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PostSubject: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:49 pm

A slight chill was in the wind as it blew Eleonora's hair out behind her. Though it was mid-day the sun beating down onto the Hogwarts grounds had lost some of its warmth. The oncoming fall was starting to show itself in the bite of the wind and the cooler weather. It wouldn't be long before sweaters and scarves were pulled out of the bottom of trunks where they had sat unused for months. The fresh air and open space was refreshing after a morning of lesson planning in her stuffy office. She always felt better when outside, more alert and upbeat. Hopefully the good mood the weather and nature put her in would help her relax for her class.

She wanted this class to be a success, unlike her basic level class where half the students had nodded off. It was still with hesitation that she decided on this lesson for today. The creatures she was using were very delicate and could be hurt easily but promised to be more exciting than reading out of a text book.

The large grassy expanse where Eleonora was standing was clear of trees and bushes, but instead a small obstacle like course had been set up. She had arrived at the Training Grounds an hour before to prepare for her OWL level class and she had just finished with minutes to spare. Large wooden boxes and crates were piled up in a random pattern, some spaced out and others close together. They looked sturdy enough to scramble over and walk on and some were large enough to hunch over and walk through. Their spacing left many little nooks where a small creature could hide out of view. She had even got permission to borrow a couple of the school broomsticks and had them leaning up against one of the crates.

Catching her hair in the wind and tying it back in order to keep it from getting tangled, Eleonora sighed. She was getting worried she wasn't going to make a very good professor. She obviously wasn't good at sitting in front of a classroom and talking. Today was a chance to try something she thought would be better suited to her experiences and prove to herself that she could do this. Hopefully. She looked down at the cage sitting on a stool next to her. Little golden creatures were whizzing around, their tiny wings beating faster than her eyes could perceive. Every so often she would get a look at bright red eyes and sharp thin beaks before the bird would fly off to another section of the cage.

Eleonora smiled at the fat little creatures and turned back towards the school, watching for the first students to make their way across the field to where she was standing.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:07 pm

Excited to start the class Kimbree practically skipped all the way to the training grounds. She had a huge smile plastered on her face. She had been up reading books on magical creatures for the past couple of nights and spent hours in the library. She took enjoyment in knowing things the other students didn't. When she arrived, she was thrilled to see what this class would bring.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:08 pm

(sorry i wrote so little)
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:08 pm

As Emma approached the training grounds, the first thing she noticed was the new professor, who she gave a friendly smile to before looking around the rest of the grounds. There were boxes everywhere, and once Emma spotted the brooms leaning against one of the crates, her eyes focused in on it, gleaming with anticipation.

When she grew closer to the Professor, Emma looked to her again, and now noticed the cage beside her. Would the class be chasing those little things today? If they'd be using those brooms, Emma would be more than happy to. She finally turned to the Professor and said hello. The new professor seemed nice, as far as she could tell. Emma also gave a curt nod to her fellow Gryffindor, before looking around to see if anymore students were coming.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:31 pm

Kimbree nodded back at the girl. She felt like she should say something to her but she always felt uncomfortable trying to talk to people. She wanted to introduce herself properly but only managed to squeak out a small Hi that sounded rather snoody which she didn't intentionally mean to do.

After that she looked away and tried to avoid eye contact with the girl. She didn't want to make her dislike her. She thought it would be best to start over once the class started.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:48 pm

Eleonora smiled and greeted the two girls who had arrived and were looking around at the odd set up. She wondered if either of them had an inkling of what they were going to be doing today. One of the girls eyes lingered on the brooms and Eleonora suspected that she might already know what the creatures in the cage were if she was into Qudditch and knew its history.

[I'm going to wait and see if I can get one or two more people to join in before I start the class!)
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:36 pm



    Care of Magical Creatures was easily the one class Matthew was never late for. Since he had first started taking it, in his third year of magical education at Hogwarts, he never failed to show. All sorts of creatures fascinated him and he found that he could work with them easily; but his favourites were the insects, so it seemed. In any case, if Matthew had one strong subject, this was it.

    He noticed the strangely set terrain when he arrived at the spot where the class was meant to be held. His eyes travelled over the boxes and crates, but Matthew could make no sense of them. He had found it strange at first, that the class would be held at the training grounds. Now, stranger still were the obstacles. He saw the brooms, and they confused him further. Had he perhaps wandered to the wrong part of the grounds? The entire setting can’t have had anything to do with Care.

    The cage caught his attention next; and the small round creatures inside that made his eyes widen in surprise. Matthew had read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, several times in fact. He thought he could recognize a Snidget. He felt immediately sorry, watching the fragile birds flutter around their cage. But if those were indeed real birds inside, which he absolutely dared not believe, he wondered how it was possible, who had allowed that they be caged and brought in for such display. The Golden Snidget was a protected species. There were high penalties set for catching them.

    Somehow he tore his eyes away to look at the professor. Surprise yet again, for the woman that stood by the cage was not one Matthew knew. He frowned, staring at her with unconscious intensity, wondering where their usual professor was.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:51 pm

Kimbree noticed the boy that arrived at the Training grounds. She didn't know him by name but she had seen him around. He had a look of surpise on his face. She studied him and tried to figure him out. He intrigued her. Kimbree often took enjoyment(other than learning) in trying to figure people out.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:42 pm

As more students filled in Eleonora became anxious to start. She was feeling bad about keeping her creatures in a cage for so long and wanted to get the class started so she could let them out. She was about to start when she caught the eye of a boy staring right at her, an odd look on his face. She felt herself blush unconsciously before turning to face the rest of the class.

“Welcome to your new year of Care of Magical Creatures,” she started, determined to make a better first impression, “I'm Professor Valenta and I'll be taking over for your old professor. I don't think any of you want to sit around and read text books on a day like this, I know I don't, so today we are going to study something that needs a lot of fresh air and space. In this cage next to me are creatures known as Snidgets. They are a very rare magical creature with many laws in place to protect them. Due to being hunted to near extinction in the 1200s they have earned their place as level four magical creatures not because they are dangerous, but because they must be protected and treated well.”

“These guys here,” she indicated to the snidgets, “have all been loaned to me from a sanctuary in Somerset. Unfortunately not all the snidgets that live there are healthy and well. These ones are all a little less rambunctious than their friends back at the sanctuary. For whatever reason, birth defects, previous injuries or malnourishment, or old age, these here are a lot slower and less skittish than most. Which is why if we are very very careful, we can let them out and learn about them.”

Eleonora opened the cage and took out one of the tiny birds, holding it gently in her palm. It buzzed around a bit before settling down. “See, normally a snidget would never let you hold it like this, but since these ones are more used to humans and less able than others, they don't mind. You must be extremely careful though. A tight grip on their little bodies and you could crush them.”

She looked back at the students, most of them actually looking over and seeming interested. So far this class was going just fine. “So does anyone have any idea why snidgets were hunted for so long?”
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:49 pm

Kimbree raised her hand eager to answer the question with a wide smile on her face.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:58 pm

Immediately a hand shot into the air. It was the girl who had first arrived to her class, looking excited to have an opportunity to answer. Eleonora smiled at her enthusiasm and called over, "Go ahead, and please tell me your name as well. It may take me a few classes to learn everyone's name, I apologize in advance."
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:03 pm

I'm Kimbree Lupin-Tonks.
Because the Golden Snidget's feathers and eyes were so highly prized it caused them to be hunted. Kimbree hoped she was right, she had only grazed that section of the book not giving much thought to the matter.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:20 pm

"That's right. These gold feathers used to be worth a lot to anyone who could get their greedy hands on them." Eleonora simply hated people like those who had hunted the poor birds, she couldn't stand those who had no respect for the lives of other creatures. "There is another reason that they were hunted as well, though. Is anyone a Quidditch player here and can enlighten us as to why?
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:28 pm

Kimbree Shakely raised her hand. Professer was it because of what  Barberus Bragge did?
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:30 pm

(In the future, could we stick to a turn-based posting order? So people don't get confused with the constant posting? Please and thank you :P)

Golden Snidget.... Why did that sound so familiar? Emma glanced over as another student approached, and smiled when she identified the student as someone she knew. When she looked back at the Professor, instead of raising her hand, like a good, polite, student, she merely blurted it out, "Golden Snidget sounds like the Golden Snitch." She smiled, not meaning any harm, but she was curious as to why.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:32 pm

(yea i think that would be better and a lot easier for everyone)
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:41 pm


    (please wait for me too (?))

    He may have calmed, just a little bit, rather choosing to listen to the professor’s reasoning before he said or did anything that he might regret. Casting a glance around the field, however, Matthew was slightly disturbed to see that no one else seemed alarmed at the notion of birth defect and previous injuries. These creatures were slower than the rest of their kind, so this gave them right to bother them? He began to raise his hand; and froze at a familiar voice. His eyes searched for the Gryffindor and, sure enough, he saw Emma standing a little further away. Her words rang in his ears, louder than bells and a painful realization as he connected the dots. Golden Snidget did sound like a Golden Snitch. Emma had told him about the Snitch just the other day. And he read it in that same book of Fantastic Beasts, only he’d forgotten.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:43 pm

(sorry :/ )
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:55 pm

(No problem! Sorry if I came off a bit rude ^-^)
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:59 pm

(you didn't )
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:31 pm

(I'm sorry too you guys, I wasn't sure how to run the class threads with questions/answers like that, so I will for sure make sure to wait even if there's a response to one right away. Thanks for the tip and hope it wasn't too horrible for you)

Instead of being bothered by one of the other girls outbursts Eleonora just laughed. "Yes, it does sound sound like Golden Snitch. And yes, Ms. Lupin-Tonks, it is because of what that man did. Back in 1269 he released one of these poor creatures into a Quidditch match and offered 150 Galleons to the player who caught it. This unfortunately became a trend that lasted almost a hundred years. It was vile and inhumane and will always be a black spot on the wizarding worlds humanity." Here Eleonora's voice rose a bit and gained a tone that she only had when speaking about something she felt very strongly about. "Luckily a group of wizards started a group to help preserve snidgets before they were all killed."

"I know you all see the boxes and brooms over there but don't get the wrong impression. We are not going to do what those horrible people from the past did. We are simply going to let these creatures out of their cage and follow them around as they fly. I want you all to keep close to one and pay attention to how to moves and it's features. Look closely because for homework you will need to draw a detailed diagram and explain its movements. I'll keep a close eye on you guys to make sure you're not goofing off with them, and its very important you do not touch them. At all." She said this last part slowly and firmly, making sure they understood.

"Anymore questions before I let them out?"
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:44 pm

"What if we lose sight of it?"
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:00 pm

As the Professor explained how barbaric the history of Quidditch was, Emma looked suddenly downtrodden. She never looked at Quidditch poorly, and to hear that there had been anything negative done on the field, it upset her more than she could help. But she shook it off, deciding to forget about it as she shown another smile.

(No don't worry, its fine! ^_^ You came up with a really cool class idea and everything!)
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:11 pm



    Matthew listened, the knuckles of his left hand whitening as he unconsciously curled his fingers into a fist. The dreaded thought from before came back, and he had every mind to pull out his wand, point it at the cage and set the Snidgets free. He didn’t. He listened and he took in one calming breath after the other. It still seemed dangerous to let the birds loose among and so close to students, and Matthew just couldn’t help but perceive them as beings that could so easily be harmed. It took a great amount of willpower for him to make his muscles relax and to stand in line with the other students. He cast his eyes over professor Valenta; troubled and torn. He decided to trust her. He hoped he wouldn’t come to regret it.

    Again he searched for Gryffindor robes and for Emma’s smile. He couldn’t explain it, but perhaps it was what calmed him at that moment. If Emma could fly well among these creatures, then perhaps he could as well. She gave him comfort and hope, without ever realizing it. Perhaps Matt hadn’t truly realized it either.
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PostSubject: Re: Care of Magical Creatures OWL Level (4th and 5th years)    Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:32 pm

"If you lose sight of them, which its very possible, just try your best to find them again. Look for a golden glint, or listen for a quiet humming of wings. If you still can't find it its ok for you to team up with someone else who has a better eye. I'll collect them all at the end of class, I've worked with these creatures many times before this so I've been trained to properly handle them. Which of course is a lot of training to not hurt them, so please don't be worried," this she directed to the fidgety boy that had been staring at her in the beginning of class. He looked like he was going to spontaneously combust or run off into the woods. Eleonora wasn't sure what was bothering him and hoped that if he needed something he would come to her.

"One more time to be safe, don't touch them!" Eleonora smiled brightly and opened up the cage, happy to finally let the snidgets into the open air. Since these ones were a little less mobile than others they didn't fly too high or far off but stayed around the area she had set up, whirling around in the air and whizzing through the crates and boxes.
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