FULL NAME: Miriam Bo Strout AGE / DOB: 44, April 22 1985 BLOOD STATUS: Muggleborn SEXUALITY: Lesbian OCCUPATION: Senior Healer in Spell Damage RESIDENCE: A town house in London with her wife Louise and adopted daughter Mirabelle
HEIGHT/BUILD: 5'11, slim DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: Miriam has a tattoo of a rose on her hip
PERSONALITY: ♥ Helpful - Miriam has grown up in an environment and family that thrived on people helping each other. To this day, she finds it incredibly satisfying to help people and do good by them. This desire, need, to help people is one of the reasons that she became a Healer in the first place
♥ Friendly - Miriam, while she knows it isn't possible she tries to get along with as many people as possible. Or at least be polite if she doesn't like them
♥ Quiet - While she isn't introverted, Miriam was never loud nor the center of the party.
♥ Loving - friend, family or a lost dog it is very easy to find a place in Miram's heart. Over the years she's taken in a number of stray animals and nursed them to health. It's actually one of the reasons she ended up adopting Mirabelle. Besides always having wanted a child of her own, she had met her future daughter at St Mungo's and her mum, a single mother wanted nothing to do with her. She couldn't stand the thought of her going to an orphanage.
♥ Naive - despite everything that she has seen in her life especially since the war has started Miriam still tries to believe that there is good in everyone. While she will never understand Purists a part of her hopes that they will eventually come around and that the war will end quickly. She also tends to believe anything she hears in the rumour mill
♥ Stubborn - Unfortunately, once Miriam gets something into her head she rarely changes her mind on something. First impression often forms her views on a people and if she doesn't like you chances are she won't. Not always the case but it will certainly influence her.
♥ Anxious/Worries a lot - While Miriam knows she's capable she constantly worries about doing something wrong while at work. She never actually has but it still threatens to overwhelm her at times. She's managed to develop a lot of things that helps her overcome this. She also worries about what will happen to her family during the war and has tried her hardest to protect them.
♥ Slightly geeky - Miriam, due to her family has her feet in both worlds. Due to this she understands and gets a lot of pop culture references especially things to do with science-fiction shows. Her sister has cosplayed before so she's aware of that and thinks it could be fun though she's never had the guts to do it
♥ Loves cooking - growing up in a restaurant both in Melbourne and London before she attended Hogwarts meant she learned to appreciate and enjoy cooking a good meal
HOGWARTS HOUSE AND YEAR: Hufflepuff, 1985-1992 NOTABLE HOGWARTS ACTIVITIES: N/A NEWTS: Charms 0, Transfiguration 0, DADA E, Herbology, O, Potions E
FAMILY MEMBERS: other: Juan Li (western style), owns a Chinese Restaurant Father: Phillip Strout, works for Scotland Yard
Partner: Louise ___ (fellow healer at St Mungo's) Adopted daughter: Mirabelle Yu Strout b. July 2 2012
Brother: Joseph Chi Strout, b. 1986 (Muggle) - Works at the family restaurant Sister in law: Mei Wang, b. 1989 (Muggle) - House wife Niece: Lin Strout, b. 2014 (Muggle) Niece: An Strout, b. 2016 (Muggle)
Sister: Lillian An Strout, b. 1989 - Primary Teacher Brother in law: Patrick Waters b. 1983 (Muggle) - Primary Teacher
Sister: Mary Far Strout, b. 1990 - Chef at a Restaurant Brother in law: James Porter b. 1984 (Muggle) - Accountant Nephew: Jun Matthew Porter, b. 2015 (Muggleborn)
Brother: Peter Heng Strout, b. 1996 - Works at the family restaurant Sister in law: Isobelle Byun b. 1996, works in Real Estate (currently pregnant with their first child)
MAJOR EVENTS: ♥ Juan's family had come to Melbourne in the early 1850s, hoping to score some gold for the family. They found some but all in all didn't do that well. Instead of returning to China they opened a Chinese Restaurant in Melbourne on Little Bourke Street which would eventually become to be known as Chinatown. The Restaurant is still there today.
♥ Phillip Strout was quite proud in the fact that he could trace his ancestry on both sides of his family back to the First Fleet which arrived in 1788. His family were, most recently a family of police officers. He met Juan when he responded to an incident outside of her restaurant one evening. The two of them were married two years later.
♥ Miriam Bo Strout was born to her parents just under a year after they were married. She was the first of their five children to be born. She was to be followed by two brothers and two sisters though, the two youngest wouldn't be born until they were in England. Until the age of seven, she was raised with the help of her Maternal grandparents who had moved in with her parents to help raise the family as both her parents worked. As she grew older, Miriam would help her Grandmother look after her younger siblings.
♥ Miriam was a friendly child and loved learning things but most of all she loved being around her family and friends. She couldn't wait until she was able to start working in the Chinese Restaurant.
♥ When she was not quite six, her grandparents had passed away just months previously leaving her devastated, her parents announced that they were going to move to England. Her father, though she didn't know at the time, had been having problems at work and through an old University friend, managed to secure a job at Scotland Yard.
♥ At first, England was a scary place for her. She didn't understand it nor did she understand why they were moving across the world. The only good thing was that she didn't have to learn another language. By this time she was fairly fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) as well as English. The announcement that they were moving to England heralded, Miriam's first bout of accidental magic when she broke the windows in their living room. Her parents were confused but eventually, they put it down to an earth tremor that they hadn't felt.
♥ Eight months after they arrived in England, her mother gave birth to their fourth child and youngest daughter, Mary Far was born. By now, Miriam was happy to and expected to be allowed to help raise her siblings, which gave her something to focus on.
♥ Between helping with her siblings, school and spending time with the friends she had managed to make the years flew past and before she knew it, it was her eleventh birthday. It was also the day that her life changed. Just before the family sat down to dinner, the family received a visitor dressed in the oddest robes that they had seen. This visitor explained that Miriam was a witch and had been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
♥ It took a long time for the family and Miriam to be convinced as she'd only ever had the one obvious incident of accidental magic, with the windows back in Melbourne. In the end, they were convinced and agreed to Miriam attending Hogwarts for a year. If she didn't like it she would be withdrawn and enrolled at the local high school like they were currently planning on doing.
♥ September 1st rolled around and Miriam was sorted into Hufflepuff. It didn't take her long to settle into school and soon found that she loved it. It was an entirely new experience for her. She was homesick at first, it was the first time that she had been away from her parents and siblings for her entire life outside school camps that happened once a year. It was during this first week that she met a fellow witch, Phillipa, in her house who, along with the head of Hufflepuff, helped her settle in. The two of them would be best friends until she was killed not long after she graduated from Hogwarts from an inoperable brain tumour. It was this event that convinced Miriam that she would become a Healer, something she had already been considering.
♥ While, Miriam turned out to be the only magical child in her family, she loved Hogwarts. She did well at her subjects and had a number of other close friends that she adored. She might not have been Prefect, Head Girl of participated in many of the clubs at school but she wasn't a slouch either.
♥ Leaving Hogwarts, she considered attending Muggle University briefly but instead applied directly to St Mungo's where she was accepted. She wasn't the smartest but she was always in the top three due to how hard she worked at her studies. Before she knew it she was being raised up to Junior Healer and chose to specialise in Spell Damage, having completed her three years of training.
♥ She spent the next five years working in Spell Damage before she was hired by the Ministry to work at St Mungo's. She loved her work and was glad to have made this decision.
♥ It wasn't long after she was moved up from Junior Healer that she met Louise. She had known for a number of years that she liked women in a romantic and sexual sense, though she hadn't told anyone other than her eldest sister and Phillipa who she had sworn both to keep the secret. While her parents weren't conservative she was worried about how they would react to her falling in love with a woman. Eventually, though, her relationship with Louise become so serious that she told them. They informed her that they were fine with it and had actually expected it for quite some time as she hadn't dated boys really all of her life.
♥ Thirteen years later, Miriam, who always wanted a child came across a baby girl only hours old who's mother had all but abandoned. After discussing with Louise, she legally adopted the child calling her Mirabelle (or Belle for short) Yu Strout, maintaining the family tradition of having a Western First name and a Chinese Middle name.
♥ By this time, Miriam had been transferred to the Janus Thickney ward and had also been promoted to the rank of Senior Healer within the ward. While it wasn't the most challenging of Wards, she found the work rewarding in that she was dedicated to keeping them comfortable. She worked closely with the families of the patients that she did all that she could to help cure the patients though for the most part, it was impossible. That didn't mean she would ever stop trying though.
♥ Miriam, while despite never facing overt racism in her life, looked at how the Death Eaters and Purists were treating Muggleborns and refused to sit by and do nothing. They were magical just like them. So, after discussing it with her friends they launched Muggleborns Against Discrimination, a 'grassroots activist group' aimed at changing peoples opinions on Muggleborns. While the majority of people tend to treat them alright there is still a lot of room for improvement. She doesn't want Mirabelle or her nephew, once he starts Hogwarts to be faced with any discrimination over something they had no say in.
♥ While she will never go against her Hippocratic Oath and not heal someone, she has no hesitancy in reporting people to the DMLE if she has absolute proof of wrongdoing.
AFFILIATION: St Mungos / Muggleborns Against Discrimination WHO DID YOUR CHARACTER VOTE FOR? Millicent Bagnold BELIEFS: She gets why the Order is doing what they're doing, even if she'd prefer that they worked within the law she logically knows it isn't always possible. It's just not for her to work outside of the law. She supports what they do and if need be would heal any of them on the side outside of St Mungo's if it came to it. She's a firm believer in equality and what Bagnold and the Order are doing. She's strongly against any form of blood purity, viewing it as a type of racism just not against where you are from but who you were born too which is even more ridiculous than racism in the Muggle world is. She has a lot of strong feelings about this and will let you know if you get her going.
She lives half in the Magical world and half in the Muggle world, still having a lot of close contact with her family and keeping up with the Muggle media. She would love to see the two worlds connect further, especially the introduction of TV and Movies to the Magical world would be cool. She'll make a lot of references to recent Muggle movies - Star Wars? Star Trek? Lord of the Rings? she'll quote them all - and tv shows just to see how people react.
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