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Head of the Improper Use of Magic Office
Head of the Improper Use of Magic Office



41 year old Halfblood
5 ft. 11 in.   ❤   Unattached
played by MJ
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Evander Darrow
PROFILE

Full Name: Evander Bertram Darrow

Nickname(s): No thank you.

Birthdate: 20th January, 1849

Age: 41

Occupation: Head of the Improper Use of Magic Office

Blood Status: Halfblood

Residence: Swallowbury, Irvingly

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff

Wand: Elm, 12”, unicorn hair, rigid.

Family:
Barclay Darrow | Father | 1818-1879
Evangeline Darrow née Hardacker | Mother | 1828-1884
Evelina Lloyd née Darrow | Sister | 1853-1883
-- Charity Lloyd | Niece | 1881
John Alfred Darrow | Brother | 1854-1882

John Darrow | Grandfather | 1772-1867
Lillian Darrow née Brown | Grandmother | 1793-1884
Hamish Darrow | Uncle | 1815
-- and family
Aileen Denbright née Darrow | Aunt | 1812
-- and family
APPEARANCE
At 5’11”, Evander is on the tall side, but of a squarer build than his brother - and excessively tidier in appearance, too. His hair is dark - though was lighter in his youth - and straight and always kept neatly cropped, unlike that terrible tangle of John’s. If he has any facial hair, one can be certain it too is kept in good order. He has hazel eyes and thick eyebrows, and furrows in his brow that are almost permanently etched there. He doesn’t smile often, which generally makes him look grumpier than he is. He has weirdly nice eyelashes, though. He is right-handed, and dresses primarily in muggle clothes.
PERSONALITY
ISTJ. Dutiful. Scrupulous. Careful. Committed. Serious. Reserved. Likes structure and order and tradition, and stability more than anything. Not intentionally harsh, but can be insensitive or a little too honest under stress. Socially awkward. Easily embarrassed. Holds himself to impossibly high standards, and occasionally does the same to other people too.
OTHER
Hugely concerned with social propriety.
— Has a surprisingly decent singing voice.
HISTORY

1849 | Evander is born, the first child to Barclay and Evangeline Darrow.

1853 | Evelina is born early this year, and Evander delights in being a big brother to her.

1854 | Another boy joins the family, John. Evander is less pleased by this addition, and is determined to remain the favourite.

1858 | And if trying to be his parents’ and his sister’s favourite comes at little Johnny’s expense, he hasn’t meant it to. Evander is a persistently well-behaved child, but becomes fairly unforgiving of his younger brother in trying to bond with him: bossing him about, criticising him and telling on him whenever the opportunity arises. He doesn’t mean to be insensitive when he questions whether gangly little Johnny is an evil changeling, but it is kind of funny to think his brother might believe anything he says, even if it’s ridiculous make-believe.

1860 | But it is time to leave childish games like that behind, because in September, Evander goes off to Hogwarts. The family have suspected that Evander will be a Slytherin, but in fact the Sorting Hat sees him a Hufflepuff. This has a good effect on him as he matures, mellowing his determination and competitiveness, and instilling in him an earnest appreciation for fair play and hard work. (And in the end, he would much rather blend into the crowd than stand out.)

1862 | He warms best to the academic side of school, so in third year adds Arithmancy and Muggle Studies to his class load without qualm. He also takes music for a few years as an extracurricular, being as he is unenthused by the thought of playing quidditch.

1864 | In his fifth year, he is made Hufflepuff prefect, and takes this role entirely seriously. If he is not notably popular, he is at least widely respected, and makes every effort to get along with his yearmates as long as they are not overly disposed to rabble-rousing.

1865 | After excellent OWLs across the board, Evander whittles down his NEWT courses as follows: Arithmancy, Charms, DADA, History of Magic (taught by his uncle!), Muggle Studies, Potions and Transfiguration.

1866 | Although he has been an exemplary prefect for the last two years, Evander isn’t made Head Boy. (He supposes he lacks the charisma for it.)

1867 | Having sat his NEWTs in May, and gained his final grades in August (Os and Es on everything), Evander secures an internship at the Ministry. He spends his first few years of work in the Department of Magical Transportation, as part of the Floo Network Authority.

1874 | Finding his department under its leadership at the time something of a dead end, and that he has achieved all he can, Evander makes the move to Law Enforcement, learning the ropes there and then becoming an Investigator for the Improper Use of Magic office. It’s as adventurous as he’s ever going to be, frankly. Of course, it is overshadowed slightly by Johnny’s graduation and entry into the magical navy under some Captain Peppersmith. Evander is not wholly convinced by his brother’s career choice.

1879 | His father goes and gets himself eaten by a dragon. Gryffindors.

1881 | Johnny doesn’t seem to have any taken any lesson from Barclay’s death, nor any awareness of their duty as sons to look after their mother, because his brother has no apparent interest in staying close to home. Rather, he has started talking about an expedition. Evander, on the other hand, is very ready to settle down and start a family.

1882 | His plans to do so are soon disrupted. He has just been working up the nerve to ask to court a young woman with whom he is acquainted, only the fact that Johnny doesn’t come back and the whole expedition has just fallen off the map entirely plunges the family into an uncertain period of presumed mourning. Evander chalks this up as not the right time to get involved, and the young lady he likes - presumably not knowing how he feels about her, since he didn’t actually ever tell her - moves on and gets engaged to someone else.

1883 | Evander barely has time to mourn that, because not only has John officially been declared dead somewhere halfway across the world, Evelina dies, here and now. She had been closer to Johnny than him in the end, but it is a tragedy the family did not need. He can see his mother suffering for it, and he - the only one left for her! - can’t figure out how to be a comfort.

1884 | This tragedy he has seen coming; his mother had been wasting away ever since. She dies, and suddenly Evander is alone.

1886 | The mourning period passes quietly, and Evander goes back to work.

1887 | Having been more dedicated to his job than ever, he is promoted to head of the Improper Use of Magic office, which is not as high-flying a position as he had once expected to have by now - but he is not so ambitious as he had once imagined himself, either. And it’ll do.

And then John comes back from the dead.

1888 | About all he has managed to do with this development is project bafflement and concern his brother’s way, but the concern skyrockets when J. Alfred, intrepid explorer, survivor of the South American wilds, and apparent nutcase, decides to go exploring again. Will he never learn?!

1889 | Johnny does seem to survive this one. And will hopefully continue that trend, if that isn’t too much to ask. Preferably without too much incident.

1890 | Only a few weeks into the new year, and the Darrows discover that their niece has been orphaned and has no one else to turn to. Woefully unprepared, Evander nonetheless takes her in - because obviously he is the only option. It couldn't be Alfred.

YOU LIKELY KNOW...
— His brother is J. Alfred Darrow, the explorer once thought to have perished in South America.
YOU MIGHT KNOW...
— In January 1890, took in his late sister's child as his ward.
YOU DON'T KNOW...
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Played By: MJ

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Date of Birth: January 20

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Evander was belatedly realising that it might have been better if Alfred hadn’t come. The thought that it was his brother’s turn to be blindsided was dampened somewhat by the fact that Alfred hadn’t the tact to catch on fast enough. (Evander having more tact than anyone else was something of a miracle.) Miss Lloyd, she had said, after all, and surely Alfred recalled who Evelina had married? Did he think all this a mere coincidence?

(At least the little girl seemed polite. Small mercies.)

“She’s your niece,” Evander hissed in Alfred’s ear, and was tempted to elbow him in the side to knock some sense into him, just in case Charity explaining it directly took a minute too long to sink in. Our niece, he ought to have said, only that would make it sound more as though they were in the same boat, and if Evander had resolved to do anything with his life, it was never to be in the same boat as his brother.

But some things could not be helped, and unfortunately family was one of them.

Our sister, in fact,” Evander corrected - more kindly - speaking for young Miss Lloyd’s benefit now. “Alfred’s your uncle, too. But he’s been, er, away. For many years,” he explained helplessly. “Exploring,” he finished, with an imploring gaze at the child that read so forgive him his stupidity.

He cleared his throat uncomfortably, tossing a glance at his brother in advance warning of the hint he was trying to drop. “We’re very sorry to hear about your father.” He said, pitying the child greatly - but also hoping this meeting was a mere formality about the will, and that the solicitor had missed a clause somewhere, with a convenient someone else in it.