I'm Jen (or eyra), one of the betas. I'm 19, an English major, and a part-time bookseller at Waldenbooks (Borders Express, really), among other things. Occasionally I get the urge to study something to death, as was the case with the Norman Conquest. I took Old English my junior year of high school, developed an interest in pre-Norman politics, and took off from there. It was about a year and a half before I started on a different topic. I spent most of my time studying Saxon-Norman relations in the years after Hastings, but had an interest in most of the issues of the time period.
I'm here because I like the Norman Conquest, and I like Harry Potter. It took me awhile to get into the fandom, as the only fan fiction I knew about was on fanfiction.net, and the site scares me just a little. I wasn't enterprising enough to go on a search for other archives until last December. My favorite characters are probably the Marauders - lately I've been spending too much time trying to figure out Peter Pettigrew. I hadn't put much thought into the Founders before now, but your take sounded really interesting, and I'm looking forward to being a part of this.
And me. Well, I like a little tea with my milk, sugar, and honey. I would never poison a cat with it, not even my neighbor's, who is probably distantly related to Beelzebub. I have an inordinate fascination with thieves, thanks to Robin Hood, and the Pre-Raphaelites, thanks to John William Waterhouse. My teddy bear was appropriately named Fuzzy. He once belonged to my dad, and by the time he got to me he hadn't had any significant amount of stuffing for twenty years. He was a good bear.