Today was my very first day of Charms at Hogwarts! I was really nervous at first but when we started the first lesson, I started to relax immediately because the professor seemed really reasonable and the subject seems very interesting. It also helps that I already took history of magic, because the two tend to coincide with one another. As I did very well in history of magic I plan on doing just as equally well in this class. I wouldn’t want to upset my father, or rather-his mother who funded my adventure here to Hogwarts.
After the professor announced by Schedule for the Year, I jotted it down:
|One||Introduction, History, and Ancient Foci||Lumos, Nox|
|Two||Accessing Your Power||Flight Charms|
|Three||Wand Properties and Movements||Alohomora, Reparo|
|Four||The Spoken Word – Incantations||Incendio, Locomotor|
|Five||The Importance of Focus||Diffindo, Spongify|
|Six||Applying Your Will||Wingardium Leviosa, Astrictus|
|Seven||Concentration and Determination||Lumos Solem, Lumos Numerosa|
|Eight||Putting It All Together||Focillo, Infrigido|
|Nine||Final Examination & Teacher Evaluation||???|
After that we went over a brief history about how muggles (thats nonmagical people) think magic is fake/legend because muggles and witches/wizards didn’t always see eye to eye with each other. I find it interesting that the witch trials were actually quite useless because of something called a flame freezing charm, which allowed witches/wizards to enjoy a tickling sensation as they faked a gruesome death. Then the International Statute Statute of Secrecy, which was introduced in 1689, made it a little harder to do magic around muggles.
Also on top of the government that the muggles serve under, I now have a new authority to look forward to…the Ministry of Magic. Apparently they are a wizarding government, that does what it can to conceal our world and protect the rules of our kind. I’ll have to do more research into the Ministry, I always heard about my father working for this place, though I am really shaky on the details of what he might do. Maybe I’ll owl him tonight and ask.
Oh yeah! We talked a little about wands today, but I hope we find out more. I guess I will end this entry here today, as I have several things to do for homework, I have to read, and of course…now that I’m here at Hogwarts (and allowed to) I’m going to practice lighting and extinguishing my wand tip!