Getting to know the Staff of Hogwarts: Healer Phoenix
By: Essa Nazari
A few days ago, I sat down with Healer Phoenix in the hospital wing. After a few minutes of concern that something was wrong and the consequential reassurance that nothing was wrong, she agreed to sit down for an interview allowing us to get to know her a little bit more that what we know already. She is mother to our classmates Nate (third year hufflepuff), Octavia, and Nicole (both first year slytherins), she also has three other children who are not in school and one on the way! (Ashworth family, watch out!)
I started the questions easily, asking her to tell us a bit more about herself and her background. She told me, that she graduated Hogwarts the year after the Battle of Hogwarts. She was a member of the Gryffindor house. She also shared that she was almost a hat stall between the Gryffindor and the Hufflepuff house. Healer Phoenix started to date her husband, Jackson, her first year (his second year). They got married a year or two after the Battle of Hogwarts. And after she graduated, she started a potions shoppe. Healing, it seems, was a natural outcrop from the potions shoppe. She recently joined the healing staff here at Hogwarts.
I then asked her what led her to become a potions mistress and then ultimately a healer. She stated that throughout her schooling she loved to brew and to find ways to help people. As she got older, she started “tinkering with some muggle remedies” and thus her medical solutions became a hybrid of both magical and muggle. She goes on to state that the two worlds can work hand in hand, as long as a person knows how to pair them up. I quickly followed up that question with another one, asking for advice for anyone who was considering becoming a potions master/mistress or a healer. She stated, “Learn as much as you can in Herbology. Nothing will help you more than a deep understanding of the ingredients you’re working with….When it comes to healing, the hardest lesson you can learn, is that you can’t save everyone. You can only do your best, and you have to remind yourself of that sometimes.”
I shifted to a lighter subject as a somber feeling filled the air of the hospital wing and went for some quick response questions. I started with quizzing her what her favourite quidditch team was, (Chudley Cannons). Followed it up with her favourite ice cream, (Fudge ripple with rainbow sprinkles). And then, I asked her the biggest question of the upcoming holiday, who did she believe was going to win the Quidditch World Cup. She admitted that she wasn’t sure because her Cannons were not playing. But if she had to pick a team, she would be cheering on the England team.
I rounded out the interview with one last question. Simply, if you had to tell the students anything, what would it be? She offered a good bit of wisdom in her statement, and it is advice that she has given to myself recently. “Some know from the day they set foot in the school what they want to be. Others, it takes time. But never try to box yourself into a mold to be something, or make a decision that you aren’t sure of, to try to make someone else happy. Only you can decide if you’re meant to be a potioneer, a healer, an auror, or a professional Quidditch player! Take the time to really know yourself, and you’ll be so happy that you did, when your life after school begins.”
If you ever need an ear to listen without judgement, I have found that Healer Phoenix is willing and able to not only listen, but also try to find ways to help.