Driven and the epitome of 'put together' at first glance, Apollo's quirkiness has caught plenty of people off guard. His uninhibited competitiveness in anything and against anyone brands him as a bit of an overkill at times, though many have grudgingly admitted that it's more annoying than an actual fault. Books are his worst enemy (paperbacks are the reincarnation of short-tempered bowtruckles) in spite of his sparkling and straight grades. Of course, the one that no one fails to overlook: his paralyzing fear of sunlight. Before you try it, no, light spells do not cause the same effect. If you wish to look stupid and be humiliated, then by all means go ahead and try. Apollo has no time for this nonsense.
Group efforts with Apollo in them is a blessing to the other members. Unruffled by the daunting prospect of leading (and of almost anything else, for that matter), he exercises his efficient thinking and patient attitude to achieve the maximum results he always strives for. While his unusual acts of affection may be viewed negatively, he does try to cater to emotional needs. It might be the one field he may never succeed at, but he sure damn well will give it a shot anyway. How do you prepare for the maelstrom of utter havoc that are people? Get your notepad and pen out, because Apollo's about to list the 927383473462047536 strategies he's improvised over the years.
Amidst the driveling necessity to noting the "norm", Apollo isn't too keen on gender stereotypes circumscribing the human race. Is it so controversial for a guy to like pink? What's so bad about wearing dresses and skirts? Why have clothes been categorized as female and male? It's mind-boggling to say the least, thus the only feasible thing to do is to go with the rule of Tumblr: What happens on Tumblr should probably stay in it. While we're on the topic, Apollo learned most of his English online. Internet slang seems to escape his lexicon; he's apparently resistant to Diana's invitations to the dark side, like Princess Leia. She lost her planet, country, brother, husband, son, and not once was tempted to the dark side. Yo, weakass Skywalker boys, start taking notes. If you ever come upon his trunk and open it, prepare for a tongue lashing and for your existence to be discredited because he simply won't stand for any scathing comments on why he has booty shorts in there.
Seeming occupied at all times, this down to earth micromanager does let his understated heart shine through. Infinite love is in there somewhere; it just needs plenty of nagging and prodding. The concept of love is iffy for him, and contrary to his involuntary flirting habits, he finds the entire 'romance' topic to be a bed of thorns. As a default, he's not predisposed to flinging innuendos everywhere, but give him the nudge forward and you're guaranteed to be scarred for life. PDA is a common controversy in his household, and he's developed a conflicting immunity. He's obliged to supply you with bed necessities, but he's rather averse to even touching a bed. The deed and love go hand and hand and is the norm, right? Then why is he so blasé about both?
Contemplating life is exhausting. Aesthetics are a great distraction, among other things. The closeted softie has sincerely considered proposing to a stack of neatly folded towels before (he kids you; he takes depreciation and appreciation very seriously). All of his belongings, from his shoes to his class notes, are rarely misplaced; on those occasions that they are, he can track them down faster than you can say "can I Slytherin your bed?" He still sets some time aside to deal with internal conflicts, but those don't go as smoothly as the external ones. Struggling with self-acceptance is one thing, trying to accept someone else is another. There's no shortage of confidence here, yet emptiness still fills the restless nights. If you disregard how much Apollo smiles at his siblings, you'll notice that he has a hard time smiling at himself. For now, he's okay with letting his familial loyalties be the primary basis of his actions and if he's blamed for that, that's not his problem.
Learn your contraceptive charms before you graduate. Eum Miyoung and Moon Woobin learned this the hard way. Miyoung had gotten pregnant in their sixth year, and against the advice of her parents, dropped out of Mahoutokoro. Woobin ultimately followed and proposed to her — a decision he would live to regret. They made a stifling home in Boseong County, South Korea, which would be where everything would start. Due to an age old feud between a certain vampire in Woobin's bloodline and an affluent family, he was unable to get a job anywhere. It was also the reason they had chosen to settle in a secluded area. The years that slipped by only fed bitterness to Miyoung. She still needed to work during every pregnancy, whilst Woobin was left no choice and became a stay at home dad. He took the work that he could, but it was never permanent and the pay was never enough. Things were rough for a few years, but eventually their parents started pitching in to help. What didn't help was that Miyoung kept getting pregnant. Seven years into their marriage, the Moons already had ten kids.
It was rather fortunate that magic was at their disposal, because fitting ten kids into a scanty one-bedroom shack would have otherwise been impossible. By the time they had their fifth child, the Moon house had a third floor. Not advisable with a bunch of toddlers bumbling around, but they weren't in the state to complain. Despite how their life grew more comfortable, Miyoung only grew more abusive with every ticking second. She had always been sharp-tongued; no one actually expected her to take it to an entire new level. In fear of backlash, Woobin put up with it. He secretly hoped that it was just a phase, that it would pass, and everything would be back to normal. The naivety of his actions would soon do a 180 and bite him in the arse. Disapproving words evolved into something more heinous.
The first memory Apollo has is of his mother backhanding his oldest sibling down a flight of stairs. Born Moon Chanyeol, he is the seventh child of Miyoung and Woobin. He and his siblings' upbringing mainly consisted of lots of physical punishment and the mantra "it's all in the mind." From the get go, Apollo held no love for this fallible mindset and sunlight. As a baby, he shrank from the sun's blinking rays and served as a living reminder of Woo-bin's ancestry. Although he inherited no physical characteristics, the classic vampire photophobia had ended up in his DNA. When his parents came to the firm realization that it couldn't be helped, they reluctantly had to put up with his night owl tendencies. He still has the scars from all the beatings he earned from breaking curfew one too many times. Eventually, Mi-Young tired of attempting to discipline him and at seven years old, Apollo's sleeping schedule was worse than a cramming high schooler's.
Seven, coincidentally, turned out to be a prominent number in Apollo's life much like his namesake. He walked in on his brother getting it on with his significant other in Apollo's own room and bed and needless to say, it definitely opened him up to a new perspective. Ever since that brain bleach worthy day, Apollo has resolved to always do two things: make sure birth control supplies are inside his bedroom drawers and never sleep or touch a bed again. His first magical outburst tailed this event, and it wasn't any more pleasant. The family cat wasn't his biggest fan, much like his family, and had promptly went on to get stuck in a tree. Halfway up the tree, he misjudged a rotten branch and fell six feet down on his left arm. Frankly, he can't remember too many details except for the mind numbing pain and the fizzing shock of his arm repairing itself. Begrudgingly, his parents were forced to admit that he was not a Squib like they all had been expecting. He was considered the black sheep by many, even his own siblings, and was ushered out of the "little brother" position early on.
Singling him out was never intentional. His antics, beliefs, and general outlook on life clashed with most of his family's and he was smart to remain oddly distant. The differences multiplied as he grew. When he was still a tater tot (read: three), he was traumatized by a hostile, animated book his mother owned. It nearly bit his nose off and caused his now renown bibliophobia. People expected his education to be crippled, but were promptly disappointed. Age eight introduced his love for pineapple yoghurt; a certain food that his entire family straight up hates. 2AM snacks were and are frequent with Apollo. During one of them, he stumbled upon a stray yoghurt container in the almost barren fridge and discovered his unwavering love for it. After he started nagging those in charge of groceries to restock on yoghurt, he was assigned to the task. One of his siblings had gone frolicking with their significant others instead of going to the store and they had to live on takeout for two months — an experience Woobin decided should never be repeated again.
Neglected but not a naif, Apollo searched for things to occupy him and found them. He became obsessed with the Rubiks cube when he came upon one in his dad's study. The days that followed were the only time that Miyoung showed genuine concern for him. He spent an unbroken seventy-eight hours studying every piece of information that he could get his hands on. (There was also some project in school that involved it, which probably was his main reason. He got the highest score.) Then he drove his pillow to the nearest mountain and slept soundly for a full twelve hours. Typically, he would sleep for thirty minutes every two hours. The worried Miyoung had a sibling check up on his stone form every five minutes. When that madness was over, so was Miyoung's surge of motherly protectiveness. Arguably it was her last showcase of human kindness. Months later, Apollo cross-dressed and received the worst beating of his life. It didn't take a genius to realize Miyoung was anti-LGBT+. He learned to keep all his siblings away from her while still maintaining his hobbies and studies. (spoiler alert: none of his siblings fit into society's ideals on being cis and/or straight.)
Bearing his family's dereliction in mind, it is interesting to skim through his Muggle school records. To date, he has no official infractions and is consistently commended for not being as problematic as some of his siblings were. Anyone who shared a classroom with him knew better. One of the unspoken rules of his school was "don't ---- with the Moon siblings because the cinnamon rolls are really sinnamon rolls with belladonna filling." Apollo wasn't and isn't too forgiving when his siblings are affected negatively. The bully who stole lunch money from one of them was properly educated on that. He heard that said bully had to get his stomach x-rayed afterwards, but he thoroughly doubts that rumor and trusts his knowledge of botany. Many expressed their surprise upon finding out that Apollo was in fact not one of the older siblings. Aside from the occasional childish demeanor, nothing about him screamed "baby brother." He was excluded from the crowd not because of an inability to fit in, but because he operated as a parent rather than a brother. Heedless of how cliche and dramatic it could be perceived, he had chosen to shackle himself to a position in an attempt to emancipate his siblings. It isn't cliche, it isn't cheesy, it isn't dramatic, it isn't tragic. It's a lifestyle, and it's what I chose because it's what needs to be done. oh look i found your hufflepuffness slash gryffindorness you external slytherclaw
Because of an influx of death threats from the same family that sent Woobin into unemployment, he and Miyoung were pressured to emigrate to Britain. In spite of how tedious the process was, they brought all their kids. This was when Apollo obtained his new name, and he is still not happy about it. Their first week in, he killed all the lights in the house and they refused to turn back on until an hour later. Not the most auspicious beginning, but it at least confirmed that his first outburst was not a one-time thing. His Hogwarts letter's arrival spooked them all when the claustrophobic owl that delivered it went into a panic after getting stuck in their tiny attic. "That was rich." He was reasonably miffed at the September cut off mark; he had to watch Willow attend first because of that consarned mark and it worried him sick to see his favorite most tolerable sister go without ascertained guidance. When he left for Platform 9³/⁴ for the first time, he hoped that his preparations would let his siblings survive without him.
Plenty of fading scars, his "judgy" face, and his mirage grins
Willow Moon and eight others
The vicious jailer. Apollo has played 'hide the baby' with her on a daily basis since he was seven; their twisted version involves the monster taking out their frustration on the protector. His feelings regarding the person who gave him life and hell are complex and muddled, to say the least.
Moon Seo-Hyeon / Willow Moon
Current Name: Apollo -> Manly beauty. In Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of medicine and healing who drove his fiery chariot (the sun) through the sky.