|Louisa Rose Madley|
1960s, Parkinson Castle, Britain Mountains
Cherry, phoenix feather, springy
Louisa Rose Madley (née Parkinson) was a British pure-blood witch and a member of the aristocratic Ancient House of Parkinson. Both she and her husband, Alaric Madley, were against pure-blood beliefs (although Alaric was fairly neutral towards the lowest beliefs, while Louisa was fully apposed to the belief) and, during the Death Eater's takeover of the Ministry of Magic, the couple adopted and cared for Maisie, Ellie, and Alfred Cattermole after their mother was brought before the Ministry and was captured with her husband attempting to return home after escaping the Ministry. After Voldemort's death, the three children were reunited with their parents, though they, Mary and Reginald all remained with Louisa and Alaric for a month as their home was rebuilt.
Louisa was born into the Ancient and Noble House of Parkinson to Henrick Parkinson and Patricia Blishwick sometime during the 1960s and was the twin sister of Malviola and younger sister of Brendan, Edward and Malaranea Parkinson. The Parkinsons were part of the "Sacred Twenty-Eight", a list of the twenty-eight most pure-blooded families in Britain, and, though less that families such as the Blacks, Gaunts and Malfoys, were still proud of their status as a family consisting of only "pure" wizards. Henrick, however, though he told his children to make friends only of "the right sort", never really took to his family's belief due to his job in the Ministry (a high-ranking ministry official in The Department of International Magical Cooperation) brought him into contact with a number of powerful Muggle-borns. The same was similar for Patricia, who's family, the Blishwicks, had never been part of the Twenty-Eight due to them having a good number of half-bloods (an amount that was considered unacceptable by pure-blood supremacists) in their family tree.
Louisa and Malviola got their Hogwarts Letters at the age of eleven and, after visiting Diagon Alley for school supplies and a wand, the twins set of for Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express. Despite being sorted into Slytherin, Louisa eventually grew to become best friends with a muggle-born named Mary Clair, to the annoyance of her brother, Edward. Louisa achieved good grades in her O.W.Ls and N.E.W.Ts, especially in Herbology, Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts. During her seventh year, Louisa become close to a British transferred Egyptian Ravenclaw Wizard named Alaric, who's family, the Madleys, were fairly neutral in pure-blood beliefs and thr two began dating.
By the time of Louisa's graduation, the First Wizarding War was ending. Soon after graduating, Louisa married Alaric, who's family Louisa's parents deemed "worthy" of a marriage with their daughter and, soon afterwards, Louisa acted as the matron-of-honour for her best friend, Mary's wedding with Reginald Cattermole, an action that was reflected when Mary acted as Louisa's best maid during Louisa and Alaric's marriage. Louisa's cousin, Priam, was eventually disowned from the Parkinson Family by Louisa's uncle, Perseus Parkinson, for marrying Mathilda Redwood, who's family was considered "blood traitors", but she, her siblings (save Edward), her parents and Priam's mother, Calliope Parkinson (née Curio) retained contact with him.
The Parkinsons were a highly influential and wealthy family that had built its fortune up over the centuries through both the magical and muggle worlds, owning vast swathes of farming land that produced the fruits and vegetables the Parkinsons used to begin building their wealth, especially their cider, which the Parkinsons made themselves. Louisa eventually moved into the Parkinson Family's Manor. Despite being independently wealthy and having no real need to seek employment, Alaric eventually became a high-ranking official in the Department of International Magical Cooperation, while Louisa simply enjoyed influencing the Ministry from behind the scenes and made dozens of generous donations to excellent causes, including various Muggle protection and non-human creature rights while still free to enjoy the creature comforts that her ancestral home had provided her throughout her privileged upbringing. She also took ownership of Blinky, the Parkinson family's House-elf, who she treated with great kindness, which inspired great loyalty from Blinky towards her. Louisa also wasted little time in carrying on the family tradition of frequenting the headquarters of the Ministry of Magic in London, where she successfully used his family name and fortune to curry favour with a number of high-ranking Ministry officials, and became a very well-connected women, although she lent in a very different direction that some of her family and other well-connected pure-bloods, like Lucius Malfoy, as, unlike him, she supported the various muggle protection acts enforced by the Ministry. Because of her pro-muggle leanings, Liousa and Alaric were on good terms with members of the Ministry like Arthur Weasley, Kingsley Shacklebolt. Tiberius Ogden, Griselda Marchbanks, Amelia Bones and Amos Diggory, as well Louisa's school friend, Mary's, husband, Reginald Cattermole.
Louisa lived a rather good life with her husband. Independently wealthy and therefore without any need to work, she was more than content with a settled life, preoccupying herself with upholding her influence in the Ministry of Magic, financially aiding in stamping down pure-blood supremacist movements and maintaining a collection of magical artefacts marking back to family history. She eventually bought two Siberian Husky named Silver and Luna and, along with her family's manor, she also inherited the beautiful farmlands and forested areas owned privately by the House of Parkinson, populated by herds of deer, unicorns, pegasi and brumbies and other fauna, as well as the stables of Bright Fields, which the Parkinsons allowed to rent out members of the family's herd of horses.
1994 Quidditch World Cup
Louisa and Alaric both attended the 1994 Quidditch World Cup along with the Cattermoles, watching the games from the High Ministry Officials box. A little while after the cup ended and the watchers had returned to their tents, a vast group of masked Death Eaters began storming the camp-site, jinxing the camp-site manager's family and anything or anyone that got in their way. Alongside her husband and dozens of Ministry wizards and witches, Louisa rushed to engage in combat with the free followers of the Dark Lord, although she, like many of the people who had ran to save the Muggles, remained cautious to what spells she cast, unsure what magic could send the Rodgers crashing to the ground.
The skirmish was interrupted suddenly when the Dark Mark was fired into the sky, at the sight of which the Death Eaters disapparted in fear. Looking in fear at the slowly rising skull, Louisa and her comrades, upon catching the Rodgers, apparated to the location from where the mark had been cast. Upon arrival, she and the Ministry officials immediately sent out Stunning Spells towards the suspected perpetrators, before realising it was Harry, Ron, and Hermione standing in the clearing. Louisa and her fellows all dismissed the possibility that Harry, Ron, or Hermione would have conjured it, even if they had known how to, Louisa telling Barty Crouch Snr that no wizard the youngsters' age would have known how to summon Voldemort's mark. After looking in the bushes in the direction that their Stunners had gone, they found Crouch's house-elf, Winky, unconscious and on the ground next to her was Harry's wand, that he lost sometime during the Quidditch match. Despite the evidence that Harry's wand had, in fact, been the wand used to summon the Dark Mark, Louisa was skeptical that either Harry or Winky could have been the ones to do it, and believed that someone else must have been responsible.
Later on in the year, Louisa read in the Daily Prophet an article by Rita Skeeter revealing the caretaker Hagrid to be a half-giant and the son of Fridwulfa the Giantess. Knowing this, however, did nothing to besmirch Louisa's memories of the kind, jovial Keeper of the Keys of Hogwarts and she was only one of many who dispatched letter to Dumbledore, telling the Headmaster that if he were to dismiss Hagrid, he would face her fury. This letter was shown among others by Dumbledore as he persuaded Hagrid to return too his duties as gamekeeper.
Second Wizarding War
In 1995, Liousa and her husband were both loyal devoted supported Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore when they claimed that Lord Voldemort had returned to power. Though Louisa did not officially join the Order of the Phoenix, she and Alaric gave their whole-hearted support to the anti-Voldemort movement, using their wealth and influence to convince or bribe Order members out of mainly false accusations made by the Ministry, as well as fund their movements and allowing the Order to use their manor as a secondary base of operations.
Louisa and Alaric also attended Dumbledore's funeral along with several other members of the Order of the Phoenix, various Hogwarts Students, and other employees of the Ministry as well.
When Voldemort and the Death Eaters took over the Ministry of Magic and created the Muggle-Born Registration Committee. Mary was eventually brought in front of the Committee, but, with the aid of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, she and her husband escaped. Their escape was short term however, and, knowing Death Eaters were perusing them, the couple travelled with their children to the manor of Mary's best friend: Louisa, their children's godmother. Louisa, being a pure-blood, was safe from prosecution and she was highly influential in the ministry. Louisa and Alaric both immediately agreed to take cared of Mary and Reginald's three children, Maisie, Ellie and Alfred. Louisa agreed and she made the Unbreakable Vow to Mary and Reg to protect their children for as long as they needed to and to care for them as if they were their own if Mary and Reginald were killed. The pair were able to quickly forge documents proclaiming Maisie, Ellie and Alfred as their children, which they used to successfully convince the Ministry wizards who arrived at their gate the very same night. Sadly, Mary and Reginald would be captured attempting to escape the country the next day (as, unlike their children, Mary's status could not be hidden) and were imprisoned in Azkaban.
Caring for the Cattermole Children
During the time the British Wizarding world was under Death Eater control, Louisa and Alaric were both among the many brave witches and wizards who protected their Muggle neighbours with Shielding Charms upon their houses and cast the Fidelus Charm on their manor and its grounds, making it unplottable for any but someone told by the secret-keeper: Louisa. The couple also were fanatical listeners of Potterwatch and took subscriptions to both The Quibbler and The Daily Prophet, as it helped to know what the enemy was saying. Similar to the Westenberg family, Louisa and Alaric both sheltered and fed the Order of the Phoenix, who were able to leave unseen thanks to the manor's honeycomb of tunnels based in their wine cellar.
True to her word, Louisa cared for the three children until the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, which she and her husband had been focusing on with rapt attention. Unlike Alaric, who travelled to Hogwarts Castle to fight, Louisa remained behind to care for their godchildren.
After Voldemort's death, the Ministry of Magic returned to normal and all of the innocent imprisoned souls of Azkaban were released, to be greeted by a massive crowd of families and friends, which Louisa was a part of, standing on the family's magical longship with the three Cattermole children to welcome a released Mary and Reginald, during which she was described as "sobbing with obvious relief" as Mary and Reginald were rowed to the ship's side.
- ""Maisie, Ellie, and Alfred have been true joys and delights these last months. They have been saddened by the treatment of their parents by the Ministry, but have been brave and genuine, I am so very proud of them. Going on, all three continue to display the same bravery as their parents, who are currently finishing a check-up in St. Mungo's Hospital and both parents are overjoyed to be reunited with their precious children. They will be back together tomorrow, and will begin the process healing from months of tumult. Both I and my husband hope to continue to play a role in the kids’ lives, as they have been friends and lights in some of the most uncertain times I have ever experienced. But for now, all I can say is that it warms my heart to see families reunited, and to see the Cattermoles—young and old—with genuinely delighted smiles on their faces. The happiest moment post-war so far is when they are connected after months apart.”"
- —Louisa's statement to reporters viewing her delight at the children and parent's reunion
However, as soon as they reached the mainland, Mary and Reginald, who were both injured from their ordeal, were whisked off to St. Mungo's for treatment, which extended for half a month as the Cattermole couple were checked by healers and payed regular visits by Louisa and their exhilarate children, during which they thanked Louisa over and over again for taking care of their children. On the day of the Cattermoles release from St. Mungo's, the Daily Prophet published an article titled "CATTERMOLES TO BE REUNITED WITH CHILDREN", during which it described how the three Cattermole children were placed in the "brilliantly capable hands of Louisa Parkinson". Several days before the article was published, a reporter interviewed Louisa, who expressed her pride in the three children and her delight at seeing them and so many other families reunited. Upon their release from the hospital, Mary and Reginald both gave the reporters clustered outside several words, in which they expressed their gratitude to their old friend for her help, which Mary stating “She was so nice, so respectful and truly brilliant. I am very glad that the children kept in touch with their grandparents. It was great luck that the children ended up in her care. Not every pure-blood witch or wizard would have done the things she has done for them. We hope that she will continue to play a part in the lives of our kids.” Reginald Cattermole (who had recently been reinstated to his old position in the Ministry upon his full recovery) commented also on his old friend, where he stated “She let the kids have their own opinions and she didn’t push any sort of anti-muggle-born sentiments onto them. She let them be their own people and have their own beliefs. They are very young and at such an age they can be “moulded” into anyone. I am so thankful to Ms. Parkinson for everything.”
Despite their recovery, the Cattermoles' home was in ruins and would take months to rebuild. Despite the Cattermoles beliefs that Louisa and Alaric had done enough for them, both firmly invited them to remain at their manor until their home was rebuilt, which the family eventually accepted with gratitude.
Louisa and her husband were in attendance to the funeral and portrait placing of Severus Snape, honouring an ally and fellow Slytherin and remaining silence, preferring to silently honour the man than address the reports.
Diagon Alley Riot Reaction
- "“It is absolutely despicable, what Lestrange and White have done. Not only is it abominable to intervene with acts of violence during both a peaceful and intellectual celebration, but to raise old hostilities and bring cause for duels to a place of public gathering is ridiculous, not to mention immature. I wish I could say that these two are filled with only school-children pranks, but I know the Whites and Lestranges too well after all these years. They may be too outwardly hostile to be considered the truly dangerous, subtle sort of evil, but they cannot be trusted. I may be severing recently repaired family ties saying this, but I shall not tip toe around those things that need to be said.“"
- —Louisa's statement to reporters viewing her disgust at the riot
Several months later, while Louisa was visiting her brother, Brendan, sister-in-law, Bryony and their daughter, Clair in Egypt, a riot occurred in Diagon Alley, lead by Georgia White and Garland Lestrange, caused by the famed author, J.K. Rowls, signing her newest book, The Muggle-born Who Could. When told of this by her husband (who arrived at the scene with several Aurors and Ministry agents), Louisa returned to Britain to aid in hunting down and subduing the old Voldemort supporters while dispatching her owl to the office with a letter stating her disgust at the riots' cause. The Madleys also supported the Diggorys' Charity and Adoption Program, sending much gold to fund the proposal.
Magical Abilities and Skills
- Charms: Louisa achieved good grades in Charms, meaning she was accomplished in this field. This was shown when she and Alaric casted the Fidelius Charm on their home and made Louisa secret-keeper, an act of extraordinary skill. She was also able to place Shield Charms over her Muggle neighbors dwellings and use the incredibly-difficult Patronus Charm, and could also presumably cast a great variety of other charms.
- Herbology: Louisa achieved good grades in Herbology, meaning she was accomplished in this field. After graduating, Louisa kept a garden containing a great variety of normal and magical plants, showing how skilled she was in this field.
- Defense Against the Dark Arts: Louisa achieved good grades in DADA, meaning that, despite being part of a family that had produced several dark wizards over the centuries, she was accomplished in the art of fighting the Dark Arts. Her husband, who rarely over-stated his remarks of others, remarked that Louisa would have come with him if she hadn't felt the need to remain at home to care for the Cattermole children, showing that, though she was never seen fighting Dark wizards, she was still accomplished in performing various defensive and offensive spells, along with various protective jinxes, hexes and curses.
- Duelling: Before the beginning of the Death Eaters' Siege on Hogwarts School, Alaric remarks that had Louisa come with him, she would have given the Death Eaters something to think about, stating how she could send them running with their tails between their legs. Given that Alaric was not prone to exaggerations, this would mean that his wife was a mistress in the art of using martial magic.