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20 Random Facts About Oliver Wood

Title: 20 Random Facts about Oliver Wood
Author: amyofaquitaine
Rating: PG, just to be on the safe side
Warning(s): None
Disclaimer: I'll put JKR's toys back in their boxes when I'm finished with them.
Author's Note(s): Written for the Harry Potter Random Facts Fest, hosted by iulia_linnea, but not submitted because I'm chicken.  I 've just started writing again after almost three years, so I'm still trying to revive my Muse. When I get back into the swing of things, maybe I'll even post a fic where someone will read it!

This fic won't make much sense unless you read my 20 Random Facts About Katie Bell first. 

1. Amortentia smells like broomstick wax, the leather of a brand new Quaffle and cinnamon gum to Oliver. 

2. Yes, he’s Scottish. Yes, he’s worn a kilt on numerous occasions. No, he doesn’t wear anything under the kilt. Don't ask him about it again.

3. If he’d been able to go on to NEWT level Potions, he's pretty sure he would have tried to brew some Draught of Living Death to drop into the Slytherin team’s pumpkin juice. Katie tells him he never would’ve gotten away with it because everyone in the entire school would’ve known he was the culprit.

4. He once thought Harry’s Nimbus 2000 was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen. Then he started noticing Katie. Not even the Firebolt Harry later received could hold a candle to the small, blonde girl with the fiery temper.

5. Oliver has read Quidditch Through the Ages sixty-four times, even though he has it memorized word-for-word. 

6. The Woods and the Flints have been feuding for three generations. His grandfather, Barclay Wood, often reminisces on his epic battles with Eulius Flint during meetings of the Gobstones club. His father, Irving, once played a Wizards Chess game with Simon Flint that went on for two days (this particular game ended in a draw, as the board was knocked over when the two resorted to fisticuffs). Oliver is very proud to carry on the family tradition.

7. Contrary to popular belief, Oliver did not take a Bludger to the head during his first Quidditch match and wake up a week later in the hospital wing. He’s not sure how this annoyingly persistent rumor got started; he suspects Flint had something to do with it.

8. Oliver always hated Herbology. It aggravated his allergies.
 

9. He has lucky socks that were given to him by his paternal grandmother. He wore them during every Quidditch match at Hogwarts. Perhaps if he’d worn them during exams, he would’ve gotten more than five OWLs.

10. He’s never told anyone (not even Katie) that Flint once broke two of Oliver’s fingers during a pre-match handshake. He played the game in pain and was thankful that Harry caught the Snitch quickly. As the rest of the team headed off to celebrate with their housemates in the common room, Oliver snuck off to see Madam Pomfrey in the hospital wing. She mended the bones in seconds and gave her word she wouldn’t tell a soul about it.

11. Oliver was afraid Katie would hex him the first time he called her "Katie Kat". 

12. Oliver was intrigued by the sound of the Muggle sport "basketball" when Harry mentioned it to him during his first Quidditch lesson. He borrowed one of Percy's Muggle Studies textbooks later that evening to read up on it. He was not impressed. Where's the challenge in a game that uses only one ball, is played on the ground, and uses only one hoop for each team, with no one to guard it?

13. He actually likes Cockroach Clusters. Katie refuses to kiss him after he eats them. 

14. Oliver is still a bit disappointed he wasn't at Hogwarts the year of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. He would've loved the chance to talk to Quidditch with Viktor Krum.

15. If Oliver hadn't been taken on by Puddlemere United, he would want to have Madam Hooch's job. He thinks introducing young witches and wizards to flying would be very rewarding.

16. Oliver's most prized possession is the scale model Quidditch field his parents bought him after he was named captain of the Gryffindor team. He's lost count of the hours he spent over the years, prodding the figures around the pitch with this wand, thinking up elaborate plays and defenses.

17. He refused to talk to the Weasley twins for two weeks when they got ahold of his scale model Quidditch field and charmed the figures to commit unspeakable acts with each other.

18. He always thought Flint was stupid for not allowing girls to try out for the Slytherine Quidditch team. Angelina, Katie and Alicia were three of the most talented Chasers he's ever seen, period.

19. Oliver has only cried four times as an adult. The first was in his seventh year when Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup. The second time was when Katie told him she was glad she was the one hurt by the cursed necklace. The third was when he couldn’t find Katie after the Battle of Hogwarts.

20. He cried the hardest when he found Katie at the top of the Astronomy tower, unconscious and with a broken leg, but alive and otherwise whole.
 

Comments

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brown_eyed_nerd
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
I like that Oliver wasn't the idiot I kind of thought he was.

1. cinnamon gum!
2. Hi-frickin-larious.
3. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (so true).
4. Aww.
5. I'm not at all surprised.
6. As he should be.
7. So he lied in the movie?
8. Ollie has sinus problems just like normal humans. Good for him.
9. I wish I had lucky socks.
10. Wow. Just...wow.
11. Heeheehee.
12. Where indeed.
13. Cockroach Clusters sound disgusting.
14. Of course.
15. That's sweet.
16. I knew it!
17. What "unspeakable acts" exactly?
18. Ollie's not sexist! Yay!
19. Real men aren't afraid to cry.
20. AWW!
amyofaquitaine
Mar. 13th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
I just sort of thought Oliver would be sweet & borderline mushy under all the jock stuff, lol. I never thought him to be stupid, mainly because 95% of the 'jocks' I went to school with were really, really intelligent. And I sort of love movie!Oliver, so that had something to do with it, too.

#7 He totally lied to Harry. He's a lying liar who lies! (I remember when I wrote this, I had 'the real reason' he was in the hospital wing for a week, but I can't remember my 'theory'!)
#12 Oliver is totally voicing my opinion of basketball there.
#17 Well, you know how the twins are... ;)
#18 I always thought he treated the girls on the team the same and I'm thinking in one of his epic speeches, he complimented the Chasers as being the best and they were all girls. He's so ~forward-thinking~ lol.
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