This outsize shack, originally used by the Keeper of the Grounds, has been taken over by Professor Sarah Norman, the Wandlore teacher for Fifth to Seventh Years, and the Animagi Trainer. Her entire menagerie has joined her from New York, so somnambulists are advised to cross this location off their mental map for night-time wanderings.
The denizens have included a 40-stone White Bengal Tigress and a 21-foot Reticulated Python, among many, many others. For those with the requisite courage, and lack of allergies, it may also be considered her office. Over the door, and around the building a foot below the gutters, are blunted hooks of sturdy construction, for when Harald, the python, feels like taking the air. Thanks to a previous owner, Harald thinks he's a bat, and therefore needs to "hang" and "chill" - or rather, given that he's a reptile, "warm". For those favouring the aerial approach, there's a Fwooper/Parrot hybrid with fire-breath, and a couple of ravens with comprehensive knowledge of CIA strategy and tactics, who patrol the perimeter.
The mud wallow at the back contains a couple of very content Capybaras, and probably one rather shrill and bespattered Pygmy Puff on a regular basis. They are frequently accompanied by a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig in their happy snuffling. Remaining at all times within the walls of the hut, is a two-foot high miniaturised Black Rhino, due to his tendency to charge any tree he sees and knock himself cold. Hallowe'en trick-or-treaters are thus advised not to approach in Ent, Huorn or similar costumes. Equally an indoor inhabitant is the Caracal who, due to a confluence of curses, randomly ages or drops in age by some four years each night when she falls asleep. This makes her eyesight and memory questionable, and thus she needs a safe, contained environment. There's also a Guban camel with a distaste for strangers, because she had abusive former owners, who likewise elects to remain largely inside.
The Manticore cub, for the safety of all, is also only to be found within the four walls. There's a roving ground-level patrol by the Kneazle, although it seems she would just raise the alarm if encountering a violent intruder. In short, animals are entirely safe here, and humans, even those with wands, irk them at their peril.
Sarah has recently unearthed (well, actually, it was Andrena who nosed them out) a set of diaries written by Silvanus Kettleburn, and she finds them engrossing reading. Andrena has also demonstrated, on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest, a previously unsuspected talent for truffle hunting. Sarah is hoping to set up a barter system with the Chef in the Kitchens, so as to reduce her own monthly feeding bill, which is currently exorbitant. She has removed all weapons and implements of violence from the hut, with the exception of a single axe for chopping firewood. The door itself is on a simple latch, high enough to be out of reach for Krius and Cornelius. Jeriph can manage it, but only in her full grown phases.
Juliya, the Ukrainian Ironbelly, has finally been allowed to come to Hogwarts, along with her seven eggs, and Sarah is over the moon. Sarah has started to hollow out an area behind the Hut for Juliya to wallow. She has already dug an immense firepit, in which to keep the hatchlings warm. Both Juliya and the babies seem very content with Sarah's handiwork.
A relatively recent addition is Linus, a three-toed sloth previous in the company of a moron (which is the mildest thing Sarah thinks of her) of a witch who experimented on him, and fed him a constant diet of Muggle cartoon strips, particularly 'Peanuts' to the extent that he is called 'Linus' and carries his branch with him at all times. Due to the aforementioned experiments, his method of 'carrying' his branch is telekinesis, and he hangs underneath it. Thus far, no one except Sarah and Angie has touched his branch (which his previous owner bewitched in some manner to permit it to survive without any obvious means of sustenance) without getting slashed with his claws.
For those not inclined to animals, Professor Norman can often, during the day and outside classes, be found in the Head of Gryffindor's Office.
- “We have nothing to lose and a world to see,” Message Me - 13:28, March 7, 2018 (UTC)
She's sitting on a log outside the hut, eating an apple as she reads a book. She could be up at the Great Hall, but honestly, as of lately she's been doing what she can to avoid Blair and any remarks he could make.
- “We have nothing to lose and a world to see,” Message Me - 14:40, March 7, 2018 (UTC)
She rolls her eyes, but cracks a smile, finding him impossibly adorable. While she's, at most, 3 years older than him, Frances has to admit she kind of enjoys that fact. That's her little brother; despite their arguing and differences when it comes to his unwanted attention, she recognizes she'd still do anything for him. Hell, she'd even fight someone if it's for David. "Right," she shakes her head. "So... have you made good friends? Any girl friends?"
He'd roll his eyes. "I have friends that are girls but no girlfriends. I don't know about good friends but I do have a lot of friends from my House and Year. Being on the quidditch team so young has helped too."
- “We have nothing to lose and a world to see,” Message Me - 14:29, March 8, 2018 (UTC)
At the tip of her tongue is a scolding; he should really brush up on his geography and the cultural aspects. Similarly, she could and should tell him she has the privilege of telling him most girls his age aren't just drama, given she herself was one of them less than four years ago, but smartly keeps her mouth shut. "Have you owled mom or dad since starting school?"
He'd nod. "Yeah twice." He could tell she didn't just want to let it go. "...and let's be honest it's not just the girls...everyone at my age tends to be a lot of drama. Look at that kid you were talking to at the Christmas Ball."
Along with his diaries, Sarah has unearthed Professor Kettleburn's complete collection of Flanders and Swann, and the "Bestiary" in particular can be heard with great regularity. So far, Sarah's favourite is "The Warthog".
Sarah's shifting perspective is somewhere hereabouts.