Behati Gadot

GRRL PWR PART I: INTRODUCTION

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Sometime during her busy week—one that had been filled with running herself all around the castle attempting to participate in as much as possible out of fear that she’d be missing out if she weren’t constantly doing something—Behati had somehow managed to procure fliers for her girl squad meeting. The fliers were on crisp parchment, meticulously inked with the scrawl of an enthusiastic 11-year-old. The words, placed somewhat crookedly closer to the left margins of the parchment (when Bee had been going for a center margin effect), spelled out “GRRL PWR MEETING THIS WEEK”. Copies had been made, courtesy of the wandwork of a generous professor sympathetic to her cause. They’d been individually kissed, with the young girl wanting to put as much of her love into this personal creation of hers—a creation all from her own dedication—and handed out to as many girls as Behati could reach.

 

And, unfortunately, Rosie Roux as the result of a dare. But she would not be deterred by that one small fact.

 

Her skin prickled with the hum of excitement—electricity coursing throughout her entire body, culminating in her fingers, which displayed the tap, tap, tapping of restless anticipation, and her feet, which saw her bouncing up and down. Behati’s mind whirled with ideas; she wanted to make this first meeting as informative and fun as possible without putting it at its peak too soon, only to watch it all go downhill later on. She’d never previously considered just how hard it was to start, and maintain, a club, especially a girl squad, but now that she was faced with the reality of the whole situation there was a voice in the back of her mind that was trying to tell her ‘perhaps this was a bad idea’. But this was the test of time, was it not? This was what separated the women from the girls, or so to speak. Her dedicated ambition refused to allow her to throw in the towel.

 

She’d steer this ship and watch it crash and sink, if things came to that. Just like the Titanic. Except, ya know… with less people dying. Or no people dying. No deaths would be good, too.

 

She’d put the meeting place on the fliers—one of the unused classrooms—but she had still asked Nari and Hazel to stand outside and guide confused stragglers who hadn’t been sure as to which precise classroom the meeting was in.

 

“I’m buzzin’ about this!” She called out to Hazel and Nari from her place in the classroom. Her smile was wide, and her heart hopeful.

pls wait until nari and hazel post first <3

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Hazel had never really had a group of people to belong to before. Since she was originally homeschooled, she never really had a group of people that she belonged to. Plus, her first real friend had been Julian. No matter how much she cared for him, it wasn't the same as when she had become friends with Behati and Nari.

 

With friends like them, Hazel felt that she finally belonged to a group of people that she could rely on for years to come.

 

The first meeting of their girl group was supposed to be that evening, and Hazel had been bubbling with excitement all day long. She kept looking around in the hallway as they stood outside the door. Would anyone come? She hoped so. Hazel had made chocolate-chip cookies for the occasion.

 

"Behati," she began, "This was an excellent idea."

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Nari was sure that having friends like Hazel and Behati as friends was a good thing. The two girls were great and she couldn’t ask for better friends. “T-those look g-g-good Bee!” She finally was glad to say her name without butchering it. Nari also took it upon herself to ask that older girl  @Delia Halliwell-Midnight to help her get some t-shirts on short notice. “Do y-y-you like t-these?” She indicated to the shirts. Nari didn’t know where else to get muggle t-shirts but the older Hufflepuff she asked was good at colors and such.

 

Nari was just happy they liked them. Nari set them aside for people and along with Hazel’s cookies she also made cupcakes, fudge, more brownies and also had cups, plates, napkins and other things set aside. Nari was always prepared and even went as far to get Delia to cast nice little shimmering lights in here with those firefly in a jar things.

 

It really was pretty.

 

“W-w-where is everyone?” Then again Nari was perpetually early and so all she had to do was just wait with the other two girls. She hoped it wasn’t going to be too long.

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Gracie-Mae had gotten a flyer about something called GRRL PWR. Naturally, she was going to attend. She'd spent her time in muggle schools doing her best to prove to the boys that girls could run faster than they could, and that girls were better in just about everything else, too. Gracie-Mae was determined not to let anyone tell her that she couldn't do something well just because she was a girl, thank you very much. She was just as strong and fast as any boy her age.

 

She had brought the flyer with her to the meeting, mostly so if she got lost she could show it to people and ask for help. Gracie-Mae still got lost a lot. But somehow she found her way near enough to the unused classroom that was the location of the meeting.

 

"Hello?" she called out, her voice uncertain. "Hello? Is this where the girl power meeting is being held??" She held up the flyer and hoped it would be recognized.

 

But now that she'd apparently found the meeting, Gracie-Mae didn't know what to do. "Now what??"  

 

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Alyssa read over the flyer many times. Was this for real? Could any girl join this? Would she be welcome? She really wanted to meet more people and this sounded perfect. She could meet many more girls to hang out with. She already had a few friends, and one group she belonged to but she could always use more friends. She wanted to get along with as many people as she could at Hogwarts. She wanted to have many fond memories to look back on when it came to Hogwarts, just like her parents did. She was hoping to have some life long friendships like her parents. Her own godmother had been best friends with her mother since their first year.

 

So Alyssa decided to check out this new group. What would the meeting be like? What would they all do together? She quickened her footsteps when she thought she heard voices.

 

As she got closer, she spotted a friend of her right away.

 

"Gracie-Mae!" She said excitedly and she rushed over to the girl. "I am so happy you're here too," she said as she held up a flyer which was the same as the one she had. "What do you think?" She added.

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Pippa had heard through the vine about a girl power group before she'd seen the flyer with the cute little label of 'grrl pwr'. She thought it was terribly adorable that they were already thinking that way and she always loved supporting a good cause particularly when it was her sort of thing. So as soon as she realized she wanted to attend, she made sure to tell her cousin all about it and how they were going to enjoy it and support all the cute little ickle girls.

 

Pippa just thought they were all adorable anyways.

 

So with her sort of but not really dragging Sloan along, the two girls headed for hopefully the right unused classroom, though she realized they were on the right path when she found a few of the first years hanging about. She smiled widely at the girls.

 

"Hey there kiddos. Very cool idea!"


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Zsu had actually heard about the entire Grrl Pwr meeting from her dorm mate, and really she was all about supporting others, even if it didn’t exactly align with her own ideas. She honestly hadn’t had the ability to be as active in her old school’s activities for one reason or the other, so she had made it a priority to do any and everything that tickled her fancy while at Hogwarts. This was certainly no different, so when she made her way to the meeting place and was met with the smells of baked goods and the polite smiles of the amassed group thus far, she was happy with her choice. It seemed as though people were still streaming in, something she was thankful for considering she’d made a few wrong turns here and there before finally getting back on track.

 

There was nothing worse than being late.

 

Zsu’s eyes caught on Nari and she made her way over to her dorm mate and the two other girls whose faces were familiar enough. “This place looks awesome, I can’t wait to hear what you have in store! I’m Zsu by the way, pleasure to meet you!” She threw the trio a smile before her attention was snared by two other girls, excusing herself as she turned to go and greet her friends. “Hey there!” She tossed her arms around both Gracie-Mae and Alyssa, giving them a gentle squeeze, “Definitely happy you’re both here, though I shouldn’t be surprised since great minds think alike.”

 

With the sudden pipping up of what Zsu realized was an older Gryffindor, she couldn’t help the low hum that sounded. “Maybe this will really be wicked? Even the senior years are curious.”

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The flyer was still lying atop Arwa’s bedside table. She had felt terribly bad for Behati and even now, it made a frown appear on her face; while Arwa didn’t know the exact circumstances of what had happened, it was clear the other first year had been upset. It was the only thing that had lead her to taking a flyer, in hopes of offering her sympathies. Now, however, she found her eyes drifting to the paper, half wondering if she could make it at a run.

 

Leaving the dormitory, Arwa followed a straight path towards the assigned classroom. She hoped she wasn’t too late. Even if she was, she figured she could always just catch the next meet-up. She would also have to find the Hufflepuff common room.

 

“I’m here!” Arwa announced, entering the classroom at a brisk walk. She closed the door behind herself softly, trying to keep from slamming it completely and painting herself with a bad first impression. “What’s first on the agenda?” They needed to make a bulleted list of all the ways they were planning on taking over the castle.

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Sloan was already dreading leaving the dungeons.

 

Apart from attending classes and either arriving early or coming in late for meals, you would rarely spot this badger anywhere else. Pippa had her ways though. She wouldn't exactly call her manipulative, but perhaps persuasive. The girl tucked her hair behind her and returned to her defensive pose. She kept her arms crossed and close to her chest, and she couldn't help but bite her lip obsessively. "I wasn't even invited to this... you sure It's okay if I come? I'm not going to be any fun...." she whined, ever the pessimist.

 

They weaved about the castle coming to a stop in front of a classroom she'd never seen before. She furrowed her brows and stepped aside so that Pippa would have to walk in first. She followed her cousin closely, peering over her shoulders trying to survey the scene. Had they just crashed a kiddie party?

 

OH. MY. GOSH. When had they become such losers that they needed to hang out with first years.

 

The Hufflepuff forced a small and a small wave, trying to set a good example... after all, she didn't want them to become like her. They could do so much better.

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Aurora glanced once more at the flier she'd grabbed off Behati previously about her grrl pwr group meeting. Initially she'd taken the flier out of some concern for the hufflepuff because she had appeared distressed at the time but she quickly realized that it would be something of her interest so she made a mental note to herself that she shouldn't arrive late.

 

Thankfully, at the time she arrived she'd just found herself behind some older students making her a little more interested in what was happening. After all, if they were interested this meant it had be something worth attending, and that made Aurora pleased for Behati. She slipped in after the two older ones, noticing Arwa nearby and so she sidled up to the girl.

 

"Hey there." She added with a bright smile, "I wonder what the plan is."

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Polly knew about the Grrl Pwr group mostly because half of her dorm-mates were founding it. She had heard them discussing it, so she had made sure to take a flier from Behati when she handed them off. Today was the day of the first meeting, so she put on a chunky, mustard yellow sweater, and headed towards the room indicated. There were already a bunch of people there, which made Polly glad because it meant she could quietly slip in without too much attention on herself.

 

She took some of the sweets, and waved at Hazel. Then she looked around at the other people there. She was pretty sure most of them were first years, but there were two older girls. Polly was impressed. She didn't think any of the other years would have heard of this, much less actually attended. Then she nibbled on her cookie and stood in the back, waiting for the meeting to get under way.

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Celeste didn't know what grrl pwr was, except for being horribly misspelled, but she definitely wanted to know what it was about, especially if everyone else in her year was going to be a part of it. She had arrived, flyer and notebook in hand, and glanced around a little nervously. Celeste was not shy, by any means, but she certainly didn't want to just join any group without properly vetting both the members and the organization's purpose. She couldn't have something awful tainting her resume, after all.

 

She stepped in, feigning the air of confidence, and glanced around. It didn't look like she knew a lot of people here. Aurora, sure, but she seemed preoccupied talking to someone and Celeste didn't want to be rude. There was Behati, who was running the meeting, of course. Celeste gave the girl a small wave of acknowledgement before moving to a spot next to a girl she vaguely recognized from sorting (the later it had gotten, the less attention Celeste had paid, so unfortunately, @Polly Tibbetts' name escaped her at the moment). "Do you know what this club is about exactly?" she whispered to Polly as she waited for the meeting to start.

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Olivia clutched the GRRL PWR flyer in one hand, quill and parchment in the other, as she hurried through the castle corridors. Ever since she had seen the flyer, the eleven-year-old was ecstatic for the meeting. But now, of course, she was running late because for some silly reason she had thought she could get a duel in before-hand. While, admittedly, timeliness was not her forte, she had every intention of making this meeting on time. It was a matter of importance, after all. What could be more important than girl power?

 

Finally, she arrived at the classroom on the flyer. Without hesitation, Olivia swung the door open and rushed into the room. Thankfully, it didn’t seem the meeting had started yet. And better, she was happy to see several familiar and friendly faces, including a couple of her roommates. Best yet, one of the girls had brought cookies! Olivia remembered her from the Hogwarts express, Hazel wasn’t it? She had been giving out chocolate frogs, then. Did this girl always have sweets on her?? If that was the case, Olivia needed to befriend her immediately.

 

Grinning around the room to acknowledge the other girls present, she proceeded to quickly find a seat. After she grabbed a cookie, of course. 

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Hazel and Nari had really come through big for Behati. She hadn’t been sure if this first meeting was going to go off successfully, but with the added snacks, she could be more certain that girls would come. If not for the female solidarity, then at least for the snacks. When she saw bodies pouring in through the door by the minute, it took everything in her to not let out a loud screech of success. Bee hadn’t been so self-deprecating that she believed that nobody would show up, but she’d figured it would only be one or two girls—she hadn’t expected for girl after girl after girl to fill up the unused classroom. She’d even managed to have older girls in here! And, as she was quick to notice, with the absence of a certain older girl that she’d not-so-secretly been hoping wouldn’t show up. “Brilliant,” she muttered to herself, moving closer to the front of the room and getting herself prepared for her little speech.

 

On the blackboard that sat itself on the wall of the classroom, Behati grabbed a piece of chalk and began writing. She’d gone over her objective so many times now she could see the words form in her mind’s eye, twisting themselves this way and that into perfect order. If she had known the spell to do so, Bee would’ve simply waved her wand and had the words magically appear on the blackboard. As it was, she was forced to meticulously write down her plans for the first meeting all by hand, leaving her petite fingers cramping by the end of the feat.

 

“Hello everyone!” She called, clapping her hands together and waiting for them all to get seated so that she could launch into her lovely little female empowerment speech she’d prepared. She didn’t want it to come off too preachy, but it was a precarious balance between “empowering” and “not laying it on too thick”. “My name is Behati Gadot, as many of you may know from us being yearmates and from my fliers.” Bee let out a small chuckle and held up one of the fliers which had her name in tiny font toward the bottom, then she set the thing back down in its prior place. Had they even seen that? Was it even big enough to capture their gaze? “I know all of you are wondering what it is, exactly, you’ve shown up here for, and I hope that after I tell you, none of you will feel like you’ve wasted your time in deciding to show up.”

 

Perhaps the older girls felt like they’d wasted their time? Behati could tell at least one of the girls did by the look on her face.

 

“This is going to be a women’s—err, girls’?” Women’s? Were they really women? What was a woman, anyway? “Ladies,” There we go. “empowerment club. But it’s not your typical sit around and brew a cuppa while we read feminist literature ladies’ empowerment club.” Well, it could be that, except Behati hated tea and the stereotype that because she was a Brit she was supposed to like it. “This club is all about focusing on you all—the ladies of Hogwarts! My hope for this club is to focus on building community between the ladies of Hogwarts, but also shifting the focus on women’s history—both magical and Muggle.” At this bit, she paused a little in order to let her words fully sink in to the girls in the room.

 

Behati wasn’t sure how they would interpret learning about the history of anything outside of a formal class, but she’d try her best to make it fun.


“It won’t be stuffy and formal like our lessons, though. We can all put a female figure from history who we like into a hat, and our different meetings throughout the year can be focused on the person who suggested that historical figure teaching us about her life and accomplishments. We can even make it into a fun little game where we scatter clues around the castle and try to find which accomplishment goes with which female historical figure! There’s also the solidarity aspect of this, which means that members of Grrl Pwr will be here to help out other members who need help with anything—lessons, dueling, making friends, learning how to properly French braid.” Behati looked them over once more, then continued. “This club is entirely by ladies, for ladies. Our main focus will be pro-womanhood. Are there any questions or comments?”

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Abby had seen the posters, but hadn't thought too much of it. She'd brought it up to @Devlin P. Whitehorn, but with no real conviction. Which was saying something considering Abigail was a woman of conviction. Mostly, the missing vowels made her wonder if this was something she was even going to be interested in.

 

Still, when the time came for the meeting that Abby was hesitant to care about, she found herself in the appropriate classroom standing just outside of the classroom. She was basically leaning against the doorway, looking as nonchalant and brightly colored as only Abigail Goodfellow could, as she listened to the first year girl call the meeting into order. 

 

It was certainly a nice idea, one that Abby would've loved to be a part of when she was a first year. She liked the cut of the girl's jib, so at the end of her speech, Abby just shook her head and gave her a smile. It wasn't quite at the same level of enthusiasm as the others, but Abby was more than happy to help out the first years (and fifth years, apparently) in any way that she could.  

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Stella had seen the posters and absolutely knew she had to join the GRRL PWR group.  She didn't know what it was, but it sounded awesome.  When she heard Behati describe a few ideas for the group, her initial impression was confirmed.

 

A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

 

When Behati asked for questions or comments, Stella's hand shot in the air.

 

"Ooh, I love the idea of themed scavenger hunts about famous women!  We could even dress up as the witches from history - maybe like a Halloween party!"  Stella devoted hours of research and preparation to her historical Halloween costumes each year, and she had been seriously worried about how she could continue the tradition at Hogwarts.

 

She looked around the room at a few vaguely familiar, but mostly new faces.  The idea of all the girls (ladies? women?) banding together and supporting each other while doing fun activities made her freckled cheeks turn pink with pleasure.

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Gracie-Mae was thrilled that her friends @Alyssa Hoofer and @Zsuzsanna E. Maverick were here too! Not that she was surprised - they were her friends for a reason, of course they were also interested in awesome things like GRRL PWR. (Whatever that meant. Gracie-Mae hadn't exactly figured it out but it sounded cool?)

 

"I'm excited to see what it's about!" she told Alyssa when asked what she thought. "What about you? And hey Zsu! I know, right? I hope so, I can't wait!"

 

More girls arrived, and Gracie-Mae even recognized a few more of the newcomers' faces, but it seemed like the meeting was starting soon so she didn't seek them out. Sure enough, Behati was soon giving a speech. Gracie-Mae thought she did a pretty good job of it, and she thought the GRRL PWR thing seemed like fun! 

 

But she couldn't actually think of any questions. She was still trying to take it all in, really. She stayed silent and glanced at her friends, wondering if they had questions or ideas.
 

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Alyssa believed Zsu was right. Great minds did think alike. She shouldn’t have been surprised to see her two friends were there. It felt as if they were meant to be friends. They’d met on the train, and they got along so well, and they kept meeting up elsewhere in the castle. They even had an adventure together. So to find them both here made happy and yet not that surprised.

 

“It should be wicked, especially with the three of here, and the other first year girls I’ve met seem cool too,” she said. “What a better place for us all the meet up?”

 

She listened to Behati’s speech. The two hadn’t had many conversations together, but they’d met up maybe a few times and each time Alyssa was around, she realized the liked the girl even more. She liked her idea a lot and she felt good to be invited to be something like this along with her two friends. She was grinning widely by the end of her speech.

 

She loved the idea of them all being there for each other. They could help each other when they were in need, when they needed advice or just to have someone around. Alyssa had always hoped to belong to something like this. She had one best friend at home, and two girls who could become her best friends and the rest of this group. She was quite lucky. She loved the idea of the scavenger hunt too and nodded when Stella had her say.

 

“We could just be there for another girl when she needs somebody, even if we aren’t that close,” Alyssa said. “If we see someone who is here today, and if we see someone in need, we can be there for her, just to make sure she's okay. Even if it's just a bad day."

 

She felt a bit timid speaking up. If this was a group for girls though, she hoped her suggestion fit in and it was clear enough. She wished she could have come up with the fun idea like scavenger hunts of famous women. However, with fun, they needed the serious aspect of it as well. 


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