Welcome all of my dear owletts! This is Miss Owlett happy to welcome the first years to the beginning of their Hogwarts school career and to all of the returning students! Since this is the first column of the year it’s going to be directed more towards the first years. Remember, if you have any questions not answered here feel free to ask your house prefects, a professor, or your head of house (should they have a free moment.)
The staircases keep moving how do I get to classes on time?
Great question! I highly recommend exploring through the castle on your free time. Spend the first few weekends familiarising yourself with the castle. Try walking to classes with another student. Can’t find someone to go with you? Go a half hour earlier and ask the portraits for help. There’s one particular one of a man on a horse and he is great with directions to the main areas. Most classes can be found right off of one of these.
I got in trouble and the Professor took my wand. I’m only getting it at class times now, how am I supposed to practice magic without it?
This is a great question and a punishment that has been used in the past on at least one student from each house each year that I can recall. Should you find yourself in such a situation you can do a few things. Practice the incantation, do your best to make sure you are saying the words properly. When you have the words down pat, try practicing the wand movements. You can easily use a stick or roll up a bit of parchment to substitute for the wand.
I think I made a bad first impression on my Professor (or another classmate) how do I fix this?
There’s no easy fix. The best you can do is do your best to show them that you’re not like that. If it’s a case of they walked in at the middle of something you can explain the full thing and then do your best to reinforce it by your actions. If it’s a professor and you ended up with detention over it. Don’t argue the detention. Go to it and do your best and ask the Professor if you can speak with them outside of detention or class hours. Quite a few of the professors host office hours.
I’m really homesick how do I get past this?
Letters. I highly recommend writing letters back home and using the school owls to do so. Talk about what you’re doing at school and how much you’ve come to appreciate something that’s different. Or even just to tell about what is going on at school. Ask them to send a blanket or a memento of home that you can put on the bed table next to your dorm bed. I still get homesick from time to time and I have a ton of photographs in a book that I look at. These are great ways to cope.
House points, how do I earn house points or what can I do to counteract the loss of points from fellow housemates?
Ah… house points… the way to win the house cup. The best way is to do your best to arrive on time to class, pay attention, and answer questions to the best of your abilities. Put in effort to your homework as well! Professors award good work with points fairly often. Some may ask for volunteers for a task. This could be as little as taking notes and keeping track of points awarded and those subtracted for them during a lesson to actually assisting them with a task outside of the classroom. Most professors award points for this some will not but if a professor asks for additional help and you do a good job that’s a good way as well. Take initiative to help out your fellow classmates, you could get noticed and awarded for your good deed. Though doing the good deed should be reward enough.
That’s it for this Ruffled Feathers. If you have questions feel free to send them into the post. Address them to Miss Owlett. Though be warned… Ruffled Feathers will sometimes have a guest writer and their answers can be rather… funny.