Wise Words in History of Magic 101

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“History is important to us because we are living it, because we are in it, and because we are going to make it. It is happening at every second, minute, and moment in time… History is also important to us because without it we cannot possibly hope to survive… There would be laws broken every day and wars breaking out every second, because we just wouldn’t know.”

— Professor Becker, History of Magic 101

Herbology 101 — Assignment: Lesson 1

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HERB-101 — Assignment: Lesson 1

Introduction

Celestia Mori is the name I go by.  I am muggle-born and new to this enchanting Wizarding World.

I think I have a gift in understanding non-magical creatures.  Although I cannot communicate with them formally, I seem able to comprehend their “language”, so to speak, much more easily and quickly than others.  There seems to be a level of trust between us and we tend to bond quickly with one another.  I’ve not been exposed to many magical creatures yet but I feel a sense of connection to them as well and I am terribly eager to encounter them and be acquainted with them.

Before the Herbology lesson today, I never had a vested interest in plants.  But the fascination sparked within me as I listened to Professor Tudor.  I see now how essential and connected Herbology is to the creatures, to spells, and to healing.  I desire to pursue Herbology further and I cannot wait for the next lesson!

What I Do Best (Potions 101)

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PTNS-101 — Assignment: Lesson 1

What I Do Best

I know not what potions are
I know not what potions do
Mysterious and bizarre
I wonder what I could brew

The art of potion brewing
The art of potion mixing
In dungeons with wands stirring
I find it all transfixing

The challenging recipe
The challenging procedure
Adds to the complexity
Of which I aim to master

It is a wealth of knowledge
It is a whole set of skills
This I fully acknowledge
But down my spine it sends chills

In the world of the muggles
In the world of the mundane
Potions bring about troubles
Why?  It’s hard to ascertain

Ingredients in cauldron
My dragon-hide gloves are donned
I will proceed with caution
And learn; my word is my bond

CHARMS 101 — Journal: Lesson 2

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CHRM-101 — Journal: Lesson 2

 “Squibs”.  What an odd name.  It’s extremely exciting learning more about this wizarding world.  It’s truly eye-opening gaining a wider, more in-depth view of the magical community.  I’ve heard of the terms ‘muggles’, ‘muggle-born’, ‘half’-blood’, and ‘pure-blood’, but not ‘squibs’.  I suppose prejudice breeds wherever there are people.  This is a slight let-down, I must say.  Isn’t there some magic to create a sort of Utopia where there’s equality for all?

Professor Virneburg had us experience the ball of energy within each of us in class today—that same “ball of energy” I referred to in my previous journal entry.  It was a phenomenal experience feeling it radiate throughout my body, and tears welled up in my eyes involuntarily.  I hope none of my classmates nor the professor noticed—that would be rather embarrassing.

I’ve been practising casting Lumos and Nox since we were introduced to them yesterday.  It’s getting quite a fair bit easier.  And today, I was particularly intrigued by one of the new spells we learnt—Wingardium Leviosa!  It isn’t as easy as how Professor Virneburg made it seem to be.  More practice is needed!

CHARMS 101 — Assignment: Lesson 2

CHRM-101 Assignment - Lesson 2

CHRM-101 — Assignment: Lesson 2

Describe how you obtained your wand

          Upon receiving my Acceptance Letter to Hogwarts, which I was thrilled by, I was immediately buzzing with excitement to get all my school supplies, especially a wand of my own.  Figuring out all the details—where the location was, how to access it, what currency was used—was not an easy task as I come from the muggle world (being muggle-born), but I managed to work some of it out.

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          The shopping area was at Diagon Alley, which is a cobblestoned street just off Charing Cross Road and behind a pub called The Leaky Cauldron.  It took me some time to decipher which brick in the wall of The Leaky Cauldron I had to tap three times to enter Diagon Alley.

          OllivandersOllivanders seemed to be the best and most trusted wand shop, so that was where I headed.  The shop was narrow and shabby but piled to the ceiling with what must have been thousands of wands in boxes—it was splendid!  I took a liking to Mr. Ollivander, the wandmaker.  He is an incredibly old man but admirably wise and knowledgeable.  He taught me that it is the wand who chooses the witch or wizard, and not the other way around.

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          After quizzing me on a number of rather puzzling questions, he selected a few wands from high up on the shelves and brought them down to me.  I immediately felt a strong pull towards one particular box that glowed with increasing intensity as it came closer to me, as though floating in the air.  I reached for the box and there was a gush of wind when I lifted the lid.  An amazing electricity was channelled through my fingertips and coursed through my body when I picked the wand up and I just knew that this wand and I would make an excellent pairing.

CHARMS 101 — Journal: Lesson 1

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CHRM-101 — Journal: Lesson 1

            I am muggle-born and I have always known that I was different from a very young age.  Others thought that I was peculiar too.  I am glad to have now found that there are others who are like me and who would comprehend.  I sense a radiating ball of energy bouncing within the other students as well.  They are different—unique, and so am I.

          Charms are particularly fascinating as they seem to just emanate from within oneself.  I am eager to learn how to harness that energy—that power—for spellcasting.  I have much admiration for the great spellcasters who have dedicated much of their lives to honing their craft and studying the theory.  It is my aspiration to be a great spellcaster in the future—to be as skilled, knowledgeable, and wise as they are.

Ravenclaw House

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Ravenclaws prize wit, learning, and wisdom. It’s an ethos etched into founder Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem: ‘Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure’.

 

Ravenclaw Welcome Message

Congratulations! I’m Prefect Robert Hilliard, and I’m delighted to welcome you to RAVENCLAW HOUSE. Our emblem is the eagle, which soars where others cannot climb; our house colours are blue and bronze, and our common room is found at the top of Ravenclaw Tower, behind a door with an enchanted knocker. The arched windows set into the walls of our circular common room look down at the school grounds: the lake, the Forbidden Forest, the Quidditch pitch and the Herbology gardens. No other house in the school has such stunning views.

Without wishing to boast, this is the house where the cleverest witches and wizards live. Our founder, Rowena Ravenclaw, prized learning above all else – and so do we. Unlike the other houses, who all have concealed entrances to their common rooms, we don’t need one. The door to our common room lies at the top of a tall, winding staircase. It has no handle, but an enchanted bronze knocker in the shape of an eagle. When you rap on the door, this knocker will ask you a question, and if you can answer it correctly, you are allowed in. This simple barrier has kept out everyone but Ravenclaws for nearly a thousand years.

Some first-years are scared by having to answer the eagle’s questions, but don’t worry. Ravenclaws learn quickly, and you’ll soon enjoy the challenges the door sets. It’s not unusual to find twenty people standing outside the common room door, all trying to work out the answer to the day’s question together. This is a great way to meet fellow Ravenclaws from other years, and to learn from them – although it is a bit annoying if you’ve forgotten your Quidditch robes and need to get in and out in a hurry. In fact, I’d advise you to triple-check your bag for everything you need before leaving Ravenclaw Tower.

Another cool thing about Ravenclaw is that our people are the most individual – some might even call them eccentrics. But geniuses are often out of step with ordinary folk, and unlike some other houses we could mention, we think you’ve got the right to wear what you like, believe what you want, and say what you feel. We aren’t put off by people who march to a different tune; on the contrary, we value them!

Speaking of eccentrics, you’ll like our Head of house, Professor Filius Flitwick. People often underestimate him, because he’s really tiny (we think he’s part elf, but we’ve never been rude enough to ask) and he’s got a squeaky voice, but he’s the best and most knowledgeable Charms master alive in the world today. His office door is always open to any Ravenclaw with a problem, and if you’re in a real state he’ll get out these delicious little cupcakes he keeps in a tin in his desk drawer and make them do a little dance for you. In fact, it’s worth pretending you’re in a real state just to see them jive.

Ravenclaw house has an illustrious history. Most of the greatest wizarding inventors and innovators were in our house, including Perpetua Fancourt, the inventor of the lunascope, Laverne de Montmorency, a great pioneer of love potions, and Ignatia Wildsmith, the inventor of Floo powder. Famous Ravenclaw Ministers for Magic include Millicent Bagnold, who was in power on the night that Harry Potter survived the Dark Lord’s curse, and defended the wizarding celebrations all over Britain with the words, ‘I assert our inalienable right to party’. There was also Minister Lorcan McLaird, who was a quite brilliant wizard, but preferred to communicate by puffing smoke out of the end of his wand. Well, I did say we produce eccentrics. In fact, we are also the house that gave the wizarding world Uric the Oddball, who used a jellyfish for a hat. He’s the punch line of a lot of wizarding jokes.

As for our relationship with the other three houses: well, you’ve probably heard about the Slytherins. They’re not all bad, but you’d do well to be on your guard until you know them well. They’ve got a long house tradition of doing whatever it takes to win – so watch out, especially in Quidditch matches and exams.

The Gryffindors are OK. If I had a criticism, I’d say Gryffindors tend to be show-offs. They’re also much less tolerant than we are of people who are different; in fact, they’ve been known to make jokes about Ravenclaws who have developed an interest in levitation, or the possible magical uses of troll bogies, or ovomancy, which (as you probably know) is a method of divination using eggs. Gryffindors haven’t got our intellectual curiosity, whereas we’ve got no problem if you want to spend your days and nights cracking eggs in a corner of the common room and writing down your predictions according to the way the yolks fall. In fact, you’ll probably find a few people to help you.

As for the Hufflepuffs, well, nobody could say they’re not nice people. In fact, they’re some of the nicest people in the school. Let’s just say you needn’t worry too much about them when it comes to competition at exam time.

I think that’s nearly everything. Oh yes, our house ghost is the Grey Lady. The rest of the school thinks she never speaks, but she’ll talk to Ravenclaws. She’s particularly useful if you’re lost, or you’ve mislaid something.

I’m sure you’ll have a good night. Our dormitories are in turrets off the main tower; our four-poster beds are covered in sky blue silk eiderdowns and the sound of the wind whistling around the windows is very relaxing.

And once again: well done on becoming a member of the cleverest, quirkiest and most interesting house at Hogwarts.

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The Ravenclaw Common Room

 

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My Wand

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Black Walnut

Less common than the standard walnut wand, that of black walnut seeks a master of good instincts and powerful insight. Black walnut is a very handsome wood, but not the easiest to master. It has one pronounced quirk, which is that it is abnormally attuned to inner conflict, and loses power dramatically if its possessor practises any form of self-deception. If the witch or wizard is unable or unwilling to be honest with themselves or others, the wand often fails to perform adequately and must be matched with a new owner if it is to regain its former prowess. Paired with a sincere, self-aware owner, however, it becomes one of the most loyal and impressive wands of all, with a particular flair in all kinds of charmwork.

Unicorn

Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard. Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.

10 ¾” in length

The following notes on wand length are taken from notes on the subject by Mr. Garrick Ollivander, wandmaker:

Most wands will be in the range of between nine and fourteen inches. While I have sold extremely short wands (eight inches and under) and very long wands (over fifteen inches), these are exceptionally rare. In the latter case, a physical peculiarity demanded the excessive wand length. However, abnormally short wands usually select those in whose character something is lacking, rather than because they are physically undersized (many small witches and wizards are chosen by longer wands).

Hard flexibility

The following notes on wand flexibility are taken from notes on the subject by Mr. Garrick Ollivander, wandmaker:

Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair – although, again, this factor ought not to be considered separately from the wand wood, core and length, nor of the owner’s life experience and style of magic, all of which will combine to make the wand in question unique.

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