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Welcome to Tallygarunga, an original roleplay set in the Harry Potter universe. Set in present-day Australia, tensions are high between the Ministry of Magic and the only Ministry-run wizarding school in the country. Become like the other snooty private schools? Not a chance.

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Tallygarunga
a non-canon au potterverse roleplay
December, 2019 :: Summer


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Ministry ☆ Corrupt Auror, Socialite✩ Kirupachi
29 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her

Bummer. Evelyn had been hoping she wouldn't be called in to give a Defense Against the Dark Arts lecture that term due to the overwork the Auror division had been enduring as of late, but there she was, ready to teach a class on the Patronus Charm. As usual, she arrived early to prepare the classroom; given the usual scope of the spell, she had pushed the desks as much against the walls as she could to create a bit of a corridor in the middle of the room as space to practice.

She wrote her name on the board, highlighting she was merely a substitute teacher, as well as the name of the spell they would be learning that day in big, bold letter: the Patronus Charm. It was a spell she wasn't terribly fond of. Not because she couldn't perform it or because it had some semblance of difficulty to her, but because hers was of the fowl variety.

She hated birds.

Students soon started arriving, taking their strangely placed seats. The blonde leaned back lightly onto her desk and smiled pleasantly in greeting. "Good morning, everyone. My name is Evelyn McCarthy-Parsons and I shall be your guest lecturer for today's Defense Against the Dark Arts class. Unfortunately I can't remain in the position after this, but I'm sure it will be a very productive class."

She took her cypress wand out of its holster, not yet producing magic with it. Instead, she held it vertically and let her chin rest upon the tip. "Now, ladies and gentlemen. Before we begin, I request of those who actually know what a Patronus Charm is..." She motioned towards the board, indicating the theme of the class. "...To mention what you know about it, what it does, its various uses, the intricacies to produce it, so on and so forth. Don't worry if you don't wish to respond, I won't take away points from you for not participating."

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Spencer ☆ Seventh Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ she/her

Max had finally got on time for a class, the professor was already there but there weren’t that many students, so she took a seat at the end of the room, the closest she was to the door the easiest it was to escape hell.

 

She sat in the classroom quietly, she had her class laid in her desk and began to doodle on a piece of paper, initially there was a mermaid with big eyes and pouty lips, round baby face and a long tail and right after that Max was sleeping on her desk, almost drooling all over her things, but her morning nap barely even lasted ten minutes, students began filling up the seats making noise and then the professor began talking. A perfectly good morning wasted, and this wasn’t even the professor, it was just some random woman that was going to be the guest lecturer, not that she minded but she would rather stay in bed.

 

“Good morning.” She spoke, still sleepy and it was noticeable on her voice. The woman began asking questions and Max had no idea how to answer to her, did she know what a pratronus charm was? Yes, she did. Was she going to answer? No, she wasn’t, unless asked directly or if answering would give her some points. Maxine raised her hand. "But we gain points if we answer correctly right Mrs?"  Shortly after her questions, and after being sure that they gain points she decided to answer. "A Patronus Charm evokes a guardian or a protector, this guardian takes the form of an animal?" she replied.

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Nature Reserve Trainee, Muay Thai Instructor✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Another day, another class. Chloe was on auto-pilot as of late - even if she was ahead of the curve, she didn't anticipate the workload that the SPIDER exams just around the corner would place on her. Juggling everything at once wasn't an enviable task. In lectures that lacked the practical component, she actually took to doing homework during downtime to spare herself the pain after class and be able to get to other responsibilities. Unfortunately for her, that day's DADA class would turn out to be more on the practical side of things, or so the board let her known with the pretty calligraphy spelling out 'Patronus Charm' upon it. Resigning to her fate, the Sturt made her way to the front row of the class as usual, sitting down at the leftmost seat in one of the side clusters of desks. It was an odd arrangement, but she could certainly see the purpose.

Settling down, her gaze greeted the interim teacher. She immediately regretted it. A known half-Veela, Chloe felt herself instantly enraptured. It felt like a surgeon was picking her brain, telling her to approach. She had the presence of mind to immediately cast her gaze down to the desk, suddenly becoming very devoted to studying the light scratch marks on its wood due to extensive decades worth of use.

It was known that, the stronger the wizard, the more likely they were to be able to consciously resist the passive charms those creatures emanated. As such, she took a deep breath and concentrated, actively trying to dodge the minefield that was her mind at the moment to reach a state of zen. The question went right over her head as she tried to focus her attention first.

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Bourke ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Apprentice Baker✩ Kirupachi
15 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her

Samantha was in a good mood that day; such in a good mood that she even brought little Harvey along with her. The pink Pygmy Puff stood on her shoulder, quiet and immobile, as the half-Veela made her way through the Tarnagulla Centre and into another well populated class. She didn't mind those at all. If anything, she quite enjoying watching the banter that occasionally occurred in them.

A little damper to her mood would suddenly present itself, however: it was a Patronus class, as presented on the board. There was a minute falter to her smile. She had never managed to produce such a spell, not even in its non-corporeal form. She'd heard it was an incredibly difficult charm to produce, but it also drew from matters of the heart - she had happy memories to draw from, right...?

She first sat down in the row directly behind Chloe's, and it was then that she took a look at the teacher - the smile came back in full force. Evelyn! She grinned and waved at her cousin before leaving her alone to handle the incoming students. Not answering the question, she just focused on retrieving her notebook and wand from her bag for the time being.

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Flinders ☆ Sixth Year ✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

The year had barely started and Meadow was pretty certain that she was about to go off the rails. It took her too long to find an available owl to message her sister; her friends were being highly problematic as usual (why did she befriend them again?); the stack of books she was meant to study through the next few months just kept on getting bigger and bigger. Pressure was something she could deal with, surely, but there were so many hours in a day. And those hours in the day were *not nearly enough* for what the curriculum wanted to put them through, especially if you had some sort of job. Or if you were like Meadow and needed to obtain the top grade in specific subjects to even be considered when applying for Healer training.

'Not that I've decided on that, but...'

Meadow sighed to herself as she walked into the Defense Against the Dark Arts class, paying no mind to the teacher of the subject they'd be covering. Spotting the brown mane of a friend of hers, she moved to sit at her left side. "Good morning, Sam." She spoke as she sat down, putting her bag on the desk. Before she ever took her supplies out, however, she made a crass mistake: she turned her head momentarily to greet the Bourke, and her gaze instantly fell upon the small Pygmy Puff resting on the girl's shoulder.

"Merlin." She uttered, enraptured with the cuteness of the little being. She couldn't help but reach out to the creature with a finger, lightly rubbing the fingertip across its pink fur. It earned a chuckle out of Samantha.

"Harvey, actually. But that also works." She let the Flinders play with her pet. It was rare when she let loose anyway, so what harm could come of it?

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Bourke ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Magic-Proofing Apprentice✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfbreed Dhampir ☆ She/Her

Trial by fire, it was how it felt like - and Danielle didn't even recall signing up for Elemental Magic. Class after class, the Bourke was repeatedly thrust into highly populated classrooms with no means of escaping. She couldn't just give in and become a truant; the school had been so kind as to grant her shelter and protection, the least she could do was stick to her duties as a member of the student body. She was no better than anybody else, and that meant she had to attend all classes she was recommended to attend. Of course, that meant her anxiety had been completely off the charts lately.

At least Defense Against the Dark Arts had been one of her own choices. A means of extending an olive branch. A halfbreed, descendant of a dark creature (if indirectly), was attending this class. Surely that would earn some brownie points with whoever it was that still had it out for her, right?

She sat down two seats away from Max, recognizing the girl from other classes but not ever having spoken to her before, nor planning to. She recognized Travis' friend a little ways away. That was as much attention as she paid to people for the time being - she took a deep breath and closed her eyes, willing herself to calm down. She had gone through worse classes than that, right? It would be just fine.

She didn't bother answering the question just yet, but it was a charm she was all too familiar with - hell, one she had to employ in the dozens at that point. It was not something she looked forward to casting again. Hopefully it wouldn't stir up bad memories.

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ School & Sturt Quidditch Team Captain, Chaser & Dueling Club Captain✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Finally. Lisa could move her arm freely at last, even if it still felt quite sore from the accidental nerve pinching. This also meant that she could finally bring it when it came to Quidditch practice. She had two teams to lead and no time to waste, and that blasted shoulder of injury of hers kept her from doing what she did best; although, it was quite unfortunate that the person who actually nailed her didn't make the team, but at the same time, she made sure to bar the person that didn't manage to cover her ass. Imbecile.

Her newly functioning limb was to be greeted with a Patronus Charm class, it seemed. One of the more difficult spells, that was definitely more her speed - perhaps it wouldn't be so bad a class, in comparison to the slew of boring and questionable ones she had to wade through recently. She could perform the spell without much issue, sure, but it was one of those spells she actually got a kick of performing due to its complexity.

Not only that, it was the only time she could remember her without feeling poorly about herself.

Chin held high, the girl walked towards the front row, sitting beside a fellow Sturt she knew minimally well. "Big Stewart." She greeted the girl as she usually did, sitting down. "Why the long face?" It was certainly odd - Chloe was the type of person to be blank at all times, not disgruntled.

"Veela." The girl muttered, trying to focus. Lisa, initially confused, operated on the correct instinct of looking at the teacher.

'Oh.' It actually took her a second too long to regain her composure, not having expected to be in such close proximity with a woman she did effectively know to be a half-Veela. Hell, everybody knew. At least Lisa was used to resisting to these things, and didn't seem to have half the trouble her colleague was having. Deciding not to verbalize a thing about it nor perturb Chloe's quest for focus, she opted to reply to the question handed to class instead.

"So to speak." She continued on the input Max had given. "It's a spell that draws from the matters of the heart. That is mostly why it's so difficult to conjure. One needs intimate knowledge and an accurate interpretation of the memory which they perceive as their happiest in order to channel the magic to keep this guardian forth." It was funny how her memory hadn't changed after all these years; but perhaps it made a lot of sense, didn't it?

"The animal it takes a form of is entirely dependant on the user, and one can't exactly choose what they get." She had a wolf, which, in hindsight, was extremely accurate. "Though the vast majority of performers of the spell can't actually attain the animal form to it, and stick to a non-corporeal version, akin to a shield. While not as useful as the animal would be, it's still quite difficult to bring about."

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Spencer Quidditch Team Seeker, Pro Wrestler✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Amber was on a streak! Several early morning classes in a row without oversleeping or detours (of course, she'd ignore the little issue with Elemental Magic, for it was totally worth it). That day would be no different. There was a little extra spring to her step as she made her way to the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. The Spencer barged in to the classroom like nobody's business and sat next to her usual spot - directly next to her cousin, Samantha.

"Yo, nerds." She greeted Sam and Meadow as her bum crashed down against the wooden bench with seemingly little care for herself or the poor piece of furniture. She stretched out her legs under the table for a moment before noticing the students had some company. "Heya, Harvey. Ya been takin' good care of him, Sammo?"

"I'd like to say so." Samantha couldn't help but grin from ear to ear. Said Pygmy Puff had jumped to Meadow's hands at that point. The Flinders put him down on her desk so not to disrupt class too much, and gave it light pets with her fingertip.

"Mm. Cool." She looked at the board to see it was a Patronus Charm class. Now that was a toughie. But now that she thought about it, that calligraphy was very familiar--

'Oh no.'

The Spencer blanched, not even noticing a sudden pressure on her arm. That was Evelyn's handwriting. And that was Evelyn. And she really, really, really didn't want to deal with that woman right now, or ever for that matter! The moment she jolted up from her seat to just walk out of class, however, her arm was yanked back down and she crashed into her seat a second time. It was then that she noticed Samantha had gripped the limb quite hard, as if having predicted what her reaction would be.

"Aw c'mon--" The words died in her throat as she spotted Samantha glaring at her. Veelas were terrifying. She wasn't sure if she was more afraid of Evelyn's teases or Samantha's wrath...

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Flinders ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Photographer's Assistant, Knitter, Paper Cutter✩ Kirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

MJ's jaw felt a bit stiff that morning, out of sleeping on her stomach wrong. That had been stupid of her, even if she could pretty much fall asleep anywhere; now she had to deal with muscle soreness on top of what would most likely be a very demanding class. As soon as she walked in to the classroom her suspicion came true: it was a Patronus class, and the furthest she had ever gone with it was barely producing a non-corporeal version of the thing. Sighing in defeat, she sat in between Max and Danielle. She didn't really know the former, but the latter was someone she had been sitting with for quite a few classes at that point. There was initially some resistance on the Bourke's end, but at least she didn't have a full on anxiety attack anymore when it happened. Instead, she got a nod in acknowledgement before being able to pay attention to class.

"Um..." She nervously decided to speak up pertaining the matter - she didn't know how to execute, but that didn't mean she didn't know the theory. "...Its main function is to fend off Dark Creatures, right? Most notably, Dementors and Lethifolds." Terrifying creatures. It didn't hurt to be prepared in the eventuality of actually having to come face to face with what she deemed personifications of death. "And... It also serves as communication. I'm not sure how that works, exactly, but the methods to it were discovered in the UK."

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Ministry ☆ Corrupt Auror, Socialite✩ Kirupachi
29 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her

"You do, yes, Miss... Williams, was it?" The girl's face was familiar from past lectures. She should probably take a glance at the class sheet again just to be sure. "That's the motivation to do so. However, I completely understand that there are students whom aren't comfortable with doing such a thing on a somewhat public forum such as this and I want to ease their nerves. With that said, go on." As the Spencer gave her guess as to the question, the blonde nodded in approval. "That is correct, although achieving the animal form in itself is a bit of a feat. Five points to Spencer."

She smiled back at Samantha when she was waved at. She took pride in seeing the younger members of her extended family taking on that class, although it was quite jarring that there were plenty of students she knew of that weren't signing up to it, seemingly. Did the current generation not care for self defense? It was rather disheartening. They couldn't leave everything to Magical Law Enforcement. Not only that, but what could this mean for the Aurors of tomorrow?

"Miss Knotley." She called upon a certain blonde she was all too familiar with when the girl had raised her arm, taking a mental note of how shaky it looked. "It does have quite the finicky nature, yes." The lecturer added upon the end of the girl's answer. "It is often said dark wizards cannot perform the charm under any circumstance as they're incapable of feeling something pure to such an extent. Although not being able to execute the spell doesn't necessarily entail you're a dark wizard or heading in that general direction. The reverse is also true: a dark wizard may perform the spell. Them turning to the dark arts doesn't always have something to do with how stunted their heart naturally is. Five points to Sturt."

Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed her Spencer cousin trying to make an escape. As a family member, she would've let it slide, even tease the girl about it; but at that moment, she was her teacher. And as such, she'd have to treat her as her student, and nothing more. "Miss Cross, I'd suggest you to sit down and pay attention to class. The bell is still quite a ways away. Five points from Spencer for trying to escape the lecture." Of course, she hadn't missed the entire scene. "And five points to Bourke, as Miss Hammond seems to have enough presence of mind to keep you in your place."

She motioned the Flinders at the back of the room to speak. She brought up something interesting, which Evelyn was happy to elaborate on. "Among other creatures, indeed, but those are the most documented cases of this spell's use. As for the communication part to it, it was discovered by Albus Dumbledore, a former headmaster of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in Scotland. He devised a way with which to send your Patronus to other people to deliver secret messages with the caster's voice. It's also the case that multiple can be used at a time. Five points to Flinders. Good work, everyone."

"I would like to know who has been able to cast a Patronus, corporeal or otherwise, at any point. If corporeal, what was its form and why do you think that is?" Perhaps a bit of a personal question, but she was sure to obtain some interesting answers should anyone have succeeded at the remarkably difficult charm.

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Nature Reserve Trainee, Muay Thai Instructor✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Chloe took a few deep breaths before being able to look back up at the teacher amid her various responses to the other students, finally able to settle down. The passive charm was still very much nagging at the back of her mind but the Sturt managed to focus through it. She failed to notice the victorious smirk Lisa had on her face upon the blue team being granted the points for her correct answer.

"I have. Scops owl." Chloe spoke once permitted. It was fortunate that she knew enough about animals to be able to distinguish the species at first glance, as she had only employed that spell successfully once in her lifetime. "I assume it's due to my loner nature, and potentially alongside the common say that owls are very intelligent." She knew that she was considered both things, and it made sense. She wasn't aware of how pretentious that could sound as for here it was the mere truth.

Lisa, too, raised her hand. "I can conjure a wolf. Quidditch aside I don't play well with others, so it may be a take on the whole 'lone wolf' thing, perhaps?" She didn't really know why that was the case, nor did she really care. It was a highly effective spell and it looked pretty cool to boot, and that was all she needed to know. Plus, the intimidation factor was quite nice.

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Bourke ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Apprentice Baker✩ Kirupachi
15 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her

Samantha couldn't help but feel pleased at Evelyn's decision to punish their cousin over misbehaving. She didn't want to cause Amber any pain, not at all, but that girl needed to get her act together. She let go of the arm and regained her composure, reaching for her wand inside of the bag for the upcoming exercises. She could see Meadow shake her head in disappointment at Amber from the corner of her eye.

The pro wrestler sulked at being thwarted, however. "What? C'mon!" She protested the point removal, but ultimately knew nothing could be done about it. She groaned to herself, but eventually regained her usual energy quickly enough to be the first of the trio to reply to the posed question. "Non-corporeal. Gotta make it full this year, eh?" She then glanced over at her two friends, noticing Samantha didn't raise her hand at all. 'Right, she always has trouble with this crap.'

"A white mare." Said the Flinders next to them. "Although I'm not sure why."

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Bourke ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Magic-Proofing Apprentice✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfbreed Dhampir ☆ She/Her

For a moment, Danielle's hand twitched, as she was about to raise it on reflex to declare she had a cat for a Patronus; but ultimately, she decided against it. The more she played down her abilities, the better - and if she didn't produce a Patronus at all, she'd just look like a regular student. It was ultimately the goal, and so she let the others reply instead without raising her hand.

The girl sitting next to her did raise her hand a second time. "Non-corporeal." MJ replied to the teacher. It was a feat in itself that she had managed to go that far in the first place, and she didn't think she'd ever succeed in conjuring a corporeal form - the mental damage of Vivian's disappearance had placed her innermost thoughts and feelings in permanent disarray, and she didn't think one memory could hold such a dear place in her heart for too long without getting corrupted by the reality of her past.

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Laurie was late again, but not by much; still just enough that she was in too much of a hurry to grab a lollipop on her way out the door. It worsened her otherwise good mood just a smidge. No matter, she could just run back to the Spencer Common Room in between classes. Making her way through the still open doors of the classroom, the brunette spotted her roommate sitting next to a number of people. Seeing no available seats in that general direction, she shrugged to herself and walked over to the opposite side of the door instead, where there were a couple free seats still available. Sitting down, she surveyed the classroom to see what it was all about.

Patronus Charm. Now that was an interesting one in her book, although something the teacher had said quite bothered her - describing Dumbledore as merely the Headmaster of Hogwarts? "Come on now, he's only potentially the greatest wizard of our time..." She muttered to herself and shook her head. Great way to undersell one of her idols. Oh well. She took a deep breath in good faith, wanting to look past the glaring omission and just get into the thick of things.

"Non-corporeal." She raised her hand a fraction of a second after she spoke, not really bothering to wait upon being called. The idea of performing the spell again was quite appealing to her, however - there was a new memory she wanted to try out. A very recent one. One that truly filled her with happiness. Perhaps that would be the day she'd perform a fully formed Patronus in.

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Spencer ☆ Seventh Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ she/her

Max got one right, the fact that she had already taken that class while in Penrose was a plus, sadly she had failed, this year she hopes it will go better. She sat as she heard everyone speak. When the lecturer mentioned that dark wizard, Max paid attention, obviously being a dark wizard and using dark magic are separated.

She let everyone speak and as they did she noticed Laurie, her new roommate, obviously being surrounded by people who she never spoke with before, Max quietly changed her sits to sit next to her friend. “Yo.” She greeted Laurie and paid attention to the rest of the class.

When the lecturer asked if they could cast a patronus. “I can cast it, corporeal and it’s a Bay Mare.” She said, not exactly excited that her patronus didn’t quite fit her, at least for what she had read and what she was told when she first cast it in Penrose, she wasn't exactly feeling the love.

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Bourke ☆ Fourth Year Shio
16 year old Pureblood Fairy ☆ He/Him

Defense Against the Dark Arts was one of the classes he had been looking forward to the most. He had new books all organised, with paper clips and folders and pens falling out of his ears in case anyone asked for a spare.

He had meant to be well on time, to get there before anyone else and just bask in the empty classroom. It was his first day of school and he wanted to get it done right.

But somehow everything that morning had gone wrong - from his phone dying after a broken charging cable, to needing a spare uniform fifteen minutes out the gate after tripping in the dust, to misplacing his school diary-

As it was he arrived to class out of breath and barely on time, sprouting water lilies from his hair in a way that no amount of styling was going to look natural. He adjusted his glasses to hide behind the lopsided frames as he made his way to his desk and placed his books down just as the teacher started her introduction.

Okay, okay deep breaths. You’re not late. It’s not a big deal.

It was disappointing, but Iggy was almost immediately distracted by the letters on the whiteboard - PATRONUS CHARM - and his stomach did a curious little flip. He hadn’t expected such a complicated charm in the first lesson and he was further stunned by the notion that some students might already have conjured one. In fact he seemed to be the one of the only students who had not yet attempted it.

He raised his hand, waiting to be acknowledged before he cleared his throat.

‘I’ve heard you need a strong memory of happiness. So what if-‘ He stumbled, wondering how to word this without sounding pathetic. ‘What if there is no such memory? I-I don’t mean I haven’t had a happy life! I just have nothing quite so clear or-‘ He ended up mumbling into his desk, blushing up to his ears. Gods but he could almost picture the indignation on his cenn’s face.

Upon peeking up cautiously from behind his fringe, he noticed for the first time that there seemed to be an abundance of... odd, students in the room. He couldn't pinpoint why, but there was something different about them. The teacher as well. A strange luminance? Like a bit of crystal catching the light. How strange.
Now that he thought back, more than a few students seemed distracted today, perhaps that had something to do with it? Was it a Glamour?  

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Ministry ☆ Corrupt Auror, Socialite✩ Kirupachi
29 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her

It seemed that a good portion of the students was able to perform a Patronus, at least partially. Better than she expected - perhaps the small crop of students she did manage to gather in that classroom were the cream of the crop? Evelyn's concerns were unfounded. There would be very capable Aurors in just a few years time if that was what expected them. She could only hope Penrose and Greyheme would keep up.

She didn't add much to each student trying to explain what their Patronus meant - truth be told, she didn't know much about animals in general, much less their behavior. Though she could see that her own would mean 'bird of prey', and why it did. It saddened her to see Samantha was not very happy about not being able to conjure the Patronus. She needed to have a conversation with the Bourke later, away of curious ears.

"Oh, no, that's quite alright." She eventually spoke as another Bourke, a shyer one at that, voiced his concerns. She smiled at him pleasantly as means to try and make him feel slightly more comfortable with speaking up. "It's not a matter of whether your life has been enjoyable or not. Like previously stated, the nature of the spell is quite finicky. One could argue some people who have lived truly miserable lives..." Evelyn herself came to mind. It took quite a bit of self control not to let out a self deprecating chuckle. "...Can perform the spell. It's a matter of clarity, understanding, and letting the feeling of that memory overwhelm you. Please, don't think the inability of producing the spell illustrates a measuring stick of how fulfilling your life is. It couldn't be further from the truth. It is, in fact, a very advanced spell far beyond what you're usually taught in school."

Straightening her posture, the blonde took two steps forward, with the intent of putting all eyes on her rather than let the discussion continue back and forth. The hand holding her wand gracefully fell to her side before she spoke. "Well then. As many of you may realize, this is not a spell you're expected to perform. However, it is a part of your curriculum, as it is required for those planning to pursue an education in any branch of Magical Law Enforcement. With that being said, for those taking on SPIDER and STINGRAY exams this year, performing this spell successfully to any extent awards you bonus points, so I'd suggest you to take the class seriously, even if you wouldn't otherwise need to know this."

She raised her cypress wand and waved it in a small, perfect circle in front of her. The happiest of memories came to her mind, and she willingly let its emotion flood her heart and body. "Now, for a quick demonstration. Expecto Patronum." From the tip of her wand emerged a blueish-silver swirling, shiny mist that quickly formed the image of an ethereal creature - a goshawk. The blonde let the bird roam free for a few moments. Its shimmering presence hovered along the students attending the class, some of which reaching out to the Patronus, which deftly dodged all of them. "Now, now, these creatures are tangible. Be careful with your hands, yes?" She warned the students as the bird made its way back to her. She let it land upon her shoulder for the sake of keeping the demonstration active.

"I've organized the class seats today in the way you're witnessing so to give you plenty of room for the incantation. Some Patronus can be bigger than others, but don't take it as a display of how strong they are." She motioned towards the middle of the room, which was largely empty. "I urge you all to try out the spell. Those who succeed in its complete form, please, help your colleagues. If there are any more questions or anyone needs help, you can ask for me. Begin."

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Nature Reserve Trainee, Muay Thai Instructor✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

"Actually..." Chloe decided to pitch in as Lisa tried to interpret her Patronus. "...While there is some truth to that saying, wolves are actually very social, and live in packs." She saw the blonde turning to glance at her with mild interest, and continuing. "They've very protective of their packs, so maybe it can be referring to that. For it to draw from the 'lone wolf' saying, it would have to be the case of one that either left it or was cast away from it for a reason or another."

That made sense, Lisa thought. She loved those whom had gotten close to her deeply; but she betrayed every last one of them, and was on her own - either by casting herself away or being shut away. It wasn't the original meaning she'd given it, but it was still pretty on the mark. "Mm. Thanks, Big Stewart. I'll keep that in mind." Was her pack Eddie, Jane and Hailey? Was that why she was a loner now?

No matter. It was time for class and she had to produce a Patronus. Simple enough. The girl got up from her seat, walking past a few over to the clear space in the middle of the room like a good portion of the classroom had done at that point. Not wasting time, she drew out her wand, imitating the proper movement with it to perfection. She picked a very specific memory to flood her being - the one moment she had been the happiest in her short lifetime. "Expecto Patronum." The blonde had been correct - the figure of a wolf emerged from the shimmering light, and sat in front of her. Such a noble creature. Even with the past that led to its existence and manifestation, Lisa couldn't be help but be proud of it.

Chloe, in the meantime, didn't bother to leave her seat. Casting the spell while still sitting down, a scops owl escaped from the tip of her wand, flying overhead before landing upon her desk. It was one of the rare times that Chloe could be seen with a small smile on her face - perhaps it was from her own memory itself, pertaining to her sister. That girl's smile was truly infectious.

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Bourke ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Apprentice Baker✩ Kirupachi
15 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her

From the trio, Meadow was the first to rise from her seat. Her Patronus was quite large - it was a mare, after all - and so it would make more sense for her to work in an open area rather than stay sitting at her desk. It was a difficult spell, but she had the right memory for it: her first day in Tallygarunga. Her first taste of freedom. A day she would never forget for as long as she lived.

"Expecto Patronum." With the incantation and appropriate wand movement, a white mare escaped from her wand, galloping to a halt for the sake of not running into any students. "If it's tangible... I can't help but wonder if one could use them as means of transportation." Meadow mused out loud, not for anyone in particular to hear. Her thoughts were interrupted by some shuffling behind her - it seemed that Amber had sat down sideways on her desk, turned to the same open area to perform her own spell. Before she could, however, Meadow reached for the collar of her uniform's shirt to pull her off and onto her feet, which was soon met with protests.

"Hey! You need to stop being so pushy!" Amber complained, adjusting her collar as soon as it was let go of. The Flinders could only sigh in frustration.

"You need to get your act together and behave. You're in class. Go on now." She stepped backwards once to give the Spencer enough space to perform the spell in front of the two. With a cocksure grin, she rose her wand to the empty space in front of her.

"Expecto Patronum!" Amber declared, but unlike a few of the people around her, no animal burst forth; instead, a shield-like layer protruded from the wand with its tip as its center. Amber had done that before, and it brought a slight frown to her lips. "Aw, c'mon. Coulda sworn that would be it..." Wasn't her finally getting a push in her side gig a happy memory? What else would it take?

Samantha, however, wasn't so lucky. She soon followed the two, joining them in their attempts; try after try, not even the slightest mist erupted from her wand. What was she doing wrong? Could it be her happy memories weren't happy enough? Did she remember them wrong? Were her feelings misplaced, or just not strong enough?

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Bourke ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Magic-Proofing Apprentice✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfbreed Dhampir ☆ She/Her

It was finally time to kick her act into high gear. Danielle didn't particularly enjoy doing so. In fact, she dreaded it, but it was just a fact of life at that point - the more painfully average she seemed, the less danger she would incur, and the safer her little sister would be. Should her behavior be average as well? Perhaps so. She didn't bother getting out of her seat, and waved her wands a few times, spelling out the incantation to go with it. However, she didn't bother channeling her magic through the wand. There was no effect whatsoever, of course; curiously enough, her face didn't show much frustration.

On the other end of the spectrum, MJ was trying her damnedest. She had gotten up and stepped away from people just enough so she wouldn't cause any accidents - she had a bit of a proclivity for pyrotechnics, after all. She got the Patronus Charm to work at the third try, but, much like her colleague a few rows over, she only got the shield version of it to form. She didn't like casting that spell - it always sent her on a bit of an existential crisis, and she couldn't help but secretly wish for the class to be over.

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

"Hey." Said Laurie on reflex as she watched her roommate sit down next to her. The class went on, and when Max stated what her Patronus was, the younger Spencer couldn't exactly resist. "You don't really have to cast it at all, do you? You're quite fond of horsing around as is." She teased with a straight face as the lecturer went on. Soon enough, they were ordered to perform the spell.

"Ladies first." She said as she ensured she was the first of the two to get up, before walking past Max and to the open area. The task ahead of her was a bit tougher than the rest of the students had ahead of them - she detested using incantations. How was she supposed to cast a fully corporeal Patronus at fifteen years of age without an incantation.

"Let's see..." Waving her wand accordingly, she managed to perform a non-corporeal Patronus with some difficulty. At least she was used to it - Durmstrang went heavy on both Defense of the Dark Arts and the very same Dark Arts themselves, so it was definitely not a subject she was used to failing at. "Maybe within a few tries this time...?"

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Spencer ☆ Seventh Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ she/her

Max looked at Laurie. “Remember that I don’t horse around alone.” She said sticking her tongue out at her roommate playfully. Laurie was right, Max did waste a lot of time doing random shit she shouldn’t do, but it wasn’t like she was doing it alone, Miss Durmsomething also enjoyed wasting time.

Laurie got up to try to cast the spell, it was a non-corporeal patronus, at least Max had that going for her. She looked at Laurie disappointed at the fact that she couldn’t cast the spell, it was more of a playful look than a disappointed one. “My turn now.” She said with a smug look on her face. She got up and positioned herself.

“Expecto Patronum” Max said and suddenly a mare appeared in front of Max, supposedly an animal full of grace and smart too, two things Max has been hearing all her life that she isn’t.  

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Bourke ☆ Fourth Year Shio
16 year old Pureblood Fairy ☆ He/Him

Iggy fidgeted uncomfortably in his seat. He didn’t really understand, but since he couldn’t cast spells there was no way for him to really articulate why. 

An overwhelming number of the students could already conjure a patronus, which made him feel both intimidated and irritated. How did he get in the class full of prodigies? More likely they just had more experience and he shouldn’t hold it against them, and he didn’t exactly - it was more a sense that he’d wondered into a year twelve class rather than year ten.

Swallowing his nerves, he stood up and pointed his wand-stick - channeling his natural magic through an inanimate object was always difficult and he barely remembered to say the incantation.

‘Expecto Patronum.’ It was more of a mumble than a chant, but he managed to protect a shimmery sort of disc into the air. 

It was wobbly - non-organic shapes were the hardest to recreate. The edges were also rather ill-defined and wisps of it peeled off into the air. He dismissed it before it could disturb the whiskers of the sleeping kitten under his desk. Hopefully it had at least looked like a Patronus to the students, though he didn’t think the teacher would be fooled for a second.
He caught her eye and made a sort of helpless sort of shrug. 

The red-haired girl close by seemed to be having no trouble at all with the spell. The mare was perfectly formed and looked solid enough to touch, though he knew better. Even the darker girl next to her managed a non-corporeal patronus.

‘That’s impressive - where did you guys learn to do that? I didn’t think it was required learning here…’

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Ministry ☆ Corrupt Auror, Socialite✩ Kirupachi
29 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her

An impressive number of students had managed to cast the spell successfully, even when they weren't necessarily obliged to; it filled her with pride to think that her daughter was a part of such an outstanding crop of students. A lot of them seemed to have a bright future ahead of them, especially in law enforcement, should they wish to pursue it. However, half the class didn't seem to produce much of anything, and it seemed that some were getting concerned over the fact. Letting her goshawk fade in the air, the half-Veela made her way to the closest student that seemed to have a bit of trouble performing the spell at all - Samantha Hammond, her cousin. Perhaps it was for the best that the familial bond wasn't common knowledge, or else she'd be easily accused (and perhaps rightfully so) of preferential treatment.

"Okay, Miss Hammond, no need to be so upset." She spoke in a lower tone to the Bourke after having slid in between desk rows, seeing as the girl was still sitting at hers, and crouched in front of her. "Breathe calmly. Think of what you perceive to be your happiest memory. Let it flood every fiber of your being, and then let your heart create the spell. It comes from there. Alright?"

She watched the girl try a few times, to no avail; the frustration was showing on her face. Perhaps it wasn't meant to be - several powerful wizards couldn't even dream of performing it. But before she could press on and encourage her further, the bell to indicate the end of the class rang out, a bit too loud for her liking. The blonde waved at the students prior to them leaving. "Thank you for coming, everyone! I won't be the one lecturing you next, but both myself and your teacher would very much appreciate if you read on the subject of your own accord, and practice it. Like I stated in the beginning, do not feel bad about being unable to perform the spell, or performing it partially. It's not something you're meant to be able to do so easily. Have a good rest of your day."

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Nature Reserve Trainee, Muay Thai Instructor✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

The Sturt duo had managed to complete the spell without much trouble. They had already done so the former year; it was quite unsurprising that they were successful. Following the indications of the lecturer, Chloe got up from her seat to look for people whom could use some help. It seemed that Evelyn had gone to help out a Bourke, Samantha. Perhaps it was for the best, as Chloe didn't particularly want to be near either of them. Next to them was a Flinders girl she often saw walking about taking on teaching a rambunctious Spencer how to perform the corporeal version of the spell. It seemed that she had to look elsewhere.

She reached the back of the class, seeing as most people had paired up already, and looked over to where a Flinders and a Bourke were sitting. The former had managed to get a non-corporeal spell going while the latter didn't seem to be able to perform the spell at all. That would be the first target. Chloe approached Danielle after waving to get her attention. "Do you need some help?"

"No." Danielle quickly responded. She was aware that it was for the best to actually take the help that she did not need at all, but given how her anxiety was minimally flaring up, it wasn't the best time to meet people she didn't know. "I'll manage. Thank you."

Chloe wasn't at all upset over being shut down so quickly. It did bother her that the girl was looking to accomplish something that she didn't seem to have a grasp of on her own, but she did understand that some people just preferred to work alone, and thus she left her be after a nod. Her eyes ultimately fell upon the blonde girl next to her. "What about you?"

"This is confusing..." MJ admitted as she let her spell fade, not wanting to accidentally injure the Sturt with it. It was rather odd that a Sturt was offering help, of all people, but the older girl seemed fairly innofensive. "It's not like I lead a very unhappy life or anything... Well, I mean, sure, it definitely has its big downs, but..."

MJ bit her lip. She was putting her foot in her mouth again. Shaking her head in a lame attempt of getting rid of her awkwardness, she continued. "I know this is a bit of a personal question, but... What sort of memory do you use to produce the Patronus?" She knew it wasn't any of her business to begin with, but Lady Luck smiled upon her for once as the Sturt didn't seem to have a problem answering that question.

"My sister's smile. I often feel like it's my life's purpose to ensure her safety and happiness. If she's smiling she's happy, which makes me happy." MJ hadn't expected such a simple thing could be capable of producing such a potent spell, but this Sturt claimed it so. MJ did have plenty of that to draw from, didn't she? She wanted to ensure Aspen and Justice were happy, no matter what. Perhaps they could be the true memory from which she should draw power from?

But before she could, however, the bell rang. "Thank you." She told Chloe before the girl left to retrieve her belongings. She herself got up to leave after verifying there was nothing else to do, with the Bourke right behind her. Even if she didn't get to evolve much in that class, she certainly got the right kind of inspiration to do so.

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