Charming is a Victorian Era Harry Potter roleplay set primarily in the village of Hogsmeade, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the non-canon village of Irvingly. Characters of all classes, both magical and muggle — and even non-human! — are welcome.

With a member driven story line, monthly games and events, and a friendly and drama-free community focused on quality over quantity, the only thing you can be sure of is fun!
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    News
    01.11 I've got a bit of a reputation...
    01.06 AC underway, and a puzzle to solve!
    01.01 Happy new year! Have some announcements of varying importance.
    12.31 Enter the Winter Labyrinth if you dare!
    12.23 Professional Quidditch things...
    12.21 New stamp!
    12.20 Concerning immortality
    12.16 A heads up that the Secret Swap deadline is fast approaching!
    12.14 Introducing our new Minister of Magic!
    12.13 On the first day of Charming, Kayte gave to me...
    12.11 Some quick reminders!
    12.08 Another peek at what's to come...
    12.05 It's election day! OOC, at least.
    12.04 We have our PW winners for November!
    12.02 New Skins! In less exciting news, the AC is underway.
    11.27 AC Saturday and election next week!
    11.21 A glimpse at post-move changes.
    11.13 This news is not at all big. Do not bother with it.
     
        
     
    Fanfiction and Roleplaying 101
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    FANFICTION AND ROLEPLAYING 101
    What is fanfiction? And what on earth is roleplaying? If you're asking either of those questions, you've come to the right place. The likelihood is you have heard of at least one of these things before: in recent years, with the explosion of the internet, and the increasing popularity of social networking sites such as Tumblr and Twitter, both fanfiction and "œRPG" have also become increasingly popular ways of engaging with popular books, movies and television shows, and by extension the associated fandom —€œ that is, a dedicated fanbase devoted to a particular example of social entertainment, such as Doctor Who, Game of Thrones or the ever popular Harry Potter.

    Fanfiction
    Have you ever read a book and thought that you could write a better ending? Or perhaps you've watched a television show and thought it was ridiculous a certain couple didn't get together. We all have, and fanfiction is a fun way of remedying this. Fanfiction is, broadly defined, a piece of fan-written fiction which takes characters from a particular movie, book or television show and inserts them into a scenario of the author's choosing. This can take the form of an alternative ending to an episode of a television show, for example, or perhaps the author might choose to send Harry Potter to the moon: whatever form the story takes, the common thread of all fanfiction is imagination, and we all have that! Fanfiction is usually posted on the internet, on sites such as Fanfiction.net or Archive of Our Own, or on social networking sites such as Tumblr. And it makes a lot of people happy.

    Roleplaying
    Roleplaying is not dissimilar to fanfiction in that it often involves taking characters from an existing book, television show or movie etc —€œ or even creating characters of your own, within an original setting (this would be an original RPG) — and inserting them into scenarios, but the big difference with roleplay (or RPG) is that this time you are directly taking on the role of a certain character yourself —€œ that is to say you essentially become that character, dictating their thoughts, desires, needs and personality traits. It is rather like acting actually, but of course the different between acting and roleplay is that you are writing the actions rather than performing them yourself! Of course, you cannot roleplay alone: other characters are created by other members of a forum like this one, and characters are thrown together in a scenario of the players choosing — together, you are effectively writing a story, posting the thoughts and feelings and actions of your characters back and forth in response to one another. It is essentially collaborative creating writing — and a lot of fun.

    There are several things to think about in order to roleplay successfully.

    Actions
    First of all, you'll need to think about what your character is doing. For example, if you are roleplaying your character sitting at the dinner table with his/her spouse for example are they eating? Are they sitting down? Are they standing? It is not enough to simply state that John is in the kitchen, because then your fellow roleplayer will have no idea where your character is in relation to theirs or what they are doing. Instead, an example of an appropriate description might be:
    • John was sat at the dinner-table beside his wife, taking a drink from his glass of wine.

    You'll also want to make sure, if your character is addressing another, that you make that clear in your post. John said, "hello" for example is not a clear enough post, and your fellow roleplayer will have no idea if John is talking to their character or not. Instead, consider:
    • "“Hello," John said, smiling at Jane. "“You look very nice."

    A good roleplayer describes their actions clearly, rather than leaving their fellow roleplayer guessing. This is also true of reactions: if Jane has just told John she is having an affair with the gardener Bob then Jane will want to know how John reacts. Sadly, not all of us can read minds, so it is essential that characters are depicted reacted physically to what just happened, whether it's recoiling in horror or attacking them or even jumping for joy. An example of an appropriate reaction — including both actions and reactions, as we have discussed —€œ post would be:
    • John's face contorted in anger at Jane's pronouncement and he got to his feet in rage. "“Bob?" he exploded in fury, running a hand through his hair. "“You've been sleeping with Bob?"

    Jane's player, knowing precisely how John has reacted, is able to react accordingly and will hopefully reply with a similarly detailed post!

    Thoughts
    Your character's thoughts, while not necessarily essential for your fellow roleplayer to read, are important in developing your character's personality, and there's no fun in roleplaying if your character remains a cardboard cut-out. We all have thoughts, no matter what we're doing, whether it's buying groceries or watching our favourite television show, and our characters are exactly the same. Describing those thoughts makes a post much more interesting, and it often gives your fellow roleplayer more to work with. An example of this would be:
    • John couldn't believe that Jane was cheating on him with Bob, the gardener. He was much more handsome than Bob, and Bob had a funny name, and he was a fancy important lawyer and much better than the other man.

    This might be a rather silly example, but dialogue and actions alone are not enough to sustain an interesting and thoughtful RPG, and that's what you're aiming for!

    Rules
    On the whole, roleplaying is extremely laidback, but there are some rules.

    God-modding.

    God-modding, put as simply as possible, is controlling another player's character without permission. This might be something as simple as "John shouted at Jane and Jane began to cry". Whilst it might make perfect sense that Jane will cry after being shouted at by Jane, you should never make assumptions about another person's character. That character belongs to them and their player is entirely responsible for their thoughts and actions. God-modding is never ever acceptable, and is frankly rather rude. Also, no killing/injuring/maiming etc a character without obtaining prior permission. Ever.

    Maintaining realism

    This isn't exactly a rule, just simple common-sense. Of course, what is realistic is entirely dependent on the nature of the forum itself, but if the theme of the RPG is normal high school students finding love and getting through school then it would be assumed that one of those students suddenly shooting fireballs out of their eyes is probably unrealistic. Keep it realistic, people.

    Appropriate post lengths

    Of course this differs from forum to forum, so it is again best to use your common sense. If your fellow roleplayer has gone to the trouble of posting 200 words describing their characters thoughts/feelings/dialogue then responding with a simple "œJohn nodded" is really bad form. Your post length should always be appropriate, incorporating all the things that I mentioned earlier.

    Using the right person/tense

    Again, this might differ depending on the board, but look at what everybody else is doing and follow suit. If in doubt, ask!

    And lastly, my own personal pet-peeve,

    GIVE YOUR FELLOW ROLEPLAYER SOMETHING TO WORK WITH.

    Going back to what we discussed earlier, "John nodded" gives your fellow roleplayer absolutely nothing to go on, and is quite frankly very annoying. There might be the odd occasion where dialogue is inappropriate in a post, but then describe your character's body language and thoughts and feelings in place of that dialogue and your fellow roleplayer might have a chance of responding.

    Finally, though I don't profess to be the world's greatest roleplayer myself, I'll leave you with an example post incorporating everything we've discussed in order to clarify what is expected of a successful roleplayer.

    John's head hurt. The knowledge that his wife had cheated on him, with the gardener of all people, was twisting him up inside and it was he could do not to cry. Instead he stared out of the window, vaguely aware of Jane's sniffles in the background, but far too hurt to pay them any heed. He closed his eyes in an attempt to ignore them, but one question refused to leave his mind.

    "“Why?" he questioned Jane, in a small, harsh voice quite unlike his own.


    Hardly the best paragraph in the world but you get the picture! After reading my impossibly long-winded explanation, hopefully you have all the information you could need to enter into the world of roleplaying! :)

    Documentation written by Bex exclusively for Charming.

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