Professor M. Clarke
Starting afresh [Years 1-3]
Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:23

It wasn’t very often that Mary-Louise Clarke felt nervous however when some started a new job it was, in her opinion, only a natural reaction. Before this term she had been a Librarian and she liked to think she was a rather good one too. Now however she had given up her kneazles and beloved books to become a professor. It wasn’t an area she had much experience in although teaching Spellwork was an excellent opportunity and not one you could turn down lightly. After literature her next great love was charms, a subject she had studied extensively at university. Therefore she did not think herself entirely unqualified just a little out of her comfort zone.

On Mary-Louise’s first day back at work her daughter, Eileen, had presented her with a mug. The gift was adorned with a smiling apple and the inscription, “World’s Best Teacher!” Secretly she thought David was behind the gesture but of course she had thanked Eileen extensively and the little girl had grinned up at her proudly cheeks tinged a bright red. The Professor was drinking warm coffee out of it now as she sat in her chair patiently awaiting her beginners class. It was to be their first lesson together and so she didn’t have anything particularly hard planned for them today. Nothing too fun either of course. If she started with the fun stuff they might begin to view her class as a time for mucking around and so she planned to save those lessons for special occasions.

However, the thirtysomething, didn’t want their work environment to be too drab and had spread some colourful potted plants throughout the room. In one corner sat an old battered wireless which if she was in a good mood she might let them entertain themselves with and on her own desk sat a few photographs of her daughter,parents and older sisters. One was tilted too much to the left compared to the others and she impulsively reached out to straighten it. It was as she was busying herself with this task that the first few students began to trickle in. She waited precisely three minutes to give the first years a chance to find their way to class before finally beginning.

Still seated, Clarke tapped the wooden surface of her desk with her wand, silence then descended and she opened her mouth to talk. “To all the new faces it’s great to meet you and to all the old ones it’s lovely to see you again. Most of you will know me as either the previous librarian or Lyra’s new head of house but for those of you who don’t I am Professor Clarke and if you haven’t guessed already, I’ll be the one teaching you Spellwork this term.”

She liked to think that last term she had given the older students the right impression and immediately they would respect her. Although one never could be too sure with teenagers and some of them were more troublesome than others.

“Transfiguration and Charms, some of the most useful magic you will ever learn. This is magic that you will use every single day of your lives but that does not make it easy. If anything it only makes it all the more important that you pay attention in this class if you intend to function properly as an independent adult. I’m sure some of you already know what I’m talking about. Now summer is over you have left your parents behind, possibly for the first time, and can not rely on them to pick up after you anymore. So I suggest you work hard in class today because the charm I’m about to teach you will come in quite handy in the next few weeks and months.”

For the older students today’s should be a relatively simple task but she hoped they would be willing to help out the younger ones. Flicking her wand Mary-Louise watched as a cardboard box floating up from behind her and settled on the desk. Inside was an array of objects ranging from a blackened sock to a pair of dirt encrusted boats and an old cauldron. “The Scourging Charm is a very helpful household spell which I am sure some of you are acquainted with. But if you would allow me to demonstrate...”

Pulling out a stained tea towel she held it up for everyone to see and with her wand hand made a smooth sinuous motion while simultaneously clearly voicing the incantation, “Scourgify.” The yellow stain vanished immediately.

“Simple enough don’t you think? I’m sure you’re all ready to take a stab at it so line up and grab a couple of items from the box and I’ll assign you your homework at the end of class.”

OOC: Salutations and hello friends! If anyone is in need of assistance please tag Mary-Louise and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. All the regular rules apply such as no god-modding and I would love to see at least 200 words (spell checked) in each post. So that I can easily award your House points put your House and character name in the author box like this: Charline Adler (Lyra). Post away little ones!

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