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Professor Fawcett
Beginner Potions, Part II
Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:14
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John led the first and second years out of the Potions classroom and back to one of the locations he was sure even the newest of them would recognize: the corridor outside the Cascade Hall. There, he respectfully inclined his head to the painting of a wizard surrounded by record books and other mathematical measuring tools. “Professor Mims,” he said. “May I introduce the Beginners’ class?”
 
To the students, he added, “Professor Mims keeps track of the points totals for all of your Houses.” He did not mention the long-dead Arithmancy teacher’s affection for Crotalus House – it could do no good to anyone, least of all the Crotali who did not know of it already. Besides, they would probably learn of it sooner or later. Mims, in the way of portraits, had favored Crotalus when John was a student, and that had been decades since. “He also guards a particularly interesting room of the school, which used to be used only for the winner of the House Points competitions but now serves a variety of purposes….”
 
The portrait was persuaded to open, revealing a sparkling swirl of color. “Step through this, and you will find yourself in the Mirage Chamber,” he said. “Which, for our class, is set in the appearance of a forest. It is not real, and nothing within it can harm you, but do remain in the clearing until everyone has come through and I have given you your instructions.”
 
Once they were all there, he did a quick head count to make sure no one had wandered off without permission before beginning those directions. “On the sheets I gave you in the classroom,” he said, “there are, as I said there, a number of common plant-based potion ingredients,” he said. “You will see their names and pictures there – arrowhead, belladonna, sumac, pomegranate, holly, nettles, daisies, yew, mosses, lavender, hemlock. You will need to find each of these in the wood before the end of class. Each is marked with a number nearby, and the numbers do not match the order in which they appear on your sheet. Write the number next to the correct picture once you have found the item.” Some, no doubt, would cheat, but there was no such thing as a perfect assignment. Sometimes, one just had to accept ‘good enough,’ and it would be much easier to grade than the last way he had done this. “You may search together, I encourage the second years, who have seen some of these ingredients dried, at least, in their potions kits, in particular to help the first years. Your homework, due at the beginning of our next class, will be to read chapter one of your textbook and write a paragraph summarizing the cases for fresh versus apothecary-bought ingredients. You may begin.”
 
OOC: Creative, detailed, realistic posts which follow all of the roleplaying rules will earn your House more points. Remember that nothing in the Mirage Chamber can harm your characters. Tag Professor Fawcett if you need him, and have fun searching!

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