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Professor Arrowood

Exams were to start tomorrow, much to everyone's dismay. While he normally would feel no sympathy for these rugrats, Professor Arrowood had been roped into hosting a late night study session for the students. Sometimes, this was required in order to ensure the success of the students, and so every student was invited to the Great Hall to prepare for their exams, whether it was a simple classroom exam, OWLs or NEWTs.

 

Of course, most students would just come to get out of their common rooms after curfew, but venturing out beyond the Great Hall would be prohibited. As the last student trickled in, the double doors of the Great Hall closed behind them. The four house tables had been cut in half. The half towards the head table were conveniently missing, so the students might practice their spells. The other half, closest to the door, still contained tables, where the students could sit and study in peace.

 

"Settle down!" the Professor called out, standing in front of the Head Table. "As you can see, there are two sections in the Great Hall. One for study, the other for practice, and there is a sound barrier between the two so those who seek silence will not be bothered by those who practice. Only my voice will carry between the sections, and I will periodically come around and ask questions to help you study. The one thing you lot need to remember about your exams, especially your OWLs and NEWTS, is the fact that anything from your previous years can show up on it. If you're a third year, then you better remember what you learned in first and second year.

 

"There are various objects on the head table to help you with your practical portions, and a couple of dueling dummies. Study Hall will last for a few hours. If you wish to return to your common room at any time, a prefect will escort you beyond curfew hours. So, get to it. If you have questions, you can ask me. If it's about potions, however, you're on your own."

 

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This thread is open to all. Feel free to partner up, practice spells, or study from your books. Every so often, I will post asking a question, to which the answer will be eligible for... HOUSE POINTS. I'm feeling generous.

 

To that end, if your character has a subject related question for the Professor, house points might also be awarded.

 

I have spoken.

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Pali Dotchev

Pali had been pushed along to the study session by Pascha. Of course he hadn't actually come because he didn't need to study. He was already a nerd. Whereas she was the one getting remedial lessons in most subjects and she was the one that could probably do with the study. 

 

After sitting for what felt like forever, only twenty minutes had passed and she was already bored. With that she was looking up and around for pretty much anything else that would hold her attention. Soon enough @Professor Arrowood was closeby, and with that she raised a hand. He was always nice enough to her in her remedial lessons. Any other teacher she probably wouldn't have felt brave enough to ask this to. 

 

"Professor, what happens if we don't do exams? Or like....we do and we fail spectacularly" 

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Professor Arrowood

Professor Arrowood was going from group of students to group of students when one student from his class had flagged him down to ask a question. He sauntered over and nodded his head at the Slytherin child. "Miss Dotchev," he greeted, but her question wasn't at all what he expected to come out of her mouth.

 

He sighed, and sat down next to her. "Well, unfortunately, you don't have much of a choice," he answered, eyeballing the pair of students who were practicing their offensive spells against one of the dueling dummies. "You could always choose not to answer the questions, take that big fat Troll grade and suffer going through remedial lessons next year, as well as being the butt of many jokes among your peers." Appearance was everything, wasn't it?

 

"Hogwarts prides itself on being an excellent school and providing the best education. What you do not only reflects upon you, but also the school. Your OWLs and NEWTs - something for you to look forward to - will greatly determine your future. And those specific exams are the culmination of all the years you've taken a specific subject. So, you should apply yourself now so it's not so difficult in the future. Not to mention, no one wants to be that person who has to retake their OWLs or NEWTs."

 

The Professor peered over at the textbook in front of @Pali Dotchev. "So, what are we studying for?"

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Phillip Aldermaston

Well, they did have a choice – they could just refuse to show up entirely.   Why did the seventh- years need a prefect-escort later on though?  The youngest of them were seventeen and the oldest (retaking NEWTs and had an Autumn birthday) were nineteen.    All of the seventh-years   and some of the sixth-years were of age.

 

So why couldn’t he venture out beyond the great hall?  He actually could (though he’d leave the whole escaping thing until after the last NEWT – he could handle another month or two of this insanity … just)  “Yeah, I don’t need a prefect escort even at  three am, thanks.”  What? He was of age. After that little grumble, Phillip actually did settle down and work for quite a while before he realised something and scowled @Professor Arrowood

 

Okay, raise your hand.  “Yeah…I have a question about the Lycanthropy lecture.  Umm…several, actually”   Though since his questions mostly boiled down to ‘how dare you’ and ‘did you really think that I’d sit there when it’s your fault’ and things like that, it may have technically been a stretch  to call it subject-related but he didn’t care anymore.

 

All he wanted was to feel safe and that was something that was denied to him so since there’d been a constructive expulsion in second-year (seriously? What competent DADA professor does that?)  so he really had nothing to lose after NEWTs at this point.     Also, what Hogwarts prided itself on was...well, Phillip didn't care anymore.      It was hardly a brilliant school. Excellent education, maybe.  But the school itself? No.  

 

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Professor Arrowood

Professor Arrowood was about to give @Pali Dotchev some tips, but @Phillip Aldermaston's voice pulled his attention. "Yes, Mister Aldermaston," he said, gesturing for the lad to voice his question. "I am no expert, but I think I know enough that I could comfortably answer any questions you might have."

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Phillip Aldermaston

Phillip scowled when he was addressed by his surname – it tended to make people get all sorts of wrong ideas about him – thanks to Anthony’s nonsense during said older brother’s time at Hogwarts. 

 

The Hufflepuff  waited for a moment and looked … uncertain…at the reassurance that the professor  could handle whatever questions they actually had and thus he chewed on the writing utensil for just a few seconds while he worked out whether to trust that reassurance or not…and his face plainly showed his ambivalence.

 

“Um,  I understand why we had that lesson.   What I don’t understand is why we were lectured  quite like that. “ and then Phillip waited to see what the Professor’s answer would be.     He would not call anyone here ‘Professor’ but he had least added ‘sirs’ in the appropriate places.

 

And now, all that could be done would be to wait to see if the Professor actually could answer any questions or if he would only see in it a threat to his authority.   If the latter, Phillip would have some very choice words for him later.

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Professor Arrowood

The Professor rose from his seat next to @Pali Dotchev, letting her get on with her studying as he approached the seventh year. "Liiiiike what, exactly?" Arrowood asked him. "Like it's one of the most serious issues in the wizarding world right now? Like everyone should know that they don't need to be afraid of a werewolf when there is no full moon? Like everyone should know what they can, or cannot, do if they ever come face to face with one when there is a full moon? Like that, Mister Aldermaston? Mister Falls took time out of his schedule to educate you guys, for you to see the humanity in all werewolves. So, tell me, young man," he said, crossing his arms, "what exactly do you have an issue with?"

 

@Phillip Aldermaston

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Phillip Aldermaston

@Professor  Arrowood

 

Phillip rolled his eyes at the childishness of this guy – see, this is exactly what he was talking about. This is exactly why he didn’t think Mr Arrowwood could handle any question – the professor had just proved Phillip’s point for him.

 

As for it being one of the most serious issues in the Wizarding World right now, that was debatable.  (But then Phillip was going through a rather self-centred time because nobody else would care about him)  Didn’t matter though  – he wasn’t going to argue that point.

 

“ For the full moon thing, like I said, I got why we had a lesson on that.  As for Mr Falls taking time out of his schedule to educate us guys,  yeah, that’s sort of what the issue is about. “ It wasn’t the werewolf thing that had him fired up but the fact that the staff had created the situation and then blamed them for it – like always.  Heck, he’d wanted the lecture to happen a year or so back.

 

 And then Phillip’s voice broke into a calm, controlled voice that was clearly a result of him deliberately controlling his temper.  “ For your information, I go to the PAW thingy. "   Not that Phillip was ready to call himself a member – not out loud anyway. 



A tapping on the table for a moment before "Us guys actually try to solve things because the ministry doesn’t.  Us guys asked for a lecture about a year ago.  A pause and then he continued on.   “Meanwhile, you lot put up a poster with words that are too hateful to repeat in front of the prisoners.”    By prisoners, Phillip meant the ickes and second-years.

 

Phillip had coloured enough by now for it to break  through the concealment of blushing  that his dark skin usually provided him with.  “So….why were we the ones lectured on the humanity of werewolves?”  And now all he could do was wait and see.

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Professor Arrowood

"The PAW... thingy," Professor Arrowood couldn't help but chuckle. "My, my. What a ringing endorsement that is, young man." He looked around at the other students who had started to tune into the 'question and answer' period of this study session. As @Phillip Aldermaston went on, and on, trying his patience, the Professor looked at his watch, pondering how much time he was going to devote to this one student, which then begged the question of how much time he was going to devote to all the students.

 

"Firstly, and for the record, every seventh year receives a lesson on lycanthropy in Transfiguration. Professor Ripley has done it for years, and invited several afflicted to provide the students with some insight into what their lives are like. There is nothing wrong with that, and I was merely following his curriculum in his absence. At present, that lesson, I feel, is vital.

 

"Secondly, don't presume to lump me into 'you lot' with that poster nonsense. I do not work for the Ministry. It is not my job to answer for them, and so I won't.

 

"And thirdly, everyone needs to be educated about werewolves. Werewolves need to be educated about werewolves. The way I see it, there is a great divide in the wizarding populace and it comes from those who lack understanding, and those who wish not to understand, and those who allow their fear to govern them. Humans need to educate werewolves, and werewolves need to educate humans. Right now, there is a lot of... erm... shall we say, mixed feelings towards those afflicted with lycanthropy, wouldn't you agree?"

 

He did not give Phillip a chance to answer. "Now, more than ever, we need to be educated. We, being everyone. All of us.

 

"Listen up, everyone," he called to everyone. "For house points, who can tell me what you should do if you come across a werewolf during the full moon? Seventh years, this might show up on your NEWTs."

Edited by Professor Arrowood

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Phillip Aldermaston

Phillip shrugged – he would have given up by now if the Professor would have answered his question but he was taking more time avoiding it than it would have done to actually just answer the damn question.  “I thought you could answer any question? I mean, damn,  you could have answered this already in far less time than you’ve spent dodging it.”  If he hadn’t wasted all this time avoiding the question, Phillip’s question would have been answered by now.

 

Phillip shook his head  “Not like that though.”  Not like lecturing them on the humanity when staff put up the poster just last year.  And then … Professor Arrowwood had really done it.  “Really?  When you lot – Hogwarts staff- have put up a hateful poster just last year? And then proceeded to only lecture us?  No.  The poster thing happened once during my time here so don’t give me that ox poop about seventh years being lectured like that every year when I know it’s not true.   And Phillip had not actually used the words ox poop – he’d used a far more Anglo-Saxon Phrasing.   Yeah, Arrowwood could give him a detention

 

And he rolled his eyes at the Ministry comment.  Of course, Arrowwood deliberately misunderstood that one.   You lot meaning Hogwarts staff.  You do work for Hogwarts, don’t you?”   There – though Phillip didn’t give a chance for the Professor to actually answer that before moving on.

 

Phillip quickly dispatched the full moon question with the mention of the run, hide, fight protocol and the thing that Mr. Falls mentioned about responding to the call of their own might prove to their advantage.

 

“So I will ask you again:  Why are us guys the only ones being lectured about humanity of werewolves when you lot were the ones running around putting hateful posters up last year?”  Okay, running around was perhaps a slight exaggeration of the case but still, internal and not a student.


And so Phillip held his breath and waited to see what response the Professor would give to that.   But..yes, the Professor would be lumped in with Hogwarts staff being idiots if he was going to lump Phillip in with the hateful students.

 

 

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Professor Arrowood

"First of all, you lil' snot, you better check your attitude before I decide to extend your detention - which you've just earned, by the way - so that you miss one or two of your NEWTs.

 

"If I've told you once, then I've told you a thousand times, don't lump me in with the others, because you don't know a thing about me, or my beliefs. I have nothing to do with any posters around the castle, okay? It's as simple as that, and I resent your implications that I did. And I think I've answered your question in spades, 'buddy'.

 

"AND, actually, it is true, that seventh years get lectured on the subject. Every. Single. Year. In fact, I got that lecture when I was a student. So, check yourself and get back to studying before I decide I've had enough of you. If not, then I have a prefect waiting to take you back to your common room.

 

"Everyone needs to be educated. Everyone in the magical world. It's as simple as that. You don't like that answer? Well, tough. And the next time you decide to question my character, I won't hesitate to transfigure you into a chair."

 

Satisfied that he resisted this long, the professor turned his back on Phillip and looked for the next student who could use an assist.

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Pali Dotchev

Pali hadn't been able to form much of a response to Professor Arowood. She had been too mortified at the fact that he had actually mentioned out loud her remedial lessons. Nobody was supposed to know about those. As her cheeks burned she tried to pull her green and grey scarf up around her face, hiding it. It was likely she was going to probably need remedial lessons all the way through, just to pull her to OWls and probably whatever NEWTs she then could stand to complete. The audacity of him! 

 

Scowling up at him Pali was about to open her mouth with an answer, try and say something stupid about the Transfiguration boo in front of her. Make an attempt to hit him with his own subject. Except Pali wasn't witty enough for that. 

 

Plus Professor Arrowood's attention was now drawn elsewhere. Some idiot seventh year. The interaction now taking place a few feet from her was much more interesting than theories of transfiguration. Watching this fool try to stand up for himself as Pali thought it over, NEWTs were not compulsory. If he thought this place was so dumb, if the werewolves were such a big issue why did he come back this year at all. Everything had happened last academic year. Most things had passed. The public outcry against werewiolves had settled for the most part. These people, the werewolves were her friends (or in some peoples cases ex friends but not the time to think about that). He needed to just shut up. The redness in her cheeks seemed to seep away when she watched. The more Philip was being put in his place, the more entertaining the whole thing was to her. Tilting her head to the side she decided watching the little situation unfold was way more worth it than whatever studying she was not doing.  Especially if the Professor would infact transfigure him into a chair, that would be rather wicked. 

 

Her grin only widened as Professor Arrowood put the question out the the general population. She wasn't a seventh year and hadn't had a lesson on it, but anything was better than what she was actually supposed to be doing right now and none of the other students had put forward their two cents "Run so you don't get bitten too?" She very unhelpfully  called out, now clamping her top front teeth down over her bottom lip to contain a giggle.

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Professor Arrowood

"Very good, Miss Dotchev! Take five points. Of course, there are many ways in which you can run, so to speak. As a werewolf can, in fact, run faster than a human, running will only get you so far. I suggest apparation, or flying on a broomstick."

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Pali Dotchev

Pali couldn’t apparate, and she was pretty useless on a broom. So with his answer all she could do was dissolve into a fit of giggles that no matter how hard she tried to keep it under control she failed. It was likely not very conducive to a the most efficient studying for other people but she couldn’t really help it. 

Edited by Pali Dotchev

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