Andrea Rosemarie Lily Carter
Known As: Lily, Rose, Andrea, Carter
Blood Status: Unknown
Date of Birth: 7th September 1983
Country of Citizenship: Lisburn, Ireland
Before Hogwarts, Andrea was always a rather plain looking girl, nothing rather out of the ordinary about her – but the girl has started to grow into her body, has been persuaded to dress more to suit her new-found curves, and she had found herself sort of liking the experience of shopping, a rather unusual habit for her. She still favours her comfortable trousers that she can get dirty in, and her raincoat is a source of comfort for her wherever she goes, and nobody can persuade her to ditch that as of yet. She doesn’t particularly like standing out, but on the occasions that her friends persuade her to try something new, she will admit quietly to herself that she has enjoyed it, but will fervently deny that they are becoming more and more frequent.
Andrea’s a small girl, with light skin and pale green eyes. Her hair is neither blonde or brown, caught somewhere in the middle and usually pulled back. She never liked her hair being in her face, which is why she grew her fringe out so it didn’t fall into her face, but on a trip with a friend, she was suddenly sitting in a chair – and her long locks were snipped at, and Andrea’s hard work was wasted, but she had to admit that it did look good, and she sorts of thinks it compliments her angular bones this way too. She doesn’t consider herself pretty but if she tried, she assumes she could look nice – she doesn’t really care what other people think though.
Andrea loves her food but she has a habit of pushing it around her plate rather than actually eating as she can be very picky. She isn’t bothered about her weight and doesn’t take much notice of how slim or thin she is. Her high cheekbones and angular bones make her feel like she has to grow into her body, although she’s growing quickly now - but she’s perfectly content with it how it is. She is, however, very petite in height, which she does hate.
Andrea spent a great proportion of her life believing nobody who cared for her; although she is an orphan, she always loved not having a true family. A small part of her wants to meet them and another part doesn’t and she is fearful, believing that she might not be what they expect or that she disappoints people in some way. Believing that nobody cared for her, she was always happy in her own little world of stubbornness, isolated from everybody and just being herself.
When Ellis came along, and then her friends at Hogwarts, and later Louise and the Carters, she began to realise that she didn’t have to be alone, and this was both an exciting and scary thing for the girl. She began to open up more, begin to be more talkative with people, and show that really, she’s a very lovely girl, who just needed some guidance in the world; Andrea is scared of many things, and she retreated into herself for safety.
If there is somebody who cares for her, and who she cares for in return, she is strongly loyal. If they want to actually care for her, despite her weird and wacky nature – because really, that’s the side of her she first shows upon meeting people in fear she will be later rejected – then she takes it as a good sign. Ellis, for example, her best friend, is someone she adores for her ability to make her happy, even when everyone else fails. Deep down, she’s still a human girl that likes being cared for; she just finds it easier, in the long run, so she is not rejected. Her defence mechanisms are strong and it takes a strong personality to break through it.
She is stubborn and set in her ways, and feels that being different was a good thing. She is a proud person, proud of who she is and what has made her that way, and so she will always stand up for herself, no matter what.
She adores astronomy and anything to do with stars. There is something stunning about the sparkling of the stars against the jet black sky and she especially likes finding shapes. She loves being outdoors. Sport is not her domain but she does enjoy going on country walks and looking at different types of plants. Animals are particularly lovely things to her. She positively dotes on her cat, Henry. She also loves potions, as she has an aptitude for naming plants and their species; Herbology is another of her favourite subjects.
Andrea also loves visiting historical places. She has never travelled abroad but she does like travelling within the UK when she gets the chance. She loves things like that. She has an interest in historical people and how they came to be, as well as changing the world. As a child, she had a dream that she would impact the world in some big way but now she isn’t so sure she will. Whatever happens, she knows she will always love History; she made a time capsule for her tenth birthday and buried it in the garden of the orphanage.
The sad thing is, Andrea knows nothing about herself or her family. She doesn’t know if her father abandoned her mother or if she was the result of a one-night stand or a marriage. She doesn’t know why her parents left her in the orphanage. She doesn’t even know what their surname was. And the truth is, a small piece of her doesn’t know if she does want to find out because every piece of her that she’s built up has been her own work, her own doing. She’s proud of who she is.
Growing up, she went to various foster homes but none of them ever worked out. She wasn’t a trouble maker but she was... different and other people didn’t tend to bend to her ways. She was stubborn in what she liked and what she didn’t, which caused arguments between the other children she lived with. She couldn’t seem to fit in anywhere but it didn’t dishearten her.
There was the one time, though, that Andrea felt a little piece of her break. At the time, she was living with Margaret and Edward Campbell, who were old but extremely kind. They were looking after four kids; Holly, Jimmy, Sara and Andrea. Andrea was quite content spending her time alone. Jimmy, however, was not quite so happy with this arrangement. He barged into the room Andrea was sharing with Holly and snatched the book she was reading on Kings and Queens of the eighteenth century. He then proceeded to rip out the pages of the book.
It was the very first time Andrea had been truly angry about anything and the fact that she had done nothing to provoke it upset her. When she heard his yells, however, she understood completely. “Freak! You should be playing dollies with Sara!” Apparently, he didn’t like people being different. It wasn’t the first time people had commented on her being... unique but it was the first time it truly bothered her and afterwards, Andrea didn’t get very close to people for fear of them hurting her other things. She became very possessive over the things she owned too.
Many a time, Andrea saw people get adopted and lead perfectly happy lives. And as much as she wanted a family, she didn’t truly want to be adopted. She liked the orphanage she stayed in and she had friends. In the orphanage, she didn’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations. She didn’t have to be the perfect daughter; she could just be herself. Some might say it was a weird way of thinking for an orphan but it worked for her and she was okay with that.
When she was nine, Andrea began doing strange things. If she was angry, she would make the hands on the clock spin backwards; if she was upset, there would be a small breeze in the room. Her magic was not strong but it was noticeable and it freaked the girl out. She was laid-back, sure, but this was different. It was scary. And Andrea tried not to let anyone notice it.
She carried on in primary school, making friends. A few months after the strange things started, she met a young girl, called Ellis, who moved into her area in Ireland. Like her, the girl did weird things. Suddenly, it made Andrea feel less scared. It made her feel more comfortable with what she was doing and the two girls hit it off immediately. They spent their days outside of school together and they sat next to each other in class. They worked on their homework and made sure they told their secrets to the other.
By the time the ministry official came to the orphanage to speak to her, Andrea knew she was a witch. It was weird to have it confirmed by an adult though, especially as the staff at the orphanage had no idea it was true. She went with Ellis (because her friend insisted on coming) and a Ministry Official to collect her school supplies but it felt weird to her, like someone was playing a practical joke.
A very small part of her managed to pull up the courage to ask whether she’d be placed into a magical family; she wanted to be part of this world and most of all, she didn’t want to keep secrets. In September oof her first year, she was invited to meet Louise Carter, a witch living in Lisburn who already had three daughters and two adopted daughters. This was after Louise had spoken to a Ministry official, who knew that she liked children. Andrea met with her many times, and they got to know each other; Andrea now lives with her and Louise adopted her. Before her second year, Andrea changed her name to reflect her adopted status. During Christmas of ’96, Ash Melrose also came to live with them.
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