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DH Skies
I think we all are
Wed Aug 8, 2018 07:14

“Well… At least it’s something,” Selina nodded, when the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher admitted that defence against this particular subject was particularly lacking. She searched for something else to say – something about the students taking responsibility for their own actions, for how much they chose to expose themselves to Cleo. But between that and the idea that the best way to resist was not to look at or listen to Cleo, it was hard not to picture people taking that as an instruction to just… ignore and avoid her. She already was a quiet and rather isolated girl.

“Perhaps… some element of what her being half veela does not mean? There will be misconceptions. Some… element of balance to remind them about her being human too. I mean, I know your job is to teach them defence but… Well, you wouldn’t advocate shooting a werewolf regardless of the risk it posed. The way we deal with different… situations. Using reasonable defence measures rather than excessive force… Those are relevant too. What I’m saying is, I don’t want everyone to feel like they must avoid Cleo at all costs and in all situations.

“Honesty is probably the best policy. All around, and from the start… So, we’ll break the news to them about Cleo. They can give their opinions… And then… there’s the other half of it,” the issue had half been on her mind anyway but it had been pushed to the front by her conversation with Mary. The relationship side of things… That, she still wasn’t sure how they tackled. But in terms of the broader subject… “What do we teach Cleo about… about veela? About herself? That might not happen within the lesson. I believe she went to Daniel last year – who am I, what does it all mean, etcetera? And even if she doesn’t ask… I mean, technically she is an intermediate student. Veela are on her curriculum. Are we going to sit down and…?” she gestured vaguely. “We should probably consider how we go about teaching her to recognise and control her powers. It might be something beyond our capacity here, but she needs to learn that… And are we going to let her read her classmates’ opinions? It doesn’t seem like it will be very helpful or self-affirming, unless they turn out to be universally tolerant and open minded,” Selina said, with a humourless little laugh that suggested she had spent long enough in education to know that that was about as likely as a Niffler flying. “But… imagine knowing everyone just sat and wrote down exactly what they thought of you. I’m not sure I’d want to read it. But I certainly wouldn’t want to be told that I couldn’t.”

OOC – I would argue that based on the source you shared, that being able to consciously resist would be within the power of the average person. Perhaps not if a full-blooded veela is actively trying to seduce them, but certainly in how much they give into the temptation or allow themselves to be drawn in by a half-veela classmate. I am playing Selina as deliberately lacking knowledge on the issue, but I would have no problem with Tabitha finding sources that quote pretty much the article you sent (though without the direct references to Ron and Harry) and interpreting it more liberally. Harry is admittedly a strong willed teenage boy, but he still is a teenage boy, and not one with super powers.

Equally, of course, Tabitha is welcome to have her own prejudices/limitations in how she is seeing things. Just fyi for anyone reading this, just because they are teachers, does not mean they are right. The article for anyone interested can be found here

  • I think I'm going to need it. Tabitha Hawthorne, Sat Aug 4 22:59
    Tabitha was relieved when Selina seemed to agree and like what the Defence professor had come up with. That was the first obstacle that she'd managed to get over. What seemed to be the next issue was ... more
    • I think we all are — DH Skies, Wed Aug 8 07:14
      • Luckily, there seems to be a potion for that. Tabitha Hawthorne, Wed Aug 8 11:50
        Tabitha leaned back in her chair with a sigh. There was a throbbing pain beginning to make itself known in her temples and she resisted the urge to groan. When Selina had told her about Cleo, Tabitha ... more
        • Yes. It's called 'wine.' DH Skies, Fri Aug 10 09:49
          “She has a tendency towards fire when upset,” Selina noted, as Tabitha mused on the likelihood of Cleo going into harpie mode. She was somewhat surprised by Tabitha’s suggestion that Cleo would never ... more
          • Shall we share a bottle?Tabitha Hawthorne, Sun Aug 12 15:49
            Tabitha couldn't help but wince at the mention of fire. The thought always reminded her of some incidents throughout her travels that had been a bit too hot and close for comfort and she didn't just... more
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