We've survived another term!
I have offered this class in the past, and it has always been kinda my favorite
because the subject feels so much like it should be canon, even though it isn't, and it had not been offered before so it's an original idea. But it has never been offered in its current full-year format, with these lessons and assignments. And I have to tell you reading everyone's answers on the opinion questions is the best thing ever in my history of grading work (and I've done quite a bit of that lol).
To summarize everyone's thoughts from this term, it appears Slytherin
has the most secure Common Room - it had a major victory over Hufflepuff
's Common Room which turns out we believe is the least secure. Second place belonged to Gryffindor
's Common Room, and Ravenclaw
's Common Room followed closely behind it. Password-based protection was favored, especially if the password was updated frequently and students knew not to share it around.
However, based on opinion throughout the course, it appears that Hufflepuff
has the most desired Common Room. Warm, cozy, quiet, close to food, what's not to like? At least we have that going for us, even if everyone else can enter. Slytherin
's and Ravenclaw
's Common Rooms come in second place; one liked because of its underwater view of the lake, the other because of its wonderful library. Gryffindor
's Common Room was least desired, not because of anything in particular but it simply didn't have anything special about it.
Most thought the sliding staircase in the girl's dormitory of the Gryffindor's Common Room was probably made because girls were more trustworthy, required more privacy, and boys are more prone toward mischief. Plus there's the fact that this 'decision' was made a very long time ago, so it doesn't necessarily reflect our (more) modern times.
A few things the class was unanimous
- Helga Hufflepuff made the right decision by bringing in the House Elves to work in the Hogwarts Kitchen;
- Salazar Slytherin's choice to accept only pure-bloods is wrong, even though one may understand the decision back then, many many years ago;
- The secret passageways should be kept, they're fun and add another mystery layer to the Hogwarts Castle.
And finally, opinions were divided on whether or not Muggle Studies
should be a mandatory course. While most agreed that it's an important course, they would not go as far as to make it mandatory and preferred leaving that choice to the students.
Anyway... I've rambled enough, no? This is gonna turn into a novella if I don't stop right about now. THEREFORE.... Congratulations to the following students for successfully earning a quill during the second term of History of Hogwarts: The Castle!February Fortescue - (O) Outstanding
Hannah R Thomas - (O) Outstanding
Hermione Brontë - (O) Outstanding
Ivelisse Ada - (O) OutstandingJewel Ouderkirk - (A) Acceptable
Jonathan Young - (A) Acceptable
Livian Videl Silver - (A) AcceptablePolaris Black (O) OutstandingProf. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis - (EE) Exceeds Expectations
A Shining Star of Hard Work
award will be given out to everyone who had managed to earn at least an Exceeds Expectations
The Hogwarts Headmaster Award
goes to the top house points earners from each house. The recipients for this past term are:February Fortescue
Hannah R Thomas & Polaris Black
Ivelisse Ada & Hermione Brontë
The Special Services to Hogwarts Award
goes to those who go above and beyond with their work one way or another. For this past term the recipients are:February Fortescue
, for going above and beyond with creativity and effort on pretty much all class work!Ivelisse Ada
, for the witty commentary and overall quality of work she kept submitting throughout the whole term!
Congratulations to everyone!
Thank you for entertaining me with your hard and creative work!