Written by Minnie Fae Ivy
Hello Hogwarts and Happy New Year’s! I hope it’s all treating you well. Yes, I know I haven’t written to you lot in a while but let’s put that behind us!
Now that that is all out of the way let’s dig into what our beloved Deputy Headmistress had to say to us this week. In my five years at this school I can’t recall a time when a more odd speech has been given. As for why, well, it wasn’t really a speech but much more like story time. Unlike normal Sundays, the speech did not begin with the mentioning of house points but a story from the Beedle the Bard, “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”. If you aren’t familiar with this story or need a reminder here it is told by our DHM.
“The Warlock, was powerful. So powerful he viewed emotions as weakness and sought to distance himself from this. He removed his heart with dark magic, placing it locked away. Time passed one day he heard two servants ridiculing from being unable to find a wife. So, to prove them and others wrong, he sought the most beautiful, most magically talented woman… and the very next day he found her. He sought to woo her with stolen words of love, but she said to him that he could not love her for he had not a heart. So he took her to the depths of his castle to show her a beautiful casket, in which held his heart. Over the years his heart had become shriveled, covered in the hair of a beast and so, when the warlock returned the heart to his chest his body took on that very same form, so consumed it had become with the dark magic. The Beastly form that the Warlock had become forced him to rip a new heart for himself from the woman, and in trying to remove his own beating heart again… his magic failed him. The Warlock, with his own heart in one hand, and the maiden’s in another, died.”
Pretty deep stuff for a Sunday lunch if you ask me. After O’Keeffe finished her tale of the dead warlock she gave a word of advice to the school.
“If each of you were at your mother’s knee she would tell you of the dangers of dark magic, for why else would Beedle the Bard write this tale? My advice for you this week is to think on another meaning”.
I would like to believe that the majority of us here at this school would know the importance of not dabbling in the Dark Arts. And if you have paid any attention in any of your history classes you would know that for those of whom did, it didn’t end well.
I’m beginning to wonder if the reason our DHM chose to tell this tale was not because of dark magic, but because of darkness in general. If you let darkness, negativity, ill thoughts and ill intentions seep into your heart they will consume you. I know it is hard to catch a ray of sunshine in the cold winter months, with the looming OWLs and NEWTs closing in but remember there is a chance to create your own sunshine.
Be it a spell or a nice compliment to a housemate, it’s still the effort of making the school a better place that counts. Don’t let someone else’s hate and toxicity fill your heart and mind, cause once you do that.. They win. Until next time Hogwarts, remember to be kind to each other!