|“||Everybody in this academy, Shadowhunters and mundanes, people with the Sight and without it, everyone of them is looking to be a hero. We are all hoping for it, and trying for it, and soon we will be bleeding for it.||”|
George was born a mundane and later adopted into the Lovelace family, particularly into a long line of Lovelaces who have abandoned Shadowhunting since the 1700s—a separate branch from Jessamine Lovelace's—and settled in Scotland as sheep thieves, just outside of Glasgow. Growing up on a farm, George was no stranger to hard work and physical labor.
Because of this family history, George had become accustomed to, albeit jokingly, saying that he and his family are quitters.
His work at the farm gave him plenty of time to daydream, and he often imagined a more adventurous life for himself. He shared these thoughts with his grandmother, who encouraged him to turn the dreams into stories. This was not enough to satisfy the boy's thirst for adventure.
George's dream came true when, at seventeen in 2008, he was invited to attend the newly-reopened Shadowhunter Academy after the Dark War depleted a huge number of the Shadowhunter ranks. However, the people who recruited him were not aware that George was adopted and, thus, a mundane. An athletic and adventure-hungry boy, George was more than eager to attend and decided to postpone telling them until after he'd been accepted. Apparently, he was livid that his adoptive parents hid their knowledge of the Shadow World from him.
Due to his family name, George was immediately put in the elite curriculum "stream" and slept in a room much more comfortable and less disgusting than that of the mundane class. On the day that his new roommate, Simon Lewis, arrived, he was seen standing on a stool because a rodent had made their wardrobe its home. Once the whole possum situation was taken care of, George and Simon introduced themselves to one another as they were going to be living in the same room until the day of Ascension.
George made friends with the people on the same table as him and Simon: Julie Beauvale, Beatriz Mendoza and Jon Cartwright. All of them were the same age and attended the same classes as them in the elite class. George excelled in most of the classes, notably horseback riding.
Eventually, Simon became unable to put up with the obnoxiousness of their new Shadowhunter elite acquaintances and their passive insults regarding mundanes and Downworlders. Simon demanded to be put in with the mundane class. Because of this, George found the courage to admit to the Dean, and Simon, that he was a mundane and should also be placed in the mundane stream with Simon. He and Simon then moved into a basement room together.
George was very intent on going through with his Ascension, despite the known risks and the sudden departure of their other frightened mundane classmates. Nonetheless, George was most saddened by the idea of his time at the Academy with his friends ending with their impending 'graduation' and got emotional about the little practices he and Simon shared.
On the day of their Ascension, George was seemingly confident about his survival. Coming right after Simon, George became the first casualty of Ascension as he quickly died and burned away after drinking from the Mortal Cup. Having been promised a home by the London Institute but rejected by the Clave for burial in the Silent City, George was buried in London. After life, George seemingly met his distant relative Jessamine Lovelace. As ghosts, the two Lovelaces showed themselves to a grieving Simon, who then decided to take on the Lovelace name to honor him.
Personality and traits
George grew up in Scotland and had adapted their accent and ways. He was athletic and sporty, proven by his physique, his many rugby shirts and a tennis racket, and his displayed skill in riding and taming horses with ease—skills that can also be attributed to his time and experience from working on their farm. George was also capable of sarcasm and humor, getting along well with the similar Simon. George was also caring, as he was always comforting and cheering Simon up, and was in fact quite an emotional and sentimental person at times.
George had dark brown eyes and curly light-brown hair. He had dimples, and his skin was tanned from being out in the sun often. George was broad-shouldered and had a body build that is as athletic as a Shadowhunter's.
George was a handsome man, even said to have looked like a statue or a potential underwear model by Simon, particularly due to the attention of their fellow classmate, Julie Beauvale, whom was caught off guard by his good looks.
|“||You did that, okay? So stop talking about what a loser you are, because I wouldn't follow a loser into a slime-covered bedroom or a slime-covered bathroom, and I've followed you into both.||”|
Simon was George's roommate and closest friend at the Academy. George had considered him his best friend and told him so despite knowing that his best friend was Clary; Simon, in turn, saw and called him as a brother—a word they both decided felt right to them.
From the moment they met, they immediately hit it off. The pair continued to grow closer as they became more open with one another, sharing and trusting each other with their secrets.
|“||I'm not going to drop out of advanced training to follow you around like Curlytop here, but we can still be friends, right?||”|
Beatriz is one of the first Shadowhunter friends George and Simon made at the Academy. They used to sit together during meals while they were still with the Shadowhunter curriculum stream and, even after Simon and George transferred to the mundanes' stream, Beatriz opted to continue being friends with them, risking the antagonism of her other Shadowhunter friends. He and Beatriz are considerably good friends.
|“||Well, you know. You're going to want to hang out with people in your own stream.||”|
Julie is one of George's Shadowhunter classmates at the Academy. Julie is physically attracted to him, but, aside from their time as friends during Simon and George's brief stint with the Shadowhunter stream, they are not particularly close, though they remain civil. Because of Julie and Jon's passive bullying of mundanes, George and Simon distanced themselves from them, though they all eventually formed a bond and camaraderie, forming an unlikely group of friends.
Initially a Shadowhunter who showed contempt at him and all their mundane classmates, Jon eventually became friends with him, Simon, Marisol, and other mundanes, with the occasional remarks. Jon was very emotional at his funeral.