Hmm, the professor's name sounds fairly Irish. I approve. *laughs* Not that it makes me any less suspicious of him/her. It's sort of Anglo-Irish anyway, I guess, rather than native Irish, but still pretty common here.
And I am utterly in awe of anybody who can plan the lengths of their chapters to that degree. I'm only 5 chapters into my current story and already the shortest chapter is around 2,700 words and the longest is about 4,800. I try to keep them between 2,000 and 5,000, but that's as close as I can go. I don't know how you can get them as close as you are.
Edmund Burke?! OK, now it doesn't just sound Irish, it sounds like a specific person. Not sure if you meant that or not. Googling says he's also known for his support of the American Revolution, so maybe you did, but probably not. Not sure how well known he'd be outside Ireland. Even here, I think most people would just know the name really.
Hope he turns out to be a nice guy.
And Potion Masters Monthly just MIGHT be a bit biased if he's refused to let them interview him.
"Regular" school inspections, at secondary school level, are a fairly new thing here and they can't criticise individual teachers. The reports are available online though, but are mostly fairly positive, I believe. I suspect at Hogwarts, they may be a bigger deal, though they are taken fairly seriously here too.
OK, this is nit-picky, but it doesn't sound like a mistake Rose would make, so I'll point it out. She said "feel free to ask Albus or I." It should be "feel free to ask Albus or me". Saying "feel free to ask I" isn't great grammar and Rose strikes me as somebody who might be pedantic about stuff like that.
*laughs at Kaden bringing up the Potions mark of somebody a year older than him* I believe he probably would though, as he probably has read up on things his year haven't done yet and John probably hasn't listened or read about stuff his year HAVE.
Your Rose sounds a bit like Hermione in her first years at Hogwarts - being unsuspicious of teachers even when their behaviour is suspicious.
Young's lecture is reminding me of a lecturer at college who told us we should be studying from 9 in the morning to 9 at night or something like that. Umbridge, by the way, reminds me VERY much of this lecturer, which probably tells you everything you need to know.
Hmm, that smoke is somewhat intriguing.
*laughs at him not even having read his own book* That reminds me of the Irish politician, who when advocating a yes vote for a certain European treaty admitted he hadn't read the treaty because it was too boring. I'm guessing Burke is joking though.
Enjoy your vacation. From my point of view, next week is a good time for you to not update, as I'll be pretty busy from next Wednesday until the end of July. *grins*
Professor Burke does seem like a pretty interesting teacher.
Author's Response: I definitely didn't mean to name Professor Burke after anyone specific. It just seemed to fit him. I'll have to to google it, though! I wanted him to have a fairly common last name, and I love Irish names or vaguely Irish names.
I'll have the occasional chapter that's longer than the rest. One of the chapters in IMS is 8K. That's my longest chapter. Usually I don't like having them that long, though.
Potion Master's Monthly is definitely a little biased as they really wanted to interview him. But there is a little truth to him being crazy.
Teachers get inspected here, both through observation and through student test scores. But that's a topic I could ramble on about for ages, so I'll let it go at that.
Kaden could definitely bring up John's potions mark. He's quite ahead of the rest of his year.
Rose tries to off-set Albus in terms of being suspicious of teachers. Albus is always suspicious and jumps to conclusions, so Rose takes things slow.
Wow, that would be a lot of studying. I'd go insane. Ugh, an Umbridge like lecturer. Not fun.
Haha, Burke really hasn't read much of his own book. He feels he doesn't have the time, and since he had a ghost writer to write it, he didn't really have to. He's definitely an interesting teacher, though. Thanks for reading and reviewing! :)