reminded all faculty that Hogwarts will be under heightened scrutiny during
the Triwizard Tournament, and
staff were reminded to extend the utmost courtesy to our foreign guests,
Ministry officials, and members of the press. Prof.
Prof. Moody each made a statement
about Headmaster Karkakoff of Durmstrang that they declined to repeat
for the record. Prof. Snape inquired
as to the status of the investigation of the irregularities surrounding the
selection of the Triwizard
champions. Headmaster Dumbledore
reviewed the security procedures that were implemented during the Champions'
selection, and reported that no clues have as yet been unearthed as to how
this security was breached. Prof. Moody
stated his opinion that the selection of
Harry Potter (4th year
that powerful dark forces were afoot, and requested everyone to maintain
"constant vigilance." Prof. Snape
stated, in his opinion, that Potter
and Potter alone was responsible for
what he termed "the Goblet of Fire fiasco,"
and moved (for the 29th time) that
Potter be expelled from
Motion was tabled.
Prof. McGonagall asked for the
faculty to review proper student disciplinary procedures, running from the
least restrictive (losing points,
detention) to most restrictive
(expulsion). All interventions must be properly documented.
Hogwarts was cited and fined two years ago when a previous
Defence Against the Dark Arts
professor caused the bones in a student's arm to disappear. She reminded
staff that Transfiguration of
students as a consequence
of inappropriate behavior is strictly prohibited.
Prof. Moody objected, claiming that
spending 15 minutes as a rodent would teach a recalcitrant student more than
a week of detention.
Headmaster Dumbledore suggested
that Prof. Moody lobby the appropriate
Ministry officials if he wished to advocate for a change in this policy.
Until then, only approved disciplinary procedures may be enacted.
Several professors expressed some concern over the placing of two unemployed
house-elves on the payroll.
There was some worry over the effect on the budget and Hogwarts' reputation.
reassured staff that the two
house-elves in question
were fully trustworthy, and would be unlikely to instigate any seditious
undertakings. Prof. Snape still
expressed concern over the precedent being created, and further noted that
Hermione Granger (4th year
was contributing to the elves' unrest by distributing subversive literature
on their behalf. He moved (for the 19nd time) that
Ms. Granger be expelled.
Headmaster Dumbledore expressed
concern over budgetary overruns in the following departments:
Care of Magical Creatures,
Mr. Hagrid attributed his
Department's budget overrun to an unexpectedly high death rate among the
Blast-Ended Skrewts, but assured
the faculty that the population has now stabilized. It was noted that
Prof. Moody ordered an unusually large
which he insisted was essential for the curriculum he is currently utilizing.
Prof. Snape attributed the greater
part of his department's budget expenses to replacing cauldrons and other
materials ruined by Neville Longbottom
(4th-year Gryffindor). He
moved (for the 11th time) that
Longbottom be expelled.
Madam Pomfrey stated that the
Blast-Ended Skrewts, currently
being raised in
Care of Magical Creatures,
have resulted in a 263% increase in visits to the infirmary for lacerations,
bruises, and first and second-degree burns.
Mr. Hagrid pointed out that there
were no incidents of third-degree burns, and that many students found the
creatures "cute." Several professors asked what they were being
raised for, and Mr. Hagrid replied
that the Skrewts have several
important uses. He was still researching their most important use. Staff
narrowly voted to allow Mr. Hagrid
to continue raising the Skrewts
until the end of the current school year. At that time, their status will be
Prof. Binns stated that he is still
having 4.7 Galleons deducted each pay period for health insurance,
despite the fact that as a ghost,
he is no longer is at risk for illness or disability.
Madam Pomfrey confirmed that
Prof. Binns has not been seen in her
infirmary since his acquisition of post-biological status.
promised to bring the matter to the attention of Payroll.
Prof. Flitwick and
Prof. McGonagall stated that the
Yule Ball Committee will hold its
first meeting a week from Wednesday. All volunteers are appreciated!
Several professors expressed concern over
Prof. Trelawney's continued
absence at these faculty meetings.
acknowledged these concerns, and reminded faculty that he has spoken to her
about her non-attendance on several occasions. She claims that she wishes to
attend, but certain unfortunate planetary alliances forbid it.
begged for the faculty's continued indulgence of
Trelawney's eccentricities, and
reminded everyone that her record of two accurate predictions has made her
Hogwarts' most successful Divination
Professor in over three centuries.
reminded staff that Hogwarts' owls are to be used for official purposes
only. Staff were reminded to use their own owls for all personal
The first-floor girls' restroom on
Gryffindor continues to
be in disuse. Headmaster Dumbledore
stated that its repair is not in the budget this year.
Prof. Snape moved (for the 15th time)
that Ron Weasley (4th year
Gryffindor) be expelled.
He refused to cite a specific reason. Motion tabled.
Next meeting is scheduled for 11/29/95