The House point hourglasses are four giant hourglasses located in the Entrance Hall used to record the number of house points that have been awarded or deducted. There is one hourglass for each of the Hogwarts Houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. When points are earned, some gems (depending on house colours) fall from the upper bulb into the lower. When points have been deducted, they do the opposite, retreating into the upper bulb. For example, when ten points are taken from Gryffindor, ten red gems will fall back into the upper half of the hourglass.
A head of house can add points (or deduct them) to any of the four hourglasses up to five times a day. Points can be awarded in increments of 20, but can only be deducted in increments of 10. This provides a fun game for the members of the group who aren't questing and a sense of rivalry between houses.
A head of house can also create sub-quests for students of his or her house to accomplish like "find an old book in the library" or "an enchanted broom is sweeping the castle and attacking students". If a student builds one of these sub-quests, the head of house assigning the quest can award that students' house 5, 10, or 20 points. These points do not count toward the five chances a day to add or deduct points from the houses but do add to the hourglasses.
The game will start once the school year begins (we need a few more students and teachers) not to mention we need the four heads of houses! Permalink