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Melissa Longbottom

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a character in “Hogwarts: Next Generation”, as played by Fiery-Temper

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❝ They say the simple things are the most important, afterall. ❞


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Her name is Melissa Alice Longbottom, Melissa chosen by her mother, Hannah, meaning 'honey bee', ironic as Melissa is actually highly allergic to bees. Alice was chosen by her father, Neville, after his mother, a former auror. She's sixteen years old, her birthday being October 23, 2003. She's in Year Six, with an older brother in Year Seven, a twin sister, and a younger sister in Year 2. She's a hufflepuff, though she doesn't feel she possesses the qualities her house is most well known for, and was just placed there because she fit in nowhere else. She is a good liar, but she's not very cunning. She's smart, but doesn't try that hard at school. She's cautious, and she is loyal, but not very extroverted.




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❝ Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no? ❞


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Looks: She has dirty blonde hair, which she gets from her mother, which falls down in little waves to her shoulders, but she often changes her hairstyle, so really she can never say if she was short or long hair, as it changes so often. She usually doesn't dye her hair, however, but has before - adding a pink streak and dying it different shades of blonde, but generally the colour doesn't change. She has blue eyes, strangely, even though both her parents eyes are brown, and they're a lovely light shade which sometimes changes to green when she's upset. She is petite, standing at a tiny 5'3 and weighing a measly 105 lbs approx. She has always been slim, though she's not super model thin, due to her muscles, being a very sporty girl. Though she may not look like the sporty type, her small body type tends to pay off, as she is lighter, quicker and nimbler on her feet, as well as being able to brush easily past bigger players. Her face is like that of a porcelain doll - pale, smooth, little freckles or spots and usually completely expressionless. She has also been trying to convince her parents for years that she is old enough to get a tattoo, but to her dismay, they completely disagree with her.

Style: Melissa has what most would describe as a fashionable style, but she then mixes it with her own personal touch to either make an outfit look amazing... or the opposite. She is one of those girls who doesn't look at the magazines for the celebrity fashion trends, or go out shopping for clothes that may look fashionable today, but will be considered ugly tomorrow. She keeps the same type of style most of the time, meaning that she goes in and out of being 'in style'. Unlike a lot of witches and wizards, Melissa also much prefers muggle clothes, and really muggle related items in general. This seems strange, seeing as she grew up with a witch and wizard for parents.




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❝ It's what's on the inside that counts - no shit, Sherlock, without our organs we'd be dead. ❞

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Likes and Dislikes: Melissa loves crying. Now, don't get me wrong, she doesn't like being sad, but the feeling of crying helps her stress levels decline and she loves feeling strong emotions such as feeling upset. Though she loves crying, this is when she's on her own - otherwise, she just finds it embarrassing. Of course, she doesn't actually want anything bad to happen - which is why she's a sucker for sad movies and books. Speaking of books, Melissa adores reading and writing, even though she isn't very much interested in school. Her two least favourite subjects are potions and herbology - though she actually does enjoy herbology, she hates being taught by her dad, and is often tempted to skip class, except for the fact that she knows her father would worry. She likes talking, too, and never shuts up, usually using sarcasm to insult people. She has a strange obsession with bing 'original', not that she has to do everything different to others, more that she hates people who just 'follow the crowd'. She also adores muggle creations, mostly the outfits, but with gadgets such as laptops and ipods she gets confused, and has older gadgets like a megaphone hanging around in the dorm room. She adores cats - they're her favourite animal by far, and she has one called Pika.

Melissa hates being pitied, it makes her feel weak. Also, being misunderstood annoys her, which she feels like her family does often - though a lot of teenagers have these sort of thoughts, of course. She despises homework, particularly potions homework, since she is so terrible at it, which is not helped by the fact that she rarely tries in school. She does not have a phobia of bugs - but she does hate the things, and so will usually stay away when she sees one. She experiences backpains, mostly due to her hunched over position when writing, which she absolutely hates.

Fears and Aspirations: Melissa has a dream to become a successful writer - fiction only, of course, and has already writeen a book about Hogwarts, though under a different name, of course, which she is hoping to one day release to muggles as a work of fiction. She also loves writing poetry, though she is not very good at it. She hopes one day to marry the man of her dreams and start a family, and wants to be a good mother, though she doesn't think she will be.

Melissa has a fear of heights, and looking down over tall buildings or cliffs makes her extremely dizzy, she feels as if she will fall over and often has to crouch down to stop herself doing so. She is also afraid of rats, ever since her older brother told her when she was four that rats carry illnesses, she has been convinced that if a rat comes near her, she will die, and would probably rather use avadra kedavra than let it near her. She has a fear of power, of course having learnt all about You Know Who in History of Magic, she realizes with great power comes great responsibility. That being said, she doesn't have great power, but it only takes one powerful dickhead or idiot to kill everyone.

Personality:
so·ci·o·path
Noun
1. A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.


Melissa has been accused of behaving much like that of a 'sociopath' on many occasions, mostly due to her usually expressionless face which only really shows boredom, or exhaustion. That being said, Melissa does have feelings just like anyone else - she just doesn't really have anyone to make her feel happy. She has friends, of course, but no one she would call her best friend, and often feels like the odd one out, both in home and school life. It probably is true, in a way. All her family are considered cheerful, and her twin sister is always smiling. The fact that the twins also look nothing alike as well as this factor often makes it hard for people to even believe their related. Melissa really sticks out like a sore thumb.

That being said, Melissa is a genuinely nice person, and when she has good friends she will be extremely loyal to them, all qualities of a Hufflepuff. She has a sarcastic sense of humor and is constantly thinking up innuendos and once you let her start talking, she won't stop. This makes it easy for people to get bored, and therefore making Melissa feel even more as if people don't want her around. She does have a good relationship with her family, however, though isn't very open with he feelings around them, or anyone for that matter.

Melissa will never disrespect other people's opinions, and she doesn't give a flying fuck if they disagree with her on something, as long as they have heard her point of view. That being said, she won't necessarily agree with you on your opinion. Just like how people have the right to be racist, yet everyone knows it's not right. She is quite a bright girl, and even though she doesn't try that hard, she generally can keep good grades by studying the morning of the test. Well, there is an exception with Potions, of course- she picked up her father's trait, something which the professor was not surprised about.

In the end, the Sorting Hat placed her in Hufflepuff. Melissa is convinced that Hufflepuff is just where they put the misfit kids that don't fit in any other category, even though the Sorting Hat already said it wasn't. Yet in the sorting hat's song, he clearly states that Hufflepuff accepts everyone - so, clearly people who don't have any of the other traits. That being said, the traits generally associated with Hufflepuffs are friendliness, loyalty and kindness - and Melissa is two out of three of those. Hufflepuffs are also excellent finders. Having to live up to the extroverted and friendly expectations that come along with Hufflepuffs has been tough on a slightly introverted girl like Melissa, and she sometimes wished that she had been placed in Slytherin, since people tend to leave them alone. She would have probably found it even harder to make friends as a Slytherin as she does now, however, and she already finds it hard enough. Not many people want to make friends with the quiet girl who doesn't make an effort to speak to you - until she knows you, of course.




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❝ They always say to forget the past, but the past is what made us as we are today. ❞

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History: Melissa was born to Neville and Hannah Longbottom on October 2, with an older brother Johnny and a twin sister Eden. Even from a young age, Melissa felt different. She wasn't treated differently than her brothers and sisters, and there weren't any 'favorite children' as far as she was aware, but growing up with someone who was famously part of Dumbledore's Army is a lot to live up to, and though most would take this inspirational environment to become some sort of child prodigy, as her siblings did, particularly the 'straight O' Johnny, Melissa ended up sort of just trying to blend in and hopefully not drastically disappoint anyone. Her family continuously told her that she was amazing, that they were proud of her, yet still Melissa turned out the way she did. She's not sure why there's something wrong with her, she just knows that there is. Why is she so introverted and awkward when her twin sister is constantly talking and full of life?

When she was four, a new sister popped up, Lucy. She got on well with her, probably better than anyone else in the family, and is extremely protective of her. She has a good relationship with the rest of her family, and though they probably don't realize it, she feels as though she can't be herself with them as she feels she has to please them, even though they're completely loving and accepting of her. I suppose you could say it's paranoia, or simply just the pressure to be the perfect child, sister, and friend.

The 'Longbottom comparing' got worse when she was in Hogwarts. "You're a Longbottom? Sweet! Are you and the Potter's like best friends then?" "Hey, you're a Longbottom, like 'Neville Longbottom' Longbottom?" "If ypu're a Longbottom, why are you a Hufflepuff?" "You must be really good at Herbology, since your dad teaches it and all." It was like she wasn't a person outside of her family. This eventually died down after the second year, but the comments still stuck with her, and she felt like she needed to be perfect to fit in. After years of trying, Melissa simply didn't care anymore. She stopped paying attention in class, and she accepted the fact that there was always someone better than her. She was Melissa, she would blend in, and maybe make a friend or too if she was lucky.

Melissa was always good with kids, and so was admittedly disappointed to not get the Prefect badge in fifth year, even though she didn't really participate in class by that point. Still,, since third year, she has gone around to the first year Hufflepuffs for the first year to help them out and see if their getting on well. This was how she made her best friend outside of her family - Tracey, who is now a fourth year, a tiny girl with giant glasses and curly brown hair. Of course, the age difference means that they don't share any classes, but they still talk out of class, and Tracey wanting to be Melissa's friend really helped with her confidence.

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Melissa Longbottom's Story

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"Say hello to Dad for me," Hannah Longbottom said, giving her daughter a peck on the forehead. Melissa rolled her eyes at her Mum. "Okay, Mum," she replied, giving her a small smile, before picking up her suitcase and her kitten, Pika, by the stomach, and boarding the train.

She was filled with a strange sense of nostalgia, like she was every year she boarded the train, at the strange kids that surrounded her, and the owls that often whizzed past her head. She took a seat in an empty carriage and waited for her siblings to board the train after her. Melissa let Pika down before putting her Nimbus 3000 in the overhanging storage compartment before opening her suitcase and taking out her purse, for refreshments, wand and an old magazine labelled The Quibbler, which usually contained rubbish, but sometimes she found an interesting article or two in it. After flipping through it quickly, she placed it back in her suitcase and took out a book to read.

Though she looked very antisocial, crouched over her book, she actually did love having conversations. Most people naturally assumed that Melissa preferred to be alone, when really she was just terrible at starting conversations, as well as feeling like an unwanted burden whenever she started them. The only people who really knew that she actually enjoyed company was her family, which was why she was hoping that one of them would sit in the compartment with her. They usually did, as well as several of their friends, but they did sometimes ditch her, and Melissa couldn't blame them.

Whether they chose to or not, Melissa would be fine. She could just read her book. Her new school year resolution this year had been to socialize and interact more, which was suggested by her mother (her new school year resolution last year was to get better potions grades, and she failed miserably) so she was sort of hoping someone would sit with her. At the same time, if no one did, at least she could finish her book and she couldn't be blamed for not socializing, right?

The last witches and wizards boarded the train as it blew the whistle, signifying that the Hogwarts Express was about to leave. Melissa put down her book to wave goodbye to her mother, who frantically waved back at her children. The train began to set off to Hogwarts as everyone began to file into compartments, and Melissa went back to ready her book.

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Willa Knox, through no fault of her own, was late. Her father had suggested that he drive a muggle car and Willa and her mother had foolishly agreed. They had both assumed that Mr Knox had learnt to drive during the years living with his muggle parents, what could go wrong? A lot, apparently. Two hours later, a broken rear door and one confused police officer later The Knoxs had finally reached the train station.
They piled Willa's bags onto a cart, including the howling cat who did not like this many people, and ran for platform 9 and 3/4. They received a few curious glances from muggles on their way to work.
Pushing through the barrier Willa had a moments feeling of relief to see the train still there.

"Good bye honey!" Her mother said, giving her a kiss on the cheek and a swift hug. Her father did the same,
"Enjoy your year!" He added. Willa nodded,
"Be careful when you drive back Dad." The girl added, "Mum, don't let him kill anyone." The parents waved goodbye, each no doubt reminiscing about their own time boarding the Hogwarts Express.
Farewells over Willa boarded the train and began to search for a cabin. She passed many filled with excited first years, she remembered her first train ride and the anxious anticipation of finally arriving at Hogwarts. She had been scared stiff-less that the sorting hat wouldn't sort her into any house, that some kind of horrible mistake had happened when she received her Hogwarts letter. Luckily that hadn't happened and she had been placed in Gryffindor.
Finding an empty cabin proved too hard and Willa eventually had to settle with one already occupied.
"You're Melissa, right?" Willa asked, stepping into the train carriage. The girl, Melissa, was a sixth year like Willa but from Hufflepuff. "Do you mind if I sit here? Everywhere else is full." Without waiting for an answer Willa pushed her bags away and happily sat down opposite Melissa.


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Kye wondered down the train, Head Boy badge proudly displayed on his chest. He was already in his robes too, the Ravenclaw blue and bronze insignia on his chest clearly stating his house. He was checking the cabins to make sure everything was in order, as would the other Hogwarts' prefects. He was tall and seemed to tower over most of the younger students.
'Was I ever that short?' He thought to himself as an anxious first year rushed by. 'Probably shorter' He added to himself with a smile. They seemed to get shorter every year, or perhaps it was just him gaining height. He had had another growth spurt over the holidays too.

He glanced out to the station where late students were finishing arriving and final farewells were being said.
Of course he had been here early, one of the first students to arrive. His parents had given him a farewell from home and left him to apparate to the station. Apparition was still new and exciting to him, he had spent most of the holidays appearing and disappearing around his family home - much to the annoyance of his older brothers. They had also seemed annoyed when Kye had been made Head Boy, something neither of the two had done.

He glanced into one of the cabins and found it occupied by two girls, both the year below him. A quick grin flitted across his face as he recognised Willa, his neighbour and old friend, sitting with a Hufflepuff girl. He changed his expression to one of mock seriousness and then grandly opened the cabin door, making sure to sweep his robes behind him as he entered.
"Students." He greeted, nodding in turn to both girls, "I trust everything is in order."

Willa, for her part, was able to stifle a snort of laughter and replied with a half bow from her seat,
"My Lord-King-Head Boy, what have we done to be given the great honour of your presence?" She couldn't stop the grin that spread across her face.

Kye turned to the other girl, was she one of the Hufflepuff twins? Melissa possibly? He couldn't quite remember.
"Ignore her, she has no idea what she is saying." he told her, placing a condescending hand on Willa's head and ruffling her hair. Willa just rolled her eyes and pushed his hand away. For all his serious work ethics and supposed responsibilities as Head Boy, Kye could still be an immature pain at times.

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The door opened, and a blonde Gryffindor girl who was in the same year as Melissa walked in. "You're Melissa, right?" she asked. Melissa put her book down on her lap and nodded. What was the girl's name again? Will...Willow...Willa. "Do you mind if I sit here? Everywhere else is full." Melissa opened her mouth to respond, but Willa was already sitting down across from her.

The door opened yet again, this time Kye, a Ravenclaw and Head Boy. He gave Willa a small smile and Melissa felt butterfliesflit across her stomach, nerves.
"Students." He said, nodding at the two girls. "I trust everything is in order." Willa giggled, before giving him a half bow.

"My Lord-King-Head Boy, what have we done to be given the great honour of your presence?" she replied. Kye turned to look at Melissa and she felt her cheeks turn pink. "Ignore her, she has no idea what she is saying." Kye ruffled Willa's hair, and Willa quickly pushed away, rolling her eyes. Melissa giggled lightly, unsure if she should feel uncomfortable, but she didn't, for once.

"It's Willa and Kye, right?" she asked them. "How do you two know each other?" As soon as she said it, she turned a darker shade of pink, wondering if she was being too personal or anything.

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Kye, after having his hand pushed away, chuckled and took a seat next to the cabin door. From here he could see out into the corridor and would be able to see any prefects coming - or any trouble that needed dealing with. Of course he had already given the prefects their instructions for the train trip, they would be helping late students on board and checking that everyone was where they were supposed to be. He was supposed to be doing that too but felt that he could spare a few minutes.

"It's Willa and Kye, right?" Melissa asked, "How do you two know each other?"

Kye glanced across at Willa with a grin and Willa, recognizing the danger replied quickly before him.

"We're neighbours." She told Melissa. Willa noted the flushed cheeks of the other girl and wondered why the girl was suddenly embarrassed. A lot of people assumed that, because Willa and Kye were so close, they must be more than friends. But their relationship was completely platonic.
"Willa used to come over and run naked around our backyard." Kye added, unable to help himself. Willa turned a deep shade of red,
"I was three years old!" She protested, holding her cheeks in her hands. She turned her attention to Melissa and, leaning forward conspiratorially, told her quietly, "Don't listen to him, the power has gone to his head."
Kye heard but chose to ignore the comment. He glanced out into the corridor again and was pleased to see that the station seemed to be clear of students.

Willa leaned back in her seat and glanced from Melissa to the book she had been reading. Was that the Quibbler?
"You're a fan of the Quibbler?" Willa asked, interested. She really didn't know much about Melissa, apart from the fact that she was in Hufflepuff. She knew they would have had classes together in the past at some point.

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"We're neighbours," Willa said quickly. Melissa nodded her head. "Willa used to come over and run naked around our backyard." Kye added, and Melissa laughed. Willa blushed and immediately protested an excuse. "I was three years old!" She turned her head to Melissa as she continued. "Don't listen to him, the power has gone to his head."

Kye ignored Willa's comment as he glanced out into the corridor. Melissa glanced up at him but was interrupted by Willa. "You're a fan of the Quibbler?" she asked, obviously spotting the book sitting next to Melissa's knee. Melissa crossed her legs as she continued. "I wouldn't say fan," she stated quickly. "There are sometimes a few good articles, though most of it is just a pile of fiction." She hoped the girl wouldn't be annoyed at the fact that Melissa didn't believe most of the Quibbler articles.

The train started to move and Melissa realized that she was sitting alone with two strangers - that was, if Kye decided to join them, since he was still standing at the door - but didn't actually mind. Usually, she would feel uncomfortable and awkward around strangers unless a family member or friend was there, and would excuse herself to go to the bathroom or make up another pathetic excuse to leave. She felt strangely comfortable around them, and wondered if it was because of them as people, or because she was actually making an effort in the conversation for once.

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"I wouldn't say fan," Melissa assured Willa "There are sometimes a few good articles, though most of it is just a pile of fiction."
Willa nodded, "I know what you mean," She said brightly, "Most of it's garbage. But I like the potion recipes they sometimes give out. Most of the time they don't do what they're meant to do and it's always fun finding out what they actually do."

Willa laughed. She had once read a recipe in the Quibbler that said it could turn your enemies into frogs. Willa had been pretty sure that the actual potion, which they had learnt in class the previous week, was vastly different from the one offered in the magazine. She had given it a go out of curiosity. As she had dropped the last ingredient the cauldron had given a loud croak before large, green frogs had began to leap out of the bubbling liquid. It had been hours before the frogs had began to disappear in poofs of green smoke and during that time they had managed to bounce their way around the potions class and out into the dungeons. The potions professor had not been happy with Willa, who had been uncontrollably laughing at the whole mess.

Kye for his part just shook his head. He never read the Quibbler, preferring to read things that gave actual facts instead of fantasy. The train had started by then and he knew that, until they came closer to Hogwarts, he would be able to relax for a time. He leaned back in his seat and turned his attention from the corridor back to the two girls. For now, not having anything good to add about the Quibbler, he didn't join the conversation. He did however crack a grin as Willa laughed, he knew her fondness for experimenting with the Quibbler's potions and had been one of the prefects tasked with cleaning up the frogs mess.