Character Name: Stella Rose Sinistra-Moore
PB: Morena Baccarin
Birthday: March 30, 1967
Wand: Cherry and Hippogriff feather, 11"
House in School: Gryffindor
Political View: After Dumbledore’s death and quite a few conversations with Minerva McGonagall, Stella joined the Order of the Phoenix, and fought for the side of the Light.
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 134 lbs
Hair: Dark Brown
Build: On the thinner side of average
Dress Style: Stella prefers classy Muggle styles, and usually wears mid-length skirts or slacks with tailored shirts. As a professor, she opts for deep wine or burgundy robes.
Basic Physical Description: Stella takes after her mother’s side of the family, with wavy brown-black hair that she usually keeps around shoulder length. She has a strong, square jaw line and deep brown eyes. She is thin, owing to a good metabolism rather than any sort of exercise, but with enough curves to fill out a dress nicely.
Defining Marks: She has a small birthmark on the lower left side of her face, and a few fading scars from the battle at Hogwarts.
General Likes: Astronomy (of course), traveling, reading; especially wizarding history and lore, but enjoys some Muggle works, as well – Ancient Greek plays and some modern authors like Agatha Christie and Margaret Atwood, flying, and cheering on the Pride of Portree Quidditch team.
General Dislikes: lazy students, potion-making, anything having to do with fish or the ocean, and is not overly fond of cats.
Quirks: Stella hates strawberries, but likes strawberry-flavored sweets. She has never figured out why.
Basic Strengths: Stella’s NEWT subjects were Astronomy, Arithmancy, Charms, Transfiguration, and DADA. During career counseling, Prof. McGonagall had suggested that she would possibly do well as an Auror, but Stella studied DADA more for the self-defense value, and at that time could not see herself fighting or subduing anyone. She also knew that she would never be able to manage the potions requirements for becoming an Auror. However, her knowledge served her well during the war. She will stick with something until it is done or learned, which was helpful in school, but can also make her quite stubborn at times. She is a skilled flier, although she could never quite manage the coordination needed to play Quidditch. She is dedicated to teaching, and truly loves being a professor. Stella is fluent in Greek and can speak a passable amount of French.
Basic Weaknesses: suffers from a fear of deep water- when Stella was 6 years old, during one of the summers spent at her grandmother’s home in Greece, she was out swimming with her brother and several cousins. Stella swam out a little too far, got caught in a strong undertow, and nearly drowned. Her brother and an older cousin were able to swim out and rescue her, but Stella has had a fear of the water ever since. She can be exceedingly stubborn, and it takes a good deal of convincing to get her to change her mind about something. Consequently, she does not deal well with sudden changes, and the loss of her job, security, and general outlook on life has put her into a tailspin.
General Outlook: Up until Voldemort’s return, Stella was inclined to look for the good in everyone. She was an eternal optimist, and tried to look on the bright side of any situation. The last few years have been difficult for her, as her faith in people slowly shattered. She was devastated at the death of Albus Dumbledore, and even more so that it had been at the hand of a colleague that she deeply respected. She is less trusting than before, but is attempting to return to her brighter self.
Extrovert/Introvert: Most people would say Stella is an extrovert, but she would tell you that there are few people who know her well. She is friendly to everyone, and gets along with many types of people, but is wary about letting others get close to her. She has a small circle of close friends, including her brother, Soren, Remus Lupin, and Minerva McGonagall, whom she sees as a mentor.
Boggart Would Be: For Stella, a boggart takes on the shape of a huge eel. One of her uncles had a large witch eel as a pet, and Stella was always terrified of its snake-like appearance and sharp teeth. It also symbolizes her fear of the ocean.
Patronus Would Be: Stella’s patronus is a cormorant. Stella has always loved to fly and gaze at the sky, so it did not surprise her that her patronus took the form of a bird. What was surprising was that it is a cormorant- a large seabird that lives near the ocean and dives to eat fish. She believes that it represents her bravery at its purest, before any trauma or fear had affected her. During her NEWT year, she was only able to produce a silvery mist. When the dementors were placed around Hogwarts, Dumbledore encouraged every staff member to learn to produce a corporeal patronus, and after much practice and study, Stella was able to do so.
Stella is heterosexual. She went through the usual teenage rites of giggling over her male classmates at Hogwarts, and briefly dated a Ravenclaw in her 7th year. While studying in America, she met a wizard named Josh Leitzman, and they dated the entire 2 years she was in Salem, and even talked about marriage. However, they broke up just before her graduation, and the breakup was part of the reason she decided to return to London. Her brother occasionally sets her up with his friends from the Department of Mysteries. Most of her dates, however, have a tendency to get amnesia or get whisked off to St. Mungo’s for extended lengths of time. Soren has assured her that this is simply an occupational hazard in the Department, but Stella is always careful not to get too attached to any of her brother’s friends.
In March of 2002, she married Caleb Moore.
Occupation: Professor of Astronomy at Hogwarts.
Residence:Stella and Caleb recently moved into her parent's old house in Ashreigney, Devon
Financial Status: Stella has quite a bit in savings, thanks to her parents (her mother works for Gringotts, established her account very early on) and by living at Hogwarts during her time as a professor.
Parents: Her father, Lucien Sinistra, works for the Ministry of Magic, in International Wizarding. Her mother, Aradia, is Greek, and met Lucien when he was in Greece on his first official Ministry trip- she was his translator, and they instantly hit it off! Aradia is fluent in Greek, English, and French, having studied at Beauxbatons. When they married, she moved to London and now works for Gringott’s as a manager in the international banking department.
Siblings: Stella has one brother, Soren, who works in the Department of Mysteries. He is 2 years older than her.
Spouse: Stella married Caleb Moore in March of 2002, and couldn't be happier.
The Sinistras are a very close-knit family. While Soren and Stella were small, they lived in many different places, so their closest friends were always each other. Lucien, having lost his parents and brother at an early age, has always been committed to his family.
Stella’s father always raised his children to be accepting of everyone, regardless of their background. His older brother and father were killed during Grindlewald’s time, and he feels strongly about the rights of all wizards- pureblood or not. However, as a Ministry employee, he sided with the Ministry when Voldemort first returned. Stella believed Prof. Dumbledore, so for a while they were divided on the truth of the matter. However, throughout the entire war, the entire family worked against Voldemort.
Stella is also very close with her maternal grandmother, Gigia. She spends at least part of every summer at her large home in Greece.
|History from student days at Hogwarts to the present time|
When Stella and Soren were young children, the family traveled a lot due to Lucien’s work. They spent 2 years in France, 3 in Greece, and 2 in America. When Soren was old enough to enter Hogwarts, the family moved back to settle in London.
When Soren entered Hogwarts, he was sorted into Ravenclaw. Stella, however, surprised her family by being the first one in several generations to be sorted into Gryffindor. In school she was a solidly good student, excelling in Charms and Arithmancy, but her best subject was Astronomy. By her fourth year, she was already in the advanced Astronomy class and tutoring other students. She was friendly, a little on the quiet side but not shy, and had a few friends that she spent most of her time with.
After graduating from Hogwarts, she applied for a spot in the Astronomy program at the Salem Institute in Massachusetts. She led her class, and two years later graduated with an advanced degree in Astronomy.
On returning to London, she found out that her Astronomy Professor from Hogwarts, Professor Vega, was retiring. He recommended to Dumbledore that Stella would be perfect for the position, and she was hired. She started teaching at Hogwarts in 1987, and loved her job. During the summer holidays she spent part of the time visiting her family in London, and the other part traveling. She often went to Greece to visit her mother’s family, but has traveled to several other countries as well.
Stella was shocked when Dumbledore announced at the end of the Tri-Wizard Tournament that Voldemort had returned. However, she had an implicit trust in the Headmaster, and believed his claim to be true. Besides, she had taught Harry Potter for 4 years, and he did not strike her as the kind of person who purposely tried to draw attention – it just seemed to always be drawn to him.
During the next year she experienced, for the first time, a rift in her family. While her parents did not disbelieve Stella, they just put more of their faith in the Ministry’s word that all was well.
After Dumbledore’s death, Stella sought the advice of Minerva McGonagall, asking her what more could be done to fight Voldemort’s rising power. McGonagall eventually invited Stella to join the Order of the Phoenix. While Hogwarts was open she continued to teach, and assisted Prof. McGonagall in making sure the school and grounds were secure for the students. When the school became a de facto military base, Stella stayed on and used her DADA knowledge to help in training others in defensive techniques. She fought in the final battle, and while escaping with relatively few physical injuries (the worst was a broken left wrist), she was psychologically scarred from what she had seen and done. After being released from St. Mungo’s, she left for her family’s home in Greece to escape the memories of the war and to try to get herself feeling whole again. She returned to London a few months after the war ended, and has been gradually rebuilding her life.
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