Full Name: James Hadrian Riley
Nicknames: Jamesy, Jimmy
Birthdate: June 10th 1855
Current Age: 26 Years
Occupation: Spell Damage Healer
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
Wand: Maple, springy, 12 1/2 inches, unicorn hair.
Blood Status: Half
Social Class: Upper
Father | Gideon A muggleborn wizard and an only child, Gideon inherited his parents' sizable sum when they succumbed to illness soon after he graduated Hogwarts. Gideon excelled in school and worked as an Auror for many years before retiring about the time his oldest started Hogwarts. Gideon died several years ago, peacefully.
Mother | Lucretia Currently 56, Lucretia was much younger than her husband, who married late, and was rather abysmal in school. Although attractive and polite, she was unable to secure a mate from amongst her Hogwarts friends because they were afraid of being killed accidentally by one of her misfired spells. Her Pureblooded parents were rather embarrassed by her and agreed to let her marry a Muggleborn just to have the matter over with quickly.
Brother | Daniel An overachiever and former Slytherin prefect, Daniel works in the Ministry and has connections to many influential wizarding families around Europe. Currently 35, he has already survived one wife and is about to wed his second. He also has two young daughters.
Sister | Rachel Currently 32, Rachel married well and spends most of her time either travelling or having children. Although only married ten years the count is already up to five, and she and her husband have annual month-long exotic vacations, in addition to travelling frequently for his work. She is a former Hufflepuff and prefect.
Sister | Rebecca Currently 24, Rebecca is married but has yet to produce any offspring. She spends most of her time throwing parties and introducing James to people she thinks he should know, for whatever reason.
Appearance: James' hair is a medium brown, long but very well-kept, usually brushed back behind his ears and ending just above his neck. He has thick, extremely expressive eyebrows, a thin nose, and rather pale lips that almost seem to fade into his skin. His hair is very thick, and his facial hair is rather versatile for this reason, but he is generally clean-shaved in the interest of cleanliness at the hospital. He has grey-blue eyes. Although raised upper class, James is rather sensible and tends to dress in middle-class fashions, because he does not care to waste money on clothing which he could be saving. His appearance is based in practicality, not in “dressing to impress.” He will always chose the more weather-appropriate, job-appropriate garment, no matter how it looks. He is rather tall at 6'2”, with a muscular build he works a bit to maintain, but not obsessively. He uses his left hand for wand-work and writing.
History: Gideon was born and raised in his parents estate just outside of London, and that was, in turn, where he raised his family. He chose his wife for her pleasant temperament and physical appeal, although her horrific magical abilities scared away most other suitors. The two were married when Gideon was in his late thirties and already established as an Auror, and Lucretia was fresh out of school. It was quite a few years before they had their first child, and by the time their oldest, Daniel, was ready to start Hogwarts, Gideon was ready to retire. At this point the family had four children; eleven year old Daniel, eight year old Rachel, and three year old James, and the newly arrived, almost-a-year-old Rebecca. The girls tended to be together most of the time, since they would spend time with either their governess or their nanny, which left James to spend a lot of time with his father. He became his father's pride and joy, and the two were inseparable until James left for Hogwarts at age eleven.
When he arrived at Hogwarts, Rachel was already a fifth year and a prefect and Daniel, also a prefect, had graduated just a year before with exceptional NEWTs. James was sorted into Gryffindor, meaning that none of the siblings so far had landed themselves in the same house. James had been hoping for Gryffindor because it was what his father had been in, and was not disappointed with the friends he found there. His favorite class was usual Charms or Defense Against the Dark Arts, especially when DADA involved random magical creatures who could potentially be trying to get him. His third year he discovered a new favorite class to rival Charms in Care of Magical Creatures. The same year, Rachel graduated and Rebecca joined him at school. Changes continued; the next year, when he was fourteen, Daniel married and moved into a large house outside of London. At the same time, Rachel was being avidly courted by two or three suitors, and seemed to have the poor boys on strings. She decided which she would choose late that year, and was married in the summer before his fifth year to the wealthiest and most successful of her suitors.
Fifth year brought some surprise to his family when he was not appointed a prefect. James himself had never been expecting it, but apparently because both Daniel and Rachel had been, his parents were anticipating that all of their children would follow suit. This caused a little rift between him and his parents for the main part of a year, but when he came home with rather good OWL scores and a concrete plan for the next few years, all was forgiven. Fifth year also brought to his attention one small little first year girl, who could change her appearance at will. She was spunky and bold and James was absolutely captivated, but as he'd never been a part of the courting scene previously, and because she was only a first year and probably would be repulsed anyway, he kept his distance. Watching her for the next two years was agony, knowing that he would never find the appropriate reason to strike up a conversation with her, but being, as the years went by, increasingly attracted to her.
Upon graduation James followed through with his plan, which was to apply immediately for hospital work at St. Mungo's. He was originally assigned to intern in the Creature-Induced Injuries Wing, which was, in his mind, the next best thing to being a dragon tamer or something else that involved his fascination with animals. James spent a year in the hospital and thoroughly enjoyed himself before his chance for promotion arose; he had been doing exceptionally well as an intern, and although no full time jobs had developed in his particular branch, someone had unexpectedly retired from Spell Damage. The interns currently in the department were quite new and of uncertain promise, so James was given a hasty introduction to the art and quickly switched to the other department.
The hospital did not pay extremely well, but well enough, and since James' parents had no problem with him staying a home a year or two he did that for a while and meticulously saved every penny. When he was twenty-one his father died, which was a time of much sadness for the entire family. Born in the muggle world, Gideon had little care for traditional wizarding customs of leaving the entire inheritance to one son, so most of the estate was divided between Daniel and James, with cursory sums given to the already married girls. James took his share, along with his saved money, and started looking for a nice piece of real-estate to invest it in. There had already been talk at the hospital of the new village of Hogsmeade which would soon be created, and James was rather interested in it; an entire town of wizarding folk sounded like a nice place to live. They were establishing a hospital there, too, of course, and with the new money from his father's death James decided the time was right to strike out on his own; he applied for a transfer to the new establishment.
Because he was one of the first to arrive in the newly founded Hogsmeade, he was able to buy a rather large house in Wellingtonshire for much less than it would currently sell for, but completely depleted his sums to do so. He had a hunch that having a nice house in Hogsmeade would pay off in the long-run, though, so he kept working and diligently kept saving his money. He arrived in Hogsmeade just in time for Alice Lovegood's coming out ball. Even after years out of school, he still thought about her from time to time, and while his younger sister had been in school had asked for an update every now and again. There was just something about her, so although he hadn't seen her in years (and even when he had seen her, hadn't spoken to her), he was eager to attend.
Apparently, he was something of a romantic. He had this dream sequence playing out in his head where he would arrive at the ball, sweep her off her feet, she would fall madly in love with him, and then he would whisk her off to his brand new, recently built Hogsmeade house, and have dozens of strong little boys, all of whom would have a wide assortment of magical pets and color-changing hair. He told his sister, Rebecca, his intentions towards Alice, mostly so that she would stop trying to arrange for him to meet young single women, which seemed to be her sole hobby and occupation now that she herself was married. Rebecca supported his plans wholeheartedly--as long as he was getting married, she reasoned--and updated him on what she knew of Alice's live most recently, which, admittedly, was little.
At the ball, however, he was put off to find that she arrived on the arm of one of her classmates, and devastated to see her disappear with that classmate halfway through the ball. Although several other girls were interested being asked to dance (Rebecca had accompanied him and had spread the word that her brother was "very rich, handsome and very single"), James left the ball almost immediately after Alice did, went straight back to London, grabbed some of his hospital coworkers, and began binge-drinking. No one was really sure why he was so eager to get drunk, but were more than happy to drink along with him.
After that, James essentially stopped socializing for a while. He would go to work, come home, eat, sleep, and go back to work. He asked for more hours at the hospital, and with Hogsmeade growing every day, there was plenty of work to go round. Rebecca became worried and would check up on him to make sure he was still alive and still eating. She also tried to re-interest him in society, but for the most part he ignored her attempts, until she informed him that Mr. and Mrs. Lovegood were seeking an immediate betrothal for their daughter, Alice. He was back to life in a heartbeat, and after cleaning up a bit, he paid the Lovegoods a visit. He was a little disappointed to see that Alice was not at home, but struck up conversation with her parents instead, and after not much time at all they agreed to the betrothal. The marriage, they deemed, could take place as soon as Alice was home from her travels.
Alice apparently had other plans; she was perfectly civil the two times that he spoke with her, but showed absolutely no affection or desire to get to know him at all, which he thought odd. He was informed that she was now the owner of the Three Broomsticks, but not by her; he learned almost immediately afterwards that her parents had died. He wrote to Alice constantly, trying to figure out what was going on between them, but she would only write him the briefest of answers. He got the drift; she didn't want to get married. He didn't take any steps to dissolve the betrothal, because he had already set his heart on the matter, but he gradually stopped writing so often. He tried to move on with his life, but fell into a depression again for a few months.
Gradually, his sister pulled him somewhat back into society, though he always avoided the Three Broomsticks, mostly because he was afraid that if he met Alice now, without her parents playing chaperone, she would say something cruel to him from which he would almost surely never recover. He still wrote her on occasion, just in case she changed her mind, but tried to sound friendly as opposed to desperate. Rebecca, in the mean time, had decided he basically wasn't engaged and therefore needed to find a girl. James met them, but tended to mention fairly early on that he was engaged, which tended to kill the mood rather quickly. His sister never gave up, however, just as he never quite gave up on Alice. Maybe someday one of the two endeavors will pay off.
Boggart: Himself, crippled by some of the worst-case scenarios he's seen in the hospital combined, and having no one around to help him.
Amortentia: Hazelnut, Freshly Cooked Steak, Butterbeer.
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