History of Magic was Alison’s next class, and she couldn’t wait. She loved debates about history, and that was how the classes were usually conducted, and Alison tended to do well in discussions. She was widely read, as well as being interested in the topics. She knew a lot about early European magical history, especially around the time of the muggle Religious wars, because that had been a bad tie to be a wizard. Her family was a fairly old one, as well, so she delighted in naming the various ancestors. Not all of them had been famous or important, but they’d always been involved in commerce of some kind. This was what Alison herself was interested in, so the history of economics in European wizardry was something she was thinking about for a book, perhaps for her OWL in the subject next year.
In class today, they were going to write about something they’d been staring at for years: They could choose any picture they liked, and write a couple of dozen inches about it. She supposed that most of the students would pick one of the founders pictures, but Alison searched all over the halls for something different. She chose to write about one of the few pictures of a centaur: One of the ones that had fought on the side of Harry Potter and his allies. She described the painting, which showed him standing in front of a group of other centaurs, and shaking hands with some of the defenders of Hogwarts Castle. No one saw much of the Centaurs these days, so she thought it was an interesting topic to write about. She did more than the required 24 inches, and then returned it to the Professor and went off to her next class.