Is it that time of year again? That we must remind everyone in the castle how dangerous the forest is? It seems that was the key topic at Sunday lunch this week, after the discussion of points the DHM kindly reminded us of what lay beyond the castle walls.
“Unfortunately, I find myself once again reiterating that the Forbidden Forest is strictly off limits without the supervision of a member of staff. Our relations with the centaur herd who claims the Forest as their home is strenuous enough without their rituals interrupted by thrill seeking children. I would also remind you of the multitude of vicious creatures found within, most of them not as forgiving as the herd. As it stands, any student found in the Forest will receive a house points loss of fifty points, minimum. In the event that the centaur herd is involved, a meeting will be arranged and you will be able to explain to the Minister herself why it is you felt yourself worthy of risking our relations.”
So if your adventurous spirit calls you to the woods, or if the cosmos direct you to them, remember every action has consequences.
Following that reminder was another one, this one maybe not as intense as the one before, but still a one with meaning.
“I would like to remind you all that it is not only your Heads of Houses and professors you must obey and respect. Your Prefects and Head Students were personally selected by the Headmaster and trusted with the authority to monitor and discipline the student body. That is to say, should a Prefect speak with you regarding your rule breaking, they are to be respected and listened to. If you feel it is an abuse of power, you are welcome to broach this with your Head of House, after following your prefect’s instruction. You do not disrespect them because they are simply a student.”
As to why anyone would disobey a Head of House, Professor, or Prefect is beyond me. I will remind you that most things that are done in this castle, are done to protect us from dangerous that lie beyond here. We are at Hogwarts the greatest school for witchcraft and wizardry and you would all do well to remember that. Also as you are sorted into a house, it is your duty as a student to make the creator of your house proud as if they still walked these halls today.
No one benefits from letting students run amok, but, as we saw, one Slytherin boy did not quite grasp the meaning behind the Deputy Headmistress’ speech and was quick to push his boundaries. Before I go along with my story of the accounts that took place in the hall on Sunday, I’d like to mention that dancing on the Great Hall tables during Sunday Feast [Editor’s Note: Or ever] is never smiled upon. Now, here the tale of a young snake named William McDonald. Soon after O’K finished her speech, the boy thought he was safe to frolic about the Great Hall dancing on tables that were filled with food that our house elves worked so hard on. With the dancing came singing as well, and as I read the writings of what happened at lunch, I am glad I was out of ear shot as his voice was nothing short of cringe worthy. Little did he know that O’K was still about and caught him in the act, he was quickly summoned by her and as the boy casually made his way over to her, he did not seem to have a care in the world. As the conversation lead on he racked up losing 50 points for the house draped in green! 50 points, that’s a whole lot of work for one small wizard, seeing as the points were not working nor was the taking away of privileges he was quickly pulled off into Professor Fox’s office… As for what happened there I can not confirm nor deny that he was expelled from the school, but word says he was seen lead off castle grounds by the Deputy Headmistress.
So take that as a reminder that, we should all take our place at this school seriously and if we do not.. Well let’s just say there’s worse things than failing.. Til next week hogwarts.