Full Name: Marcel Lionel Reed
Nicknames: Everyone, including himself, calls him Reed
Birthdate: August 26th, 1851 in Paris
Current Age: 34
Occupation: Owner and Manager of Theatre of the Grotesque and Macabre
Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Wand: Black Ash, 13", Manticore Hair
Blood Status: Muggleborn
Social Class: Upperclass
Father - Charles Benjamin Reed (III)
Mother – Delphine Lucille Maria Reed (nee Desjardins)
At 6’1”, Reed is a striking figure with his piercing blue eyes, slightly crooked nose and a smile that transforms his face. Thankfully he’s inherited most of his appearance from his mother’s family, instead of his portly and red-faced father, Reed’s features compliment his dualistic personality. Although most could describe him as cold and calculated, there are a few who might be surprised by this description, as they’ve seen much of the playful nature underneath. This is evident when he smiles, (though his grin has also been attributed to devilish intentions and they wouldn’t be completely wrong either).
Reed always dresses in the latest fashions, from England and abroad, and enjoys shock and awe. His upper body is covered in tattoos, but these are carefully hidden and have only been glimpsed by a few women. He has a tattoo from every trip he’s ever taken, as well as some treated like rewards for accomplishments. Most are done in black ink, but there are some reds and blues thrown in periodically. He keeps his hair trimmed and neat, and he’ll sometimes grow a beard on business trips, but usually shaves it off upon returning to London.
He wears glasses to read, he’s ambidextrous with sports and wand work, but favors his right hand. He can’t write with his left hand at all (though he tried to train himself for a year when he was in school).
Reed moves about the room with an obvious confidence. Most of the time people only get one of his half smiles, which can either be described as sinister or sarcastic.
Reed’s parents met in New Orleans. His father was at the port city settling business with his grandfather when he met Delphine at a dinner party. He was instantly smitten with her charm and beauty, but it took her a little longer to warm to him. She decided it wouldn’t hurt to correspond through letters while he traveled with his family on business. They owned a gold mine in South Africa. They traveled to America to see if they could find further investment opportunities. Delphine’s family owns a lumber company pulling down trees in the bayou in New Orleans, but Delphine always found the business boring.
Charles asked Delphine to marry him, and they had a grand wedding at a friend’s cotton plantation.
However, Reed was born in France. Barely a year into their marriage, Delphine was already tired of her husband. They fought constantly and Delphine, annoyed, decided to move back to France when her parents decided to sell their company. Charles, unaware she as even pregnant, and wanting to get her out of the way while he pursued business across country, let her move home. By the time he found out she was pregnant, it was much too unsafe to travel, and she stubbornly bore Reed one cold night in Paris, and – to spite her husband – named her only son Marcel Josceline, instead of the more British names Charles had approved of previously. He was not at all amused when he showed up to fetch them and bring them to London.
They settled into the city when Reed was four. They were welcomed heartily by other families of new money and his father spent a ridiculous amount of money annually on making sure they had the latest fashions and gadgets. Reed never noticed these things until he began his education with a tutor, who taught him about the plight of those less fortunate. He was sheltered, and he didn’t mind it, but he did – however – enjoy the thought that there were others who would be envious of all he had.
Reed’s grandparents were moved from Paris to London when his grandmother fell ill and began to lose her mind a little. Reed was 7. They were moved to their country home and Reed then lived between the house in London with his father, and in the country with his mother and grandparents. His French was near perfect, but he often pretended not to understand it, preferring to let his crazy grandmother’s words roll off him, and eventually he began to lose the language of his mother. She was furious at him for forgetting little worlds, and it was then, when Reed was 9, that he showed his magic for the first time. Delphine was furious when he forgot the French word for window, and – annoyed – Reed had turned the glass to liquid.
His grandmother was absolutely terrified by Reed’s magic, so he was sent back to London to live permanently with his father. Although apprehensive, Charles accepted his son’s unusual gifts and thought that –perhaps – it might be used to his advantage.
Reed turned 11 without a minute to spare in 1862, and received his admission to Hogwarts. He was sorted in Slytherin. His mother moved back to Paris with her father when her mother died, and there were rumors that she’d taken a lover. Charles threatened numerous times to hire someone to fetch her back, but it was much simpler to pretend her decision to stay in France was a mutual agree while she looked after her father. Reed continued to receiver letters from her – sent to her father first, because she refused to send things by owl – and he wrote back often in the first few years, but these correspondents decreased drastically in Reed’s second year.
Reed began to be interested in things that could get him in trouble. Dark magic, mainly. He learned about its existence in school, and -- unable to procure any books -- became all the more interested because he couldn't have it. He made friends easily, but whether any of them were true friends, or they were just using each other is up for debate. Reed did very well on all of his OWLs and his NEWTs. Originally he was interested in getting a job at the ministry, but upon further reflection, decided he'd really rather not. His father fudged a few papers -- and with a little magic -- Reed was accepted into King's College following his Hogwarts school years, but he wasn't there for long. He dropped out in his second year, thinking it infinitely dull.
But Reed had a good head for numbers, and business, and his father – perhaps unwisely – gave him “play money” to start a business of his own. Reed spent a few years following his father and uncles around to different business ventures, but he never wanted to settle on one thing, even when they offered him the control of a diamond mine in South Africa. But his father had it in his mind that Reed should have something to be responsible for. No doubt he wanted Reed to start something practical, guaranteed for success… but he had other ideas.
Coming back to London from America in 1882, he bought an old church in the city and turned it into a Theatre for the Grotesque and Macabre. He’d been to one in Paris, when he was younger – probably too young – and he’d been obsessed with such an idea ever since. Ticket holders are able to come to the theatre to watch realistic horror shows on stage, some of which were ripped straight from the violent crimes headlines. Some special performances were linked to the mystical and fantastic, as Reed enjoys turning some things from the wizarding world into a grotesque mockery, digestible for the muggle audience. Reed kept a lot of the fixings of the church, as he thought it added to the atmosphere. He's quite proud of the establishment, which is well attended and talked about in the city.
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