|The Spear red as fire|
Iyo, Shikoku, Japan
Also lived in Killarney, Ireland and in Kyoto, Japan. His family moved to Kyoto a few years after his birth and connected the house, they had there, with and old inherited Burke family residence in Killarney, via a portkey, in the shape of a Geisha statue. When he played for the Toyohashi Tengu Quidditch team, he resided for a while in Tokyo and Osaka, before moving to Ireland and getting himself a house on the coast of Kerry, close to Kenmare.
◆ Father: Harada Satoru - Muggle - Japanese, Athlete
◆ Mother: Deirdre, nee Burke - Witch/Slytherin - Irish of birth, Hit Wizard at the MoM of UK
◆ Big Bro': Quinn (34) - Muggle/Squib - Irish folk artist (dancer, musician, singer), lives in Killarney, county of Kerry.
◆ Big Sis': Aina (31) - Witch/Slytherin - MoM, Department of Magical Law Enforcement, Wizengamot Administration Services
◆ Lil' Bro': Finn (24) - Wizard/Slytherin - Magical Law Enforcement Patrol
◆ Lil' Sis': Nessa (22) - Muggle/Squib - College Student in Japan
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Gryffindor House. Interestingly enough he was a bit of a hatstall between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff (for about 1 minute), but in the end his courage, stubbornness and inner fire won over his kind and gentle heart.
N.E.W.T. in Charms (Exceeds Expectations), DADA (Outstanding), Transfiguration (Exceeds Expectations), History of Magic (Exceeding Expectations), Arithmancy (Exceeding Expectations) and Herbology (Acceptable).
His favorite charms are incendio and protego, his patronus has the form of a Griffin.
His wand core is made of Phoenix feather, inserted into a 12 1/2' Red Oak wand of quite flexible quality.
He’s the sorta person that marches to the pace of his own drums, free and unbound, hotheaded and not bowing away from his principles and conviction. Not a flashy person by default, he’s the sort that sticks out through his natural charm, rather than doing it grand.
Sano was born to a muggle father and a wizard mother in the town of Iyo on the island of Shikoku in Japan. His mother, Irish of birth, worked for the Ministry of Magic of the UK as a Hit Wizard, a line of work that had brought her to the far away lands in Asia, where she met the accomplished athlete and muggle, that she fell in love with and eventually married. Revealing her heritage to her fiance right after he proposed, a trust and a deep bond had formed between the couple, one that had given birth to many children.
Such was the environment that Sano had grown up in. Raised in a modern and tolerant family, he has little understanding for judgement and intolerance. His mother stayed in office, working for the Ministry of Magic for long years, travelling between Japan and the UK several times, usually accompanied by some of her children, to teach them about the other part of their heritage. This sort of upbringing enabled Sano an education at the prestigious Hogwarts, followed by a star career as a Keeper in Quidditch, a sport that he quickly learned to love due to the athletic abilities bestowed upon him by his father and having inherited the strength, determination and fighting qualities - and also the hot temper and red hair - from his mother.
After he finished his studies, he returned to Japan to play for the Toyohashi Tengu, but due to some personal differences he returned two years later to the UK to join the team of Kenmare Kestrels, where he gained the nickname ‘fire spear’ or ‘fire wall’ of defense, or ‘the infernal rear guard’, due to his sharp and fast way of playing and unyielding defense. He had been awarded on many occassions and was known as one of the most prolific and most fearless of all keepers. He holds a record of kept quaffles, which remains unsurpassed even after his retirement, about 3 years ago. His retirement might have also been a consequence of his prowess in the sport. During one game, for the Kestrels, he had been hexed, by an unknown suspect.
Unfortunately, due to this curse, he is unable to stay in the air for a prolonged time, the amount of which depends on the strain that's put on his body. If he's just flying around, taking a trip, or referring a game, he lasts longer, but playing professional Quidditch is neigh on impossible. He was forced to quit and after taking some time off to recover and decide what he wants to do, he had went through the Quidditch referee tests, trainings and trials at the Department of Magical Sports and took on raising new potential talents - a thing he sincerely enjoys. He had been in luck, because after serving Hogwarts for a great couple of years, Madame Hooch had decided to retire and the school had been looking for a suitable replacement, which they found in Sano.
His caring and unambitious personality, combined with his love for kids made him love teaching more than playing, a thing he didn’t thought of possible. But to him there’s really nothing more rewarding than watch the first year’s features brighten with awe, after the initial fear settles and they discover they can soar up to sky.
He’s pretty good at charms and capable at transfiguration, his strongest subject, besides flying and quidditch had always been the practical side of defense against dark arts, in short everything that he can use his body and his skills to master, instead of his head. He’s got a good mind, a sharp wit and great intuition, instincts, perspicacity and perception, but all of them honed more through experience and a feel for how to do things, rather than academic knowledge, thus making subjects like Potions an eternal suffering. He was reasonably good at Herbology and History of Magic however, the latter simply because he's good at understanding people and seeing the connections and coherence, that give a complete picture, the former when it came to applying herbal knowledge to benefit the body. He’ll never be able to brew you a cure for boils, but he’ll know exactly which plants and herbs are healthy for you, or what to eat when you want to strengthen your immunity, or build up muscle.
|Sano and his Parents|
Satoru and Deirdre loved each other dearly, a fact that is cemented in the amount of offspring they had produced. But as things are, love isn’t always enough and if there are 4 wizards in your family, things are never easy and random explosions, inexplicable malfunctions and crazy toys that you never imagined existed are just the start.
While Satoru was someone who generally enjoyed a little craziness in his life, when you’re constantly faced with it, but unable to take part in it, or understand the entirety of it, it puts a strain on you. Objects that take you across the world within minutes, paintings that create passages to other places, hidden corners full of strange things beyond your imagination, an entire world of magic, that you can enter, but never grasp…
Living with a witch was harder than anyone would have expected. While there were only the two of them it was interesting, fun and adventurous. When there were three kids, two of which had inherited their mother’s abilities, it started to get even crazier, but in spite of one thing or another blowing up at random times, it was still manageable and worth the joy. When those kids started growing up, going to school and entering that world, that you were denied, moving through it with ease, while asking you to buy them things and support them because “Daddy you have no idea how important this is”, it started being overwhelming and maybe a little hurtful. But you endured, because you loved them, you loved this crazy family and didn’t want to let it go at any cost.
But the years carried on, there were O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s and choosing a profession and another two kids, and things randomly blowing up again, and you still endured, even though you were at the end with your nerves, your strength, your endurance and patience, and you still didn’t fully understand that world, feeling the distance grow, seeing your sons and daughters become someone great and amazing, in a world that was, even after years spent in it, completely alien to you.
And when the last grasp you had on reality, your youngest wizard child was about to enter that world, go to school and grow up to be a great wizard, you found you couldn’t do this again. Couldn’t watch him walk through that veil, that separated your world from their, without being able to follow them.
So you gave up.
On the summer, when Sano finished his 4th year at Hogwarts (a week before turning 15) and returned for the holiday, he had found, their parents had divorced.
Sano and his father
Sano had always had a close relationship with his father and up to today he says, that everything he’s ever become, he owes to his father. It was his father who had hammered the habit of morning practice into him, so that no matter the weather, or how the night before had been, Sano can’t begin a day without a proper work out. This had proved especially beneficial when he had started his Quidditch career and does a great job at maintaining a healthy way of life and provided him with a good time management. Getting up early means you’ll have the entire day for yourself. Although, let it be said that Sano isn’t even close to being a morning person. He’ll still get up and work out though.
Having an ambitious Slytherin pureblood as a mother, the carefree Sano, who couldn’t brew a potion to save his life and had his head more in the clouds and on the quidditch field (and later in the bed - with which I don’t mean sleeping), than in the classroom, didn’t exactly match into her picture of a docile, perfect child. He had never had ambitions like working for the ministry of magic, dreaming of a career. His dreams had always been more about a carefree life, filled with fun and love, doing the things that he liked to do and was good at and finding someone he can share them with.
While this made his mother crazy, his father had always been his biggest support. It was his father that had always told him to do what makes him happy, to do what he wants to do, to follow his heart and his dreams. It had always been his father whom Sano had dragged into Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to buy him the latest Skiving Snackboxes, Aviatomobiles, Boxing telescopes and other stuff he could prank people with.
So when one day he came back for the summer holidays, only to find his father gone and his parents divorced, without any warning or prelude, after having celebrated a beautiful Christmas only half a year ago, it crushed him. He had felt abandoned and betrayed by the man that had meant everything to him. It was his father who had taught him, that family was the greatest treasure in the whole world, the self-same man that had abandoned said family. The part of him that had never grown up, also never understood how his father could have done such a thing, and the same part had been unable to forgive the man for so long. Declaring that he never wanted to see him again, he broke up every contact and ignored every letter, until they stopped coming.
He still loves his father and is grateful to him, yet he feels resentment and anger towards him. Up to today the issue remains unresolved.
What he doesn’t know is, that his father had still found a way to see him, even if they didn’t remain in contact. Having been always proud of his son, Satoru kept himself up to date with what happened to his boy (and his other children) and when he had found out, that his son had become a Quidditch player, poked and prodded for long enough to find a way to a Quidditch field. While Sano was playing for the Toyohashi Tengu, his father had watched every game that was held in Japan.
Sano is a kind and gentle person, if not stubborn and hot-tempered. Easy-going and laid back the most of times, he is the kind of person that will be everyone’s big brother, but will not forgive when someone hurts his close ones. Usually reasonable, he won’t however tolerate injustice and any kind of discrimination.
He’s a good listener and counselor, will hear you out and give advice as best as he can.
He’s usually happy and high-spirited, loves to flirt and drink, but it has to be said that he genuinely cares for his partners. He’ll never try hurting you - unless it’s, ahem, desired - and if he does, he’ll spend an entire lifetime repenting. He has a recessive penchant for mothering, that can grow really fierce when triggered.
He’s always smiling, but a lot of those smiles can be sad. His motto is “Happiness comes to those that smile”, so he’s definitely the type that never complains, just does what he does. When he actually starts complaining about everything and everyone, consider him wasted and make sure to secure the bottle of whatever he’s drinking out of his reach, and get him home. Somehow. If he’s only started to strip and dance, it’s fine. He’s still a happy drunk~ :D
|Sexuality and Relationships|
Orientation: Bisexual, on a Kinsey scale of 2.5
When it comes to choosing his partners, either gender is fine, though he tends more towards female partners than males, but he won’t reject either when he’s in the mood and the person within the realm of possibilities. He’s pretty versatile and believes that everything that feels good, is good. He’s the type to take care of his partners, give pleasure and be happy to receive it. It’s also very important to him that he and his partner are on equal grounds when it comes to the emotional bond. One night stands and friends with benefits are fine, but if there are deeper feelings in play, it’s important they’re mutual. He never promises what he can’t give and he expect equal treatment from his partner. He’s okay with multiple partners, but it has to be in the open and clear, with the consent of all involved. There’s one thing that Sano never does in a relationship and that’s cheating.
Image credit here, here, here and here for Sano, for the Kestrels logo here and here for the Griffin.
All informations about Wandlore are quoted from Pottermore
The text about the Griffin is, with some alterations taken by me, quoted from here and here.
Wand edit by me, didn't save the source sadly enough though. One of those wand selling sites.
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