with your Muggle mum in a Muggle area, have you ever come across so-called magicians who approach you with an offer to perform "magic"? I had such an experience a few weeks ago.
I was lying on the beach in Nice with my parents and my brother and his family when this bloke approached us. He was wearing a tradition top hat and tuxedo jacket, yet with fingerless gloves and his trousers rolled up to allow his toes to sink into the sand. I describe his appearance so accurately as I do not know of any actual wizards to dress in such a manner
though Fudge certainly dresses worse. He held out a flower, made it - with several superfluous hand gestures assumedly designed to distract the audience from what he was actually doing - disappear, then reappear behind one of my ears. As I blinked in the sunlight, he then asked if I would like to see more "ma-jeek tre-acs" and followed up with a look which made me rather glad I had not followed the local custom of sunbathing topless. Not that Callum would have allowed me, but...
At that point, my brother said something which sent our friend packing in rather a hurry and which my sister-in-law later translated as, "If you don't take your fucking hands off my baby sister, I'll make your head disappear into your rectum. How's that for a magic trick?"
I am very relieved that my nephew and his little friend were not present at the time. They were down at the shore building sandcastles instead. And that poor
but rather disturbing "magician." If only he knew that I did not consider his trick to be magic, and if I was in possession of Alastor Moody's glass eye, I could have seen exactly how it was accomplished too. And that's not even mentioning what I get up to at school...
Rather off-topic, but the new DADA syllabus is...perplexing.
Why would we be prescribed only the theory when Harry and Dumbledore and every member of staff I have ever respected is saying, tacidly or not, that he is back? Admittedly after six years worth of the course without any significant aptitude for it, I doubt my countercurses and hexes will get any better than what they are, but it is rather unusual. And what of the students who need strong NEWT scores for future vocations, such as those wishing to be Aurors or Hit Wizards? There may be logic somewhere, but it is not one I follow. Perhaps it shall present itself sooner or later.
There, Fred. I have put this journal to use in the way journals usually are by writing about my recent life. It may be uninteresting to most people, but it is mine to record.
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