After observing Wentworth and Cedric’s spell demonstrations, Lupin broke the silence by saying, “Have all the students at Hogwarts reached this level now? Although it’s a bit embarrassing to admit it, I have to say that you are more skilled than I was at your age. Perhaps that’s why Headmaster Dumbledore asked me to take you under my wing.”
He chuckled self-deprecatingly and then asked, “So, what would you like to learn?”
Wentworth and Cedric exchanged glances.
Cedric shrugged, indicating that Wentworth should decide.
Wentworth had always been curious about creating his own magic spells.
Magic, to him, was almost like a science, and inventing a spell was akin to scientific innovation.
He believed that it wasn’t impossible and that it might even be more beneficial than simply learning existing spells.
He expressed his interest, saying, “Mr. Lupin, I’d like to know how to invent magic spells myself.”
Lupin was momentarily taken aback, but then he burst into laughter. “Am I mistaken, Wentworth?” he asked, still chuckling.
Confused by Lupin’s reaction, Wentworth inquired, “Did I say something wrong, Mr. Lupin?”
Lupin waved his hand dismissively. “No, no, Wentworth, your idea is quite admirable. However, inventing a spell isn’t as simple as you might think.”
Lupin’s demeanor turned serious as he fixed his gaze on Wentworth. “Remember, Wentworth, you shouldn’t attempt to invent spells until you have the knowledge and magical power necessary.”
“Creating spells isn’t like cooking. If you mess up a spell, you might not get a second chance. Do you understand?”
Wentworth nodded in acknowledgment. He had momentarily forgotten the potential dangers of creating new spells, but Lupin’s words reminded him.
He asked Lupin, “Mr. Lupin, who can attempt to invent a spell then?”
Lupin pondered for a moment before answering, “I recall that in the third year at Hogwarts, there’s an elective called Ancient Rune Studies. To delve into spell invention, you’d likely need to be proficient in runes. That would be a good start.”
Wentworth made a mental note to consider taking that elective when the time came.
Curiosity got the better of him, and Wentworth inquired further, “Mr. Lupin, have you ever tried inventing a magic spell yourself?”
Lupin’s smile faded slightly, and he seemed to drift into a distant memory.
He looked ahead with vacant eyes and said, “Of course. Few wizards can resist the allure of creating a new spell. I had similar thoughts when I was your age, especially when someone close to you succeeds.”
“I knew a wizard who was my peer, and although we never interacted, I could tell he was exceptionally talented in magic. He invented a spell you just used, the Fuchsia Charm.”
Cedric was taken aback. “Your peer? That means he created that spell when he was a Hogwarts student? That’s incredible.”
Although Lupin didn’t mention him explicitly, Wentworth knew he was talking about Professor Snape.
Returning to the present, Lupin clapped his hands and said, “Alright, enough about the past. Let’s focus on the present. Since you’re not sure about the spell you want to learn for now, how about I decide for you?”
Wentworth and Cedric readily agreed.
Lupin continued, “Great. Today, I’ll teach you a simple yet useful spell called ‘Finite Incantatem.’ It’s designed to dispel the effects of other spells. While it’s a simple spell, it can be crucial in certain situations.”
He paused and added, “However, its effectiveness depends on the power difference between the spells involved. If the gap is too large, ‘Finite Incantatem’ might struggle to counteract the magic effectively.”
Wentworth raised his hand, and Lupin permitted him to speak.
Wentworth inquired, “Mr. Lupin, why can the same spell cast by different wizards have varying power levels? Is it solely due to differences in magical power?”
Lupin blinked and teased, “Wentworth, are you sure you belong in Hufflepuff? You might be better suited for Ravenclaw!”
They all shared a laugh before Lupin provided a more detailed answer.
“The amount of magical power determines the lower limit of a spell’s potential. Take Cedric, for example; his magical power far surpasses that of his peers, setting a high lower limit.”
“However, the same spell, cast with the same magical power, can yield different results. The upper limit of a spell’s potential is influenced by the strength of one’s soul. Wentworth, in my opinion, your soul’s strength is at least twice that of your peers; it’s as if you have two souls within you.”
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