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Kalevi "Kal" Alpertti Vanhanen, ETP
Biographical information
Born

20th December 1909, The Vanhanen Kittilä Manor, Kittilä, Lapland, Finland

Marital Status

Married (only marriage, as of 1942; for 55 years)

Blood Status

Pure-Blood

B.A.P. Rank

"Noble"

Title
Signature
SigKalevi1
Died

31st December 1997; Malfoy Manor Inglesham, Wiltshire, EnglandGreat Britain, United Kingdom (Captured by Lucius Malfoy, Phaedra Rosier, Naoise Ó Dullíhán, Ulrik Eriksson, Rodrick Hawthorn, Cadwal Vaughan, Morithic Vaughan and Cicero Fawley accidentally rebounding a curse that killed the younger Vaughan and incapacitated Cicero. He was taken to Malfoy Manor on the 29th December 1997 tortured for several days for information he refused to give and killed on the 30th December 1997 by Cadwal Vaughan, aged 88)

Alias
  • Kal (nickname)
  • Kali (nickname)
  • Levi (nickname)
  • Terroristic Tyrant (according to Rita Skeeter)
  • Paragon of Finland (hypothetically suggested by Rita Skeeter, taken on as truth by Florian Lennox)
  • Grandpa (by his nieces and nephews)
  • Gramps (by his nieces and nephews)
  • Pappa (by his nieces and nephews)
  • Patriarch (Potterwatch / MBN Communications)
Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Height

6′5″

Hair color
Eye color

Heterochromia; left eye icy blue, right eye walnut brown

Skin color

Light

Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics
Animagus

Finnish Blue (registered)

Boggart
  • A version of himself in an expensive suit, a bronze diadem, and a blue and bronze sash, his father stood behind him, smiling (1920s-1940s)
Jukebox song

Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)

Wand

Aspen, 14½", Wyvern hartstring and Etiäinen Hair, an extremely powerful one, ice cold to the touch initially it has the tendency to feel extremely hot to most unaccustomed users with complex or prolonged spell-work. Light in colour it has a mahogany handle inlaid with mother of pearl and quartz. It's extremely good in duels, having a lot of power in it due to the rare fact it has a duel core and being made of Aspen wood helps.

Patronus

Finnish Blue

Affiliation
House

Hveðrungr Hus

Loyalty
Occupation
  • Päällikkö of the Taikuri-Neuvottelu (Chair of the Finnish eqivilent of the wizengamot, formerly 1930-1941)
  • Taika-presidentti (Leader of the Finnish wizarding world, 1941-1980)
  • Institution Förvaltare (Durmstrang Institute Trustee, dismissed)
  • Wandmaker (1980 onward, supposedly a "hobby")
  • Author (non-fiction)
Whatever it is, whatever happens, we'll deal with it together, like we always do.

Kalevi "Kal" Alpertti Vanhanen, ETP, A.M.R. (Civilian Grade), O.M. (First Class), I.N.C.W. (Peace Award), M.T. (Civilian Grade, Honorary), (20th December 1909 - 31st December 1997) was a Finnish pure-blood wizard born in Kittilä, Lapland to Henrikki and Gertraud Vanhanen (née Weigand). He had five younger siblings, Fränze, Jyrki, Lari and Anna-Liisa, all but one of which predeceased him. He was also raised alongside his uncle Markku, who was only six years older than him, and was like a brother to him as a result. He's also the husband of Nocona Vanhanen (né Toledo). Kalevi was, and to a large extent still is, somewhat of a Finnish legend and national treasure, due to his spectacular and lengthy political and activist career with regard to anti-blood purity and gay rights, as well as his active role in the fight against Gellert Grindlewald. He was later noted for his active contribution and sacrifice in the fight against Voldemort, despite his being 88 at the time.

He attended Durmstrang Institute between the years 1921 and 1928, and he was sorted into Hveðrungr Hus. By all accounts he was an incredibly bright and talented student, though from day one he was noted to have a "rebellious" streak. Having an apparent complete disregard for the rules, or at least those he found unjust. Due to his antics and personable nature he was a fairly popular student among his like-minded peers. He excelled in transfiguration, potions, charms, and duelling. He also excelled at organising protests against the anti muggle-born and half-blood (at the time) rules in place at Durmstrang, which would be foreshadowing for what Kal was going to do in the future.

Despite being seeker on one of the teams, he notably he intentionally disrupted the popular Woðanaz vs Hveðrungr Quidditch match of 1926 to protest the, at the time, pure-blood only rule at the institute, an action that very nearly caused his expulsion from the school. However, since he was the only seeker able to beat Kaspars Eglītis, the Rättförtrolling seeker of the time, not only was the current headteacher Professor Leifursson "forced" to keep him in the school, he had to keep Kalevi on as seeker on the Hveð team. In order to save face. Kalevi repeated the action the year after, despite multiple efforts being made to make it hard for him and his fellow protesters, he and his fellow protesters MacGyvered magically reinforced daisy chains instead of rope to block off the pitch.

Though this protest was a triumph to Kalevi it was nothing but an embarrassment to his father, who was highly ashamed of his son's protests. To his mind, Kalevi was rebelling against the ideas he'd instilled so carefully in all of his children, and had been for too long. Whenever he returned home, brought up ideals that were considered by his father to be "blood treachery", or, in his later teens, made vague mention of being gay, since this began, Henrikki would "discipline" his son via the use of "corporal punishment". This did not manage to deter Kalevi or make him hide aspects of himself, as his "rebellion" persisted throughout his education, which culminated in these particularly high-profile protests which garnered him (and by extention the family media attention).

Kalevi graduated for Durmstrang with fine grades in most of his subjects, having achieved 6 Os (the highest possible grade) in his F.U.T.T.s. Upon returning home he had the largest fight with his father he'd ever had, during which he was given an ultimatum: to change his ways or be permenently disowned as Henrikki's son. Kalevi still being more or less financially dependant on him, Henrikki expected this to be what would get him in line. However, without another word, Kalevi walked out of the room, packed a bag, gave his mother a goodbye, and left the Vanhanen residence; and he wouldn't set foot there again for nearly 51 years. After this chataclismic fight, homeless, Kalevi took to exploring the world, travelling with what little funds he had or could gather.

Technically homeless, Kalevi explored as much of the world as he could going from place to place and revelling in discovering a vast array of fantastic things he'd been missing hidden away in his father's small part of the world. Kalevi took what work he could to get a roof over his head and a food on his plate. 

He was survived by his husband Nocona Vanhanen, as well as several children: MikkjalSuvi, tba. After his death there were several books written about his life, most notably that of Florian Lennox, which was both praised and popular. 

Kalevi is a member of the Vanhanen family and the Weigand family, as well as the Toledo family (by marriage).

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

High Expectaions and PressureEdit

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Vanhanen manor, in Kittilä, Finland, where Kalevi, his uncle and his sisters grew up under the controlling "care" of Kalevi's father. It is usually cold and covered in a thick layer of snow.

Kalevi "Kal" Alpertti Vanhanen, ETP, A.M.R. (Civilian Grade), O.M. (First Class), I.N.C.W. (Peace Award), M.T. (Civilian Grade, Honorary), (20th December 1909 - 31st December 1997) was a Finnish pure-blood wizard born in Kittilä, Lapland to Henrikki and Gertraud Vanhanen (née Weigand). The vast eldest of all of his siblings, and thus the 'heir' to being the 'head' of the illustrious Vanhanen family, Kalevi had a lot of expectations placed on his shoulders.

With his father believing wholeheartedly in the veracity of pure-blood supremacy as an ideology, he expected and required his heir and eldest son to hold and protect these beliefs as well as he did. Throughout his childhood his head was filled up with the most disgusting of ideals about muggle-borns and muggles imaginable, the pressure was on to act and present himself respectfully and appropriately.

There was an immense amount of pressure directed at the boy to make sure he didn't embarrass his father. While this was presented to Kalevi as a simple task that anyone with any sense could perform, it was not. Kalevi's paternal and maternal family were both some of the most elite of the pure-blood elitists. Placed on a doccument known as the "Beställ av Perfektion" as "noble", the family was considered on par with the likes of the Frystström family, who ruled their country as royalty, the Vanhanen family viewed themselves as equally royal. They weren't entirely unjust in that belief, the magical community of Finland (among other countries) certainly seemed to view it in that light: 35 of the 50 former Finnish taika-presidentti had had the name. It was his father's confessed life ambition to reach the position for this reason, as his own father had, however... progress toward this went slowly. Henrikki treated this with extreme resentment if he made mistakes in public, even as a young child. Nothing could damage Henrikki's image and go unpunished, after all, he felt like it was his right by birth to reach the top. Kalevi was raised believing that soon, any year now, his father would be elected president of their country. While, as a child he believed this, he didn’t really understand what that meant for the family or why this should be important.

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An old photograph of Kalevi as a young child, clearly already done with his predicament (and possibly already exasperated his father's abysmal fashion sense).

As may have become obvious, Kalevi's father was quite emotionally abusive from a young age. The high expectations were placed on the young man before he even really understood what he was being asked to do. This made it extremely confusing for him when he would, for example, seek comfort in times of distress and be met with anger and resentment for "causing a scene" at an event or even just for crying about something, as a child does. 

Kalevi also grew up with watching his father mistreating his mother being a normal occurrence in his life. Usually only dismissing and complaining about his wife's "emotional outbursts", it still wasn't at all uncommon for Kalevi to see his mother face "physical repercussions" for her behaviour on occasion. In short, Henrikki seemed to react to any kind of negative emotion, no matter what the reason for it, no matter how unrelated to him personally it actually was, as a direct attack against him.

He never met his paternal grandfather, the former taika-presidentti Alpertti Vanhanen II, however Henrikki constantly praised and enthused (as far as Henri was capable of enthusiasm for anything) to his son about his father's "reforms" to the way things had been "going downhill" (read: the way people had been making progress in muggle-born rights) and restoring them to the way things had always been traditionally, as well as the way he'd taught Henrikki how to behave "correctly", and Henrikki employed his father's memory as the reason for the way he behaved. This wasn't an excuse however, far from it, Henrikki didn't believe there was anything about his behaviour that needed excusing. It was the way things were naturally and correctly supposed to be. It was how his father had been, and it was the way Henri expected Kalevi to go on believe and behave towards his own family in the same way as an adult. The problem was that the way his father treated his mother, and himself, already frightened and confused the boy. This perception would only be intensified over the years. Kalevi did meet his father's mother, Anja Vanhanen (née Takala), though only on occasion when he was very small, and always with his six-year-old uncle in toe, who he spent most of her visits with, as the boy seemed lonely and to like bonding with his new baby nephew.

A few months after Kalevi's first birthday, however, his grandmother died, leaving his poor uncle, now still only seven, an orphan. It was announced shortly after, and with no small amount of annoyance and resentment on Henrikki's part as opposed to compassion and sadness, that Markku would be coming live with them in the family's historic mansion in Kittilä; having been previously placed in a smaller residence of their own in Helsinki  upon Alpertti II's death, to make room for Henri (the heir) to live in the place without being 'bothered' by them. Despite this coming off as callous at best to any normal person, Henri thought that the purchase of a place for them in Helsinki and his continuing to support them was all anyone could expect of him. He was attempting to start a family and they would just have been "in the way". Though when Anja died Henri was left with little options but to take the boy in, there was nowhere else for him to go, and so he would just have to count the days until he could send him to Durmstrang.

Growing up with Uncle as a Brother FigureEdit

As mentioned previously, after the death of his mother Kalevi's uncle came to live with them in the late December of 1910, and so Kal could barely remember a time when he didn't essentially have his uncle as essentially an elder brother. If Kalevi was resented by his father for not behaving exactly as he "ought", then Markku was despised. Growing up, Markku was nothing but kind to Kal, and so the little boy returned nothing but love back. Henrikki, however, resented having to look after his Markku deeply, he was supposed to starting his own legacy, not looking after his father's. The last thing Henrikki wanted was to be burdened by having to raise his younger brother. Kalevi's mother, on the other hand took to the boy just fine, trying her best to treat him as she would her own little boy. It was due to his father only that Kalevi knew that Mark wasn't his brother from day one. Markku looked like he could be, right down to having mismatched eyes, though his were more subtle than Kalevi's brown and blue, being blue and sea green. Kalevi watched as the constant threat of the orphanage was dangled over his young uncle's head for the slightest "infraction", and through all of this Henrikki would instil a feeling of gratitude from his baby brother for even taking on the burden of his presence. 

It stuck: even when Kalevi was older too and urged him that he need not be grateful, Henrikki had treated him appallingly, Markku isisted that many people in his Henri's position would have left him for the orphanage and that he was unflinchingly grateful to him. As older children, Kalevi and his, by all important metrics, older brother continued to get on well. Despite his naive nature, Kalevi found Mark to be kind and caring. He was someone that, if his mother wasn't appropriate as someone he could go to, Mark probably was (though he knew his advice was to be taken with a grain of salt). Growing up, Markku helped him learn to play the piano, having learnt it in turn from his own mother (Kalevi's late grandmother). Thiswas one thing that Henrikki approved of, allowing his son paid lessons in order to nurture the skill. 

"Dicipline"Edit

Durmstrang YearsEdit

Early YearsEdit

Beginning of ActivismEdit

Duelling ProwessEdit

Later YearsEdit

Clashing With HenrikkiEdit

Disrupting the Hveðrungr vs Woðanaz Game of 1926Edit

Arranged Match with Katarina of SwedenEdit

Introduction at Palace Christmas PartyEdit

Fight With His FatherEdit

Leaving Home for GoodEdit

Travels Around the WorldEdit

America & CanadaEdit

Brazil & ArgentinaEdit

Egypt & AbydosEdit

Meeting NoconaEdit

East AsiaEdit

Return to FinlandEdit

Political CareerEdit

Rise to Power in Taikuri-NeuvotteluEdit

Rising Tensions in EuropeEdit

Rise of Gellert GrindlewaldEdit

Finnish Gay Marriage LegalisedEdit

Becoming Leader of Taikuri-NeuvotteluEdit

Campaigning to End the Laki MuukalainenEdit

The Laki Muukalainen was an anti muggle-born and muggle law that attempted to hide itself by making the marriage of people who went to "different schools".

Campaigning Against Anti Muggle-Born and Anti Muggle LawsEdit

Aiding Efforts Against GrindlewaldEdit

Election to the Position of Taika-PresidenttiEdit

End of the Laki MuukalainenEdit

Marrying NoconaEdit

Defeat of GrindlewaldEdit

Presidency Post GrindlewaldEdit

Mid-PresidencyEdit

Rising Pure-Blood Supremacist AngerEdit

Defeat and Death of Jyrki Vanhanen IIEdit

Estrangement from GertraudEdit

Death of Gertraud VanhanenEdit

First Wizarding WarEdit

Aiding Efforts Against Voldemort From AfarEdit

Death of Henrikki VanhanenEdit

Stepping Down in 1980Edit

RetirementEdit

Election of Pietari PekkanenEdit

Taking Up Wandlore as a HobbyEdit

After giving up his role in the government 

Opening Vanhanen Taikasauva MyymäläEdit

Death of Anna-Liisa KarppinenEdit

Ministry Inaction & Railing Against Kalle KarppinenEdit

Second Wizarding WarEdit

Aiding Lasse Karppinen With Saving FamilyEdit

Dismissal from FörvaltningsstyrelsenEdit

Muggle-Born Network WorkEdit

Battle of LiliputEdit

DeathEdit

Post Mortem & LegacyEdit

Sensing the opportunity for another lucrative cash grab via badmouthing another wizarding hero, Rita Skeeter published a highly libellous book on Kalevi's life and career under the title of "Kalevi Vanhanen: Paragon of Finland or Terroristic Tyrant?", which heavily attempted to paint him as the later. Rita's book was filled with provable historical inaccuracies. It delighted in casting his activist work as terrorist in nature, or at least arguing that his work inspired others to engage in terrorism, when Kalevi actively spoke out against that kind of approach heavily. One of its grossest chapters heavily downplayed the motivations behind the 1955 coup instigated by Jyrki Vanhanen II. Portraying Jyrki as the sweet younger brother, who dared to have a different perspective, and characterising Kalevi as having heartlessly killed his own brother to desperately cling to power. However, it had been Jyrki who initiated the duel, and he who had intentionally duelled to kill (the plan having been to assassinate the president, after all); and the attempted coup's intention had been to pick up Grindlewald's mantle.

Florian Lennox wrote an accurate biography for him, which took on Rita's hypothetical "Paragon of Finland" characterisation as fact in the final words, though mainly told his life story neutrally.

EtymologyEdit

TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit