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EDITOR IN CHIEF Stephanie Shive CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kayla Hobbs Valerie Kyzer Allison Struthers Alexis Peralta Dank Marletto Margaret Lavinghousez Rafael Ufret Jason Gussow Katrina Wilson PHOTO CONTRIBUTIONS Melissa Penatzer Rubina Kandiah Themed Shots

MEET THE SLUG CLUB My favorite magical creature is the thestral due to its symbolism of seeing death. I've always liked the idea that only certain people can see it. But lately I've been interested in this niffler from the new Fantastic Beasts movie.

Kayla Hobbs The job I would LOVE to hold in the Wizarding World is to be a teacher at Hogwarts! I think it would be awesome to teach young witches and wizards, but more importantly, I would love to be a mentor to the muggles who are completely out of their element.

I prefer Diagon Alley over Hogsmeade. I love the atmosphere it puts you in while you are there and it is absolutely beautiful at night. Every time I see a newbie walk in I get chills because it brings me back to my first time walking in and getting tears in my eyes from the magic! .

MEET THE SLUG CLUB What kind of job would I hold in the Wizarding World? In our Muggle realm I am an environmental scientist and love what I do. I assume in the world of wizardry I would do something similar; be outside, studying and perhaps reporting the weather. "Roads in London have been closed today due to an improper use of a rain incantation. Flooding is being handled by the Department of Magical Misuse and the Muggle's Public Works."

What is my favorite magical creature? House Elves. They cook, they clean, I'd treat them well and it'd be like having a really great pet that takes care of me. (Such a Slytherin answer, but I am who I am, and I hate cooking and cleaning! Ha!)

Which HP book is my favorite? I consider the series one continuous adventure and therefore cannot choose a favorite. My love for HP is in the character development. From Harry's first mesmerized glimpse of Hogwarts, to realizing he has family in Sirius, to losing Sirius and relying on the love of his friends to get him through, the constant defeat of Voldemort, the push and pull for how to decide if Snape was good or bad, it was the continuity and drive that I love about this series and cannot pinpoint a favorite from within.

Alexis Peralta

MEET THE SLUG CLUB Who is your favorite professor at Hogwarts (former or current) and why? This is an easy question for me. Professor Sprout is my absolute favorite professor. She is the Herbology professor and I am an herbalist by trade. She brings so much character to the school.

If you could bring back one character from the dead, who would it be and why? I would bring Dobby back.

His death broke my heart the most. He

was a great friend and stood up for what he believed in.

What kind of job would you like to hold in the wizarding world and why? I would love to be a Magizoologist. I would be able to learn and care for all kinds of wonderful magical creatures. I would also, hopefully, be able to share this knowledge with others

Valerie Kyzer

MEET THE SLUG CLUB Allison Struthers

Which Harry Potter book is your favorite book in the series and why? Prisoner of Azkaban. Almost hands down (I also adore Half Blood Prince). Perhaps it’s a Marauder’s bias. Okay, it’s definitely a Marauder’s bias. Those few minutes between Sirius and Harry bonding, before Pettigrew escapes, are some of the happiest moments in the series. Also that Hermione and Ron fight about Crookshanks is the beginning of my R/HR shipping, since 1999, y’all.

What kind of job would you like to hold in the Wizarding World and why? Every single one of those online quizzes says Auror, but I reject that. I would never be a cop. Or a magical cop. I work as a teacher now in the Muggle world, but that’s a random thing that happened to me. I would

imagine I would be some sort of member of the Weird Sisters or Celestina Warbeck or whoever the new magical artist is, team. Do they have Magical Twitter yet? Working for Wizarding Wireless Network in programming would be a good job too.

Who is your favorite professor at Hogwarts (former or current) and why? McGonagall. Her defense of Harry against Umbridge is important to me. If you haven’t taken the time to read her backstory on Pottermore I highly suggest it (Is it on the new one?). She’s a constant defender. She’s who I want to be as a teacher. Strict, but supportive. Tough, but thoughtful. I wish we saw more of her in the films. Maggie Smith is a treasure.

Through the Brick Wall Margaret Lavinghousez “It just seems so…asinine…” I remember saying to my cousin (using a word that, at ten, I had just learned and was therefore using it all the time; poor little closeted Ravenclaw) when she asked me about this Harry Potter book. I had already been gifted two copies of the first book (a hardcover and a softcover, the latter of which has been lost to time) by well-meaning relatives who knew I loved to read and knew that this book was becoming popular. I, however, was in the middle of what I heartlessly call my WWII-Holocaust phase, where I read Number the Stars, Night, The Hiding Place, The Diary of Anne Frank, etc. This fluffy story about a boy and magic seemed, well, asinine. But my family loved it: my cousin, my mother, my grandmother, my great -aunt all praised this book series. I continued to rebel for months. Finally, after the announcement of a movie, I secretly caved. I began to read the first book, hiding it from my family out of shame for giving in to familial pressure. I loved the first one, but didn’t read on because I was not going to devote more time to this fantasy stuff. When the first movie came out, we all went and I loved it. By this point I was reading a wider variety of books and was getting over the idea that a person could only read one book genre at once. Spring of 2002, when I was 12, I binged the first four books. In the span of a week and a half—not bad considering I had school and wasn’t yet at peak reading speed—I reread the first book and all of the others. I had caught the bug; I was diseased. Sadly, it was not contagious. My cousin was a fan, but not like I wanted to be a fan. No one at my pretentious, shitty Catholic school understood or liked the series—at least that they admitted. I had no one; we didn’t have internet at home, either, so I was very much alone in my nerdiness. Until high school. High school changed this for two very important reasons: one, my mother and I moved into our new condo and got real internet access; two, high school meant way more people, some of whom were Potterheads like me! I met a girl who would become my best friend and companion in the fandom, a fellow Ravenclaw, and so many others that wanted to talk about dragons and ghosts and whether or not Hermione should ditch Ron and Harry. I found the Harry Potter WB forums and began to make friends using the pseudonym Lessa Radcliffe (I had it so bad for Daniel Radcliffe—at least, I thought I did). It wasn’t long until Harry Potter was all I had. I would post on forums for hours. I found a group to roleplay with via AIM—we even posted the chats on a geocities site, which, at one point, had fifty people visiting for each post #Celebrity. I found other forums for roleplaying and discussion. In a few short months, I was an online fandom machine, at least as much as I could be while being an internet neophyte.

My best friend, Gabi, and I dressed in robes for Halloween. We saw POA the day it premiered (at 7pm, since we weren’t allowed to go to the midnight showing). We stood outside the theater bitching about it for at least an hour—some people over heard and literally turned and left. As we got older, we attended midnight premieres of both media, with other nerds in tow. We were the Harry Potter girls. While this was great, and I loved that I could share my fandom with my friends, I was still hanging out online. There I didn’t have to hold back, there I could obsess and always find someone will to do so with me. There I was less alone in the crowd. Long story very, very short: my desire to find others like me left me drowning in the internet, addicted and helpless. Working through this issue, I worried that I would have to leave my fandom. After all, it was my love and passion for Harry Potter that both bettered and nearly destroyed my life. I couldn’t take losing both the internet and Harry Potter, however. I quit the forums, the roleplaying, obsessively checking for news and updates, the fanfiction )—all of it. My fandom would only exist IRL. I think when I did that my love for the series only grew. I just happened upon a book club discussion about Harry Potter at Barnes&Noble and I sat down, something I would have never done before, to join in. I discovered that more people in my school and at my church were potter fans than I thought. In short, I was no longer reliant on one or two people to nerd with. I also opened myself up to the idea that, not only could I love more than one genre, I could have more than one hard-core fandom, and that I didn’t need to be at the center of the fandom to be a fan. Although I was open about my Harry Potter love, and was always open to talk about it, I was lax about trying to find other nerds. After a year and a half of barebones internet usage, I began to reintroduce that side of the fandom to myself in very little, specific ways only. I began to roleplay again, but only on one site (MuggleNet Interactive, holla). I made friends online, but I didn’t sacrifice my real life to do so. I learned balance from the thing that had once corrupted me.

This was my world for a long time: rereading the books, watching the movies, reading fanfiction, writing fanfiction, roleplaying, talking to fans, and attending premieres. My interests grew and changed, my high school friends moved away and changed, but I found solidity in Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco (#DrarryForLife). It was an important part of my Identity, but not obvious to everyone around me. In a college of tens of thousands, no one knew me as The Harry Potter Girl—hell, no one knew me at all. But this was okay, because I had the Trio and like…three other people. Fast forward to MyHogwarts, the idea of which made me so happy. I was planning a course and outlining a text book (The Mage Arts and Wandless Magic), one of my dorm mates is now one of my dear friends, and I found what would be The Slug Club. Finally, once again, I found my fandom IRL. I met all of you nerdy people, I helped in running the club, and I once again brought my fan side out. So much so that, when I met a woman at a party and found out she was a fan as well, I was able to talk Potter for well over an hour with the excited glee of a seven-year old—completely without shame. I brought her into the club and soon after I passed my mantle onto her. Hi, Stephanie! My journey with the fandom was both high and low. It nearly killed me, and yet it definitely saved me.

Herbologistics Welcome to another edition of Herbologistics! Flowers not only embellish our gardens or perfume our homes. They have the power to heal both the soul and the body. In this article. We will be talking about a plant, not only priced for its beautiful orange/yellow flowers, but for its medicinal properties since ancient times. We are talking about the marigold Known to Muggle scientists as Calendula officinalis, the garden marigold is a plant in the genus Calendula of the family Asteraceae. Believed to be native to southern Europe, it is also cultivated further north in Europe and elsewhere in warm temperate regions. It is a plant that has been used for centuries for ornamental purposes, as well as culinary, cosmetic and medicinal reasons. Not only is Calendula a wonderful healing and medicinal herb, it is also a lovely and useful plant in the g garden! It repels many common garden pests including aphids, eelworms, asparagus beetles, and tomato hornworms, and is a companion plant for potatoes, beans, and lettuce. There are a variety of products at Muggle apothecaries and other stores, that contain pot marigold as an ingredient, but the most effective way to get the full benefit of its powerful properties, is for yourself to brew a concoction or make an essential oil or salve. In culinary, the petals can be used to color butter, cheese, custards, sauces, or sprinkled atop salads, cakes, and sandwiches, and you will benefit for its healing powers as well.

Pot marigold, has been used for centuries for wounds and skin irritations. It has properties that make it useful for minor wounds, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, burns, bee stings, rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. It can also be incorporated into baths, creams, compresses, washes, salves, ointments, massage oils, baths, facial steams, tinctures, and teas. Good for babies, children, or animals.

Herbologistics Properties and Uses Possesses Anti-Inflammatory Capabilities - These plant-based antioxidants protect cells from free radical damage and pro-inflammatory compounds. Its powerful antiinflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for issues like diaper rash, dermatitis, ear infections, ulcers, sore throats and more. Ear drops containing calendula are sometimes used to treat ear infections in children as well. Calms Muscle Spasms - It can help prevent and relax muscle spasms. Also, it has been traditionally used in potions for abdominal cramps and constipation. Heals Ulcers, Wounds & Hemorrhoids - It was found that using calendula-based gels and topical ointments helped speed up recovery rate and healing. Calendula is also used to improve skin firmness and hydration. Even more impressive, it helps increase blood flow and oxygen to wounds and infected areas, which helps the body grow new tissue and heal more rapidly. For this reason, it can also be effective for at fighting hemorrhoids. When taken as a tea, it can also be helpful for internal duodenal and gastric ulcer symptoms.

Aids Menstruation - Drinking calendula tea may help induce the menstruation cycle, as well as ease the painful side effects of menstruation in women. The large flavonoids presence helps relax muscles, blood flow and information, all promoting an ease of the menstruation. It can also even alleviate hot flashes. Contains Antimicrobial & Antiviral Components - The acids held within the oils of this plant have powerful antimicrobial and antiviral effects, especially when fortified with sunflower oil. That would make a great essential oil to have. The oils and acids within the plant have shown to be effective in fighting pathogens, as well as candida symptoms and even antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria! Improves Oral Health - Calendula has become a popular additive in toothpastes and mouthwashes over the past years due to its powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It helps reduce gum inflammation as well as fight against gingivitis, cavities, plaque and more. It’s also an astringent, which helps fight mouth bacteria and promote a healthy oral environment. Discourages Cancer - Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help fight against cancer and irritation due to cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.

In conclusion, there is power in beauty! Not only is a beautiful plant to have around, but is marvelous enough to heal. Mother Nature never cease to amaze us! I love Herbology! Can you tell?

Baby DJ Campaign—SPEW This is our 3rd annual Baby DJ campaign at Central Florida Slug Club S.P.E.W. Baby DJ is a nonprofit program through the radio station XL 106.7 which began over 22 years when its founder “Johnny Magic” was inspired to provide assistance to families of economic disadvantage in Central Florida. They provide food, cash, Christmas trees, and a trip to the “toy warehouse” to shop for presents for their children. It is our goal at CFSC S.P.E.W. to assist with this wonderful program to not only bring the joy of the holidays to those in need but also to warm our own hearts by helping those less fortunate. We have several goals that we would like to meet this year as follows: 1. Provide five bikes with helmets 2. Increase toy donations from our over 1,600 Slug Club members, not just from the S.P.E.W. group 3. Collect at least $100 in Publix or Target gift cards Want to help? Bring your donations to any CFSC official meetup throughout December and keep an eye on the Slug Club Facebook group, discussion boards, and social media for other ways that you can contribute to this amazing program.

Dressed to the 9 3/4’s recap By Dank Marletto On Sunday, October 3rd, I attended what I thought was going to be a social gathering of selected high-ranking members of the Ministry at Universal Studios Florida. As I parked my car and made my way to the first event of the day, scheduled for 10 o’clock sharp at New York Public Library, I noticed a group of very well dressed people making their way to the gates; one gentleman was even wearing a reproduction of Lucius Malfoy’s jacket and carrying a replica of his cane. This made me smile, as I too have a similar cane. We bureaucrats know how to make sure heads turn when we enter a room. As tradition would have it, the first people I saw were Bernajean Porter and Diane Lewis, who was wearing an outfit depicting Professor McGonagall. I must say that even though McGonagall and I have not always seen eye to eye, Diane’s outfit was beautiful. So far, this was shaping up to be a great day. Alas this warm feeling did not last. As I approached the meeting place, I noticed a little blonde girl running around in Gryffindor robes. Gryffindor robes? And on a CHILD no older than 10? Although she was precious looking and full of joy, I quickly realized this meeting was not as elite as I had been led to believe. I quickly struck up a conversation with some fellow Slytherins in an attempt to assuage my disappointment at the lack of prestige of this event. The crowd continued to grow and I recognized a lot of people, many Slytherin and even some individuals from other Houses, such as Barbara, Lindsey, Meg, Diego, and a few others, whom I have come to consider friends, as they have proven they are worthy of this Slytherin’s friendship. Some in attendance were even wearing colors of a different house -completely preposterous if you ask me! Looking around, I saw so many happy faces. This is when I just decided to enjoy the day and see what may come of it. And was I ever glad I did! Though it was a lot hotter than would be ideal for a formal event, we made the most of the day. Gathering on the steps of the New York Public Library we took our first group picture to commemorate the occasion. We stood proud as we all should, regardless of house (I guess). Then we took a funny picture. Well, this Slytherin’s idea of fun if finding the closest target he can and scaring them. After this, we took to the streets and made our way to London -- the perfect opportunity for more photographs. Upon arriving in Diagon Alley, and after enjoying a cold Butterbeer with my new found friends (yes of different Houses as well), we decided to start looking for locations to take individual pictures for the contest that the lovely ladies who put this event together had devised – and you know how competitive a Slytherin can be. From dance moves to favorite spells, bar scenes to wand use, we had a lot of fun. By 12:45pm we hopped the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade for a feast at The Three Broomsticks. New friendships were formed and alliances made while we awaited to hear who the winners of the photo contest were. I don’t mean to brag, but yours truly was selected as one of the winners for the category “have you under my spell” (what else) and was awarded a fine looking pop vinyl of Sirius Black: I promise not to kill this one. So as the day came to a close and we made our way to the park entrance to gather for one last group photo, we were smiling, talking about the amazing day we had, and already looking forward to the next. Filled with new people, new adventures, and new memories made, this was a well thought out and planned event (although someone should’ve taught them the cooling off spell) that everyone seemed to enjoy. All in all, this high ranking Slytherin learned a lesson: never stick your nose too high, or you might miss the beauty of life happening in front of you.

Meet-up photos

September 1st Train Ride

Meet-up photos Dressed to the 9 and 3/4’s

Meet-up photos

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Premiere

Fantastic Beasts Book Club

Cursed Child Book Club

Harry potter inspired recipes Hippogriff Pot Pie by Stephanie Shive 1 container chicken stock Carrot chips 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped 1/2 sweet onion, chopped 1 lg potato, in bite sized cubes 1 package Anne’s frozen dumpling strips 1 rotisserie chicken, deboned and skinned Wondra quick-mix flour Salt and pepper, to taste

Irish Soda Bread by RubyMoon 3 cups of wheat flour 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 tsp baking powder 2 cups of plain yogurt Pre-Heat over 375 Butter/grease baking sheet. Mix all ingredients Knead Shape into a round loaf Cut a 1/2 inch deep "X" Across top with sharp knife Bake 35-40 mins Enjoy!

1. Put chicken stock in large soup pot , add carrots, celery and onion. Let cook 5 minutes. 2. Season potato with salt and pepper. Add potato cubes and Anne’s dumpling strips. Break strips into smaller squares if desired Cover and let cook for 15 minutes 3. Add rotisserie chicken.

4. Add Wondra, use only what is needed to thicken from a soup-like consistency to a stew-like consistency. 5. Cover and let cook an additional 15 minutes. 6. Serve and season as desired!

What’s in your bookshelf? As a Ravenclaw, I have to read daily. Even if only a few pages. Which makes book hangovers particularly problematic. What to do when I want to linger in a fictional world a bit longer? I turn towards ‘Silly Showbiz’ books – books by celebrities about their life. These books usually follow the same template – challenging childhood, followed by struggles and hard work until that lucky break that catapults the narrator to stardom. A basic surface skimming of the star’s life. The acknowledgements always lead with a sly wink towards the ghostwriter (if there is one) – ‘Thanks Ms. Y for shaping my story.’ Template aside, these books are usually entertaining, brief and not challenging which allows me to continue reading while keeping a foot in a fictional world. One such read of mine was Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes, Please.’ I’m a huge fan of Poehler from SNL to Parks and Rec and I expected a funny, light read. While the book has humorous touches, it is much more serious in tone than I expected (no belly laughs to be had). While most showbiz books offer only a skim of the author’s personal life, Poehler gets extremely personal. Her candor makes the book – love, sex, drugs, post-partum depression – she discusses it all and in frank language (if curse words bother you, stay away). Even when she skims over subjects, it feels like she’s not obfuscating. She doesn’t want to talk about her divorce because it is still fresh and painful. Still, she describes her struggles, her mistakes and what she’s learned. When she gives advice, it doesn’t feel like the normal spouting of shopworn advice and clichés but rather the hard won wisdom she desperately wants to depart. Even if you only read her chapter on apologies, this book is worth your time. Warm, funny and thoughtful. Jason Gussow

Upcoming Events The Seven challenges

December 11th, 2016 12:45pm Location: Artegon Marketplace

Follow in the trio’s footsteps to protect the Sorcerer’s Stone. Seven challenges will be laid out before you. You and your team must complete these challenges in order to find and capture the Sorcerer’s stone before He Who Must Not Be Named does .

A Celebration of Harry Potter January 28th, 2017 Location: Universal Studios Orlando For the fourth year, A Celebration of Harry Potter is coming to Universal Orlando Resort. Join members of the Central Florida Slug Club for a group picture inside the expo. The exact time will change once a schedule is released closer to the date.

Valentine’s Day at Madam Puddifoots February 12th, 2017 2pm Location: Waldorf-Astoria Orlando

Join the Central Florida Slug Club as we celebrate Valentine’s Day Harry Potter style—high tea at Madam Puddifoots! In the iconic scene (which sadly did not make the movie), Harry Potter invites Cho Chang to Madam Puddifoots tea shop on Valentine’s Day in Book 5. We’ll be enjoying finger sandwiches, mini desserts and tea at the beautiful Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. The price is $30/per person.





House point competition Current leader: Ravenclaw Congratulations to Gryffindor house 2015-2016 House cup champions

Winter 2016 Newsletter  

The Central Florida Slug Club presents our quarterly newsletter, The Central Florida Quill!

Winter 2016 Newsletter  

The Central Florida Slug Club presents our quarterly newsletter, The Central Florida Quill!