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Student Manual for

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry


Welcome to Hogwarts!


Please read through the following rules and guidelines for all students attending school at this institution.




Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that supports the ideals set forth by the Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and its educational mission. Hogwarts staff, faculty and students will at all times endeavor to promote integrity, virtue, fairness, equal academic opportunity, respect for others and professionalism. Indeed, all members of Hogwarts, staff and students alike shall take active roles in the promotion and maintenance of an environment of academic integrity.



Table of Contents

  • Staff, Professors and Prefects
  • Classes
  • Student Academic Life and Adventures
  • Class/Year Promotion
  • Activities & Special Events
  • Hogwarts Castle and Grounds
  • Discipline Policy
  • Fighting
  • Personal Conduct
  • Spells/Charms/Hexes/Curses
  • Travelling Away from Hogwarts



OOC: This manual will be written in IC (in-character) format. That is, written as if talking directly to your character, not to the player behind the character. Should it become necessary, occasionally a quote box like this one will be inserted with the letters "OOC" (out of character) to indicate that rules or instructions are considered for the player, NOT the character.




By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

06JAN2011 -- reposting; formatting changes; addition of Special Classes, Activities & Events

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The term "staff" applies to all Hogwarts personnel, as well as the Governors and the Magistrates, who help not only with Hogwarts but also with wider issues affecting the wizarding world. All of the staff are here to answer your questions should you ever have any. Just send an owl to them (send a PM) and they will either answer your question or provide you with information on where to discover it for yourself.


Not all questions can be answered. Sometimes the student is encouraged to discover the answer for themselves. It may not be the quickest way, but in the longer run it may have been presented this way as a teaching lesson for the student. And all students are here at Hogwarts to learn.





The Professors at Hogwarts are a select group of teachers assigned to each of the twelve subjects at Hogwarts. They are specialists in their field and and are a wealth of knowledge for the student to learn from. The utmost respect must be paid to their -- and indeed all -- of the Professors. Professors have the power to not only teach their subject, grade assignments and pass students on to the next grade-level, but they also can give out deserved punishment and discipline.


Professors can be either contacted by owl (via the PM system) or directly contacted at their designated offices, usually located near their classrooms.




A select group of students have been designated as Prefects. A Prefect is someone who the staff feels not only adheres to and show knowledge of all rules and regulations, but is of a friendly out-going personality, helpful to other students in need, responsible and trustworthy.


Students should not ignore the Prefects when a Prefect gives them an order or request. The student should obey their Prefects.


OOC: The Prefects are considered board moderators. They often speak for the Staff. They are their eyes and ears and what the Prefects say is usually what has been passed down to them from the Staff.


The Prefects report directly to the Staff and the Staff take action when an infraction is brought to our attention. Prefects have the power to issue official warnings in certain areas of Hogwarts.




By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

08JAN2011 -- reposting; formatting changes; added part emphasizing the importance of obeying prefects.

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All students at Hogwarts attend classes, do homework and complete O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s.


First and Second Years take the following classes:

  • Transfiguration
  • Astronomy
  • Herbology
  • Potions
  • Charms
  • History of Magic
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts


Third and above take the previous classes plus a choice from the following courses:

  • Care of Magical Creatures
  • Arithmancy
  • Ancient Runes
  • Muggle Studies
  • Divination


Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.) Exams

-- taken by all 5th year students

-- results of these exams determines what subjects a student takes in their 6th & 7th Years


Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests (N.E.W.T.s)

-- taken by all 7th year students



OOC Note: Potters World does not have a requirement that you have to complete "classes" (although you will find some fun "lessons" topics to participate in if you choose), but located in the library are some textbooks you may find interesting.


Student characters should take care that they do not RP taking a class that they are not allowed to yet. For example, a 2nd Year student cannot talk about taking Care of Magical Creatures.


Students are welcomed and encouraged to role-play their character freely talking about their classes and their homework. When it comes to their professors however, the Potter's World staff asks everyone to keep any god-moding of the actions and conversations of their professors within a respectable and realistic bounds. This is because a number of the Hogwarts staff are handled by other handlers of Potter's World, a list of who is and isn't handled can be found here, and we do not want them to feel like they are being god-moded in an OOC manner.

Example of god-moding that is okay:

Professor Hale called everyone around and told them what they would be doing for flying lessons today.

Example of god-moding that is not okay:

"Everyone please be quiet. I'm not going to repeat myself," Professor Hale said as she glared at all the students in her presence. 

When in doubt, please contact a member of the Potter's World staff, or the Professor/Hogwarts Staff member in question that you wish to god-mod. 




By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

11JAN2011 -- reposting; formatting changes; added information about O.W.L.s & N.E.W.T.s; added info about how to RP within classes.

31DEC2020 -- clarified the god-modding of professors and Hogwarts staff.



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Student Academic Life and Adventures




If a student misbehaves or breaks school rules, a Professor may issue them a detention to serve. Detention tasks do not simply mean students sit and write lines; these detentions can involve tasks from cleaning to organising, and anything else a Professor deems a suitable service to the school. A student must behave during these detentions, and they will remain under supervision of the Professor who is overseeing them.


OOC: Students wishing to serve detention may look in the Help Wanted forum to see if any Hogwarts faculty are offering detention threads, or they may PM a Hogwarts faculty member directly.



N.E.W.Ts/Graduation Reviews

In order to ensure that students are learning to the best of their abilities and are receiving all the advice they can get through the school, Professors will hold appointments for students in Fifth Year, and Seventh Year in order to discuss their N.E.W.T subject choices and future career options. These meetings are mandatory, and all students will be required to meet their appointed Professor promptly at the relevant time.


OOC: Students wishing to participate in these discussions may look in the Help Wanted forum to see if any professors are offering their services, or to PM professors directly.



Apparation Lessons

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in apparation lessons in their Seventh Year at Hogwarts. Many adult witches and wizards use this skill when they need to travel to locations locally. All lessons will be taught by a fully qualified Ministry official or a Hogwarts Professor, and students must not attempt apparation outside of the allotted lesson time.


OOC: Seventh Year students may have a closed thread or a thread open to all seventh years if they wish to RP apparition lessons. Whilst it is not essential to have a member of the Department for Magical Transport or a Professor in your thread, you are permitted to GM the presence of an unnamed official in your threads. This lesson may only occur at the +Chancellor's Office of Hogsmeade forum, and lessons may not go on longer than one term.


Patronus Lessons

Seventh years will be taught how to cast a Patronus. This ability, whilst extremely difficult, is a common element to be assessed in the Defence Against the Dark Arts N.E.W.T, and thus students will be taught how to cast this spell in their lessons. Additionally, the Patronus club may also offer support.



The Forbidden Forest and the Chamber of Secrets

The Forbidden Forest is out of bounds to all students without staff supervision.


Legend has it that the Chamber of Secrets was built by the great Salazar Slytherin himself. Whilst it has occasionally been accessed, it is unfortunate that the exact location is unknown, as are the dangers which lie within. Perhaps it is for this reason that the Hogwarts walls were built to move so much.


OOC: A student may apply to post in the Forbidden Forest or Chamber of Secrets by posting an application through the +Private Communication Forum. All applications will be dealt with individually by the staff of Potters World. Please note that the Chamber of Secrets has a special set of guidelines that can be found +here.

Occasionally a Professor may opt to host a detention in the Forbidden Forest, and they may apply on behalf the participants. Student Quests or Club meetings may also be held in one of these locations as long as the staff have given permission to do so.




All students must sit exams, and pass in the majority of subjects in order to progress on to the next year.


OOC: Occasionally, a Professor may set up an assignment thread, or an exam scenario for students of a specific age group to sit; characters who fit this category are more than welcome to participate RP'ing in these. This is not a requirement as the progression of your years will depend on you meeting the minimum required post count for each term.


Interacting with Hogwarts Faculty (OWL/NEWT Badges)

There are many members of Hogwarts faculty to interact with throughout Hogwarts, from professors to ghosts and other personnel.



OOC: A great way to interact more with Hogwarts Stock Characters is to post in lessons started by professors and opens started by Hogwarts staff. In doing so, you can work towards collecting an OWL badge in your side panel by 5th year and a NEWT badge by 7th year. Please see the +Student Centre for more information on this program. Please note that this is one way for students to gain house points as well as a pretty new badge in their side panel.

Hogwarts Quests

Hogwarts is a dangerous place full of mysterious magic and strange happenings. Students are encouraged to go above and beyond their usual academic boundaries when encountered with such situations, and students who display an abundance of the traits that Hogwarts holds dear (bravery, intelligence, loyalty, and ambition) will be met with House Points for their efforts.


OOC: Students wishing to participate in an official Hogwarts Quest can sign up via the +Student Centre. Quests are adventure type prompts that the students can do as a group to earn House points. A fast-paced version of the Quest called Blitz is also available on special terms for a chance to earn more points for your House. Currently, this is another way for students to earn House Points. Students are able to see a current tally of points in the +Great Hall.


The Hospital Wing

In a magical school, it is expected that accidents happen from time to time. Should these accidents prove detrimental to student health, Hogwarts houses a fully stocked Hospital Wing staffed by experienced healers formerly from St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Illnesses. The Hospital Wing is located on the fourth floor a few corridors down from the library.



OOC: Sign-up for treatment threads is open to students in 2nd - 6th year (posting in the Hospital Wing forum is open only to 3rd - 7th years). Sign-ups will open the last week of term for the following term.

You may find more information about the Hogwarts Hospital Wing in the +Hospital Wing RULES, INJURIES and TREATMENT.



By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

11FEB2009 -- all new

29Jul2015 -- Added Hospital Wing information

29Jul2015 -- Removed outdated NEWT discussion information

16NOV2018 -- updated information about Quests and Blitz

04JUL2020 -- updated to include OWL/NEWT badges

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Class/Year Promotion


As academic and magical achievement are the primary functions of Hogwarts, attendance at classes is mandatory. Social interaction is important to a student's growth; however this should not supersede academia.


If it is felt that a student has not completed their classes to the satisfaction of the staff, they will not be promoted to the following year.


OOC: The following rules will govern class/year promotion:
  • A "term" is defined as one 6-week "real life" period. (OOC: The end of a "term" will be at the moment new registrations start for the next term.) Please see the +CALENDAR to see when the next term begins/ends.
  • A student will be promoted to the next class/year at the end of the term just before registration. Please be patient! -- this must all be done manually one account at a time by the staff. This process may take several hours to complete and can be started as soon as 24 hours before the actual registration time begins.
  • A student who is not promoted from one term to the next cannot claim to be an older student who "didn't pass". That student must remain the same age as the other characters in their year. (example: All 1st Years are 11, all 2nd Years are 12, etc.)
  • All 7th Year students will be able to see into the +Graduate Job Faire forum. This area will enable them to see what jobs are available in the Adult World, and allow them to apply for adulthood once they have graduated. 


The following chart may help answer any questions about how many posts are required for your character to advance at PW.


First Year to Second Year - 50 posts
Second Year to Third Year - 20 posts
Third Year to Fourth Year - 20 posts
Fourth Year to Fifth Year - 20 posts
Fifth Year to Sixth Year - 20 posts
Sixth Year to Seventh Year - 20 posts
Seventh Year to Graduate - 20 posts


If a character fails to be promoted in Hogwarts, you are not permitted to register another account during the following term.


Any student account that does not advance a "year" after 3 consecutive terms (not meeting post count) will be deleted without notice.


Important: any new account that has not yet reached First Year will be deleted by the day before the next registration period. You must reach First Year before then!



By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

11SEP2011 -- redefined a 'term' from 4-weeks to 5-weeks

11JAN2012 -- reposting; formatting changes; upped minimum post counts to promote to next year.

22FEB2016 -- rule updated on character creation if a student account fails to be promoted

8SEP2018 - redefined a 'term' from 5 weeks to 6 weeks

04JUL2020 -- wording revision

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Activities & Special Events


There are many opportunities for Hogwarts Students to participate in extracurricular activities and socialise. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the school's facilities such as the Grounds and Quidditch Pitch, as well as the Library and Student Commons. Hogwarts also has many clubs with which to participate and even smaller activities among students are also welcomed and encouraged.



As the most popular wizarding sport, Quidditch aims to foster teamwork, sportmanship and House pride for all students. Students who have the skill may play for their House team after undergoing try outs. Positions include Chaser, Beater, Keeper, and Seeker as well as Alternates that can step in for substitutions. The House mascot is a privilege open to all students to represent their House.



OOC: Playing Quidditch


There are four Quidditch House teams at Hogwarts. Try-outs are held once a term, and 3 or more matches per term are held, as well as the Final Round in which a Quidditch Cup is awarded to the winning House.

Second years and up are allowed to try out for a position on their House Quidditch team and a position as a Hogwarts Quidditch announcer. All Hogwarts students, including first years, will have the ability to try out for a position as their House's mascot. 


For more information on playing Quidditch, please see the pinned threads within the +Quidditch Pitch forum.



Available for students are clubs where they can find like-minded classmates to share their interest an hobbies from wizarding games to duelling. They make student life more interesting after lessons and help student gain life skills that are available beyond the classroom setting. 



OOC: Being in a Club


Student accounts can choose to participate in a number of Hogwarts clubs. These clubs are generally operated by fellow students; each student belonging to a club will have to perform a certain duty or number of posts per term to maintain their membership in that particular club.


For more information on being in a Hogwarts Club, please see the pinned threads within the +Organisation Wing, the home of Hogwarts Clubs.

Unofficial clubs are not allowed at Hogwarts. This may include an exclusive group with a regular membership that goes by a specific name, an exclusive group with a regular membership made for a specific purpose (e.g. dueling, muggle rights, etc), or a friendship group with a specific name.


Other Activities

Hogwarts encourage both learning and socialisation all within the typical environment of a boarding school. However, a certain degree of allowance is made for other extra-curricular activities that allow students to enjoy student life and living away from home. 



OOC: Throwing a Party


1. Open or Closed? Party threads can be open or closed, depending on the desires of the thread creator. The condition of "closed" or "by invite only" can be added as a tag to the thread.


2. Location? Parties can be held in unused classrooms, the grounds, common rooms, and Hogsmeade. 

3. Catering? Hogwarts house elves provide the following for birthday parties: cake (magically enough to feed all attending), light snacks (eg. crisps, biscuits, fruit), beverages (water, juice, soda, butterbeer), plates/utensils/napkins, a small book for the guests to write a nice memento for the birthday person, table and chairs. In addition, students may receive small orders of food from outside the castle, or parents can send a few treats by post. Just remember that the owls cannot carry a whole feast - keep it small. Elaborate decorations or food displays are not permitted.


4. Student Conduct? Students should conduct themselves with decorum. No food fights, extreme pranking (a little is okay), or bizarre/strange/deadly gifts. When in doubt, apply to the Private Communications forum for prior permission or just PM a member of the staff if you have questions.

5. Keep things low-key and reasonable. Have fun, but don't let things get out of hand. The staff reserve the right to ask party-goers to tone it down if we start to see things becoming unreasonable. If you have any questions about how to conduct your party, please PM a staff member.


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

07FEB2011 -- new topic; inclusion of party rules from another section

16NOV2018 -- added descriptions and edited 'subtitle' to 'tag' to reflect the new board

04JUL2020 -- added House mascots, re-added rule regarding unofficial clubs, edited party rules


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Hogwarts Castle and the Grounds


Students are encouraged to explore and utilize all portions of Hogwarts castle and grounds. Portions that are not permitted to students will have proper notices saying such.



OOC: There are certain areas of the board that are not available for students to post in, but that are still visible to the students (i.e. The Staff Lounge). Though it may say 'no students allowed', if it's visible to the students, they ARE intended to read these areas. In fact you may find valuable information in these areas. If you were truly not meant to see an area, the administrators would make it invisible.



Common Rooms and Dormitories

Students are encouraged to mingle with their fellow house members in their own common room. All common rooms have a wireless wizard radio for student use, including the +Student Commons where all students from every House are welcomed.


'Sneaking' into another common room is discouraged. Additionally, the dormitories are not unisex. No boy should be seen in a girl dormitory and vice versa. There are magical wards in place against this.


OOC: Girls can only post in Girl's Dormitories and boys within Boy's Dormitories. Posting in the wrong dormitory will result in the thread or post being deleted.



By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

11JAN2017 -- reposting; formatting changes; removed info about clubs.

16NOV2018 -- added information about the Student Commons



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Disciplinary Policy


Should it become necessary, disciplinary action for rule-breaking will be swift and decisive. Discipline can take one of many forms, depending on the seriousness of the infraction:


Verbal Warnings

If the misconduct is of a minor nature (being caught out out after curfew, etc.), a student may be given a verbal warning (IC) by a member of the staff or a Prefect. Students should heed these warnings; they are usually in the form of both warning and advice on how to correct the student's action. A note will usually be made in the students personal record.


Official Warnings

- If the misconduct is of a slightly more serious nature (threatening/bullying another student, blatant disrespect of Professors or Prefects, etc.), a student may be issued an official Hogwarts warning owl, delivered personally to the student by teaching staff, or by School Governors. These will be also noted in the student's record, and will be taken more seriously when it comes to considering the student for perks and activities.



OOC: For the specifics of Potters World Disciplinary Policy, and how the above may affect you OOC as a handler, please read the

+Terms of Service.



By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

13JAN2011 -- reposting; reworded and simplified the infractions explanations

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Fighting is strictly prohibited at Hogwarts. This includes any sort of physical altercations whatsoever.





Fights happen at Hogwarts!

Fights are exciting and can add to the drama of a group's plot line. It is not against the Terms of Service for characters to fight, and guidelines and potential IC repercussions to fighting at Hogwarts are listed below. 


Location is important!

If you have a fight in an open thread, if you fight in the Student Commons (or any other open area) or if you slap someone in the Great Hall, chances are that a Prefect or a teacher will see you, intervene, and give punishment (an IC violation). If you have a fight between two characters in a closed thread in one of the Unused Classrooms, you can expect a reasonable amount of "privacy" for your fight, and you won't be caught.


Fighting Rules & Guidelines

  • Rating -- Fights within Hogwarts can be considered 15+. For fights between students, let the real Harry Potter books be your guide.


  • Age Matters -- There is generally a good deal of difference between a fight with First Years (11 year olds) and a fight with Seventh Years (17 year olds). Younger students are more likely to get in to shoving matches than all-out punches; older students can inflict (and take) more serious injuries.


  • Gender equity applies -- A student of any gender slapping another student, if done so in an open thread and in a public area, may be caught and punished (IC).


  • Injuries -- Mention of blood should be at a minimum. A bloody nose or bruises from a Second Year is appropriate, while deeper cuts and even a broken arm would be allowed for a 7th Year depending on the situation. Please keep descriptions of injuries and blood to a relatively tasteful level.
  • No 'to the death' -- Nothing even mildly life-threatening should be posted without first getting staff approval


  • Don't god-mode! -- +Fun Fights and How to Do Them Right



By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

04FEB2011 -- reposting; upped the rating to 15+, emphasized about locations & gender balance, put link in for Fighting article; elaborated on the role age plays in fighting.

8NOV2018 -- updated fight language

04JUL2020 -- wording revision

03JUL2021 -- updating some language

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Personal Conduct


Personal conduct is the responsibility of the individual student and must demonstrate an individual's respect of themselves and the other students and people around them.


Romance and Relationships



OOC: Romance and Relationships


Potter's World is rated 15+; this includes student threads and student romance. More information can be found in the 15+ Rule in our Terms of Service.

A relationship, as defined on board, can be found here+ . Please note that the age range for allowed relationships for students is no more than two years older or younger than your character. This is to ensure students are at similar levels of emotional and developmental maturity.






OOC: Bullying


We all know that bullying is not nice. It's nasty and vile, makes people feel badly, and makes school life often terrible. However, there is great precedence in the Harry Potter books for bullying. Draco Malfoy and his cronies were known school bullies, and we believe IC bullying does have a place at PW.


However, this must be done delicately. Following are some guidelines for bullying in PW's Hogwarts:

  • REMEMBER! The only bullying allowed on PW is IC (in character) bullying. Bullying of handlers is not permitted.
  • IC: Any physical bullying must not cross over into god moding; physical bullying even with permission of the handler must not cause injuries.
  • IC: Verbal insults are allowed, but forbidden topics are not allowed (don't insult based on race, sex, religion, gender etc.). Insulting based on "blood-status" is permitted because this is a fictionalized trait.
  • OOC: When deciding to bully a character, it is always polite to PM the handler and let them know this is not personal, that this is just role-playing. It will make the other player feel better.
  • When in any doubt, please PM a member of the staff (Governor or Magistrate), or apply an idea to the Private Communication forum. The staff will not punish IC bullying unless a member files a complaint with a Governor or Magistrate. 


Conversation Games



OOC: Conversation Games


These are games in which you get a conversation going with other members in a set format, like using the "Truth or Dare" format, or the "Never Have I Ever" format. Conversation Games are great for getting characters to talk to one another, but there should be a limit to the types of things they talk about:

  • "Truth or Dare" is not allowed because it strong-arms a character/handler into doing something physical (the 'dare') they may not want to do
  • Any conversation game that broaches into sexuality (kissing, touching, etc.) is not allowed
  • Any conversation game that touches in subjects such as admitting to "liking" someone is allowed as long as it is handled with sensitivity; the character shouldn't feel "forced"
  • Any conversation game that violates ToS is not allowed (example: making racist remarks)
  • When in doubt, ask the staff first before posting!






OOC: Hobbies

Both magical and non-magical hobbies are allowed, but keep in mind that nonmagical hobbies that require a lot of accessories or material would not work at Hogwarts since you wouldn't have room in your trunk. A good rule of thumb is that if it can't fit into a regular sized backpack/book bag, then you won't have room in your trunk. Muggle hobbies are permitted, but should not be the focus of any thread. although the magical world has a knack for giving them a magical twist (Snap into Exploding Snap). 

In addition all common rooms have a wireless wizard radio for student use.





OOC: Pets


For a list of allowed pets at Hogwarts, please read +this post in the Magical Menagerie Pet Shop in Diagon Alley.



Swimming in the Black Lake



OOC: Swimming in the Black Lake


Swimming in the Black Lake is allowed. Swimming attire should never be described -- it is assumed that your character will have an appropriate swimming outfit on that is not revealing or sexually suggestive. While walking to and from the castle, your character will be modestly covered.






OOC: Dancing


Once a term, the Yule Ball will be held (see the Calendar) in which students Fourth Year and above are allowed to attend a formal Ball. Dancing is allowed for all ages outside of the Yule Ball within reason (ex: doing a happy dance after getting a good mark on an exam is fine, allowing this hobby to severely cut into their education is not). Students may not host formal dance lessons as the Professors at Hogwarts already offer this option.


Please remember that all dancing must be 15+ and follow other rules in the ToS.


The School Uniform and Dress Code


Dress should at all times be smart, inoffensive and appropriate for the school environment. The dress code applies to students when travelling to and from classes, and to and from the evening meal.


Students should present a clean and tidy appearance. Jewellery should be discreet; one set of small stud-type earrings and a watch is permitted. No body and/or facial piercing are to be displayed. Unobtrusive, discreet make-up may be worn but no lipstick or coloured nail varnish is acceptable. Unconventional and/ or egregious hair styles are to be discouraged.


  • House color striped tie
  • Long sleeved white oxford shirt
  • black or grey skirt or pinafore/black trousers
  • black or grey tights or leggings
  • House color/trim sweaters/jumper
  • black socks & shoes
  • black school robes
  • black all-weather cloak


Students are permitted to wear street clothing in the evenings and on weekends (with the exception of the evening meal). All street clothing must be neat and tidy with no holes or offensive material.



OOC: Dress Code


You need not go into great detail to describe your school uniforms. It is assumed that all students will be dressed appropriately in their required school uniforms and in their street clothes in their free time. Nail varnish, earrings other than studs and things such as temporary tattoos are permitted during the weekend and on Hogsmeade trips but must be removed during the week.


You are not permitted to describe your character having any permanent tattoos. This is something appropriate for Adult characters only. For piercings, students are only permitted to have one stud-type earring in each ear. You are not permitted to describe your character having other piercings as long as they are students. In the Adult World, these things are permitted.


If at all possible, signature pictures should try to reflect the spirit of a character attending a British boarding school. Try to keep the pictures you choose for your face tasteful and appropriate for this setting. As stated in the ToS, all signature pictures are under the judgment and discretion of the staff of Potters World.


Flying Attire


When flying and talking flying lesson, it is expected everyone will wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercise including, but not limited to shorts, athletic trousers, and shirts. 


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

11FEB2008 -- reposting; clarifying dancing, swimming and hobby rules; listing a school uniform for reference, clarifying some appearance expectations and adding a note about signatures reflecting character.

11APR2012 -- added quote box directing issues of pets to the existing Magical Menagerie list.

2APR2016 -- clarification on existing guidelines regarding muggle hobbies and the wireless radio in dorms

8SEP2018 -- changed 'male/female relationship's to 'romantic relationships' to be more inclusionary; added a trouser option for female students; changed IM to Facebook to reflect new trends

04JUL2020 -- wording revision, changed ratings, loosened rules regarding dress codes on weekends

31DEC2020 -- removed genderization of school uniforms to be more inclusionary of a person's preference of dress and added a note about flying attire.

02JAN2021 -- updated student relationship and romance note.

03JUL2021 -- updated wording and removed mentions of needing to be shaved

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Spell Casting


Hogwarts is, first and foremost, a school for learning magic. This institution's goal is to have each witch and wizard graduating from its halls to have an excellent and firm grasp on their magical skills, enabling them to contribute as a citizen of the wizarding world.


Below are the lists of spells allowed performed at Hogwarts, the Year a student is allowed to use them and their classification.


+Spells Listed by Classification

(attack, defence, effect, healing, other)


+Spells Listed by Year




-You can not use a spell that is above your character's year level.



A Word about Casting

Magic takes skill, experience and energy. If you are a younger person (a student/underaged) you should expect some fatigue when you are casting multiple spells. Those spells cast after doing 5 or 6 previous spells will not be as effective, nor last as long.


Older characters (older adults) can be expected to last longer, use a wider variety of spells and with greater success. As characters grow older, their magical strength, ability, and experience will increase.


A Rule of Thumb about Fatigue


For underaged students:

Will become tired and spells will be less effective when using more than 8 in a single event.


For adults:

Will become tired and spells will be less effective when using more than 15 in a single event


Created Spells

(5th, 6th & 7th Years only)


Any character at Fifth Year student level or older can use spells that are not listed on the spells list. They will naturally be of limited ability and use if the character is younger; better use and more power comes as the character ages. The final decision as to the appropriateness of a spell lies with the board staff.


While a handler can 'create' a spell of their own, it cannot be stated that a student invented the spell themselves. This simply means that they are not entirely restricted by the spells list provided.




For those of you wanting to be creative and make your own spells, below is a handy English-to-Latin converter. Remember, this is reserved for 5th, 6th & 7th years only. All other students must follow the above lists for spell use.


click here for +English-To-Latin Converter



Incantation Free Magic

(6th & 7th Years only)


Students in the Sixth and Seventh Year are allowed to use spells below their year without saying the spell aloud. For example, a Seventh Year student cannot use a spell designated as a Seventh Year spell in a nonverbal fashion, but CAN use a nonverbal spell that has a Fifth Year limit on it.


Adults can use nonverbal spells, but any spell intended to be powerful and striking (like attack spells) should have the incantation spoken aloud. The more powerful the delivery of the spell, the better its effect and its power.




Politeness in RPing.


Except in designated areas like the dueling tournaments, it would be polite to PM and ask an opponent for permission to hex them. Not everyone would choose to have their character the victim of a spell and it is only good manners to ask them first. Of course, if you have pre-arranged something with the other handler, this is acceptable. The staff will not step in unless someone brings a complaint to us.



Magic Outside of Hogwarts


In keeping with Ministry rules and regulations, all students are reminded that no magic may be performed OUTSIDE of Hogwarts boundaries. Forbidden areas where no magic is allowed by under-aged students include Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, Leaky Cauldron, School Holiday forums etc.





For purposes of our board, the following will tell you whether your character is under-age or of-age:


Under-aged -- ANY student at Hogwarts is considered "under-aged".

Of Age (aka Adult) -- Once graduating from Hogwarts, characters are considered "of-age" or adult.



By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

11FEB2009 -- reposting & reformatting.

12FEB2015 -- expanded on 'creating spells' explanation.

8NOV2018 -- rephrased under-aged section

04JUL2020 -- wording revision

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Travelling Away from Hogwarts


There are a couple occasions when Hogwarts students are permitted to travel away from the grounds of Hogwarts: Hogsmeade weekends, winter holidays, and summer holidays, during which they may visit Diagon Alley to purchase supplies for the new term.


Hogsmeade Weekends


Occasionally throughout the term, students Third Year and above are permitted to walk to Hogsmeade village. Students are expected to compose themselves in a manner that does not demean themselves or the principles of Hogwarts. Punishment for misbehavior there will be the same as at Hogwarts.



OOC: Hogsmeade is available for Third Year students and above to post in at all times. However, students should role-play that they are on an official Hogwarts Hogsmeade weekend. IC, students are not permitted to visit Hogsmeade on any other days, only on special weekends.



Diagon Alley


Diagon Alley/Hogwarts Express is a place for all students, new and returning, to purchase supplies for the upcoming school year. Students are expected to compose themselves in a manner that does not demean themselves or the principles of Hogwarts. Punishment for misbehavior there will be the same as at Hogwarts.


Part-time jobs in Diagon Alley

As most of you are well aware, even students needs a bit of pocket money or even some job experience and we'd like to bring that aspect onto the board. Starting this term, Sixth Year and Seventh Year students may role-play as part-time workers in some of the shops in Diagon Alley.


Shops and guidelines are listed below:

- No shops aside from those listed below may hire p/t students (more shops may be added in later)

- Students must be Sixth Years or Seventh Years

- No work reports (at this time)

- You must RP at least 1 work thread in order to claim that your character works at the shop

- Students may not use magic while not at Hogwarts

- Students may not be subjected to severe danger or harm while at work (they will always be supervised- GM'd or otherwise)

- Feel free to set up open threads with your character working or even threads with other employees!

- Threads may only be done while London is open and work hours must be set during the summer holidays

- Your character will get paid for their summer job, but please keep in mind that this does not mean your character would be able to independently support themselves on this wage

- All student positions are basic tasks in which no specialised skills are needed (cleaning out cages, stocking shelves, etc.)


Participating shops include:

  • Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour
  • Magical Menagerie
  • Flourish & Blotts Bookstore
  • The Newt's Eye



OOC: Student accounts will not be able to post in London except during the first week of a new term. They will be allowed to post there during the stated new member registration times (check the +Calendar), and for the few days following. (This will be indicated by the scrolling banner at the top of the forum.)


The only exception to this is incoming new students. They are permitted to continue posting in the London areas even after registration has ended in order to get to the post count necessary to move up to a First Year student and go to Hogwarts. The exact post count will have to be something they must discover on their own. Once they get to the "First Year" user group, they will no longer be able to post in London.


New students are allowed to post in Diagon Alley/Hogwarts Express/Leaky Cauldron up until the day before the next registration period (check the +Calendar). After that point, all accounts in the New User, Student, Student Shopper and Student Traveller user groups will be deleted.



Hogwarts Internship Program

In order to further develop relationships between a new generation of workers, the Ministry of Magic offers internship opportunities to students of Hogwarts in all the work areas of PW. The internship program offers students the opportunity to meet and be mentored by an employee working in their field of interest, as well as touring the workplace and working on small projects.


In order to be eligible, students must be 4th year and above and sign up for the program in the organisational wing at Hogwarts. More information about the program can be found here


Please remember:

- Students may NOT use magic while not at Hogwarts

- Students may NOT be subjected to severe danger or harm while working

- Students may only have one internship.

- Students are NOT doing their work within the work area buildings. They are able to work on their projects in their own time at Hogwarts


Those students who are interested in the internship program may sign up at the appropriate time or contact the Staff member in charge


School Holiday


Once registration begins, students 2nd Year and above will be able to see into a special forum called +School Holiday.


This forum will only be viewable and postable on the first week after registration and during the week when the Yule Ball takes place. First year students will also be able to post in this forum during winter holiday. Students are encouraged to post their events from their summer and winter holidays away from school, with such events as family gatherings, vacations, weekends with friends, etc. Students who are able to post here will also be able to post with adult characters if they so wish. This forum will close once registration week is over and after the week of Yule Ball ends (adults will still be able to post there).



By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.



Revision History

11FEB2-09 -- reposting; updated user group descriptions; updated how registration works for posting of existing students.

14APR2016 -- Information regarding student jobs added

16NOV2018 -- changed opening/closing of School Holiday forums to registration weekend to the first week after registration

02JUl2020 -- Updated information on Internship Program

04JUL2020 -- wording revision

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