Paul Hanbridge (ポール・ハンブリッジ Pōru Hanburijji ) formally known as the Earl of Hanbridge (ハンブリッジの伯爵 Hanburijji no hakushaku ) is a character in Little Witch Academia. He is the count and minister of state of the country.
He is a middle-aged man with gray hair and green eyes. Dress in a brown suit, dark brown shoes, a beige shirt and a pair of lenses.
The Earl is a very serious and cold man. In spite of maintaining his manners and good deal in public, it shows that in fact he is a rigid person to which only his political duties concern him, something that left him indifferent with other people and Andrew's former dream to be a pianist.
Like normal humans in present day, Paul is firmly convinced that magic and witches are outdated and have no place in the present age. His opinion about them is obviously low however, as he described magic and witches in general as malevolent relicts of the past that must be forgotten. Paul was also blind to the fact that there is still positive light in witches and other magic users as some witches in the past have contributed in the supporting town of Luna Nova. In spite of this, he is still visiting and aiding Luna Nova Magical Academy.
By episode 25, Paul seems to have changed his mind about witches, asking Andrew to tell him his full thoughts on them.
Paul attends the party organized by Luna Nova Academy in his name next to his son Andrew. During the party, he maintains his good manners with Principal Holbrook, asking that one of his students show the academy to his son. After the party, Paul states that the day was a waste of time that only reaffirmed his bad ideas about witches. When Andrew asks why it was in the first place, he responds that he wanted to maintain good relationships.
Paul is hosting a party for Andrew's birthday. When he learned that some witches had entered the party, he asked his son to pay them, reminding him of his duties as heir to the Handbridge and his abandonment of the piano. When Akko tries to get rid of the Cupid Bee in the middle of the party, Paul tries to make her but the bee ends up biting him causing Paul to briefly fall in love with Akko before he knocks him in the face with his giant fan, killing Cupid Bee and breaking the love spell.
Paul and Andrew travel to the Cavendish Manor by invitation of Daryl, picking up Akko on the way who also headed there. In the limo, all three have an uncomfortable discussion about what happened at the party and Paul complains about the attitude of people for a simple football game. In the mansion, Paul and Andrew have dinner with Dary, Diana and Akko, revealing that the reason for the invitation was to sell them some of the Cavendish's family relics, which Paul rejects and leaves.
Paul maintains a very formal and distant relationship with his son. It always shows that the only thing that worries him is that Andrew becomes a worthy successor, without showing any interest in his opinions or interest, forcing him to give up what he considers inappropriate like the piano. Although Paul does not show to take into account the opinions of Andrew during the incident with the neighboring country, he finally manages to see the value in magic and asks Andrew to teach him his ideals.
Paul and Blackwell are political colleagues. Despite not sharing the same ideals, both work together for the welfare of the country.
Paul shows a constant bad attitude toward Akko. Initially he rejects her like all witches, demanding that she be expelled from her son's party. After Akko accidentally hit him in the face during the party, Paul kept a very bad memory about her. Even believing her a problematic girl and a bad company for Andrew, he finally seems to have come to accept the witches thanks to her actions at the end of the series.
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- Hanbridge greatly resembles and is possibly modeled after British actor Colin Firth.