Julia Jiyeon SongPersonalityThe continued success in her quidditch career has made her ego as inflated as it possibly can be. She is very proud, even arrogant when it comes to her physical skills and abilities, and had believed until she came to Britain that every quidditch fan in the world was in love with her. In fact, she often feels invincible when she is on a broom, and almost has an addiction to that feeling. However, all that pride, narcissism, and arrogance is currently clashing violently with her current place in life that she considers 'too humble' for herself. Now, she feels sorry for herself and feels that what had happened to her was the very definition of unfair and unjust.
Adult :: 22 / Flying Instructor and Quidditch Coach
The sudden and unexpected turn in her life is definitely getting to her, and she is beginning to wonder if she will ever 'reclaim her place' in the quidditch world. These angry and very negative emotions sometimes overwrites her usual cheerful self, but she is able to keep all that down most of the time when company is present. She is very appreciative of the children who are excited to learn how to fly on a broom (and even quidditch), but she is equally annoyed by the kids who treat the subject as a blow-off class. It crushes her when someone mentions what had happened to her when she came to Britain, but her pride will keep her from reacting to it.
Most of the time.
AppearanceHaving been on a broom since she was little and playing quidditch as soon as she was legally allowed to do so, Julia is a picture of perfect health and athleticism. She is a bit short, standing at 5'4'', which actually suits her style of play as a chaser. She used to like wearing her old team's jersey, but the tattered remains of all her old jerseys tell a dark tale of a particularly frustrated reaction to a bad news. She has a noticeable scar on her left hand, an injury she received during the greatest moment in her career.
pb: Lee Ji-Eun (IU)
Born to a pair of particularly enthusiastic quidditch fans, a rarity in a country where quidditch is barely keeping itself away from a minor sports status, Julia's life had always been about quidditch. The only game her dad would play with her was quidditch, and she had never missed a World Cup in her life – literally, even when she was only months old, her parents had taken her to the stadium. And fortunately for Julia, she had the natural talent to play quidditch.
If Julia ever diverged from her parents' wishes, it would be when she decided to be a chaser rather than a seeker like her parents wanted her to be. While having the build that would have also let her be a fine seeker, Julia instead chose what she saw as the 'main part' of the game. She played for her secondary school until she was scouted by the Roanoke Rainbows when she was of age, making her the youngest professional quidditch player in America.
While playing for the Rainbows, Julia's playing style really matured, emphasizing elusiveness, speed, and hand technique over physical strength. 3 years into Julia's career in the Rainbows, the team had won the US League Cup for the first time in franchise history. Julia had completely devoted her life to quidditch, even neglecting her family and friends from time to time. She felt that she had been given a gift that she had earned.
When Julia turned 21, she was honored by being selected for the US national team about to compete in the World Cup. As their best record was reaching the quarterfinals in 2002, the expectations for the team wasn't very high. The shock and the sudden surge of interest in Quidditch in United States would perhaps be explained when the team unexpectedly went to the Finals after defeating the English 280 – 80. While the most attention went to the veteran seeker, who had been on the national team for over 20 years, Julia also received some spotlight for setting the record for least bludger contact and most forced turnovers. While the Bulgarian team crushed the cinderella story of the US team with the score of 180 – 350, the achievement of a typically underperforming team was enough to catapult Julia's career. And her salary.
The problem began when the Appleby Arrows offered a titanic salary for a 5 year contract. Thinking that playing in the British and Irish League would immensely improve her skills, Julia jumped at the chance and immediately moved to Britain to train. This was proven to be a very foolish and hasty move, as all hell broke loose afterwards.
The American Quidditch Association protested that it was not consulted nor notified while the Arrows were recruiting and negotiating with Julia, and banned both the Arrows and Julia from interacting with any of the American teams. The Arrows, reeling at the prospect of being shut out of the emerging but gigantic American pool of talents, immediately canceled their contract with Julia and requested that the British Quidditch Association ban Julia from any of the British and Irish teams as a measure of good faith to the AQA. They complied, though they also accepted Julia's panicked appeal to be able to play for any team within its jurisdiction.
Few weeks passed by, and Julia was horrified to see that both the American and the British fans turned on her. The American fans were calling her a traitor and supported the ban, while the British fans were still treating her as the public enemy #1 for knocking the English team out of the World Cup finals. The AQA and her old team confirmed their decision to ban Julia for life, and their British counterparts merely muttered apologies about 'muddled paperworks' and backlogs. She was stuck in Britain with no job and possibly facing the end of her career.
Many employees working at the Department of Magical Games and Sports felt very bad for her, especially when she would periodically rush into the office with hopeful yet desperate look in her eyes, and come back out completely dejected. Finally, the Head of the Magical Games and Sports offered her a temporary solution – teach flying and quidditch at the arguably the finest wizarding school in the world. Believing that anything was better than moping around in Diagon Alley while doing absolutely nothing, Julia accepted the offer gratefully.
Dragon Heartstring, Holly, Twelve inches
Julia has a grey spotted Little Owl named Charlie, an intentionally unisex name because she wasn't sure if Charlie was a boy or a girl (she's a girl) when she got her from her great-grandmother as a birthday present when she turned 11.
Peregrine Falcon, a fitting image for a quidditch player who prefers to move quickly and aggressively and is in love with flying.
Before she came to Britain, it was a career-ending injury received during a game. Now, the boggart would look like an older version of herself who never got to continue her career in quidditch.