The only person standing in your way is you.
Veronica to Mariella

Mariella Aurora Volkov (née Thorn) (b. 3 April, n.d. — 7 December, n.d.) was a pure-blood witch from the House of Thorn and Knight family. She was the daughter of Savannah Thorn and Jonathan Knight, as well as the younger sister of Sasha. She was also the godmother of her niece, Summer. Mariella was also the widowed wife of Joseph Volkov and a known socialite and philanthropist.

Like her elder sister, Mariella also attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was sorted into the Ravenclaw house. Mariella lived in the shadow of her sister, Sasha, being recognised as an introverted individual who focused on her studies and explored her creative side personally, rather than openly. At some point during her time at Hogwarts, Ella began dancing again as she had as a child, discovering a particular talent in ballet. She quickly became known for her elegance and exquisite movement that she channelled the hurt from her experience of sexual abuse from her Yule Ball date and future husband, Joseph. However, Ella was also extremely intelligent and left Hogwarts with seven N.E.W.Ts in total, all at 'Outstanding' level. Mariella was also part of The Royal Ballet in London and eventually married into the Volkov family.

Overall, Mariella was an averagely talented witch with strong intellectual levels that allowed her to succeed in her academic studies. Despite not inheriting the family genes of the Mermaid or Siren species, Mariella excelled in her own personal talents, proving to be one of the greatest dancers of her time and the greatest ballet performer of the Thorn family. In spite of her early passing, Mariella suffered greatly throughout her life and created impeccable art in the work she delivered on the stage as the performer she was born to be.


Early life

Hogwarts years

First year

Second year

Third year

Fourth year

Fifth year

Sixth year

Seventh year

Later life

Death and post-mortem

Physical description

Personality and traits

"All I ever wanted was to be a dancer. Ever since I was a small child. Father would take me whilst mother was working at the Ministry. And I would look out of the windows at the people going about their lives. Going to work, half asleep. And I would tell myself, I'm not like them. And I never will be. Because I'm special. I want to be special again."
—Mariella to Lily at Joseph's funeral

Magical abilities and skills

  • Dancing:


  • Sequoia wood wand:
  • Freyja: Upon attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mariella received an all-white female Barn Owl that she came to name Freyja, that remained as her pet and companion far into her adulthood.




House of Thorn

Sasha Thorn



Mariella originated from the name Maria: Latin form of Mary, which is derived from the Hebrew Miryām, a name of debated meaning. Many believe it to mean sea of bitterness or sea of sorrow.

Mariella's second name, Aurora, was a Latin baby name. The mythical Goddess, Aurora, was a deity of the Dawn.

The surname Thorn derives from an English and Danish background. It is a topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or hedge (Old English, Old Norse þorn).


Mariella: Listen, don't tell anybody about who we are. Especially them.
Sasha: Why do you care what they think? And besides, being us is fabulous.
Mariella: All that money comes with strings attached, Sash. People treat you differently.
Sasha Yes, better.

Mariella: It's about a girl who gets turned into a swan and she needs love to break the spell, but her prince falls for the wrong girl so she kills herself.

Sasha: This is your moment, Ella. Don't let it go.

Mariella: It's my turn to be the black swan!

Savannah: What happened to my sweet girl?
Mariella: She's gone.

Mariella: I just want to be perfect.
Joseph: Perfection is not just about control, Ella. It's also about letting go.


  • Mariella's theme song was Til' It Happens To You by Lady Gaga.