Your ever glamorous and fearless reporter places her quill to parchment for likely the last time whilst roaming the walls of Hogwarts. And yet, what better way to bring ‘an interview with’ to a close to speak with the finalists of the Hogwarts Dueling Tournament? Armed with her faithful quill, your reporter took to the halls to locate the six finalists.
Young Eric Hyland has proved to be an exceptional talent despite his short tenure at Hogwarts. The young second year beat out fierce competition to find himself in the finals, though reluctant to admit he was excited at being in the finals he was brutally honest about what he thinks got him into the finals.
“I guess a little bit was being more ruthless. The other students I dueled didn’t really go all out against me… it didn’t look like it at least. I wanted to go for the kill.”
Here’s hoping he’s successful in his desire to bring the glory for Ravenclaw as the last of us standing!
If you don’t know who Jayden Lukas is by now you have not been paying attention to class, this young lad is the sole reason for almost 50%, if not more, of Gryffindor’s house points, he’s also up against Ravenclaw’s little star. Jayden’s excitement is palpable and despite Griffindors being notorious for assuredness he is modest.
“I had a strategy but well anything can happen and duels can be unpredictable. I wouldn’t say that I took it as a forgone conclusion. I wouldn’t take anything like that for granted. There are so many factors that can go wrong in a duel. I am just glad that I won and my opponent did put up a good fight.”
Despite the exceptional equal matching of Jayden and Eric neither appear to be worried, seeing the upcoming duel as a challenge.
Fifth year, Mab Gardiner, has seemingly kept a low profile during her time at Hogwarts but was pulled to the spotlight when she beat Hufflepuff’s Aisling Jones in the semi-finals. Despite appearing casual about the finals the excitement is palpable from the young Gryffindor. Not wishing to go into too much detail for her reasons behind entering the competition here’s hoping she proves an impressive finalist. She was reluctant to give her techniques and strategies but your avid interviewer got one small detail from her;
“I will say this. I try to resolve the duel as quickly as possible.”
Tosca Stewart, fifth year Slytherin, wasn’t an easy young lady to find. More likely to be found losing herself in a book she was an unusual partaker in the dueling tournament and finding herself in the finals she is surprised to have gotten so far. She holds her cards close to her chest but told me;
“I like to play strong from the beginning. End the duel quickly as with as few slugs as I can manage”
The ruthless streak doesn’t stop there with her favouring silencing her opponent to bring a duel to an end, maybe she’ll be successful in proving that Slytherins have more to offer the school than just mischief.
Surprised to find himself in the finals, Jesse Elman is head boy and the only representation for Hufflepuff that the dueling competition has this year. He claims to not be good at dueling and yet he knocked out the Gryffindor that was pipped to win the overall competition in the semi-finals. Alongside his NEWTs he voices that the finals should be a bit of fun.
The word ‘fun’ doesn’t go hand in hand with serious plans and deliberation which Jesse appeared to concur(confirm?)
“Methods and strategy? I haven’t used any so far but then I have always thought I was bad at dueling so perhaps I ought to think of some!”
Slytherin, sixth year, and a blonde ball of fire. This young woman handed yours truly’s arse to her and is apparently a promising candidate for overall winner. The real question is will she be able to control her renowned temper to lead her, and the house of Slytherin, to victory?
Kamila’s ambition appears to be something of legend as her main aim is to have the claim to fame of beating both the head boy and the head girl in the dueling contest. Hardly a secret she told your writer that her success is down to
“the way I slash my wand through the air when casting.. my wand knows it needs to behave and cast.. and not fail me.. like it thinks.. it is being used to protect me during a duel of life and death..”
Rapid and wild movements show confidence in a dueler but it could hint to cockiness, taking away the hint of surprise that could be there. Well I wish them luck!
The final round is Saturday at 1pm, the location has yet to be announced but your writer hopes to see you all there.
Thank you for reading,
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