Kelpie Fionnlaugh on Skellig

Personal Information

  • Name: Kelpie Fionnlaugh on Skellig
  • Age: 16
  • Blood: Mostly-blood
  • Birth date: December 7th
  • Place of Birth: Thurso, Scotland
  • Occupation: student

Physical Appearance

When Kelpie first arrived at Hogwarts, he was a scrawny little demon who looked like he was made out of toothpicks and jerky. His ears, teeth, hands and feet had been too big for his frame and he’d been lost behind a veritable sea of freckles. As time progressed, the lad seemed doomed to a life as an awkward, gawky man. Kelpie left for home after his fourth year, all limbs and teeth as usual, but as if some horrible joke of a hex was broken over the course of the summer, he came back to start his fifth year almost completely healed of physical adolescence. Now standing five feet and ten inches, he has a respectably athletic constitution from leanly muscled and thankfully proportional limbs to a finally convex core. His mop of curls is a shiny black and no longer overpowers his tan, ruddy face since its new addition of a squarish jaw and mild stubble. His eyes are a pale, gray-blue and frequently lidded in a careless underwhelmed expression.

  • Height: 5'10
  • Weight: 150 lbs
  • Distinguishing Features: Athletic physique, tan complexion, and pale blue-gray eyes.

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Personality

Deep down, Kelpie is a mellow soul – patient and intuitive. This is probably what makes him good with all manner of creatures: magical and non-magical alike. As for human beings (magical and non-magical alike), he is decidedly better with kids than he is with anyone in a position of authority. It isn’t that he’s a hell raiser – he’d just like a very good explanation of why someone other than Kelpie Fionnlaugh on Skellig should be in control of him at any given moment. He is simply a person to whom everyone he meets must prove themselves before he gives them respect. He tries to be polite, but he is at that age where sometimes the mouth runs a bit faster than the mind and only about half as fast as his hormones.

School Information

  • House: Hufflepuff
  • OWL Scores
    • Arithmancy: D
    • Astronomy: T
    • Care of Magical Creatures: O
    • Charms: A
    • Defense Against the Dark Arts: A
    • Divination: D
    • Herbology: E
    • History of Magic: P
    • Muggle Studies: A
    • Potions: A
    • Transfigurations: A
  • Classes:
    • Care of Magical Creatures
    • Defense Against the Dark Arts
    • History of Magic
    • Herbology
    • Potions
    • Transfiguration

Notable Skills

Kelpie has a good many muggle hobbies – not to say he doesn’t cheat a little when he can (and most of the time those instances turn out to be ill-conceived experiments) – among which are baking, horseback riding, football and, of course, surfing. Thurso is the place to be for summertime surfing in Scotland, but as Kelpie is one of those who is in nearby residence and takes advantage of the coastline year-round, he always has a thing or two to show the tourists who descend upon the place come August. His physicality has an underbelly, of course insofar as Kelpie is a bit of a brawler, quick to ditch the wand when his fists get a twitch in them.

Magical Information

Kelpie is a slight underachiever at school. It’s always the same old song and dance about how the potential is there, but his head is completely elsewhere or he self-sabotages when he gets ornery. His best subjects tend to be those that are the most ‘hands on’ like Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology. He survives in practical classes like Defense Against the Dark Arts, mostly by proficiency at certain trump and disarming spells.

Possessions

  • Wand: Oak, 14.5”, Hair of Kelpie Mane
  • Broom: Nimbus 2089
  • Pets: Pizza – the ugliest cat you have probably ever seen in your life.
  • Other Belongings: an abused football, a Gerber pocket tool, a beach pebble necklace

Brief History

Kelpie comes from a very prominent Northern family of wizards – prominent, perhaps, in their infamy. Dark Wizards? No. Just jaded, stubborn ones. In the late 1800’s one Aed Fionnlaugh on Skellig was kicked out of Hogwarts for insubordination, cheating and indecency and that began a centuries-long boycott of Hogwarts by the incensed Fionnlaughs on Skellig. Not one member of the family set foot on the premises since … that is, of course, until Kelpie’s mother, in a fit of rage stemming from one ruined Michaelmass dinner at the fault of her father and a poorly-timed retelling of a particularly embarrassing childhood misadventure, practically dissolved all ties with her parents and resolved to send Kelpie right back to Hogwarts when he came of age. While the decision for him to attend was little more than a fit of spite, Hogwarts graciously accepted the youngster and haven’t been able to get rid of his meddling relatives ever since.

Back home, Kelpie could almost pass for a normal teenager, though most of his friends, even those that are muggles, know he’s a wizard – after all, the Fionnlaughs on Skellig have been wizards since…well… since the days when they were actually on Skellig. They forgive his magical shortcuts and his … creative sense of fashion and humor his sometimes wildly inaccurate assumptions about their muggle culture. Since coming to Hogwarts, some muggle friends have drifted away – but no more than friends just sometimes do. Within school, he’s made some connections with classmates, but has a peculiar habit of hanging out mostly with students from other houses.

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