A. Please answer the following questions as elaborately as possible. (Remember, this part is only a requirement for your third to fifteenth character! However, if you want to have more input on where you character is sorted, then please answer #6!)
1) What would you consider to be your character's strengths, and your character's weaknesses? Elaborate on your answer.
- Zach is passionate about anything and everything he does, protective over the ones he truly cares about, and chivalrous to the point you'd find it hard to believe. He's definitely gone through a lot, but those are key traits he knows he'll never lose.
- While he may be all the above, he can also be far too stubborn for his own good at times. There's just no getting through him when he's dead set on something. He's also got a bad temper you really don't want to trigger. While he's a patient man, you don't want to be anywhere near him when he's angry.
2) What goals and objectives has your character set out in their life? Is it to be successful and rich? Is it to find happiness? Why?
- He just wants complete independence from his family. He doesn't like how they can dictate what he can and can't do with his life, but don't do the same with his brothers. He's honestly just so done with them and would very much like to remain in Great Britain, even if it entails getting three different jobs to be able to pay for a place to stay at.
3) What's their ideal way of spending a free day? Why so?
- Honestly, his ideal way of spending a free day is doing anything with his friends. Anything. He doesn't care what, he just likes spending time with the lot of them.
4) If your character could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Why?
- His letter to Ilvermorny - Quite frankly, it marked his independence from his family. It gave him a fresh start, one he is very thankful for. That's just a remainder that sometimes dreams do come true.
- His wand - His wand, much like the previous item, is a remainder that dreams can come true. And this goes without mentioning the fact that it still keeps him separated from his family, so.
- His bank account & Gringotts Vault Key - He's been saving money ever since arriving at Ilvermorny for first year, so he's able to get his own apartment when he graduates, rather than returning home. With the monthly allowance his parents send, and the money he earns running errands for other people and working in summers, he's well on his way to achieving that.
- A picture of him with his friends back in Ilvermorny - He looks at it often, when he's feeling down or missing his friends.
- His grandfather's dog tags - His grandfather was a very important figure when he was a little boy, so it means a lot to have his dog tags from his time in the Armed Forces. They remind him he isn't alone, no matter what part of the world he's in.
5) What one thing would your character change about the wizarding society? Why?
- He'd likely implement stricter policies against all sorts of discrimination, or at the very least implement stricter policies and requirements for promotions to high positions of power.
6) What house does your character want to be in? What house does your character not want to be in? Why?
- This is more OOC than IC, since Zach wouldn't be picky about selecting his house. I personally view him as a Gryffindor, possibly a hatstall with Hufflepuff.
B. Select the option that best fits your character. (Remember, this part is a requirement for every character you make! Please bold the answers from an IC Point of View, and mark in italics the answers from the OOC Point of View.)
1) Which type of spell is most useful?
A. A Complex Spell
B. A Spell Of Control
C. A Combat Spell
D. A Healing Spell
2) What is most important to you?
B. Getting your way.
D. Friends and family.
3) What would you do if a teacher caught you cheating?
A. I'm the person people cheat off of.
B. I wouldn't get caught; I'm too slick.
C. I would deny the accusation until the teacher gives up.
D. I would 'fess up, apologize, and accept the consequences.
4) What matters most to your character?
5) What's the best way to get things done?
A. Putting together a qualified team and completing the task efficiently.
B. Trick someone else into doing the work for you.
C. Get some friends together and lead them in the task.
D. The right way, no matter how long it takes.
1) Give a description of your character's personality. Are you noble or sneaky? Arrogant or Humble? Anything about your character that might help the Sorting Hat decide. (Don't worry, you can copy this onto your character page later!) (Remember, personality must be at least one paragraph long for the first two characters, two paragraphs long for the third to eighth characters, and three paragraphs long for the ninth to fifteenth!)
Zach is literally a complete and utter cinnamon roll, despite the fact that his looks scream otherwise. He's very protective in nature, a trait he never properly began to develop until he began at Ilvermorny and started to make friends. You don't really want to mess with him or his friends, especially if it involves triggering that bad temper he has. While it doesn't go to the extent of being violent... actually, yeah, it kind of does, depending on the circumstances. It's never against someone he cares for, obviously, but under the right circumstances, he could definitely throw a hard punch or two. Surprising, really, since Zach's never been known to be aggressive. But alas, there's a first time for everything, no? If you're able to look past his temper and thick-headedness, you'll see he's actually quite the goofball. If you're in his good graces - which it's kind of hard to not be, unless you've done anything against him or his friends - you've literally earned yourself a big brother.
Chivalrous until the end, Zach was the star student of his year, and possibly his entire house. He was a house representative in fifth year and the first half of sixth year, and had no doubt been on his way to become a speaker over there. He was (and still is) courageous and determined, fighting for what he believes to be right. He has a readiness to help those that need it, which not many people have, to be quite honest. He's a firm believer of justice, but you know, sometimes the system's definition of justice isn't the best, so of course there are times where he's ready to make his own justice, given it's merited and well-decided. if he can hold himself to his highest standard of behavior (most of the time), why can't others? Zach has this thing about having hope and faith, as well. While he's never been a big believer - if at all - in God, he knows a thing or two about having hope and faith. Hope makes a group of twenty feel like a group of a hundred in battle, you know. In essence, it's important for him to have faith and keep hoping. If he lets that light dim out inside of him, then what will remain?
Zach does have morals, too. Work hard, play hard. Even if, you know, he doesn't carry out the play hard part effectively, he does bust his ass off working. He does everything he has to as soon as possible, the right way. He doesn't care what he has to do to achieve it, but he will. It's why he's been able to save so much money these past seven years. When he's determined to do something, he'll do it, no matter what the cost. That's another thing about him, he can be too stubborn for his own good at times. It's not a good idea to talk him out of something unless you know how to handle him/how to do it. He isn't easy to talk out of his own ideas, unless he recognizes they're well and truly stupid. It's just something about him, it's always been there, as evidenced by the way he ran off every night for almost an entire year to his grandparents' house after his mom prohibited him from going alone. He got it from his mother, as much as he hates to recognize it. They're both stubborn as hell, with the very small, very well-kept exception/way to get around it.
2) Write about the history of your character. How did they grow up? Is there an incident that made them the way they are? etc. (Again, you can copy this onto your character page later!) (Remember, history must at least be two paragraphs long for the first two characters, three paragraphs long for the third to eighth character, and four paragraphs long for the ninth to fifteenth character!)
Zachary Schneider's parents never really showed him much care, at least not to the degree they showed it to his two younger brothers. Even though it was just him and his mother for about two years and a half before his first brother was born, his mother never really... harbored such strong positive feelings about him. His father was always out and about, working to earn money for his growing family, while Zach's mom had become a stay-at-home mother. So he was stuck with a woman that probably should have taken a couple of classes on parenting before deciding to conceive a child. Don't get me wrong, it never went to the point of abuse, Zach just didn't feel like his parents were very fair when it came to their three kids. Well, to be precise, his mom. His dad... he just stood to the side, not saying much in fears of angering Zach's mother, but he secretly had always sided with his oldest son. He knew the other two could be brats, he just never pointed it out.
Zach was always out and about. While most times it was because he was with friends from the neighborhood, there were times it was because his mother literally forced him to. He was just aged six when he had more chores than any six-year-old would like, beginning with taking care of the pup his parents had gotten for their middle son when he turned four. He was the one stuck cleaning after the pup, making sure he never behaved out of line, taking him out for walks, showering him, etc. That's without counting the thousand of other things his parents made him do daily. It got tiring, you know, but Zach was nearly seven - he couldn't do much against his parents. His only safe haven, it seemed, was his paternal grandparents' house. They were far more lenient, often coming to his defense whenever they found his parents were being too harsh. Zach was lucky, he knew, to have his grandparents live just a couple blocks from his house. They were a bike ride away...
As Zach got older, his parents became stricter and his grandparents interfered interfered more often. It got to the point his mother downright prohibited him from going back to his grandparents' house without his mother, and he couldn't tell them anything that happened within the household. While Zach had grown to be very obedient, this was one rule he just couldn't keep. His grandparents were aging rapidly, he didn't know how long he had left with them, and he wouldn't let his mom force him to lose valuable time with them. For the first time, at the age of nine, Zach had his first magical sign. He was a late bloomer, sure, but his magical sign was powerful enough to cause nearby power lines to act up and explode. He'd been pissed that day, a sight that's not very common, even now. His mother had had the gall to threaten him with taking everything he had away and give him all of his brothers' chores. Of course, she was never like this with her other two boys. Just Zach. It really got to him, you know, which is why he always ran away in the middle of the night to go to his grandparents' and came back right before he had to wake up for school. Not once did he get caught.
Nobody really knew Zach was the cause for the power lines' explosions. They thought it had just been a weird coincidence. Thus, they never dug deep into it. He hadn't had any other outbursts, either, which is why it was such a surprise to have an actual officer from the wizarding world come to personally deliver Zach's acceptance letter to Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His mother believed it was a hoax. So did his dad. Meanwhile, Zach's brothers were already referring to him as a freak. How lovely, huh? It took a long conversation and endless amounts of proof, but before dusk fell that day, his parents were well aware of their child's magical heritage. Thus, they agreed to send him off to Ilvermorny. To this day, Zach is still surprised that officer managed to convince them, if not a little disbelieving. He still thinks his mom just didn't want to see her son, the freak. But quite frankly, he didn't care. For once, he'd finally be away from his mother and brothers, without any legitimate chores to do. For the eleven year old boy, that was enough. He began at Ilvermorny that very August 27th. Thunderbird and Wampus both chose him, but Zach was quick to choose the former. It marked the beginning of the end.
Zachary was quite the kid at Ilvermorny. Teachers adored him - he always did his work and he never disrespected them. He had friends, but it wasn't to the point he could be considered popular. He was actually a sub-beater for Thunderbird's quidditch team, though he wasn't a starter until his fourth year at Ilvermorny. He got monthly allowances from his parents and worked in his summer and winter breaks to earn more money, which he was saving to hopefully have enough for an apartment by graduation. All in all, he had a pleasant experience there. It all came to an abrupt end the summer before sixth year. His grandmother died of a heart attack, and his grandfather died of heartbreak. He couldn't handle losing the love of his life, the woman he'd been married to for more than half a century. It was a beautiful way to go, at least according to Zachary. While it meant he no longer had a safe haven, he knew his grandparents were better off, and at the end of the day, he didn't care about anything else. That summer, he got his first actual job, even if he had to abandon it to return to Ilvermorny.
Zach, as a matter of fact, was an American Exchange Student at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry before he became an official student. He attended with the program for the second half of sixth year, even going through the experience of being sorted into WIP. There, he met all kinds of different people, learned about the different culture, etc etc. He loved it there. Since he didn't have anything holding him back anymore back in America, he asked his parents the summer that followed for a transfer. It took a lot of persuading (mostly to his father, who then had the task of persuading his wife), but eventually, it was decided that he'd be allowed to attend Hogwarts for his final year. Zach and his family are actually on a trip to Britain this summer, not only to gather everything he may need for the school, but also for a well-earned vacation.
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!
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 Harry Potter characters!)
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!)
6) What year is your character in?
C. These do not affect what house you're sorted to, but everybody must answer them!
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" (of a different magical race/have a special ability)?