Tanja Eloise Brunhilde Gärtner was born in Emden, Germany on April 20th to Fritz and Hannalore Gärtner (née Luft). She is the youngest of four boys and the only daughter. Tanja is very much a tomboy despite her mother's best efforts to make her into the 'Fairy Queen' she was named for. She is somewhat dangerous, she is fearless and loves a thrilling risk, finding an insane amount of pleasure in making trouble, mostly for herself. Not to say that she is a problem causer, she just knows exactly what has to be done for her to have a little fun.
Tanja's eldest brothers, the twins Halden and Heinrich are to blame for this behavior, She has always been jealous of what they were able to get away with due to the fact that there are two of them, it only meant that she had to work twice as hard and be twice a smart. She has no problem with that, especially if it would increase the enjoyment she found in the activities she devoted her time to. Tanja's brothers just before her, Jaeger and Leuther were killed in an accident involving muggles, and their muggle weaponry. The young men, Leuther and Jaeger had been careless in their actions and conversation in a beer hall, leading to an altercation which ended the lives of all involved. Due to the premature deaths of her brothers, Tanja does very much despise muggles, their dependance on their technology to solve disputes, carelessness and boastfulness. She blames her brothers, her mother and father, and the muggles who killed them equally for their tragic deaths.
Tanja is very calculated in every action that she does, on any given occasion the words that she says or the moves that she makes are done in an effort to test the reactions of others. Tanja can be considered two-faced because she does often contradict herself. Not to fool anyone, only so that she may better understand those around her. Somewhat dangerous, she is fearless and loves a thrilling risk, finding an insane amount of pleasure in making trouble, mostly for herself. Not to say that she is a problem causer, she just knows exactly what has to be done for her to have a little fun.
Due to the premature deaths of her brothers Tanja does very much despise muggles, their technology, carelessness and boastfulness. She blames her brothers, her mother and father, and the muggles who killed them equally for their tragic deaths.
Tanja's wand is made of Maple wood with a Phoenix feather core.
According to Herr Ollivander ...
Maple wood - Maple wands are by nature travellers and explorers; they are not stay-at-home wands, and prefer ambition in their witch or wizard, otherwise their magic grows heavy and lacklustre. Fresh challenges and regular changes of scene cause this wand to literally shine, burnishing itself as it grows, with its partner, in ability and status. This is a beautiful and desirable wood, and wand quality maple has been among the most costly for centuries. Possession of a maple wand has long been a mark of status, because of its reputation as the wand of high achievers.
Phoenix feather - Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike.
Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won.
Heimdall was considered a family pet. He is a hybrid Falcon, 75% Gyr/Peregrine. He was fond of both Leuther and Jaerger during their lives, the boys were fearless enough to put in the work it took to personally train him. When they died, and ceased to return to their beloved bird, Heimdall it seemed mourned them. Turning to Tanja and sharing with her the grief of loss, Tanja is now the sole owner of Heimdall as he refuses to do for anyone else what he does willingly only for her.
Tanja is good at Charms, Potions, Herbology and Dark Arts. Tanja keeps the latter to herself, not revealing that she has knowledge of any sort in the Dark Arts until the moment she absolutely needs to.
Tanja's father, he is a stern man but he can also be very gentle and caring. He has a soft spot for Tanja, seeing how hard she took the deaths of her brothers he did the best he could to keep her from resenting not only her mother and himself but also the world.
Hannalore Gärtner (née Luft)
Tanja's mother, like her husband Fritz she is also very stern, she no longer displays the loving motherly demeanor she exuded before the loss of her youngest sons. She has become very cold, and fairly insensitive woman letting nothing alter her opinion.
Tanja's eldest brother, he is a twin and uses the fact to his advantage. He is outrageously devious and a master manipulator, he is a much better liar then his twin, when the boys are executing trade mark team work Heinrich is the one to pick up where Halden left off.
Tanja's older brother, he is a twin and uses the fact to his advantage. He is inherently a good person and deep down knows right from wrong, he tends to cater to the desires of his twin, starting off a plan that he had no say in and manages to pull off effortlessly.
Tanja's deceased older brother, he was a braggart and a womanizer. During his life he made many mistakes, fraternization with married women and constant displays of magic to name a few, this caused both his mother and father to very seriously consider the most extreme forms of discipline.
Tanja's deceased older brother, he like his brother before him was also a lover of women and a braggart. He very much liked to challenge anyone and everyone in the most condescending manner. He made many of the same mistakes as Jaeger, mostly with married muggle women and leading to disputes with their husbands.