My immediate thought when Young started teaching properly was that McDougal had given him a warning or that he was expecting her to show up to inspect him or something.
Wonder if many people will fail their Defence O.W.L. They don't exactly have much practice of the practical elements. I guess those in the Duelling club would get some practice there though.
We had a lecturer do that at college, just leave a note saying on the door saying class was cancelled. We also turned up twice to classes and found notes on the doors saying the rooms were in use for exams and we'd to go elsewhere. One time they didn't even tell us where to go, so our lecturer just took us out to have the lecture on the steps outside the college. *laughs*
Secondary school teachers wouldn't be allowed do it though, as legally, they would have to be supervised.
I guess if Burke was ill enough, he might have to miss class.
It sounds as if he's working on that mysterious potion. His reaction to them offering to help is a little weird though. I wonder what's going on.
You know, this may well be my second favourite of your stories after Year three.
To be fair, though, seeing the state he was in working on the potion, it's possible it's just too dangerous to let students work on. I mean, I guess there's more than that to it, but that in itself could be a reason.
The possibility of Burke being a werewolf actually occurred to me when they were first talking about him being ill too, but then I realised Matt was there, so it was pretty unlikely. Plus, he's a well-known figure and it'd probably come out. So I reckoned it was unlikely. And it was proved that wasn't it fairly quickly anyway, when they investigated the brewing room.
*grins at the comment about him having a nervous breakdown being pretty close to the truth*
Love that comment about the blue moons being worse being psychological. I was wondering why they'd be worse when after all, the calenders ARE man-made, though of course, with magic, I'm sure there could be plenty of reasons.
If Burke's potion is having the opposite effect from that intended, I daresay it's deliberate. But I'm not convinced it's that simple. Burke is a little obvious. I think you might be forcing a card on us, like JK Rowling did with Snape in Philosopher's Stone, so we're paying attention to him and missing somebody or something else.
But what it could be, I don't know. YOUNG! If I'm looking for somebody else who behaved oddly in this chapter, it's him and it's the second time he's behaved oddly in this story. I can't see how him teaching could possibly be significant, but it's definitely something that doesn't seem likely to be significant, so we don't pay that much attention to it.
And there are some weird similarities between this and the story I'm working on. *laughs*
Excellent chapter. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Author's Response: There will be more on Young's odd decision to start teaching real lessons. Keep it in mind. There's a definite chance of some students failing their O.W.L.s because of Young's lack of teaching.
I had quite a few college classes canceled with a note on the door. Most tried to email the class ahead of time, though. I always wondered what would happen at Hogwarts if a teacher was ill and couldn't teach. It only seemed to happen with Remus, though.
I'm glad you like this fic so much! There is a reason Burke doesn't let any of the students near his mystery potion. But nope, he isn't a werewolf. It certainly would be interesting, though. Matt having a werewolf teacher.
The blue moons being worse than regular ones will be explored more during this fic, so I won't say anything else.
Both Young and Burke have been behaving strangely in this fic. As for Burke's failure of a potion for Matt, it's possible that he just is having trouble with it. He's good, but he's bound to fail at some point.
Haha, great minds think alike! Thanks for reading and reviewing! :)