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Zachary Michael "Zach" Stroup (b. 3 October, 1998) was an American wizard who attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he was sorted into Pukwudgie House. During his fourth year, he was expelled from Ilvermorny after he was caught practing Dark Magic, which he intended to use against his classmates. After his expulsion, Zach joined a reformed group of Death Eaters led by Alastor Locke.

Biography

Early life

Zachary Michael Stroup was born to Howard and Danielle Stroup on 3 October, 1998, in the borough of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. During his early childhood, Zach was a very shy boy who refused to befriend many of the local no-maj children his age. He felt like an outcast in no-maj society and yearned for a place to belong. Zach's father, Howard Stroup, would often try to encourage him by telling him that he will make many friends once he begins school in Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Ilvermorny years

Physical appearance

Personality and traits

Magical abilities and skills

  • Duelling: Though Zach's magical abilities are often trivialized, he has proven himself to be a decent duelist, holding his own against Rafael Calderon-Boot.
  • Dark Arts: Zach began practicing the Dark Arts as a way to get revenge on several classmates who would relentlessly belittle his abilities as a wizard.

Etymology

The name Zachary is a variant of Zechariah, a Hebrew name meaning "God has remembered" (this was probably a misnomer for Zachary). This was the name of the father of John the Baptist. He and his wife were very old when they had John, and Zechariah was initially disbelieving when an angel informed them they would have a son; as punishment for his doubt, he was struck mute.

The name "Michael" is from the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha'el) meaning "who is like God?". This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Saint Michael was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers.

Notes and references

  1. Only Zach's father is identified as a wizard, so his mother's blood status is unknown.

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