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.
     
        
     
    Issue #145 - Investigating Balthazar Urquart's Resignation
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    Four lucky contest winners will portkey to the far East to begin a magical journey of travel and luxury! The Sweepstakes Holiday Will Begin in Beijing!
    Since time immemorable, Beijing has been the primary seat of power of the Chinese empire. Several ruling families have been centrally located in Beijing, and it is home to what the locals call the Forbidden City. The 'City' is really only a palace, but the size of a small English city and is very grand. It is Forbidden in the same way the Forbidden Forest is; that is, it is generally inadvisable to go there if you have no idea what you're about. Luckily, Witch Weekly has secured a guide who will take our sweepstakes winners through a once-in-a-lifetime tour through the Forbidden City itself!

    The Temple of Heaven in Beijing is just one of many splendid works of native architecture you will visit while in China!

    Sweepstakes winners will also be treated to a tour of the recently rebuilt and utterly resplendent Summer Palace. The Summer Palace was destroyed during the Second Opium War, but after several decades of Beijing being occupied by civilized forces (primarily French and British Muggles), the natives rebuilt the ornate palace last year. Construction began in early 1886, and our winners will be some of the first proper ladies to see the recently completed marvel!

    Those with a taste for Eastern delicacies and luxuries will remember that China is the origin of silk, jade, tea, opium, and many exotic and difficult to come by spices and potion ingredients. This is a destination bound to delight anyone with an eye for either fashion or practicality, so be sure to bring souvenir money!
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    Follow Our Top Tips for a successful hunting season! Top 10 Tips for the Hunt!
    Top tips for making the most of the hunting season!

    1) Choose your escort carefully. While there can be temptation to choose the most handsome beau at the party, you need to make sure that he knows something about horses and bridles, as it will be he that checks your saddle and bridle for security before setting out. Failing that, ensure that you have a competent gilly, or stable hand of your own on hand to verify the status of your equipment before setting out!


    2) Choose your horse carefully! A horse should be chosen with the care with which a lady would choose her gown. It should be feminine and compliment your dress and, if possible, your hair. However, you should also be able to handle the creature. Balance the aesthetics of your mount with your ability as a horsewoman. Some breeds of horse are generally more feminine than others, and a stallion should be avoided at all costs.

    3) Choose the correct footwear! Boots with a pointed or sallowed heel are to be avoided, and your boots should be clean and free of mud. Ideally a shoe should look new if possible. Especially if you aim to impress your escort, for it shall be he who assists you in mounting and no one wants to hold either a foul or ragged boot in his hand will not instill in him the idea that you are his Cinderella.

    4) The habit is a paradoxical garment. It should be practical yet alluring, fashionably anti-fashion, masculine yet intrinsically womanly. It should be the epitome of cultivated elegance –lace, point work and other adornments of this sort should be avoided. Feathers and lace may be added to the silk tophat. A country hacking garment should not be used for a formal meet, or fox hunt.

    5) While there may be some modest fashion for riding side saddle on the right, it is without question more fashionable and more ladylike to ride on the left. The right side should only be used in casual riding excursions and never for a hunt. It is now possible for a lady to ride astride, but we would still question the morality, and indeed skill of any lady who rides astride.

    6) One must never spot the same hat at any other hunt or equestrian event of the season. To do so invites bad luck.

    7) For dusty roads, or muddy trails, a black gauze veil will be found useful. Avoid as you would poison every temptation to wear even the faintest scrap of colour on horseback. All such atrocities as blue and green veils have happily long since vanished, but, even still, a red bow, a gaudy flower stuck in the buttonhole, and (oh, horror of horrors!) a pocket handkerchief appearing like a miniature fomentation - these still occasionally shock the eyes of sensitive persons and cause us to marvel at the wearer's bad taste.

    8) Riding a horse in public is not advised until a young lady has acquired a degree of expertise that would not cause her and her family embarrassment. To be assured of your skill, a lady should be able to confidently jump a stream 7ft width with a 2ft fence , and a hedge 5ft in height, a bank of 7ft drop, and be able to handle the horse at top gallop.

    9) If chosen to be blooded you should be aware of the great honour being bestowed and you. You should not cry, whimper, or even wince, regardless of the amount or consistency of blood, or the manner in which the hosts chooses to anoint you. Doing so is a great affront and may result in you being ostracized from all future meets.

    10) You should not and by this we mean NEVER over take your escort, or beat him to the quarry. You should stay behind your escort, or ride beside him. It does a woman no good to embarrass her escort.
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    Minister Urquart has stepped down and is soon to be Ex-Minister Uraquart. Why has Balthazar Urquart Resigned from placement as Minister of Magic?
    As almost anyone knows - or at least anyone who bothers to keep up with what is happening in society - Balthazar Urquart and family have seemed to have their fair share of both bad luck and bad news.Starting this summer the list seems to have only grown and still is as Mr. Urquart has officially stepped down from his post and is now the ex-minister of Magical Britain.

    The Mr. Balthazar Urquart a few days before he announced his intent to step down.

    As stated in an earlier edition of the Daily Profit - the Ex-Minister Urquart made no comment on any plans to retire and had given no known form of indication that he had meant to. We can't say we are particularly surprised. After the past three months, the public view of him is not very high -- from his liberalistic approaches to his blatant disregard of the rules concerning werewolves when his daughter, Miss Topaz Urquart, was outed as one the beginning of the past month.

    Since no longer being in the public's favor, he has even had a hard time reigning in those who work under him at the ministry. His current incompatibility with the Wizengamot was clearly shown when those working under him took advantage of his absence one day to pass laws he would not agree on concerning the treatment of half breeds. How he has managed this long is a marvel - after all, he was not only handling his ministerial duties, he was also playing parent to six children (two of which are only three years of age) with no wife to assist him. Some said his attempts at courting Miss Lovegood were purely in order to relieve the burden of this second, but were foiled after the incident earlier this summer in which Miss Lovegood ran away from the altar (something else we aren't too surprised about frankly see how her infamous sister behaved).

    Whether he stepped down because of the negative press, to keep his daughter out of the press further, or simply because he could no longer handle being the Minister of Magic - we here at Witch Weekly do not know, though we certainly have our ideas on which on it might be. What do our readers think? Feel free to send us your letters with your thoughts on the issue!
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    Is there a certain unknown someone you'd like to track down? You're more likely to find that mysterious individual if you write in and get published! Missed Connections!
    Every so often our readers write in hoping to find out whom a particular unidentified gentleman or lady was that they happened upon at a ball, a house party, or even in passing through Diagon Alley. We here at Witch Weekly do all we can to assist fate in bringing together star-crossed lovers.


    You were splashed by a carriage and yet the brown of the mud seemed to set off your eyes. You were wearing a brown dress - or maybe it was some sort of light color ruined by the mud, fashion is not my thing - but I have been thinking of you ever since. Our eyes met but then you were ushered away to be cleaned before we could say a word. I was the man with the crup.


    We exchanged a few words in Padmore Park the other afternoon. This gentleman had a remarkable mustache, a very tall hat of ashen gray, and a handsome scarlet cravat. I was the young lady with dark hair in a pea green dress, should you recall. You returned my bookmark to me after I left it on a bench. I regret that we were never formally introduced.
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