might i ask if it's still open to join? i've always toyed with this idea of an American wizard coming across the pond (we can't assume only Europe has witches and wizards, can we?). Please let me know if I can join, thanks.
That's possible, although I'd like to minimize the number of non-European students. We do know that there are canonically wizards around the world (see Goblet
), but even so, the schools tend to be rather secretive.
I'm thinking my character served actively in the military after graduating Hogwarts (fighting evil terrorist wizards, of course), so he has a fair amount of experience, not to mention he's just naturally 'good' at it and has worked long and hard honing those skills. This would make him about 26 right now.
See PM. A couple additional things, since this has more info: 1) What military? There are no militaries in the wizarding world. 2) At 26, he couldn't be a student. He'd have to be a full blown instructor/teacher.
A note on the canonical stuff . . . GF's ex-bodyguard, I can see from extrapolation even if there are none shown in the series because 1) the Ministry provides guards to top members of the government and 2) I could easily see say a member of the Weird Sisters or Gwenog Jones, for example, hiring some protection from time to time. Organized military forces on the other hand are completely out of whack with the setting, the closest we get are an hoc groups put together on the spur of the moment for specific threats (ex. Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore's Army) that are unofficial and disband after the threat's gone.
As for field trips, can't wizards Teleport or use other means of magical travel?
Yes, apparition/disapparition is around, as are broomsticks. However, as noted, apparition doesn't work on or to the island (as per Hogwarts and other major sites like Gringotts/Diagon Alley). The school's not on the Floo Network, because the Ministry monitors it (Phoenix
). Portkeys aren't an option because the Ministry traces and monitors them (see Goblet
). And even brooms can be followed.