Starlee Kennedy, the Head Girl for Year One Astronomy, will be on vacation from Monday August 10 to Friday August 14 in a place with limited access to the internet. If you have any questions during that time, please address them to me or to one of the other two graders.
My name is Professor Robert Plumb. If you want to discuss the course material or anything else with me, feel free to send me an owl.
The new Astronomy 101 lessons have all been published. You are allowed to consult the lessons while doing assignments, but for some of the questions, the lessons don't contain the answers, only the information that will enable you to deduce the answers, which will require logical thinking. If you have completed the current Year One course, you are not required to do the new one, but it would be advisable to do so, because the material in it will be tested on your O.W.L. exam.
I was born in Toronto, Canada, on June 27, 1968. Both my parents are Muggles and I have no siblings. At the age of 8 I became fascinated with astronomy and I devoured all the astronomy books in the Toronto Public Library. In 1979, at the age of 11, I was invited to study at Hogwarts. I declined the invitation because Voldemort was running things in Britain. Instead I studied in Muggle schools, graduating from secondary school with top grades in mathematics and physics, grades ranging from good (in chemistry) to mediocre (in history) and the second-lowest grade in my class in physical training; the only boy who got a lower grade was being punished for bad behaviour. I then studied mathematics, physics, and astronomy at the University of Toronto and earned my PhD in astronomy in 1992.
Then, with Voldemort having been (temporarily) defeated, I enrolled in Hogwarts as a mature student and was sorted into Ravenclaw. You won’t have heard of my having studied at Hogwarts because I kept a low profile. There I learned for the first time about magical astronomy, which fascinates me as much as Muggle astronomy ever did. I eventually graduated with some Os including Astronomy, some Es and one gentleman’s A, in DADA, because I was too unathletic to duel effectively.
There being no opening in Hogwarts for an Astronomy Professor, I returned to Toronto, where I eked out a living giving private lessons in mathematics, physics, and astronomy until a position opened up at the Richmond Hill Observatory just north of Toronto. There I met a woman with whom I instantly fell in love - a Muggle. We got married soon thereafter and we now have two sons, both Squibs, and both already grown men.
A position as Astronomy Professor in Hogwarts opened up in 2018. I applied for it and was accepted in early 2019; so now I will resume my role as an educator, this time teaching magical as well as Muggle astronomy.
If you have any questions about the course, or just want to converse with me, feel free to send me an owl. You can also ask questions of one of my PAs. Currently I have four PAs who are familiar with the new version of Year One Astronomy: Émilie, Starlee Kennedy, Sebastian Jhimonell, and Timothy Walsh. Timothy Walsh and another PA - Rachel Robson - are familiar with the current version of Year Two and Year Three Astronomy, which will eventually be revised. You can find them by typing their name in the "Search HiH" bar on the top of your screen.