First Years, Lesson Four

Professor Lydia Drage

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“What is the consequence for using the Dark Arts? Well, the answer is complex. Not all practices that are dark in nature are truly evil or even criminal. However,” Lydia paused, “the Unforgiveable Curses are another matter.”

Lydia waved her wand at the blackboard. Instead of chalk, the board lit up with silvery handwriting. Lydia hated the sound of chalk and would never allow it in her classroom. She didn’t ask the students to take notes, because they should have figured it out by now.

Unforgiveable Curses

  • Imperius Curse: Controls the target based on the caster’s will
  • Cruciatus Curse: Tortures the target with excruciating pain
  • Killing Curse: Ends the target’s life instantly

“As you can see, the Imperius, Cruciatus, and Killing Curses are particularly heinous. The punishment for using any of these three curses on another person, if you are caught, is spending the rest of your life in wizarding prison. Here in New Zealand, that would mean the local branch of Azkaban. Your wand would be taken from you and destroyed. Your name would be forever tarnished. Any freedom that you ever enjoyed would be gone.”

Lydia thought that this material was particularly heavy for first-years. However, she couldn’t argue with its inclusion in the curriculum, as it did provide perspective about the Dark Arts.

“You will review these curses in more detail in later years with Professor Styx.”

Lydia left the words on the blackboard and turned back to the students, her dark gray robes swishing about her. “For the rest of the lesson, I would like you to partner up again and practice the Shield Charm and Stunning Spell. This time, choose a partner from the opposite house.”

Then, she added, “If you feel confident with these two spells, feel free to work in other spells or charms as you see fit. You may begin.”

Roleplay the lesson. Your character should partner up with a student of the opposite house. If you have questions about additional spells, PM me. Have fun with this!

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River Hopkins-Vance

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River had thoroughly enjoyed the last Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson. She enjoyed the rush that dueling gave her, even if she had not actually dueled or even hit her opponent with a spell. She was however, happy with herself; she had been able to cast both spells which was no small goal. Hopefully today she would have more time to practice these spells. She would like to at least hit her opponent once, she did not think that was too much to ask. At this point, if she had to duel, all she could do was block spells. The duel would last forever in the case.

The young Slytherin entered into the classroom, glad to find the desks back in place, wondering if this meant she would not be doing practical magic today. Maybe they would be learning about more interesting spells. Either way the young girl would be content. She took her normal seat in the front of the room, as she took out her quill, parchment, and ink. The lesson began right after that as they were learning about the unforgivable curses, curses that just their names sent chills up the young girl's spine. Her distaste for the topic or not, River made sure to take some notes, especially the ones that magically appeared on the board.

Notes said:
What is the consequence for using the Dark Arts?
-Complex Answer as not all practice that are dark in nature are truly evil or even criminal.
The Unforgivable Curses:
-Imperius Curse: Controls the target based on the caster’s will
-Cruciatus Curse: Tortures the target with excruciating pain
-Killing Curse: Ends the target’s life instantly
-Will learn more about these curses in later classes with Professor Styx
River finished up her notes, very short notes at that. It wasn't that there was not much to write about these curses, more so they would be learning more about them in the following years. They did seem like a dark magic that would be better suitable for understanding at an older age.

River packed up her notes and other writing items as the Professor said they could spend the rest of the lesson practicing the two spells from the previous class. This made River give out a little excited squeak as she finished packing up her backpack, taking her wand out of her pocket. This time they were to be paired up with someone for the opposite house. River looked around for a partner in the Gryffindor house, happily pairing up with a rather friendly looking Gryffindor. After the introductions took place, her and her partner stood a safe distance from one other wands at the ready.

River's partner went first as she was ready to perform the shield charm. Her wand was comfortably in her hand as the incantation circled around in her mind. When her opponent cast the charm, River held out her wand saying "Protego." Luckily she created the shield just in time. This continued for the rest of the attempts that the young girl's partner did.

Finally it was River's turn to practice her stunning charm. She held out her wand a confident smile on her face, her hair the brightest purple she could imagine, her adrenaline at an all time high. "Stupefy" River said confidently as her precious wand cast out the charm. Her partner blocked this spell as well as the one after it, but River was not giving up. One more time She thought as she held her wand a slight bit tighter. The young girl held it out, thinking about hitting her opponent, actually casting a successful dueling spell. "Stupefy!" She said trying to muster up power within, even if that probably was not a thing, more of a confidence than a power.

Surprisingly the spell hit her opponent, as the Gryffindor became stunned for a moment. River jumped up in excitement, a huge proud smile on her face. Then she instantly remembered why she was so happy and went to check on the student. River had no clue what to do next, but she knew the other student could not stay like this forever. She flashed a reassuring smile before going to find @Professor Lydia Drage to help revive the student.

At the end of the lesson, River felt even more comfortable with the two spells they were working on. She could probably use some more readings on them in the textbook, but for now, as she left the DADA class, the young Slytherin was ready to go enjoy her day, still feeling her heartbeat in her chest.
 

Indira Khatri

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Indi was really starting to enjoy her classes as they finally seemed to be getting to the good stuff. Although today, as she entered the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom she was a little disappointed they weren’t going to be practicing spells again but as class began, the promise of learning about unforgivable curses seemed an adequate substitute in her mind. She watched as Professor Drage enchanted the board to write out the information for them. Ever since coming to Hogwarts and starting to learn spells, especially ones that had an effect on a person, she was growing increasingly curious about how those spells managed to work and how exactly the human body was responding. The idea that a spell could just kill someone seemed outrageous. Did it poison them or injure them in any way? She was brimming with questions but she kept them to herself knowing they were probably distasteful, after the threat of Azkaban was brought up. Obviously she knew better then to ever try them but she was sure someone had to have done research at some point. Maybe she’d actually have to talk to Professor Styx? But all that was pushed to the side for now and much to Indi’s excitement they had enough time to practice their spells before class was officially over.
 

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