Ballina “Billie” Muirgen Breckenridge
She prefers to be called Billie.
April 25, 1861
Seamstress at Gladrags Wizardwear
Pennyworth within Hogsmeade
Larch, 11 ½”, Unicorn Tail Hair, Surprisingly Swishy
Grandfather | Father’s Side: Jimmie Breckenridge, Muggle, B. 1810 D. 1864. Passed as a result of being kicked by a horse, suffering a concussion and never waking.
-- Step-In Grandmother: Carol Tow, Muggle, B. 1822
Morally loose and often found smoking, Miss Tow seduced Jimmie a few years after his wife’s passing. It took very little on her end to do so and, after their first encounter, she became pregnant with Boyd. Jimmie Jr. was too young to comprehend what was happening thus considered this new woman his mother and Boyd his true brother. In her old age, Carol frequents random shops and tends to her “little baby” by making his clothing, cooking all of his meals, and providing him with shelter. She absolutely adores her own son and gives Jimmie Jr. the cold shoulder.
-- Uncle: Boyd Breckenridge, Muggle, B. 1841
An insufferable brat and professional complainer, Boyd latches to his mother like a leech to a foolish child. He relies on her constant support to pursue his dream of acting and through the vast assortment of odd jobs that he continuously gets fired from. He thinks himself better than most and doesn’t refrain from letting everyone know, especially his half-brother. He mocks Jimmie Jr. at any given moment and always finds a way to put him down.
Grandmother | Father’s Side: Patsy Breckenridge nee Withers, Halfblood, B. 1815 D. 1833. Passed during childbirth.
Grandfather | Mother’s Side: Grover Cawley, Halfblood, B. 1813. He is holding on by a thread.
Grandmother | Mother’s Side: Jossie Cawley nee Nagle, Muggleborn, B. 1814
Father: Jimmie Jr. Breckenridge, Halfblood, B. 1833.
Mother: Diana Breckenridge nee Cawley, Halfblood, B. 1835 D. 1872. Passed after a nasty case of pneumonia.
Sister: Noreen Breckenridge, Halfblood, B. 1855.
Brother: Quinlan Breckenridge, Halfblood, B. 1868.
Standing at 5’5” and with a skinny build, Billie remains conscious of her appearance but not to a point of social exclusion. She uses this to her advantage however and advertises her fashions she creates herself - typically in the form of interesting wizarding robes. Her eyes, a vibrant hue of green, pair particularly well with brunette locks that remain short so as not to hinder her work. In addition to these traits, she is also left handed.
1861 | Billie is born to father Jimmie Jr. and mother Diana. She joins Noreen as another daughter to the family. Given her birth name, Noreen was unable to pronounce it properly thus began to call her Billie.
1864 | Grandfather Jimmie dies as a result from a horse kick.
1866 | Noreen begins her magical education at Hogwarts.
1867 - 1868 | During her sister’s winter break, Billie had inquired about her Noreen’s classes and, prior to entering their home, found the front door to be frozen shut. She experiences her first signs of magic by thawing the hinges after pounding on the wooden barricade several times. Only a few months later, brother Quinlan is born.
1872 | Within the summer, Billie receives her Hogwarts letter and, at the beginning of the semester, is sorted into Hufflepuff. She remains excited but nervous about her education, especially due to her family’s income despite their attempts at hiding it from her. Unfortunately, around Christmas, her mother passes from a case of pneumonia which leaves the family, Jimmie Jr more so, extremely distraught. To assume a more motherly role, given Jimmie Jr’s absence on his fishing vessels, she refrains from returning to school.
1873 | Due to her smarts, scholarships, and being the sole Hogwarts attendee, Noreen graduates and meets a man shortly after her debut. They begin to court and she finds herself quite taken with him.
1874 | Noreen marries within the year and subsequently moves out, leaving Billie and her brother to fend for themselves in the loose care of their grandparents.
1875 | While eating dessert, Quinny levitates and steals her dessert. She is quite irked by this and attempts to throw her plate at him to no avail.
1879 | Quinny heads off to pursue his magical education. Billie wishes his luck to be better than hers and begins working as a seamstress to further her domestic skills. She initially started by making her own clothing.
1881 | Billie creates a pair of nautical socks for her father and, unsure if such a response was sarcasm, received praise by his crewmates. She then worked to fulfill her first real order and felt rather satisfied with herself; it was the first time she seemed to have some purpose beyond keeping the family orderly.
1883 | After setting out to sell some odds and ends on the street, she encounters a rather dashing gentleman. He claims himself to be a magician of sorts, a rather humorous attempt at flattery so Billie thought, and attempts to swallow a sword. Whether it had been due to nerves or inexperience the witch was unsure, however the expulsion of blood from the man’s mouth contaminated her wares and sent her into a shock. She wanted to scream to alert the others but more so to express her frustration.
1884 | Quinny finishes his OWLs and leaves Hogwarts, beginning a career as a mediwizard. Within the same year, Noreen’s husband passes as a result of the laughing plague so the two of them accompany each other by finding a temporary home in the slums. With grandma Jossie’s health declining, and her husband’s not seeming any better, Billie, her father, and grandparents move to the Hogsmeade slums. Billie accompanies her siblings while also tending to the elders when she can. She manages to obtain a position at Gladrags in the meantime to assist with expenses.
1886 | The siblings, with their combined contributions, manage to afford a home in the newly constructed Pennyworth section of the slums. Billie’s efforts to care for her grandparents grow spare, especially with a majority of her time being spent at her new place of employment where she was recently moved to be a seamstress. As of late, she has tried to move some of her previous creations into the mainstream collections, hoping they may garner desired attention.
Billie is a rather modest individual who tends to keep to herself. She values hard work, dedication, and her family above anything else and will do most anything to ensure her siblings’ safety and stability. This motherly nature, sprouted from the passing of her own, transfers to other relationships she’s garnered over the years and to coworkers all the same. In addition, she inherited her mother’s fiery spirit and uses it to both guide and execute her actions. She is a very “self-made” individual in the sense that she prefers to work for what she has instead of having it bought for her or gifted - the time frame of Diana’s passing may also aid this dislike. This provides reason as to why she may become awkward if given something, despite how inexpensive it actually is.
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On the other hand, she is a woman who appreciates the magical world, its inhabitants, and all of the privileges it provides. Although it has caused her family unnecessary burden, it has also given them a means to execute tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. Billie hasn’t necessarily taken to this so readily, but decidedly enjoys the concept. Her lack of a proper magical education has led her to privately study, when she can, material that is of a decent price and obtainable to someone of her standing. Since her integration into wizarding society, she aspires to become an owlet trainer or possibly wizarding robe designer.
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