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First Years, Lesson Three

Professor Lillian Sword

HoM 1-4 | Intellectual | Driven
 
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Jasmine
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Half Blood
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Single
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bisexual
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Straight 11 Inch Rigid Black Walnut Wand with Manticore Venom Core
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1/2010
#1
"Good afternoon, class!" Professor Sword called to the room of students as she entered; their voices died down. She walked around to the back of her desk and picked up a few pieces of loose parchment. "I'd like all of you to take notes on today's lecture." She paused for the students to pull out the parchment and quills, before she continued. "Today we are going to talk about the Salem Witch Trials. The trials took place in 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts," she began. Unfortunately today was going to be a long lecture, but the students would just have to get used to it.

"Salem Village had a colourful history before the famous witch trials. It was not exactly known as a bastion of tranquility in New England. The residents were divided into two factions: those who wanted to separate from Salem Town, and those who did not. The residents who wanted to separate from Salem Town were farming families and those who wanted to remain a part of Salem Town were economically tied to its thriving, rich harbours. Many of the Salem Village farming families were strict Puritans, and believed that Salem Town's thriving economy made it too individualistic. This individualism was in opposition to the communal nature that Puritanism mandated. Thus, they were out of touch with the rest of Salem Village. One particularly large farming family who felt that Salem Town was out of touch with the rest of Salem Village was the Putnams.

"The Putnams were the leaders of the separatist group primarily because they owned the most farmland in Salem Village. They hoped to solidify a separation from Salem Town by establishing a congregation unique from it. So in 1689, a congregation was formed under the Reverend Samuel Parris and began worshipping in the Salem Village Meetinghouse. The Reverend Samuel Parris was married and had a nine year old daughter, Betty, and a twelve year old niece, Abigail Williams, who was an orphan. He opposed the girls playing hide-and-seek, tag and other childhood games because he believed playing was a sign of idleness, and idleness allowed the Devil to work his mischief.

"Puritans believed that witchcraft was a sin because it denied God's superiority, and a crime because the witch could call up the Devil in his or her shape to perform cruel acts against others." Lillian's tone made it clear exactly what she thought of such ridiculous beliefs. "The trouble began when the two girls began to have fits, and the muggle doctor could find no evidence of any ailment. Unknown to Samuel Parris, Mary Sibley ordered his slave Tituba and her husband, John Indian, to bake a 'witch cake' in order to help the girls name their tormentors. A witch cake is composed of rye meal mixed with urine from the afflicted. It is then feed to a dog. The persons are considered bewitched if the dog displays similar symptoms as the afflicted. The girls soon spoke and accused Tituba, Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good."

"All three women were prime candidates for the accusations of witchcraft. Sarah Osborne was an elderly lady who had not gone to church in over a year, and poor church attendance was a Puritan sin. Sarah Good was a homeless woman who begged door to door. If people failed to give her alms, she would utter unknown words and leave. Residents would often attribute her visits to death of livestock. They believed the mumbled words she spoke under her breath were curses against them for not showing her charity. Since Tituba was Parris' slave and well known to Betty and Abigail, it is no surprise then that her name was the first to be called out by Betty. The negative reputations and low social standing shared by these three women made them believable suspects for witchcraft."

"The trials eventually resulted in the execution of these women and seventeen others. It is unknown whether any of the women accused were in fact witches. Later the same year, the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy was created by the governments of the wizarding world." Lillian paused and looked at the clock. "I'm terribly sorry for the long lecture, but I hope you all took notes, because some of these facts may come up in the final exam. For your homework I'd like you to write an essay on anyone associated with the Salem Witch Trials. 'A History of Magic' is an excellent source. You can find this book in the Library. Thank you very much for your cooperation today; I'll see you next class."


Homework Assignment:

Full Marks: RP
Extra Credit: Essay on anyone from the Salem Witch Trials. This essay should be at least 150 words long. I would like all work to have resources; I do not allow plagiarism and if I find someone who does, they will get an automatic T=0.
 
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Emzies
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too young to care
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8/2036
#2
Halloween had never been a huge celebration in his family, but he was sure that much in the way it appeared hogwarts did everything Halloween would be a bit thing at the school. Aonghas wasn’t sure what to make of it and he certainly hadn’t preplanned any costume which he could see that others had. That would’ve been smart of him, but he hadn’t thought it would be more than anything they ever did. Dressing up and going door to door was what halloween was about and in a school surely that just wasn’t doable and instead they just celebrated a little. He did however now know that the feast was more of a party than a feast. The hufflepuff would have to put something together for the day, he had to. It would be dumb to not put something together for it, and be one of the few without a good costume, or at least something passable. He didn’t have to worry about it just yet, with a whole week to think of something and put it together. Aonghas got himself ready for the day, gathering up his books and notes and everything else he might need for the day before he walked out of the dorm and to class.
Aonghas settled himself in the history of magic class as the professor got started on what they would be doing that day. It seemed like an odd place to start the history course with the witch trials but he could understand a little why. Students who were unlike others were likely to be new to this world might be curious about them. Maybe it was also something a little easier to cover that would ease them into the world of magic. In any case Aonghas pulled his notes towards him and began writing about it. He had learned about witch trials before though not about the American ones. He’d learned about the ones that had taken place in his home country but this was a far more interesting lecture upon it. THe ones he had learned about had no fun stories with it. He got down the bits and pieces that the professor was saying about them, who the people were, where they lived, the young children, the entire relationship to a muggle god that these people had. He didn’t know and nor did the story imply if any of the players were witches, in fact the professor said as much. Though he could imagine that it wasn’t just that story that had forced the magical world into secrecy, it would’ve had to be a number of things really. However, the lesson was wrapped up there and Aonghas packed up his things and left the room. He had a note of the homework but would wait a little while before he did it.
 

Lily Lockwood

Nature- Laid-back- Sweetheart
 
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#3
Lily was still trying to decide what to do for Halloween- or if she should even go to the feast. Maybe if Ettie was there, or El or Jasper. But still, would that be enough to make her comfortable in such a large crowd? She supposed she would have to get used to it eventually. She just hadn't quite gotten that far yet.

She came into History of Magic and took her seat quietly. She had never really looked to see who she was sitting next to, but she was too shy to start now. She pulled out her quill and parchment. The lecture began shortly after. She made sure to keep careful notes. Lily had to admit that today's lecture scared her a little bit. She had never liked the idea of the Witch Trials, thinking how many innocents had been killed over so much blind fear. Thinking of it now, knowing she was a witch, made her tummy churn.

She knew this essay would be hard. She wrote down what the Professor wanted for homework and hurried out of class, tears pricking her eyes.
 

Elliot Briar

the mom friend
 
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Kris
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Alder Wand 13 3/4" Essence of Dragon Heartstring
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6/2036
#4
Halloween was approaching and it was strange to experience it in the Spring. Elliot missed the Autumn leaves a bit, but at least the weather was kind of nice. He straightened up a little as Professor Sword began the lesson. He knew a little about the Witch Trials from his mom, a proud Salem Institute grad. He'd always suspected she was a little disappointed he was a boy and couldn't go to Salem like she did.

Elliot settled into taking notes as the lecture continued. It was crazy how witches were treated back then, no wonder they decided to go into hiding. Would modern day muggles still react the same way? He knew magic made his dad awfully uncomfortable. The lesson wound up and Elliot made a note of their assignment. Maybe he could send an owl to his mother for some inspiration on his essay. Packing up, Elliot noticed Lily hurry from the room. She looked a little upset and Elliot frowned, making a note to catch up and check on her before their next class.
 

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