Zahira’s parents wanted a gentle, quiet, girly, elegant daughter. Well… they were slightly disappointed by her. The exact opposite of their expectations, Zahira is confident and not afraid to speak her mind. Tough and tomboyish, she has something in her that makes people like her. Of course her behavior is perceived as a great disgrace by her family, but she learned not to care. Sometimes she may be too honest or cheeky, but she’s very loyal and always stands up for what she believes in, such as women’s rights.
Zahira was born in Britain, but she is Arab, and her parents are traditionalists. That means she’s been raised to be a specific type of person. The fact that she was female changed her fate a lot. Her parents expected her to aim for being a good wife and mother. However, despite being told, taught and pleased, she never wanted that. Even when she was a young girl, her dreams were most unacceptable to her parents- she wanted to be a soldier or a racing car driver. She often disobeyed them.
When she was 6, she discovered her magical skills. After another family argument she was sitting in the garden of her family’s house staring angrily at a bush. Suddenly its leaves started burning. Shocked, she brought some water and extinguished the fire. She didn’t tell her parents about it, inventing a story in case they asked about the bush. Many more accidents happened around her later. Finally, at her 11th birthday, her Hogwarts letter arrived, along with a member of the school’s staff. She finally knew there were more people with abilities like hers. Her parents reluctantly let her go there, but made her promise to wear a hijab all the time. Of course, she didn’t want to, and took it off on the Hogwarts Express as soon as King’s Cross Station was no longer visible, excited to be finally free.
Dark brown/ombre (dyed)
Given name (Zahira)- Aide, helper, protector
Middle name (Aisha)- Girl
Last name (Hussain)- derived from the given name Hussain