||[Apr. 25th, 2004|09:40 pm]
The Room of Requirement
Though I find this arrangement still a bit much for old eyes, it seems to be becoming more and more popular among the students, and so I thought I'd attempt to post a bit of homework here, as my job as your professor is to deliberately ruin every and all bit of fun you, as my students, have. And as I find sarcasm extremely hard to express in this manner, I'm going to state that that, Hogwarts, was a joke, and that anyone bringing sharp implements of revenge to my next class shall be laughed at.
The homework, however, I was quite serious about. As the term draws to yet another close, I should like to remind you that I haven't forgotten about those essays I mentioned in class at the beginning of the year. Every year shall be doing a research paper of varying degrees of length and involvement, based on at least one of the topics that we've covered in class this term.
First and Second years, you should be examining magical creatures indigenous to the United Kingdom, and please, for the love of Merlin, base your research on something other than the M.O.M rating system. We'll talk more about this tomorrow.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth years, you have the choice of either looking at magical creatures that are not usually found in our continent, or - with the cooperation of your own Professor Snape, perhaps - potions and antidotes most commonly used in the Dark Arts.
Sixth and Seventh years, you should be looking at curses, hexes and counter-spells, particularly the more unusual and subversive ones we looked at in the past month. If you need to look at some potentially less accessible information, please let me know what your plan is and, if approved, I'll be quite happy to sign a note for Madame Pince's perusal. Harry, this should be appropriate for your idea, I think, for example.
Details, and essay-lengths, will be distributed in the next class.
Mister Malfoy, you should speak to me about your situation, and what arrangements should be made. My door is always open, or at least, always receptive to knocking.
On a side note, Albus, thank you for the delightful dinner today. Our conversations were extremely enlightening.