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 Freaking Tom Riddle and his freaking curse, I need seven of these. Luckily for me Seventh Sanctum has generators for everything. 

1: Professor Mannix Prewett
"the aged, serene, unjust (noun redacted) from a good family." (Yes, I'm maintaining my spoilers policy. Gotta have some secrets).
The Prewetts are a perfectly decent family by anyone's standards, which is saying something. Mannix is a variant of manach, "little monk."

2. Professor Bernard Baines
"The smart reporter with unexpected depths."
Dumbledore seems to be getting desperate. Baines is Welsh, nicely lacking particular resonances ("son of Einws") with the additional benefit of recalling another Baine with unexpected depths. That's only funny to me, but I don't care. I do what I want. Bernard from Germanic "bear + brave, hardy."

3. Professor Fulton Abney
"The poised, stingy, bullying politician."
This jerk wants 'practical experience' before joining the Department of Magical Education... if there is such a thing. I suppose someone needs to check that the homeschooled witches and wizards are actually getting schooling. Abney from d'Aubigne, dating to Hastings and the Magna Carta; Fulton from Old English "bird-catcher's town." Trying to be obnoxiously English. (Success?)

4. Professor Charlotte Knaggs
"The awkward, pompous smuggler with a dark past."
This one should be fun. One of Dumbledore's charity redemption cases. Charlotte because "Lottie" appeals, and Knaggs is used in Yorkshire.

5. Professor Appius Osborn
"The enduring tomb-robber."
Infamous in his profession but lacking investors for his next venture due to increasing disruptions from the war.  Appius from the Roman praenomen used by the clan Claudia, and by the guy who built the Aqua Appia and the Appian way. Osborn from Old English "god + bear" mixed with Norse cognate.

6. Professor Edna Oliver
I fancy having an ex-Auror who lost his her wand hand/arm to a curse. No points for guessing anything about the reasons for this name. Actually, scratch that. Knowing how roundabout that scheme is and the slim number of people who might read this, Quadruple Bonus Points for figuring it out. (This offer valid until she appears in the story, after that it's just Bonus Points.)

7. Professor Kenneth Seward
"The tireless, unethical exorcist."
This one's going to have a hell of a time at Hogwarts. Cognate from Irish "handsome" or "born by fire"; "descendant of Stuart (protector of victory)". Sounds decently self-righteous :) 

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 I already have one for the year that entered in 1971, and it was a finicky pain to make, so I'm going to try not to touch it too much. But the rest of the school needs bullies and Prefects and Quidditch rivals for the kids to interact with, so... let's figure out a better way to make more of them.

Basing everything about the demographics is based on the figures from this essay. It is the most excellent, wonderful thing. It means I work perpetually on census data from 1980, but there are worse things in life. Gonna round out the randomization with birthdays, signs, and wand woods/cores (with Phoenix feathers and uncommon woods taken out) too, then develop a little personality and sort them based on that.

So step one is 40 random birthdays. I'll follow the first one as an example / figuring out what I'm doing.
25 September: Virgo, Vine Moon. There are four kinds of vine to choose from, this kid got Blueberry (spirituality and dream magic.) Talented at Divination, then.
Wand wood is Laurel--ambitious but deeply honorable. The wood is aggressively loyal.
Flipped a coin and got tails--Unicorn hair. 

Now for the demographics. Going to use a list shuffler as each statistic has a limited number of slots, and just shuffle numbers which can correspond to a table of the slots.
Blood status: (roughly 2:2:1 Pure/Half/Mugg if anyone was wondering) This one is a Pureblood.
Stats on Economic background works out to 2 upperclass, 9 bourgeoisie, 19 middle class, 8 working class, and 2 on welfare. This one is middle class.
Urbanity is roughly 15 city dwellers, 18 from towns, and 7 from rural areas. This one is from a city.
Geographically, we expect 3 from Ireland, 4 from Scotland, 2 from Wales, 8 from the North of England, 7 from the Midlands, 9 from the South of England, 5 from London, and 2 from East Anglia. 
In terms of ethnicity, we're expecting mostly English, with 4 Irish (one emigrated), 4 Scots, 2 Welsh, 1 African-English, 1 Chinese, and 1 from elsewhere in Europe.
The true randomization breaks down here; ethnicity and religion rather need to be tied to geography more than the other things. But there's enough to go on! Plus every region has a limited number of slots for cities / rural areas, etc. 
In any case, expecting 18 from the Church of England, 8 Catholics, 7 Agnostic, 3 who wouldn't answer on a survey, one Scottish Presbyterian, 1 Protestant non-Conformist, 1 Muslim, and 1 other. Presumably less of those the farther back the year goes.

Anyway, pulled a few compatible characteristics from the Sagittarius chart: delicate tastes, elegant, likes making friends, cooperative, indecisive, seeks harmony, and has a strong sense of justice and fair play. 

Now to do it 39 more times :D

EDIT: the randomization ended up yielding nine characters I'd be interested in using for the story, and they all have names and hometowns and Houses now. Yay!


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