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Do you attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Do you find yourself thirsting for the latest happenings and news around this school? Do you oftentimes wish you had a reliable source (AHEM, eyes on you, Aparecium) to deliver these things? If you answered 'Yes' to any of these questions, LOOK NO FURTHER.

Starting this school year, the famed "The Quill" student publication of old is making a comeback! "The Quill" is both an IC and OOC student-run newspaper. It differs from Aparecium because it's not strictly gossip, and differs from the Yearbook because it publishes more regularly and has different types of articles. A good way to describe the Quill would be to picture the Daily Prophet just for the happenings at Hogwarts.

Below is a listing of the Staff and students currently involved in the publication.

The Quill Staff
Staff Advisers
Leo Kitridge (Nordic Witch)
Maddox Quigley (DaniDiNardo)

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Gabriel Banner (Govoni)

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Rowan "Rusty" Fields (JustAlice)
Jenna Hensley (AlwaysSnapesGirl)
Sophie Brown (feeheeheeny)
Tobias Fuller-Thompson (Felixir)
Eden McGee (kayquilz)
W. "Hugh" Hughbert (fanficfanatict)
Ruby Banner (Tegz)
Grayson Whitlock (hermionesclone)


OOC: This is COMPLETELY IC (In Character). Since this is the case, anything submitted via our questionnaire needs to have happened IN THE SCHOOL RP on Snitchseeker. At this time, we aren't including Twitter RPs/Twitter characters to be mentioned in the publication. This is to help keep everything canon and relevant to IC student life.

With that said, we do have Tumblr and Twitter accounts, where content will be uploaded and referenced to. Everyone is encouraged to follow these accounts. As for content/material posted ON Snitchseeker, reference this thread. Only 'The Quill' Staff Advisers or the Editor are allowed to post here.

We also have old Quill issues, so if you're curious about Hogwarts' oldest and only OFFICIAL student newspaper, be sure to check out the Quill Issue Archives and Quill Article Archives. Happy reading!



SPOILER!!: Article Index!
May 2nd, 2015
_____Consciously Saving Our Unconscious Mind: The Battle for Freedom of Expression
_____Which Pet is best for YOU?
_____Duck, Duck...Charms?
_____Top Ten Things To Do at Hogwarts

May 8th/9th, 2015
_____Witchy Trends: a Fall Fashion 'How To'
_____Potion of the Month: Antillergen Potion
_____Spell of the Week: How to Create Beautiful Music with Just Your Wand
_____Professor of the Month: Professor Javier "Javy" Thompson

May 10th, 2015
_____Divining with the Mystic Ro: September Horoscopes
_____Divining with the Mystic Ro: September Monthly Meanings
_____Wizards, Witches, Magical Beasts, and Quidditch!: A Wrap-Up on All Things Summer!

May 15th, 2015
_____Confidence, Kisses, and Starcrossed Questions: Your Weekly Advice Column!
_____Stellar Dates in the Exploration of SPACE!
_____What Does Your Favorite Magical Plant Say about YOU?
_____Top Ten Ways to Combat Homesickness
_____In Response to the Aparecium...

May 24th, 2015
_____Ghastly Fashion: How to do it RIGHT for the most FRIGHTFUL night of the year!
_____Divining with the Mystic Ro: October Horoscopes
_____Happy Halloween: Halloween Puzzle Fun!

June 1st, 2015
_____Divining with the Mystic Ro: Crystal Ball Care!
_____Spell of the Week: Conjuring a Spirit Guardian
_____The Power of Definition
_____Protecting Against Potions' Disaster: Ingredients, Cauldrons, and Cauldron Care

June 8th, 2015
_____Potions, Lost Love, and Creature Woes: Your Weekly Advice Column!
_____Abraxan Racing: Fun or Cruel?
_____Gobstones: The Race for the Cup
_____Beloved Pebbles MISSING

June 17th, 2015
_____Pull a Prank: Seventh Year Edition

August 8th, 2015
_____Howlers, Points, and Conspiracy Theories: Your Weekly Advice Column!
_____The Poop Scoop
_____Reclaiming the Robes: Tips for Pulling Off a Retro Look
_____Student Spotlight: Zhenya Burton
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Abraxan Racing: Fun or Cruel?
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Many sports in the magical world can be wild, violent, and downright intense. When it comes to the stakes of the game, quidditch and quadpot are the two more physically taxing forms of magical athletics. However, there is one pastime that has formidably established itself, especially amongst the upper crust of magical society: Abraxan racing.

Abraxan racing is exactly how you would expect it to be. Abraxans, enormous winged horses best known for their speed, take to the sky in a thrilling contest for spectators to marvel and watch from the stands below. Competition varies based on the level of expertise from Junior to Pro competitors and only the most skilled and trained jockeys can ride in these events for safety reasons. As a sport, it has quickly grown in popularity among the masses, and not just for those who can afford to breed and maintain the beautiful beasts.

So, I ask...what is it about Abraxan racing that is so appealing? And is it even humane and socially acceptable? When I opened the dialogue to the students of Hogwarts, they all seemed to come to a general consensus of opinion.

On the subject of its appeal, Nemo Grimm said, “There’s no creature like an Abraxan, and racing is an old concept. The appeal speaks for itself.” Oleander Wisteria agreed with Grimm's opinion, saying, “Well... I've never been to one, but personally I think it'd be wicked.” Abraxan, indeed, are unique, but what makes them so? They range in size but for the most part, Abraxans are as large as elephants. Their massive size and majestic nature makes watching the white streaks race around an air-track have a certain appeal.

Damien Anderson-Belfort has not only ridden an Abraxan, but his family breeds them for the sole purpose of racing. He explained how, from a young age, he grew up with the horses making them an extension of his family. “We treat them like pets. We care for them as if they were one of us. We feed them, we groom them, we play with them, let them have all the flying time they want—and honestly, they really do enjoy racing. It’s fun for them.” It would seem the Abraxan are large enough in size and strong enough to defend themselves against any potential abuse they might encounter; however, not everyone thinks Abraxan racing is innocent. Professor Flamsteed said, “I don't follow the races, but one of my sisters does. Follow is probably too generous a word for it, really. She organizes protests mostly. Something about how they are an abomination of creature rights and are breeding grounds of death. Yeah...she doesn't fancy them much.” It seems the sport does have its haters, as most popular things do.

What is so BAD about Abraxan racing, though, if, as Damien Belfort says, the horses enjoy it? In certain reported cases, Abraxan racers and breeders are cruel to the winged horses, giving them potions to help speed them up and muscle enhancers. Belfort clarified this saying that while “some people don’t care for and raise their Abraxan like they should,” he and his family are not like this. Some of the student body seemed to think that racing the Abraxan should be no cause for concern. Agatha Hapgood said, “Personally, I think it's very interesting. It's not like Abraxans are weak creatures that can't take a little race.” The winged horses draw such positive attention from people at large, and to those who have an issue with Abraxan racing, Professor Thompson had this to say; “You'll find those critics around in just about any sport, with legitimate reasons, such as that with Quidditch. Most of the criticism is on the overall concern for the well-being on the Abraxans and their treatment. Actions that are dealt with just as well as with any evidence of abuse thanks to the strict rules kept in place. As long as it remains in control, there will remain fewer reasons to discontinue the sport."

So there it is! Abraxan racing: fun, dangerous, yet beautiful to watch. The winged horses, in rare and isolated cases, might be mistreated, but overall, the racing is a fun pastime for both wizards and Abraxans alike.
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Gobstones: The Race for the Cup
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A new school year means a new chance for the houses to build their Gobstones teams; all in the hopes of taking the title of Gobstones Champions. Last term, Hufflepuff ran away with the cup, winning the Championship Match against Gryffindor 27-3 under the leadership of Hufflepuff Prefect Aditya Rehman - who was named the Player of the Match in both of Hufflepuff's games - with the help of current fifth year Leah Abbott. Neither of these star Hufflepuffs graduated, so the other three houses had their work cut out for them in their recruiting efforts moving forward! Fortunately for Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, all members on both of their teams have returned to Hogwarts as well, but Slytherin lost key players Bianca Rush and Zoe Tillstorm to graduation. How would these spots be filled, and which houses would get a strong start to the term? Let's take a look!

In the first preliminary match of the term, the returning champion Hufflepuff team faced off against Gryffindor in a rematch. The crowd was filled with supporters for both camps, but Professor Flamsteed's enthusiasm and efforts to build up Gryffindor morale after their devastating loss in the championship last term were most prominent. As expected, both Rehman and Abbott returned this term for Hufflepuff, scoring the first 13 points of the match before Gryffindor Prefect Zander Adair stepped up with a great shot, earning 2 points for Gryffindor! It seemed as though Adair's success gave the Gryffindors the confidence boost they needed, for new fifth year Jackson Hwang won 3 more points for Gryffindor in the next shot, bringing the tally to 13-5 in favor of Hufflepuff. Unfortunately, a miscommunication on the Gryffindor team between third year Zeke Rogers and sixth year Cinnamon Bayless cost Rogers one point, but Prefect Adair was back in action to redeem his house for 3 more points! Though it was a roller coaster ride for the Gryffindors and it seemed they might have a shot at making a comeback, they were no match for the mighty Hufflepuff team of Rehman (named Player of the Match), Abbott, and newcomer Torie Yenorin, who went on to lead their team to an incredible victory of 22-8!

Our second preliminary match of the term pitted Ravenclaw and Slytherin against each other, whose teams came in third and fourth place respectively last term. With Ravenclaw having beaten Slytherin 19-11 in the consolation game last term, there was no doubt that the Slytherins would fight to establish themselves as top competitors for the cup! At the start of the match, seventh year Eden McGee and sixth year Evangeline Shacklebolt got Ravenclaw off to a strong start, but third year Jenna Hensley and sixth year Ethan Mordaunt answered back for Slytherin, giving Slytherin a 4-3 lead! There was more back-and-forth action between Ravenclaw's McGee and Slytherin's Mordaunt and seventh year Zhenya Burton, until Ravenclaw sixth year Sophie Brown swooped in to take four well-placed shots in a row, followed by a great shot by McGee, bringing the match score to 16-8 in Ravenclaw's favor! It looked like Ravenclaw was set to run away with the lead and dominate the second half of the match, but Hensley and Mordaunt both continued to fight the good fight for Slytherin, only losing out to McGee (named Player of the Match) one final time before the match was called to an end. Though Slytherin put up a valiant effort, Ravenclaw took the win in this close match with a score of 18-12!

These results just prove that while there may be power in numbers, the real keys to success are teamwork and communication. One would think the nine-person Gryffindor team of Zander Adair, Cinnamon Bayless, Emmylou Duchannes, Marsha Hanover, Jackson Hwang, Zeke Rogers, Michael Toussaint, Angel Valentine, and Aubrey Valentine would have a better shot at bringing home a win over Hufflepuff's three-person team of Aditya Rehman, Leah Abbott, and Torie Yenorin (as there would theoretically be more skill and experience on such a team), but it evidently wasn't so. Comparatively, there was a much more level playing ground between Slytherin and Ravenclaw, with each team having four players each - Priscilla Ashcroft, Zhenya Burton, Jenna Hensley, and Ethan Mordaunt representing Slytherin and Sophie Brown, TiaMarie Mancini, Eden McGee, and Evangeline Shacklebolt representing Ravenclaw - and the score reflected such. Perhaps Gryffindor would benefit from trimming down their team numbers to three or four core players, a strategy that seems to work well for the other teams, hm?

If we see no roster changes for the upcoming contests, we're curious to see: could Gryffindor's huge, diverse team learn to work together, or will they be no match for the tight-knit Slytherins in the consolation match? And will Ravenclaw's strong team of upperclassmen be enough to defeat the reigning Hufflepuff champions for the cup?

It's too close to call, but we're placing our galleons on two entertaining, well-played matches!
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Beloved Pebbles MISSING
by Tobiar Fuller-Thompson


Some of you may have noticed the missing posters around the school recently, but for those who have somehow managed to avoid them, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Pebbles, Professor Airey Flamsteed's beloved pet rock, has disappeared. Pebbles, who has an unfortunate track record of going missing, vanished from Professor Flamsteed's office on December 4th, leaving no clues as to where she might have gone. Professor Flamsteed has been searching the school high and low for his pet rock, and hopes she can be returned to him as soon as possible.

Even if you don't have pets, I'm sure many can understand just how devastating a situation like this might be. And with Pebbles practically being the Hogwarts mascot at this point, having been here longer than all of the pupils and most of the staff, I'm sure this will affect many of you. But if there's one thing I know the students of Hogwarts can do, it's come together and face almost any issue head-on with a positive attitude. So, I am calling on any and all of you out there to please help look for Pebbles. Professor Flamsteed is such an awesome professor, and I think we owe it to him to help find her.

Pebbles is small and rock-shaped. She is easily distinguishable from other rocks by her brown ears and hair, and large eyes. She will likely not approach even when her name called but is not adverse to being picked up, so long as you are careful. If you see her, be sure not to spook her.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Pebbles, please do not hesitate to visit Professor Flamsteed's office up on the seventh floor! Alternatively, come find me, Tobias Fuller-Thompson, to share anything important, or simply to join in the search for Pebbles around the school castle and grounds. I am sure that, if we all band together in looking for Pebbles, we can soon reunite her with Professor Flamsteed, who greatly misses his beloved pet. So let’s help reunite them and bring Pebbles home.
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Unlike most of you underclassmen, Seventh Year students get to enjoy their last year of wizarding education before moving on to their respective careers. What would be a better celebration of the achievement than a Seventh Year Prank?

What is Seventh Year Prank, you ask?

In muggle schools around the world, students in their final year of “high school” (the last stage of muggle mandatory education), called “seniors”, would come up with a “Senior Prank”. This event consists of the entire senior student body participating in a creative, school-wide prank - usually to the annoyance of the teachers and caretakers - on the last day of school. Popular pranks include filling the hallways with muggle balloons (and usually popping them later in obnoxious manners), turning the chairs in all the classrooms upside down, applying jelly to handrails and doorknobs, and so on.

Even if the professors at Hogwarts refuse to approve of this ingenious event, Seventh Year students do not have to fret! Who cares if they toss you in detention? You'll be on a train to London by the time they realize that you’ve replaced their usual mugs with nose-biting teacups!

Possible Suggestions for a Seventh Year Prank:
  • replace ordinary cups with nose-biting teacups
  • wear Headless Hats everywhere you go
  • place Creepy Crawlies on randomly-selected chairs
  • offer (generously) Self-Propelling Custard Pie to an unfortunate soul
  • butter someone’s bread with Canary Cream (and watch them chirp in anger)
  • shake everyone’s hands while wearing Electric Shock Shake

Of course, safety should be considered before pulling a Seventh Year Prank. Keep in mind that these pranks, although entertaining, should stay moderately friendly.

Don’t be afraid to try something new! You’re only going to be a kid once.
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Howlers, Points, and Conspiracy Theories
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In times of trouble and distress, the public often looked to their king and queen. The royal pair offered their subjects advice, peace of mind and sometimes entertainment in the day-to-day monotony of life. And so (keeping the age old tradition alive), another royal pair has risen from the ashes to help fulfill the same roles. The Philosopher King and the Scarlet Queen are here to help the students of Hogwarts by dishing out advice in all manner of things. Sure they may not be the advice team that Hogwarts NEEDS, but they are the ones that Hogwarts got.


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There's this girl and she doesn't usually talk to me, but whenever the class activity comes along, she asks me to pair up...and then goes back to ignoring me again. I think she's using me for points. Thoughts?

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I am lost as to what exactly the problem is here. The task in classes is to do the best work humanly possible and if this girl thinks that the two of you collectively will do the best work, why are you upset? I think that is a compliment. As to her ignoring you outside of the classroom, that is her choice as a person to separate the classroom work and her social life. Don't be disgruntled, yo. Just do your work. After all, that is all school is really for anyhow.

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Okay, but like is there anything she can offer that you want? Haven't you ever heard the phrase 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours?' If you really wanted to, you could totally hold back your points-earning abilities until she agrees to exchange it for something that you find valuable. Alternatively, maybe she actually likes you and is just using this whole class activity thing as a handy excuse for a chat; some people are shy that way. Regardless of what is going on in her brain, the ball is in your court and it will be totes easy to get something out of it, you just have to decide what you want.

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I'm new to the school and so far I've heard that there has been all manner of things that can kill you. My parents didn't tell me this. Anyway, my question is: Is this a magic school or a slaughter house for witches and wizards possibly contrived by muggles?

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This is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Paranoia isn't cute, hun. You should work on that.

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You need to think smarter than your ex. For every howler she sends you, send her one back. After that, it becomes the survival of the fittest. Darwin says only the strong will survive. Either she won't be able to deal with it and nature will run its course and she will perish or you will.

You're welcome.

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You are soooo lucky, Howler Harassed. It's totally wrock 'n' roll to have a stalker, you know. Do you play any instruments? Owl me.

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So, let’s talk about poop.

Don’t get your knickers in a wad, either. I’m referring to poop of the…FERTILIZING VARIETY. Fertilizer is one of those things we never think about, but it’s just so necessary for plants, both magical and mundane, to function properly. Different plants respond differently to various fertilizers, but I’m about to let you guys into a liiiiiiittle dungy secret: all natural is the way to go.

And this is why we come to…POOP. Animal dung is gross, I get it, but it’s so nutritious for the plants! Think of it like….food for the flora. We need vegetables and fruit, and enriching their roots helps them to grow bigger and better! It’s the beautiful circle of life. Poop, better known as manure, is rich in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, which are all things plants NEED to live. So…I’m here to help with all your manure questions!

Everyone poops...but in the case of animals, not all excrement is created equal. Meat eaters, in general, do not produce the best manure for plants, so kindly stop using hippogriff dung for your gardening. Also, there has been debate over the years about whether magical creatures or mundane creatures formulate the better fertilizer, but the general consensus seems to be that magical plants have the best response to magical manure. The alliteration there should emphasize just how important MANURE is!

Now, for starters, people have their preferences, but here’s just a few pointers on the dung-front! Dung of the Jobberknoll variety is best for plants that don’t produce fruit or flowers or some sort, because of the high levels of nitrogen in the bird’s poop. So, good for plants without fruit of flowers, but for the rest of them…it's a firm no. Another option for fertilizer is that of a knarl. Knarl excrement has high nitrogen levels, but it also has a good bit of phosphorus, too; making this manure superb for flowering plants or those with fruit. Plus, this 'brand' tends to not smell as horrible as other types of dung; a PLUS if you're sensitive to odors.

That brings us to Mooncalf manure, a favorite of both Enviro Department Head, Emmalee Quinn (whom I have very close correspondence to), and Headmistress Truebridge (we have our moments). It's exceedingly rare and hard to come by...and can only be harvested after a mooncalf has left its burrow. Very specifically, too. It must be collected under a full mooned night before the sun rises. While some herbologists steer away from this choice, not only because it IS rare and expensive, but because it also isn’t as strong in the nitrogen area as other manures are...it DOES help plants grow more quickly than other fertilizers. And is also safe for all forms of flora, unlike Jobberknoll and Knarl excrement. It’s the least likely to kill plants, magical and mundane alike, which probably adds to its price tag. As for plant-life of the less delicate variety, Abraxan manure is the way to go. It's hearty and extremely smelly, and not recommended for any serious greenhouse work; most certainly for any vegetation with flowers. So, I suggest it for shrubs, lawns, and certain trees.

So, there you have it! Whatever flora it is, there is a creature's poop out there prepared to nurture and advocate its growth, and to provide the best fertilizer for your needs and budget. The use of manure is not only the oldest trick in the 'green-thumbed' handbook, but it also gives us a reason to recycle wastes and do our part in protecting the planet. As well as everyone that inhabits it, mundane and magical creatures included!
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Anyone who knows me would know that I used to think the wizarding world is totes lucky that times have changed and we aren't expected to wear robes and cloaks day in and day out anymore. When it comes to clothing, I'm that girl who always walked around with the mantra less is more (and we all know that Professor Bellaire completely disagreed with me on that!). Not only is it totally more acceptable to wear muggle clothes, but there are plenty of wizarding designers whose creations would be considered genius even amongst the muggle fashion elite, meaning in this day and age it's easy to be a fashionably modern witch. But what happens when you want to embrace wizarding culture and go retro with robes? Can you still be fashionable? And more importantly, while heavy robes are great in the cold winter months, how are you supposed to embrace the style without being a sweaty uncomfortable mess underneath all that fabric?

It turns out there are a ton of charms which have fallen out of favour now that wizarding robes are no longer considered everyday wear. Cooling charms are a must have in summer and will make any robes far more comfortable. Wrinkle-free charms, impervius, and feather-light spells also are ideal for keeping your robes pristine and comfy no matter what you get up to. In fact, I spoke to a designer of Quidditch uniforms and most of these spells are added to Quidditch robes and capes when they are made, so there's even some legitimate science in there somewhere for any curious Ravenclaws out there who aren't going to take me at my word.

Clearly robes and cloaks still have their place in our culture, mostly in the workplace or educational institutions like Hogwarts, but even so, everyday robe wearing seems to be a thing of the past. I think it's time to bring them back as an everyday fashion staple and start a new retro trend. Any colours will do, it's up to how you want to express yourself. Whether you like long and flowing, or tailored and structured, every witch and wizard can find a style that suits them. Shorter, more lightweight styles make perfect beach cover-ups, and every young witch should own a set of robes they don't mind leaving the house in, even if it's just to sneak a more risque outfit that you have on underneath past your parents. And if you want people to take your magical ability seriously, a smart set of robes can make the wizard just as well as a tailored suit is known to make the man -obvy this applies to girls too if you happen to be that sort.

Let's not forget how comfy they are either. This is one of the areas where muggle clothing is inferior since seams, waistbands, cuffs, and other parts of muggle garments can rub or dig in or otherwise irritate the wearer if worn without charms, while comfort is simply built into the design of robes, no matter what style you go for. Clearly in summertime you want to be as cool and comfortable as possible, so this summer, why not rethink your wardrobe and retro it up with robes?
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Student Spotlight: Zhenya Burton
by Gabriel Banner_and_Eden McGee


Of the many Hogwarts’ students who perform to the best of their abilities and who show, through their admirable skills and remarkable personality traits, what a shining Hogwartian looks like, one student has come to mind for many: seventh year Zhenya Burton.

Zhenya is a Slytherin who not only impresses her own housemates, but everyone who comes into contact with her. She is kind, smart, and clearly emulates what it means to be a hardworking and ambitious Slytherin. The Quill sat down to chat with the soon-to-be-alum Zhenya to discuss...well, her.


Through a collection of the Hogwarts Professors and your peers, you were chosen as our first Student Spotlight. How does that feel? What are your thoughts?

I was? WOW! Really? Awesome! I feel... I feel surprised, and very pleased to be chosen. I feel honoured. As for my thoughts, I think that perhaps this year, being my final year at Hogwarts and my final chance to learn from these great people, I've really tried to step it up a bit. I want to hear what the Professors are speaking about, and I want to participate in discussions and also get to know my classmates a bit more before I leave, so that I have more connections. In doing so, in encouraging myself to reach my full potential, I've really gotten to know more of my classmates, and Professors, and gained a deeper appreciation of their specialties, and maybe my efforts have been noticed. I think that's really cool, it makes me want to do more for Hogwarts and the people within the castle.


Speaking of professors and their specialties, you seem to have a deep appreciation for what you've learned. So, moving forward, which lessons do you feel have had the most impact on you?

I do, I very much appreciate the Professors and all the effort they put into teaching us not only in putting in the effort to teach us things, and to make it fun, but to teach in a way that we understand. That's always the key, I think.

Potions and Herbology have definitely made the most impact on me. My grandfather used to homeschool me in Russia before I started Hogwarts, and he was a potioneer so he spent a lot of time teaching me potions and herbology and I really loved learning about them. So continuing with those subjects was not only comforting and interesting, it also reinforced my ambitions to become a healer and to be able to make my own healing potions to improve the treatment for magical maladies and injuries.


I've heard there's quite a bit of coursework involved in earning any type of Healing license. So, I must ask, when did you first realize this was your ambition in life?

Well I'm up for the challenge. Erm… well my father is a healer, and he works at St. Mungo's, so I've always sort of idolised them, the healers I've met, from a young age. It was also my grandfather, as well. He taught me a few healing potions, and towards the end of his life he had taught me enough about specific ones so that I could continue to make them for him. Under his supervision. I guess just having that knowledge and ability to help someone by doing something I love is really appealing. I love potions, I love reading about potions and brewing potions, and I'm really interested in the herbology behind it, so putting it all into one career, as a healer, was almost the obvious thing for me to do.


That's definitely admirable. Staying in the vein of 'helping people', though, one of the reasons you were chosen was due to your compassion towards your peers. What motivates you to be so caring towards others?

I… I just don't think I can be any other way. I think I'm naturally flicked over to care about other people. I suppose... I like to be around people, and I like it when those people are happy, so if they're not I want to help them with whatever it is that is troubling them.


Seeing as this is your final term at Hogwarts, do you have any parting advice for the students that will return? Whether it's academic or otherwise.

To the younger years, don't worry if you get lost. You'll never be alone. Seek out a castle ghost, speak to a portrait, summon a Hogwarts House Elf, or send up red sparks. Also, approach lessons with an open mind. Take classes you love, of course, but challenge yourself with those that are either difficult for you or that don't particularly interest you, and proceed with a positive attitude. You might find you love it. And if you really struggle, get help from classmates or the professors.

To the older years, don't procrastinate studying for exams, and leave it for the last minute. Do little bits, borrow a Ravenclaw's notes, and revise coursework after lessons...and keep revising it. Keep it fresh in your mind! And to the Seventh Years, especially, have fun. You only have seven years here. Make it count!



In the essence of making it count, we wish Zhenya a fulfilling experience outside these magical walls that coincides with the enormous effort she put forth during her school days here at Hogwarts.
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