History of Magic 101 — Assignment: Lesson 2

HOM-101 Assignment: Lesson 2

Theories on the Origin of Magic

Of the 3 plausible theories of how magic came to be, the Theory of Hocus Pocus seems most likely.  There’s evidence, such as the Birch Bark Manuscript, supporting the idea that magic naturally started out of thin air.

This theory could very well explain the Theory of Uno Mas, which is the belief that all magic originated from one person: Uno Mas, meaning ‘The First Magi’.  Should the theory be proven right, that Uno was indeed the first wizard to use magic and the first to create a wand, and that he lived in the time of the dinosaurs and before cavemen, it still merely explains who used magic first but not how magic started.  According to the Theory of Hocus Pocus, it must have come our of thin air from a natural progression of magical tendencies.

It could also explain the Migration Theory, the view that witches and wizards lived side-by-side with Muggles for years, unaware that they had magic.  Many of the Wizarding villages that exist today were founded by the early witches and wizards who left the Muggles when the Descent of Blizz occurred (the Ice Age, in Muggle terms).  However, it is still the Theory of Hocus Pocus that describes the origin of magic.

Rather than focusing solely on who first used magic, it is much more useful to focus mainly on the first known uses of magic.  And this is precisely what the Theory of Hocus Pocus attempts to do.

Transfiguration 101 — Assignment: Lesson 1

 

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TNFG-101 Assignment: Lesson 1

       As I’m muggle-born and have only recently discovered the wondrous Wizarding World, Transfiguration wasn’t something I thought to be possible.  I’m slowly restructuring my idea and understanding of the world and its capabilities as I attend each new lesson at Hogwarts.  I am still very much in complete amazement with all the promising possibilities.  There is so much to learn and I am utterly intrigued.

       I would especially like to learn more about the theory in Transfiguration class.  It’s mind-boggling to me trying to wrap my head around the fact that physical objects in the world can be altered simply with magic.  How can it be so?  Just how does it work?  It is my aim to fully comprehend the theory behind Transfiguration.

       Transformation, Animagus transfiguration in particular, and Conjuration are two branches I’m most excited about.  To be able to willingly transform into an animal form whenever one wishes to, and to be able to conjure something out of thin air at any given moment—that would simply be marvellous!  I am nervous about the specificity that Transfiguration requires though.  Professor Mitchell cautioned us about that during the lesson.  But what I’m most nervous about are the dangers of Transfiguration—when spells backfire or aren’t cast correctly.  Oh, what horrors a half-completed transfiguration would be!

Defence Against the Dark Arts 101 — Assignment: Lesson 1

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DADA-101 Assignment: Lesson 1

         Upon hearing Professor Penrose mention that Dark Magic would continue to corrupt our souls and our bodies from the very moment we cast our first Dark spell with a malicious intent, my initial thought was that it should be a crime to use the Dark Arts. However, after spending some time in the Hogwarts Library researching the Dark Arts, it is my belief that the Dark Arts should remain legal, save for the three Unforgivable Curses.

         Although the Dark Arts encompass many spells and practices that are mainly used to cause harm to others, they are not necessarily always evil or done with malicious intent.  Jinxes and hexes, for instance, typically cause little harm to others and are many a time used by witches and wizards as practical jokes.  One such hex is the Bat-Bogey Hex whereby it turns a person’s bogeys into bats that fly out of their nose.

         In addition, the Dark Arts can be used as a way to defend oneself against Dark Magic in times of desperation.  Several books in the Hogwarts Library talked about how the famed Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, and even Professor Dumbledore, used strong Dark Magic—and they are non-dark wizards.

         Furthermore, Dark Magic can also be used in an effort to help others.  I read that Harry Potter used the Revulsion Jinx on the chains of a dragon to free it (and themselves) from Gringotts, and Hermione Granger used the Stinging Jinx as well on Harry Potter as a means of disguising his face when they were caught by Snatchers.

         It is evident that malice isn’t always behind the Dark Arts and that Dark Magic can prove to be beneficial in certain circumstances.  However, it is ought to be emphasised to students the seriousness and grave danger of using Dark Magic.  Having said that, I still strongly believe that the Unforgivable Curses should be a crime due to their especially sinister nature.

History of Magic 101 — Assignment: Lesson 1

HOM-101 Assignment - Lesson 1

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.

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