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Old 10-02-2005, 05:17 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Professor Fox nodded at Erica's question and turned his attention to the class. "Certainly. Well, human astrological divination is based on examining where a certain object is in the sky. We divide the sky into sectors corresponding to arbitrary points of time and then assign meanings to objects being in each sector. Here again we see division and dichotomy. Centaurs on the other hand, examine at once the relation all celestial bodies have on one another. Rather than dividing the sky and making assertions, they instead simply examine the whole of the sky. Is that a good enough answer for now, before we move on?"
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Erica nodded her head in response to the professor's question and continued to add to her notes. She stretched out her legs under her desk and got in a more comfortable position as she waited on Fox to continue with his lesson.
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Professor Fox nodded and put his glasses back on, walked to the blackboard and continued the lesson. "Now, the identity numbers, 0 and 1 both have the ability in elementary operations to return the identity of other numbers, either through multiplication, division, addition, or subtraction. Furthermore, zero has the ability to return, through suitable operations, any number to either zero or one. So it is in magic. Both numbers, through suitable arithmantic means, have the ability to show the identity of other numbers associated with something else. And as all magical spells can be represented by numbers, that menas that a properly trained Arithmancer has the ability to use the properties of magic associated with zero and one to find the identity of any hidden magic. These numbers are of paramount importance to curse breakers at Gringotts. Also, zero has the ability, through suitable arithmantic and magical means to return the value of any other number to either zero or one."

He paused a moment, writing some of these points on the blackboard, before continuing. "Furthermore, zero represents change and decay, thus through certain magical practices involving spells, potions, runes, what have you, associated with zero, it is possible to undue nearly any magical spell. Furthermore, because all numbers have the ability to be reduced to zero, and all numbers except zero are susceptable to change, it tells us that there is no magical spell or object that does not have a tendency to decay in its potency. So, without suitable dilligence at maintaining a wand, a spell, a ward, a glyph, potion materials, etc. All magical things will tend to decay." He stopped for a moment, as if remembering something important. "I would take this point to mention it is because of the properties of zero, and the fact that all magical items can be represented by numbers, that each and every one of you should always maintain your wands, brooms, and cauldrons accordingly, lest they fall into disrepair."

"Lastly, because one is associated with unity and identity, and all integers can be written as a suitable addition of ones, that means all magial effects and spells have an individual identity associated with them, as well as an identity associated with being part of the whole of the magical universe. Hence, we now see that the numbers one, zero, and prime numbers are of paramount importance to any theoretical work on magic, as well as anyone wishing to discern the nature of an unknown magic. So, while the arithmancy and magical rites associated with breaking curses or discerning hidden locations of tombs can become quite complicated and require years of training, without first understanding identity numbers' properties, and the properties of primes, one would never be able to do any suitable arithmantic work." He paused and watched the likely confused and curious class. "Now, for the end of this lecture, I thought it would be appropriate for the students who dilligently showed up to be able to ask questions concerning what we have learned, arithmancy as a whole, or any other appropriate questions. So before I announce something I hope you will find interesting, I will take your questions." Having said that he removed his fragile glasses and stepped infront of the desk, leaning against it and facing the class.
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Erica's jaw dropped to the desk as she sat in her seat, completely stunned at the mass of information that came flooding out of the lastest lecture. It really was a bit much to take in all at once. She had to scramble to get as much of it down as she could on her parchment and carefully reread her notes several times to fully understand what it was all about.

And it was interesting. Very interesting.

Erica had done light research on what curse breakers did after Fox had suggested her talent in the subject, but honestly, it didn't sound half as exciting or interesting at the time. Now, however, her interest peaked as she sat a bit straighter in her seat and concentrated on the subject at hand. Being a curse breaker didn't sound bad at all. Not at all. She scanned the class before raising her hand to ask a question.

"Professor Fox, I was wondering if you could go over a basic rundown as to how these numbers are actually used on the job? Is there a set process or is it more an experimental one? You know, like trial and error."
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Professor Fox nodded. "Ah, excellent question Ms. Arbon. It is both actually. There are obviously certain spells and rituals that work under certain conditions. The simple "reveal" will often not work on higher level magical spells. So, one instead tries certain spells to discern the nature and identity of the magic you are working with, then sets about trying the spells that are likely to solve the problem at hand. You must keep in mind that many tombs are thousands of years old and in different cultures, so it is entirely likely that the wizards of that time were not even using the same spells we do today." He polished his glasses and continued, "For that reason, it is easier to represent the magical properties of the spells as numbers, because the numbers have universal meanings you see, and through a strong, basic understanding of numbers associated meanings, one can accuratley portray unknown magic."
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Xavier hadn't understood a word Professor Fox had said. He almost felt like asking him to speak english, but being smart would only ammount in a detention most likely.

He had always enjoyed Arithmancy, but this stuff....to put it easily it stunk. It didn't seem like it would help anybody except cursebreakers at Gringott's and who really wanted to have that as a job?
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Hadn“t professor Fox told them he would be lecturing? At least he was speaking so much and so fast Drusilla had difficulties to understand what was said. For the first time she felt she had some language difficulties in Arithmancy lessons. It had happened before, though, in some of Professor Riddle“s Divination classes, but they had at least been somehow funny. Or was it only that she was so upset she couldn“t either receive any information or find anything the Professor said interesting?
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Noel's attention span couldn't stand a chance agaist Professor Fox's detailed monolouge (ooc:spelling?). Still clutching the note from Alex in her fist she found it even harder to pay attention. So far all that was on her parchment was the number one and the number zero.
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He paused a moment, writing some of these points on the blackboard, before continuing. "Furthermore, zero represents change and decay, thus through certain magical practices involving spells, potions, runes, what have you, associated with zero, it is possible to undue nearly any magical spell. Furthermore, because all numbers have the ability to be reduced to zero, and all numbers except zero are susceptable to change, it tells us that there is no magical spell or object that does not have a tendency to decay in its potency. So, without suitable dilligence at maintaining a wand, a spell, a ward, a glyph, potion materials, etc. All magical things will tend to decay." He stopped for a moment, as if remembering something important. "I would take this point to mention it is because of the properties of zero, and the fact that all magical items can be represented by numbers, that each and every one of you should always maintain your wands, brooms, and cauldrons accordingly, lest they fall into disrepair."


Terry listens with interest as the professor explains the importance of 0 and 1 to the practice of magic. She is not surprised that some of her fellow students did not seem to appreciate this information, but it does help to explain what happened at Kings Cross Station at the beginning of the term. If she follows what the professor says correctly two things could have happened. One: the ancient runes tiles and spells that were cast to protect the ward surrounding Platform 9 and 3/4 had not been maintained properly thus causing a muggle explosion to expose the Platform to the muggle world, or two: someone had deliberately used the magic associated with the number 0 to undermine the tiles and magic guarding the ward thus making it easier for the muggles to discover the secrets of Platform 9 and 3/4.

"Porfessor, could the magic that the number 0 possesses be used to explain how the accident happened at Kings Cross Station at the beginning of the term. By that I mean if magical spells and Ancient Runes tiles can decay if not properly maintained, is it possible that is what happened to the wards surrounding Platform 9 and 3/4? The alternative would be that someone deliberately used the power of the number 0 to undermine this magic, and since it was an accident by your own omission that would not be possible, would it?"
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Professor Fox frowned as he saw the expressions of many of the students. Clearly the reaction many had to Arithmancy hadn't changed since even he was a student. Upon hearing Terry's question however he seemed to lighten up considerably. "Excellent, excellent point Ms. Weasley! You Hufflepuffs certainly seem to have a knack for this subject, that's ten points. You have hit the proverbial nail on the head I'm afraid. The wards guarding platform 9 3/4 were not properly maintained, and judging by what occurred, I'd say it was at least 150 years since they were properly reinforced. You see Ms. Weasley, platform 9 3/4 is a rather tricky area, as it technically falls within the domain of the Ministry of Magic, but practically Hogwarts staff are expected to maintain it. As such, with the various things that have gone on here over the last fifty years, maintaining protection glyphs on platform 9 3/4 has not been a priority amongst the staff." He added, "And who could blame them? Now, I hope this reaffirms for many of you young students the importance of maintaining your wands and brooms."

Noticing the time he sighed, having rather enjoyed this last lesson. "Well, it appears time is upon us I'm afraid. I will post point totals and homework once I have time. As always, if you have any issues, I encourage you to see me in my office." He opened the door to the classroom and added quickly, "Before I forget, I will be posting a puzzle on the bulletin board for those of you interested in such things, please post your solutions only once, else they will be disqualified. You may seek help from your fellow house mates, but not from those outside your house. The first student or students to solve it will recieve a prize."
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Terry is surprised by Professor Fox's response to her question. She felt sure he would at least call her cheeky for bringing up the incidents at the beginning of term. Instead he praised the Hufflepuffs for thinking outside the box. She knew she likes him, and he is an excellent arithmancy teacher. Terry just wishes there's a way she could learn a little more about him. Since class is over with, she gathers her things up. "A most interesting class, Professor. I look forward to the next one."
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Now Drusilla was sure about what she had suspected ... If Hufflepuffs were good at this subject when Professor Fox was teaching, it just had to be so ... She guessed there was no use going to complain about her homeworks ... They would definitely be speaking the different language in more than one way.
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Noel gathered her books and nodded politely to the Professor on her way out, Half running out the door.
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Kristal payed very closed attention while she took the most accurate notes she could. She loved numbers and was sure she would do good on the end of term exams.
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