SSRPG Yearbook Term 29

Gryffindor

Head of House

Kimber Donovan or as most people of Hogwarts calls her, Madam Donovan, has been the Gryffindor Head of House since 2073. The thirty eight year old librarian used to be a Gryffindor herself back in her days in school. Madame Donovan was deeply involved with the spirit invasion from last term. Whether that incident has anything to do with Donovan to decide to leave Hogwarts after term ends or not, we could not be sure.

Professor Kimber worked hard for years to keep the library, drama and romance free. Students who are regular visitors know the lady for her firmness about the rules, no food, no loud voices, also no shenanigans concerning the precious books. She's as devoted Head of House as she is as a librarian, keeping the lions at bay as much as possible.

Prefects

Kurumi Hollingberry goes by many names: Gryffindor Prefect, Gryffindor Quidditch Seeker, Gryffindor Gobstones Player, Top House Point Earner throughout the entire school, Brightest Witch of her age, Cookie Master- however, I have the distinct honor and pleasure of calling her something else, my best friend. It is no surprise that Kurumi was asked to be a prefect at the young age of fourteen, which is a rare position to be given out to fourth years. She is brilliant, nice and makes a mean cookie. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kurumi to discuss her role as prefect this term.
 
1. Being that you are the youngest prefect currently serving at Hogwarts, perhaps the youngest prefect to ever serve as a Gryffindor in Hogwarts history, how do you feel about being granted the honor of prefect at such a young age?
Well, the honor of being a young prefect is not something that I can claim as my own. Perhaps I am the youngest age-wise to have been made a prefect, but if that is true it is only by a few months. I am simply following in the footsteps of lions who were prefected as fourth years before me like Kerry Brandywine, Anna Greingoth, and Chris Potter. That being said, it is an honor to be able to follow their example as they all have gone on to do great things. I just hope that I am living up to the example they have given under their leadership.
 
2. This year all of the prefects and Quidditch Captains pitched in to put up the Around the World event. What part did you have in that process and how did you handle such a huge task?
Being the youngest and new to student leadership, I wanted to get involved in everything I could. Whether it was helping with the clues, coming up with tasks, or making the menu, I tried to make sure that I was a part of the process. Everything really was a team effort and we each put a lot of work into it. I worked especially closely with Evelyn and Salander, keeping things organized and providing the check-list of things to do so to speak. Salander would sort of talk and talk while Evelyn pointed at me. I suppose if you need specifics...I spent a lot of time in the library looking up various recipes and cuisine for the buffet, particularity the pizzas, and the Riding Nemo task was based on a Japanese festival game that I used to play often.
 
3. You are currently the highest point earning student in the school throughout all four houses. How do you maintain that status, your near perfect grades, your prefectship, being on the Gobstones team and being the Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch team?
I think the big secret, which really isn't a secret at all, is that I enjoy doing what I am doing. When you enjoy what you do, you are able to find the time to accomplish a lot. That...and my personal planner has my day broken down into color coded sections to ensure optimal efficiency for my usage of time.
 
4. What is the hardest part, for you, in being a prefect? 
Does living up to people's expectations count?
 
5. So many people look to their prefects as role models. How do you handle the responsibility of being a prefect? 
I just try to stay the same girl I was when I was offered the position. Each of us were given the honor of being a prefect because of what we have done and the leadership we have shown in the school, so I have to remind myself that I shouldn't try to be someone else.
 
6. What is the best part about being a prefect? What “perks” do you enjoy the most? 
I try not to think about the perks to be completely honest and I do not spend all that much time in the prefect's bathroom and lounge, so I am afraid that my answer is a bit...of an odd one. My favorite part of being a prefect is because it pushes me more to be the best I can be. Everyone wants to be able to do their best, so being put in a situation where I can...well, that's the best "perk" I could be given.
 
7. If you could change one thing about being a prefect what would you change?
I suppose the looks of horror I sometimes get from younger students when they see the badge on my robes. It is partly why I didn't want to wear my badge at first and instead kept it in my pocket.
 
8. You are known as the cookie lioness. Would you care to expand upon how you merged the two worlds of cookies and prefects together?
Baking has been something that I have done ever since I could stand, so it has always been a part of me. Before becoming a prefect, I baked often for everyone and now that I am a prefect it gives me the excuse to do it more!
 
9. How have outside experiences helped you prepare to be where you are now- the Gyffindor female prefect? 
Let me preface this by saying that I am so glad to be part of the community that is the Gryffindor House. When I was younger, like so many people, I had a problem being different. People singled me out and made me feel like there was something wrong with me. I know now that I am special and I should celebrate that, but when I was little I just wanted to be normal. I felt like such an outsider and when I came to Hogwarts I never felt like that. I was just one of the Pride and no one ever questioned why I was accepted- I simply was. So, I guess I never want others to feel the way I did. I take what I loathed about growing up and turned it into a positive. We are all a family and I just want to emphasize that.
 
10. A serious question- what is your favorite part of being a Gryffindor?
Being a part of a pride. Before coming to Hogwarts, I never felt like I belonged, but in coming here and being sorted into this house...I've never felt alone since. There is also something that happens whenever I put on my crimson and gold tie that always brings out the better and stronger side of me. So, I suppose you could say that being a Gryffindor is helping me find the person I am meant to be.
 
 
Seventh year Prefect Jai Pierce has been an active member of the Gryffindor house since he was sorted seven years ago. For the past several terms he has been a superb participant in gaining house points for the red and gold and was even part of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. He, like many of his fellow Gryffindors, is a key example of how a role model should behave, minus the shirtless episode at the last pep rally. I had the privilege to sit down with Jai and interview him during his last month at Hogwarts.
 
1. Now that you are a seventh year, how do you feel about spending your last year at Hogwarts as a prefect? How did it enhance your experience of your final year? 
Seventh year, wow! It's been a blast actually. Being a prefect has been great. I get to help younger students. I mean to most, it would be about following the rules and not having fun but I got to put together an awesome event for the school with the other prefects and captains and it was great. All in all, it was fantastic and unforgettable.
 
2. This year all of the prefects and Quidditch Captains pitched in to put up the Around the World event. What part did you have in that process and how did you handle such a huge task?
Well, that was fun and I did all the clues [for it]. I mean we all pitched in to put the initial concept together. I do have a very creative side I like to keep out of the lime light, so it wasn't hard to put the clues together. It was actually fun to put my creativity to some constructive use.
 
3. What is the hardest part, for you, in being a prefect?
I think it's the fact that you have not just professors watching you but also your fellow students. If you mess up it's not just disappointing your teachers but also your classmates, housemates, and your friends. It's a lot of eyes on you. 
 
4. So many people look to their prefects as role models. How do you handle the responsibility of being a prefect? 
I just was myself. There is no use in pretending. They gave me the position because of who I was and continuing that is what I do. I'm always willing to listen or help so it's not much of a change for me.
 
5. Now that you are graduating and moving onto the next phase of your life, how are you going to apply the skills you learned from being a prefect to your adult life? 
Well, I learned to balance more than one thing at a time, so I imagine… no wait, I foresee it helping in the next phase of my life. I’ll definitely need it well into old age. Old age…
 
6. If you could change one thing about being a prefect what would you change? 
Honestly, I would put a day when prefects get a day off, but that’s just my view. Other than that, it’s pretty awesome being a prefect.
 
7. You said earlier that you view yourself as very creative, how has that skill set helped you complete your tasks for this term? 
Being creative only amplifies your knowledge. To be creative with anything you’d have to know about it and add your own creative spin to it. So it has helped me apply a lot of my skills, yes.
 
8. If you could leave any advice behind to the younger students, what would you say to them?
It would be to enjoy being young, having friends, ups and downs, and just to enjoy all of it because they are going to be the best memories of your life.
 
9. What is the fondest memory you have collected over the past seven years at Hogwarts? 
That would be going shirtless at this year’s pep rally. I'd never done anything like that before and it was a lot of fun. I really got the chance to embody the rawr-ness of Gryffindor pride.
 
10. A serious question- what is your favorite part of being a Gryffindor?
I would say it is the family that I have met there. They are true Gryffindors that taught me to be brave in whatever I did, to have pride in who I am and just to fearlessly live my life.

Quidditch

Seventh year Carter Philips has been playing on the Gryffindor Quidditch team since he was a small first year. Having such a long legacy on the team, it came as no shock to anyone when he was granted the position of Gryffindor Quidditch Captain for his seventh and final year at Hogwarts. The man who made the motto, “For Food! For Josh! For Gryffindor!” a house motto, being Captain came easily to him this term. After the conclusion of the season, I had the privilege to sit down with Carter and discuss life, laughs and most importantly, Quidditch. 
 
1. Being that you are one of the oldest members on the team currently, Quidditch seems to mean quite a bit to you. How did you feel when you got that shiny badge and how did you take on the responsibility that came along with it? 
Honestly, it came as a shock. I've been playing Quidditch since my first year... and you just always expect that older kid to be there to help you and guide you. When you've had that for 6 years you don't really expect yourself to be the next one in charge. But, it happened. As for the responsibility part, I'm not sure you'd call playing my favorite game with my favorite people a "responsibility." I just concentrated on trying to make us the best we could be. I'd like to think that I did that. And I hope I left some kind of good impression.
 
2. Although your team was not as successful as I’m sure you hoped it would be match-wise, what can you say you are most proud about in your team this term?
The lovebirds. [Chaser, Gideon Gert and Beater, Selina Skylar] I'd like to think that they got together because I inspire such a good mood. Okay. I was kidding. I'm just really proud in general. I've known these people since they started Hogwarts. [I] was part of their growing up. When you're surrounded by good people I think just being a part of their lives makes you proud. They're my team. They'll always make me proud. I’m sorry; I’m really bad at answering these.
 
3. Who is the team clown? Who is the most competitive on the pitch? Who would you not trust with a beater bat? 
Can Josh [Carter] be all three? Let's see. Josh would probably be the most intentionally funny. But Mr. Lovebird [Gideon Gert] has his moments. Is it bad that I find things that he does funny? The most competitive? That would probably be you [interviewer, Selina Skylar]. Never upset the team ginger. That should be a motto. Kurumi [Hollingberry] gets competitive as well... but I think that's because she's an excellent listener. Too good actually. I think I nearly killed her last match. Hmm...? Who would I not trust with a beater's bat? Most of the team actually. But particularly Adam [Burn] and Josh. Josh nearly killed me once. But both are only dangerous if they have a reason.
 
4. You are graduating this term. What have you taken from your experiences in Quidditch that will help you start the next chapter in your adult life? 
That one is pretty obvious. It's no secret that I'll soon be trading in my red for blue. Being muggleborn it was kind of hard to catch on to magical things at first. It was like your whole world is tossed upside down and they've given you a stick and told you that you have seven years to sort it out. So I did the only thing that came naturally to me -- sports. Quidditch, magic, and Hogwarts have all come to mean the same thing to me. So I'm planning on doing what makes sense to me for as long as I can, playing Quidditch.
 
5. If you could tell your team one thing what would it be?
Ah. A toughie. The hard part about having teammates and friends is that they come to mean more to you than you can ever describe. I don't think I'd ever be eloquent enough to say something that would quite express what I'd want to say. That makes sense, right? So instead of saying something smart... I'd probably say something dumb... like "For Food! For Josh! For Gryffindor!" Scratch that. I can do better. How's this, "Even though I might not be your Captain anymore, I'll always be your friend. I'll always be someone you can trust and I don't consider us true friends unless you plan on just randomly showing up to visit at least once every summer. Don't worry. Dinner will be on me. I'll be famous after all."