-nods eagerly- Oh definitely! I’d love that. -nods seriously- Yeah, I’ve heard the training program’s very rigorous. Though they only accept those they think can make it… so if I get in, that affirming enough, I suppose? -sighs- It makes me terribly frustrated. That people can really think that way, especially over something that’s beyond any of our control. It reminds me of racism that’s prevalent throughout the muggle world. Or any other forms of discrimination. It’s stupid, and petty… and it’s incredibly hard to change people’s opinions once they’re set in their ways.
I suppose it would be, yeah. Well, I wish you all the best of luck with pursuing that. -grins- I think you’ll do fabulously, to be honest. -sighs- There shouldn’t be any such thing as purism or racism. It’s beyond ridiculous. The worst thing is, they justify it, make what they think are logical arguments behind it. And they’re not idiots. Or at least, a lot of them aren’t. They’re intelligent people who believe, honestly believe, the most stupid thing. I don’t get it. I don’t think I ever will.
It’s still exciting! You should keep a journal, so I can read about all your experiments. -grins- Wow, an Unspeakable… how mysterious. Personally, I think I’d like to be an Auror. I know that seems a little cliché, but I’m genuinely interested in magical law and it’s enforcement. It’s tremendously difficult though, but I’ve gotten all the necessary O.W.L’s. We’ll have to see how I do during N.E.W.Ts! -sighs- I’m sorry… I didn’t mean to prejudge you, not at all. I realise not all Slytherin’s are of that particular mind-set. It’s just, especially over the last couple of weeks, one has to be very wary, you know? It’s a shame though. That I even have to be wary of who I talk to, in my own school! -frowns-
Sure! We’ll have to talk about it more, if you’re that interested in Transfiguration. -smiles- Not cliché at all. Bit dangerous, but I’m sure you can handle it. Magical law enforcement’s not really my thing. I’ve just never had much of an interest. I’m sure you’ll do great on your NEWTs. It’s the training that I’ve heard is the difficult part to get through. -frowns- I know. It’s mad. We shouldn’t have to worry about who we talk to because of a thing like blood status.
-widens her eyes, obviously impressed- That’s seriously cool. You could write a thesis on it all, documenting your experiments. You have to let me know how you get on. If I may, what do you plan to do once you leave school? -grins- A curse breaker! I bet he has some fantastic stories. -laughs- My Dad’s a teacher too. But he’s a muggle… he teaches Geography in a secondary school nothing like this one. My mum’s a witch, but she’s just a housewife now, she never wanted a career really. And she’s sort of… cut-off from her old family, so I’ve never known anyone to have a really fascinating wizarding job like that, you know? -smirks- Though my Dad insists his job is fascinating. -raises her eyebrow slightly, remembering that Agatha’s a slytherin and that she could be prejudiced, though she doesn’t seem to be- Um… that’s not a problem, is it?
Yes, I actually think I will. Obviously, I need to do more research and a ton of experimentation, but it’s a direction I want to go in. -shrugs- Well, I’m assuming that I’ll inherit my family’s eel farm. My brother would have absolutely no interest. But that’s not necessarily a full-time thing. I’m kind of interested in Unspeakable work for the Ministry. You? -grins- Oh, I don’t think that’s fascinating. My mum’s a magical linguist. Now there is a fascinating field. -rolls her eyes- I’m about as far from a purist as one can be, Em. My dad’s not magical either.
Wow, that’s such an interesting concept. I’d never considered that theory before… how far have you progressed in getting the objects to become magical? Have you told McGongall about your ideas? -grins- That’s incredible! Family dinners must be exciting; does all your family enjoy transfiguration?
Well, I should hope not. I was trying to be original. So far I’m just researching magical materials and the spells needed to combine them. I’m not nearly at the stage to create a stable magical object. No, I haven’t. I don’t really want to tell her until I have a more solid grasp of things. -laughs- That’s one word for it. Most of them, but not all of us have a focus on it. My brother’s a Curse Breaker, so he uses it some. One of my aunts teaches it at Salem.
Anicent Runes… I never studied that. I prefer practical things really, rather than theory. Though I’m sure it’s very interesting. -smiles eagerly and asks curiously- “Make” magical objects? What do you mean by that, exactly? -eyes widen- As in the Gamp’s of Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration?! You’re related to Hesper Gamp! That’s so wicked.
Oh, you’d be surprised. -grins and nods- I mean, using inherently magical objects and transfiguring them into functional ones. Pure silver, wood suitable for wands, that sort of thing. Wands never have to be enchanted, they are made magical. Why shouldn’t other things be the same? -nods- Yep. Big old family of us back in America. -smiles wickedly- You should see the family reunions.
-nods eagerly- Oh well, I do love DADA… but Transfiguration’s my absolute favourite. It’s the most challenging. -grins- Wow, I’m definitely looking forward to next year then! -eyes widen- Your own research? Into what, exactly? That’s if you don’t mind me asking? -crinkles her brow in polite confusion- I’m sorry… I’m not really familiar with your family…?
It’s Transfiguration and Ancient Runes for me, I’m afraid. DADA’s wonderful, but it’s so straightforward. I like a puzzle. -grins- Not at all! I won’t go into the specifics, but I’m looking into using Transfiguration to make magical objects instead of enchanting regular ones. I think it’s quite possible, but it needs a little work. -shakes her head- The only thing the Timms’ are involved in is eels. It’s my mother’s family, actually. She’s a Gamp.
-frowns sympathetically- Ah, I’m sorry your stressed. But oooh! Transfiguration’s my favourite subject! -grins apologetically for sounding a little too ethusiastic about school work- You’re in seventh year though, right? If I offered my help, I doubt I really would be of any help though, would I? Hmm, sorry about that. -wonders- Is there a huge jump in how hard the subject gets between sixth and seventh year?
Oh, really? -enthusiastic- It’s usually DADA, I find. Bit sad, really. -shakes her head- It’s not that. It does get harder, yes, but it’s loads more interesting. You’ll love it. Anyway, I do fine with my school work. It’s personal research, actually. Transfiguration is so fascinating, but there are areas left to be explored, I think. -makes a face at herself- My grandfather would be so pleased. He thinks we should all follow in the family footsteps.
-returns her smile- Lovely to meet you Agatha. I’m Em. -exhales smoke steadily- You know, it’s a surprise we’ve never met before. There’s a limited number of students who smoke at Hogwarts I presume and we all have to share the usual hidy-hole places. Do you smoke often then? Or are you trying to curb the habit… merlin knows I should.
Pleasure to meet you, Em. -wry grin- That we do. No, I don’t smoke often really. -spins her cigarette case before pocketing it- Only when I’m a bit stressed. Or working on Transfiguration theory. Which amounts to the same thing, really. -grins-