|S. Snape (exsequeverus) wrote in vox_lacuna,|
@ 2007-11-24 01:21:00
|Current location:||Slytherin, Head's Office|
|Entry tags:||1993, be thankful, letter, remus lupin, severus snape|
Accept my congratulations on the popular success of your first round of classes.
Some of my upper formers have asked me (it’s my practice to summarize the nature and importance of OWLs and NEWTs for the years to whom it's relevant) to call to your attention the brevity of Lockhart's habitation of the Defense post. I therefore remind you that Lockhart's predecessors were by and large reasonably competent, and both he and they shared your apparent preference for a curricular focus on dangerous creatures and entities; they're not as far behind as they believe you think them to be.
I should add that I hear this most years from at least one form, and have as usual reminded them that a new teacher and term will inevitably mean some degree of revision and assessment.
S. Snape, HSH
I thought to end in an epithet, but none seems quite equal to the task.
As pleased as I am that we concur on the maddening nature of Longbottom's persistent cringing, your solution was distinctly suboptimal. Raillery is no substitute for confidence, disrespect for fear is not an acceptable trade, and any product of this juvenility will have to be reversed. It’s my sincere hope that you will exhibit the grace to admit to your House outright that you knowingly and deliberately courted the extra discipline, including but not limited to increased percentage of points lost per infraction (I will not, however, do anything so useless as to make them serve detentions which should properly be yours) which they will be experiencing until the full fifty have been properly siphoned.
If you find the total excessive, be so good as to recall that you do not now serve as any example so feeble as that of prefect.
No doubt they'll make the connection unaided, but it might be well for them to hear it from you.