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History of Magic Take a blast to the past and learn of the magical deeds of wizarding society! History actually may not be as boring as you think.

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Old 09-08-2021, 10:10 PM
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It’s a cool autumn morning in Mid-September. The night before it had rained so the outdoor grass was still carried a thin film of water from the night before. Fortunately, dear student, this class is inside and not outside so you shouldn’t have to worry about walking outside and getting your shoes or the bottom of your robes damp.

When you walk into the classroom, you’ll find the room to be not too terribly exciting. The History of Magic classroom is set up in the normal classroom arrangement today... unfortunately... much to Professor Simon Holden’s disdain. He had gotten used to transfiguring and changing up his classroom so much that he had been struggling to find the perfect set for his stage for today’s lecture and activity.

So he decided to keep it simple. Professor Holden is waiting at the front of the classroom and is ready to greet his students. He stands next to five easels that are covered by a dark green - almost black - velvet like fabric. Perhaps these paintings will help articulate today’s lecture in full detail.

OOC: Welcome to first HoM class!! So excited to have you guys here

As I referenced in the entrance post above, this is not the first History of Magic class for the term.

If you are not familiar with the rules, please reference them here. Also any questions that you might have, please message me via PM throughout the lesson. I will be more than happy to answer them. I will update this post as we make progress.

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When describing Kale Trent the word quiet would not be counted among the first descriptors. And yet he'd been eerily silent this whole lesson. The war had been less than two years ago and somehow investigating a family that by and large touted pureblood superiority-- just like Rosier-- was on the docket. It made the seventh year livid.

None of this was helped with the mere existence of Nemesis Upstead. They polluted the room with their knowing grins and scheming, stupid face. Murderer. Traitor.

Kale didn't offer up anything to say at any point in the lesson because he knew nothing he said was going to be constructive, and he really did promise his Dad he'd be better. More mature. And starting fights did not fall under the whole do better thing he was trying to achieve.

So he grit his teeth as his classmates discussed the Blacks and tried not to think about that void. The never-ending darkness. The way his father's face has melted off that opening feast.

Kale was so possessed by the fury that sometimes lurked underneath whenever he thought about the war that he didn't even notice when the activity was announced. He blinked rapidly and looked around the room. "What?"
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Heath had no idea where this lesson was going from here, but whatever it was, he hoped it wasn’t more debating. Coming up with facts to support his point was exhausting after a while, and the flaring tempers and emotions that came with debate were even more exhausting. He listened intently as Holden gave the next set of instructions, and his mood instantly brightened. Not only was it not a debate, but there was an opportunity to show off his acting skills. Best lesson ever!

Already the wheels inside Heath’s head were turning. Dinner party with all five members of the Black family… The only time that all of those people would have conceivably been together for a dinner party was prior to Andromeda’s disowning. He knew that her daughter, Nymphadora Tonks, was born in 1973, so she would’ve had to have been disowned before that… which would’ve made Sirius and Regulus very young when it happened. Hmm, this was going to be a challenge! He knew he wanted to play Regulus, but he’d never played a character younger than himself before. Could he pull it off?

Then there was the question of what happened at this dinner party. He thought for several moments, and - Ooh, he had it! What if the party happened on the day Andromeda was disowned? Maybe she announced her engagement (marriage?) to Ted Tonks at the party, and the skit could show the family’s reaction to the news. Yeah, that was good! Now he just needed four more people to play the rest of the Black family. Normally Heath would shy away from group work, but this sounded too fun to pass up. Dark eyes darting about the room in search of people who weren’t already working on collages, he said, “Does anyone else want to do a re-enactment?”

A thought suddenly occurred to him, and he raised his hand. “Professor, are we supposed to perform for the entire class or just re-enact the scene amongst ourselves?” he asked. Holden hadn’t said, and he wanted to make sure he did this right!
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She really hadn't wanted to get up and act anything out. Todays heated discussions was enough for her. Come on you couldn't blame her in the slightest. However, hearing Heath wanted to reenact the situation made her smile. He always was good at doing those sorts of things. Going to the cupboard she grabbed some items to make a collage of pieces representing the betrayal by Narcissa because she could make that look extremely similar and not have to try. too hard artistically. She was good at 3d art not, drawing.
Apollo had been distracted momentarily by the fact that both his dormmates seemed to be feeling ill? And Nemesis was leaving too? Had he missed some key memo about skiving off history of magic today with fake illnesses? Because the Flamsteed duo hadn't seemed ill when he awoke that morning? Or had he been completely oblivious to it? The latter was probably likely. Also, no more debates or discussions had the third year frowning. Why did it seem like the final activity was mostly busy work? Except for the acting gig. He had done pretty decent as Michael Darling last term in Peter Pan, so maybe someone wanted to do the re-enactment.

That was when he heard Heath asking if anyone wanted to do a re-enactment. "I'm in, if we can get three more people. Although, I suppose we could always play multiple parts." He noticed Charlie glance Heath's way like she was interested, but then she had got supplies for the college. He sighed, glancing around the room for any other takers, maybe.
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Apollo had been distracted momentarily by the fact that both his dormmates seemed to be feeling ill? And Nemesis was leaving too? Had he missed some key memo about skiving off history of magic today with fake illnesses? Because the Flamsteed duo hadn't seemed ill when he awoke that morning? Or had he been completely oblivious to it? The latter was probably likely. Also, no more debates or discussions had the third year frowning. Why did it seem like the final activity was mostly busy work? Except for the acting gig. He had done pretty decent as Michael Darling last term in Peter Pan, so maybe someone wanted to do the re-enactment.

That was when he heard Heath asking if anyone wanted to do a re-enactment. "I'm in, if we can get three more people. Although, I suppose we could always play multiple parts." He noticed Charlie glance Heath's way like she was interested, but then she had got supplies for the college. He sighed, glancing around the room for any other takers, maybe.
Heath’s dark eyes darted around the room in search of potential scene partners, but so far there were no takers. He caught Charlie’s smile, returning it with a slight nod. For one wild moment, he thought she was going to join in the re-enactment, but his heart sank as he watched her gather supplies for a collage. Panic began to set in. What if he couldn’t find anyone else to do a re-enactment? It was probably too late to start on a collage, and besides, his art skills were atrocious!

Then an idea occurred to him. He’d write a script for his re-enactment idea so he’d at least have something to hand in. He was so hard at work scribbling down lines that it took him a second to register Apollo talking to him. Setting his quill down, he looked up from his parchment with a small smile. “That could work,” he said, stifling a laugh as he imagined himself playing one (or more) of the Black sisters. “If we don’t find anyone else, we could each take one of the Black brothers and one of the sisters. Then we could flip a coin to see who plays the remaining Black sister.” He was only half joking about that part!

“So we’re supposed to re-enact a Black family dinner party, and I was thinking what if the party takes place on the day Andromeda was disowned? Like, maybe she announced her marriage to Ted Tonks at the party or something… what do you think?” He was open to other ideas if Apollo had any!
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Simon walked around the classroom, observing the students work. Evan, Claudine, Ash, Charlie, and a few others had started to work on paintings. He walked past, not adding anything so that they could focus on their creations. He was merely an observer.

Kale’s exclamation drew his attention. “Yes, Mr Trent?” he asked before turning his attention to Heath who had asked a clarifying question. He had not specified. “For the class!

He continued walking around the room before reminding the class. “Thirty minutes before we end the lesson if you cannot finish what you’re working on, please take it home with you.



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Heath’s dark eyes darted around the room in search of potential scene partners, but so far there were no takers. He caught Charlie’s smile, returning it with a slight nod. For one wild moment, he thought she was going to join in the re-enactment, but his heart sank as he watched her gather supplies for a collage. Panic began to set in. What if he couldn’t find anyone else to do a re-enactment? It was probably too late to start on a collage, and besides, his art skills were atrocious!

Then an idea occurred to him. He’d write a script for his re-enactment idea so he’d at least have something to hand in. He was so hard at work scribbling down lines that it took him a second to register Apollo talking to him. Setting his quill down, he looked up from his parchment with a small smile. “That could work,” he said, stifling a laugh as he imagined himself playing one (or more) of the Black sisters. “If we don’t find anyone else, we could each take one of the Black brothers and one of the sisters. Then we could flip a coin to see who plays the remaining Black sister.” He was only half joking about that part!

“So we’re supposed to re-enact a Black family dinner party, and I was thinking what if the party takes place on the day Andromeda was disowned? Like, maybe she announced her marriage to Ted Tonks at the party or something… what do you think?” He was open to other ideas if Apollo had any!
At first Apollo was about to go follow his older housemate to the cupboard to get supplies to start working on a collage and ditch the script idea. But it seemed the Ravenclaw was keen on working with him after all. He chuckled at the flipping a coin for the extra part. "Although, I'm not sure that Andromeda would have a big part. I'd imagine she storms out at the party and the result is the remaining Black family members discussing this and her traitorous ways. Although I could see Sirius trying to stand up for her." he said thoughtfully, as he heard Professor Holden announce about finishing it up.

"Suppose we don't have time to actually enact it anyway. So maybe just some highlights for how each sibling would act? Sirius would probably get annoyed at his siblings lack of empathy and likely disappear to the Potters house for refuge. Whereas I could see Bellatrix blasting both Andromeda and Sirius off the family tapestry, as they tainted the Black family name." As far as Regulus and Narcissa, well, they would probably just go along with what Bellatrix did? Maybe?
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Violet had been torn between the assignments, not because they seemed appealing, but because she felt she was equally bad at both acting and drawing. But she remembered Claudine had once told her her art wasn't so bad, long ago in that Butterfly Garden. Just before Violet had been possessed by a ghost, which was probably why she'd buried the memory deep in her brain until now. And what with ghost possession, being imprisoned by pureblood fanatics, and getting drugged, Violet had not been working at it. But it was better than role-playing, so she gathered some art supplies and went at it.

It took her a while to think of an occasion where those particular five members of the Black family would have been together. Surely they had at some point in time, at some uncomfortable family dinner or something. Once she had the idea, it took her a while to execute it; she felt she had to outline it in pencil first, in case she made mistakes (she did), and then used charcoal to go over the lines.

What she came up with was the five Blacks at a formal dining table. Andromeda was seated on the left side between her sisters and was sitting looking down at her plate, because she had just announced she was going to marry Ted Tonks, a Muggle-born wizard. To her right, Narcissa had drawn away from her sister, a look of disgust on her face. On her right, Bellatrix had leaped up, shouting, and drawn her wand. Sirius Black, also shouting, had leaped up from the other side of the table and crossed over to grab the shoulder of Bellatrix's wand arm, protecting his cousin, while his brother Regulus, having overturned his wine glass, was staring at Andromeda with a horrified expression on his face.

Violet surveyed her drawing. Not too bad. Not too good, either, but you could at least tell who was who and what was going on, more or less. If only she could have written it out, instead of drawing it! Looking at the scene one more time before turning it in, Violet felt she understood perfectly why her mother had chosen to avoid such a scene and elope in the middle of the night.
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It hadn’t been thirty minutes yet, had it?

Simon pressed the button on the top of his pocket watch to check the time. His eyebrows raised slightly. It had. Well would you look at the time? It was time to end the lesson. He closed the watch, slipped it into his pocket, and glanced around the room. He noted that several students seemed to be finalizing their assignments.

Unfortunately we’ll have to call time for now so we’re all not late to our next lesson. If you want to continue working in here, you are more than welcome too. Please look at your syllabus for the next reading assignment which is on the Marauders. I anticipate an exciting discussion!



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