"Professor Slughorn's good like that," Nikolas replied with a bemused grin. "So long as you show some sort of potential to be famous someday. Or do well in his class."
He laughed shortly; he'd done fairly well in Potions in the past, more so when Professor Slughorn had taken over. Nikolas had pondered once or twice mentioning the prominence of his mother's family to the professor, with the hope of getting an invitation to one of those dinner parties, but had in the end decided that to do so would be silly. Anyway, he'd probably have lost interest in attending them soon enough. He could only take so much of watching other people's posturing.
"That was clever. I guess not many people would just have books about this sort of thing in their homes, unless maybe they had a parent interested in it."