Written by Imogen Featherstone
Photograph by Rylan Aurelius Worthington
Welcome to this week’s installment of the Hogwarts spotlight, a feature dedicated to showcasing students. Recently, We had the opportunity to sit down with Gryffindor Prefect Madeline Hemlock. Better known as Maddy, this sixth year Lion is native to London, England.
Courage, chivalry, nerve, and determination are said to be the traits Godric Gryffindor valued. That being said, we asked Maddy why she felt the hat sorted her into the lion’s den. “Well…I… I am brave and a bit outspoken, but I think it’s my loyalty and my fight that makes me a good fit for Gryffindor”.
More often than not, students will also display some characteristics the other houses value. Curiously, we asked Maddy what another house she may fit in to, “Well my parents were both Gryffindor, but my grandmother was Slytherin, and most of my father’s side. I never thought I would be that house, maybe Ravenclaw… as I spent a lot of my childhood in my grandmother’s books. I thrive for knowledge”. Not only is she bright but, some of her best friends are in the Eagle House.
When she is not in class, Maddy takes her Prefect duties very seriously. She spends countless hours of her free time dedicated to helping keep the school and its students in line. When her fellow Prefects take the floor and she has some time for herself she enjoys to cook. “ I do like to sneak into the kitchens and help the house elves cook. Over the years, I have made a few friendships with them, and I feel like they appreciate someone coming in and thanking them for their hard work”. It is clear to see that she simply spends her free time making the lives of others more enjoyable.
When she is in class, her preferred subject is History of Magic. “ I am a big historical buff, I love reading about architecture and where our past choices have got us to where we are”. Despite her Family’s wishes of following in her Father’s footstep, her passion for history is what drives her goals for the future. After Hogwarts, she would like to take a different path, “I’ve kind of been taking a bit more muggle route in my preferences. I love Architecture, especially this castle, so I might want to try to work for the Ministry in a different output then Auror, and more like an Architect”.
During her years at Hogwarts, she has made memories. Her favorite is the day she met her best friend Minnie Ivy. “My favorite memory is the day that I met Minnie. I have always had a bunch of friend in the muggle world, but when I came here I was sort of lost till I met her. I mean it’s very rare to find a friend who can finish your thoughts without saying anything”. Their friendship is a special part of her Hogwarts story, she will take with her when her school days are over.
For the rapid fire questions, Maddy tells us that her favourite ice cream flavor from Forescues is earl grey & Lavender. She fancies Peppermint Toads from Honeydukes and, her favorite professional Quidditch team is the Chudley Cannons.
Bravery, determination, and a brilliant mind are some of the components that make up Madeline Hemlock. If you see her patrolling around the halls or making a mess in the kitchen, be sure to say hello! Just stick to calling her Maddy, she hates Madeline! Tune in next week, When Rylan Aurelius Worthington will showcase another intriguing classmate.