A/N: Just a random add-on I thought would be interesting. Continues on from the last chapter. Don't forget to review.
"Alright, so today we will be learning about various creatures that are considered 'dark' and how you can defeat them." Mel began her lesson with the fifth year Gryffindor and Ravenclaw class sitting in her chair; otherwise she would have fallen over. She was already on her fifth cup of coffee since six that morning, which was only three hours beforehand. "What can you all tell me about Inferi?"
Hermione's hand flew into the air and Mel nodded her head for her to speak.
"An Inferi is a dead body that has been animated by a Dark Spell. They are mindless and follow the orders of the one who revived them." She stated very fast without drawing breath.
"In essence that is correct. Ten points to Gryffindor. However an Inferi is not mindless they are simply under the equivalent of an undefeatable Imperious Curse. I believe my successor cast that spell on all of you in this class, how many were able to throw it off?" Mel watched as only Harry's hand went up into the air being held up by Hermione's.
"Now imagine feeling that all the time and being unable to fight it off. These people are still conscious and know everything their body does but they are unable to stop it or move on into the afterlife." Mel paused to look around the class and stared at them all hard.
"If you ever come across an Inferi I suggest you light it on fire as that is the only thing that can override the ingrained instinct to follow their master's orders and it has the added effect of releasing the soul of the original person. Moving on, what can the lot of you tell me about werewolves?"
"Our best teacher so far was one." Dean Thomas called out angrily in defence of Remus.
"You mistake my meaning, Mr Thomas. I have nothing against werewolves and the only reason I am covering them in today's lesson on Dark creatures is the fact that the Ministry insists on classifying them as such. Now, what do you know about werewolves?"
"They transform every month on the full moon." Parvati volunteered.
"Without the use of Wolfsbane they are completely animalistic and retain no memory of the night's events." Hermione continued.
"Every other moment of the month they're human." Harry's input made Mel put up a hand to stop everyone from calling out and pointed at him.
"Precisely, werewolves are just as human as everyone else; they just have a debilitating disease that causes them to transform once a month. Would you shun a person with a mental disorder for something that is out of their control? That is your essay due on Friday. You don't have to give it to me in class but it does have to be in before the end of dinner; just come up and hand it to me. I want at least five inches but a maximum of ten. Alright, onto your next class you lot." She waved the class out of the door and sighed, looking at her empty coffee cup. She'd duck into the staffroom quickly and get a cup.
"Hello," Severus spoke from the corner that he had occupied that morning. Obviously he had a free period next.
"Hey Severus," Mel responded as she quickly made herself a cup of coffee. "I've got about two minutes until class starts."
"So you spend that time coming to get a cup of coffee." Snape deadpanned back at her.
"Of course, what else would I be doing?" She said as she drained half the contents of the mug and topped it up. "Anyway, see you around."
Mel turned to leave the room but was called back by Snape.
"You need to get some sleep, Melody. How long has it been since you had a full night's sleep?" He asked her, peering over the top of his book.
"A while," she replied curtly before sweeping out of the room back to her class of fifth year Hufflepuffs and Slytherins, hopefully she'd be able to stop the Snakes from ripping the Badgers to pieces.