SSRPG Yearbook Term 24

Ancient Runes

 

Ancient Runes always seems to be one of those lessons that almost all students find interesting, and as this year’s lesson's began there was no doubt that the students were going to be in for a lot of fun. From runes that can tell the future, to runes that can represent directions, the students were obviously in for an amazing set of lessons this year.

The first ancient runes lesson began this year with the idea of Witches Runes. These runes are symbols that can be used to tell the future. The lesson started with Professor Lupa asking the students about the runes, gaining some right and wrong answers. Some wrong answers led to the discussion of the differences of the witches’ runes and the Futhark. After this short period of questions, the lesson moved onto the class being told about the origins of the runes; about the witches who made each ones, and there names. The class were then allowed to pick one and tell the meaning. This led to a multitude of responses including runes representing negativity, changes, and some even representing the elements of fire, water, earth, and air. Finally the class ended with the students each coming up with a question, and answering it with the runes. 

The second lesson began quite unusually, with the students having to remove their shoes before entering the classroom, and then had to sit on pillows instead of at desks. That day the students were studying Chakra runes. It turned out that the runes were "wheels of energy" as stated by Gold Laksh, and therefore pillows were a better choice for the lesson. The lesson then continued with the students explaining the differences between the different "bodies" of the human Bodies; the mental, physical, emotional, ethereal, and the spiritual bodies. The students were to learn about the 7 major runes; which were the most important runes. The class were then instructed to put one of the Chakra runes on their head, lie down, and let their body relax. This was the crown chakra, and radiates out into the universe. The lesson moved on to the class finding out where the other runes were situated on the body. 

Arithmancy

 

Arithmancy – the art of calculating numbers to find out more about ourselves and our futures. During this term, this subject faced a drastic change that many other classes faced as well—a change in professor. Macadrian Shackleton, who taught the subject for many terms, took a leave of absence, and a new substitute professor had to step in, and his name was Amadeus Crispe.

With the new professor also came mixed reactions from the students:

"Professor... Crisp... y? Crispe? Yeah. Him. I still can't pronounce his last name right since I always think Crispy when I see or hear his name, but yeah, he was a strange man. I missed Professor Shackleton oh-so very much. I'm not saying he wasn't a good professor because he was good at teaching the subject. He knew what he was doing with all those numbers and whatnot! It's just I didn't like the way he looked at everyone when they walked in the classroom -- it was like he examining us for some odd reason. Just creepy." - Reese Upstead, 7th year Slytherin Prefect

"That Crispy guy? I didn't like him. I saw the way he looked at me because I am a Slytherin. He gave the Gryffindor's a smile, and I got a snarl, pfffft. I don't remember much about his lessons, because I was too scared to concentrate. I do remember him mentioning my toes though. Something about tic and tacking them. Kinda creepy. Did I mention that I didn't like him? 'Cause I didn't." - Destiny Shepard, 2nd year Slytherin

"Professor Crispe is one of the best professors I've ever had the honour to meet, and learn from. Completely classy, absolutely graceful, and someone who knows his subject extremely well. He can be somewhat strict, but makes his class enjoyable with total ease. What is better, he knows how to be AWESOME and warm and fuzzy, and I should know because I've hugged him twice. He is, truly, what you call an 'excellent' person and teacher. Next time there's an opening, can we possibly get him back, please, Headmaster Tate, sir?" - Gold Laksh, 5th year Gryffindor Prefect

"At first I thought that he'd be just like any other substitute teacher we had who didn't seem to follow the flow of our lesson and what we have learned from our previous, original Arithmancy professor. But apparently, I was completely wrong. Professor Crispe was such a knowledgeable, philosophical man who made us understand even the most complicated stuffs in Arithmancy subject and he really explained things clearly and rather simply. He was indeed a trophy teacher Hogwarts would be blessed to have." - Cedric N. Leone, 5th Year Hufflepuff.

Whether or not Crispe really did favor the Gryffindors, one thing is clear – Crispe definitely knew what he was talking about. During his first lesson as substitute professor, which occurred towards the middle of term, Crispe focused on the Arrows of Pythagoras, which was a definite change from the traditional calculations that students of Shackleton were used to seeing. It was a challenge for all of the students, old and young alike, and in the end the students walked away knowing a bit more about positive and negative arrows and having a better understanding of the Arrows of Pythagoras.

The final lesson that Crispe taught, and the final lesson of the term, focused on a recap of his previous lesson, and also tied in a topic from past Arithmancy lessons – Karmic Numbers. Building off of the grids the students had learned about in the previous lesson, Crispe incorporated the concept of Karmic Numbers that some students were already familiar with to get more information out of their readings. The students interpreted the Karmic Numbers for a few of their classmates and had some fun trying to figure out what the grids were trying to convey to their peers, and even though the lesson ended rather early due to…certain circumstances in the castle, everyone was able to take some useful information from their grids thanks to the brilliant mind of Amadeus Crispe. See you again soon, sir!

Astronomy

 

Think Astronomy, and you think colossal - it is the simple and the complex, the molecule and the black hole, a network of worlds upon worlds waiting to be unlocked, explored and delved into. 

Professor Maidee McFarlane brought a systematic exploration of this gigantic puzzle to Hogwarts, this year. To ease things for the students, her classes had a two-level set-up - Beginner's and Advanced, both open to whoever chose to pursue them, irrespective of age or year. 

The first lesson of the year started off with a discussion of the earth's natural satellite, the moon, from where it branched off into the need - and uses - of space suits, the effects of the sun's radiations, and such theories as Fission, Capture and Co-Formation. The literature was, for the most part, easy, but there were a few students who struggled with the class, especially Slytherins. "The woman clearly does not like Slytherin students," complained Snake top-scorer, Marie Salazar. "No matter what we did or said she was taking points away from us." Evelyn Flores of Slytherin agreed to this. "Oh, she was so unfair," the second year said. "It was quite obvious she didn't like Slytherins, plus she didn't know all that much on the subject. I mean really, the moon does not have gravy on it." 

Miss Flores might have mistaken gravity for gravy but, misconceptions aside, the second lesson of the year was a tad more advanced. Professor McFarlane handed out reading material, which led to open discussion. The main question was what certain planetary alignments might mean for the earth and, while a certain student's part in the discussion was a simple "We'd... die? Or something," the majority of Hogwartsians present picked the theme up with visible vigour.

The Professor wrapped up another year of study by encouraging students to take a hands-on approach to Astronomy. The third lesson of the year was the Beginners' Lab, where first to third years experimented with candy to make a Solar System! Reactions to the lesson ranged from delighted to the exact opposite. "The only thing I learned in that class is that frosting is good to stick candies onto paper plates with," said Slytherin second year, Destiny Shepard. Eleven year old Candy Sugarsticks, on the other hand, claimed that the lesson was fantastic. "It was awesome! We used buttah scotch to make the sun, and sugah for the asteroid belt," the first year gushed. "The she-snakerz only kept getting into trouble, because they caused'ed it. This one she-snake asked another girl to hand over her candy, and there was a LOT of drama. Someone even pretended to CRY! Professor MacFarlane was sooo angry, and we didn't get any candy to eat in the end. It was saaad, even though I had fun."

It seems like the Advanced Lab ran a much smoother course. The students studied 'the reasons for the seasons' through a constructive project, and while some admitted that the work was quite challenging, the class ended on a peaceful note. "It was kinda fun to have a hands-on project to do," said fifth year, Slytherin prefect, Raiden Kururugi, when asked for an opinion. "Even if I really didn't understand at the time what we were doing it for." 

Love it or struggle with it, it cannot be denied that Astronomy is a subject that unlocks the gateway to a much wider world, one full of twists and turns, and unimaginable surprises. Professor McFarlane chose to impart some of her knowledge to a population eager to learn in a simple, hands-on fashion, and ultimately, her success was apparent in the grades of the students who sat the subject's OWL or NEWT.

Care of Magical Creatures

"I loovhhh Care of Magical Creatures under Professah Lawson," declares twelve year old Gryffindor, Candy Sugarsticks, brightly. "She's almost as awehsome as mah naaame!"

Indeed. Professor Iliana Morgan, the resident expert on magical creatures, returned this term as Professor Iliana Lawson, to continue imparting her skills and knowledge to the student body at Hogwarts. 

The first Care of Magical Creatures lesson of the year started as per schedule, and focused on Billywigs, those XXX-rated insects that fly so fast, they're nearly impossible to spot! Professor Lawson led the class through a demonstration of Immobulus, a simple freezing charm essential to the lesson. Later on, the students were allowed to experience a billywig sting and its effects - under supervision, of course! It seemed that most students enjoyed the activity, though a few found themselves in trouble.

"It was horrible," said Dylan Denver. "I got stung and swelled up. Stupid allergies." The Professor, a former healer, quickly ensured that Mr. Denver's was alright, and the Snake agreed that "everyone else looked like they were having fun." 

The second lesson of the term took place, not only near the Forbidden Forest, but also at night! Most of the students were thrilled by this, and the setting suited the subject matter taught: serpents. Things took a rather unhappy turn however when certain students, frightened by the creatures, ran off and ended up uncovering a mysterious parchment in the forest, a parchment that hinted at unpleasant events happening at Hogwarts. Professor Lawson called the lesson to a close as the students were escorted to the castle. "It wasn't a nice experience," was the sole comment offered by Gryffindor Prefect Gold Laksh, who had been sent after the nervous students that had run off during the lesson.

Things slowly returned to normal as the last lesson of the term approached, a joint lesson supervised by both Lawsons. Professor Morgan-Lawson introduced thestrals, creatures that not all of the students present could see. Those that could helped describe them to the class, before Professor Marcus Lawson stepped in and let a [henceforth excited!] class know that they could ride the skeletal creatures. "It was FUNNN!" declared one hyper student. "I couldn't shout and say 'ahoy horsie!' because Professah Lawson said the horsie thestrals don't laiik noise but I raaaaced and had an awwwwesome time!"

Thus ended another year of excellently-executed Care of Magical Creatures study, and the fifth and seventh years readied themselves for their upcoming OWLs and NEWTs. In summation, popular Hufflepuff Brody Summers had the following to say about the resident Care of Magical Creatures teacher and her classes: 

"Professor Morgan-Lawson is amazzzzzzing. Like totally my favourite teacher. Her lessons have been fab this year!"

Charms

 

Ever felt the need to enlarge or duplicate various objects that you have in your possession? Well, this year’s charms lessons are definitely for you. Whether it's the practical’s you enjoy most or the general buzz you may gain from learning all the nice enchantments for the charms, this year's lessons were full of something for everyone. Although there happened to be only one charms lesson this year, it was filled with enough fun to last that time. 

The first charms lesson began with a bang, with the students having a Charms 101, learning the differences between Transfiguration, and Charms; this turned out to be whether to object was charmed to do something, or changed into something else. Brody Summers stated a valid point in her answer to this question that in some ways a spell that isn't transfiguration will probably be charm. The next idea got a little complicated with the question being about charms that could be considered transfiguration and vice versa. A few answers were a growth charm, Protean Charm and the Scourgify charm. Finally, bringing an end to Charms 101 was the big question of whether the difference between Charms and Tranfiguration being an absolute difference, or sometimes indistinct. The majority of students decided that it was more near being indistinct, and after this, the lesson moved on to a branch of Charms that just nuzzled on the ear of Transfiguration, as Professor Kade put it. 

These charms were known as Subjective Charms, which aren't particular spells, but a group of spells that do similar things. The students were to be learning about 3 different branches of subjective charms, but for this lesson they were to be learning about Quantative charms. This charm can either increase or decrease the number of the object that the charm is cast upon. These charms included; Engorgio, Reducio and Diffindo. The class were specifically going to practice duplicating objects in the first lesson, using the Geminio charm. After this instruction had been given by the Professor he randomly pulled out a rather large, and ugly unicorn out. It turned out that this would be the object the class would be practicing on. 

The practical began with the class practicing the wand movement, which was a smart little tap, on their desks. They were instructed very clearly to not say anything, because they really wouldn't want two desks really. Although with the Professor's look at Celandine Toussaint, maybe she would prefer to have another desk. After this short practice Chris Potter Volunteered to make the first duplication of the unicorn. The Gryffindor, after being told the correct way to say the charm, stepped up to show the class how to duplicate the unicorn. Luckily for Mr Potter he successfully duplicated the unicorn for a moment, before it disappeared again. But at least he didn't make it blow up, right? After this short lived moment of two unicorns Professor Kade set the rest of the class onto the task of all attempting to duplicate a unicorn for themselves. The main idea of the task was to make their unicorn last until the next lesson. After the majority of the class managed to get their unicorn to remain for a reasonable time, the homework was set, and the fun lesson of duplicating unicorns was finished.