Lyall James MacKinlay

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Lyall James MacKinlay

Postby WolfMoon » April 25th, 2018, 9:21 am

Character name: Lyall James MacKinlay

Blood Status: Pureblood

Age, Year & House: 16 (b. April 27th, 1998), Sixth Year, Slytherin

Patronus: Shield Form, will be a red kite if he practises more
The red kite is a common bird of prey in Scotland. Just like the red kite, Lyall watches the people around him carefully before interfering. If he thinks it’s time for him to act he does so, if not he stays in the background. He is quite good at observing and usually draws the right conclusions.

Wand: Pine, Unicorn Hair, 11”, quite flexible

The straight-grained pine wand always chooses an independent, individual master who may be perceived as a loner, intriguing and perhaps mysterious. Pine wands enjoy being used creatively, and unlike some others, will adapt unprotestingly to new methods and spells. Many wandmakers insist that pine wands are able to detect, and perform best for, owners who are destined for long lives, and I can confirm this in as much as I have never personally known the master of a pine wand to die young. The pine wand is one of those that is most sensitive to non-verbal magic.

Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard.
Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may 'die' and need replacing.

Appearance: Lyall has brown hair. His eyes are bluish grey. His skin is rather pale unless he spends some time outside. He either gets sunburn then or he gets a little tanned. Lyall is 1,67m tall. He will grow only three more centimetres. Sometimes he has a devilish grin on his face when things amuse him.

Spoiler: show

Personality: Lyall is a very ambitious boy. He wants to achieve good marks, especially in Potions as he wishes to find a job in which he can specialize on Potions.

He doesn’t easily befriend anyone. He gets along with most Slytherins but he wouldn’t rate most among his friends. His best friend is Leah Reilly for whom he secretly has romantic feelings.

Lyall thinks that everybody has a right to live, even Muggleborns, but nonetheless he thinks that some are better than others and he proudly counts himself to the privileged people. He argues that being born into a Wizarding family is an advantage in the Wizarding world as one gets to know many things about magic from an early age on but he accepts and respects unprivileged people who managed to achieve something due to diligence or ambition.

He can sometimes be very sarcastic, even cynical from time to time.

History: Lyall was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, to Pureblood father James Ian Stewart and Pureblood mother Alison MacKinlay (née Mackenzie). His father left his mother for unknown reasons when Lyall was one year old. His mother married again and Lyall was adopted by his new father James Malcolm MacKinlay and got his family name. He has a younger half-brother named Tavish Malcolm MacKinlay who attends Hogwarts in his third year (born June 9th, 2001), a younger half-sister named Jamie Alison MacKinlay (born August 12th, 2004) and an older sister named Aileen Rhona Gallagher (born March 3rd, 1992) who is married to a wandmaker named Michael Gallagher. They live in Ireland.
His family always enjoyed living among Muggles and was fascinated by their way of life without magic. Lyall’s stepfather owns a pub in Glasgow in which Lyall learned to love football matches. He is a supporter of Celtic Football Club although he never talks about it to his Slytherin house mates.
They have a house near Inverness owned by Alison’s family where they usually spend some time of the year. The house is looked after by Alison’s sister and the two house elves Skipper and Keeny.

Strengths: Potions (++),
Quidditch (+) Lyall used to play Quidditch during his second, third and fourth year – he was a keeper – but he left the team in his fifth year to concentrate on his O.W.L. exams. He applied again in his sixth year but didn’t make the team. He is a substitute though and plays whenever the current keeper can’t play.
Observation skills (+)

Weaknesses: Arrogance (-), History of Magic (--), Ambition (he always wants to be better than others and is pretty jealous and glum if he is not, even giving up for a while)
Other Skills:
- He speaks a Scottish accent that is common in Glasgow (Glaswegian or Glasgow patter) but he is able to speak English without a Scottish accent.

Extra information on academics:
- He failed at History of Magic (he is not interested in it and focused more on the other subjects) (D), and was average at Astronomy (A) and Ancient Runes (A).
- His favourite subjects are Potions and Elemental and Intuitive Magic.
- He achieved OWLs in Charms (E), Care of Magical Creatures (E), Potions (E), Transfiguration (E), DADA (E) and Herbology (E).
- He takes Elemental and Intuitive Magic (E) as an extracurricular subject.
- He takes Apparition classes and will pass the test.

If a 6th or 7th year, a list of NEWT classes: Charms (E), Care of Magical Creatures (A), Potions (O), Transfiguration (A), DADA (A) and Herbology (E)

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