[Hogwarts RP] Prefect Guide

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Hello there! I am glad that you have taken the time out of your day to better yourself as a prefect. Note, the following was generously written by @Tyrone and was curated by the Hogwarts staff team.

This is a guide that will either help, refresh, and/or make you a better prefect on our server. If you are having a hard time understanding something in this guide, contact a staff member that is on the server by using the @ chat.

To become a good prefect you must start by understanding what a prefect is.

A prefect is a student that has been trusted with the power to detain any misbehaving students. It’s expected that there are at least two prefects in each class, and any other prefects may roam the halls for any students that may be skipping and/or breaking rules. For most rules, you must give a warning for; such as:
  • Mic spam

  • Chat Spam  

  • ERP (Erotic Role Play)
  • Interrupting classes 

  • Not following the teacher’s instructions 

  • Disrespecting other students (Note: players are allowed to disrespect in terms of RP. Ex: Slytherins are trash. However, hate speech, or further disrespect isn’t tolerated and should be reported to staff.)

  • Skipping or running out of class 
  • Free spelling (Note: casting cosmetic spells like colorvaria would not be considered freespell, however, if any spell if spammed, you can be warned for it due to the rp around it or the level of volume)

 The following actions allows you to detain on sight (DOS):
  • RDM (Random Death Match)

  • Teachers orders (tell staff if the teacher is abusing their powers) 

  • PTS (Permission To Speak)

  • Hate Speech
  • Disrupting a professor's active class

Prefect Terminology

These are some new words that you must know if you don’t know them already.

DOS (Detention On Sight) - These are used for students that need to be detained immediately. For instance, if a student violates one of the listed rules above, or if another person with authority placed a DOS on a student.

RFD (Reason For Detention) - This is the reason for the detention and may be posted in Owl Post, OOC, or told to anyone who requests it. These are not mandatory but are helpful.

RS (restricted section) - This is the room behind the painting next to class 3. Students are not allowed in this area, and if they are seen there you may detain them immediately.

RDM (Random Death Match) /ARDM (Attempted Random Death Match) - If you cast a damaging spell at someone without a valid RP reason, that would be ARDM which is a DOS. If you kill someone, regardless of what you kill them with, it would be RDM, also a DOS. Please report these to staff.

PTS (Permission to speak) - PTS can be activated by a teacher if they want complete silence in their class by owl posting that PTS is active in their class. When PTS is activated you may detain anyone who speaks. If a student wants to speak they may use “/me raises hand” or “/y raises hand” to get the teacher’s attention. Prefects must not speak as well unless they are giving out orders (make sure to be mindful as someone may have logged on to the server after the PTS was issued).

FS (Free Spelling) - You must not cast your spells without a roleplay reason. An exception is given to cosmetic spells as long as a teacher does not tell them to stop.

What to report to staff

Although a lot of the rules broken on the server can be dealt with by a prefect, there are certain things that you should report to staff. Do note that if a major rule is broken, feel free to report to a staff member for them to assess the situation. The following is a list of examples.


What Makes an effective prefect

To be an effective prefect, you must have both mental skills and physical/wand casting skills. You should have good communication skills (placing a DOS when necessary, putting RFD’s in the OP when you detain), and good intentions (don’t become a prefect just for the power, become a prefect to keep things in order). In terms of spell casting skills, you should know how to cast spells like Stupefy and Impedimenta, to be able to stop students that try to run away from you; and you should be able to cast Spongify and Speedom, to catch up to students that are trying to run away.

 Prefect Commands

There are also some simple commands you must know to effectively prefect.

RD - If you have detained someone and want to release them because they were wrongfully detained or whatever the case may be, you can use the RD command. Use !rd name and it will release them. If there are multiple people with the same first name you can type their full name in quotation marks like this. !rd “Tyrone D Bigeye”

DOS - If a student is breaking rules but you are unable to detain them, you may use the DOS command. Use /dos name reason goes here. And to undo the DOS just use /undos name

OWLPOST - To owlpost your detention to show the person detained, others, and staff why you detained the student, you can use /op RFD Reason.

Effective Warnings

Although your owl post may tell a student why they were detained, the student should have known what they were doing wrong beforehand. You should always give proper warnings. You should tell the student to stop what they were doing, why it was wrong, and warn them that if they continue they will be detained. For instance, Joe Shmoe Free spells another student with Stupefy. You should say something along the lines of “Hey Joe, make sure not to Free spell that student, you’re not allowed to free spell a student without a valid RP reason, if you continue you’ll be detained”. 

If you do not have a mic, you may make binds to assist you in warning students. To bind any action, go to console (by pressing the ~ key) and typing in the following: bind <key> action
Here are some useful binds you may copy (k is used as an example key; a useful guide is found here)
bind k “say /y Do not free spell!“
bind k “say /y Do not mic spam!“
bind k “say /y This is your warning, please stop X!“

New rules you may not have known

Now that you have more responsibility, you’re seen to understand new information. These are some rules that would be good for you to know.

Lockdown rules

If students are allowed to fight, or if the gates are down these following rules do not apply; and a warning should be given before detaining.

If Gryffindor students try to open their door, tell them to get back inside. If they do not, you may detain them. If they are baiting the door (doing a back and forth type motion) you may detain them after they have been warned

If Ravenclaw students get close to the door give them a warning, if they continue you may detain them. If they are baiting the door (doing a back and forth type motion) you may detain them after they have been warned

If Slytherin Students go up to their stairs after being warned they can be detained. If they are baiting the door (doing a back and forth type motion) you may detain them after they have been warned

If Hufflepuff students touch their door, after a warning, they may be detained. If they are baiting the door (doing a back and forth type motion) you may detain them after they have been warned

It doesn’t matter which house dorm students are in, as long as they are waiting inside of one.


Students may not be detained in their dorms for skipping class, because this is their “safe zone”. They may be detained for other rules though.

Students may enter any dorm at any time. Read through the !rules section on safe zones: Grey Areas > Safe Zones > Dormitories -Student safe zone:

Prefect Law

During prefect law prefects act as the mods on the server. You may detain for anything that is against the rules, and you are allowed to detain any job that is breaking the rules. You still have to give ample warnings.

For instance:

Teachers misbehaving and breaking rules
Death eaters out of bounds
Snatchers that fail capture
Aurors attacking students etc

You will NEED to have their steamID and evidence so you can make a Prefect Law report on the forums. (https://starbystargaming.com/forumdisplay?fid=8

Class Rules

As a rule of thumb, all classes that give out spells or homework books are mandatory, and classes that do not give out anything are not mandatory. The only class that doesn’t give out anything but is mandatory is the Great Hall. 

Mandatory Classes - Charms, DADA, Wizardry, Astronomy, History of Magic, Transfiguration, Muggle Studies, Herbology, Great Hall   
Not Mandatory Classes - Duelling Club, Quidditch, Potions, Free Time


While in class you must follow all the same rules that a regular student does. You may not speak during PTS (you may speak if informing someone on the rules or warning someone), you may not free spell without a valid reason, you may not be disrespectful etc.

  • You should bind stupefy/impedimenta and spongify/speedom to your keyboard

  • For those without mics, you can text in chat or /pm the student

  • RFD’s are really nice and useful but not necessary (you should Owlpost them)

  • Make sure to set an example (players don’t listen to people that don’t follow rules)

  • Be fair do not get baton happy 

  • Give people a chance with PTS, they may not have noticed it, or they may not know what it means

  • Don’t sound strict (players are less likely to listen to people with a condescending tone)

  • Don’t walk around with your baton out (the player may think you are going to detain them and run away from you)

  • If you choose not to give an RFD and students ask you it’s best to just answer them

  • Be aware of /pm’s because if you don’t give an rfd then you might get one

  • You can detain anyone during Prefect Law

  • Don’t be purposefully AFK for too long

  • DOS lasts for 10 minutes

  • Do not detain and RD people for no reason

  • Do not RD someone who you did not detain; this includes yourself if a Head Prefect detained you

  • The square courtyard outside of Herbology can be used as part of the classroom if the teacher pleases
  • If you are a regular prefect you may only arrest students, the RP ladder goes like this  (Students<Prefect<Head Prefect<Head Boy/Girl)
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