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August 2019 Official Discussion

When I think of competition in the wizarding world, my mind immediately jumps to Quidditch. But sports aren't the only competitions you can enter at Hogwarts. In June's WWN broadcast we learned about all things Triwizard Tournament, dueling, and potions. If you haven't already given it listen, then head over here. Be sure to come back and share your thoughts after you've done so!

Here are some questions to consider:
- What was your favourite segment and why?
- Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons?
- What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why?
- You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why?
- If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be?


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*This discussion is based on WWN's June 2019 broadcast. Go have a listen!
 

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My knee-jerk reaction was that the Tri-Wizard Tournament should not be reinstated, but then I thought about it a little more in depth. It’s basically the equivalent of a big sports match, meant to create new friendships, almost like a study abroad with a competition. I would not necessarily be opposed to the Tri-Wizard Tournament being reinstated, but some massive changes related to security would have to be made first. Obviously all rules would have to be followed and some major rule changes made, forcing someone to compete against their will is a big breach of trust for me. Also perhaps some safe guard that prevents you from putting in anyone’s name other than your own. But as to the basic concept, I think it could be fun and could create camaraderie with other schools.
I would take all the Wizard electives I could; I don’t care what it is. I would especially like Dueling I think. As for Muggle electives, I guess I would like to learn how to knit, and how to make lace and I would like calligraphy.
If I were a professional duelist, my signature move would be the Leg-locker curse. It would be quick and effective.

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When I was younger, I enjoyed football/soccer. It was literally the only sport I enjoyed, but I never got to get involved in it during elementary school because they banned football because someone got their arm injured when our best football player kicked the ball a little too hard and accidentally hit him. However, from my understanding, he didn't even use the right kind of ball to play! Instead, he used a softened basketball which is so different from an actual football because we weren't allowed to bring our own balls to school and all the footballs were kicked into a river. All they had to do was punish the boy for using the wrong kind of ball, enforce the use of the proper ball for the sport more seriously and let people bring their own ball.

However, despite how much I wanted to bring football back, I actually don't completely agree with having another Tri-Wizard Tournament. But if there tournament was a lot safer, then I would be all for it! They would have to make some ridiculous changes, but I think the concept of different schools all competing against each other is a good idea. It promotes school pride and allows people to get to know people from other schools that they would've otherwise not have gotten to know. I also think it would be nice if there was a task that involved having to work with the people in one's school, as cheating was prevalent anyway.

There is simply so much that can be learned from the different schools. I really believe that which is why my favorite segment was about Electives. Different schools have different specialties, which is why it's hard to say if one school is better than another. It really depends on what you want to do! Providing a lot of electives is a great way to get the students more serious about their studies, as if they choose to do something, it's most likely because it's something that they truly wanted to do, unless if it was forced onto them by their parents or just an elective that is required for a certain career.

With that being said, I think electives should also be for fun. A good Muggle elective that might help Wizards understand Muggles would be photography. (Man, I miss Colin Creevey!) They would get to use their creativity and understand more about Muggle technology. As for a magic elective, it would be fun to see an elective related to how magic affects psychology. This could eventually lead the students to more complicated areas of study such as occlumency. Understanding how magic affects others will also help people appreciate its power more.

As a professional duelist, I'd probably use the Conjunctivitis curse a lot. After that, I could just try to be a silent as possible and attack my opponent easily as they can't see me. I'd also be able to defend myself, as they wouldn't know exactly where to cast a spell, so I can dodge. It also suits my annoying personality and face! That is, opponents find me ugly, so if they don't want to see me, I might as well make their eyes swell so that they shut them. ("Silencio" would be cool as well, but they might do non-verbal magic.)

As for potions, I would like to make a potion that gives the drinker motivation. This should make them mentally more prepared to do grueling tasks that they dislike, although it wouldn't allow them to give themselves more energy physically.
 

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I actually like the introduction the best. I am not sure if this actually qualifies as a segment. However, it did a really nice job setting up the whole broadcast.it was humorous also, which always makes me want to enjoy the rest of i.e. was not disappointed at all.

I would like to see the tournament start up again. Regardless of the possible dangers it may hold, I think it is an excellent way of fostering global relationships within the Wizarding communities of the world. I also it is good to foster the spirit of friendly competition in young witches and wizards everywhere.

I think Muggle self-defense classes would be an excellent addition. It would give student age wizards who are not allowed to perform magic away to defend themselves out in the Muggle World.

As far as wizarding electives I would like to see Latin offered. The majority of spells are in Latin and it would behoove the well-educated witch or wizard to know what they are actually saying.

As a duelist I would probably like Expelliarmus the best. After all, if your opponent in disarmed, you have basically won. However I also think a good Shield charm is good to know, just in case your opponent is a bit quicker on the raw then you are!

I think if I could invent any potion, I would have to invent a perfect eyesight potion. As someone who has suffered from bad vision that has progressively become worse over the years, it is an important issue for me. I think the side effects would be actually good ones, like thicker eyelashes and sparkling eyes.

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Favorite Segment:
The Second Part of the Triwizard, Rita and Poppy were hilarious I love Poppy tell Rita she quit and was going to the competition

Should the Triwizard Tournament be reinstated:
Yes with out a doubt. Their are risks in life and it teaches not just the contestants but the spectators as well, that you should be prepared to face those risks. You can only prepare against known hazards, but there are often unknown things that can pop up and effect the outcome you cannot plan for. Could they have planned for Voldimorts return during the last Triwizard? Of course not, could they have foreseen that Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter (the latter being the real target) would take the cup together? Not at all.

Muggle Elective:
Art without Magic no spells or charms something they must do with their feelings of how the see the world around them not just make an exact duplicate of. No two people see the same thing in quite the same way so it is a challenge that is never a perfect replica of the subject matter but rater a persons perspective of the object or subject. It is what it invokes inside an individual as well

Magic Elective:
Well I could think of a couple of parallels with Muggle ones not a lot of fun but really useful A Health Class, would have been handy when Harry Ron and Hermione were hunting for Horcruxes especially since the odds were good someone was going to be injured (and Ron got splinched Good thing Hermione had Dittony).
There's Home Economics Cooking repairing clothing cleaning Remember they couldn't even cook except out of tins (cans) while looking for horcruxes and even at Grimauld place it was Kreacher who did the cooking once he was on their side.

Signature Move:
I don't think I would have one makes you to predictable and that makes you vulnerable kind of like a fighter who always leads with the same punch. But if I had one it would have to be Rictusempra, as you would have to occupy the mind as well as the body so they could neither speak or silently say a spell in retaliation.

Invent a Potion
That's simple To reverse blood-born things like Werewolfism and Vampirism : Well it would not cure the desire for rare meat for a werewolf (Learned behavior)and could only be administered within minuets of being bit by a Vampire since they kill and if your human soul has left you'd just be dead if taken any later
 

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I think that the triwizard tournament should be brought back because we need more competition than dueling and quidditch both are pretty fun but having a house champion and the houses competing against one another in challenges will ignite a spark in all the houses and bring out good rivalrys and the best competition in the house cup that we have seen in years beacause the triwizard tournament united Hogwarts and it can do the same yes Voldemort may of killed someone in the past but he is long dead so bring them back and let the war for the cup begin because we really don't have much after quidditch is done and Halloween and Christmas to keep people interested in playing the game more so a year long competition is a seriously good idea to motivate new players and the old ones to continue to play
 

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My favorite segment was the first segment regarding the Triwizard Tournament. I like the fact that all of the eleven magical schools will be included. Being an American, the fact that Illvermorny will be included in future competitons is exciting.

With this all being said, it's obvious I would support the reinstatement of the Triwizard tournament. However, I believe some modifications should be made to prevent causualties. Maybe the tasks could be made a little less dangerous; perhaps not including so many dangerous and unpredictable magical creatures. Also I think that there shouldn't be a binding magical contract created by the goblet of fire. That way if there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the selection of the champion or an underage wizard is chosen; in the case of Harry Potter, they can withdraw to prevent being put in danger.

Another reason to bring back the Triwizard Tournament would be to reinstate the Yule Ball. I think that the opportunity to enjoy such festivities with people of different backgrounds and cultures would exciting. Plus, dances and parties are fun.

I think magically creating clothing would be useful and enjoyable as a magical elective. It would be useful to learn how to charm knitting needles or other sewing tools, like Mrs. Weasly. Also learning how to conjure clothes, like Tina, Queenie and Newt in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, would be cool.
 

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I think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated if it is made safer - because, come on, those tasks were NOT safe, not for 17 year olds nor older. The reason I think it should be brought back is because it allows some interaction between the different schools. Rivalry, yes, but also just plain interaction - getting the students to know a different kind of school, getting the kids to sit together at the same table, that's progress in a positive direction in my opinion. We should always aspire to create more connections, as we are all one community, no matter what school we go to.

I also think that it would be nice to have the Quidditch teams of every school compete against one another, like how Muggle schools have sports competitions among them. Wouldn't that be a nice way to get the schools to interact?

If I was a professional duelist, my signature move would be the dancing feet spell. Because I always found that one so amusing, and it not only makes your opponen unable to curse you, it also proves to take away from their energy and to properly embarrass them, so they can't think straight on the duel anmore (their mind is too occupied with thoughts of shame about the unfortunate situation they find themselves in).
 

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Personally, I don't think the Triwizard Tournament should be reinstated. As others have mentioned, it was very dangerous. Although it provides a good opportunity for using learned magical skills and providing beneficial relationships, the entire reason the tournament was banned in the first place was the death of students. The entire reason there's an age restriction on entering your name is that you may be signing yourself up to die. It is beyond a risky situation; these students should not be signing themselves up for death before adulthood. If the schools want to build relationships and put students' magical ability to use, perhaps there should be something new (and better) created to provide those opportunities.

It's hard to come up with a Muggle elective to incorporate into Hogwarts curriculum, because many of those skills are not useful to wizards or a wizard version exists (such as Cooking with Magic or Magic in Art). Although, one that may be useful is an economics course. There are still many wizarding businesses, and it may be helpful for young wizards to learn how to run their own businesses. Not only that, but learning how to make deals with these businesses or generally how to earn money would be extremely useful to everyone. The knowledge would also be able to be applied to both blending in the muggle world, as well as providing for oneself in the wizarding world.

As for wizarding electives.... I think the majority are already covered. Perhaps a world cultures class could be added, to learn about how wizards behave in other countries. Some of the knowledge about schools such as Durmstrang are covered in History of Magic, but this new class could add an anthropology viewpoint and learn about the cultures themselves. It may also be interesting to learn some of the regional magic that these schools might learn, as well as foreign language variants of popular spells.

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I love the idea of inter-school competitions, particularly with international schools. While the Triwizard Tournament is excellent for networking opportunities, it does have a disruptive and dangerous element. The danger element can be overcome by having in place safety precautions, like the age limits and carefully constructed tasks. As for it being disruptive, students from the competing schools, whether or not they are chosen as champions are away from their school for the majority of the year and even if they attend lessons at the host school, are receiving a disrupted education as the school and examination systems are unlikely to be the same. In addition to this the headmaster/mistress is also away for the entire time. That said, I think the idea is amazing and if practical solutions can be developed it should absolutely happen. Maybe they could also run an inter-school Quidditch tournament each year, where the schools could take it in turns to host Quidditch matches on weekends. Students could travel out using portkeys on a Saturday and return before lessons begin the following week.

As for electives I think general language electives should be offered, particularly if inter school competitions are encouraged to help students communicate effectively with a variety of people. Some cookery or baking electives would also be good as it seems that general life skill are missing, this could be from a wizard or muggle perspective.
 

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- Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons?
If the Triwizard tournament could be organized in a safe way, then it should be reinstated. It could foster friendships between students of the different schools, and it could be a beneficial, interschool competition. It would be an outlet for students to display their school pride and develop school unity, which seems like it could be important for Hogwarts at least with the inter-house rivalries that have developed. The Triwizard Tournament also provides a way of comparing the different schools in a wide range of subjects, as opposed to other competitions in a specific subject.

However, in its current state, it is just a modern-day gladiator fight, and while it provides a spectacle for the audience (although even that is debatable with one task occurring under the lake and one occurring within a labyrinth), the barbarous event is not fit for society.

- What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why?
I don't think any Muggle electives outside of Muggle Studies are necessary. Wizards should know enough about Muggles to be able to interact with them without breaking the Statute of Secrecy. Outside of that though, pretty much anything that could be a Muggle elective would likely be something that Wizards could use magic for and would make a good wizarding elective. For instance, a home-and-careers elective would be good, in which students would learn how to cook foods with magic, enchant a sewing needle, and master the spell for washing dishes.


- You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why?
My signature move would be a quicksand conjuration. I'd imagine it would be pretty difficult to defend against other spells if you're sinking into the ground. Dodging would also become much more of a challenge, as would simply keeping one's balance. And the possibilities for what could be done with quicksand are endless -- adding some wind to create a blinding or suffocating sandstorm, or add some creepy-crawlies to bother my opponent.

- If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be?
I would invent a voice-altering potion. Many slight variants could be made depending on what you want to do, but the main version would be to improve your voice and vocal range so that you can sing flawlessly. No longer would you need to embarrass yourself singing in the shower and risk shattering every bit of glass with an awful high note . Other versions would give you the voice of someone else so that you could potentially fool people into thinking you are someone else.

A side effect of this potion would be that it makes your throat sore
 

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Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons?
Yes, but within certain perameters. There should be no task where there is a risk of death. It's good to have good relations with other schools. You learn from them and they learn from you. It's also a good way to meet people and have fun. Maybe have quidditch matches and activities that test your skills at flying and other things. I think an academic challenge would be fun as well. Pick your best students and see who has the most knowledge.
- What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why?
I think something like karate or judo. Not only would it help get/keep you in shape but can be used as a defense. An opponent would not be expecting it and would give you the advantage to flee or get you wand out.
I think a class that teaches about other wizarding schools. It would be interesting to see if they the same type of classes. It would also be interesting to see what is different and incorporate it into your own school.
- You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why?
None. It would be to easy for your opponent to predict what spell you might use. That gives them the advantage.
- If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be?
An invisibility potion. It could help get you out of dangerous situations. It could also help you do things you normally couldn't do. (Think Harry and his cloak and going to Hogsmeade). The side effect would be the potion would leave you drained and you would have to sleep for at least 10 hours. You would also only be able to use it once a month. It interferes with some body processes and they would have to get to full strength again.
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- What was your favourite segment and why? My favourite segment was the one on Electives. It was interesting to hear what electives the other schools were famous for. I particularly enjoyed the idea of learning magical martial arts at Durmstrang, as I used to like going to karate lessons when I was young and can imagine how effective channelling magic through those movements would be. I would also love to go to Castellebruxo for their culinary program. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I'm not the best cook, but I absolutely love to eat and I would like to learn to be a better cook.

- Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons? No, I think the TriWizard Tournaments are far too dangerous for school children. The participants, after all, are only seventeen, and whilst they do know NEWT level magic, I still think that fighting dragons and acromantula is far too advanced for them. I mean, it takes years to learn to be a dragon-handler and they are fully-qualified adults. It does promote inter-school unity and I think that this is a good thing, learning about other cultures and making friends with people from other schools. However, I think there might be better ways to go about it. The Tri-Wizard Tournament mostly promotes competition within the schools (and in terms of the one with Harry Potter) competition within the Houses. I think this is more divisive than anything, so perhaps they could come up with something that allows the schools to interact without competing against each other. The Yule Ball for example, was something that I think would be a good idea to continue, maybe with Magical exchange student programs.

- What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why? Muggle electives like music and learning to play an instrument would be good for Hogwarts. They already have the frog choir, but electives that teach how to play drums, cello, violin, guitar etc would allow students with a more creative side an outlet for that, especially if they aren't brilliant singers. As for Wizarding electives, something like Wand Lore would be especially interesting to me. Knowing about the wand woods and what qualities each one holds, along with the wand cores and how they combine so the wand picks the Wizard is just fascinating.

- You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why? I'm not sure I'd have one. It's better to keep one on their toes when duelling, so I probably wouldn't have a signature move, but I think I would have a signature for attacking moves. I think that to constantly throw offensive spells at them, doesn't give them much time to do anything but throw up defensive spells and doesn't give them much chance to hit back with offensive spells of their own.

- If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be? I probably wouldn't be able to invent a potion as I don't see that particular subject being a strong suit of mine, as it's very similar to cooking. However, I would like to be able to invent a potion for better vision. Having to wear contacts or glasses all the time is a bit of a hassle (especially in the Wizarding World with Quidditch etc). It's primary effect would be to give 20/20 vision for several hours - enough time for a Quidditch match, a swim under the lake, or flying to a particular location. It's main ingredient would be the flowering plant 'eyebright' and would have no known side effects if brewed correctly. However, if brewed incorrectly could lead to eye infections like conjunctivitis, so would gave to be made by an expert potioneer.
 

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- What was your favourite segment and why?
The Triwizard Tournament coverage with Rita Skeeter. Just knowing that the voice belongs to Rita lets my imagination go wild and I picture her doing what she does best, aggravating anyone around her.

- Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons?
Yes I do. My reason for reinstating the tournament would be school rivalry and pride between all of the wizarding schools, Keeping the age limit still would be a must. since safety for all students would be the top priority. Keeping with tradition the tournament location should be rotated between schools , along with something festive to include all of the students, maybe another Yule Ball.

- What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why?
Muggle version of a show choir, where the students don't only sing but include acting and dancing, putting on a honest to goodness play. A wizarding elective could involve cooking and meal planning, growing your own foods from vegetables to animals used for meat, sure it's simple whipping up something with a wand or increasing the amount of food you have but a wand cannot manufacture food out of nothing. It would come in handy to have some farming skills.

- You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why?
I have always liked Petrificus Totalus: The Full Body-Bind Curse rendering my opponent stiff as a board and unable to move. Why? So I have time to skedaddle the scene in need be, or keep the victim restrained until the authorities arrive.

- If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be?
It would be a potion that gave the user confidence , that had varying degrees of time allotment depending of the strength of the dose taken. It would be a godsend for the shy and backward student, but not addicting , could be used as often as needed. Since it is a simple , easy on the body supplement , there would not be any side effects , only benefits.
 

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- Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons?
In it's current/past configuration, I would have to say NO to. In the same way that the Muggles are dealing with injuries and even deaths in their sport of American styled football with repeated concussions causing brain damage especially in later life and neck injuries from hitting helmet to helmet, I think that the injuries and even deaths brought on by the overly dangerous tasks in the Tri-Wizard Tournaments need to be revisited and rethought. This isn't 'sport', it's a trial by fire that is the equivalent of combat. Even with the 17 year old requirement... these are still children whose bodies and brains are still developing.

- What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why?
For Muggle electives I would like to see either Civics and Deportment or Environmental Studies. For Wizarding electives I would have to say Advanced Placement Alchemy.

- You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why?
A reverse, underhand wrist throw. It's harder to block a spell when it's aimed at the inside of the opponent's wrist. Most people will over react and leave that area open. Watch an epeeist's score a point with a touch to that exact point on the wrist. it's very hard to defend against.

- If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be? If I were a master potioneer and could invent anything I think it would be a potion that would cure cancer. All kinds. Just "here, drink this and it will cure you." Side effects? Good health, long life, tons of energy, clarity of mind.
 

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- Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons?
Yes, I think it should be reinstated. It’s a good way to get to know people from other countries and schools. There should however be extra safety precautions put into place for the safety of students participating as well as the people watching. The last one in 1994 clearly lacked the proper security precautions since someone was able to turn the trophy into a portkey which resulted in the death of one of the participants.

- What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why?
For muggle electives I would like to see the students given an option to take a foreign language. There are any number of possible languages they could choose from such as Spanish, French, German even Latin might be a good option since that is where many of the spells come from. For a wizarding elective I think more practical experience in using magic to cook with would be good. At some point the students will be out on their own away from Hogwarts and need to know how to that.

- You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why?
I think Expelliarmus would be a good spell. Getting your opponent’s wand away from them would be a good choice. They don’t have a wand they can’t cast spells. I might not want to be too predictable though. I wouldn’t want my opponent to know what to expect from me so I might have several that I use like Stupefy and Petrificus Totalus.

- If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be?
I think I would invent a potion to improve a person’s vision. That way people who normally need to wear glasses or contacts wouldn’t need them anymore. For the side effect it would make give the person’s face a reddish tint like they had been out in the sun too long.
 

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Unfortunately, I do not choose favourites as I do feel it not to be fair to all the talented work being done if I do. I think the Triwizard Tournament should be reinstated coz things are a lot safer now than back when Voldemort was around to stir up trouble for the participants. It also gives young wizards and witches an opportunity to meet magic students from schools other than their own. It allows for further competitions to keep students out of trouble as their energy would be focused on the tournament. The muggle elective I would like to see at Hogwarts is cooking coz cooking is fun and you get to eat your delicious creations when your done. I would like to see duelling for the wizarding elective coz I have always loved the concept of duelling and engaging in it. If I were a professional duellist, my signature move would be Expelliarmus coz there is not much your opponent can do without a wand. If I could invent a potion, the primary effect would be to turn one invisible for 30 minutes. The side effects would be that you cannot become visible again until the potion wears off at the end of 30 minutes and you may feel a bit funny at first upon taking the potion.

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Muggle Born
Gryffindor
“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice”
3rd year Witch
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Age: 28
Posts: 1,621
Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons?
I would like it to be reinstated. I think if they had more safety precautions then it should be able to go on. It is scary that things could go wrong but if they had precautionary measures put in place, hopefully they could make it safe. I think it’s a great event to have so that wizards from all over the world can meet and have fun together and I think it teaches kids good sportsmanship.

What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why?
I’d like to see a Muggle creative writing course at Hogwarts. Something that teaches the kids how to write stories because it’s a good creative outlet and would be a fun elective. Another good Muggle elective would be a course on technology. I think a good Wizarding elective would be a course on other Wizarding communities. It can teach about other magical schools and communities in the world and how they differ from your own.

You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why?
I don’t think you really should have a signature move because then your opponent will know what you might do and it’s better to have the element of surprise. If I did have a signature move I guess it would be the stunning spell, stupefy. I would hope that I could end a duel quickly if I could use stupefy and would probably use it often.

If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be?
If I could invent a potion I think the primary effect of it would be to lower anxiety. As someone with pretty severe anxiety, it would be nice to have something that would reduce it. I would hope the side effects wouldn’t be anything too bad and instead would be something like making a person too confident and experiencing no anxiety or concern ever.

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Queen of the Nerds
Ocean Potato
Weasley Twin Lover
Jensen's Fangirl
Queen of the Nerds - Ocean Potato - Weasley Twin Lover - Jensen's Fangirl
Mixed Blood
Ravenclaw
Give her hell for us, Peeves ~ Fred
4th year Witch
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Age: 36
Posts: 52,539
- What was your favourite segment and why?
I really liked the Electives segment. I've always wondered about what kind of electives the wizarding schools may have, and this was pretty fun to listen to. I especially liked the little bit on the culinary aspect, possibly because I would LOVE to cook with magic (it would be so much easier lol)
- Do you think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated? What are your reasons?
I'm a bit on the fence with this. I feel like, as it stands, it is too dangerous for students. At the same time, it's great for creating a bond between students of witchcraft and wizardry in various parts of the world. I think if they could take a bit of the danger and tone it down, it would be great to reinstate it.
- What Muggle elective would you like to see at Hogwarts? And what wizarding elective would you like to see? Why?
Honestly? I would love to see a D&D club or video club. Can you imagine the crazy that could come out of a wizard created campaign? Or what kind of craziness could be caught on video by an AV club? Or even the entertainment factor of purebloods seeing and learning how to use video equipment for the first time!
- You're a professional duelist! What would your signature move be? Why?
I think I would have to go with either the Tickling Hex or the Tail-growing hex. Personally, if I were feeling particularly evil, I would lean toward the Tickling Hex. Being tickled is the purest form of torture in my opinion and I speak from experience. If I were feeling cheeky, I would go with the Tail-growing Hex, because who doesn't find it difficult to take someone with a twitching tail seriously?
- If you could invent a potion, what primary effect would it have? What would the side effects be?
I would have to go with a potion for added grace/balance. I'm extremely clumsy and feel like this would benefit me greatly. I would have the kind of luck that the side effect would be that instead of walking, you glide or dance everywhere you go.
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Broom Rider
Potion Brewer
Broom Rider - Potion Brewer
Mixed Blood
Gryffindor
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
5th year Witch
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Age: 77
Posts: 37,551
My favorite segment was the one with Rita Skeeter and Poppy. Rita is such an … um . . . interesting (for lack of a better word) character.

I do not think the Triwizard tournament should be reinstated. I believe it to be too dangerous for such youngsters. Cedric Diggory died a horrible death and his father has never fully recovered from seeing his mangled body.

The muggle elective I would like to see at Hogwarts is Standup Paddleboarding. Unlike surfing, the rider stands on a board and uses a paddle or oar to propel himself or herself through the water. It is especially fun on a lake. At Hogwarts, you could watch the giant squid and the Merpeople while you glide over the water.

If I were a professional duelist, my signature move would be the soaring cartwheel to avoid spells cast at me. It would distract my opponent who would be lost in admiration at my technique and allow me to cast a gob-stopping curse at then while I whirled in the air.

As a potioner, I would like to invent one that stopped people from chronic whining. There is nothing more irritating that listening to someone who has nothing to say but complaints. The side effect is a longer and fulfilled life. No harmful side effects are known.

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