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20 Random Facts About Katie Bell

Title: 20 Random Facts about Katie Bell
Author: letsgokomets
Rating: PG, just to be on the safe side
Warning(s): None, other than spoilers for DH.
Disclaimer: I'll put JKR's toys back in their boxes when I'm finished with them.
Author's Note(s): Inspired by the Harry Potter Random Facts Fest.  I haven't written anything remotely creative in almost three years, and never anything for the HP fandom, so this is my attempt to get my feet wet. I probably won't submit this as an official entry to the Random Facts Fest, but the Fest has some brilliant entries and inspired me to try writing again. 

1. Katie loves Muggle music. She was introduced to it by her father, a Wizard whose obsession with all things Muggle is surpassed only by Arthur Weasley. One day when she was eight, the two of them ventured into Muggle London, where they found a fascinating second-hand shop. After spending the better part of an afternoon in the dark and musty shop, they left carrying a box of toy cars, a stack of Muggle albums and a record player. She still loves spending rainy afternoons listening to her favorite bands (the Beatles, the Zombies, the Kinks and Cream) on the battered record player her father charmed to play without using eccentricity…elasticity…ecumenicity…ecclesiasticality…a Muggle power source.

2. She goes through at least two packs of cinnamon gum every day. It helps her concentrate during classes and the Quidditch pitch. She was forced to master an advanced Unsticking Charm during second year because of all the times she fell asleep with gum in her mouth and woke up to find it stuck in her hair.

3. The mere prescence of Oliver Wood makes her dizzy and light-headed. Even after all this time. This makes Katie quite perplexed, as she likes to think of herself as a sensible person.

4. If she’s being honest with herself, Oliver is the main reason she tried out for the House team.

5. She’s really, really ashamed of herself for #4.

6. She was quite pleased during those first team tryouts when she showed she possessed a natural aptitude for the sport. She has razor-sharp reflexes, great hand-eye coordination and is a talented flyer.

7. When the Quidditch season was cancelled early due to another attack by the Basilisk, it was Katie who was left to calm down a nearly-suicidal Oliver Wood. She berated him for a full ten minutes, calling him a stupid, selfish git (among other things) while he stood there just gaping at her. After running out of insults to scream at him, she was so wracked by guilt and disconcerted by the silence filling the room that she leaned over and kissed his still-gaping mouth. For a full ten minutes.

8. Katie is afraid of owls. She always dreaded the daily post delivery at Hogwarts when dozens of owls would swoop into the Great Hall. She supposes it's a very un-Gryffindor fear to have, but she can't help it. She blames it on her family's slightly-deranged owl, Barabajagal, who loved nothing more than to chase her around the kitchen when she was young.

9. When Sirius Black broke into the school and all the students had to camp out in the Great Hall, a determined Katie shoved an unsuspecting sixth year out of the way so she could position her sleeping bag nearer to Oliver. They each slept with an arm outstretched at a funny angle, their fingers entertwined, until that nosy prat Percy Weasley pried their hands apart around 3 A.M.

10. She has been known to jinx any classmates who dare tease her about Oliver’s surname.

11. Katie’s wand is 9 ¼ inches long, mulberry with a phoenix feather core. It was the twenty-third wand she tried at Ollivander’s.

12. Katie went to the Yule Ball with Cormac McClaggen. Despite stressing to him that they were going only as friends, Cormac squeezed her bum during the first dance, prompting her to kick him in the shin and threaten to curse his bits off.

13. She spent the rest of the evening playing Exploding Snap in the Common Room with the Creevey Brothers. She thought they were rather sweet boys, if a little excitable, and she quite enjoyed herself.

14. Every year on Christmas, she Apparates to a Muggle cemetery after dark and places flowers on Colin’s grave. Muggles who pass through in the days and weeks afterwards marvel at the bouquet of fresh-cut flowers on the Creevey boy’s grave that refuse to die in the freezing cold and snow.

15. She did think Gilderoy Lockhart was extremely good-looking. It was three years after he was exposed as a fraud before she could bear to throw away the Defense Against the Dark Arts essays marked in lilac ink in Lockhart’s flowery, flourishing writing.

16. Even though it’s been nearly four years, Katie still feels guilty about being placed under the Imperius Curse. Oliver has explained to her hundreds of times that it wasn’t something she could have prevented, but she’s not sure she believes him. If only she’d heeded fake- Professor Moody’s advice and been more vigilant…

17. She once told Oliver she’s glad she’s the one that touched the cursed necklace and that she wasn’t able to deliver it to the intended victim. It was the first time she ever saw him cry.

18. Oliver calls her “Katie Kat” when they’re alone.

19. The night Harry returned to Hogwarts and the alert went out to the members of the D.A., Katie didn’t even think of not returning to the school to fight. The possibility of dying never crossed her mind; she was too consumed by the thought of fighting those that had sent her Muggle-born friends into hiding and taken away five months of her life. To her surprise, Oliver (who’d become a bit over-protective since the affair of the necklace) didn’t even try to stop her. They held hands as they Apparated to the Hog's Head.

20. Hours later, as Madam Pomfrey attended to her broken leg, the school in shambles around them, Oliver delivered the news that Fred and Colin and Professor Lupin were dead. She felt old at eighteen.

Comments

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ema_kala
Mar. 5th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Hi, found you through the latest writers block.
I know this entry is a bit old but I think I'm in love with it. Olivers too.
They are adorable and amazing!
:D
amyofaquitaine
Mar. 6th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
OMG, thank you! You have no idea how much that means to me. I think you're the first person who's ever read them, lol.

Thanks for reading & commenting! I'm so glad you liked it. <3
brown_eyed_nerd
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I always liked Katie. At one point, I wanted to be named Katie. On the topic at hand, I really liked this list and now I want to read Oliver's.
amyofaquitaine
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Yay, for somebody else reading this, lol! I've always been curious about the 'minor Gryffindors' and I was reading list-fics at this one LJ comm, and this came about. Thanks for reading it :)
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