Hippolytus Botts
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Personal Information
Name Hippolytus Botts
Birthdate 25, (2073)
Blood Status Pureblood
Place of Birth Penzance, England
Occupation Auror; Department of Magical Law Enforcement, British Ministry of Magic
School Information
Schools Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Houses Hufflepuff
N.E.W.T.s • Charms - O
• D.A.D.A - O
• Herbology - E
• Potions - E
• Transfiguration - E
• Care of Magical Creatures - O
Possessions
Wand 13 in. Hawthorn with hippogryph feather
Broom Firefly
Pets Winifred, barn owl
Other • aluminum water bottle
• hippo keychain - attached to a ring of important keys, of course
• a beater's bat, signed by the 2060 British National Quidditch team

Overview

Hip Botts is on the smaller side. Some might say that could be why he wears a lot of distractingly bright colors and prints - like a moth having huge eyes on its wings. Or it could be that what pleases him most about Muggle attire is its liberating opportunities in color and form. Hip's artistic soul is often evident in his attire, while little thought is ever given to his hair - a mop of loose brown curls that hangs in one, the other or both brown eyes. He does keep a semi-constant companion in the form of a straw fedora, but this is readily swapped out (in its best interest) for a flight helmet and goggles for some intense brooming.

  • Height: 169 cm
  • Weight: 58 kg
  • Distinguishing Features: A small splat of curse-scarring on the underside of his left arm.

Personality

For the most part, Hip is a reliable, charitable and decent person. He was sorted into Hufflepuff, always remembers birthdays, takes remarkable good care of his owl, and uses magic responsibly. He is so respectable, in fact, that it shouldn’t really surprise anyone to discover that the smiling young man has also: bitten a fellow student’s ear off, famously ended a duel with the clever use of a steel folding chair, choked out a perp through the busted windshield of a stolen flying car, got blackout drunk at a Ministry picnic and all but reenacted the Lokisenna, and came to blows with a centaur - your best guess who won. Yes, little Hip Botts has a bit of a violent anger problem, but it lies so distantly at the end of an acreage of fuse that it seldom causes problems for him that can’t be resolved with an earnest apology.

Notable Skills

He can unwrap an opal fruit with his tongue.
Hip can also dance like you would not expect a small British man to be able to dance.

Magical Skills

  • Strengths:
    • Occulumency and Legilimency. Arguably, this is his best technical area, but it is far from his favorite field to perform in.
    • Curses and Curse-breaking. More up Hip's personal alley is rolling up is sleeves and duking it out with curses.
  • Weaknesses:
    • Potions. Hip fought harder than he's ever fought (excluding that time with the centaur) for that E in potions and promptly tried to forget everything he'd learned after graduation. He still carries a "cheat sheet" for the damn things.
    • Nonverbal casting. Sometimes his wand will simply resist a nonverbal command - a little like missing the lightswitch when trying to switch it on.
    • Divination. Lol, what?
  • Notable Abilities:
    • Corporeal Patronus. Hippopotamus. Yeah. H i p p o p o t a m u s.

Brief History

Yes. That Botts, but no, he apologizes that he cannot fix you up with any free candy. It was a distant branch of the family tree that made the name famous – all Hip has to do is keep it respectable. He was doing a reasonably good job of it too (excusing one incident of ear-biting in the Quidditch stands) until his father went bankrupt just before Hip’s last year at Hogwarts and he only managed to squeak by to graduation by becoming abruptly engaged to a witch from a wealthy American family. Unfortunately, the two families soon discovered that they hated each other on principle and so for five long years, the engagement has been on and off, all depending on the Botts’s financial climate and who said what about whom at whose dinner party. Just to be safe, Hip proceeded as decently as he could manage and dutifully keeps Cornelia Whitaker’s picture in his office at the Ministry. Refreshingly on his own merits, Hip was able to begin training as an Auror pretty much directly out of Hogwarts.

But just as his training began, long-simmering conflicts erupted and the young man was thrown abruptly into a war he'd had very little time for which to prepare himself. When the Ministry was overthrown and the Department of Aurors became violently polarized, Hip and a few comrades were holed up within the Ministry itself, first fighting the coup in the labyrinth like halls and then finally fighting to get themselves out in one piece. Many of their members fell and a few more were captured. Hip and the rest remained hidden in London, trying to organize a rescue mission, but their efforts were ultimately thwarted and their leaders were executed. Those left in this splinter group finally fled London, chased down into the Yorkshire moors where they managed to remain hidden until they got word of a larger counter attack organizing to reclaim the ministry from Kali and her followers. During those years, Hip lost many mentors and friends and his skills as an Auror developed only as a result of grueling application.

And then it was over. He had a cubicle and a 9-5 schedule and he went to dinner parties with the Whitakers every few months. And anyone who is a proper British wizard doesn't bring up the war at the table…

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