Happy Friday everyone! Today, we’re going to talk about a topic that remains a mystery to many – Veela. Mr. Amortentia is particularly susceptible to Veela himself, and in an attempt to better understand veela and their effects, he has done a fair amount of research, the summaries of which I would like to share with you today.
First, let us explore – what is a Veela?
A Veela is a beautiful creature not unlike the sirens of legend. Veela are as attractive to humans as flowers are to honey bees, if not more so. Something about the presence of a veela causes a human to take leave of much of their senses, and if a veela so desired, the human would be very easy to control. It is said that in the presence of a veela, a human will do almost anything to gain their attention and favour.
Are they dangerous?
Though Veela are not considered immediately dangerous, a full-blooded veela can be a formidable threat. When angered, a veela will transform into a creature that is more harpy-like than siren, and can throw fire from their hands. So don’t tick one off. In terms of their powers of attraction however? It depends on the individual veela. While some may use their powers of attraction to manipulate others, rest assured that over time, these effects fade with exposure. Essentially, the more time you spend with a veela, the more tolerant you will become of their magical influence.
So, are there veela in the school?
Yes, absolutely, though they are not full-blooded. Veela are indeed able to have children with magical folk, and as such we have, and have had, some well known part-veelas at the school, though Mr. Amortentia will not name names. It is important to remember that these students have not chosen their lot in life any more than you have chosen yours. They have real feelings, hopes and dreams, and if you turn into a blithering idiot around them, they’re not causing it on purpose. Usually.
How do you tell you’re under the influence of a veela?
If you find yourself looking at a person and realise that you are extremely attracted to them, you want to do anything you can to please them, you long for them to praise you, and you barely know anything about them? You’re probably looking at a veela. Now don’t get me wrong, non-veela students can still cause this reaction in you, but with veela it’s different.
The first thing you need to do is ask yourself, “Did I have a crush on this person 15 minutes before I was near them?” If the answer is no, they may be a veela. If you suspect you are dealing with a veela but still aren’t sure, try to observe the people around the subject of your suspicion. Are they also acting strangely toward them? If so, they may be a veela. If you suspect that you are dealing with a veela, and that idea bothers you, to fully confirm, the only thing you can really do is excuse yourself for a few minutes and leave the room. Take calming breaths, and try to clear your mind of thoughts of that amazing, gorgeous, wonderful person. Try thinking about neutral, non-romantic things. Like quidditch. Unless, of course, quidditch is romantic to you – just, think about something else. After a few minutes, re-evaluate your feelings. How do you feel about that person now that you’re away from them? They may still be attractive to you simply because they are naturally an attractive or interesting person, but does it feel different? Can you think sensibly? If your feelings have changed, then you have confirmation that you are dealing with a veela.
Knowledge is half the battle. Do not avoid or be afraid to interact with your veela friend once you realise what’s going on. Odds are your veela friend is hoping for people to behave normally around them just as much as you’d like to as well. If you spend time with your friend while holding onto the knowledge that some of your feelings are caused by something out of both of your control, you may find it easier to resist the temptation to show off your sweet skateboarding tricks or show them that thing you can do with your eyelid.
The only real ‘cure’ is exposure. The more you hang out with your veela friend, the more normal you will feel. It’s unclear how long it takes for the effects to fade, and it may be different for each person.
“I think I have a crush on my veela friend.. How do I know it’s real?”
If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, remember the exercise I described for identifying veela in the first place. Veela magic only works when the veela is nearby, so try to pay attention to how you feel when you’re alone. Do you still think about them when they’re not around? Does your heart beat a bit faster if you think about what it would be like to hold their hand, or kiss their cheek? I won’t go into the full rundown of how to tell that you have a crush in general in this article, but if you find that your feelings about this person are the same even when you’re away from them as they are when you’re with them, then yes, it is a real crush.
And to any Veela out there reading this, I hope you find this article accurate and sensitive enough to you as a person. If you ever find yourself doubting if someone is genuine when they confess their feelings to you, I hope you never feel too embarrassed to tell them to do the exercise I explained so that you, too, can be assured of their feelings. It may even interest you to ask them to write their feelings to you in a letter so that you know that they are taking time to really process their feelings for you when out of the area of effect.
I hope this article will help at least some of you. With love,