Welcome to Sonora Academy of Magic!
About role-playing at Sonora
Sonora is a creative-writing based role-play game, set in an extended version of the Harry Potter universe.
The site consists a series of message boards representing different rooms in the school. Instead of posting as yourself, you post something your character is doing, then someone else replies as theirs. You start as a first year, and work your way through school, attending classes, making friends, suffering weird magical illnesses or whatever you would like to do.
We play all original characters - no characters from the Harry Potter books, or their relatives. The existence of Sonora as a site predates the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ expansion of the universe, and the invention of Ilvermorny school, which is why we also have an original school as our setting.
New authors are advised to start out by submitting a student character but those with a strong preference for playing a staff character are invited to apply as such. Submitting a student as well is advised, as these play the biggest role in the site.
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About Sonora, the school
Sonora is a colonial style Spanish mansion situated in the painted desert, Arizona. It was founded in the mid 1800's by Leith Clurican and Curtius Tribble, two Irish wizard immigrants with the vision to bring formal education to the western United States. The founders chose this spot because it seemed like almost no one wanted to live there, which made it the ideal place to hide their school from Muggle eyes. To be on the safe side, they surrounded the school with protective wards; from the outside, it looks like a hill of sand, and any Muggles approaching the area will experience terrifying mirages.
The founders tended to agree with the viewpoint that the desert was a terrible place to live, and along with the protective charms that keep out the non-magical community, they set up a large variety of weather charms to counter the harsh climate. Sonora’s seasons resemble those of the founders’ native Ireland (a decision which is frequently questioned by students when they have to play Quidditch in torrential rain or, worse still, snow) and its gardens are lush and verdant.
Each house was named after a wizarding village in the west in an attempt to increase enrollment by honoring the towns. Only one of these towns, Aladren, still exists today in Oregon. The closest wizarding village is Tumbleweed, a ghost town of sorts that moves around Arizona to avoid muggle detection.
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