Professor Redgrave had given Saralyn and Iris permission to be in the potions classroom out of class time. He just had to be around to unlock the classroom, and then wander in every now and again to ensure that nothing was going wrong. She could understand the reasoning, but between both girls, she doubted they were going to create a disaster.
The potion that she had been working on, had to sit and simmer for a little longer, so she pulled one of her books towards her, and then glanced towards Iris. "How's yours going?" she questioned, glancing back at what heat her potion was simmering on to make sure that it was not too high.
She and Saralyn had permission to use the potions classroom pretty much anytime they wanted as long as Professor Redgrave wasn't too terribly busy. He had to unlock the room after all, and was technically supposed to check up on them from time to time. Considering it was the two of them and not Tesla, she was pretty sure he didn't really have to check up on them. The two of them weren't going to blow up the room, or even a potion for that matter. Not to mention, it was unlikely that they were going to be brewing dangerous potions in the first place. This wasn't time for them to experiment with discovering new potions after all. Really, this was more for them to hone their skills on the standard potions as the two of them both wanted to become potions mistresses.
She was stirring her potion when Saralyn asked her how it was going. She looked up and smiled at the slightly younger girl. "It seems to be going well enough. How's yours?" she asked with a smile. Idly, she wondered when the two of them would be checked on next. It had been a bit after all, so she assumed it would be soon enough. Honestly though, she was just glad they were allowed to use the potions classroom whenever they wanted. "What potion are you brewing anyway?" she asked curiously.
Professor floofyboots Redgrave had not checked on them recently, so it was likely that he may pop his head back in the door again soon. Personally, Saralyn did not see why he bothered. If something was going to go wrong, it would like go from a problem to a disaster in a matter of seconds. If he was not here when it happened, then what was the point?
"That's good," she said, eyeing Iris' potion. Though without knowing exactly what she was doing, and where she was it, it was a little hard to form any judgement on what was going on. "An invisibility potion," she said, glancing at her heat again. It was fine, as it had been the last time that she had checked, but she was still a little paranoid. She did not trust her senses sometimes. "What about you?"
They hadn't been checked on, so she suspected it would be soon unless he forgot about them or got distracted by something terribly interesting. She wouldn't be too surprised if he forgot about them actually. Iris liked to think she was hard to forget about, but she supposed a professor who had so many other things to be doing could easily forget about the two of them in his classroom. Besides, as long as they didn't set the school on fire it shouldn't matter what they were up to really.
Iris asked Saralyn what potion she was brewing simply because she was curious. She assumed they were both doing higher level potions at the very minimum. There wasn't a whole lot of point in doing potions they did in class all the time right? The other girl answered that she was brewing an invisibility potion and she smiled slightly. "Going to sneak around the school after to test it out?" she teased with a slight grin. She may have been the head girl, but she had gotten up to a bit of trouble during her first several years and didn't actively discourage it as long as nobody was getting hurt. She was asked what she was brewing and she hummed a bit. "Amortentia. Though, figuring out if it's right is going to be a bit more difficult." she said with a slight sigh. It wasn't as if she was going to drink the potion herself, and she wasn't entirely sure what the potion was supposed to smell like for her so maybe she'd just have to ask the professor about it when she was done.
Speak of the devil.... the door opened and Saralyn's quick glance at it showed that it was Professor Redgrave. The room was clearly not on fire, that was his job done. She nodded at him, as an acknowledgement that he was there, but also that she had no questions to ask him, and then turned her attention back to her potion, fiddling with the fire temperature again.
Saralyn laughed softly. "Well, it's tempting," she mused. "Just to see if it works, of course." And also because it might be interesting. And having an invisibility potion on hand could have its uses... somewhere along the line, she was sure. At the mention of Amortentia, Saralyn's eyes flickered to her friend. "Give it someone you don't like and see how it goes?" She was only half joking. Though it did make her wonder how amortentia was meant to smell to her, that could be an interesting thing to find out.
Iris heard the door open and she turned and gave the Professor a wave. Everything was fine, nothing was on fire, which meant he would likely be back on his way again. Saralyn simply nodded at him, and so they had acknowledged he existed, but were now returning to their respective potions. They didn’t have any questions for him it would seem. At least, if they did neither of them said anything about it. Perhaps she should ask him how to go about making sure her potion was correct. She could do that later once it was complete though, for now she could just go back to talking to Saralyn about it.
Iris grinned. ”Oh, of course.” she said simply. There were no nefarious ideas in either of their heads about running around the school while invisible clearly. Just because they were prefects didn’t mean they were immune to trouble. Iris had gotten up to quite a bit of harmless trouble in her first several years. Then the suggestion for testing it made Iris laugh. ”Well, that’s one option sure. I should probably brew a remedy too though” she said with a laugh. Maybe she should get that from a professor instead so that she knew it was right as even if the amortentia wasn’t perfect it was likely that it would still work to some extent. ”Having someone influenced into being in love with me temporarily could be problematic without an antidote. Especially if it’s someone I don’t like.” she pointed out with a slight frown. There were a lot of moral issues with giving it to someone she did like too as she would have to be the responsible one and not consider taking advantage of their temporary love for her.
Out of the corner of her eye, Saralyn saw Professor Redgrave leaving the classroom again. Perhaps she could have asked him if she was on track with her potion, but it seemed to be coming along correctly according to the steps in the book. He'd pop in again, and perhaps she could question him about it then.
"A remedy would definitely help," Saralyn said, amusement coming through her tone. "Just a little bit problematic." Love potions were weird things, weren't they? And when you thought about it, they were not the most pleasant of potions. Tricking someone into liking you. Though a lot of magic was like that, could be like that. Changing thoughts, changing the substance. "Though it could also be slightly entertaining," she said with a slight flash of her teeth. "It is interesting the recipe can be found easily. You'd think it was something the ministry wouldn't want people making."
Professor floofyboots Redgrave, made his leave again, and she supposed next time he popped in they would both be finished with their potions. Maybe she would ask him to test it. That could be rather hilarious, though she sincerely doubted he would agree to it even if he could easily brew himself a remedy because he would know that it was the potion influencing him to be interested in her. Though, that might also be slightly awkward and hard to explain to anyone if they should happen to wander in.
Saralyn agreed that a remedy would help and she frowned slightly. Should she start on that now too? Though, she probably shouldn’t divide her attention between two potions at the same time. ”I guess I’ll start on one of those once I finish the amortentia then.” she said with a slight smile. At least both of them would know what the potion smelled like to them once she was done though, that was certainly of interest to her. Maybe Saralyn wouldn’t care about such things though. ”Depending on who it is yes it could be. Though, I imagine they may want payback for it later.” she said with a slight frown. That, would be more problematic than the potion she thought. Iris shrugged at the suggestion the Ministry wouldn’t want people making it. ”It’s a difficult potion to make, and I suppose they figure if someone’s desperate enough they’ll figure out how to make it whether they ban it or not. The three unforgivable curses are banned, but people still know what they are and how to perform them anyway.” she said simply. There was only so much you could do to stop someone after all.
Saralyn nodded. "That may be a good idea." At least for practicality's sake. Knowing how to brew antidotes to the potions you can brew was likely to be a smart move, just in case. "They likely would." She would certainly want payback if someone spiked her with a love potion, or with any other type of potion. "Though that could lead to entertaining places," she paused. "At least from an outsiders perspective." Though being in the feud could also be entertaining, but Saralyn did quite enjoy conflict and confrontation admittedly.
She tilted her head to the side. "I suppose that is true." Maybe they just didn't think about banning stuff like amortentia when there was magic that was so much more dangerous and harmful. "I suppose love potions can be seen as pretty mild compared to everything else that magic can do." Though it did restrict some degree of free will, didn't it? And that was surely problematic to a degree. Maybe the ministry was just full of idiots that didn't really think these sort of things through?
She’d brew an antidote then figure out how to test the amortentia. Maybe she would find someone willing to actually take it? She doubted that, but she could hope. She’d ask the professor first if maybe he would be able to tell if it was brewed perfectly or not without drinking it. Or hell, maybe he’d drink it if she told him she also had the antidote for it handy. Though, that would be enormously awkward for the few minutes he would spend infatuated with her. ”Seeing as I would be directly involved, I probably wouldn’t find it nearly as amusing.” she said with a sigh. Though, Iris wasn’t one who enjoyed petty confrontation in the first place, so perhaps she wouldn’t have enjoyed it even if she wasn’t involved. It was hard to say, and she thought it depended entirely on the conflict.
Amortentia wasn’t exactly an easy potion to brew, but she was pretty sure she had done it. Then again, one could argue that with the right mindset the unforgivable curses were not difficult to cast either. ”Falling in love, even if it isn’t real, is no more harmful than being tortured with a curse. The ministry has probably accepted that these things are hard to police, and as the ingredients are used for more than just amortentia they can’t just ban those either.” she said with a sigh. It would be hard to police the brewing of such things, just as it was hard to stop people from using dark magic. The knowledge was out there if you knew where to look, and the Ministry couldn’t burn all of it.
Some of the higher level potions were a little harder to test, though that could be said of a lot of potions, admittedly. How did you test a poison antidote without first being poisoned? Which could very quickly go wrong if the antidote was not correct. Her invisibility potion would be an interesting thing to test out - though how that went would depend entirely on how well it worked. If it only half worked, than that could be awkward. "No, probably not," Saralyn agreed, things were less fun when you were one of the people on the receiving end. Pity that.
"I understand that they can't ban the ingredients. That would be like banning wands because some people use them for harm. But they could outright ban the selling of love potions. That wouldn't stop them being sold, and I suppose the people that would intend to do harm, would still be able to get their hands on them. But it would keep people just foolishly mucking around from getting their hands on them." Teenagers who thought that it would be fun to spike someone that they knew, or people trying to get revenge on someone that had wronged them. Saralyn shrugged her shoulders. It just seemed foolish to her, but she was hardly an expert.
@iris cackling over picturing aurelius taking a love potion for iris
Things like this were definitely less fun when you were directly involved. Thus, she would have to figure out how to test it without just sort of tricking someone into it. Besides, she didn’t want someone to fake fall in love with her then be pissed about it later. That seemed more like a mean prank on herself if anything. Thus, she’d have to figure something else out. Was there a way to tell it was brewed correctly based on color and smell? Didn’t it smell different to everyone though? Maybe that would tell her if it was right. Just ask random people what the potion smelled like and if they all gave different answers she’d know if it was correct. Though, admittedly, she wasn’t even sure why she was brewing this potion. To see if she could? To see what it smelled like to her? Perhaps it was both. Besides, it was good brewing practice.
”Banning their sale would probably be a good idea. Maybe you should write a letter to the Ministry about it? They could still be brewed and exchanged, but at least then it would be a little more difficult.” she said with a slight sigh. Love potions weren’t the easiest to brew, so it would keep the incompetent people from getting ahold of them easily at least. The potion was done, so she turned off the heat and stared at it. Well, okay, now what? Perhaps she should just fill some vials with it and make an antidote? Yeah, that would probably be the best course of action right now, so she started pouring it into vials. She slid one over to Saralyn. ”What does it smell like to you?” she asked curiously.
She could have written a letter to the ministry about it, but it wasn't really something Saralyn cared enough about to bother to do that. She just didn't think that it made sense for them to be so easily distributes, in the wrong hands.... Though she also doubted the ministry would listen to her. What did they care what a sixteen year old student had to say? It really was quite unlikely they'd listen. "I could," she said, so as not to dismiss the idea completely.
As Iris slid the potion over, Saralyn eyed her friend. "Don't try to drug me now," she said half joking, but picked it up so that she could smell it. She was curious as to what were the smells that attracted her. She took a few moments to try and isolate the smells. "Roses, old books, Something that reminds me of potions, but I can't quite tell what the smell is," she placed the vial down. "What does it smell like to you?" The potions and books made sense, the roses troubled her a little. They weren't alarming from the outside, but roses made her think of the place she went when her mind started to slip.
Saralyn admitted that she could write a letter, but Iris wasn’t sure that she would. Admittedly, one letter from a teenage girl was unlikely to really be taken all that seriously. If Saralyn wrote a hundred letters maybe, or got other people to write as well. Maybe eventually the ministry would realize that this was slightly important, but for now she supposed it would be okay. Besides, both of them knew how to brew an antidote and if they saw someone who was pretty obviously under the spell of a love potion either of them could pretty easily sneak the antidote into their morning juice if they needed to. Or she could simply report it, as head girl she could get someone in trouble for that sort of thing after all.
Iris giggled when she was asked to not drug her. ”I’m not trying to get you to take it, I just want to know if it smells different to both of us. If it smells the same then obviously it didn’t work.” she pointed out with a slight grin. The last smell caught Iris’s attention. Something that reminded her of potions? That could be any of the ingredients though. Or it could be whatever cologne the professor wore, she wasn’t going to mention that though. Then she was asked the same question and she sniffed the potion. What did it smell like to her? ”Hm. Lavender? New books, and…something sweet. Cake maybe?” she said with a tilt of her head. It was a little difficult to isolate the smells, next she would ask the professor what it smelled like to him. Though, whether or not he told her was a different story.
Saralyn was still stewing over the smells of the potion. What was the one that reminded her of potions? Part of her wondered whether it was just the smell of the room around them, but no, it had been distinctively stronger when having picked up the potion. Though that could perhaps be what it was echoing, the smell and feel of being in the potions classroom. "Well, we have different things, so it must be brewed correctly," she said with a slight smile. Or else that was something else strange that was going on, but that one didn't seem quite as likely.
Her potion still had a little longer to simmer before it done, although that only should have been a couple more minutes from where she was. The silvery liquid looked how the book said that it should be. She just now had to wait for that colour to fade.
Her attention was taken from her potion again as Professor Redgrave poked his head into the classroom again. Although this time he actually walked further into the room, coming to investigate exactly what they were up to. "Make sure you keep stirring that as it simmers, Miss Adelhard," he said with a glance at her potion. "Or you may find your invisibility is a little patchy."
Oh. Oops. She nodded, frowning a little, that she did not want. She putt he stirring rod back into her cauldron as he looked at Iris. "Done?"