I made a spreadsheet for the DSS Requirement crew! WIZARDS IN SPAAAAAAAAACE!
So basically… if you haven’t read @esamastation‘s D.S.S Requirement ‘verse then this won’t make any sense, but if you did then, well, this still might not make much sense. Hence why I am explaining it. You can’t really see the text so well in the pictures provided–which is why I suggest downloading it for yourself–but the pictures are here so you can see what I’m referring to.
Because I am a huge, spreadsheet loving nerd, I decided to make a spreadsheet of esama’s fic listing basically all of the members of the D.A. (book canon as well as guesses at the few movie-only members) and figuring out which of the teams they would be in. (I’ve also written some remix/spin-off fics, here).
The six teams I created are: 1) Command – further split into Administration, Strategy, Business –, 2) Engineering, 3) Information, 4) Navigation, 5) Operations, and 6) Medical.
Except for the Ministry Six, the Weasley Twins, and Lee Jordan (the latter three who were the ones to discover the spaceship in the first place) I went through the fic and took note of when characters were mentioned and in which chapters. For some it helped, for others… not so much. In which case I went to their wiki pages and tried to figure out what they’d specialize in.
I noticed–like with Zacharias Smith in particular–that some characters would be on multiple teams. Which is not so bad, because that means they’d be able to function as multiple roles, but I realized as a method of organization and hierarchy that’d be a bit unwieldy. So everyone has a “primary” team and secondary teams as their abilities/time allows.
Then came symbols. Because if everyone’s armor is colored to their House (Red and Gold for Gryffindor, Blue and Bronze for Ravenclaw, Yellow and Black for Hufflepuff) then there has to be some other way to quickly identify people and what team they’re on. Especially since the armor comes with helmets that cover the face and the armor sizes are a matter of personal preference.
The symbols correspond as such: 1) Command = line/bar, 2) Engineering = triangle, 3) Information = circle, 4) Navigation = diamond, 5) Operations = Shield, 6) Medical = cross.
Heads/co-heads/deputies of teams also get a bars even if they’re not “Command team” necessarily. As captain, Harry gets three bars; as co-executive officers, Hermione and Ron get two bars; all team heads get a full single bar, all deputies get a thinner “half bar”, and people on the Command team who aren’t officers of other teams get an “empty bar”.
I just went through the designations I figured out in the spreadsheet and created unique symbols for everyone–that’s right: except for the Weasley twins everyone has a unique symbol. So from a quick glance the largest shape/outline is the “primary” team that person is on, and the smaller symbols inside are their secondary teams as well as whether or not they are officers. Probably, everyone gets to recognize people as much by their symbols as their faces, eventually. Though, as a good captain, Harry probably learns it first 😛
It was distractingly fun to create all of these.
Here are some random headcanons that I had to develop in order to make sense of the movie-only members of the DA.
Basically, JK Rowling was very unclear as to exactly how many Hufflepuff girls in Harry’s year there were. Except for Hannah Abbot and Susan Bones, there might have been two or three others. In the books there was a briefly mentioned Megan Jones who was definitely a Hufflepuff. There was also a Sally-Anne Perks and a Sally or Georgina (apparently her first name was undecided somehow) Smith who might have been either a Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, or Slytherin. In the movie there is a Hufflepuff character in Harry’s year who is friends with Katie Bell but is only named Leanne. I didn’t want to add more Gryffindors unless it was absolutely necessary and it’s established that there are no Slytherins in DA, so I made both Sallys Hufflepuffs. And I figured, so as to avoid confusion, they would go by nicknames or their middle names hence Sally-Anne “Leanne” Perks and Sally “Georgina” Smith.
According to the wiki of Dumbledore’s Army, the movie version included these names explicitly: Nigel Wolpert, Rionach O’Neal, Luca Michali Caruso and Alice Tolipan. Nigel and Rionach are both Gryffindors according to the movie (tie colors) but Luca and Alice could be anything and I decided to make them Ravenclaws because… balance.
Now who is Peter Jones and why did I include him? Well… the actress suspected to be Megan Jones in the movies has been spotted wearing a yellow tie in one scene and a red tie in a different scene. Rather than just saying–hey, continuity errors–I wanted to have it add to the unwritten story. Peter Jones is a confirmed Gryffindor–Megan and Peter are possibly related due to their last name–and he has has been noted as being somewhat forgetful (he lost his cauldron) so it’s possible that he and his sister or cousin just misplace their ties and don’t want to get docked points for being out of uniform so they just wear whatever tie is on hand.
I also headcanon that Zacharias Smith and Sally “Georgina” Smith are both related and descendants of Helga Hufflepuff because why not?