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    Annabelle Scrimgeour
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    In Character
    Full Name: Annabelle Cecilia Scrimgeour
    Matilda "Mattie" Draper is the name Annabelle knew herself as for much of her childhood. Since being reunited with her family, she's forcibly been made to introduce herself as Annabelle—her birth name. Though she continues to follow her family's wishes, her closest friends still address her as Mattie.
    Nicknames: "Bella" by her mother; "Annie-Belle" in a teasing manner
    Birthdate: October 30, 1868
    Current Age: Eighteen Years
    Occupation: Student
    Reputation: 4
    Due to her only being introduced to upper class society following her first year at Hogwarts, she's not been completely accepted by members of upper class society. Though she presents herself as the perfect young lady, rumors about her past and what happened within it still find their way around gossip circles.
    Residence: Hogsmeade
    Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
    Wand: Black walnut, 9¾ inches, Phoenix feather, Brittle
    Blood Status: Pureblood
    Social Class: Upper Class
    Family:
    Charles Scrimgeour, Father (1824, Former Slytherin) A very emotionally unstable man, Annabelle's father is known for his outlandish requests and expectations for his children. Though he's not been abusive towards his family recently, he has caused some emotional turmoil. Following a very frightening run-in with her drunk father while at the age of twelve, Annabelle avoids him, only approaching when necessary and always with others around.

    Dorothy Scrimgeour née Barfoot (1838, Former Hufflepuff) While Annabelle's mother has never been much of a tyrant, she's assumed many decision-making roles in her children's lives when it became apparent that their father was making decisions that would hurt them in the end. Formerly of the middle class, Dorothy has always appreciated her family's status and has never taken their wealth nor reputation for granted. She is the only one in the family who's able to calm her husband down from his emotional outbursts.

    Julius Scrimgeour, Brother (1862, former Ravenclaw) Considerably intelligent and quick-witted, Julius has always been Annabelle's favorite brother. While he has high ambitions for the future, he would never compromise his morals to get what he wants. Within the family, he's always been known to have the heart of a Hufflepuff and the mind of a Ravenclaw. He does not hold his family's blood prejudices, but is expected to marry a pureblooded woman.

    Araminta Scrimgeour, Twin Sister (1868, Slytherin) While looking nearly identical, there are far more differences in personality between the sisters than similarities. Araminta, unlike her twin, has an ambitious streak—something Annabelle finds rather unbecoming at times. While Annabelle is perfectly content to live her life as is, Araminta is always searching for what she doesn't already have. Though the twins generally get along, Annabelle has always considered herself the inferior of the two; being raised in the lower class, she's never acquired the same social graces that her sister has. Annabelle, being self-conscious, believes her twin sees her as inferior as well.

    Joseph Scrimgeour, Brother (1870, Hufflepuff) A total athlete—both in physical ability and interests—Joseph frequently forgoes schoolwork in favor of studying the latest quidditch statistics or participating in quidditch club. Though very intellectually mature for his age, his lacking sense of responsibility leads Annabelle to consider him a child. Aside from this, Joseph also suffers from an overwhelming desire to be the center of attention—something that surely came from his status as the youngest child and second son.

    Philip Draper, Adoptive Father (1844, Muggle)
    Olivia Draper née ------, Adoptive Mother (1846, Muggle)
    Elisabeth "Betty" Draper, Adoptive Sister (1871, Hufflepuff)
    Appearance:
    At five feet, six and a half inches, Annabelle appears noticeably taller than the other ladies her age. Though this does lead to insecurity at times, she's far more self-conscious about another aspect of her body: her obvious lack of curves. Corsets can only make a waist so tiny without causing immense pain to an individual; with an already slight waist and equally small hips, combined with a low tolerance for pain, corsets have proved most unhelpful to her figure.

    Though painfully embarrassed by her childish figure, she does consider her face far prettier than average. With an ivory complexion, perfectly-plump lips, and striking blue eyes, Annabelle is certainly no eyesore. She also possesses long, silky brown hair that she desperately works to keep smooth and shiny; while she would much rather let it down, fashion (and propriety for that matter) dictates that she wear it in a neatly-braided bun and delicate curls.

    Dress wise, Annabelle prefers designs and colors that make her appear fuller than she actually is. As such, she avoids darker shades and dull hue. Much of her closet consists of dresses with horizontal designs and overly-padded hips. While Annabelle is capable of using both her right and left hand, she most comfortably uses her left hand for writing and wand work.
    History:
    1868 — Annabelle and Araminta Scrimgeour are born the first daughters to Charles Scrimgeour and his wife. Tragedy strikes the Scrimgeour family when Annabelle is kidnapped by a group of muggle criminals while her nanny was irresponsibly not giving her immediate attention to the child.

    While search parties are sent to look for her, no traces of her are ever found in London; this is because, rather than keeping her within the city, her kidnappers take her to a Welsh city while keeping some of their members in London to watch for the newspaper story. They hope to learn the child's name so they'll know who to send a ransom note to. They're confused, however, when the child's name does not show up in their newspaper (because #witch). They're now forced to house a ransom baby without anyone to give a ransom note to.

    1869 — After a month of housing Annabelle in their base, their kidnappers discover that the child they kidnapped is farm from ordinary. Things begin to break and fly around the house when Annabelle is excited or recklessly handled; soon enough, the whole group of thugs believes she's one of the devil's witches. They abandon her in a park in the town.

    Less than a day later, the child is discovered crying at the bottom of a bush by a lower class muggle couple. They asked around about missing children, but no one had any answers as to who the child was.

    Following the decision that they would keep her until someone stepped forward to claim her, the baby is given the name Matilda Draper—a name that she begins to respond to within a month. The couple realize that there is something unusual about the child almost immediately; however, they are more interested in understanding her rather than frightened by her.

    1871 — The Drapers give Mattie a younger sister whom they name Elisabeth. Though only three years old, Mattie is fascinated by the newborn. By this time, the Drapers are almost certain their is something special about their adoptive daughter; because of this, though, they make sure to keep an eye on her when she's around Elisabeth, for the fear that something might happen to her if Mattie gets spooked. Luckily, there are no accidents during the year.

    1874 — Mattie's mother begins working at a finishing school in the outer parts of town. Enchanted by the little girl with the big, blue eyes, the owner of the finishing school allows Mattie to "work" alongside her mother. Her chores mainly consist of scrubbing plates and dusting the furniture.

    1875 — Mattie's "unusual" abilities become more apparent. During a day of play, Elisabeth finds herself bloodied up after a tumble. Mattie reaches her younger sister immediately after her fall, and a few dabs to the wounds with the washcloth see the wounds disappear without a trace.

    1877 — Muggles discover the wizarding world. Firmly believing that their daughter is one of these "witches", the Drapers hide their daughter for fear that she will fall victim to their violence if her abilities are discovered.

    1878 — Mattie catches an older, wealthier boy performing magic in one of the slums' allies. When he notices her presence, he tries to explain his way out of the predicament; not at all fazed by the events, Mattie reveals that she can do mystical things without meaning to. The boy is conflicted; he's quite confident that his muggle-repelling charms were successful, but he also knows that there's a chance he failed. He asks her for proof; when she is unable to do anything through willpower, he once again tries to explain his way out of the situation.

    After suddenly attempting to flee, the boy finds himself flat on the ground after running into an unknown field. Dazed, but now firmly believing what Mattie told him, explains what he was doing and tells her about the existence of the wizarding world. He makes her promise not to speak of what he's told her, for exposure of the magical world to muggles in the city could cause violence to spread there. She agrees, and continues to keep her word.

    1879 — More oddities occur at the Draper house, though for once Mattie is quite positive that she is not the cause of them. She begins to suspect that her younger sister is also a witch; she keeps her mouth shut, however.

    1880 — Mattie's beliefs regarding her status as a witch are confirmed when she receives a visit from a Hogwarts professor. Seeing their daughter so excited about attending a magic school, they scrape up the funds to pay for her supplies. Upon arriving to school, Mattie is sorted into Gryffindor.

    Things, however, do not go as planned. On the first day of class, Mattie comes face-to-face with a girl who looks identical to her! They share the same features, the same body, and the same blue eyes; the other girl, knowing that her twin had been kidnapped when she was a child, firmly believes that Mattie is her lost sister. The girl, named Araminta, contacts her parents about the situation. The week is long and emotionally tiring for Mattie, as she's forced to write to her adoptive parents regarding the situation; and on top of that, she's pulled from school during the weekend to meet her "parents".

    The Scrimgeours are disgusted that their lovely little daughter had been raised in the slums by muggles. The Drapers, initially unwilling to give her up, soon comply when they realize Mattie would be better off—financially, more specifically—with her birth family. Feeling upset and betrayed and utterly confused by the situation, Mattie—now being addresses as "Miss Annabelle Scrimgeour"—finds herself coping with depression. During the holidays, she returns to her birth family's house; there, her lessons in propriety and etiquette begin rather aggressively. It's terribly overwhelming for young "Annabelle".

    Though the entire fiasco tires her out, Annabelle finds comfort in her classes. She's quite talented with all areas of wand work, with Transfiguration being her favorite. While she does struggle with flying, her parents quite obnoxiously reassure her through letters that flying is not a necessary skill for a woman of her status. Annabelle definitely rolls her eyes and lets out a heavy sigh.

    1881 — The second half of the school year, Annabelle makes greater attempts to form a relationship with her twin. Though the two girls are from two undeniably different worlds, a loving relationship soon develops between them.

    Over the summer, Annabelle is once again thrown into tiring etiquette lessons. Not pleased with her progress, they seek out the best help they can find. During one stormy night, her father returns home wasted; after an awkward interaction between the two, Annabelle finds herself with a hand print across her cheek. She hides in her bedroom for the rest of the evening.

    1882 — After finally settling into her new home, drama finds its way back to Annabelle. At the sorting ceremony at the beginning of the year, Annabelle realizes that her Elisabeth is among the first years. The Gryffindor jumps at the opportunity to spend time with her lost sister. The happy times, however, do not last long; once Annabelle's parents discover that Annabelle has reunited with her sister, they forbid the two from interacting. Unsure spending the afternoon with Araminta with a frown on her face, her sister admits that she wrote to her parents—with the best intentions, mind you. Though initially angry at her twin, she soon forgives her when she realizes her intentions were truly not malicious. Still, after experiencing her father's rage one too many times, Annabelle reluctantly complies with her parents' wishes.

    Annabelle adds Divination, Arithmacy, and Earth Magic to her schedule.

    1884 — After four years of settling into the upper class society, Annabelle upsettingly finds herself acting like an upper class woman. She is introduced to her Great Aunt Harriet during the summer and finds out that she will be teaching Earth Magic at Hogwarts. She begins to prepare for her OWLs.

    1885 — After almost three years of preparation, Annabelle takes her OWLs. Though she initially feels unsure of how well she did, she takes great relief in seeing her scores when they arrive. With passing grades across the board, she does not face any wrath from her parents—and more specifically, her father.

    OWLSCORES
    ArithmacyA
    AstronomyE
    CharmsO
    Defence Against the Dark ArtsE
    DivinationO
    Earth MagicO
    HerbologyO
    History of MagicA
    PotionsO
    TransfigurationO

    After taking time to figure out which classes she wants to continue with, she decides on a full load of seven: Defence Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Transfiguration, Potions, Herbology, Earth Magic, and Alchemy as a new addition. It should be noted that tears were shed when she realized she couldn't keep Divination as a class. While she's certain that her parents will attempt to marry her off after graduation (like any upper class parents would), she keeps a full load with the hopes of one day becoming a healer.

    1887 — Annabelle goes into full-blown panic mode as the school year comes to a close; not only does she have her impending NEWTs looming in the near future, but she's also expected to debut following her graduation. Annabelle highly considers asking her mother about finishing school; perhaps it would finish her before her stress did. While actually a hopeless romantic, Annabelle understands that she's quite limited with her choice of husband—a worry she wouldn't have had if she was still a lower class woman.
    Personality:
    DEMURE — Though not at all shy and quiet by nature, the traumatic experience of being taken from one home and forced into another has fundamentally changed the way she interacts with other people.

    GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST — While there are some areas of propriety that she's never fully mastered, conversation is not one of them. She can hold small talk with anyone when she's forced into such a situation; her favorite topics to discuss include the philosophy of education and current events.

    NONJUDGMENTAL — Though her family holds purist and classist beliefs, Annabelle will never stoop to their level. Having been raised by lower class muggles, Annabelle could never bring herself to discriminate against those like the people who raised her. She does not, however, publicize her beliefs for she desperately desires to be accepted by her family's social circle.

    HARDWORKING — A lower class background means that Annabelle definitely values hard work. Though she understands that finding a husband will be the only hard work she does in the near future, she nevertheless finds hard work to be an attractive trait in both potential husbands and friends.

    REBELLIOUS (internalized) — While she would never go against her parents' wishes for fear of punishment, she does rebel against the beliefs and values they've tried to impose on her. She does not feel the life they've given her is where she belongs; while she's far too used to an upper class lifestyle to return to the slums, she feels she has more meaning in life than to be a pretty wife.
    Other Information:
    — Her patronus is unknown. As to date, she's been unable to produce one.
    — Her amortentia smells like the lilies and freesias and the bakery outside the home where she once lived with the Draper family.
    — Her boggart is herself, slum-ridden in Hogsmeade without anyone after complete rejection by upper class society.

    — Has participated in Garden Club, Music Club, Potions Club, Book Club, and Exploding Snap Club during her time at Hogwarts (in alternating years).
    — Considers Potions, Transfiguration, and Herbology her best NEWT classes.
    — Though she's never considered herself inadequate in any of her classes, she feels the least comfortable with Defence Against the Dark Arts and Alchemy.

    — She is quite an accomplished vocalist.
    — Though she lacked access to many books in her youth, Annabelle has since become quite obsessed with her fiction novels—especially ones of the romance and adventure genre. Her favorite books are generally published by muggles.
    — Annabelle keeps a stash of kaleidoscopes in a drawer in her bedroom. Many of them were purchased in London shops during the summer.
    Out of Character
    Name: Bree
    Age: 18
    Contact: PM @Mathias Beaumont
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    Annabelle was kidnapped at the age of two months and, at the beginning of her first year of Hogwarts, was discovered to living with lower class muggles under the the name "Matilda Draper". This may influence how your character sees Annabelle.
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