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Assistant Head of the Department of Mysteries

43 year old Pureblood
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Ernest Mulciber

Full Name: Ernest Cecil Mulciber


Birthdate: January 10th, 1847

Age: 43

Occupation: Assistant Head of the Department of Mysteries

Blood Status: Pureblood

Residence: Phoenix Place, Wellingtonshire, Hogsmeade

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

Wand: 11 ½ inches, pine and phoenix feather, springy.
The straight-grained pine wand always chooses an independent, individual master who may be perceived as a loner, intriguing and perhaps mysterious. Pine wands enjoy being used creatively, and unlike some others, will adapt unprotestingly to new methods and spells. The pine wand is one of those that is most sensitive to non-verbal magic.

Emile Mulciber, Father [1795 - 1881]
Marguerite Mulciber nee Something, Mother [1820]
Edwin Mulciber, Brother [1844 - 1874]

Blanche Mulciber nee Something, Wife [1850 - 1871]
Meriweather Mulciber, Son [1871]

Rufina Mulciber nee Longbottom, Wife [1855]
Flora Mulciber, Daughter [1878]

Eldin Longbottom, Father-in-law [1825]
Hermione Longbottom née Potter, Mother-in-law [1831]
Annabelle Bones née Longbottom, Sister-in-law [1850]
— Henry Bones, Brother-in-Law [1843-1884]
— Rosamund Bones, Niece [1868]
— Arthur Bones, Nephew [1869-1869]
— Eldin Bones, Nephew [1871]
— Vesta Bones, Niece [1872]
— Justice Bones, Nephew [1884]
Gladys Wilde née Longbottom, Sister-in-law [1853-1884]
— Alexander Wilde, Brother-in-Law [1837-1884]
— Rufus Alexander Wilde, Bastard Nephew & Ward [1882]
Matilda ----- née Longbottom, Sister-in-law [1856], and family
Louisa Lovegood née Longbottom, formerly Crabbe, Sister-in-law [1858-1885]
— Trahern Crabbe, Brother-in-Law [1854-1878]
— Abraxas Crabbe, Nephew [1877]
— Orlando Lovegood, Brother-in-Law [1855]
— Adele Lovegood, Niece [1884]
— Auberon Lovegood, Nephew [1885]
Justice Longbottom, Brother-in-law [1859]
Marcella Weasley née Longbottom, Sister-in-law [1861]
— Catigern Weasley, Brother-in-Law [1853]
— Louisa Weasley, Niece [1881]
— Caroline Weasley, Niece [1883]
— Wesley Weasley, Nephew [1884]
— Celeste Weasley, Niece [1886]
With looks that favor his late father, Ernest has a thin build and a thick, dark head of hair. Although he tries to remain clean-shaven and well kept, his hair (facial and otherwise) tends to grow very quickly, and his frequent focus on his work to the exclusion of social events means that he can sometimes be found sporting a day or two of stubble. He dresses well, but simply. Most days he simply wears Ministry robes, though can clean up well when the occasion requires it. He stands at a respectable but not garish 5 feet, 10 inches. Ernest is ambidexterous when it comes to wandwork, though writes with his right hand.

Wry, Sarcastic, Pessimistic, Driven, Work-Oriented, Occasionally and Unexpectedly Spontaneous
— Patronus —
— Boggart —

— Amortentia —
Fresh tobacco leaves, clean linen, and some undistinguishable chemical scent present in the Department of Mysteries.

— Sex Life —
Ernest is heterosexual, and quite particular about the kind of women he prefers. Although he can perform the act dutifully enough with his wife (who is not, particularly, one of the women he prefers), it's just... missing a certain je ne sais quoi.

— Political Views —
Ernest is casually purist, in that most of his social circle tends to consist of other purebloods, as it has for his entire life. He has nothing particularly against the rest of the wizarding world, but can't see that he might have much in common with them, either. The same largely applies to members of other social classes or income brackets. He also believes that the sexes are inherently different, and that women ought not to attempt men's jobs and vice versa (though would likely be intrigued, not offput, by a woman who challenged these views).

— Languages —
Fluent in English and French, Ernest also has a basic command of Dutch, Italian, and Arabic — the latter mostly for the sake of research, as he's never actually met anyone who spoke Arabic.

— Special Skills —
Ernest specializes in time magic and produces time turners for the Ministry of Magic when he is not engaged in research or new experiments. He is also reasonably skilled in non-verbal magic and can perform most basic spells (moving objects, stirring tea, putting out lights, etc) nonverbally.

— Transportation —
A skilled apparitionist, Ernest tends to use this method of transportation even when it is not, strictly speaking, necessary — partly, it is true, as a posthumous 'so there' to his deceased brother, and partly because he hopes it will make his mother anxious. Whether she cares enough to be anxious or not is debatable.

— OWL & NEWT Grades —
OWL Grades
Ancient StudiesExceeds Expectations
Ancient RunesOutstanding
ArithmancyExceeds Expectations
Defense Against the Dark ArtsExceeds Expectations
HerbologyExceeds Expectations
History of MagicExceeds Expectations

NEWT Grades
Ancient StudiesExceeds Expectations
Ancient RunesOutstanding
Defense Against the Dark ArtsExceeds Expectations
History of MagicExceeds Expectations
(1847 - 1858)

Emile and Marguerite were betrothed, and it was clear from the beginning that they had very little in common. Emile was an academic and prefered to spend most of his time abroad, spending family money on his various interests and hobbies while letting the estates in England manage themselves; Marguerite, on the other hand, was deeply involved in upper class society and could not bear to be away from the social scene for any length of time. The arrival of Ernest — the 'spare' in the infamous 'heir and a spare' scenario — allowed them to part ways more or less permanently. With his father most typically out of the country and his mother away at some party or other, Ernest saw very little of either of his parents during his childhood. His older brother, Edwin, was not much interested in befriending him, which left Ernest to become a solitary and quiet child who spent most of his time either clinging to his nanny's skirts, or else flipping through books. At first he simply looked at the pictures, but learned to read at a rather young age and soon became an avid reader.

When he was seven, his father returned to prepare Edwin for his upcoming Hogwarts experience. After getting to know his younger son for the first time, Emile began to worry about how quiet and introspective the boy was, and made an effort to arrange suitable playdates for him so that he would not become entirely antisocial. Emile also had stern words for Ernest's mother about how she had allowed him to grow into a sulky child; this chastising was one of the first she had received from her husband and she subsequently grew to resent her youngest son.

Although it was slow going, Ernest did eventually become more social, and by the time he received his own Hogwarts letter he was actually looking forward to a chance to meet and interact with new children. He managed to survive his mother's disdain — which mostly manifested itself in an increasingly manic devotion to Edwin on her part — more or less unscathed, though he was very much aware of it, having always been a rather sensitive child.

(1858 - 1865)

His arrival at Hogwarts was rather diminished by the fact that Edwin was still at school, and Ernest felt rather consistently overshadowed by his older brother — who was popular with both his professors and his peers and almost guaranteed to be named prefect the following year. Ernest struggled to find an area he could excel where he will not constantly be competing with his brother. Third year brought the quite welcome addition of new classes, and Ernest surprised all of his teachers by petitioning to add four classes, one more than the maximum number. As the classes managed not to conflict on the schedule (he had specifically looked in to this), the headmaster granted his request and he added Ancient Studies, Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, and Divination.

After a relatively quiet tenure through his fourth year, Ernest really began to blossom during his fifth — his first year as the sole Mulciber in the school following the graduation of his brother. Although he had been overlooked for prefect, he excelled at his OWL studies that year and became a vital resource for many of his classmates who needed help with their studies. After dropping several classes in order to focus more intently on fields where his interests lied, Ernest really came into his own and gained a reputation among his fellow students as an intelligent but cocky young man with a cutting wit and a wry sense of humor — traits he had always possessed, but which had largely gone unnoticed before.

Young Adult Life
(1865 - 1874)

After several challenging interviews, Ernest secured a position as an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries, which he was rather smug about; unfortunately, no one in his family seemed to notice or care. His mother only liked the sorts of accomplishments she could brag about (not that she would ever brag about him anyway, even were he to become the Minister). His father was more supportive, since he had finally suspected that Ernest's interests aligned more closely with his own, but since Ernest couldn't actually talk about what he does at work, it isn't as though they could do any actual bonding over the subject.

His choice of career did earn him the ire of everyone when he began a flirtation with a high ranking Ministry official's daughter. The fliration itself might have gone largely unnoticed had he not subsequently been discovered by the girl's father in a state of mild undress in a closet during a Ministry holiday party. The man made quite a large fuss, but was eventually persuaded by Ernest's parents to drop the matter entirely if Ernest married the girl. The compromise saved face for his mother, who could not have withstood a scandal, though his father was rather annoyed at being called home to deal with such a trivial matter and was more or less exasperated with Ernest for the rest of their relationship. Edwin gave him no end of shit for ending up saddled with a wife at the rather tender age of twenty-two. The marriage also forced him to spend all of his savings and an advance on his inheritance setting up house for his new wife, and although initially attracted to each other the two were largely unhappy in their new life together. The miscarriage she suffered merely three months after their marriage — six months into a very well-hidden pregnancy — was almost more of a relief to all parties involved.

Although Edwin had always been the golden child in their mother's eyes, Emile Mulciber was disinclined to trust his oldest son to not make any similar mistakes, and with an eye towards avoiding future scandal, enjoined his wife to begin sniffing around for a potential betrothal.

About a year into Ernest's marriage with Blanche, she announced she was pregnant once again, and gave birth in early 1871. The second pregnancy was far more successful than the first but unfortunately proved too much for his frail wife, who went to her grave and left him with a son, whom he named Meriweather because he had never been particularly fond of his father's same-letter naming scheme.

It took some time for his mother to suss out a candidate she deems worthy of her favorite son, but eventually she came up with Miss Rufina Longbottom, who was betrothed to Edwin in winter of that year. Although he said nothing about it, Ernest was secretly a little glad that he escaped a betrothal and had at least some choice of his bride; the two may never have been happy, but they did have chemistry, something that Ernest cannot imagine would be possible with the tiny brunette his brother is affianced to.

After observing a respectable mourning period, Ernest more or less handed the raising of his son over to the nanny and devoted himself to his work. He earned a good deal of respect in the department and began to focus specifically on the study of time magic. He attended social events for appearance's sake, but had no desire at all to remarry, and was rather pleased that the existence of his son meant he probably would face no pressure to do so.

Married (Again)
(1874 - 1884)

Edwin splinched himself and died in 1874, which Ernest supposed he was sad about. He dutifully went into mourning once again and thought he would hear no more on the subject, until his parents informed him that they planned to betroth him to Miss Rufina Longbottom in his brother's stead. Ernest could not comprehend the reason for this — it wasn't as though they maliciously planned for Edwin to splinch himself, and while this might be very unfortunate for Miss Longbottom, it wasn't any of his business who she married. It was not, either, as though it was some high and grand family alliance — the Longbottoms were an established family, but they were hardly spotless society darlings, with one of the girls having taken up an occupation. In the end, though, his objection to remarrying was not strong enough to overcome his desire to eventually get his hands on his brother's inheritance, which his father threatened to withhold should he refuse to wed Miss Longbottom.

The two wed in 1875, and Ernest decided his new wife wasn't terrible; that being said he was not much attracted to her and did not take any particular pains to make room for her in his life once they were wed. He did, of course, perform his duties as a husband, which saw his new wife pregnant rather quickly — though she delivered far too soon that Christmas. Unsurprisingly, the two children both perished — quite surprisingly, Rufina did not. After his previous experiences with pregnancies, Ernest was rather expecting to find himself a widower again at the end of Rufina's labors, though of course he never shared that with her.

The arrival of the first healthy issue from their marriage in 1878 brought the family total to four, which necessitated a move to a larger house. Meriweather, already seven, could hardly share a room with the newborn girl. With another advance on his inheritance money, Ernest moved into a new home in the recently built Wellingtonshire, though left the furnishing and decoration almost entirely to his wife.

In the coming year, Rufina suffered two miscarriages, though somehow managed to survive both. Uncomfortable talking about such subjects with his wife, whom he still felt he barely knew, Ernest spent more time at work and became the departments' resident field agent for any sort of travel. He first went out of the country for work in 1880 and found he had quite a taste for being abroad. Unfortunately, he was unable to bond with his father over the subject as the man perished of malaria later the next year. Rufina also suffered her third miscarriage and somehow still didn't die. Ernest can't help but admire her fortitude, though he wouldn't say as much.

To give his wife a much needed break after the previous few years and to indulge his new interest in travel, Ernest suggested a holiday abroad in 1881. They decided on New York, where Rufina could visit her sister, Gladys Wilde. During the short vacation Ernest finds himself inexplicably drawn to Mrs. Wilde, who reminds him a bit of his first wife — but before their marriage, when she was gay and delightful and the two of them were ending up in closets together. He ended up in much the same position with Gladys on a few occasions throughout the holiday, though both Rufina and Mr. Wilde are rather oblivious to this.

The next year Ernest was quite surprised to hear Gladys Wilde was expecting a child, after every indication that her marriage would bear no fruit. Of course he had his suspicions, particularly given the timeline of the birth, but chose not to write to inquire. It was probably better, he thought, if everyone just pretended everything was above-board, and he certainly never wanted to cause her any trouble over their brief tryst. That fall, Meriweather went to Hogwarts, which Ernest felt rater indifferent about. Is he turning into his father? Most certainly.

Things Get More Dramatic
(1884 - 1890)

1884 brought the news that the Wildes were moving to England. Ernest was mildly apprehensive about the idea of having his one-time lover and potential progeny living so close, but also mildly excited by the idea because who would turn down some more closet sex? As it turned out, the point was rather moot, because she and her husband ended up dying in the laughing plague that summer. This, somehow, resulted in Ernest becoming the legal guardian of the Wilde child — who may very well have been his child, anyway.

Life progressed rather quietly for a while, until in 1886 one of his experiments at the Ministry ended up blowing up (not literally, thankfully, because everyone still remembered that mess) and causing time to go all wibbly-wobbly for a day. Largely for that reason (Ernest is convinced) he was overlooked for the position of Assistant Head when it was vacated by the legacy Lestrange previous interred in the seat, and sent on a series of out of country assignments over the next two years, which bothered him not a bit. Unbeknownst to him, Rufina was taking advantage of his longer and more copious absences to indulge in her own variant of closet affairs.

After returning from a lengthy trip in spring of 1887, Ernest was granted his long overdue promotion to Assistant Head, though he was rather indifferent about the increase in responsibility, having always been more interested in his own pet projects. Life continues with only a few catastrophic interruptions, which Ernest doesn't mind much, until one such catastrophe — involving the release of several dangerous creatures from the Department of Mysteries — sees him crippled at the end of 1889. He very much minds being confined to a wheelchair, and is determined to find a way to restore himself, even if the healers say it is impossible.

— His mother and/or his wife; both are decidedly more invested in society than he is.
— Ernest was crippled during a Ministry incident in December 1889; he now uses a wheelchair.
— The Mulcibers have a ward whom they took in after Rufina's sister's death in 1884.
— Ernest married his first wife very young after a very< brief engagement. You might suspect it was a shotgun wedding, but their first child wasn't born until later so you can't prove it.
— Rufina was originally betrothed to Ernest's older brother, who died in a splinching accident.
— Ernest's ward is actually his bastard.
— He's in to spontaneous sexual liaisons with women who can match wits with him.
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Along these lines, there should be more "creative" detentions used at Hogwarts. Have the transfiguration professor turn your student into a mouse for five hours so that they can get into the crevices of the classroom and clean out all the crumbs. Have said student be chased by someone's cat during the middle of their detention and then get no sympathy whatsoever from the professor, just a 'Well I hope you still managed to finish it all, otherwise I'll see you back tomorrow night.'

Accidentally knocked over a fragile plant in herbology? Your student can carry around the seeds for the next two weeks to incubate them and get them ready to be planted. They require an hour of direct sunlight a day, regardless of the weather, and scream if they get too cold. Have fun with that.

Care of Magical Creatures detention? Wrangle up the knarls and clean out their bristles with a toothbrush - careful, though, they don't like it and you'll likely end up covered in quills by the end of the day. Hopefully you aren't allergic.

In trouble for spreading rumors about one of your professors? Enjoy a few days wearing an amulet that grows heavier and heavier with each lie you tell.

/etc etc