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     Ezekiel Bloor 

Ezekiel Bloor

The head of the Bloor family. He is over a hundred years old and is an incompetent magician.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: His son, Bartholomew, turned his back on his family after his wife died and became an explorer.
  • Big Bad: He is the Big Bad of the series, until Harken comes along.
  • Control Freak: He likes to be in control, particularly of the endowed children and Septimus Bloor's wealth.
  • *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.
  • Evil Is Petty: He held a grudge against Henry Yewbeam for 100 years, because Henry finished a puzzle he was working on.
  • Greed: His main reason for supporting Count Harken and trying to stop Maybelle's will from being found.
  • It's All About Me: Doesn't care about anyone else but himself.
  • Jerkass: He’s the one Dr. Bloor and Manfred learned it from.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the end of Red Knight, in a very ironic fashion. He (or rather his wheelchair) is pushed down the stairs by his own dog, crushing Manfred to death as well.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: Has this mentality when it comes to the crimes he's instigated. He refuses to admit his guilt in Lyell Bone's disappearance, even though he's at least partly to blame for it. Even Manfred admits that Ezekiel isn't innocent of that.
  • 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 his friends wind up facing.

     Dr Harold Bloor 

Dr. Harold Bloor

The son of Bartholomew Bloor, and grandson of Ezekiel. He is the headmaster of Bloor's Academy.
  • The Bore: He isn't a very good public speaker, at least compared to Mrs Tilpin. During the nighttime meeting in Red Knight, she gets much more applause and attention than he does, much to his chagrin.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Charlie describes his gray eyes as cold and stone-like.
  • Control Freak: He makes it his job to keep all of the endowed children under his and his family's control.
  • Dean Bitterman: He rules Bloor's Academy with an iron fist. None of the children like him.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: He's by no means a good guy, but he's often not involved in some of the especially horrible things Ezekiel and Manfred do, and it's likely why he's the only one of them to survive at the end of the series.
  • 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.
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Endowed Children

     Billy Raven 

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.
  • Albinos are Freaks: Billy is continually passed over for adoption, implied to be because of his albinism, and the villain manipulates him into evil by claiming he'll help him find a family.
  • Animal Talk: Has the ability to understand and speak to animals.
  • Disability Immunity: Billy's albinism gives him poor eyesight, which makes him immune to Hypnotic Eyes.
  • Happily Adopted: Is happily adopted by Lyell and Amy 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: When Charlie (rightfully) accuses him of selling him out to the Bloors, Billy's response is that he just wants to be adopted, and if that's so wrong—and indeed, it's his motivation up until he realizes that the Bloors will never make good on their word.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Manfred's brainwashing doesn't work on him, and neither does Yolanda's.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Is good friends with Ezekiel's dog Blessed, until Billy kicks Blessed in the second book. Later Billy also becomes best friends with Mr Boldova's rat Rembrandt, and ends up looking after it when Mr Boldova leaves Bloor's Academy for good.
    • He also becomes friends with the blue boa, Solomon, after the events of the third book.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Billy kicks Blessed repeatedly in book two, because he refused to give him the Time Twister. This causes Blessed to stop speaking to him for a while.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He switches back to the good side when it becomes clear that the Bloors are never actually going to find him foster parents, as they promised.
  • 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.
  • Sole Survivor: Is implied to have been the sole survivor of the traffic accident that killed his parents.
  • 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 because of 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 

Dagbert Endless

The son of Lord Grimwald and descended from Petrello, Dagbert can manipulate water.
  • Accidental Murder: Dagbert claims that his drowning Tancred was this.
  • Arch-Enemy: He's described as this to Tancred, both being descended from Petrello. It comes true by the end of the same book, as they have a showdown, if it can be called that—it was more of a Curb-Stomp Battle on Tancred's end, prompting Dagbert to drown him in the next book in revenge.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gets shades of this in the series.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Dagbert's alignment changes with the moon. Literally, as according to him, he turns nasty whenever the moon is covered by clouds. 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.

     Manfred Bloor 

Manfred Bloor

A powerful hypnotist and later pyromancer, Manfred is descended from Borlath. He is Dr Bloor's son.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Non-romantic version. Manfred views Asa as "his" wolf—a creature who will do his bidding without question—and Asa bemoans when trying to get away from the Bloors, Manfred "will never let [him] go", as he'd rather see him dead.
  • 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.
  • Sadist: He revels in other people's pain.
  • 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.
  • With Friends Like These...: He doesn't like Asa, and the feeling is mutual, but they're essentially best friends by virtue of the fact that no one else likes them either.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem hurting, threatening, burning, or hypnotizing the young students in his control.

     Zelda Dobinski 

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.
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     Beth Strong 

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 

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.
  • Formerly Fat: 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 

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 

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.

     Eric Shellhorn 

Eric Shellhorn

Stepson to Venetia after her marriage to Arthur Shellhorn in the sixth book. He can manipulate stone.
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     Asa Pike 

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.
  • Animals Hate Him: As they can sense that he isn't quite right, being somewhere between animal and human.
  • 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.
  • The Bully: For most of the series, he is Manfred's sidekick and takes part in Manfred's activities.
  • Butt-Monkey: He does most of the Bloors' hard labour and receives little recognition in return, and even Charlie feels a rare twinge of sympathy when Manfred ridicules him in front of the other endowed for failing his exams.
  • The Dreaded: He's one of the most dangerous (and certainly one of the most feared) endowed, to the extent that even Manfred, for all that he's not very kind to Asa, is wary of actually getting on his bad side.
  • 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.
  • Immune to Mind Control: It's implied that in beast form, he's this, which is part of why Manfred fears him.
  • 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.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He's fond of disguising himself, even if it's incredibly ineffective. For those who know him, his red hair and yellow eyes are a dead giveaway, and for those who don't, he's still obviously a kid pretending to be an old man.
  • 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of The Wilderness Wolf, where he and his mother escape the conflict altogether (though for good reason, as it's not only the Bloors they have to fear, but the entire city now).
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He's easily identified by his wolfish yellow eyes.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Not from his parents, but from the Bloors. In The Castle of Mirrors, when he points out how much he's done for them and Ezekiel dismissively tells him to take a day off, Asa replies that he just wants acknowledgment, not a break. In hindsight, it becomes clear why this matters to him when it's revealed that he and his family are outsiders, and that working for the Bloors is how he belongs.
  • With Friends Like These...: He and Manfred don't even like each other, but stay with each other because everyone else hates them.

Other antagonists

     Tantalus Ebony 
A sadistic teacher who temporarily replaces Mr Pilgrim in the fourth book. He teaches Music, Mime and Medieval History.
     Yolanda Yewbeam 

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.
  • Daddy's Girl: Through and through. Yolanda is the apple of her father’s eye.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Yolanda has the power to hypnotize.
  • Killed Off for Real: 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.
  • Lack of Empathy: She has no empathy for anyone or anything.
  • Shapeshifter: 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.

     Yorath Yewbeam 

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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Teacher: In Castle of Mirrors. Charlie and Gabriel both sense that something is not quite right about him.
  • The Heartless: Yorath doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone except his daughter Yolanda.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's killed by Christopher Crowquill, who sacrifices his own life by pushing him off the edge of a cliff.
  • Lack of Empathy: He has no empathy for anyone or anything.
  • Papa Wolf: Hurt Yolanda and he'll make you pay.
    • He swears vengeance on Paton Yewbeam after learning of his daughter's death at his hands, and will stop at nothing to see Paton dead.
  • Shapeshifter: Yorath is a shapeshifter who feeds on and takes the shapes and personalities of his victims.
     Count Harken 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.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He has both human and viridee blood in his ancestry.
  • 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.

Bloor's Academy Staff

     Miss Chrystal 

Miss 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, Miss 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Miss 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.
  • Mama Bear: While she was likely ready to drop the act to begin with, she starts showing her true colours to the children first when Charlie beats up her son, Joshua.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Weedon 

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 

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.
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