This season was a busy one for Hogwarts. Pumpkin grams are being delivered and glitter is flying. The Hallowe’en bash happened and it allowed everyone to show off their best spooky costumes. But, it seems the castle had a mind for some games as well.
On Saturday, October 27, the castle seems to have developed a new addition in the clock tower.
A pipe organ.
Not just any pipe organ. A living, breathing, almost talking? (Some witnesses claim that they have heard Professor Van der Brough’s voice coming from the pipes.) It seems that it takes voices at will–living or dead. One of our ghostly friends of the castle, former ghouls professor Benjamin Wood is one such victim of the pipe organ.
He recounted his story through a rather painstaking form of charades and spelling out letter by letter to tell me what happened. He said,
“I was blocked in. Objects that I couldn’t fly through. The organ was smart it was like it had a brain. The pipes were turning growing faster than I could fly. I notice tons of clock pieces though. It was trying to block me to see what was the heart of the matter. I never seen what made it tick. It blocked me every which way until it ejected me through a huge pipe that blew me through the roof. I never had a ride like that. For being dead or alive this is the most dangerous thing I have ever seen. I’ve been dead for over 100 years. Curious though those skulls stare at me every move. I heard them chatter. I wonder if they are the brains of the operation.”
Others have witnessed a sudden increase in spider webs in the clock tower (could they be magically or musically inspired?), bloodstains, and the constant growing pipes slowly taking over the clock tower. Loud blasts of music seem to be the pipe organ’s primary form of defence against anyone. However, it lures people closer to it with the laughter like wheezes and the never-ending ticking. Along with the sounds of our professor’s calling us into the clock tower.
What is causing this? No one seems to know. We all have theories. Some people are saying that it is Jeeves. And others believe that the castle is having a series of hiccups after the rearranging of the stairs last month. Personally? I’m not sure what is going on. All I know is that it is nowhere near the “Hogwarts” level of normal.
Due to the level of magic that we are dealing with in the castle that is affecting both ghosts and humans alike, Deputy Headmistress Blightly has stated, “Any who are found in the clocktower will suffer suspension. The clocktower is to be avoided.”
As with any other Hogwart based situation, here are a few tips to see another day.
- Do not enter the clocktower.
- Be mindful of your surroundings.
- Do not enter the clocktower.
- Have your wand at the ready.
- Travel in groups.
- Seriously, do not enter the clocktower
- Keep your mandrake earmuffs handy.
- Are you getting it yet, do not enter the clocktower.
- Do not listen if a professor starts to call your name from the clocktower. [editor’s note: this is only for the clocktower area, thank you very much!]
- Seriously. Just avoid the clocktower at all costs.