The first seven years of Ian Travers’ life were idyllic. He has happy, fond memories of time spent with his parents, particularly his father. He was somewhat resentful when Theadora arrived on the scene, as he was a little selfish and a little unwilling to share the spotlight with his baby sister. It took a couple years, but he did eventually come around to the idea of being an older brother. Unfortunately, this bliss was cut short when his father was arrested for the murder of the McKinnon family.
The fallout of Ignatius’ arrest was immense. Ian lost his father, his personal hero, and he wouldn’t be allowed to visit him in Azkaban. Beyond that, the social standing of the Travers family took a hit. There were whispers and pitying looks even amongst the purist set, but that was nothing compared to the judgment the family faced from non-Death Eater supporters. Ian was now the son of a Death Eater — the son of a murderer — and was tainted by association.
Extreme purism lost some of its luster. After all, Ignatius’ ideals had ultimately taken him away from his family.
At Hogwarts, he was surprised to be sorted into Hufflepuff. Part of him longed to be in Slytherin with other purists, as they were likely to be more understanding of his background. But Ian, loyal and hardworking, was ultimately a good fit for Hufflepuff. He wasn’t unfriendly, but he wasn’t particularly nice, either. He was a little too blunt and sharp-edged, but he managed to make a few friends. He felt a great deal of affection for those willing to befriend him despite his ties to the Death Eaters, a group he went to great lengths to distance himself from.
But that didn’t stop him from being ostracized by his peers. It certainly didn’t stop the outright bullying.
The Travers children took after their father in different ways. Thea was drawn to dark magic and curses; Ian inherited a drive to help better magical society. He also felt a draw to the DMLE, though his motives were less unscrupulous than his father’s. Ian didn’t feel like he had a fair shot at being an Auror when his father was a Known Dark Wizard, but he could at least be a Hitwizard. It was a way to atone for the sins of his father. So he threw himself into studying for his NEWTs so he could join the DMLE after graduating.
He kept his head down his seventh year, largely oblivious to the antics of the Boy Who Lived.
After Hogwarts, Ian accomplished his goal of joining the DMLE. As a trainee, he spent a good chunk of his time shadowing Hitwizards who were looking for Sirius Black. The idea that someone could escape from Azkaban made him feel a slew of complicated emotions. But Black was eventually apprehended and those complicated feelings subsided. He was promoted to a full Hitwizard in 2014.
When rumors began to swirl about the Dark Lord’s return, Ian did his best to ignore them. He knew about the disappearances and yet he couldn’t let himself to believe he was coming back. But then the Dementors abandoned their post and allowed the Death Eaters to escape, and all those complicated feelings resurfaced. He desperately wanted to see his father. At the same time, he wanted absolutely nothing to do with him. In the end, Ian avoided reuniting with his father for as long as possible.
But now the Death Eaters are in control and his father has returned to the family home in Mould-on-the Wold. The DMLE has been rendered completely ineffective. As frustrated as he is by everything, he also enjoys the benefits he reaps from the new world order. It’s complicated, okay?
Blunt, straightforward, no airs or pretenses. No one benefits from white lies.
Has a tendency to bury his emotions when they’re unnecessary or irrelevant to the work at hand.
Suspicious of earnest do-gooder types who wear their hearts on their sleeves. What are they playing at?
Ian isn’t easy to befriend, but he’s a friend for life if you manage to break past his walls.
Holds himself to high standards. He is hard-working, tenacious, and a perfectionist in every sense of the word.
Wholly dedicated to the DMLE. His sense of self is a little off-kilter now that the Death Eaters control the Ministry.
Shrewd. Intelligent enough to balance his instincts with his knowledge.
Capable and level-headed in times of crisis.
Possesses a dry, often dark, sense of humor.
Purist. But Ian resents the Death Eaters and You-Know-Who for taking his father away from him. Ian doesn’t understand why anyone would want to blindly follow someone who is clearly unhinged. He keeps that opinion to himself.
Loves his cell phone, Hooter, and his bluray collection. Don't tell Ignatius. :(
ON PURISM & DEATH EATERS: Much like the rest of his family, Ian is a purist. But it’s a very “casual” sort of purism: purebloods are inherently superior, but he only has mild disdain for muggleborns and muggles. Ian’s brand of purism involves stereotypes and condescension, not support for wholesale slaughter. He can’t bring himself to get too riled up about muggle technology encroaching on magical culture — cell phones are handy and films are entertaining! ON THE MINISTRY: Bureaucracy is a nightmare no matter who’s in charge. ON VIGILANTES: Idiots with a death wish.
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