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Transfiguration Midterms: Fourth, Fifth and Sixth year

Posted on Thursday, 8th of December, 2011 @ 2:25pm by Professor Margaret (Maggie) MacAulay & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Jennifer Collins & Seventh Year (R) Fiona MacLeod & Fifth Year (R) Alyssa Davis & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Benjamin Bradley Jr. & Seventh Year (G) Barnabus Collins & Seventh Year Prefect (R) Millie Anderson & Fifth Year (S) Pandora Crump
Edited on on Thursday, 8th of December, 2011 @ 8:55pm

Mission: Yule!
Location: Transfiguration Room


Maggie sat in her office, finishing up the last of her midterms for the fifth and sixth year students. As she only had a few sixth years, she'd joined the classes to make it easier to give the exam.

Pandora slipped into the classroom and took her seat at the back of the room. She took out her wand and leaned back in the chair as she twirled it in her fingers and waited for the others to arrive.

Jennifer took her customary seat on the front row left-hand side. In spite of all the time she'd spent recently helping Reg find the Chamber of Secrets and her own project with the snake bracelet she'd still spent a good deal of time studying and was fairly confident she would pass.

Barny came in looking a bit frazzled, he'd overslept this morning, most likely from falling asleep in the common room while studying. He hadn't had his morning run, nor even breakfast. He smiled at Pandora as he passed her desk on the way to his own. He sat down and let out a little groan because his back hurt from the uncomfortable position that he'd slept in. Transfiguration he wasn't too worried about, it was Herbology that scared him. Learning all those plants when he'd never really worked with them. He'd tried to memorize them by associating them with the stones that they most resembled in properties, but wasn't sure at all how well he'd done. He stretched a bit to try to work out the kinks, but it didn't really work. He took out his quill and inkpot and sat waiting for the test to start.

Alyssa entered, her hands grasping the latest books that she checkout out from the library. They were her study aides for her current classes and she hoped that they would help her get better scores on the O.W.Ls when she took them in a few months. Her eyes looked over the other classmates in the room, yet she did not speak to them. She had more important things to do than socialize at that moment. She was fairly sure that she would pass the midterm, it was just a determination of how much she could get done in the limited time.

Ben walked into the classroom, looking at the other students already there. He felt as prepared for the exam as anyone could, and he hoped that he would do well. He had some interest in transfiguration, so he wasn't expecting too much trouble.

Fiona was quiet as she walked into the room. She sat in the back where she wouldn't talk to the others. She wanted to focus on her exam so she could get the best grade possible. At least for her. Being in Ravenclaw she felt extra pressure to do well.

Millie entered alone. She hadn't slept well the night before due to the upcoming Quidditch match she would soon be facing. However she needed to get through these exams.

Professor MacAulay walked into the room moments before the bell rang to begin class. "Hello, everyone. I hope you're all prepared." She smiled at the students. "First, you will find a box in front of you on the desk. Inside are three objects. Turn each one into something you consider beneficial. Use what we've learned to date. Then, I want you to write an essay on why you should use caution when playing with transfiguration spells. Use examples from magical history. Then write a second essay on your favorite transfiguration spell and its uses."

Barny opened the box and smiled, a piece of quartz, a lump of iron and a piece of wood carved into a teddy bear. He drew his wand and set to work... Soon, before him were 3 objects. The first was a miniature quartz castle that glowed with a soft white glow. One of his room mates was afraid of the dark, and so they all had to suffer the lights being left on, with this, they might not have to. The second was a spoon, plainly made and functional. The third was again a teddy bear, but this one stuffed and soft. The last one wouldn't last of course, the transformation from wood to wool and the increase of mass would prevent that, but still, it would be a good comfort for a child. Sighing he wrote out a near copy of what the book said about the dangers of transfiguration spells, then added some examples he'd heard of from history, liberally adding some of his own thoughts on the matter. Finally, he thought for a short while before deciding on reparo. While not the most exciting of spells, it allowed for the repair of broken things. Like if you accidentally broke a favorite plate of your mothers, it could be repaired.

Pandora opened her box and found a hedge hog, a piece of wood and a pencil. She took the hedge hog out and transformed it into a pin cushion. It was still brown and still squeaked when you took out a pin and stuck it in again. The piece of wood she transformed into a piece of glass. Again it wasn't perfect, the glass was opaque instead of completely see through. The pencil she transformed into a metal poker. She then set the items aside and started working on the essay.

Alyssa wrote furiously with her quill as she made attempts to get every last detail that she could think of on the parchment before time was called. She had spent the last two nights studying on the subject and had hopes that she would pass the midterm with flying colors. The only problem was, while she was in the middle of writing, her mind went blank. This caused her to spend six minutes in attempts to remember what she had studied. She was pretty sure that her neighbors could hear her sighs of frustration, but she was not in the mood to care what others thought.

Ben took a couple of moments to gather his thoughts before opening his box. He arranged the things on his desk space, sitting the quill and the parchment aside, then he opened the box. A string, tree bark, and a lump of metal. Carefully, he made precise wand motions and clearly said the spell to transform the items. The String he turned into a quill, the tree bark into parchment, and the lump of metal he made into a simple seal, baring his initials. Using his new materials, he wrote his essay, noting with a bit of disappointment the parchment was a bit too rough, but he went ahead any way. He had studied for this test and was able to give several examples, and even detailed them in chronological order, he just wasn't sure if he had gotten the spelling correct on some of the more obscure names. After he finished his exam, he used the his new seal to put his initials in some wax and seal the exam until the professor could look at them.

Jennifer opened her box. A piece of jade, a handkerchief, and a small metal wheel. She turned the jade into a brooch, the handkerchief into a dove that flew to one of the wall sconces and the wheel into a small train that ran down the table whistling. They were well done, but simple. Jen didn't want to try anything fancy or complicated.

Millie box contained a lead ball which she managed to turn into a make shift snitch. Although it had wings, it was finding itself difficult to fly. The second piece a jam jar lid she managed to turn into a small tea saucer, you never know when they could come in handy and her final piece a piece of string she turned into a set of blue shoelaces. Millie picked up her quill and began to write, in her other hand she held the makeshift snitch, its wings beating against her palm as she wrote.

Fiona found a crystal goblet, a wooden nickel and a toy boat. She had to think about those. The goblet she turned into a fountain with dancing water, the wooden nickel was turned into a flying carpet -- miniature. The toy boat sprouted wings and flew around the room. But it was still a boat at its core.

Professor MacAulay walked around the room, grading silently as she picked up one transfigured item after another.

Slowly the room grew quiet as the students went from the practical to the written exam.

"Everyone, quills down. Please pass your parchment to the front. Once I have all the exams, you're free to go."


Professor Margaret (Maggie) MacAulay
Fifth Year Prefect (G) Jennifer Collins
Fifth Year Prefect (R) Fiona MacLeod
Fifth Year (R) Alyssa Davis
Sixth Year Prefect (G) Benjamin Bradley Jr.
Fifth Year (G) Barnabus Collins
Fifth Year (R) Millie Anderson
Fifth Year (S) Pandora Crump


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