Portrayed By Joseph Gordon-Levitt
House Ravenclaw
Year Second
Position student
Sex Male
Race Pureblood
Age 12
Place of Birth London
Date of Birth 3 January 1983
Mother Amber Baker Conwy
Father Ofydd Conwy
Siblings Julian Legume (foster brother)
Marital Status single
Children none
First Appearance When We Get Where We're Going
Last Appearance

Character History:

Gareth Conwy hails from an old Wizarding family, though unlike many others, purity of blood is not terribly important to them. In fact, it could be said his parents have a fascination with Muggles. His father, Orfydd Conqwy, was born in northern Wales, but he met Gareth's mother, Amber Baker, while at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They married shortly after graduation, and as Amber had secured a position with the Muggle Liason Office of the Ministry of Magic, they bought a small house in London.

Shortly after Gareth's birth in 1983, his father published his first piece of short fiction. More stories soon followed, all featuring Muggles in prominent roles. A few years later, he embarked upon his most ambitious project: a serialized novel appearing monthly in Witch Weekly about a young Wizard named Trent Emrys, a pampered and spoiled child whose greatest joy in life was Muggle-baiting. Expelled from an unnamed Wizarding school his first week, Trent is forced to attend a Muggle school called the Fulton Academy for the Exceptionally Ordinary. At first, he despises his classmates, and they in turn treat him very poorly, until it is discovered that he is rather talented at a game called football (that's soccer to the Americans). This is a truly bizarre game played with only one ball and, as Muggles cannot fly brooms, entirely on foot (thus the game's name). In time, Trent comes to find true friendship among his Muggle classmates, though he naturally has rivals as well, including the school's rather stern headmaster, who seems to have a particular hatred and suspicion of Trent.

Like most stories for children and adolescents, there are morals hidden amid the adventures, the main one being that for all their strangeness, Muggles really aren't bad people at all. Despite somewhat cautionary nature of the stories, they were wildly popular, and Wizarding children (and many of their parents) around Britain thrilled to read the monthly adventures. After two years, the first novel was finally complete, and it was collected and published in a single volume. Readers demanded more, and so Orfydd began a sequel. To date, four volumes have been collected, and new stories continue to appear every month in Witch Weekly.

Gareth, naturally, adores the stories, as he is always the first child in the country to read them. He also shares his parents' fascination with Muggles, and he has always been more than happy to accompany his father on little trips around London to study them. He particularly finds football matches interesting, and shopping trips among the Muggles are always an amusing treat. Like all Wizarding children, he was home schooled the first ten years of his life, though most unusually, it was his father, who worked at home, who took charge of his education. Perhaps that is why Gareth also has ambitions to one day write stories.

It was on a rather brisk December morning when, while poking about a toy shop in London, Gareth's magic first manifested. He's been separated from his father, who was engrossed in conversation with the shopkeeper regarding a chess set with unmoving pieces, when Gareth bumped into a pair of rather large Muggle boys a few years older. They were the worst sort of bullies, and they began pushing Gareth around for the fun of it. He was a bit frightened at first, being only six years old, but when one of the brutes took great pleasure in stomping his eyeglasses, Gareth was suddenly filled with rage. Suddenly, both bullies found their eyebrows singed from their faces, and they ran screaming from the shop. Gareth was quite pleased with himself, until he saw his father's rather disappointed look. He tried to explain later, but his father was quite firm - nothing excused harming Muggles with magic.

It was no surprise, of course, when Gareth received his Hogwarts letter, and he was thrilled to be Sorted to Ravenclaw House, for not only had both his parents been Ravenclaws, but his cousin, fellow first year Gabriel Baker (son of his mother's brother, the famous Randal Baker, Chaser for Puddlemere United) had also been Sorted to the House. His first year at school, he has spent a good deal of his time studying very hard, eager to prove the Sorting Hat had been correct in placing him. His best subjects are Charms, Transfiguration, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. He looks forward to one day taking the elective courses in Muggle Studies.

Studious Like most Ravenclaw students, Gareth takes his studies very seriously, and much of his free time is spent surrounded by heaps of books. His homework is always done on time, and he usually manages to get top marks in most of his classes. His best subjects are Charms, Transfiguration, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. He looks forward to one day taking the elective courses in Muggle Studies.
Inquisitive “Wit beyond measure is Man’s greatest treasure,” as the quote attributed to Rowena Ravenclaw goes, and Gareth has taken this to mean that knowledge is meant to be sought in any nook and cranny it may be hiding. This can lead to trouble at times, as he doesn’t let things like rules or regulations get in the way when he’s seeking some arcane bit of information. His inquisitiveness tends to be of the academic sort, and he’s sometimes insensitive to what others might think of his quest for knowledge.
Muggle-Fascinated His mother works for the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Muggle Relations, and his father writes children’s stories about a Wizard trapped in a Muggle school. Gareth shares his parents’ fascination for all things having to do with the non-magical world, but like many Wizards, he’s just as clueless about the true use for most Muggle devices.
Naïve Even for a twelve year old, Gareth can be amazingly naïve. Girls are an utter mystery to him, and oddly, not one he’s eager to solve. Sex is a meaningless word that older kids toss around to make each other giggle, or that adults talk about in mysterious terms. As far as he’s concerned, babies are delivered by storks, but only if an owl can find it with a letter of request from the parents. Storks can be very elusive, you see, and they usually ignore requests sent by children asking for younger siblings.
Talkative Although a bit shy on first meeting someone, once he opens up, a flood of speech is likely to overwhelm those around him. It isn’t unusual for him to ask dozens of rapid-fire questions, especially if someone demonstrates the slightest knowledge of anything relating to Muggles. He’ll also rattle on and on about his family, his parents’ work, and especially his father’s rather popular.
Modest Though the popularity of his father’s writings have made the family a fair bit of money, Gareth does not flaunt this modest wealth. Truth be told, though he’s very proud of both his parents, and like most children, thrilled by the adventures of Trent Emrys, he’s a little embarrassed by his father’s celebrity.


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Other Information

Memorable Quotes:

"By the splinters in my thumbs,
Something wicker this way comes."

Trivia and Notes:

Gareth's father is Ofydd Conwy, author of a series of stories about Trent Emrys, a young Wizard sent to a Muggle school. The stories are very popular with younger Witches and Wizards, appearing once a month in Witch Weekly. If you're a Hogwarts student, you may be a fan of the series, which has been published in serialized form for years. Or you may not, as they portray Muggles in a relatively positive light.

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