Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Arithmancy: First Year: Week 6: Tuesday

Professor Vector
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Again, we will be memorizing personality traits. You are doing very well! We will be doing this for this class and next, and then you will be done with 1-9. There is, of course, special numbers like eleven, but that is for when you are more advanced. Maybe next year, maybe the year after that. On to seven!

Sevens are hard working and enjoy challenges. Often they are interested in things that are mysterious. They are serious and studious. Material things are too important for them, they prize originality and imagination They can be insecure, pessimistic, and sarcastic.

Eights are the possibility of great success. They have the potential for great results, but the threat of mighty failure is present from the beginning too. They are practical, ambitious, and hard working, though they can be jealous, greedy, and domineering too.

I hope that you got all those down. No homework today, though I would recommend reading through your past notes. Class is dismissed.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Care of Magical Creatures: First Year: Week 6: Monday

Professor Kettleburn
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Hello everyone. I would like you to please take out a piece of paper and a quill. We're going to learn about gnomes today. Yes, I know, gnomes are often thought of as common garden pests and not worth studying but we're going to learn about them all the same. Even garden pests are worth studying, for if anything, only by studying a creature can one figure out how to eradicate it.

The gnome is a common garden pest in Great Britain, northern North America, and northern Europe. It lives in burrows underground, preferably in a garden. They've been known to steal food items from houses if there isn't a sufficient protection charm. Such a protection charm is easily cast, however, as gnomes have little magic of their own for breaking enchantments.
Gnomes are about a foot high with overly large feet and head. Their head looks like a potato. Their skin is a medium brown, also quite potato-like. Other than their size and disproportions they are human in appearance.
Getting rid of gnomes permanently is quite difficult. Temporarily, the most common solution is to grasp a gnome by the ankles and swing them around until they're dizzy. Once they're properly disoriented they can be dropped over the garden wall and won't return for some time. A more brutal way of pest control is to use a jarvey, which is very fond of eating gnomes.

All right, your homework is to read the entry of gnomes in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There is an excellent illustration of a gnome in there. Next class we're going to be trying to come up with a pest control that wards of gnomes. Most likely we shall not succeed but we'll try anyway. So bring in five or six things that might ward off gnomes.
Class dismissed! 

Charms: First Year: Week 6: Monday

Professor Filius Flitwick
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Today we will be continuing with more active uses of Wingardium Leviosa. This time, we will be throwing with it. First, I want you -without wands!- to hold out your wand arm. Cup it as if holding an imaginary ball. Now without hitting anyone throw your imaginary ball far and high as you can.
Next, take hold of your wand and place the imaginary ball on the tip of your wand and flick your wand as if you could send it flying. You might think that flicking it as hard as you can would send the ball flying through the window, but it is surprisingly difficult to get it very far at all. However, you should all come over on this side of the room just to be safe.
I am going to give you each a wooden ball. You should stand well away from everyone else. Levitate your ball until it is hovering about wand height. Then give your wand a flick and try toss your ball away from you. Don't be disappointed by how far you get it at first. You will improve with time. You have forty minutes to practice.

Settle down now class! Your time is up. I don't think that you should practice this spell in the Common rooms, however you should try it outside and well away from the castle. If you need medical attention due to a ball being thrown at you, please go see Madam Pomfrey. She will be happy to patch you up. Off you go now, to your next class!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Herbology: First Year: Week 5: Friday

Professor Pomona Sprout
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Today we are going to have a quick test on the three orchids that you have learned about this year. The questions are below. Do NOT look over past notes, do this from your memory only.


  1. Why has removal of Tingo remotio from Hogwarts grounds failed?
  2. What are the effects of ingesting Tingo remotio?
  3. Describe the effects of the Cheer Orchid
  4. What is the difference of absorbing the Cheer Orchid compared to ingesting it?
  5. What does a Timor Orchid look like?
  6. How are the flowers normally used?

Once you have completed the quiz, bring it up to me to grade. You are then dismissed. Your homework is to look over your notes on orchids and see what questions you may have missed.

Potions: First Year: Week 5: Friday

Professor Severus Snape
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

It has been suggested to me that I teach you a Fright Solution, as some of your marks are exceptionally poor due to an absurd fright of my class. Very well, I will. Ingredients and instructions are on the board. I do hope that you have not forgotten to bring the bottle of Timor Orchid sap that Professor Sprout gave you.

Potions Blackboard
Fright Solution
Ingredients

Timor Orchid sap
Dragon's blood
Flobberworm mucus
Fig juice
3 porcupine quills
Spiders, dead and dried
Essence of Lionfish

Instructions

Bring 1 pint of fig juice to a boil. Add 1 gram dragon's blood and let simmer for 5 minutes. While it simmers, grind an addition gram of dragon's blood with 10 dried spiders in your mortar and pestle. Add this to the fig juice after five minutes. Stir five times clockwise. Simmer for three minutes, then add 1 ounce flobberworm mucus. The potion should immediately turn a brilliant purple. Add five drops Essence of Lionfish. This should cause the potion to return to a dull green. Bring back to a fierce boil and add 3 porcupine quills. The potion should go several shades lighter in color and thicken considerably. Lastly, add 20 drops of Timor Orchid sap. Let it continue to boil fiercely until it has turned to the color and thickness of glue. Remove from heat and bottle.


Your time is up. Bottle your effort and bring it up to me. I will keep it for grading. You may keep the remainder of your Timor Orchid sap as it will lose it's potency tomorrow. Class dismissed.

History of Magic: First Year: Week 5: Friday

Professor Cuthbert Binns
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00

I hope that you enjoyed the guest lecture last class. We will be having more of them in the future.

Today we will study two famous wizards and their accomplishments.

Gregory the Smarmy was unliked during his school days for being over bearing and a know-it-all. He later seemed to find this depressing as he invented Gregory's Unctuous Unction which causes the drinker to think that the one who gave the unction to them is their best friend. He died with an exclusive society surrounding him. Those who were in it couldn't believe their good luck at getting in it while those who weren't thought that all those who were in it were a bit desperate. You can find a statue of Gregory the Smarmy with in this castle.

Fulbert the Fearful lived from 1014 - 1092. He was, as his name suggests, afraid of everything. He died when his roof collapsed from a defective Defensive Charm. It is thought that he developed such fear at a very young age when he was forced to go through a magical haunted house by his older brother. Fulbert only just made it out alive due to the lack of safety spells on several of the creatures. For the rest of his life he would check behind his shoulder every minute just to make sure that no one was sneaking up on him. This led to his classmates teasing him and booby-trapping his book bag with stink bombs.

Your homework is to read through all your past work. Class is dismissed.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Divination: First Year: Week 5: Thursday

Professor Sibyll Trelawny
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00

More symbol studying today. Quills out please, and copy down this list. You should have it memorized by the time class is up.

Sheep: Good luck
Skeleton: Illness
Lizard: Hidden Enemies
Crab: An enemy near by
Dragon: changes
Fish: News from abroad
Goose: invitation

You have twenty minutes to memorize these signs.


Twenty minutes are up. I would like you to pair up. You will pretend that you have seen these signs in the other person's tea cup. First, decide who is person A and who is person B. Now, person A will read person B's list and visa versa.

Person A's teacup has:
A Crab
A Fish
and A Key

Person B's teacup has
A Goose
A Skeleton
and A Shoe

Tell each other what you predict for the future and then copy it down onto a piece of parchment. After giving me the parchment, you are free to go.

Defense Against the Dark Arts: First Year: Week 5: Thursday

Professor Quirrell
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Hello class. If you remember, last time we were beginning to learn about the Curse of the Bogies. I had you research a demonic creature so that you would have a better understanding of what we were about to study. Hopefully you still remember the results of your research.

The Curse of the Bogies causes a certain demon to become highly attracted to the person the curse was cast upon. The effects can be very nasty because once the demon has been attached to a person it will then attack that person relentlessly using whatever powers it has. Generally the person is not prepared to defend him or her self and succumbs to the demon quickly. You can not be picky about which demon will answer the Curse of the Bogies. It will be a native of the area, generally, but other than that there is no way of knowing. No one knows exactly why this curse will attach a demon to a person. Most theories involve a spell attaching to the victim. The spell seems to have a promise of easy meat. Not all demonic creatures will answer the call. The more intelligent ones will ignore it, or as some people think, not hear it at all. This is a bit unlikely (creating a spell that only stupid demons can sense), but possible perhaps.

I hope that you got that all down in your notes. Your homework is to write a paragraph on your own theory on how the Curse of the Bogies. Make sure that it is convincing! Class is dismissed.

Transfiguration: First Year: Week 5: Thursday

Professor Minerva McGonagall
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00

Today you will be continuing to try to turn a beetle into a button. Now, can all of you remember the spell? How about you there in the back row? No, not scaraga. ScaraBYga. Make sure to pronounce the whole correct spell. Now if you would each take one of these beetles... You may begin. I hope that at least one of you will have transformed a beetle into a button by the end of the class.

I am going to come around now and collect your beetles. Five points will be given to each student who turns in a button instead. After I take your beetle - or button - you are free to go. I want you to practice over the weekend so that when you return on Tuesday we can move onto turning a button into a beetle.

Arithmancy: First Year: Week 5: Thursday

Professor Vector
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Today we will continue to study the personality traits, moving onto 5 and 6.

Five is the number of instability and imbalance. Fives are prone to change and will frequently commit to many projects and do none. They are energetic, adventurous, and very willing to take risks to achieve their goals. They do not remain in one place long, instead preferring a more nomadic life of wandering and travel.
The downside of fives is that they can be conceited, irresponsible, quick-tempered, and flighty.

Sixes are the opposite. They are reliable, loyal, and keep their friends. They are family oriented and do well in the arts, but have a lousy business sense. They can be prone to gossiping and laziness.
Six is considered one of the most auspicious numbers of arthimancy. If you add 1+2+3 you get 6 and if you multiply 1x2x3 you will also get six.

All right. Put your quills away. Your homework is to study the numbers we have learned so far. Class is dismissed.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Care of Magical Creatures: First Year: Week 5: Wednesday

Professor Kettleburn
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

First, I would like everyone to step up and report their findings on gruagach sightings. Tell with as much detail as you can.

Second, I would like you to start a chart. Take out a piece of parchment and put these titles on it: Human-like, half-human, fully animal. Then figure out where each of the creatures we have studied so far fit in on this chart. I've included a list on the blackboard.

Care of Magical Creatures Blackboard
List of Creatures Studied So Far
Augurey
Hippocampus
Khamador Serpens
Fairies
Gruagach

I want you to keep track of this list for each new creature you study will be added to it. But for now the creatures should be put under the following columns:

Augurey - Fully-Animal
Hippocampus - Fully-Animal
Khamador Serpens - Fully-Animal
Fairies - Human-Like
Gruagach - Human-Like

That is it for today. Your homework is to research half-human creatures and write one that you would like to study under that column. You are dismissed.

Muggle Studies: First Year: Week 5: Wednesday

Professor Charity Burbage
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Hello again, everyone. For today's class I would like you to all think back to the trip we took to London. Take out a piece of paper and a pen while we brainstorm.

I will give you two minutes to list every muggle thing you saw in London. When you are finished, please hand them up here (post in the comments).

Thank you. Now I would like you to choose one experience from your trip and to write a report on it. Make it a personal report, like how it felt to be there and what you thought as you were doing it.

There is the bell. Continue on your report and turn it in next week.

Charms: First Year: Week 5: Wednesday

Professor Filius Flitwick
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00

Good morning! Today we are going to repeat what we did last class, only with an object of your choice. I expect by the end of the class, everyone will be able to walk well carrying an object with Wingardium Leviosa and to be able to lift something at least half their weight. Begin, and try to not drop anything on another person's head.

All right, there is the bell. You are to practice, practice, and practice! Off you go, then.

Astronomy: First Year: Week 5: Wednesday

Professor Sinistra
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: Midnight
Ravenclaw Time: Midnight
Hufflepuff Time: Midnight
Slytherin Time: Midnight

Welcome back to Hogwarts, everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful winter break. I thought that I would test your memory on the vocabulary we have learned. For this, I'm going to give you a list of terms and a list of definitions. You must match the two together. To make it extra tricky, I'm going to throw in one extra term and one extra definition that don't match. You will have to tell me which these are!

You have half an hour.

List of Vocabulary Words:
  1. Azimuth
  2. Declination
  3. Meridian
  4. Sidereal
  5. Zenith
  6. Constellation
  7. Latitude
  8. Orbit
List of Vocabulary Definitions:
A. Point on the sky directly overhead.
B. Related to the stars. Thus sidereal day, month, period, year: lengths of time intervals specified by motion of some object relative to the stars, as opposed to apparent lengths of those time intervals that will depend on the Earth’s own movements.
C. Path traced out by one object around another
D. Coordinate used to specify the position of a point or direction around (or parallel to) an equator.
E. Angle measured clockwise around the horizon, from 0* towards the north, through 90* to the east, 180* to the south, 270* to the west, and to 360* due north
F. A group of stars that seemed to suggest the shape of some god, person, animal or object. Now a term used to designate a region of the sky. There are 88 constellations.
G. Coordinate used to measure (in degrees) the angular distance of a point or celestial objects above or below an equator.
H. Angular distance of an object north or south of the celestial equator, measured in degrees. Thus the north celestial pole has a declination of +90 degrees.

Half an hour is now up! Please bring me your papers and then go outside. I want you to try to name all the constellations you can find out there. Write down a list and bring it back to me before going off to bed. Good night!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Defense Against the Dark Arts: First Year: Week 5: Tuesday

Professor Cadmus Quirrell
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Welcome back. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. For the remainder of the year, I will be teaching you more about spells, rather than creatures as we have been doing, though some, like this one, also include study of creatures. For the start, we will begin with the Curse of the Bogies.

First, let me tell you that what you are most likely imagining is a bat-bogey hex. This is NOT the same thing. The Curse of the Bogies attracts creatures called bogeymen or, when more evolved and developed, demons. They are a group of creatures instead of one particular one. These range from Boggarts to Kelpies.

Before you learn about the effects of this curse, I would like each of you to peruse your copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to choose a demonic creature and research it. Use what ever resources you wish. You will be expected to give a short report at the end of class. So that leaves you about twenty minutes. Off you go!

Twenty minutes are well up. I would like you to all come up here and line up, alphabetical by last name. You will each have one minute to summarize what you have learned about the creature you chose. When you are finished, get back in line to hear what others have learned.

There is the bell. For homework, write down a summary of your creature, to be turned in next class. Class is dismissed.

Divination: First Year: Week 5: Tuesday

Professor Sibyll Trelawny
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00

Today I thought that I would teach you some more symbols of divination. Please take out a quill and a piece of paper.

The Drum - Gossip
The Feather - Requires more effort
The Hat - A new work situation
The House - Stability
The Noose - Danger ahead
The Ox - Arguments with associates
The Scepter - More responsibilities

If you have finished with that, I would like you to take out a fresh piece of paper.

For this exercise, I want you to translate, from memory, three symbols that I have chosen. Do so as if you were tea-leaf reading for a friend. The symbols are below-

The Book
The Coin
The Fish

Time is up class. Your homework is to finish your translation and turn it in on Thursday. You are dismissed.

Transfiguration: First Year: Week 5: Tuesday

Professor Minerva McGonagall
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Presuming that you haven't forgotten much over Winter Break, I believe that you are ready to start transforming animals into inanimate objects. One of the challenges of working with animals is that they move around quite a bit.

For beginning, I thought that you should try turning beetles into buttons. Before I pass out the beetles though, I would like you to practice saying the spell. Repeat after me: Scarabyga! Say it clearly: Scare-ab-ee-ga! Good. Twice more.

Now if you would each come up here and take a beetle, you may begin trying to turn it into a beetle.

Class, your time is up. Return all beetles up to me and remember to practice on another one that you find. You are dismissed.

Arithmancy: First Year: Week 5: Tuesday

Professor Vector
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Hello class, and welcome back. I hope that you had a good winter break and didn't forget everything while you were gone! To help you remember, I would like you to take out your notes about last class and review the traits of ones and twos.

Is that done? Very well then. Now I would like you to copy down the traits of threes and fours.

Three
Keywords: Completeness, wholeness
Threes are likely to be talented, energetic, artistic and to have a good sense of humor
They are often rich and highly successful, but also unfocused, superfial and easily offended.

Four
Keywords: Stability, firmness, hard working, practical
Fours are organizers and predictable, and prefer logic and reason to being spontaneous.
On the flip side, fours can be suspicious and stubborn. All conflicts possible with twos are doubled with fours

Your homework is the same as last class, only this time with a three or a four. Class is dismissed.

Runes: First Year: Week 5: Tuesday

Professor Babbling
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00

To refresh your memory on the runes we have been studying, I would like you to select one and write a report on it. Use your notes and any other sources you can find. You may begin.

Time is up. If you haven't finished your report, please keep it for homework, otherwise turn it in to me for review and correction. Thank you and class is dismissed.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Care of Magical Creatures: First Year: Week 5: Monday

Professor Kettleburn
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Welcome back, class. I'm sorry that you missed Wednesday's class, but it certainly sounded like fun to explore London!

Today I am going to tell you about a creature called the Gruagach. You probably won't get to meet one as they are quite difficult to find and capture, having the intelligence of humans and the ability to shapeshift. They are peculiar in their habits, prefering to be left alone most of the time but feeling sociable during certian seasons, such as during the Harvest. Mostly they only show themselves to wizarding folk, but occasionally appear to muggles, much to the dismay of the Ministry of Magic. Many people believe them to be brownies, but they are not. On the contrary, they live in nature and don't serve any house or manor. It is true that they belong to the 'Hob' family, which is the same as brownies, but there the resemblance ends. Gruagaches can only be found in rural England, Scotland and in some very rare cases, Ireland.
Grugaches can - and will - take on any form. These can range in size from slightly taller than six feet to small enough to ride astride a shrew. The only time a gruagach must take on his or her true form is during the annual meeting, where every gruagach must come to. No one has been able to find this meeting since 1639 and the wizard who did had his eyes gored out in a most painful way. He was found wandering days later missing his tongue and covered in scratches. This is one of the few recorded cases of gruagach violence. All of them were the human's fault, not the creature's.

Your homework is to look up a case of gruagach sighting, if possible, your own. Class is dismissed.

Herbology: First Year: Week 5: Monday

Professor Pomona Sprout
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Welcome back from your winter break! You arrived just in time to help me harvest the flowers of this orchid, the Timor Orchid. I'll tell you more about it as you work, but first I need everyone to come up here to get a step stool. You won't be to reach without one. Everyone ready? Good. Let's begin. First, don't worry about this orchid hurting you. It is mainly safe, unless you try to touch its roots. You won't try to do that, obviously, because it is attached to the ceiling. So whatever noises it makes, don't worry. It won't bite. To harvest the flowers and sap properly, take a gold knife and slice off the flower, a few inches down the stem. Save the flower here and immediately take a bottle and collect the dripping sap. Do you all have that? Any questions? Then you may begin while I tell you about this plant.

Timor Orchid
Orchis metis
The Timor Orchid's main property is inducing fear. It is, in fact, realitively harmless. The plant is a 'groundless plant' and gets its nutrients from the air while attaching to the ceiling and the walls. It can be recognized by this, as well as by its yellow and navy blue velvety flowers and reddish leaves. When the plant senses a person near it, it will begin growling and snarling, as well as releasing a light mist that can cause absolute terror for whomever it falls upon.
The Timor Orchid's sap and flowers are used in both potions that induce fear as well as reduce it. The flowers are normally used dried and crushed while the sap must be used as soon as possible.

Do you have all the flowers you can get from your plant? Ok. Then please give them to me and I'll send you along with a small bottle of Timor Sap. You will need it during Potions on Friday, so don't lose it! Your homework is to watch the sap during the week and observe the colors it turns. Class is dismissed.

Potions: First Year: Week 5: Monday

Professor Severus Snape
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00

Right, class. Straighten up and pay attention. Today I am going to set you to learn a potion that is the base of many advanced potions. You will need to learn it by heart, so pay attention to every step and Remember It! Instructions are on the board. You will have half an hour.

Potions Blackboard
Basic Brew

Ingredients
Water
Peppermint, dried
Spearmint, dried
Caterpillar Pods
Moon Flowers
Ice

Instructions

Pour 1 1/6 cups water into your cauldron and boil. Add 1/2 a teaspoon each of peppermint and spearmint. Simmer for three minutes
Next, add 1 gram moonflower and 1 caterpillar pod. Stir seven times clockwise. The air should start to smell like hot rubber.
Let simmer for five minutes. Add in 1/3 cup water with 1/4 cup crushed ice. The potion should be a golden green.
Take off of heat and set in a cold enviroment. Bottle when entirely chilled.

Half an hour is up. No matter how far you got, bring up your cauldrons and set them in this freezing charm I have set up. Clean up your messes and then listen to your homework. Your homework is to practice this potion and remember it!

History of Magic: First Year: Week 5: Monday

Professor Cuthbert Binns
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Today I have a guest speaker who will tell you a bit of the history of Hogwarts Castle and the world of the time when it was built. Please follow me to Classroom 11. Your homework when you are dismissed will be to write a brief essay on the lecture. Thank you and follow me.

Charms: First Year: Week 5: Monday

Professor Filius Flitwick
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Welcome back, class, welcome back. As we are now in the second half of the school year, things will have to progress a little quicker. This means that you will need to concentrate a bit harder to get spells mastered faster. First, altogether, I want you to demonstrate that you remember lumos and nox. Ready? Lumos. Good. Now hold that for a bit. Now Nox. Very good, very good!

For all the times I have had you practice the Levitation Charm, you have done it with feathers. So today I thought we would try to lift something a bit heavier. No, not ink bottles. Those would be a bit messy! I was thinking of these wooden balls. Here, catch. Now set it down, on the desk. Try to stop them from rolling! Everyone ready? Here we go. Wingardium leviosa! All right, everyone who has their ball in the air, keep it there. Those of you who don't, let's try again. Wingardium leviosa! Very good. I'll give you ten minutes to practice that, then we will add a bit more.

Is everyone ready to try the next step? I want everyone to please get out from behind the desks and come over set your wooden ball on my desk. Now point your wands at your balls - not at me, please!- and say the charm. Wingardium leviosa! With your ball levitated, I want you to try walking around, carrying it in the air. This is a good deal more difficult than it sounds!

The bell is about to ring, so please bring your balls up to me and stow your wands. I must press the importance of practicing walking and levitating! You simply must master it before moving on to the next spell. There is the bell. Class is dismissed.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Herbology: First Year: Week 4: Friday

Professor Pomona Sprout
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Hello again class. I hope that you will be able to settle down enought to study the plant I have in mind. If you will gather around this table here... Thank you. In front of each of you I have set a plant that is of the orchid family. If you look at the flowers you should be able to recognize it as such.

I was planning for you to help gather the seeds of this orchid, the Cheer Orchid, while I told you more about it. First, let me show you how to gather the seeds. You won't need gloves as the seed are very gentle on the skin. Look for the pods at the base of the plant. They are easily distinguished from the rest of the plant by their red and green mottled color. Slice the pod off the plant cleanly and hold it over one of the silver dishes. Look for the split down the middle and slice it cleanly in half. Then scrape off the seeds from the insides. Do this while I tell you about the plant.

The Cheer Orchid
Hilarus Festium
The Cheer Orchid is a plant that blooms around mid November and by Midwinter its seeds are ready to be harvested. The seeds are commonly dried and ground into a powder for use. The main use is blowing it around the room where a party is to be held. It settles into a fine powder on the surfaces of seats and dishes where the unsuspecting guests sit. It is said to taste very pleasant, like vanilla, but many people avoid eating it because of its side affects of extreme giddyness, chattering, and laughter that is so hard and long that people occasionally choke. After the effects have worn off, you are likely to experience moodiness and melancholy. Cheer Orchid powder is safe when sat upon or obsorbed through the skin, causing far lighter effects than when ingested and livening up a party considerably.

Please bring your dishes up to me. I will give a prize of a packet of powder to the person who has collected the most. No homework!

Potions: First Year: Week 4: Friday

Professor Severus Snape
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Today we will see just how much your brains have learned. I have chosen a potion that you have made before. I will give you five minutes to study the instructions on the board before removing them. You will then make that potion from memory. This is because you will not always have a book to refer to. Ready? Go.

Potions Blackboard
Concentrating Potion
Ingredients:
Fire mint
Colloid of silver
1 Sickle
Water
Flobberworm slime
3 Gnome teeth, crushed
Dragon's blood

Instructions: Fill your cauldron with 5 1/4 cups of water. Next add a tablespoon of fire mint. Stir once. Add the gnome teeth and let sit for 5 minutes. Crush five grains of dragon's blood and rub it on the sickle. Pour two 1/2 teaspoons of the colloid into a bowl and dip the sickle in it. Put your cauldron over the fire and bring it to a simmer without boiling it. Pour in the colloid and drop in the sickle. When a light green steam rises from your cauldron, bring it off the heat. Pour half the mixture into your alembic. Set the alembic over a low flame, put a bowl below the spout of the alembic and wait while it distills.




Five minutes are up! You now have forty-five minutes to complete your potion.

Class is now over. Bottle up your disasters and bring it forward. Your homework is to read up on the recipe and figure out where you went wrong. I will see you again in January.

History of Magic: First Year: Week 4: Friday

Professor Cuthbert Binns
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00

For the past few classes, we have been comparing photos of 'traditional' roles that witches and wizards take in the imagination of the Muggle mind. I have asked you to write about these historical translations and what you think they mean. For the last exercise, I ask you to compare how they are alike and how they are different in their meaning. Imagine that you were a muggle, coming across them. How would you feel? What would they mean to you?

Thank you class, that will do. Please put your quills away. Class is dismissed.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Divination: First Year: Week 4: Thursday

Professor Sibyll Trelawny
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00

We will, again, study the Art of Pyromancy. In the center of each table there is a bowl filled with fire. You will each find place at your right hand a bowl of herbs, namely betony, plantain, nettles, and thyme. These you will use to divine. I shall guide you in the conducting of the ritual. Would everyone please stand? Thank you. Now hold your bowl of herbs in your wand hand and hold your other hand up in front of your chest, palm forward. Good. When I say begin, everyone shall walk evenly around your table, staring at the back of the person in front of them. Walk until I say stop, then sit on the nearest chair. Ready? Begin.

Stop! Everyone sit down. Now we will stare into the flames for three minutes, pondering the future.

Three minutes are up. Now I would like everyone on the North side of the table to take a handful of their herbs and toss them into the flames. Good. Now everyone on the South... the East... and finally the West. For the next step, I would like everyone to sit back. I am going to extinguish the flames. There!

Carefully, for the bowls may still be hot, pass the bowl around for everyone at the table to study the herbs. I wish for you to write down your observations and what you see.

Class is over now. Please put everything away. I know you will have a wonderful holiday and I hope to see you next year. Good bye and good luck!

Defense Against the Dark Arts: First Year: Week 4: Thursday

Professor Quirrell
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Hello class. First, I would like to read aloud the letter I received from our werewolf corrospondent.

Dear First Year Hogwarts Students,
Thank you for your interest in werewolves and lycanthropy. I hope to answer some of your questions to promote greater understanding of werewolves. Your questions and my answers are listed below.
What is the most common question you are asked when people learn you are a werewolf? Probably the most common question I'm asked is not asked directly, but I can tell people wish to know 'Are you just suddenly going to turn and bite me?' or 'Am I putting myself in danger standing this close to you?' The answer is a very definite NO to both questions. I always try to stay in a place where I can do no harm during the full moon and at all other times, I am a normal human being. In one instance, a human with lycanthropy became very fond of being a werewolf, so he mutated to be constantly half wolf and half human. When he bit people during another part of the moon cycle, he did cause the victim to become more wolfish, but not a true werewolf.
Is transforming painful? Yes. Anytime that your body mutates, it is generally accompanied by great pain.
If I met a werewolf in the human state, would I be able to tell his condition? In most cases, no.
Are there female werewolves as well as male? Yes, both boys and girls, men and women can become werewolves if bitten.
Can animals become werewolves? No one is quite sure of this answer. There have been reports of wereanimals, but this may have been caused by a spell instead of a bite.
Thank you for your questions. I hope that I have provided satisfactory answers and I welcome more quesitons.
Yours truly,
A. Werewolf

Of course, his name isn't A. Werewolf but he wishes to remain anonymous. Now, if any of those questions were yours, please take out a quill and parchment and write a short bit about if that answered your question and if the answer was what you expected. If none of your questions were chosen, choose one of the questions to write about and tell if the answer was what you expected.

Time is up class. Please turn in your papers. Your homework is to write a thank you letter and get it to me before you leave for break. Have a wonderful safe winter break!

Arithmancy: First Year: Week 4: Thursday

Professor Vector
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Before you head off to vacation, I thought I would give you a bit more to think about. Please take out a quill and parchment to take notes.

Every number has a meaning and a personality that goes with it. By knowing someone's name, you can figure their number and from there, their personality. I will be teaching you the meanings that go with people's numbers

One
Keywords: Leader, Loner, Independent, Focused, and Determined
Ones set goals and stick to them. They are leaders and inventors.
They don't like working with others and often refuse to take orders.
Frequent bad traits of the one are being self-centered, egotistical, and domineering

Two
Keywords: Interaction, Creative, Harmony, Loyal, Fair, and Balanced
Twos represent equality, two way communication, co-operation, and harmony
They also represent conflicts, opposing forces, and contrast: day and night, good and evil
Bad trait of the two include being withdrawn, moody, self-conscious, and indecisive.

Does everyone have that? Good. Please think of someone you know whose name boils down to one or two. Your homework is to write about how this does or doesn't describe them. Class is dismissed and happy holidays!

Transfiguration: First Year: Week 4: Thursday

Professor Minerva McGonagall
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00

I promised you last class that we would be finished with the wood charm. Correct. However, today I wish to be absolutely sure that you have completed the match to needle charm, and back. So everyone standing on that half of the room, please come stand on this side of my desk. Line up neatly and no shoving. Everyone will get their turn. Now everyone on that side of the room, come stand on this side of my desk. Good. Now here is what we are going to do. You on the right, you are going to turn this match into a needle and give it to the person on your left and then go to the back of the line. You on the left, you will turn it back to a match, give it to the next person in the line on the right and go to the end of your line. This will go on until we reach the end of the line. You may begin.

Well done. We are now back at the beginning, so I would like the two lines to switch. Those on the left will now turn the match to a needle, and those on the right will turn the needle to a match.

That exercise has been completed now, so please return to your seats. You have no homework over the holiday break, however everyone who is going home, I will remind you that you may not do any spells! I repeat: NO MAGIC OVER THE HOLIDAY! Got that? Good. Class is dismissed and I will see you next year.

Runes: First Year: Week 4: Thursday

Professor Babbling
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Before your brains go into break mode, I would like you to learn two more runes: Hagalaz and Jera. Quills and parchment out and please copy what is on the blackboard.

Jera
Harvest
Use to create positive, lasting change.
If found in a reading, it means that a project is going well and success comes to those who wait for it. Do not rush your project and all will be well.
If found reversed in a reading, it means that you are wandering aimlessly in a project, you need to set deadlines and goals.


Hagalaz
Also known as: Hagal
Delays, Upheaval, Risks
Can be used to turn someone's past against them
If you draw this rune, expect a great upheaval in your life. It may be good, however. It may an awakening to greater knowledge or a great idea. Be prepared, though, that this will not be an easy time for you.


There you have them! Quills down, then, and parchments away. Your homework is to simply review all the runes you have learnt so far and to try to not forget the Runic Alphabet over winter break. Class is dismissed for the year.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Muggle Studies: First Year: Week 4: Wednesday

Professor Charity Burbage
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

As a special holiday treat, I got special permission from Professor Dumbledore to take you on an outing. We will be taking carriages to Hogsmeade and then taking Floo powder to Diagon Alley. From there, we will get to explore London. This will be an all day trip, which is why all of the Houses are here together. All classes are cancelled for the rest of the day, except Astronomy. I must remind you to watch your language. No mentioning things like 'spells' or 'wands'. While you are enjoying yourselves, please remember to take mental notes as I will be asking questions next class. Now please line up for a dress inspection.

While those students are off ridding themselves of magical apparatus, I would like the remaining students to file out to the Great Hall.

Everyone here now? Good. Please follow me to the carriages.

Astronomy: First Year: Week 4: Wednesday

Professor Sinistra
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: Midnight
Ravenclaw Time: Midnight
Hufflepuff Time: Midnight
Slytherin Time: Midnight

Now I know you have all been out in London all day, so I won't have you do anything too difficult! Instead, I am going to tell you about the legend of Pegasus.

Pegasus was a winged horse born from the slain neck of the monster Medusa. He was a pure white winged horse. Although mortal, he did many services to Zeus. One of them was when a young hero became too confident and tried to fly to the heavens on Pegasus's back, Pegasus threw him off, crippling him for life. When Pegasus died, Zeus made him a constellation so that he may fly the skies forever.

There. You may go now. Your homework is to find an image of Pegasus and find the constellation in the sky. Off you go, back to bed now! I hope you have a wonderful winter break.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Runes: First Year: Week 4: Tuesday

Professor Babbling
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00





Hello class. I thought today I would combine a translation of runes with learning the meaning of a new one. So I will hand out these sheet with the words for you to translate. I want you to translate it, then I will give you a brief test on what you just read. You have, say, thirty minutes to translate it.





Thirty minutes are up, so please put your papers away in your bags and come up here for your second one. Once everyone is seated again, you may begin.

1. What rune did you read about?
2. What is its meaning?
3. What would it be used for in a test?


Thank you. That will do. It is time for you to go to your next class, so please hand up your papers so that I may grade them. Your homework is to translate the runic sheet into notes you can read at a glance. Class is dismissed.

Divination: First Year: Week 4: Tuesday

Professor Sibyll Trelawny
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00

As the days grow colder, I thought I would bring our studies of the Sight to a warmer area. The study I have in mind is the study of Fire Omens, or Pyromancy. There are many different ways of Pyromancy, but I thought we might start with a combination of Geomancy and Pyromancy. First, look at the bowls of fire in front of you. Notice that they burn by the means of a spell. Notice the lack of fuel. We shall feed them fuel and interpert the resulting flames.

First, I would like this boy here to demonstrate. Now then, dear, it isn't too hard. Just watch closely. Now take a handful of this enchanted wood. Not too big, then, just enough to cup in your palm. Hold it in your palm for thirteen seconds and then toss it into the fire. Boldly, please! Oh, dear. Dear, dear. You see, you should have seen a great burst of flame. Were you asking about your lifespan? Hopefully not. Perhaps we should move onto someone else...

Now please, only one person at a time at a table. Do as you have seen me show the other students. Take a handful, toss it into the flame and keep an open mind. You may leave once you have finished seeing all that you feel that you can see.

Defense Against the Dark Arts: First Year: Week 4: Tuesday

Professor Cadmus Quirrell
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

I have gotten the kind permission of a werewolf who is willing to answer questions on Lycanthropy. He is not able to be present today, but I will compile a letter to him of all your questions. So today you will look through your notes and think up creative questions to ask. Please don't ask anything too personal! I will expect at least two questions from each of you.

Time is up class, so please bring your questions up to me. I may eliminate some that I do not feel appropriate or relevent, but you will be graded on your questions. No homework, and class is dismissed.

Transfiguration: First Year: Week 4: Tuesday

Professor Minerva McGonagall
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

I am pleased to tell you that this will be your last class learning how to turn paper into wood and back. I think, also, for variation, we will be starting with wood and turning it into paper. Please come up and take a board from this stack. You should know the spell by now!

Very good! Most of you have succeeded in completing the charm in fifteen minutes. If you don't have paper yet, continue trying. If you do have paper, switch spells to turn it back into board.

It seems that everyone has finally mastered this spell. In celebration, class will be released ten minutes early with no homework.

Arithmancy: First Year: Week 4: Tuesday

Professor Vector
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Today we are going to have a quiz. I will provide paper and quills. Please DO NOT look at any charts you have. In fact... there! I've taken down all the charts around the room. Now, if two of you would come up here and distribute quills and paper. Thank you. You may begin.

1. What letters come under 5?
2. What letters come under 3?
3. Using your personal number, what letters come under your number?
4. Explain the root of the word 'Arithmancy'
5. Find the number for the word 'Arithmancy' and show your work.


Time is up! Please bring your quills and paper up to my desk for grading. Your homework is to study any questions you think you may have gotten wrong. Class is dismissed.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Care of Magical Creatures: First Year: Week 4: Monday

Professor Kettleburn
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Hello everyone and greetings of the season! Are you excited about the holidays approaching? I was thinking that today we will be catching fairies for decorating in the Great Hall. But first, you should you should learn about them. Please take out your copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and turn to 'Fairies' and read about them.

Now, follow me as we go into the edge of the forests. There is a colony of fairies there that are currently hibernating in the roots of the trees. Your job will be to dig them out and trap them in the cages I give you. This shouldn't be too hard if you remember the entry in Fantastic Beasts.

Here we are. If you look in the roots of the trees in this circle, you will see a faint glowing. The fairies are quite curious, so if you make noises out side their homes, they should come out to you. Ready? Here are you cages. Off you go.

I see that your cages are all full, so class will be dismissed early. If you give them to me, I'll send them off to Professor Flitwick with a wave of my wand. Then, off you go to your next class. I won't be seeing you again until January, so I hope you have a wonderful winter break. Your only homework is to try to find a magical creature around your house. Class is dismissed and see you next year!

Herbology: First Year: Week 4: Monday

Professor Pomona Sprout
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

This week we will do a unit on Orchids. They are the largest family of flowering plants in the worlds. Muggles believe that 6-11% of all seed-bearing plants are orchids, but when you factor in the magical flowers, you come to at least 13%. Orchids vary greatly in their properties. Some are mild, and useful in cooking while the Stalwart Orchid is one of the most strictly controlled plants of the magical world for its uses in deadly poisons. It is listed as a Class 'B' on the 'Silent Killer Control List'.
Obviously I won't assign you this plant, however for homework, I would like you to visit this link to find out more about orchids. But for now, I would like you to read about a common magical orchid that can be found around the grounds of Hogwarts.


Tingo remotio
A tall, purple and white leafed plant, this plant is a common ingredient in many practical jokes. When ingested, it will cause the eater to first fade in colour, until they resemble a solid ghost and then over the course of six hours slowly turn purple. This plant has been attempted to be eradicated from the grounds, but due to its extensive root network, this has never happened. It may be seen sprouting from rocks, its favorite habitat, but if there has been a long drought a few stray plants will pop up in a row down the main drive.
While very rare, people will occasionally have an allergic reaction to Tingo remotio which will cause the same affects above in the reverse order, taking twice as long to complete and being accompanied by fits of sneezing.

Class will ajourn early. I want you to go outside and try to find some Tingo for yourself. DO NOT feed it to another person, rather collect a leaf and bring to me next class. Thank you. You are dismissed.

Potions: First Year: Week 4: Monday

Professor Severus Snape
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00

Today we will be doing a Sticking Potion. While the list of ingredients is deceptively short, I must remind you how important the oil is in the ingredient and the instructions. All else that you need to know is on the board.

Potions Blackboard
Sticking Solution
Ingredients:

1 Pine Resin Ball
Oil of any kind of vegetable
Dried flobberworms
Horklump spores

Pour a tablespoon of oil into your cauldron and swirl it around, coating the side thoroughly. Next, take a pinch of horklump spores and blow into the oil. Repeat until the inside of your cauldron is pink. Next, take two dried flobberworms and set them in a separate dish. Pour on just enough oil to cover them. Wait for three minutes until they turn a faint blue/gray. Pour off the oil and go over to the sinks. Holding the dish under the water, turn it on to a slight drip. As each drip hits the flobberworms, the dried flesh will dissolve. Do this until they are both liquid and not a moment longer. Take the ball of resin and roll it in the flobberworm slime. Then take that ball and roll it around your cauldron, picking up the horklump spores and coating it with oil. Now, suspend that ball in the air above a flame using a spell. The ball cannot touch anything other than air. The oil will burn off and the spores will embed themselves into the solidifing flobberworm slime. When it burns no longer, remove it from the flame and let cool on a gold dish. When you need to stick something, rub this ball against the surface for three strokes to the North and on the other surface, three strokes to the South. Put the two together and they will bond quite strongly.

Class! Your time is up so bring me your Sticking Sticks in their gold dishes. Clean out your cauldrons and write down your homework which is to why the oil doesn't ruin the ability of this to stick as well as if you think that it makes the ball stronger. That is all.



Charms: First Year: Week 4: Monday

Professor Filius Flitwick
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

More practice working with Lumos today class! You really need to learn how to hold your light for a long time. Concentrate very hard on holding your light. Imagine it blossoming from the tip and swelling forth to fill the dark. Concentrate, class, concentrate!

We have fifteen more mintutes so I would like to to turn to your neighbor and discuss what you might be having trouble with in keeping your light flowing.

Classtime is up. Wands away and your Homework is to write a paragraph on how this spell feels to you. Off you go now and I'll see you in January!

History of Magic: First Year: Week 4: Monday

Professor Cuthbert Binns
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Today I want you to describe this picture. It is a picture of a man muggles call a magician. His traditional role is pulling a rabbit out of a hat. I want you to explain why you think that he uses a rabbit. That is all class. Homework is to research magicians and write a report on a famous one. Go on to your next class now.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Herbology: First Year: Week 3: Friday

Professor Pomona Sprout
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Today we will be first learning about, then working with, dittany. First off, I must warn you that dittany is highly flammable. There will be no fooling around or off you go! Please take out your quills and parchement and take notes.

Dittany is mainly used to prevent scarring after a magical injury. It must be applied within 3 hours of the injury. Dittany itself is a plant that can grow to over two feet high. It has white/purple blossoms and spiky leaves. The scienitific name for dittany is Dictamnus albus. Dittany produces a sap that is highly flammable and has been known to burst into flames during the summer months. Today we will be collecting this sap for it is valued in scar healing like mentioned before as well as a perfume. Take out your dragon hide gloves now and take a box of these bottles.

We are now going to a special section in greenhouse 2 which is flame proof and has several buckets of water in case of emergencies. Using your gloves, scrape the sap into the bottles. Since these plants are very ripe, you shouldn't have any trouble.


Class time is up. Please bring your bottles to me. Keep your gloves on and wash them before taking them off. Your Homework is to write a paper on your experience with collecting the sap. Also, please draw a picture of the plant. Class is dismissed.

Potions: First Year: Week 3: Friday

Professor Severus Snape
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Potions Blackboard
Concentrating Potion
Ingredients:
Fire mint
Colloid of silver
1 Sickle
Water
Flobberworm slime
3 Gnome teeth, crushed
Dragon's blood

Instructions: Fill your cauldron with 5 1/4 cups of water. Next add a tablespoon of fire mint. Stir once. Add the gnome teeth and let sit for 5 minutes. Crush five grains of dragon's blood and rub it on the sickle. Pour two 1/2 teaspoons of the colloid into a bowl and dip the sickle in it. Put your cauldron over the fire and bring it to a simmer without boiling it. Pour in the colloid and drop in the sickle. When a light green steam rises from your cauldron, bring it off the heat. Pour half the mixture into your alembic. Set the alembic over a low flame, put a bowl below the spout of the alembic and wait while it distills.

Class is now over. I want you to bottle the mixture in your bowl and give it to me for grading. Your homework to write ten inches on why you use a sickle, dragon's blood, and colloid of silver.

History of Magic: First Year: Week 3: Friday

Professor Cuthbert Binns
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00

We will be continuing on the exersise of taking a picture drawn by a muggle of a witch or wizard and trying to descibe what is happening. Today I also want you to describe why this is an impossible photo and why you think that the muggle drew it in this way.


Your Homework is to compare this drawing's description with last class's and see how they are alike.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Transfiguration: First Year: Week 3: Thursday

Professor Minerva McGonagall
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00
First, we are going to continue the same spell as a few classes before. Yes, I do know that you are all tired of it, but you have to master it! Paper out and begin. I'll check your work in about, say, half an hour.

Wands down please. I would like all eyes on me. I believe that as a reward for all your hard work, you can all learn the counter charm to this spell. It will only work if your paper is fully wood-like. Without wands first repeat after me. Sillacharus. Louder! Sillacharus! Good. Wands out and toward your wood. I want you to try your hardest, of course, but I don't expect most of you to get it for a another few classes. You have fifteen minutes.

Fifteen minutes are up. Wands away please. Your homework is to take your wood with you and try to turn it into paper. Thats all. Class is dismissed until Tuesday.

First Year: Week 3: Thursday: Divination

Professor Sibyll Trelawny
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00

Welcome back to Divination. Today we will Seeing once more with the aid of our circles. Please take out your pouch and key. Lay out a clean cloth onto the table and spread out your circles face down. I then want you to use them to answer the following questions with them.

What will tomorrow bring?
Will I start a new project?
End one?
What will the remainder of the week bring?
The month?
The year?

Then draw two rounds. Choose which one is for 'yes' and which is 'no'. Use them to answer five yes or no questions.

Class is over now. Please pack up your supplies and turn in your papers with your answers to me for grading. I'll see you next week.

Runes: First Year: Week 3: Thursday

Professor Babbling
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00
Today we will be studying another rune that is most commonly called Dagaz. Here is the summory of Dagaz:

Dagaz is also known as Daeg. If it is drawn in a runic reading, then generally the person is feeling the need to be invisble. If it is draw reverse, then the person is feeling the need to be less invisble. You can use this rune as a way to travel unnoticed. Oddly enough, this rune has the main meaning breakthrough.


Have you finished writing your notes? Well, then, here is the next one, Uruz.

Uruz is also known as Ur. It stands for strength, determinations, perservance, courage, health, and assertivness. It is a rune that should be used in all healings. When drawn in a reading, the person who is being read for should be prepared for opportunity disguised as loss. If drawn in reverse, the person being read for should look deep with in themselves to see if they have been missing these opportunities in the set backs.

Once you finish on this one, I want you to get your notes on Mannaz as well. Pretend that you have drawn Mannaz, Dagaz, and Uruz for the past, present, and future. Write a report telling me how you would plan for the future and how you would interpret it.

It is ten minutes until your next class. Please put your quills away. If you have completed your report, please hand it up. If you haven't, finish it for homework. Off you go!

Defense Against the Dark Arts: First Year: Week 3: Thursday

Professor Quirrell
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Today we are going to continue our discussion on werewolves. We will be learning the distinguishing characteristics of the said beast. Please get out your quills and paper. The three main points to remember when distinguishing a werewolf from an ordinary wolf is to check three parts: the pupils of the eyes, the snout, and the tail. Highlight on your paper: Pupils, Snout, Eyes. Now for explanations of each.
If you ever have looked at a cat's eyes in bright light, you will see that the pupils are slits instead of rounds. If you look at a human's eyes at any light, the pupils will remain round. A werewolf always has slit pupils when in the transformed state, whether it is light or dark.

A wolf has a long, thin, pointed snout with a black nose. A werewolf, on the other hand, has a pigmentless nose with a long, thick pointed snout. The eyes are also slightly pigmentless and the eye rims are pure pink.

A wolf's tail is quite even all the way through, where as the werewolf has a remarkably thin tail that ends in a tuft not unlike a lions.

These are the characteristics that are the easiest to distinguish. There are body structrual traits as well, like bones that are in different places, but you must see the skeleton for that.

For homework, I would like you to research a picture of a wolf and draw your own. Then, from what I have just told you, create a drawing of a werewolf. That is due on Tuesday. Class is dismissed.

Arithmancy: First Year: Week 3: Thursday

Professor Vector
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Today I want you to take out your sheets that have things like animals and their corresponding numbers. Figure out today's number and then write down the corresponding food, animal, etc.

All set? You are now going to go on a treasure hunt. I want you to take your list of correspondances and hunt the castle up and down for them. Take note of things that you find and where you found them. With the food, bring a sample back. You have forty-five minutes. Off you go.

Did everyone find some of their things? Good. Please turn in your lists and your food. No homework. Time for your next class.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Muggle Studies: First Year: Week 3: Wednesday

Professor Charity Burbage
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

I thought that it was time for you to learn about the currency system that British Muggles use. They have eight coins and four banknotes. The coins are 1 penny, 2 pence, 5 pence, 10 pence, 20 pence, 50 pence, 1 pound, and 2 pounds and the notes are the 5 pound note, the 10 pound note, the 20 pound note and the 50 pound note. They use the decimal system meaning that there are one hundred pence to a pound.
To give you an idea on how much a pound is worth, consider this:
One galleon is worth £2.62
One sickle is worth £0.15
One knut is worth £0.005

This means that you need two knuts to get even one penny.
Now I want you to try to convert these problems. You may certainly use a calculator.

Pounds to galleons
£4
£8
£3.98
£1
£7.42
£2.11

I hope that you have figured all of these out. Next time maybe we'll try the reverse. For now, it is time to go. No homework, but please come dressed in Muggle clothing next class and come at 9 o'clock. I have a surprise for everyone!

Care of Magical Creatures: First Year: Week 3: Wednesday

Professor Kettleburn
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Today I want to explain to you the different sorts of diets of animals. Generally, you can sort animals into three catagories based on their diet: Herbavore, Carnivore, and Omnivore. A carnivore is an animal that eats only meat. An example of a carnivore is a griffin. A herbivore is an animal that eats only plants. An example of a herbivore is a unicorn. An omnivore is an animal that eats meat and plants. An example of an omnivore is a gnome because a gnome will eat both bugs and the roots of plants.

I want you to think back to October, when I had you make a chart that had you comparing the different traits of different creatures. Now, I want you to make that same chart, only comparing a herbavore, a carnivore, and a ominivore. You don't have to use my examples, you can find your own. I would recommend that you get out your copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them for this exersise. I think you have about forty-five minutes to complete this chart. I expect it done by the end of the class.

Forty-five minutes are up! I want all finished charts handed back in to me. If your chart isn't finished, then your homework is to finish it as well as write a report that defines the three catagories and give three examples of each. Class is dismissed.

Charms: First Year: Week 3: Wednesday

Professor Filius Flitwick
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00
Hello again class! Today we will be practicing what we have been learning in the past weeks because I have noticed that not all of you have mastered the spells and motions. So first, wands out! Now, I am going to come around to each table and have you demonstrate the motions. This one first! Let me see your swish. Good. Flick! Ok, now the point. Very good. I want you to practice those while I move on to the next tables.

Back to the first table! I want to see your levitation spells. I think that you have all mastered that one. Keep practicing though!

And back to you for the third and last time. This time I want to see you lumos and nox. Hmm... this one needs a bit of work. Try harder and practice all of the spells and motions.

Class time is up. Your homework is to practice even more! Class is dismissed.

Astronomy: First Year: Week 3: Wednesday

Professor Sinistra
Wednesday
Gryffindor Time: Midnight
Ravenclaw Time: Midnight
Hufflepuff Time: Midnight
Slytherin Time: Midnight

Tonight we will begin by learning vocabulary. Please get out a quill and some parchment. I will want you to study these words for homework.

Apparent magnitude. The brightness of an astronomical object, as observed on Earth and referred to the appearance of some objects chosen as standards. The scale of magnitudes is defined so that a difference of 5 magnitudes corresponds to a ratio of 100 in observed radiation intensity.

Azimuth. Angle measured clockwise around the horizon, from 0* towards the north, through 90* to the east, 180* to the south, 270* to the west, and to 360* due north.

Circumpolar stars. Stars that are close enough to the celestial pole that they do not rise and set each night but can be seen to move around the pole in a circular path. Latitude of observer determines which stars appear circumpolar.

Constellation. A group of stars that seemed to suggest the shape of some god, person, animal or object. Now a term used to designate a region of the sky. There are 88 constellations.

Declination. Angular distance of an object north or south of the celestial equator, measured in degrees. Thus the north celestial pole has a declination of +90 degrees.

Extragalactic. Beyond the Milky Way galaxy.

Latitude. Coordinate used to measure (in degrees) the angular distance of a point or celestial objects above or below an equator.

Light year. Distance that light travels in 1 year.

Longitude. Coordinate used to specify the position of a point or direction around (or parallel to) an equator.

Magnitude. Scale for describing brightness of a celestial object.

Meridian. Great circle, on the celestial sphere or the Earth, that passes through both north and south poles and an observer’s zenith or location.

Orbit. Path traced out by one object around another.

Rotation. Movement (spin) of a body abut an axis that passes through that body. Distinct from revolution, which is motion in an orbit about some point or other body.

Satellite. Body that revolves in orbit around another body. Planets are satellites of the Sun, the Moon is a satellite of the Earth, and artificial satellites have been sent into orbit around the Earth, Moon, Mars and Venus.

Sidereal. Related to the stars. Thus sidereal day, month, period, year: lengths of time intervals specified by motion of some object relative to the stars, as opposed to apparent lengths of those time intervals that will depend on the Earth’s own movements.

Zenith. Point on the sky directly overhead.

Zodiac. Band on the sky, centered on the ecliptic, and about 18 degrees wide, through which the Sun, Moon and planets appear to move through the course of each year.

Quills away now. I want you go outside and see if you can identify any stars. I'll call you back in when class is over.

Ok, class. Time to come in. For homework, I want you to do several things. First, memorize what each of those words mean. Second, I want you to find out exactly how long a light year is and third, I want you to draw me a chart showing the zenith and the zodiac. That's all. You can go back to your nice warm beds now.


******* Thanks to Heartland for the definitions ********

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Transfiguration: First Year: Week 3: Tuesday

Professor Minerva McGonagall
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00
We will be continuing the same spell as last time. Wands out, please. Paper is on your desk.

I am glad to see that you are making progress. Many of you have actual managed a nice grade of wood. Please hand all board up here and the paper, too.
Now, I want you to turn to your neighbor and discuss things that this spell is useful for. Find at least five uses. You have half an hour.

Time is up, class. What you have been discussing is now your homework. I want seven inches on two reasons this spell is useful. You may go now.

Divination: First Year: Week 3: Tuesday

Professor Sibyll Trelawny
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00
Next I am going to have you create your own divining set that will be easy to use. You will need 38 of the disks in this basket. Now please draw on each of these disks one of these symbols:
acorn - good health
anchor-voyage
arrow-bad news in a letter
balloon-troubles lifting
bat-disappointment
bee-meeting friends
bells-good news
birds-good luck
book-learning
cat-treachery
circle-love
coin-payment of debt
cross-trouble on the way
dog-faithful friends
egg-increase
fish-news from abroad
flag-danger
flowers-love
glove-luck and honour
hammer-triumph
hand-friendship
hat-new work
house-stability
key-unveiling of mystery
leaf-good luck
man-unexpected visitor
moon-love
needle-respect from others
owl-bad health
rabbit-success
shoe-career change
spider-money
star-good luck
sun-continued happiness
tree-success
triangle-unexpected event
umbrella-annoyences
wings-news
Also, please copy the list so that you have all of the meanings on hand.

Eyes up here, please. Now that you each have a set of these divining disks, I want you to practice using them. They are tokens that will tell you the future, if you can See. Spread them all face down on the table. As you swirl them around clockwise, think of a question. When you feel the time is right, pick one. It will tell you the outcome of the question. Try this for a few questions.

Time is up, now. Take one of these pouches and store your tokens in them. Your homework is to continue keeping a dream diary. We will be doing dream interpretation in the future...

Runes: First Year: Week 2: Tuesday

Professor Babbling
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00
Now that you have learned how to write in runic, I think that it is time for you to learn to what certain runes mean. Please take out a quill and copy down this sign:
Man or Mannaz
The Self
Modesty, Thought, Alturism, Trust
If someone draws this rune, it means that they need to know their self more. They need to stop and reflect. Also, it may mean that they need to trust more and be more modest.

I think that we will just start with one today so that I can explain it.
First, the names. One name is the Elder Futhark Name and the other is a newer name. On this one, Man is the Elder Futhark Name and Mannaz is the newer name. It is handy to know both names.
Second, this is the rune summed up into one or two words.
Next, I expanded on the main meaning.
Last, this is what I think it would mean if I drew this rune for someone. You'll learn how to do that later. It would mean the same thing if you drew the rune for yourself, but then you would know exactly where it applied to.

I want you to memorize this rune, because I will be giving you at least one more next class. Homework is to memorize Mannaz. Class is dismissed.

Defense Against the Dark Arts: First Year: Week 3: Tuesday

Professor Quirrell
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00
For next part of your werewolf education I ask you to study the Wolf's Bane Potion. This potion is highly complex, and very difficult to make. It is, however, worth the effort, for it causes the human to turn into a common wolf, not dangerous to anyone. The many ingredient is wolf's bane, as shown on the right. Wolf's bane is extremely poisonous on it's own.
Said to taste bitter, the Wolf's Bane Potion must be drunk a few days before the full moon, during the full moon and a few days afterwards.
Sugar makes it entirely useless.
It was invented by Mr. Damocles Belby, who's nephew Marcus currently attends school here.
I have here a few samples of the plant courtesy of Professor Sprout, which I will pass around. Study the plant and especially the flower. After you are done, pass it on. Once everyone has seen it, I want you to get into groups and draw a diagram of the whole plant.

That is the bell I hear, so please put away your quills. Your homework is to research the Wolf's Bane Potion and find out as many more of the ingredients as you can. 10 house points to the person who finds the most!

Arithmancy: First Year: Week 3: Tuesday

Professor Vector
Tuesday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00
Now that you have a good idea of your personal number profile, the next thing you are going to learn is how to choose your future. Notice that I said choose, not predict. What you are about to learn is not telling the future but learning how to tackle choices that may come your way. First, I want you to remember your personal number. Got that? Good. Now the first choice we are going to come up against will be something small and rather insignificant. How about what colour you should wear tomorrow? Nice and minor. Now write out tomorrow's date: 11/5/2008
First, reduce all of the numbers: 1+1/5/2+0+0+8 = 2/5/1
Next, add all of the reduced numbers: 2+5+1= 8
So, tomorrow's personal number is 8. Now, add tomorrow's number with your number. For me, that would be: 8+8=16 1+6=7
So for me, tomorrow is a 7 day.

Now you need a list of colors and their numbers.
Here is one:
1 Pink, Brass, Dark Purple
2 Copper, crimson
3 Orange, Gray
4 Yellow, Black, White, Gold
5 Purple, Magenta
6 Metallic
7 Navy, Tan, Plum
8 Green, Blue, Silver
9 Red, Brown

I must admit that I had some trouble finding colours for some numbers.
Compare numbers between colours and what number tomorrow will be for you. Choose which colour you would want to wear the most out of your options.

Just as an exersise for you brain, figure out today's number and what colour you should be wearing. See if you are wearing that colour.


It is time for you to go. Please pack up. Your homework is to think of a decision that is in your future. Use arithmancy to decide. Class is dimissed

Monday, November 3, 2008

Herbology: First Year: Week 3: Monday

Professor Pomona Sprout
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00
Alright, please follow me to Greenhouse 1. Today I wanted to continue your education with reviving my pots of Flitterbloom. First, I would like you to learn a little bit about flitterbloom and why it is called such.
Flitterbloom is a extremely hardy plant with really delicate flowers. The flowers are good for curing anxiety and shyness, as well as recklessness. Of course, they all must be prepared in very different ways.
While flitterbooms are not poisonous, it is not prudent to eat them. They will cause you to become very shy and jumpy until you are given the antidote of pepperup potion.
I will now turn on this wireless and you will here what Tilden Toots has to say about reviving flitterblooms.
(To access the wireless (radio), go to the above link and click on the hairbrush. Once you are there, click on the on/off switch for the radio. Also, a transcription for the show can be found here.)
Now that you have heard what Tilden Toots has to say, please take a tray of plants and the two bottles and begin.
(To find your flitterbloom, go back to the deck, click on the eraser and look to your left.)

If everyone could please bring up their trays and bottles, because I do here the bell. Your Homework is to draw a diagram of the flitterbloom. Well done, class. You are dismissed.

History of Magic: First Year: Week 3: Monday

Professor Cuthbert Binns
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 9:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00

Magicians, witches and wizards have been portrayed as bevolent and malevolent, practitioners of true magic and false trickery. You will be shown a picture that was made by a muggle showing a magical act. Your job will be to look at the picture and write what you think is happening, if you think it ever happened, and if you think it is shown accurately. Here is the first image:

Quills away, please. If you haven't finished, your Homework is to complete your description. Class is dismissed.

Charms: First Year: Week 3: Monday

Professor Filius Flitwick
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 9:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Since you have passed the milestone of working your first spell, I thought that it would be nice for you to learn another one. You did very well on the first one, so the second should be easy enough. First, though, I need you to demonstrate that you can do the Levitation spell. One at a time please!

Very good! First let me get those feathers out of your way... Accio Feathers! Now we can begin. I wanted to teach you the Wand Lighting and Extinguishing spells. For the lighting, hold your wand out in front of you and imagine a flame or a glowing light at the tip. Say Lumos! Try this until you can do it easily.

Next you need to learn how to extinguish it at will. Before, while you practiced, the light went out after a few seconds. This is because you could not project enough energy into the wand and hold your consentration, so the light died. But at some time, you will be able to hold that light for an indefinite time. Then you may need to put it out in a hurry. So you will need to say nox or the wand Extinguishing spell. Try it now.

Time is up, so you will need to practice more while you are in your dormitory. Wands away class. Your homework is to keep a record of how long you can hold your light. Turn it in next class. You are dismissed.

Potions: First Year: Week 3: Monday

Professor Severus Snape
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 2:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 2:00

Today we are going to see just how much information your brains have absorbed. You will be taking something of a test. No looking back at past lesson, notes, or potion books. Cheating will be punished by detention and points deducted.


  1. Name five ingredients in the Warming Potion
  2. How many beetle eyes were in the Sleeping Potion?
  3. How many times in total should you stir a Sleeping Potion?
  4. Name the length of time a Cooling Draught should be boiled
  5. Cheering Potions should be simmered for how long?
  6. Name one potion that you have made and tell how it worked for you


Your time is up. Put your quills down and hand your papers to me. You have no homework. Class, you are dismissed.

Care of Magical Creatures: First Year: Week 3: Monday

Professor Kettleburn
Monday
Gryffindor Time: 2:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00

Gather round, gather round. Today I am going to tell you about a creature that you will not be able to meet. It is a bit large and rare for me to import one. You should take out a quill and piece of parchment to take notes.

Khamador Serpens is a distant cousin of the non-magical Komodo Dragon. They look a lot like the Komodos in body shape and size, but their coloring is very different, being strongly blue on the back. The blue gradates into their yellow-green feet. They are fifteen feet in length on average, with a six inch toungue that is forked and bright purple. Most speciemens reside in Asia and Australia.

That is all, class. I will dismiss you early. Your homework is to look up what a Komodo Dragon looks like and draw what you think a Khamador Serpens looks like. Until Wednesday, class.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Potions: First Year: Week 2: Friday

Professor Severus Snape
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 11:00
Ravenclaw Time: 1:00
Hufflepuff Time: 1:00
Slytherin Time: 11:00

Hello class. Today we will begin with a cheering potion. As always, the instructions are on the blackboard. The supply closet was recently restocked so don't say that we are out of something or I personally will make certain you get detention.

Potion's Black Board
Cheering Potion
Ingredients:
Fire mint
2 pieces Mandrake root
½ a Trolls finger, crushed
Petrified Fairy's Tears
Moonflower
Water
Your favorite power stone
Small power stones
Instructions:
Measure out a 3/4 a cup of water and put it in your cauldron. Add the mandrake root and 1/4 tsp scoop of fire mint. Stir. Put in two pinches moonflower at the same time as three fairy's tears. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for one minute. Remove from the flames. Next, add a 1/8 teaspoon scoop of small power stones and your favorite power stone. To mix, add another 3/4 cup of water. You now have a cheering potion! Smell it to lift your spirits. After you are done with the potion, fish out the power stone-it can be used again, strain out the large hunks and throw them away and pour the rest of the potion down the drain.

Alright class. Your time is up. Please bottle some of your potion for grading and bring that bottle and the cloth up. Your homework is below.

Homework
Explain why Fairy's Tears are conteracted by moonflower

Herbology: First Year: Week 2: Friday

Professor Pomona Sprout
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 10:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 10:00
Slytherin Time: 1:00
We will be returning to the pumpkins today. I have put a darkening spell around them so that you can see them in their splendor. Follow me please!

There they are. You can see the glowing outline of where you cut. Today your jobs will be to remove the cut sections. Obviously, you will not be using the same knives as last time! These pumpkins are six feet tall after all. To remove the pieces, take these sheets of metal and wedge it into one of the cracks. You should start at the bottom. Slide the metal in and press on the edge. The piece should start to move. Do this on all sides, until the piece slides out.

Now that everyone has a piece out, I want you to climb in. The pumpkin is hollow, and remarkably dry, so you don't have to get all slimy. Climb in and push on all the pieces until they come out.

Once your pieces are out, use the levitating spell that Professor Flitwick taught you. Levitate the pieces and move them over to that compost pile. Class time is almost over, so you should hurry.

Time is up, class! Later I will put a preserving spell on these fine pumpkins so that they will stay firm until the feast. See you next class.

History of Magic: First Year: Week 2: Friday

Professor Cuthbert Binns
Friday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00
Because I do not know if all of you know the history of Hogwarts, that is what we will be studying next, starting with the four founders.

Godric Gryffindor was one of the most accomplished dueller of his time and the original owner of the Sorting Hat. He supported letting muggles into Hogwarts. He had a famous enemity with Salazar Slytherin. His house is championed as brave.
Salazar Slytherin, who was a parselmouth. Salazar did not like the idea of letting muggles learn with the magical students. His house is cunning and persistant.
Rowena Ravenclaw was the wisest witch of her time. She chose the students who had a ready wit and loved learning.
Helga Hufflepuff was accepting of anyone, and treated them equally. She prized the traits of loyalty and being unafraid of toil.

Homework: Go to JK Rowling's site and find the pictures of each founder. Also, write a report on the founder of your house.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Arithmancy: First Year: Week 2: Thursday

Professor Vector
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 1:00
Ravenclaw Time: 11:00
Hufflepuff Time: 2:00
Slytherin Time: 9:00
Please take out your sheets with the center circle. Today we will be figuring the remaining slots. These are Animal, Colour, and Wand. We will do it the same as last time. You have forty-five minutes.


Quills away please. I know that you didn't have time to complete everything, so what you didn't finish is your homework. Class dismissed

Transfiguration: First Year: Week 2: Thursday

Professor Minerva McGonagall
Thursday
Gryffindor Time: 9:00
Ravenclaw Time: 10:00
Hufflepuff Time: 11:00
Slytherin Time: 10:00
Wands out, please. I need you to prove that each of you can do the spells to turn a needle into a match and back. Please take your match and wand and line up in front of my desk. You will have three tries for it to count. Three at a time.

You all passed well enough, however those of you who didn't get it on the second try will need to practice tonight as well as the homework that I will give you at the end of class.
Now you will be learning a new spell. Since it is your second spell, it is another easy one. You will be turning paper into wood. I don't expect any of you will be managing more then cardboard, but you need to start somewhere. Please take out a sheet of paper, not parchment. The spell is ortinalis. You may begin. I will tell you when class is over. It will be in about half an hour.

Paper away please. If any of your sheets are too heavy and wood like, please bring them up to me and I will restore them to their original state. Your homework is to practice. But please remember to use paper. Parchment is not pleasant when this spell is used on it. Also, I would like you to think of a spell that you would like to learn. Class is dismissed.

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