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Archived Applications / Re: Arabella Clarisse Fay
« on: 30/04/2016 at 23:20 »

Dear Miss Fay,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1st May. Currently, students have gathered at the Summer Campus for the holiday. You may also wish to visit the Elsewhere board to purchase your school supplies. Both the Summer and Elsewhere boards may be accessed via the Floo Network. We look forward to seeing you at the Castle.

Regards,

Head of Ravenclaw House


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Archived Applications / Re: Divya Goswami Application
« on: 30/04/2016 at 22:28 »

Dear Miss Goswami,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1st May. Currently, students have gathered at the Summer Campus for the holiday. You may also wish to visit the Elsewhere board to purchase your school supplies. Both the Summer and Elsewhere boards may be accessed via the Floo Network. We look forward to seeing you at the Castle.

Regards,

Head of Ravenclaw House


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Archived Applications / Re: Charley Sinclair
« on: 30/04/2016 at 18:48 »

Dear Miss Sinclair,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1st May. Currently, students have gathered at the Summer Campus for the holiday. You may also wish to visit the Elsewhere board to purchase your school supplies. Both the Summer and Elsewhere boards may be accessed via the Floo Network. We look forward to seeing you at the Castle.

Regards,

Head of Ravenclaw House


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Archived Applications / Re: Satoshi Tsukiko
« on: 30/04/2016 at 18:32 »
Just a quick note that the intent was to have Satoshi stick around so that the "thread" with Hugh could continue - threads wouldn't go anywhere otherwise! That said, I'm accepting this since it's so close to the end of the application period.




Dear Mr. Tsukiko,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1st May. Currently, students have gathered at the Summer Campus for the holiday. You may also wish to visit the Elsewhere board to purchase your school supplies. Both the Summer and Elsewhere boards may be accessed via the Floo Network. We look forward to seeing you at the Castle.

Regards,

Head of Ravenclaw


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Archived Applications / Re: Ioanna Aarens Application
« on: 31/12/2015 at 21:06 »
Dear Miss Aarens,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1 January. Currently, students have gathered at Camp Loki, and we encourage you to spend your summer there. Should you choose, you may also visit our Elsewhere board via the Floo Network to visit or purchase school supplies.


Yours sincerely,
William Lancaster
Head of Ravenclaw House

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Dear Miss Olfrey,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1 January. Currently, students have gathered at Camp Loki, and we encourage you to spend your summer there. Should you choose, you may also visit our Elsewhere board via the Floo Network to visit or purchase school supplies.


Yours sincerely,
William Lancaster
Head of Ravenclaw House

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Archived Applications / Re: Mallory Drummond Application
« on: 19/12/2015 at 00:52 »
Dear Miss Drummond,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1 January. Currently, students have gathered at Camp Loki, and we encourage you to spend your summer there. Should you choose, you may also visit our Elsewhere board via the Floo Network to visit or purchase school supplies.


Yours sincerely,
William Lancaster
Head of Ravenclaw House

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Archived Applications / Re: Adrian Alric Application
« on: 19/12/2015 at 00:47 »
Dear Mr. Alric,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1 January. Currently, students have gathered at Camp Loki, and we encourage you to spend your summer there. Should you choose, you may also visit our Elsewhere board via the Floo Network to visit or purchase school supplies.


Yours sincerely,
William Lancaster
Head of Ravenclaw House

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Archived Applications / Re: Orpheus King
« on: 12/12/2015 at 02:41 »
Dear Mr. King,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1 January. Currently, students have gathered at Camp Loki, and we encourage you to spend your summer there. Should you choose, you may also visit our Elsewhere board via the Floo Network to visit or purchase school supplies.


Yours sincerely,
William Lancaster
Head of Ravenclaw House

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Archived Applications / Re: Spenser Wellen
« on: 22/08/2015 at 01:58 »

Dear Mr. Wellen,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1st September. Currently, students have gathered at Camp Loki for the holiday. You may also wish to visit the Elsewhere board to purchase your school supplies. Both the Summer and Elsewhere boards may be accessed via the Floo Network. We look forward to seeing you at the Castle.

Regards,

William Lancaster
Professor of Transfiguration

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Archived Applications / William Lancaster
« on: 01/12/2014 at 02:15 »


CHARACTER INFORMATION

Character name: William Clarence Lancaster

Previous and/or Current Character(s) if applicable: Monroe Litchfield, Viola Vane, and entourage.

Character age: 43

Character education: Hogwarts, Ravenclaw, 1911-1918; Prefect 1917-1918

Strength and weaknesses (details please):

Though he is an intellectual at heart, he received decent marks at Hogwarts not through any extraordinary talent, but due to his diligence and sense of duty. Mature and down-to-earth, William is a realist and a capable caretaker. However, the man can also be incredibly uptight and closed-off, often preferring the company of books to that of people. He is oversensitive to criticism; even after receiving a very large share of it over the years from his family, he hasn't really developed a particularly thick skin, only a few different ways of coping with it. A bit of a loner, he is, occasionally, a particularly awkward person to converse with - often he either rambles endlessly on tangents or perpetuates extended awkward silence.

Physical description:

William's appearance is mostly unremarkable; he tries to blend in with the crowd and go about his life unnoticed. His brown hair is well-kept and graying in a few areas, usually combed straight back, but he can never seem to hide his cowlick quite well enough. His eyes are a deep blue, often dark and pensive, but can be bright and cheery if he is outside in the sunlight or in a particularly good mood. Will has always been tall and gangly, standing at a formidable 6'3" with lanky limbs and perfect posture born from years spent under the scrutinizing eyes of his elderly relatives. Despite his height, the way he carries himself isn't at all threatening; he seems genuinely approachable. He isn't very keen on the traditional, expensive robes of his relatives, preferring instead to wear a plain black or navy robe over a dress shirt, waistcoat, and slacks in any combination of neutrals and the occasional addition of color.

Personality (nice, rude, funny etc. Paragraph please.):

William is a very rational individual, taking the time to think things through before acting. Because of this, he is very indecisive, constantly second-guessing himself, and this sometimes drives people away and solidifies his distant and isolated nature. When speaking outside of a classroom setting, he is very anxious and forced, often piecing together strings of words that are impossible to follow. He has gotten better at public speaking and speaking in general since his time as a Hogwarts professor, but he remains perpetually awkward and difficult to connect with. For this reason, William has scarce few close friends to speak of, save for his mother and his siblings, and particularly a certain few of his nieces and nephews. He is oversensitive at times, taking things far too personally and letting them affect his work. The only thing that seems to alleviate this stress is a good novel, and William certainly has an impressive collection of them. On average, he has six bookmarked at any given time, picking up a different one depending on his mood.

Hopes and dreams. Why are you teaching at Hogwarts?:

Leaving Hogwarts, as it turns out, is about the most impulsive decision William has ever made. Even though he left to pursue a lifelong ambition, something perpetually put off due to his various excuses and rationalizations, he found that he missed teaching in a way he hadn't expected. Certainly, it had been his favorite of all the occupations he'd tried, but he hadn't thought it would be so hard to give it up, so difficult to focus on doing something else. So, after four years away with nothing to show for it, he's hesitant but willing to return to teaching, hoping that perhaps the academic atmosphere will reveal an approach to his problem he hadn't thought to try.

Biography (500 words minimum. There is never such a thing as too much.):

Five, six… Seven.

He frowned.

Perhaps it was a symptom of his age, but he could have sworn he owned exactly eight quills. At the moment, at least, he thought that it was eight, and though they frequently ended up misplaced or otherwise out of commission, he'd always tried to be aware of how many were at his disposal at any given moment.

The man pursed his lips and pulled out the chair at his desk to sit down. He often became attached to objects that didn't matter so much in the grand scheme of things, and the quill that had gone missing had been a favorite. He sighed and picked up one of the others to load with ink, always black.

Francesca,

That was as far as he'd gotten with the other letters. What did one say to a niece who was furious with you?

What I said was for your own good.

He scratched this bit out immediately. It seemed far too... fatherly. Not that he had much experience with that, as a son or otherwise. But it seemed like something that Arthur Lancaster might have said, if he'd been alive when William was his niece's age and if William had been the sort to attend parties in the Forbidden Forest.

He was not.

Your mother is worried.

William paused for a moment before crossing this out as well. It was untrue and surely Francesca knew that. He'd been far too dishonest the last few years for a statement like that to make any headway.

And being who he was, he had to pause and consider why he was so terribly distraught at the thought of his niece's animosity. He'd been away from the school for so long that he no longer remembered what it was like there, and certainly couldn't relate to being a teenager anymore. Perhaps it was because Francesca was the very closest thing he'd had to a friend in his time away from being a professor.

The years he'd spent at the estate were surprisingly dull. Surprisingly, because he tended to box himself in as about as dull as one could get, and thought he'd benefit from the quiet of the empty halls and prudish relatives. There were no explosions or hexes thrown or potions mishaps to be had outside of Hogwarts, and he found he missed the excitement.

He set the quill back on the desk, reaching for a theory book lying open nearby. If it wasn't one of his relationships that was suffering, there was always his studies to put a damper on his mood. He wondered if, somewhere in his subconscious, he enjoyed putting himself in difficult situations. He didn't blame circumstances - he'd always attributed his failures to his own shortcomings because it seemed like the thing to do.

A finger traced over the words and they blurred before his eyes. He'd finally descended into unambiguous monotony. William flipped the book shut with a snap and put it aside, too, taking out a fresh sheet of parchment.

Headmistress, he wrote, shaking his head. This had gone on long enough.

I'm writing to inquire

He stopped.

The missing quill had shaken itself loose from behind his ear and fallen onto the letter he'd begun.

SAMPLE ROLEPLAY

It was the largest office in Hogwarts and, perhaps to students and newcomers, the most intimidating. The shelves were filled with various odds and ends, with a place of honor for the Sorting Hat, and the walls held all the portraits of past Headmasters and Headmistresses.

In the middle of the room sat a large desk. Everything was in order, for the current occupant had always despised a messy desk. It was the sign of a messy mind, and she had always favored neatness.

A clock sat on the desk, which currently showed the time to be 2:05. The meeting was supposed to begin at 2:00 precisely.

Along with order, Anneka valued punctuality. She was a very busy woman these days. Even during the summer, she had a number of matters to attend to. Interviewing and hiring staff was only of those matters. The newest potential member of her staff wasn't making a good impression.

She paced the room, black heels clicking against the stone floor. When the door finally opened, Anneka turned, her expression reminiscent of a Russian winter. "You are late."

Explain yourself was what her face said.

Roleplay Response:

His eyes had fallen immediately on the portrait of the familiar blonde woman at the far end of one wall, and he knew it would distract him for the entire meeting. It wasn't that their working relationship had been poor, necessarily, but he'd long resigned himself to the fact that he'd developed a healthy anxiety when around the former Headmistress. Or, in this case, her likeness (he pitied the poor soul who'd done the painting), which now seemed to be staring down at him icily. Knowingly.

He swallowed.

His gaze slid to the office's current occupant, imparting a tight-lipped smile meant to ease the tension caused by his tardiness but only making him appear uncomfortable. This reunion was not off to a great start.

"Yes."

(In every iteration of this meeting he'd run through in his head, he'd been eloquent. His hair had cooperated with his comb. Anneka had offered him a cup of tea. They'd had a social interaction appropriate to their age. It had been pleasant.)

A period of silence followed in which he straightened his tie.

"The portrait of Giffard Abbott—" Something in the back of his mind hissed that talking to portraits more than people was unbecoming. "—detained me for a chat." Also, that it was quite impossible for a portrait to physically detain him. Blue eyes flicked briefly back to the blonde woman. If any portrait could

"It's been a while, hasn't it?"

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The Lancasters are a large family who are generally placed in Ravenclaw, though there have been quite a few exceptions over the years. They are also known for their strength in Summoning magic and most have inherited startlingly blue eyes. The main family estate is located just outside of Whitstable, in Kent, on the coast. The Lancasters can trace their line back to the Wars of the Roses, and to this day continue to quarrel with a certain other pureblooded family. Bloody idiots if you ask us.




whitstable branch

TAKEN
sebastian aurelius lancaster
90 • Ravenclaw • Wizengamot
FC: Ian McKellen
The current head of the Lancaster Estate, Bastian is an outwardly severe man with a soft spot for his family. He is currently serving as the family's representative in the Wizengamot.

RESERVED
marcus ambrose lancaster
68 • Ravenclaw • Diplomat
FC: Anthony Stewart Head
The first son of Sebastian, Marcus is next in line to take ownership of the Lancaster Estate.

OPEN
sarah lillian lancaster
68 • Ravenclaw • Ministry of Magic
Suggested FC: Debra Jo Rupp
Sarah (Parker) Lancaster is the wife of Marcus Lancaster. She works at the Ministry of Magic; other details up to player.

OPEN
stephen julian lancaster
46 • Squib • Up to Player
Suggested FC: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
The first and only son of Marcus and Sarah Lancaster, Stephen was first in line to inherit the Estate until he did not receive a Hogwarts letter, revealing that he was a squib. As it would be inappropriate and embarrassing for a squib to be in charge of a pureblood family like the Lancasters, the inheritance will pass over Stephen to his younger cousin, William.

TAKEN
amelia rose tibble
46 • Hufflepuff • Ministry of Magic
FC: Elizabeth Banks
Ami is the twin sister to Stephen, but unlike her brother, she is not a squib. She is married to Sedulus Tibble and has two children ages 20 and 17.




london branch

OPEN
mildred henrietta lancaster
66 • Ravenclaw • Widowed
Suggested FC: Lily Tomlin
Mildred is the widow of the late Arthur Lancaster, younger brother to Marcus, killed while serving as an auror in 1911.

OPEN
charity mae lancaster
43 • Ravenclaw • Marital status & occupation up to player
Suggested FC: Constance Zimmer
Charity is the eldest of five, daughter of the late Arthur Lancaster and his wife, Mildred.

TAKEN
william clarence lancaster
42 • Ravenclaw • Librarian
FC: Ryan Reynolds
William is the second child and first son of Arthur and Mildred Lancaster. After it was discovered that Marcus' only son, Stephen, was a squib, William became the next in line for the inheritance, something he was wholly unprepared for. Will is under a lot of pressure from the rest of the family to marry a pureblood and have a son.

OPEN
rose beatrice lancaster
40 • Marital Status, House, & Occupation up to player
Suggested FC: Cobie Smulders
Rose is the third child of Arthur and Mildred Lancaster.

OPEN
oliver sebastian lancaster
38 • Married • House & Occupation up to player
Suggested FC: Jamie Bamber
Oliver is the fourth child of Arthur and Mildred Lancaster


OPEN
korbin lucas lancaster
36 • Married • House & Occupation up to player
Suggested FC: Andy Samberg
Korbin is the fifth and youngest child of Arthur and Mildred Lancaster.


Hogwarts age Lancasters coming soon! If you have a name/age in mind, please post here or PM Viola Vane!

Also post here or PM to claim! c:


code by me.
top graphic by the always lovely twin.

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Archived Applications / Re: Christian Anthony Herrick
« on: 14/02/2013 at 04:06 »

Dear Mr. Herrick,

Congratulations! Your application to Salem Institute has been accepted. We look forward to seeing you in Boston.

Regards,


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Hi Parris! Thanks for applying!

If you could, we'd like for you to tone down the violence a little bit. Especially since Parris is a student, drowning a dog and harming other students are things that will tend to exceed the site rating. If you could post the revised application below, we'll be happy to take another look!

--Will

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Archived Applications / Re: Leaf Warrington
« on: 31/01/2013 at 02:27 »
Hi, Leaf! Welcome to H-S.net!

Just a few things to revisit before we can accept you:
  • Since our RPG takes place in the 1930s, iPods (as well as other electronics) don't exist yet. Leaf is welcome to listen to records on a gramophone, though!
  • Our site has recently gone through a time warp! On new year's eve, 1974, the entire wizarding world slid back in time to 1937, and we've been here ever since! Unfortunately, this means that Leaf's mother, Mae, would have had to stay behind in 1975 (unless she was in a magical area, like Salem, at the time). You don't have to reference this in your biography, but I imagine it would have effected Leaf in some way. You can read more about our current time warp plot here!

See you around, and thanks for the application!

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Archived Applications / Re: Vivian Sky Elliot
« on: 27/12/2012 at 05:49 »
Accepted!

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Archived Applications / Re: Eloise Addison Parker
« on: 27/12/2012 at 04:37 »
Hi Eloise!

Just a few things to revisit before we can accept you:
-Due to the large community of writers and the fact that this site has been around for over a decade, we have quite a detailed canon. This means that it is not possible for Eloise's parents to claim such specific high-ranking jobs in the Ministry, since those positions will already have been filled by played characters. You are welcome to refer to them as a 'high-ranking diplomat' or a 'committee head' or something like that, but please remove the references to Chief Warlock and Assistant Department Head.
-This also applies to Eloise's brother, Caleb. Since our Hogwarts board hosts its own Quidditch cup every year with the House teams, the position of Slytherin team captain would have been taken by a played character.
-Finally, can you expand a bit on your roleplay response? What was Eloise doing before she came across James? Was she in the Great Hall? Did she follow him? Also, in your post, it appears that Eloise is only thinking to herself and not really interacting with James. Your post should give James something to respond to, as if you were participating in a thread with him.

If you could repost your application with these revisions, we'll be happy to take another look!

--Will

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Archived Applications / Re: Atticus Carter
« on: 27/12/2012 at 04:23 »

Dear Mr. Carter,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1st January. Currently, students have gathered at the Summer Campus for the holiday. You may also wish to visit the Elsewhere board to purchase your school supplies. Both the Summer and Elsewhere boards may be accessed via the Floo Network. We look forward to seeing you at the Castle.

Regards,

Head of Hufflepuff

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Archived Applications / Re: Olivia Ava Parker
« on: 27/12/2012 at 03:22 »
Hi Olivia! Welcome to the site!

Just a few things we'd like you to revisit briefly:
-Can you expand a little upon the circumstances surrounding Olivia's condition? Did her parents take her to see a healer? Did she read a book about Bipolar disorder? Does the school nurse know about her condition? How did it affect her relationship with her family?
-Because we have such a large community of writers and an entire adult community including the Ministry of Magic, it would be very difficult to include Olivia's parents as such high-ranking officials. We would prefer if you could refer to them as a 'high-ranking diplomat' or 'committee head', or something of that nature, since the positions you mentioned are likely already occupied by played characters.
-Can you also expand on your roleplay response? What was Olivia thinking about before Astrid spoke to her? Was she going to class? Skipping class? On her way to lunch? A good rule of thumb is to make your response about the same length as the original post.

Just post your app as a reply to this topic with the revisions above, and we'll take another look!

--Will

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Elsewhere Accepted / Re: Jack Chesterfield
« on: 13/12/2012 at 02:56 »
Accepted!

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