Lesson four: week four

Dear Journal,

Did you know, that written language manages to survive and allows us to understand what civilizations thousands of years old once thought? I certainly did not, considering half a million years ago they drew on walls and most of it is just pretty pictures and symbols. Apparently this is a sign of an intelligent being who had to learn some language in order to write it-but what I feel it is (and I have seen these up close many times traveling) is that they are typically pictures of everyday objects and stories that can be pretty easily deciphered. On top of those, there is the alphabet which can be typically seen today (talk about theory of hocus pocus….I wonder who developed the first known symbols known as ‘letters’).

In class  we  learned about the earliest known alphabet, known as the Phoenician alphabet,  but that is the first KNOWN alphabet and I wonder if there was something destroyed, or something we missed with passing time.. Following the Phoenician period, there was the Greek and Latin alphabets. A lot of what we use today is derived from that.

Incantations usually have the language of the region they were created in, which is really interesting stuff. Apparently if you mispronounce something there could be dire situations but, as that seems to be the case in all of the things you do in the wizarding world I think I’ve hammered down the importance of not messing up.  I practice often, and speak  slowly and clearly. I’ve only had a few…unfortunate mishaps but thank god that  is what the hospital wing is for.

This week we learned the fire charm and the locomotion charm, both are very useful and I actually couldn’t stop listening to what we were learning, when it was time to leave I wanted to stay and ask questions but I didn’t want to be late.

The Fire-Making Charm                                                                          The Locomotion Charm
Incantation: 
Incendio                                                                                      Incantation: Locomotor
Pronunciation: 
‘in-SEN-dee-oh’                                                                   Pronunciation: ‘LOH-koh-moh-tor’
Wand Movement: 
“Curved flick up and down (as a flame)”                  Wand Movement: “Full circle with an                                                                                                                                             upward flick toward the target at the end”


I will begin practicing the Fire Making Charm tomorrow when I’m on the grounds. The hospital is willing to overlook my mistakes, but I’m not so sure the school would be too keen if I set the dorm on fire. Almost nailed the Locomotion charm on the first try, but I have plans of practicing it more today at lunch.

Dani D.

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