Over Protective Dad: Subverted; Mordecai will actually leave his family to deal with their own problems if he thinks they don't need the help from him, and never tries to interfere with their opinions and decision-making. He is more of a
Skunk Stripe: Only at the temples and his central parting, though.
Spot of Tea: Sans china tea set, whenever Mordecai offers drinks, the first option will inevitably be tea.
First Year Trainee, formerly of Hufflepuff
First Year Trainee, formerly of Hufflepuff
First Year Trainee, formerly of Hufflepuff
First Year Trainee, formerly of Durmstrang
The adopted daughter of the Estonian Liason to the Ministry. She's prone to partying and is usually quite friendly, but she's also got a violent streak, some buried anger issues, a past she doesn't want to live up to, and a tendency to flirt with everyone in the room.
Berserk Button: Yes, it's technically her real name, but for the love of god do not call her Aaliyah.
Fun with Foreign Languages: Slips into Estonian and/or Russian on occasion, due to speaking one at home and another at school. She also speaks Arabic, but the origin of that does away with the 'fun' bit pretty quick.
Professor of Astronomy, Tapendra advocates Muggle views and techniques over those of the Wizarding World, and as such has garnered both disapproval and agreement. Joining the school in January, replacing Demetrius Woolfolk.His sister and daughter attend the school: Cyhirae, his daughter, is a first year Ravenclaw and his sister Georgiana is a 7th year Slytherin.
House Husband : Was one even before his wife's death; after her death, went full blown into it to take care of the girls. He enjoys it, however, so frankly doesn't care if he might get looked down on for it.
A former magical perfumer and Beauxbatons alumnus, Juliette was hired by her cousin Hogwarts Headmistress Analiza Snark to teach potions beginning in the spring 2009 semester.Juliette was raised in England but schooled in her parents' native France during the war against Voldemort. She has close ties in Paris, where she keeps an apartment.
Caretaker of Hogwarts Castle. He’s a lion. No, seriously.Okay, so he’s actually a prideful animagus who experimented with developing a technique to allow animagi to speak in their animal form. He technically succeeded but is now stuck in the form of a lion with no way to change back. Following six years of failed treatment at Saint Mungo’s he has come to Hogwarts in the hopes that transfiguration experts like Professor McGonagall may one day be able to return him to his human form.
Genius Bruiser: Prior to his Mode Lock, he was a pretty burly human and expert in Transfiguration. Now he’s all that stuck in the body of a lion.
The son that Lupin and Tonks left behind at the end of Deathly Hallows. An enthusiastic young metamorphmagus, Ted loves to be the center of attention but hates when that attention comes from his extended family's reputation rather than his own merits.
Badass Family: His de facto extended family includes most of the canon protagonists.
Canine Companion: Padfoot II, a puppy he befriended as a young child who has now followed him to Hogwarts. May or may not be a Hellhound.
Kaleidoscope Hair: Taking after his mum, he changes his hair color and style on a day-to-day basis.
Lunacy: Full moons drive him a little nuts. It's currently unclear as to whether he's actually hearing something when the moon 'sings' or if it's just minor moon-sickness brought on by the werewolf blood.
The granddaughter of one of Voldemort's earliest followers, Dione is a traditional blood purist through and through. A childhood accident left her mute, so she can only communicate through sign language and a magical translation artifact. She might seem vulnerable, but she's actually a snake in the grass, so watch out.
Adult Fear: How Dione lost her voice – in the split second she was out of sight, she managed to down a caustic cleaning potion that nearly killed her. Inspired by numerous real-life tragedies.
Also applies to his pet, and expletive croaking frog.
Always Someone Better : In family, his more scholarly traits aren't as lauded as the outdoorsy traits his family admires, subjects like Creatures or Herbology that Philo is bad with.
Black Sheep : A reclusive Ravenclaw geek in a family of outdoorsy Hufflepuff types.
Butt Monkey : Has odd or horrible things happen to him beyond his control.
Chubby Chaser : Likes larger women, part of the attraction to Drea (Obderedria). But terribly insecure about it. Best not to mention Drea. Or certain professors. Or an infamous incident in Charms involving a cushioning spell gone awry.
Note that this isn't the only thing he likes about Drea, just that as this stage the relationship is Puppy Love. On a subconscious note, Like Parent, Like Spouse is somewhat at work here as some women in Philo's family are more full figured.
Expy : His family has similarities to the Weasleys.
Gadgeteer Genius : Of a sort, builds a magical camera out of a broken pair of omnioculars.
A Pavee wizard by birth, Mairead is proud of her Muggleborn status and extremely boyish and physical in nature. Sworn enemies with Eirene Antonopolous since the beginning of the year, her closest friends are boys - Keegan Kearney most of all.
Pureblood and Scottish by birth, Tynan was born to one of the segments of the Macfusty clan - an ancient group of wizards who guard, care for and watch over the Herbridien Black dragons. His own tiny family calls Minuglay Island home. Missing an eye due to a dragon attack when he was young, Tynan is thick-accented, down to earth and very physical.
Separated by a Common Language : His Scots accent is often so thick with slang the English-born students get a little lost following him. Not to mention the European-born Professors.
Scars Are Forever : He lost his eye by being smashed in the face with the dragon's tail - crushing his eye and breaking most of his face and skull. Considering the extent of the original injury, just missing an eye was lucky - but the eye is covered by a massive scar.
Handicapped Badass / Eyepatch of Power : Has issues with depth perception due to missing an eye - but his muscular build and scarred face make him look much scarier than he might otherwise comes off as.
Dragon Rider : His current goal in life - influenced by his elder brother Cameron, as this was Cameron's dream before he died.
Heliotrope LeJean is the resident part merperson...yes, you heard that right. Basically she looks like a human under the constant effects of Gillyweed with webbed digits, gills at her neck and freaky eyelids. As she was raised in a Scottish Loch in a merfolk clan she hasn't been too prepared for wizarding school (or other things humans take for granted) although she's slowly adapting. Current play by is Brooklynn Proulx.
Ambiguous Disorder : At a crossroads of human, mermish, and wizard behavior, variable mental acuity and unpredictable nature, many know what not to make of Heliotrope.
Apparently Human Merfolk : This being Potterverse, Helio looks like she’s constantly under the effects of gillyweed. So she’s human, but with gills on her neck, webbed digits, and translucent eyelids.
Book Dumb : Helio does batter with hands on learning than strictly academic.
Whip It Good : Hand made whip made out of kelp. Used for catching individual fish. Works best when wet.
Wild Hair : Never washed, only wet from swims, and hosts algae.
Shy but sweet, Obderedria or "Drea" as people call her was largely muggle raised by a single mother. She likes all kinds of food and has a very vivid imagination, leading to occasional incorrect or naive understandings of magic. Also, her hair inexplicably grows in a brown with green polka dots pattern. Current play by is Bianca Ryan.
Casey O'Doherty is the scion of a wealthy, pure-ish family of Irish loan sharks. Being incredibly rich, Casey has the best of everything, his own house elf of the manor's three servants and access to the family wand almost as legendary as the Deathstick. Being groomed as the next scion he's under much pressure to work past his many allergies and physical weaknesses to be one of the best spell-casters in the year. However he comes off as a jerk given his family's attitudes and his refusal to let anyone close...There's more to the story as Casey is intersex. In his Big Screwed-Up Family his grandparents enforced a shift in personality from how Casey's muggle mother raised him as a girl. Casey is between male and female but is rendered male by wearing a special appearance changing amulet. His feminine side is represented in the alias of a Hufflepuff third year Hexmerelda 'Hexy' Claggin, at first a Secret Identity for games of deception and more commonly a avatar of self expression as he comes to terms with a sense of identity.Not that any other character knows this: chalk it up to They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason. Current play by(s) is Will Poulter and Quinn Shephard for Hexy.
Amulet of Dependency: Literally with Casey's appearance changing amulet. It's by far the easiest method to look completely like a boy, instead of his naturally androgynous features, so before he lost it he rarely removed it. Wearing it for years without taking it off, especially when growing up, may have been contributive to his poor health.
Beneath the Mask / Becoming the Mask : Played with over the course of Casey's history of 'matching expectations' from his family and eventually how he is known at school, to the point that while Casey can develop other personas he's not sure who he should really be.
Fiction500 : The O'Dohertys, Irish loan sharks, are one of the five wealthiest families in all of magical Europe. They are said to have more money lying around at home than what is in their sizable Gringotts vault, mainly set up in piles for bowling down the East Wing of the manor.
Glass Cannon : Insanely powerful at casting spells but he has low stamina and resistance to everything.
Guilty Pleasures : Dancing to club/pop/(w)rock music of all things, inspired by the first time Casey was significantly Lost in Character as Hexy at a teen nightclub. Often retreats to a club themed version of the Room of Requirement to practice spells.
Literal Split Personality : During the 'Body Swap' event when many characters are swapped with each other, Casey's personality is split along his male and female identities. While both share some memories and a body of knowledge, they don't interact or recall each other until re-assimilated.
Master Actor : When he isn't being a total jerk, Casey can pull this off surprisingly well (Occlumency also helps) which adds to Hexy being a complete other persona.
Multilayer Façade : Hexy is in a secret society. That means Casey is disguising himself as Hexy who disguises herself as her cat themed avatar Felinae.
The Napoleon: Casey's on the shorter side of the male population at school, even after casting a Stretching Jinx on himself one summer. However he's mostly angry because of his other allergies and handicaps instead of height, though it crops up sometimes.
Being easily exhausted and having a lower immunity can be considered a Logical Weakness from improper/imbalanced hormones from his intersex condition.
The Proud Elite : While not incredibly handsome, Casey is very snooty and antisocial from his upbringing, until he forms certain close relationships.
Raised as the Opposite Gender : An odd case. The first picked for Casey was female (a more accurate pick from apparent phenotype physiology) but his grandparents began raising Casey as a male halfway through childhood.
Suppressed Mammaries : In universe, Casey has to find another magical method to do this when his amulet is lost, so he can still pass as a male student.
Utility Belt : Contains all of his magical possessions. Came out looking more like a skirt.
Weak, but Skilled : Physically weak but watch out when it comes to certin inventiveness of martial magic from Casey.
Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys? : Most of his magical devices are said to come from underworld contacts the family has with lengthy delays to avoid detection. In the case of the Hand Of Glory an extra was fudged for Casey on the order the family commissioned for another criminal.
Wig, Dress, Accent : Besides the body changes covered by the amulet, the Hexy disguise is completed with a wig and more casual clothes than what Casey normally wears (voice is more informed, as the RP is text only).
Wrong Genetic Sex : Intersex, both male and female, though his natural body without the amulet is more feminine.
A mildly eccentric Ravenclaw half-blood with an interest in the stars. He comes from a long line of craftsmen, which might explain his interest in designing magical objects, though not his dabbling in combing magic with Muggle technology. When he was six years old, he disappeared for several days only to turn up with his memories of the previous month completely wiped. This memory charm damaged his mind, leaving him vulnerable to the influence of others. In retaliation, his mind learned to defend itself with a sort of psuedo-Legillimency, which he has yet to understand.
Actual Pacifist: Defense Against the Dark Arts is his worst class because he can't bring himself to practice hexing or jinxing his classmates.
Family Theme Naming: Balthazar is the traditional Western name for one of the three Biblical Magi. This goes with his father (Orville Caspar), great aunt (Niamh Melchior), and grandfather (Weyland Artaban, after Henry van Dyke's The Other Wiseman) but doesn't make it any less embarrassing.
In Touch with His Feminine Side: He can be kind of girly with his pacifism, big eyes, mothering personality, and fondness for cuddling. It's emphasized in comparison with Casey.
Item Crafting: The family trade on his magical side. His relatives make brooms, potions, spellbooks, and artfacts, while Alvis currently dabbles in a little of everything, to the point of forging basic amulets in the common room hearth.
Mind Probe: Though he doesn’t mean to do it. Usually.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: He has them. It leads to a lot of baby animal comparisons. Being played by a young Haley Joel Osment adds to the effect.
Schizo Tech: His design philosophy of recreating muggle technology with magical solutions can border on this sometimes. When tasked to design a "simple security device" for the Transfiguration midterm, he sketched up the wizarding equivalent of a wireless security camera.
You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Weirdly, he winds up giving and getting this in equal measure. On one hand he needs to be reassured that other people like him. On the other, he's quick to point out the hidden good in people he likes, when given the opportunity.
6th Year Students
P.E. Ligeia Canterbury
An aristocrat with albinisim, Ligeia as she prefers to be called is the youngest in a rather unusual family, what with a half brother more like an uncle and a father old enough to be her grandfather. She's a throwback to many styles, mostly Victorian, with plenty of unusual and macabre interests. Commonly seen about with a magical black parasol and her pet vulture mistakenly called Buzzard. Current play by is Nastya Kumarova.
Collector of the Strange : Her decor at home includes what could be argued the most benign things from Borgin and Burkes and several preserved body parts in jars. Purely academic!
The younger sister of former Astronomy Professor Demetrius Woolfolk and favorite child of her father, daughter of his second wife, and not well liked by her disinherited brothers.
Tetra-Wizard Tournament Delegations
Beauxbatons Academy of Magic
Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is a magical school located in Cannes, France. It is known throughout Europe for its high performance standards as well as for emphasizing creative subjects, such as art, dance, wand-lore, rhetoric, and the crafting of magical objects. The majority of its students come from France, but applications are accepted from throughout the French-speaking magical world.Based on the French education system, Beauxbatons is divided into two "schools": the collège, for ages 11-14, and the lycée, for ages 15-18. Dorms are assigned based on age and gender.Tropes shared by characters from Beauxbatons include:
Durmstrang Institute is a private magic school located in an unplottable site somewhere in Northern Europe, most likely coastal Norway or Sweden. Its reputation is both morbid and of the highest caliber. Students of Durmstrang are among the best in the world, and they won't let you forget it.Drumstrang only accepts pure-blood students, who are divided into strata based on their abilities: Oberteils, Zufrieden, and Dregs. Advancement and demotion are based as much on politics as academic performance, and it is a constant struggle to stay on top.Tropes shared by Durmstrang delegation include:
Academy of Evil: As per canon, the school has a reputation for teaching its students Dark Magic. Whether it's deserved is another story.
Military School: To a certain extent. It's certainly stricter than the other schools, and a number of the teachers and students have militaristic leanings.
A recent addition to the tournament roster, the Salem Witches Institute of Magic is the oldest magic school in the United States. Unlike European magic schools, Salem places a strong emphasis on sport, friendly competition and muggle subjects. It is also quite progressive and accepts all blood puritys, including half-breeds, without judgement.Salem Senior High is divided into five dormitory halls: Merlin, Agrippa, Cliodine, Ptolemy, and Dumbledore. However, dorm assignment is luck-of-the-draw rather than personality-based, making it more like a muggle university than the Hogwarts houses.Tropes shared by the Salem staff & students include:
Lovable Jock: Their emphasis on sports brought a lot of them along.
Team Spirit: Compared to the competition, Salem often stands as a united front, using teamwork even in Tasks meant for individual champions.
Junior, Cliodine Hall
An enthusiastic female half-giant with a big heart and a taste for adventure. Star of the Salem basketball team and one of three Champions chosen for the First Task. She is also the owner of Nagendra, a horned serpent.
Only noticeable because of his hair being split into black on one side and white on the other, Arcturus is non-confrontational and happy to be where he is. Tends to keep to himself and enjoy a world without changes, although whether his world stays the same remains to be seen. Part of a heavily halfblood family with relations in Greece.
Berserk Button: Do not ever call him a Dark wizard because of his Patronus or his hair, and never make light of the Second Wizarding War. And never use the word Mudblood within earshot of him.
Motor Mouth: Alcohol has this effect on him when he's over his threshold.
Noodle Incident: His hair. He claims it was a "hair dyeing" accident, but considering the damage is permanent, there is no method known to reverse this and he avoids answering if asked to explain, he must have done something more than just that.
The Stoic: Has a permanent look of vague curiosity and does smile from time to time, but he expresses very little emotion even in his tone. Resulted from his experiences during the Second Wizarding War.
In the wake of the Dark Lord's defeat, the remaining Death Eaters and blood purists were left largely disorganized. The Wizarding Blood Alliance rose to fill that need. Though still highly disorganized and prone to infighting, the WBA has proven dangerous in their quest to bring back the old pro-Wizard ways.Tropes shared by the WBA include:
Black Magic: Not a requirement, but many members tend to practice the Dark Arts.
The mother of both Georgiana and Tapendra Trishna, Azorma - birth name Atalana - was the eldest daughter of the Egyptian Kanika clan. Disinherited after a short affair with a muggle, she endured decades of humiliation before she finally snapped and became Azorma Hyskos - assassin and murderer. A Metamorph, she hides her true form as often as possible.Currently on her way to get shipped to Azkaban.
Arranged Marriage : Was a perfectly functional, if somewhat dull, one - until she cheated on him.
A transplanted American witch dropout and flying squirrel animagus. Dotty as she prefers to be called has been unscruplous all her life, leading to her expulsion/disapperence from Salem Witches Institute after the accidental death of one of her friends. Her kind of crime-to-survive-substance-abusing-ever-partying-idiotic-behavior is a very distinctive style of crazy. Current play by is Rachel Dashae.
Animal Motif : Flying squirrel animagus. Behaves very squirrelly.
Beware the Silly Ones : She can be unpredictably chaotic at her most inebriated to needlessly aggressive when she isn't.