I would have thought that while Ravenclaw essays would probably be easier to read, they'd still be a lot of work, because brighter students tend to write WAY more. When you get a really weak student who's only written half a page, it at least gets done quicker. Of course, if it's your own student (as hers are) you then have to worry about how to get the information through to them and in her case, it sounds like she'd blame herself, thinking she must be a bad teacher if her student knows so little.
Really like the insight you're giving into her character. She really comes across as a real person.
*laughs* I bet she takes care to visit the sweetshop when it's not a Hogsmeade weekend, because she probably wouldn't want her students seeing her stocking up on sweets, well the 3rd and 4th years anyway. "Oh, Professor, do you like sugar quills, Professor? I saw you buying sugar quills in Honeydukes. I like sugar quills too, Professor."
And that makes sense about marrying young being a side effect of the war.
Love the sound of those quills. Hogwarts students are a bit past the collecting stationary stage, I guess, but I'd say they'd still like something a bit more interesting than a plain quill.
Great story so far. Adding it to my favourites.
Author's Response: Ok, confession time. Up until a few months ago when I had a major life and career change, I was a teacher, so lot of Emily's thoughts and experiences are inspired by my own personal thoughts and experiences. Hopefully that will help to make her more realistic and multi-dimensional.
And trust me, despite the length of an assignment, the homework of 'smarter' students (for lack of a better word) is ALWAYS easier to mark/grade than that of less capable students. It's something to do with the flow not being interrupted by constant, errors, inaccuracies and inconsistencies. A half page essay can take forever if you have to spend twenty minutes trying to work out what one paragraph is about.
lol...so funny that you said Hogwarts students are past the stationery stage, because I loved stationery in high school...was positively obsessed with fluffy pens, cute notebooks, interesting pencil cases, novelty erasers etc! Maybe I'm just a bit odd though? Although there are an awful lot of stationery ranges aimed at older kids and teenagers, so I'm going to assume it carries over in to the muggle world too.
Yes! on the Hogsmeade/Honeydukes thing. That whole paragraph made me laugh :D
Thanks so much for another great review, and I'm excited that you're adding it to your favourites :) I'll try to update soon, hopefully sometime in the next week.