Name: Lydia Caoimhe* Waters
Nickname: LC/Elsie, Lyd, Lyddie
Date of Birth: June 30
Hometown: A posh wizarding community near Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
Heritage: ? Irish, ? English, ? French
Language: English, some French & Italian that she picked up in culinary school
Career: Executive Chef at Vita
Alignment: Carefully neutral, partially undecided. She was raised to sympathize with Voldemort and has several Death Eaters scattered amongst her aunts, uncles, and cousins, but she has gotten to know and respect too many muggles, muggleborns and halfbloods to jump on the bandwagon. At the same time, she can't bring herself to fully commit to their cause.
Blood Status: Pureblood
House: Ravenclaw Alumnus
Best Class: Potions
Worst Class: Divination
Wand: Cherry and phoenix feather
Bogart: An Inferius
Father: Adrien Waters
Mother: Sinead Waters nee Quirke
Younger Sister: Clover Waters, 19
Paternal Grandfather: Martin Waters
Paternal Grandmother: Edith Waters nee de B?chameil
Maternal Grandfather: Seamus Quirke
Maternal Grandmother: Caitlin Quirke nee Sherry
Hair Color: Dark red-auburn, naturally dark brown. Long, straight, and parted to one side, usually held back in a disheveled bun.
Eye Color: Blue
Weight: 135 lbs
Skin Tone: Fair, lightly freckled
Color of Choice: Cobalt blue
Distinguishing Features: A realistic, black and white tattoo of a cabbage on her left shoulder. She has a few dark birthmarks visible on her neck and arms.
Attire: On the job, Lydia wears a fitted blue chef jacket and either a long skirt or pants, and she will usually tie a bandana around her hairline. For formalwear, she favors elegant, flattering dresses in jewel tones. She is not particularly shy of deep, eye-catching colors. Casually, Lydia likes dresses, snuggly cardigans, t-shirts, fitted jeans, and combat boots.
Other: Rumor has it that Lydia has not been seen out in public without cat-eye eyeliner since her fifth year, and indeed she has a bit of a kittenish look about her. She also looks tired, but 12-14 hour workdays will do that to a person. Her figure is a slender hourglass shape, but her waist is not narrow enough for a true hourglass. She has a 34C-cup chest and she looks rather soft overall. Her lips are moderately full with a distinct cupid?s bow. Her elegantly long-fingered hands are covered in cut and burn scars, and are quite calloused. Her ears were once pierced several times each, but all of the holes have since closed up; you can see where they once were upon close inspection.
Best Qualities: Passionate, intense, driven, creative, kind, funny, confident, neat, perfectionist
Worst Qualities: Demanding, controlling, egotistical, neat freak, often antisocial, ditzy, flippant, perfectionist
Likes: Cooking, food, experimenting, fine whiskey, butter, sharp knives, interior decorating, autumn days and summer nights, hot steam in her face
Dislikes: People who show up late to work or try to undermine her in the kitchen, rude or difficult customers, raw shellfish, laziness, roaches
Pet Peeves: Dirty kitchens, how impossible it seems to ever make a sink look clean, Crisco
Overview: A very strong-willed perfectionist, Lydia has a rough, businesslike shell that protects a kind, creative, and deeply passionate interior. She has a good social presence but tends to not be the most socially graceful person ever: she can come off as flippant and rude if she isn?t making a conscious effort to be amiable. She also has a tendency to sound like a ditz because of the way she meters her speech. Don?t be mislead by that or her pretty looks? Lydia is intelligent, driven and motivated for success, and is also a formidable witch. There is a very calculating intensity, manifested as a raging fire in her blue eyes, that would make some people swear up and down that she was destined for Slytherin. The only thing that rivals her ambition is her relentless lust for creation, her love of food, and her talent for combining the two.
When you get down to the bottom of things, Lydia is also very sweet. She demands a lot from her kitchen staff but always tries to have praise wherever there is also criticism. She is not good at voicing apologies, but is good at acting them. She loves to cook for other people, and she daydreams about orchestrating get-togethers and parties that she will likely never have the time, or friends, to actually make reality. Most of all, she loves to curl up with a book and a glass of whiskey in front of the fireplace after an exhausting day.
Career: ?Iron Chef Lydia Waters.?
Love: Between her stubborn independence and demanding job, Lydia has never had a very serious boyfriend, and has become quite a fan of the casual encounter. She isn't actively seeking love, she figures she'll find it when she finds it. She has a thing for artists and musicians.
Family: To have one, someday, after she has found the right man and the right time in her career.
Friendship: To build strong, synergistic friendships with creative, driven people and potential business partners; to filter out the fakes and backstabbers.
Objects: Inferi, centipedes, millipedes. The deep fryer has always unnerved her, but she isn?t afraid of it per se.
People: Voldemort and Fenrir Greyback
Situations: Giving someone food poisoning, bad reviews, a Death Eater/Order of the Phoenix showdown in her restaurant
Feelings: Being humbled or humiliated, betrayal
(Work in Progress) Lydia?s lineage is full of modestly wealthy but not particularly notable wizarding families. Her parents? marriage was the result of an arranged marriage, and while it worked for them they are not particularly interested in subjecting their children to the same fate? as long as they marry purebloods. This isn?t to say that Sinead and Adrien Waters are fanatic supporters of The Dark Lord, they follow him more out of fear and the fact that the superiority of pureblooded wizards has always been a simple truth that they were raised on, and their parents and grandparents and great grandparents were raised on. They are open-minded to venturing into the muggle world, but believe that the two worlds should ultimately be kept separate.
Having been eleven at the time that the infant Harry Potter famously ended Voldemort?s first war, Lydia remembers it all quite well. She also remembers how devoutly her parents swore loyalty to Voldemort, but never joined the ranks of his Death Eaters. She remembers how fearfully they assured her that his cause was just, and how fear had hung thick in the air every time their brothers and sisters?her aunts and uncles?proud servants of The Dark Lord, came to visit.
Lydia left for Hogwarts only a month after Voldemort?s collapse. She did well there, excelling exceptionally at potions and charms. She also did well in defense against the dark arts and transfiguration, but was average in her other classes, having a hard time applying herself in subjects that didn?t really interest her. She tried out for the Ravenclaw quidditch team in her second year, made it as an alternate, and didn?t return for tryouts the next year. Going into her fourth year, Lydia started her goth phase. She died her hair black, wore black, got her ears pierced more times than necessary, embraced a love for the macabre, all the stuff that good goth kids do. Believe it or not, this persisted until about a year after she graduated Hogwarts. She looks like a proper member of society now, though she does still enjoy a touch of goth romance when it comes to decorating, oh, and her combat boots.
After graduating from Hogwarts, Lydia went on to attend two years at a muggle culinary school in France, and three at a wizarding world culinary school in Italy. During this period she lost touch with her few close friends at Hogwarts. There she was trained in traditional culinary techniques, as well as in spells specifically aimed at the culinary arts, and how to prepare a number of magical creatures and plants as food. Somewhere along the line she also got really, really dangerous with a knife. When she emerged from her training at the age of 23, Lydia was hired as a line cook at the prestigious restaurant Vita. A year later she was promoted to sous chef, and two years after that the incumbent executive chef retired and Lydia was promoted to his position. She has been busy with blissfully ruling over the restaurant?s kitchen since.
Her favorite cuisines are French, Italian, and Irish, and anything really spicy.