Elladora Polyxena Black.
10th January, 1850.
15 inches. Oak. Mer hair core. Waspish. She is right handed.
Cygnus Black | Father | 1829-1857
Ella Black nee Max | Mother | 1826
Sirius Black I | Brother | 1845-1853
Phineas Black | Brother | 1847-
- Ursula Black nee Flint | Sister-in-law | 1857-
- Sirius Black II | Nephew | 1877-
- Phinadora Black | Niece | 1882-1882
- Phineas Black | Nephew | 1883-
Isla Hitchins nee Black | Sister | 1857-
- Robert Hitchins | Brother-in-law | 1850
- Persephone HItchins | Niece | 1884
Standing at an above average 5’5 Elladora is a curvaceous and striking woman and the years have not robbed her of the infamous Black beauty and despite the years rolling by she is still a remarkably attractive woman. With dark pools for eyes and high cheekbones one cannot help but be drawn to her face, however, there is a coldness to Elladora that has put many off. Though undeniably beautiful in face and body she has little warmth in her eyes and altogether too few smiles grace her lips when she is away from her family. She dresses exquisitely, as one would expect for a lady of her station, and is rarely seen outside the colour black.
Born the third child and eldest daughter of Cygnus and Ella Black, she is named for her mother and is perfectly welcome. They already have two boys so a girl is just a pleasant addition now rather than a disappointment and Elladora never suffers the disdain of any member of her family as Isla later will. She is a quiet, unassuming child who causes little stir and her younger years are as pleasant as anyone's with everything she might want available and two older brothers as her heroes.
Though for the rest of her life Elladora will eternally sympathise with Phineas' greater sense of loss she doesn't really recall much about the death of her oldest brother. He was simply there and gone and to her three year old mind and despite recognising pictures of him, she scarcely remembers him. More notable to the toddler was that Phineas seemed deeply upset and she made a point of being by his side as much as she could to help him feel better, though neither of them recall this.
Much to Elladora's chagrin another daughter is born to the couple. She dislikes not being the youngest, not being the only girl, and not having a papa in that order and it takes her years before she thinks of Isla as anything other than a pest. In her anger she takes great pleasure in bullying Isla as much as she can get away with, leading to her first display of magic, a spell that renders Isla mute.
Phineas goes to Hogwarts leaving her mildly distraught. She misses him terribly and counts the days between his holidays because she gets bored of Isla easily and wants her big brother!
At long last Elladora received her letter and attends Hogwarts in September with her brother. She is elated to be the youngest, even if it is just in the eyes of their fellow students, and also to join him in Slytherin. There is not a day she is not proud to be a Slytherin and a Black. Generally speaking she excels at school, particularly in Charms and Astronomy, although she disdains Care of Magical Creatures and is never able to be truly Outstanding at Potions, like Phineas, something that greatly frustrates her.
She achieves high OWL results and is made an offer by a graduating seventh year pure blood to marry him that summer. She refuses him immediately and thinks him utterly lacking in decorum. At the end of this year Phineas leaves school and she misses him heartily, although not with the same desperation as when he was there and she was not - later in life Elladora will consider those five years in which they were both at the castle at the same time to be amongst the happiest of her life.
Elladora graduates in the summer, having been a successful Prefect and even managing to surprise herself by working with somebody middle class
. She never really wanted to be Head Girl herself but being so around somebody not like her was unnerving at first and despite herself she thinks fondly of Rosamund Vance for the rest of her life. She is also eternally grateful that she never had to share an inch of the school with Isla, who doesn't attend until that September.
Though she achieved some personal growth and her heart grew a size due to a mild liking for somebody poorer than her it did not help her with her debut in the summer and much to her surprise her lack of interest in getting married led to men giving her little attention. Despite her beauty she missed the window in her first year. And then her second. And then her third.
In the autumn of this year Phineas begins teaching at Hogwarts and though Elladora has never before seen the point of a man with a profession she immediately changes her mind because obviously Phineas knows what he's about! From this point on her opinion shifts to the belief that a man without something to occupy him is liable to fall into foolishness.
Having had no great luck with marriage as of yet - she doesn't despair, she's only 22 after all which isn't the end of the world! - Elladora implores her mother to allow her some kind of hobby. She doubts she will be allowed an occupation and doesn't really wish for one, but after much asking she is allowed to read the more technical books on magic in the library that she had previously been forbidden from. She discovers that though she still has little mastery over potions, she has quite a knack for other things and she expands her knowledge happily to pass the time, little realising that the more learned she becomes the less likely it is that she will acquire a man.
Phineas, after a year of courtship during which time Elladora was convinced he was just experimenting to see if he could
get a wife, marries Ursula Flint. For the first time in their lives Elladora and Isla share an opinion about something, even if it is far from position. Elladora thinks she's a pretty little thing but suspects flightiness and keeps as keen an eye on her as she can.
The whole family relocate to Hogsmeade, other than Ella, who moves to France. Elladora would have joined her - certainly she had more luck of finally finding a husband in Gay Paree
than in Hogsmeade - but instead she follows her siblings to Scotland. By this point Ursula is pregnant and though Elladora still distrusts the girl she would prefer to have her under her eye than out of it.
Later in the year Sirius enter the world and Elladora is strangely fond of her little nephew, even if she thinks Phineas might be tempting fate sightly by naming him for their ill-omened brother. For the years afterwards, in which Phineas neglected his wife and barely saw her, she witnessed Ursula's struggles and found herself with no sympathy - the girl was restless because she didn't understand how important the Headmaster of Hogwarts was clearly!
After the revelation of Ursula's infidelity Phineas passes the control of the estate over to Elladora and Isla (which Elladora largely dominates) and she finds that she truly likes
being in charge of a household. Having long since given up any hope of having a home of her own Elladora determined to convince Phineas to leave her in charge as much as possible. In September Ursula gives birth to the illegitimate child and immediately withdrew from it. Having no interest in the child, but recognising that it was strong and healthy Elladora made the only decision that seemed available to her: she had the child swapped with a sickly thing from the slums of Manchester. The slum baby soon died in the cold winter, as it was always intended to, and Elladora bundled the baby off to the wife of Ursula's assumed deceased lover. It saved her brother the ignominy of having to acknowledge the baby's existence, as Elladora knew would be impossible for him.
Elladora is drafted for the expedition. She does as little as she possibly can and hates everybody in her group. The only saving grace is that the child that has allowed Ursula to wrestle the control of the estate back off her dies in the womb. Elladora is sorry for Phineas, assuming the child was
his of course, but she has no sympathy for Ursula and though she notices some odd behaviour from her sister-in-law afterwards, she is never able to catch Ursula doing anything she shouldn't. Other irritations that year include Isla's scandalous elopement with a Mr Bob Hitchins. Elladora is furious and refuses to acknowledge her younger sister - secretly though she is almost glad. Without Isla around she has more chance of taking the house back from Ursula and less opposition from someone more sympathetic!
Isla gives birth to a little girl and Elladora wishes she didn't know. Ursula is also expecting a child very soon. Elladora has no maternal bones so doesn't care. Obviously
she suffers the effects of the plague but as she is the last woman who would ever be done in by laughter of all things she soon rallies and recovers. The house being damaged by the fire is significantly more annoying of course but it's hardly as though they're without funds and the means to fix things!
Elladora likes to be kept busy. She did once like the idea of marriage and a family of her own but that soon faded when she realised that, for whatever reason, it was rather beyond her capabilites. Instead she prefers to focus upon what she can
do and that
includes expanding her education as much as possible, even delving into the murky world of darker magic now that she's at her liberty to more or less do as she pleases. She worships her brother, reasoning that it's just as well she didn't marry in the long run because she couldn't marry the the only man she had any true affection for anyway, and doesn't quite loathe Ursula because at least Ursula poses her with a challenge! She is waspish with those she doesn't like and cordial with those of her own class she can stand. With friends she is rather more charming than one might expect, and her keen mind makes her quite arrogantly sure that she is always right. The only person she allows to second guess her is Phineas and after years of visiting museums she has developed an odd fascination with taxidermy that she employs as her hobby. So far she has three snakes and a badger.
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