Undergoing a major re-write, not started yet because I'm lazy.
Of course, it's pretty well known that magic doesn't only exist in Britain, and Hogwarts isn't the only magic school out there. And Rheine's story doesn't start in the 21st century, nope.
In the Philippines, back when Spain first conquered it, a rather old wizarding family resided in one of the few partly magical communities 'round the globe. It was a pureblood family of fanatics, who believed that Muggles were filth and yadda yadda yadda. Despite usually being halfway around the globe from all the action, the family did quite support all the dark wizards and witches that went and past. At times, family members even participated in the purging of Muggles. The family of Niesa managed to stay "pure and untainted" till the end of the 20th century.
The time that had passed had allowed them to collect dark artifacts, spells, and the whole lot. By the 20th century, their collection encompassed no less than a million objects, including spells and whatnot. They may not have had the largest collection in the world, or even Asia, but they had amassed quite a fair bit and were content with it.
Then the rebellion happened.
Year 1979. The youngest members of the family, the final generation of purebloods - they all rebelled and married into Muggle and "tainted" lineages. The elders were unable to do anything but watch as their precious bloodline finally met its "end", being frail and wizened. They managed a few jinxes, hexes, and curses on their children's spouses, but none did any permanent harm. Except for one single curse.
Jose Niesa was one of the eldest of the siblings, and he had married a Muggle named Anita. Unfortunately, Anita had been the one to receive the strongest curse. Their first child was stillborn, the second and third dead within hours, and their fourth followed. The fifth, Jose managed to weaken the curse well enough to see it survived. However, their fifth was a runt. They named him Shem. The children that followed Shem were much stronger than their eldest living sibling, as it seemed the curse weakened each time a new child was born.
Shem was one of the first half-blood children in the Niesa family for centuries. Jose tried to keep all his children from magic, insisting on limiting its use, as all it did was "tear love and family apart." Nevertheless, Shem's father homeschooled all his children in the ways of magic. However, every child besides Shem did agree with their father. They wanted nothing to do with their heritage. Shem was the special case. He showed interest and talent in his studies and excelled so well that Jose allowed him a wand, something none of his sisters and brothers had ever received. Of course, after abandoning the pureblood mania of their ancestors, Jose's parents had tried all they could to remove their children from their wills. The other elders did the same. Their efforts succeeded narrowly, and they had managed to find a loophole in the law, and had all the wealth they had accumulated over the years to be only be accessed when their eldest son's grandchild came of age. Jose and his cousins and brothers and sisters were forced into poverty.
The dark family's wealth was more than enough for each elder. There had been seven of them, including Jose's father. But now it was inaccessible.
Shem and his siblings tried to do their best in order to help their parents. Shem went as far as abandoning magic, as it couldn't help them in the Muggle world where they now lived. He tried to become an engineer, but funds and technicalities forced upon him a teaching position, which barely sufficed for his family's needs.
Shem was eventually married to a Muggle woman named Janissa, whose grandfather had been a Muggle-born wizard. The gift of magic had not been given to Janissa, but it was given to their child. The dangerous curse Anita had suffered had weakened with every birth, barely existing now. But it was now passed onto Janissa, as the curse was meant to halt the half-bloods from reproducing with Muggles or tainted lineages. It was weakened to the point that Shem and Janissa simply could not conceive a child. For once in his adult life, Shem took up his dusty old wand and did his best with his basic knowledge to weaken the curse further. Fortunately it worked.
Rheine Kassyra Niesa was born on March 24, 2010 in a local Muggle hospital. She was healthy, but suffered jaundice that was quickly fixed by the Muggle magic we call modern technology. Shem was somewhat disappointed, as he wanted a son, but nevertheless was overjoyed.
The young half-blood excelled quite well in her studies (she was also homeschooled.) At an early age, her parents discovered that she dearly loved the magic in her books, wishing with everything that it was real. It was real, of course, but Shem feared that she would fall back into the world of magic if he ever told her of their heritage. Thus, he and Janissa kept quiet. But both parents could not deny that Rheine was magic.
She began to show signs at the mere age of 5. Shem was none the less horrified to realize his daughter had quite the affinity for jinxes and hexes, what she believed was "karma." If the little girl felt wronged, the wrongdoer tended to have little mishaps. Nothing major - just a little trip here, spilled liquids there - and barely noticeable, but Shem saw and realized. Age seven, Shem's fear increased as Rheine unknowingly began to use it when she was angry. Her magic had began to raise alarmingly out of control. Technology seemed to malfunction more when Rheine was around, which really miffed her as as she frequented the web.
However, after being severely cyberbullied at age ten, her magic seemed to dampen. Shem wasn't aware that his daughter had been so affected, and was too relieved by the sudden anticlimax to notice anything was wrong. Then everything went all wrong for Shem when Janissa asked for an anullment.
Their love had faded a long, long time ago, but they had stayed together for Rheine's sake. Now that she was ten, Janissa believed her daughter could take it. Shem relented, and they split up, much to Rheine's horror. For almost two years, Janissa and Rheine lived at Janissa's sister and Rheine's aunt Maycie's house. Then once Maycie got married, the mother and daughter had to move back to Shem's house with nowhere to go. It was indefinitely awkward for Shem, but he'd do anything for his daughter. Shem and Janissa stayed on friendly terms, which was a relief for Rheine. So focused on other things the two parents were, they never even noticed their daughter slowly falling into a depression. Shem was fully convinced that Rheine's magic had been dampened drastically and couldn't exactly do anything anymore, and thus paid lesser attention than before.
Rheine and Janissa barely spent a year back at Shem's house. Janissa got engaged to a Finnish tourist named Fabian Kögler. Papers were easily set, and by December 2023, Rheine and Janissa were all set for England. Shem was saddened by this quite a lot, not being able to see his daughter anymore, but Fabian, knowing of Rheine's protests, offered to pay for Rheine to return for two months a year. The deal was made, and Rheine, her mother, and new stepfather headed for England right after Christmas.
Christmas was a bit awkward in Rheine's opinion. Unbeknownst to Janissa and Shem, her magic was growing more stable as she gained better knowledge of what was inflicting her mental health - bipolar depression. At one point, she managed to get diagnosed indirectly with a friend's help. It was confirmed.
Living in Lincolnshire, England wasn't much of a hassle, as Rheine's first language was English. It was a bit strange, however, to hear that strange British accent every time she went outside. She herself had a bit of an accent, but it quickly became almost imperceptible as time passed. During the months of March and April, Rheine visited her father and stayed with him. He had a dog now, and was quite happy to see her. Shem was too engrossed in spending as much time as possible with his little princess that he didn't notice how her magic was still getting stronger with each day. She returned from her vacation, and pretty much fainted when an owl swooped into her bedroom and dropped a letter.
Damn. Took them long enough to realize there was a witch in the household.
Rheine immediately made contact with her father, and the latter was partly shocked, partly mortified, and partly guilty. Realizing that it had upset his daughter most thoroughly, he tried to compensate for his actions by sending all the books that had been in Jose's possession before the rebellion to Rheine. The latter herself nearly spilled the beans of her mental state when yelling at her dad, but managed to stop herself before it was too late. The books turned out to be rather precious, few of the rare bits of the Niesa family's collection, and not all of them were even all dark magic! Rheine proved to be an adept learner, though the fact that it was MAGIC she was learning might have spurred her to work her best.
She had learned some dark magic as well, obviously not any of the major law-destroying ones, but some of the mostly annoying and somewhat damaging. Rheine managed to forgive her father, and after explaining the situation to her stepfather and mother (turned out Fabian had a Muggle-born cousin and took it rather calmly), she got her official school supplies from Diagon Alley, and spent the rest of her free time poring over everything, trying to make up for the last 3-4 years of obliviousness. And when the day came, she headed for King's Cross station with her family, who watched her disappear into the brick border. Rheine was more than delighted to find out from a passing wizarding family that she had to run through a wall. IT WAS A WALL. BLOODY BRILLIANT.
Rheine arrived at Hogwarts via train, meeting nothing and no one. Due to having missed 3 years of schooling, she had struggled to catch up during the months of waiting by reading and re-reading all the books she had gotten on magic.
At the Sorting Ceremony, it took some time for the Sorting Hat to figure out where to put Rheine, but after a few devastatingly long minutes, she was Sorted into Gryffindor.
She managed to catch up with her peers, excelling decently for someone who'd been in the dark for most of her remembered life. However, she was branded a know-it-all at the start of term for not giving her fellow classmates a chance to answer. It bothered her greatly, so she attempted to chill out a bit. Drama came far too quickly for her liking. During her first Potions class, fellow fourth year Casper Gideon walked out, offended when the professor contradicted her opinion. At one point Rheine joined in the argument, siding with her peer, but eventually let her handle it on her own. In the process, she also earned her first detention.
Hardly two weeks in and her first year at Hogwarts was already proving to be quite eventful.
Her constant "hogging" of answers eventually led top student Faith Bagman to lash out at her in the middle of a DADA lesson, the latter feeling that she was trying to usurp the title. The tension had been building for a while, and nobody couldn't say they didn't see it coming. Rheine walked out after making a melodramatic scene of her own, genuinely admitting that she looked up to the Slytherin pureblood and then facing punishment later by the DADA professor and coincidentally then Head of Slytherin House, Nora Déonté. She and Faith managed to get off with a warning, but the latter remained angry at her for no clear reason. Understanding that it wasn't only her know-it-all attitude bugging the Slytherin, Rheine tried to pry the reason out of her during their meeting with Nora, but failed and let it go for the time being.
Her start of term was certainly plagued by events, but not all of them were bad. She became acquainted with Pelagia Liquero, a Gryffindor dorm mate, and Winston Wolf, a Hufflepuff in her year. While working her arse off in the library and poring over sixth year textbooks to distract herself from her current dilemmas, Victoria Iglesias stumbled upon her book fortress, and both parties were delighted to realize that there was another Filipina in the school. Shortly after admitting her doubts on getting on the team as a reserve due to her problems with Faith, Rheine received a letter from Thomas Bagman, confirming that she was on the team. His reply was merely late on account of studying for N.E.W.Ts and classes. She and Tori then goofed off, instantly establishing a small acquaintance/friendship.
Tragedy refused to stop striking, however, and the next time it struck, it struck home. Rheine had been chatting with Owen Connor, a second year Ravenclaw, when her owl Saona flew into view. As Owen departed, Saona delivered to her master a letter from her aunt Maycie. The letter's contents were jarring, and Rheine involuntarily let out a half-scream that made Owen turn on his heel and check on her. Her cousin Reynie had been attacked by an unknown magical creature, but Maycie confessed her fears that it might have been a werewolf. Reynie had been diagnosed as critically injured in a local magical hospital in the Philippines, and Rheine briefly lost it, her magic acting and cracking the ground. She left the scene afterwards, somewhat comforted by Owen's words.
Her spirits rose along with fellow Gryffindors when Gryffindor won the first Quidditch match of the season, with Victoria Iglesias body-blocking a bludger becoming rather memorable.
During the Christmas holidays (which she had openly despised since moving to Britain), she visited her cousin in PH, who was now in a magical coma of a sort. During her second visit while Reynie was now back at home semi-conscious (during a full moon), her cousin transformed into his werewolf form, nearly killing Rheine. She managed to get away with the help of two other adult wizards who had been assigned to Reynie, but did not remain unscathed. The short encounter left a large claw scar on her shoulder, one that would never fade.
After returning to Britain nearing the end of the hols, Rheine encountered Cecilie Eskildsen in the Transfiguration section of Flourish and Blotts. She was still wary, but gradually relaxed despite the other girl's indifference. Their short conversation and Cecilie's blatant interest in Animagi compelled her to ask what Animagus Ceci thought she would be. This led to Cecilie revealing she had been studying on how to become one, and Rheine mentally noted that she herself wanted to be one too, due to Reynie's condition. They continued their book-hunting, and Rheine helped the Slytherin girl find a final book of interest to her when Alessia Eskildsen, Cecilie's mother, came to scold her daughter for being late. Rheine jumped in, lying through her teeth that Cecilie had helped her find a book that explained Cecilie's lateness, which prompted the surprised mother to ask who she was. Rheine introduced herself, and after an even shorter exchange of words, the Eskildsens left, with Alessia apologizing if her daughter was giving her a hard time once the aforementioned was out of earshot. She revealed that other children had treated Cecilie seemingly badly when she was a child, and was really worried for her despite Cecilie hating it when that happened.
Rheine began neglecting her health since before the holidays and kept it up upon returning to Hogwarts. She had roughly twenty eight hours of sleep during the first two weeks, resolving not to rest until she finished whatever she was aiming for. When she was switched in for the upcoming Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff match, she took a rare break the day before and slept. Despite their team's attempts, the badgers won and Rheine ended up with a concussion. Now fairly certain (or is that her nonexistent self-esteem talking?) she wasn't getting back on the team, she ordered a Firebolt anyway for shizz and giggles.
Her attempts on brewing a Wolfsbane potion were redoubled and tripled, and her potential in the subject finally began bearing fruit as she self-studied her way to the 7th year level potions. She was sent in for the Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw match, surprisingly not benched despite her insane antics in the previous game. Happily scoring quite a few times this time, Gryffindor eventually won, coming second for the Quidditch Cup.
Everything went well until one day at Herbology.
Rheine arrived late during the class, but luckily the professor didn't seem to notice. Due to a small clash with some Slytherins in some abandoned hallway, she was bleeding profusely by a few lacerations on her right arm, her left palm split in half, and the hems of her robes were singed. At one point she was confused by one of Faith's answers on the topic (Orchideous/Orchideus), and the latter snapped at her, rudely telling her to "get some sleep more often and start paying attention to when people answer things." Her bipolar depression combined with her extreme lack of sleep caused her to retort even after the professor took points, thus earning her her third detention.
A long conversation later in detention ultimately led to why she was sleeping so little. As the reason was to help her werewolf cousin (who'd be persecuted in their home country, since the prejudice for "half-breeds" went to the extremes there), Rheine made her best attempts to lie but failed, and for the second time, she had to face the Headmistress. No major results occured and Rheine left.
Later on, their end year Herbology project began and Rheine requested permission to care for an aconite plant, a 7th year level poisonous species. Professor Prince put the pieces together about Reynie, and offered her a deal in private - she take care of herself and he'd make sure to get the Wolfsbane potion sent to Reynie every month. She agreed and pondered Faith's hate of her out loud before leaving.
The school term ended happily, much to her relief. Victoria invited her to watch the Quidditch World Cup with her family, and after persuading her father, she came.
Many changes came prior fifth year. For one, her cousin Reynie came over to Britain due to his furry little problem, much to Rheine's delight. The Quidditch World Cup occurred during the summer, where Rheine met quite a few people. Having stayed at Victoria's tent, she became acquainted with Amelia, Tori's older sister.
She roamed around with Tori, then encountering one of the Finchburg Fitches. Afterwards, the fifteen year old decided to explore on her own in an attempt to get used to the claustrophobic spaces. This time she encountered a yearmate and House mate of hers - Boyce Schmidt. The two got along quite well, chatting till night fell. They had...an interesting conversation, to say the least, and Boyce wasn't weirded out by her driveling like people commonly were. Also, for the record, she finally figured out that she was capable of blushing instead of blanching/paling all the time. That sentence alone sort of explains everything, doesn't it?
Tori was pretty much freaking out by the time she got back...but she managed to shake off the older girl's motherly concerns. Soon enough she met Boyce again...really early in the morning with an annoying downpour ongoing as he was looking for his younger sister Sadie. They chatted a while, and after he noticed her shivering insisted on giving her his coat. Parting ways again, both forgot about the coat until later on.
Due to this, she had to search for his family's tent in vain the whole day after. Unfortunately she had to resort to sneaking into the Harriers' tent, and ended up getting caught by his older brother Ansel. The conversation soon turned into...somewhat of harassment after a couple of weird assumptions from both Ansel and Blake, who arrived soon enough in the middle of the conversation. Two other Harriers re-entered, the first telling the two Schmidts off and the latter wondering what the racket was. Rheine just left when the opportunity came, feeling quite terrible all the while.
While she was venting her anger out on a tree, she encountered Boyce again and nearly hit him with a rock by accident. She actually slapped the guy, as according to his siblings he had gotten sick from not wearing the coat he gave her. Regretting it almost immediately, they once more had a long conversation that ended up with her having to borrow his coat again. They ran into Blake and Ansel while he was showing her where to look for his tent, and by some miraculous anticlimax both apologized (albeit reluctantly on Ansel's part.) Upon parting ways, he insisted she keep his coat this time and just return it to him at Hogwarts.
It was pretty straightforward after that. She returned to her stepdad's estate for the rest of the summer, though she did visit Kale at one point. The long wait finally ended, and September 1 shot her and Reynie off to Platform 9 & 3/4.
Victoria and her met up in the Gryffindor carriage's main compartment and shared some leche flan the older girl had brought. Rheine got up at least twice to head for the trolley, where she came upon her younger cousin and afterwards, Boyce. The encounters involved more blushing and chocolate. (No, not that way, get your mind of the gutter.) The latter part was with her cousin happily eating out the trolley.
The subject of the del Castillos (and some other noble family) transferring to Hogwarts faded from her mind shortly after the first DAtDA lesson of the term. Tori had informed her about them on the train. Soon enough, she obliviously met none other than Hazelle del Castillo, la princesa de la filipinas. The girl was sweet to her, and Rheine was pleased to know that there was one more Filipino at school.
What was with everyone thinking she and Boyce were dating?! Somehow Rheine managed to get through the start of term without murdering anyone (Cecilie, NOT excluded, thank you very much.) It didn't help when even a nice first year thought they were in an arranged marriage or something (Dear Merlin, what was with kids these days?!) when she and Boyce helped out the kid with people problems.
Despite the fact that Cecilie liked to tease her about the subject, she eventually found herself thinking of the Slytherin as a friend than an acquaintance during one of her potioneering exploits. However, the happy start of term began its downward spiraling when her hidden anxieties about OWLs and Reynie's lycanthropy started to take its toll. Sleeping and eating less and less, the fact that she hated Christmas didn't help her.
Events flowed in flux along with her moods. There were days when she was perfectly fine, and then there were the days when she refused to meet anyone's eye. She felt that her meds weren't doing anything and nearly threw out the rest of them. No matter how much she hated the festive season though, her spirits lifted slightly during the gift exchanges. She did feel like she had embarrassed herself though, when she on an impulse hugged Boyce in thanks, but the awkward moment was propitiously overlooked in the days to come.
Any positive effect break had had on her dissipated completely shortly after. A poor choice of words caused Rheine to fall out with Reynie for a few agonizingly long weeks. Then the debilitating state of her relationships clinched its climax with one quandary and hit rock bottom. With infinitesimal patience sparking tempers because of the imminent OWLs and NEWTs, she and Tori slammed headfirst into an argument and ultimately ended their friendship. Perfectly aware that it was completely her fault, Rheine skirted her way around her now ex-friend, too ashamed to apologize.
Once she had managed to patch things up with her cousin, she heeded his words and took time to try and help and figure out herself. She succeeded for at least marginally- because she finally stopped being in denial and realized she did like Boyce that way.
Not that she would ever ever ever tell any of her friends that. During one Hogsmeade trip, she, yet on another impulse, kissed him by the Shrieking Shack. Things escalated, she discovered he liked her back, he discovered vice versa, and they sort of started dating. It was probably one of the few happier moments of her fifth year.
Her OWLs were a fairly good example of hard work and stress - Rheine got almost Os in everything. Nothing else eventful occurred until the approach of summer break.
Waging war against her mother every single day drained Rheine to an extent she herself doubted she would ever reach. As a result, she stole away from the estate for a good two weeks and accepted Boyce's offer to stay with him. They had a small argument on where she would sleep (she won, and slept on the couches.) Things were going smoothly, then it came to a row of mountainous ridges Rheine didn't believe she would ever recover from.
Note the past tense.
Boyce's father was reported dead during her stay. Feeling like she had nothing to contribute to help, she steeled herself and returned to her mother's home. Unbeknownst to anyone, even her own cousin Reynie, she had started self-harming in July. She'd refrained from doing so while she had been camping out at Boyce's, but resumed when she had left.
Everything went downhill from there. Rheine stopped taking her meds, only doing so when prompted by either of the two worried (and rightfully so) Fernandez kids. She and Cecilie wrote back and forth over the summer, and even met up a couple of times for ice cream (naturally). Rheine didn't even realize she'd been doing it at the time, but she was slowly pushing everyone away - hell, even Cecilie.
She encountered Boyce in Eeylops' Magical Menagerie nearing the end of the fatal summer. They had a strained conversation, and though they technically had never broken up, their status was anchored more clearly afterwards. To Rheine's utmost surprise, a letter containing a Prefect's Badge drifted her way. With her record, she had thoroughly doubted the possibility. Maybe the new Gryffindor Head was just forgiving?
While searching for a fashionably late Rina, Rheine had her first encounter with Celyn Edillon. Despite her fallout with Tori some time back, she had never had the heart to throw away her ex-best friend's Christmas present, a history book on ARMP. This ensured that she knew about the House of Edillon, how they had been the bodyguards for the House of Niesa, and how they had been handed the position when the Niesa bloodline had been exiled. It was a surprisingly pleasant conversation with Celyn.
When September rolled around, the tragic occurrences made a comeback. BPD worsened things for Rheine. Self-harm was now an escape and a reassurance that she could still feel pain. After all, how was she sure that she could when inside she was so...dead? Boyce was dead. One more person who had left her. One more person who said they could never do that. One less person worth living for. Rheine perfected the art of fake smiles, and nobody could ever guess that she spent midnight hours down at the harbor, slicing the pain away. Cecilie was there for consolation, and that extended Rheine's life just enough for the rest of the year.
Rheine never reached her seventh year. She never left a suicide note either. A couple of last words, and a will. Nothing else. It took the authorities less than 12 hours to locate her down at a Muggle harbor, an empty potion bottle instead of a pulse in her hand.