Today was the 4th lesson of our HOM 201 class. Continuing from where we had left off in the previous class about British Wizarding Villages, today, we covered three more villages. These are, however, relatively small villages compared to the ones we learnt about last time.
Ottery St. Catchpole was established in Devon, England, around 1693. One of the highest populated wizarding villages in the UK, it is located far away from most other wizarding settlements. Muggles of Devon were known to be more tolerant towards the magic community and attempted lesser witch burnings and killings. Also, even though the architecture of the wizarding settlements are slightly ‘odd’, Muggles don’t question it, since they probably find it amusing.
Tinworth is situated in coastal Cornwall, which is right beside Devon. Established in the 17th century, this village is as old as Ottery St. Catchpole. It is, however, a partial-magical dwelling where reputable wizarding families live alongside Muggles. It is also a popular tourist and vacation spot for wealthy wizarding families.
Upper Flagely, like Tinworth, is a partial-magical village. Located in Yorkshire, England, it is a centuries old existing village, but was made official after the International Statute of Secrecy in 1692. It is one of the longest lasting wizarding villages, leaving behind Godric’s Hollow and Hogsmeade.
As part of this week’s homework, Professor Maddox asked us to research our wizarding origins and write an essay. I can’t wait to get started!
We had our HOM 201 class today. I got a 100 on my Wizarding Origins essay from last week, and 3 extra credits too! I can’t begin to describe how happy I am right now!
In today’s lesson, we covered Merlin, King Arthur and Morgana le Fay. Professor Astaeral Hunt was the guest Professor for today’s class. She is SO sweet! (Yeah, I know I keep saying that about every Professor I meet, but I can’t help it! Every Professor at Hogwarts is just as sweet, I’m loving my second year here as much as I did my first!)
Merlin, known as one of the greatest wizards of all time, was advisor to King Arthur and his father Uther Pendragon before him. Morgana le Fay was a powerful sorceress on par with Merlin. She was most likely a Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts. She despised Merlin for his weak personality, despite the powerful magic he wielded, and her msot notable student Vivienne would later be the downfall of Merlin.
Professor Hunt also talked about magic in Albion and the downfall of Arthur and his kingdom. It was altogether a very interesting lesson. Then, of course, came the midterms! There were 2 parts called Part Dowler and Part Maddox. I think I did fairly well. Let us hope for a good result.
The midterm results are out! I got a 100% in Part Dowler and a 80% in Part Maddox! I made a few silly errors in the second part, but 18 points to Ravenclaw House nevertheless. I answered the oldest wizarding village as Godric’s Hollow. But it is, in fact, Upper Flagely. I also got the Salem Witch Trials and International Statute of Secrecy question wrong. Well, at least it is over.
Coming back to today’s class, it was about famous British wizards in history. We covered Albus Dumbledore, the Peverell family and Newt Scamander in class, and Professor Maddox asked us to read Chapter 23 of our textbook, which covered Sir Nicholas Weasley, Leonard Ogden and Augusta Peverell.
It was a wonderful opportunity to read, discuss and learn more about my hero, Albus Dumbledore. The Albus Dumbledore we remember, is the wizened old man, well-loved by students and his former staff members at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and political figures alike throughout Britain and other parts of the world too. Those who remember Dumbledore the student, will tell you how gifted a Gryffindor he was, as good as they come. He was awarded the Barnabus Finkely Prize for Exceptional Spell-Casting in his 7th Year, for his wit and dedication. He also became the British Youth Representative to the Wizengamot, and reveived the Gold medal for Ground-Breaking Contribution to the International Alchemical Conference in Cairo.
But Dumbledore, clearly, harbored secret anti-Muggle sentiments, which were unleashed after meeting the wizard, Grindelwald. The source of his Muggle hatred so early in his youth could be related to the incident that happened back in the Mould-in-the-Wold around 1891 A.D., when Albus’ father Percival Dumbledore was jailed in Azkaban for committing crimes against Muggle children. Three Muggle boys attacked young Ariana Dumbledore. The boys spied on her use of magic, as she was still unable to fully control them at her age. They tried to force her to perform tricks and when she was unable to, they ended up turning violent towards her. This resulted in her unwillingness to attempt magic any further and following it, causing her to possess a magical build-up that brought about violently powerful magical accidents. Thus, Percival Dumbledore attacked the boys and was sent to Azkaban.
Gellert Grindelwald, on the other hand, was considered one of the most powerful Dark Wizards of all time, second only to Lord Voldemort. He was schoolded at Durmstrang Institute until his expulsion. Later, he fostered a friendship with Dumbledore while living in Godric’s Hollow for a summer with his great-aunt, Bathilda Bagshot. The two made plans to find the Deathly Hallows and wield their new-found power as Masters of Death, leading a Wizarding revolution with the aim of ending the International Statute of Secrecy and creating a benevolent global order led by wise and powerful witches and wizards.
However, their partnership fell apart after the two were involved in a three-way duel with Aberforth Dumbledore that resulted in their beloved sister Ariana Dumbledore’s death. Dumbledore’s sentiments changed and he stopped speaking to Grindelwald. He would not see him again until their later duel in 1945 at Grindelwald’s height of power. He was even rumoured to possess the Elder Wand around that time. Dumbledore came out victorious, earning more admirers and opportunities for power.
These are the facts, that which we already know. It seems near-apparent that the influence of Gellert Grindelwald was nowhere near beneficial to Albus Dumbledore’s life. Yes, it did result in Ariana’s death, so I do agree. However, it is only in the company of Grindelwald that Dumbledore’s wisdom grew and he learnt quite a lot about the Deathly Hallows and the Dark Arts. This would serve him well later on in the fight against Lord Voldemort. But what is most important is, he learnt where to draw the line in the quest of power and superiority. Ariana’s death may have brought him back to his senses, but it was because of Grindelwald that he learnt what NOT to do in order to turn into somebody like him. It was also one of the main causes of what turned Dumbledore from a Muggle-hater to one of the most prominent Muggle-born supporters in later years.