Mar 06, 2021 3:41 AM
giant snakes? in my magical boarding school? it's more likely than you think
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Maybe they can get the house elves to bring them all lunch in Professor Reynolds' rooms.

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That sounds excellent.

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Yeah.

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Professor Reynolds is available for that, too.

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Then they can share a meal and catch her up on what they learned from the ghost of Myrtle Lowe.

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She hums, frowning. "It's good you two could get her to talk... I don't know of any spells that make their victims see eyes that aren't there, before dying without a mark, though if the victims hadn't left ghosts before we just might have never known..."

She leans back a bit, brow furrowed. "Which suggests she might've actually seen physical eyes, perhaps ones with a strange effect. There's a number of magical creatures that can work magic through their gazes, but not a prohibitive amount to investigate."

"Of course, she might've also been under an illusion or had her memory altered - though there would've been no real reason to do that before her death, and it's supposed to be impossible to alter a ghost's memories."

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"When we were going through the old newspapers, there were a couple other accounts that reported a flash of yellow."

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"...Exceptionally odd."

"It's not too strange the events would be linked, but... I'm not sure there's as many creatures that could do both petrification and death... It'll narrow a search down, at least."

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She sighs. "And there's that voice you two heard, too... It seems likely to be connected, though I think once you narrow everything we know to 'magical creatures that can talk' you hit 'none we know of.'"

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"Myrtle said she heard talking right before she died, too."

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She nods. "Though she didn't recognize the voice, right?"

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"Not positively."

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"It's more leads than we had, though. Thank you."

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"You're welcome."

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"I'll see what I can find for possible creatures."

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"Okay. Let us know if you need more help."

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"I could use some help skimming through bestiaries, actually - there's not really an index that's useful for this, so a large part of the work that isn't 'mailing experts' will be just reading through books to list out everything that meets some of the requirements or just seems plausible."

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"We can definitely do that."

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"So the Fantastic Beasts book?"

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"That, and a few others with different focuses that the library should have. I'll make a list of titles, as well as keywords I'd recommend looking for, though you should also use your own judgement on whether something that doesn't exactly fit the descriptions might be relevant - magical creatures sometimes have odd variants, and we might not have the entire picture, here."

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"Thanks."

She pulls out a piece of parchment, writing several things down.

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Time for more sandwich. Extra horseradish.

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Professor Reynolds finishes her list and sets to eating as well.

She hands the paper off to both girls before they leave.

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