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» 10 March 2021 || Intermediate Potions, Uses of potion ingredients
Domhnall Delaney
 Posted: Jul 3 2017, 08:32 PM
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This was going to be a little different. Normally, Domhnall's approach to teaching was rooted in practicality -- the best way to learn, in his opinion, was to do it, even if you messed up along the way. He was there to correct students where they went wrong, but they weren't going to improve by him telling them what to do. Instead, he would have them make potions, or teach them how to handle ingredients as a preparation for brewing a potion, always having them do as much as possible on their own. But it was always good, sometimes, to take a step back and check to be sure that his students were understanding what they were doing and the relationship between what they put in their potions and what the outcome was.

And maybe he was a little biased, but intermediate was his current favorite class. It was his twice-weekly excuse to see his son, and even if he had to modulate his behavior to stay in the realm of professorship rather than fatherhood, he still liked having that contact with Connor. He offered his son no special treatment, but out of all his students, he was naturally biased toward him. It was just a fact of the matter. He cleared his throat when class began, indicating to everyone that it was time to focus on him.

"Right, everyone, today we're going to be brushing up on our ingredients and what their purposes are," he said. "You can put away your cauldrons and scales, if you got them out, you won't need them today. Instead, I'd like all of you to take out some parchment and quills and ink, because today is going to be a bit of writing. Not an essay, don't worry, but you will be turning something in by the end of class." He began passing around, with the help of some gracious students, sheets of parchment that had lists of various potion ingredients on them, none of them organized in any particular order.

After thanking the students who had helped him distribute lists, Domhnall resumed his place at the front of class to finish giving instructions. "So what you're going to do is sort these items into categories. Think about what each one is used for. Is it something you'd find in a healing potion? Write it down in a group with other ingredients with healing properties. For example, dittany and star grass can both be used for healing. There, that one's on me," he joked, grinning. "But that's the idea. Sort things based on what they can be used for, put them in groups. And just as a red herring, some of the things on those lists have no known uses, but it's up to you to figure that out. Any questions?" he said, giving the signal that, if they didn't have questions, his students were free to get started on their work.

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Virgil Ahart
 Posted: Jul 8 2017, 08:02 PM
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Had it really been over a month since Finley had died? Even today, he expected to see her in Potions, challenging someone to a race in brewing (had that been on the agenda for today) or blowing things up, usually with him in the range of fire. Those little things that he had always hated but missed immensely now that he knew they were never going to happen again. He would be more than willing to have her around dangerous ingredients and practically blowing him up if it meant she was still here. What was a quick visit to the Hospital Wing if it meant she was still alive?

But she wasn't. Logically, Miles knew that she was never coming back, that he couldn't keep living in the past and refusing to move on with his life until he saw her again, but logic had never really jived with emotion, did it? Which was why Miles was still doing a disturbingly good impression of a zombie, lethargically moving from place to place with little memory of how he got from point a to point b or what he did at either of those locations.

The lion could follow directions, but his work lately had been below average, to say the least. He did what he was told to do, getting out his parchment and quill as instructed, and watched as other things were passed around. He heard what Professor Delaney wanted from them, heard the two ingredients he mentioned and wrote them down without even looking at the list, but he was hardly registering what they were supposed to be doing.

Long minutes after the professor stopped speaking and indicated they should be working, he looked down at the list. He recognized the words, but not much else. He knew that he knew what the ingredients did, for the most part, but his brain just wasn't processing things correctly and refused to make the connections between the other ingredients. He knew some of them were plants. Was that a category he could divide them into? No. He couldn't remember entirely, but he felt like Professor Delaney had said something about use. Did being a plant count as a use?

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Alexander Lewis
 Posted: Jul 8 2017, 08:18 PM
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Xander sighed as he dragged himself down to the dungeons for potions. He was tired, and not just physically. Mentally, he was exhausted as well. Despite what had happened recently, March was a turning point of sorts, halfway between the beginning of the year's second term and summer, meaning his O.W.L.s and G.C.S.E.s were right around the corner. Between studying for them (in secret, of course, because Merlin forbid anyone see him actually putting an effort into classes like a nerd), Quidditch practices by himself and with the team (when he wasn't convinced he would return once Sienna broke and begged him to return), extra studying (to teach himself things that may be useful if he ever found himself facing off a hostile creature like his classmates had), and the additional duties he'd taken on just because he could (as opposed to caring about others), he was running on fumes physically and mentally.

While the prefect had attended all of his classes before Professor Babineaux reinstated their required attendance, he was regretting the mandatory nature now. There were so many better things he could be doing than going to classes like Astronomy and Divination, among others, and sometimes Potions made it on the list of useless classes. Most of the time, Xander was of the opinion that potions could merely be bought, if necessary, especially considering the time it took to brew them. While Potions were undoubtedly useful, he often found himself questioning if it was worth the effort that went into brewing them himself.

Today was one of the days where he leaned toward attending this class was useless, and that was before he even got into the classroom. Maybe if he was less tired, he wouldn't mind it so much, but right now he felt his focus should be on other things.

The pop quiz of sorts didn't exactly help his opinion. Xander was an active person by nature, so perhaps actually getting into brewing would have upped his opinion for the day, provided the potion was both challenging and useful. But a lesson on how ingredients were alike mainly irritated him despite the fact it was good practice for his O.W.L.

His naturally good memory made the task relatively boring. He had already started before Professor Delaney finished speaking, jotting down the potions that immediately came to mind for the first ingredient on the list in his messy, cramped scrawl. Once he had the potions down, categorizing them would be easy. Xander vaguely wondered if he'd be able to leave early if he finished quickly as he moved onto the next ingredient and jotted down some more potions.
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Tristan Nott
 Posted: Jul 16 2017, 10:58 PM
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Potions was one of Tristan's least favorite classes, and not at all because he had anything against Delaney. The man wasn't offensive to him as a professor. They might have even shared some aspects of their temperament as people, despite the man being a Gryffindor alum...or perhaps because of it. Tristan himself had nearly been sorted Gryffindor, and had to fight the hat to put him where he belonged: the obviously superior Slytherin House. Despite his tolerance of his professor, the subject had never sat well with him. Maybe it was because mam had always loved her potions. Maybe it was because he was hopelessly passable at the subject, and would never excel despite his hard work. Likely it was a little of both.

When he was told to put away his cauldron, Tristan's expression grew into what could only properly be called a sulk. They weren't going to be brewing anything? There went his hopes for a here's how to destroy X with Y lesson. Still pouting, he gathered his quill and parchment and accepted a list from one of the students. He glanced down at it as if it had done him personal injury.

"Merlin-- exactly how many of these million dead creature bits are we likely to want to toss into our violet liquids or what?" he murmured, more to himself than anyone else. Delaney asked for questions, and Tristan glanced up, casually lifting a hand to be called on. "Professor, d'you mean for us to do this alone or can we talk it over between us? Some of us work better if it's not quiet as death." he suggested, his smile bordering on cheeky as he slouched back into his chair, tapping his quill against his parchment to release some of his pent up energy. Glancing around, he wondered if he should have thought better of the question before he asked it. There wasn't really anyone he thought worth his time to collaborate with, but working alone was just so very boring. Tristan liked to talk, regardless of if his audience was willing. Appreciative audience or not had no impact on the worth of what he said, and he was always worth listening to.

Maybe he could bother newt's little brother?

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Connor Delaney
 Posted: Jul 21 2017, 12:56 AM
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Potions was a hit or miss for Connor. Some days he loved it and other days he didn't want to go and face his father. Potions spoke to him on many levels. The way that making potions was so intricate and that potions could do many things. It was that scientist part of him that loved it. It was one of his favourite classes. Annoyingly. Like father like son. It had only been a few days since it was his birthday since they had had dinner. It was a strange thing. The first time they had really celebrated his birthday in a long time. The last time he had only been a small child, unbeknownst to what was to come for him. He still hated to celebrate his birthday, but he had indulged his father on making an effort.

Today was one of those days where he didn't want to go. But he knew that Allison would drag him along because she always did. And she always cared. Always. He swore she cared more about his relationship with his dad than he did. She was crazy. But in a good way. She pushed him to make an effort, and deep inside he was glad that she did. Not that he was going to tell her that. He did enjoy going to class with her and so he would go for her, and not for his dad. Though, the learning was just as important.

He sat down in his usual spot, not too close to the front and not too far in the back, in the 'just right' spot. Mostly he didn't want to be too close to his father, but he didn't really want to admit that. Especially now that they were trying to make things better. Connor grabbed the piece of parchment with no indication of thanks. He didn't have time for pleases and thank you's. Not when it didn't mean anything. He glanced down at the parchment with a smile. He loved making lists, organising things when they needed to be organised. And this was also a sort of puzzle. A puzzle of knowledge and he was a little excited about doing this. Sure, he liked making potions and doing the practical aspect of it. But he couldn't deny that the academic portion was fun too. There was something satisfying about keeping a record and writing down something important. He grabbed his quill and quickly got to work.

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Louis Weasley
 Posted: Jul 22 2017, 12:12 PM
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It wasn’t often that Potions wasn’t a practical lesson. Louis did like the practical lessons, of course he did. He wasn’t ashamed to admit that he enjoyed all of his lessons. But when Professor Delaney told them to put their equipment away and to just focus on distributed parchment, he couldn’t help but be a little pleased. Aside from Transfiguration, he worked best with theory and essays, and what their potions professor wanted them to do wasn’t too far different to that. He poured over the list in front of him for a moment, eyes raking down the items to try and pick out some of the red herrings. He’d liked to think that he’d be able to recognise the items that weren’t used in anything at all, but nothing was jumping out at him from the list. Was the idea of there being red herrings, in fact, the red herring in itself?

He scanned the list again, his brain quietly shifting, as it often did in his lessons now, to the question of whether he'd take this subject through to NEWTs. If he was honest, his initial thoughts were against the idea, as useful as Potions was. It was more the fact that it wasn't as useful as other subject he had more interest in, and while some people loaded their NEWT schedules with classes, he'd much prefer to do a few less if it meant that he could do very well at them. He didn't doubt his academic skill, as boastful as that seemed, but NEWT classes were a whole different level compared to what they'd been dealing with so far. He had to do well, and overloading his schedule was a sure fire way to burn himself out.

He barely paid any attention to someone addressing their professor about working in groups, but it gave him pause enough to wonder if he could confer with Jem, in case he needed help, but as he looked up to pay attention to the answer, he felt the burn of someone’s gaze in his periphery and glanced over. He was sure it had been Tristan that had asked the question, and for a moment the other boy had passed a glance over him. Sure, he’d glanced at other people too, but as far as he could tell there had definitely been some intent in those eyes. Louis had no idea why though. It wasn’t like him and Tristan really spoke; they were classmates and that was about it. He wondered if, perhaps, he knew Dominique, considering they were both in Slytherin, and there was some connection there. But it still made very little sense. Maybe Louis was mistaken, and Tristan had been looking at someone else. He didn’t exactly hope so, he had no problem with the other boy, but he’d rather avoid some form of awkward conversation if he could help it. Regardless, he wouldn’t turn him away if he did genuinely want to talk or just wanted help with the lesson.

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Cassidy Pollexfen
 Posted: Jul 22 2017, 08:08 PM
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Cassidy paled. If she wasn't good at the practical, it was obvious that she was not going to be great at theory either. If anything, Potions was her worst subject. She watched as Caraway moved away from both her and Tristan to work with some girl she had gotten closer to over the past couple of months. Cass knew time was not considered a factor but in this case, she had to consider whether Caraway even considered it. Cassidy found herself to grow a great distaste for the girl across the room, not liking the way she had ditched the best friend and her boyfriend without a single word of an explanation.

She would have approached Nott to talk about her eccentric behaviour but it seemed he had headed over the blonde-haired Weasley – whom she had to admit was cute but Evan might kill her – to work with him. Cass had to wholeheartedly agree with the fact that she could not work with just silence; that was why she always had some form of music on or sound going on around her, even if it was just the faint noise coming from the television or the flickering of flames from the fireplace.

Her eyes landed on Miles and she found herself walking over to him. "Hey," she greeted softly, glancing at him with a look that only he would understand: the hurt and the anguish she felt was no different from what he was feeling, maybe just a little less but the trauma was still there. If Cassidy had a title for her life, it would certainly be called 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'. The moment she looked at Miles' face, she knew he hadn't been able to focus well and she began to do what was required.

"Sort things based on what purpose they are meant for," Cassidy urged, knowing that the knowledge could prove to be useful in the future; that they wouldn't make the same mistake a second time. There were all sorts of different uses for potions so categorising them would be easy. She quickly wrote down Professor Delaney's first categorization, not wanting to miss the general idea.


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