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Care of Magical Creatures Lover of animals and want to know how to care for them all? Then this is the class for you!

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CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES LESSON
in the Rose Garden


The day was drawing to another illustrious end upon L'Académie de Magie Beauxbâtons and Mathys had been here in the Rose Garden for at least an hour now setting up magical perimeters and prepping the area. Having always found the grounds enchanting at this hour, the Care of Magical Creatures professor found himself wishing to take a stroll over to the cliff side view with his watercolors, but instead found himself questioning these Hogwarts students' ability to perform Loricatus.

They would be needing it this evening.

Comfortable wicker couches that seated five were arranged in three neat rows facing the lavish walls of the castle. Mathys himself stood just beyond these with a palm-sized smooth stone nestled on top of his right hand while his left was tucked dutifully behind his back.

Remember to mind the rules of the Rose Garden as you make your way in and find your seats. Your professor can only guarantee you safe instruction on how to handle magical creatures - an infuriated headmistress was beyond his pay grade.
index de leçon
question one | what do you know about shape shifting and form phasing creatures?
question(s) two | what are the evolutionary advantages of shape/phase shifting?; how do you distinguish between a shape/phase shifting creature and one that is transfigured in form?
creature preparation | successfully perform Loricatus
creature preparation | additional tips & tricks...and the headmistress
gargoyles descent | defensive instructions & reactions
gargoyle chaos | sacré bleu, Hogwarts
class dismissed


OOC: Salutations and welcome to our first Care of Magical Creatures lesson together this term. Please keep in mind that while this is your (the RPers of SS) first lesson, IC your characters have been at Beauxbatons now for 2 months and have had numerous lessons with Professor de Nostredame.

Before posting, make sure you are familiar with the rules and regulations for the subject.

Class will officially begin in approximately 24 hours from the time of this post.
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The rose garden location for the Care of magical Creatures lesson had come as a bit of a surprise to him as he thought that it would suit Herbology more. But that also meant that the teenager was intrigued to find out which creatures they were going to study today.

As he entered the rose garden, the Head Boy looked around quickly for any sign on what was to come but instead of a creature his eyes landed on the wicker couches in neat rows and at first he thought they looked comfortable as it weren't the hard benches or chairs they were used to but he would bet that the Beauxbaton students sat on cushioned little thrones in their classes.

"Good day, professor de Nostredame" he greeted the man standing behind the couches and his blue eyes curiously looked down at his hand for just a second to see what he was holding before he nodded his head and took a seat at the first row.
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Of all the classes with all the professors, this was the one Kaiser liked the least, and it wasn't even his worst subject. No, it was Professor de Nostredame that did it; Kaiser fancied he could feel the disapproval coming off of him in waves. He was fairly sure it was about Hogwarts collectively, but Kaiser also suspected that he as an individual could not be very high in the professor's esteem. But it wasn't that part that bothered him, it was more the fact that he was very conscious about how everything reflected on Trent. Why did that matter to him? He couldn't possibly say for sure, it just did.

Arriving at the rose garden, Kaiser headed immediately for one of the wicker couches near the back. Before he sat, he acknowledged de Nostredame with a, "Bonsoir." 5pm counted as evening, right? Well, he was sticking with it.
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Ah, yes. Care of Magical Creatures class with the French professor. The good-looking man that she enjoys looking at and listening to his accent. Sue her, she can't help that. Obviously she's happy about coming in to his class. Skipping with much frolic she stops the moment she reached the entrance of the Rose Garden and walked in.

They didn't have desks.... yet again.

She glanced to where the professor was standing, gave him a smile "Allo, Professor" her French was okay-- it wasn't the best but it wasn't 'that' bad. She made her way towards the front, near the headboy (Dorian) and smiled shyly before sitting down.
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Two months of lessons with this man probably should've helped him feel more at ease but that just wasn't the case. He was constantly nervous about acting like an idiot and what he would do if the man caught him staring once or twice or more than that. But hey, he wasn't pacing around the outside of the classroom area anymore!

Lucas wrapped the coat a little tighter around himself as he entered the Rose Garden. He knew Desmarais's rule so he simple glanced over the roses and looked over at..... the chairs. Or couches, actually. They weren't going to be doing group work, were they? That was just there for aesthetic reasons, right?

But before he could think more on that, his eyes found de Nostredame and he..... flushed. He had every mind to sit and not speak to the man but, well, this was a lesson. "Uh," Act cool, Dakest, act cool. "Bonjour, monsieur," he said, offering him a smile before quickly making his way towards a wicker couch. Any couch. He didn't really care.
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Claudine suspected that de Nostredame did not like her and that was fine. She didn’t care what others thought of her. Still, she enjoyed his lessons. What was better was that the lesson was being held in the Rose Garden, the place on the Grounds she loved the most. It was always a good place to sketch. “Good afternoon, Professor,’’ the eleven-year-old said, looking up to meet de Nostredame’s eyes with her intense gaze. If he was wondering if she had flown any of his kites after that episode, she had not. That was only because she had made other things her priority, like working on bettering her artistic ability. Claudine meant to fly another kite soon.

Ideally, she would have liked to sit next to Dorian but he already had someone at one of his sides. In any case, she’d choose a couch in the very last row and to the very end on the right side in the hopes that there wouldn’t be anyone sitting with her. In the meanwhile, she while she balanced her CoMC books on her lap, she would work on a sketch… one of Dorian sitting on that couch.
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Helllllo, super interesting professor. Phoebe was less exuberant than usual, but that was mostly because she was trying so hard to be polite and lady-like and super chill. Should she curtsy? That was a thing she'd done before, but Phoebe couldn't remember if he'd reacted positively to it or not.

She opted for a chill head nod. "Bonjour, Professor." She spoke French... did he see? Phoebe seated herself primly on one of the wicker sofas.
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Fiona had tried learning a bit of French for when she interacted with any Beauxbatons alumni but she wasn't sure if she had been successful not that she cared to be honest. She wasn't really into the snobbery of Beauxbatons but she just carried on.

Fiona looked up at the Professor and greeted him a small nod and a "Bonsoir, Professor." She then sat down next to Lucas.
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Tina was a little surprised that today’s COMC lesson was being held in the rose garden, given how… particular Headmistress Desmaris was about her roses, but she wasn’t complaining. Far from it! After spending half a term cooped up inside Hogwarts castle, she welcomed any reason to be outside, and the rose garden had been one of her favorite places back when she was, you know, an actual Beauxbatons student. She took a quick moment to enjoy the scenery as she entered the garden… the sweet floral scent of the flowers, the soft colors of the petals. It was tempting to touch them, but she wasn’t stupid enough to try it! She didn’t want any trouble with the heads of either school; one of whom annoyed her, the other terrified her. Just in case, she kept her hands behind her back so no one could accuse her of anything.

Tina had played the part of a model student since the start of the term, but given the fact that COMC was her only class taught by a Beauxbatons professor, she was even more determined than ever to be on her best behavior. Not as a sign of respect for the Hogwarts staff or an example for the other students to follow - she wasn’t their babysitter! Her motives were purely selfish. She hoped that by acting like a perfect Beauxbatons student, she’d be invited to become one once more. As such, she made sure her uniform was immaculate… clothes neatly ironed, shoes shined, tie tied and perfectly centered, and her hair pulled back out of her face and secured with a purple butterfly hair tie. Yes, she knew Professor de Nostredame was head of Papillonlisse. No, her butterfly wasn’t an attempt to butter him up; it was the same purple butterfly she always wore in some fashion as an homage to one of her dads who just happened to belong to the same house.

“Bonsoir, Professor de Nostredame,” Tina greeted in perfect French. “Comment allez-vous?” With that, she took her seat on the nearest empty couch, sitting up as straight as she could. Ahh, it was so nice to sit on a nice couch (even if she probably would have to share it with other people) instead of the benches, hay bales, or any other manner of objects the Hogwarts professors used as furniture!
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Bonjour, bonjour, bonjour bonjour bonjour... there goes the baker with his tray like always... The same old bread and rolls to sell....

Bernadette could have skipped to what she was SURE was going to be her favorite class, humming the song from a Muggle film as she entered. This was the class with ZE LE FRENCH professor wiz ze hot buns to zell; sure enough, she wasn't the only one who'd thought to greet him in French.

"Bonjour, monsieur," Bernie greeted him with a small smile, flouncing over to sit on a wicker bench beside Phoebe James. Of course there was a show-off there (Tina) speaking French in fluid sentences, while here she was still saying mon-sewer most of the time. Hmmph.
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This had been one of her mum's FAVORITE ever subjects and Cecelia loved these lessons for that very reason. She always felt connected to her when she was around creatures and it made her miss home just a LITTLE bit less than she usually did, which was nice. Hurrying into the Rose Garden, the first year reminded herself to stay calm and be a listener so as not to make their professor upset, as he seemed like the MOODY type.

"Hello Professor de Nostredame." She offered the guy a polite smile and then headed over to take a seat with Phoebe and Bernadette. She WANTED to chat with them, she DID, but instead she just offered a wave in greeting 'cause she was on her best behavior, she was.

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The rose garden location for the Care of magical Creatures lesson had come as a bit of a surprise to him as he thought that it would suit Herbology more. But that also meant that the teenager was intrigued to find out which creatures they were going to study today.

As he entered the rose garden, the Head Boy looked around quickly for any sign on what was to come but instead of a creature his eyes landed on the wicker couches in neat rows and at first he thought they looked comfortable as it weren't the hard benches or chairs they were used to but he would bet that the Beauxbaton students sat on cushioned little thrones in their classes.

"Good day, professor de Nostredame" he greeted the man standing behind the couches and his blue eyes curiously looked down at his hand for just a second to see what he was holding before he nodded his head and took a seat at the first row.
His thumb had been idly tracing over the surface of the stone in his palm when the Hogwarts Head Boy arrived - and Mathys carefully considered him. This student, above most others, was who was meant to embody what Hogwarts represented and from what he had observed so far...he was still sorting through what that was.

"Monsieur Katharos," he nodded politely.
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Of all the classes with all the professors, this was the one Kaiser liked the least, and it wasn't even his worst subject. No, it was Professor de Nostredame that did it; Kaiser fancied he could feel the disapproval coming off of him in waves. He was fairly sure it was about Hogwarts collectively, but Kaiser also suspected that he as an individual could not be very high in the professor's esteem. But it wasn't that part that bothered him, it was more the fact that he was very conscious about how everything reflected on Trent. Why did that matter to him? He couldn't possibly say for sure, it just did.

Arriving at the rose garden, Kaiser headed immediately for one of the wicker couches near the back. Before he sat, he acknowledged de Nostredame with a, "Bonsoir." 5pm counted as evening, right? Well, he was sticking with it.
Yes. Everything did reflect on the Hogwarts headmaster and this should be a lesson that all of the Hogwarts students took a moment to reflect upon. At least this professor would be pleased to know that at least one was looking beyond their own individual microcosm.

"Monsieur Kaiser," he greeted with a cool smile.
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Ah, yes. Care of Magical Creatures class with the French professor. The good-looking man that she enjoys looking at and listening to his accent. Sue her, she can't help that. Obviously she's happy about coming in to his class. Skipping with much frolic she stops the moment she reached the entrance of the Rose Garden and walked in.

They didn't have desks.... yet again.

She glanced to where the professor was standing, gave him a smile "Allo, Professor" her French was okay-- it wasn't the best but it wasn't 'that' bad. She made her way towards the front, near the headboy (Dorian) and smiled shyly before sitting down.
Her cheerfulness was something Mathys appreciated, though he did find himself a little disappointed that it had not carried over into their class space. He did suppose that was for the best as frolicking could land one dangerously close to a rose bush and they did not take too lightly to that.

"Mademoiselle Kim." His greeting this time was a bit warmer.

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Oh merlin oh merlin.

Two months of lessons with this man probably should've helped him feel more at ease but that just wasn't the case. He was constantly nervous about acting like an idiot and what he would do if the man caught him staring once or twice or more than that. But hey, he wasn't pacing around the outside of the classroom area anymore!

Lucas wrapped the coat a little tighter around himself as he entered the Rose Garden. He knew Desmarais's rule so he simple glanced over the roses and looked over at..... the chairs. Or couches, actually. They weren't going to be doing group work, were they? That was just there for aesthetic reasons, right?

But before he could think more on that, his eyes found de Nostredame and he..... flushed. He had every mind to sit and not speak to the man but, well, this was a lesson. "Uh," Act cool, Dakest, act cool. "Bonjour, monsieur," he said, offering him a smile before quickly making his way towards a wicker couch. Any couch. He didn't really care.
The truth was, Monsieur Dakest, that in his particular line of work it was a requirement to know when eyes were fixated on him, and so the man was acutely aware of how often you stared. Though he also had the heart wide enough not to embarrass you about it. He was quite aware that it was a common occurrence for students to become a bit enchanted by his presence.

"Monsieur Dakest," he smiled, providing just a small peek at his pearly white teeth as he did.

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Claudine suspected that de Nostredame did not like her and that was fine. She didn’t care what others thought of her. Still, she enjoyed his lessons. What was better was that the lesson was being held in the Rose Garden, the place on the Grounds she loved the most. It was always a good place to sketch. “Good afternoon, Professor,’’ the eleven-year-old said, looking up to meet de Nostredame’s eyes with her intense gaze. If he was wondering if she had flown any of his kites after that episode, she had not. That was only because she had made other things her priority, like working on bettering her artistic ability. Claudine meant to fly another kite soon.

Ideally, she would have liked to sit next to Dorian but he already had someone at one of his sides. In any case, she’d choose a couch in the very last row and to the very end on the right side in the hopes that there wouldn’t be anyone sitting with her. In the meanwhile, she while she balanced her CoMC books on her lap, she would work on a sketch… one of Dorian sitting on that couch.
This one.

Of any Hogwarts student, this was the one he was the least impressed with at this time and it was not just because of what had happened with his kite.

"Mademoiselle Blaze," he greeted rather tight lipped.

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Helllllo, super interesting professor. Phoebe was less exuberant than usual, but that was mostly because she was trying so hard to be polite and lady-like and super chill. Should she curtsy? That was a thing she'd done before, but Phoebe couldn't remember if he'd reacted positively to it or not.

She opted for a chill head nod. "Bonjour, Professor." She spoke French... did he see? Phoebe seated herself primly on one of the wicker sofas.
He could always tell that this one was making a very genuine attempt, one that never went unnoticed by the man. So while his mood had soured a bit at the faux intensity of Mademoiselle Blaze, his expression softened for the likes of Mademoiselle James.

"Mademoiselle James," he smiled with a more formal version of that head nod and bowed a little at the waist.

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Fiona had tried learning a bit of French for when she interacted with any Beauxbatons alumni but she wasn't sure if she had been successful not that she cared to be honest. She wasn't really into the snobbery of Beauxbatons but she just carried on.

Fiona looked up at the Professor and greeted him a small nod and a "Bonsoir, Professor." She then sat down next to Lucas.
Mathys would always find it peculiar how Hogwarts students reacted to the French immersion while acting as guests to their school. Were the roles reversed, would it not be expected that his students spoke and conformed to British standards? Curious how the human mind worked....

"Mademoiselle Jenovick."

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Tina was a little surprised that today’s COMC lesson was being held in the rose garden, given how… particular Headmistress Desmaris was about her roses, but she wasn’t complaining. Far from it! After spending half a term cooped up inside Hogwarts castle, she welcomed any reason to be outside, and the rose garden had been one of her favorite places back when she was, you know, an actual Beauxbatons student. She took a quick moment to enjoy the scenery as she entered the garden… the sweet floral scent of the flowers, the soft colors of the petals. It was tempting to touch them, but she wasn’t stupid enough to try it! She didn’t want any trouble with the heads of either school; one of whom annoyed her, the other terrified her. Just in case, she kept her hands behind her back so no one could accuse her of anything.

Tina had played the part of a model student since the start of the term, but given the fact that COMC was her only class taught by a Beauxbatons professor, she was even more determined than ever to be on her best behavior. Not as a sign of respect for the Hogwarts staff or an example for the other students to follow - she wasn’t their babysitter! Her motives were purely selfish. She hoped that by acting like a perfect Beauxbatons student, she’d be invited to become one once more. As such, she made sure her uniform was immaculate… clothes neatly ironed, shoes shined, tie tied and perfectly centered, and her hair pulled back out of her face and secured with a purple butterfly hair tie. Yes, she knew Professor de Nostredame was head of Papillonlisse. No, her butterfly wasn’t an attempt to butter him up; it was the same purple butterfly she always wore in some fashion as an homage to one of her dads who just happened to belong to the same house.

“Bonsoir, Professor de Nostredame,” Tina greeted in perfect French. “Comment allez-vous?” With that, she took her seat on the nearest empty couch, sitting up as straight as she could. Ahh, it was so nice to sit on a nice couch (even if she probably would have to share it with other people) instead of the benches, hay bales, or any other manner of objects the Hogwarts professors used as furniture!
This was another student he could tell was putting in a fair bit of effort, as had the butterfly pin adorned to her robes. Though he had not brought any attention to either, not just yet.

"Je vais bien, merci," he smiled warmly at the young witch.

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Bonjour, bonjour, bonjour bonjour bonjour... there goes the baker with his tray like always... The same old bread and rolls to sell....

Bernadette could have skipped to what she was SURE was going to be her favorite class, humming the song from a Muggle film as she entered. This was the class with ZE LE FRENCH professor wiz ze hot buns to zell; sure enough, she wasn't the only one who'd thought to greet him in French.

"Bonjour, monsieur," Bernie greeted him with a small smile, flouncing over to sit on a wicker bench beside Phoebe James. Of course there was a show-off there (Tina) speaking French in fluid sentences, while here she was still saying mon-sewer most of the time. Hmmph.
Do not fret, mademoiselle. Professor de Nostredame was more concerned with the effort being put out than the perfection of a French accent. Even for a school with their standards, it would be inhumane to expect each Hogwarts student to have mastered one over the short summer months.

"Mademoiselle Grantham," he greeted with a small grin.

And stop considering his buns, mademoiselle

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This had been one of her mum's FAVORITE ever subjects and Cecelia loved these lessons for that very reason. She always felt connected to her when she was around creatures and it made her miss home just a LITTLE bit less than she usually did, which was nice. Hurrying into the Rose Garden, the first year reminded herself to stay calm and be a listener so as not to make their professor upset, as he seemed like the MOODY type.

"Hello Professor de Nostredame." She offered the guy a polite smile and then headed over to take a seat with Phoebe and Bernadette. She WANTED to chat with them, she DID, but instead she just offered a wave in greeting 'cause she was on her best behavior, she was.
The enthusiasm from this one was always felt and appreciated even more so, which set the professor's chest in a more optimistic mood in light of the task to be had.

"Mademoiselle Summers," he smiled warmly at the first year before casting a glance at the horizon and then to his watch.

It was time.

"Bonsoir et bienvenue," he greeted the class as usual with a deep bow from the waist before removing his one arm from behind his back so that he may speak to the class more casually. He also did a bit of a glance at who was sitting where as, yes, that would become important soon. It looked as though he may need to perform a bit of assigning later, but no matter. "We will canteenue your education on magical creatures native to France ziss evening," he explained while rubbing his thumb curiously over the rock in his hand. "But first...what can you tell me about your knowledge of shape sheefteeng and form phahseeng creatures?"
OOC: This is the first question of the lesson If you are just joining us now please do not hesitate to jump right in - catch up is always welcome. We will continue in approximately 24 hours.
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Oooh, she knew, she knew! Per usual, Bernadette's hand popped into the air before she had fully formulated an answer in her mind.

"Wereeeewolvessss," she breathed in awe, seriously HOPING that they'd get to talk about WEREWOLVES finally. She'd been trying to bring up werewolves in nearly every class, but no one had bitten.

Get it? Bitten? Heh.

"Werewolves um, phase, and shape-shift from human to wolf at the full-moon phase of the... the lunar cycle?" And they were SO COOL and scary, right?!
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Claudine had been paying little attention to those arriving as she worked on her sketch, occasionally looking up so that she could capture Dorian as best as she could. Sketching humans and animals was still something she needed to drastically improve on. Not even de Nostredame’s stiff greeting had bothered her. When he began the lesson, however, Claudine promptly put away her sketchpad and pencil. She would finish her artwork from memory later.

Now why did this sound familiar to her? Shapeshifting creature in France? Claudine frowned as she heard Eivan’s voice in her head (was it Eivan or another Blaze?) back at the Mansion. If she recalled correctly, she had been eavesdropping on the older folks’ conversation as she often did at home.

Boggarts were initially the first thing to come to mind but that topic would be covered in DADA if she knew right. One of her hands went up. “There’s…’’ Claudine paused as she tried to recall what Eivan (or whomever) had said the name was. “Mathogs? They resemble black cats.’’

That was as much as she could remember.
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Tempted as Kaiser was to just sit there, all the way at the back, and chill say nothing at all, he actually kind of did have an answer for this, even if it wasn't quite the detailed response de Nostredame was probably looking for. He raised his hand about halfway into the air before speaking.

"Kelpies usually become horses. They, uh..." Lure? Luuuuure? Kaiser trailed off for about three beats, trying to remember the word in English. Nope, it was gone. "... they draw people in and pull them underwater and eat them." He left out the part about the entrails.

So the takeaway here was not to trust a random horse just casually kneeling in a river like it wanted you to ride it. Easy enough to remember.
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A thought instantly popped into Fiona's head as soon as the question was asked which surprised her so she raised her hand. "A Veela is a shape-shifting creature. When angered they turn into....er...harpies, I believe."
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Cole sat in his wicker chair in the rose garden and looked ahead at Professor Nostredame that he had greeted earlier. Their new CoMC professor seemed very moody and not someone you wanted to cross. As the lesson began Cole sat up straighter in his chair and raised his hand to answer after Fiona. "I've heard of Dukuwaqas professor, that shapeshift from being a man to a shark and back." It seemed like a cool transformation to see, but he kept that thought to himself. CoMC was one of his favourite lessons so Cole really hoped that this lesson was going to be fun.
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Shape shifting creatures?! COOL! Cecelia sat up some, excited about the idea of maybe SEEING a shape shifting creature up close. As for what she knew about them, well her initial answer had been taken by Bernadette, so she offered her second. "I'm wondering if boggarts count? They can change into the form of whatever scares you most, and you can transform them into something more funny using a spell. Mum told me all about it!" She wondered what HER boggart would be, unable to imagine anything TOO scary in the moment. What DID scare her most?

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As the class officially started, Tina focused all her attention on Professor de Nostredame, hanging on to his every word. Her mood instantly brightened upon hearing the first question. So they were covering creatures indigenous to France, and de Nostredame asked for a shapeshifting creature… If this lesson went in the direction she thought it was going, they were in for a lot of fun!

The moment she heard the question, her mind immediately went to her favorite magical creature, the matagot - the black cat-like creatures that guard the Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France and shapeshift into black cats upon leaving the wizarding world - but that answer was already said… sort of. A mathog? Seriously?! That sounded like a pig that could calculate equations… either that or the one nerdy kid in every arithmetic class who just had to answer all of the teacher's questions.*

It took every bit of restraint Tina had not to raise her hand and give the correct name of the creature. She was 99% sure the matagot was the answer de Nostredame was looking for, and she knew all about them! But at the same time, that answer could come across as condescending and rude. Either way she chose, it had the potential to reflect badly upon her, and she was not having that! She'd worked too hard to act like a perfect Beauxbatons student! So what would a perfect Beauxbatons student do?

If her four years' experience at this school was anything to go by, manners were just as important as knowledge, if not more so. That settled it; she was going to go for a different answer. Tina raised her hand and after being called on, she said, "What about the hidebehind, Professor? It's a beast created by the accidental breeding of a group and a demiguise, and as the name suggests, it can shapeshift and turn invisible to hide behind any object." Did that count?*

Tina was not at all confident in that answer, not so much in that her information was incorrect but that the creature, like the boggart, counted more as a DADA subject, but it was better than nothing… and hopefully better than correcting a first year in front of everyone.
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Analiese sat down a wicker chair and looked up at Professor de Notresdame. Shape shifting creatures? There were only two in the world, weren't there? The Hidebehind and the Matagot. The Matagot was the only one native to France, as the Hidebehind was native to the Massachusetts in America. The Hidebehind dated back to the 17th Century, but dates of the Matagot aren't known. Yes, she had bothered to read her textbooks over the summer. She raised her hand and uttered an answer. "Matagots are the only shape shifting creatures native to France, sir. A Matagot is a spirit in French folklore that tends to take the form of a black cat. Most Matagots are evil, but 'wealth-bringing' Matagots will bring its owner a solid gold coin every day if allowed to eat and drink first at every meal. They are often used by the Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France for handiwork, such as the security of certain departments." , she answered.
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"There's el Cucuy, a shapeshifter who hides under beds and in closets and eats children," Dalia chimed in. Of course, it wasn't French in origin, but Professor de Nostradame had meant in general, right? Surely so. If not, well, most of the class was in trouble there anyway, so....

Then again, it was also possible she had mixed her legends with her actual creatures again. If so, then oops.
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Nettie paused for a moment, thinking her answer over VERY carefully before raising her hand. She had to have the PERFECT answer for the VERY handsome respected professor, you know?

Putting her hand in the air, she cleared her throat before rattling off her answer. "Would veela count Professor? Full bloodied ones, I mean..." she added for clarification, because she herself could definitely NOT do what she was about to describe. "When they get angry they basically become ravenous harpies. It's scary," she said, suddenly doubting what she was saying and blushing a bit. That was probably a silly answer. GAHHHH.
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Lucas would’ve been glad to sit there on his own. At least no one would feel him almost radiating heat from blushing too much, right? But he was glad that the person who did come to sit down next to him was a familiar face. It was because of this that he gave Fiona a relieved smile. Hey! Thanks. Really.

When it was time to start, he turned his attention back towards de Nostredame. The man’s face made it hard to concentrate but that voice? The accent? That only made it harder. How many times had he heard the man talk? And how much of it did he really remember?? Very little.

Was he radiating heat, yet?

But he was talking about....... shapeshifting? Yeah. That was it. Shapeshifting creatures that he knew enough about. Well, as much as he wanted to answer and show de Nostredame that he had something beneath that curly hair of his, he........ didn’t know any other examples. Apart from the human examples like an Animagi, but that wasn’t a shapeshifting creature, was it?

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Oooh, she knew, she knew! Per usual, Bernadette's hand popped into the air before she had fully formulated an answer in her mind.

"Wereeeewolvessss," she breathed in awe, seriously HOPING that they'd get to talk about WEREWOLVES finally. She'd been trying to bring up werewolves in nearly every class, but no one had bitten.

Get it? Bitten? Heh.

"Werewolves um, phase, and shape-shift from human to wolf at the full-moon phase of the... the lunar cycle?" And they were SO COOL and scary, right?!
While Mathys had been in a pleasant mood just moments earlier thanks in part to the enthusiasm displayed by Mademoiselle Summers...until the first hand was honored and he heard the words coming from Mademoiselle Grantham's deceptively innocent lips. While certain that no malicious intent was meant behind her words, it was important to make a lasting first impression.

"A deduction of 5 points will be taken from your house for ze dehumahneezation of zose affleected by Lycanthropy," he declared with a swift wave of his hand. "Ze world haz cruelly estahbleeshed a prejudice against zese indiveeduals for far too long. Zey are people and shall be regarded as people een my lessons. Not as creatures nor as beasts. Remembair, it is because of ze oppression and deescreemination zat some elected to join forces with one of ze most powerful Dark weezards of ze last century. And zat oppression and deescreeminahtion begis with ze words we choose to use when speaking of zem." He was not particularly keen on her tone either, but that was an entirely other matter. "Come speak with me aftair class if you wish to earn zose 5 points back."

He could easily find a task for her to accomplish that would do the trick.

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Claudine had been paying little attention to those arriving as she worked on her sketch, occasionally looking up so that she could capture Dorian as best as she could. Sketching humans and animals was still something she needed to drastically improve on. Not even de Nostredame’s stiff greeting had bothered her. When he began the lesson, however, Claudine promptly put away her sketchpad and pencil. She would finish her artwork from memory later.

Now why did this sound familiar to her? Shapeshifting creature in France? Claudine frowned as she heard Eivan’s voice in her head (was it Eivan or another Blaze?) back at the Mansion. If she recalled correctly, she had been eavesdropping on the older folks’ conversation as she often did at home.

Boggarts were initially the first thing to come to mind but that topic would be covered in DADA if she knew right. One of her hands went up. “There’s…’’ Claudine paused as she tried to recall what Eivan (or whomever) had said the name was. “Mathogs? They resemble black cats.’’

That was as much as she could remember.
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Analiese sat down a wicker chair and looked up at Professor de Notresdame. Shape shifting creatures? There were only two in the world, weren't there? The Hidebehind and the Matagot. The Matagot was the only one native to France, as the Hidebehind was native to the Massachusetts in America. The Hidebehind dated back to the 17th Century, but dates of the Matagot aren't known. Yes, she had bothered to read her textbooks over the summer. She raised her hand and uttered an answer. "Matagots are the only shape shifting creatures native to France, sir. A Matagot is a spirit in French folklore that tends to take the form of a black cat. Most Matagots are evil, but 'wealth-bringing' Matagots will bring its owner a solid gold coin every day if allowed to eat and drink first at every meal. They are often used by the Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France for handiwork, such as the security of certain departments." , she answered.
His mood only soured a bit further, though this time he remained a bit more collected and reminded himself that first years tended not to know any better. Though Mademoiselle Anderson soon chimed in with her own response and the correct term - even if her response was a bit of a muddied one and Mathys found himself taking a small breath collect himself as well as remind himself that not all were brought up with the pureblood upbringing such as himself, thus melding Non–magique lore with wizarding fact.

"As Mademoiselle Anderson offered, Mademoiselle Blaze, ze you are zinking of is ze Matagot," he correctly with just a slight twitch of a smirk to his lips. "But to clarify a bit. It is true zat ze Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France uses zese creatures as security and zey resemble more speceefically a black Sphynx cat. While ze oral trahdeetion in France among ze Non–magique is zat othair forms such as a rat, fox, dog or cow exeest...ziss is untrue in our reality. Zere is only ze feline form and zey do not shape shift but rathair have ze ability to duplicate zemselves when struck by offensive magic."

On the positive, however, he was pleased that both had selected a creature native to France to mention. That had been the focus of his lessons thus far in order to assist Hogwarts in taking advantage of its abroad educational experience.

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Tempted as Kaiser was to just sit there, all the way at the back, and chill say nothing at all, he actually kind of did have an answer for this, even if it wasn't quite the detailed response de Nostredame was probably looking for. He raised his hand about halfway into the air before speaking.

"Kelpies usually become horses. They, uh..." Lure? Luuuuure? Kaiser trailed off for about three beats, trying to remember the word in English. Nope, it was gone. "... they draw people in and pull them underwater and eat them." He left out the part about the entrails.

So the takeaway here was not to trust a random horse just casually kneeling in a river like it wanted you to ride it. Easy enough to remember.
Thus far, Hogwarts was zero for two when it came to answers and Mathys had honestly expected better from them. So it was with suppressed reluctance that he called upon Monsieur Kaiser.

"Oui, a fine example of a creature who can change its shape at will," he commended as he pulled his wand from his basilisk hide trousers and cast a nonverbal Flagrate to make the word 'Kelpie' appear in the air.

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Nettie paused for a moment, thinking her answer over VERY carefully before raising her hand. She had to have the PERFECT answer for the VERY handsome respected professor, you know?

Putting her hand in the air, she cleared her throat before rattling off her answer. "Would veela count Professor? Full bloodied ones, I mean..." she added for clarification, because she herself could definitely NOT do what she was about to describe. "When they get angry they basically become ravenous harpies. It's scary," she said, suddenly doubting what she was saying and blushing a bit. That was probably a silly answer. GAHHHH.
And where there had been home, now returned the darkness.

"Zat will be 5 points from your house as well, Mademoiselle Jenovick and Mademoiselle Gladin," he sighed while straightening his posture. "Even by Ministry classeefications, Veela are not regarded as creatures nor beasts and would be insulted for you to call zem zus. And since zey are a very irascible race, I would suggest you let your comments now be ze last zat you do so."

Or else he hoped that the Hogwarts Healer was immaculately efficient in treating third degree burns. Their rash and menacing tempers surely came from their barbaric Bulgarian origins.

"You two may see me aftair class with Mademoiselle Grantham."

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Cole sat in his wicker chair in the rose garden and looked ahead at Professor Nostredame that he had greeted earlier. Their new CoMC professor seemed very moody and not someone you wanted to cross. As the lesson began Cole sat up straighter in his chair and raised his hand to answer after Fiona. "I've heard of Dukuwaqas professor, that shapeshift from being a man to a shark and back." It seemed like a cool transformation to see, but he kept that thought to himself. CoMC was one of his favourite lessons so Cole really hoped that this lesson was going to be fun.
"Oui, ze Fijian National Quidditch Team mascot," Mathys nodded with some degree of relief as he performed another Flagrate to list the creature below Kelpie on their hovering list. "Now, before any of you begin spewing complaints about fairness, like ze merpeople decided among zemselves, so too hahve ze Dukuwaqa zat zey wish to be classeefied as beasts rathair zan beings due to zeir preferred state being zat of a shark over zeir human form."

Really, this was not up for debate and doing so would only take away from the true purpose of this evening's lesson. A purpose that would be doing a great service to Beauxbatons and help these Hogwarts students gain some favor with his headmistress.

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Shape shifting creatures?! COOL! Cecelia sat up some, excited about the idea of maybe SEEING a shape shifting creature up close. As for what she knew about them, well her initial answer had been taken by Bernadette, so she offered her second. "I'm wondering if boggarts count? They can change into the form of whatever scares you most, and you can transform them into something more funny using a spell. Mum told me all about it!" She wondered what HER boggart would be, unable to imagine anything TOO scary in the moment. What DID scare her most?

Hmm...
"Oui, but zey are a bit of a grey area for us in zat zey are spirits. Specifically non-beings," he nodded with another flick of his wand as 'Boggart' appeared as the third creature on their humble list though with a small star considering there was a bit of a tangible exception to boggarts. "Spirit studies is a bit of a complex branch of magizoology with zose falling undair ziss category more often zan not covered more in your Defense Against ze Dark Arts lessons. But an understandeeng of zeir nature goes hand in hand with ze study of ze Care of Magical Creatures." After all, their appearance was often a call for Creature Control and not the Bureau des Aurors. "Another fine example of somezing zat can change its form at will and very complex in nature. We do not have ze time to go into detail today, however."

And if the rumors he was hearing from his connections was true, a far too triggering a topic for the fragile hearts of these Hogwarts youths.

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As the class officially started, Tina focused all her attention on Professor de Nostredame, hanging on to his every word. Her mood instantly brightened upon hearing the first question. So they were covering creatures indigenous to France, and de Nostredame asked for a shapeshifting creature… If this lesson went in the direction she thought it was going, they were in for a lot of fun!

The moment she heard the question, her mind immediately went to her favorite magical creature, the matagot - the black cat-like creatures that guard the Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France and shapeshift into black cats upon leaving the wizarding world - but that answer was already said… sort of. A mathog? Seriously?! That sounded like a pig that could calculate equations… either that or the one nerdy kid in every arithmetic class who just had to answer all of the teacher's questions.*

It took every bit of restraint Tina had not to raise her hand and give the correct name of the creature. She was 99% sure the matagot was the answer de Nostredame was looking for, and she knew all about them! But at the same time, that answer could come across as condescending and rude. Either way she chose, it had the potential to reflect badly upon her, and she was not having that! She'd worked too hard to act like a perfect Beauxbatons student! So what would a perfect Beauxbatons student do?

If her four years' experience at this school was anything to go by, manners were just as important as knowledge, if not more so. That settled it; she was going to go for a different answer. Tina raised her hand and after being called on, she said, "What about the hidebehind, Professor? It's a beast created by the accidental breeding of a group and a demiguise, and as the name suggests, it can shapeshift and turn invisible to hide behind any object." Did that count?*

Tina was not at all confident in that answer, not so much in that her information was incorrect but that the creature, like the boggart, counted more as a DADA subject, but it was better than nothing… and hopefully better than correcting a first year in front of everyone.
"Oui, ze hidebehind is anothair fine example," he nodded with a wave of his wand. "A trageec beast zat serves as a remindair to wizarding kind ze dangers of disrespecting creatures. Because of ze arrogance of Phineas Fletchair, zere exeests in ziss world a beast born of wizahrding folly zat will destroy ze life of a witch or wizard without remorse and s a formidable foe in zat it can shape shift as well as turn invisible."

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"There's el Cucuy, a shapeshifter who hides under beds and in closets and eats children," Dalia chimed in. Of course, it wasn't French in origin, but Professor de Nostradame had meant in general, right? Surely so. If not, well, most of the class was in trouble there anyway, so....

Then again, it was also possible she had mixed her legends with her actual creatures again. If so, then oops.
Ah, a very unique answer and one that had Mathys' nodding his head approvingly as it too joined the growing list of approved shape shifting creatures. "Native to Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, we here in France have our own subspecies colloquially referred to as ze le croque-mitaine or ze Croquemitaine. Zey all fall under ze genus Bogey. Anothair zat you may encounter in your Defense Against ze Dark Arts training."

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Lucas would’ve been glad to sit there on his own. At least no one would feel him almost radiating heat from blushing too much, right? But he was glad that the person who did come to sit down next to him was a familiar face. It was because of this that he gave Fiona a relieved smile. Hey! Thanks. Really.

When it was time to start, he turned his attention back towards de Nostredame. The man’s face made it hard to concentrate but that voice? The accent? That only made it harder. How many times had he heard the man talk? And how much of it did he really remember?? Very little.

Was he radiating heat, yet?

But he was talking about....... shapeshifting? Yeah. That was it. Shapeshifting creatures that he knew enough about. Well, as much as he wanted to answer and show de Nostredame that he had something beneath that curly hair of his, he........ didn’t know any other examples. Apart from the human examples like an Animagi, but that wasn’t a shapeshifting creature, was it?

So, he stayed silent. And listening. Or trying to.
It would have served Monsieur Dakest well to have spoken his thoughts aloud, perhaps helped to rectify some of the confusion and animosity that the professor had brewed in his lashing out against students and their innocent wording. But Professor de Nostredame was firm in such matters, punishing Beauxbatons students in the same manner without a second thought. Particularly after a rather nasty incident in which one student had called another of Veela decent a beast and...how did the Hogwarts motto go again? Tickle the sleeping dragon? Mathys had nearly sent the student to the hospital wing in a matchbox by the time he had been able to both stun and pry the fully transformed Veela student off the other.

Never again. Never.

For now, he simply bowed his head to the young man in appreciation for his attentive listening.

Pacing slightly, taking care to step widely around the floating letters, Mathys gave the whickered couches another look over for any lingering hands (even those half raised) before concluding it was time to move along. Though he would be lying if he said he was not disappointed.

"I zank you for your effahrts, but I do find it interesting zat you all chose to focus on only ze shape shifting creatures and all but ignored ze secand part of my inquiry - ze phase shifting creatures. Shape shifting refers to zose creatures who change zeir physeecal shape, one solid form to anothair, such as ze Kelpie. Phase shifting refers to zose creatures who are able to change zeir forms from interchange zemselves between entirely different genetic compositions from zeir own natural states. One of ze best examples of zis we see in ze boggart zat Mademoiselle Summers mentioned. Ze ability of invisibility falls undair ziss catergory as well, like ze demeeguise as zey are capable of literally phasing zemselves in and out of a physical representation. It iz not a perfect analogy but, sink of it as being similar to how watair can became ice or a gas. Zose...phase changes. I will admit zat ziss can be a bit of a confusing subject to grasp. Especially since ze term shape shifting has been used interchangeably with all zese. Ze creature zat we will be working with today falls undair the phase shifting classification."

He was sure that this would elicit more than a few follow up questions and he would be more than willing to field those.

Mathys took a moment to glance upwards at the castle's walls and studied it curiously for a time before his piercing blues drifted back to the horizon. Shouldn't be too long now.

"Ze majority of your responses are for zose creatures who use zere abilities to lure their prey and consume them." Making the majority of them Dark creatures by definition, which was not something that he was particularly fussed with but encouraged. It would be naive to separate all branches of magical study into their own pigeon holes. "But can you zink of no othair evolutionary advantage to zis ability? I am certain you can. Zere are already some examples in the answers previously given. Or if zis question does not interest you, perhaps you can tell me ways to distinguish between a creature zat is a a shape shifter or phase shifter to a creature a creature zat has been transfigured by spellwork?"
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Unfortunately for Kaiser, while he had become much better at listening to and understanding spoken English from most people, as soon as you threw in a thick accent that was very different to the one he had picked up while learning, it was game over. Of course, after the last couple of months, he had come to expect that this would happen in Care of Magical Creatures, but still. Acceptance didn't make it any easier.

He tried his best to listen and follow, but he kept getting left behind. The most he could do was wait until it sounded like de Nostredame was starting a new train of thought, and then try and engage his brain again.

Evolutionary...? Oh dear. This was the point in the lesson where Kaiser's giant gaps of knowledge became obvious. He didn't know what an evolutionary advantage was. It was just one of those terms he occasionally heard or read and casually glossed over. So, uh... he was going for the other question. The easier one. He didn't particularly care if it made him look lazy.

Up the hand went again. "Uh... I think if a creature has been transfigured by a spell, it will behave as what it has been turned into, because it will think that it really is that creature and always has been. But a shapeshifter I think would not naturally act like the creature it turned into, it keeps its own, ah... behaviours?" ... Sure. That would have to do.
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