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Professor Rory Taransay
Getting stuck in [Intermediate lesson]
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:12
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The aim of Care of Magical Creatures was, as the name suggested, to learn how to look after the many different magical animals. Not every part of this was fun and games, or involved cuddling cute animals, and Rory wanted to make sure he presented every aspect of the subject, especially once his students got to intermediate level.

“Welcome, class,” he greeted his students, as they streamed in. “No need for your books today, just a pair of gloves.” He grinned at them as he moved on to taking the register without explaining what task they were going to do.

“Now, for today’s lesson we’re going to be looking at the Fwooper,” he announced, gesturing at the covered cages at the side of the room. “Can anyone tell me what the main danger is with this creature?” He picked on students as necessary until he got the right answer. “Yes. Their cry isn’t the most pleasant of things, which is why you will all need to put a silencing charm on the Fwooper you’re working with. The cry will only be unpleasant for the first few minutes, so you have enough time to get the charm right. Come and get me if you have any problems with the charm.”

Having addressed the safety aspect, he moved on to their task. “These fwoopers have all got a problem: they have ticks in their wings. Your job today is to remove the ticks. I have special tweezers for you all here, which make the task easier – and less disgusting – than if you were to use your fingers. I also have Wiggenweld oil, which is both antibacterial and an anaesthetic. Now, this isn’t the most glamourous of jobs, but things such as this are important for making sure creatures remain healthy and happy.”

Making sure everyone could see, Rory demonstrated the correct technique, first dabbing some Wiggenweld oil on the site of the tick with a cotton bud, before using the tweezers to slowly extract the tick from the bird. “Remember that fwoopers are living creatures, so may feel a bit scared,” he reminded his class. “It’s good to talk to them gently whilst you do this, so they don’t feel threatened.”

With a final reminder to ask him if they were unsure about anything, Rory set his class to work in pairs or small groups. He removed the silencing charms that he had placed on the cages, releasing a grim high-pitched noise and hopefully motivating the students to get cracking. He would be circulating the class, ready to step in if anything was going badly.

OOC:

Details on fwoopers can be found here: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Fwooper

Tick removal is based on this method: https://holistic-hen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/how-to-remove-tick-from-bird-part-two.html#.WhhQhlVl_IV

Usual posting rules apply. Please tag Rory if your student has any questions or problems. Rory wouldn’t let anything get too out of hand without being there.

    • I wholeheartedly object to this!Arianna Tate, Crotalus, Fri Dec 15 06:03
      Arianna had never really been a fan of Care of Magical Creatures. She wasn't a big animal person-they might get her clothing dirty-nor was she really the caring nurturing type. Sure, there were... more
      • May I assist you, milady?Winston Pierce, Crotalus, Thu Dec 21 14:08
        Winston didn’t mind Care of Magical Creatures too much. Uncle Duesius ran a magical creature respite care center on the mountain, so he had an edge over the other students who may have never seen a... more
    • I.... I know what I'm doingRaine Collindale, Teppenpaw, Wed Nov 29 03:19
      No need for your books today, was a sentence that always made Raine smile. She was always excited to come to Care of Magical Creatures. It was very easily her best subject. First and foremost, she... more
      • I, on the other hand, definitely do not.Joe Umland, Teppenpaw, Wed Nov 29 15:24
        Care of Magical Creatures was not, if he was pushed past bland demurrals about how all knowledge was important and into real conversation, Joe’s favorite subject. He had been to his grandparents’... more
        • Are... Are you sure?Raine, Wed Dec 6 06:06
          Raine was glad it was Joe who had come to join her, as she counted him amongst her friends. Or at least… She felt comfortable with Joe. Sometimes even good. She wasn’t sure they were friends in the... more
          • Very much so.Joe , Tue Dec 12 22:42
            “I think you’re right,” said Joe slowly when Raine seemed to doubt her own thought about the mouths of ticks, thinking back through a lot of years. He’d never been as into survival skills and all... more
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