Article and photos by Ellette Addington
Yes, the Dating Game, in which each half of a couple answers questions about their relationship without consulting the other first. Since we’re coming up on Valentine’s Day, We decided to walk around Hogwarts to visit some of the castle’s favorite couples. Watch them fall deeper in love, or flop over their own feet trying to answer questions about their relationships!
The snow whips around the castle, making the entirety of the surroundings dark and gray in the courtyard. Not that its noticeable in the presence of this pair. Amidst dreamy eyed glances and the sweetest hand holding, they agreed to answer a few of our questions. Marzia and Cary have faced themselves and faced Hogwarts, but can they face our questions and have their answers match up and be as adorable as expected? (Spoiler, writer says yes.)
How did you two meet?
Marzia: “Oh that’s easy. We met at another Slytherin’s birthday party and started talking about food – figs more specifically. And after that we just kind of started talking a lot more frequently and the friendship was just instantaneous. Of course, we had been going to school together and I knew him through other people – vaguely – but we didn’t start actually talking until that party.”
Caryxander: “Well, actually, despite my girlfriend’s selective memory the first time that we ever met was during a class last year. I can’t remember what class it was. It was either Charms or Transfigurations I’m pretty sure. Anyway, we’re sat in there and I’m having a pretty fun time when suddenly I hear this really pretty Ravenclaw girl start talking about ‘the voices in her head’ or something like that. I don’t remember exactly, it was a year ago. And I’m fairly sure that was the first time I had ever actually met you. Beyond that though? Yeah, Leo’s party. Almost got in a row with Lia about something that we had both misunderstood and misconstrued when Marzia came in and stopped it. As she said, the friendship was just instantaneous.”
Marzia: “Way to make me sound like a crazy person!”
Cary: “I, of course, want to make sure that they get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Marzia: “For me, it’s how easy it is to talk to him. Pretty much from the beginning, I felt like I had nothing to hide, even when he was basically a stranger to me. I didn’t feel like he’d ever judge me or talk to me in a way that would put me down. And with him it seemed like the feeling was mutual, and I really liked that and wanted to get him to talk more, ya’know?”
Cary: “Yeah. I can tell Mags anything and I know that she’ll not judge me, and that she’ll understand me, you know?” Cary spoke softly, voice thrumming with fondness. “She’s got my back. Always has. Just like I have hers, you know?”
Who asked who out, and how?
Marzia: “I don’t think we ever really formally asked each other out. I think we were just like… hanging out and it kind of slipped? Like he called me his girlfriend or he called himself my boyfriend and I questioned him about it and we sort of just… agreed that it felt right.”
Cary: “Yeah…we never really asked each other about it. I suppose we just sort of fell into it? It sort of just felt right, you know? Like we had been together already, and one day I was teasing her, And I accidentally let it slip. The big grand secret. I called myself her boyfriend – which, now that I think about it, it would have been disastrous if you didn’t feel the same. But you did, and now here we are…”
What is Marzia’s favorite spell?
Marzia sat silent and looked over at Cary, brows raised.
Cary: “I would have to say… Ebublio?”
Marzia: ”Yeah, been my favourite spell since before fourth year.”
What is Cary’s favourite subject
Marzia: “Oh, that’s a tough one. There are three… he’s brilliant at transfigurations, brutal in dueling, and an absolute ace on the Quidditch pitch. I don’t know if Quidditch or Dueling count as subjects but… I’d say Quidditch just cause it seems like that is what brings him the most joy, however if we’re talking classes specifically, definitely transfigurations.”
Cary: “You got it right though! I have to say Transfig is my favourite. Defence Against the Dark Arts is fine and dandy, but Transfiguration is where the art of science and magic meet. It’s fascinating, and we haven’t even scratched the surface of it. I’m glad you didn’t say Divs or Xylomancy though darling, that would have gone down like an anvil in water.”
What is Cary’s biggest pet peeve?
Marzia: “Probably people who duel dirty, I’d imagine. He’s fairly easy going but I know if you try to cast at him while he has his back turned, well… Let’s just say that it isn’t a pleasant outcome.”
Cary: “Right. People who don’t adhere to rules of dueling. I remember when I dueled Abbie Peyroux. I beat her in a duel fair and square and she tried to cast on me whilst my back was turned. Needless to say as Mags hinted at, I /wasn’t/ impressed.”
What is one thing that Cary does that drives you batty?
Marzia: “Honestly? The only downside I can think of is that we aren’t graduating together. He doesn’t really do anything that annoys me at all, but then I guess it takes a lot or maybe specific things to annoy me.”
Cary: “It actually really sucks that she’s graduating this year and I’m graduating next year. Not too sure what I’ll do at school when you disappear. Who am I going to wind up at every opportunity I get? I’m going to have to wait until I see you next to do it.”
What would you say is the others weirdest quirk?
Marzia: “He’s probably the most competitive person I know, and I suppose that’s strange to me because I’ve never felt that or seen this level of competition in any other person.”
Cary: “Hey, there’s nothing wrong about winning and the enjoyment of it.”
Cary: “I would have to say Marzia’s weirdest quirk is…honestly probably how easy she is to talk to? Like…it sounds like I’m saying it’s a bad thing and it’s not, it’s amazing, but she’s just the most lovely person I’ve ever met, and it’s weird. I feel like I couldn’t ever upset her, not that I’d want to, but…I dunno if I’m explaining myself right? What I’m trying to say is, she’s really lovely, amazingly lovely, to the point where it’s weird, because you almost feel like you don’t deserve to even know someone that lovely? Does that make more sense?”
Cary: “Do you want to throw down, Sterling?”
((Author’s note: Uhhhh, could they get any cuter? Can you see the blushing through the paper, cause I can.))
What is the weirdest nickname you have for the other?
Marzia: “I’ve… never actually given [him] a nickname. Maybe I should think of one. A real sickly sweet one. Aside from calling him by his name, I might call him ‘Love’ or something but that’s not really all that weird. I’ll have to come up with something now that you’ve mentioned it.”
Cary: “If you start calling me something awful like ‘your favourite Slytherin’ or ‘honeybunch’ or something like that then I think we’re going to have to call this relationship off Most of mine for Marzia are ones that everyone else has for her. Mags, Marzipan, all that sort of stuff. Otherwise it’s just like, ‘love’, ‘darling’, ‘sweetheart’, ‘lovely’, all that sort of stuff.”
Who really wears the pants in the relationship?
Well, there you have it. If this didn’t make you believe in love at first fight, it sure did us. When we left them they were still blushing and holding hands. As the age old advice goes “The worst thing you can do is go looking for a partner. You have to embrace the time you have to yourself and do things that nurture your mind and soul. If the right partner is around, he’ll come to you.” Good luck lovebirds, We can’t wait to see what embarrassing nicknames churn up in the future.
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