Charlie is a highly intelligent familiar, and can follow instructions when he chooses to do so.
Alexandra decided to teach Charlie to talk in the fall of 2008, and soon the raven was able to say the name "Alexandra" with surprising clarity. Over time, Charlie has picked up an expanding vocabulary:
- "Troublesome vexes, Troublesome woes"
- "Charlie's a raven, not a crow"
- "Big fat jerk"
- "Pretty bird"
- "Wicked clever"
- "Miss you terrible"
- Alexandra Quick and the Thorn Circle
- Alexandra Quick and the Lands Below
- Alexandra Quick and the Deathly Regiment
- Alexandra Quick and the Stars Above
- Sherlock_Holmes_Faces_Death One of the corpses is found by a pet raven named Charlie.