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Azalea Murray
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PostSubject: An Introduction to Potions (All Years)   Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:13 am

Annika Blackwood was... certainly something, Azalea reflected as she gathered up the student roster and syllabus at lightning speed from the Potion Mistress's desk. Not only had Miss Blackwood not shown up at the Feast but she had forgotten all about it until the next morning. Indeed it had been a sight to see the Head of Slytherin walking down the Great hall in billowing robes of leaf green to a breakfast table populated only by the sort of students who could make it down to for Breakfast a whole hour before classes began. Upon finding out that she had missed the official feast by a whole twelve hours, Annika hand't been too perturbed, instead curling up on her chair like a child and yawning widely, complained of how she hadn't slept all night thanks to all the root beer in her system.

Azalea had managed to work out from her first meeting with the witch that students would likely not be Annika's first priority. So she had gone to great lengths to tell Annika where she could be reached, how to deliver papers and books to her and how remarkably easy it was to have house elves do all these things. The young Miss Blackwood had nodded vaguely, chewing a bit of toast before deciding she needed a nap right there on the staff table. To her credit though, the Potion Mistress had woken up fifteen minutes later completely refreshed and sharp as a tack.

The sharpness however was not reserved for everything. Today, Annika was supposed to be holding a combined lecture for all years on the basic theory of potions, a lesson that should have begun twenty minutes ago but clearly hand't because five minute ago, a house elf had arrived with the note saying Professor Blackwood was busy and could Azalea please teach the class instead. It had taken Azalea another five minutes to gather up everything she possibly could in such short notice and the witch was now speeding down the hallway leading to the classroom, her heels click clacking on the stone floor while she kept up the fastest pace her fitted skirt allowed her to.

And still she arrived in he classroom twenty two minutes late, to a sea of students all ready and seated. Even the latecomers had arrived and taken their places at their stations. thanks to Annika and Azalea's combined tardiness.

"Good morning all," the brunette greeted, trying to play off her late entrance as casual. "Ah, nice to see everyone managed to get out of bed early today. Give yourselves a round of applause please."

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PostSubject: Re: An Introduction to Potions (All Years)   Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:50 am

Dominique was excited for potion class. It was one of her favorite classes. Even though it was also her father favorite. After everything that had happened this summer, she could never forgive him. Right now she was going to through herself in to school and also quidditch. Then she would try and deal with it when she would come home for winter break. Right now she was going to focus on the class. As she knew that she had to keep up her grades. Dominique knew that she could always write Victoria. As she knew that they wrote letters last year.

Well it was more like she was writing her uncle who was super busy. Victoria was just being polite and answering them. Which she really liked her and hoped that she would have came for a visit. But after everything that happened, she was glad that she didn’t. Early was something that she was glad of as she hoped that Mercy or Mimosa would be here. But she then noticed that the professor came in and she was late. It was something that Dia wasn’t going to point out.

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PostSubject: Re: An Introduction to Potions (All Years)   Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:53 am

It had started up again as if it had never left, truly. The way everyone fell in to step hadn't changed from where it had been left in June, but perhaps there were a couple of hopeful second years joining in to the circle, and a couple of fourth years holding back to be around the group. Mimosa's group, as Nikolai always called it in his head, though in reality that was exactly what it was. People drawn to the witch because of the name she had dropped in their first year, the constant appearances of Jacques Clement, and the never ending supply of gifts that came from hanging around Mimosa.

But none of the group gathered had what it would take to truly know the influence of House Clement. None of them were clever enough to work that out.

Except him.

Keeping towards the middle of the group -- Mimosa was busy talking to others that Nikolai didn't care to bore himself with -- Nikolai followed the group down from breakfast to Potions class in near silence. The only two conversations that had ensued was the silent glaring talk with Ji Hyun telling him to back off, and the softly spoken 'hello' to Bushrah who had turned almost as red as her tie and not returned the sentiment. Odd witch, Bushrah Alamudin, but Mimosa seemed to like her enough so she stuck around the group.

They had arrived in the Potions lesson in the large group, and seeing as the tables were split in to groups of four, they were forced to split off. Ji Hyun had tried to take up the seat beside Mimosa, but Nikolai had shoved the other boy out the way of the seat and quickly sat himself upon it. Ji Hyun had quickly recalculated and sat himself opposite Mimosa, whilst Bushrah had taken up the seat opposite Nikolai.

Small talk had ensued from this point, with no professor there, which, obviously, meant they were all treated to yet another rendition of how amazing Mimosa's summer in India had been. As if they hadn't heard the story enough times already, they were going to hear it again. Though, this time, Mimosa had explained about how she and her Jacques -- Merlin the witch was stupid if she truly thought you could own someone, let alone the Clement heir -- had gone to the temple in the garden of their hosts and prayed, or something. Nikolai's attention had waned away at this point, leaving the younger witch to just talk, and talk and talk some more.

The talking went on for way too long, though, and after a while, Nikolai found himself glancing to the clock, wondering where the professor was. Ten minutes late... Fifteen minutes late... twenty minutes late.

"Do you think we should tell someone that the professor hasn't arrived?" Nikolai asked his table, cutting across Mimosa's boring stories that had Ji Hyun hooked and Bushrah hanging on to her every word, though her eyes seemed to have been on him even before he'd spoken. Bushrah's response was an eager nod, but no words. Ji Hyun just scowled as if Nikolai had committed some heinous crime, whilst Mimosa went to open her mouth to speak and the door opened to admit... not their professor.

Frowning to himself as the Potions Assistant entered the room instead, Nikolai's attention moved from his table, and instead to the words being spoken. The humour, at least in Nikolai's opinion, fell flat on the room, but it didn't really matter all that much. Now that he could see Miss Harrington up close, he couldn't help but actually feel glad for his dad's efforts this year. Finally, they had some teachers that might well just keep their attention.

Or, at least, his attention.



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PostSubject: Re: An Introduction to Potions (All Years)   Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:30 pm

Being back in Hogwarts for another year was interesting for sure. She had no clue how this year will go and when she arrived to potions she saw there bunch of student she barely knew. She sat down one of the seats away from them. She didn't wanna have some chit-chat before class she had enough durning feast with her housemates.

Awhile looking more around she noticed professor wasn't here which the girl found very odd. She didn't say anything about it at all. She kept quiet about it. Soon someone arrived and all Amanda could tell that this preson wasn't their professor. She heard who she was trying feast but that wasn't such important fact for her but she still remembered. The potions assistant. Someone who she didn't know well.

Anyways she was curious more what they will do in class rather than questioning why she was late. That wasn't her business there. So waited there what needs to be done today. All she knew that she will try her best has always.  

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PostSubject: Re: An Introduction to Potions (All Years)   Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:57 pm

When her joke fell flatter than a can out of opened diet coke left out all day, the witch gazed out at the class full of students. "Wow, tough crowd," she managed, her eyes landing on a certain brunette beside a lanky boy. "Well, as I'm sure you've noticed, I am not Professor Blackwood. She was unable to join us due to an urgent matter so I'll be taking over."

It was a struggle to remove her gaze from the table of four on the right but Azalea managed. She was the one who had insisted she could do this so now was the time to prove so. "For those of you who were otherwise occupied at the feast yesterday, I'm Azalea Harrington-."

"That's my name!" the brunette squealed out from her place, not at all shy about interrupting someone to have her say.

"Indeed it is," Azalea continued, trying to suppress a smile at the confidence the young lady exuded. "Well, it's my name too. And I'll be your Assistant Professor for the year. Your instructor, Professor Blackwood, is a very important person in her field and she may not always be around to answer your questions so that's where you come to me. I have all the information on your homeworks, assignments, what you should be studying up for exam and so on."

Once the witch had made sure everyone understood, she began the class properly. "So Professor Blackwood wanted you all to get a knowledge of the theory of potion making, but before that, we need to figure out why Potions are important. A swelling solution can make something grow in size, but so can an engorgement charm. A raskovnik plant can help open locked doors but so can an Alohamora. So why do we even bother with potions in the first place? Any guesses?"

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PostSubject: Re: An Introduction to Potions (All Years)   Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:00 pm

Mariah wanted to pay attention to her first potions class. Well, she wanted to pay attention to all of them, but she figured just the first one shouldn't be too much to ask for.

She had arrived determined and ready to learn, taking up a seat in the back half of the classroom with a couple of her housemates and trying to blend in. She didn't know many people's names yet, but she thought at least one of the girls at her table was named Cassandra...or maybe Alexandra. Or maybe those were two different people. They were all friendly enough, but they seemed to be good friends with each other already, and most of their conversation was unintelligible to Mariah - something about a boy on the Hufflepuff quidditch team and what a keeper he was? She couldn't pitch in even if she wanted to.

Instead, she took out one of her brand new notebooks and a pen, and settled her attention on the front of the classroom where the teacher should be walking in any minute now.

After the first five minutes of waiting, her mind started to wander. Her eyes drifted across the classroom, and she noticed a couple students writing with what seemed to be old-fashioned feather quill pens. Strange.

The more she immersed herself in this wizarding society, the weirder it revealed itself to be. Quill pens, and carrier owls, and parchment paper...at least one of her dormmates had confirmed that Hogwarts did indeed have WiFi, so it was possible to send emails instead of letters. Still, she considered trying to use an owl one day, just for the heck of it.

She was able to catch snippets of some other students' conversations. One girl had apparently gone to India over the summer. That sounded like fun. Mariah had always wanted to travel. She figured it would be easier to do that now that she lived in Europe, since all the countries were so close together.

She was fully immersed in a daydream about quaint little cottages nestled high in the Swiss Alps, when the door suddenly opened and a woman walked in. Mariah recognized her as the one who was reading the names at the sorting ceremony. Was she their potions teacher? Mariah couldn't quite remember. She'd been so overwhelmed when she'd first arrived that she hadn't thought to pay much attention to the staff table.

Only when the woman cracked a joke about being early did Mariah notice the actual time. It was a good twenty minutes past the time when class was supposed to start.

The woman continued talking, and Mariah leaned in to hear the information she was giving out. Okay, not the potions professor, just a TA. She found herself silently appreciating the woman's skirt, which had a pattern of what looked like cogs and gears and gave off a sort of steampunk-y vibe.

She snapped back to attention as she registered the question. Why bother with potions? That was something Mariah had been asking herself for a while now. In fact, it was something she had once asked Mr. Weber in a fit of frustration after yet another concoction had blown up in her face. His answer had made sense, though she still didn't find it entirely satisfactory.

As she saw no one else raising their hand, she slowly raised hers to about ear level, thinking maybe she could get some points for her house. When the TA noticed her, she quietly summarized what Mr. Weber had told her.

"If you don't have your wand, or you're not allowed to use magic for some reason, you can still use potions. They require magic to make, but if you've already made them, anyone can use them, even muggles."
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PostSubject: Re: An Introduction to Potions (All Years)   Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:45 pm

Mimosa was the first one to speak, her answer coming out even before the child's slender hand was fully raised in the air. Azalea indicated for the young Slytherin to go on and the child continued happily.

"It's because potions are pretty, and colorful!"

"Indeed they are, and while that's a good reason to brew them, would someone else like to give it a try?" At her words, a Hufflepuff hesitantly raised her hand, not seeming used to answering questions here. Azalea remembered the teen vaguely from the sorting ceremony, her age and height among a group of first years about the only thing to draw the brunette's attention away from the Gryffindor table where her daughter sat.

"If you don't have your wand, or you're not allowed to use magic for some reason, you can still use potions. They require magic to make, but if you've already made them, anyone can use them, even muggles."

"Well said Miss..." The Potions TA looked at her register, not having commuted everyone face to memory yet. " Berkeley-Benton. Five points to Huffllepuff. Would anyone else like to follow these ladies' excellent lead?"

"Don't I get any points for my answer," Mimosa chirped up.

"You get five style points, those buttons are on fleek," the older witch responded, watching the girl happily go back to her whispered conversation with the boy beside her. "Now, let's see what the rest of us can come up with."

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