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Society and the Season

The Season was a part of life for everyone participating in society — the time of year when one flocked to London to see and be seen. Here on Charming, we also observe the Season, but with some differences.


"Society" refers to all members of the upper class and "traditional" members of the middle class—that is, those that adhere to the muggle standard and have some extra sickles to spend; none of this working women nonsense! While some in either grep will eschew society, it is considered eccentric indeed to do so! Within society, individuals will host and be hosted at dinner parties, garden parties, country week-ends, balls, etc. Most important to any good member of society, though, is the Season.

~The Season

In real life, the Season lined up with the sitting of parliament in London, as representatives in the House of Commons and the House of Lords came to the city with their families in tow. By the 19th century, this period spanned the spring and summer months. Here on Charming, the magical season spans instead from May through October, allowing recent graduates from Hogwarts to partake in the bulk of it. Society still carries on outside this window—moreso for the magical community and their magical transportation than the muggles—but it is not to quite so great an extent.

In London, the season is a time of balls, with several being held nightly for varying audiences. Some are open only to invitees, while others are advertised for anyone to attend. Of course, when they say "anyone", they never include the working class!

In Irvingly, the season is less observed, as the sleepy community is hardly considered exciting! Still, dinner parties, garden parties, and charity auctions dot the social scene at this time of year, making it an ideal daytime location before moving on to grander evening festivities elsewhere.

In Hogsmeade, one finds a combination of the two in the last decade, though some particularly fashionable socialites no longer consider a Hogsmeade ball worth attending—unless, of course, one of their friends is doing the hosting! The popularity and prominence of the Hogsmeade social scene depends largely on the dictates of fashion in any given year—the Minister of Magic, society darlings, and weather all come into play.

~Entering Society

For a man, entering society is as simple as turning seventeen and choosing to attend functions. It might take a friend or relation to get you in the door of more exclusive events, but there is no formal entry as there is for the fairer sex. It is worth noting, though, that few will pay a young gentleman much mind at such gatherings until they're considered to be ready to take a wife.

For a woman, it is simply not done to attend society events until one has made their debut, marking them "on the market", as it were. For muggles, this means a Coming Out and/or presentation before Her Majesty, depending on one's social status; for the magical community, this means either a private Coming Out or participation in the one held at Hogwarts every year. A young lady will never be "out" unless she has completed her schooling, though a governess may be employed by the family until she is married, behaving more as a chaperon than a teacher.