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Sixth and seventh year students: Professor Desai and I have each had several of you ask about space and time to practise your duelling outside class. We've discussed the matter thoroughly, and have set up a duelling salle and training course in the east wing.

Obviously, student safety is a paramount concern. To that end, we have instituted a number of rules that must be followed for the use of the space:

— The space is thoroughly warded against casual admission. Professor Desai and I are both able to authorise passage through the wards. To be added to that list, you must briefly duel one of us. We'll be looking for both skill and a concern for safety.

— The salle will be available whenever you wish once you have earned the privilege of admission, and it is set up for both solo practice and paired or group training. You may use it as you'd like. However, you must come see me or Professor Desai for a brief report within 24 hours after each time you use the space, without exception: this is so we can check you over to make sure your practice has had no lingering effects.

— If you are sharing the space with one of your classmates, or with another professor, you must hold to standard training course etiquette to avoid clashing with each other's practice. If you are unfamiliar with course etiquette, you may ask one of your classmates who have more experience, or see me, Professor Desai, or Professor Sandoval-Pennifold for a tutorial.

— Both Professor Desai and I are happy to conduct training sessions, either individually or for small groups, for those who would like additional instruction. See us individually to make arrangements.

— If we determine you are training in a manner we consider unsafe or too risky, allowing admission to unauthorised students without our explicit permission, or in any way abusing the privilege of the use of the salle, we reserve the right to revoke your privilege of admission.

Please see one of us if you have any questions, or to arrange an appointment for consideration for admission.

Re: Private message to Mr Finch-Fletchley

Date: 2014-09-30 04:53 am (UTC)
alt_justin: (Miteux)
From: [personal profile] alt_justin

Thank you. I was just about to write to ask if I could duel Professor Desai, since it would be a better test of my skills to fight someone less familiar. But if you think it unnecessary then I shall do my best to live up to your confidence in me.

I'm certain Ron Weasley will want an admission screening as soon as possible, what. As for a standing appointment: Certainly, jolly good! If I recall from our sessions last year, you are usually free on Tuesday mornings? I haven't any lessons until 11, so we could meet after breakfast. Or directly following our morning run, and a late breakfast afterward.


Re: Private message to Mr Finch-Fletchley

Date: 2014-09-30 07:01 pm (UTC)
alt_justin: (élève)
From: [personal profile] alt_justin
Yes, of course, sir. Happy to help, what.

alt_seamus: (67_urges on)
From: [personal profile] alt_seamus
Thank you, sir! I would very much appreciate the opportunity to train with you.
alt_padma: (Sincere)
From: [personal profile] alt_padma
Thank you. Of course I would be pleased to take advantage of the space--and the offer for additional training. Even with CCF, duelling in the field is different from class exercises.

Re: Private message to Antonin

Date: 2014-09-30 07:33 pm (UTC)
alt_seamus: (67_conversational)
From: [personal profile] alt_seamus
Sir, I will definitely encourage Padma to make time for this. I don't think she fully realises how often Our Lord's chosen need to rely on these skills. It's not that she's bad at duelling, exactly. She's perfectly competent at every spell she casts, even very difficult ones. But she lacks the sort of reflexes you only develop with quite a lot of training -- I'd say that was really visible on the field in Professor Desai's class last week, when she got taken down in the first five minutes.

It's odd, but our class at Hogwarts has a lot of really excellent duellists, don't you think? Far more than the classes from previous years -- I think Padma might have been one of the best, if she'd been in 7th year two years ago, instead of not even being in the top half. I think it's probably because of CCF. And having Professor Lestrange leading duelling club, and things like that.

Re: Private message to Miss Lestrange

Date: 2014-09-30 07:38 pm (UTC)
alt_hydra: (Default)
From: [personal profile] alt_hydra
I'm glad to hear it, Sir, and thank you. I'd like to try out the new course as soon as possible, especially given Auror Crouch's recent evaluation of me.

Private message to Tosha

Date: 2014-09-30 06:47 pm (UTC)
alt_sinistra: (bw - in the far distance)
From: [personal profile] alt_sinistra
Reminded me, I've been meaning to ask if you'd cast an eye over my drilling. Friday?

I still feel so very slow and out of step with myself (and I am going to go try to nap again when I finish this.) I'm certainly nowhere near wanting to try your new course, or let anyone (either students or our so-competent colleagues) see, but I'm at that stage where it's hard to judge for myself how badly off I am.

Also, have some thoughts on the first years, like you'd asked. And my niece's comments on Lana's teaching, too. Remind me, Friday, it'll fall out of my head otherwise.

Re: Private message to Tosha

Date: 2014-09-30 07:26 pm (UTC)
alt_sinistra: (bw - quiet grief)
From: [personal profile] alt_sinistra
You are very thoughtful, Toshenka. I'd appreciate that. (Tonight and Thursday are predicted cloudy, so whichever of those might suit, between curfew and my classes?)

The dummies - that's a good choice. I do rather miss the salle at Spence, for that. It's just - well. Beyond the other things, I am feeling rather out of sorts, dealing with the new staff, one way and another. Nothing I won't manage (and they are all a vast improvement on various other former staff, starting with the Carrows in one way, and Lockhart in another direction entirely), but I decidedly do not want any of them to see me fumble. More than is strictly necessary, anyway.

(I am also doing badly at napping, but that is scarcely a new problem.)

Re: Private message to Tosha

Date: 2014-10-01 03:23 am (UTC)
alt_sinistra: (bw - listening)
From: [personal profile] alt_sinistra
I did learn my defence from the best, you know.

Though it's simple truth that I'm nowhere near recovered. (I admit, I'm chafing more over the apparition than defence, at the moment: I'm still not fit for any useful distance at all.)

I do appreciate the tour. And your comments about how things are set up. (And the attention to the things that really would be a problem. We do not need a repeat of two years ago, at all.)

Friday, drills in the workroom here I set aside for that kind of thing? Better privacy (if much less fancy), and I can feed you marzipan after.

Private message to Ron Weasley and Antosha

Date: 2014-09-30 07:38 pm (UTC)
alt_savitha: (Conversing)
From: [personal profile] alt_savitha
Mr Weasley, you are cleared to use the salle with no additional testing, though in return I may expect you from time to time to work with specific individuals at my request. I have no concerns about your ability to use the facility safely, however.

Re: Private message to Ron Weasley and Antosha

Date: 2014-10-01 12:18 am (UTC)
alt_ron: (0_16_ron)
From: [personal profile] alt_ron
Thank you, Professor.

I went to have a look at the course between Potions and supper. (I guess you'll have seen if you've checked the wards.) It's brilliant! So much better than anything we've had. I mean to say, we're going to have an amazing time working in there. (That bit after the third turn is going to be tricky, isn't it? In a good way. Really unpredictable, yeah?

Anywiz. Thank you (and the Headmaster) for creating it. Well, and for setting aside other things to be here at all. I don't know if you know, but everyone feels really lucky to have you.

Private message to Professor Dolohov

Date: 2014-09-30 07:59 pm (UTC)
alt_sally_anne: (6_This makes me nervous.)
From: [personal profile] alt_sally_anne
Sir, I would like to duel you to gain admission to the practice space. This afternoon, if it's convenient.

Thank you.


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