A Contest!

As anyone who knows me probably already knows I’m a bit of a Harry Potter trainspotter. But one of thinks that always irked me at Hogwarts was that Harry and his friends had an entirely magical curriculum. 

Where was the math and the literature. What if the students wanted to learn a foreign language (Gobblygook, anyone)? How about art or music?

That’s why when I created my own magical institute in P.A.W.S. I set up that Miri and her friends had to attend “regular” classes in the morning with Professor Ainsworth (an Animagus owl). Of course when you come from a magical background like Ainsworth no class can be entirely unmagical. So here’s where you come in.

In my new book Miri is in a science class filling out a worksheet on the periodic table of elements. All the regular elements are there, but there are also some “ancient magical elements” – but what might these elements be?

Come up with a new element – it’s name, it’s symbol and a short description. I will choose three or four of the best suggestions to add into my new book – and whoever suggested them will get a mention in the acknowledgements.

Suggestions in the comments here or over on the Paws4Puzzles facebook page.

About paws4puzzles

I'm a writer and puzzle maker. I am the author of a YA fantasy series, P.A.W.S. and my puzzles have been published in many magazines from Dell and Penny Press and on the walls of the Eltana cafe in Seattle. My most recent release is a book of logic problems, Paws4Logic which I wrote together with my son, Joey.
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7 Responses to A Contest!

  1. MishaBurnett says:

    Aurellium (Ae) Period 5, Group 8 1/2 (between osmium and iridium). Part of the psuedometal sequence, magical elements that have metallic properties. One of the few magical elements that is a good conductor of electricity, it is valued for it’s utility in the construction of items for controlling lightning. When added to iron, it allows the casting of enchantments that enhance the tensile strength of the resultant steel. Generally found in the oxide form, AeO2, it must be refined carefully to prevent it degrading into it’s non-magical isomorphic form, which is iridium.


  2. paws4puzzles says:

    Reblogged this on Paws4Thought and commented:

    Over on my sister page Paws4Puzzles I’m running a contest – please check it out!


  3. Rachel Gorin says:

    ozmanium. gives one the intense desire to follow a path — literally or metaphorically, depending on whatever elements it’s mixed with (like how Dorothy follows the yellow brick road to find a way to go home in the Wizard of Oz). just an idea. you can be honest and tell me if it’s not that great… lol. love the idea of this contest, though! it’s alway great to get people interacting — that’s the best way to get and keep people interested!


  4. Terabiel says:

    Phlogiston – Ph – Element number 6&6 = a gasious dinuclear (having two atomic cores within the valence shell) Phlogiston is a highly flamable element. It burns a pale blue that is just on the very edge of normal human sight and rather than generating heat when it combusts it drains heat from the environment. Phlogiston can be created by applying magical energy to any form of carbon. When Phlogiston burns it forms Phlogiston Oxide, a shimmery powder often called “Pixie Dust”. Phlogiston is a key tool in alchemy, as most alchemical reactions require a phlogiston flame.
    Orihalcum – Or – Element number 13&13 = A hard white quasi-metallic element of the dinuclear group, it has the strength of Iron but the plasticity of gold. a sovereign metal, it has innumerable uses, but it is most often used as a catalyst for alchemical transmutation and as a cladding for buildings, since it does not corrode or oxidize. The creation of Orihalcum is extremely energy intensive, as it requires applying a great deal of energy to raw iron in a completely eutactic environment (a vaccuum). Many a foolish alchemist has been greatly injured by the explosion caused by even a small amount of nitrogen or oxygen contaminating their transmutation. The legendary philosopher’s stone is created by infusing an Orihalcum catalyst stone with raw phlogiston.


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