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DH Skies
Intermediates - what kind of flower is under your nose?
Sat Feb 10, 2018 22:25

“Good morning,” Selina greeted the intermediates. She always found the intermediates vaguely stressful… They’d got over their newness and shyness, which meant some of them were getting complacent or cocky - that was, if they weren’t too busy lusting after each other (she was convinced fourth year homework was consistently the worst in the school - they were over having moved up to the big, scary intermediates and did not yet have CATS to worry about so were usually rather bored, plus they were full of hormones that meant they were constantly distracted from the work). They set things on fire less than the beginners, which was a positive, but that was always less of a risk in her class than others anyway. Beginners mostly just didn’t get anywhere if they bad at her subject. And, unlike the advanced class, none of them had chosen to be here. She supposed she could be thankful that she and Kyte Collindale no longer had to see each other, outside of academic support - a feeling that she was sure was more than mutual - but she now had a miserable and angry half-veela around all the most hormonal members of the school. She thought, if given the choice, she might trade Kyte’s complete incompetence and inability to focus and go through all that again if it meant she didn’t have to deal with Cleo. Unfortunately, the universe seemed unwilling to offer any such bargain, and so here they all were.

They were through their first lesson back, and had been introduced to the syllabus and the topics that they would cover this year. There was a lot of animate transfiguration on the syllabus, and they’d already begun to work through some theories on that. They would continue to look at those throughout the term as they progressed from plant life up to working on animal transfigurations. For their homework, they had been asked to read a chapter on defining and creating lifeforce, which offered several explanations, from the Muggle scientific MRS GREN characteristics, to the Chinese lifeforce of qi. The purpose was for them to find a definition that resonated with them, and that would hopefully make it easier to carry that ineffable quality over into their spellcasting.

“We have a practical class today,” she informed them. “You’re going to be applying what you read for homework, so hopefully one of the definitions resonated with you. You will be attempting to make tulips. In general, the spell for creating plants is their Latin name, although the verb elicio meaning to call forth can often be added. So, in this case, we need elicio tulipa with a soft flowing wand movement - think of the shape of a tulip flower.

“Third years, you will be working with plastic tulips. You don’t need to worry about form, just about function - life force. Fourth years, you’ve got wooden sticks. Fifth years, you’ve got plastic ones,” she explained, waving her wand as she described each, sending the appropriate material from her desk to land in front of the students in the given year group. Even though they were all aiming for the same result, the varying starting materials hopefully presented enough of a challenge, although she wouldn’t be surprised if some of the more capable fifth years could get it more or less straight off. “If it’s too easy for you, either move up a level or, if you’re already working with the stick, try to expand it. Give me a fully planted tulip with a root system in a pot not just a cut flower. If that’s too easy, make the pot beautiful. There’s always room to stretch yourselves,” she reminded them.

“You may talk quietly with your neighbours, and if you have any questions, ask an older student or call me over. You may begin.”

OOC - posts will be marked on length, relevance, creativity and realism. If you have any issues, please tag me in the subject line. Credit for the ‘elicio’ part of the incantation goes to Joe Umland’s author.

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