Peter Grant is the protagonist of the series. He is a London police constable and apprentice wizard. He's in his early mid-twenties.
Peter has a very positive albeit slightly wry outlook on life. He is curious and innovative, but very easily distracted, sometimes by magical vestigia, more frequently by beautiful women. Though his decisions may be occasionally rash, they are always well-intended and he has an earnest desire to protect innocents. He has been described as a "cheeky bugger".
Early life and familyEdit
Peter Grant was born the University College Hospital, London, to Richard 'Lord' Grant and his wife, a Fula, from Sierra Leone. He grew up in the Peckwater Estate, off Leighton Road in Kentish Town. He ran away from home twice when young, although he returned of his own will on both occasions. Before joining the police, he was planning to study architecture, but gave up because his draftmanship was awful. At one point, he worked in a coffee kiosk which was "a bastard to work in".
He is of mixed race and describes himself, using the police jargon, as "between IC3 and IC6".
Rivers of LondonEdit
After finishing his training at Hendon Police College, Peter joins the Charing Cross police station, Westminster, for a two year period as a probationary constable, together with fellow probationer, Lesley May.
After his probationary period ends, Peter is originally assigned to the Case Progression Unit (CPU), but following a meeting with Nicholas Wallpenny he instead joins a specialised unit of Economic and Special Crime, based at the Folly, at the request of DCI Thomas Nightingale.
Moon over SohoEdit
Foxglove Summer Edit
The Hanging Tree Edit
Undocumented events Edit
- An event at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. Taking place before the summer of 2012.
- Harold Postmartin once covered Peter in pesticide, and Peter wrestled a tree.
- "the thing with the police horse which [he] promised never to bring up on pain of ninjutsu"
- An encounter with a woman who might, or might not, have been the goddess of the River Rom.
- He once encountered the ghost of female Oxford professor in the tunnels under Kew Gardens.
Though only mediocre in school and, according to Nightingale, a slow learner in everything magic, Peter seems to have picked up a broad range of skills from friends, family and out of curiosity.
He has a basic understanding of the scientific method and electronics and a deeper knowledge of music (especially jazz music, due to his father), architecture and police procedures.
His magic is still limited to simple spells such as light, shields and weak fireballs.