So, I guess I’m a Potterhead… or whatever they’re calling them these days. I like Harry Potter. I was one of those kids who didn’t like reading until Harry Potter came out. Then I realized I liked fantasy books, and I’ve had my nose stuck in one ever since.
So I’m a fan of a lot of fantasy schools, not just Hogwarts. There’s also Bloor’s Academy, Cackle’s Academy, Brakebills, and Winding Circle Temple, to name a few. And all of these places have something in common–they tend to group people into houses.
I’m not just a Harry Potter fan, I’m one of those people who identifies with a given house. I’m a Slytherin, a fact that tends to surprise people. Most assume I’m a Ravenclaw, but I tell them I’m a Slytherin, and I’m a Slytherin for the worst reasons–I decided that was the house I wanted to be in. (If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s pretty clear that if you choose a house, the sorting hat likely sticks you in it.) So back in October, when I saw the house letterman jackets in Hot Topic, I decided I wanted that Slytherin jacket.
But the jacket inspired a whole new magic school with a whole new set of houses.
See, we have all these different magic schools that tend to sort students into houses, often associated with given colors, and they often have uniforms. But I wanted to see a magic school where kids actually wore letterman jackets. Thus, I invented Faraday.
A few notes about Faraday. Faraday is an international school for wizards in a fantasy world where wizards… are actually really common. Roughly 50% of the population. Granted, Faraday only takes the best of the best, but it’s worth noting that magic, by itself, does not make any of the following characters special.
Faraday’s house system is also a little different from Hogwarts (and all the others, for that matter. But you’re most likely to be familiar with Hogwarts.) There are five houses–each with its signature color and mascot–and a sixth house reserved for freshmen. Your first year at Faraday, you just live with all the other freshmen until the students in one of the other houses tap you to join them. So I guess you could say, I drew from all of the fantasy schools I knew. And, naturally, I created some characters to attend this school. And then I did some mock-ups: