"Welcome back to Hogwarts, everyone - or just welcome, for the first years. They may be a few years away, but you're all preparing for OWLs, NEWTs, and more importantly, the real world and your future careers, so I expect you all to be focused and attentive. I do have fun lessons planned this year but if you all insist on messing around, we'll stick to the regular lessons. There will be no discussion of politics in my class, and any student found inciting a discussion can expect extra homework. I would also like to remind all students that this is a learning environment and I will not tolerate any discrimination or bullying, so unless you'd like to find yourself in detention, I suggest you keep your personal opinions about your peers to yourself."
She can't help a small, amused snort at Río's answer, simply because fairies are known for being rather vain and likely wouldn't enjoy being compared to a pest. "They're similar but not quite, Ríoghnán, but I'd love to hear what a fairy thinks of your answer. Quinn is correct; it's a Cornish pixie. Five points to Hufflepuff. The pixie is often considered a pest, and they're known for causing mischief. Five points for any other fun facts about pixies you all can think of. They also have a close cousin of sorts called an imp. Who can tell us some differences between pixies and imps?"
Sekani had been spacing out the whole lesson, but at the sound of 'pranks' he perked up, wondering what they were talking about. "Uhhhh.... differences between pixies about imps?" he repeated, hoping that's what they were talking about or else he'd sound like an idiot.
"Counter-spells can save your life," Frannie pitches in, albeit hesitantly. She suspects her cousins will swiftly intervene, and likely attempt to one-up her, or at the very least try and degrade her for getting the answer. But she does it, because she knows she'll feel bad if her yearmates let the class plunge into an awkward silence. "Counter-spells are essentially spells that protect you - or at the very least undo - the effect of someone else's spell... right?"
"It's basically any spell that out-dose another spell, right?" She piped up, flipping through her notes. "Like if someone uses a jinx on you, then you can use a counter-curse or something like that. It doesn't have to specifically be a protection, but something that just counters another spell."
"Good answers, five points to each of your houses. Counter-spells primarily stop or undo the effects of other spells, but there are a few that can be used preemptively, such as anti-jinxes. Ryleigh, you were just off with the incantation - it's finite incantatem or simply finite, and it's an essential spell to have in your arsenal. You should all have experience with that particular spell already. Now, when might you use a counter-spell? Let's have some specific examples, or even something you've used a counter-spell for."