Full Name: Stella Dakota Morgan Nicknames: Stel, Stells, Stelly, Stelli Belly (Courtesy of Hannah), and Stelz (Glares at Indira). Birthday: August 31 Wand: Rowan wood, phoenix feather core, 12 1/2 inches, and slightly yielding flexibility. Patronus: Red Panda Boggart: Being rejected
General Stella had always been a little bit short for her age with a slight frame. Although she easily made up for the lack of height by having a strong personality. She has long, caremel-colored hair that she always pulls up into a high ponytail when she's concentrating. She can be shy when she's unsure of something, as she gets embarrassed easily, but with her most trusted friends, she feels at ease laughing about her mistakes. Her favorite subject at Hogwarts is defense against the dark arts, although she'd rather just be reading in the library or flying on the pitch. She takes great pride in her house, but mostly because she hopes to follow in the footsteps of her brother.
BackstoryFour months ago Stella had a relationship with her family. And it was a good one too. She and her older brother, Reece, got along well. They played and did their homework together and her mom and dad didn't care if she got perfect grades in school. As far as families go, she had a good one. Then everything changed.
It all started six years ago when Reece got his letter to Hogwarts. Being a muggle family, none of them knew what Hogwarts was. When they did figure it out, Stella's parents didn't want Reece to go, but he insisted. So when he went away their parents became more strict. Stella didn't realize it at the time, because she was only 5 years old, but this was the beginning of a slow but steady downfall.
Reece and Stella kept in touch during the years Reece was at Hogwarts. He wrote her letters, telling her all about the magic he was learning. And as time went on she became more and more interested in magic herself. Whenever Reece came home for holidays she stole his textbooks and learned whatever she could about the wizarding world. She and Reece both knew that this wasn't really allowed, but he supported her anyway.
Because Stella was learning so much about the magical world, her grades began to drop in muggle school. Her parents were not pleased with this. When they found out that she had been trying to learn wizardry they were furious. Stella was forced to focus only on her muggle studies.
After Reece left Hogwarts he became an Auror. He was a really good one too, but a few months in, he died on the job. Their parents refused to tell Stella the details of his death, only saying that they should never have let him go to Hogwarts and that if it wasn't for magic, he would still be alive. Stella had only received her letter to Hogwarts a few weeks before that, but she knew her parents would never let her go after what had happened.
That night, the night before the first day of school at Hogwarts, she was alone in her room, crying into her pillow. When they got the news that Reece had died, they had all been upset, but in different ways. Stella wanted desperately for her parents to comfort her and be there for her, but they were angry at Reece for wanting to go to Hogwarts and angry at Stella for wanting to go as well, especially after what happened. And so Stella was left to mourn the death of her brother alone. She was so consumed by her grief, it took her a while to realize that there was an owl tapping on her window. He was holding two letters and one had her name on it. When she ripped it open she realized that it was a birthday card from Reece. He must have written it and sent it before he had died. She had been so caught up in the events of the day that she had forgotten it was her birthday.
Dear Stella, Happy 11th birthday, little sis! I hope you have a wonderful day, you deserve it. Your birthday is just in time for you to go to Hogwarts. I assume you've gotten your letter as I did notice some signs of magic when I came to visit. I know Mom and Dad won't want you to go. They're worried about the dangers of me being an Auror, but I wrote a letter for them as well that should help convince them. Give it to them for me, and don't peek! I know you'll want to, but it's for them to read only. You'll also notice there are a few wizarding coins with this letter; buy yourself a treat on the Hogwarts Express. I recommend a chocolate frog or Bertie Botts. Lastly, I want you to know that the Sorting Hat is always right. Whatever house it puts you in, I'll be proud of you. I promise to visit soon, and don't forget to send me lots of owls! I love you, Reece
While reading the letter, Stella cried even harder than before. He had promised to come see her, but of course, that wasn't going to happen now. At least maybe there was a chance that she could still go to Hogwarts. After Stella gave them the other letter and they read it, they said that she would be going to Hogwarts after all. She wasn't sure what Reece had said in his letter to convince them (she didn't read it even though she desperately wanted to!), but it still didn't improve Stella's broken relationship with her parents. They still seemed to be angry at her and although they agreed to drop her off at the train station, they drove in silence the whole way and when they got there they didn't even say goodbye to Stella. And so she boarded the Hogwarts express with tears glistening on her cheeks. She had never felt more alone in her life.
She had a rough start to her year, but it got better when she made the quidditch team as a chaser and later went on to be team captain. She also made a few very close friends who made everything better and although both Stella and her parents are still grieving Reece's death, Stella's parents haven't talked to her since her birthday.