Wow. Three weeks. I am really, really sorry.
The truth is, I massively overestimated how much time I’d have to do this. For one thing, the school day at Hogwarts is actually a fair bit longer than most British Muggle secondary schools. And its a school, which means homework. As in, far more homework than I’m used to. As in, essays which need to be handwritten with a set length of a roll or two of parchment. Regularly. For each subject. By the time I’ve done all that, all I want to do is curl up in an armchair in the common room and go to sleep. And that’s when I haven’t just dragged myself inside after a cold and wet and windy flying practice or Care of Magical Creatures lesson.
Not that I regret anything! I love Hogwarts so much. I’ve just realised that I was overambitious about my blogging plans.
Not that much to write about in terms of lessons today, because we spent most of it doing a Charms OWL mock. I know, we’re only at the beginning of fourth year and they’ve already got us doing mocks! Think I did okay, but I won’t know for sure for a few weeks.
I’m sorry, I shouldn’t complain. I’m so, so lucky, and life here is so, so wonderful – even if I do seem a bit ungrateful at times!
After all the initial excitement of coming to Hogwarts the whole thing has begun to die down a bit – nothing is half as exciting as it used to be. Firstly, Mondays really aren’t that great; Quidditch, Charms, Ancient Runes and Muggle Studies. The subjects used to be alright but they have all got a little sameish as each lesson goes by.
Quidditch was just a bunch of drills for two hours straight so we didn’t get to play any games or have much fun. Charms was a theory exam which dragged out for pretty much the entire lesson. I felt ill most of the time so that wasn’t great either. Ancient Runes was marginally better as the teacher was thoroughly entertaining. Muggle Studies is beginning to get much better and we are beginning to learn some really interesting things.
For the first time in about a week I don’t have any coursework to be doing which means I can spend the rest of the evening relaxing playing Quidditch as the team trials are tomorrow. I don’t think I’ll make Ravenclaw’s team because I’m still a bit slow, but I’d quite like to get into a managerial position which looks OK.
Might go to Madam Pomfrey if this cold continues – it feels like I have some wizard form of ‘flu and I’d quite like to give Herbology a miss tomorrow.
I never really mentioned how weird this all is for me.
I mean, one moment, there you are, just an ordinary person going about your life, and the next… you’re going to Hogwarts. Hogwarts. How do you react to that? The past few weeks have mostly been a blur of strangeness. I’m struggling to adjust.
And on top of that, a lot of the things I thought I knew about Hogwarts are wrong. Take the Houses for instance. So few people conform to the stereotype that their House is supposed to represent. Some Slytherins are really nice people. Some Gryffindors are arseholes. Not all Hufflepuffs are losers. It makes you think.
Anyway, I’ve got some Runes to translate and a Charms essay to write, so that’s all for now.
I’m really sorry that its been so long since I posted, but I do have an explanation!
I was writing an entry down by the lake when I saw that one of my muggle-born friends was listening to music, and had wandered over to the Whomping Willow by mistake. I ran over to drag her out the way, and when I turned around, I saw the giant squid grabbing my laptop! I’ve borrowed one just to write this, but I won’t be able to do a proper post until my new netbook arrives.
Thanks for understanding. Bye!
Sorry that I didn’t do a post yesterday – I have just been really busy as teachers have been setting loads of work to do out of lessons and I had absolutely no time yesterday because I’ve taken up special extra Muggle Studies lessons on Mondays, which makes my life much busier…
Yesterday I had some more flying practice though it was mostly theory and how flying is used by wizards – not anything very interesting or useful. After that I had charms which was much better – my class is all quite bright Ravenclaw people, so I’m not complaining. In the afternoon I had Ancient Runes which was just OK. I had my special extra Muggle Studies class and we got a load of extra reading. I like to think I know quite a bit about Muggle Studies, but it is actually confusing at times looking at it from a wizarding perspective.
Today was quite dry. We didn’t really do much in our classes and Arithmancy was probably the best as we had a new teacher and he was quite entertaining.
The rest of the day was quite relaxing, though our teachers are giving us much more work to do, which is a pain. The strangest thing, though, is that it the lessons don’t use muggle technology, Muggle Studies only has a computer and TV, and there aren’t any others in the school except for ones that students own.
I had my first flying lesson today! I hadn’t realized that flying was a regular lesson here, but I’m so glad that it is. It was actually a while before we got up into the air. Those who could already fly were allowed to go up above the treetops, but I was with the beginners. First, we had to learn how to mount, and the right grip to have on the handle. When we finally got to take off, it was just to lean steering by working our way around a course a few feet off the ground. I was actually quite disappointed. It didn’t seem to live up to the hype. Except that near the end of the lesson, we were allowed a short flight, one at a time, properly up into the sky, and…wow.
It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. The wind was whipping through my hair, the sun was shining down and I was as free as bird. There is no equivalent for this experience in the Muggle world. Nothing that combines the openness, the adrenalin, the feeling of weightlessness as you hurtle into the sky. I was literally on top of the world. And I’ve never felt so alive! How many people can say that in their lives they have soared through the air on a bit of wood? Well I have.
I wish I could have stayed up there longer, but everything comes to end. And now I’m left feeling so, so sorry for the people who will never fly.
God, I love this school.
I started with Ancient Runes. It’s fascinating, a completely different language system – probably more like Chinese, or even hieroglyphs, than most Western languages.
More Arithmancy, which actually isn’t too bad. Some of it can be a bit hard to swallow if you’re used to Muggle maths, but once I accepted what I was seeing, it all made a lot more sense.
I had my first Transfiguration and Charms lessons as well. I’m starting to understand that, particularly with Transfiguration, magic is as much to do with the right mindset as anything else. You have to believe that the spell will work. It explains a lot about magical talent. I always wondered why, if everyone is making the same wand gestures and saying the same words, why some people are better at it than others. But magic is very mental as well.
Anyway, that’s all for today. Bye!