Defence Against the Dark Arts Classby Parker Nesbit
"The Dark Arts are many, varied,
ever-changing and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed
monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer
and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating,
Defence Against the Dark Arts classes:
Curriculum and classroom
The Curse of the Bogies, which he supposedly taught them has an effect that's unknown.
was the 'teacher' in Harry's second year. He brought
to class, but couldn't handle them (the spell
Pesternomi' was not really a spell). He talked (and wrote!) a
lot about the things he'd done, but when it came right down to it, he was
just a sham. They did cover the
which turns a werewolf
back into a person, and the
Curse (effects are not given), but how much they learned is dubious,
since he really didn't do anything he claims to have done.
The fourth year brought yet another teacher, Alastor Moody (ok--Barty Crouch, jr. Polyjuiced). Although they were only supposed to be learning counter-curses (per MoM regulations), Moody covered the Unforgivable Curses, demonstrating with spiders. This is not normally taught until sixth year, but he said that Dumbledore wanted them to learn what they were like. He put the Imperius Curse on each of them in turn until they could fight it off.
In their fifth year, Harry and his fellow students were taught by Dolores Umbridge, who taught theory only with no practical training whatsoever. The book used was Defensive Magical Theory and it discourages anyone from ever using any form of offensive magic spell. The chapters of the book instead focus on negotiation and states that there is no good use for a jinx. Umbridge did not allow the students to discuss the material and certainly not to disagree with it. The class was a sham and if it weren't for the fact that Harry taught a secret Defence Against the Dark Arts group that year, no one would have learned a darn thing.
Assignments given out:
"(Lockhart) set off back to the castle with Harry, who was wishing he knew a good Vanishing Spell, still clasped to his side. "A word to the wise, Harry," said Lockhart paternally as they entered the building through a side door...Deaf to Harry's stammers, Lockhart swept him down a corridor lined with staring students and up a staircase...They had reached Lockhart's classroom and he let Harry go at last."They were entering from the courtyard where the students spend their break, so they were on the ground floor. They went down a corridor, then up a staircase, so they were on the first floor when they get to the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom.