HOM-101 Assignment: Lesson 1
Before the first lesson of the History of Magic, the topic of history was never a particular fancy of mine. I must admit that this was the subject I was least looking forward to and I had dragged my feet to class. I now realise how wrong I’ve been.
I used to think of history as nothing more than a mere memorisation of dates, facts, and events. After all, that was how it was taught in the Muggle schools I attended—through rote learning. It was delightful hearing Professor Becker mention that dates are not as important, that what’s more important is to understand how people have shaped history—the ideas and the messages behind their words, actions, and causes. That captivated my interest.
History shouldn’t just be a simple recollection of the past, but as a way to learn to help the present and shape our future. To cease the never-ending cycle of history repeating itself, to improve ourselves and become better wizards, to improve the world and make it a better place to live in, both in current times and for the future; that’s what’s essential. A remembrance of the good-doings, of the triumphs and the bloodshed; to learn from the mistakes of the past and to keep the dark forces at bay—these are the reasons why it is necessary for students to study history.
Although I’m new to the Wizarding world and have very little knowledge of magical history, I do know that a recurrence of Voldemort and the Death Eaters would be an atrocity. A Third Wizarding War would cause widespread devastation.