“Did a voice whisper in his ear that he had just passed the solemn hour of his destiny; that there no longer remained a middle course for him; that if he were not henceforth the best of men, he would be the worst; that it behooved him now, so to speak, to mount higher than the Bishop, or fall lower than the convict; that if he wished to become good be must become an angel; that if he wished to remain evil, he must become a monster?
…Or he could just get fantastically baked. Utterly smoked. 420, 24/7. That was a possibility too.”
¤Marcus wasn’t dumb but his brain never seemed to process all that written stuff very well
¤He scraped his OWLS but struggled with the sheer volume of reading and writing in NEWTS (arithmancy, DADA, COMC)
¤In fact the only things he excelled at were quidditch and Care of Magical Creatures.
¤Professor Kettleburn noticed this and not only gave Marcus extra tuition, he stayed on for Marcus’ 7th year when he should have retired AND ensured Marcus could take his written paper verbally with an ACCUQUOTE quill in the little side room off the great hall (he had the questions read out to him by a teaher).
¤It was the only NEWT Marcus passed the first time (he got an E)
¤Prof K used the result as evidence that Marcus should have an ACCUQUOTE quill for all his exams. He got Dumbledore to petition the exam board for exceptional circumstances.
¤On his retirement at the end of that year, Prof K left a letter to the next DADA professor explaining that Marcus would require extra help with his theory and that he needed to learn verbally and practically. He also somehow convinced Snape to tutor Marcus to pass his potions OWL retake.
¤Prof K’s dedication to helping a struggling student gave Marcus the chance to become a pro Quidditch player like he’d dreamed of and earnt his student’s everlasting gratitude.
¤Marcus stayed in contact with Prof K until he died. He spoke the eulogy at his funeral. Oliver cried like a baby listening.