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Professor Philpott
Intermediates - A Licence to Misbehave
Sat Feb 24, 2018 04:15

Professor Taransay was currently sitting in his office with steam pouring out of his ears due to a rather heavy cold, which meant that Professor Philpott was taking his classes for the day. This was to be his first encounter with the half-veela student they’d been warned about at the start of term, and he’d been hearing rumours of the intermediates causing a ruckus of late, which meant he wasn’t particularly looking forward to this hour.

“Good afternoon. For those of you who don’t know me, I am Professor Philpott,” he introduced himself. He was a middle aged man, but a rather well groomed one, who was still handsome in spite of the flecks of grey in his dark hair. “Professor Taransay is sick today, but he has left a rather interesting lesson for you all,” he explained. There were several cat carriers stacked up at the front of the classroom, and a chorus of mewing accompanied this explanation. He opened one of the baskets, pulling out a cat-like creature, only with rather larger ears and a small puff at the tip of its tail.

“Who can tell me what this is?” he asked, awarding five points when he got the correct answer of it being a kneazle.

“Kneazles are well known for their ability to detect untrustworthy people, which is why many wizards and witches enjoy keeping them as pets. They’re also able to interbreed with regular domestic cats, and part kneazles have some of this intuitive ability, though not so strong.

“We have a few different felines today, and your task is to sort them - it should be evident which ones are the kneazles, but there’s also halves, quarters, and regular domestic cats. There are three of each. Identifying which is which should be achievable by engaging in various acts of dishonesty and observing the animals’ reactions. I have some trick playing cards at the front, or suggestions of questions you can ask each other and give dishonest responses,” these were all perfectly tame things like ‘what’s your favourite food,’ - having teenagers spilling their deepest, darkest secrets was not a recipe for a happy lesson, “or you may come up with your own ideas for lies or minor tricks, trying to liberate something from a classmate’s bag, for example,” it was an interesting lesson plan, and one he could see the cleverness in… Giving the students license to misbehave was probably amusing enough to keep them more or less on track. And there was, of course, a very good safety measure in place to stop it getting out of hand. “The kneazles shouldn’t do much more than hiss at you for that kind of behaviour, but if you try anything more serious, the real ones will scratch your eyes out, so only be minorly naughty if you value your sight. Please note down which you think is which by their collar colour along with the behavioural observations that led you to these conclusions.”

With that he waved his wand, opening the cages and the dozen felines began to prowl around the room.

OOC - you all know the rules. 200 words minimum and… well, I would say ‘don’t blow things up’ but there’s a plague going round. Don’t blow anything up without tagging me so I can deal with it? And please try not to hurt the animals. Or your classmates. But give priority to the animals.

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