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Nikolai Pascal Dalton
Nik 1
the square root of two
aka: irrational
Born
March 3
Age
15
Family
Isaac Dalton (father)
Rose Dalton (mother) †
Anna Ayers (stepmother)
Lillian Ayers (stepsister)
Gender
Male
Name Pronunciation
nih-koll-LAI DAHL-tun
Blood Status
Muggle-born
Species
Wizard
rped by red

Nikolai Dalton is a fifth year Ravenclaw at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
appearance
Eye Color
Brown
Hair Color
Brown
Height
5'8"
Clothing Style
Comfortable, Neat
Nik has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes – both of which he got from his mom. His hair is messy 99% of the time because he can't be bothered to fix it, but what he's wearing is always in order. He doesn't have much of a fashion sense so he sticks with around three basic outfits whenever he has to go out in civilian attire. His arms are normally covered in words and numbers and reminders to himself. He'll write on anything.


history
Ethnicity
British
Native Language
English
Klingon, Elvish, Vulcan, Morse Code
Accent
British
Earliest Memory
Playing with Lego
Type of Childhood
What childhood?
Childhood Fear
His mom dying


"I was born on March 3 at exactly 3:00AM. Three's always been my favorite number now. Anyway, so mom and dad were always fighting and I was a smart kid so I saw the end soon. They divorced when I was seven, so I had this really fuzzy memory of what he was like for a very long time.

"Mom was kinda overprotective and I never found it too overbearing even though my friends at school thought she was crazy. She was really strict, there was a clear set of rules, and if I wanted to do most things I'd have to ask for her permission. I was not allowed to watch TV while she was in the room because something inappropriate might come on. I was not allowed to eat candy or junk food – just stay healthy. I was not allowed to listen to popular music, only classical. I was not allowed to read books on my own until she was done reading them first, so by the time I got them there'd be paper taped over inappropriate parts.

"You know what kind of books can't ever be inappropriate though? Textbooks. My grandfather on my mom's side was a Chemistry prof at uni and Mom still had a lot of his books and his syllabi lying around. I love Science and I love Math. There's just something pleasing about the fact that everything has a solution. It might irrational, it might be imaginary, but there will always be one. You just need to analyze the problem. And I love Science because it's this definite proof that we're all equal and that everyone is made up of the same stuff. We're like a giant lego set, except instead of lego, we're made up out of atoms and bits of DNA that trace back to the very first living thing on earth. There will always be a part of me connected to someone else. I will never be alone.

"I found out I was magic at the age of nine and I really didn't want to believe it. There had to be some genetic defect that was causing me to act this way, but the accident where it happened was fun enough. I could make the Bunsen burner light up without it being connected to a source of gas, and I could control the flame and make it non-luminous even without opening the airhole. Plus, I could change the color of the flame without even having to do the flame test! Some man in robes came to my house to explain it to Mom, and she understood after extensive research. I got my letter to Hogwarts at the age eleven, like anyone else. I was sorted into Ravenclaw the moment the hat touched my head.

"I didn't have a lot of friends at Hogwarts. I blame knowledge. They don't teach Maths in Hogwarts, and they don't teach Chemistry or Biology or Physics or any kind of Science. Come second year I started bringing books with me. I got a copy of my muggle friend's curriculum and printed it out and when we're not having classes, I study.

"Mom died the summer after I turned thirteen. We were in the car together and someone tried running a red while Mom was driving and it hit us. I made it because it hit her side of the car. The probability of her survival was small but this was the one time I wanted the numbers to be wrong. Still, death is a part of life. It hurts but you have to deal with it.

"Now, I live with my Dad. He has a new family now with this lady who's a witch like me, and her daughter who's magic too. Lilli, her daughter, is in my year but I had never made the connection. Dad's as cool as the Pythagorean theorem. During the first few days we didn't talk much then a while passed and he got me an entire plastic bag of candy. I had never tasted chocolate before. His wife, Anna, is cool too. Anna lets me sleep past nine-o-clock and watch TV. Actual TV. I don't have to wait for the DVD box set anymore. I've found that commercials aren't that bad like Mom said they were. Plus, Anna let me watch rated R movies without any adult around even if I was only (But I still miss Mom.) And my stepsister, well, we don't talk much – rather, she doesn't talk to me – but when I'm not around she smiles, proving that she's a proton like me. Maybe that's why we repel one another."

In his fourth year at Hogwarts, Nikolai became acquainted with Lena Willow, who he finds interesting because she watches Danish robot movies and he wishes that he had done a better job at comforting her in the tower, though he knows that crying girls are really not her forte. He also met Aspirin, who likes technology and the internet, and who has a peculiar though fascinating name. There's also Daniel who likes reading Tolkien, which means that he can't be bad at all. Then finally, Carissa, Daniel's sister and the most perfect human being on earth. He wants to keep her. She went to the Yule Ball with him and he thinks that if anyone had to revolutionize the world with him, he'd like it for that person to be her.


personality and traits
Best Qualities
Intelligent, Idiosyncratic, Loyal
Worst Qualities
Insensitive, Naive, Inattentive
Most Influenced By
His mother, Science
What if I stop being smart? Except I'm not even that smart. It's not like I'm the top of my class. There's no solid proof that I'm smart. Maths and Chemistry don't matter in Hogwarts. People only care about Defense Against the Dark Arts and Charms and Potions. I don't like any of those things. No one cares about what I'm good at here. What if I was in another car crash? The probability is slim but what if I was? And what if something happened to my brain. I realize that nothing can happen to my brain without it resulting in my untimely death or me turning into a comatose vegetable, but what if, for some reason, I stop being smart. Would I still matter? Mom always told me 'Nikolai, you're a very brilliant boy and I love you.' but what if I stop being brilliant? Will people even bother with me anymore if I'm not special? Why do some people get born with photographic memory? Science has never found a single verifiable case of photographic memory. Does God just like them better? There's always going to be someone smarter than me to invent the things I want to invent and solve the problems I want to solve, so why do I exist? If I lose my 'intelligence', then what am I?

Why can't I read minds? I mean, I know it's not an actual thing. Magic exists but apparently reading minds doesn't, I researched. There's no spell or no potion that can allow anyone to do such a thing. The number of positive real roots of a polynomial is bounded by the number of changes of sign in its coefficients. But life would be so much easier if I could read minds! I could understand when people are being sarcastic, or when they're just joking. When they're laughing at me or being mean or when they're genuinely complimenting me or when I'm annoying them. It's hard for me to relate to people. I never know what they're talking about and when I try talking about what I want to talk about, no one gets it so I have to stop. Needs Want of the many outweighs the want of the few, I guess. Which brings me to my next question...

Do I really need people to like me? If I go down in history for changing the scientific world, and they print my face and name onto every textbook in the entire world, will it say 'Nikolai Dalton had many friends. They included...'? No. It'll say 'Nikolai Dalton invented the _____, which was a breakthrough for the field of ______." I can't study, sleep, and socialize. You can only pick two ends of the triangle and sacrifice the last. I need sleep to function, so it goes down to social life or studies. Studies is more important in the long run. My only goal in life is to have a theorem named after me. Not a rule, not a principle, not a theory, but a theorem. It sounds cooler than the rest. Who needs friends if you're smart, right? Right?


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skills and magical abilities
Maths and Science: To be honest, Nikolai isn't very good when it comes to magic things. He's amazing at maths and science though, a certified genius. So no, he isn't exactly the smartest person in their year, but if this was a muggle school, you'd all be screwed. He's good at Astronomy, Herbology and Healing, though with all three he rarely uses actual magic to excel.


possessions
Wand: Walnut, Dragon Heartstring, 10 inches. Highly intelligent witches and wizards ought to be offered a walnut wand for trial first, because in nine cases out of ten, the two will find in each other their ideal mate. Walnut wands are often found in the hands of magical innovators and inventors; this is a handsome wood possessed of unusual versatility and adaptability.


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trivia
*Reference anything from TV or music or movies and Nik won't get it. And he's muggle-born.
*He's a perfect gentleman. Or at least, he tries to be. It's how he was raised.
*He can't do anything without asking for permission first.
*He isn't fond of nicknames. For a very long time, he was Nikolai. Just Nikolai. No deviations. But ever since he moved in with his dad, he's been getting called Nik more and more and it irks him because people always think it's spelled as Nick when there is no C.


Handedness
Right
Sexual and Romantic Orientation
Heterosexual, heteroromantic
Relationship Status
Single
Boggart
Losing his intelligence
Wand
Walnut, Dragon Heartstring, 10 inches
Patronus
Seagull
Favorite Drink
Soda
Favorite Sweet
Chocolate
Amortentia Scents
Melted chocolate, popcorn, bacon
Favorite Song
The Elements Song


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