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Professor Applications / Serena McCormick
« on: 15/08/2018 at 03:27 »
 

CHARACTER INFORMATION
Character name: Serena McCormick

Previous and/or Current Character(s) if applicable: Corrina Buzolic and Piper Eden

Character age:  Just about 26.

Character education:
-Salem Institute – Primary I, II, and III. 
-Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Years 4-7, Gryffindor, Class of ’46.
-Gryffindor Prefect, 7th Year
-Beater/Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team.

Strength and weaknesses (details please):
Serena is a big list of strengths and weaknesses tossed together in a mix-matched drawer that sometimes works to her advantage and sometimes works against her entirely.

She is extremely independent and she doesn’t mind getting the job done on her own. But it also means that she feels she is so self sufficient that she doesn’t need to ask for help, and she can be quite stubborn about it. 

Serena is bold. She has very little fear of consequences. She dives head first into the fire and can be a hot-headed when challenged. Her fire can sometimes set the world around her on fire around her. 

After losing so many people so young, she has a fear of commitment, which can make her flighty and unable to form too tight of attachments. However when she figures out what she wants, she latches on tightly. 

She is witty and loves to have fun and challenge people, but at the end of the day she is compassionate and hates to see people hurting. She will throw down her own happiness and comfort to help others. 

Physical description:  Serena has a mess of golden blonde waves, usually worn down and loose. Her eyes are a striking blue color that run in the family. She’s always been confident with her appearance and know how to use it to her advantage. She’s on the short side, standing at a whooping 5’2’’ish, which is her greatest annoyance.

Her stature is small, but she makes up for it with her larger than life personality, which brings us to…

Personality (nice, rude, funny etc. Paragraph please.): Serena has spent her whole life on the go and, as a result, she has very little patience for routine. Planning is not one of her strong suits and spontaneity is how she prefers to do things. You won’t find her making minute by minute plans. She does what she wants, when she wants to, even if it’s at inappropriate times.

She is bold with no fear of speaking her mind. Tying in with her spontaneity, she also rarely thinks before speaking, sometimes getting her into trouble. Serena has no problems openly voicing her opinions, even if it’s an unpopular one.

Although she enjoys the company of others, she is also extremely independent and she hates asking for help, even when she really needs it. She would much rather figure it out for herself. 

She values humor and tends to be on the sassy side of things. She likes to playfully pick on people by teasing them or challenging them. But she is also a very compassionate person with a no tolerance policy for mean spirited bullying. She hates to see people hurting and will step up for  ‘the little guy’ in an instant. 

Brave and hot-headed and stubborn, but beneath it all Serena Rose has a good heart.

Hopes and dreams. Why are you teaching at Hogwarts?:
Teaching at Hogwarts the first time around was a great learning experience for her. She’d been unsure if she even wanted to teach, but wanted very much to give it a try. 

Now that she’s started a family, she knows it will be hard to return to the Castle but also feels that being a professor is making a difference. Something she never would have dreamed of doing but something she feels compelled to pursue. 

Biography (500 words minimum. There is never such a thing as too much.):
Serena Scarlet Rose was born on August 21st, 1928 at 7:54pm in a busy hospital in New York. She came into the world kicking and screaming and has yet to settle down.

Her father, Alan Rose, was born in London, England to a well off wizarding family. However at the age of 18 he moved to the US to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist, a craft which his family found soft. It was there, in New York City, that he fell in love with an enchanting woman, Julia Eden, a photographer with a passion for song. They married in a quiet ceremony with a few friends. Soon they started a family of their own. Alan Jr. came first and, four years later, Serena. As they grew, they both showed signs of possessing the gift of magic. They were both accepted and attended school at the Salem Institute. Things were going great for the Rose family. They were a lovingly close family, and though they had their troubles, they always pulled back together. Then tragedy struck. Julia Rose disappeared with the Timewarp.

Alan Rose was never quite the same. He became extremely protective of his children. Alan Jr, a bit older, was understanding and complied. But 9 year old Serena pushed against the new binds as she grieved for her mother. She got into the habit of doing whatever she wanted regardless of the consequences. She began to keep secrets like some children collected rocks or stickers. Already she’d begun to build walls around herself. The only one she truly trusted was her brother. With his guidance she stayed on the right track –always pushing her limits but never so far that she lost herself.

There was a few years of peace in the Rose family. But, like all dreams, it eventually came to an end.

In the summer of 1941, Serena, mixed in with the wrong crowd, attended what was supposed to be a peaceful anti-war protest. But tensions ran high and soon the fighting broke out. Her brother, Alan Jr, fresh off of an internship at a local clinic, heard about the riot and, knowing his sister was going to be there, rushed to the scene. The crowd was thick but the unmistakable blonde hair bobbed through the crowd and he pushed his way through the crowd. He called her name over and over but she couldn’t hear him.

“Serena!” He yelled, a little closer now, and she spun around and locked eyes with her brother, relief exchanging between the two siblings for a fraction of a second. 

And then the shooting started. Alan Jr. was caught in the crossfire and died on the scene.

Alan and Serena were left with missing pieces in their hearts, once again. Serena held herself responsible for her brother’s death and is something that still haunts her. Alan became extra protective of Serena and Serena pushed back, rebelling against the restraints. For the next year she mixed in with even more dangerous crowds and was very nearly expelled from Salem. 

A year passed and Alan decided it was best to get Serena away from New York. So in May 1942, they moved to his hometown, London, where he quickly took a job at the Daily Prophet. Serena was enrolled in a local Academy and ready to start at her new school. One afternoon, sitting outside by the small pond in her backyard, she got a pleasant surprise when a barn owl swooped down and dropped a letter in her lap: A letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the 1942-43 school year. This was truly a great way to begin her new life in this new place. 

She began her journey at Hogwarts in September 1942 as a Fourth Year transfer, where she was sorted into the Gryffindor house. The fresh start was just what she needed and she found that she flourished within the castle walls. 

Losing so many people at such a young age, Serena found it difficult to let anyone get too close to her. A social person, she had a lot of friends. But many of her friendships were loose because it was hard for Serena to form deep attachments to people, afraid of losing yet another person. But she pressed on. She joined the Quidditch team, playing Beater and Seeker and learned how to work as a team, a skill that Serena definitely needed work on. 

In her Fifth Year she joined MOD’s Hogwarts Initiative, HOP. Though she originally joined to drive her father crazy, she found she really enjoyed the training. Her skills improved through the program and it made her stronger, physically and mentally.

In her Sixth Year, she helped form the Bad Girl Brigade, a group of girls who liked to sneak onto rooftops, talk about boys and just stand together in the face of the Brat Boys. It was looking to be the best year ever. And then the Hexenreich invaded the castle and, during her Transfiguration final, she witnessed Emma Birch’s murder. Several others, herself included, were hexed as well. The helplessness of the situation still haunts her. 

Reluctantly she returned for her Seventh Year, where she became a Gryffindor Prefect. It was also the year she found out about her father’s secret love affair. Surprise, Serena had a 10 year old sister, Chloe Rose. Disturbed by the news, she pushed her family away and focused on her friends. However, she finished the year strong and was excited to join the adult world where more adventure awaited her.

Her father’s house was becoming increasingly suffocating. He married Chloe’s mother, Wendy Parker, and she brought with her a pack of children. So promptly after graduation Serena found her own flat in London.

In March of 1948, Serena was awoken in the middle of the night by a couple of Aurors who brought news of her father’s death. He was murdered by a Hexenreich member. 

Serena was hospitalized at St. Mungo’s for several days because of extreme emotional shock. After her release, with the promise of seeing a psychologist weekly, she returned to her life as if nothing happened. She was in denial and it took her over a month to return from the zombie like state she hid under. When she finally accepted her father’s death she began to heal, slowly but surely.

One of the driving forces in her healing process was found in one of her best friends, Bailey McCormick. He was able to pull her through the darkness. In him she found strength and more than that, a home. 

In September 1948 Serena took a teaching position at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as Potions Professor. She wasn’t sure she’d do well with it or even like it, but she found teaching to be one of her passions. 

That summer, in July of 1949, after a few missteps, she married Bailey McCormick. Soon after, on April 7th, 1950, Serena gave birth to her first daughter, Lily Elizabeth. She hadn’t even known she wanted children of her own until she held her baby girl in her arms. 

Serena left her teaching position in June of 1951. 

Her second daughter, Scarlet Eden, was born on August 10th, 1951.

SAMPLE ROLEPLAY
(Please respond to to this in third person past tense. Do not write the other characters' reactions. Only your own.)

It was the largest office in Hogwarts and, perhaps to students and newcomers, the most intimidating. The shelves were filled with various odds and ends, with a place of honor for the Sorting Hat, and the walls held all the portraits of past Headmasters and Headmistresses.

In the middle of the room sat a large desk. Everything was in order, for the current occupant had always despised a messy desk. It was the sign of a messy mind, and she had always favored neatness.

A clock sat on the desk, which currently showed the time to be 2:05. The meeting was supposed to begin at 2:00 precisely. 

Along with order, Anneka valued punctuality. She was a very busy woman these days. Even during the summer, she had a number of matters to attend to. Interviewing and hiring staff was only of those matters. The newest potential member of her staff wasn't making a good impression.

She paced the room, black heels clicking against the stone floor. When the door finally opened, Anneka turned, her expression reminiscent of a Russian winter. "You are late."

Explain yourself was what her face said.

Roleplay Response:

Serena was running late, as per usual. At this point in her life, she’d pretty much given up on being on time. What was the point? If, by some miracle, she was running early, Finn would wipe his dirty hands on her clean shirt (even though he had a perfectly good napkin next to him) or Scarlet would decide mommy leaving was the end of the world and that she would die die die if she didn’t get five minutes of snuggling in.

Oh well. It was life. Her life.

And she wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

For once she didn’t get lost on the way to Anneka Ivanova’s office, thank Godric, or she would have been even more late. Not that it mattered. Anneka surely wouldn’t be amused. Still, she brushed into the office and a smile grew on her face.

Holding in a cheeky, ’did ya miss me?’, she got straight to business. Setting a folder down, she pulled out a few papers and pushed them in Anneka’s direction. “Late, I know, but I do have some lesson plans. And not a single one of my children spilled on, spit on or tore at them this time around.”

A miracle in it’s own right.



Lesson plans on their way!

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CHARACTER INFORMATION
Character name: Serena McCormick

Previous and/or Current Character(s) if applicable: Chloe Rose, Corrina Buzolic

Character age: 23

Character education:
-Salem Institute – Primary I, II, and III. 
-Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Years 4-7, Gryffindor, Class of ’46.
-Gryffindor Prefect, 7th Year
-Beater/Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team.

Strength and weaknesses (details please):
Serena is a big list of strengths and weaknesses tossed together in a mix-matched drawer that sometimes works to her advantage and sometimes works against her entirely.

She is extremely independent and she doesn’t mind getting the job done on her own. But it also means that she feels she is so self sufficient that she doesn’t need to ask for help, and she can be quite stubborn about it. 

Serena is bold. She has very little fear of consequences. She dives head first into the fire and can be a hot-headed when challenged. Her fire can sometimes set the world around her on fire around her. 

After losing so many people so young, she has a fear of commitment, which can make her flighty and unable to form too tight of attachments. However when she figures out what she wants, she latches on tightly. 

She is witty and loves to have fun and challenge people, but at the end of the day she is compassionate and hates to see people hurting. She will throw down her own happiness and comfort to help others. 

Physical description: Serena has a mess of golden blonde waves, usually worn down and loose. Her eyes are a striking blue color that run in the family. She’s always been confident with her appearance and know how to use it to her advantage. She’s on the short side, standing at a whooping 5’2’’, which is her greatest annoyance.

Her stature is small, but she makes up for it with her larger than life personality, which brings us to…

Personality (nice, rude, funny etc. Paragraph please.):
Serena has spent her whole life on the go and, as a result, she has very little patience for routine. Planning is not one of her strong suits and spontaneity is how she prefers to do things. You won’t find her making minute by minute plans. She does what she wants, when she wants to, even if it’s at inappropriate times.

She is bold with no fear of speaking her mind. Tying in with her spontaneity, she also rarely thinks before speaking, sometimes getting her into trouble. Serena has no problems openly voicing her opinions, even if it’s an unpopular one.

Although she enjoys the company of others, she is also extremely independent and she hates asking for help, even when she really needs it. She would much rather figure it out for herself. 

She values humor and tends to be on the sassy side of things. She likes to playfully pick on people by teasing them or challenging them. But she is also a very compassionate person with a no tolerance policy for mean spirited bullying. She hates to see people hurting and will step up for  ‘the little guy’ in an instant. 

Brave and hot-headed and stubborn, but beneath it all Serena Rose has a good heart.

Since leaving her post as Potions Professor, Serena has becoming slightly more reclusive, though is slowly regaining some of her old spark.

Hopes and dreams. Why are you teaching at Hogwarts?:
Teaching at Hogwarts the first time around was a great learning experience for her. She’d been unsure if she even wanted to teach, but wanted very much to give it a try.

Now that she’s started a family, she knows it will be hard to return to the Castle but also feels that being a professor is making a difference. Something she never would have dreamed of doing but something she feels compelled to pursue.

Biography (500 words minimum. There is never such a thing as too much.): Serena Scarlet Rose was born on August 21st, 1928 at 7:54pm in a busy hospital in New York. She came into the world kicking and screaming and has yet to settle down.

Her father, Alan Rose, was born in London, England to a well off wizarding family. However at the age of 18 he moved to the US to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist, a craft which his family found soft. It was there, in New York City, that he fell in love with an enchanting woman, Julia Eden, a photographer with a passion for song. They married in a quiet ceremony with a few friends. Soon they started a family of their own. Alan Jr. came first and, four years later, Serena. As they grew, they both showed signs of possessing the gift of magic. They were both accepted and attended school at the Salem Institute. Things were going great for the Rose family. They were a lovingly close family, and though they had their troubles, they always pulled back together. Then tragedy struck. Julia Rose disappeared with the Timewarp.

Alan Rose was never quite the same. He became extremely protective of his children. Alan Jr, a bit older, was understanding and complied. But 9 year old Serena pushed against the new binds as she grieved for her mother. She got into the habit of doing whatever she wanted regardless of the consequences. She began to keep secrets like some children collected rocks or stickers. Already she’d begun to build walls around herself. The only one she truly trusted was her brother. With his guidance she stayed on the right track –always pushing her limits but never so far that she lost herself.

There was a few years of peace in the Rose family. But, like all dreams, it eventually came to an end.

In the summer of 1941, Serena, mixed in with the wrong crowd, attended what was supposed to be a peaceful anti-war protest. But tensions ran high and soon the fighting broke out. Her brother, Alan Jr, fresh off of an internship at a local clinic, heard about the riot and, knowing his sister was going to be there, rushed to the scene. The crowd was thick but the unmistakable blonde hair bobbed through the crowd and he pushed his way through the crowd. He called her name over and over but she couldn’t hear him.

“Serena!” He yelled, a little closer now, and she spun around and locked eyes with her brother, relief exchanging between the two siblings for a fraction of a second. 

And then the shooting started. Alan Jr. was caught in the crossfire and died on the scene.

Alan and Serena were left with missing pieces in their hearts, once again. Serena held herself responsible for her brother’s death and is something that still haunts her. Alan became extra protective of Serena and Serena pushed back, rebelling against the restraints. For the next year she mixed in with even more dangerous crowds and was very nearly expelled from Salem. 

A year passed and Alan decided it was best to get Serena away from New York. So in May 1942, they moved to his hometown, London, where he quickly took a job at the Daily Prophet. Serena was enrolled in a local Academy and ready to start at her new school. One afternoon, sitting outside by the small pond in her backyard, she got a pleasant surprise when a barn owl swooped down and dropped a letter in her lap: A letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the 1942-43 school year. This was truly a great way to begin her new life in this new place. 

She began her journey at Hogwarts in September 1942 as a Fourth Year transfer, where she was sorted into the Gryffindor house. The fresh start was just what she needed and she found that she flourished within the castle walls. 

Losing so many people at such a young age, Serena found it difficult to let anyone get too close to her. A social person, she had a lot of friends. But many of her friendships were loose because it was hard for Serena to form deep attachments to people, afraid of losing yet another person. But she pressed on. She joined the Quidditch team, playing Beater and Seeker and learned how to work as a team, a skill that Serena definitely needed work on. 

In her Fifth Year she joined MOD’s Hogwarts Initiative, HOP. Though she originally joined to drive her father crazy, she found she really enjoyed the training. Her skills improved through the program and it made her stronger, physically and mentally.

In her Sixth Year, she helped form the Bad Girl Brigade, a group of girls who liked to sneak onto rooftops, talk about boys and just stand together in the face of the Brat Boys. It was looking to be the best year ever. And then the Hexenreich invaded the castle and, during her Transfiguration final, she witnessed Emma Birch’s murder. Several others, herself included, were hexed as well. The helplessness of the situation still haunts her. 

Reluctantly she returned for her Seventh Year, where she became a Gryffindor Prefect. It was also the year she found out about her father’s secret love affair. Surprise, Serena had a 10 year old sister, Chloe Rose. Disturbed by the news, she pushed her family away and focused on her friends. However, she finished the year strong and was excited to join the adult world where more adventure awaited her.

Her father’s house was becoming increasingly suffocating. He married Chloe’s mother, Wendy Parker, and she brought with her a pack of children. So promptly after graduation Serena found her own flat in London.

In March of 1948, Serena was awoken in the middle of the night by a couple of Aurors who brought news of her father’s death. He was murdered by a Hexenreich member. 

Serena was hospitalized at St. Mungo’s for several days because of extreme emotional shock. After her release, with the promise of seeing a psychologist weekly, she returned to her life as if nothing happened. She was in denial and it took her over a month to return from the zombie like state she hid under. When she finally accepted her father’s death she began to heal, slowly but surely.

One of the driving forces in her healing process was found in one of her best friends, Bailey McCormick. He was able to pull her through the darkness. In him she found strength and more than that, a home.

In September 1948 Serena took a teaching position at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as Potions Professor. She wasn’t sure she’d do well with it or even like it, but she found teaching to be one of her passions.

That summer, in July of 1949, after a few missteps, she married Bailey McCormick. Soon after, on April 7th, 1950, Serena gave birth to her first daughter, Lily Elizabeth. She hadn’t even known she wanted children of her own until she held her baby girl in her arms.

Serena left her teaching position in June of 1951.

Her second daughter, Scarlet Eden, was born on August 10th, 1951.

SAMPLE ROLEPLAY
(Please respond to to this in third person past tense. Do not write the other characters' reactions. Only your own.)

It was the largest office in Hogwarts and, perhaps to students and newcomers, the most intimidating. The shelves were filled with various odds and ends, with a place of honor for the Sorting Hat, and the walls held all the portraits of past Headmasters and Headmistresses.

In the middle of the room sat a large desk. Everything was in order, for the current occupant had always despised a messy desk. It was the sign of a messy mind, and she had always favored neatness.

A clock sat on the desk, which currently showed the time to be 2:05. The meeting was supposed to begin at 2:00 precisely. 

Along with order, Anneka valued punctuality. She was a very busy woman these days. Even during the summer, she had a number of matters to attend to. Interviewing and hiring staff was only of those matters. The newest potential member of her staff wasn't making a good impression.

She paced the room, black heels clicking against the stone floor. When the door finally opened, Anneka turned, her expression reminiscent of a Russian winter. "You are late."

Explain yourself was what her face said.

Roleplay Response:

So much had changed since her first interview with Anneka Ivanova. In the first interview she’s barely been out of school at only 19 years old. At the time she felt like she knew it all. That she’d had her life completely in order. She hadn’t know just how wrong she was. How much more actual growing up she needed to do. How much growing up, years later, she still needed to do. Even though she was now a wife and a mother, there was still so much she needed to learn.

When she accepted the position of Potions Professor she thought it would be easy. A total walk in the park on a sunny day. She was wrong about that, but she’d also stumbled across something unexpected: More than any other job she’d ever held (—and she had her fair share of jobs under her belt—) teaching was her very favorite. It was the most difficult, yes. But also the most rewarding. She knew it would be even more difficult this time around with her growing family. But she was going to give it her best effort.

Walking quickly down the too familiar hallway, her boots clacked against the floor and she held a stuffed folder to her chest. Pausing just outside the door, she smoothed her hair down and noticed a smudge of spit-up on the shoulder of her shirt. “Really, Finn..” she sighed and reached down to retrieve her wand from her boot to cast a silent scourgify at the mess. At last she pushed into the room.

“You are late.”

“Again. I know, I know. Sorry,” she said, breezing to the desk where she set the folder down and flipped it opened, “So I’ve got some lesson plans that I think are quite good. But I’d really like your opinion on them.”


In addition to posting a completed application in this forum, we also ask that you submit a PM to Anneka Ivanova with details of your class and with the lesson plans for that class (include at least a minimum of 4 lessons). Also, please be sure to check the Available Positions thread located in this forum to make sure the class you want is available before applying.

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Archived Applications / Serena Rose - Professor App
« on: 07/08/2016 at 21:50 »


CHARACTER INFORMATION
Character name: Serena Rose

Previous and/or Current Character(s) if applicable: Serena Rose, Chloe Elita Rose.

Character age: 20.

Character education:
-Salem Institute – Primary I, II, and III.
-Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Years 4-7, Gryffindor, Class of ’46.
-Gryffindor Prefect, 7th Year
-Beater/Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch Team.

Strength and weaknesses (details please): Serena Rose is a big list of strengths and weaknesses tossed together in a mix-matched drawer that sometimes works to her advantage and sometimes works against her entirely.

She is extremely independent and she doesn’t mind getting the job done on her own. But it also means that she feels she is so self sufficient that she doesn’t need to ask for help, and she can be quite stubborn about it.

Serena is bold. She has very little fear of consequences. She dives head first into the fire and can be a hot-headed when challenged. Her fire can sometimes set the world around her on fire around her.

After losing so many people so young, she has a fear of commitment, which can make her flighty and unable to form too tight of attachments. However when she figures out what she wants, she latches on tightly.

She is witty and loves to have fun and challenge people, but at the end of the day she is compassionate and hates to see people hurting. She will throw down her own happiness and comfort to help others.


Physical description: Serena Rose has always been happy with her looks. With bright blue ocean eyes and waves of golden blonde hair, she has had no problem working her appearance to her advantage. She is not beneath using her beauty to get her way when the opportunity arises. On the flipside, she knows that beauty comes with a price. She understands that some people view her as fragile or weak and it is one of her greatest joys to prove people wrong in the matter.

If there was one thing she could change about her appearance it would be her height. Standing at a whopping 5’2’’ is a great annoyance to her.

Her stature is small, but she makes up for it with her larger than life personality, which brings us to…


Personality (nice, rude, funny etc. Paragraph please.): Serena Rose has spent her whole life on the go and, as a result, she has very little patience for routine. Planning is not one of her strong suits and spontaneity is how she prefers to do things. You won’t find her making minute by minute plans. She does what she wants, when she wants to, even if it’s at inappropriate times.

She is bold with no fear of speaking her mind. Tying in with her spontaneity, she also rarely thinks before speaking, sometimes getting her into trouble. Serena has no problems openly voicing her opinions, even if it’s an unpopular one.

Although she enjoys the company of others, she is also extremely independent and she hates asking for help, even when she really needs it. She would much rather figure it out for herself.

She values humor and tends to be on the sassy side of things. She likes to playfully pick on people by teasing them or challenging them. But she is also a very compassionate person with a no tolerance policy for mean spirited bullying. She hates to see people hurting and will step up for  ‘the little guy’ in an instant.

Brave and hot-headed and stubborn, but beneath it all Serena Rose has a good heart.


Hopes and dreams. Why are you teaching at Hogwarts?: Serena Rose is the kind of girl who wants to try everything. If life were a buffet, she would fill her plate with as much as she could and she would sample each and every thing.

Serena does not dwell too much on the future (or the past for that matter). She lives very much in the present, taking each moment as it comes.

Does she want to teach at Hogwarts for forever? It’s doubtful that she could stay still long enough for forever, but who knows? She’s growing up and eventually she will figure out what she wants to do with her life.

For now all she knows is that she loves Hogwarts. It was a home for her when she felt as though she had none.

She knows that helping people makes her happy. It makes her feel like she’s meant for something greater- something more.

And she knows that coming back to teach at Hogwarts is another big adventure to take part in. And if there is one thing that Serena Rose cannot resist it is the call of a new adventure.


Biography (500 words minimum. There is never such a thing as too much.): Serena Scarlet Rose was born on August 21st, 1928 at 7:54pm in a busy hospital in New York. She came into the world kicking and screaming and has yet to settle down.

Her father, Alan Rose, was born in London, England to a well off wizarding family. However at the age of 18 he moved to the US to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist, a craft which his family found soft. It was there, in New York City, that he fell in love with an enchanting woman, Julia Eden, a photographer with a passion for song. They married in a quiet ceremony with a few friends. Soon they started a family of their own. Alan Jr. came first and, four years later, Serena. As they grew, they both showed signs of possessing the gift of magic. They were both accepted and attended school at the Salem Institute. Things were going great for the Rose family. They were a lovingly close family, and though they had their troubles, they always pulled back together. Then tragedy struck. Julia Rose disappeared with the Timewarp.

Alan Rose was never quite the same. He became extremely protective of his children. Alan Jr, a bit older, was understanding and complied. But 9 year old Serena pushed against the new binds as she grieved for her mother. She got into the habit of doing whatever she wanted regardless of the consequences. She began to keep secrets like some children collected rocks or stickers. Already she’d begun to build walls around herself. The only one she truly trusted was her brother. With his guidance she stayed on the right track –always pushing her limits but never so far that she lost herself.

There was a few years of peace in the Rose family. But, like all dreams, it eventually came to an end.

In the summer of 1941, Serena, mixed in with the wrong crowd, attended what was supposed to be a peaceful anti-war protest. But tensions ran high and soon the fighting broke out. Her brother, Alan Jr, fresh off of an internship at a local clinic, heard about the riot and, knowing his sister was going to be there, rushed to the scene. The crowd was thick but the unmistakable blonde hair bobbed through the crowd and he pushed his way through the crowd. He called her name over and over but she couldn’t hear him.

“Serena!” He yelled, a little closer now, and she spun around and locked eyes with her brother, relief exchanging between the two siblings for a fraction of a second.

And then the shooting started. Alan Jr. was caught in the crossfire and died on the scene.

Alan and Serena were left with missing pieces in their hearts, once again. Serena held herself responsible for her brother’s death and is something that still haunts her. Alan became extra protective of Serena and Serena pushed back, rebelling against the restraints. For the next year she mixed in with even more dangerous crowds and was very nearly expelled from Salem.

A year passed and Alan decided it was best to get Serena away from New York. So in May 1942, they moved to his hometown, London, where he quickly took a job at the Daily Prophet. Serena was enrolled in a local Academy and ready to start at her new school. One afternoon, sitting outside by the small pond in her backyard, she got a pleasant surprise when a barn owl swooped down and dropped a letter in her lap: A letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the 1942-43 school year. This was truly a great way to begin her new life in this new place.

She began her journey at Hogwarts in September 1942 as a Fourth Year transfer, where she was sorted into the Gryffindor house. The fresh start was just what she needed and she found that she flourished within the castle walls.

Losing so many people at such a young age, Serena found it difficult to let anyone get too close to her. A social person, she had a lot of friends. But many of her friendships were loose because it was hard for Serena to form deep attachments to people, afraid of losing yet another person. But she pressed on. She joined the Quidditch team, playing Beater and Seeker and learned how to work as a team, a skill that Serena definitely needed work on.

In her Fifth Year she joined MOD’s Hogwarts Initiative, HOP. Though she originally joined to drive her father crazy, she found she really enjoyed the training. Her skills improved through the program and it made her stronger, physically and mentally.

In her Sixth Year, she helped form the Bad Girl Brigade, a group of girls who liked to sneak onto rooftops, talk about boys and just stand together in the face of the Brat Boys. It was looking to be the best year ever. And then the Hexenreich invaded the castle and, during her Transfiguration final, she witnessed Emma Birch’s murder. Several others, herself included, were hexed as well. The helplessness of the situation still haunts her.

Reluctantly she returned for her Seventh Year, where she became a Gryffindor Prefect. It was also the year she found out about her father’s secret love affair. Surprise, Serena had a 10 year old sister, Chloe Rose. Disturbed by the news, she pushed her family away and focused on her friends. However, she finished the year strong and was excited to join the adult world where more adventure awaited her.

Her father’s house was becoming increasingly suffocating. He married Chloe’s mother, Wendy Parker, and she brought with her a pack of children. So promptly after graduation Serena found her own flat in London.

In March of 1948, Serena was awoken in the middle of the night by a couple of Aurors who brought news of her father’s death. He was murdered by a Hexenreich member.

Serena was hospitalized at St. Mungo’s for several days because of extreme emotional shock. After her release, with the promise of seeing a psychologist weekly, she returned to her life as if nothing happened. She was in denial and it took her over a month to return from the zombie like state she hid under. When she finally accepted her father’s death she began to heal, slowly but surely. 


SAMPLE ROLEPLAY
(Please respond to to this in third person past tense. Do not write the other characters' reactions. Only your own.)

It was the largest office in Hogwarts and, perhaps to students and newcomers, the most intimidating. The shelves were filled with various odds and ends, with a place of honor for the Sorting Hat, and the walls held all the portraits of past Headmasters and Headmistresses.

In the middle of the room sat a large desk. Everything was in order, for the current occupant had always despised a messy desk. It was the sign of a messy mind, and she had always favored neatness.

A clock sat on the desk, which currently showed the time to be 2:05. The meeting was supposed to begin at 2:00 precisely.

Along with order, Anneka valued punctuality. She was a very busy woman these days. Even during the summer, she had a number of matters to attend to. Interviewing and hiring staff was only of those matters. The newest potential member of her staff wasn't making a good impression.

She paced the room, black heels clicking against the stone floor. When the door finally opened, Anneka turned, her expression reminiscent of a Russian winter. "You are late."

Explain yourself was what her face said.

Roleplay Response:
It had been several years since Serena Rose roamed the halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The first time she made the walk to the Headmistress’s office she was only 14 years old, all cheeky grins and barely able to sit still long enough for the Sorting Hat to declare her a Gryffindor.

But the walk this time was different. More significant. She was here for a job, and the excitement for the new opportunity simply radiated off of her. And she looked good. Blonde hair was pulled back away from her face and her outfit- a light grey pencil shirt and a dressy long sleeved white shirt- screamed ‘hire me’. Or she hoped it did, anyway. It was one of the few dressy things she owned.

Finally she made it to the office and stepped inside. About to make a greeting, she pulled up short, eyebrows raised. Oh boy, the Headmistress did not look happy.

You are late,

Suddenly she felt like a student again.

Blue eyes flitted to the clock and a small frown pulled her lips done. Five minutes late. Big deal, right? Wasn’t their a few minute grace period or something? She opened her mouth to argue the point, but quickly closed her mouth into a smooth smile as she approached Anneka.

She as an adult now. And arguing with the Headmistress was hardly the right way to go about obtaining a job.

“I’m sorry, ma’am, for the unfortunate waste of time,” she cleared her throat and smoothed her skirt out, “But I’m not here to make excuses and further squander time in our meeting. I’m here,” she flashed a brilliant smile, “To show you exactly why I’m the best one for the job.”


In addition to posting a completed application in this forum, we also ask that you submit a PM to Anneka Ivanova with details of your class and with the lesson plans for that class (include at least a minimum of 4 lessons). Also, please be sure to check the Available Positions thread located in this forum to make sure the class you want is available before applying.

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Character Classifieds / Rose and Rose-Parker Adoptables
« on: 05/07/2015 at 06:06 »



The Rose Family

R O S E    G A R D E N    F I L L E D    W I T H    T H O R N S


The Roses are a fairly well-off pureblooded family with plenty of thorns in their past, present and future. Originally hailing from Wizarding Britain, the Roses have branched off over the years settling anywhere from France to the United States. Although certain members of the Rose family would prefer to keep the chain of only the purest blood traveling down the family line, the young Rose generation has a way of mucking up the Garden along the way.

Every Rose is unique in their own way, but some common Rose Family traits do tend to get passed down to the next generations. Roses are

FIERCE, STUBBORN, BOLD AND HOT-HEADED

Remember, every Rose has it’s thorns. It’s up to you if you’re brave enough to take the flower, thorns and all.




Adoptables

WIP

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Archived Applications / Serena Rose
« on: 21/08/2014 at 06:15 »

Application for Hogwarts School




→ CHARACTER INFORMATION.
Name: Serena Rose

Birthday: August 30

Hometown: New York City, New York, US

Bloodline:
Halfblood

Magical Strength (pick one):
Charms

Magical Weakness (pick one):
Divination

Year (pick two): 4th/5th

Biography:
If you are applying to be a first, second, or third year, your biography must be at least one hundred words long.
If you are applying to be a fourth year or above, your biography must be at least three hundred words long.


The Rose family comes from New York City, USA. Alan Rose was a hard working journalist who fell in love with an enchanting woman, Julia Eden, who, incidentally, turned out to be a witch. They married in a quiet ceremony with a few friends, as they both had no family left. But they started their own by having two children. Alan Jr. came first and, four years later, Serena. As they grew, they both showed signs of possessing the gift of magic. They were both accepted and attended a school dedicated to magic located somewhere, no one knew precisely where, in Central United States. Things were going great for the Rose family. Alan Jr. was going to be entering his final year in school with the hopes of moving on to someday teach. Serena, less clear of her own path, danced around her options. They had a wonderful family. Then tragedy struck. Alan Jr. was killed in a New York City riot. Always a peacekeeper, he had been trying to calm the tides down and break up the riot. It was his final act. Alan, Julia, and Serena were left with missing pieces in their hearts. They spent some time grieving, and tried their best to move on. A year passed and when Alan was offered a journalism job in England, he accepted after a brief discussion with his wife and daughter. They moved in the warm summer months and adjusted to the new culture. Serena was enrolled in a local Academy and ready to start at her new school. One afternoon, sitting outside by the small pond in her backyard, she got a pleasant surprise when a barn owl swooped down and dropped a letter in her lap: A letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This was truly a great way to begin her new life in this new place.

→ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
Note: This section is optional, and is up to you to complete.

House Request: Gryffindor

Personality: Serena is full of spunk. An extrovert, she’s not afraid to approach new people and new situations. She’s friendly, but there is a hardened edge in her. She’s got a temper, and is quicker to speak than she is to think, often getting her into trouble. Catch her at her best, and she is a quick friend. Catch her at her worst, and it is best to leave her alone. Her mother sometimes tells her her tongue can leave a worse mark than her wand can. She enjoys writing, acting and comedy. She’ll never be an athlete because of her two left feet.

Appearance: Serena has long blonde hair that falls in curls to the middle of her back. She’s average height at 5’5”, and medium build. She has sky blue eyes, with a reddish-gold ring around the pupil.

→ SAMPLE ROLEPLAY.
Please reply to one of the Sample Roleplays below.

Serena gave a slight jump as the boy shouted at her. It took her a few seconds to regain composure, and she narrowed her eyes at him. She crossed her arms over her chest and took in his muddied appearance, and eyes slick with tears.

“I’m sorry,” she tilted her head to the side, “I’m fresh out of film. I could, however, play you a song on my tiny violin to aid in the melodrama you’re creating.”

She ran her hand through her hair and considered the boy. “Okay, so you had a terrible game,” She rested her hand on his shoulder and gave him a light pat, “But if you wanted it to be all sunshine and daisies, you probably should have joined Herbology club.” With the slight shrug of a shoulder, she passed James and walked down the hallway.

→ ABOUT YOU.

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