Attended a muggle primary school until the age of 8 after which he moved to Melbourne so he could attend Tallygarunga.
Though not really a secret Berk is a seer he just doesn't like to announce it or even talk about it.
Suffers from anxiety and depression
Though not an alcoholic is known to drink to excess
Plays the guitar and sings a bit
Loves animals especially dogs
Berkley, or Berk as he prefers to be called, is a rather easy going dude though he is a little bit strange. You see he is a seer who doesn’t like to admit that he is one. These abilities have made him a little anxious and rather argumentative and he has developed a bit of a drinking problem due to what he sees and knows and he uses alcohol to self-medicate. He is also a bit clumsy and thoughtless and can be a bit impulsive and reckless. All these things combined can be a bit dangerous at times.
Despite his faults, and he sees being a seer a fault, he is a very generous and loyal fellow what would do anything for those that he considers friends. Due to his seer abilities he is very intuitive which is the only positive that he sees in having them. He is very curious but patient and will always put someone elses needs before his own. He is very musical playing the guitar and also doing a little bit of singing and he also can tell great stories and can be a bit of a jokester. He loves animals and his constant companions is a chocolate Labrador named Jax who was named after an old friend of his.
Only child of Dominic and Moira Appleyard.
Parents divorced after they found out that Berkley was a wizard.
Dominic remarried and has two more children though Berkley hasn't met them. He doesn't believe that his siblings are even aware that he exists.
Berk was born in Penrith, Western Sydney to Dominic Appleyard and his wife Moira Berkley. He was named Berkley as Moira was an only child and wanted to honour her father and though Dominic had originally wanted to name his son after himself he was talked into it by Moira, whom he adored.
They were an upper-middleclass with Dominic being a well-liked, community orientated and respected local MP. Moira, was as smart as she was beautiful, a teacher as well as an artist. Together they were a much loved and respected couple.
Berkley was born on a cool late April morning. With his shock of red hair his mother was delighted that he inherited that from her as his eyes and most of his other features seem to be his fathers. Dominic was just pleased that he was a he, though later on down the track he saw the red hair and the fact that was always messy as a curse.
Berkley was a curious and precocious child. He seemed to predict things before they happened and to begin with his father saw this as a good thing as it meant that things would usually go his way. He once asked Berkley how he did it and Berkley would just shrug and say that he just knew.
He was seen as a little strange by other kids his age but he was liked anyway mainly because you couldn’t help but like him as he was fun to be around. Although he was not the best at sports or games, he tended to be a bit clumsy and over-enthusiastic but despite it if you were on his team you usually won. You also didn’t want to pick an argument or challenge him to a battle of wills because Berk showed a knack for debating and being right. This was something that Dominic liked also as he thought that Berkley might follow in his footsteps.
He, however, did things that would annoy Dominic to no-end. He never seemed to be neat and his hair usually would be all over the place, no matter how it was styled. Dominic would threatened to chop it all off at least once a week but never would mainly because Moira would never let him. His clothes always seemed to be rumpled and you just couldn’t take a good photo of him mainly because Berk had trouble sitting and standing still.
None of these seem all that bad but to Dominic who liked to see this of this as a mark against his own reputation and image. Moira, on the hand, didn’t think that there was anything wrong. Boys would be boys after all so her son not liking his photo taken, never looking overly neat and not sitting still was normal behaviour to her. She was a teacher, after all, and 95% of the boys in her class were this way.
Of course all these instances were magical related but were part of his seer abilities and as such it wasn’t until just before his eighth birthday that the Australian Ministry of Magic became aware of his regular magic ability. The family were attending some local festival and the local paper decided to have a photo taken of the family together. Naturally his father was trying to straighten up Berk so he was presentable for the press and all the fussing was annoying him so much that his anxiety triggered and the a nearby popcorn cart exploded and popcorn went everywhere.
The following day an official from the Ministry of Magic appeared on their doorstep and advised them that Berk was a wizard and informed them of Tallygarunga. This was just a little much for his father, whose public profile and ego began to show and felt that his career was more important than his wife and son and walked out. Moira was devastated and though she claimed it was not his fault Berk knew that it was.
From that point on it was Berk and his mother and with support from her friends and from her parents she made arrangement to move to Melbourne, so that Berk could attend school.