"Someone competent and talented always does," he said making sure firmly shake Padma's hand before settling into his seat. He thought it perfect to have a colleague in charge, someone who took the same oath as he had and would still hold the same value as it did for him. He always assumed it took a different sort to chose the mysteries. It held within it, for those who studied it, something poignant that one cherished and desired. Whatever it may be and however obscure, some great mystery, it hooked you or it didn't.
He smiled and nodded. "I'm pleased to say that I am officially stolen. I corresponded with Mr Black and he was very gracious about it. It's fortunate Scorpius Malfoy kept me in the loop. I feel like I may have been a little salty had I seen it posted before I had a chance to work my way in," he said with a small laugh. "The resources are abysmal at present, but much has been accomplished with less in history. As for Peter, his personal history is very connected to this place, so his insight is interesting to me. Although aside from what everyone knows, I don't know too much about him. All in time I suppose."
It was miserable in a way he thought, that they had to start from scratch. He could almost close his eyes and hear clocks ticking in the time room, the whoosh of spells being cast and the occasional backfire. But most of all he could picture all the things he had once taken for granted.
"I have. I've kept track of some things," he answered. More than a few things in truth a wall's worth in his room. "I've also formulated several theories, and of course I am building a method of detection. I believe I mentioned it in my journal when we wrote last," he said pleasantly. "However I have mentioned my interest several times previous but that went nowhere. But in the gesture of full disclosure, you should know, or have already picked up on the fact that Potter doesn't trust me much. I suspect the same can be said of Weasley and Granger. So it is only fair to say, in case it ever becomes an issue, that I told you so."