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PostSubject: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Mon 8 Jan 2018 - 4:54



With the new year and his return to school, he had a bad taste in his mouth. It was not necessarily from the school but rather the international law and the situation that occurred. Ever since the tragic end to the meeting, he found himself starting bad habits. He wouldn't dwell too much on it.

But he found himself shaking his jacket and murmuring a charm to remove the smell of cigarettes. He instead turned to a stronger drink: black coffee. Sleep no longer came easy for him and instead the caffeine was part of his life. He ignored the shaking in his hand and pushing the door open he found himself prepping the class for the day.

He put the cauldrons at the center of each table and moved his wand to allow the spell to appear on the classroom board:


Forgetfulness Potion


If he was honest with himself he did not want to think much today. Sleep was a rare thing and last night it did not come. So instead he sipped his bitter drink and waited for class to begin.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Mon 8 Jan 2018 - 14:55

Dominique walks into the potions classroom. Looking around, she seen that she was the first one in the class. Hopefully she would see Mimosa in the class. She took a seat in the second row as she got herself settled in. She then pulled out her notebook and quill, just so she could be ready to take notes. Looking up at the chalkboard and seen what potion that they were going to be working on. It was the forgetfulness potion. Dominique then pulled out Magical Drafts and Potions.  She was trying to make sure that she was ready. As she knew that only looked good on her part.

Looking around, she was wondering when someone else would come to the class. Right now she was starting to get in the grove of  homework and classes. As she knew that it was just going to get harder. But it was something that she could handle. And she knew that if she need help she could also ask Mimosa. Because Dominique knew that she was going to need help.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Mon 8 Jan 2018 - 15:36

Mercy practically skipped down the hall to the dungeons, knowing that she would finally have a class with Mimosa. They'd barely seen each other since school started, much less had a proper conversation, and Mercy was starting to get a little frustrated. It didn't help that Bushrah, the little first year who'd sat next to her at the feast, kept talking about the Slytherin's exploits whenever they happened to sit down together in the common room. Apparently Bushrah followed Mimosa everywhere. It wasn't fair! Mimosa was her best friend, but it seemed like everyone else got to spend more time with her than she did.

Shaking her head to clear out the negative emotion (she wasn't even sure what it was. Anger? Envy?), Mercy focused on the present. She'd get to see Mimosa right now, and she was going to make the most of it.

As she approached the potions classroom, she laid eyes on her friend coming from the other direction, and her face lit up.

"Mimosa!" she beamed, running the last few steps to close the distance between them. Reflexively, she linked arms with the younger girl so they stepped into the classroom together. When they walked inside, she waved at Dia, who was already there, and picked two adjacent seats so the three friends could all sit in a row. She barely even noticed the lesson plan, forgetting to pull out her textbook until the very last moment, when she glanced at the board and remembered they were still in class.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Tue 9 Jan 2018 - 1:39

Potions was another class that came highly recommended, not least because it was taught by the head of Slytherin House. In the first week, the younger students had fallen into a pattern, choosing to go to class in groups rather than one by one. Or at least that was what Mimosa had thought because she was never alone, always finding herself amidst at least half a dozen people vying for her attention or doling out advice. Sometimes the group shrank to three or four and sometimes it swelled to eight but Bushrah remains a constant, slinking quietly behind the young brunette.

Today was no different, Mimosa entered the dungeon classroom alongside Ji Hyun, Emily, Squid Boy and Constance. Behind the group of Slytherin walked Seema, Jia En and Bushrah and Mimosa couldn't help but think she really needed to find a way out of this predicament. Everyone was nice but she hadn't gotten any time with Mercy in a week, and it was bothering ehr for some unknown reason.

Mercy's bright exclamation permeated through her thoughts and her face glowed at the sight of the short haired Gryffindor. As Mercy automatically moved to get the chairs together for herself, Mimosa and Dia, the brunette quickly scanned her own group, blue eyes narrowed in concentration as she tried to work out how to best orchestrate her next move because Bushrah too was pulling chairs and motioning to her while Ji Hyun and Squid boy were getting comfortable at their own station with Ji Hyun offering her a seat.

"Hey Bushrah, could you save me a seat with Ji Hyun and Nikolai," the child whispered. Fortunately, Bushrah never questioned, quietly slipping between the two boys as Mimosa entered deeper into the classroom only to be pleasantly surprised at the sight of the teacher. Of course she remembered Mycroft, he had come to tea at he palace.

In Mimosa's mind, there was only one way to greet Mycroft, so instead of taking a seat, the ten year old witch made straight for the front of the class where he stood, greeting him with an excited "Hello Professor," before reaching out to give him a full on hug, her thin arms wrapped around his middle. The man smelled like coffee, it reminded her of her Grandpa and for a moment, the child missed home.

But only for a moment, after hugging him, she made her way back to the work stations, making a beeline for the spot between Mercy and Dia before anyone had a chance to say anything else. Sitting comfortably between the two Gryffindors, Mimosa grinned at them at a job well done. Reaching for Mercy's hand under the table, the young Slytherin squeezed it warmly.

Now things were starting to feel right.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Fri 12 Jan 2018 - 6:15




Mycroft always thought that the younger students were often times easier to teach for the simple reason that they were still moldable. At this age they would still listen and take into consideration his words of authority. And even in his gloom, he saw potential for growth. As the students came in, he quietly studied each and every one of them. His first thought was simply that they were so tiny.

He nodded at every greeting and yet had to time for the onslaught that came in the hands of Ms. Harrington, the Clement Ward. He remembered her briefly during his visit at the Clement estate; for one thing that she was very boisterous and often times showed that she had not yet been pruned like other children would at her age. But the warmth and joy in her expression reminded him a lot of a young Tess...before her father dug her claws into her. Still the hug was unexpected and not something he found particularly enjoyable; she was young, but discipline was clearly needed to be enacted.

Clearing his throat he began his lesson. "Good Afternoon students, my name, for you first years, is Mycroft Holmes. I am the Head of Slytherin, work for the Ministry and am your potions professor. Potions is a core lesson; by that I mean that for every medicine that your parents buy, every concoction that you are asked to drink, that is a collection of ingredients in potions."

At the pause he walked around to properly face them. "Now, to this I must be honest; this class is hard. There is no real perfect potion on your first try, but if you want to learn, I'll be more than happy to take your hand and make you amazing potioneers. Now let's start off with the lesson. For today's reading, I asked you to skim through chapter three, can anyone tell me anything about today's potion?"



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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Fri 12 Jan 2018 - 6:38

As the class filled in and students took their seats, Mimosa was quickly reaching the understanding that Professor Holmes' classroom would not be one for idle chatter. The older students already knew to wait expectantly, books open and minds focused and the younger ones new to this class were quickly following their example. Mimosa, squeezed in between Dia and Mercy, did her very best to focus, even if concentrating so hard was difficult for her sometimes.

There were words on the board again, words that looked like squiggles to the ten year old.The witch stared at the lines hard, trying to work out at least a few of the letters. There was an "F" and an "R" and and "E" but they were all jumbled up so the young Slytherin gave up, choosing instead to listen to Mycroft's words.

When he asked the class if anyone could tell him something about the potion they would be trying today, the young brunette brightened up. It was a potion on the board. It made sense, this was the potions classroom. Assuming the second, smaller word was "Potion", she only had one big word to work through.

Of course, there wasn't enough time, and Mimosa really wanted to try and answer a question in class. She hadn't yet mostly because students like Seema Biswas entered classrooms with their hands raised in the air. Or at least that's what it looked like to an annoyed Mimosa. Raising her own tiny hand, the girl took a deep breathe. He had said anything, so technically there were no wrong answers.

Her eyes lingering on the pictures of ingredients on Dia's textbook, the child spoke up. "It involves a mistletoe somehow?" That was the only familiar picture that had jumped out at her, the Christmas plant that made people kiss other people. Maybe this was a kissing potion? Though she doubted they would have to kiss anyone in class, at least she hoped they wouldn't.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Sat 13 Jan 2018 - 6:09



He tried not to smile as he saw that the younger children realized that this was a serious thing. While he would not be as harsh to the students that attended, he wanted them to make an effort to learn. He knew that first lesson would be a painful one, so he brought as much patience as he could at this lesson.

When his first question was asked, it was clear that no one was as excited to answer her question as Miss Harrington. Signaling her to answer, he was surprised and amused at her response.

"Yes...I do suppose that it does have mistletoe as an ingredient. But students, can someone tell me what use could the forgetfulness potion have in our world? Anyone?"

He was grasping at straws and it seemed that perhaps there wouldn't be any brewing today. Sighing he hoped that someone could possibly make this lesson go smoother.


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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Sat 13 Jan 2018 - 14:58

Dominique listened as Mimosa gave her answer. As it was a good one she thought that she would give it a try. Hoping that she wasn’t going to be horrible at potions. She always knew that she had friends that she could ask, if she needed help. Dominique really didn’t know anything about the potion. But she was just going to guess just from the name. As sometimes it was all in the name. And she was hoping that she was right.

She then waited till Mimosa was giving her answer. Dominqiue then raised her hand and was going to give it a try. “ Well the potion is forgetfulness, so is it supposed to make you forget something?” That was making some sense to her. And was hoping that she gave the right one. If not, at least she tried.

She then waited for the Professor to tell her if she was right or wrong. Either way, she was  still learning and wouldn’t matter if she got it wrong.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Sun 14 Jan 2018 - 6:11



As a Gryffindor tentatively raised her hand, Mycroft signaled her to take her turn. He tried to remember their names as best as possible, and he had high hopes for Ms. Grey. When she responded, it was a bit meek, but got to the point.

"Very good Miss Grey, five points to Gryfffindor. Correct the forgetfulness potion is just that, the drinker is forced to forget some portion of their memory."

Moving towards the front he took out his cauldron and the ingredients. He started off by signaling everyone to do the same before beginning once more.

"As this is our first lesson of the year and we have a first year class members, we will work on this potion together. Please go to page fifty seven in your books and take out the following ingredients:

  • Lethe River Water
    Valerian sprigs
    Bottle Standard Ingredient
    Mistletoe berries

"Can anyone give me a fun fact about the Lethe River before we begin?"

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson 1 (Years 1-4)    Sun 14 Jan 2018 - 7:20

It was starting to dawn on the young Slytherin that not being able to read the words as fast as they appeared on the board was going to be a bit of a problem. Dia, Mercy and the rest of the class could immediately raise their hands to answer questions just by seeing the squiggles on the board or in their books but Mimosa had to wait for the Professor to speak, or catch a glimpse of a drawing somewhere to try and interpret the question.

She should have brought her phone to class, it could read things for her. Who knew classes required so much reading and writing? The list of ingredients was once again no use to her, but then thankfully her Head of House spoke, asking for a fun fact about the Lethe River. A small smile grew on her face.

Mimosa had been to Northern Portugal a few years ago on a shoot alongside several other child models. The theme had been Greek Mythology and while the children were told the most tame version of the supposed properties of the river where they would be conducting the shoot, Mimosa still remembered it very well.

Raising her hand once more, she tried again, this time with more confidence. "It's supposed to be a storybook river," she began, recalling the tale from when she was seven and completely enraptured by the spot boy who was in charge of entertaining a bunch of brats until the camera people set up their equipment. "It's supposed to one of the rivers of the underworld place. And drinking it's water is supposed to make you forget things." Maybe that's why it was an ingredient in this potion? Because it helped with forgetting?

"Even though it's make belief, some people say it's real and located in Northern Portugal. I went there once but I never drank from it so I don't know if it really works," she finished a bit sheepishly.

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