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PostSubject: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:17 am

With the headache that was the younger years over and done with, James sat back in his chair and let out a heavy sigh. He was not sorry to see the back of that lot, of that much he would openly admit to whoever walked through the door next. Though, of course, that would mean conversing with his students, and James simply did not do that.

Leaning back in his chair, James stretched out his back, reveling in the small cracking sound of the joints before he sat back in place. Only another couple of hours before he was done with his day, and he could honestly say he was ready for this all to be over.

Checking the clock one last time, James could see there were a few minutes until the bell was about to go. Students would be arriving soon, so he molded his features in to their usual unimpressed state. This year was not going to be any easier on the older years, of that much he could promise.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:14 pm

Being a seventh year was certainly no easier then being a sixth year; not only was this their final year at Hogwarts but Aiden was also a Head Boy, something that had certainly surprised him when he got the badge in his letter from Hogwarts. It surprised him so much he just stared at it for half an hour.

Potions, Aiden knew, would be his easiest subject to pass but it would also be hard. Depending on how their Professor would be through the year; the Slytheirn just hoped that James wasn't in one of his bad moods.

Stepping into the room, he looked around before focusing on the Professor. "Hello Professor Balan." He murmured before moving to his seat and pulling out his quill and some parchment as well as his book for Potions. He wondered, not for the first time, what kind of Potion they would be learning about today.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:55 pm

Potions was one of those classes that didn't highly interest TJ, but also didn't bore him either. He was okay at it, too, which always helped. The only thing that he didn't like about the lesson was the professor, but then that was the general consensus of the whole school, so he wasn't on his own with that one.

Stepping in to the classroom, TJ ignored the professor. Instead moving through the desks to one somewhere in the middle. "Aiden." TJ acknowledged the Head Boy as he passed. He only knew the boy by name, but thought he'd be polite anyways.

Once he was seated, TJ took out his books, getting ready for the lesson to begin. Hopefully, Amy would be joining him in this class - and maybe, if they were lucky, they could work together on the potion of the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:51 pm

Checking her schedule, the seventh here found herself sighing. Well, it could be worse, but Potions was her next lesson for the day. People didn't like potions because of Professor James Balan. A very, very handsome man, with a cold heart and a desire to give detentions. But to Amy, he didn't look like that.

Amethyst believed that James Balan was kind, people just couldn't see it. And she believed that because TJ was doing the same thing, He wouldn't let anyone in, sometimes he was cold and distant, and preferred to be alone and all that because he just didn't want to put anyone in danger. But he was not mean.
He had the most beautiful soul Amy had come across, and for that, James Balan had an alibi for his behavior.

Moving out of her Common Room, Amethyst made her way to the Potion Classroom, that wasn't quite far. The Halls were somewhat silent, and Amethyst smiled at that. She wasn't a fan of the crowd.

Arriving at the Classroom, the Hufflepuff moved in, nodding at the Professor and quickly scanning the classroom. TJ was there, and Amethyst wasted no time. She moved rather quickly towards him, giving him a small smile and gave his hand a small squeeze.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:06 pm

Lux forced her reluctant feet to take each step to the potions class. Potions did not agree with her. That job was obvious. It wasn't that she was terrible at it. In fact, she thought she was alright. At least she didn't fail miserably and that was all she needed. But the precision that came with that particular field irritated her to no end. One always had to be careful and measure every drop accurately or one might end up with something entirely different from what one expected. One might even turn into two, or three, or four.

Before she stepped into the classroom, she exhaled, thought about people getting run down by busses and getting their tongues slammed in car doors to calm herself down. Getting riled up would only end disastrously when dealing with potions. Lux entered the room and walked past the professor without acknowledging him. From what she'd observed, he wasn't the sociable type and that was just fine with her. She stalked to the back of the class and sat down.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:36 pm

After the summer holidays, Lucy was a tad reluctant to get back to the cumbersome routine that was school. Luckily, the first class she had was one of her favourites, and one that she was rather good at. However, she knew this year, it would become more difficult than it had previously been. But, she was determined to maintain her grades in the subject. If she fell behind during her O.W.Ls, it'd be almost impossible, without extreme exertion, to catch up in later years, and Lucy wasn't willing to stress herself out due to her own folly. After all, stress marked the face.

She made her way to the potions classroom, and saw a few other students already there. She gave a silent nod and a smile to the professor and found an empty seat in the middle of the classroom. She readied her equipment and waited quietly for the lesson to commence.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:48 pm

The dungeons were, of course, one of Violet's favourite places. It should follow that potions was her favourite subject. And it was. She enjoyed learning about draughts and poisons, remedies, whatever it was they were learning about. Knowledge of such substances would be useful not only in examinations, but certainly in the outside world. Especially if one day she needed to poison an opponent, or perhaps heal herself from poison.

She walked casually through the dungeon, taking in the damp, musty smell, and dark, cool feel of the corridors, taking her time, knowing that she wasn't yet late for class and in no rush to get anywhere.

She reached the door and decided that she'd better go in. She found a seat at the back of the classroom, not bothering with useless courtesies such as greetings or acknowledging anyone. She saw no need for it. Instead, she readied her materials for the lesson.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:42 pm

As the students filed in - quietly which was much more to James' liking than any previous session - James watched them taking their seats. Only one set of students sat together, and he noticed almost immediately they were a couple. A small, cruel smile touched James' lips upon noticing this.

How fortunate.

"Miss Vine, thank you for your displays of affection, they're not necessary in my room. For that, you and Mr Hostetler will be testing your potions on one another at the end of the lesson. And, a deep sleep will not rid you of your homework." He told them, his lips curling in to an amused smirk before he turned to the rest of the class.

"Those of you who are observant will have found the lesson on the board. For those who are not, I suggest you look now." James told them, giving a mere second for the slow ones to catch up. "What is it, what does it do, ingredients?"
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:36 pm

Finally, the lesson was beginning. She waited as Professor Balan told off the couple in the room, resisting the urge to roll her eyes. It was a classroom, not the place to have PDAs. Regardless, she focussed herself back on the subject at hand, and was rather pleased when the Professor decided to brush them off and do the same. He jumped right into things, which was exactly how Violet liked her lessons.

Violet didn't wait for anyone else to speak, nor did she raise her hand before she spoke. She wasn't one for such formalities. "There're only three ingredients- powdered unicorn horn, hellebore syrup and powdered moonstone, I believe." she said in her dull voice "And somewhere I'm sure that I saw powdered porcupine quills added to that too." she added "And adding too much of an ingredient can really screw it up." she finished.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:51 pm

Late, late, late, late, late.

Finley Allen was late and in a mess. Which meant that he was scurrying around his room, collecting his books and clothes and throwing them on or in to his bag with so much haste. He was more worried about heading to his next class, though, with Professor Balan, he knew he was going to get a roasting. But it would be nothing in comparison to the roasting he would get if he didn't turn up to the class.

And, unfortunately, he wasn't going to have Naomi there to help him, or back him up. In fact, he was going to be alone in the classroom.

Entering the room, Finley shyly shuffled in, hearing Balan asking a question and wincing. "S-sorry, professor." He apologised quickly, moving past the professor very quickly and sliding in to the first seat available - next to Aiden, the Head Boy. Merlin knew if that was a good idea, but he hoped the Slytherin would be enough of a buffer to not have too much attention drawn to himself.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:18 pm

Aiden sighed softly when he listened to Violet before wincing; it's not just adding too much of an ingredient can screw it up. It's also the fact of not paying attention to the instructions that can screw it up. The Draught of Peace was a hard potion to do and even missing one ingredient can be fatal to both the maker and the drinker.

Aiden startled when he saw the fifth year Ravenclaw sit by him before giving Finley a small smile of reassurance. He knew of the boy's anxiousness so he was willing to play buffer for the lesson.

"The Draught of Peace is a potion that is used to calm anxiety and sooth agitation." Aiden said with a soft tone of voice. "It helps calm down students between their tests, for example." He could clearly remember the medi-witch giving him a vial of that potion when his exam preparations came up. He was a mess that day.

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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:21 pm

"That, Miss Lynch, is four ingredients. It seems you need to go back to basics, starting with maths." James replied when the Hufflepuff listened the ingredients. Though it was picky, James was a man of precision, and it seemed the girl before him was not quite up to his standards. "But, you're right in your answer of the four.

"Though, I might hasten to add, all potions require that you pay attention, so the second point is rather redundant, don't you think?" He posed the question but left no time for the Hufflepuff to respond, he simply wasn't interested in what she thought, she wasn't a potioneer, and therefore didn't know more than he did on the subject.

As the Head Boy continued with the explanation, James merely gave a short nod. "Good enough." He commented, before motioning to the back of the room. "A tray has been set out for each of you to make the potion. Please begin. And don't blow anything up."

With that, James returned to his desk, taking up his magazine and concentrating on it's contents more than his students actions.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:59 pm

Letting out a sigh, Aiden got out of his seat and eyed the Ravenclaw next to him before smiling softly. "Come along Finley, let's get the tray's." He murmured before moving to the back of the room to grab a tray for himself and waited for Finley to grab one himself before walking back to their desk.

Placing the tray with the ingredients down, he grabbed his cauldron and set it up before he looked at his book and read through the instructions to make sure he had remembered them correctly. It wouldn't do to mess this potion up, especially when he was in his last year.

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Breathing a deep sigh of relief, Aiden got to work, his mind not thinking of anything else but the potion he was currently making.

Green. Blue. Purple. Pink. Turquoise. Purple. Red. Orange. Turquoise. Purple. Pink. Red. Purple. Grey. Orange. White.

And finally, as he went through the last step, he waited with a held breath which he let out as soon as he saw the silvery vapor emit from the potion.

He brewed it correctly.

And he was glad about that.

Leaning back in his seat, he looked at the clock and smiled softly. He had been done within the time-limit. Thankfully.


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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:09 am

It seemed Finley had been dealt a small miracle when Professor Balan had not killed him for being late. Finley let out a soft sigh of thanks as the professor moved back to his desk without so much as acknowledging his lateness.

"Come along Finley, let's get the tray's."

The murmur from the Head Boy made Finley jump a little, before looking sideways at the boy and nodding his agreement. Following the Slytherin, Finley was grateful that the older boy had acknowledged his presence, many would have overlooked him. But, Finley didn't say this, instead taking a tray from the side and following the Head Boy back to their desk.

Aiden made no attempt to speak to Finley again, and the Ravenclaw was relieved, with Potions he needed to concentrate, especially now. Naomi had been the one who mixed the potions before, due to Finley's shaky hands, he'd simply cut and measured the ingredients, not mixed them in with care. His nerves were growing too as he opened his book, looking at the instructions and trying not to panic.

There were no instructions to cut anything, which made the Ravenclaw anxious. Lining the ingredients out, Finley followed the instruction slowly, making sure to take extra care as he poured the ingredients in to the cauldron not to over do it.

"And don't blow anything up."

Those words kept echoing in Finley's head as he continued, a fine sheen of sweat appeared on his brow as he worked, whether from the heat of the cauldron or the pressure of the situation could have been discussed at length, but Finley knew the answer. He moved through the colours carefully, checking each to the book every step of the way. His hands were shaking more than ever as he got to the final step.

Shaking the powdered quills in to the potion, Finley watched with bated breath as the colour started to change from orange through to white, carefully adding more to the concoction until it was the white specified. The vapour that came up from the potion was silver, and Finley checked his book to make sure this was right before standing back from the potion and letting out a relieved sigh.

It was the first time in his life Finley had brewed a potion on his own, successfully. And this, this was a very difficult one, he knew that. Checking his watch, Finley noted he'd only just finished the potion in time and let out an amused chuckle to himself. "You d-did it." He told himself happily, leaning over the cauldron once more to check the results.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:44 pm

Violet didn't much appreciate Professor Balan's corrections. She'd known her mistake as soon as she'd said it, and she'd wanted to emphasise the extra care that this particular potion needed. So much could go wrong… And she intended to prove that.

She remained quiet, holding the retort on her tongue. She had a feeling that this sort of man wouldn't be one to listen at all, regardless of how crude, rude or impressive it'd be. He seemed a 'no-nonsense' kind of man. So, she set to work in following the method she was told to.

She added the moonstone, stirred until it was blue, and continued to do so with a careful and steady hand. The colours changed when they were supposed to, there was no murkiness, bubbling or dullness to the liquid that suggested that anything had gone wrong yet. In fact, she had it simmering, and it had just turned a bright orange.

The thing about Violet was that she had a terrible habit of holding grudges. It was terrible because she did things that even at the time she knew that she'd probably regret. She didn't regret them for emotional reasons, like guilt, but rather because in some cases, it cost her house points.

With a sigh, she added the final porcupine quills to complete the potion. The orange turned white, and a silvery vapour was produced once she had finished. She took a vial and scooped some of the finished potion into it. She sealed it and walked to Professor Balan's desk, placing the sample of her potion there without a word. She'd noticed that no one else had done it, but she'd wanted to prove that yes, she was smart and talented and knew about potions, but she was feeling particularly spiteful that time.

She walked back to her desk, not taking a seat, but rather turning up the heat under her potion, and grabbing a handful of powdered moonstone, and hellebore syrup in her other hand, adding the two ingredients excessively. The heat caused the potion to bubble, and continue bubbling. The colour changed from the beautiful and pure white to a murky brown, the colour of polluted water. It started to rise and lurch in it's cauldron. As calm as ever, she picked up her bag and simply left. She was a few paces down the hall when she heard the explosion in the classroom, and she continued on her way to the next class, rather pleased with herself.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:54 pm

"Miss Vine, thank you for your displays of affection, they're not necessary in my room. For that, you and Mr Hostetler will be testing your potions on one another at the end of the lesson. And, a deep sleep will not rid you of your homework."

TJ's eyes had gone wide at that, the idea of testing his potion on Amy was not one he was in any way okay with doing. Why did Professor Balan have to be an asshole all the time? Maybe he wasn't getting any? Though, TJ added, he wasn't getting any either, and he wasn't a moody son of a gun.

But, TJ only thought that, and gave a small nod to show he understood what the professor had said. He would have to work damn hard now to make sure he didn't poison Amy. The idea in itself made TJ feel sick, but there was no way he was going to give the Professor the satisfaction. When they were told to get on, TJ went and collected two trays, one for himself, and one for Amy.

Bringing them back, TJ made sure to set them down gently and gave Amy a small smile. "Don't stress yourself out, if it goes wrong, it goes wrong. But, I will apologise now, I'm not the best potioneer." He told her, with a small smile.

Turning his attention to the potion, TJ opened his book and read through the instructions carefully. He had to make sure nothing went wrong.

And then, TJ began the potion, first with the base potion, and then quickly adding the powdered moonstone until the potion turned green. He stirred the concoction, waiting for it to turn the blue that the textbook insisted upon. Again, TJ added the powdered moonstone, checking the colour to the book once again. TJ continued through with this method, making sure it was right because his nerves were growing as he came closer to the end. To possibly poisoning Amy...

But, TJ's worry was interrupted by the bubbling of a cauldron nearby. He turned to see it unoccupied, and the sludge inside growing closer to the top. "Amy!" TJ called out, but before she could reply, he'd caught her in a hug and turned them away from the explosion that covered the room completely. Shielding her from any harm that might come from the potion bubbling over, TJ felt liquid drop on his back, but nothing happened.

His panic had been for nothing...

Until he looked in to his cauldron. His potion was ruined, and his face fell when he saw, looking towards Balan for some idea of what was about to come...
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:57 pm

Lucy felt conflicted about the difficulty of the potion that they had to make today. On one hand, she was happy for the challenge, to put her skills to the test, and another, she wasn't confident that she could actually do it without screwing up. She knew she'd need to concentrate, and make absolutely sure that she didn't fumble.

She started with reading the method closely, making sure that she read every bit of information and didn't skim over anything. She added the powdered moonstone slowly, taking great care to stop as soon as it turned green. She stirred and then added more. She worked at a slow and steady pace, but not so slow that her potion would turn bad. The colours changes and looked to be bright and 'correct' looking.

She looked at the time and noticed that the lesson was nearly over, and a slight panic washed over her. She continued though, remaining calm. She was adding the final powdered porcupine quills when there was the sound of bubbling, and before she knew it it, an explosion. She jumped with fright, dropping the whole jar of it into her potion. She hastily turned off the heat and tried to scoop it out before too much damage happened, but it was too late. The white turned grey and she was certain it was ruined.
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PostSubject: Re: Potions: Lesson One - Draught of Peace (Years 5-7)   Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:53 pm

Admin Closure of Class.


Thank you to those who have posted in this class - unfortunately the professor cannot finish up the class, so an admin will close it. Points will be given as follows:

10 points for attendance
5 points for any question being answered
Up to 15 points for participation

Thank you for your participation - this will still count as one of your three classes.

If you have any questions in regards to the points being handed out (either as a student or professor) please contact myself or another admin via PM to discuss them.

House Points
Amethyst Vine = 10 points for attendance
Violet Lynch = 10 points for attendance + 5 points for answer + 10 points for participation = 25 points. (James also says detention will be served.)

Finley Allen = 10 points for attendance + 10 points for participation = 20 points.
Tobias Hostetler = 10 points for attendance + 10 point for participation = 20 points.

Aiden Harvey = 10 points for attendance + 5 points for answer + 10 points for participation = 25 points.
Lucy Water = 10 points for attendance + 10 points for participation = 20 points.
Lux Bailey = 10 points for attendance


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