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Hogwarts RPG Name:
Norman A. Carton

Student Character:
Heathcliff E. Jones
Seventh Year

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Gaston A.L. Marchand
Minister's Office

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Hector E. Velez
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Text Cut: Jenovick
Originally Posted by Ginevra View Post
Fiona thought for a good few moments about what her answer was going to be when it came to Professor Carton's second question. She then raised her hand and answered. "I think materials such as stone or brick would make it difficult because of the lack of flexibility in said materials. Maybe lighter materials such as I don't know.... a piece of cotton fabric might have the necessary flexibility needed."

Yeah, that answer didn't sound too bad in Fiona's mind.

Norman spotted Jenovick’s hand in the air first and called on her. He listened to her theory, nodding approvingly. “Sensible theory, Miss Jenovick,” he said. “Lighter materials generally are easier to transfigure and not only because of their flexibility. The weight of the material plays a part too.”

Text Cut: Donovan
Originally Posted by Kolyander View Post
Lia found it a little strange how Tadhg had literally walked right past her desk to get himself bread at the front of the room. Then past her again to sit at the desk behind her and not said one word to her. Not a hello, not a smile, a wave or anything. Nothing. Had she done something to upset him? He couldn't be that mad that he wasn't sitting beside her, could he? Unfortunately the lesson had already begun and there was no real time for her to ask him so she did the very next best thing that came to mind. She looked over her shoulder at him and gave him one of her brightest Lia smiles before turning back around to pay attention to professor Carton. Whatever the problem was, she would have to wait a bit longer to find out.

While more responses were being given from her peers, Lia took that time to take notes. Some more of her bread was eaten as well. A bit of it offered over her shoulder to Tad as she normally always shared half of her bread with him out of habit. Her hand went straight up into the air when the next question was asked. "I think the material being used does matter. A moving item could pose to be a lot harder to transfigure then one that is still because you have really focus and make sure you don't miss when casting the spell. Or maybe the larger something is that could make it harder to transfigure to? I'm not really sure.. how difficult is it to freeze the water of a lake so everyone can ice skate on it?" The last part was meant as a serious question. Her papa had done this many times and her big sister as well and they made it look so very easy.

Norman listened intently to Donovan’s theory, following along until the question about freezing water in a lake. “That would depend on how big the lake is, how deep, and how thick the caster wants the ice to be. The bigger the area to be covered, the more powerful the intent behind the spell needs to be,” he answered her question. “Though it should be noted that the spell to freeze a lake is a charm, not transfiguration. While it changes the water from a liquid state to a frozen one, it doesn’t turn it into a different object entirely, nor does it conjure ice.” He paused a moment to allow time for that information to sink in before continuing, “As to your theory, that’s very true. A moving target would require careful concentration and timing, which would make it more difficult.”

Text Cut: Mordrake
Originally Posted by natethegreat View Post
Kayne had to think really hard about the Professor's specific question to him. His mind immediately had raced to some mischievous scenarios, however, he knew it was best not to say those examples out loud. So, when he thought of an answer that would actually suffice, the Slytherin boy raised his hand saying with confidence "Well, let's say theoretically, you're in your house during a powerful storm; all of a sudden a window by you breaks due to...let's say the wind in this instance. You could use the glass to sand spell to ensure that you wouldn't get injured by the shards." Though, you'd then most likely end up with sand in your eyes, but Kayne didn't add that part to his answer.

Moving on to the other question posed, this answer came rather quickly. Still with his hand raised, just to make sure he didn't get called out for not doing so, Kayne mentioned "I believe that the material used in those kind of spells have a big part in the process to transmute it into something else." He took a moment before elaborating. "Things that could be considered ever-changing such as water, and other fluids would most likely be harder to work with, as you would then also have to be constantly shifting your focus to ensure the spell would work to it's fullest extent." The next part of what he had to say was a bit of a stretch, and most likely wrong, but that still didn't stop Kayne from also saying "I also think that, if you're including animals and people in this example, they could also be considered ever-changing due to the fact that: one, our bodies mostly consist of water, therefore, it could add that consistent movement pattern that would require more focus. And two: our bodies are more easily effected by the process of time, even though most of the time we can't actually physically see it. Like our hair and nails are constantly growing and changing while time moves forward." This answer was most certainly a stretch if he's ever seen one. But it was still at least something different than what his classmates were saying

Norman nodded approvingly at Mordrake’s answer. “Yes, that would be a good use for that type of spell,” he replied. He was also impressed with the boy’s answer to the second question. That was an answer he wouldn’t have expected! He wasn’t oblivious to the confusion of the words transmute and transfigure, but he saw no need to draw attention to it. He knew what the boy meant. “That certainly stands to reason, Mr. Mordrake,” he said. “If nothing else, ever-changing things would require more concentration to transfigure.”

Text Cut: Blaze
Originally Posted by FearlessLeader19 View Post
Claudine was pleased with her answer and was not at all surprised that there were most students who agreed with the use of a variety of objects. Really, that answer made a lot of sense as opposed to the other one. The Snakette sat back pondering on the other questions while listening to responses. From observations, it seemed that quite a few of her classmates thought that moving objects would be more difficult to change. That was possible but there was another {and possibly more}.

She raised her hand and waited to be called upon. “Couldn’t bigger objects be more difficult? I mean, someone may be able to master changing a pebble into something else but let’s say… one of those dummies in the Dueling Arena... they could be a lot more difficult to manipulate into changing their forms.”

Blaze’s answer sounded a bit similar to Jenovick’s in the comparison of larger objects to smaller ones, but was no less sensible. “Good example, Miss Blaze,” Norman replied, stifling a smile at the thought of Malachi’s reaction to his dummies being transfigured. “Yes, bigger objects are more difficult to transfigure, mostly due to their weight.”

Text Cut: Blackthorne
Originally Posted by MadAlice View Post
"I would think," Violet began, "that the closer a material resembled the thing you want to transfigure it into, the easier it would be to change. And vice versa."

Blackthorne’s answer earned an approving nod. “Yes, there’s some truth to that theory, Miss Blackthorne,” Norman replied. “The closer an object is to its desired final form, the less concentration it takes to visualize it as such.”

Text Cut: Flamsteed
Originally Posted by sweetpinkpixie View Post
He sort of knew Dahlia's response even before she said it...because he knew the answer. Mostly he asked these things so that someone could enable him to just go ahead with it. Probably not the best to ask that of a Ravenclaw, all things considered. Apparently the tiny ice cube in juxtaposition to the size of his face and tongue were entirely too obvious to the professor...who saw precisely what the Gryffindor was trying to do. But still...the tip of his tongue HAD touched the ice cube and his results were still entirely nonconclusive. He also now wondered if the enchanted ice cube and it's water had a large index of refraction...

So many questions and no time to ask them or else he would end up looking like Kinsay James.

Mumbling a half apology, only because he had been caught, Atlas straightened his posture and shrugged his shoulders at Dahlia.

His anxiety SPIKED a bit when there was all this bread passing and tearing going on, and not just because his deskmate was getting crumbs everywhere. "Don't eat that!" he hissed, nearly knocking it right out of her hand while she tried to pass it to the Slytherin behind them. He didn't care about whatever their dynamic was or wasn't, the bread was more important!

The first question was distracting enough not to dwell on his own anyway, though he remained silent through it while his brain went into overdrive. There were benefits to both, he figured. But the more broad a spell could impact the transformation of object, the weaker he presumed it would be. Whereas if there was a spell that was specific to one object, then all that magical butter could be sucked up over one slice of bread. Magical physics and all that, even magic had its limitations. But in terms of practicality and personal preference, having a spell that worked the same on anything would be optimal.

Which apparently strolled right into the subject matter of the next question and his hand popped right back up. "Well...I would suppose it would depend on the intended result. If you wanted to transfigure something that was hard and solid as an end result. Shape too. It's like...a hedgehog is soft and squishy and already has a shape that resembles a pin cushion. But maybe if there was a stone that was trying to be transfigured into a pin cushion, the magic would first have to change the stone to something soft as well as morph the shape a bit. Or something long and narrow like a log into a single pin cushion. There is so much more material and density there all has to go somewhere. Would think you would need to aim for objects of similar mass to have the most effective transfigurations...otherwise there is a surplus or deficit depending on the original object. It's all right there in the Transformation Formula even! Transformation is directly influenced by the mass of an object, which is the 'a'...and your own wand plays a big party in it wand flexibility. And that's the 'w'."

This is why he liked Transfiguration, there were some rules that had to be followed and there were equations to input towards a predictable conclusion. Individual skill aside, of course, which was the 'c' in the equation but at least he could run simulations in his head.

And then there was that other Slytherin boy talking about transmuting stuff, so Atlas was pointing again. "Transmutation and Transfiguration are separate branches of magic with separate magical laws, aren't they?"

Noting Flamsteed’s silence at the last question, Norman half-expected the boy to keep quiet this time as well. He was pleasantly surprised when that didn’t happen. He listened intently to the boy’s explanation, nodding in places. “Very good example, Mr. Flamsteed!” he said. “In that case, the stone’s texture and shape would have farther to change than those of a hedgehog would to become a pincushion. A general rule of thumb is the more different an object’s original form is from its end result, the more concentration - the ‘c’ in the Transfiguration Formula - it takes to transform it.”

He blinked, slightly taken aback by Flamsteed’s pointing and comment. So much for not drawing unnecessary attention to Mordrake! “Yes, they are. Transmutation is the conversion of one element into another, used in Alchemy.”

Text Cut: Upstead
Originally Posted by Felixir View Post
It should be no surprise that Nem had so far opted not to answer. They had no interest in being here, nor in any of their other classes, and though this had been the case in the couple of months leading up to the holidays - longer, even, but usually concealed - there was a different edge to it now. Or maybe that wasn't the word, as neither really constituted as having an edge at all.

Didn't matter. Nem was here, wondering idly if the Headsman would retract the permission for them to take their Transfiguration NEWT early if they just stopped showing up again, and how much they'd care if he did. The second question was not a difficult one to come up with an answer for.

Until now, Nem had been looking at the maze while the discussion went on around them, their eyes following a path through until they'd done so twice in a row, at which point they let their gaze drift elsewhere. They'd moved on to the items in front of them, and had taken to nudging the ice cube so that it gently slid back and forth on the desk. Clearly it was charmed not to melt, given it was exactly the same shape it had been when Nem had sat down. They were just curious to see if it was protected from the ambient temperature alone, or if the friction of its movement along the desk would make a difference. So far, nothing.

They still had nothing they wanted to contribute. Nem couldn't admit to having much difficulty with one material more than another, though metal was one that was supposedly difficult to charm, had its own branch. It had taken some extra work, that was true, but Nem had soon managed it. Stood to reason that it might be a slightly more resistant material to magic in the area of Transfiguration as well. Of course, there was more than just the basics to consider - not all metals were made equal. A similar thing could be said for stones and leaves, and even ice cubes, Nem supposed. Depended what had been frozen. Not even just 'easy' or 'difficult' either, but other attributes could factor in.

There was something to look into. Nem had delved into it already, with their experiments in metallurgy, but the stone thing might be worth playing around with too, if they got around to it.

Norman was not the slightest bit surprised by Upstead’s lack of answers, nor did he mind the silence. He spared the Slytherin a cursory glance, his face devoid of emotion, as his eyes swept the room in search of more hands in the air, though he saw no need for a verbal acknowledgement at the moment.

Seeing no more hands in the air, Norman addressed the class once more, “You’ve all come up with some interesting theories on how the material used might impact the transfiguration process. Some of these factors, as Mr. Flamsteed touched on, are explicitly stated in the Transfiguration Formula. Among them are weight, viciousness, concentration, and although this one doesn’t pertain to the target of the spell, wand power.” He flicked his wand at the chalkboard, and the following information appeared:

Originally Posted by Chalkboard
Transfiguration Formula
The result of a transformation is affected by:

Weight (a) - the heavier the object, the harder to transfigure
Viciousness (v) - the more vicious, the more difficult (comes into play with animal and human transformations; inanimate objects will have 0 viciousness)
Concentration (c) - Bigger objects will require more concentration than smaller ones; similar objects to the end result will require less than drastically different objects
Wand power (w)
Unknown variable (z)
After pausing for a few moments to give the students time to copy the information down, he continued, “Today we’ll be examining the effects of different materials on transformation with a little experiment. In a few minutes, you’ll practice a transforming spell on each of the three objects on your desk and compare the results. Before we get into the casting, I’d like you to predict which of the three items will be hardest to transfigure and which one will be easiest. Take some time to look at the objects, and consider the information on the board. When you have your prediction, write it down. You may start now.”

OOC: Thanks for sticking with me so far! We’ve reached the mini activity, For this part, all your student needs to do is make and write down a prediction of which item (stone, leaf, or ice) will be hardest to transform vs which one will be easiest. The prediction can be as simple or detailed as you like. We’ll move on to the next part one the activity in ABOUT 18 HOURS.
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