Matt was feeling good, today would be another lesson with his Sixth years and he was eager to talk to them. It was a bit of an odd year, in between two big tests, but he wanted to keep it filled with interesting lessons and information that would help them with their NEWTs later on. He waited for everyone to take their seats and readied himself for a lecture. He hoped he wouldn't get bored of the sound of his own voice at the end of this, and started to talk.

"Alright, class. I want everyone to take out whatever it is you use to take notes with. I don't care whether you want to use the old parchment and quill, a muggle notebook, or the back of your hand. As long as you're getting down all the information." He grinned and shook his head slightly at the one or two students that thought it was funny to pretend to start writing on the back of their hands.

"Salazar Slytherin." He said, pausing after the name. "One of the four founders of Hogwarts, and as you probably guessed, the founder of the Slytherin House." Matt slid his hands into his pockets and relaxed against the desk. "This name is either spoken of with honour or with fear and hate, depending on who you talk to. The fact that there are so many mixed feelings about the guy isn't all that odd if you consider what he stood for." He smiled a little at his students. "I assume you all have an idea of what I'm talking about. Many Dark Wizards have come from his house, but that doesn't mean Slytherins are bad, or even that their founder was bad. I know it's often a hotly debated subject, but I've known enough Slytherins in my lifetime to know for a fact some of the best people come from that house as well." He paused and then remembered to add some information, though he assumed most of them knew. "The colours of his house are green and silver, and the mascot is the serpent."

He started to pace the front of the room, looking at his students in turn. "Salazar Slytherin grew up in the fen, most sources agree on that. This is the name generally used to refer to the Eastern Portion of England. He was gifted with the ability of being a Parselmouth." He paused. "Does anyone know what that is?" He pointed at someone and nodded when they gave the right answer. "Exactly." He nodded. "He also was an accomplished Leglimens."

"Salazar wanted to found a school along with the other three founders. A school where young wizards and witches like you,"
he nodded at a few people in the front row, "could learn magic and train to become functional adult wizards and witches. As you can see around you, this dream was accomplished. But things didn't smoothly. Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor just couldn't see eye to eye. I'm sure that's not a big surprise." That rivalry still echoed through the school with each new generation, though Matt was glad to see there were many friendships between the houses as well. "The rift between them split up the Hogwarts Four. The reason for their fight was that Salazar believed only children with blood he considered 'pure' should be allowed to attend the school. Godric, being reasonable, disagreed." Matt wasn't going to hide the fact that he disagreed with pure blood prejudice during this lesson. It might be more professional to be impartial, but he felt like that sort of thinking should be discouraged from as early an age as possible. Though if any students in this class didn't agree, it may already be too late. "Because of this, Salazar left the school."

He paused to see how the class was reacting, before going on. "He didn't leave without making his mark on the school, though. We didn't know this for sure until a certain student called Harry Potter came along, but Slytherin left behind a little surprise gift for everyone in the form of a secret chamber. Appropriated called 'The Chamber of Secrets', though perhaps 'The Chamber of Giant Snakes' would have been even more appropriate, because a Basilisk was kept inside it. The monster had the purpose of killing off all muggleborn students at the school, and it almost succeeded twice." He paused to let that sink in. "Tom Riddle, Salazar's descendant, was able to open the Chamber. You might know him better as Lord Voldemort."

"As far as we know, monster inside the chamber had been let loose twice. Once in the early twentieth century and then again in the 1990s. The basilisk killed a young student the first time. Tom Riddle wasn't caught, he framed another student and got away with it. The second time it opened during the nineties, the only victims were petrified instead of killed. Indirectly, Tom Riddle was the culprit again this time, though I won't go into the details of that. Harry Potter defeated the basilisk inside the chamber at the age of twelve, an amazing feat that I don't have time to do justice right now. Be assured, plenty of people have written about it and I'm sure you can find an account of this battle if you look for it."
Matt wanted to encourage his students to find things out on their own, and he hoped this would be one of those things.

He cleared his throat. "Well, I think I have talked enough. I see none of you have fallen asleep, which I count as an accomplishment. See you all next week." He grinned at them and watched them gather their things.


Homework Assignment:
Full Marks: RP Lesson
First student to answer the question will receive extra credit.
 

Hattie Thorne

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Hogwarts was definitely getting back into the swing of things now. Hattie had taken notes during previous lessons, hoping these would help her later on. She made sure to keep them all in her backpack so she didn’t forget them. It seemed like a lot of information to remember and the last thing she wanted was to forget all of the work she had done. Checking her timetable, Hattie packed her backpack with everything she needed for the day before heading out of her dormitory and following her housemates to their first class for the week.

Hattie entered the History of Magic classroom and took her usual seat at the front of the room. She really enjoyed this class and was looking forward to learning about the different founders of Hogwarts this year. As the professor started the lesson he told them that today they were starting with Salazar Slytherin who founded Slytherin House. Hattie hadn't spoken to many people that were sorted in this house, and so she didn't know whether or not they were good or bad people. She just shrugged as the professor said many dark wizards came from it. She figured many people just thought that because You-Know-Who was sorted there. The professor then spoke about Salazar Slytherin's life, and when he asked if anyone who what a Parselmouth was, Hattie raised her hand. "It means they can talk to snakes." she told him matter-of-factly, happy that she could answer something in class. The girl continued to take notes as the professor went on, and soon enough the lesson was coming to an end. Hattie was glad that the professor didn't give them any homework assignment, and just left the class happily once dismissed.
 

Minnie Calida

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After the first week Minnie had found a good rhythm. It didn’t take much but she had found what she needed, balancing her school work, her revision and her quidditch. She could admit she was perhaps putting more pressure on herself that really necessary when she considered that her parents truly didn’t care about her or her achievements anymore. She just kept thinking maybe the next O or the next well done, the next win and maybe it would turn around, even though Minnie knew she was talking to a brick wall, even though she knew that her parents weren’t going to suddenly wake up and feel differently. Just, she felt she had to hope and work hard just on the off chance and because if she didn’t work hard she wouldn’t be deserving of it anyway. The teen was finishing off her homework for the third time and then getting her bag ready for the day ahead, she wasn’t putting her hair up again, she felt she could maybe concentrate better when her hair was just tucked behind her ear, not tightly held in a ponytail. She grabbed the few other things that she would need and then just headed out of the room.

Minnie walked into the history of magic classroom and took her usual spot in the room. Her gaze moved towards the professor at the front of the room as she took out her notes and books. She had rather enjoyed her essay about godric gryffindor, and she’d discovered plenty of things she wanted to share about it with Eric - if he was willing to listen. She took her parchment as the professor got started, writing the words at the top and then beginning to write down all he was telling them about salazar slytherin. She wasn’t too surprised they had started there, from her own research about gryffindor she had found the two to be rather intertwined. With a lot of things that salazar did resulting in things that had to then get done. She took notes as the professor told them more about him but eventually the lecture was wrapped up without any homework so Minnie packed up her things and left the room.
 

Noel Waldgrave

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Noel was ready for an new start and to not look back, but look forward. He had been pleased with how his OWLS had gone and worked his butt of. The holliday was fine, he spend time with family in Sweden and it was good to be at the country where his mother had been raised and were his roots were. It had been stupid to tell Liam again about Slytherins win, and he hoped that in his two more years to come he could finally tell Slytherin would not win the quidditch cup. Although Noel liked quidditch, it was not his life. His goal was set on something else, and he was getting closer of reaching it. His grades were very good and now he tried to step up his game. He knew which subjects to follow for what he wanted to do after Hogwarts, so his path was set. But he also wanted to open his heart again on happiness, hopefully with an nice girl. Dating would be something he would not turn his head away from. So he was wondering what the year would bring. His two favorites persons and best friends were now an couple so that was something good at least. And which he was happy about.

The Gryffindor entered the classroom and found his usual spot. He took his parchment out to take notes of the lecture that would be given. The lesson would go about Slytherins founder the professor told them. And Noel knew of the story between him and Goderic Gryffindor. He didn't approved of the way the Slytherin founder thought. And knew some people still thought and agreed with that man about muggleborns. He writed along as the professor told them. He put his hand into the air as the professor asked an question but Hattie was chosen. He felt irritation as professor told about the split between Salazar and Godric. It was insane someone thought like that. When the lecture was done, Noel checked to see if he got it all and than took his stuff before leaving the room.
 

Adorah Zumwalt

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Adorah had been rather fascinated with the things she learned throuh her research of Rowena Ravenclaw. The details regarding daughter were not something she had entirely understood and just near there was some diadem that used to exist a long time ago. Taking a seat, she pulled out her notes and promptly listened to Professor Ward explain the history of the original Hogwarts. It still astounded her that people could be so prejudice against others based on something they couldn't control, but then again, she saw it all the time on the muggle news. In some ways, learning that she was not in fact muggle born last year made her feel a little better in case there was some kind of blood supremacy war or leader again. At the same time, Juniper would be at risk, and the idea worried her. At the end of class, Adorah gathered her things to head to the library and study.
 

Samantha Jacobs

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Samantha had been interested in learning about the founders of Hogwarts, especially about the school that her father had attended. Sam walked into her History of Magic classroom and took a seat in her usual spot. The young Hufflepuff took out the things she needed for the class, as she waited for her classmates and for the professor to get on with the lesson. Once the lesson got started, Sam was told that they were going to learn about the founder of the Slytherin house, Salazar Slytherin. Which Samantha didn't mind, she was a bit hopeful to learn more about the Hufflepuff founder. Samantha nodded along and started to take notes as the professor went on about Salazar Slytherin. Once the lesson was dismissed, Samantha packed up her things, said a quick thanks and goodbye to the professor, before heading towards the door.
 

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