Tory’s father, Werrant, worked in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and her mother, Bethany, was always a dutiful housewife. As such, Tory grew up in a house strict on how she could behave, what she could wear, what she could eat, and who she could associate with. This went a long way to shaping her into the rough-and-tumble woman she is today, as she took every opportunity she could to defy her parents behind their backs.
Tory grew up in a nice house on the outskirts of Melbourne, which to her was perfect. Had they lived in the city she would have found it increasingly difficult to sneak out at night, or to wander across large expanses of land, befriending boys her father considered beneath her who attended the primary school a few k’s away.
Tory and her older brother Manson never really got along. Though he, like her, hated his parents strict rules and discipline, he never bothered to try and ease the strain for her or them. He never tried to keep his parents happy, instead often going out of his way to rock the boat. He would get into arguments with his father constantly, and often reduced his mother to tears.
Tory, while not agreeing with either of her parents’ opinions of what an ideal daughter should be, still respected and looked up to both of them, and hated Manson’s actions. Especially when, at the age of sixteen, he ran away from home. Her mother and father were devastated. Or furious. Or both.
Tory is still deeply grateful that she was allowed to attend Tallygarunga, when the school was far from the ideal her parents would have wished for her. Despite her father’s hatred of the principal and general distain for the country town Tally is located in, Tory blossomed within its walls.
On a day which changed her life, the headmaster of Tallygarunga discovered Tory distraught outside after her father’s furious reprimands about her grades. Alan did his best to calm Tory down and discovered more then she had intended about her less then savoury home life, while at the same time Tory realised that the way her parents treated her was perhaps not the norm.
The subsequent months led up to the tragic loss of Alan’s daughter, Lauren and Werrant’s disgrace and banishment from Magical Law Enforcement. It also saw Tory taken under Alan, and the Burdett family’s, wing, teaching her what a real family could be like.
Tory looks up to Alan as a kind of father figure, and still struggles with her own mixed feelings towards Werrant and his actions. Despite this, she graduated Tally with high marks and was accepted into the auror program. She threw herself into the program whole-heartedly, forgoing much of a life in preference for studying every night and learning what seemed to come easily to other candidates. After three years she successfully became an auror and left Narrie to visit Saudi Arabia where her brother, Manson, had return to. Their tentative re-engagement during Werrant’s downward spiral sparked a cautious trust between the pair. In spite of Manson’s protests, Tory has still be unable to entirely severe contact with Werrant and Bethany.
Having taken time to rejuvenate after three years of the deeply intensive auror’s program, Tory has returned to Narrie looking forward to her years in the auror-force ahead.