By: Jayden Lukas
Picture by: Julia Vitrac
Life rarely ever goes as we expect it will. The same can be said for the Professor I am now interviewing. After a mere two years tenure teaching potions, Professor Green left abruptly due to disagreements and personal issues. While she gave her reassurances that the students need not worry about those reasons, I remain cautious knowing full well after going through the events of the last several terms how circumstances can change very quickly.
From the time Professor Green first started at Hogwarts and brewed her first potion she knew she wanted to be a Potioneer. Being the dutiful Ravenclaw she studied all that she could to prepare her for her chosen field. Taking several modest jobs that allowed her the freedom and money to do as she wanted she pursued her dreams. When asked who she felt encouraged her the most to follow her dreams she stated, “It’d have to be my gram, honestly. She really believed in me and my passions growing up.”
I asked her if her previous jobs spent working in a bookstore or serving patrons drinks and food helped in any way to prepare her for her duties as a Professor. She was quite frank in stating that possibly the most important lesson she took away from those early days was patience. She did recall a humorous anecdote from the days when she was a barmaid in London. She gave some advice that I believe most of us can relate to, “Treat the customer’s like you’d like to be treated and if they don’t treat you the same way you do, ‘accidentally’ spill their food or drink in their lap…” Let us just hope that her boss at the time was understanding.
Since we were on the topic of spilling brews I asked her if she had a particularly favorite potion that she liked brewing more than others. Interestingly enough she stated that it was the Elixir to Induce Euphoria that was her favorite followed closely by Amortentia. It was obvious that she waxed nostalgic as she described in vivid detail how she used to smell the dewy fields next to her Gram’s house and the sweet aroma of butterscotch. This led us to my next question and any particular pet peeves she had. She was very quick to say, “I can’t stand tardiness. When things are late, or I’m late, or students are late it sets my nerves on fire. Best not be late when it comes to my class dear, and if you are, best to bring some butterscotch treats.” This is in particular something that all should remember. Stock up on butterscotch and just maybe you might be able to avoid her favorite means of punishment. As Ravenclaw house will remember when she was their Head of House cleanliness was truly next to Godliness. The Great Hall was never cleaner then after a few nights of her house punishments.
So where does that leave us with this Professor? I asked her where she thought she might be in five years. She stated that she hopes to be an old lady still teaching potions to students who have the desire to learn. Does this mean that her wanderlust and sense of adventure is gone? Based on her excitement I witnessed when I asked about creating a potion of her own, she became giddy and stated that it is something she has been working on for years. She went on to explain that, “Creating potions isn’t as easy as one would think. Some potioneers spend their entire lives trying to create a useful potion only to either have one or none at all. It is a difficult skill but the adventure is so much fun!”
This is a Professor who has entered the flames and returned with her own wisdom to share with those students willing to absorb what she is offering. Just remember not to be late and if you are then be sure to bring butterscotch treats as an offering. When asked how she saw herself as a Professor she expressed remorse at having failed her students when she left. One could see clearly the remorse she felt at leaving the Ravenclaws in the middle of a year with no guidance. She expressed her deepest apologies for those past actions. I will end this interview with her lasting words of inspiration. “Study hard to get to where you want to be. We are nothing without our aspirations.” Words to remember from a Professor who has lived and learned some valuable life lessons.