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Emily Burdett
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Adam Longhurst
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Kalea Taylor
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Liam Burdett
Public Relations Representative Youngest of the Burdett brothers Of his siblings, is closest to Liz Works for the Australian Federal Ministry of Magic as a ...
Tamarah Blair
Star Quidditch Chaser One of the infamous Blair Triplets Has a love for all sports, but always especially for Quidditch Was picked up to play for...
Alison (Surname)
Main occupation up to player | Base guitarist in Franklin Struck Gold squib born to wizard parents, though was still placed in wizarding school in the hopes that she might prove to just be a late bloomer (...
Morgan Richter
Seventh Year Parents: Mason Richter & Carlotta (Last) Raised solely by her mother Mother is at least half Brazilian, father is parti...
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Characters
Alexander Winfield
19 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Sorceraic Alexander is an extremely friendly young man and enjoys the better side of life. He has already dealt with what it felt like and even now ...
Eugenia Holtzer
16 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Eugenia has always liked to take the lead, it's not so much that she desires leadership as much as it's the simple fact that she naturall...
Leander Hue
26 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human While Leander is generally fair in grading, he dislikes untidy workspaces and is strict on his students in this area.  Lee loves organiz...
Viktor Valentin
27 ☆ hbr ☆ dh Viktor is a fairly quiet man, but is more than comfortable with engaging in conversation with others, even those he has not met before. No...
Rue Delaney
28 ☆ hbr ☆ fr Rue is odd. She’s always been odd. There’s just something mildly unsettling about her. It could be her eyes, that startling shade of ...
Hine Parata
16 ☆ hb ☆ hu While she likes to define herself as strong and athletic, her strength is in persistence. She has a tendancy to complete what she starts, ...
Caldwell Hughes
24 ☆ mb ☆ ww Clever - Stickler - Kind of a hard ass toward students - Can loosen up around the right people ...
Eudoxia Miller
33 ☆ hb ☆ hu Eudoxia comes across to most people as cool and collected. She prides herself with always being in control of emotions, though she does no...
Violet Kalifa
28 ☆ hb ☆ hu Violet is incredibly tactile, but also very calculated and self conscious. While at first she may appear amiable she is very socially awar...
Scarlett Fate
11 ☆ hb ☆ hu She is eccentric and very creative. She paints a lot and her favourite style of painting is abstract. She favours loud colours and messy ...
Caitlin Sullivan
36 ☆ hbr ☆ fr Cate would be considered a no-nonsense woman, which may sound strange when someone is told about her personal gifts and the fact that she ...
Salt Morgan
28 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Salt is shy, anxious and has little confidence. She is nervous and insecure. She is kind and although awkward, she is welcoming and will o...
Holly Bennett
17 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Holly is a little bit like marmite. People tend to either love her or hate her, well, a less extreme version of that. She is self confess...
Mary Ohara
29 ☆ mb ☆ hu Mary is a rather ordinarily happy woman, though she might choose to express it a little more vehemently than others. Always talkative, Mar...
Savannah Ryan
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human You will find that Ava is bright and intelligent for her age. She has a playful kind of personality and an easy laugh. Ava enjoys being h...
Lot Karras
38 ☆ hb ☆ hu ven when he appears self-controlled and calm there is a seething intensity of emotional energy under the placid exterior. Lot is like a vo...
Stanley Pike
17 ☆ mb ☆ hu Pike struggles to take most things seriously when it comes to his education, magical or otherwise. While not outright disruptive, his eff...
Gerry Richter
16 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Gerry has always been very strong-willed. She knows what she likes, what she doesn't, and she seldom bends to any who aren't in her closes...
Stella King
20 ☆ mb ☆ hu Stella is rather reserved and guarded.  Her family was close knit and traveled a lot.  She never had an actual home as a kid as the fami...
Vladimir Valentin
27 ☆ hbr ☆ dh Vladimir is one of the quietest people a person could ever meet. The man hates intruding upon the affairs of others. He respects everyone ...
Boaz Izem
30 ☆ mb ☆ hu Boaz would tell you he has led a fate filled life, full of dramatic personal relationships. This has led him to believe that he has all th...
Evony Wynter
16/17 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Centaur Evony is by default, a happy person. She enjoys the chance she has been given to attend schooling within the magical world and strives to...
Iris Glauert
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Iris is the type of girl that can easily overload herself. She likes to start projects, but not necessarily finish them, and her dreams ar...
Zane Nedvidek
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Serious. Sociopathic. Distant. These are just some words to describe Zane. He isn't much of a talker, but when he chooses to speak to you...
Grant Thomas
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Grant is a shy but smart guy, incredibly loyal to his friends. ...
Amea Nedvidek
25 ☆ hbr ☆ sc She's not easy to understand. She is for the most part, a cool calculating woman with a very serious look on life. She takes things person...
Maks Valentin
9 ☆ pb ☆ hu Maks is a cheeky little boy with a honey badger attitude to go along with it. Always cheerful, and willing to do whatever he wants and nee...
Stuart Blair
51 ☆ pb ☆ hu Considering he's the father of five Blair kids who were all Spencers (and a secret other one who ended up in Sturt), it would be fairly ac...
Siwan Llewellyn
16 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Organized and studious, but erring on the aloof and dreamy side of it. Siwan spend so much time traveling, that it was difficult for her t...
Maddison Harris
16 ☆ mb ☆ hu Maddie is like a rose, a delicate flower who can prick you with thorns if mishandled. She is a bit shy but a complete goofball around her ...
Derrick Ackers
26 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human A man who seems to always be looking for the next big thing in his life in the way of fun or simply an activity to do just to shake up th...
Susan Summers
22 ☆ mb ☆ hu Frank and serious with little regard for easing the blow of opinions and facts. It’s not that she doesn’t care about people's feeling...
Jonathan Azai
25 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Fae Jonathan is an enigma of switching phases and no one personality or image he shows is entirely true only a fragment of what he wants to b...
Lilith Evenstar
24 ☆ pb ☆ hu Lilith becomes known to any community she joins very quickly, owing to her outgoing nature. She is fair and frank, preferring to be honest...
Aiden Longhurst
15 ☆ hb ☆ hu Aiden is ridiculously protective of his younger sister Valerie, and treats all new people with caution - especially men. When he first cam...
Josie Wilson
22 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Josie is, for the most part, an optimistic young woman. She loves life as it is, and wants to explore it--but one day at a time. She deals...
Lucy Fischer
27 ☆ hb ☆ hu Headstrong | Stubborn | Spontaneous | Loyal | Adventurous | Strong in her convictions ...
Matt Belmont
51 ☆ hb ☆ hu Matt’s obsession with neatness and cleanliness is a defining part of who he is. He keeps detailed records of everything, organises his m...
Elektra Devereux
31 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ely takes most of her life's problems on the chin. Most. For the rest, she usually hides it behind a mask of dry humour and sarcastic rem...
Tory Pierce
22 ☆ pb ☆ hu Tory has always been a tomboy who loved getting into scrapes. She is more courageous than is good for her, and particularly susceptible to...
Amy Lee
7 ☆ hb ☆ hu Amy is a very quiet, sweet little girl. She will go out of her way to comfort someone else, and tends to be always grinning and happy. She...
Igor Drakov
30 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Vampire Igor did have a fairly pleasant disposition, but through trauma inflicted upon him by his father, his attitudes and personality changed, ...
Artemisia Bellerose
22 ☆ pb ☆ hu Having moved from one country to the next and then the next, Arti often had a problem making, or keeping, friends when she was younger and...
Thomas Sollozzo
53 ☆ pb ☆ hu Thomas is a dangerous individual who enjoys nothing more in life than money, murder, and torture. Sociopathic by nature, he shows very li...
Tony Wolfe
38 ☆ hb ☆ hu Srengths: Compassion- regardless of what others may think of him Tony has a rather large heart. He keeps it hidden as much as possible, th...
Liam Somersfield
32 ☆ pb ☆ hu Liam is a very quirky soul. He's extremely depressed from previous life experiences but he hides it well by constantly joking around and b...
Sean Rhodes
27 ☆ hb ☆ hu Sean is a serious soul, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t stand up for himself or others. He’s incredibly loyal and you can always...
Cassandra Sullivan
18 ☆ pb ☆ fr Wildcat, pocket rocket, little bundle of constant energy and amusement, there's a reason she needed to take up dancing to burn some of tha...
Tyson McKennis
17 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Driven and Ambitious, Tyson's major noticeable traits is that he always finds something to work hard towards living under the shadow of h...
Daria Bishop
28 ☆ pb ☆ hu Many would say that Daria is the very definition of stubborn. The traits she has are almost a shock when you get to know her, she is outsp...
Vladimir Valentin
527 ☆ pb ☆ hu Vladimir is a bit of a mix in terms of his personality, however the most noticeable feature of his is the fact that he is extremely calc...
Albertine Bellerose
Sixteen ☆ pb ☆ hu Albertine is an extroverted girl who due to feeling out of place in her current situation has become more introverted. She answers in cla...
Keith Anderson
45 ☆ hb ☆ hu Keith is a shy person when he is in a new place. However, once you get to know him, you realize he is a fun loving, down-to-earth kind of ...
Ashkar Gastrell
44 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ash is a man that seems to exude confidence. He wears this along with arrogance as a shield. Showing the world a Wizard who has little re...
Penny Quinland
27 ☆ pb ☆ hu Stubborn, willful and determined to accomplish her goals, Penny has proven that even if there were some detours along the way, you can rea...
Gemini Demetra
22 ☆ hbr ☆ vt A good egg for the most part, Gem has always been free-spirited. Always eager to use her knowledge to basically turn whatever she can into...
Alan Burdett
50 ☆ pb ☆ hu As a general rule, Alan is open, honest and likes to have a joke around. He was a Spencer student in school, and well known for his pranks...
Jason Miller
38 ☆ pb ☆ hu Jason is a very colorful guy. A fun-loving individual, he loves to be around a crowd of people, having fun and cutting up when it's accept...
Marcus Carsen
25 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Dhampir To narrow it down to a 'playful sort' would do Marcus a grand discredit. Being in the business of news and socially active there is a cert...
Ethan King
24 ☆ mb ☆ hu Energetic | Hyperactive | Friendly | Focused | Spastic | Inquisitive ...
Morgan Ohara
13 ☆ hb ☆ hu Despite her situation, Morgan is a very sweet girl. She is rather shy, and introverted, but isn't afraid to make friends. She just needs s...
Michael Grant-Jones
27 ☆ pb ☆ hu Michael is a complicated man, who has two distinct personalities; that when he is in public company and that when he is with his loved on...
Bryan Hawthorne
45 ☆ hb ☆ hu Bryan Hawthorne is a down-to-Earth kinda guy. He enjoys the simple things in life such as the great outdoors with camping and hiking. He l...
Lorelei Valentin-Blair
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human To say Lorelei's personality is complex would be an understatement. She holds a deep intelligence that is clearly abnormal for a young ch...
Ikedi Azikiwe
43 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ikedi is the type of person you want in your corner. He is compassionate and caring, and incredibly driven. Because he was the eldest of t...
Kate Belmont
48 ☆ pb ☆ hu Kate is Daddy's little princess all grown up. She's never had much of an interest in romance, beyond creating the odd scandal here and the...
Rosmunda Townsend
32 ☆ pb ☆ vt Though she may appear stoic, practical and professional much of the time, Rosmunda is far from unkind or lacking in compassion. In fact, i...
Samhain Eros
16 ☆ hb ☆ hu Samhain is very quiet, and prefers to be on her own. She views people as untrustworthy, and tends to avoid them. However, she desperately ...
Sage Morgan
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Adele DeVylissea
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Alic Eron
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Jezebel Blair
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Sturn Haviland
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Audrey Adagathguarde
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The Australian Home of Magic Tallygarunga is an 18+ post-Potter non-canon forum RPG, featuring Australia's only public wizarding school Tallygarunga.
Setting
Location: Rural Victoria, Australia
Current time: May 2018
Term Two: April 18th-June 30th
House Points
Flinders: 155
Sturt: 162
Bourke: 215
Spencer: 205
THE AUSTRALIAN HOME OF MAGIC
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    Mary Ohara

    Charms Professor
    29 year old mb hu ☆ She/Her/Hers
    Full Name: Mary Ohara
    Apparent Age: 29
    Date of Birth: January 24
    Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    Occupation: Charms Professor
    Blood Status: mb
    Species: hu
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Play-by: Naomi Shimada
    Education: 

    Tallygarunga and VMU

    Secrets:

    Mary doesn't really believe in secrets. She doesn't believe other people should have them, and she thoroughly doesn't enjoy keeping them herself. She's an unreliably open book, and all her information is just one question away.

    General Knowledge:

    Mary Ohara was an average but motivated student at the Tallygarunga Academy of Magic who seemed to want everything but leave.

    Even though her academic achievements were considerably brighter, probably bright enough to land a teaching job in one of the country's private magical schools, Mary took a part-time at a secondary school in Melbourne until she was accepted at Tallygarunga.

    She seems to have a weird fascination with shrunken heads. It's not unusual for people to see her chat with her keychain-head, and anyone who has gone into her office might have heard voices coming from behind a bright yellow curtain.

    Personality:

    Mary is a rather ordinarily happy woman, though she might choose to express it a little more vehemently than others. Always talkative, Mary biggest fascination is people: all sorts of people and everything about them. She wants to know how people think, how people feel, and what people do. Open-hearted and generous, Mary isn't without a hint of selfishness. She will often ignore boundaries in order to see more of others - good or bad - and choose to deal with the consequences of an unpleasant relationship with someone interesting than to have them sit the borderline-anonymous acquaintances. It's curiosity towards people that drives her, and undoubtedly the reason why she is fascinated with the magical remains of people who have passed away. Other than that, Mary isn't particularly exceptional; moderately intelligent, moderately hard-working and moderately interested, just enough so she can do what she really enjoys in life. 

    Appearance:

    Mary is 5'6'', curvy in all the right places, and a delight to look at. Or at least that's what she actively believes, and shows in every one of the colorful outfits and unusual hats she wears whenever her work allows her to. If it's a mostly unfounded cliche that witches and wizards can't dress, Mary makes it her one-woman job to not be the exception that confirms the rule. It's always there, even under the sober clothes she puts on for classes: a pair of yellow socks, a rainbow-necklace hidden under a sweater, a bottle of emerald-green ink.

    Her face is round with big eyes and she's usually found with a wide smile on her lips. Her straight brown hair, falling to her shoulders, breathes some normality into an otherwise usually saturated look. It's not on purpose, though - it's just the very best way to wear a hat.

    Significant Dates:

    January 24, 1989 - Mary was born

    March 5, 1993 - Mattie was born

    Spring of 2000 - Paul loses his job and things are never really the same again

    Fall of 2000 - Mary goes to Tallygarunga

    Fall of 2007 - 2012 - Mary goes to VMU

    July of 2010 - Mary saves enough money to buy Frank-the-keychain, the first shrunken head

    Fall of 2013 - Mary gets a part-time job at a muggle secondary school             

    January 2016 - Mary starts working at Tallygarunga

     

    History:

    Mary was born to Paul Ohara and Alice Thomas in a small apartment in Melbourne, shortly followed by her brother Mattie and his fluffy mutt. The 1990s went on fairly uneventfully, or so she recalled. Most of that decade seemed to have been passed on the living room floor playing with Mattie, ruining dinner in the kitchen with grandma Emi, and being told off at school for a lot of weird things that just had the habit of happening around Mary. Because Mary was a sort of weird thing as well, no one gave it much thought until the Summer of 2000.

    Even then, it seemed that Mary being a witch wasn't reason enough to stop and take a look around. After all, the Oharas had definitely seen better days. Paul Ohara had recently lost his office job and talked a lot about finding something more fulfilling to do with his life. For the time being, it was apparent that he wanted nothing more than being a stay-at-home-dad. Alice Thomas failed to see the greatness of any of it, being the only sustainer of her husband, her husband's mother, and two young children. So even when it was announced to the family that Mary had proper magical abilities and that she had a place at a proper magical school, it was only Mary and Mattie who had time to react. And they did, with unending vows of smuggling the little boy into the school, quickly forgotten promises of bringing him magical pets and enchanted books, and a thoroughly honest - if sometimes forgotten - guarantee that Mary would never love anyone or anything even a tiny bit more than she loved Mattie. Not even a cotton ball more. Not even a hair. Not even an atom.

    She probably didn't, but seven years is a very long time to be worlds apart. While Mary discovered Tallygarunga and the people of Tallygarunga - those witches and wizards that were so different from everyone she had ever known -, Mattie grew up surrounded by things Mary didn't understand so well anymore either. Unlike the two children, things at home didn't seem to change - they just seemed to get more crowded. Mary took too much space in Mattie's room as she studied days and worked nights through university, Grandma Emi cooked less and less and bickered more and more, Paul seemed to have carved a place for himself on the couch and find himself back there every couple of years, and Alice, as always, was unamused.

    She dragged her stay at her parents' for a couple of years after she left VMU, working in a local secondary school with an eye out for Tallygarunga's job openings. She hid her wand and Frank-the-keychain away and learned facebook with muggle teenagers. She helped keep the house acceptable and discussed the news with Grandma Emi. As he emerged out of adolescence, Mattie and Mary had conversations longer than five sentences. And so, when what Mary had always really wanted happened and she was accepted at Tallgarunga - only a couple of hours away - she left with a bittersweet taste in her mouth and hundreds of envelopes in her bag. 

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