What is Canon?
The concept of canon is very broad; in a general sense it is referring to being a rule or a body of rules within a story. There are definitions that state it as: “the body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding in a field of study or art”.
What is MM Canon?
MM Canon, or Mischief Managed Canon, is simply the canon that is to be true at Mischief Managed role play sim in Second Life. Mischief Managed pulls from a variety of sources in order to flesh out details that either aren't mentioned in the books, and thus, provided elsewhere. It is what is approved and accepted to be "true" within MM's role play.
In many cases the Harry Potter books didn't provide enough details to have a functioning role play Hogwarts. There is lots of information provided from JK Rowling. Especially so on Pottermore.com. But not everything has been given information, so until that time, The Admin Collective and the RPD Team must decided what is true for the role play. None of our characters where created by JK Rowling herself, so regardless of any actions or actions taken by our characters, it will never be true Harry Potter canon.
Since Mischief Manged aims to be a dynamic role play of Hogwarts, School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, much information has to be created in order to fill in gaps that weren't relevant to the creation of the novels that sparked it all. The exciting part of this is that the individual role player gets to add to this canon. However, certain rules must be followed and certain things must be pre-approved before it can 1) be allowed to be acted out in role play, and 2) accepted as MM canon. For the most part, individual actions are auto-accepted as MM canon. Unless of course that action is a pretty major one. Asking an Admin for clarification is always a good idea. Anything that may push at or be out of the scope of the rules is something that needs to be brought to the RPD Admin so that talks with the Admin Collective can take place. This isn't an attempt to have control over a player's role play, but instead, to ensure that nobody is inadvertently gaining an unfair advantage and cheapening the role play itself.
An example of something that should seek approval is the case of a student claiming that Godzilla is attacking Hogwarts. Not only would this never be approved, it is something that would greatly affect the sim and it's role players as a whole. Thus it needs approval, which would be submitted through the RPD Department. In small cases the RPD team will approve personal storylines should they need it, and such it is considered MM canon. For larger things, approval for MM canon lies under the jurisdiction of the Admin Collective Team.
Below is a list of Harry Potter sources that Mischief Managed pulls from. As you can see from the extensive list, Mischief Managed has no choice but to have it's own canon, and so... MM Canon was born! This doesn't mean that we disregard canon, it just means that in many cases, the Admin team has to agree on various points in order to flesh out our role play.
Who Decides what is MM Canon?
In many cases the Admin Collective enters into discussions about what what may or may not be canon. This is usually done through extensive research, fact checking, and discussions on whether or not a particular point is something that can legitimately work within a role play environment. In the event that information wasn't provided in one of the below mentioned sources, The Admin Collective and the RPD, will discuss and decide on aspects to fill in gaps. At least until JK Rowling states otherwise.
Sources for MM Canon
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (UK Edition, Unabridged)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK Edition, Unabridged)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK Edition, Unabridged)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK Edition, Unabridged)
- Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix (UK Edition, Unabridged)
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (UK Edition, Unabridged)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK Edition, Unabridged)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Script)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- Harry Potter Prequel
- Harry Potter Film Wizardry
- Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Wonderbook: Book of Potions
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
For the most part, not a lot of the information provided by the card game is used as it brings aspects that simply don't work in a role play, or contradict other, more valid sources. However, we do use a few elements to provide more "meat" to the role play.
Other sources may from time to time stem from such things as Mythology, History, Art, Fables, and Folklore in order to fill in details that aren't provided in any of the above mentioned sources. This is often the case with many of the plots presented at Mischief Managed.