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Monday, October 13th, 2003
1:03 am
It has been a while, once again. Once things get into a routine, it is difficult to remember the new things. I am glad that Albus reminded me to write here though, my mind hasn't been itself recently.

I am concerned about several students, especially those who are supposed to be studying for their OWLs and NEWTs, and their competence with Transfiguration. Certainly there are a few who more than exceed my expectations but there are others who seem to treat learning as something that will just happen. It has always been like this throughout all my many years of teaching but it saddens me that change never occurs.

I have been writing a paper recently upon the uses of transfiguration in the goblin rebelions. Professor Binns has been particularly helpful and I think that it may actually turn into a book with the length of it. It has been a while since I delved into the realms of such in depth research and so this has taken up a lot of my time. I hardly thought of myself as an academic researcher but I have been thoroughly enjoying delving so deep into a small subject area.

I have also been assisting Albus with his investigations. Time travel is an interesting concept, especially with what happened to our students from the past even if the incident was accidental.

Quidditch starts again soon, I shall be looking forward to our victory again this year, as I am certain that this year's team is quite possibly the best Hogwart's has ever seen. Although I am informed that Madam Hooch has allowed Slytherin to book the pitch for an entire week. I shall talk to her as soon as I can about this, I can't see how that is fair.

With all of that, and Professor Firenze's classroom, I certainly shall be busy outside of the classroom for the rest of this year. It's quite an exciting time.

current mood: thoughtful

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Sunday, September 21st, 2003
1:46 am - Lesson 2 - The Eygptians
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current mood: awake

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1:40 am - Lesson 1 - Vlad the Impaler
Romanian nobleman and warrior (1431-1476). The second son of Vlad Dracul, Prince of Wallachia, and Princess Cneanja of Moldavia, he and his younger brother Radu were taken as hostages by the Turkish ruler Sultan Murad when he was only 11 years old. He was educated in the Turkish court, but he was under constant threat of death, torture, or mutilation. After serving briefly in the Turkish army, Vlad went into exile in Moldavia, where he involved himself in Wallachian politics. He was made prince of Wallachia in 1456.

As prince, he was notorious for his cruelty. After he was crowned, he had all the old boyars executed and replaced them with newly ennobled peasants. When two Italian envoys failed to remove their skullcaps before him, he had the caps nailed to their heads. His preferred method of execution was impalement--it was this practice that earned him the nickname "Tepes" (pronounced "Tseh-pesh"), or "the Impaler". When the Turks invaded Wallachia, Vlad erected the "forest of the impaled"--thousands of Turkish captives impaled on stakes along the main invasion route.

The Turks sent Vlad's brother Radu against him, and the people supported Radu's invasion, more terrified of Vlad than of the Turks. Vlad fled to Hungary, but he was taken prisoner by the Hungarian king, and Radu was recognized as the ruler of Wallachia.

Vlad regained his freedom after Radu died in 1475 and was sent back to battle his cousin, Stephen of Moldavia. He converted to Roman Catholicism and married a Hungarian princess. Soon afterward, he died mysteriously; two monks found his headless body in a marsh after a battle.

It is estimated that Vlad killed between 40,000 and 100,000 of his countrymen during his time as prince. Despite this, he is still revered in Romania as a national hero for his bravery against the Turks.

He is best known as the model for the vampire in Bram Stoker's horror novel "Dracula".

From Everything 2 - perhaps the most useful muggle database I have found.

current mood: amused

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Friday, September 19th, 2003
3:06 am
Well, my dears, now the field trips have begun I am able to once again sit down and compose my thoughts. Organising all the students into some sort of logical mass (an oxymoron, I now believe) was little short of a nightmare. Preparing the Portkeys and travel arrangements was also thus - I always find that travelling via Portkey gives me some kind of sickness - so I do feel for young Mr Weasley. However, we are all now safely at our first destination and the exploration has begun.

Obviously, it would be unwise to reveal our whereabouts although I feel that I am permitted to say that the particular wine region of France which we are (were by the time you read this, we are moving on shortly) residing in is a favourite of mine. I have stayed here many times before and I was extremely pleased to discover that a very good friend of mine is still living here - she now owns the local tavern. Madam Rosmerta she certainly is not and I can heartily recommend the house red. Perhaps a little too heartily...?

It would also be very unwise to give the students too much freedom - and I would expect that they all understand why - but we are doing our best to remain at a plausible distance. A good few of them are so near to being of Age - this doesn't mean that they don't misbehave though...

Whoever brought those Canary Creams with them and gave them to the local children better have a good explanation, it took me a good hour to explain to an anxious parent that it wasn't an evil hex and that the effects were not permanent - regardless of the fact that her child was stood in front of her good as new.

I've had a melody spinning around in my head for the past few hours which I can't shake - too much wine? Perhaps it is one of those muggle "pop" songs the students seem so fond of putting onto their laptops. It had some disturbing lyrics, I must have imagined it.

current mood: tipsy

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Friday, September 5th, 2003
2:57 pm
The students from Dumstrang and Beauxbatons have finally begun to settle down. I am a little worried about just how they are fitting in with the general fabric of the castle and school but generally, they're doing very well considering the upheavals they've been through.

I am avoiding the staffroom at the moment though, prefering my office. Severus has been in a particularly interesting mood in the past couple of days. I think it's the announcement that the new students may tryout for Quidditch - I personally think it's a wonderful idea, the new students need to feel integrated as much as possible. Besides, if we can put together an even better team with some of the new students in it, all the better - as much as he's irritating me at the moment, Severus is even more unbearable if Slytherin win at Quidditch.

I had a horrible dream last night. I can't remember it all now but I know that it involved Hogwarts and the four founders - it was dark, very dark and it felt very familiar. If I believed in deja-vu, I'd say it was that.

Most disburbing anyway.

I must speak to Poppy about a suitable sleeping draft.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2003
1:01 am
It has been an extraordinarily busy week, hence I have not even passed thought about this computer. All these new students, I'm glad I speak a bit of French, although it would appear to be fairly rusty. I thought I was explaining how to transfigure a bat into an ink well when in fact in I said something completely different (and, I hasten to add, rather embarrassing) - I'll be glad when the second years forget that one, I can't begin to describe how difficult they became once they knew.

It would seem, though, that the majority of the new students have settled in rather nicely - despite all the chaos. Sybil has also recovered enough to begin declaring doom upon all who enter her classroom - which is a good sign.

It is rather crowded here now though.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2003
2:20 am
Dumstrang and Beauxbatons in two days.

It would seem that Sybil was right...

Having Alastor, Tonks and Kingsley around has helped to ease my mind slightly, strength in numbers - they were all a most welcome sight (even if Tonks somehow managed to trip and break one of the nicer chairs in my office during tea...)

Albus has, well, been very Albus-like - there is no other way of describing it.

I'm beginning to think that I worry too much, especially about the future.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2003
1:42 am
It is my sad duty to inform you that what we have long feared has begun to happen.

Dumstrang has been attacked and has fallen to a group of Deatheaters.

The attack occured at approximately 12pm BST and the school itself was quick to fall to the ravishes of the Dark Lord's forces.

While I must assure you that all appropiate action has and will be taken and there is no need for immediate alarm, I must also insist that we, as a school, do not take this lightly.

Hogwarts may well be next. Remember, united we stand - divided we fall.

Be vigilant and be safe.

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2003
7:57 pm
The children are finally back. And as usual, they've forgotten everything that they learnt last year.

Honestly, the second year class I had today were supposed to be transfiguring a beetle into a button and the best student in the class managed to produce a button with six legs. I think it ran away somewhere before I could catch it.

There is a buzz about the castle at last, although I'm not sure if it's a productive buzz. All eyes are on those who are in their wrong time and I feel bad for the pressure upon them. Especially Lucius, Narcissa, James and Lily - to meet their sons in such circumstances. Oddly enough, Draco hasn't paid much attention to it - then he has always been the sort of boy to worry on the inside, not wanting to lose his cool. Harry has taken it pretty well, I feel, considering. We shall see though, these things take time to come to a head.

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Monday, August 4th, 2003
2:49 pm
As every minute passes the students are closer to Hogwarts. Thank goodness. Severus is beginning to become most annoying without the students to distract him.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2003
1:36 am
Thank goodness the students are back tomorrow. I have been so worried about them all, out there in the world. Well, some of them at least, there are those who believe that they can look after themselves and there are those who have little to worry about. *coughs*

At least while they remain in the castle grounds there is little to harm them, many hundreds of years of work has seen to that. This is why Albus has been so keen on keeping the students who arrived here a few days ago under such close scruntiny - there's something odd going on. They, of course, believe that they have had run of the castle for the past few days but we know what they've been up to. Thing is that they all changed so much before I met them 15 years ago. I was at Hogwarts many years before them, when Professor Dippet taught Charms and Professor Nigellus was Headmaster. We always saw James and Lily as the perfect couple, but, my, how they are rowing as teenagers - it really is a wonder how they ever fell in love. Narcissa and Luicus, of course, didn't change a bit. I wonder how Remus is going to react? It certainly was odd meeting him...

I suppose that I'd better start making preparations for the student's arrival - the sorting hat won't be happy being awoken a month early. I believe the last time this happened it sorted the students into houses such as "Griffin-slyn" and "Huffle-claw". *sighs* I hope it doesn't do that tomorrow, it'll be most embarrassing.

I just hope that we can impress upon them how dark the future is looking at the moment.

current mood: anxious

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2003
4:16 pm
The school year will begin early. It's all been a bit of a whirl really and I feel a little out of touch. Certainly many of the other teachers have refused to use these computers, Sybil won't go near hers, it's been sitting in the staff room for the past week - I think she said it was possessed, well, it gave Albus and I something to laugh about. I thought I ought to give it a try, especially as it is so important to Albus and he usually doesn't do things like this without good reason.

As for within Hogwarts, I'm not entirely sure of what has happened and Albus is keeping his cards close to his chest, as he is wont to do. All I know is that it'll be good to have all the other children back, having just the few here has been odd.

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