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.

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    08.08 We have two PW winners for July: Soph and Beanie!
    08.07 SWP7 update for those working/in Hogsmeade
    08.05 Hogwarts updates have begun! Also, the AC is underway.
    08.01 Happy August!
    07.31 SWP meets Monthly Grouper in an opportunity to network and get some stamps.
    07.29 AC incoming et al.
    07.28 And the prefects are...
    07.23 Your stamp collection is about to get bigger!
    07.21 Calling in the banners!
    07.15 The rubble has been cleared and deadlines loom!
    07.10 Not one, not two, but THREE more stamps to add to your collection~
    07.09 New Account Change Feature!
    07.09 Disaster strikes!
    07.08 Charmers go above and beyond...
    07.07 Pop-up protest and photobucket things
    07.06 Photobucket emergency! Read me!
    07.04 A plot is afoot ;)
    07.01 July has come! Group threads are coming!
    August 1887
    SWP7 is live!
    08.01 - 08.31 Posting Wizard
    07.01 - 08.31 Camp Charming
    08.09 - 08.16 Adinbury Hunt
    08.14 Anti-Ban Protest
    08.16 - 08.23 Sanditon Regatta
    08.25 Hogsmeade Hall Dance
    And More!
    Wonders Untold
    Open Thread 
    Rena had never seen this building before, but it certainly wasn't new. Maybe she had just never payed proper attention to it. That would not have been a revolutionary idea. She spent such an awfully lot of her time at home, in her bedroom, and when she did go out, it was mostly in her parents' carriage. If her parents had never been here, she might never have chanced to look out at it. But the building wasn't new, by any stretch of the imagination, so it still perplexed her that in more than twenty years of life in London, she hadn't ever seen it before.

    "It's a library!" she said in a tone of hushed excitement, when she got close enough to read the sign. She gave her chaperone's arm a light squeeze and then started off to it, not waiting for the other woman. Of course, she had no idea that her chaperone couldn't even see the building that she was walking towards, and she was too distracted with the idea of a secret library in the midst of her city to notice the other woman's confusion. A few steps up and she was inside, and only then did she turn around to glance back at her chaperone.

    Where on earth had she gone? Well, nevermind that; Rena didn't think anything very serious could come of it. Assuming that the woman would catch up to her sooner or later, she walked cautiously into the strange building and approached the nearest shelf. When she saw the titles, her eyes grew wide. The Myriad Methods of Distilling Mooncalf Tears? A Brief Synopsis of the Life of Merlin?

    "This is a magical library!" she said in awe, to no one in particular.
    The Beings office was a controversial place to be these days. There had been a lot of support for the halfbreed ban, of course - save from the beings themselves. As such, when one of his employees had returned to him saying they had been turned away from the upper levels of the library for lacking clearance - or some sort of lazy excuse; they had licence to go look at the old records of Being bans if anyone did - Salazar had been relieved to go himself, and leave the rest of the office to dealing with disgruntled vampires, pain in his neck that they were.

    He had walked the short distance through the city to the library, and had entered not far behind a young, well-to-do looking lady. He had only glanced at her absently to begin with - pretty and awfully dainty, and presumably married, since she was alone - and hadn't been inclined to pay much further attention until he heard her, at the nearest shelf, exclaim something rather odd.  

    "No," he breathed in mock-wonder, pausing at her shoulder in surprise; the sarcasm itself was tinged with bemusement. "Are you quite certain?"

    She was being funny, wasn't she? If she were a muggle - well, muggles weren't supposed to be allowed to wander in off the street. Ought he to alert someone, if someone had made it past the wards? Or had they suddenly opened their library - with all the information on the wizarding world one could need - to muggles, with the weak excuse of recent reconciliation? Really?
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    "Look at the titles!" Rena said, glancing at the man who'd spoken to her with wide eyes. She was too caught up in the books to recognize sarcasm, at least at first. As she turned her attention back to the books, however, it did strike her as odd that he wasn't as amazed as she was. Had he been here before, then? Whether he had or not, he had to be magical, she imagined, if he wasn't excited by books like these.

    "Has this library always been here?" she asked, turning her attention back to him and quirking her lips towards one side of her face in an expression of puzzlement. "I've never seen it before. Do you come here often? Are you a wizard, then?" she asked, her mouth moving as quickly as she could think up the questions. Gracious! A whole library of magical things, so close to her home! How had Ezra never found this before, if it had really been here the whole time?
    He did glance at the bookshelf at her urging, only could not see anything unusual about them. That, he supposed, served to see her understand his sarcasm for what it was. Unfortunately, all it had led to was another barrage of questions. (Well, anything to avoid the work he was supposed to be doing.)

    As she spoke, he kept one eye on the door, watching everyone as they entered - all without incident, and without any similar exclamations. So - the wards were still in effect as usual? How could that be? This young lady was entirely clueless. Still, he let out a breath when she raised the issue of him being a wizard, because that meant she must know something about this world. Even if she weren't a witch herself, she must have relatives. Any unaware muggle who had just discovered all of magic's existence, he expected, would surely not be as accepting (or enthusiastic) as she was proving to be.
    Or perhaps she was just off in the head, somehow. Merlin's beard.

    "Mmm," he answered in a noncommittal non-answer, though technically it could apply as confirmation of any one of her questions. Instead, he offered her a patronising sort of smile, and began interviewing her in return, his tone smooth and cordial. "Are you new to London then, ma'am?" She must be! How could she have lived here and neither seen nor heard of the Crowdy library before?
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    "Oh, no!" Rena answered immediately, not at all bothered by having questions posed to her by a stranger. She had started it, after all, and she was too caught up in the moment of having made this incredible discovery to care much about propriety. "I've lived here my whole life. Only I don't get to go out alone very often."

    Not that she was supposed to be alone now. Where had her aunt gone? Rena glanced back at the door, but she didn't see anyone who looked even remotely like Aunt Eloise--or anyone who looked indignant enough to have just lost their niece in a strange building, either. It wasn't like her to have let Rena wander so far ahead, even if she had been rather enthusiastic about charging forward. It then occurred to her that maybe there was a reason her aunt wasn't following her inside--probably the same reason she'd never heard of this building before. It could hardly have just been here, proudly proclaiming itself as a magical library, and never have been noticed by anyone in her family before.

    "Can normal people see this place?" she said, turning to her new conversation partner and raising an eyebrow. "My family are all normal, except me and my brother."

    Rena still had difficulty remembering the word Muggle, but hopefully he'd know what she meant.