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This is hurting my brain so much. I have piles of notes, two scrivener documents, a binder of hardcopy calendars, and Prisoner of Azkaban open in my lap. JKR's references to dates are frustratingly vague.

First problem: When do Remus' friends figure out he's a werewolf?
"My three friends could hardly fail to notice that I disappeared once a month. I made up all sorts of stories. I told them my mother was ill, that I had to go home to see her... I was terrified they would desert me the moment they found out what I was. But of course, they, like you, Hermione, worked out the truth... And they didn't desert me at all. Instead, they did something for me that would make my transformations not only bearable, but the best times of my life. They became Animagi. ... It took them the best part of three years to work out how to do it. ... Finally, in our fifth year, they managed it."
Fifth year is 1975-1976, minus three is 1972-1973, second year. But the HP Lexicon lists it as "late 1971." I'm not used to second-guessing the Lexicon, this is hurting my mind.

You know what? I'm just going to have to respectfully disagree. They list the Marauders' NEWTS as c 1977 [deduced from birth years], which was Spring 1960 for James. That means they started Hogwarts in September 1971 and sat their NEWTs in June 1978. I'll just add a year to HPL's date whenever I need to and move on. 

Actually, that lets me resolve the date of Sirius' tricking Severus. I have no idea why HPL is listing it as September, Remus only described it as "one night" (PA18) and Lily as "the other night" (DH33). But sure, why not. Early in year 6 works out for what I want.

Well, that's one thing taken care of!

EDIT: This isn't taken care of at all! Snape's Worst Memory is June of 1976, end of fifth year, no way to get around it. He and Lily were friends but fighting around the time Sirius tricked him, which I have later in 76, at the beginning of Sixth year. THIS DOESN'T WORK AT ALL. can I move it to late 1975? They'd be fighting for a whole year then. Not tenable. Or early 1976, that would give the Marauders time to become Animagi and for Severus to get suspicious of them. okay. Everything from canon goes down fifth year, then.

I've got some surprises for later, don't worry.
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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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Let's go in alphabetical order:
BEWARE. TEXT.
Read more... )


Sources: 
Harry Potter Wikia-- wand lore, woods, cores, and Pottermore notes
HP Lexicon -- canon wands, birthdays, et
Dates for the Celtic Tree Calendar
The Black Family Tree
Free astrology charts.
Info on astrological signs and qualities from Wikipedia.

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