The game is set in 2002, four years after Neville, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, and the rest of our favorite friends finished Hogwarts. The World Cup is returning to England and rumor has is that Cornelius Fudge is stepping down as Minister for Magic, a post he’s held since 1990.
HOW IS THIS GAME DIFFERENT FROM CANON?
Aberforth Dumbledore traveled back in time to stop Peter Pettigrew from ever betraying his friends. The Potters lived and Sirius Black never went to Azkaban. Unable to get to the Potters, Lord Voldemort turned his attention to the Longbottoms and on November 5, 1981 he attacked. Augusta Longbottom was babysitting her grandson and died protecting him. The curse meant for the child rebounded and killed the Dark Lord, making Neville Longbottom the Chosen One.
Thanks to clues left by the time travelling Aberforth, a stronger Order of the Phoenix was able to track down most of the existing horcruxes: the ring, the locket, the cup, and the diadem. With like most wars, people began to move on and society began to rebuild. Cornelius Fudge became Minister for Magic in 1990 and under him the Ministry has remained middle of the road and mostly uncontroversial.
To sum up: The Potters were never killed. The Longbottoms were never tortured. Sirius Black never went to to Azkaban. Snape never became a spy. Neville Longbottom is the Boy Who Lived. Cedric Diggory was Hogwarts’ champion an"d never became a sparkly vampire. For more detailed information, please check out the Timeline.
WHO CAN I PLAY?
Due to the nature of the game, OC characters are allowed and encouraged. However, players cannot bring in OC family members of canon characters without the canon characters already in play. IE, one of the canon Potters (Harry, Lily, or James) must be in the game before an OC can be applied for. if you would like a jumping off point, check out the list of wanted characters.
Anyone (provided their NEWT scores are acceptable) may work for the Ministry or St. Mungos, though some will find certain Departments/Wards more tolerant than others in terms of blood status, race, gender, or ethnicity. Often, it is more of a case of who you know rather than what you know.
Because the 2002 World Cup is taking place during the course of the game, those in the international Quidditch industry are certainly more than welcome. Please be aware that mods reserve the right to cap the number of Quidditch players in game. If this is the case, please think about those that might be involved in the game such as coaches, managers, healers, publicists, and other administrative staff.
Currently you are able to play Hogwarts students that are in either their sixth or seventh years. Hogwarts Professors are available. You are allowed to swap out an NPC for a played character. If you would like to have your character sit on the Hogwarts Board of Governors, please speak to a mod by either email or via the dropbox.
The mods encourage you to take a look through either the Lexicon or the Wiki for canon names. There are plenty to choose from that have no set personalities attached (and if you perhaps want to racebend a character or two that would most certainly be welcome). The mods reserve the right to cap the number of pure OCs. Most of all we want well-rounded character. Remember, follow Panic! at the Disco's example and write sins, not tragedies. Not everyone can be Batman.
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A PUREBLOOD?
Unfortunately, canon does not give us a very accurate and clearly defined level of blood status. For the purposes of this game, we have provided the following historic definitions, based on terms that were applied to define the ancestry of people of mixed-race, generally of African and European ancestry in the slave societies of the Americas (Quadroon). Many of these terms have fallen out of favor, but strict traditionalists may still use them in passing and someone might come across them in old/rarely updated forms or texts. Where appropriate we have included the current/fashionable term.
MUGGLEBORN: A person with two Muggle parents. (First generation)
MIXBLOOD: A person of three-quarters Muggle heritage, or the child of a Halfblood parent and a Muggle parent. (One generation back). Since the 1950s people of this ancestry have used the term ‘Halfblood.’
HALFBLOOD: A person who with one Muggle parent and one Fullblood parent, or a person whose parents are both Halfbloods. (One generation back)
QUARTERBLOOD: A person of one-quarter Muggle ancestry, that is one Halfblood parent (Muggleborn and Fullblood) and one Fullblood parent; in other words, one Muggle grandparent and three Fullblood grandparents. (Two generations back) Since the 1950s people of this ancestry have used the term ‘Halfblood.’
OCTAVBLOOD: A person with one-eighth Muggle ancestry; that is, someone with family heritage of one Halfblood grandparent; in other words, one Muggle great-grandparent and seven Fullblood great-grandparents. (Three generations back). Since the 1950s people of this ancestry have used the term ‘Halfblood.’
HEXBLOOD: A person with one-sixteenth Muggle ancestry; that is, someone with family heritage of one Halfblood great-grandparent; in other words, one Muggle great-great-grandparent and fifteen Fullblood great-great-grandparents. (Four generations back). Since the 1950s people of this ancestry have used the term ‘Fullblood.’
FULLBLOOD: A person with no muggles within their 32 3rd great-grandparents. (Five generations back). Since the 1950s people of this ancestry have used the term ‘Fullblood.’
PUREBLOOD: A person who can go back a full eight generations and not have a single muggle in the 256 6th great-grandparents. This terms has begun to fall out of favour/fashion since the 1950s and especially since the fall of Voldemort. As of this time, only those with a surname on the Sacred 28 list may claim Pureblood status though they may opt to use the more socially acceptable Fullblood.
CAN MY CHARACTER JOIN THE ORDER/DEATH EATERS?
Currently the Order is inactive and not recruiting.
Voldemort is dead and there are no more Death Eaters. A great many of them are in Azkaban. Some, like Lucius Malfoy, claimed that he was imperiused and therefore not responsible for his actions. There is still some lingering suspicion over their actions. Believe what you will. Not everyone is happy about this fact and it is the winter of their discontent.
If your character is of an age where he or she could have fought in the First War, then you may affiliate with whichever side most makes sense. Please note, the mods reserve the right to cap former Order members or Death Eaters.
Currently we are not looking for a new Dark Lord, but if the tone of the game should warrant a change, the mods reserve the right to approach a well established player.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR WEREWOLVES, VAMPIRES, VEELAS, OR OTHER HALF-BREEDS?
Things perhaps are not quite as bad as they are in canon. Discrimination is still rampant, however. Laws barring werewolves from positions have been publicly opposed, with the most notable case occurring in April 1994 when Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts, Remus Lupin, was publicly outed as a werewolf. After several months the wizengamot judged him to be no danger to any student or staff member based on his access to the wolfsbane potion and his previous history of taking safety precautions. Many agree that Lupin's victory paved the way for Rubeus Hagrid's relatively minor scandal of being revealed to be half-giant.
Not every character will have the opportunity to work at such a progressive employer such as Hogwarts. Many may still find themselves fired from positions, though attitudes are changing, especially with the younger generation.
Do you have a question that isn't listed here? Chances are you aren't the only one. Please head over to the dropbox and drop the mods a line. Alternatively, you can reach out to us via email.