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PostSubject: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Mon May 01, 2017 10:27 am

Another summer spent with his family, and Daniel was quite pleased to have found new staff members for the school. It was not easy keeping all the positions filled, but with two new faces, he hoped they would work well with the students, and hopefully last like many of the other professors had.

Before that, though, he was going to have to attend to his own classes. The first lesson being that of the Hippogryffs. The beasts were quite majestic, and he was sure that he would have to show them again and again before people truly understood them.

Having managed to tame three of the creatures enough to come in to the clearing for Care of Magical Creatures, Daniel only had to wait now for the students to arrive. He wasn't sure as to how many would attend, but he hoped it would be a good turn out, for the sake of learning about the Hippogryffs.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Mon May 01, 2017 4:46 pm

Zoey was eager to get to Care of Magical Creatures, it fascinated her, how all these creatures existed and muggles had no idea. It was harder to tame creatures than people, you couldnt always stop creatures from flying off over the heads of a muggle town. She walked down the hill toward the assigned area for the class to meet and was a bit shocked that she was the first to arrive. But she didnt mind, it showed her thirst for knowledge and eagerness to learn. She smiled at the young professor "Hello Professor Jameson." She said before pushing a strand of loose hair out of her face. She looked into the clearing and smiled when she saw the creatures "What are we learning about today sir?" Her need for information evident in the way her eyes sparkled as she spoke. SHe looked closer at the creature and smiled "Is that- Is that a hippogriff sir?" She asked
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Mon May 01, 2017 5:54 pm

Another year was starting and Elyah felt... optimistic. She was growing into a lady now. She was no longer a kid. And people were slowly noticing that. First of all, her father, who was now treating her like a mature woman. Not that he was ever seeing her as a child, but he was treating her kind of differently. Good differently though, and that was acceptable. She didn't want things to change too much. Elyah had been having a lovely life with her father, and she just didn't want to lose all that just because she was growing up.

The summer was perfect. Nero -her father- had taken her to the middle East, cause Elyah being Elyah wanted adventure. They saw the pyramids and heard all about the history there and just to add more to that, Elyah forced Nero to take pictures with her, where she always made him have a funny face. Nero despised it, Elyah loved it.
And there was also Max.... and his little blonde girlfriend.
Prim was a nice girl, yes, but Elyah didn't like her. She was... too good. Which was translated into 'i'm just jealous' .
She had exchanged some letters with Max, but that was pretty much it.

And now she was making her way to Care of Magical Creatures, knowing that her best friend, was going to be there hand in hand with his girlfriend.
And it was annoying. Really, really, annoying.
Upon arrival, Elyah let out a breath when she saw that Max was not there and neither was Prim. Of course they would come in a short while since Max never skipped CoMC, but at least she had some time before the storm hit.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Mon May 01, 2017 6:24 pm

Max's favourite class would always be Care of Magical Creatures. So, of course, when he had found it on that morning's timetable, he'd been too happy to get there. Which meant he'd accidentally forgotten to wait for Primrose. He was sure he'd be in trouble for that later, but Prim would understand. She always seemed to know just how much this subject was to him.

Hurrying down to the clearing, Max noticed a familiar figure stood there, and hurried over to his best friend, Elyah. "Hey, Elyah!" He said happily, pulling her in to a side hug. "You look good! The Middle East agrees with you!" He said, motioning to her tan she'd earned over the summer. "Forgot to put in my letter - look!" Max insisted, pointing to the prefect badge on his chest with pride.

"Have you seen what we're-" Max cut off as his eyes fell upon the Hippogryff that they would be studying that day. "Merlin's beard..." Max breathed, moving past Elyah with a look of wonderment on his face. "Hippogryffs..." He added, eyes fixated on the large beast just behind the professor. Max's attention was firmly on the beast now.

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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Tue May 02, 2017 7:55 am

Summer had been beyond amazing for Sophie. She spent the time back home, telling her Grandparents everything she could about school. The rest of her time was spent with the animals that she couldn't take with her to Hogwarts: Carrots, who'd given birth to another bunch of baby bunnies; Maverick, grumpy as usual; Spots, who'd been so overjoyed at seeing her again he didn't let up on licking her face for fifteen minutes, and all the rest of them.

Summer, of course, was also the time for competitions and Sophie hadn't hesitated in joining as many as she could. She hadn't been able to practice show jumping as much while in school, not having a proper course or the tools with which to make one, but she'd clocked in a good bit of reining practice. It only took a little less than two weeks to get her show jumping back up to par, and soon she was winning all the competitions she took part in, claiming either first or second place.

And so, in a good mood from the holidays, Sophie made her way out to her favourite class. A few students were already there but it wasn't them who caught her attention. It was the Hippogriffs. Three of them to be exact. The last week of school, she'd been thumbing through her CoMC textbook and came across a picture of the animals. The information given wasn't enough to satiate her curiousity and so she had gone to the library and read up on them. If she didn't feel like she was betraying Phoenix, she would've said they were her favourite creatures. From her research, she'd discovered that they were very similar to horses and at the same time, very different.

Awestruck, she made her way to the edge of the clearing, as close as she was allowed to get. In her mind, she ran through all the information she'd read as her eyes drank in the sight of the animal. This would be the best class of the year yet. Sophie didn't think she knew of any other animal who could rival the Hippogriff for her affection - except Phoenix, of course.

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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Tue May 09, 2017 1:04 pm

Care of Magical Creatures was not a class that Joshua particularly enjoyed. It was not that he did not like animals, as much it was that he did not like taking the time out of his day to learn about animals. Sure, there was a handful of students who found the class fascinating, but could they not research how to properly comb a crup in their own time?

Regardless of his personal feelings towards the class, Joshua made his way through the grounds and to the meeting place of the Care of Magical Creatures course. A few students had already gathered, but it was no more than he'd expected.

Next to the professor stood what appeared to be a tall eagle-bird-dragon-horse. A hyppogryff, he'd decided. Joshua was sure that the class had gone over these creatures before, though he had more than likely not been paying attention. He knew the basics, though he was sure that the headmaster would try to teach him more.

"Eagle-horses," Joshua said to no-one in particular, with the intention of getting under someone's skin. "Where would we be without a creature with such an ego?"




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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Tue May 09, 2017 2:54 pm

Rebekah really did not feel like going to class, but she had no choice. It was either go to class or deal with a lecture from Zoey later on in the evening about the importance of going to class and learning. She did not feel like dealing with her mini mother, so off to class she went.

She walked into the clearing and raised an eyebrow at the creatures standing there, "Why are we learning about giant chickens?" She asked unsure as to what exactly the creatures were. She then heard a few students mumble about what the creatures were. Hippogriffs. Ok, so thats what they were called, good to know.

She heard one of her housemates make a snarky comment and she smirked as she walked over to him "Now now, some people have egos and are still pretty awesome." She said referring to herself more than anyone else.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Tue May 09, 2017 4:21 pm

Today was going to be the first day of his first elective. Last year when he'd been told he'd have to select other classes to attend, Shaun had asked some of his housemates for advice, as well as his father. They both had gone over the options and asked a few of the adults about the wizard jobs. While he still had no idea what he wanted to do, he had decided to take the Care of Magical Creatures. During the past two summers he'd helped out at his father's veterinary clinic, and while he didn't dislike animals, they weren't something he was overjoyed with. It hadn't crossed his mind until after he'd signed up for this class and bought his book that Shaun thought he might not like this class at all. In his head he was saying, 'Please not, spiders, please not spiders.' If the book was to be believed they had spiders as big as houses here!

Having walked across the grounds, he spotted where they were supposed to go and was curious about what they were going to be taught as well as slightly dreading it. Loitering at the edges, he peered at the things they were studying and felt his mouth drop open. Before he could form a thought or remark on the creatures an older Hufflepuff student summed up what he'd first thought they were: eagles horses. And the Hufflepuff girl tacked on about the chickens which in all honesty is also what they reminded him of. A giant mutant love child of a chicken, horse, and eagle. Shaun felt himself relax a little bit glad that they weren't studying spiders.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Sat May 13, 2017 12:35 pm

The first student to arrive was a very eager Ravenclaw who asked as to what they would be studying today. Before Daniel could give her an answer, though, the young witch had asked another question, identifying the beast they would be studying correctly. "Yes, Zoey, it is a Hippogryff." Daniel told her with a smile.

As more students arrived, Daniel was not surprised to see Max looking at the beast fondly, nor to find Sophie doing much the same. It was obvious to Daniel that both of the Gryffindors had a love for animals. A few others arrived, and Daniel ignored the comments from Joshua, writing it off as stupid, attention-seeking comments that he would not like to deal with.

"Okay, good morning everyone!" The Headmaster greeted his students with a warm smile, looking through the faces of those who'd decided to turn up. "I hope you all had a great summer, and that you're ready for the new lessons to begin. Today, we will be looking at these beautiful creatures behind me.

"As a few of you have already pointed out, they are Hippogryffs. Beautiful creatures, with an ego larger than life. They expect to be treated with respect, and if you do not heed to these expectations, I can assure you that you will find yourself on a one way trip to the Hospital Wing." Daniel told them, not dallying on the subject of how dangerous these beasts were.

"Now then, who can tell me what a Hippogryff is? Which animals have made this beautiful hybrid of a beast? Who knows how to deal with the beast? Their diet? How do you care for them?" He asked, looking around expectantly for people to answer the question posed.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Sun May 14, 2017 5:15 pm

The moment Professor Jameson started speaking, Sophie listened closely although she didn't take her eyes off the Hippogryffs. She just couldn't. They were too stunning and she would've already approached them if she didn't know that doing that might have her removed from the class. As such, it took all the self-control she had to stay where she was, even if she had plenty of practice doing just that in her exercises with Phoenix.

A few of Professor Jameson's words jumped out at her. They expect to be treated with respect. Same as horses, only, not all horses would react as violently as a Hippogryff would if their expectations weren't met. She knew of a horse who'd refused to be saddled because the owner had been too rough with her. In half an hour, Sophie managed to ride her bareback. In another half an hour, Sophie had the saddle strapped on. All it took was mutual respect and trust.

But she also understood that Hippogryffs were infinitely more dangerous than horses - and that was saying something considering she knew how much hurt a horse could cause when agitated.

The Professor then began asking them questions, all of which Sophie knew how to answer from the research she'd done, but not wanting to look like a show-off or a know-it-all, she chose to answer only one. "You gotta bow to them and wait for them to bow back to you," she began, glancing away from the creatures just long enough to meet Professor Jameson's eyes. Just like how I asked Molly's permission before I put the saddle on her she thought to herself. She really loved the idea of bowing to the animals. "And you must look 'em in the eye and let 'em move first."

That part wasn't so true for horses; staring them in the eyes meant you were a threat to them and when she worked with any horse for the first time, she always had to keep her gaze just near the shoulder. Sophie had to remind herself yet again, that the two species were different.

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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Mon May 15, 2017 12:07 am

Ivory came running down the hill, panting and practically tripping over herself. When She arrived with the others she bent over, hands on her knees and took a moment to compose myself. She then promptly apologized to Professor Jameson and joined the rest of the class for the lesson.

She kept peeking glances over at the Hippogriffs however, unable to keep her focus but she nodded at the professor's point about their egos. She knew from experience. She almost gasped out loud when she recognized one of the Hippogriffs. The hippogriff recognized her as well from the looks of it as she struggled to get to Ivory. She tore eye contact with the eager hippogriff and looked back to the Professor, having completely missed his questions. She itched to go to her Hippogriff friend but refrained, not wanting to get in trouble. Ivory simply hoped he won't call on her. She have no idea what he had said.

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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Wed May 17, 2017 8:44 pm

The Gryffindor startled at the teacher's voice, because in all honesty, the weird chickenhawks drew all his attention. What exactly were they?! Apparently their teacher wanted to ask them that too and when Shaun heard the name of the creatures, he gave them an incredulous stare. Why were they named that? There was no hippo part in them that he could see. Gryffin, yes, hippo, no. As for taking care of them, maybe some claw clippers and feather trimmers? As for what they ate, if the thing was part gryffin and eagle or whatever, they were predators, so that had to be meat. So that meant animals. And most birds ate other birds, rodents, or small game.

Glancing over to his fellow lion when she talked about bowing, he arched a brow. You had to bow and it bowed back? Weird. As for the eye contact thing, Shaun wasn't sure that was right. Most animals (predators), didn't like eye contact seeing that as a challenge. Shaun had no desire to be torn into by beak or claws, thank you very much! But he did have to admire the creatures and actually moved a bit closer to see better but stayed well away from the animal's range.

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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Thu May 18, 2017 12:55 am

Danny knew he was late. He knew he would lose points. He was not happy. He walked down to the Care of Magical Creatures clearing and smirked when he saw the Hippogriffs. He loved Hippogriffs. THey were so cool. He heard the professor ask them a question and thought about it for a moment "The Hippogriff is made of two main animals. An Eagle and a Horse. It is quite similar to a Griffin." He said hoping he was right and was able to earn some points.

He took a spot next to Rebekah Lockwood and smiled at his friend as he got out his supplies in order to take notes on the lesson. He began to think about the Hippogriffs diet. He had read this before. He knew the answer was insects and rodents, but he decided to try and let someone else answer. It was only fair. He could not hog the points to himself.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Tue May 23, 2017 8:24 pm

The answer that came from Sophie was not one that Daniel found to be a surprise, no Sophie had been denoted as one of the more capable students when it came to Care of Magical Creatures. She would, with time, grow to be greater, though, if she had the right guidance.

"Right you are, Sophie, great answer! Five points for Gryffindor." Daniel told the witch with an encouraging smile as she finished her answer up. Just as she finished, another Gryffindor showed up to the class.

Turning his attention to the boy, Daniel raised an eyebrow, in silent question.

"Nice of you to turn up, Mr Sinclair. Had you cared to extend an apology to me, I might have overlooked your lateness. However, manners cost nothing, but lack of them cost points. Five points from Gryffindor." He told the boy, before referring to the answer he'd given.

"You're correct in your statement, though. Well done." Daniel added, not awarding points to the boy because he'd been rude.

"So, today, each of you will take it in turns to step up to the Hippogryff, bow, and see if it will allow you to move closer. Remember, if a Hippogryff does not bow back, you should move backwards very slowly until I say. You will come to no harm so long as you follow these rules." Daniel explained, all too aware he had a lot of Gryffindors to contend with. "So, who would like to go first?"


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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Wed May 24, 2017 10:19 am

Sophie grinned as Professor Jameson awarded her house with firve points. All that research had paid off. It hadn't felt at all like studying or a chore to her. She'd wanted to know everything there was to know about the creature.

But her elated mood crashed down when Professor Jameson deducted five points because Danny didn't apologise. She slanted a dirty look at him, her eyes flashing with disgust. If he'd had the balls to say sorry, Professor Jameson woudln't have deducted the points she'd just earned. Boys are all idiots.

Once the professor went on to tell them that they were allowed to go to the Hippogriffs, Sophie let go of her anger. It did more harm than good to approach a Hippogriff - or any creature for that matter - with turbulent emotions. A cool and calm demeanour was the way to go. She took a few breaths, reminding herself of everything she learned. Although her head knowledge was good, Sohpie tended to rely more on instinct than anything else. Her gut feeling had never failed her before and she hoped that it wouldn't this time round.

She raised her hand in response to Professor Jameson's question. "I'll go first, sir," she said.

She approached the group of creatures slowly, her senses on high alert but everything else about her body language spoke of calmness. She was proficient in the language of horses, and now, she was learning a new language - the language of Hippogriffs. It didn't take long for the animals to notice her presence, that she was pulling away from the group of humans and moving towards them. She locked eyes with the nearest one, his bright orange eyes a magnificent sight against his midnight black coat.

She bowed to him, keeping him in her sight, not blinking. The creature eyed her as if deciding if he should allow her to come closer. Sophie felt like she'd waited for ages when the Hippogriff finally bowed back to her. She straightened her back, but didn't make any effort to go nearer. Wait for him to come to you she remembered. She'd told the exact same thing to Grampa when explaining her method of building trust with horses. Be calm, they can sense fear and anxiety. It only makes them more afraid.

She held the Hippogriff's gaze, held her breath until he took a step towards her.

She was reminded of the time when Phoenix first came to her - wild, untamable, vicious. He'd been scared out of his wits, lashing out with his teeth and hooves to protect himself against humankind. She'd taken him into the round pen and within the hour, had him following her with nothing attaching horse and human together. She still remembered the feeling when she'd turned her back to him and he'd come to her of his own free will.

It was the same feeling that flooded her soul as the Hippogriff took another step closer.

Forcing herself to remain calm, Sophie matched the creature's step until she was near enough to reach out and touch it. She stretched out her hand slowly, still keeping her gaze on his, not touching him yet. She waited as the Hippogriff drew nearer, bending its head down to to her hand until its beak made contact with her palm.

She kept her hand still, looking into his eyes, asking him permission through her gaze if she could stroke him. In answer, he took another step closer. She was finally close enough to reach his neck and she gently ran her hand along it, murmuring softly to him.

"Nice to make your acquaintance," she whispered. "I'm sorry I don't have food for you. Maybe next time?"

Her hand moved down his neck and he stomped his foot in agitation, his beak opening in a threatening gesture. Sophie lifted her hand from his neck. "I'm sorry. You don't like that spot, do you?" she said, still keeping her voice calm. She waited for him to settle down, waited until she had his permission again to touch him.

She spent a few minutes with the creature before saying goodbye and returning to the group of students, pausing in front of Professor Jameson.

"That was amazing, sir!" she said, her eyes gleaming with awe.

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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures: Lesson One (All Years)   Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:08 pm

End of Lesson One.


House Points:
Danny Sinclair = 10 points for attendance - 5 points for rudeness = 5 points.
Maximillian Hollingberry = 10 points for attendance
Shaun Slade = 10 points for attendance
Sophie Heart = 10 points for attendance + 5 points for answer + 15 points for participation = 30 points.

Elyah Whitehorn = 10 points for attendance
Joshua Abbott = 10 points for attendance
Rebekah Carlton = 10 points for attendance

Ivory Dopufola = 10 points for attendance
Zoey Kingsley = 10 points for attendance


TOTAL:
Gryffindor: 55
Hufflepuff: 30
Ravenclaw: 20
Slytherin: 0


Yes I am being lazy with the final post of my lessons because Daniel is giving up - I would apologise but I wouldn't mean it. Heh. Does anyone read this bit?
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