Jude Michael Wright
December 1st 1860
cypress, 13”, unicorn hair, supple
Cypress wands are associated with nobility. The great medieval wandmaker, Geraint Ollivander, wrote that he was always honoured to match a cypress wand, for he knew he was meeting a witch or wizard who would die a heroic death. Fortunately, in these less blood-thirsty times, the possessors of cypress wands are rarely called upon to lay down their lives, though doubtless many of them would do so if required. Wands of cypress find their soul mates among the brave, the bold and the self-sacrificing: those who are unafraid to confront the shadows in their own and others’ natures.
Solomon Wright, father, 1825-1884
Emilia Wright nee Summerby, mother, b.1836
With clear blue eyes, a straight nose, full lips and blond hair, Jude could be said to possess some classically beautiful features. Though his hair often reaches his chin before he can do anything about it, he has never been able to grow any proper facial hair. He is 5’8” in height, though has a slim, slight build and growing up, it was not a stretch to mistake him for a girl upon first sight (which, even these days, is not much helped by his female friends eschewing traditional fashions and in Opal’s case, being ridiculously tall). In any case, he looks young, exaggerated whenever his pale skin flushes passionately (quite regularly, as a matter of fact). Despite such giveaways, Jude otherwise carries himself seriously, a severe stare his most characteristic silent comment. This unrelenting directness has seen people quail before it, whether offered in loathing or mere disapproval. His smiles - anything more than a curled lip - are rare, but sincere. While he grew up accustomed to wearing robes, and still does sometimes, he first took to muggle clothing to annoy his parents, though living in London has sometimes made muggle clothes a necessary habit in itself. Disregarding fashion, Jude does have a little bit of a thing for the colour red. He is right handed.
Childhood [1860-1872] Solomon and Emilia are granted their first (and only) child, a boy. They name him Jude Michael, after both his grandfathers. The Wrights, though not wholly pureblooded, are as old a family as any, and have long had wealth and name enough to see them securely in the upper class. They are traditional people, and care little for anyone beneath them, which includes the lower class and muggleborns (muggle blood is distant enough in the family line that they prefer to ignore it). Solomon works in the Ministry and spends much of the rest of his time dining lavishly, and Emilia enjoys entertaining, mostly to show off their grand country home. Her next two pregnancies, in 1862 and 1863, end in a miscarriage and a stillbirth, and soon after that they stop trying for more children.
Jude sees little enough of his parents, in his day-to-day life. They do see their son constantly attended with nannies and toys, and he is well on his way to becoming a little spoilt brat. When he is eight, however, his new tutor suddenly abandons his position to try his fortune in America, and a replacement is hired. This replacement is strict - much stricter than the last - but Professor L. Marke opens Jude’s eyes to the wider world. His tutor sees him more engaged in books and magic, in theory and in society and in people, interested in the muggle as well as the magical world. (His first act of magic, at age nine, is to send the furniture flying to barricade up the doorway to the kitchens whilst Jude tries to free their family house elf before his parents can stop him. The household faces similar instances whenever he has something new to protest, and it is in these times of stubbornness that his magic likes to show itself.) With no siblings and few friends his own age, when his time at Hogwarts comes, his tutor, rather than his parents, is easily the person he is most reluctant to leave behind.
Hogwarts [September 1872 - May 1879] Hogwarts does wonders for broadening his mindset too, though evidently not in the way his parents have hoped. He is sorted into Slytherin. After his tutor’s influence, and by falling in with a few friends whose different backgrounds he can learn from, Jude has a hard time not noticing the problems. His best friend, even in those early days (“Combeferre”), does his best to tutor all the classmates who are, at age eleven, hardly literate still, and that so many of his classmates have second hand supplies and clothes, that so many classmates are forced to drop out before their seven years are up, see him more enraged than ever. Muggle Studies sees him disparaging the blatant discrimination of blood purism, Care of Magical Creatures and History of Magic lead him to question wizarding relations with other species and the oppressive social hierarchy that has developed. He is clever enough, serious and studious, but one too many arguments with his professors and fellow students remove any chance of him becoming prefect, which would have suited him, as something of a natural leader. He is an adept dueller, and fares reasonably well in his OWLs and NEWTs, though Jude’s priorities by then are mostly dedicated to researching wizarding laws, examining societal inequalities and trying anything to influence the authorities and mindsets of his peers.
Recent Years [1879 - 1884] After graduation, Jude enters the Ministry upon his parents’ instruction, and in a misguided hope that within the Ministry, he may be able to help make some changes. After interning and becoming a clerk, he becomes a lawyer. Unfortunately, Magical Law Enforcement is far more of a bureaucratic/administrative mound of paperwork than any sort of action, and whilst this does give Jude some much-needed awareness of how the world works, getting bogged down in tiny details, small infractions and the minutiae of magical law only enrages him further. He has always been more one for action.
In late 1882, he hears the news that his old tutor has passed away, and Marke has left Jude a message and a modest sum in his will, which touches Jude more than might’ve guessed it would. Around the same time, he has become too outspoken for his parents and their conservative views, and when he has proven himself a public embarrassment to them, they offer him an ultimatum, clearly in the hopes that he will shape up. So Jude decides to move out to London decides to support himself on his own, rather than relying on his parents.The only reason he doesn’t immediately leave his awful job at the Ministry is that he still needs the income (Marke’s generosity only goes so far) and besides, he utilises it as a constant link to what is going on in the magical world. Having moved in with his closest friend, they devote most of their spare time to discussing social issues. Slowly, they gain a larger group of people who share their views, a group that is actually concerned with activism and societal advance, in order to achieve equality. Everyone is passionate about their own causes, but nothing is too far. Universal suffrage, addressing poverty and education in the magic and muggle worlds alike - the harmony of those two societies, and those of magical creatures and the marginalised - and asserting the general rights and freedoms of the masses are general aims. And they all become entirely good friends, besides.
Despite a few repetitive altercations with his estranged parents (who seem to be missing their troublesome son more than they let on), Jude has kept his distance, and most often pretends he has never known anything more than an average middle class working-life. In July 1884, however, Solomon dies of the laughing plague, and Jude, much to his surprise, is still included in his father’s will. Whether his father was merely terribly disorganised, or despite their publicly broken ties, Solomon still hoped for a reconciliation - that Jude would soon grow out of his “teenage rebellions” - the fact remains that Jude has inherited the lion’s share of his father’s assets. This news conflicts him, as part of him wants to honour his father’s memory even so, but in the end Jude leaves the Ministry and decides that he ought to use this sensibly, as a means to further his cause.
Passionate. Single-minded. Austere. Charming but capable of being terrible. Serious. Sometimes seems excessively young, or else wise beyond his years. Extremely idealistic. Believes in Progress. Impatient. Harsh. Charismatic. Good listener. Cares intensely or doesn’t care at all. Celibate. Has a secret love of terrible puns.
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