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Finished [Jun. 12th, 2005|01:05 pm]
Ernie Macmillan
After a great deal of sleep, I find myself at a loss as to what to do next. I think that Professor Trelawney must certainly have included me in her vision of those who performed well on their NEWTs.

Now there is only waiting, I suppose, for what comes next; for news of those who left, and what their fate will be; for other people to decide who fails and who does not; and for someone to be eaten by one or another of the beasts that are "guarding" the castle.

Why are all these strange people wandering about the casle? Did Hogsmeade move into Hogwarts, and I wasn't paying attention?
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timepieces [May. 6th, 2005|09:39 pm]
Ernie Macmillan
[Current Mood |scaredvigilant]

I can vouch for the comforting properties of Hannah's biscuits, as well as for the soporific effect of a cup of Hannah's tea. Beyond collecting a load of alarm clocks I am seeking recommendations for a wristwatch that can be set to chime every few minutes--loud enough to wake the wearer--and that will work within the confines of our orange-red walls.

It's difficult to sleep with orange-red light filtering in around the bed curtains. I find this far more stressful than speaking about exams, even, though stress can be mediated with a brisk walk through the corridors and thorough re-checking of one's schedule. I have hopes that perhaps a more soothing blue will be substituted as we draw closer to our exams, though, for the well-being of all revisers. Also I do not care for orange. (No offence intended, Weasley.) Surely one can be as vigilant under a primary colour as under a tertiary colour.
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(no subject) [Apr. 15th, 2005|06:13 pm]
Ernie Macmillan
I have allotted seven minutes and thirty-seven seconds today for writing in this journal. It is said that changing tasks can help keep one focused when there is much to do, and as I plan to one day devote my career to helping others with revision, I should know the relative strengths and weaknesses of all strategies.

Furthermore, I am going to set aside thirty minutes later to copy important events from the Goblin Wars onto index cards and bind them together with a loop of twine. With a charm to repel water, I think this would hang nicely next to a bar of soap in the showers. If others wish to use the aid I will not mind.

In five minutes, I'm going to go out and personally verify that every single Hufflepuff is still on Hogwarts grounds.

Finally, I've three minutes to sit here and think about why anyone would believe it better to leave.
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Outrageous [Feb. 15th, 2005|06:21 am]
Ernie Macmillan
Trust everyone here to turn a silly holiday into a chaotic mess.

It was quite comical at first, but I’m not so sure now. I’ve awoken on and off during the night feeling peculiar. I don’t know if the others sleeping in their beds are really them; frankly, I’m not so naïve as to think that everyone has gone back to their own house like they were told to.

And suppose everyone should stay like this? We haven’t even figured out what caused the switches, have we?

All I can say is that I’m glad I didn’t have the misfortune of being affected by whatever caused this madness.
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Doubting. [Feb. 7th, 2005|05:54 pm]
Ernie Macmillan
[Current Mood |indescribableindescribable]

Upon finding this under my bed last night, I wondered if I should bother to actually write anything in it again. Then I heard of Professor Dumbledore’s announcement of his latest appointed Defence teacher, which is something I absolutely must comment on.

Many students are arguing against Professor Malfoy teaching due to preconceived notions about her, but I’ll be withholding vocalising any judgement in that area. While I don’t approve of certain acquaintances, I doubt any criminals will be over for tea during lessons.

I do have one objection I would like to be known, though. I suppose I’ve to wait and see, but I do feel that perhaps there could have been someone more qualified to teach. I for one am extremely worried as to how this may affect the seventh years’ N.E.W.T. scores. This is also a very crucial class for us, especially in recent times. I would just like to be assured that we are going to be receiving the best education that we can. If that can be guaranteed, I suppose other aspects can be ignored, so long as they do not affect our classroom learning or our safety. And safety being one of the main reasons we’re taking the classes, to be prepared. I do hope we’ll continue to prepare for whatever may be ahead.

And I do think my book may be broken; they are supposed to care if you don't write in them, are they not?
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Sigh. [Oct. 6th, 2004|01:34 am]
Ernie Macmillan
[Current Mood |lonelylonely]

When other people stop writing in their books, they start biting them. Mine doesn't care, it just sits there. It hasn't even begun to nibble.

I went to the new duelling club. Overall I think it was useful, and I was glad to be able to help out a bit. I have a stomachache, but I don't know if it came from that. It reminded me of the duelling club second year, of course, only this time there was no snake that went on the attack at Justin. Well, Justin wasn't even there. I barely see him these days. I wonder if he's forgotten about me just like this bloody book.

There's another meeting next week. I think I'm going back.

Perhaps I've been studying too much, because none of it seems to interest me anymore. I feel like I've been wasting all my time, which isn't the best feeling to have. I don't know what it is. I've been feeling out of sorts. But Hannah said she'd make me cupcakes, and Susan said she'd get the house elves to make me fudge. I might get fat and have to go on a reducing programme again, but I don't care. And I don't care what other people say, Hufflepuff is the best house.
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Resurfacing. [Aug. 25th, 2004|12:12 am]
Ernie Macmillan
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

Only two weeks into summer hols, Mum decided I was working too hard with all my revising. I tried to remind her what an impact N.E.W.T.s would have on my future (as if she didn't remember from her own Hogwarts years!), but she refused to listen. Immediately she LIMITED my available study hours and demanded that I spend at least two hours a day outside in the fresh air and sunshine!

I wanted to inquire whether she had ever stepped outside our house, seeing as England isn't exactly known for its large quantities of fresh air and sunshine, but of course I didn't argue with her.

Needless to say, I had to make many adjustments in order to spend my time efficiently and maximise my eventual N.E.W.T. scores, and one of those sacrifices was to refrain from writing in this journal. However, now that the summer is nearly over, she's let up on her restrictions, so I figure I've a moment or two to record the events of my summer.

I'm slightly suntanned now, which I had not been expecting. I can't say I wholly disapprove. I've also learnt to play snooker. I must say that I'm brilliant at snooker. I think Hufflepuff looks strong for the House Cup this year. How have the rest of you fared this summer? Justin? Hannah? Susan? Zacharias? Eloise? Etcetera?

And finally, congratulations to Ron Weasley upon becoming Head Boy. Though I must confess I had been hoping that the owl bearing that happy letter would be winging its way to my home instead, nonetheless, I am sure you will do an admirable job.

Well, that's a long enough break. I hope to hear from you all shortly!
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Oh No. [Apr. 17th, 2004|10:08 pm]
Ernie Macmillan
[Current Mood |shockedshocked]

I finally have a free moment.

Any new news?

As one of the Prefects of Hufflepuff I'm a bit surprised at how uninformed all of us Prefects are.

Should we pack our bags? If this can happen once, I'm sure it can happen again.
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SPOTWC. [Apr. 4th, 2004|02:46 pm]
Ernie Macmillan
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]

Hannah is brilliant. She's a real positive asset to Hufflepuff and to Hogwarts as a whole. I'm sure you've all heard about SPOTWC by now. I think you should all join so I don't feel so dumb. And, er, Ginny deserves a pony!

Now that I've got that over with I can move on to other important things. Mum owled me this morning and told me that Dad has locked himself in his office again. I'm overjoyed that I'm not home right now, or else I'd have to put up with hearing him rambling away in there all day long. Work's gotten a bit stressful on him. Dad doesn't know when to take a break, no matter how much Mum gets after him.

The other night on patrol I caught a couple of first years in the Astronomy Tower! Can you believe that? They're starting young these days.

Speaking about my duties as a Prefect, be sure to remind me to not make any appointments on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, Hannah! There's something important for me to deal with and I can't miss being there to hear all about it.
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Setbacks. [Mar. 29th, 2004|04:45 pm]
Ernie Macmillan
[Current Mood |stressedstressed]

The secret and very important plan isn't working out too well, Hannah! I haven't found out anything! Everyone keeps glaring at me whenever they see me anymore. It's a bit upsetting, really. They shouldn't be glaring at their Prefect. It isn't very respectful and I have half a mind to just glare right back at them. Instil a bit of fear of authority in them that they all so desperately need.

Some of this higher level Transfiguration work is giving me a migraine. I don't know how I'm going to be prepared for N.E.W.T.s, especially now that I can't spend the entire night revising. Hannah's plans and plots usually take up more than the alloted hour, too. I barely had enough time to crack a book and glance over some N.E.W.T. Charms work after finishing my homework for today!

If only I had a time turner. I could fit so much more into a day.

Er. I've got to go. I need to follow check up on a few... things. Yeah. If you see me DO NOT BOTHER ME AS I WILL BE VERY BUSY!
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