HOM-101: Why Is History Important?

11 Sep

ASSIGNMENT

 Essay: Importance of History

  • Maximum of three paragraphs why the study of history is important to you.
  • Explain why people should take history classes, or why you think students are forced to take history.
  • Use evidence from your book or your knowledge of magical history to support your stance.

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Greetings Professor!

I believe the assertion that students may not necessarily enjoy learning the History of Magic, or that they must be “forced” to study it, does a grievous disservice to the importance of history. Those disinclined to study the past are closing themselves off to a wealth of knowledge about the present and future. I believe that in order to know who we are, we must study who we were. All should be encouraged to embrace the stories and hidden truths of the past, and to dismiss it as a boring necessity is akin to putting on a blindfold.

For example, if one considers the magical history of the ancient Asian world, one can see its importance in the present. Laws enacted during the Warring States Period in ancient China, which restricted the use of magic to those granted authority to wield it, had a twofold effect: this regulation increased the efficiency with which spells (such as an early form of Aguamenti) could benefit infrastructure by helping to maintain crops – but it also imposed draconian penalties on those who practiced these spells without explicit permission. In hindsight, we can see the wisdom of regulating the use of magic (an attitude represented by our own modern age-restriction laws), but we can also better appreciate what the limits of such regulation should be in a free magical society.

I believe that to look forward, and build the kind of magical world we all idealize, we must also look back, and rely on both the surety of our forebears’ wisdom and the lessons their mistakes can teach us. Without the crutch of the past, we are hobbled in the present.

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TFNG-101: Introduction

11 Sep

ASSIGNMENT

Essay Prompt

Minimum of 200 words.

Please write an assignment telling us about yourself and what you expect to learn from transfiguration. This is simply a quick assignment so we can get to know one another and can include any information you believe to be relevant. If you are having problems coming up with ideas, here are a few questions to answer:

–  What interests you about your transfiguration and how it is used on a daily basis?

–  Which topics regarding transfiguration are you most interested about?

–  Do you plan on pursuing a career using transfiguration (or another branch of magic)?

–  What did you find interesting about this lesson?

–  What about transfiguration excites you?

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Greetings Professor!

As the most immediately practical form of magic, Transfiguration doesn’t have to work hard to recommend itself to me. A muggle friend introduced me to the concept of what she called “lifehacks” – small improvements in creative efficiency one can make to their everyday activites – and I see Transfiguration as the natural wizarding equivalent.

I’m excited too by your description of the field as the most “scientific” branch of magic. As a Ravenclaw, I’m driven by a thirst for knowledge (my other professors know this much about me already). What could be more thrilling, more challenging, more worthy of our skills as intelligent beings than the pursuit of understanding, and the creation of the tools we need to grasp it? I hope that Transfiguration will provide me with a gleaming set of such tools, and prepare me for a life of curiosity and learning.

I am a muggle-born wizard and as such I’m still unfamiliar with many aspects of the wizarding world. I’m not sure if there is a magical analogue to the muggle practice of scientific inquiry, but it’s certainly a career option I’d like to explore. I believe Transfiguration will help me better understand the intricacy of magic, and how it might be applied to such a pursuit.

Plus, it would be really neat to be able to fulfill a lifelong urge to reshape the world – and myself – at a whim. Who wouldn’t want to be able to become an Animagus?

DADA-101: Introduction

11 Sep

ASSIGNMENT

Essay Prompt

Write an introduction. Tell me about yourself. What are your expectations for this course? Is there anything you want to see for year one? What do you already know about the subject? Why is Defense Against the Dark Arts important to you? This should be at least 150 words. There will be no penalty for going over the word limit.

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Greetings Professor!

My name is Justin. I’m a proud member of Ravenclaw, and while I’m excited to learn all I can about the practical application of magic, I’m very new to the idea of defending myself and others through the use of spells. I’m a pacifist by nature, preferring reason and discourse to conflict and violence, and as such I expect that Defense Against the Dark Arts will be a difficult and yet crucial undertaking for me.

I try to surround myself with people from whom I can learn. I find that my best friends are invariably smarter, stronger, or kinder than me, and I work hard to do them proud through my emulation of those traits. That kind of attitude discourages the company of malicious and willfully ignorant people – the kind of people who practice the Dark Arts against which we must defend. I understand the necessity of learning how to defend oneself and those one loves against such foes, but the necessity of force doesn’t make it easier to bear. I think my chiefest challenge in this course will be to reconcile the reality of the Dark Arts with the idealistic life I want to lead.

What I know about the subject is limited to what I’ve learned through official sources: I have knowledge of basic defensive spells like the Disarming Charm and the Shield Charm, and offensive spells such as the Reductor and Leg-Locker Curses. I have an understanding of the Unforgivable Curses, their effects, and the consequences for their use. I am familiar with several varieties of dangerous magical creatures, including grindylows, hippogriffs, and Boggarts (having actually encountered the latter hiding in the grandfather clock at my Great-Uncle, or as he prefers to be called, “Grunkle” Caractacus’s mansion).

I am eager to fill in the gaps of my knowledge with both theoretical and practical magic!