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    Prof. Slytherin

    Does anyone know what Slytherin would taught when he was at school? Any guesses?

    Does anyone know what the most powerful jinx or hex is, excluding the Unforgivable Curses?

    And does anyone know where I can get a good English - Old English translator? I've been searching everywhere.

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    Prof. Slytherin

    What are the other founders teaching? Potions would be the obvious choice for SS, DADA for GG, Transfiguration for RR and Charms for HH but I think old Salazar should teach History of Magic AND Potions. He'd be a great proffesor for History of Magic! He's got a fiery temper, so he'd really get the students interested by giving really heated speeches about great historical moments in history.

    I think the most powerful curse might be Confringo, that exploding one Harry used in DH. But it might be safest just to use Stupefy.

    Good English to Old English I'm not sure about. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo_dolphin2394
    Does anyone know what Slytherin would taught when he was at school? Any guesses?
    My guesses are primarily Potions and possibly Dark Arts, assuming that Hogwarts at the time hadn't outlawed it, or even Defence. I don't see him as needing Transfiguration as he already possessed the ability to communicate with snakes.

    While there's some canon support for this, it's not set in stone. Slughorn and Snape were both head of Slytherin and Potions instructors, and it *seems*, assuming that Dumbledore was a Gryffindor, that particular houses seem to specialise in particular disciplines.

    Although that's also assuming that the curriculum is identical to what it is now, and that's probably a bad assumption. At the time the school was much smaller, and magic a little older, so I can see there being classes combined then that are separate now. Like, Herbology and Potions could possibly be one class, Transfiguration and Charms also one class, possibly Arithmancy and Divination were a single class.

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo_dolphin2394
    Does anyone know what the most powerful jinx or hex is, excluding the Unforgivable Curses?
    Well, Sectumsempra's gotta be up there . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo_dolphin2394
    And does anyone know where I can get a good English - Old English translator? I've been searching everywhere.
    I don't speak Old English so I cannot speak for the veracity of this site, but you may try this: http://wandership.ca/projects/eow/

    However.

    Unless you have a *REALLY* good reason to be writing in Old English, you need to write in Modern English.

    Can you understand this?

    Fęder ure,
    šu še eart on heofenum,
    si šin nama gehalgod;
    to-becume šin rice;
    geweorže šin willa on eoršan swa swa on heofenum.
    Urne ge dęghwamlican hlaf syle us to-deag,
    and forgyf us ure gyltas
    swa swa we forgifaž urum gyltendum,
    ane ne gelęde šu us on costnunge, ac alys us of yfle.
    Amen.


    That's the "Our Father" prayer in Old English. I'd venture to say that the vast majority of your readers aren't going to be able to understand that, and if you write like that, you're going to lose them.

    I struggled with this too, because I am writing a Founder's era story and I found someone who was willing and able to translate for me. And then I realised it would be much more comprehensible if I'd had someone translate it into Latin, and so stuck with modern English and somewhat archaic grammatical structure.

    (For those not in the know, who aren't catching my reference, or know it by another name, the modern English translation of the prayer is:

    Our Father, which art in Heaven,
    Hallowed be thy Name.
    Thy Kingdom come.
    Thy will be done,
    in earth as it is in Heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    As we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    But deliver us from evil.

    Please note that I am not trying to proselytise. It's just the only thing that's relatively well-known and short, that I know was translated into Old English and easily gotten to online, and it does a bang-up job of making my point!)

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