PTNS-101 Notebook

written by Piper Clark

A complete collection of detailed PTNS-101 notes by Piper Clark. Includes Potions and Ingredients Index at the end.

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Lesson 1: Hello, Hello, Hello(Introduction)

Chapter 1
~Course Reading
-No required textbook, but Magical Drafts and Potions is highly recommended
-Also especially pay attention in Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology classes as these are large components of potion making

-For the first 2 years, essays are extra credit and quizzes are the only mandatory assignments.
-Quizzes include short answer, multiple choice, and true/false. Short answers and essays are graded by professor or PAs.
-Creative submissions(videos, art, song, story, etc.) are always welcome in place of an essay
-Beginning in Year 2, there'll be an optional Potioneer's log assignment which allows you to reflect on what you learned that year and your overall experience. It adds to your overall potions experience and is strongly recommended. Minimum word requirement of 1000 words.
-There is zero tolerance for plagiarism, whether it's from another student, the lesson, or the internet. Any plagiarism is punished with an immediate 1% and a detention. Any quotes should be properly cited and not make up more than 5% of the essay.

~With the Lights Out, It's Less Dangerous - Lab Safety
-Heed instructions
-Dress Code - Wear sufficient covering and close-toed shoes. Don't wear anything bulky or long-hanging jewelry. Students with long hair should keep their hair pinned up and a out of the way. Wear dragon-hide gloves if necessary and always wear goggles.
-Be patient. Wait for professor to specifically give permission for you to brew before beginning.
-Absolutely no practical jokes in the classroom tolerated. Someone can easily get hurt.
-If anyone is hurt or makes a mistake, don't run to them to help. Allow professor to handle it.
-Be very careful with wands

~Here We Are Now - Intro and Brief History of Potions
-"Potion": A magical mixture that combines both magical and mundane ingredients, that has been brewed to achieve a certain effect.
-These effects vary drastically, from aiding headaches to increasing energy, causing body parts to swell, changing eye color or appearance, and even providing strong psychological or poisoning effects.
-Today, potions are brewed over a fire or other heat source in a cauldron.
-Difficulty levels of potions vary immensely, as well as brewing time. Some take 20 minutes while others take over 24 hours!
-ONLY a witch or a wizard should ingest a potion. Muggle exposure causes unusual and often lethal reactions.
-Before the International Wizarding Statute of 1689, magical and non-magical communities lived in close proximity to each other. Sometimes, magical people were elevated to a high status. Some magical people were even deemed to be descendants of gods by some civilizations.
-Back then, Muggles may have been more tolerant of potions and elixirs.
-Ancient wizard and Muggle accounts show cases of shamans and priests creating love potions and similar products for Muggles. (These "love potions" may have been mixtures of mundane ingredients to replicate the effects of a potion, however.)
-Unfortunately, most ancient civilizations didn't provide definite accounts of the ingredients and magic used in many potions, especially those given to Muggles.
-After the Statute of Secrecy, many Muggles continued taking advantage of the popularity of potions, and some sold fraudulent liquid remedies to other Muggles at high prices for their “magical powers”.
-The term “snake oil salesman” still applies to those Muggles who sell goods with false information about their effectiveness.
-The long separation from magic has caused what little tolerance Muggles had to potions to fade. The human body tends to work like this: it adapts to things it experiences regularly, while growing intolerant to things it has not experienced ever in its lifetime or in quite a few generations.
-Some think that certain allergies in both magical and non-magical people may be related to this in some way.
-An example of the way this works is consumption of lactose in Muggles.

~Homework: A quiz and an extra-credit essay.
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