SSRPG Yearbook Term 29

Flying

 

The first class of the term started with an overly cheerful Professor Vindictus asking for cookies from fourth year Gryffindor prefect Kurumi Hollingberry but as the lesson progressed it seemed to be just like a normal flying class from any other year. After teaching them the basics, Professor Vindictus instructed them to line up behind a bright pink line. The point of the 'game' was to dodge anything and everything that appeared in the sky. The first object was none other than a giant spider, which prompted screams from several girls, and even some terrified reactions from the boys. A first year Ravenclaw reacted instinctively and tried to use Reducio, but Professor Vindictus soon made it very clear that magic was not allowed. After about twenty minutes the spider disappeared and changed into a bunch of colorful balloons that floated away harmlessly. At the end of the lesson the Flying Professor gave them chocolate, which almost made up for the fact that he had basically scarred them emotionally. Most students left hoping that the next lesson would not terrify them half to death.

The next lesson also involved giant floating objects but luckily these objects were gumdrops, and not arachnids. The purpose was not to dodge them but hit them with beater's bats. Students had fun trying to hit the candies but with giant gumdrops flying about it turned out to be harder to fly than expected, even if they were hit by a beater's bat. Some students’ skills proved successful, while others had a harder time. By the end of the lesson they had all gained a Quidditch skill, which would become useful if they wanted to become beaters.

The final this year focused on school pride and spirit. First, students were asked what spirit was, and why it was important. After they had decided it was supporting your school and your house, and having pride in them, Professor Vindictus instructed students to decorate a broom and give it spirit. Most students painted it their house colors and used the many available decorations to make it pretty. Just a few days later Professor Vindictus organized a pep rally. Students from every house gathered in the stands, decked out in their house colors. Their goal was to cheer as loud as they could, and just be generally peppy. Everyone cheered ecstatically for their house, and two Gryffindors even started the wave and a few of them were even body painting. The Hufflepuff students made up a song, which they sang at the championship Quidditch game the very next day. 

Herbology

 

Professor Seren Bentley returned the position of Herbology instructor for yet another year at Hogwarts and proved to be, as usual, exceptional with her teaching. The first lesson of the term kicked off on an almost perfect September day; the smell of wet soil filling the air. Perhaps the Professor was hoping this would fuel enthusiasm for her lesson.

The Professor began her lesson by introducing us to toadstools. While there was a bit of mumbling at the start of the lesson, students quickly realized that perhaps toadstools weren’t as boring as we thought they would be. In fact we were taught that they were quite the opposite, as they ranged from mundane to magical and the qualities and uses were just as dynamic as the toadstools themselves. 

Wrong.

The Professor had us on our gaurd. She warned, “This is the last activity we'll be doing today, but it’s also the most dangerous. Pixies can be... a bit of a handful, so be careful and look out for one another.” The lesson was then kicked into high gear as pixies were found guarding these valuable and endangered toadstools . Many older students had to come to the aid of the younger in order to help them complete their assignment.

The second Herbology lesson of the term was a joint one with Professor Roslund, the Astronomy Professor. Students were taught how the moon influenced humans, as well as plants and we were even made aware of the link between Astronomy and Herbology. Students were then taught about the Zodiac signs and how they influenced planting and the types of plants we produced during the reign of certain symbols. Throughout the lesson we were treated with hot cocoa provided by professor Lafay and toasted marsh mellows. All together the class was fun and interesting and most importantly, it turned out to be a tasty session.
The second Herbology lesson of the term was a joint one with Professor Roslund, the Astronomy Professor. Students were taught how the moon influenced humans, as well as plants and we were even made aware of the link between Astronomy and Herbology. Students were then taught about the Zodiac signs and how they influenced planting and the types of plants we produced during the reign of certain symbols. Throughout the lesson we were treated with hot cocoa provided by professor Lafay and toasted marsh mellows. All together the class was fun and interesting and most importantly, it turned out to be a tasty session.
The second Herbology lesson of the term was a joint one with Professor Roslund, the Astronomy Professor. Students were taught how the moon influenced humans, as well as plants and we were even made aware of the link between Astronomy and Herbology. Students were then taught about the Zodiac signs and how they influenced planting and the types of plants we produced during the reign of certain symbols. Throughout the lesson we were treated with hot cocoa provided by professor Lafay and toasted marsh mellows. All together the class was fun and interesting and most importantly, it turned out to be a tasty session.
The second Herbology lesson of the term was a joint one with Professor Roslund, the Astronomy Professor. Students were taught how the moon influenced humans, as well as plants and we were even made aware of the link between Astronomy and Herbology. Students were then taught about the Zodiac signs and how they influenced planting and the types of plants we produced during the reign of certain symbols. Throughout the lesson we were treated with hot cocoa provided by professor Lafay and toasted marsh mellows. All together the class was fun and interesting and most importantly, it turned out to be a tasty session.
 
The final Herbology lesson was focused on the Puffapod seeds, interesting little seeds that bloom when dropped. Not long after being introduced to the seeds and taught their properties and uses, Professor Bentley had us dropping them like hot bread, brightening up the once empty looking greenhouse. The lesson didn’t end there, as the new plants had to be planted soon after blooming in order to keep them from dying which meant students had to pull out their dragon hides and get a little dirty. After completing that activity students were asked to clean up their work areas, and were dismissed.
And so was the Professor. As soon as we were all comfortable with mushrooms and their uses, Professor Bentley proceeded to teach the class a numbing spell. This was to aid us in harvesting fangs from the biting toadstools and proved to be a rather daunting task for some. Those unsuccessful in the first class activity were given a chance to redeem themselves in the second activity, where we were to harvest the caps of the peppermint stripe parasol. Sounds easy right, since these didn’t feel or bite?

History of Magic

 

History of Magic is taught to keep Witches and Wizards from repeating the mistakes of the past, in part, at least. Not to mention there is some pretty cool stuff to be learnt as well. Professor Scabior touched on the basics his first class of the term. We all know the basics: Why we take the classes, important figures and times throughout history, and famous wizarding idioms. Wait -- idioms are important why? Well Professor Scabior shed some light on a particular idiom in particular: An apple a day keeps the Healer away. Little did the students know: Chauncey Oldridge actually THREW apples at Healers to keep them away when he contracted the first documented case of dragon pox. Not interesting enough for you? Well there was fun to be had needless to say. Moving on to the "Apple Game," Oh yes, The Apple Game was pure madness! Students ran rampant through the History of Magic classroom trying to steal one another's apples... when the simplest solution was to merely take the entire basket. Silly students acting like Chauncey!

Apparently killing one’s classmates is against the rules. Who knew? Professor Scabior kicked off his second class at Hogwarts very creatively. This little tidbit moved the class toward talk of wands. Wands being the tools that one would surely use to off their classmates. Wandlore is a long studied branch of magic and definitely moves into the history portion of magical education. Ollivander and Gregorovitch were discussed, as well as Jimmy Kidell, as they are known makers of wands throughout history. Wand cores and their significance, as well as lengths, flexibility, and woods were also touched on. Lastly, the changing of allegiance from owner to owner was discussed. The class wrapped up with the odd question being asked: What does ‘Wand of Elder Never Prosper’ really mean? This was most certainly a fine note to wrap the class on.

Theoretical dueling; How FUN?! Professor Scabior may be just a stoic old coot to most students, but he surely showed the kids how to have some fun in learning about History. Touching on the question that was asked at the end of the second class of the term, he based a game on creativity of answers and showed the students he would reward hard thinking. For each question asked, the students were to give a CREATIVE and ORIGINAL answer. If they were deemed as such then Scabior allowed them to take a few steps closer to him, thus taking a “hit” from a “spell” in this duel. The game continued until the first student came to rest beside him. Way to make learning fun, Scabior!

When asked for his thoughts on his first term at Hogwarts, the man had this to say: “"Hopefully everyone learned a bit from my classes this year, and if you didn't, don't bother coming back." Lovely. Simply lovely, sir. Even Scabior’s final exam proved to be fun for all those who participated. Being told to fashion a wand that each person thought would suit them best, had some kids over the moon. Head Girl Evelyn Flores had this to say about the exciting final exam, "Well, I for one thought it was rather refreshing to not just have to write an essay about some topic, but also do something productive at the same time. It was nice to show a little of our creative sides that we couldn't put down on parchment, since none of us really know how to make actual wands. Props to Professor Scabior for giving us the chance." Props to Scabior, indeed. 

Muggle Studies

 

Starting out the first lesson of the year, Professor Cerulean gave her expectations of the class to her students. There would be no magic allowed, unless she gave them permission, and then each student was given a bag full of Muggle goodies. Each bag consisted of a notebook, six different colored pens, some pencils, and an eraser. The class went on to discuss how the Muggle world differed from the Wizarding world. It was incredible to see how much the Muggle world uses electricity to do things such as watch TV, use the computer, or even play video games! Professor Cerulean then went on to discuss how the Muggle world’s games were separated into three different categories: Sports, Board Games, and Role Play. A sport is any and all forms of physical activity, through either casual or organized activity, aim to use, maintain or improve physical fitness and provide entertainment to those who are doing the sport. A board game is a game that has a board on which a player’s status, resources, and progress are kept track on, using actual objects to move around and sometimes cards or dice. A role play is a type of game in which the players assume the roles of characters acting in a fictional setting. The homework was to take one of the board games and to go and learn to play the game with others or to redesign the monopoly board so it was more of a Wizarding board.

Upon entering the classroom for the second Muggle Studies class, we found ourselves in a room with both sides lined with chairs and the center of the room an empty floor. We started the class by listing some wizard dances like the Hippogriff shuffle, Quaffle Mazurka, and Horntail Sway. Then moved on to listing Muggle dances like the Chicken Dance, Cha-Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle and Bunny Hop. Four screens dropped from the ceiling each revealing one of those dances. Starting the music Professor Cerulean led the class in dancing the Chicken Dance. Many of the class looked horrified at the thought of dancing, but most of us had a lot of fun dancing and learning the different steps. Though sometimes flapping instead of clapping we still had a lot of fun! Once the music stopped, the Professor moved to the next dance which was the Bunny Hop. Lining us all up in three lines facing the north wall of the classroom, each line an arm’s length apart, we put our hands on the person’s shoulders in front of us and learned how to do the dance. It consisted of step out and back with your right foot twice, then twice with our left foot, then hop forward once and backward twice, then forward three more times and start over. After making our way across the floor like an inch worm, we moved on to the last two dances which were the Cupid Shuffle and Cha-Cha Slide. The homework for class was to teach a student outside class one of the four dances or to write your own line dance for your house!

Potions

 

Professor Lafay started out her first class of the term by discussing with the class what it meant to hate. There were a variety of answers that the class came up with, everything from not loving something to a strong dislike or hostility towards something or someone. The Professor then explained that yes it was a strong dislike but it was also a lot more than that. Many people think that hate is the opposite of love but it isn’t; the opposite of love is indifference. To Professor Lafay, hate is to love someone so much, that when they let you down, hurt you, or even just make you sad, that you are willing to expel the kind of energy it takes to truly hate. That you love them so much, you hate them. The point to the hate potion is so that a person might be able to feel hate but not lose the love that they feel towards someone. Because it is an affect towards another person, the potion must include a bit of the person’s DNA that is to be hated. The homework for the class involved giving the potion to someone that cared about them to see the effects of how the potion worked.

The second class involved pictures! Professor Lafay started out the lesson asking the students, “Let's say your dorm catches on fire and you can take one thing out. What would it be?" A variety of answers were given, including items like wands, pets, and books. One person even said they’d take a pair of socks. After asking how pictures were developed, Professor Lafay explained how Muggle pictures were developed with negatives through some chemicals and enlarged onto photographic paper, before passing through more chemicals and water, and finally hanging to dry. In the Wizarding world there are two ways of animating a photograph. One way to make them animated is by using a Muggle photo and placing a charm on it. However, a Muggle photo is only taken at the moment the picture is taken and will only do what you tell it to do, not what actually happened at the time the picture was taken. The other way to create an animated photograph is by using the Devomotion Potion. A wizard camera captures the few seconds leading up to the moment the picture is taken and the few seconds afterward. Using the Devomotion Potion to develop the picture can capture that onto photo paper. The homework was to go out and take some fun pictures during the month’s time that the potion took to brew. Then they were to return to the classroom’s darkroom to develop the pictures. So needless to say the students studying Potions this term had lots of things to keep them busy. 

Tranfiguration

After the excitement of last terms Transfiguration lessons which included chainsaws Hogwarts students found themselves on pins and needles. After taking the previous term off to have a baby, Professor Isabelle Magnus returned to Hogwarts to take up her old post as Transfiguration professor, bringing smiles to many students faces. When asked how she felt having the professor return, Head Girl Evelyn Flores offered the following: "Well, what can you expect from a lesson with Professor Magnus? She's a great Professor and will no doubt try to catch your attention before you're bored out of your mind and throwing paper at your friend to amuse yourself. Not that I've done that before...but I'm just saying. You'll enjoy Transfiguration if she's around."
 
Professor Magnus didn't fail to meet the Head Girl's expectations with her first lesson. She kick started the year by literally turning the classroom into a circus. After a brief discussion about Metamorphmagi students were taught two spells to alter their own appearances. While many students were bouncing in their seats about getting to experiment with their hair Professor Magnus assigned the class one simple task: to clown up. "I tried to make it all about having fun, and being silly, while also learning," Professor Magnus explained. "Getting the kids to dress up as clowns, and watching them paint faces and change hair colour, was a lot of fun for me. Not so sure they all thought the same, though!" Face paints and costumes were provided and students seemed eager to play a little bit of dress up. Some were a bit too eager and Professor Magnus was able to show everyone that she isn't always the reserved woman standing in front of the classroom. The remainder of the lesson was spent exploring everyone's secret ambitions of becoming a clown.
 
For the second lesson of the term students found themselves in the practice room instead of the usual classroom. This lesson certainly packed a punch in many ways! Green and red dummies were arranged precariously in the back of the room and Professor Magnus divided the class into first through third years on one side of the room while fourth through seventh years were on the other. Younger students were taught the use of the Severing Charm while older students learned Incarcerous. Students were then told to pair up, one older and one younger, then assigned the task of capturing green dummies as red ones would result in a very smelly situation.
 
The final lesson of the term returned to the classroom and proved to be one of the favorite lessons of the year. First year Ravenclaw Beatrice Castell explained why it was her favorite, "Professor Magnus had given us more knowledge regarding the subject and taught us a spell that we might even use for protection. And because we all had fun!" Professor Magnus did not show up to this class alone as she had an albino corn snake, named Jasper, hanging around her neck. After explaining the complications of cross-species transfiguration Professor Magnus once again divided the class into older and younger students. Younger students learned how to transfigure snakes into walking sticks while older students tried their wands at the more complicated cross-species transfiguration of snake to worm. Students rose to the occasion and no snakes were harmed. Looking toward next term Professor Magnus said that she found teaching her students to be, "[f]ulfilling. You get to shape the knowledge that kids take with them into their adult lives, and to me that will always be the best part of teaching."