Hogwarts School of Witchcraft
and Wizardry Handbook
2012-2013

 

The Hogwarts Handbook is edited and published by the Governors office of Student Activities. It serves as a general source of information for the Hogwarts School Online members. The information in the Handbook should not be regarded as a contract between the students and Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All information is subject to change without warning.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


The Governors Office would like to thank all Administrators, Professors, Ambassadors, Town Council Leaders, Ministry officials, Head of House and Hogwarts Staff that contributed to the success of this Handbook.

 


 


TABLE OF CONTENTS


Governing Board of Trustees ..................................................................... 1

Hogwarts School Rules ................................................................................ 2

Hogwarts Timeline ........................................................................................ 4

Hogwarts Student Attire ............................................................................... 5

Hogwarts Student Pets ................................................................................. 6

Hogwarts Creatures ...................................................................................... 7

School Term Dates ........................................................................................ 8

Hogwarts Classes .......................................................................................... 9

 

**Please note that which cannot be found here, can be found on our forums under Magical Proclamation Decrees located in this subforum, CLICK.


 



Governing Board of Trustees

 

HOGWARTS GOVERNORS AND ADMINISTRATORS

 

Headmaster Artemis Fowl

Hogwarts School Rules

 

RULES INFO:

 

Governors and Professors seem to be able to punish students with relative impunity and can hand out detention, even for unsatisfactory grades. Enforcement of rules outside of class mainly falls to the caretaker, with the assistance of the prefects. A student's Head of House usually has the final say in disciplinary matters. Admission to Hogwarts is selective, in that children who show magical ability will automatically gain a place, and squibs cannot attend the school as students (though they can work there in other roles. A magical quill at Hogwarts detects the birth of magical children and writes their names into a large parchment book, but there is no admission test because "you are either magical or you are not." Every year, the deputy head professor checks this book and sends a letter to the children who are turning eleven. Acceptance or declination of a place at Hogwarts must be posted by the 31st July. The letter also contains a list of supplies like spell books, uniform, and other things that the student will need. The prospective student is expected to buy all the necessary materials, normally from shops in Diagon Alley, a concealed street near Charing Cross Road in London found behind a pub by the name of The Leaky Cauldron. Students who cannot afford their supplies can receive financial aid from the school

 

 

 

SITE RULES:

 

1. ALL student characters MUST register on our forums first. Then you must fill out the SORTING QUIZ. If you do not follow these procedures, or read the site rules in it's entirety your sorting application will be denied. IF YOU DO NOT DO ANY OF THIS, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE SORTED. Register with a First and Last name. DO NOT REGISTER A NAME FROM THE HARRY POTTER SERIES. Remember after doing the SORTING QUIZ, check your SPAM FOLDER with the email account you registered with because if your name is changed by an admin or the sorting hat, the email will go there for some providers. Capitalize first letters. EG: John Doe. You can have a name from another fiction that is not Harry Potter related, but your character and their history can not be anything like that character.

 

2. Your FIRST character MUST be a student. Once you have developed this character for at least 60 days, you may then create another if you wish. If you are a transfer from another site, please contact an admin with a link to your original site. They will then sort you into the correct house and year.

 

3. All adult/staff characters must apply using the the appropiate applications for the area they wish to work in. Just click HERE and fill out the appropriate form. Please note that any member wishing to apply for an adult position must be already registered on the site as an active student member first. (DO NOT USE THE SORTING QUIZ FOR AN ADULT OR CHILD UNDER 11 CHARACTER.)

 

4.There is a character limit on Hogwarts School Online of 4 per person. You cannot create more than this unless solely for plot purposes. You must have permission in the subplot areas. This may change in the future with site growth.

 

5. Please read all topics on the board before asking any questions. When asking important questions, please contact staff only. You will receive a personal message with a link to the Hierarchy of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when you first join.

 

6. You must choose a celebrity face to represent your character. We do not accept cartoons or real life photos of you the roleplayer.

 

7. This site is rated T for Teen (gaming), PG13 (US), 12A (UK). This means that some material will not be suitable for under 13's therefore YOU MUST BE 13 and OVER to register on the site.

 

8. Please read the RP 101 topic linked in your welcome message from the sorting hat. This topic will help you learn how to roleplay on hogwarts school online.

 

9. We require proper spelling and grammar on our forums. We welcome any members from any country, however please be aware that this is an English speaking site.

 

10. We do not tolerate abusive behaviour towards staff or other members and after a warning, we will not hesitate to suspend your account.

 

11. Your character and account signature size cannot exceed 500px in width.Avatar must not exceed 150px in width and 200px in length.

 

12. You cannot kill a character without prior consent from a Governor.

 

13. Characters must be aged 13+ to date. Inappropriate behaviour will equal a warning. You must be an adult for pregnancy or engagement plots(Please contact a governor if you intend to do this).

 

14. Please read the Classes topic linked in your welcome message from the sorting hat. You are not required to do homework. This site is first and foremost an RP site.

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 




 

 

The Hogwarts Timeline is that of the books, currently it has been 31 years since Lord Voldemort's was defeated by the boy who lived and we have decided to start from there. Please visit this forum located HERE, in order to view our complete timeline.

 

 



 

 

 

Student Attire

 

A. STUDENT UNIFORM

1. While you are in the public areas of castle, you must be in uniform at all times.

 

 For the boys:

Brown, black, grey or other DARK colored trousers.

a white or creme colored shirt with a collar. (Not a tank, t-shirt or other casual shirt.)

A House Jumper (sweater)  or similar grey jumper.

House Robes and scarf (optional)

Dark colored shoes or trainers/sneakers.

 

For girls:

a. Same as for boys, but in addition  they are permitted to wear knee length or longer skirts in the same colors.

b. Public areas of the castle are defined as anywhere that is not your house common room , dormitory, or while in the infirmary on an extended stay with the nurse. These are the private areas of the castle.

c. While in the Private Areas of the castle, you are expected to conform to the "casual student standard" dress code. 

 

B. CASUAL STANDARD FOR STUDENTS (non-uniform)

While in the rest of Hogsmeade students are still expected to dress in a fashion that represents the school in a positive fashion.

 

The following things are not permitted:

    1. Exceptionally tight, short, ripped, baggy,  or revealing clothing,  excessive bling or piercings, exposed tattoos,  spikes,  goth paraphernalia,  collars, chains and the like.

    2. Shirts with logos that advertise muggle drugs, alcohol, bands,  or have other offensive artwork or slogans on them.

    3. Professors and other adult members of the Hogwarts community can point out and restrict anything else deemed to be disruptive or a safety hazard at any time. 

 

((OOC(out of character): Basically, think The Gap/Abercrombie&Fitch (although don't think you can dress like their catalog models!)  or look and see what they wear in the movies even when they are not at school.  Sorry, but you choose to be here as a student. No matter how  much of a misunderstood teen you are,  your wizarding parents wouldn't let you dress *that* way. Even the most rebellious and obnoxious people in the school dressed properly.))


 


 

Pets

Traditionally, only an owl, cat, rat or toad were permitted as Hogwarts Familiars, but this is one area we am willing to give slack on. So long as your pet is not disruptive, dangerous or disgusting we really don't mind what manner of beast you choose to deliver your messages or comfort you while you study. However, you will seek approval from your Head of House prior to waltzing on into school with anything out of the ordinary. Size however -IS- an issue, and nothing larger than your average schoolbag will be acceptable without approval from the heads of the school.

 


 

Creatures

Due to a few canons being werewolves, vampires and veela as well as a couple of originals, we felt it was necessary to highlight what each of these creatures is like in the HP universe. There are numerous myths, opinions and depictions of vampires and werewolves in other well known literature and films, so it easy to get confused with how these creatures are portrayed in Harry Potter. Below is information on each creature from Harry Potter Wiki which is collected from the books, films and JK Rowling. After that, there are a few points that HU have clarified for information that we have not been given.

 

 

 

WEREWOLVES

 

 

"You have only ever seen me amongst the Order, or under Dumbledore’s protection at Hogwarts! You don’t know how most of the wizarding world sees creatures like me! When they know of my affliction, they can barely talk to me!"Werewolf Remus Lupin on how he is treated because of his condition

 

A Werewolf is a human who, upon the rising of the full moon, turns into a fearsome near-wolf. Werewolves can be distinguished from regular wolves by several small distinguishing characteristics, such as the pupils of the eyes, snout shape, and tufted tail. At all other times, they appear as normal humans, though will often seem to be ill as the full moon approaches. This condition is caused by infection with lycanthropy, usually occurring when a human is bitten by a transformed werewolf. There is no known cure, but the effects can be lessened with the Wolfsbane Potion.

 

Lycanthropy is a magical illness known to be spread by saliva-blood contact; thus, a human bitten by a werewolf in wolf form will become a werewolf him or herself. This is what happened to Remus Lupin, who was bitten as a child by Fenrir Greyback in retaliation for Remus's father offending the werewolf. However, if a human is bitten by a werewolf in human form, the victim will only acquire some lupine tendencies. For example, Bill Weasley retained scars and a craving for very rare meat after being attacked by a non-transformed Greyback.

Werewolves seldom have children, so Remus Lupin did not know whether or not his unborn son would inherit his condition but feared that it would be the case. Ted Lupin ultimately proved not to be a werewolf, however.

 

It seems that werewolves, when in their animal state, pose the danger of biting or killing the nearest human being. An example of this can be seen when Remus Lupin, having forgotten to take his potion in 1994, began to transform. Sirius Black instinctively changed into his Animagus dog form to launch a pre-emptive attack on Lupin whom he seemed to realise as an immediate threat to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Lupin's now werewolf mind prevented him from recognising Sirius and the three students as his friends, and so would almost certainly have hurt them without Sirius's intervention. The latter, whilst in his Animagus form, was not at risk of being infected with lycanthropy due to the fact that humans are the only species known to be capable of infection.

 

On every full moon, a werewolf will go through an incredibly painful transformation from a human into a wolf-like creature. They lose the ability to think in a human way, becoming highly aggressive towards humans, even those to whom they are close. Though werewolves usually only infect their victims through biting, they sometimes take it too far and kill their victims.

Without any humans nearby to attack, or other animals to occupy it, the werewolf will attack itself out of frustration. This leaves many werewolves such as Remus Lupin with self-inflicted scars and prematurely aged from the difficult transformations.

 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for lycanthropy. However, some of the worst effects can be mitigated by consuming Wolfsbane Potion, which allows a werewolf to retain his or her human mind while transformed, thus freeing them from the worry of harming other humans or themselves.

 

Werewolves are generally regarded with fear and disgust by wizarding society. It is not uncommon for persons known to be werewolves to be shunned by society and discriminated against within the wizarding world. It is very difficult for a werewolf to get a job in the wizarding community, especially after the passing of restrictive anti-werewolf legislation by the prejudiced Dolores Umbridge in the 1990s. As a result, many werewolves suffer poverty; Remus Lupin managed to get by with the aide of his friend James Potter, and later by working as Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts, though it is unknown how he subsisted between James' death and working as professor. He was forced to resign from this position after his condition was exposed as most parents would not want their children being around a werewolf, despite the safety precautions Remus and Albus Dumbledore took.

 

The Ministry of Magic attempts to regulate werewolves. By 1637, there was a Werewolf Code of Conduct, and according to Newt Scamander, werewolves have been shunted between the Beast and Being divisions of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures for years. At one point, the Werewolf Registry and Werewolf Capture Unit were both in the Beast Division, while at the same time the office for Werewolf Support Services was in the Being Division.

 

Given Kingsley Shacklebolt's friendship with Remus Lupin and the furthering of Muggle-born and house-elf rights after 1998, it is likely that the reforms of the Ministry under Minister for Magic Shacklebolt included less prejudicial treatment of werewolves. - From HP Wiki

 

Hogwarts Undone has Greyback's children on the canon list. Most of these were born as human but a couple are werewolves. Please read up on Fenrir Greyback HERE

 

 

 

VAMPIRES

 

Vampires are classed as Beings by the Ministry of Magic, a fact that led both the Centaurs and Merpeople to decline the same status since they did not wish to be associated with them. They are not considered to be Wizards, and the treatment of Vampires is laid down in the Ministry's Guidelines for the Treatment of Non-Wizard Part-Humans.

 

Although Vampires are studied in Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, they obviously have rights and are not considered a true threat to the Wizarding community. However, this view does not appear to be universally held. Some people, such as Rita Skeeter, advocate that the Ministry of Magic should be "stamping out Vampires" rather than "quibbling about cauldron thickness," while others act as Vampire hunters. Others hold the opposite view, such as the author, Eldred Worple, who spent time living among Vampires, and wrote a book, Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires. - From HP Wiki

 

Harry Potter has very little information on vampires, which only reminds us that they are rare! HU havedecided that they cannot go out in sunlight (though there is a potion that can help with that but you need to see the potions professor). They do not draw attention to the fact that they are vampires and try to hide this from the wizarding world. Only a few people would know of the condition for each vampire. They are also weak against crosses and holy water, though it cannot kill them. A wooden stake through the heart will kill them and to turn another person would involve biting their victim and then feeding them their own blood in return. REMEMBER, if you have a vampire or a werewolf you cannot turn another character unless they have been given permission from admin to be on the creature list. For now, only canons are being accepted.

 

 

VEELA

 

Veela are a race of semi-human, semi-magical creatures reminiscent of the Sirens of Greek mythology. They appear to be young, beautiful human women, and their appearance and especially their dance are magically seductive to almost all males. When Veela are angry, however, they transform into something more like Harpies — their faces turn into cruel-beaked bird heads and long scaly wings burst from their shoulders, and they can launch balls of fire from their hand.

 

Veela have been known to marry human men, although it is unknown whether any have married Muggles. Children of these unions are half-Veela, and they will inherit magical ability from their fathers and beauty and charm from their mothers. Veela traits seem to persist for at least a few generations. - From HP Wiki

 

All Veela on Hogwarts Undone are half or less. This means that they do not turn into the bird like creatures when angry but their ancestors would have. They are simply very seductive to most males and are very beautiful.

 




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ACADEMIC YEAR

First Term:

(Autumn and Winter Term)
- 1st September - 20th December

- 4th January - 8th April

     

    Second Term:

    (Spring and Summer Term)
    - 26th April - 3rd June

    - 25th July - 20th August

     

HOLIDAYS

     

    Christmas Holidays:
    20th December - 3rd January

     

    Easter Holidays:
    9th April - 25th April

     

    Summer Holidays:
    4th June - 24th July

 

 





Classes

 

 

In order to move up a year students must pass a minimum of three classes. A list of the core classes offered at Hogwarts with a brief description of each and a link to the requirements for that class is located HERE. Keep in mind that you may move up no more than two years at any given time, so passing six classes can equate to a two year bump but nine passed still only gets you two years that term. Extra class passed can be carried over into the next term.