Welcome to this week’s installment of the Hogwarts Spotlight, a feature dedicated to showcasing different student throughout the school! Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Ayo Imarogbe Onyilgowu. He is a sixth year Hufflepuff whose parents live in Peckham over in the south east side of London, although the rest of his family is in Nigeria.
Helga Hufflepuff sought students who valued hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty and fair play. Yet, when Ayo was asked about what makes him fit in the house, he did not list any of these particular traits. Instead, after some careful thought, he shares, “I came here and I wanted to learn like a raven, I wanted to be brave and take on new challenges like the lions, maybe find confidence like my snake friends, but I guess I just fit in with Hufflepuff because I could fit in anywhere.” He further details that he actually had not given any thought into why he was sorted with the Badgers. Fair point, even if the interview was conducted while banners were being put up in celebration of Hufflepuff Day.
When asked about his favourite class, Ayo acknowledges that he likes the majority of the classes he takes. However, he does name Xylomancy, “I like to learn to calculate my time. I think it’s always been something I have a interest in.” With a little over a year left until graduation, many sixth year students already have a general idea of a career they would like to pursue after they leave Hogwarts. Ayo had a definitive answer. “ I will return home after my 7th year and become a shaman for our tribe back in Bennin. My duties will require to use things like Xylomancy but it is not the main focus.” When pressed further, he details how he it will be his duty to watch over his tribe until another son is born with Magical ability. He does toy with the prospect of being something like a “ghost buster” but whether the suggestion from the ghoul studies professor was made in earnest or in jest is unknown.
As for what Ayo enjoys doing outside of class? He enjoys running, as it allows him the opportunity to clear his mind and think about important things. Furthermore, he enjoys to read, write and dance. The latter response must have been why a certain fifth year Ravenclaw seemed to have the time of her life at the Hearty Party. His favourite memory thus far was when first saw a moving picture and made himself laugh. “I thought it was a uhm, tablet… into the wall… so i touched it, but then the picture talked back to me and told another picture. And then I just remember the pictures making fun of me. Adding to this with a laugh, “I think they meant to insult, but isn’t moving portraits so cool! So now when I walk the gallery. I like to sing to them all, so they know we are all friends here.”
For the rapid fire questioning part of the interview, Ayo lists strawberry as his favourite ice cream from Fortescues, and he does not have a favourite sweet from Honeydukes because he isn’t into sweets. As for his favourite quidditch team? “Sumbawanga Sunrays! Yea, they have such a fine way of flying and such style,” although he does acknowledge they are not the most idolized team but they do very well. And despite how his life is already set upon graduation, he does hope to one day be able to play for a professional quidditch team.
Studious, brave and confident, and you have the components of Ayo Onyilgowu! If you see him around, I’m almost certain that he will not hit you upside the head with a beater’s bat, so feel free to say hi! Tune in next week, when Imogen Featherstone kidnaps a Ravenclaw from the library!