"Flattery, Mr. Nott." His words drew out another light bubble of laughter and a teasing smile as they shook hands before he sat down. Theo didn't strike her as another one of the 'old boys' club' researchers who had proliferated their department and Padma was grateful for that. His assistance with the research would be invaluable and she was used to working with men who thought their genitals made them better than a witch. But, it would be so much more pleasant and productive for all of them to be able to work like equals.
"Have no fear, had you not reached out to me this weekend, you would have been hearing from me today. But, I shall have to remember to thank Scorpius for being so helpful in keeping you less salty." When Peter had first approached her about starting the department, Theo had been one of her first thoughts for those who could be asked to join them. She had no doubts about Peter's ability or skills. But, Theo was an Unspeakable. He had the training and prior access to information the same as she. "Having had Hermione's memories for awhile, I know a bit more about what Peter and his friends accomplished. Honestly, I would love to bring all four of them in to work on this. Along with Professor Snape, Professor Dumbeldore, and my sister. But, I've been given the impression our Minister is less interested in research of any kind, unsurprisingly."
Figuring out the hows and whys of the castle's magic in putting them in this situation seemed far more important than staffing law enforcement or even establishing relations with other countries at this point. What good would any of that do them if they were trapped in this school, turned into puppets of the castle itself, for the rest of their lives?
Still, she couldn't help the pleased smile as Theo went on, speaking like a true researcher. "If we're being honest, I don't think those three truly trust anyone much, even those of us in D.A. or those from the Order. I wouldn't take it personally. I was under the same impression myself after arriving. Peter was the one who convinced me to try it by approaching Ron first and only presenting the more practical benefits they could understand. I would be very interested in hearing your theories, however. I think both our specialities from before will end up being deeply involved in whatever is going on with this castle, whether Harry likes it or not."