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Oddly colored hair (naturally or dyed) ie: blue, pink, streaked hair, "bottle red" (Think Rihanna)

Oddly colored eyes (and colored contacts) ie: red, yellow, pink, COLOR-CHANGING EYES

Unnaturally beautiful characters, ie: perfect proportions and complexions, etc.

Being an animagus or a metamorphous  (meta is very, very rare and ani is hard to achieve and  you have to be registered)

Being a half-breed creature, ie: half-veela, half-vampire, half-werewolf (or a werewolf, for that matter)

Having your character self-harm, ie: cutting, popping pills, etc. (This is a very over-done thing in oc's, and it's frankly not something healthy)

Having them dress in clothing outside the time-period (do your research)*

Having them be goth/emo/scene (seriously over-done)

Giving them tattoo's and piercing (they go to a boarding school in Scotland, seriously guys)

As just a general statement; "Scene",  and "Emo" fashions didn't start up until the mid-to-late 2000's. Mind your time periods when creating characters.

    *Wizarding clothing is more of a Victorian-influenced style (according to the movies and books), Muggle clothing would be early 1990's to late 1990's


Most clichéd romances for your oc to experience: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black,  Fred and/or George Weasley, Ron Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley and Hermione Granger (basically, main characters. I'm not saying all of these romance stories are horrible. I've seen some wonderful ocxcanon pairings)

THE WORD OF JK ROWLING IS PRETTY FINAL; we know who marries who and who dies and such for the most part. Please stick to the storyline.

More clichés: having your oc sleep with a canon character, be raped by a canon character, dating/loving a teacher (anything past a crush), having a canon character's  baby, marrying a canon character, etc.

You can always make up your own love interest for the your oc, you can mold them into whatever you want and you're free to create your own storyline without having to worry about sticking exactly to the book.

Family and Friends:

Killing off your oc's parents is so overdone it's not even funny (~90% of all oc's I've seen are orphans)

Having Voldemort kill the parents is even more of a cliché

Having them grow up with horrible guardians or having them raise themselves is another big cliché

Having them be sexually/mentally/physically abused in their childhood is very cliché


Having them be closely related to canon character's is commonly overdone as well

If you're making them pureblood, do a little family tree research. I looked alot at family trees and such, and it helped me understand relations much better

If they are the child of any of the following, throw the character out and start from scratch: Severus Snape, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Dumbledore, Voldemort and Hagrid

If they are friends with Draco Malfoy's crew then they are probably not going to hang out with the Golden Trio, and vice versa. It's just not very logical.


They are not on the Gryffindor Quidditch team while Harry Potter is attending school

No girls are on the Slytherin Quidditch team while Harry Potter is at school


Uniform violations are getting to be ridiculous (check out my uniform guides for info, posted below)

  No wands with Phoenix feather cores

Giving them a wolf/dolphin patronus is very overdone (no mythical creatures as well, like dragons and unicorns)

They cannot have a pet at school that is not an owl, a cat, a toad or a rat

Transfer students would be very unlikely (American and Japanese transfer students are so overdone)



possible the most clichéd house, "Brave, loyal, sometimes stupidly courageous, etc." Colors are Red/Gold, Boys cannot be in Girl's dorms.

Typically the "good" house, where all the heroes and heroines are. They might tragically die during the Battle of Hogwarts and then are later brought back to life.


Another clichéd house, "ambitious, cunning, etc.", Silver/Green colors, very blood-purist.

Typically, this is the "bad" house, full of the party girls/boys and the "rough" crowd. This is a split when it comes to the Battle of Hogwarts though. Either they're Death Eaters or they fight with the good guys and  almost die for a canon-character (usually Harry or Draco). Usually labeled as "misunderstood and emo/goth".


not as clichéd but it has it's few sues. Usually portrayed as the "nerd" house because it's full of intellectuals and people who love to learn. Colors are Blue and Bronze in the book and Blue and Silver in the movies.


The least-clichéd house. Very underrated house full of loyal, hardworking students.  Colors are Yellow and Black.

There are no other houses at Hogwarts besides these four, unless you count the fictional Mary-Sue house of  SparklyPoo (:

Okay, before everyone get's all up in arms over this let me just say that these are stereotypical things that I've seen. Just because your character has one of these traits doesn't mean I'm calling them a Mary Sue. My oc, Merope actually has a trait or two of the ones I've listed above, as does her love interest, Phineas.
Here are some tidbits to follow up on:

Hogwarts Uniform Guide: [link]

A Mary Sue Limitus test: [link]

A list of Pureblood families:
if anyone want's me to add something to this list, please tell me (:
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SpectrumHugh Feb 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
Another  thing you could put is if the canon character their paired with finds them singing a song related to their life, like, I saw a fanfic where an oc was singing " I'm not okay" by MCR, and Harry walked in. I thought that was cute, but then I saw like 50 more of them and it got a bit overdone : P, not saying anything against fan fictions that do that but, it is a bit cliché : P 
stars-shine-bright94 Mar 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That is definitely a common thing within fan fictions, I've seen some where songs are incorporated in a good way but it's important to remember things like the songs fitting the timeline (i.e., MCR wouldn't be around in Harry's time at Hogwarts).
SpectrumHugh Mar 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
That's what I thought, too. Thanks for clarifying, though.
KaciMoonlight Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know exactually if this is where I sould be asking this at, but oh well. I'm making an oc based on myself and my looks and personalities, but my problem is that i don't know where to go to put down the things the wands are made up of like the Wand wood, Wand core, & Wand length.

Do you happen to know what the things that are used for them? because I don't want to use something that is totally off the walls and makes no sense, ya know what i mean?

So ya, I'm having trouble with the wand info, and what year would someone be in at Hogwarts if they were 14? Plus would it be mary-sue if my OC was a muggle in Slytherin, bc I want my OC to be in the house I got on Pottermore is all, and the blood status' confuse me too much. So do you think you might be able to help? or atleast point me in the right direction?

Sorry to be bothering you with so many quesions ^-^' I understand if it takes a while for you to respond back. Thanks for even reading this, if you do that is, and thanks if you respond back ^_^
stars-shine-bright94 Mar 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Here's a place to research wands:…

If the person was 14, they should be in their 4th year at Hogwarts and I think the question about Slytherin and muggleborns depends on when you want the story to take place. Slytherin, at least around the time Harry was in school, was mainly composed of pure-bloods. It was like this for centuries but according to Rowling, the house has become more accepting of muggleborns since Harry was at school. 

I hope this helps (:
KaciMoonlight Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it helped very much ^_^ thank you for your much needed help :)
AskTheRoseElf Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually i believe I can help with this xD!

Most information can be found of wands on the site pottermore itself , it got updated and now have all core information and such.

When it comes to slytherin , it is NOT all full blood students. There are muggle borns and half bloods in slytherin just like in any house really.
I myself is a slytherin , people usually think slytherin is a house full of f-ed up racist bastards who doesn't allow ANYONE that isn't full-blooded into their 'inner circles of black magic'. When in reality we are really nice towards people we care about and are close to.
As a fellow slytherin I can tell you that it isn't as many say.

If you are confused with how the blood status system works , it depends on the person in question.

A full blood is a person with both a wizard and a witch as parents. Born from a magic family.
A half blood is a person with one muggle parent and one witch.
While you probably understand what  muggle born is I wont explain it.

Most WOULD say a full blood is on top of the food chain in the wizard world really , while the others are below. 

So yeah , hope that helps xd
KaciMoonlight Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, you very much did help and thanks for responding to my questions. :thanks:

Ok then, thanks for the info about Slytherin ^-^ I really do apriciate it.

It very much so did help me ^_^

One last question though, what year would a student be in if they are 14 or 15? Because I keep confusing myself when I try and think about it ^_^
AskTheRoseElf Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem dear ^V^!

Happy to hear that!

Well , If you look at the normal ages I believe 
1st year - 11
second - 12
third - 13
and so on. Not sure actually , I suggest looking what age you are the first year and then looking at how long they are in certain years ^^!
KaciMoonlight Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OK thank you very much ^_^ I'm glad you could help and i figured it out

1st year at Hogwarts - ages 11 to 12

2nd year at Hogwarts - ages 12 to 13

3rd year at Hogwarts - ages 13 to 14

4th year at Hogwarts - ages 14 to 15

5th year at Hogwarts - ages 15 to 16

6th year at Hogwarts - ages 16 to 17

7th year at Hogwarts - ages 17 to 18

I looked it up after i asked again forgetting that i asked ^__^' But atleast we both know now, right?

Well, I'll stop bothering you now. Thanks again for the needed help ;)
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