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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    12.13 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.
    11.10 Election update!
    11.07 We have Posting Wizards!
    11.06 A big announcement...
    11.04 Happy AC day!
    11.03 Banner time!
    11.03 Welcome to November!
    10.29 October is waning...
    10.17 Election 1887 campaign ledgers are up!
    10.16 Kayte's changed her (Charming) face!
    10.10 Congrats to September's PW winners Olive and Miri!
    10.03 An update on the Hogwarts ban...
    10.01 It's now October~
    Dhaval Dandekar

    Full Name: Dhaval Dandekar
    Nicknames: Dhaval is chill with his friends abbreviating his name as they want. ‘Dan’ and ‘Dav’ are the most popular nicknames of his. A friend tried to call him ‘Val’ once, but another argued that it was too girly. Dhaval didn’t really get it but then, English names are still foreign to him.
    Birthdate: 5 March 1863
    Current Age: 24
    Occupation: Security for Gringott’s
    Reputation: 4
    Residence: London
    Hogwarts House: Attended Mandira; would be Hufflepuff
    Wand: Very flexible, 12'', teak and dragon heartstring
    Blood Status: Halfblood
    Social Class: Lower class
    Karan Dandekar, father (1847-1875)
    Neelam Dandekar, mother (1848-1878)
    Kavita Dandekar, sister (1877)

    He also had parents that are dead now.

    Appearance: Dhaval is five feet and nine inches tall. He has a lean build, but he's not wimpy. He has black hair and eyes. He maintains facial hair because without it he looks about fifteen. He's right handed. He speaks with an accent because he grew up in India.
    1863 - 1880

    Dhaval was born in India to a witch mother and a muggle father. They both worked for a wealthy wizarding family who was in the textile business. They actually met on the job. Neelam’s family had a history working for said family, seeing that they were wizards themselves. They actually didn’t approve of her decision to marry a muggle. They thought that she could marry better, within their limited class, of course.

    Karan and Neelam had Nirav when they were both only fifteen.

    In 1874, Dhaval began his first year at Mandira. It was a sacrifice for his parents to send him there, but they were willing if that meant their son would have a better education. Besides, their employers were willing to make a small donation for their employees’ (magical) children’s education, provided that they’d later use these skills to work for them.

    Dhaval’s relatively peaceful childhood was disturbed by his father’s death in 1875. Things became difficult for the young Neelam and her son. First of all, she was a single widowed mother who while had a job, hardly earned a fortune. Secondly, her family had turned its back on her for her decision to marry a muggle.

    “Thankfully” for her, the boss’ oldest son had been infatuated with Neelam since they were young. He used the fact that she was desperate to make her his mistress. In exchange, he’d help her with money. Neelam wasn’t happy about it, but she was willing to do it if it meant giving her son a better future.

    Dhaval always suspected something, but it was only really confirmed when his mother found herself pregnant the next year. The thirteen year old was hurt that his mother would ‘betray’ his father like that, but soon enough realized that his mother was doing this all for him (and soon for his future sibling) and he felt terrible for having judged her for it.

    His half-sister was born in the beginning of 1877. Nirav felt that he had to be both a father and a brother for her. Her biological father would occasionally spoil the baby with gifts and treats, but he didn’t actually care for her, not really, as it became evident when her mother died.

    Neelam perished in the early days of 1878, almost a year after giving birth to Kavita. Her orphaned children had no one. The boss son’s disgruntled wife, who wasn’t pleased with her husband’s affair, demanded that “the whore’s” children leave at once.

    At only fifteen, he has to be a parent for his sister. Ironically, his own parents had become parents at that age. They had hoped that their son would have a better future, but history would repeat itself.

    At first, Dhaval flees to some city nearby. He finds odd jobs to get by. As for the little Kavita, he leaves her with some lady that’s paid to look after kids while their parents/guardians work. His best job by far is when he’s made a security guard of sorts for some wizard who’s also into (seedy) business. He’s only had four years of schooling and he never had the chance to get the Indian version of OWLs or NEWTs, but he can still use his wand for minor hexes on the job.

    In 1880, Dhaval is caught casting magic while on the job. It’s ironic, because it’s only two months before his seventeenth birthday. Luckily for him, an opportunity to flee to England arises and he takes it. One of his colleagues would be moving there so he offers Nirav to come along. Nirav would rather use his savings to take himself and his sister away than to pay off the Ministry.

    He’s paranoid that the Indian Ministry would catch him and send him to prison for both underage magic and trying to flee persecution, but luckily for him, the Ministry really doesn’t care for just one petty criminal.

    1880 - Present

    Dhaval steps on English soil as an adult (by wizarding law at least). At first, his colleague’s family is willing to help him and the little Kavita. His colleague finds him work for some seedy “business man” in England. They are pretty much his lackeys. They work as security for his warehouses and occasionally pay their boss’ clients a visit to make sure they pay off their debts.

    He lasts in that line of work for about two years before he decides that he wants to lead a more ‘honourable’ life. It’s not like he’s working for the mafia, but he’s aware that his boss isn’t the most honourable of men and Nirav really doesn’t want to get in trouble with the law again.

    By this point, Dhaval has become really good at defensive magic and is a skilled dueller for someone who’d only had four years of schooling. It is a bittersweet moment for him when a colleague and friend comments that he would have made a great auror, had his circumstances been different. Dhaval vows to himself to ensure that his own baby sister would complete her education and make something of herself.

    In the following years, Dhaval finds various odd jobs. It’s not easy, seeing that he’s an immigrant who never even finished his formal magical education. Still, they are all good, honest jobs and for that Dhaval is glad.

    At some point he becomes involved with a group of liberals through a friend from work. (In my heart, that friend is “The Bossuet” whom YOU should make ;) ) Dhaval never care much about politics, but he does have opinions regarding education. He remembers how his parents struggled to get him through just four years of education. He’s determined for Kavita to finish hers, but he also knows that it won’t be easy.

    It is 1887 and there’s only a year before his dear baby sister is off to Hogwarts! He’s gathered enough money to get her through her first two years at least. In the summer, he finds his ‘best’ job since, as security for Gringott’s Bank. It’s the most stable job he’s found since coming to England, seeing that it’s a ‘state’ job rather than some private business.

    Dhaval is hard-working, generous and selfless. He feels an obligation to help those who have it worse than him, even if he hardly has it well himself. He’s really social and has no difficulty connecting to people. Proof of that was his ease adjusting to England, considering his modest grasp on the language. He’s also really good with children.

    — Bilingual. He can speak/write in Hindi and English.
    — Really good with defensive magic. Skilled duellist. He still wouldn’t be able to face off a trained auror, but he still has an ~OWL skill level.
    — Good at cooking related magic. He used to live with an ex cook once.
    — He can brew various basic level healing potions. He had to teach himself how to do a pepperup to tend to his baby sister whenever she was sick.

    Out of Character

    Name: Soph
    Age: 20
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