While we cannot deny that our current Head Boy, Jesse Elman, and Head Girl, Saffron Foxclaw, have been fantastic in shaping this past school year, it is perhaps prudent to look forward now, as they do the same. It shall soon be time for these badges to be handed over to another duet, but who might they be? Who could be ready to receive those badges, and that responsibility, for the next academic year? Let us take a look at the prospects.
The competition for Head Boy is likely much greater than for Head Girl. One could argue it’s down to the overwhelming level of testosterone flowing through the sixth year boys’ dorms, or their desire to impress the female population of the school, but we here at the Owl Post are certain that whatever motivates these boys is sure to make the choice difficult.
One name that could be on the lips of a lot of his housemates is Michel St. Jours. A Hufflepuff through and through, St. Jours has shown himself to kind, caring and loyal to friends; we certainly wouldn’t go wrong with a Head Boy like that, and he’d be following the example set by fellow Hufflepuff Jesse Elman. He’s also shown himself to be a strong duelist, though he does have a tendency to use dangerous spells- he’s certainly not above using Expulso or bone removal to turn the tide of the duel in his favour.
St. Jours may see tough competition, however, from Gryffindor. Karam Ali is another hopeful for Head Boy, and he’s certainly got the credentials. Co-captain for the Gryffindor Quidditch team and the one who runs their dueling endeavours, Ali shows himself to be a capable leader. He inspires his housemates to work hard and carry on regardless of whether they win or lose, which is a remarkable accomplishment. It seems his optimism shines through and resonates with the other lions, but will it do so with the other houses?
The least likeliest candidate for Head Boy comes from Slytherin: Adam Fletcher. Unlike St. Jours and Ali, his sixth year has been fraught with trouble; at every opportunity Fletcher has shown himself to be reckless, dangerous and rude. As it stands there are hardly any students or professors who might vouch for Fletcher, considering he has not only lost well over 600 points for Slytherin but has also been suspended. Recently though, in a surprise move, Fletcher has apologised for his actions, sending letters to a great many students with the promise of change, and seems to be making an effort with students he previously clashed with. With the year coming to a close though, has he done enough to sway opinions?
There may be many more girls capable of taking on the Head badge than there are boys, but it can be argued that not as many girls would be interested in taking the badge as there are boys. Dottinous Foul, for example, is a perfectly capable Ravenclaw- albeit she is rather strange- but she likely would not put herself forth, instead choosing to play with her spiders. Kora Ronscroft is another girl that would do a fine job as Head Girl, but it is likely the Gryffindor wouldn’t want the responsibility. There are an odd few, of course, that would be interested in pursuing the badge.
As with the Head Boy position, Slytherin has a few candidates for Head Girl, though none as ambitious as Kamila Bullstrod. Also one for trouble, Bullstrod has shown herself to be almost attracted to violence, often starting fights and casting hexes at other students. It can be said about Bullstrod, though, that she does look after the younger students and her recent adoption of an enchanted doll seems to have brought out a new, kinder side to her.
Bullstrod will face tough competition if she hopes to take the badge, however. Mariette LaFleur from Ravenclaw has a strong chance at taking it for herself. LaFleur’s reasonably quiet- some might forget she’s there at times- but it’s clear to anyone who has a conversation with her that she has a heart of gold and not a single bad bone in her body. She’s kind and considerate to all, even the likes of Rita Grey, and she looks after her friends. With a Ravenclaw such as this one succeeding the last, Hogwarts would without a doubt be in safe hands.
It’s safe to say the choice is a difficult one this year, with every Head hopeful likely very nervous about the final decision. Best of luck to all those who apply; it’s a tough competition, and I daresay it’ll be impossible to predict how this will turn out.