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Professor Daniel Nash II
Advanced Lesson: Always Armed
Thu Nov 9, 2017 11:41

Daniel stood at the front of the DADA classroom and looked out over the assembled advanced students. It was the first class since midterm break, which marked it as one full year since he began as a Sonora teacher. The other classes he was responsible for had switched around based on the needs of the school and other available instructors, but Advanced DADA had remained the same, and he still held the school’s oldest students in somewhat higher regard than the younger ones if only because the class was smaller and he knew they all wanted to be here. Plus the advanced students got the most interesting material, and that helped improve his opinion of the class as well.

“Welcome back,” he greeted, but otherwise chose not to acknowledge that everyone was two weeks out of practice in his subject and most of them probably hadn’t looked at the book since before Christmas. “Today we will be starting the unit on wordless and wandless magic. While it is much easier to use and wand and incantation to perform magic, and under most circumstances, there is no penalty to using them, you may, at some point, find yourself in a position where silence is critical or you have become separated from your wand and need to cast a spell. Such circumstances may not even have anything to do with the dark arts. Maybe you are hiking, and fall down a steep hill and break your wand and maybe your leg, and you need to send up a signal for help. That would need wandless magic. Maybe your hamster got out of its cage and it hasn’t spotted you yet and you want to catch him before he runs under the hutch. That might need wordless magic. Maybe you’re on a muggle sidewalk in winter and want to cast a warming charm without the risk of breaking the international statute of secrecy that might occur if you pull out a wand and speak in latin. You may want both wandless and wordless magic then.”

He paused a moment, letting those words have time to percolate a bit, then added, “But you’ll definitely need silence if you’re hiding from a dark wizard or creature. You’ll definitely need wandless magic if the creature or wizard has already disabled your wand or caught you without it. Which is why we’re learning it here. So everyone put your wands away, we won’t be using them this class. Put them in your bags or on the floor, I don’t want to see them anywhere on your person. We’ll start with wandless only, then try wordless next week, and then we’ll put them together the week after that.”

“Sixth years, as you haven’t done this before you should start with something you are very confident with. Wingardium Leviosa. A simple inanimate transfiguration. Protego. Whatever your favorite beginner spell is, that you do a lot. Start with just using your forefinger doing the wand motion. Then once you get that, gradually reduce the motion of your hand. Eventually, you should be able to do it with not much more than a wave or a point or other simple gesture. Once you reach that point, you can try a slightly harder spell.”

“Seventh years, you got a little practice last April with this, so you can start on harder spells. Once you’ve refreshed yourself on some intermediate spells, try some advanced ones that you’ve learned recently in Charms or Transfiguration or in our hexes unit last month. Just be careful not to hit anyone else with anything dangerous. There’s some dummies in the back, if you need a target. We’re just casting today, not defending. That’ll come Wednesday and Friday. Any questions? All right, get to it. Come see me if you haven’t had any results within the first half hour.”

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