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In one of the books, I think it was OoTP, one of the people trying out for the Gryffindor Quidditch team mentioned that if practice clashed with Charms Club she would go to Charms Club.
This got me thinking a bit about extra-curricular clubs at Hogwarts. What do you think students do in Charms Club? Do they learn new Charms, more advanced Charms? Do they try to invent their own? Do you think the students that were in Charms Club would be ultra-competitive in lessons? Would they have a reputation of being swots? Would Professor Flitwick preside over Charms Club or would there be an elected student leader?
I'm interested in what other people think because in my high school we didn't have extra-curricular subject based clubs like this. Any ideas would be much appreciated!!
I never picked up on that in the books, but it sounds really interesting!
I think the club would have a student leader, as most extra-curricular things are created and run by students, at least in my view. But I think Flitwick would be very involved and would watch over their meetings as much as he could. He is a busy man, though, so I wouldn't expect him to be at every single meeting.
I think the club would do everything with charms, actually. I know in my high school, and even university, the subject based clubs are more for those who need help with the subject. Maybe students go to it because they aren't satisfied with their marks and want to do better. I can see it being sort of like a "study group" only they get together once or twice a week, instead of just before a test or something. Anyone could go to it, and there would be a few higher year individuals who help others with any sort of problem they have with the subject.
But it could also be for those who love charms as well, and go not for the extra help, but just extra learning. They might go to learn more advance charms as you stated, or maybe just work to perfect certain spells. I'm not sure about the creation of new spells.. I'm not sure how one really goes about that, and it seems you'd have to be really intellegent to do it.
Would they be ultra-competitive? I think that depends more on the persons personality and also why they are there. If a student is going for extra help, s/he wouldn't be competitive at all! But for those students who go just to learn more, they might be. Again though, it depends on the persons personality. If a kid prided himself on being good at charms, but someone was able to do a spell before he could, then I could see him getting a little angry and jealous over it. But just becuase they are apart of Charms Club, I don't really see a reason to be competitive in the class.
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Hmm, it's odd isn't it, because the girl who Angelina decides not to pick because she says she'd rather be at Charms Club, obviously enjoys it. This makes me think it would be the sort of club that hermione would join ... yet she doesn't.
Perhaps it is more for pupils that are struggling, yet there's no mention of anyone else like Seamus joining. Or maybe it was a club set up by the students and only for that particular year - which would explain why Hermione wasn't in it.
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I think perhaps Hermione wasn't in something like a Charms Club because she prefers working on her own - she never is in any Study Groups or anything like that, is she? Or, for that matter, any "club" except for SPEW. I think she'd rather learn from books than from other students... Also, her closest friends are Harry and Ron, and I don't see them joining the Charms Club... They'd probably mock her a lot, and she would know that and avoid it on purpose. Or maybe she learned from her third-year-experience and doesn't want to pile work on herself more than necessary even if she would like to. In general, I think there would be a lot of Ravenclaws in there (cliché cliché but there's a reason behind those, haha) and students who socialise easily and are either very ambitious or have a great passion for one particular subject.
Anyway – I think that "Charms Club" suggests something that pupils do for fun, not because they struggle. I think it's the "Club"... that just sounds like.. yeah. Something that exceptional Charms students do to work on advanced spells together and so on. Perhaps I'm cliché-ing here, but I much rather see Lily Evans than Hermione in such an organisation. I think Flitwick would suggest students who are top of their years in Charms, and then perhaps give suggestions to them, but that they either don't have a "leader" or that an older student is head of the club, like the Quidditch Captain.
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Hmmm, I'm not totally convinced that Hermione wouldn't join because she'd prefer to study alone. Whilst we know that she did study alone in the library, she also never lost an opportunity to display her knowledge in class.
I think she'd relish being with a peer group who wanted to furthur their knowledge.
Perhaps Charms Club is for NEWT students, and by the time Hermione is in Sixth year, she's either too busy or doesn't see it as quite as important. She is, after all, in Slug Club and getting very annoyed with Harry for beating her at Potions.
Maybe she went to Charms Club but just didn't tell Ron or Harry because she knew they'd mock.
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Maybe she did go to Charms club, and old Harry and Ron about it, but it was never really brought up. Y'know, I don't know all of my friends after school scheduales! (Then again, I don't stay after school...)
I think Charms Club would be a lot like a club that is associated with a subject-- having people very focused on the topic, and people who were forced there by their proffessor. Obviously, they would work on charms, and I suspect that it might just be a meeting place for some giggly girls, too. But anyways, I think why it's so ill-mentioned in the books is because it's not an important aspect. I don't see a club as a highlight of anyone's day, really.
Just my opinion!
Hmm, I'd always considered any of the Clubs mentioned as something for fun more than to further knowledge or to improve as a general purpose (though, of course, all of these things can go together). I'm sure that, in a club for one of the core subjects at Hogwarts, there's plenty of learning going on, but I think they'd be learning the kind of spells that don't get taught in class - probably some housekeeping sorts of charms could be taught (like the spells that Tonks tries to use on Harry's stuff in OotP), and I can picture kids bringing in books (from home or the library) and finding cool charms for changing the colour of shirts or making things blow up and put themselves back together.
To me, I could see a student leader being elected each year from 6th or 7th year, and prehaps an adult advisor to make sure nothing goes awry or illegal spells were being used. I think it'd be somewhat informal, with students working on whatever project suits them and appeals to their interests, watched over by the student leader/advisor. Also, I think members would have to at least be 2nd or 3rd years (I'm leaning toward 3rd year), just so they have a firm base to their knowledge and know the basics of wand usage and magical theory. Of course, like with Harry and Quidditch, there could be exceptions to every rule.
It is possible that Hermione was in it, but it wasn't important to the plot (and therefore not mentioned. I would have found it odd to hear about her being in Charms Club then never have it come up again. I don't see her as being much of a member though. One of the things that gets her fired up is a 'cause', like better treatment of house-elves or Buckbeaks trial, and I can't see Hermione putting as much effort into something like Charms Club as she does with SPEW and her schoolwork, as well as trying to keep the boys in line and helping Harry with whatever quest/problem was going on in a particular year.