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Potion & Plant Poisoning Intern
Potion & Plant Poisoning Intern



19 year old Pureblood
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Bella Scrimgeour
"It seemed like this was a game at this point, but it was a game that's ending was a complete mystery to her. It was such a Bella thing to do: act without thinking, often for the sole purpose of making a point." — Bella Scrimgeour in Time to Pretend
PROFILE

Full Name: Annabelle Cecilia Scrimgeour

Nickname(s): Bella

Birthdate: October 30, 1868

Age: 19

Occupation: Potion & Plant Poisoning Intern, St Mungo's

Blood Status: Pureblood

Residence: Dorset, England with her Aunt Laverna

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor Alumna ('87)

Wand:
Hawthorn, 10½ inches, Phoenix feather, Hard
    Obtained after breaking her previous in the Wizarding World Market disaster. Best suited for healing spells and curses, though is prone for backfiring when used carelessly.
Black Walnut, 9¾ inches, Phoenix feather, Brittle
    Was said to be well-suited for individuals with particularly good instincts, which is ironic seeing that her poor instincts led to its destruction. Destroyed in July of 1887.


Family:
Argus Scrimgeour, Father [1824]
Media Scrimgeour (née Bulstrode), Mother [1842]
Julius Scrimgeour, Brother [1862]
Araminta Scrimgeour, Identical Twin [1868]

Charon Scrimgeour, Grandfather [1788-1871]
Arista Scrimgeour (née Bulstrode), Grandmother [1802-1880]
Louisa Flint (née Scrimgeour), Aunt [1827]
    Frederic Flint, Uncle [1795]
    Olivia ----- (née Flint), Cousin [1849]
    Stephen Flint, Cousin [1851]
    and family
Hadrian Scrimgeour, Uncle [1828]
    Drusilla Scrimgeour (née Burke), Aunt [18??]
    Holly Scrimgeour, Cousin [1875]
    Camille Scrimgeour, Cousin [1876]
    Wilton Scrimgeour, Cousin [1885]

    There are other dead ones, too.
Chrysanta Lestrange (née Scrimgeour), Aunt [1834]

Gratian Bulstrode, Grandfather [1807-1877]
Regula Bulstrode (née -----), Grandmother [1821]
Florian Bulstrode, Uncle [1845]
    Carina Bulstrode (née Nott), Aunt [1857]
    Narcissa Bulstrode, Cousin [1876]
    Carius Bulstrode, Cousin [1877]
Laverna Flint (née Bulstrode), Guardian & Aunt [1849]
APPEARANCE
Standing at five feet, six and a half inches tall, Bella has always appeared out of place among her companions due to her tall stature. Her figure does nothing to spare her—she is thin and without "proper" womanly curves, relying on extra padding with her dresses to make her appear more shapely.

She has long, auburn hair that's frequently styled in a practical updo; however, her clunky movements and fast-paced job usually result in multiple strands hanging out off place, leading to her tucking them behind her ear. Her skin is slightly darker than that of her twin sister, though could by no means be considered tanned. She has clear, blue eyes and a "pretty" face by societal standards with high cheekbones, full lips, and a soft jawline.

Her fashion choices best distinguish her from her family and friends. Though she does dress in accordance to muggle fashion while at parties and other social outings, she prefers witches' robes for her day-to-day activities. She finds muggle gowns to be suffocating, heavy, and very impractical in a way that leads to her walking stiffly. She wields her wand with her left hand.

PERSONALITY
BOLD. TACTLESS. CARING. OUTGOING INTROVERT. EAGER LEARNER. CURIOUS. GENERALLY FRIENDLY. REBELLIOUS. CYNICAL. STUBBORN. SPITEFUL. SELECTIVELY FLIRTATIOUS.
OTHER
AMORTENTIA
    ☛ The scent of St. Mungo's tea, the flowers in her Aunt Laverna's gardens, and a familiar cotton smell she can't quite identify.

BOGGART
    ☛ The form of her father screaming and threatening her with his wand drawn. Depending on what's stressing her out, it may be her father casting "Crucio!" on Araminta.

PATRONUS
    ☛ Bella has never been capable of casting a patronus in-class, but is desperate to learn how to do it at some point in her life.

RELATIONSHIPS
    ☛ Bella is heteroseuxal and would likely be frightened by the insinuation that there is an alternative option.

    ☛ Bella's a virgin and is repulsed by the notion of sex, likely because she's only been taught about it from a cold, medical perspective that focused solely on reproduction.

    ☛ Bella may, at one point or another, focus her attention on a single gentleman, but is quick to move on (or at least eye other men) if she's not given any affirmation of requited feelings and subsequent commitment.

    ☛ Bella can be a casual flirt, but only when she doesn't consider a gentleman actual husband material. The moment feelings get involved, she has the potential to get awkward and clumsy.

MISC. INFORMATION
    ☛ Her hobbies consist of gardening, potion experimentation, singing, reading, watching qudditch. She cannot sketch, nor can she play the pianoforte very well.

    ☛ There have been rumors since her debut about her gracelessness, and that extends to flying. She has not ridden a broomstick since her first year, and has no intention to do so anytime soon. She is, however, skilled with apparition.

    ☛ Her favorite quidditch team is the Kenmare Kestrels. She doesn't actively follow quidditch, but still says she supports them nevertheless.

    ☛ She wears the popular bergamot and lemon oil as perfume.

    ☛ She cannot speak French, and any attempts to do so will lead to the loss of whatever dignity she has left.
HISTORY
1868 | Annabelle and Araminta are born to the Scrimgeour family on the 30th October. Bella, the younger of the two, is far more rambunctious and is difficult to hush.

January, 1869 | At two months of age, Bella is kidnapped while the nanny walks her and her sister through the the streets of London. The kidnappers are a group of muggle criminals hoping to demand ransom for the child after her kidnapping is reported in the newspaper; however their plan goes awry when the muggle paper never reports on her disappearance. Unsure of what to do with the child, they talk her to a village outside of London where she's cared for.

Spring, 1869 | It isn't too long before they all begin to notice strange occurrences that only seem to happen when the baby is upset. After putting up with it for a few months, one incident spooks them into abandoning the baby in the village park. Bella's cries are quickly noticed by a passing couple, who brings the child into their home and, after days of trying to find her mother, assume she's been abandoned and vow to raise her themselves. She is given the name "Matilda Draper", but Bree will henceforth still refer to her as Bella as not to confuse the reader, and most importantly, herself.

1877 | Muggle riots take place as word of the magical world manages to find its way into their small village. While unsure that their daughter fits the description of a "witch", the Drapers are aware of Bella's abnormalities and ensure she is hidden during the period of the uprising.

Summer, 1880 | Bella's family is approached by a man—a very odd-looking man—who claims to bring important information regarding Bella and her future. He brings answers to the years of questions the family has; Bella is not merely an unusual girl who brings unusual activity where she goes, but instead a witch.

September, 1880 | Bella goes off to Hogwarts. While she does expect her life to change, she could have never imagined how much it does. Upon beginning the sorting ceremony, she discovers another girl who looks nearly identical to her in appearance. While Bella has little clue what it means, the other girl surely does. It is revealed that Matilda Draper is in fact Annabelle Scrimgeour, the daughter of Argus and Media Scrimgeour who had been kidnapped almost twelve years prior. While initially expecting to be welcomed into the family with open arms, both her natal parents—and all her natal relatives that come to see her—look upon her with cynicism due to her upbringing in the muggle slums.

October, 1880 | As her twelfth birthday approaches, Bella is informed of the death of her grandmother, Arista Scrimgeour. While she isn't exactly given a reason why, she swear she can hear mumbles about "the shock of the girl's return was too much for her".

Winter, 1880 | When Christmas break comes, Bella is not allowed to go see the Drapers and instead is picked up by the Scrimgeours. Their insensitivity towards her situation becomes clear when they make it clear that she will not be returning to her muggle family.

Spring, 1881 | Unlike most muggle-raised students who spend their first term excitedly exploring the magical world, Bella becomes withdrawn and asocial. She does not make friends very well apart from the few Gryffindor girls in her year—such as Cora Van Helsing— that show her kindness. She tries her best to bond with her identical twin (who does her best to greet her with bubbly chatter and kind smiles), but Bella ends up viewing her twin as what her biological parents wish her to be.

Summer, 1881 | Her first full summer with the Scrimgeours is not at all ideal. She learns more about each member of her family, and much of what she learns does little to comfort her. Her father, a former auror who retired after being tortured, is emotionally unstable and has a tendency to resort to threats and verbal attacks when angered. Her mother, though not mean on her own accord, does little to defend her children against their father's wrath. Her identical twin sister does little to defend herself, and her elder brother seems to always be away from home. Bella gets into trouble on multiple occasions for back-talking and disobeying her parents, leading to the beginning of a tumultuous relationship with her parents.

1882 | Bella enrolls in Arithmancy, Divination, and Earth Magic as her electives. The second proves to be her favorite of the three, and though she has no "inner eye", she's good at giving answers the professor wants.

Summer, 1885 | Bella takes her OWL examinations and later chooses to continue with the following NEWT-level classes: Alchemy, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Divination, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration.

Autumn, 1885 Alchemy is the biggest pain in the ass class Bella has ever taken—even more so than the Flying class she swore was going to end her life before her first year.

May, 1887 | Bella takes her NEWT examinations and graduates.

ClassOWLNEWT
AlchemyT
ArithmancyE
AstronomyA
CharmsOO
Defence Against the Dark ArtsEE
DivinationOO
Earth MagicA
HerbologyOO
History of MagicP
PotionsOO
TransfigurationEE

June, 1887 | After spending less than a month at her sister's side as a debutante, it's obvious the stress of society, combined with the constant conflicts with her father, is not well for her health. After speaking with her mother (who in turn speaks with her father), her parents decide to send her to live under the care and supervision of her maternal aunt, Laverna Flint, in Dorset. Her Aunt Laverna, though carrying  a surname that intimidates Bella, proves far easier to handle than either of her parents, even convincing her parents to allow her to work as a healer with the explanation that allowing her some freedoms would likely make her far more agreeable. As such, she takes up an intern position in the Potion and Plant Poisoning department of St. Mungo's.

July, 1887 | Bella continues working at the hospital and strikes up a friendship with her cousin, a former Hufflepuff who was in her year. Though the two girls had known of each other's existence, a close bond had never formed between them while at school.

Autumn, 1887 | As the year progresses, it's apparent that her Aunt Laverna was right—being given freedom to make decisions of her own has made her far less moody and far more friendly. She manages to befriend many of her coworkers, and proves more sociable as events with her cousin.
YOU LIKELY KNOW...
☛ She has an identical twin sister named Araminta, who is exceedingly more proper than she is.

☛ Bella was kidnapped from her upper class, pureblooded family at the age of two months and was raised by working class muggles. She was only reunited with her biological family after being sorted at Hogwarts.

☛ She lives with her Aunt Laverna in Dorset, England, which is assumed to be something relating to her iffy relationship with her immediate family.
YOU DON'T KNOW...
☛ Most of Bella's life is an open book, and while she may claim to keep secrets, just an ounce of prodding, a trustworthy demeanor, or a little bit of alcohol in her system is enough for her to dish the deets with you.

☛ Except her wild escapade to Ireland with Reuben Crouch in April of 1888. She won't tell you that. Especially not that she got her first kiss there.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Played By: Bree

Contact: Skype, Discord (Bree#7124)

Plot Preferences:
☛ With open threads, I tend to have a "go with the flow" attitude. If you have suggestions for the thread's direction, I'll definitely listen; however, there's no grantee my characters will.

☛ With private (pre-planned) threads, I like to have a synopsis for whatever we hope to accomplish, but do understand if things don't go as planned!

☛ I can't pre-plot romantic chemistry, but can pre-plot things such as established relationships or even something as wild as spontaneous engagements been there, done that, willing to do it again ;)

☛ Please warn me before sending my characters into prolonged mourning or damaging their reputations, especially if they can temporarily impede ongoing plots!

☛ My big no-nos are pedophilia or (written out) sexual abuse/assault.

☛ I'm fine with strong language and violence. I have no issue with smut, but only when it's relevant to plot or character development.

☛ I don't mind if you control my characters in minimal ways (i.e. having them follow when it's the logical thing to do, grabbing their hands and tugging them, nodding if something factual is explained, etc.). The exception is with dialogue or actions that would take deliberate decision-making to figure out what they do.


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Date of Birth: October 30, 1998 (19 years old)

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Cora Van Helsing
Bestie (sn: Corabelle)

Regina Lacey
Bestie

Lucille Flint
Cousin; Bestie

Rchard Gladstone
Crush (sn: Richbelle)

Fletcher Langley
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Reuben Crouch
Poor Life Choice (sn: Reubella)

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