Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that fact certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Hogwarts professors. ‘Tis the season, after all, for romance and bad decisions being made in the name of the holiday: so what a surprise, really, that the professors have come together to present a unique… challenge for their students for one 24-hour period.
Every student has been paired up with someone and given the responsibility of keeping a large, otherwise rather unassuming egg intact for that period of time: a large egg that has been Transfigured to cry and wiggle around a bit, effectively mimicking some of the behaviors of a newborn baby. Any ‘couple’ that manages to keep their ‘baby’ intact and fully taken care of for the full 24 hours will find that their egg will hatch with a reward inside, tailored for each pairing at least somewhat. It’s a challenge rooted in learning responsibility and giving teenagers the opportunity to keep something a little more exciting than flobberworms alive, as well as promoting teamwork and compromise.
These objects may just seem like eggs, but don’t be fooled–– they need to be held, they need to be kept warm and they even need to be put to sleep. And, since they’re in your care for a full 24 hours that include an overnight stay with one of the ‘parents’, they might be the only ones getting sleep. This close to the Valentine’s Day Dance it seems like the professors of Hogwarts have some strong opinions on what irresponsible mistakes they want to ensure the students aren’t going to be making this year.
Students are being paired up to take care of ‘egg babies’ that have been magically charmed to act more lifelike - crying and needing attention lest their shells crack open prematurely. There’s a lot of crying and wiggling around and it’s meant to be more than a little unsettling, since the professors are trying to “subtly” point out that babies aren’t all that fun for unprepared teens.
It’s a weekend day so there are no classes to worry about, though Quidditch students may have to swap off baby duty to get to their practices.
The challenge is to keep the egg intact for a full 24 hours, from Saturday morning until Sunday morning.
The eggs are larger than the chicken-made variety–– magical and heavy and ready to be taken care of. They weigh approximately 8 and 10 pounds (3.6 and 4.5 kg) and are about the size of a watermelon.
The eggs need to be kept warm. They need to be held. They need to be rocked occasionally, walked around occasionally, and ‘put to bed’ at a reasonable hour. They can not be dropped without being broken, and a broken egg will result in an immediate disqualification. Negligence or rough handling may also result in a breaking. If an egg is in any way uncomfortable or not receiving enough attention, they will begin to cry–– and that’s one piercing sound that we assure you is less than pleasant on the ears.
All eggs that make it to the end of the 24 hour period warm, taken care of, intact, rested and otherwise nurtured will hatch into something entirely new: a set of prizes for the successful parents such as the chance to pass up an assignment with no penalization, the chance to skip a class with no penalization, an early shot at making their schedule next semester, etc. etc.
How to participate:
Starters should be tagged with WhoIsLeftEvent (and also, as a courtesy to your partner, tag them so they don’t miss the post!)
This can be either a chat or a para thread - that’ll be up to you and your designated writing partner, but mostly we want to make sure everyone is talking and plotting for the duration of the partner event!