Good morning students. I've taken a look at some of your quiz results. Some of you did great and for those who didn't, don't feel too bad about it. Instead, take this as an idea on where you stand in Defence against the Dark Arts and encourage yourselves to do better in the next quiz. Your results will be filtered to each of you along with some advice on what you need to work on.
I know Quidditch tryouts are happening this weekend so I'll try to keep the workload light, but just for this week only.
First years, I'd like you to practise the Knockback Jinx. There'll be a practical class next week and I'd like for all of you to give the spell a try in a safe environment.
Second years, revise Verdimillious Uno. We'll be learning Verdimillious Duo next week, and having an understanding of the first spell would definitely help you. You don't need to write an essay on it, but just come to class with an idea of how the spell works.
Third years, we'll be covering Boggarts in our next class. I'd like you to write about your greatest fear and how you'd attempt to dispel the Boggart if it transformed into it. Please be serious about this assignment; joke answers will have the writers locked into a cupboard with a real Boggart. You can be as detailed or as brief as you like, but in general having a clear idea on how the Boggart will react to the Riddikulus spell will increase the spell's effectiveness.
Fourth years, you get a job similar to the second years, except I want you to revise both Verdimillious Uno and Duo in preparation for the final level of the spell, Verdimillious Tria. Similar to the second years, you don't have to come to class with an essay. Just read your books and make sure you understand the spells well.
Fifth years, I'm sure most of you are tired of hearing how important this year is, so I'll spare you the lecture and jump straight to your work. Read up on the Patronus Charm from your textbook and write about its effects and why it is difficult to cast. I'd like your essay to be at least 20 centimetres long, but I've extended the deadline to next Friday, so you'll have ample time to give me a good write-up on the spell after the tryouts.
Sixth and seventh years, congratulations on making it this far. You're far from done though, so make sure to keep up with your studies. Sixth years, we're covering non-verbal spells. Read up on the theory and the history behind it and try some basic spells over the weekend. Seventh years, we're having a practical session, so if you're having troubles with non-verbal spells from Year 4 and onwards, let me know what you're finding difficult and we'll see what we can do about it.
All the best to the students participating in the tryouts.
[OOC: Turn in your homework here.