The Sorting Quiz
A. Select the option that best fits your character. (Remember, this part is a requirement for every character you make! Please italicize the answer.)
1. What are you looking forward to learning at Hogwarts the most?
- A. Transfiguration
- B. Magical Creatures
:C. Hexes & Jinxes
- D. The castle's secret areas
2. Pick one:
- A. Moon
3. If flowers adapted their scent to attract the unwary, what would it smell of in order to lure you in?
- A. Parchment
- B. Freshly baked bread
- C. A crackling log fire
:D. The Sea
4. Pick one:
- A. Dawn
5. Four boxes are placed before you. Which one do you open?
:A. The ornate one, promising secret knowledge and unbearable temptation
- B. The small, tortoiseshell box, embellished in gold, with a small, squeaking creature
- C. The small, pewter box that reads "I only open for the worthy"
- D. The gleaming black box marked with Merlin's rune
6. Pick one:
- B. Black
7. What road tempts you the most?
- A. The cobbled street lined with ancient buildings
- B. The wide, sunny, grassy lane
:C. The twisting, leaf-strewn path through woods
- D. The narrow, dark, lantern-lit alley
8. Pick one:
- B. River
9. What scares you most?
- A. Speaking in such a silly voice, people will laugh at you and mock you
:B. Waking up and realizing your family & friends don't know you
- C. An eye at the keyhole of the dark, windowless room where you're locked
- D. Standing on top of something high, without anything to stop you from falling
10. It's late, you're walking alone, and hear a peculiar cry you believe has a magical source. What do you do?
- A. Wait for developments, while mentally reviewing the most appropriate spells
- B. Draw your wand & stand your ground
:C. Draw your wand & search for the source
- D. Proceed with caution, keep a hand on the concealed wand, and keep an eye out
The Character's Background
1) Give a description of your character's personality. It must be at least two paragraphs long, seven sentences each.
2) Write about the history of your character. How did they grow up? Is there an incident that made them the way they are? It must be at least three paragraphs long, seven sentences each.
The House of Tudor garnered its claim to the throne of England through the maternal line, which traced back to the Beauforts — an illegitimate line of children by Edward III's son John of Gaunt and his mistress, Katherine Swynford. This illegitimacy would normally render the whole line ineligible to inherit the throne, but this situation was made difficult when John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford did indeed marry in 1396; a compromise was made, in that a papal bill declared the Beauforts legitimate (backed up by Parliament the following year) as did his legitimate son, Henry IV. However, he stipulated that the Beauforts, in exchange for legitimisation, must never inherit the throne.
The Beauforts were closely allied with Gaunt's legitimate line by his first marriage, the House of Lancaster. However, this did not make Henry of Richmond — later Henry VII — a legitimate heir, and neither did his father's ancestry. The legitimate heir was the Countess of Salisbury, but after the broken reigns of Queen Matilda in the early 12th century there was no precedent for women to be heirs to the throne (and wouldn't be until Mary I's accession in 1553.) Thus, a power vacuum was left, and the future Henry VI was left with the perfect opening.
Henry had spent much of his childhood in Brittany with his uncle, Jasper Tudor — he had been moved there after the murder of Lancastrian king Henry VI, and the death of his son Edward (presumably at the Battle of Tewkesbury) in 1471. At that point, young Henry of Richmond became the main face of the Lancastrian cause. He was no longer safe at Raglan Castle, the home of a leading Yorkist who would certainly have turned on them. The two fled to Brittany, while his mother Margaret Beaufort remained behind to advocate for the Lancastrians and form quiet alliances in the wake of Yorkist unpopularity, which came to a head in Richard III in 1483.
Margaret was able to make an agreement with Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville (wife of Edward IV) whose sons were presumably killed by Richard in the Tower of London to ensure his accession. Thus, a deal was made — that Elizabeth would support Henry's claim, if he would agree to marry her daughter Elizabeth of York and unite the houses — that would garner him key support he needed to triumph over Richard.
Two years after Richard III's accession, Henry and Jasper sailed to meet him in battle, where he was victorious at Bosworth on 22 August 1485 and declared himself Henry VII. To clear out people loyal to Richard, he would date his reign from 21 August, insinuating that all those who fought for Richard were guilty of treason.
Henry VII quickly moved to establish his kingship. In January 1486 he made good on his pledge, and married Elizabeth of York. This unified the houses and symbolised the end of the Wars of the Roses, shown by the heraldic emblem of the Tudor Rose — the Yorks' white rose laid over the Lancastrian red — which is, along with the Beaufort portcullis, still commonly seen today. The unification gave their children a stronger claim to the throne, of which they had seven, four of which survived infancy (Arthur, Henry, Margaret, and Mary) prior to Elizabeth of York's death in 1503.
Their first son Arthur, expected to inherit the throne, was born in September 1486. He was promised to Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon in 1489 through the Treaty of Medina del Campo. They married in 1501, but Arthur would die of sickness within months. The focus then turned to Henry's second son, also named Henry (the future Henry VIII.) Prior to this point, he had been expected to take a role in the church, but he would become king after his father's death in 1509, after which he would seek to marry his brother's widow. The negotiations would take a month before a papal dispensation was granted, and the negotiations were largely centred around the claim that Arthur and Catherine's marriage was never consummated. However, Catherine would not give Henry a son. She gave birth to many stillborn children, and their only son died after 52 days. Eventually, he feared the line would die out, and he was beginning to tire of his wife, six years his senior. He turned to his chief minister Cardinal Wolsey, hoping for an annulment — or rather, hoped that the previous papal dispensation would be rescinded. This would imply that Arthur and Catherine's marriage had indeed been consummated, rendering Catherine and Henry's marriage null and their sole surviving daughter, Mary, illegitimate. Wolsey failed to secure the annulment and thus fell from Henry's favour, though he continued to pursue it.
Henry aimed to marry Anne Boleyn, a lady-in-waiting of Catherine's with whom he had fallen in love. The English parliament enacted laws breaking ties with Rome, declaring the king Supreme Head of the Church of England, detaching the religious structure of England from the Catholic Church and the Pope. The newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was then able to declare Henry's marriage to Catherine annulled. The former queen was swiftly removed from court, where she would spend the rest of her life under “protectorship” in various houses (essentially house arrest.)
Anne Boleyn gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth, in 1533. Like Catherine, she would have various stillbirths. However, unlike Catherine, she was not simply divorced; in 1536 she was arrested on charges of high treason (for allegedly being unfaithful), witchcraft, and incest. Despite these charges most likely being made up, she was found guilty and executed in 1536.
He married four others — Jane Seymour, who gave Henry his only son, Edward VI, but died in 1537; Anne of Cleves, whom he swiftly divorced after discovering she looked nothing like her portrait; Catherine Howard, executed on similar grounds to Anne Boleyn; and Katherine Parr, who outlived him.
Henry died on 28 January 1547. His will reinstated his daughters by his annulled marriages to Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn to the line of succession. Edward succeeded as Edward VI of England. Unfortunately, the boy king's regency was disturbed by the turbulent reigns of those trying to twist regency to their own advantage, the first being his uncle Edward Seymour, who took control and titled himself Duke of Somerset in February 1547, demonstrating complete control over Edward's council. He aimed to marry Mary, Queen of Scots to Edward, and thus impose Protestant religion on the Catholic Scotland. A bloody victory over the Scots at the battle of Pinkie Cleugh seemed to assure this, but the young queen was smuggled to France and betrothed to the Dauphin, later Francis II. Somerset was set back slightly by the lack of a Scottish marriage, but his decisive victory made him appear to be an unassailable ruler.
Under Somerset religious freedom was strongly restricted, which was not received well in southern, more traditionally Catholic portions of the country. The southern counties of Devon and Cornwall raised the Prayer Book Rebellion, forcing Somerset to send a military response and toughen the Crown's stance on Catholics. Mary, daughter of Catherine of Aragon, was a devout Catholic, and never renounced her faith, while Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, was a moderate Protestant. John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, removed a tyrannous Somerset from power as he had taken his nephew the king hostage. Under Northumberland, religious freedom decreased further, fuelled by a fear of a Catholic Queen as Mary was next in line.
Edward VI became ill in 1553. He wrote a statement rendering the will of his father null and void, bequeathing the throne to his cousin Lady Jane Grey, daughter of his aunt Princess Mary, as he too feared a Catholic regent and found Elizabeth too moderate to rule. Their relationship had also been strained by accusations of Elizabeth having had an affair with a married man in 1549, of which she was found not guilty. When Edward died in July, the throne passed to Lady Jane, who Northumberland married to his son Guildford for his own benefit. However, there was no appetite for this rule, and popular support for the rightful heir won out. Lady Jane was deposed after nine days and imprisoned, and Mary crowned Mary I of England.
Mary released key Catholic nobles from captivity and began to build her Privy Council. This proved difficult, however, as most members of it had been involved in attempting to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne. She would turn her attention to marriage, and seek an alliance through a marriage to Philip of Spain. Her English subjects were displeased, fearing the country would simply become a Habsburg outpost, and when she was adamant upon her plan rebellions began to break out — the most notable of which was Wyatt's Rebellion, which involved the father of Lady Jane. This rebellion was halted and as a result Lady Jane, her father, and her husband were all executed, as was the leader, Thomas Wyatt. Mary's Protestant sister Elizabeth, with whom the insurgents intended to replace Mary, was confined in the Tower of London and then put on house arrest.
Under the English common law doctrine of jure uxoris, the property and titles belonging to a woman became her husband's upon marriage. It was thus feared that should Mary marry, that man would become King of England, and English subjects did not want a Spaniard King of England who would care about Spanish affairs first and English second. There was no love to this marriage, it being pursued purely for the political gains it offered both. According to the marriage act, Philip would be titled "King of England", all official documents would be dated with both names, and Parliament would be called jointly — however, England would not be required to offer military assistance to Charles V, Philip's father, Philip could not act without the consent of Mary, and foreigners were not to be appointed to English office. A false pregnancy in 1555 culminated in Philip leaving court to command his armies.
Mary was well known for religious persecution, which got her the nickname "Bloody Mary". Under Mary, Protestant figures were imprisoned and burnt at the stake, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Cranmer. As part of the return to Catholicism, power was given back to Rome and the marriage of her parents was again declared valid, which ought to exclude her sister Elizabeth from succession. However, after another false pregnancy in 1557/58, she was forced to accept that Elizabeth would succeed her, and she died in November 1558, passing the throne onto her moderate Protestant sister.
It is here that the magical Tudor line begins — with Elizabeth I, known to Muggle society as the 'Virgin Queen.' The truth was that strain on magical-muggle relations was at its worst, and Elizabeth sought a solution to this as well as to the issue of Protestantism and Catholicism, and she eventually found it — in her favourite, Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester. There was, between them, a long-standing flirtation that had appeared to culminate in his wife, Amy Robsart, mysteriously being found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her home, around the same time as Elizabeth was reportedly considering marriage. No rumour his rivals tried would stick — why? Robert Dudley was himself a wizard, and Elizabeth seemed willing to find the moderate solution. Her family had magical links, through her great-great-grandmother Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville, who had been 'suspected' of witchcraft, and though it had turned out to be nothing, the queen herself had once suspected she may be magic.
Wanting a solution to these divisive problems, she married the Earl in secret and, with magic to veil the fact, carried and gave birth to a son, Owen in 1578. After he was safely removed unto magical society where he would be protected, Robert performed a fake 'cover marriage' to a courtier with whom he had been flirting, Lettice Knollys. To convince the rest of the story, and to protect herself should the Earl be exposed as a wizard, Elizabeth banished Knollys from court in an apparent fit of jealousy. Knollys was a witch, and this new distance from the queen allowed her and Dudley to raise the Tudor heir to initiate Robert and Elizabeth's plan — to separate the muggle and magical societies and crowns, and allow both to live in peace and harmony. As a legitimate child of the monarch, and a magical one (as was made apparent by a rather interesting display of fire) Owen would be eligible for this new crown, and he would spend the next twenty years trying to ensure it, for much of this time in solely magical areas where people had moved to get away from persecution and violence.
He was killed by an insurgent who despised the idea of wizards being forced into hiding, and his wife Margaret went into hiding herself, pregnant with his heir. However, when the societies separated officially at last in 1692 the Tudors were living more openly, the risk passed. However, when Princess Charlotte recognised as magical regent sometime after, the Tudors were enraged that they had their birthright seized from them. It was their belief they had a right to the throne, but to appease them and stifle mutterings of outright rebellion from the Tudor House, it was agreed that in return for fealty, members of the House of Tudor would be styled Lord / Lady ___ of House Tudor, and the family as a whole would receive an amount of land, similar to the agreement reached upon between the new Monarchs and House Boleyn, with whom the Tudors had forged a tentative peace with, following their decision to sign an acknowledgment dismissing the false charges against Anne Boleyn. The Tudors were amenable to this settlement, and thus it has been to this day, although it would not do to raise the Tudors' ire — at the end of it all, they still have a claim to the throne.
Lord Barnaby Tudor was neither the most progressive child or the exact opposite of Cuthbert and Elizabeth Tudor. No, the latter would respectively have his dear old brother, Henry, holding that title. Although it was a very little amount, he could somewhat tolerate family members that may have been cast away for being more on the progressive side. Though, he'd admittedly rather hang out with Henry over any of them. Mostly, hed just admit to not caring unless it was his own children or wife. The closest people to him. His wife that he'd marry at the young age of nineteen, Mary, would hold the same values that they would carry when they had three children. In the older from oldest to youngest, they would ultimately have three children, Edmund, Oswyn, and Margery.
Lord Edmund Tudor, as his full title would present, was an attention seeker since he was a baby. Both of his parents, Barnaby and Mary, were driven by their work more than anything else. They were ambitious and both worked well-paying high-up jobs that kept them busy. Often were their children left with nannies or with other family members in the large Tudor castle while their parents spent away most of their day at work. It wasn't like they didn't care for their children and, when they did spend time away from work, they always made it worthwhile. It was just the fact that having such busy jobs kept their minds on work and not realizing that they often were oblivious that they were neglecting their children. All this time feeling unwanted and unneeded by the two people that are the very reason he was born bundled up inside him and created a reckless, attention-seeking, young boy who put himself and other people in trouble constantly.
Edmund's first sign of magic was as dramatic as he would of wanted. The mischief six year old boy would of escaped his nanny's watch for what seemed like the millionth time by now and would be found a few rooms over playing with a ball of flames he had created from nothing but a pair of magical hands and the feeling of boredom. If his nanny hadn't found him in time or known the appropriate spell, the Tudor Castle - or, at least, what Edmund tells all his friends to add some flare to the story - would be up in flames. He would expectedly receive his Hogwarts letter when the time came, in which he would be more than happy to finally start.
First year led to much trouble and quite a few bad habits for Edmund Tudor. The worst of them all, and the one he would become most talented in, would be his act of stealing. He didn't have a need to steal. He lived well off in a castle. He wasn't really close with anyone who peer-pressured him to do. It was just another petty little trick of his that he had first started one day after getting really pissed at his parents for not answering some owl he had sent them ages ago. A small thing, yes, but it was enough to fuel Edmund's emotions of feeling so unimportant to them. Worthless. Not even good enough for his own parents to take a small part of their day to write him a letter. So, without
3) Write about your character's appearance. What do they look like? Are you planning on using a certain model for your character? If you already have a picture in mind, you can put it here!
fc is lucas jade zumann
4) Is your character a Pure-Blood, Half-Blood or Muggle-Born? Do you have any notable magical relations? (Remember, you cannot be related to important characters from the Harry Potter Universe!)
Half-blood, Part of the Tudor family
5) Does your character have any special abilities? Is he or she of a different magical race, such as Veela, Vampire, Werewolf or the like? Part or half of a magical race counts! (Remember, you cannot have a character with special abilities/of a different magical race as one of your first two characters!)
6) What year is your character in?
7) The Sorting Hat has been known to take house preference into consideration. If your character could select one house they believe they are best suited for, what would it be and why?
He'd be literally fine w/ any of them except Hufflepuff
B. Whilst the first two questions will not affect the character's house (and are mandatory), the others are designed specifically to help users come up with their character's ideal job (and are optional).
1) Is this your first character?
- A. This is my first character.
:B. No, this is not my first character.
2) If your answer to the previous question is B, how many characters do you have? How many of them are "exotic"? If you do have exotic characters, please list both the name and the type of exotic. Remember you are only allowed one of each type with the exception of nymphs.
3) What would people who know your character well say they're really good at?
4) What do they really want to avoid in their future job/career? Do they hate working in an office? Do they hate the field?
5) Aside from family and peers, what motivates your character the most in life? What drives their passion?
6) Where does your character's weaknesses lie?
7) Wand cores and woods speak volumes about a person's character. What is your character's wand? Why does it answer to them?
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