function ord() would get the int value of the char. And in case you want to convert back after playing with the number, function chr() does the trick.
>>> ord('a') 97 >>> chr(97) 'a' >>> chr(ord('a') + 3) 'd' >>>
There is also the
unichr function, returning the Unicode character whose ordinal is the
>>> unichr(97) u'a' >>> unichr(1234) u'\u04d2'