The Philippines passed a law that's anti-privacy and Internet freedom

The Philippines passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, a draconian law that makes SOPA and PIPA look reasonable.

It goes so far as to ban online-libel and is so vague as to what constitutes libel that a Like or Share of a Facebook comment critical of the government or police could be used to put you in jail.

I'm a dual citizen of the United States and the Philippines as well as a webmaster. Laws created to censor the Internet and curtail freedom of speech really upset me.

Please sign the petition against the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which threatens Internet freedom, the right to privacy and other essential civil liberties including freedom of speech, expression, and the press.

http://www.change.org/petitions/junk-the-cybercrime-prevention-law


Pre-order J.K. Rowling's new book

You can pre-order J.K. Rowling's new book, The Casual Vacancy, which will be released this Thursday, September 27, 2012.



Alternatively, you can Pin It to Win It on Pintrest.


LOLCat Day

As you may have noticed, yesterday was LOLCat day, you computer was not glitched, and your computer didn't get contaminated with a virus. It is one day out of the year where you can act super silly, spam in all caps, and chatspeak without getting in trouble! Thank you to everyone who sat through it last year, this year, and will be around with us for it next year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone for the last 24 hours, and the site has returned to normal until Talk Like a Pirate Day.


Double Donation Day: Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

To recognize Harry Potter's birthday in England let Double Donation Day begin!

As long as it's Harry Potter's birthday somewhere in the world you'll get double the points that you normally do so head on over the Prefect's Lounge.

UPDATE: Double Donation Day has officially ended. Congrats to all of you who were able to donate.


Site Address Change

Some of you may have experienced trouble logging in or a few other errors, this happened because Danilo switched the site address back to www.HogwartsLive.com instead of Wizards.pro. There is no need to panic or send petitions about these errors.


Leaky Con 2012

Fellow Harry Potter Fans,

Leaky Con 2012 is coming up! This year the conference is taking place in Chicago on August 9th through August 12th at the Hilton Chicago. Events at the conference include a quidditch tournament, panel discussions with best-selling authors such as Holly Black and John Green, a Q&A session with actors from the Harry Potter movies including Evanna Lynch, podcasts, and more! Visit leakycon.com if you want to learn more about the event.

Comment below if you'll be there!


New Administrative Staff & Development Team Announcements

I'm happy to announce new moderators, promotions for existing staffers, and last but not least some awesome additions to our development team.

New Jr. Mods
Abraxas
Pandabear
Tom
Hera
Fai

Promotions
Benz - Jr. Admin
Juan - Sr. Mod
Kilian - Sr. Mod

Dev Team Additions
Ashika - Senior Game Scenario Writer
Kahlan - Chief Content Editor
Pam - Game Scenario Writer
Ven - Senior Graphic Designer (personal friend of mine)

For those of you who don't remember what the dev team is. They're basically people who help build out parts of the game. They're different from moderators in that on HL they're just like any other player but different from normal players as they help make the magic happen behind the scenes. :)


May T-Shirt Winners

May T-Shirt Winners

The winner of our May Top Contributor Prize was Nimue.

The winner of our May T-Shirt Raffle was Salazar.

The winners will receive their choice of designs available on http://hogwartslive.spreadshirt.com/

The Top Contributor Prize and T-Shirt Raffle will continue again for the month of June so be sure to check out the Candy Raffle on the lefthand side of the main site under the -Global- section.


New Villages! And a RACE!

We have just brought back our Ministry of Magic, Spinner's End, and No. 12 Grimmauld Place!

The Ministry is open to any Witch/Wizard and higher, regardless of alignment. No. 12 Grimmauld Place is only open to those Witches and Wizards who are of good alignment, and Spinner's End is only open to Witches and Wizards who are evil. To make it a bit clearer, good players can't get to Spinner's and evil players can't get to No. 12 Grimmauld Place.

In addition to these villages, we have added one new race: Death Eaters.

As the name implies, this is for players who are or who wish to be EVIL. If you are good and you choose this race, you will become evil INSTANTLY. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Also, to follow along with the books, this race is only open once you have attained 7 VEs. In other words, only to Witches and Wizards and higher.

Have fun and thanks for playing!


April T-Shirt Winners

April T-Shirt Winners

The winner of our April Top Contributor Prize was AnakinFinnegan.

The winner of our April T-Shirt Raffle was DonovanReno.

The winners will receive their choice of designs available on http://hogwartslive.spreadshirt.com/

The Top Contributor Prize and T-Shirt Raffle will continue again for the month of May so be sure to check out the Candy Raffle on the lefthand side of the main site under the -Global- section.