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    Penelope Clearwater

    I was just browsing the Audrey Weasley thread and came across this little tidbit:

    What kind of woman do you believe that Percy would be attracted to?
    Maybe someone like Penelope Clearwater. I think she would be very Percy in personality.
    Is this how most people see Penny? We're not given much about her in the books -- she's a bit snotty to "Crabbe and Goyle" when they ask her where the Slytherin common room is, but likely no worse than any other Ravenclaw (and we do have to remember that she's sneaking away from a snogging session with Percy, so she's probably a bit uptight about getting caught).

    I do have some other questions about her, if folks would be willing to speculate.

    All the physical evidence we get for her is she has long curly hair. What color is it? What kind of curly? Like, super tight curls or loose waves? What color are her eyes?

    I've said hazel eyes in the past and skimmed over the fact of hair color, but I've always thought of her as having light hair.

    Also, when do you think she and Percy broke up? When they were still at school or after they graduated? Would it still be a cordial relationship or a bit embittered? Do you think she and Audrey knew each other first, and that's how Percy met his wife? (In however a roundabout fashion.)

    I'm just so very curious.

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    I always imagined her with like tight waves if that makes sense with brown hair and blue eyes, like not skinny but not fat and about 5'8. I think she's not like Hermione like about the rules but more than like the average student. And who wouldn't want to give Crabbe and Goyle trouble? I think after grad, you know maybe it was too hard to keep it going. And you know, Audrey and Penelope could have known eachother, actually I could definately see that happening, like they were childhood friends or something? Anywho, those are my thoughts
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    I've said hazel eyes in the past and skimmed over the fact of hair color, but I've always thought of her as having light hair.
    Funny, I've always pictured her with dark hair--black or very dark brown. Until this point, I thought it was a canon description, but maybe it's just something my mind came up with randomly .

    Also, when do you think she and Percy broke up? When they were still at school or after they graduated? Would it still be a cordial relationship or a bit embittered? Do you think she and Audrey knew each other first, and that's how Percy met his wife?
    Well, they were still dating in PoA, so I think it would make sense for them to break up during GoF, or the summer before this book. In this time period, Percy is really getting more job-oriented than relationship-oriented (family or otherwise). I think his ambition wasn't so prominent in his school years. I don't picture him and Penelope maintaining any sort of relationship after that. Percy is very high-and-mighty, and I could see him looking down on his "youthful years" when he was just a schoolboy and dating Penelope. I think when he sees the relationship in retrospect, he won't think it was very serious. She definitely wouldn't have met his wife--Percy's marriage takes place after his character has changed so much(for the better) and I think he would be the type to move forward, not backwards.

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    They were together for quite a long time, though. So I think it must have been a serious relationship.

    Ginny sees them in CoS, and he's still with her at the end of his Hogwarts education, plus he's very upset by her petrification.

    She's a Ravenclaw and described as serious. So intelligent and dedicated to whatever career she'd pursue. However, she does carry a mirror because her and Hermione see the Basilisk in it. That suggests - perhaps - a degree of vanity. But then she is 17 ish, so would probably want to check her reflection. Hermione as a 13 yo (and being Hermione) wouldn't be that fussed.

    We don't hear of her again, so I reckon her and Percy split up when he becomes more work obsessed. Perhaps she's training to be something like a lawyer and needs to concentrate on that. I think it probably ended amicably - each had more important things going on in their lives.

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    Perhaps even she and Hermione would work together in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

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    Originally posted by OliveOilMed:
    Perhaps even she and Hermione would work together in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
    Possible. I think that's similar to what the previous poster said, or is a continuation of that idea.

    But coming back to your questions, Cinderalla Angelina!

    If JKR said she's a bit like Percy, than she could be somewhat strict and prissy. She seems to be competitive, too. There was that whole betting going on about the Quidditch final in POA.

    All the physical evidence we get for her is she has long curly hair. What color is it? What kind of curly? Like, super tight curls or loose waves? What color are her eyes?

    For some reason, I always thought of it as dark, something lucca4 also said. But as canon doesn't specify, I think it would be safe to go with any colour. As for eyes, mmm...hazel? Like you said?

    Also, when do you think she and Percy broke up? When they were still at school or after they graduated? Would it still be a cordial relationship or a bit embittered? Do you think she and Audrey knew each other first, and that's how Percy met his wife? (In however a roundabout fashion.)

    I think they were together when they left school. Maybe, it is just me, but I always picture them breaking up when Percy becomes this embittered, overly ambitious Ministry official. Just as he had no time for his family, I imagine him having no time for a girlfriend. But that's a short-sighted take on things. What if Penelope supported him? What if Percy broke up with her after the battle because she had been associated with his less than admirable conduct?

    I have no idea about Audrey, though. Lol! But I like to think she arrived late in his life, and helped him heal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OliveOil_Med View Post
    Perhaps even she and Hermione would work together in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
    Yes, maybe. I've read a great fanfic once (A Little More Time by Pallas) in which she worked for the Departmeny of Mysteries. I've always pictured her al having hazel eyes and reddish-brown, slightly frizzy, loosely wavy hair and a competative, slightly bossy yet outgoing personallity. She pays attention to Quidditch, yet doesn't play, leaving me to think that she is determined to succeed in school, so maybe she wants to proove herself to the rest of Hogwarts, showing that, perhaps, she is Muggleborn.

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