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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.[1]

He is of mixed race and describes himself, using the police jargon, as "between IC3 and IC6".

Police CareerEdit

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 the events early on in Rivers of London 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

Whispers UndergroundEdit

Broken HomesEdit

Foxglove Summer Edit

The Hanging Tree Edit

Undocumented events Edit

  • An event at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew.[2]


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.

He speaks English and at least understands Krio (a Creole language in Sierra Leone).[3] He learnt German in school, but only speaks a few words, and is currently studying Latin.[4]



  • Beverley Brook
  • Simone Fitzwilliam
  • Lesley May


  • Thomas Nightingale
  • Inspector Seawoll
  • Miriam Stephanopoulis


  • Lady Ty
  • Molly


Peter Grant has been portrayed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith in the audiobook version of the books, and by Doc Brown (Ben Bailey Smith) at a reading of the short story King of the Rats in 2015.

References Edit

  1. Moon over Soho
  2. The Hanging Tree, page 200.
  3. Broken Homes
  4. Rivers of London

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