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PostSubject: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:45 am

Grayson felt like he was getting the hang of his new job. Perhaps he wasn't the best teacher in the world, but he was at least enjoying himself, especially with the younger years. They were much more enthusiastic than his older class, which made it feel more rewarding. He hoped as they got older, they wouldn't lose that spark. He'd come to care for his students over the last few months, and he felt personally invested in each of their futures.

Today was all about mastering theory. Turning a matchstick into a needle was the most basic transfiguration exercise in the book, and it had very little practical use, except that it enabled students to practise the motions without hurting anything. The concept of changing one object into another remained the same no matter what objects were involved, so starting small was the gateway to the entire branch of magic.

As the class got settled, Grayson greeted them briefly before jumping right in. They'd appreciate as much time as they could get. On each desk sat a single matchstick, and most of the students already had their wands out in preparation. He gestured for them to set their wands aside for now.

"Transfiguration," Grayson began, "is a mental challenge. The most important part of casting a transfiguration spell is to focus. You cannot afford to be distracted. Transfiguration is a process, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. With other branches of magic, ceasing to focus simply stops the spell. With transfiguration, stopping too early results in an incomplete transformation, which can be extremely dangerous, especially once you start working with animals. You must continue to concentrate until the entire process is complete. Close your eyes."

He waited for the class to do as he said. "I want you to focus only on your own breathing. Keep every other thought at bay. This is, essentially, meditation. Before you even touch the matchstick in front of you, I want you to think of nothing but the rhythm of your breath for an entire minute. If you can manage that, you're well on your way to achieving the level of focus necessary for this spell. When you've done it, look up at me."

(OoC: I am so sorry for the delay. I meant to have this up earlier, but I'm in the midst of finals at the moment and have been busier than expected with make up work :/)

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PostSubject: Re: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:59 pm

Seeing as Transfiguration had been extremely fun in the fall term, Mimosa had signed up for it once more in the winter session. Because Christmas was time for fun, and after what seemed like ages, she would be going home. Despite getting multiple invitations from the palace to be at their Christmas ball and new year greeting to the masses, Mimosa had chosen to go back to Carmel. It felt like she hadn't seen her actual home in ages, almost as if Grandpa and Clara were trying to keep her away.

But that was silly, no one would ever do that. And they had been perfectly happy when she'd stubbornly insisted on going to her own room for Christmas. Clara had quickly hung up and said she was off to make preparations and Mimosa knew why. She was the smartest witch ever after all, she knew Clara was getting her hundreds of thousands of presents and decorating the house all up the way Mimosa liked it. Even Hogwarts decorated itself near Christmas because it knew Mimosa liked the season so much.

"Hiya Mister Hughes," the child greeted brightly as she entered the classroom, for once not bothered with the crowd that constantly followed her everywhere. The source of her happiness though was not simply that she would be going home soon, it was also the absence of Squid Boy (who had gone home early to be with his dad) and Ji Hyun (who was out with the cold). Without the boys, everything was just really better in the young witch's opinion. "I'm going back home for the holidays, are you going home too?" she asked in way of greeting before taking her seat near the front. As always, Bushrah settled in beside Mimosa while Seema grudgingly took a seat to the Slytherin's other side.

When the tall wizard began to describe what they would be doing today, Mimosa found herself grinning. Close her eyes? She could totally do that. She did that all the time. She was so going to ace this class. And the next part about cleansing her mind couldn't be that hard either right?

When Professor Hughes had finished, Mimosa hurried to do as he said. The witch closed her eyes, and tried not to think of the matchstick in front of ehr. Though it was kind of hard because all she wanted to so was examine the matchstick more closely. It was a real live matchstick, Mimosa had never seen one before. All the cookers at her home ran on magic or electricity. In fact, the only reason the little witch knew this thing created fire was because she had seen it in one of Gaspard's history books.

And now she was thinking about Gaspard, and how much she missed him. With all that had been going on around ehr lately, she hadn't been able to go see him and it really bothered her. Though what bothered her even more was that he hadn't tried to see her. He couldn't have just forgotten she existed right?

Right?

And now she was angry at Gaspard, which wasn't really helping her clear her mind.

But at least she was doing great at the closing eyes portion of the lesson!

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PostSubject: Re: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:11 pm

Considering Lilith's inkling towards Transfiguration, it was only a matter of time before she found herself in the Transfiguration room.

Hogwarts has been as busy as her previous year, but Lilith was trying to make this one last. There were only seven years and at this point, the last thing Lilith wanted to do was leave. Maybe she could just flunk all her classes and get out of the whole "graduating" thing.

Despite her thoughts, that didn't mean she could skip out on her Transfiguration class. After almost falling off the staircase and having to jog to the door after waking up a few minutes too late, Lilith arrived at the door to the Transfiguration room and walked in swiftly.

The class was small. Lilith avoided eye contact with the other students and the professor before taking a seat at the back corner of the class. Lilith already knew she was smart, but the last thing she wanted was to be at the center attention of the class. She planned to sit back and just watch the lesson. Hopefully, she'll get out with only a few bruises to show for it.

The professor began to lecture about focus and endings that Lilith was already aware of. She was in her second year, she knew how to turn a dumb matchstick into a needle. Lilith tapped her foot under her desk and played with the edges of her Gryffindor robes.

When asked to close her eyes, Lilith instead, rolled them. Meditation? Really? She thought. There were much better ways to spend their time, but Lilith grudgingly closed her eyes and sat back in her seat with her arms crossed.

"I don't need a lesson on breathing," Lilith grumbled to herself inaudibly. Lilith let a strong breath out of her nose before she started to do the breathing.

Lilith's mind wandered. She wanted to do fun stuff like turn desks into pigs and a pig into a cat. There isn't any real use for a matchstick to a needle. Lilith reminded herself that it was her one of the first classes of the term. In the future, they will surely be learning more.

Then, Lilith thought about Quidditch. It's her second year, she could try out if she really wanted to. If she could really push herself into that kind of situation.

Lilith smirked to herself. She would destroy everyone on that pitch.

Feeling it has been around a minute, Lilith blinked open her eyes and looked up at the professor. She really hoped that they would be doing more than breathing as Lilith does that quite often already.

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PostSubject: Re: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:40 pm

Hands in pockets, Nik left the owlery. The tawny bird already but a pinprick in the distance. If he had timed it right it should tap the glass just as he should have been knocking on the door. The plan had been to simply return home to see his father, however opting to skip the train instead the boy remained firmly away.

His satchel hung heavy from shoulders, the numerous books threatening the clasp at every step. While the lack of disapproving gaze had been welcomed, the sight of his father the past couple months had not been. The mediwitches has called it tomb sickness, something one didn’t simply learn in the second year at Hogwarts, but now something Nik has become obsessed with. His research had led him from one subject to the next, until these were the last vestiges of knowledge he could acquire before needing to go further. The magic of the dead, accurate or not was what had made his mind wander, and his curiosity ache with need.

Taking long uncoordinated strides into the classroom, he placed himself in the back. His attempt was to simply nod to Professor Hughes, and not draw attention from the pest. Though that was optimism to foolishness, the girl could sense where she wasn’t needed and could practically aparate into the space.

Closing his eyes as commanded, his mind began to clear. His breaths came slow and shallow as instructed and for a moment he was exactly where he needed to be. Just for a moment however......soon black text seemed to swirl in his mind. Words on tunes and warding, ancient kings, before an imaginative vision of a skeleton surfaced from the quagmire Of thought. He had no way to know what one would really look like, so his creative mind filled in the blanks allowing reality to take a holiday.

As this image continues to burn in his mind, the skeleton suddenly opened its eyes with blue flames and jaw opening, causing him to stir awaken......the jolt tipped his chair and would probably make it all to clear he had nodded off in class. The last couple nights he had done nothing but stay up to read, and it would seem it had finally taken its toll in the form of a little classroom embarrassment.
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PostSubject: Re: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:03 pm

Mimosa - to no one's surprise of course - was really good at Transfiguration. She kept her eyes closed and she thought about needles, kind of. Well she thought a little about needles and matchsticks but she mostly thought about Gaspard. But maybe Gaspard and needles were the same because when she opened her eyes, the matchstick on her desk looked rather sharp. The witch slowly reached for it, touching it lightly and yes, the tip did feel sharp, it was probably sharp enough to use as a needle which was the whole point of he practice right? If it could be used as a needle, it was a needle. Good job Mimosa!

She was just about to rise her hand to show off her work to Professor Hughes when the racket from the back distracted her. Turning around, the witch noticed Squid Boy of all people, trying to find something on the floor. "Squid Boy!" she cried out, her face a mixture of smug and confused. On one hand, she didn't know why he was here since he was supposed to go meet his dad. On the other, she wanted to show him how smart she was with the matchstick.

As the teacher moved to help, Mimosa bounced up from her seat. 'I got this, sir," she offered flying to the back of the class and scooting down beside Squid Boy under the pretense of helping him collect his stuff off the floor. "Hey, you came back. Did you miss me that much? What's the plan now? Are we sneaking out tonight again?" Everyone worth knowing knew Squid Boy was aware of more secret passages out of the school than most people, and sneaking out was always on Mimosa's agenda.

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PostSubject: Re: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:20 pm


A bang drew Lilith's attention from the front of the room to a few seats away from her, where a Slytherin boy seemed to have fallen asleep when he had his eyes closed and then fell out of his chair. Lilith allowed herself the littlest of half-smiles as she shook her head and looked back to the front of the room.

Lilith looked back to her matchstick that sat on her desk. The other girl in the room seemed to have been beginning to transfigure hers, so Lilith thought she should try as well. Staring at the matchstick, the Gryffindor slid her wand from her pocket and began to mumble as she ran the tip along the match.

For a long time, nothing seemed to happen. Lilith's mind cleared as she imagined it changing, growing pointy and losing the wooden feel in favor of a smooth, cool surface before finally highlighting, becoming silver.

When Lilith opened her eyes, the matchstick was more of a cylinder and had developed a smooth surface. In around the tip and end, it was beginning to change into silver. Lilith has done this before, so she did not know what was taking so long. Lilith closed her eyes and braced herself again.

An annoyingly high-pitched voice interrupted her thoughts as it said she'd help the boy as another one of Lilith's fellow second-years went to the boy and started talking quickly, but to Lilith, it meant nothing but gibberish.

Lilith's arms crossed over her chest as her gaze flickered to the professor before turning back to the two Slytherins on the floor.

"Could you two be quiet? He fell off of a chair, not a cliff. Just sit back down, so I can finish this, will you?" Lilith's voice was smooth yet sharp.



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PostSubject: Re: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:15 pm

Looking at the gryffindor he merely rolled his eyes. The flush of embarrassment replaced by cold indifference to those that lacked self control. His tongue nearly remarked, but shrugging he let the comment go. Clearly easily distracted that was enough for him, for now. Instead his attention was more keen on the pest that bobbed in front of him.

Her incessant chatter continued culminating in asking if he was going to sneak out, right when the teacher was this close....the girl had no sense. His left hand moved to cover her mouth while his right made a shushing motion over his lips. “Will you be quite........or we won’t.” He had had no intention, however saying things like this typically got the girls attention, wether he meant they’d go or not.

Resituating himself and sighing he noticed as Mimosa day next to him, now a table of silver and green. Rubbing the sleep from his eyes he looked at the toothpick, and imagined a needle. Closing his eyes he focused, and sure enough a needle appeared, only to promptly turn back to a matchstick. Shrugging to himself he was satisfied that should he want to, he’d easily be able to attain the magic. No reason to push forward.

Moving his chair back he would give up on the lesson for now. “Why can’t you ever leave me alone....” He would say bluntly the way kids do. Without real thought. One elbow went to the table and he rested his cheek bone in it staring into space. Maybe he should have went home after all....
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PostSubject: Re: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:29 pm

Before Squid Boy could reply, the Gryffindor in front of them spoke, and she employed a tone that always caught Mimosa off guard for how infrequently she heard it - particularly directed towards her.

The witch didn't sound like she was utterly filled with joy at addressing Mimosa. But that couldn't be right? Maybe she just didn't know who Mimosa was? Or was she trying to hide her excitement because they were in class.

So Mimosa gave the Gryffindor a biiiiiig smile. And then stared confued when all the other witch did was turn her back to them. But before the young Slytherin could question it, there was a hand over her mouth, making her blue-grey eyes pop wide open.

Will you be quite........or we won’t.”

A look of alarm entered her gaze and she nodded silently, taking in deep dramatic, noisy gulps of air when Squid Boy finally released her. Taking his queue, she picked herself up and comfortably seated herself beside him. Professor Hughes wouldn't mind that she had changed seats, she had done her work after all. And much better than the lanky boy beside her who couldn't even make his needle last a second.

“Why can’t you ever leave me alone....”

"Because you'd be too sad if I did, silly," the child whispered, or at least she thought she whispered. In truth, her high pitched chirp likely carried over to half the class. "And don't worry, you'll get the hang of that matchstick thing, I'm really good at it, let me teach you."

And for the next few minutes, Mimosa spent her time having a staring contest with her fellow Slytherin's matchstick, trying to use her jedi mind powers to turn it into a needle.  

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PostSubject: Re: Transfiguration Lesson 2 (Years 1-4)   Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:01 pm

As the students closed their eyes, Grayson scanned their faces somewhat amusedly. Some of them had their brows furrowed in concentration, some seemed bored, and one Nikolai Kessler looked as though he was falling asleep. He watched the boy's head droop as he nodded off, and wondered what to do.

As a minute passed and students started opening their eyes, Grayson doubted that many of them had managed to actually clear their minds, but he decided to take them at their words. He nodded to each one, motioning for them to move on to the exercise as quietly as possible so as not to distract the others who were still trying to meditate.

Suddenly, a crash broke through the silence. Grayson, startled, began to rise from his seat to see if the boy was okay - it seemed the dozing Mr. Kessler had gotten a rude awakening. Mimosa Harrington was already rushing over to help, so Grayson paused, watching the commotion unfold. He raised his eyebrows at the scene, but the noise died down soon enough. Grayson debated the pros and cons of creating more noise by asking Mimosa to return to her seat, and finally decided against it. She seemed determined to help her friend with the activity.

With a sigh, he sat back down, and continued watching as his students moved on to the second part of the lesson. Some seemed to have the hang of it, but as he suspected, others were still having trouble concentrating. When the class finally came to a close, he stood and traversed the room, checking their progress. Only a couple students had shiny, silver needles on their desks. The rest were in various stages of transformation - a little pointy, a little shiny, a little grey - but most had at least managed to partially transfigure the matchstick, so he didn't consider it a failure. They would just need to continue working on concentration in the future.

The bell rang, and he dismissed the class, assigning a couple more concentration exercises as homework.

CLASS IS NOW CLOSED


House points:
Mimosa Harrington: 10 for attendance + 10 for participation = 20 points
Nikolai Kessler: 10 for attendance + 10 for participation = 20 points

Lilith Westlocke: 10 for attendance + 10 for participation = 20 points

Total:
Gryffindor: 20
Slytherin: 40
Hufflepuff: 0
Ravenclaw: 0

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