Post by blaise leo zabini on Aug 1, 2020 13:19:47 GMT -7
September 4th, 2025 - Thursday Morning
The idea of teaching his seventh year students the basics surrounding Occlumency and Legilimency hadn’t even been considered during the planning of his first year teaching. The concepts behind the abilities weren’t inherently difficult for a seventh year to comprehend, though the actual application of them was. Average teenagers neither cared nor understood the reasoning behind clearing and defending the mind, and while he had talked with a few students the prior school year about potentially training them, that had gone virtually nowhere. At the same time, that had given him the idea of adding a few lessons on the subject into the curriculum. Starting off the fall term with an almost unattainable feat for most felt perfect to him. It was more than any of his Defense Against the Dark Arts professors had ever done for him during his time at Hogwarts. Very few of them had even been qualified in the first place. Blaise, on the other hand, felt like he was almost overqualified for the position. He could spend an entire year just teaching the nuances of memory charms, harkening back to his days as an Obliviator, or even recalling any number of high profile arrests he had achieved as a Hit Wizard.
Trying to convince students that he knew what he was talking about seemed almost impossible at times, and he had to remind himself daily that they were still children and didn’t understand what things really were like outside of the corridors of the castle. They liked to remind him that they did (just as his own kids had done to him), but they truly didn’t. There were just as many adults that were in the dark about the going ons of the magical world too. Giving his students a glimpse at ways they could mentally protect themselves should they end up in positions of power was the least he could do. He was sure at least one or two of them would latch onto what he had to say and run with it.
So finally the first lesson for the seventh years began, a Thursday morning class, and Blaise had barely managed to make it up to his classroom from the Great Hall by the time the first of the students started filtering in. That gave him also no time to enjoy the cup of coffee he had brought with him, instead forcing him to start preparing the chalkboard and lesson plans on his desk. He really didn’t need the notes he had written up on Occlumency and Legilimency. He had been practicing the former for almost thirty years now, and while the latter had come later in life, it was fairly easy for him as well. There had been almost no reason for him to utilize either ability over the last few years, which was unfortunate, but they were still second nature to him.
Flipping over his wrist to check the time on his watch, Blaise was satisfied to see that it was time to start and waved his wand at the door to close it. Before he could even clear his throat to do his introduction, a flash of red hair, a clatter of chairs scratching on the floor, and a chorus of giggles from the back of the room had him rubbing on the bridge of his nose to keep himself from yelling. “Potter, sit down before I charm your chair to you for the remainder of the school year. It’s the least you could do for forcing me to teach you again,” he sighed as she did as told, ignoring the less than hushed whispers coming from her to her desk mate.
“Anyways,” Blaise cleared his throat loudly to get everyone to look back at him, “Welcome back. Each of you should have a syllabus in front of you on what we’ll be covering this term. There will be a separate one for the spring, because knowing the way this class works, we will be behind schedule by Christmas. If you have any questions about what the class will entail this year, I’ll leave the end of class open for that…” He pulled the chalkboard forward so that it was easier to see, the front of it labeled ‘Occlumency’, the back ‘Legilimency’. A piece of chalk hovered in front of the board, prepared to write as he spoke. But first, he wanted to get a general idea of what the students actually knew. “As you can see, we’ll be starting off talking about Occlumency and Legilimency. Anyone care to give a brief explanation of what both of those are?” he asked as he took a sip of his coffee, pointing at the first student that raised their hand to answer.
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