Photography by Aryiana Novelli, Article by Taylor Grey
After some confused wanderings of first years, the Care of Magical Creature class gathered in the courtyard to discover Professor Daisy Wibault, holding a very special fledgling that she was caring for, along with a small extra nest, while the mother was recovering. Reminiscent of a muggle puffin/dodo/penguin cross, this sweet tyke’s adult feathers would allow people to travel in a most unexpected way. The Diricawl is a plump, fluffy-feathered and flightless bird that has the ability to disappear and reappear elsewhere as a means of escaping danger. The class took a field trip to the lake side, where several very beautiful creatures were sporting in the clear lake water taking advantage of the warm fall afternoon. As many of the students tried to place the name of the creature, only higher years were able to guess the name of it correctly – they were Hippocampi or Hippocampus! The students were informed the creatures did not feed from Veela tears, as one Ravenclaw student suggested, but rather fruits & veggies. While stated that they were omnivores, they seemed to prefer eating the apples that were gently tossed to them by the delighted students.
Many students stayed after this enjoyable class to watch these exciting creatures sport in the water. Professor Daisy Wibault warned each student not to touch any of the magical creatures as they might accidently harm them, or be harmed themselves. Thankfully, nobody got hurt – in fact, most students seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, even showing states of awe as they laughed and played about. These are stunning creatures! We have to wonder what else we will be presented with by the wonderful Mrs. Professor Wibault.