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* The Narrator

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b l o o d ∙ r a c e a n d ∙ d i s c r i m i n a t i o n

"But, the greatest taboo in the Wizarding world is... if we're talking about prejudiced people within the Wizarding world, what they care most about is your blood status."

Much like the canon Harry Potter universe, our world also has the same blood distinctions and prejudices that may or may not color our characters’ interactions. A character from an ancient, elitist pureblood family might have advantages and disadvantages that a character new to the wizarding world might not, and like it or not, these categories will have some impact on your character’s story.

p u r e b l o o d s

In our world, a pureblood is defined as someone whose direct ancestors have all been witches or wizards for at least 6 generations. Some pureblooded families have over the centuries amassed great wealth and/or political power, and tend to be highly prejudiced against any not of their social circle, like the Malfoys in the canon universe. Others, like J.K. Rowling’s Weasleys, are pureblooded, but tend to keep to themselves and are happy eking out their own existence without much thought to blood status.

HOW THIS PLAYS OUT - Most upper-level positions, especially in the Ministry, will be held by pureblood families or those with pureblood ties. The children of these families are more likely to know of one another growing up as pureblood society would be rather close-knit. Keen on keeping a hold on their power, especially given the recent upheaval with time warp, purebloods are the most likely to retain deep-seated prejudices against muggleborns and halfbloods.

h a l f b l o o d s

Halfblood witches and wizards are those who are magical, but have some muggle in their ancestry. These form the bulk of the wizarding population of our world, and many of them probably can trace their family tree back to one or more pureblood lines.

HOW THIS PLAYS OUT - Depending on their respective familial situations, halfbloods may have been raised in pureblood families and been taught the same prejudices against muggles and muggleborn, or they could have been raised to be open-minded and accepting of all types. They might not have as high a status as the purebloods in this society, but those with sufficient ambition can still find themselves in positions of power.

m u g g l e b o r n s

Muggleborns are, as the name suggests, the children of two muggles, and in the wizarding world, they are at a distinct disadvantage. Unlike the majority of purebloods and many halfbloods, muggleborns enter the wizarding world oblivious to the tiny cultural nuances of the wizarding world: they don’t know about wizarding transportation, or laws, or animals.

HOW THIS PLAYS OUT - Blood status is the biggest determinant in wizarding society, and it's going to be difficult for muggleborns to find jobs in the wizarding world without the help of halfblood or pureblood friends. Given the recent time warp though, most of the wizarding world is still confused and bewildered by the changes, and the muggleborns here have both the edge and the familiarity with current events... and what might be looming on the horizon.

w e r e w o l v e s   &   o t h e r s

Werewolves. Veela. Goblins. Giants. If blood status of a witch or a wizard is the standard by which society judges, then having any non-human attribute or heritage makes just living a normal life in the wizarding world a challenge. As if coping with the difficulties of life weren't difficult enough (having to deal with a painful monthly transformation, for example), just letting your heritage get out is enough to get you kicked out of any establishment and blacklist you from any future at a job.

HOW THIS PLAYS OUT - The late 1930s/early 1940s was an era of heightened awareness of differences in muggle society, and the wizarding one will echo a lot of the same mass panic and discriminatory attitudes. Known 'creatures' will be shunned and/or turned away by regular citizens who fear them, and as pressure mounts from the struggle happening in the muggle world, these characters are likely to become convenient scapegoats. This isn't to say they all have to take things lying down though - who says the muggle world is the only one with conflict?

a ∙ n o t e ∙ o n ∙ r a c i s m

This site does not and will never encourage racism out of character. That said, we are writing in an era where many such attitudes still abound, especially in the muggle world. One of the key areas of conflict in World War II (coming up in a few in-character years) was race, and to roleplay without acknowledging such a rich background would be a shame.

A few guidelines to note: We will be following the site guidelines on racism (see here for more), and under no circumstances will racial slurs be allowed, whether it's in character in a post or out of character. Your characters are allowed to dislike people for those reasons and play it out, but we don't want to see the language. There are more creative and subtle ways of going about this and playing the the attitudes of the era, and we encourage you to take this as a challenge.
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