Characters / Children of the Red King

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Charlie Bone

The protagonist of the series. Descended from Amoret, the Red King's youngest child, Charlie can hear and travel into photos and paintings.
  • Book Dumb: Charlie isn't exceptionally smart when it comes to academics. He's not completely dumb, though, either.
  • Brown Eyes: In Leopards' Gold, Charlie's eyes are described as 'muddy brown'.
  • Cheerful Child: Nothing seems to get him down.
  • Dead Pan Snarker: Charlie has a smidgen of this at times, especially when talking about his grandmother, the Yewbeams, and the Bloors.
  • Determinator: He is determined to foil the Bloors' plans and find his father, who he believes is still alive.
    • He is very determined to rescue Billy from Count Harken's castle even when Billy doesn't want to be rescued.
  • Disappeared Dad: Charlie's father died when Charlie was two years old. Or so they think.
  • I Am Who?: Charlie is surprised to find that he is descended from Mathonwy through his mother's family, and thus is the rightful owner of the wand Claerwen.
  • I Choose to Stay: Even after being lost in the ruin at the end of the first book, Charlie chooses to stay at Bloor's to help the good endowed children of the Red King fight against the bad guys.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Is close friends with Cook (aka Treasure), his uncle Paton, the Onimouses and Mrs Kettle of Piminy Street. He is also acquainted with Alice Angel, who is Olivia's godmother.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Charlie frequently wishes to be normal, particularly when he first discovers his endowment and goes to Bloor's.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Charlie says this to Alice Angel after he realizes that she knew his name.
  • It's All My Fault: Charlie blames himself for Tancred's drowning in Shadow of Badlock, as it was because of Charlie that Tancred had met with Dagbert to trade for Charlie's moth.
  • Jaw Drop: Charlie seems to do this often when he is surprised at something. Most notably when Miss Chrystal is found to be an evil witch.
  • Kid Hero: Charlie is only ten years old when the series begins, and is twelve when it ends.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Mr Pilgrim is Charlie's father.
  • Magic Wand: Charlie inherits one from his ancestor Mathonwy, though it can only be used by one of his bloodline speaking in Welsh. Later on after Manfred tries to destroy it, it becomes a white moth.
  • Messy Hair: Charlie's hair is described as being like a hedge.
  • Mundane Utility: Charlie uses his wand to help him remember things he's studied for school.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Charlie's reaction after realising that Tancred has been drowned by Dagbert Endless, mainly because Tancred had been trying to get Charlie's moth back from Dagbert when it happened, as a favour to Charlie. It would never have happened if Tancred hadn't gone into the Art basement to bargain with Dagbert.
  • Parental Substitute: Paton to Charlie, though Paton doesn't actually act as a parent but more as a supportive uncle.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: Charlie is frequently described as being smaller than most kids his age. In fact, he is forced to sit in the very front row at assembly with Billy Raven because of his short height.
  • Portal Picture: Charlie's endowment, though it first manifests as simply hearing voices in the pictures.
  • Secret Legacy: Charlie is the rightful owner of the wand Claerwen, as he is a descendant of Mathonwy through his mother.
  • The Determinator: Despite everything that happens, nothing can stop Charlie from searching for his father and undoing the Bloors’ evil work.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Charlie is so small that people tend to overlook him and consider him insignificant. Though he is impulsive and average in academics, he does have a thinking mind, and comes up with a lot of the plans which are put into action in the books.
  • Screwthe Rules Im Doing Whats Right: Charlie seems to have this mindset during the entire series. Three guesses where he gets it from...
  • Turn Out Like His Father: The Yewbeams constantly fear that he will 'go astray' like his father.
  • True Companions: Varies as the series progresses. At the beginning of Midnight for Charlie Bone, he is this with Benjamin Brown, his best friend. Later in the book, however, after Charlie meets Fidelio and Olivia their group quickly widens to include them as well. After the events of Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, Lysander and Tancred join the True Companions and in Charlie Bone and the Blue Boa Emma Tolly becomes a permanent member as well. Much later in Charlie Bone and the Red Knight Dagbert Endless becomes part of the True Companions.
    • Charlie can always depend of Cook on anything, from helping foil Ezekiel Bloor's plans to getting him out of whatever scrape he accidentally got himself into.
    • Charlie is also this with his uncle Paton, starting from the end of Time Twister.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Cook says this to Charlie when he says that he'll never believe his father didn't care about him or the city. Charlie is rather surprised and pleased to hear it.

Emma Tolly

Emma can fly. Her surname derives from the Spanish swordsman from Toledo whose daughter married the Red King. She is possibly descended from Tolemeo.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Emma and Olivia rescue Charlie from Dorcas, the twins, and Joshua Tilpin in book five.
  • Brainwashed: Manfred Bloor hypnotized Emma when she was just two years old; it lasts until she is ten when Charlie and his friends manage to wake her up using Tolly Twelve Bells.
  • Break the Cutie: Manfred intends to do this to her when he imprisons her in the attic at Bloor's Academy near the end of Midnight for Charlie Bone. Luckily Emma manages to escape by herself before it can happen.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Tancred.
  • The Cutie: Emma is described as quite attractive by Tancred in the final book.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Emma's mother died when Emma was very young. Because her father didn't think he'd be a good father to her (and her aunt claimed that she wouldn't be able to look after Emma properly), he decided to give her away to his old friend Harold Bloor and his family (in exchange for the challenge of animating a statue of the Knight of Toledo), believing that Emma would be happier there as Bloor had a whole family unit. Bloor even assured him that Emma would be safe and properly cared for in a loving family if Mostyn gave her to him to adopt. However, when the time came for the swap everything went wrong, and Emma was put into a permanent trance-like state which lasted until she was ten years old. She forgot everything about her past life and true identity. Though she attended Bloor's Academy, she was sent to be fostered by the Moons, a couple paid off by the Bloors, and had a pretty loveless and unhappy childhood there. She only becomes truly happy when she is freed from her trance and looked after by Miss Ingledew, her aunt.
  • Damsel out of Distress: After being captured by the Bloors in Midnight for Charlie Bone, Emma immediately sets her mind to trying to escape her predicament. She eventually does escape, after she discovers her endowment of flight and how to control it.
  • Determinator: Emma Tolly seems to be much more persevering than Emilia Moon. She manages to escape from Bloor's in the first book by herself, and continuously strives to rescue Ollie Sparks from invisibility and captivity in Bloor's Academy in the third book.
  • Foster Kid: Emilia is fostered by the Moons, a couple paid off by the Bloors.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Emma usually wears her blonde hair in two pigtails.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Emma has blonde hair, and is one of the nicest characters present in the books.
  • Happily Adopted: By her aunt, Julia Ingledew, at the end of Midnight for Charlie Bone.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: She has a very innocent and sweet personality, and is an orphan.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Olivia.
  • I Choose to Stay: Though Emma tells her aunt she isn't coming back to Bloor's, in the end she decides to stay there to help the good children of the Red King.
  • Identity Amnesia: During her trance Emma has no idea who she really is.
  • It's All My Fault: Emma blames herself for Miss Ingledew almost dying when she puts on the enchanted belt, because Emma left it alone at one point and allowed Dorcas to get to it.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The hypnosis causes Emma to forget who she really is.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Emilia's foster parents are an unendowed couple paid by the Bloors to look after her.
  • Nice Girl: She is one of the kindest characters in the series.
  • Parental Abandonment: Emma's dad, Mostyn 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.
    • Emma's mother died of an illness when Emma was two years old, just days before Dr. Tolly chose to give Emma away.
  • Plucky Girl: Emma is a very persevering person, as she mentions in Midnight for Charlie Bone.
  • Shape Shifter: Emma can fly by becoming a bird.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Emma is pretty and very innocent-looking and sweet. Underneath all that, however, she is also very persevering with a surprising inner strength.
  • Smarter Than You Look: In Castle of Mirrors, Emma refuses to be taken in by Joshua's magnetism, and even Charlie comments that she is stronger than she looks.
  • Starting a New Life: After escaping Bloor's Academy, Emma makes her way to Ingledew's Bookshop, where she is reunited with her aunt. Said aunt then proceeds to adopt her.
  • Unrequited Love: For Tancred, until they finally become a couple at the end of the final book.

Tancred Torsson

A storm-bringer, Tancred is descended from Petrello. His Scandinavian ancestor was named after the thunder god, Thor.
  • Badass: Tancred can summon storms that can stop even the Bloors in their tracks.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tancred, along with Gabriel and Lysander, often charges in to save the day when all hope seems lost. First in Midnight for Charlie Bone, they rescue Charlie from the ruin with a combination of Lysander's ancestors and Tancred's storms; then in the third book Tancred creates a storm during the 'Night of Winds and Spirits' which terrifies the Bloors and keeps them from interfering in Ollie's rescue. In the sixth book, he rescues Charlie from certain death at the hands of the twins by blowing them out of the alley and to a place near the Heights.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Emma.
  • Disney Death: In Shadow of Badlock, his altercation with Dagbert ends with this.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Temporarily in the fourth book, due to Joshua Tilpin's gift of magnetism. Luckily he becomes good again when Olivia makes Joshua Tilpin repellent to the endowed by making it seem as if he were covered with spiders.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Before and during the second book, but he gets better later on.
  • Hot-Blooded: Tancred has a fiery temper, and is easily angered.
  • True Companions: With Lysander and Gabriel in the beginning, and later with Emma, Charlie, and Olivia.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Tancred is terrified of spiders. This fear is exploited in the fourth book by Olivia to break Joshua's magnetic hold on Tancred. It is also exploited by Yolanda in the third book, during the Night of Wind and Spirits, when she confronts Gabriel, Billy Raven, Charlie, Lysander, and Tancred in the hall.

Gabriel Silk

Descended from Guanhamara, Gabriel can feel scenes and emotions through the clothes of others. He comes from a line of psychics.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the first book Gabriel, along with Lysander and Tancred, rescues Charlie from the ruin on the night of the ruin game. Then in the fifth book he arrives at the Vertigos' house when Harken is attacking and with the help of the Red King's cloak manages to ward of the enchanter's attack on Tancred and himself.
  • Nerves of Steel: Whenever Gabriel is in a dangerous situation he never panics and is always calm.
  • The Piano Player: Gabriel is a gifted piano player, and finds comfort in music when he is feeling troubled.
  • Psychometry: Gabriel is psychometric, which allows him to experience the thoughts and feelings of people whose clothes he puts on.
  • The Quiet One: Gabriel is less talkative than the rest of the good endowed, but when he does speak he has something important to say.
  • True Companions: With the good endowed.

Lysander Sage

Descended from Guanhamara, Lysander can call up his spirit ancestors.
  • A Boy and His X: Is sometimes this with his foul-mouthed parrot, Homer.
  • Badass: Lysander's ancestor's frighten even the Bloors, and have saved Charlie and the others many times when they were in trouble.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He and his ancestors save Charlie and the other good endowed plenty of times. Most notably during the ruin game, and the 'Night of Wind and Spirits'.
  • Brown Eyes: Lysander is described as having warm brown eyes.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing seems to shake him. Because of this he can be counted on in a crisis.
  • The Reliable One: He can always be counted on in a crisis.
  • True Companions: With the good endowed.

Olivia Vertigo

  • Big Damn Heroes: Olivia rescues Charlie from Dorcas, Joshua, and the twins in book five by creating an illusion of a swarm of bees to frighten them away. In the eighth book she goes to Darkly Wynd with Benjamin, Fidelio, and Runner Bean to rescue Charlie from his great aunts and creates an illusion of a skeletal monster to stop Venetia and Eric Shellhorn from attacking Runner Bean.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: In the final book, Titania Tilpin tricks Olivia into wearing a bewitched belt which turns her evil. Luckily, Emma and Alice Angel bring her back to her old self by replacing the bad belt with a new, good one.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Olivia practically says this in the fourth book, when she is upset over losing her audition.
  • Drama Queen: So much so that it gets her in trouble in the eighth book, when she creates an illusion of a skeletal monster to scare away Venetia and Eric. She dresses and acts very dramatically, and some people find her very odd because of this.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Emma.
  • Hidden Depths: On the outside, Olivia appears to be carefree, fun-loving, and not a very serious person. In reality, she has keen observational skills, is very adventurous, and is a gifted illusionist.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Olivia goes through this in Castle of Mirrors, when she goes into denial about being an endowed child of the Red King.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: Olivia says this to Yolanda in the third book during the night of winds and spirits.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: In each book Olivia's hair is a different color.
  • Little Miss Badass: With her illusions and her sheer determination she is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
  • Master of Illusion: Olivia can create illusions, a powerful endowment. Because of this, the Bloors covet her and the good endowed want to keep it a secret.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Until she is revealed to be endowed.
  • Mundane Utility: Olivia sometimes uses her illusion power to stir up mischief when she gets bored.
  • Plucky Girl: Olivia never seems to give up on anything.
  • Resigned to the Call: At the end of Castle of Mirrors, when she discovers that she is an illusionist and as such is needed at Bloor's to help fight against the evil endowed.
  • Secret Legacy: Olivia is a descendant of Guanhamara and an illusionist. She figures this out with Alice Angel's help.
  • Smarter Than You Look: She may look dramatic and not very serious, but she is very smart and imaginative, and has keen observational skills.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Try as she might, Olivia is ultimately unable to deny the fact that she is endowed.
  • True Companions: With the good endowed.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Until Olivia turns out to be endowed in the fourth book.

Naren Bloor

A Chinese girl who was adopted by Bartholomew Bloor long ago after her parents died in a flood. Can send shadow messages to others, provided they have their curtains drawn back. She is descended from Amadis.
  • Cheerful Child: Naren is described as being very merry.
  • Happily Adopted: By Bartholomew Bloor and his second wife Meng.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Her parents died when Naren was four years old; Naren herself is said to be merry and kind.
  • Parental Abandonment: Naren's parents died in a flood when she was just four years old.
  • Parental Substitute: Meng and Bartholomew Bloor are this for her, as her own parents were killed in a flood when she was very young.
  • Put on a Bus: She only appears in the fifth book, and afterwards goes whale-watching with her family as a favor to Lyell Bone.

Billy Raven

An eight-year-old orphan who lives at Bloor's Academy, Billy can talk to animals. He is also an albino and wears glasses. Billy's red eyes make him immune to Manfred Bloor's hypnotic powers.
  • Disability Immunity: Billy's albinism gives him poor eyesight, which makes him immune to Hypnotic Eyes.
  • Happily Adopted: Billy Raven, at the end of the series. Subverted in the fourth book, however, with his temporary adoption by Florence and Usher de Grey.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Switches to the bad side for a book and a half before rejoining the heroes.
  • Heroic Albino: Billy is an albino. He manages to stop the Looms' Rottweilers from attacking in the final battle by speaking their language and telling them not to.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Billy kicks Blessed repeatedly in book two, because he refused to give him the Time Twister.
  • The Mole: Ezekiel convinces Billy to spy on Charlie in the first book by telling him he'll be adopted. Billy tells the Bloors of Emma's awakening, which leads to Emma being taken back to the Academy in the middle of the night.
  • The Pawn: To the Bloors, Billy is just a tool they use to spy on Charlie and the good endowed. He becomes aware of this soon enough.
  • Talking To Animals: Billy can talk to animals, something seemingly common for a descendant of Amadis.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Billy is short, and wears glasses due to his albinism.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As he is an orphan in the care of the Bloors, this is kind of a given.

Dagbert Endless

The son of Lord Grimwald and descended from Petrello, Dagbert can manipulate water.
  • Archnemesis Dad: A curse on Dagbert Endless' family ensures that when he turns thirteen, he will have to battle his father, Lord Grimwald, to the death. He wins.
  • Accidental Murder: Dagbert claims that his drowning Tancred was this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gets shades of this in the series.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Dagbert Endless, whose Character Alignment changes with the moon. At the end, he seems to have finally settled somewhere on the "good" spectrum.
  • I Didn't Mean to Kill Him: Dagbert claims this when he drowns Tancred. He says that he only meant to scare him but lost control.
  • I Have Many Names: Said by Lord Grimwald about Dagbert. During the series Dagbert is called Dagbert Endless, because his name is as endless as the ocean.
  • Making a Splash: Subverted with Dagbert, who drowns people by simulating the ocean. Somehow. It's implied he will inherit his father's water powers upon killing him, however.
  • Offing the Offspring: What Lord Grimwald intends to do to Dagbert, due to their family's curse.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Dagbert kills his father.

Una Onimous

Mr Onimous' niece. She has the power to turn invisible at will. The Bloors have no idea of her endowment.

     Evil Endowed Children 

Manfred Bloor

A powerful hypnotist and later pyromancer, Manfred is descended from Borlath. He is Dr Bloor's son.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When Dorothy Bloor escapes through the Time Twister, Manfred is heard to call out 'Mommy!' This hints that Manfred had loved his mother after all, despite having deliberately crushed her hand in a door to stop her from leaving the Academy years earlier.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Manfred's original power, though it begins to wane to make way for a newer, much more destructive one.
  • Jerkass: He is very cruel and overbearing to the good endowed children.
  • Kids Are Cruel: He hypnotizes Lyell Bone and Emma Tolly for life, and crushes his own mother's hand in a door, just when he is nine years old.
  • Killed Off for Real: Seems to be this at the end of Hidden King, but turns out to have survived, albeit horrifically scarred and crippled. He gets better. And then finally achieves this for real at the end of Red Knight.
  • Lack of Empathy: He displays no empathy at all towards the people he hurts.
  • Playing with Fire: Upon losing his hypnotism power, he 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.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: It is very disturbing to think of a nine-year-old child hypnotizing two people for life and having no guilt whatsoever about it, and breaking his mother's fingers in a door.
  • The Bully: He bullies the children in Bloor's Academy often, and no one dares to stand up to him as he is the headmaster's son and a hypnotist.
  • Sadist: He revels in other people's pain.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem hurting, threatening, burning, or hypnotizing the young students in his control.

Zelda Dobinski

A telekinetic, and descended from Olga. She comes from a line of Polish magicians. She is related to Idith and Inez Branko. She leaves Bloor's Academy after the third book to attend university as she is a mathematical genius.
  • Lack of Empathy: She doesn't seem to care if anyone gets hurt because of her actions.
  • Lean and Mean: Zelda is thin and mean towards others.
  • Mind over Matter: Zelda is telekinetic.
  • Put on a Bus: After the third book. She leaves Bloor's to attend university at a young age, as she is a genius mathematician.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zelda doesn't hesitate at attacking Olivia when she finds her in the ruin, wanting to tie her to a tree and leave her there.

Beth Strong

A telekinetic. She leaves Bloor's after the second book.
  • Mind over Matter: She's telekinetic.
  • Put on a Bus: After the second book, for reasons unknown.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She doesn't hesitate at attacking Olivia when she finds her in the ruin, wanting to tie her to a tree and leave her there.

Dorcas Loom

Descended from Lilith, Dorcas can sew magical clothes. She was originally neutral, but joined the evil side after Belle/Yolanda corrupted her.
  • Cheerful Child: Before her Face–Heel Turn, she is often described as this. She never stops smiling.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: In the third book, she is corrupted by Yolanda Yewbeam, who is posing as a young schoolgirl called Belle.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Previously Dorcas was neutral, and even hinted to be a good person. It wasn't until Yolanda came around that she became bad.
  • Fat Girl: She is a bit plump near the beginning of the series, though she does lose some weight after she befriends Belle/ Yolanda.
  • Perpetual Frowner: After the third book, Dorcas is said to be a sullen child who rarely smiles.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Before she becomes evil.
  • Primal Fear: Dorcas is afraid of most animals, possibly because of the fact that her two brothers keep a group of ferocious Rottweilers at home. She seems to have no problem with birds, though.

Idith and Inez Branko

A pair of telekinetic twins who are distantly related to Zelda Dobinski. They are introduced in Castle of Mirrors.
  • Creepy Twins: They both look exactly the same, and show no emotion whatsoever on their faces. The only time they smile is when someone is in trouble. And to make it worse, they're telekinetic.
  • Sadist: They enjoy causing chaos in the schoolyard.
  • The Stoic: They never show any emotions on their faces, except when someone is in trouble.

Joshua Tilpin

A small scrawny boy with a strange magnetic talent who is first introduced in book four. At first his origins are unknown, but it is discovered that he is descended from Lilith and Count Harken Badlock, and Ms. Chrystal/Titania Tilpin is his mother.
  • Charm Person: Joshua is a human magnet in every sense of the word.
  • Constantly Curious: Joshua has quite a few questions for Lord Grimwald in the last book.
  • Mommy’s Little Villain: He’s the apple of his mother’s eye, and is accordingly immature and spoiled.
  • Foil: For Charlie. He’s a charismatic young boy who gains friends/allies easily and is the descendant of both the Red King and another powerful magician. However, he’s an awful little brat and beyond his magnetism power, is pretty incompetent. He also has much less plot importance than one might expect with this development.
  • Momma's Boy: To the point that his mother has to come rescue him from an altercation that he himself started.
  • Mook Descendant: Is this for Count Harken, who doesn’t seem to care about or be at all impressed with him.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about him or his past until the fifth book. He just appeared on the doorstep of the Academy with the permission and funds to attend school there.
  • Selective Magnetism: He attracts everything, so much so that he’s noted to have bits and pieces of leaves, pencil shavings, paper, and more sticking to him at any given time. As noted above, this power also extends to his personality, giving him a good helping of charisma despite being noted as a horrible brat by several characters.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He can dish it out, but one good punch from Charlie has him screaming like a banshee.

     Neutral Endowed Children 

Asa Pike

Descended from Cafall, Asa is one of the Merromal people and becomes a werebeast at dusk. Asa is originally evil, but turns good near the end of Hidden King.
  • Animal Eyes: Asa's most distinct feature is his wolfish yellow eyes.
  • Body Horror: Asa when he changes from human to beast, or vice versa.
  • Book Dumb: Justified, since children of Merromals reportedly have academic difficulties despite their love of books and storytelling.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It's implied that Count Harken's arrival in the fifth book is what starts Asa off on this - being a Merromal and were-beast, he senses things the way animals do, and likely was in his beast mode when Harken awakened. He spends the rest of the book gradually drifting away from the Bloors until he rescues Emma from Joshua and the Branko twins, and then acts as the tenth child that must walk around the Red King at the end. He pays for his change of heart dearly.
    • It's also implied that Asa 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 light (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 to his father being shot and killed by local hunters. It's no wonder he turned his back on them completely after that.
      • Changing alignment is apparently just part of his endowment, having been inherited from his ancestor Cafall the Changer. Though it seems he, like Dagbert, has made the decision to settle more or less on the “good” spectrum.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: 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. 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.
    • His mother even refers to his power as less of an endowment than it is an affliction.
  • Jerkass: Due to Asa's nature as a changer, he can be more of a jerkass at certain times than others.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Asa at times. Especially prominent where Yolanda was concerned, as he was attracted to her specifically because her powers were similar to his.
    • He’s also got the tendency to dig in the dirt when he’s in his beast form.
  • Mysterious Past: Next to nothing is known about Asa's family or past until the sixth book.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Is this at certain places. He doesn’t seem to care beyond simple curiosity why Charlie is hiding outside Venetia’s house in Blue Boa, and shrugs the whole encounter off.
  • The Bully: For most of the series, he is Manfred's sidekick and takes part in Manfred's activities.


A girl who appears in the first two books. Her endowment is unknown. She is friends with Olivia Vertigo. She leaves the school after the end of the second book.

     Unendowed Children 

Fidelio Gunn

A friend of Charlie's who is in the Music Department. He is a musical prodigy and is always eager to help Charlie and the endowed children foil the Bloors' evil plans.
  • Band of Relatives: Fidelio's entire family is music-oriented.
  • Cheerful Child: Fidelio is always cheerful, and walks with an excited swagger most of the time.
  • Muggle Friend: To Charlie.
  • Nerves of Steel: Charlie comments that Fidelio is a good friend to have around when there's danger, because he never panics and always has an idea of what to do.
  • The Reliable One: Fidelio can always be counted on during a crisis, for the above reasons.

Benjamin Brown

Benjamin is Charlie's oldest friend and lives across the street from him. He is small with straw-colored hair, and has no other friends other than Charlie. He owns a dog called Runner Bean. His parents are detectives.
  • Muggle Friend: To Charlie.
  • Parental Neglect: Benjamin's parents leave him alone at home quite a number of times because of their job as detectives. Benjamin is said to almost always have to cook his own dinner, because his parents aren't there to do it for him. In Midnight for Charlie Bone, however, they change their ways after Paton calls them back from their wild goose chase and tells them they should be home more often.
  • Put on a Bus: In the third book, when he goes to Hong Kong with his parents.

     Adult Members of the Bloor Family 

Ezekiel Bloor

The head of the Bloor family. He is over a hundred years old and is an incompetent magician.
  • Crack! Oh My Back!: An example very much not played for laughs.
  • Evil Cripple: Was crippled for life and put in a wheelchair by Lyell Bone, though no one can deny that he deserved it.
  • Jerkass: He’s the one Dr. Bloor and Manfred learned it from.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Achieves this at the ripe old age of eleven years old, when he gives his cousin Henry a push into the time stream without knowing when or where the poor kid would end up. The crime that warranted this act? Henry finished a puzzle Ezekiel had been working on.
  • Old Master: What Ezekiel would like to be. Instead, he’s described in-universe as a “flawed” or “failed” magician.
  • Parental Substitute: To Dr. Bloor after Bartholomew vanishes.
  • Pet the Dog: The only creature Ezekiel is shown to truly care about and not to harm in some way is his dog, Blessed. In fact, he gets downright angry whenever anyone so much as looks at Blessed wrong.
  • Wheelchair Antics: Engages in this at least once. In Hidden King, he attaches sparklers to the back of his wheelchair and rides around through a crowd like that.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He hits Charlie with his cane a couple of times, and is more than OK with extreme measures of discipline for those who break the rules. Though he actually commits very few of the acts against the kids, he condones and goads on those who do it, and probably only doesn’t join in for lack of the physical ability to.
    • He’s also responsible for a good chunk of the problems Charlie and co. wind up facing.

Dr. Harold Bloor

The son of Bartholomew Bloor, and grandson of Ezekiel. He is the headmaster of Bloor's Academy.
  • Dean Bitterman: He rules Bloor's Academy with an iron fist. None of the children like him.
  • Gray Eyes: Charlie describes them as cold and stone-like.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He almost never smiles.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After his father Bartholomew's disappearance. He moved into Bloor's Academy under the care of Grizelda Bone and Ezekiel Bloor and was quite happy that way.
  • Stepford Smiler: Is this at times, justified as he is a headmaster and needs to keep up appearances. Most notable when he speaks to Amy Bone in the first book about Charlie's first week at Bloor's— Charlie notes that his smile seems forced.

Bartholomew Bloor

Dr Bloor's father and Ezekiel's son. Is the White Sheep of the Bloor family.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Bartholomew is furious with Naren when she goes into the city against his wishes and brings Charlie back with her, because she could have been captured by the Bloors and he was afraid for her well-being.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Bartholomew's son Harold chooses to side with Ezekiel and the Yewbeam sisters.
  • Bold Explorer: After his wife dies and his family turns his back on him, Bartholomew becomes an explorer. It is said that he visited almost every country in the world. He writes diaries of his adventures which he later gives to Charlie Bone to help him defeat Count Harken Badlock.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He may help Charlie and his friends, but he is still gruff and rude at times, and not a very likable person.
  • Happily Married: First, with Mary Chance, and later with Meng.
  • I Have No Son: This is how he generally views Dr Bloor.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though Bartholomew seems rude and callous on the outside, he cares deeply for his family and friends and would do anything for them.
  • Like a Son to Me: Bartholomew tells Charlie that he thinks of Lyell as a son.
  • White Sheep: He lampshades this himself, at first calling himself the black sheep then saying that perhaps he is actually the white.

Dorothy Bloor

Dr. Bloor's wife, and a talented violinist. Dr. Bloor married her for her fortune, and was very upset when she refused to fork it all over to him. Soon after, a terrible accident left her a shadow of her former self, though she remains kind and goodhearted despite her sorrow.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Dorothy is described as being dark-haired with pale skin. She looks so mysterious and ghost-like that the children call her 'the dark lady'.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After her hand is crushed by Manfred, her own son, and cursed by Ezekiel to never work again.
  • Perpetual Frowner: After her hand is broken, Dorothy hardly ever smiles.
  • Put on a Bus: She escapes Bloor's Academy at the end of the second book and is never seen again.
  • When She Smiles: In the second book, Charlie notes that when Dorothy smiles, she looks like a different, younger, and happier person.

     Bloor's Academy Staff 

Dr. Arthur Saltweather

Head of the Music Department, and a descendant of the Red King. Has an endowment which is not fully specified (basically, he’s incapable of drowning and doesn’t consider himself entirely endowed). Later in the series, he helps fight against the Bloors, and displays an attraction to Treasure, aka Cook.
  • Stern Teacher: It’s said that the only thing that makes him angry is bad music.

Samuel Sparks / Mr. Boldova

A young art teacher at the Academy. He is friendly and often helps the good children of the Red King. In the third book, it's discovered that he is searching for his brother, Ollie Sparks, who was abducted and turned invisible by the Bloors. He is hypnotized by Yolanda Yewbeam, but recovers his memories at the end of the book when Yolanda dies.
  • Brainwashed: By Yolanda.
  • Friend to All Children: Mr. Boldova is always ready to help the students at the Academy, no matter what.
  • Identity Amnesia: Samuel is hypnotized by Yolanda into forgetting who he is. Luckily, after her death the spell over him is broken and he is reunited with his younger brother.
  • The Determinator: Despite the dangers and opposition, Samuel searches for his missing brother Ollie (the eponymous invisible boy), even taking a job at Bloor's in the hopes of learning his whereabouts. Before coming to Bloor's, he went to five castles that the Bloors owned, thinking that Ollie could be held in one of those.

Cook / Treasure

The Bloor Academy official head cook. She is dedicated to keeping the balance between the good and bad endowed children.
  • Balance Of Good and Evil: She and her younger sister, Pearl, are endowed with “luck and tranquility”. This actually is almost her downfall in the fourth book when the good children start getting systematically picked off by the bad ones.
  • Friend to All Children: She is always there for the children in Bloor's Academy (both endowed and unendowed) and will always help them if they need her help with anything.
  • The Reliable One: She can always be relied on to help the good endowed children foil the Bloors' plans.

Mr. Weedon

The gardener, handyman, driver, chauffeur and porter at Bloor's Academy. He is a bald, well muscled man who is one of Count Harken Badlock's followers, and works for the Bloors.

Bertha Weedon

Weedon's wife. She runs the green cafeteria and is disliked by all students for being grumpy and mean. Is also stated to be a lover of thriller novels and a horrible cook.

Senor Alvaro

A music teacher at the Academy, teacher trumpet to Charlie in the later part of the series. It turns out that he is a descendant of the Red King and helps Lyell out when he is the Red Knight by making sure Charlie does not find out who the Red Knight really is in case he is captured by the Bloors.
  • Friend to All Children: Genuinely likes and looks out for the endowed children in Bloor's Academy, particularly Charlie.
  • The Reliable One: He can always be relied on to help the endowed children of the Red King.

Ms. Chrystal / Titania Tilpin

A music teacher at the Academy, teaches strings. She is later revealed to be an evil witch and counterpart to Alice Angel.
  • Basement-Dweller: After she is outed as a witch, she is forced into hiding in a basement in Bloor's Academy.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, Ms. Chrystal appears to be an attractive, nice, open-minded person who is always on the side of the children. She shows her true colors later on when she brings Count Harken Badlock into the world.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Becomes increasingly ugly once she is outed as a witch and goes deep into evil.
  • Evil Teacher: She's a violin teacher at Bloor's Academy who turns to evil after discovering that she is descended from Count Harken Badlock.
  • Friend to All Children: At first played straight, then ultimately averted.
  • Hidden Depths: At first, Ms. Chrystal seems so nice and open and is considered a friend to the good endowed. Come Hidden King, and it's discovered that she is really an evil witch who has sworn revenge on Lyell Bone for rejecting her long ago.
  • Hot Teacher: It is frequently said that Ms. Chrystal is quite attractive and easy to confide in.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Lyell's rejection of her love is what turns her to evil.
  • Mysterious Past: Next to nothing is know about her past, except that she might have attended Bloor's or one of the other schools that harbor endowed kids due to her endowment and her talent as a violinist, fell in love with and was rejected by Lyell Bone, and swore revenge on him in any way possible.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She was deeply in love with Lyell Bone and was convinced he loved her, but he rejected her and married Amy Jones instead. It did not go down well with her.
    • It’s also implied that her eventual husband, Matthew Tilpin, leaving her due to his fear of Joshua’s endowment exacerbated all of this.
  • The Determinator: And how. After Lyell rejects her, she waits fourteen years to have her revenge and brings Count Harken into the world. Then, after the enchanter is banished, and the Mirror of Amoret is broken, she hides in the Academy and keeps trying to fix the Mirror and find a way to bring Harken back.
  • Unrequited Love: For Lyell.
  • Woman Scorned: She bears Lyell a grudge for rejecting her for Amy and is determined to have her revenge on him. In the fifth book, she brings Count Harken into the world and tries to make sure Lyell doesn't wake up from his trance.

     Yewbeam / Bone Family 

Yorath Yewbeam

A sadistic shapeshifter, Yorath is the father of Manley and Yolanda. He is so old he can no longer retain his own shape and must borrow from other beings in order to survive.
  • Character Death: He's killed by Christopher Crowquill, who sacrifices his own life by pushing him off the edge of a cliff.
  • Evil Teacher: In Castle of Mirrors. Charlie and Gabriel both sense that something is not quite right about him.
  • Shape Shifter: Yorath is a shapeshifter who feeds on and takes the shapes and personalities of his victims.
  • The Assimilator: Yorath is able to assimilate multiple bodies and personalities into one. He uses this talent when he goes to Bloor's Academy and poses as a teacher there.
  • The Heartless: Yorath doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone except his daughter Yolanda.

Yolanda Yewbeam / Belle

A hundred year old shapeshifter, she is a major antagonist in the third book. She is heartless and evil, and lives in Yewbeam Castle.
  • Character Death: Yolanda is electrocuted by Paton Yewbeam after he realizes that she had a role in the attempted murder of Miss Ingledew through use of an enchanted belt.
  • Daddy's Girl: Through and through. Yolanda is the apple of her father’s eye.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Yolanda has the power to hypnotize.
  • Shape Shifter: Yolanda can shapeshift into anything or anyone. Even though she is now over a hundred years old, she can still take the form of a twelve-year-old girl.
  • The Corrupter: Yolanda seems to be both fond of and very good at corrupting people. First, before the series begins, she corrupts Paton's four sisters into what they are now, and in the third book, she turns Dorcas Loom to the evil side.
  • The Heartless: Yolanda doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone.

Grizelda Bone

The mother of Lyell Bone and grandmother of Charlie Bone. Also known as Grandma Bone. She lives in Filbert Street with Charlie and his family until Wildnerness Wolf, then at the end of Red Knight leaves and is never seen again.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Her son Lyell refused to side with the Bloors and Yewbeams, which caused Grizelda to turn against him.
  • Evil Matriarch: Not quite evil, and at one point it’s implied that she simply thinks it’s stupid to go against the will of whoever holds the power. She’s certainly nasty enough, though.
  • Grumpy Bear: She's always grumpy about something, and never smiles. The atmosphere in the house is considerably better when she is not there.
  • I Have No Son: Grizelda's general feelings towards Lyell after he 'breaks the rules'. She turns her back to him and allows him to be hypnotized and lost, and later only thinks of his as an unfortunate episode that has passed.
  • Jerkass: She calls Charlie's friends mean names, calls Charlie stupid and foolish, and speaks poorly of her own son at times after his disappearance.

Lucretia Yewbeam

One of Charlie's three great-aunts. She is a Matron at Bloor's Academy.
  • Baby Sitter From Hell: Lucretia is a Matron at Bloor's Academy. The children think of her as ‘the closest a woman can get to a dragon’.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The only thing scarier than an angry Aunt Lucretia is a nice Aunt Lucretia.
  • Child Hater: Noted by Billy Raven in the second book when he is told off by Ezekiel for kicking Blessed.

Eustacia Yewbeam

One of Charlie's great-aunts. She has the gift of clairvoyance.
  • Baby Sitter From Hell: She acts as Benjamin's babysitter in the first book, and treats him and Runner Bean horribly.

Venetia Yewbeam

One of Charlie's great-aunts. She has the gift of bewitching clothing.
  • Gold Digger: She only marries Arthur Shellhorn for his money and to gain access to Eric's endowment.
  • The Fashionista: Venetia has the power to create magically-bewitched clothes.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Venetia would probably have one of these, since she's a clothes designer.
  • Wicked Stepmother: In the sixth book she marries Arthur Shellhorn, who has two young children. Venetia corrupts one of them and abuses the other.

Paton Yewbeam

Paton is Charlie's great-uncle and Grandma Bone’s much younger brother. He is a power-booster and as such does not go out much during the day. He is in love with and eventually marries Julia Ingledew, Emma Tolly's aunt.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Paton's mother was murdered when he was seven years old, his sisters turned against him and his father, and his gift caused him to be a pariah within the community and his own family as he couldn't go out in daylight. There's also his guilt at not helping Lyell at the cathedral on the day he disappeared.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is a prime example of this.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Paton, like Venetia and Lyell, has surprisingly pale skin and dark hair.
  • Happily Married: To Julia Ingledew at the end of the final book.
  • Heroic Neutral: This is Paton's stance until the end of the first book.
  • It's All My Fault: Paton never forgives himself for not meeting Lyell at the cathedral on the day Lyell disappeared, and blames himself for what happened.
  • Magic Enhancement: 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.
  • The Mentor: To Charlie and many of the other endowed children. Olivia is specifically stated to look up to him, and he is one of the few people who can successfully chastise her.
  • Missing Mom: Paton's mother died when he was seven, after being pushed down a staircase by Yolanda Yewbeam in Yewbeam Castle.
  • Only Friend: Lyell was most likely Paton's only friend before his disappearance.
  • Parental Substitute: Paton seems to get into this role as the series goes along. At first he is aloof and a loner, but after he puts his head up he begins to be more of an influence in Charlie's life, and helps Charlie undo whatever evil the Bloors have done and get him out of any trouble he has with Grandma Bone. It's justified, since with Charlie's father out of the picture for ten years, and Paton being the only reliable adult male in 9 Filbert Street, then of course Charlie would turn to him for the sort of fatherly or familial support he needs. By the end of the series, it's clear that they have grown really close and that Charlie looks up to Paton a lot and is terribly upset when he believes Paton has died during the final battle on the heath.
  • Sword Cane: Paton has one in his walking stick, used in the final battle. And it's electrified.
  • The Confidant: Seems to have been this for Lyell, and eventually becomes this for Charlie.
  • The Reliable One: Charlie always turns to Paton when he needs help with something, and he's usually willing to help in any way he can, unless he's on a road trip, been run over by a car or bewitched by Yorath.
  • The Stoic: Paton is usually a tower of strength, and never lets onto his more deeper, personal feelings often.
    • Not So Stoic: When Julia Ingledew is thought to be dying from putting on an enchanted belt.
  • This Means War!: When Paton goes to help Benjamin and Runner Bean (who's been attacked by a beast), and sees his sister Eustacia acting as Benjamin's sitter so that the Bloors can steal Dr Tolly's case, he effectively declares war on his sisters, realizing that it’s time to put his head up at last.

Lyell Bone

Charlie's father, and Amy's husband. He is an organist who disappeared in 1994 while trying to stop the abduction of Emma Tolly. He is hypnotized by Manfred Bloor into forgetting who he is and spends the next ten years disguised as a teacher at Bloor's Academy. He is eventually woken up and is reunited with his wife and son. During the last three books, he and Amy pretend to go on a second honeymoon while Lyell roams the city as the Red Knight.
  • Action Dad: Rides around the Red King's city disguised as the Red Knight, protecting the Red King's children, including his own son. At the very end he battles Count Harken in a duel during the final battle and is able to hold his own very well against him.
  • Brainwashed: By Manfred Bloor, eight years before the beginning of the series, for trying to prevent the abduction of Emma Tolly (and also because he knocked Ezekiel Bloor to the ground, crippling him permanently).
  • Brainwash Residue: It's said that Lyell did not immediately fully recover from his long ordeal by the time of the events of book six. He is implied to be all better at the end of Red Knight, though.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's Mr. Pilgrim, the strange piano teacher at Bloor's Academy. He's also the Red Knight in books six, seven, and eight.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not including his probably troubled childhood (and with a mother like Grizelda Bone, one can't expect his childhood to be a completely happy one) he's hypnotized in 1994 and spends ten years in a state of dazed forgetfulness, lost to his wife and child.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Lyell defeats and kills Count Harken, a powerful enchanter, in the final book, being only armed with armour, an enchanted sword and the mare that is Queen Berenice. He isn't even endowed.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad, Monty Bone, was killed when his plane crashed in a desert.
  • Elopement: Lyell eloped to Mexico with Amy Jones and married her there.
  • Faked The Dead: The Bloors fake Lyell's death by making him crash his car into a quarry.
  • Happily Married: To Amy, before his disappearance. And after he is woken up.
  • Have We Met?: When Amy and Charlie meet him in the chapel in book five, Lyell has no idea who they are, though he seems to know that he should recognize them.
  • Hope Bringer: Lyell fulfills this role in the last three books as he acts as the Red Knight, the only person said to be able to save the city from Harken.
  • Identity Amnesia: During his trance he has no memories of his old life.
  • I Owe You My Life: Lyell practically says this to Charlie after the battle on the heath.
  • Kicked Upstairs: At the end of the last book, Lyell becomes the owner of Bloor's Academy as he is the true heir to Maybelle's will.
  • Loss of Identity: The result of his hypnotization.
  • Messy Hair: When Charlie first sees him, he is described as having unkempt hair that Charlie at first thinks he forgot to comb.
  • Mysterious Past: While he's hypnotized, he's frequently thought of as mysterious. No one knows where he came from, or how he came to Bloor's Academy.
  • Mysterious Protector: Lyell is this in the last three books. The children and adults in the city (except for a chosen few) have no idea he is the Red Knight.
  • Never Found the Body: Even though his car crashed into a quarry, his body was never found. This is because the Bloors and Yewbeams dragged him out of the car just before it went over the edge of the quarry.
  • Nice Guy: He's certainly nicer than the rest of the Yewbeams, excluding Paton.
  • Not Himself: When he came back from the cathedral after being hypnotized. Amy tells Charlie in the first book that it was as if he were under a spell.
  • Only Friend: Lyell was most likely Paton's only friend before his disappearance.
  • Parental Neglect: His mother most likely neglected him when she found out he wasn't endowed.
  • Screwthe Rules Im Doing Whats Right: This seems to be his attitude for most of the series.
  • Secret Keeper: He's the keeper of the box containing Maybelle's will.
  • Secret Legacy: he's the true heir to Maybelle's will.
  • The Confidant: To Rufus Raven.
  • The Determinator: And how. Even after ten years of spellbound silence, he's still determined to bring the Bloors down.
  • The Only One I Trust: Lyell was (presumably) the only one Rufus trusted to guard the box containing Maybelle's will.
  • The Piano Player: Lyell is a gifted pianist and organist. According to Gabriel, he is absolutely brilliant.
  • The Reliable One: Though this isn't shown in the books, one can assume he is this, given his personality.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the last three books. Though he is still recovering from his ten-year-long trance, Lyell chooses to roam around the city as the Red Knight, protecting the endowed children, including his own son. With a mare that used to be the Queen, an unbeatable sword, and the Red King's cloak, he kills a fair amount of enemies during very dramatic battles. He even kills Count Harken Badlock, a powerful enchanter and the Big Bad of the series.
  • Wistful Amnesia: During his spellbound years, Lyell has no memories of his past life but senses that something is wrong with him. At midnight and midday, when the cathedral clock chimes, the hypnotism weakens briefly and he can sense hidden memories. When Amy and Charlie meet him in the Academy chapel, he doesn't recognize them but realizes that he should.

Amy Bone

Charlie's mother and Lyell's wife. She is a shop assistant and is descended from Mathonwy, a powerful magician and the Red King’s best friend, though appears to have no magic of her own.
  • Elopement: She eloped with Lyell to Mexico and married him there.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Though Amy has golden-brown hair, she has a heart of gold. In the fifth book, her hair is described as blonde, so this trope could fit.
  • Happily Married: To Lyell, before and after his hypnosis.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: In the fifth book this is essentially what Count Harken does to her to prevent Lyell from waking from his trance.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Amy has blue eyes, and a very kind and sweet personality.
  • Nice Girl: There isn't a single mean bone in her body.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Amy thinks she is not as pretty as she used to be, but that doesn't stop Count Harken from courting her.
  • Rags to Riches: Because Lyell inherits the Bloor fortune, she and Lyell go from poor to rich.
  • Secret Legacy: She is descended from Mathonwy, a powerful magician and friend of the Red King. This makes Charlie the rightful owner of the wand Claerwen.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In the fifth book. Charlie is amazed at how beautiful she looks as she leaves for the Grand Ball at Bloor's Academy.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is described as rather timid and quiet during the first five books of the series. However, when she gets her husband back, she seems to become a lot more confident and develops more poise.
  • Team Mom: By the fifth book, Amy seems to have befriended quite a few of Charlie's friends' parents, most notably Mrs. Gunn.

Maisie Jones

Amy's mother and a widow. She is very cheerful, plump, and bossy.
  • Secret Legacy: Maisie is descended from Mathonwy, a magician and friend of the Red King.

     The Pets' Cafe 

Orvil Onimous

A small man who has a way with animals, Mr. Onimous is a friend to the good endowed and aids them repeatedly in their fight against the Bloors. He looks after the three Flame cats, Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries. His wife runs the Pets' Cafe, where he can be found helping out. He is apparently endowed, but his endowment is never quite stated or shown.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He himself is tiny, but he is married to an incredibly tall woman.
  • The Reliable One: He can always be counted on to help the endowed children, and allows them to meet at the Pets' Cafe and plan.

Onoria Onimous

The owner of the Pets' Cafe. She is a kind, very tall woman who loves all animals and children. She is married to Orvil Onimous.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Like her husband, she adores animals, and even adopts Rembrandt the rat and Solomon the blue boa when they have nowhere else to go.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She is very tall, but is married to a very short man.

Norton Cross

  • Face–Heel Turn: Starts out as Orvil and Onoria’s goodhearted bouncer, but winds up helping the Bloors out. May or may not have been the result of brainwashing.

     Piminy Street Residents 

Katya Kettle

Introduced in the sixth book, she is the owner of a kettle shop in Piminy Street. She is also secretly a blacksmith and is descended from a blacksmith-mage called Feromal.

     Other Characters 

Christopher Crowquill

The rightful guardian of Billy Raven. He was sent to prison for eight years for supposedly robbing a bank. He concerns himself with the safety of Billy, but ultimately he sacrifices his life to save Paton Yewbeam's.
  • Frame-Up: He was framed as a bank robber and sent to prison for seven years.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He throws himself and Yorath Yewbeam from a cliff to save the life of Paton Yewbeam.

Julia Ingledew

A bookshop owner and Emma Tolly's aunt. Paton Yewbeam is in a relationship with her.
  • Brainy Brunette: Is quite intelligent, and has long chestnut-colored hair.
  • Cute Bookworm: She's described to be very attractive and interested in books and history. Paton is instantly smitten with her.
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: She’s read most of the rare and old books in her shop, and is stated by Paton to be an absolute treasure for his pursuit of history.
  • The Reliable One: She can always be relied on to help the children of the Red King.
  • When She Smiles: Miss Ingledew is said to have a dazzling smile.
  • Nice Girl: She is one of the kindest characters in the series.
  • Happily Married: To Paton Yewbeam at the end of the eighth book.

Meng Bloor

Bartholomew Bloor's second wife, and Naren's adopted mother.

Ollie Sparks

A very curious boy who once attended Bloor's Academy in the music department. He disappeared before the beginning of the series and is revealed to have been held captive in Bloor's Academy by the Bloors, who were using him to experiment with invisibility. He is eventually rescued and made invisible again by the good endowed.
  • Constantly Curious: Ollie is described as being very inquisitive, almost too much so. This gets him in trouble quite often.

Henry Yewbeam

A relative of Charlie who found himself in the 21st century through accidental use of the Time Twister.
  • Happily Adopted: In a strange way, by his own brother James Yewbeam, who is now elderly, and his housekeeper, in the present time.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He is extremely similar to Charlie in physical appearance. Paton comments on it in surprise when he first sees the family photo of Henry's family which Charlie shows to him in Time Twister, and later on Ezekiel Bloor also points it out, musing that Charlie's similarity to Henry may be why Ezekiel can't stand him.

James Yewbeam

Paton Yewbeam's father and brother to Henry.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Four of his children turned against him completely, siding with their evil Great-Aunt Yolanda. James was forced to flee Yewbeam Castle for his life with Paton, who was only seven years old at the time. Decades later, James is still estranged from his daughters who all want nothing to do with him.
  • Happily Married: To Solange Sourzac, before she was murdered by Yolanda Yewbeam in Yewbeam Castle.
  • Nice Guy: He is a nice man with a gentle and kind personality.

Alice Angel

Olivia Vertigo's godmother, and a white witch.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Alice is very beautiful, and a white witch. In contrast, Mrs. Tilpin becomes quite ugly when she is outed as an evil witch.
  • Friend to All Children: She is well-liked by the good endowed children (and in turn likes them) and always seeks to help them if she can.
  • Green Eyes: She has eyes as green as lily stalks.
  • Guardian Angel: To Olivia.
  • Hot Witch: Alice is frequently described as being beautiful.
  • Mystical White Hair: Alice has extraordinary white hair framing her face.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Castle of Mirrors, after hearing of Christopher Crowquill's death, Alice leaves the city, intending never to return.
    • The Bus Came Back: In the final book she returns, after realizing that Olivia is in trouble. She then proceeds to stay for the final battle and by the end is settled in the city permanently again.
  • The Reliable One: She can always be counted on to help the good endowed, especially Olivia.


Cook's sister. She lives with James Yewbeam, and is his housekeeper and caretaker.

     Minor Characters 

Mostyn Tolly

Emma Tolly's father and Nancy Tolly's husband. He was a brilliant but lazy inventor who chose to give away his only daughter to the Bloors in exchange for an exciting challenge. He eventually regrets this and tries to put it right, but is murdered before he can.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Miss Ingledew describes him as having had a brilliant mind for inventions, but too lazy to make most of his ideas into a reality.
  • Posthumous Character: He died just a week before the beginning of the first book.

Nancy Tolly

Emma Tolly's mother. She died of illness just days before Emma's second birthday.

Rufus Raven

Billy Raven's father and Lyell Bone's close friend. He was killed in a traffic accident when Billy was a baby.

Ellen Raven

Rufus' wife. She was killed along with her husband in a traffic accident.

Montague Bone

Lyell Bone's father and Grizelda's husband. He was a pilot who was killed when his plane crashed into a desert in 1963.
  • Hidden Depths: When he is first mentioned, he's dismissed as not very important because of his non-endowed status and mysterious origins. Fast-forward to the eighth book, and it turns out that he was descended from Maybelle Raven, and a part of the line who was meant to inherit the Bloor fortune and estate.
  • Nice Guy: He was a generally nice guy.
  • Secret Legacy: He was the true heir to Maybelle's will, before his death. After his death his son Lyell was meant to inherit everything Monty owned.

Mary Chance

Bartholomew Bloor's first wife. She killed herself when she believed him to be dead in an avalanche.
  • Death by Despair: She danced herself to death after hearing that Bartholomew had died in an avalanche during his trip to the Himalayas.
  • First Love: Is this for Bartholomew.
  • The Lost Lenore: Is this for Bartholomew.

     Residents of Badlock 

Count Harken Badlock

The main antagonist of the series, and the nemesis of the Red King. He is a powerful enchanter who will stop at nothing to take over the Red King's ancient city.
  • Mind Control: Harken can hypnotise, as seen in Hidden King. He hypnotises Amy Bone, Charlie's mother, into falling in love with him, to prevent Lyell Bone from waking up from his trance.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
  • The Corrupter: Long ago he turned five of the Red King's children to evil, though they were already halfway there anyway. He also influences Titania Tilpin into fighting on the evil side.
  • The Heartless: He has no heart whatsoever.
  • The Resenter: He resents the Red King for his magic, his queen, and his magnificent castle. He is determined to take them all for himself in due course.
  • Take Over the City: His eventual aim.


The unendowed granddaughter of the count.
  • Nice Girl: She is the nicest inhabitant in Badlock.


Endowed grandson of the count, and brother to Matilda. He can walk through walls.


The Red King's eldest daughter, and one of the evil ones. She marries Count Harken and moves to Badlock with him. She is a bewitcher of clothes.
  • Ice Queen: Not so much in Leopards' Gold, but very evident in the main series.
  • It's All About Me: She is extraordinarily self-centered as a child. She gives no thought of other people's feelings.
  • Kids Are Cruel: She bewitches Amadis' helmet with a deep-freezing spell in an attempt to kill him, and also gives Guanhamara a rash on her face by enchanting her necklace. She and Olga also like to torment Guanhamara with their endowments.
  • Lack of Empathy: For anyone affected by her horrible spells.
  • No Sense of Humor: Lilith has no sense of humor at all when Billy meets her in Badlock.
  • No Sympathy: She has no sympathy for Billy when he is thrown into the dungeons because of his rat Rembrandt.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Never smiles.
  • Proud Beauty: Lilith is very proud, especially as a teenager, and is quite attractive. She's certainly attractive to Harken, who chooses to marry her.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Lilith has dark hair and pale skin.
  • The Fashionista: Can bewitch clothes.
  • The Unapologetic: She refuses to apologize for bewitching Amadis' helmet in Leopards' Gold. She seems unapologetic about most of her actions, including the time when she enchanted Guanhamara's necklace into giving her a terrible rash on her face.

     Historical Figures 

The Red King (Timoken)

A magician and ancestor of all endowed children, this is the man who started it all. He came out of Africa in the twelfth century and settled in England, marrying Berenice, a daughter of a knight of Toledo, and having ten children who each inherited a part of his power. He was accompanied by three leopards, who later became the Flame cats.
  • Action Hero: In The Secret Kingdom Timoken destroys an army of viridees by himself in Toledo, and in Leopards' Gold beheads the Damzel of Decay.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Five of Timoken's children turn to evil as soon as he's gone. The other five are forced to flee for their lives.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: When you're a powerful magician who defeat powerful enemies, people are bound to respect and follow you.
  • Babies Ever After: Timoken has ten children with Berenice.
  • Bad Ass: Well, Timoken's a magician who leads his knights into battle. It's kind of expected.
  • Badass in Distress: First in The Stones Of Ravenglass, when Timoken is imprisoned after being accused of killing his friend Mabon the archer, and then in Leopards' Gold, when he is captured by the Damzel of Decay and imprisoned in a lake underwater.
  • Badass Cape: Timoken has a magical red cloak which guards and helps him in battle.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: As ruler of the Red Castle Timoken has a name of being fair and wise. His people love him and respect him.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Berenice.
  • Child Mage: As a child, Timoken can already talk to animals, call up storms, and fly, to name a few.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents were murdered when an enemy tribe attacked their home; he and his sister were forced to wander for centuries without a home in Africa; his sister who he loved dearly went missing one day because of evil forces, leaving Timoken by himself.
  • Famous Ancestor: He is a famous ancestor of all endowed children.
  • Frame-Up: Timoken is accused of murdering his friend Mabon, and is imprisoned in the dungeons of Castle Melyntha. He manages to escape with the wizard Eri on Gabar.
  • Happily Married: To Berenice before her death.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: As a child.
  • Death Wail: Timoken yells in rage and grief when his sister Zobayda disappears and is presumed dead.
  • I Gave My Word: Timoken promised Berenice that he would never raise a hand against their children.
  • It's All My Fault: Timoken blames himself for his children's betrayal and his family's troubles, as he has one foot in the realm of enchantments and that causes him and his family to be targeted by evil forces.
  • Magical Negro: Timoken is an African magician.
  • Manly Tears: In Leopards' Gold, Timoken can be seen weeping as Petrello watches on, because he is unable to cure Gunfrid of a deep-freezing enchantment.
  • Marry for Love: What Timoken eventually does with Berenice.
  • Master of Illusion: He can create illusions from thin air.
  • Out Living Ones Offspring: This comes into play as Timoken is immortal.
  • Papa Wolf: Never hurt his children, or he'll make you pay.
  • Parental Abandonment: Timoken's parents were killed when an enemy tribe invaded their home with help from an enemy of the forest jinni.
  • Parental Substitute: Zobayda seems to become like a mother to Timoken after their parents' deaths, as she is the older sister and there isn't anyone else to do the job.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Unlike other leaders, Timoken actually gets involved in the welfare and security of his people. When something is amiss, he strives to fix it.
  • The Determinator: Never stops searching for the new kingdom his mother promised him he would find. Though at times he gives up hope of ever finding it.
  • True Companions: With Beri and his friends Peredur, Mabon, Gereint, and Edern, whom he rescued from slavers in The Secret Kingdom.
  • Walking the Earth: Timoken and his sister Zobayda spend centuries doing this, after they are forced to flee their kingdom after it is attacked.

Queen Berenice (Beri)

The kind, spirited wife of the Red King. She died when their youngest child, Amoret, was born, but was later resurrected by Ezekiel Bloor in the form of her favorite mare. She now lives in the ruins of the Red Castle with the tree that is the Red King.
  • Action Mom: After hearing that Amadis may be in danger, she rides out into the forest to help him. When she finds Osbern D'Ark's men, she fares reasonably well in a fight against them.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: What Osbern D'Ark attempts to do to her in The Stones of Ravenglass. Luckily, she escapes with help from a small child, who happens to be the wizard Eri's grandchild.
  • Badass Normal: Berenice has no magical powers to speak of, but still manages to kill a viridee. She's extremely good with a sword, though not as good as Tolemeo or her father.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Timoken.
  • Death by Childbirth: Berenice dies after giving birth to her tenth child, Amoret.
  • Happily Married: To Timoken, in later years.
  • Lady of War: In Leopards' Gold.
  • Little Miss Badass: As a young girl, she kills a viridee by herself, putting to good use the swordsmanship skills her father taught her. She is also very brave and determined to help others.
  • Mama Bear: Don't even think of hurting her children. She'll go all the way to protect them.
  • Plucky Girl: She never gives up in anything she does. In Leopards' Gold she goes all the way into a forest swarming with enemies to search for her son Amadis, even after Councillor Thorkil presumes him dead and tries to stop her from going.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She plays an important role in the defeat of Osbern D'Ark in Leopards' Gold and the return of the missing seeing crystal.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She may be dainty and lady-like, but that doesn't mean she won't cut you if need be.
  • Tomboy Princess: While not exactly a princess, Berenice enjoys dueling and playing with swords. Her father taught her swordsmanship and she puts it to good use in her life.


The Red King's first child, and a sadistic tyrant. He could manipulate fire. He is the ancestor of the Bloor family.
  • Aloof Big Brother: He is very distant toward his younger siblings and treats most of them with disdain.
  • Driven by Envy: This is implied to be the cause for his actions in Leopards' Gold.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Borlath is jealous of his brother Amadis, for being so well-loved and for having the gift of animal-speak.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Borlath gets annoyed at the slightest things. His siblings learn to be wary of him because of this.
  • Hot-Blooded: Borlath can be unpredictable and short-tempered, especially when he is annoyed about something.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: As discovered in Leopards' Gold, Borlath is a hypnotist. It gives his father quite a shock when he manages to force Olga into a trance-like state to end her hysterical telekinetic rampage. It is also implied that he hypnotized Lilith into bewitching Amadis' helmet with a freezing spell.
  • It's All About Me: Borlath is so self-centered it's not even funny.
  • Jerkass: He is very mean to his siblings and the young orphans who settle into the Red Castle after being found by Amadis, Petrello, and Tolemeo.
  • Kill It with Fire: What Borlath does to Amadis and his followers and family when he attacks the Castle of Mirrors.
  • Lack of Empathy: Borlath doesn't seem to have any empathy at all, considering the crimes he has committed against his own family.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Borlath never smiles.
  • Playing with Fire: Borlath has the power to manipulate fire.
  • Pride: Borlath's main flaw, aside from envy.
  • The Heartless: Doesn't seem to care about anyone but himself.
  • The Resenter: He resents Amadis for his gift with animals and his popularity with the people, and also resents the fact that he'll probably never inherit the Red Castle due to his father being immortal.
  • The Unapologetic: Borlath never apologizes for betraying his own father and the Red Castle to the Damzel of Decay and Osbern D'Ark.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After months of trying to take the Castle of Mirrors, Borlath loses his cool and puts it on fire, killing all occupants inside except one.
  • Warrior Prince: He leads his people in an attack against the Castle of Mirrors.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He seems quite willing to hurt the orphans Zeba and Gunfrid if they ever get in his way.


The Red King's second son. He was one of the good children who left the castle forever. He could talk to animals. He is the ancestor of the Ravens, the Bones, and the Crowquills.
  • Happily Married: To Elin, eventually.
  • Nice Guy: He's well-liked for being just and kind. His younger siblings like him a lot more than Borlath, who is exactly the opposite.
  • The Good King: After he leaves the Red Castle, most of the people there choose to follow him, as he has a name for being a fair ruler like his father. He holds court at the Castle of Mirrors, until Borlath lays siege to it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Amadis helps ensure the security of the Red Castle by going on missions and gathering important intel from animal spies.
  • Talking To Animals: Amadis can speak the language of animals. This allows him to summon help when he is in trouble, and to hear of important news and track down traitors.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't speak as much as some of his other siblings.
  • Warrior Prince: He leads his people into battle against Borlath on the Island of a Thousand Blues.


The Changer. He was originally one of Timoken’s five wicked children, but had a change of heart and fled the castle, taking with him his father’s great book of stories. He eventually settled in the land of the Merromals, and married a Merromal girl.
  • Animal Eyes: Cafall's most distinct feature is his wolfish yellow eyes.
  • Body Horror: When he changes from human to beast, or vice versa.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Due to his nature as the Changer, Cafall constantly switches between the good and bad sides. It is during one of his good moments that he fled the Red Castle.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: With a sufficient light source, Cafall is human. But in the dark, he cannot retain that shape, instead automatically transforming into a beast.
  • Jerkass: At times he can be this, due to his nature as the Changer.
  • The Storyteller: Him having taken his father’s book of tales with him when he fled is stated to be the reason behind the Merromal people’s great love of stories.


One of the Red King's wicked children. She is telekinetic. She is close to her sister Lilith, and follows her like a shadow.


The Red King's third daughter, and an illusionist and psychic. She is one of the good children who flees the castle when Harken takes over. She marries an Italian prince, Enrico, and has seven daughters, all witches. The Vertigos, Sages, and Silks are descended from her.
  • Daddy's Girl: She's Timoken's favorite child. Petrello points this out in Leopards' Gold, when he sees his father's father soften at the sight of Guanhamara.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Guanhamara loves children and animals, and is described as having a gentle heart. When the blue boa, Solomon, is tortured by Borlath into wanting to kill and hate Guanhamara is horrified, and tries to help it by giving it the power of invisibility instead. It is said that she took the boa with her to Italy, and the relationship between them was so close that the boa went into a deep sleep when she died.
  • Happily Married: To Enrico, an Italian Prince.


The Red King's fourth child, Petrello can call thunder, lightning, wind, and rain, and apparently had some power over water as well.


One of the good children, and a gifted swordsman and flyer.
  • Badass Cape: In Leopards' Gold, Timoken (at Petrello's suggestion) orders the creation of a cloak for Tolemeo to wear, so that he won't have to go around in public showing his wings. It's an exact copy of Wyngate's cloak.
  • Happily Married: To Elena.
  • Flight: Can fly using a pair of wings that are grown from his back.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something


A shapeshifter. He is one of the King's bad children who stay in the Red Castle.
  • Big Eater: In Leopards' Gold, it's stated that he eats so much it's a wonder he's still so scrawny and thin.
  • Shape Shifter: Wyborn can shapeshift into any animal he chooses, however, as he has no imagination, he cannot fly as a bird or become a dragon or leopard.


The Red King's youngest child, and the ancestor of the Yewbeam family. She could travel through use of the Mirror of Amoret, which her father had crafted for her.
  • Babies Ever After: Amoret has one child, Roland, who is the founder of the Yewbeam dynasty.
  • Mysterious Past: Almost nothing is known of Amoret's past; it is Paton Yewbeam's goal to discover her history.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father left her to grieve in the forest; her mother died in childbirth.

Otus Yewbeam

The husband of Amoret, and father of Roland. He is a giant who finds himself trapped in Badlock and separated from his wife and son for twenty years. In the seventh book Charlie and Paton help him reunite with Amoret in the Castle of Mirrors.

Roland Yewbeam

Otus and Amoret's son. He is the direct ancestor of the Yewbeams.


Amadis' youngest son and only survivor of the fire in the Castle of Mirrors. He could talk to animals. He is the ancestor of the Ravens and Crowquills.