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The Cat's Meow

Mar. 27th, 2004

08:49 pm

That was a rather harrowing experience.

I just finished explaining to Lucius Malfoy how it was that his son, Draco, ended up in a coma at the hands of Potter and Weasley.  Yet, the more that happens, the more I wish it were just the farce it sometimes seems.  I wish I could turn back the clock to a week ago, before the dreadful thing happened.

Maybe then, I could have gotten there sooner, stopped Weasley from slamming Malfoy into the corridor walls, and thereby averting this whole farcical disaster.

As it stands, Potter and Weasley are confined to grounds, have cost my House two hundred points, gotten over a month of detention, and have the choice of public apology or expulsion.  Boot and Macmillan recieved detention, and their Hogsmeade priveleges were revoked until further notice.  Malfoy himself is in a coma, but will have a single detention once he is fully recovered.

Sometimes, I wish someone else were Deputy Head.

Feb. 28th, 2004

11:33 pm - To muse . . .

Mister Weasley has been awfully quiet lately.

. . . That was rather odd. For the first time since Charlie's first day at Hogwarts, I didn't have to remind myself which Mister Weasley.

I wonder what he's up to. I haven't heard any complaints from any of my colleagues about . . . confrontations with young Mister Malfoy.

It makes me wonder if there's something the matter with Mister Weasley, or if this is just the calm before the storm.

Feb. 24th, 2004

11:39 am - Every-day Business

So far, all goes well with the school. Not much to report on that front.

Miss Chang seems to be coming into her own, and indeed, she seems less . . . burdened by her leadership than she did at the beginning of term.

It just occurred to me that she is not in my Advanced Transfiguration class. I knew this before, yes, but the implications did not show themselves to me. Since she is not in my current class, she would not have heard about the animagus study group, which I think she might be interested in, once she believes she has the time.

I should mention that to her.

Feb. 3rd, 2004

01:12 am

There was a rather interesting incident involving Mister Potter, Mrs. Narcissa Black-Malfoy, and the Head Girl, Miss Chang, earlier this evening. Apparently, Mrs. Malfoy had angered Mr. Potter--it seems to be much easier to do these days than in the past--and he briefly lost control of his power, Stunning Miss Chang without a wand.

Miss Chang is fine, and will be returning to her dormitory tonight. She seems to be making slow, but steady, progress in her leadership duties. Today, I thought perhaps a vote of confidence would help her a bit more.

Jan. 22nd, 2004

09:21 pm

Well, it's nearly three weeks into term, and things have finally found their stride. The students have come down from the highs of their summer holidays, the staff have settled into the normal routine rather nicely, and the year's top pranksters have yet to unveil themselves yet.

Sometimes, I miss the Weasley twins, though Merlin forbid if they heard me say so. At least when they were here, you knew where the next detention was going; now, it's anyone's guess.

And the newest pranksters haven't been quite so inventive, nor--dare I say it--amusing.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Jan. 15th, 2004

07:55 pm - I knew he could.

Neville Longbottom asked me this afternoon if he could expand on his homework assignment. Needless to say, I was quite pleased.

Mr. Longbottom has done quite well in the last year. He seems to finally be outgrowing his forgetfulness, and he is not as clumsy as he used to be.

He seems to have found a niche in Herbology, and when I spoke with him last term, he expressed a desire to become a healer.

I suppose it's a good thing that he was the most academically improved out of all the members of last year's rogue study group, the DA. It seems a morbid thought, but it is nonetheless true, that with the way the war is shaping up, Mr. Longbottom may have to practice the healer's arts on a battlefield before he gets to a more conventional venue.

Who knows? Perhaps he may become a sort of Auror healer. I'm told that Muggles have permanent healers in the military; it's about time the wizarding world caught up.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Jan. 10th, 2004

09:29 pm - September 10, 1996

I had the most interesting conversation with Miss Chang last evening. Apparently, she had been doing research on the animagus transformation in her spare time, and had a few questions.

One particular question caught my attention. She asked why people would choose to become animagi, and I realised that I could not remember my own reasons for doing so. Thinking back on my memories of the time period, the reason came to me. I may not have known it at the time, but the reason I became an animagus is the same reason I have for almost everything I do lately: to help in the fight against the Dark Arts.

For many years, I have discreetly listened in on conversations between dark wizards while skulking in shadows large enough for a cat, yet too small for many other beings. I do not know what help my intelligence has given the Order, but I do know that it has helped at least some.

Perhaps I might suggest that Miss Chang join the Order of the Phoenix? She certainly has the necessary intelligence to find missing pieces of the puzzles that obstruct those who help in more physical ways, and her skills as Seeker on her house quidditch team certainly add to the agility necessary to stay well hidden and to get away, should she be caught.

There is one trait that Miss Chang lacks, however. She is a little afraid of the authority she has been given, afraid that she will either be misrespected or be a hated tyrant to the prefects she governs. That is not a trait that cannot be learned, however, so I will observe how well she relates in the following year.

If she has done well after a time, and seems confident in her leadership, then I may introduce the Order to her. Who knows? Perhaps Miss Chang may decide to become an animagus later on herself, and take on a few of my responsibilities; I may have imagined it, but the other day, I thought I was losing my hearing for a bit.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Jan. 6th, 2004

08:36 pm - September 6, 1996

Honestly, I don't know where they come up with the idea.

Last night, I caught Miss Marietta Edgecombe in the shortest skirt I'd ever seen, without her robes to cover.

Of course, since she wasn't wearing her school robes, I couldn't take any points, but then again, if she were wearing her robes, I would not have seen the appaulingly high-cut thing in the first place.

You just can't win with the girls these days.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

Jan. 2nd, 2004

03:13 pm - And so it begins . . .

Sometimes, I believe that the summer holidays are busier than the school year itself. During the summer, there are so many owls to send to students, timetables to fill with classes, and colleagues to remind about pressing school matters, that grading parchments and assigning points just does not seem as much of a challenge as it did when I first started teaching anymore.

No matter. The summer is over, and school is in session--or, it will be this evening. I must get to the Great Hall for breakfast now.