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The Character's Background

1) Give a description of your character's personality. It must be at least two paragraphs long, seven sentences each.
Ilyana Vinogradova is, according to those who know her, a very nice person and good friend material. And they're probably right. As a child, she enjoyed company, and some of her triats from that time remained. She's still incredibly loyal, by her friends' side to the very end. Though not the warrior type, she can be strong and fierce when her loved ones are in danger. She doesn't always seem like it, but she desperately needs others to thrive- there's nothing she's more afraid of than loneliness and abandonment. But there's also another side to her.

Ever since he incident with her professor at Koldovstoretz (see below), Yana'd become more closed off than before. She was brutally stripped of all her illusions and trust in strangers. And there was a lot to strip- like most Aristov students, Ilyana was and still is, deep down, a born idealist. Some part of her still believes that all people are good in a certain, unchangeable way. She's not one to hold grudges, and would let every single "misleaded" individual redeem themselves. Her moral compass, however, is flawless. Ilyana would never do something that could give her any sort of advantage while hurting others.

After she's been diagnosed with a terminal ilness, Yana's traits shifted again. The decision to spend her last two years doing everything she's wanted to do all her life truly was a game-changer. The more bold parts of her were exposed. She had nothing to lose, after all. No one will blame the dying girl. It's probably the ilness that's making her so honest. It's probably the pain (people didn't realize that there was no pain) that makes her do all these silly things, like bungee jumping or whatever. Why hold anything back when you can do whatever you want and everyone will forgive you?

2) Write about the history of your character. How did they grow up? Is there an incident that made them the way they are? It must be at least three paragraphs long, seven sentences each.

Nadia Emilovna Vinogradova was a beautiful, confident, well-off Russian Half-Veela witch. But everything she had - a nice house, a loving husband and a steady job - wasn't enough. She liked adventures. Affairs weren't something uncommon for her, especially during the business trips she went on a few times in a year. Flirty ever since her teens, Nadia ended up having dozens of lovers. She never stayed with any of them for long - a week, maybe, but not more. Only one of those affairs, however, had dire consequences.

Wherever her trip's destination was, Nadia liked to be comfortable. And since she could afford it, she lived in top hotels around the world - preferably, but not necessarily, run by magical owners. When it came to food, she could be only described as whimsical. And that's how she ended up having dinner at an exclusive Lincliff City restaurant. In which she met Alistair Fitzgerald. The handsome, charming television network owner caught her eye immediately. Her attraction turned out to be mutual and resulted in a one-night stand. It was a trip like any other for Nadia - only because she couldn't know the impact it would have on her future.

To this day, Nadia isn't sure how she got pregnant. She took every possible precaution, and here it was - Alistair's child. Her child. What scared her wasn't even the perspective of becoming a mother, rather the fact that it meant her affairs had to end. Her husband's reaction wasn't as hostile as it could have been. He could have kicked her out if he was a particularly horrible person, but he didn't. The truth was, Anton had dreamed of being a father all his life, and was willing to accept his wife's unfaithfulness if it meant finally having the kid he wanted.

Before they knew, Nadia's daughter, Ilyana, or Yana, as they called her, was born. Bearing a resemblance to both her mother and father, she reminded Nadia every day of her horrible decision-making. Despite that, the child was loved, and her early years were mostly carefree. She developed an interest in movies at a fairly young age. She dreamed about being a film star, but it wasn't anything serious. It was just a childhood fantasy, some girls want to be princesses, others wish for a ballerina career, and so on. And little Ilyana was a kid like any other.

When she was about five years old, Ilyana first discovered her magic. She was going to play like she did every day, when something peculiar happened. One of her dolls' dresses suddenly changed color from pink to blue. At first, the girl was shocked and a bit frightened. The magic sig was so sudden that she didn't recognize it. When she told her mother, she was reassured and the meaning of this accident was explained to her. When the initial negative feelings disappeared, she felt the joy and excitement that usually accompanies Pure-Blood children when they show their first magic sign.

Soon the time came for Yana to attend Koldovstoretz, the Russian magic school. She was sorted into the house Aristov. Aristov students are described as optimistic, helpful and generally likeable individuals, and Ilyana fit in with them perfectly. Despite the fact that she didn't find many close friends, she liked her life at school and learning to use her magical abilities. Her favourite classes were Charms and Divination, but there was no subject she would openly dislike. All the teacher were pretty nice to her, too. Life seemed pleasant and ordinary.

One day, during her fifth year, the weather was bad, and Ilyana felt somewhat sick. When her last lesson, Transfiguration, ended, she felt a great deal of relief at the thought of finally getting some rest. However, the teacher, Professor Pavlov, asked her to stay in the classroom for a bit. Yana had always liked and respected him, so she stayed and waited to hear what he had to say. It wasn't before everyone else left, and her patience was beginning to run out. Finally, without saying anything, the teacher started to undress. The shocked girl fled in panic, and immediately told her Head of House, Professor Ignatieva. Soon, several other girls admitted that they had gone throught the same experience before, and Pavlov was fired. Professor Ignatieva and Mr Vinogradov agreed that Yana could use a week at home.

Two years later, graduation day came. Ilyana was quite upset, having already made herself at home at Koldovstoretz. She was probably never going to see any of her colleagues again. And of course, it was time to get a job. Yana left school with excellent grades, but she still couldn't seem to find anything. This lasted for a year. Finally, despite being pretty unhappy with this solution, her stepfather encouraged her to leave the country. As her destination, Ilyana chose England - both because of its world-famous magical society and the wish to meet her father hidden somewhere in her.

Since her childhood, Ilyana had two major dreams, both hidden deep inside her so that no one else could see them. The first was to act. Many girls want to be famous when they're young, but in her case it was something else. She was fascinated with cinema and theatre, and even took an acting class at some point, which helped her open up in a way after the incident. The second dream was to meet her biological father. When she was a kid, Ilyana thought he was dead. Then, around the age of eight, she learned that he lived somewhere abroad. Since then, every once in a while she wondered who he could be. Her mother, Nadia, didn't want her to meet him. And so, his name and location remained unknown to Yana for years. She had some weird ideas about what his identity might be ("magical king of the Nederlands"), but mostly she just wanted to see him and find out if she took something after him. Finally, when she was in her final year of school, she got her mom to reveal who the dad was. The truth was like something out of a telenovella - Alistair Fitzgerald, big deal in Britain and candidate for Minister of Magic. He was one of the reasons Ilyana chose England as her new home, though her mother didn't know that. If she knew, she wouldn't approve.

There was one thing to do before she could move. Yana needed to visit a doctor in order to complete her immigration papers. Fortunately, she didn't have to wait long for her appointment. Her doctor was also a friend of her father's, and as such ran her tests quickly. It was just supposed to be an ordinary checkup - until the results came. Ilyana was diagnosed with a genetic condition with a name too long to remember. Never before told about it, she just stared in disbelief as the doctor explained that she had about two years left to live until her organs give out. Shocked, she didn't tell anyone as it would only cause her parents to grieve before she was even dead. Instead, she chose to go to England anyway, promising herself to spend these two last years doing everything she'd always wanted to do... a last ride of sorts.

3) Write about your character's appearance. What do they look like? Are you planning on using a certain model for your character? If you already have a picture in mind, you can put it here!
Elizabeth Olsen (I have Miggy's blessing)


4) Is your character a Pure-Blood, Half-Blood or Muggle-Born? Do you have any notable magical relations? (Remember, you cannot be related to important characters from the Harry Potter Universe!)
She's a Pure-Blood. Alistair Fitzgerald is her biological father, but he doesn't know about it.

5) Does your character have any special magical abilities? Or special abilities in general (photographic memory, etc.)? Is he or she of a different magical race, such as Veela, Vampire, Werewolf or the like? Part or half of that magical race counts! (Remember, you cannot have a character with special abilities/of a different magical race as one of your first two characters!)
She's Part-Veela (1/4).

6) What is your character's profession? Does your character plan to enroll your character into the Ministry of Magic? Does your character not work? Is your character a teacher?
She's an unemployed aspiring actress.

The Sorting Quiz

A. Select the option that best fits your character. (Remember, this part is optional for adult characters!)

1. What are you looking forward to learning at Hogwarts the most?

A. Transfiguration
B. Hexes & Jinxes
C. Magical Creatures
D. The castle's secret areas

2. Pick one:

A. Moon
B. Stars

3. If flowers adapted their scent to attract the unwary, what would it smell of in order to lure you in?

A. Freshly baked bread
B. Parchment
C. The Sea
D. A crackling log fire

4. Pick one:

A. Dawn
B. Dusk

5. Four boxes are placed before you. Which one do you open?

A. The ornate one, promising secret knowledge and unbearable temptation
B. The small, pewter box that reads "I only open for the worthy"
C. The gleaming black box marked with Merlin's rune
D. The small, tortoiseshell box, embellished in gold, with a small, squeaking creature

6. Pick one:

A. White
B. Black

7. What road tempts you the most?

A. The cobbled street lined with ancient buildings
B. The narrow, dark, lantern-lit alley
C. The twisting, leaf-strewn path through woods
D. The wide, sunny, grassy lane

8. Pick one:

A. Forest
B. River

9. What scares you most?

A. Speaking in such a silly voice, people will laugh at you and mock you
B. An eye at the keyhole of the dark, windowless room where you're locked
C. Standing on top of something high, without anything to stop you from falling
D. Waking up and realizing your family & friends don't know you

10. It's late, you're walking alone, and hear a peculiar cry you believe has a magical source. What do you do?

A. Draw your wand & search for the source
B. Proceed with caution, keep a hand on the concealed wand, and keep an eye out
C. Draw your wand & stand your ground
D. Wait for developments, while mentally reviewing the most appropriate spells

OOC Questions

B. Whilst the first two questions will not affect the character's house (and are mandatory), the others are designed specifically to help users come up with their character's ideal job (and are optional).

1) Is this your first character?

A. This is my first character.
B. No, this is not my first character.

2) If your answer to the previous question is B, how many characters do you have? How many of them are "exotic"?

3) What would people who know your character well say they're really good at?
Ilyana's not only good at acting, but also at handling human emotions.

4) What do they really want to avoid in their job/career? Do they hate working in an office? Do they hate the field?
She isn't into the office job type or science-related stuff. Needs people to thrive.

5) Aside from family and peers, what motivates your character the most in life? What drives their passion?
Her desire to live through or even do something significant. Her shyness is an obstacle to be overcome here.

6) Where does your character's weaknesses lie?
She's not good at math, science etc. Gets bored quickly when alone.

7) Wand cores and woods speak volumes about a person's character. What is your character's wand? Why does it answer to them?
Apple - ambitious, idealistic, with a strong moral compass
Phoenix feather - loyal, strong, independent


Job suggesstion: Space Room at Department of Mysteries

MoM Ilyana Vinogradova has been registered as a citizen by the British Ministry of Magic!

"Upon the signature of the International Statute of Secrecy in 1689, wizards went into hiding for good. It was natural, perhaps, that they formed their own small communities within a community."

I'm the patron saint of your demise. Devil

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