Author's notes: This collection was born in Writer's Month, and now it is upon us again. Today's prompt is "History."


"...leading to the International Warlock Convention of 1289. After some debate—"

"Excuse me, Professor Binns?"

The ghostly teacher looking up with a confused blink. A short boy with wild brown hair was holding his hand up so high that he had half-risen from his seat.

"Yes, Mr. Wyness?"

"It's Weasley. Not to be rude, but I've told you that twice before. This is really boring. Can we study something else?"

The professor stared. So did Hugo's fellow students, excepting those who were still asleep. Hugo continued to look politely earnest.

"I'm sorry if you don't find this lecture sufficiently entertaining, Mr. Weasley, but this is a class about history. What do you propose we should learn about instead?"

"I dunno. Dragons, maybe?"

Professor Binns perked up exactly one iota. "Well, that is an intriguing field of study. There are ten different breeds, found mostly in Europe, but also Asia, South America and the Antipodes—just the other day Professor Hagrid and I were discussing an interesting study…"

Several people were starting to look up when Binns caught himself and shook his head.

"But that is not the subject of today's lesson."

"But Chinese wizards were taming dragons during this period!" Hugo said, digging a library book out from his bag. "Well, trying to, anyway. I have some really gory pictures here if—"

"Mr. Wyness, today we are learning about the political developments of wizardkind on the continent during the late thirteenth century."

"But that's what we always learn about! Don't you think your approach to this class is kind of Eurocentric?"

Professor Binns' puckered face puckered harder.

"World history is covered in the N.E.W.T. curriculum. Now. In September of that year, a subcommittee of Sardinian sorcerers—"

Hugo's hand was in the air again. "What about Quidditch?"

"That is also not the subject of today's lecture."

Hugo thought for a moment. "Would Sardinian sorcerers have known how to play Quidditch in 1289?"

There was a long pause as the two stared at each other.

"Probably not."

Professor Binns resumed his lecture. Hugo tried listening to about sixty seconds, then began filling the margins of his notes with pictures of Sardinian wizards playing Quidditch amidst a dragon-filled pitch.