Lesley Cassaday

Personal Information

  • Name: Lesley Gallagher Cassaday
  • Age: 34
  • Blood: Pure
  • Birthdate: August 11th, 2058
  • Place of Birth: County Kildare, Ireland
  • Occupation: Professor of Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts

Physical Appearance

Unkempt is a word commonly used to describe Lesley. He usually comes off as hastily dressed, in need of a shave, and perhaps a few days too far removed from a haircut. Sometimes he can pull it off in an attractively disheveled manner, more often he simply looks like he never learned to groom himself. His slightly unprofessional appearance aside, Lesley is a tall and svelte figure, his hands worn and callused from a good deal of manual work, his demeanor always pleasant and bright. He is dark-eyed, with hair on the chestnut end of sandy blonde, and has the typical pale-as-a-sheet complexion of the Emerald Isle.

  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 166 lbs
  • Distinguishing Features: He tends to stand out thanks primarily to the fact that he can't for the life of him look respectable.

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Personality

Lesley isn't the first Irishman to enjoy his drink, and he certainly won't be the last. Lesley is happiest when he has something alcoholic in easy reach, especially if there are good friends there in easy reach as well. A thoroughly social animal, Lesley could be called very similar to a mother wolf at school… he espouses a pack mentality, and he is extremely protective of his students. This protectiveness, curiously, doesn't seem to extend to class - or perhaps Lesley just doesn't realize how dangerous some of the creatures he works with actually are. From teaching third-years the proper way to hatch coiled dragons to exposing the fifth-years to centaurs late at night, Lesley has a curriculum that is sure to cause an injury someday. Prone to wild flights of fancy, both in class and out, Lesley is unpredictable in the best of times, and never seems to plan ahead. He takes the phrase 'life is what happens when you make other plans' to heart, and just lets life take him where it will. It's worked so far.

School Information

  • Previous Schools: Hogwarts Alumnus
  • House: Ravenclaw
  • Position: Professor of Care of Magical Creatures. Ravenclaw Head of House.
  • NEWT Scores:
    • Charms: E
    • Transfigurations: E
    • Defense Against the Dark Arts: E
    • Herbology: O
    • Potions: O
    • Care of Magical Creatures: O
    • Muggle Studies: E

Notable Skills

Lesley can drink like a fish, curse like a sailor, and drive away an infestation of pixies all at once. Most important, really, is Lesley's near-empathic talent with animals. Though he loathes the word 'tame', he would make a fine tamer. He prefers to actively befriend animals, though. One could say the creatures he keeps as company have done a good deal more to train him than the other way around. Also of note is Lesley's linguistic ability. He claims to be able to speak twenty-three languages, though to date he has demonstrated seven - English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Swahili, and Quechua.

Magical Information

Lesley was a fair hand in all his core classes, and a better-than-fair-hand in potions and herbology, both things he could easily have pursued a career in. His heart lay with documenting and learning about the world's many magical beasts, however, and he is considered one of the foremost experts on the magical creatures of the British Isles, the Andes Mountains, and the Mekong River. He has a strong background in other areas as well, though those were his ares of personal study. In most areas, Lesley is perfectly competent with his magic, but his mind does tend to wander…

  • Patronus: Corporeal, a marine otter.

Possessions

  • Wand: 11", Colorado Spruce and Satyr's Horn
  • Broom: Cleansweep Bernier
  • Pets: One (1) orange tabby American Longhair cat, named Mittens. Three (3) white mice, named Jasper, Jade, and Juno. One (1) Andean Pygmy Owl, named Rory. One (1) White-Tipped Quetzal, named Carmen. Four (4) Black Lorries, named Nixon, Xiaoping, Khrushchev, and Kennedy. One (1) Violet-necked Lory, named Thatcher. One (1) Chattering Lory, named Lais. One (1) Iris Lorikeet, named Mandy. Two (2) black-and-white Ferrets, named Kirk and Khan. Three (3) Red-Eyed Brook Frogs, named Arnold, Angie, and Douglass. Two (2) Ouachita Map Turtles, named Kelly and Ceollach. One (1) Cu Sith, named Captain. One (1) Least Phoenix, named Satchel. The zoobilee zoo of Hogwarts has arrived!
  • Other Belongings: All manner of paraphernalia for dealing with his zoobilee zoo. His personal library.

Brief History

Anything you can't pick up from the fact that he's 34, has twenty-two pets, and teaches children how to care for animals… really isn't very important.

Lesley was born in County Kildare, and lived a rural life with a middle-class wizarding family in Ireland. He went to Hogwarts. He graduated Hogwarts. He was always a little strange when it came to animals, even at a very young age. This evolved into spending most of his adult life knee-deep in the wild places, documenting and chasing down magnificent creatures such as the North Andes Taunting Sea Kangaroo. While he has yet to be published, Lesley has volumes upon volumes of copiously researched, exhaustively detailed, hand-written notes on all the animals, magical and otherwise, he has come across. Students he favors sometimes get to borrow one or two of these books.

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