first years; lesson one

Professor Robert Kain

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A new year, a new semester. Professor Kain was ready to meet his fresh batch of first years, who had hopefully remembered to bring their parchment and quills to class so that they didn't have to write on the desks again. The half an hour it took for the Charms Professor to clean them over the break wasn't worth it. The man was sat at one of the desks, facing the centre of the room opposite another empty bench that was waiting to be filled with eager students, his door wide open and soft music playing in the background as he waited for the first years to settle in, shuffling the papers back into a neat pile. After a short while the first student wandered in, and the Professor looked up with a toothy grin on his face, and gave them a friendly wave "Hello!" . Jumping up from the desk and descending the stairs to main floor from where he would teach, he watched as more students filed in and took their seats around the room.

"Welcome to your first ever Charms lesson!" he announced enthusiastically, a single clap of his hands to get their attention as he spoke. "I'm Professor Kain, and I shall be your professor for the next four years." He knew that they would want to get straight into actually using their wands to do some real magic, but first of all he needed to get to know who he was working with. "I was once in your shoes, eleven years old and wearing fresh red robes, sat in these very seats," he added, trying to look at every single student in the eye as he turned, addressing them all. He could have sworn they were getting smaller every year. "Born and raised in California before eventually, ending up here." He paused, making sure everyone was listening. "Before we begin, be aware that I have just one rule in this classroom. You do not disrupt anyone else's learning." Professor Kain held up one finger to the crowd, a suddenly serious expression on his face as he pointed around the room, it was important that everyone was free to explore the use of magic in his classroom but the moment they interrupted or stopped another from participating then he would have a problem. Once he was satisfied the message had sunk in, he resumed his friendly demeanour, before jogging across the room and stopping in front of a student.

"You, please stand up." he looked down to the student, "I want you to introduce yourself to the class. Your name, house, where you were born, and finally what you believe to be the study of Charms." he told them, allowing them a chance to address the rest of the class. Once they had done so he nodded and tossed them a candy. Individually wrapped and hard boiled, which would magically change to the consumers favourite flavour. "Very good, alright, let's keep this going around shall we?" he pointed to the next student to do the same, throwing each one a sweet before they sat back down.


🍬 Roleplay the lesson for full marks.
🍬 Introduce yourself for extra credit.

This is the first of two parts of an interactive lesson. I will be posting the second part in 72 hours to give everyone enough time to reply. If you miss the first part don't worry, just make this up in the second.
If you have any questions please sent me a PM and I will do my best to help.
 

Ajaccio Skey

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Ajaccio walked into the charms classroom and looked towards the professor as he took his seat in the room. The professor got started, telling them about himself. He was a little surprised that they'd be doing proper introductions from each of them. Ajax watched as others went first and he kept thinking about what he would say. Eventually it did come back to him. He stood up, "Hey, I'm Ajaccio or just Ajax, I'm in Ravenclaw and I was born in New Zealand," the ravenclaw, "I think charms is the study of helpful magic," he gave a smile before he took a seat again. He listened as others continued.
 

Chase Warrick

Magical theory | Potions | Quidditch
 
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A new day and a new semester meant new classes and a whole new crop of professors to get used to. Chase made his way into the classroom for the first Charms lesson of the semester, hoping it would be interesting to make up for the fact he would have Adelaide or Wendall to keep him company, stupid Slytherins. Chase took his seat and watched the professor as he began with his introduction of himself, then his subject and then asked the students to get to their feet and introduce themselves. Soon it was his turn as instructed he got to his feet. "I'm Chase, born and raised in New Zealand, Charms seems like the study of general spells and stuff, like non specialised spells,"
 

Iris van Houten

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Iris was happy to be back at school with her siblings. It was nice to return to the castle where she was learning a lot, even if it had also been nice to see her parents and her home. It had surprised her to find out she had actually missed Hogwarts a bit over break, so it was good to be back. She looked forward to the new subjects she would have this semester, and hoped she could hang out with her friends too. Iris made her way into the Charms classroom. Emma had already told her a bit about it, and had told her the subject was a lot of fun. Iris took her seat and listened to Professor Kain as he introduced himself. He told them a bit about himself, then asked them to do the same, as he asked them to introduce themselves to the class. After two boys from her house spoke, it was Iris' turn. She got to her feet. "I'm Iris and I'm in Ravenclaw. I was born in the Netherlands. I agree with what Chase and Ajax said, they are general spells that are often helpful." She said before sitting back down.
 
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Nicole Fisk

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Nicole looked forward to having classes with Ravenclaws, excited to get to see Iris, Ajax, and Kara all in one place. The professor seemed lively as they entered the class and he had pretty blue eyes. Nicole smiled at him brightly as she took her seat, trying to figure out how to stay close to all her friends without looking like she was picking favourites. When it was her turn to introduce herself, Nicole stood up smoothing her skirt down and giving the class a small smile. "I'm Nicole, I was born in Manukau, and uhm, the study of Charms is just the study of like.. charm spells?" Nicole shrugged, not able to quite put it into words. Charms was where you learnt charms, it just made sense, she felt. She sat down quickly, hoping her answer didn't sound stupid.
 

Poppy Perkins

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Poppy was excited about Charms and was relieved by how friendly the professor was as he began talking about himself. Her stomach gave a little flip at having to introduce herself. She didn’t like talking in front of the class if she could help it but she stood up straight when it was her turn. “Hello, I am Poppy Perkins and I’m in Ravenclaw. I was actually born in Christchurch, but we moved when I was a baby and I grew up in a small town up north.” She explained. “And I believe charms is the study of more everyday, practical magic.” She finished, not entirely sure of her answer but she smiled when Professor Kain tossed her a piece of candy. She eagerly sat down and listened to the rest of her classmates introduce themselves. She was familiar with most of her fellow Ravenclaws at least by their faces, but it was nice to know a little more about each of them.
 

Kara Munn

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Kara had felt refreshed from the holiday break and it felt good having her best friend by her side during it. She had all new classes this semester, but less of a course load which lifted some pressure from her shoulders. Today was her first Charms lesson with Slytherin which meant she would get to see her cousin, Harper, and her friend, Nicole. Kara had quite a few friends in Ravenclaw of course, but she got to see them in all her classes and back in the Ravenclaw tower. She entered the room with a couple of other students and quickly looked around spotting a few of her friends already. Deciding on a seat near the front, Kara sat down with a smile as Professor Kain introduced himself. He seemed very excited and Kara liked that.

Trying to imagine the professor as a first-year made Kara giggle. I wonder what it’s like to be an adult and think back on Hogwarts. I wonder if it really does go by as quick as they say it does. It’d be kind of cool to be a professor. Kara pulled herself out of her thoughts and put her focus back on her professor. She had never been to America and wondered how California was compared to New Zealand. The one rule of the classroom was pretty standard and didn’t bother Kara. She liked that nobody else would be able to disturb her learning and she would be careful to do the same.

Shifting her attention to Ajax, Kara tried to decide what she was going to say. After listening to a few of her classmates' introductions, she smiled at Poppy who just finished her introduction. Kara stood in front of her chair. “My name is Kara and I’m in Ravenclaw. I am actually from York, England, but we moved to New Zealand a few years ago.” She spoke softly, glancing around the room. Speaking in front of people generally made her nervous, but so many of the faces were already familiar to her that she felt more at ease. “I believe charms add to whatever they are being cast on, unlike transfiguration which changes what it is all together.” Kara had done some reading to try to prepare for the first lesson. Whenever she was anxious or worried about something she did everything she knew to prepare, just like her dad.

After giving her answer, Kara took her seat and caught the candy tossed from the professor. She decided to unwrap it now and eat it while the others gave their introductions. Mmm, mango. Kara was delighted to find the familiar sweet flavor with pine after tones. Mango was her go-to flavor for everything.
 

Juniper Steele

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Juno didn’t mind having a lesson with Ravenclaw, she could just pretend she was one of them. She walked into her first Charms lesson of the year though and saw a blue pool in there, only a single green streak. It was great to see so many Ravenclaws in one place that it excited the first year even more. She took a seat next to Nicole, hoping that she wouldn’t feel too flooded, although the blonde was going to enjoy this lesson. When it was her turn to introduce herself, she stood up from her desk, “My names Juno. I’m from Wales in Europe,” she left it at that, she didn’t need to tell the class she hadn’t actually been to wales for years, “Charms are like, the spells that you do as a witch or wizard and that influence the word around you,” it was quite vague really, but like the others she was struggling to know how to sum it up.
 

Professor Robert Kain

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Professor Kain was very impressed with the first years, and just how many of them were able to give a least a brief description of what the class would involve. "So by the sounds of it," he began, returning to his first spot in the middle of the room between the seats, "you have a reasonably good grasp on what Charms are but I think Kara here was the closest. To clarify, a charm is a spell that adds certain properties to an object or creature. Charms are distinguished from transfigurations in that a charm adds or changes properties of an object; it focuses on altering what the object does as opposed to what the object is." he said, making sure that everyone was taking notes. He wouldn't scold them if they weren't but he could tell who was going to do well in the lesson by how much they were concentrating. "I would like you to realise that if you come to class having read up on the topic, then you'll be able to reap the benefits much more efficiently, and save us time going over things that you are able to cover by yourselves. Therefore if you gave me an answer, you can take an additional two house points." Professor Kain walked back up to the top of the room, before turning to face them all at once.

"We will be learning spells, beginning next week with Lumos; the charm to cast a light from your wand, all the way up to your seventh year where you will progress onto casting your very own patronus." Professor Kain would only be with them for the first four years, but those that continued on into Professor Haden's lessons for their exams would be able to learn the most advanced magic too. "Can anyone name me another spell that we might be covering while at Hogwarts?" he asked, hoping that there would bye a few bright sparks who hadn't come to class without glancing at their textbook at all. "Alright then squirts, in your free time over the next week you need to read up on Lumos! That way we can get right into casting your very first spell next week." He grinned, watching to see if they would be excited or nervous about performing a spell, and which students may need a little more help than others. "You may go now, and next week don't forget to bring your wands!" he added, tucking his hands into his pockets as the first years began to tidy away their belongings. They were going to be a fun bunch to work with for sure.


🍬 This is part two of the interactive lesson. If you missed the first part just add it after this post.

🍬 Additional credit for answering the question.


 

Kara Munn

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Kara finished the piece of candy with delight as she quietly listened to her classmates finish giving their introductions. As Professor Kain began to speak again, she smiled with a sense of pride knowing her studying paid off and her answer was close to correct. She jotted down the complete definition word for word as the professor spoke. Kara intended on reading ahead and staying on top of her subjects so that she could continue to make a good impression in the class. She wanted nothing more than to get an O in the class and was happy that she earned her house a couple of house points as well.

The charms textbook for their first year had pretty basic and easy to understand spells. Kara wasn’t surprised that they would be focusing on Lumos next class, but she couldn’t wait to attempt her Patronus in her final year. She made a note to ask her parents what their Patronus’ were if they could cast them. Kara raised her hand to answer the question. “Accio!” She replied once called on by the professor. Accio was one of her mom's favorite spells and she was excited to use it herself.

Disappointed that class was already coming to an end, Kara packed her book and note-taking supplies carefully into her bag. She would review the chapter on Lumos again before the next class. Maybe she could get her friends together to review the spell. Kara shouldered her bag carefully and exited the classroom, waving goodbye to the professor.
 

Iris van Houten

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Iris listened to the other answers to the questions her classmates gave, impressed by Kara's detailed answer. The professor continued the lesson, telling them that they would benefit for doing the reading on the topic. Iris was pleasantly surprised by the house points she had gotten, smiling over at Nicole and Poppy at the news. The professor then told them they would be learning their first spell next week, which was Lumos. Iris had already tried that spell once Emma, as her sister had been unable to resist showing off to her. Iris knew a spell to name and raised her hand. "Wingardium Leviosa?" She asked, remembering another spell Emma had shown off to her. The lesson was over soon after, and Iris packed up her things and left once they were dismissed. It was definitely a fun class.
 

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