Written by Abigail Bluetooth
Photo by Emily Neutron
Welcome back to another Spotlight article, bringing another Eagle to the stage. This time, we sit with Emily Neutron.
Emily, a fourth year Ravenclaw, hails all the way from Hull (Kingston-on-Hull), East Riding, Yorkshire. “Muggles call it the UK’s City of culture!” she explained. Speaking of culture, she seems to be full of it because when I asked about what makes her fit in her house, she talked about how she loved learning and went into great depth about how magic is like music. Full quote is down below since it is a good comparison. Maybe it’ll help others with understanding magic more.
On the flip side, when asked about what other house she would be in if she weren’t sorted into Ravenclaw. “I’d have to say Gryffindor. I find the ‘damn the hexes, full speed ahead’ attitude refreshing and fun. And after that little dust-up with the army of undead in Second Year, I’m guessing I wouldn’t be entirely out-of-place there,” came her response. It makes sense as well – with the casting knowledge of a Ravenclaw, one could make a good Gryffindor as well when up against scary or tough situations.
When I questioned her about which class was her favourite, her Ravenclaw side showed again as she had a hard time picking between any of the classes. She even explained as to why she loved at least three of them. Charms and transfigurations were chosen because we learn a bit of the magic we use in our lives. Magical Theory was another because it is close to her heart and interests. With how she has a hard time picking her favorite class, it is fitting that she wants to be an Auror after Hogwarts along with spell research.
Since she is a pianist, she also had to put the Music class in the list as well. However, outside of class you can find her either reading around the castle or practicing the piano in the music room. “I’m trying to really master Debussy’s ‘Pour Le Piano’ right now, and brushing up on Bartok’s Piano Sonata Sz 80, as well as Berg’s chamber concerto for piano and violin, and some other pieces for a concert over the holidays,” she added on, showing off her love for music.
With her love in music, you’d think that her favourite memory would be music related – but it is not. One of hers is when she landed her first Ventus jinx when she was cold. “The portraits there got really rather mad at me,” she added on, “I’m not sure they’ve forgiven me yet.” Her other favourite memory is when she partook in last year’s “Murder Mystery” party, hosted by our dear Gryffindors, where her part was to act like the mother of murder victim.
So, what are her favourites like? Well, for ice cream, she loves any sherbets as well as a mix of chocolate and raspberry with chocolate chips. Her favourite sweet, on the other hand, is chocolate frogs. “Chocolate that wiggles in your mouth! Yum! What could be better?” she stated. Lastly, she doesn’t have a favourite professional quidditch team though due to it being more of a visual thing, which is understandable.
So if you see Emily around the halls, say hello, talk to her about a concerto you’ve heard or share some chocolate frogs with her. This Ravenclaw has a lot going for her.
Stay tuned in when the spotlight comes back on to a Slytherin.
Full quote to: What do you think makes you fit in with your house at Hogwarts?
I love learning! It’s about my favourite thing in the world! And I love studying and learning about magic itself. For me, magic is very much like music. In music, one controls the pitch, fullness, loudness and tempo of sound. And really, the same is true in magic, except that it’s magical energy, not sonic energy, that you’re manipulating. But the similarities don’t stop there! One can think of each piece of music as being rather like a spell. Each piece is designed to evoke a distinct, unique emotional reaction in an audience. It is written by a composer, then interpreted and executed by the musician. In magic, each spell creates a unique, distinct physical or reality-based reaction in the universe. It is discovered by a witch or wizard researcher, then interpreted and executed by a witch or wizard practitioner. In lieu of the pitch, loudness, fullness and tempo of music, we have bodyweight (mass, really), viciousness, concentration and wand power in magic. And of course, the ever-important Z-factor. There is a Z-factor in music too, but… Oh, sorry, what was the question?