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''Children of the Red King'' is a series of fantasy novels by Jenny Nimmo which first began publishing in 2002. They describe the adventures of Charlie Bone.

The series begins with [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Charlie Bone]] accidentally getting the wrong photograph from the photo developer... and discovering that he can hear people talking in the photo. While he is perturbed at this [[IncrediblyLamePun development]], his [[{{Jerkass}} grandmother and great aunts]] inform him he has magical abilities and enroll him in [[WizardingSchool Bloor's Academy]] where he becomes part of the music department (because of his [[DisappearedDad supposedly dead father]], [[ChekhovsGun who played the piano]]). At Bloor's, Charlie makes [[TrueCompanions new friends]], encounters strange magic, and learns all about the history of his BigScrewedUpFamily.

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* ''Midnight for Charlie Bone'' (2002)
* ''The Time Twister'' (2003) (Also ''Charlie Bone and the Time Twister'')
* ''The Blue Boa'' (2004) (Also ''Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy'')
* ''The Castle of Mirrors'' (2005) (Also ''Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors'')
* ''Charlie Bone and the Hidden King'' (2006)
* ''Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf'' (2007) (Also ''Charlie Bone and the Beast'')
* ''Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock'' (2008)
* ''Charlie Bone and the Red Knight'' (2009)
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!!This series contains examples of the following tropes:
* AcademyOfAdventure / WizardingSchool: Bloor's Academy.
* AdultsAreUseless: Mostly averted. Most of the adults are fairly competent; when they're unable to help the kids it's for reasons that actually make sense, and when they ''do'' help out it makes a big difference. Plus, for every nice adult there's two who are {{Jerkass}}es or [[AxCrazy completely psychotic]].
* AnimalEyes: Asa Pike's eyes are yellow, which just adds to his wolfish demeanor.
* ArchnemesisDad: A curse on Dagbert Endless' family ensures that when he turns thirteen, he will have to battle his father, Lord Grimwald, to the death. [[spoiler: He wins]].
* TheAssimilator: Yorath is capable of this. [[spoiler: The victims were released upon his death, though]].
* {{Awesome McCoolname}}: Olivia Vertigo, Lysander Sage, Tancred Torsson, Gabriel Silk, Eric Shellhorn, Alice Angel, Orvil Onimous, anyone with the last name "Yewbeam"... yeah, there's a lot of these.
* BadPowersBadPeople: This almost seems to be the case when it comes to the endowed. Those with more destructive powers tend to be on the side of the Bloors, while those with more useless-sounding powers tend to be good. This is averted by Tancred and Lysander, who are easily the strongest of all the kids at the Academy, and who are both very firmly on Charlie's team.
* BadassTeacher: Dr. Saltweather and Senor Alvaro, though barely mentioned at all in the final battle, make quite a team.
* BalanceOfGoodAndEvil: What Cook/[[spoiler: Treasure]] does. This actually is almost her downfall in the fourth book when the good children start getting systematically picked off by the bad ones.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: [[spoiler:Miss Chrystal/Titania Tilpin]] gets increasingly ugly after she turns out to be an evil witch.
* BigBad: Ezekiel Bloor, until [[spoiler: Count Harken Badlock]] came around.
* BigFriendlyDog: Runner Bean.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Yewbeams, definitely. The Bloors as well.
* BodyHorror: Asa when he changes from human to beast, or vice versa.
* {{Bouncer}}: Norton Cross is a sort-of bouncer for the Pets' Cafe.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Benjamin and his dog Runner Bean just can't catch a break.
* CastCalculus: Rotates through the books. Mostly involves Charlie and Billy, involves Emma and Olivia more often than not, and occasionally includes Gabriel, Tancred and Lysander.
* CatsAreMagic: Played straight in the case of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, otherwise known as the Flames. They used to be leopards belonging to the Red King, and are capable of turning themselves into fire, and occasionally can resume their true forms.
* [[CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase Character Name and]] {{the X of Y}}: All of the books except the first in the U.S.
* CharmPerson: Joshua Tilpin, who is a human magnet in every sense of the word.
* ChekhovsGunman: Mr. Pilgrim, who in the fifth book is revealed to be [[spoiler:Lyell Bone, Charlie's ten-years-estranged father. He's also the Red Knight]].
* ConstantlyCurious: Joshua Tilpin has quite a few questions for Lord Grimwald in the last book.
* CoolUncle: Paton Yewbeam.
* CreepyTwins: Idith and Inez Branko.
* DeadpanSnarker: Paton Yewbeam, though Charlie has a few good ones.
--> '''Charlie:''' It's just my grandma.
--> '''Billy:''' No, Charlie, this is different. Rembrandt says it smells of bad magic and things that should be dead.
--> '''Charlie:''' Like I said.
* DisabilityImmunity: Billy's albinism gives him poor eyesight, which makes him immune to HypnoticEyes.
* DisappearedDad: Lyell Bone, who was [[spoiler: hypnotized by Manfred and hidden away as a music teacher in the Academy for the next ten years. He's woken up in the fifth book and is finally reunited with his wife and son]].
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Tancred]].
* DontExplainTheJoke: "I think they only put 'FISH' up on that sign to explain the smell, if you catch me. And not because they're selling any."
* DramatisPersonae: Each book has several pages at the beginning listing all the current major characters and their powers, as well as a copy of [[TangledFamilyTree Charlie's ever expanding family tree]] and in later books, the family of the Red King.
* DysfunctionalFamily: The entire family at number nine Filbert Street.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Paton Yewbeam and his sister Venetia could count, as both are on the tall side and have black hair.
* TheEmpath: Gabriel Silk is psychometric, which allows him to experience the thoughts and feelings of people whose clothes he puts on.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Most of the main characters are related and almost ''everyone'' is descended from the Red King.
* EvilMatriarch: Grandma Bone.
* EvilOldFolks: Quite a few, but Ezekiel Bloor deserves special mention; he's a GrumpyOldMan taken to [[UpToEleven the extreme]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Norton Cross]]. Dorcas Loom, to an extent. Previously she was neutral, and even hinted to be a good person. It wasn't until Yolanda came around that she became bad.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Ezekiel Bloor attempts to bring the brutal tyrant Borlath back to life, and seemingly succeeds - except that there's no way of controlling him. [[spoiler: It turns out that he actually brought back Queen Berenice, who was a loving mother and is compelled to protect the endowed children]].
* GoodGuyBar: The Pets' Cafe.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Billy Raven, at the end of the series]]. This is unfortunately subverted earlier on when his initial adopted parents turn out to be LawfulEvil.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[JerkassWoobie Dagbert Endless]], whose CharacterAlignment changes with the moon. [[spoiler:At the end, he seems to have finally settled somewhere on [[LawfulGood the]] [[ChaoticGood "good"]] [[NeutralGood spectrum]]]]. Billy Raven switches to the bad side for several books before rejoining the heroes.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Asa Pike, due to his nature as a Changer. It's implied that he actually might have rejoined the Bloors, had they not seen fit to lock him up for a few months in a cave, later on without sunlight (which is what he requires in order to be human). In other words, they deprived him of his humanity for several weeks and nearly starved him to death in the process. Their actions also led up to Asa's father being shot and killed by local hunters. It's no wonder he turned his back on them completely after that]].
* HeroicAlbino: Billy Raven, though he flip-flops a bit before settling on the side of the good kids.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Christopher Crowquill, which makes him one of the very few non-evil characters to be KilledOffForReal]].
** [[spoiler: Asa's dad was shot to death trying to defend his son from hunters]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Emma and Olivia.
* HypnoticEyes: Manfred's original power, though it begins to wane to make way for a newer, [[PlayingWithFire much more destructive]] one.
* INeverToldYouMyName: Alice Angel knows Olivia's name immediately when she and Charlie walk into her shop, and uses it repeatedly. It doesn't say much for Charlie's character that he doesn't think anything is wrong until Alice also says his name. It turns out that, unknown to them [[spoiler:Alice is Olivia's next door neighbor, godmother, and self-declared guardian angel and a friend of Charlie's Uncle Paton]].
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: With a sufficient light source, Asa is human. But in the dark, he cannot retain that shape, instead automatically transforming into a beast -- the eponymous "Wilderness Wolf" of the sixth book. [[spoiler: Being trapped as an animal for too long can also have a bad effect on his sanity, though luckily he manages to hold himself together enough to not rip apart his rescuers when they come for him]].
* KaleidoscopeHair: Olivia
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: In addition to the aforementioned Christopher and Mr. Pike, BigBad Manfred and his grandfather Ezekiel die at the end of the last book]].
* KissingCousins: Subverted. All of the endowed are descended from the Red King, but their respective families have drifted so far that they can no longer be considered related by any stretch.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagicEnhancement: Paton Yewbeam is a "power booster", though this mainly extends just to electronics, lightbulbs in particular. He also knows how to utilize this power effectively, and even manages to fatally electrocute Yolanda with it.
* MagicWand: Charlie inherits one from his ancestor Mathonwy, [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield though it can only be used by one of his bloodline speaking in Welsh]]. [[spoiler: Later on after Manfred tries to destroy it, it becomes a white moth]].
* MakingASplash: Subverted with Dagbert, who drowns people by simulating the ocean. Somehow. It's implied he will inherit his father's water powers upon [[spoiler: killing him]], however.
* MasterOfIllusion: [[spoiler: Olivia Vertigo]].
* MindOverMatter: Zelda Dobinski, Beth Strong, and Idith and Inez Branko.
* MuggleBestFriend: Benjamin Brown, Fidelio Gunn, and Olivia Vertigo [[spoiler: until she is revealed to be endowed as well]].
* MultigenerationalHousehold: Charlie's house up consists of him, his mother, both his grandmothers, and his great-uncle.
* MundaneUtility: Charlie uses his wand to help him remember things he's studied for school. [[spoiler: Olivia sometimes uses her illusion power to stir up mischief when she gets bored.]]
** The endowed are generally discouraged from using their powers for "frivolous" things, however.
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: Asa at times. Especially prominent where Yolanda was concerned, as he was attracted to her specifically because her powers were similar to his.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Mr. Onimous sounds a lot like o'''m'''i'''n'''ous. [[SubvertedTrope He's one of the good guys though]].
** Also, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Count Harken Badlock]].
* OffingTheOffspring: What Lord Grimwald intends to do to Dagbert, due to their family's curse.
* PapaWolf: Do not kill [[spoiler:Yolanda Yewbeam]] or [[spoiler:Tancred Torsson]]. Their fathers will be ''pissed''.
* ParentalAbandonment: Emma's dad, Mostaf Tolly, traded her to the Bloors for a replica of the Toledo knight when she was a baby. He eventually tries to put this right, but is murdered before he can.
* PlayingWithFire: Manfred Bloor, upon losing his hypnotism power, begins instead to develop fire powers like his ancestor Borlath. This is especially terrifying for the younger kids when the only other firestarter in the series was a cruel, brutal tyrant whose greatest sport was stated to be torture.
* PlotInducedStupidity: By all rights, Tancred and Lysander as a team are powerful enough to solve just about every problem Charlie has ever struggled with -- especially when it comes to the Bloor family, who are all terrified of them. Why they never seem to remember this is a mystery.
** Tancred actually isn't very good at controlling his powers, and often has to force himself from losing control of them. Lysander doesn't really have an excuse, though.
* PoliceAreUseless: Justified, since there's not much the police can do about magical crimes, especially when they've got their hands full with the mundane variety already. Though one does help [[spoiler: Charlie's mother]] offscreen in the last book.
* PortalPicture: Charlie's endowment, though it first manifests as simply hearing voices in the pictures.
* PowerPerversionPotential / GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Charlie can go into any still image. ''Any'' still image. Think about it.
* PunnyName: An example that overlaps with NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Belle Donner. [[spoiler:Who is actually [[ShapeShifter Yolanda Yewbeam]]]].
* SchoolForScheming
* SealedEvilInACan: The Shadow/[[spoiler:Count Harken Badlock]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: Dagbert Endless, thanks to a nasty curse on his family.
* {{Shapeshifting}}: Yorath Yewbeam and his daughter Yolanda are traditional shapeshifters, able to become literally any living thing (even plants, apparently, in Yorath's case). Emma Tolly and Asa Pike are slightly different, with Emma able to become any type of bird she wants, including made up ones, and Asa being more of a werewolf and transforming depending on how light or dark his surroundings are.
* ShipTease: Emma and Charlie, until it is revealed that [[spoiler: Emma has a crush on Tancred]]. Olivia and Charlie would probably qualify too.
* StupidScientist: Ezekiel has shades of this, crossed with GenreBlindness. He literally had no other plan for controlling Borlath except that since he was Borlath's descendant, he'd of course be obligated to help him out.
* SwordCane: Uncle Paton has one in his walking stick, used in the final battle. And it's electrified.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics
* TalkingToAnimals: Billy Raven.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Lucretia, Eustacia, and Venetia Yewbeam live at 13 Darkly Wynd.
** Parodied. They don't all live at the same house, their street has three No. 13s.
* UnfazedEveryman: Benjamin, Fidelio, and Olivia. [[spoiler:Until Olivia turns out to be endowed in the fourth book]].
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Some of the endowed have powers that initially seem lame, but most of them turn out to be [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] or more powerful than you'd think.
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