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Posted: Mar 3 2015, 04:41 PM
RACE'S IMPORTANCE. Cal's unusual size made him a target of ridicule growing up, causing him to become withdrawn as a child. Everything about who he is really ties back to this time in his life. The reason being a half giant is it makes this size much more plausible and noticeable.He wouldn't have developed current outlook.
Plus, it gives a somewhat interesting dynamic with his father. Is it actually his work that takes up so much of his time, or is there some part of him that can't bear to look at his son? Is it some level of shame? Why did he raise the boy if he thought it so disgraceful? Maybe his dad is a good man, with a good heart, who made a mistake and sees Cal as his penance. Cal never had any resentment towards his dad, but he has noticed that the man has taken more of an interest in his life since his powers started developing, and they have spent more time together.
RACE’S OUTCOME. Calvin is sensitive about his size. The teasing of his youth has given him a fairly bitter, cynical outlook which colors most of his interactions. He is generally cool and reserved, and, while vitriolic, he is slow to actually anger. Were he to give into his rage and get in a physical altercation, the great strength granted him by his giant blood could be devastating and must be kept in check.
That brutishness does lurk within, and the older he gets, the more he feels it stirring, and it terrifies him, makes him edgier. I did wonder if being a half giant would make Ravenclaw implausible, because the main half giant we see is Hagrid, but Maxine was completely capable, even somewhat conniving, in GoF, so we know that they aren't necessarily stupid or incompetent. Still, I think there's something primal about half giants that could make for an interesting story here.
As I mentioned, that blood could exacerbate the primal, brutish urges many young men tend to feel at that time in their lives, and a part of his character could deal with the whole dichotomy of civilization vs. savagery. He doesn't want to be a thug, he doesn't want to give in to the physical side because he's afraid that it will overtake him. If he gives in, will he lose himself? It could make him more standoffish around female characters because of his fears.
His withdrawal and relative isolation as a child fostered a love of reading as a form of escapism. The main books his father had, and so the main ones he read, were philosophical treatises, and it nurtured his introspection. All of these combined to land him in his house, Ravenclaw.
Posted: Mar 4 2015, 08:53 PM
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