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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    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.
    Herschel Dawlish {Complete}
    In Character
    Full Name: Herschel Ebeneezer Arthur Dawlish
    Nicknames: Dawlish
    Birthdate: October 17th, 1790
    Current Age: 93
    Occupation: Wizengamot Interrogator
    Hogwarts House: Slytherin
    Wand: Silver Lime, 12 inches, kelpie hair
    Blood Status: Pureblood
    Social Class: Upper Class
    Family: Patience Dawlish - 1820-1850 - Wife
    Emmeline Dawlish - 1839-1863 - Daughter
    Howard Dawlish - 1842 - Son
    Joseph Dawlish - 1845 - Son
    Gemima Dawlish - 1850-1850 - Daughter
    Appearance: Herschel is a fairly tall man, standing at full height a considerable five feet and ten inches. He has a distinguished look about him, exaggerated by his silvery gray hair. At 93 he looks more like he's in his late 60s or 70s, a not wholly unusual thing for wizards of his age but he's also quite vain and thinks he looks impeccable. He dresses primarily in wizard robes of dark colors and keeps himself in immaculate condition as far as presentation is concerned - he is never one to be described as scruffy. He reads and writes with his right hand.
    1790: Herschel is born the first son to Mr. and Mrs. Dawlish. He has three older sisters but as the first son, he is severely doted on, even by his sisters who find the new infant fascinating.
    1792: At nearly two years of age, he displays his first sign of magic when he makes a bowl of food fly across the room, finding it to be displeasing to him.
    1796: Six year old Herschel enjoys following his older sisters around and is privately rather pleased when his mother produces a stillborn child, disliking the prospect of change.
    1798: His mother gives birth to another son, this one outlives her. Herschel is saddened by the loss of his mother, she was warmer than some mothers of her standing and as the only son, he was her favorite and treated as such.
    1802: A letter from Hogwarts finds it's way to Herschel who already saw his three sisters go off to the magic school. He is very pleased and has matured into a rather level headed boy with clear aspirations of having great influence in the Ministry. He is later sorted into Slytherin on account of his ambition and lack of scruples in getting where he wants to be.
    1803-1809: Over his time at Hogwarts, he proves himself a decent student achieving consistent grades and having a respectable number of friends. He also develops an eye for the other gender and a certain amusement in trying to undermine their inclinations toward chastity though it is more for sport than anything else. He becomes prefect in due time and later Head Boy, both of which give his ego a good boost.
    1810: No longer a student and not particularly interested in catching himself a wife and settling down so soon (though being an heir means he can if he so pleases) he decides to take a few years to travel, as is rather fashionable. He also believes taking time out to travel will make him a more desirable employee thus allowing him more choice in his Ministry occupation.
    1811: Herschel's father dies after drinking too much and falling down a flight of stairs. He does not return home for the funeral.
    1813: Herschel returns to London and takes up residence in one of the family's home and he seeks a job at the Ministry of Magic. He begins working as a translator for the Department of International Magical Co-Operation, his time overseas coming in use. He has no intention of staying in that department but finds translating important conversations for others less capable in languages to be rather droll.
    1815: After a little canoodling with a young Welcome Witch, he watches nonchalantly from the sidelines as the young woman loses her job after a tip off from another employee that they had glimpsed her in the midst of scandalous activity with man they couldn't identify.
    1820: Bored of working as a translator, Herschel turn his attention to trying to schmooze his way into the Wizengamot.
    1825: Herschel finally becomes a member of the Wizengamot, a position he's pleased with although he really has his eye on the position of Chief Warlock.
    1829: Nearly forty years of age, he supposes it's time to settle down and marry though he prefers frequenting brothels and pursuing girls he has no intention of marrying, just for his own amusement. However, he need an heir and he's well aware of it. He has, however, gained a slight reputation for his womanizing ways with his co-workers at the Ministry.
    June, 1838: After nearly ten years of attending Coming Out Balls, he finally finds a young lady he believes the sort he wants to marry. Within months of courting, the pair are married.
    1839: Emmeline is born. Herschel is disappointed he doesn't have a son and not overly interested in the squalling infant.
    1841: Now able to walk and talk, he finally notices his young daughter and very quickly begins showering her in gifts and fatherly affection.
    1842: Howard is born, much to Herschel's pleasure he finally has a son.
    1845: Joseph is born. He is pleased once again that he has a son, a spare heir is always good. With two sons and a daughter now, he has proven to be a good father though he prefers spoiling Emmeline more so than his sons.
    1850: Gemima and Patience both die in the childbirth process. Herschel is saddened though not immensely as he never actually loved his wife. He is more sad to see Emmeline go off to Hogwarts.
    1853: After trying to grope a woman's rear end (not so easy with the voluminous skirts in fashion) he is hexed and left with boils on his face. This irritates him immensely. Howard goes to Hogwarts.
    1856: Toying idly with the idea of remarrying, he takes the virtue of a girl he considers to be very eligible but then changes his mind because she was a little too easy to seduce. Joseph goes to Hogwarts.
    1858: Emmeline graduates and has her Hogwarts Coming Out Ball. Herschel uses the opportunity to eye up innocent and unsuspecting fresh debutantes.
    1859: Very reluctantly, Herschel gives his permission for Emmeline to marry the man currently courting her. He is very sad to see her go.
    1861: Howard leaves Hogwarts.
    1863: Emmeline dies in childbirth. Herschel is genuinely upset by the loss.
    1864: Joseph leaves Hogwarts.
    1866: Despite still mourning the loss of his only daughter, he is still enough himself to try and coerce a woman into a little you know what but her pet dog takes offense more firmly than she does and mauls his leg. The healers at St. Mungo's fix it very well but in the damp months he suffers from a slight limp. The cane he starts carrying is more for his own amusement than any practical use, his leg injury only gave him the idea of it.
    1870: A rather public scandal this time - Herschel is caught literally in the act with another man's wife. The woman takes the brunt of the shame for it but for a long while Herschel is not as popular with upper class society, especially among those with particularly young and pretty wives and daughters.
    1877: The scandal of seven years ago is mostly forgotten by polite society and he is back in the good graces of his social equals. The muggles rebelling against their kind also helps this.
    1879: While he keeps both his country estate and his London townhouse, Herschel decides to invest in a Hogsmeade dwelling too.
    1882: He is relieved not to be part of the trail, even if he does pride himself on his fitness for a man in his 90s.
    1884: His Hogsmeade home burns down but he escapes and is not terribly fazed by the loss - he has two other homes. He's also escaped the laughing plague so far and feels rather arrogant about the whole situation. As of yet, he has still not achieved Chief Warlock but still intends to, even if he's a hundred.
    Personality: Sly. Underhanded. Shrewd. Calm and collected. Smooth. Pervacious. Proud. Sometimes careless. Selfish. Ambitious.
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    Out of Character
    Name: Olive
    Age: Not twenty
    Contact: Ask and ye shall receive
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