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 Happy Memories
Sofia Moon
 Posted: Jan 13 2018, 06:08 PM
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Sof

Age / 18 | Height / 5'9"

Pronouns / She/Her/Hers

Blood Type / Pureblood

Hometown / Winnipeg, Canada

Single Pringle / Herself

Post Count/ 148

Reanie / Ren | She/Her/Hers







Defense Against The Dark Arts wasn’t her favorite of the spell-based classes at Ilvermorny. Transfiguration already took that position in Sofia’s heart. The girl did know that it was an important subject and still quite interesting. Interesting enough for her to study a lot of it and receive the highest grade possible at her T.O.A.D.S., which took place almost two years prior. The class was also important as someone who wants to be an Auror in the future. How could she protect others from the dark arts, when she couldn’t even protect herself. Ever since knowing her dream profession, she focused a lot of her study sessions on, so she was quite knowledgeable about it.

The substitute professor for the Advanced class was someone quite young. She didn’t know his exact age, but it wouldn’t be inappropriate to say that the man was hot. The girl was an adult, she could think such things, right? She didn’t expect a big age difference between the two, which made her a bit uncomfortable. Could the substitute teach them anything? Especially compared to Professor Allain? Despite feeling a bit uneasy as she wanted to learn things she didn’t know yet and didn’t know if the young Professor could provide that for her. Professor St-Pierre started to talk about Dementors, and like the know-it-all she was regarding to these kinds of classes, she answered the question with ease.

Essentially, your happiness gets kissed away, only sadness remains. If it goes on for too long, your soul will get completely devoured and you’ll be an empty shell unable to return as a ghost after your death,” she spoke putting her hand down, smiling at the fact that she got it correct. Sofia focused back on her notes. She had already written down the Patronus spell before the professor had on the board. The demonstration of the Patronus spell itself looked really interesting and made her quite exciting. However, the excitement stopped when she remembered what you needed to perform. In the past, she had tried the Patronus spell multiple times, so she knew what animal would appear in white streams form her wand. Unfortunately, she hadn’t really been in a state that brought enough happiness to perform the spell well enough. Every happy memory she used before, now included something sad. They all involved her family or more specifically – Rosie.

Sofia sighed, a bit frustrated that they had to do the spell. She suddenly didn’t have the energy to do anything, perhaps partnering up with someone would help? The witch looked around until she felt someone approaching her.

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Cian Chevalier
 Posted: Jan 17 2018, 04:10 PM
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"Key-in"

Age / 17 | Height / 5'11"

Pronouns / he/him

Blood Type / Halfblood

Hometown / East Haven, Vermont

Crushing / on Laila Kennedy

Post Count/ 354

Grace | she/her







During the previous year, Cian had been planning on dropping DADA, Charms and Transfiguration after he took the required TOADS exams. His wandwork had been poor and he hadn’t seen how he could possibly manage the necessary grades to continue those subjects anyway. But then he had started practicing with Chloe and Professor Allain had begun giving him private lessons on Voodoo magic. With their help, he had managed to pull up his spellwork to the point of passing grades. His Charms and Transfiguration still weren’t great, only managing to scrape As on the TOADS. DADA, however, had gone well. He had even gotten an E and felt confident that with Professor Allain as a teacher it was a subject he could continue, even if he wasn’t going to continue with Charms and Transfiguration in order to work on wandless magic.

But then Professor Allain had left the school too. Just like Professor Byron had. When Cian had found out, he seriously considered dropping DADA. Would the new professor be willing to work with him? Professor Allain had, of course, been extremely open to alternate forms of magic, but not everyone was. Would he be allowed to use signed magic? Or voodoo magic? Chloe had talked him into not dropping immediately, arguing that he was letting himself get stressed out over a currently imaginary scenario. So he stayed enrolled, giving any new teacher the benefit of the doubt.

Dementors. It was a huge relief when the substitute professor went on to explain that they would just be practicing the patronus in the classroom and not against an actual dementor. If he was being honest with himself, Cian didn’t think he could handle a dementor. His pain was still too close to the surface. It still sometimes threatened to overwhelm him without the help a dementor. Just the task of attempting to summon a patronus surrounded by the bright lights and warmth of the classroom seemed a challenge. It would require thinking of a happy memory, one that didn’t have an underlying current of sorrow.

The trouble with answering questions in class was that Cian still didn’t know if the best thing to do was raise his hand then write down his answer or write down his answer and then raise his hand. The latter often lead to missing the opportunity, like today. It was Sofia Moon who got the answer right and the points. Cian crossed out his words. Whatever.

Now that they were released to practice, Cian tried thinking of a suitable memory to use. Would anything involving his parents make him too sad? Things had been going better on that front. He was allowing himself to think about them more and remember them. Being in the cemetery with Kiernan had been nice and they had been able to talk about their parents together without either of them getting upset. Remembering that day, Cian looked over at Sofia. She looked frustrated too. Maybe working with someone would be helpful. Cian approached her, pointed first to himself and then to her, eyebrows raised in a question.

Sofia Moon
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Sofia Moon
 Posted: Jan 20 2018, 05:27 PM
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Sof

Age / 18 | Height / 5'9"

Pronouns / She/Her/Hers

Blood Type / Pureblood

Hometown / Winnipeg, Canada

Single Pringle / Herself

Post Count/ 148

Reanie / Ren | She/Her/Hers







Cian,” Sofia smiled at him, waving shyly. Somehow the younger student felt familiar to her. Before the day at the cemetery, they hadn’t really talked before that day – which wasn’t weird at all. Sofia didn’t talk to a lot of people. She was too busy studying, trying to reach the goals she had set in life. As somebody who knew her biggest secret, he came immediately a bit closer to her. Perhaps that happened when you tell somebody your secrets. She didn’t really know… Sofia didn’t feel like she had any secrets. Maybe she had to have a better social life to actually have secrets. The boy signed something, which was understandable for the dumbest brain alive. So, despite her lack of knowledge in sign language, she understood what he was trying to say. He wanted to work together on the assignment. Sofia gave him an ‘okay’ sign with her right hand. She thought it was part of the sign language, or it was just a pretty universal sign of saying okay to something. She wouldn’t dare to say no to such a kind soul, even though she wasn’t feeling the lesson at the moment.

The least Sofia could do, was helping a younger student. However, the Wampus wasn’t sure if the boy really needed her help. His skills at the cemetery had shown her that he was pretty good. If she had to go with the stereotype, the Horned Serpent might be even better at doing spells than her. She wouldn’t easily admit that, because of the amount of work and studying she puts in getting her skills at a high level. Compared to most adults, she was still a green bean, but she at least knew that Magical Law Enforcement studies wouldn’t decline her for her spell skills. Sofia took a piece of paper to write something on it, to make communication a little bit better between the two.

Are you good at spells like Patronus?


Sofia already knew the answer. The professor could barely pull off a perfect Patronus for a long while. Only those with great skills could pull that spell.

I did it once before.


It was just a vague silhouette of a Patronus. She had recognized the animal before passing out. Luckily, a ghost had managed to wake her up and gave her some tips about the chocolate. It happened in a corner of the library. Sata would never wake her up. After so many years spending time in the library – specifically napping – the man had found his solution for her soft snores: a soundproof magical barrier around her. It made her confused the first time she saw it, but after a couple of times, she thought it was funny. Nobody in the Wampus common room ever did that. They always let her sleep in embarrassing positions on the couches.


I can’t really think of any happy memory though, you?


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Cian Chevalier
 Posted: Jan 25 2018, 01:12 AM
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"Key-in"

Age / 17 | Height / 5'11"

Pronouns / he/him

Blood Type / Halfblood

Hometown / East Haven, Vermont

Crushing / on Laila Kennedy

Post Count/ 354

Grace | she/her







Sofia got a piece of paper to write on, which was understandable since she didn’t know any sign. He was glad that she was willing to take the time to interact with him. Reading over her message, he was impressed that she had managed a patronus, even if it was only once. The sentiment was clear in his facial expression. It was an advanced and tricky spell, already clear from the fact that even the professor had some trouble with it.

Cian produced the notepad that he kept on him at all times. I haven’t managed a patronus, he wrote. While his spell casting and wandless magic was coming along, what he could do was still mostly basic, the wandless magic especially. He wasn’t sure if there was an equivalent spell to a patronus that he would eventually be able to cast with signed magic or if it was even possible to wandlessly cast something so powerful. For now, he was still figuring things out.

The next question was a trickier one. He looked back up at Sofia, wondering what made it difficult to think of a happy memory. His family’s story wasn’t withheld information, but not everyone paid attention to that kind of stuff. He had to remind himself that though he and Kiernan had been talking about their parents in the cemetery, Sofia hadn’t understood them and so might not know what his own issue was.

Yeah, same here. He showed her the paper. It wasn’t a very helpful answer. For a moment he just looked at her, feeling somewhat dejected. They were supposed to be working together and helping each other. This was not going to go well if they were already stuck. Maybe if we discuss some of our memories we'll find something useful? He hesitated after writing that down. It was an uncharacteristically vulnerable thing to do. He had trouble opening up to people outside his family. After a moment he passed her the notepad.

Sofia Moon
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Sofia Moon
 Posted: Jan 31 2018, 06:01 PM
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Sof

Age / 18 | Height / 5'9"

Pronouns / She/Her/Hers

Blood Type / Pureblood

Hometown / Winnipeg, Canada

Single Pringle / Herself

Post Count/ 148

Reanie / Ren | She/Her/Hers







Patiently, Sofia watched as the younger student responded to her questions. The communication was peaceful, which she – surprisingly – quite enjoyed. It fit her calm and silent nature. It was a lot different compared to talking to her best friend, who couldn’t be really described with the same characteristics as her. The use of the notepad – that Cian had produced – made it easier to focus on the talk. Somehow, other conversations bothered her less in this arrangement. Like she expected, the boy hadn’t managed to perform a patronus, yet. Most of the students around their age hadn’t probably. After doing it one time, she was a bit too scared to do it again without supervision. Passing out wasn’t one of her favorite activities to do, even though it was quite similar to napping. That was also one of the reasons she preferred not to try out for Quidditch, even though she was quite good at it. She nodded in understanding.

The witch became a bit worried that Cian also didn’t have any happy memory. For a minute she started thinking, feeling his eyes looking at her. In her thoughts, she started to feel bad. Sofia shouldn’t have any complaints about having no happy memories, especially not compared to the Horned Serpent. She knew about his family, even though it wasn’t very detailed. She was close enough to his twin sister – who she shared a house with – to know a little bit. Sofia actually wanted to tell him that most of her happy memories were with her family, which was a hard topic to feel happy about at the moment. However, she didn’t feel like it was appropriate. It was obvious that she was deep in thought. After his suggestion, she had written down ‘sure’, before continuing to write something. Cian made her remember something.

I was kind of happy at the graveyard with you and Kiernan.


If she had to be honest, the Wampus didn’t know why the boys were there. Nonetheless, they had laughed and teased each other. Well… They had teased Kiernan. Maybe he felt the same? Just in case, she started to think again, which made her pout cutely. Were there other memories? She had felt happy while dancing with Guiles, last year. Unfortunately, like her memories with her family, there was a part that made her sad when thinking about the

Isn’t happiness found in the simple things? Maybe something fun you did with your siblings?

Sofia shot him a smile, hoping that he might recall a fun day which he had with his siblings. The question reminded her of Rosie, but it made her remember that she still should have a talk with her little sister. Perhaps this was a good way to practice and find happiness without her family. It wasn’t as if she could return to them after graduation. After leaving Ilvermorny, she should seek her own happiness.


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Cian Chevalier
 Posted: Feb 4 2018, 02:28 PM
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"Key-in"

Age / 17 | Height / 5'11"

Pronouns / he/him

Blood Type / Halfblood

Hometown / East Haven, Vermont

Crushing / on Laila Kennedy

Post Count/ 354

Grace | she/her







When he read her note, Cian looked back up from the paper and smiled. It was nice to know that the enjoyment of that day in the cemetery was shared by Sofia too. While it had been on a difficult day, the fact that Kiernan and Sofia had been there had made it far easier. He had been able to talk about his parents with Kiernan in a far healthier way than they had in the past. The appearance of Sofia in her Chow chow form had been fun even before she revealed herself to be an animagus. The good-natured teasing had also been far more enjoyable than the recent times Kiernan had gotten under Cian’s skin. But it hadn’t exactly been happy. At peace better described it and Cian wasn’t sure that was good enough.

He nodded as he read her following words. That was true. Maybe it was getting too philosophical for the intended lesson, but it seemed like a better definition of happiness. The patronus required a happy memory, not a giddy one or an excited one. Those feelings were fleeting. Happiness wasn’t a racing heart or pulsing adrenalin. It was about feeling content in a moment, like you wanted it to last forever. He figured that was the kind of memory he needed. Sofia’s suggestion was a good one. His family, while complicated, was a main source of his happiness.

Cian propped himself up on a nearby desk so that he could more easily write out what he wanted to say next. After all, he wanted to ‘talk through’ the possible memories, figuring it might help. The first thing to come to mind was Christmas Eve all piled together to watch Christmas movies. However, it was still hard to think about the Christmases back on the farm. Their first Christmas in Vermont had gone too poorly to use as a happy memory. But then he thought to the most recent break. He thought he had actually felt pretty happy then, for parts of it.

This past break, all of us were together again. Kiernan, my oldest sister, my littlest sister, and I went sledding when we got back to the house. Saoirse made the sled bigger so we could all fit. When we got back inside, Chloe and our bother, Rory, had made everyone hot chocolate with personalized marshmallows. Then Rory gave me a picture he had drawn of me and Chloe. Cian smiled at the memory. It was the kind of thing they had done together before. It had been especially nice after the tension with Saoirse. It was simple, but maybe that’s what was needed. Maybe that one would work. Tentatively, he handed the paper off to Sofia. He hoped that she could think of one too.

Sofia Moon
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Sofia Moon
 Posted: Feb 6 2018, 04:28 PM
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Sof

Age / 18 | Height / 5'9"

Pronouns / She/Her/Hers

Blood Type / Pureblood

Hometown / Winnipeg, Canada

Single Pringle / Herself

Post Count/ 148

Reanie / Ren | She/Her/Hers







Her suggestion brought a smile to Cian’s face, which made Sofia feel relieved. It probably meant that the boy had also enjoyed that day. He also showed that he agreed to her definition of happiness. It was something that her grandmother told her. The woman had always been a simple person. Enjoying life and making the best of it. By luck, she found a man with a good background that also fell in love with her. Their love story was quite fascinating for her as it started all the way back at Ilvermorny. The story was unattainable for her. It was her last year at the school. It wasn’t as if she could suddenly fall in love, get a perfect boyfriend and marry him right after graduation. Even though Sofia would love to experience, it wasn’t attainable.

The communication between the two was simplistic, yet lovely. Surprisingly, it did work without her needing to ruin the existence of sign language because of her lack of skills. It seemed like the boy was inspired by her words. He started to write in his notepad after he propped himself up on one of the desks. She was glad she could help him. Perhaps his words could help her find some hidden happiness in her life. His smile as he wrote, warmed her heart. With pleasure, Sofia received the notepad, reading his memory.

Suddenly, she started to envy the younger student. The memory seemed lovely. Even though she didn’t know how the younger Chevaliers looked like, she could still picture it in front of her. There were probably some inaccuracies, though. She wished that her break had such a fun memory. She wished that she had family that was that loving to one another. Most of her familial relationships felt like business to her. Rosie was the exception, though. Having a big, loving family that accepted you without doubting your dreams was something that she wanted. Her thoughts made a regretful smile on her face.

It sounds perfect.


Sofia stopped for a minute after writing that down. She stared at the notepad with a blank face. Did she even have something similar to it? If it involved family, it always felt a bit sorrowful. Perhaps she could focus on friends instead.

Sometimes, I have all-nighters with Blake. Play games, eat candy and more. We talk and joke, all night. It is a great stress reliever.


She felt a bit awkward to go into details. The witch didn’t think that Cian would like to know all of the details of a girls night



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Cian Chevalier
 Posted: Feb 12 2018, 08:11 PM
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"Key-in"

Age / 17 | Height / 5'11"

Pronouns / he/him

Blood Type / Halfblood

Hometown / East Haven, Vermont

Crushing / on Laila Kennedy

Post Count/ 354

Grace | she/her







Writing things out really was making things easier for Cian. Sometimes he got so bogged down in the negative aspects of his life and the repercussions of his parents’ deaths that he forgot about what he did have. Regardless of their problems, he had a family that loved each other and cared about each other. Although he sometimes butted heads with his uncles, they had still taken on the enormous task of parenting ten grief stricken children and were parenting them to the best of their abilities. There was still a lot to be thankful for. He had something that many other people didn’t.

Hopefully the same would be true of Sofia. He took the paper back from her and read over her suggested memory. It seemed like a good one, in his opinion. He wondered, though, why she hadn’t gone with a sibling one since that was what she had suggested to him. Unless he was somehow completely mistaken, there was another Moon at the school. Did she not have any happy memories with her little sister for some reason? Given that it would probably turn to darker topics, he decided not to ask about it. The purpose of the exercise was to come up with a happy memory and he didn’t want to mess that up. Still, he filed that information away just in case.

That seems like a good memory too. Those must be really fun times, he wrote. Are we ready to move on to casting? Once he knew that Sofia had read the two messages, he gave her an encouraging smile and a thumbs up. Hopefully his positivity would motivate himself as well. It was still a little daunting. At least if they messed things up they would get chocolate out of the deal. Cian was also curious about what his patronus might be. Just like an animagus form, a wizards patronus said a lot about them.

Sofia Moon
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Sofia Moon
 Posted: Feb 19 2018, 03:53 PM
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Sof

Age / 18 | Height / 5'9"

Pronouns / She/Her/Hers

Blood Type / Pureblood

Hometown / Winnipeg, Canada

Single Pringle / Herself

Post Count/ 148

Reanie / Ren | She/Her/Hers







Some of her hope – which she didn’t have at the beginning of the class - to perform the Patronus charm once again had flown back to her body. Sofia was thankful of the younger student helping her, as well. Writing her thoughts on paper did help, despite all of her thoughts that all of her happiness was related to sadness. His confirmation that she had found a proper happy memory, even though it didn’t include the biggest happiness in her life – Rosie. After reading, she wrote a sentence.

Blake is a really fun person so…


The female Wampus didn’t write more. She thought it was obvious what she would tell. Instead, she wrote a quick ‘sure’ to let Cian know that they could indeed start casting. Sofia grabbed her wand from the inside pocket of her robes. Without discussing with the wizard, she thought it might be the best to show the charm to him before him trying it out himself. She had done it before, he hadn’t.

Sofia closed her eyes and concentrated on the memory that she had previously written down. “Expecto Patronum” she said calmly, as she opened her eyes once again. A silver light was released from her wand, dancing around in small strings. There was no shape that could be recognized from the light. The girl didn’t want to have all of her energy taken away just yet and pass out, again. Keeping the Patronus uncorporeal was her best bet. The charm evaporated after a solid minute. She looked at Cian with a timid smile, gesturing that he could go next.

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