembling a snowman, therefore, was by using my wand. I would point it at the ground in three different places to make three large balls of snow; I would then use "Mobilinixus" (the Latin for "snow" is "nix", but magic tends not to work properly on words ending in an "x") to move the second ball on top of the first and the third on top of the second. Minor Transfiguration spells would change the colouration of various parts of the snowballs to look like an actual snowman.

To this day, I can't imagine anyone actually successfully building a snowman by purely Muggle means. If a snowman appears without any visible magical traces, my theory would be that it has to arise from some sort of dark magic currently unknown to us!
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