Mina Harper Hatchitt
Harps, from Gabe
June 15th, 1865
Hawthorn | According to Gregorovitch, the hawthorn wand makes a strange, contradictory wand, as full of paradoxes as the tree that gave it birth, whose leaves and blossoms heal, and yet whose cut branches smell of death. It has been noted that this wood, in particular, is most at home with a witch or wizard, bold and of conflicting nature, or otherwise passing through a period of turmoil.
Phoenix Tail Feather | The rarest of the three supreme cores and the strongest, it reflects perfectly Mina's decidedly offensive and opinionated manner. It is, as is she, headstrong and even rather rebellious, and often acts of its own volition. It takes a strong, confident, and ambitious hand to tame a wand in possession of this core, however its allegiance is all the more powerful for having been won.
7 and 3/4 Inches | A petite wand for a petite girl, Mina's wand is, surprisingly strong despite the fact, as is she.
Unyielding | Like its stubborn and opinionated master, the wand is obstinately stiff and unmoving.
○ Emilia and Duncan Hatchitt [Parents]
Though Noah has long become accustomed to their frequent absence and Ellie has grown sour about it, Mina continues to justify the fact, however feebly. Their lack of interest in her, though she tries-and probably succeeds-in hiding it from the world, has left a mark on her, leaving her guarded and rather insecure though one would never judge it by her personality. She continues to fiercely defend them in the raw hope that they will one day return and act the part of a mother and father, rather than very distant relatives.
○ Noah Simon Hatchitt [Brother]
Mina and Noah share a close and light relationship, for each is in the habit of teasing the other, particularly Mina being that she is so playful by nature. Despite this, however, she has come to look at him as something of an anchor, and one that keeps her grounded and sane when it seems the world is spinning out of control.
○ Judith Rose Hatchitt [Sister]
Mina may treat Judy, as does the rest of her family, like a child despite that there is only a one year age gap between them, however this is mostly due in part to the fact that she is so protective of her. She understands the resentment inside because of her parents' infrequent visits, and therefore goes out of the way to please her and ensure she is happy to keep her mind off it.
○ Beatrice and Rufus Hatchitt [Aunt and Uncle]
After having spent so much time with them, Mina considers her aunt and uncle as a mother and father figure, and it is them she goes to when she has a problem, rather than her own parents.
○ Gabe Ninian Hatchitt [Cousin]
Mina eyes Gabe as something of a second older brother, and loves spending time with him whenever possible.
○ Jesse Patrick Hatchitt [Cousin]
Clever and philosophical, Jesse proves a wonderful adviser, and often the two have debates, though he is innately far more cool and collected than Mina ever could be in the midst of an argument.
○ Constance Marie Hatchitt [Cousin]
Not only are Connie and Mina the same age, but they share an awful lot in common. Both lovers of quidditch, it isn't entirely unusual for the two to share matches out on the pitch, despite the ban. As closed off and guarded as she admittedly can be, Mina has found that Connie is one of the few people she can go to in times of trouble without fear of being judged. Together, the two Gryffindors often wreak havoc while away at school, and Mina regards Connie as something of a sister.
○ Victoria Nettie Hatchitt [Cousin]
Mina values in Vix her groundedness as well as her intelligence, and the two have always meshed very easily despite their differences in age.
○ Josiah Marcus Hatchitt [Cousin]
Though Mina, as she does her entire family, very much loves Josiah, the two have never connected on any level out of the ordinary; their personalities-Mina's, forthcoming and often even loud, Josiah's quiet and reserved-have never met well together.
○ Mercy Jennie Hatchitt [Cousin]
As with the case of Judy, Mina loves Mercy to death and spoils her as such. Though she knows full well the fact that Mercy actively seeks attention and that it would be better to treat her more reservedly, she simply cannot help herself when Mercy is around.
○ Lester Zebulon Hatchitt [Cousin]
Mina loves Lester despite his quietness, and does her best to bring him out of his shell when the two are together. Being that the two are both inquisitive and eager to learn, she often finds he is the most comfortable with her when she tells him of things she's learned in class.
Mina has always been fairly tall for her age; slim, long-limbed and slenderly boned, she has never had much in the way of a figure though, of course, one can hope. Though porcelain pale, her skin takes kindly to the sun and flushes a warm peach. Throughout the entire year, however, no matter the water, Mina is freckled, not on her face, but along her forearms and even on her back.
She wears her long, tawny brown hair past her waist, sometimes straight but more often in loose waves down her back. While her eyebrows are dark and expressive, it is the eyes beneath them that are her most beguiling feature by far, for Mina was endowed with light eyes that-depending upon the light-may seem silver, blue, or even green by turns.
Mina is ambidextrous, though she prefers her right hand in all things save for holding her wand. For the most part, she tends to dress in the most comfortable gowns she can find, and dislikes corsets with a searing passion, though she abides by them when necessary. Oftentimes she is urged to dress in blues, grays and teals to compliment her eyes, though she can rarely ever remember to do so.
Mina was born in the summer of 1865, the middle child to Emilia and Duncan Hatchitt. While her older brother's, Noah's, birth had been an utter surprise to the couple-and, in essence, the cause of their marriage-Mina was expected, if not very enthusiastically. She was born on a hot and muggy summer afternoon, without much in the way of fanfare, delivered by a midwife in the master bedroom. If Emilia was not entirely taken with her child, she was pleased with her delicate and beautiful she seemed, as was her husband. She was christened 'Mina' simply for the pleasant sound of the name, though the child herself would later find it to mean 'love', a bitter irony.
A rambunctious child, Mina joined her brother at play nearly as soon as she could toddle on her tiny feet. Desperate to keep pace with his antics, she progressed at a truly astounding rate, mastering the complexities of speech within the short space of a few years, and the two were rarely ever seen apart. If the two children were often disregarded by their parents, they were not the worse for it as of yet. Though the little siblings were ordinarily left to their own devices, both parents were sure to coo over them when they took it upon themselves to toddle over in the hopes of seeking out attention.
A year or so after Mina's first birthday, Emilia produced a third and final child, whom the Hatchitts named Judith Rose. The baby of the family, she was doted on rather relentlessly, and both Mina and Noah took it upon themselves from the start to become her fervent defenders.
By the time Mina had reached the tender age of eight, her parents had almost entirely lost interest in her life, as well as those of Noah and Judith-shortened to Judy by her siblings. Though Noah had long ago grown accustomed to their absence, and Mina continued to fiercely defend their actions with the primary excuse of 'business' despite that Emilia was an unemployed housewife, Judy soon grew resentful of their indifference and made a point of saying so. Noah, then ten, generally handled providing meals for the others, and seeing to it that they bathed and so on-as Mina would later do for Judy when Noah went away to school.
Emilia and Duncan would often take trips to various places, though they never specified quite where, and left the children behind with Beatrice and Rufus Hatchitt-aunt and uncle to the siblings-and their children. Before long, the trio grew extremely close with their extended family, to the point that Mina began to regard her cousins almost as siblings. Bonding, in particular, with Connie, the two played quidditch together in the backyard on sunny days, and wreaked havoc whenever humanly possible. In Rufus and Beatrice's household, Mina felt-though she would never admit it to herself-more valued, more appreciated, and more loved than she ever had at home.
At age eleven, Mina received her letter and followed Noah to Hogwarts, where she was promptly sorted into Gryffindor, though the hat spent a careful moment or two considering Ravenclaw instead; it was there that she joined Connie, who had been sorted a mere few seconds before her.
School life passed by in a blur for Mina, who very much enjoyed life at Hogwarts. A quick study, she did effortlessly well in her classes, and spent much of her time causing trouble with Connie and other friends. In the first year or so, she wrote her parents nearly everyday, describing in wonderment and excitement the shifting staircases, the owlery, the great hall lit by floating candles, and the scarlet and gold swathed dormitories. She received hurried and infrequent replies as the months passed, and cherished each letter, most of which only briefly asked after Mina and the others before launching into stories about the places their travels had taken them-stories which only further inspired Mina to succeed in school, despite the fact that her parents had dropped out following her brother's conception.
When Mina embarked on her second year, Judy joined her there where Mina, feeling constantly responsible for her younger sister's well being, promised to hex anyone who so much as irked her in the slightest. Of course, such attentions only caused the poor, humiliated Judy to flush, but Mina noticed nothing and persisted in her protectiveness.
After the summer's end, Mina will face her seventh and final year at Hogwarts. Afterward, she's not entirely sure what she wishes to do with herself, though the prospects of becoming an auror, a journalist for the Daily Prophet, or even a professional quidditch player (although, with the ban, this is seeming less and less likely a possibility).
A Gryffindor through and through, Mina is extremely passionate in all that she does. Often she tends to operate in extremes, putting her entire being into whatever it is that means most to her, uninhibited and without hesitance. Mina is outgoing, warm, and quick to make friends, however her hardheadedness and short temper see to it that she is just as inclined to make trouble. Mina does not bother with social norms for the most part, for she has little patience with the seemingly never ending requirements of society. Mina could, perhaps, not be called rebellious, for she has no interest in playing pranks and thus calling attention to herself, however she is independent, and does what she feels she must in any given situation in spite of expectations.
Mina is clever, inquisitive and ambitious-a good set of qualities where schoolwork is concerned and, to that end, she does not disappoint. Though forgetful and prone to receiving bad marks on missed homework, she performs exceedingly well in class, taking genuine interest in the subject material and often eagerly peppering her professors with questions; it is only during History of Magic that she sleeps, for she cannot abide by lecture of any kind and prefers, instead, debate and discourse. Despite her willful intentions to learn, she is often frowned upon by teachers for her outspokenness, and for her habit of asking questions the answers of which either they do not know, or do not wish to tell her.
Though anything but a homebody, Mina absolutely adores her family. Despite that she hardly sees her parents, she loves them very fiercely, and would take up the mantle of their defense against any who commented on their frequent absence; much of this is due in part to her insecurities at the fact that they are so rarely with her, and her passionate need to believe that they care for her. A playful witch, Mina endlessly teases her siblings, however she loves them more dearly than she can say, and watches over the youngest, Ellie, with a sense of deep-seated responsibility.
Practical by nature, Mina is anything but a dreamer. She believes firmly in what she can see standing right in front of her, and is rather limited on the imagination front. Her love for her sister, though, sees to it that she does not speak to the contrary when Ellie elaborates on one of her flights of fancy.
Devoted to her parents as she undoubtedly is, a part of her deep down inside resents them for their indifference; their absence throughout her life, and their clear disinterest when they were around, have caused Mina to harden her heart. In spite of this, however, she is naive where love is concerned. Though she is far too confident a young woman to become tongue tied around men, she undoubtedly has trouble with commitment, and wards off her mother's feeble attempts to seek out a suitor with disdain. She has little interest in men, seeing in them little more than opportunities to lose her head-and her heart-as she did with her parents before.
An able quidditch player, she keeps her broom-a cherished gift from her parents-under her bed, and rides at night fall. It is for this reason that she often falls asleep when the sun is already peeking over the horizon, and must be rolled out of bed unceremoniously so as not to miss her first class of the day.
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