Hermione Granger (simplyhermione) wrote in mandrake_rpg,
Hermione Granger

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Crookshanks and Valentine's Day

Dobby found Crookshanks for me!! He brought him to Gryffindor Tower this morning. Apparently Crookshanks found his way into the kitchen for a late night snack and after he was satisfied, proceeded to fall asleep. What a typical boy.

In honour of tomorrow being Valentine's Day, I thought I would tell everyone about the history of the holiday.

Valentine's Day was previously called Lupercalia and was celebrated in ancient Rome on the fifteenth of February. On this day, men would draw women's names from a box and each couple would be paired until the next year's celebration.

Saint Valentine was a priest in Rome in the third century. The Emperor at the time, Claudius II, came to the conclusion that single men were better soldiers than men with wives and children and subsequently outlawed marriages. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret. When Claudius discovered this, he had Valentine executed on the fourteenth of February. Valentine was named a saint after his death. In his honour, priests changed the date of Lupercalia to the fourteenth of February and renamed the holiday St. Valentine's Day. Valentine is now one of the most popular saints throughout England and France.

Hope everyone has a nice time tomorrow.
- Hermione
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