My name is Professor Robert Plumb. If you want to discuss the course material, or anything else, with me, feel free to send me an owl.
On February 4, the current Year One Astronomy lessons will be coming down, and the new lessons will be uploaded as fast as I can do it. If you have completed the current Year One course, you are not required to do the new one, but it would be advisable to do so, because the material in it will be tested on your O.W.L. exam. If you haven't completed the current course, it's your choice whether or not to do so before the new material is posted.
Additionally, I would like to have at least one new PA. To be accepted for that position, applicants need to complete the new Year One course and send me by owl post a screen shot of their gradebook.
I was born in Toronto, Canada, in the summer of 1968. Both my parents are Muggles and I have no siblings. At the age of 8 I became fascinated with astronomy and I devoured all the astronomy books in the Toronto Public Library. In 1979, at the age of 11, I was invited to study at Hogwarts. I declined the invitation because Voldemort was running things in Britain. Instead I studied in Muggle schools, graduating from secondary school with top grades in mathematics and physics, grades ranging from good (in chemistry) to mediocre (in history) and the second-lowest grade in my class in physical training; the only boy who got a lower grade was being punished for bad behaviour. I then studied mathematics, physics and astronomy in the University of Toronto and got my PhD in astronomy in 1992.
Then, with Voldemort having been (temporarily) defeated, I enrolled in Hogwarts as a mature student and was sorted into Ravenclaw. You won’t have heard of a mature student at Hogwarts because I kept a low profile. There I learned for the first time about magical astronomy, which fascinates me as much as Muggle astronomy ever did. I eventually graduated with some Os including astronomy, some Es and one gentleman’s A, in DADA, because I was too unathletic to duel effectively.
There being no opening in Hogwarts for an astronomy professor, I returned to Toronto, where I eked out a living giving private lessons in mathematics, physics and astronomy until a position opened up at the Richmond Hill Observatory just north of Toronto. There I met a woman with whom I instantly fell in love - a Muggle. We got married soon thereafter and we now have two sons, both Squibs, and both already grown men.
A position as Astronomy Professor in Hogwarts opened up in 2018. I applied for it and was accepted in early 2019; so now I will resume my role as an educator, this time teaching magical as well as Muggle astronomy.
If you have any questions about the course, or just want to converse with me, feel free to send me an owl. You can also ask questions of one of my PAs. Currently I have three PAs: Rachel Robson, Kris Shah and Timothy Walsh. You can find them by typing their name in the "Search HiH" bar on the top of your screen.