Characters: Open To All At Hogwarts Setting: On the Noticeboard to the right-hand-side of the doors to the Great Hall Content: Currently Worksafe Summary: Slughorn Writes A Letter Of Welcome
To Our Dear Returning Years and Those New Beginners-
Welcome one and all. As in years gone by I will be teaching Potions and acting as mentor to Slytherin House. Before lessons begin, I would welcome any students, my own house or others, to attend my office should they have any concerns or worries. Tea and biscuits are always avaliable, as is Butterbeer and various examples of Honeydukes fine confectionery art, should you experience cravings before our first Hogsmeade weekend.
My office can be found half way down the corridor after the entrance to the dungeons. It is normally left ajar when I am free, and closed if I am busy or teaching (if any of you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a teaching position, you will soon find that lessons do not always keep one busy and entertained, unless you have exceptional students.)
Please come to see me if you need any help or advice for the coming years, or advice on careers and training after you have left Hogwarts.
[HEXED PRIVATE TO ALL SLYTHERIN STUDENTS] I am glad to announce this year that this year's Head Boy heralds from among our ranks- my congratulations to Lucius Malfoy. I am sure he will help the staff keep the school in good running order.
I am also pleased to announce that Lucius (also head of our Quidditch team for you new starters!) has informed me that this year he hopes we can keep the Quidditch cup in our grasp, so I hope all of you with talent on the broom will be trying out tonight, and that those of you not on the team will cheer along our friends and class-mates.
I understand that some of you returning students have enjoyed exotic holidays, and I hope that you have remembered to bring something back for my office so that I may look at it with jealousy. Any exotic tipples will of course have to be confiscated [HEXED PRIVATE AGAINST FELLOW STAFF] and shared out equally at various points in the year. [END HEXED PRIVATE AGAINST FELLOW STAFF]
There are some rules however, which as Head of House I must unfortunately convey to you all: -Lights out is at 9pm. At this point you must all be in the Common Room or your dormitories. -The representatives of other Houses or Schools are not allowed within the Slytherin Common Room -No boys in the girls dormitories or visa versa. You have enough space, it is believed, in the common room to intermingle. -Fagging is banned within Hogwarts. Last year we had a re-emergence of this tradition and while it was a fine tradition in years gone by, it is not a suitable modern practise. Please do not attempt it, otherwise I am afraid the consequences could be very harsh. -Hazing is also banned. I hope our team captains do not have to be warned twice. -Alcohol is a prohibited substance. There are a great many other prohibited substances, all of which I am sure our Caretaker has informed you about. -There is to be no flying, no transfiguring, no illegal potion brewing, no exchange or selling of any dangerous or prohibited items, no hexing, no duelling, and no outlandish use of magic within the school.
Please make a note of these rules and bear them in mind during the coming year.