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24 September 2007 @ 06:31 am
I honestly don't know why these computers are, apparently, such valued items. They might be helpful, but I doubt that they're truly necessary for the every day life and comfort of the students of Hogwarts. It's not as though we haven't survived for the past few centuries without them.

However, considering I'm currently utilizing one, I suppose I shouldn't throw stones. I must simply hope that the gain is worth making one of these silly journals.

As I assume that I should write something of substance here, I have to say that I'm quite proud that I didn't see any Slytherins making spectacles of themselves at the Gryffindor Quidditch try-outs. Honestly, I'm ashamed that I go to the same school as some of the twits that were down there. You would think that those Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs would have enough house pride that they wouldn't try to impersonate Gryffindors just to get on the team that Harry Potter is, but apparently they don't. It was entirely ridiculous.

Also, classes are going well; Arithmancy is proving to be satisfactorily complex, though I'm so far completely unimpressed with Professor Slughorn's teaching ability.
Hermione "Free the Elves and Read a Book" Granger: you - great - git - ron - weasleyfreehermione on September 24th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
There's always a bunch of them dressing up to be with Harry. Honestly, I can't see the appeal.

I'm less than impressed with Slughorn as well since he can't seem to tell the difference between aptitude and... well, a lack thereof.
Daphne Greengrass: contemplating yousagacious_d on September 24th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Neither can I. It must be upsetting to know that all of those people simply want to be near him because they view him as a hero; I'm sure once they got to know the 'real' Potter, if you will, that they wouldn't be quite so taken. No offense to you, of course. Though, as one of his best friends, I'd think that you would see the appeal.

He doesn't really teach, does he? He focuses much too much on his so called 'favorites'; when they do something right, he gloats, and when they've done something wrong, he makes excuses. While I know that you don't have any particular fondness for Professor Snape, at least he took Potions seriously.
Hermione "Free the Elves and Read a Book" Granger: it's lonely at the topfreehermione on September 24th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Well, that's not true. Harry's personality doesn't quite match up to the heavenly image they all have of him, but it wouldn't necessarily put them off. He's quite fanciable. And charming. Er, in an... understated manner.

Whatever he does, it's not teaching. I learned much more with Snape, regardless of how unfair his classes were, than I am with Slughorn. Everyone took Potions seriously in Snape's classroom. You had to earn your marks.
Daphne Greengrass: knowingsagacious_d on September 25th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
As I've never witnessed these apparent attributes of his, I will simply have to take your word as the party closer to him. Though, you might not want to let Weasley know that you think Potter is fanciable, even if you don't find him attractive yourself.

You can't really call Professor Slughorn's classes fair, can you? Even if he's more annoyingly cheerful than Professor Snape about it. Honestly, the point of classes is to learn something, to learn an appreciation for the subject. Professor Snape has that appreciation, Professor Slughorn doesn't.
Hermione "Free the Elves and Read a Book" Granger: i can kill you with my mindfreehermione on September 25th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Why on earth should Ron care what I think about Harry?

I agree whole-heartedly. Potions has never been my best subject nor my favorite, but at least I'd learned to expect Snape to give preferential treatment to the Slytherins and hate the students in the other Houses the same (Harry being the exception, of course, and, to some extent, Neville). Professor Slughorn chooses his favorites arbitrarily according to what they do outside the classroom, not within it. What's the point in even trying if he isn't trying to be fair?
Daphne Greengrass: waiting for yousagacious_d on September 25th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
If you don't already know, or if you do know and just aren't admitting it, I'm certainly not going to tell you.

I've always quite enjoyed Potions, though I doubt that the so-called preferential treatment is the reason why, as I don't think I was ever personally subjected to that. I can certainly understand having a certain disdain for the students, however. Professor Snape is a Potions Master; imagine being surrounded by doddering fools everyday who massacre the very subject you've spent most of your life trying perfect. Potion-making is a more involved process than any other class in the school. Moreover, I would think that if Longbottom didn't regularly put his and the the other student's lives at stake, Professor Snape wouldn't have quite the dislike that he has for him.

Though, you're quite right about Professor Slughorn's methods. I have no idea what Professor Dumbledore was thinking when he hired that man. Especially as Professor Slughorn has a history of picking favorites.
Hermione "Free the Elves and Read a Book" Granger: are you sure this is a good idea?freehermione on September 25th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
I have no idea what you are on about.

Neville tries, he really does, and he's one of my closest friends so I find Professor Snape's treatment of him unfair at best and downright cruel at worst. And it certainly doesn't help him doing any better, being constantly afraid of Professor Snape and all.

I try not to question Professor Dumbledore. His reasoning is either too profound or, quite honestly, too batty. I'm better off adapting.
Daphne Greengrass: contemplating yousagacious_d on September 25th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)

Your loyalty is commendable. It's possible that Longbottom just isn't meant to brew Potions, though you must admit that he was rather adept at making his concoctions explode.

You make a valid point, though Professor Dumbledore doesn't really have a very good reputation when it comes to hiring Professors, at least in recent years. I'm almost relying on the fact that Professor Slughorn seems too lazy to be entirely dangerous.
Hermione "Free the Elves and Read a Book" Granger: i had to look up loquaciousfreehermione on September 25th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Loyalty certainly isn't restricted to Hufflepuff alone.

No, he really doesn't. Sometimes I wonder if he does it on purpose or if these people really do manage to slip past him. I understand that he's a busy man, but, really. If one of the staff actually succeeded in offing Harry, it would be entirely Dumbledore's fault.
Daphne Greengrass: thinkingsagacious_d on September 25th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Considering I pride myself on my house loyalty, I wouldn't assume that it was.

I would say that some of the blame would land on the murderer in question, but some of the responsibility would certainly land on Professor Dumbledore's shoulders. Hogwarts is supposed to be one of the safest places to be, and yet less-reputable people manage to infiltrate it almost every year. Considering I'm quite sure that Professor Dumbledore has enough sources in the castle to know what I had for lunch, it causes one to wonder.
Hermione "Free the Elves and Read a Book" Granger: i must be brave i must stand strongfreehermione on September 25th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
I feel horrible saying these things about him, all things considered, but sometimes I wonder.

In any case, I have to go add a few more feet to my Charms homework, but thank you for your insights.
Daphne Greengrass: Daphne Greengrasssagacious_d on September 25th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
You shouldn't feel horrible just because you don't trust in someone entirely. Even Albus Dumbledore isn't completely infallible.

Yes, thank you for the conversation. I hope that when you have finished your homework that you're satisfied with it.