I wrote a next generation story, and my characters are so real in my mind, that I can't change them. I'm only writing about the families of my main characters.
THE POTTERS: (Harry and Ginny)
They have fourteen-year-old twins named Haley and Jordan (a boy). Haley is short for Harriet-Lily, (Ginny got to pick the daughter's name, but Harry said, "Ginny, I'm not dead yet! Why would you name a kid after me!" So she's been Haley her whole life.) I didn't actually pick the names myself-- I used names that my friend made up and based my own characters. They both have black hair, green eyes, and freckles, but their features are more similar to the Weasley family's. Haley is very perky, a bit immature, and slightly hyperactive, and she doesn't really do much work in school. She's very devoted to the Marauders of the past, having inherited the map, and likes to pull pranks with her friends. Jordan is a very, very strange boy. He's extremely intelligent and a bit obsessive about school, and he's talented in many areas, but he always feels like he's living in his father's shadow. He has a bit of a dark personality-- he doesn't yell, he sulks, and he's a withdrawn. Still, he's a good kid at heart, and he outgrows his inferiority complex when he gets older. Both Haley and Jordan are musically talented-- Haley sings and likes to act, and Jordan has a guitar and can sing, though he doesn't do it in front of people. The Potters also have two small children who aren't really in the story much.
THE WEASLEYS: (Ron and Hermione)
They have just one daughter, named Emma. I don't like her name, either-- it was another one my friend gave me, but I can't change it, because it's like deciding that Ron's name should be changed to Raoul for the last book. She's already a person. Emma is very pretty, but she's sort of a tomboy, you could say. She's very brave, which means she keeps ending up in sticky situations, and she has a tendency to be a bit insensitive. Emma's pretty smart (she gets pretty good grades without working too hard) and good at Quidditch, but her favourite activity is creating mischief with Haley, who is her best friend and cousin. Emma has long, wavy auburn hair, brown eyes, a nice smile, and is widely considered to be one of the prettiest girls in the school. She isn't stick-thin like most good-looking OCs, though-- she's got curves like a normal girl.
THE MALFOYS: (Draco and Pansy)
Well, I can't give away too much about the story here, but Draco Malfoy causes a lot of trouble in England during this story for reasons mostly having to do with revenge. They have two children. Their son, Ophidias, is a sixth year Slytherin who's not in the story much. But their daughter Ivy is in Gryffindor with the other main characters. She was adopted by the Potters when her parents got into some... trouble... and she's a sweet, shy girl who can be rather nervous. She always feels ashamed about her background, even though it's not her fault. When she started school, some people were cruel to her, including Emma, but now they're very good friends. Ivy's learned to stand up for herself more as she's gotten older, which has a lot to do with the support she's gotten from her friends and adoptive family. Ophidias treats her like scum, though. (By the way, Ophidias means of or relating to snakes. I came up with this name when I was asleep, believe it or not. I dreamed that I owned 60 dollars to a guy named Ophidias Malfoy, and he would beat me up if I didn't give it to him.) Ivy has long blonde hair that she almost always wears in a tight braid, grey eyes, and sharp features. She dresses conservatively and never wears makeup, and seems almost afraid to look too pretty or noticeable. She is, as I said, quite shy.
THE LUPINS: (Remus and Dora-- short for Nymphadora.)
Even though they're older than the parents of my other OCs, they would probably get married about the same time, yes? They have three kids. Their eldest, Christina, is 19 and works in public relations for some Scottish Quidditch team. Their middle child is Jon, who is 17 and in his last year at Hogwarts. Neither of the elder two are in the story much. Their youngest is Ted, who is 14 and friends with the other main characters. He was Jordan's best friend when he was younger, but Jordan's become a bit antisocial lately, and so Ted's drifted toward Ivy. He's a nice guy, mellow and easygoing, an optimist, and very perceptive. He's also a werewolf. No, his father did not attack him. A werewolf was sent to bite anyone in the Potter family, and Ted was over at their house at the time. He jumped in between Haley and the werewolf and was attacked by it. Luckily, Ted deals with it pretty well, both because he's used to the condition what with his dad, not to mention his natural temperament is to go with the flow. It helps that he was already in his teens when attacked-- he doesn't grow up feeling inferior like his father did. Ted has shaggy light brown hair and blue eyes, and is often rather tired-looking from transformations. He's kind of awkward-- very tall and thin and has a constantly-cracking voice that can't decide what it wants to do with itself. Ted's also very good at art and likes to draw cartoons-- he has a good sense of humour.
THE THOMASES: (Dean and Parvati)
They have a son named Tyrone, who is very handsome and well-liked. He can also be a bit, well, full of himself, but is a good guy. He's somewhat girl-crazy, and has a bit of a James-and-Lily relationship with Emma, who for quite awhile would choose a crocodile over him. But in his fourth year, his mother dies, and Emma, unknowing, makes a comment like, "So why weren't you in class, Thomas? House burned down? Mum died? Or something really important, like you broke a nail?" Tyrone gets extremely offended by this and doesn't speak to her for a long time, but when they're caught in a sticky situation, they have to work together. Eventually, they become friends, and Tyrone stops trying to ask Emma out. He's tall and well-built, with short, curly black hair (always gelled), high cheekbones, perfect teeth, and creamy light brown skin. He can be quite vain, but at least he's not in denial about it.
I try to make my characters a lot like real people. They all have strength and flaws, both the villains and the good guys. Some aspects to their lives are a bit cliche, but I wrote their story before I even read my first fanfiction, and I can't change that now. I have their pasts and futures all mapped out, and so by now, they're almost like imaginary friends!