Riley Madison. Former Slytherin. Aspiring businesswoman.
Name: Kingsley Shacklebolt
Age: 42 Occupation: Minister for Magic
"Underestimating me was your biggest mistake.”
Kingsley Shacklebolt was born in Bristol, England, as the world was beginning to change. He was an only child with two magical parents who made it their mission to ensure that their son had everything he could possibly want, whatever that meant they had to sacrifice, and were happy to do it; Eleanor Kingsley and Benjamin Shacklebolt knew that their son would achieve great things. When attending Hogwarts, he was Sorted into Slytherin, and his hard work and ambition meant that he was usually the last one to leave the library every night, and the first one back every morning. Surrounded by blue-blooded heirs and heiresses, Kingsley knew that he would have to work even harder than his companions to be recognized. Young men of color living just below the poverty line always did.
Upon graduating at the top of his class, a good friend to many of the original members of the Order of the Phoenix, Kingsley joined the Ministry of Magic as an Auror, and during the day he was a perfectly nondescript, law-abiding citizen who did his job beautifully but still managed to avoid most attention. At night, however, he was a member of the Order, risking life and limb on a regular basis to ensure that the world would be just a little bit safer the next morning. After Voldemort’s defeat, Kingsley looked forward to having a good, quiet life, and for a brief time was involved with Anita Salceda, an historian with unorthodox methods.
Kingsley jumped back into his double life when asked to work for the Muggle Prime Minister on behalf of the Ministry, and again when Voldemort rose to power once more. He returned to the Order of the Phoenix gladly, fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts alongside the last living original members. Once the war came to a close, Kingsley became Minister for Magic, and made it his mission to root out the last of the remaining Death Eaters, showing leniency to child soldiers when available, but recognizing that desperate times called for desperate measures. Rumors of Alecto Carrow’s return have reached him, and he’s preparing for battle yet again, steeling the Ministry against infiltration or attack.
Face Claim: Idris Elba
Kingsley Shacklebolt is open.
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Faye Connors, mother, widow, loved.
Name: Emily Fairchild
Age: 32 Occupation: Healer
"My strength is not defined by how many times I’ve been put down.”
Emily Fairchild was born to make history. Born to Samuel Fairchild, a Ministry official, and Lois Fairchild, a barrister, it was no surprise to anyone that she was outspoken even from a young age. She was Sorted into Hufflepuff, and during her third year she began identifying openly as a girl, asking professors to use her chosen name and pronouns. Responses were split; several professors refused, and she faced bullying from many of her classmates, while many of her Housemates stood up for her against her aggressors, and Professor McGonagall took a stand to ensure that she was safe and treated with respect whenever she could. Emily graduated with flying colors, showing a particular talent in Potions and Charms, and almost immediately applied to a healer training program at St. Mungo’s.
Once there, she was greeted with the same mixed response that she’d faced at Hogwarts, though she pushed forward, working twice as hard as her colleagues for half the recognition, even when she’d bested them time and time again. The first out transgender woman to become a Healer at St. Mungo’s, she took a special interest in Muggle medical practices, having been to Muggle hospitals for hormone treatments and surgery, and worked hard to create a safe space for herself, as well as any transgender staff or patients at the hospital.
Her interest led her to spearhead the move to create a wing designed to combine Muggle and magical medical practices, and when the Greengrass family put up the funds necessary, she took the lead on the project. Her passion and dedication make her one of a kind, and she is known throughout St. Mungo’s as being a force of nature. She is not a woman to be trifled with, but she’s not severe, either; as a Healer and a teacher, Emily is incredibly approachable, and makes an effort to take younger and less experienced Healers under her wing.
Face Claim: Laverne Cox
Emily Fairchild is open.
Hey, loves. It’s with a sad heart that I announce that Monique, our incredible moderator and the absolutely amazing writer behind Draco Malfoy, Alice Black, and William and Elliot Moon, has decided to leave.
Monique has been writing with us since September 2012, and she joined just over a month after I did. Almost all of my memories of this group involve her somehow. Very quickly, she became one of my closest friends, and when I needed to leave, she stepped up and she took amazing care of this group, keeping us running and successful for months. Her characters are without a doubt some of the most incredible I’ve ever seen, and she brought so much to this group.
She chose to leave for personal reasons, and is taking her characters with her. Alice Black and William/Elliot Moon will not be reopened, as they were original characters; Draco Malfoy will, eventually, be reopened, once we get settled again. And for the time being, Jordan and I will continue to split the moderation duties between the two of us.
But I wanted to take a moment to recognize how much Monique has done for us. There’s not a doubt in my mind that this group would have ended long ago if it wasn’t for her hard work, her kindness, her perseverance, and the astonishing love she holds for her characters. We were all lucky beyond words to have a chance to write with her for as long as we did, and I can say that I’m truly blessed to call her a good friend.
Thank you so much for your dedication, your creativity, and your hard work, Monique. All the love in the world your way. Thank you for letting us share in your characters and your imagination, and we wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.
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Name: Augustus Rookwood
Age: 39 Occupation: Fugitive
"I’ve come too far to be beaten now. I will not be held back."
Augustus Rookwood was born into the shadow of privilege. His father had hoped that his marriage would result in social and economic mobility upward, but the Rosier heiress who met him at the altar was quiet, unhappy, and only fulfilling a duty that her older sisters had refused. Their marriage was an unhappy one, and Augustus and his sister Octavia were born from duty rather than love. Their father spent most of his time gambling away what little fortune they had in the hopes of rising socially, whereas their mother focused on raising their children in the proper Pureblood fashion, with an emphasis on blood purity.
When he attended Hogwarts, Augustus was Sorted into Ravenclaw, where he eventually met Alecto Carrow, a Housemate two years his junior. It was Alecto’s influence that led him to look into Voldemort’s cause, and he joined the Death Eaters along with the Carrow siblings not long after. He was eventually arrested, when he was betrayed by Igor Karkaroff, after years of successful and uninterrupted spying in the Department of Mysteries. He spent fifteen years in Azkaban, and when he broke out in 1996, was reunited with the Carrows as they prepared for Voldemort’s return to power.
Augustus’ freedom was short-lived, however, as he was forced to go on the run after the Battle of Hogwarts and Voldemort’s defeat. Never spending more than a few weeks in any city, it was by mere chance that he recently learned of the Carrows’ death, and heard the whispers that Alecto was alive and following in the Dark Lord’s footsteps, having learned from his mistakes. Upon hearing this, he returned to Britain almost immediately, searching Alecto out to work with her. He’s lost his friends and family once and has no plans of doing it again; besides, it just wouldn’t be fair for one woman to have all that power to herself.
Face Claim: Tom Hiddleston
Augustus Rookwood is open.
Reed Alexandr. Twenty-One. Durmstrang graduate. Writer.
Name: Katerina Kusmenov
Age: 24 Occupation: Wandmaker
"I’ll be damned if I let anyone try and take that kind of power again, not after everything I’ve lost."
Katerina Kusmenov was born in Zagreb, Croatia, five months after her father’s death. Her mother, already worn thin by the loss of her husband, the birth of her baby girl, and caring for her four-year-old son Alexei, left Katerina in the care of her grandfather, widely renowned wandmaker Mykew Gregorovitch. Gregorovitch adored his granddaughter and doted on her, moving her to live with him in Dresden, Germany, and raising her on his own. From a young age, Katerina showed an incredible gift for wandmaking, and Gregorovitch promised that she would someday take over his shop when he retired.
When Katerina was twelve years old she began her education at Durmstrang Institute, where she was reunited with her brother Alexei. However, the siblings had little in common besides shared blood; where Katerina was wholly focused on wandmaking, and focused her studies on magical theory and wandlore in the hopes of being a successful heir to the family business, Alexei showed an interest in the Dark Arts, and developed a fascination with studying Voldemort’s reign. When Katerina graduated eight years later, and at the top of her class, Voldemort had returned, Alexei had left for England to join the Death Eaters, and Gregorovitch was preparing to turn over ownership of his shop to his granddaughter.
Katerina never got that opportunity to take ownership. Within weeks of her graduation, her grandfather had gone on the run from Voldemort, and though Katerina tried to run things in his absence, she closed the shop down when he was found dead. During the war, she joined a resistance effort dedicated to moving Muggleborns to safety, and following the war’s end, hunted down her brother to find out what he’d known about their grandfather’s death. She comes to England now to fill the vacuum left by Ollivander’s death, and now runs Gregorovitch Wands in Knockturn Alley. She’s heard rumors of the rise of a former Death Eater thought dead, and plans on getting whatever revenge she can for her grandfather’s death, no matter the cost.
Face Claim: Ksenia Solo
Katerina Kusmenov is open.
Hey, everybody! Sorry for the silence around here lately; seems like everyone’s got a busy week. But I’m back, which means I can get started on some pretty awesome things, like updating old character bios and releasing new character bios.
And because I love you, here’s a peek at what you can expect from us in the coming weeks and months:
Keep watching, folks; big things are happening around here.
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