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Review:MargaretLane says:
*laughs* I'm not surprised they don't want to be the ones to actually knock on his door. I wouldn't either.

Hmm, I wonder if that part about Burke looking worse than Matt after a full moon is some kind of hint.

*laughs at Burke saying he's working on too many potions to die soon* It's not funny really; the whole thing is pretty sad, but it's just SO characteristic of him to be more concerned that if he dies, he won't be able to finish his work than about the pain or about missing out on seeing his grandnieces or nephews or whoever he's close to grow up or his family grieving when he dies.

I wonder what IS wrong with Burke. It sounds like something like motor neuron disease, although it doesn't seem to be as quick.

It makes a lot of sense that lycanthropy would have long-term effects. Yikes, it really is unpleasant isn't it? The attack itself, the pain every month, missing out on a couple of days each month as he recovers, the injuries from the wolf attacking itself, the stigma and the need to hide things from everybody and then the possible long term effects and the danger of early death.

Being a vampire crossed my mind for a second when he first mentioned that his condition was like Matt's, but then I realised he'd said it was something he would die of. Hmm, there's still a bit of a mystery as to exactly what's wrong with him.

*laughs at Madame Pomfrey raving about the exam system and stress* That comes up fairly regularly here and actually right now, our Minister for Education is trying to change the Junior Cert. so there'll be more ongoing assessment. That is good, but he also wants teachers to correct some of their own students' work, which creates a concern about conflict of interest and of course, the whole loss of anonymous marking. When I say "right now," I mean the Government was promising to increase training for teachers eight days ago. So Madame Pomfrey's rant is pretty timely to link with debate here.

*laughs at Johnson exaggerating his own heroics*

Maybe Harry'll go back and teach long term is Young doesn't return. After all, even if he is proven innocent, he's still a useless teacher. And with the way things are going in the Ministry and Auror department, Harry might be glad of a break from it.

I would be terrified of harvesting mandrakes. Like if somebody took off their earmuffs, they could be killed by the cries of the mandrake. And I'd be even more terrified of being the teacher in a class like that, because, yikes, there's bound to be some students you couldn't trust to be responsible. Teaching at Hogwarts must be pretty scary actually, as there are so many ways a student could be killed. It always reminds me of this time we were studying the Lowell mills in history in college and our lecturer was talking about all the injuries and stuff that took place and said something, "imagine if ye wrote home to your parents telling them people were injured or killed in accidents here regularly". Hogwarts students must basically be doing that.

Yikes, only four more chapters and there is still so much to happen - the exam results, solving the murders, possibly finding out what is wrong with Burke, although it looks like he'll be back the following year, so we may not find out until then.

I wasn't really expecting that, to be honest. For some reason, I thought he'd be a "for one year only" character. I guess I thought he'd either want to get back to his brewing or else that his secret, whatever it was, might lead to him leaving.

Author's Response: Burke is definitely a workaholic, so dying would be a really big inconvenience for him. He doesn't have much family, so he doesn't particularly care about being around for them. No, just work. It is a neurological disease, sort of like parkinson's, but Burke isn't going to reveal what exactly it is.

Madam Pomfrey loves a good rant and exams are definitely a good topic for rants. They do more ongoing assessment in NY, but that has its drawbacks, too. Kids miss out on classroom time because they have to take so many tests.

Haha, yeah, Johnson likes to exaggerate his own heroics in order to look good in front of Laurentis. I've thought about Harry quitting the Auror department in order to teach full time, especially with Laurentis in charge, but haven't decided.

Hogwarts is definitely a dangerous place to go to school, isn't it? There are so many chances of dying on a daily basis, even from things as simple as going to class. I imagine some Muggleborns are pulled out of school after some of the shenanigans that happen.

Yep, it's almost over! I wasn't sure whether Burke would be a one year only teacher when I started this one, but I want to keep him around a little while longer. Thanks for reading and reviewing! :)

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