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Characters: Children of the Red King
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     Good Endowed Children 

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.

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.
  • Shape Shifter: Emma can fly by becoming a bird.
  • 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.
  • Brainwashed: Manfred Bloor hypnotizes Emma when she is just two years old; it lasts until she is ten when Charlie and his friends manage to wake her up using Tolly Twelve Bells.
  • Identity Amnesia: During her trance Emma has no idea who she really is.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Olivia.
  • Happily Adopted: By her aunt, Julia Ingledew, at the end of Midnight for Charlie Bone.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Tancred.
  • 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.
  • Unrequited Love: For Tancred, until they finally become a couple at the end of the final book.
  • The Cutie
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Heartwarming Orphan
  • Foster Kid: Emilia is fostered by the Moons, a couple paid off by the Bloors.
  • Determinator
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Emilia's foster parents are an unendowed couple paid by the Bloors to look after her.
  • Smarter Than You Look

Tancred Torsson

A storm-bringer, Tancred is descended from Petrello. His Scandinavian ancestor was named after the thunder god, Thor.

Gabriel Silk

Descended from Guanhamara, Gabriel can feel scenes and emotions through the clothes of others. He comes from a line of psychics.

Lysander Sage

Descended from Guanhamara, Lysander can call up his spirit ancestors.

Olivia Vertigo

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker

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, Manfred is descended from Borlath. He is Dr Bloor's son.

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.

Beth Strong

A telekinetic. She leaves Bloor's after the second book.

Dorcas Loom

Descended from Lilith, Dorcas can sew magical clothes. She was originally neutral, but joined the evil side after Belle/Yolanda corrupted her.
  • 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.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: In the third book, she is corrupted by Yolanda Yewbeam, who is posing as a young schoolgirl called Belle.
  • Cheerful Child: Before her Face-Heel Turn, she is often described as this. She never stops smiling.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Before she becomes evil.
  • Fat Girl: She is a bit plump near the beginning of the series, though she does lose some weight after she befriends Belle/ Yolanda.
  • Primal Fear: Dorcas is afraid of animals. Which is ironic, considering her brothers keep a pair of ferocious Rottweillers at home.
  • Perpetual Frowner: After the third book, Dorcas is said to be a sullen child who rarely smiles.

Idith and Inez Branko

A pair of telekinetic twins who are distantly related to Zelda Dobinski. They are introduced in book four.

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 is his mother.

     Neutral Endowed Children 

Asa Pike

Descended from Cafal, Asa becomes a werebeast at dusk. Asa is originally evil, but turns good after the sixth book.
  • Animal Eyes
  • Jerkass
  • The Bully
  • Body Horror: Asa when he changes from human to beast, or vice versa.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heel-Face Turn: It's 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 sunlight (which is what he requires in order to be human). In other words, they deprived him of his humanity for several weeks and nearly starved him to death in the process. Their actions also led up to Asa's father being shot and killed by local hunters. It's no wonder he turned his back on them completely after that.
  • Book Dumb
  • Mysterious Past

Bindi Loom

A girl who appears in the first two books. Her endowment is unknown. She is friends with Olivia Vertigo, and is related to Dorcas Loom. 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.

Benjamin Brown

Benjamin is Charlie's oldest friend and lives across the street from him. He is small with straw-blonde coloured hair, and has no other friends other than Charlie. He owns a dog called Runner Bean. His parents are detectives.
  • Muggle Friend
  • Unfazed Everyman
  • 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.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold

     Adult Members of the Bloor Family 

Ezekiel Bloor

Dr Harold Bloor

Bartholomew Bloor

Dr Bloor's father and Ezekiel's son. Is the White Sheep of the Bloor family.
  • 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.
  • White Sheep: He is the 'White Sheep' of the Bloor family.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Bartholomew's son Harold chooses to side with Ezekiel and the Yewbeam sisters.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Mary Chance.
  • Second Love: With Meng.
  • Happily Married: First, with Mary Chance, and later with Meng.
  • I Have No Son
  • 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.

Dorothy Bloor

Dr Bloor's wife.

     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. Later in the series he helps fight against the Bloors, and displays an attraction to Treasure, the Bloor Academy cook.

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 Yewbeam.
  • 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.
  • Badass Teacher
  • Friend to All Children: Mr Boldova is always ready to help the students in Bloor's Academy, no matter what.
  • The Determinator: Despite the dangers and opposition, Samuel searches for his missing brother Ollie (the 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.


Bloor Academy's cook. She is dedicated to keeping the balance between the good and bad endowed children.


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.
  • Jerkass

Bertha Weedon

Weedon's wife.

Senor Alvaro

Ms Chrystal/ Titania Tilpin

A music teacher at the Academy, teaches violin and piano. She is later revealed to be an evil witch
  • Unrequited Love: For Lyell.
  • Friend to All Children: Until she turns out to be an evil witch, that is.
  • 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 colours later on when she brings Count Harken Badlock into the world.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Titania becomes increasingly ugly once she is outed as a witch and goes deep into evil.
  • Evil Teacher
  • Hot Teacher: It is frequently said that Ms Chrystal is quite attractive and easy to confide in.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Ms Chrystal was deeply in love with Lyell Bone, and she thought he loved her too, but he rejected her and married Amy Jones instead. It did not go down well with her.
  • 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.
  • Love Makes You Evil
  • Blondes are Evil
  • Basement-Dweller: After she is outed as a witch, she is forced into hiding in a basement in Bloor's Academy.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Mysterious Past
  • 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.

     Yewbeam/Bone Family 

Yorath Yewbeam

Yolanda Yewbeam

  • Shape Shifter
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Yolanda has the power to hypnotize.
  • The Corrupter: Yolanda seems to be fond of 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

Lucretia Yewbeam

Eustacia Yewbeam

Venetia Yewbeam

Paton Yewbeam

Paton is Charlie's uncle. 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.
  • Badass Baritone
  • Beserk Button: Never hurt Julia Ingledew, or he'll make you pay.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • The Stoic
  • Cool Uncle
  • Happily Married: To Julia Ingledew in the final book.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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, realising that they've gone too far this time and need to be stopped.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Magic Enhancement: Paton 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.
  • Sword Cane: Paton has one in his walking stick, used in the final battle. And it's electrified.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Neutral: This is Paton's stance until the end of the first book.
  • The Reliable One

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.
  • 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 fully recover from his long ordeal by the time of the events of book six.
  • Identity Amnesia: During his trance he has no memories of his old life.
  • Loss of Identity: The result of his hypnotization.
  • Chekovs 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.
  • Happily Married: To Amy, before his disappearance. And after he is woken up.
  • Parental Neglect
  • Mysterious Past: While he's hypnotised, he's frequently thought of as mysterious.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad, Monty Bone, was killed when his plane crashed in a desert.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Not Himself: When he came back from the cathedral after being hypnotised. Amy tells Charlie in the first book that it was as if he were under a spell.
  • Action Dad
  • Wistful Amnesia
  • The Determinator
  • Elopement: Lyell eloped to Mexico with Amy Jones and married her there.
  • 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.
  • Faked The Dead
  • 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.

  • Hope Bringer: Lyell fulfils 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.
  • Secret Legacy: he's the true heir to Maybelle's will.
  • Secret Keeper: He's the keeper of the box containing Maybelle's will.
  • 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.
  • Screwthe Rules Im Doing Whats Right: This seems to be his attitude for most of the series.
  • Nice Guy
  • The Piano Player
  • The Reliable One

Amy Bone

Charlie's mother and Lyell's wife. She is a shop assistant.
  • Happily Married: To Lyell.
  • 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.
  • Elopement: She elopes with Lyell to Mexico and marries him there.
  • 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.
  • Team Mom: By the fifth book, Amy seems to have befriended quite a few of Charlie's friends' parents, most notably Mrs Gunn.
  • Nice Girl: There isn't a single mean bone in her body.

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

Onoria Onimous

Norton Cross

     Piminy Street Residents 

Katya Kettle

     Other Characters 

Christopher Crowquill

Julia Ingledew


Ollie Sparks

Henry Yewbeam

James Yewbeam

Alice Angel


     Minor Characters 

Mostyn Tolly

Nancy Tolly

Rufus Raven

Ellen Raven

Montague Bone

Mary Chance

     Residents of Badlock 

Count Harken Badlock




     Historical Figures 

The Red King (Timoken)

Queen Berenice (Beri)











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