Looking for HP RPers for diversity-centric RP!
Hey, what’s Hogwarts Diversity?
Hogwarts Diversity is a modern day Hogwarts roleplay, set in the current year, focusing around original characters. Our focus is characters who are diverse in sexuality, neuroatypical status, race and ethnicity, romantic orientation, gender orientation, disability, and the like. It also focuses on how the Wizarding World has developed as a trade after the war, and how it has developed to accommodate not only diverse students, but to change as the need for reform progressed.
So what, you just need super diverse characters and stuff?
Well, technically no. If you want to make an able-bodied neurotypical white cishet character, it won’t be minded as long as said character is written well in the application. But our focus is on divergent characters, and we’d love to see more of that. Anything can work if it’s written well but ultimately, there are lots of other roleplays for non-divergent characters.
So what do you like, do.
It’s very much a sandbox roleplay, with roleplay happening through in character blogs and private roleplaying of interactions over skype. There are a few events; for instance, there are a series of tournaments that will happen throughout the “school year” (Slytherin is currently winning, by the way), sort of similar to the triwizard tournament, as well as quidditch, Hogsmeade, and the like. Basically, you can do whatever as long as it stays safe to the rules.
What kind of characters do you need?
Quidditch players and prefects! We’re looking to fill up those slots with passionate muns and muses alike. We’re even looking for Head Students (the system of Head Boy and Head Girl has been eliminated due to binary bias), though we’d want a really good application for that. For a list of which slots are available, here is quidditch and prefects/head students.
In terms of diversity, we do have a large cast and crew of people, who you can read about on our members page here. You can do absolutely whatever you want, though some areas in which we are lacking are larger bodied characters, Muslim characters, alloromantic/sexual characters (surprisingly enough), physically disabled characters, etc. Making these characters won’t heighten your chances of being accepted and making characters outside of these identities won’t lessen those chances. These are just some suggestions for those that need inspiration.
What kind of characters do you advise against?
No characters are strictly forbidden unless they’re obviously offensive caricatures. We have a fair amount of specialty characters – a half veela, a werewolf, a metamorphmagus, animagi – so we may advise not to write a character like that. However, what we care first and foremost about is the original character’s well written nature. So if you want to retool your old werewolf OC, and the app is really well thought-out and well written, then it could definitely be looked at.
As for the age old question “Can I roleplay an oppressed group if I’m not in that oppressed group?” – YES, but only if you do them justice with researching. This doesn’t mean just looking up the wiki page of a certain ethnicity. It’s good to look at all kinds of sources, especially from people of that group. The more research done, the better.
What if I’ve only seen the movies/read the books/don’t know Harry Potter at all?
There are people in our group who have never read the books, and it’s totally fine if you don’t know that much! The beauty of the internet is that everyone has done the reading/watching for you and have written up fantastic guides about absolutely everything in the HP canon. Harry Potter wiki is a great place for all your HP needs so make sure to do your research when making your character! Once in the rp, we ask that you stick within canon boundaries, but there is still so much to explore that JKR didn’t set in stone.
Is this group elitist?
Our rp group is very low stress, and we’re very welcoming in terms of community. If you can agree to be active on your blog, and talk to people about your characters, you can find yourself in a specifically good faction of people who are ready to be diverse and have fun! Activity is important, but we know real life gets to people, so it’s very easy to go in and out of hiatus.
So what now?
PLEASE READ OUR RULES. Given the specific characteristics of our RP group, the rules are very very important and differ a bit from other RP groups.
And lastly, after that, you can begin the step by step process of your application your application.
All information and links about the roleplay are on the right sidebar of this blog. Just hover over the castle.