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Heather Ellison
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NoneHead Improper Use of Magic

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ELLISON, Heather Ainsley

on Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:47 am
They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense

   Character's Legal Name: Heather Ainsley Ellison

   Age: 26

   Hogwarts House: Ilvermorny (Wampus House. Even if she thinks it's a stupid name,
       she ended up quite proud of it)

   Blood Type:  Muggleborn

   Species: Human

   Face claim: Stana Katic

Personal Information

Date of Birth: March 13

Gender: Female

Sexuality: Demisexual

Social Status: Eh. She's not what you'd call classy, but she has enough power that she's probably Middle or Upper middle?

Economic Status: Lower Middle. She's made do on much less than she makes currently. She's just working on saving up, now.

...Aunt Petunia often said that Dudley looked like a baby angel - Harry often said that Dudley looked like a pig in a wig

Heather has auburn hair, but she sees nothing bad about dying, cutting, or re-styling it. Usually, it's just regular auburn or brown, and long enough that she can pull it back into a ponytail for work or curl it if she gets the urge. With brown eyes to match, she looks very like her father. He had the dominant genes between the two of them, though Heather is certain she has her mother's nose. And hair, mercifully. It (usually) does what she wants it to. She had a couple of obvious freckles - one beneath her left eye and another along her jaw on the same side. Those are easily covered up with spells or makeup, but she rarely bothers. Heather doesn't really have dimples when she smiles, but there's a little ridge along the tip of her nose, and the corners of her eyes crinkle up when she's really happy.

Because of her position at the Ministry and her relatively conservative (at least, behaviorally) nature, she doesn't enjoy wearing anything revealing. She could probably pull it off once she turned on some level of outward confidence, but her idea of strength and confidence comes from doing her job and doing it well. She doesn't need approval from anyone, but her reaction is undoubtedly visible if it ever happens.

No, indeed she's usually in work robes, though she does change for cases in the Muggle world. Blazers, trousers, work dresses or suits, that sort of thing. She's on the short-to-average side of the height spectrum, so she's made it her personal mission to comfortably and successfully wear heels with just about anything. She's kind of still working on it, but the added height makes her feel stronger when up against threats.

......If only the hat had mentioned a house for people who felt a bit queasy, that would have been the one for him

"Though she be but little, she is fierce."
She's not that little, but Heather doesn't often seem intimidating. Not until she wants to. Really, she has a quirky, fun side. No, seriously. Her job doesn't call for it, and she's good at separating fun and work, but that does mean that she loves to goof around once off for the day. Something of a risk-taker, Heather is one to take up an impromptu Quidditch match or jump on a Muggle motorcycle or scooter. She knows better, really, but she is rarely given a chance to use the adrenaline that builds up at work, so it has to go somewhere.

So, overall, she smiles more than her colleagues probably know. Even at lunch, she's at the Ministry and thus needs to be on top of things in case she gets called out. Much to her friends' distaste, she's always on-call except for her rare holidays, so those who know her from work will undoubtedly be shocked (whether for better or worse) if they run into her on a weekend or at a pub during dinner.

To be fair, she doesn't have that many 'close' friends. She has work friends, and not-work friends, but most of the time she wants to be able to escape for some personal time whenever she needs it. She may be intense and a workaholic and the person that fights for those who need help or protection, but at some point she needs to hole up somewhere alone and just read, or maybe even keep working (just in private). She can get easily overwhelmed, and will try to hide it, but can't always do so.

..................Hey! My eyes aren't 'glistening with the ghosts of my past'!

   Early Years: Heather's parents met when her dad was spending his sabbatical in Scotland to work on a textbook and some additional research. It took only a summer for them to know it was meant to be, so he extended his time in Scotland by quitting his previous job, and instead sought one near Fife. In the end, they moved to Perth so he could teach there, and the two were married. Heather was born within a year, but after a few more, her father got a much better job in the states so the family moved to Philadelphia.

They had no idea what to do or think when Heather started showing signs of magic. Nobody ever explained it to them, so her mother attributed it to old Scottish legends of fairies and magic, even though none of them truly believed it.

Heather grew up alongside many children in their suburb, but her dearest friend was named Elliot. He was living with foster parents, but they were relatively oblivious to what he got up to. Not to mention the fact that his best friend was a witch. But when they were ten, the parents refused to adopt him and he was taken away without nearly enough warning. They were both brokenhearted, and her outrage led directly to her dreams of working with and for children.

Of course, she found out about her abilities as a witch, and while she knew there would be some secrecy needed and things like that, she immediately wondered how magic could play into the 'real' world.

   Ilvermorny Years:
Heather was sorted into Wampus, which she immediately thought was ridiculous. After all, the name didn't seem to match the so-called definition of the house. And how was she a "warrior" anyway? In truth, it took her over five years to realize that the Ministry would have a place for her. There, she could do exactly what she wanted, and yes - she could be that warrior when it was her job. She could help kids like Elliot, which is all she really wanted. But this way, she could be kind of epic at the same time. So that sounded pretty grand.

Thus, she dropped Quidditch in favor of finding out everything she could about the Ministry departments, and in exchange for apprenticeships. And, luckily, that determination and obsession worked out for the best.

   After Ilvermorny:
After graduation, she went straight to the Ministry and interviewed for a position with the Muggle Liaison Office. She wanted to protect Muggles from magical attacks and accidents, but she also felt determined to help young witches and wizards who don't know, yet, how to keep their magic in control. Neither of those sides, she felt (and still feels), have the voice or reach they deserve.

She didn't like it at first, but she was placed in a sort of remote-location kind of job. Because the U.S.A. is so large, the limits on apparition and floo travel made it harder for employees to reach the midwest or other sections of the country. So she was sent to Chicago, where she worked with a small-ish team for eight years. By the time she turned twenty-four, Heather was the youngest woman promoted to the head of the department. Which, to be fair, wasn't really saying that much since she worked on a smaller scale.

Over those years, she started her first relationship, and volunteered with children at hospitals and whenever was needed after a case. But on her twenty-sixth birthday, she was preparing to take a week off when she was asked to come in for a meeting at the NYC headquarters. She was offered a job as the Deputy Head of the department there, but asked for time to consider it. She liked her job in Chicago, even if she was tired of snow. But they granted her request for time, so she went on her planned trip with her father. He wanted to take her to where she was born. Perthshire, Scotland, where the purple Scottish heather she was named for grew on more hills than she could believe.

While there, she stopped off at the British Ministry in order to write off part of her travel expenses, which she felt quite clever about at the time. But after she returned to New York and decided she wouldn't take the new job, another deal was struck. The Head of the Department in London was being promoted, and they needed someone to replace them. At least on a trial basis, anyway. If the to-be acting Deputy Minster (goodness, that was a mouthful) came back, she would either take the Deputy Head position for the department, or return to Chicago with new experience and, hopefully, a higher pay grade.

So she moved to Fife, trying to learn more about her parents' favorite places and where her mother grew up. She couldn't resist the offer, after all. It took her only seconds to decide. She'd been relatively unhappy with her relationship in Chicago, so the move also gave her an excuse to break things off kindly. It really was for the best. The only downside to the whole thing is that she doesn't actually know anyone in the U.K. besides some extended family, but they're all Muggles.

It'll inevitably take her a bit of time to settle in, and to get used to living in a city where people can't just have gun permits (or illegal ones, hopefully). She used to carry a piece just for her safety, though she's had to use it a few times. Now she feels strange without it, since it was helpful for scaring off potential Muggle threats. Her main concern, now, is learning the cultural norms, and how to retain her confidence and imposing nature when out to solve problems or take on 'bad guys.' She just hopes she'll find some friends outside of work before she goes absolutely mad.

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I'm Harry's half-sister, Dumbledore's daughter, Voldemort's niece, Sirius' cousin, Snape's daughter and Lupin's great grandmother...

   What should we call you: Addie

   RP Experience: lawl

   How you found us: merp

   Main Character (we'll PM you on this account): Apollo

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Re: ELLISON, Heather Ainsley

on Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:42 am
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