Russian (Durmstrang transfer student)Pureblood
2nd generation, though her father is a squibAge:
fourthHouse: Distinguishing Features:
Petra has a somewhat slender build, with long legs and subtle curves. She has dark, richly colored auburn hair and bright, inquisitive blue-green eyes. Due to the fact that most of her time outdoors happens in the dead of night, her skin is somewhat on the pale side, with a smattering of freckles scattered across her nose, cheeks and shoulders. She needs glasses, though just for reading, and wears them on a thin silver chain around her neck when not in use. She has a soft spot for muggle fashion (her parents' regular care packages always contain several months worth of magazines on the subject) and enjoys dressing up. The only demerits she's ever received were over unsanctioned uniform modifications.Personality:
Quiet, studious and more than a bit mousy, Petra seems like your typical shy scholarly type. She often gives people the impression that they're looking at a small, frightened rabbit given human form and she can be quite jumpy, particularly when engrossed in a book. Petra isn't all timidity though; when engaged in a topic she's passionate about (particularly astronomy) she instantly fills with exuberant energy and will talk the ear off anyone who will listen and she can be an unfailingly loyal friend to anyone who's kind to her.
Unfortunately, having grown up under parents who made no attempt to hid the fact that they expected little of the girl, and having spent her early school years in a rather cut-throat social environment has molded Petra into a natural follower. Though she likes to be alone with her studies she easily capitulates under more forceful personalities, particularly those who are less than kind, and often finds herself an unwitting accomplice to things she'd rather have no part of. General peer pressure has little effect on her, but when directly confronted she folds fairly easily. The increasingly large pool of students at Durmstrang willing to pull her strings for any little thing they desired was the largest motivating factor behind her choice to apply for transfer to Hogwarts.Background:
Born to a rather unremarkable young witch and her squib husband, Petra's family didn't think much of her chances to get into a prestigious school like Durmstrang, but she surprised many, not least of which her parents, when she passed the entrance exam with flying colors. Though her magica power is average at best she possesses a keen mind and a zest for academia that more than makes up for her lack of natural talent in most cases.
Though other students payed little attention to her for her first few months at school, meek little Petra soon became a popular target for bullying and harassment. By her third year she was nearly working herself to death, cajoled into doing the homework for nearly a dozen of her schoolmates.
Unable to stand up for herself in the face of such overwhelming opposition, Petra applied for transfer to Hogwarts near the end of her third year and was accepted over the summer.Interesting fact:
Petra has a hidden passion for Quidditch. Never able to go out for the team at Durmstrang, she spent much of her summer honing her skills and plans to pursue it at last at Hogwarts. The sport seems to be the only thing able to bring out Petra's little known competitive side.Wand:
, Rusalka hair core
From the notes of Amala Darzi: Favored mostly in the slavic nations of eastern europe, rusalka hair makes for moody wands, prone to wilting if not properly appreciated by their owners. While quiet and reliable if well maintained, these wands are generally not particularly powerful, though there is one notable exception. When a rusalka hair wand has properly bonded with a witch it can be capable of performing impressively strong defensive spells.
It is a common folk belief that the wands favor attractive young women and bring death and doom down upon the heads of any male who dare wield them. Though while I have yet see one paired with a man, to this day no young men who've tried a rusalka hair core wand in my shop has spontaneously combusted.Pet:
Cricket, an affectionate grey tabby with a vexing habit of wandering out of the dorms when Petra isn't around.
Agility: 4 - fly 1b, acrobatics 1b
Awareness: 4 - notice 1b
Cunning: 5 - logic 1b
Magical Expertise: 2
Magical Projection: 2
Reflexes: 3 - dodge 1b
Majors (Astronomy, Arithmancy) 3 - Astronomy 1b
Minors (Herbology, History of Magic, Muggle Studies) 2
Others (Potions, Ancient Runes, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures) 2
Well Studied: Astronomy
Flaw: Will, Vulnerability: body