HBN Blog


HBN Classic Re-launched!

This is the post excerpt.

Welcome to the Re-launch of Hogwarts by Night!

HBN was founded in 2003 by members of The Slytherin Dorms from the Warner Bros Site. We wanted a place where we could explore the darkness of Harry Potter in a much more dangerous setting than what was currently being played at the time.

Our game was a Classic play-by-post that wanted to be something more than kid friendly. We wanted Darkness, Lust, and exploration of creative concepts that were no confined to just the Magical World.

The game was quite the success at the height of its popularity. We even were lucky to be mentioned in Time Magazine Online as one of the best Harry Potter websites online at the time. Sadly we closed our doors and ever since then it continued to linger in the back of the creators mind until now.

We hope you enjoy reading through our pages, and we really hope you will decide to come play with us! Hover over Character Creation to find our Game Setting. What are you inspired to play?

Have fun and please share our website http://www.hogwartsbynight.com with anyone who may be interested!


(HBN ARCHIVE) Welcome Letter

Written: April 21st, 2017

Welcome to Hogwarts by Night!

There are a few things of note before you get started in our game. The first being that we are always here to help, please post any questions you may have in the ‘Ask Peeves’ area so we can get to them quickly. Alternatively you may ask us questions via our Facebook Group which is attended at all times by Guardians and Players.

In order to play you will need to read a few of our pages to make a character. To help make this easier I will post the pages here that are the most important in the order of how best to get started.

Useful Pages to Know
Main Website: http://www.hogwartsbynight.com
Getting Started: https://hogwartsbynight.wordpress.com/getting-started/
House Rules: https://hogwartsbynight.wordpress.com/house-rules/
Newbie FAQ: https://hogwartsbynight.wordpress.com/newbie-faq-guide/
Game Guardians: https://hogwartsbynight.wordpress.com/guardians/

Character Creation
Game Setting: https://hogwartsbynight.wordpress.com/game-setting-info/
Creation Rules: https://hogwartsbynight.wordpress.com/character-creation/
Character Sheets: https://hogwartsbynight.wordpress.com/character-sheets/

Important Starting Forums
Main Portal: http://hogwartsbynight.boards.net/
Meet & Greet: http://hogwartsbynight.boards.net/board/110/meet-greet
Ask Peeves (Help Forum): http://hogwartsbynight.boards.net/board/4/ask-peeves-game-assistance
Character Creation (sheets, laboratory, ties): http://hogwartsbynight.boards.net/board/5/character-creation-click

Facebook Group
HBN: Behind the Scenes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hogwartsbynight/

You may message a Guardian privately if you have a sensitive Question, but do remember they are located internationally so it may be better to ask in the Shoutbox who is online for a faster response.

In order to message another non-guardian member you will be required to post in the Meet and Greet at least a few times (3). This is merely to prevent spam bots from registering and abusing the board.

Don’t worry if you are very new and still uncertain about something; we will help you!

Thank you for your interest in our world!

JJ, Nicci, Morte, Rose

If the site ever goes down we have a G+ Community located at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111466358637541481255

Alternatively you can also play in Ongoing Worlds located at:

HBN Wishes you all a Happy Easter Holiday 2017!


As you may notice the boards are always quiet during the holidays. For everyone out there celebrating, HAPPY EASTER! We hope everyone has a great weekend (and Bank Holiday in the UK and elsewhere)!

We will see you when life resumes to normal once more!

If you find yourself in a lull, a few of us are still posting!

Happy Easter!

HBN Admin, Nicci, Morte, Rose & JJ


HBN: Guardian Meeting – COI, Balancing Play & Powers (13-April-2017)

Good Evening Everyone,

The Guardians have had a meeting and came to a majority consensus that we need to do something to help stave off conflict of interests within such a small group of players wishing to play more than one Character.

Until we grow enough to not bump into each other with background ties, players are capped at two characters each. Secondary characters will need to be created on the opposite continent as the primary and will not be able to have background ties to the same characters.

  • Players are currently capped at 2 characters per player until our world expands.
  • A Primary and Secondary Character must be created on different continents and tied to completely different characters.

You can still role-play with all of the characters, but if you have a background tie to someone you cannot cross the streams. Characters played by the same person should never end up in the same scene or in the same family together.

When you mix characters too much it is really difficult to separate information and that can lead into confusion when sorting out plot or other information that one character knows and the other should not.

Questions have been brought up about characters on the board that have mixed backgrounds and/or powers. HBN has a grandfathering rule to help not mess up current characters when new rules come into play to balance the game.

To be crystal clear: The characters, who remain in play, have prior permission pre-rules changes to continue playing their characters to the point their concepts are not harmed.

Anyone breaking rules outside of these three characters should be reported to a Guardian for review.

These rules updates are intended to help balance the game and as we grow our game we learn them as situations come up. While we are small we can be easily overpowered by the various mixed games, especially the OWOD powers. Please be patient as we start to explore the boundaries of how we wish to balance our world.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. We want you to have as much fun as possible as we grow our world into something really unique and magical.

Thank you!

Guardians of HBN
Nicci, JJ, Morte, Rose, and Hilary

Character Sheet (detailed) Help

This page is a guide on what the sheets are asking for when you write one up for the game. They will more than likely seem a little daunting, but really we are asking certain things to help you flush out your characters. Some of this information may be used by Guardians to help you tell stories in the future; the more you write, the more we can torment assist you with.

Basic Information and Guardian Info remains nearly the same on all of the sheets. The questions asked may be tweaked from time to time. If you have any questions, please ask!

If you find anything while filling these sheets out that doesn’t apply to you, simply put ‘None’ or ‘N/A’. It is always best to anwer everything to speed up getting your character into play.

Basic Information – Information seen when hovered over in the forum. It is just the basics of who you are playing.

Players Name or Nickname: This is to help us become a little more familiar with you. It is your real name or any name you wish us to call you. We respect anonymity, but we will need some sort of way to address you on an out of character level.
Character Name: This is the full name of your character. First, Middle, Last
Age & DoB: Your characters name and full birthday.
Country of Birth: What country were they born in?
Current City/Country of Residence: What city do they live in? They aren’t always in school, this is where they actually reside outside of work/school.
Occupation: What do you do for a living, Professors would be listed as ‘Teacher’
Professor (What Class?): If you are a teacher, what do you teach?
Professor (What School?): If you are a teacher, what school do you teach at?
Blood Type (Full, Half, Muggle born): Good place to list things like Veela/Half-Blood. Blood is very important in the Wizarding World, comes up a lot.
Literary Crossover (Yes/No): Is your character inspired from a book or movie?
LC (Name of Book or Movie): Which book or movie inspired it?
Lineage/House: Did you join an existing family, or one from canon? What is its name?
Desired Character Ties: Are you looking for ties? Many people read new characters are they are posted, mention here if you are looking for certain character types or people to play with.

Magical BackgroundWizarding World Sheet Section

School(s) Attended: This is for any mortal schools, Wizarding Schools or if you graduated from a college (for adult wizards).
Wand: Your wand details, we suggested using pottermore.com to find out, its perfectly find to list whatever you want here.
Pet/familiar (optional): Do you keep any pets?
Natural Abilities/Affinities: Are you good at anything non-magical, as in, were you always good at sports, or do animals love you?
Mundane & Magical Strengths and Weaknesses: Everyone is good and horrible at things. No one is immune from danger, what hurts your character? What do you succeed and fail at?
Unusual abilities or possessions: Do you carry any heirlooms? Anything magical in nature that should be noted? Can you do anything like wordless magic?

Vampiric Background – Vampire: The Masquerade Sheet Section

Apparent Age: This is what age you look, despite how old you are. Vampires don’t age, they will always look as old as when they were embraced, unless they were modified or can use makeup to look older.
Clan: Vampires have different Clan types, which one are you?
Sect: Anarch, Sabbat, or Camarilla. Where does your loyalty lay?
NPC/PC Ghouls: These are people who have been fed your blood to help maintain your lifestyle. They could also be a character played by someone else if you found someone to play one.
List your 3 In-Clan Abilities: You vampires abilities/powers
Natural Abilities/Affinities: Are you good at anything non-magical, as in, were you always good at sports, or do animals love you?
Mundane & Magical Strengths and Weaknesses: Everyone is good and horrible at things. No one is immune from danger, what hurts your character? What do you succeed and fail at?
Unusual abilities or possessions: Do you carry any heirlooms? Anything magical in nature that should be noted? Can you do anything like wordless magic?

Changeling Background – Changeling: The Dreaming Sheet Section
I won’t lie to you, to make a Fae you will need to use Google to understand how this game works. We have broken it down as simply as possible, but you will need to find the various things to plug into the questions such as legacies, and powers.

Fae Name: What do the Fae call you in The Dreamlands/Courts?
Apparent Age: This is the age you seem to be, even if you are older.
Seeming: All Kithain are considered to belong to one of three categories, which are collectively referred to as seemings. Childlings, Wilders, Grumps.
Kith: Although each of the Kith are based on myths from Celtic, and a few other cultures, the more important aspect is that they each represent a particular dream such as nobility or honour.
Legacies: For changelings, life is a balancing act, whether it be between Banality and Bedlam, faerie and mortal, or Seelie and Unseelie. Legacies represent both the most basic aspects of a changeling’s personality and the duality of it. All changelings have both a Seelie and and Unseelie Legacy. Choosing Legcies for your character is one of the most important aspects of character creation. Your character’s Legacies will be your guide to roleplaying her nature.
Seelie or Unseelie?:
Seelie: These changeligs fall toward the lighter side of gray. Although Seelie fae can be just as conniving and manipulative as Unseelie, they tend to have less selfish motivations, and they definitely work within and bow to the authority of the Seelie Court. As you choose your Legacy for your character, consider why she behaves the way she does, as this will be useful in determining how you role-play her.

Unseelie: Many Seelie Changelings and students of the fae see the Unseelie Court as somehow evil, but this description is far too simple. Unseelie Changelings embrace change and sneer at tradition, seeing no special tie to their past or, indeed, to the Dreaming, which seems to have forsaken all Changelings. The Unseelie way is passionate and pragmatic, satisfying desire and need alike; the Unseelie deny themselves nothing.
Belong to one of the courts houses?: Each Seelie and Unseelie courts/legacties have houses that belong to them. Have you joined one? (This quesiton will take further research)
Arts and Realms: Every Cantrip is comprised of two parts, the Realm, and the Art. Arts describe the effect of each individual cantrip. Unlike other supernatural powers, such as Disciplines, the method by which many Arts are performed is spread freely among the Kithain, causing very few direct relationships between Kiths and Arts.
Natural Abilities/Affinities: Are you good at anything non-magical, as in, were you always good at sports, or do animals love you?
Mundane & Magical Strengths and Weaknesses: Everyone is good and horrible at things. No one is immune from danger, what hurts your character? What do you succeed and fail at?
Unusual abilities or possessions: Do you carry any heirlooms? Anything magical in nature that should be noted? Can you do anything like wordless magic?

Werewolf Background – Werewolf: The Apacalypse Sheet Section
You will need to google or know the system to answer most of these questions. They are vital to creation so make sure you are thorough when creating a Garou.

Deed Name/Nickname: What do other Garou call you? Did you earn yourself a cool nickname since you turned?
Homid or Lupus?:
Lupus are a breed of Garou who was born as and raised as a wolf, which is their natural form.
Homid are a breed of Garou born as and raised by humans, which is their natural form.
Auspice: Auspice is the term for the phase of the Moon under which a Garou was born.
Tribe: A tribe is the “family” of a Garou, determining a werewolf’s social ties, totem, and spiritual connections.
Pack: Pack is a small group of Werewolves bound to each other by ties of friendship and mission as opposed to culture.
Gifts and Rites: Garoup Powers and Abilities. We cap this at level 3, 1 power per level as they ca be insanely powerful.
Natural Abilities/Affinities: Are you good at anything non-magical, as in, were you always good at sports, or do animals love you?
Mundane & Magical Strengths and Weaknesses: Everyone is good and horrible at things. No one is immune from danger, what hurts your character? What do you succeed and fail at?
Unusual abilities or possessions: Do you carry any heirlooms? Anything magical in nature that should be noted?

Detailed Profile
(give as much information as possible; the more the better. Information you wish to keep secret can be sent privately to the Guardians)

This is the heavy writing section. We need as much information as possible in this section so we know how to play with you in future plots. Even if your character doesn’t remember something, write it down anway. If you don’t want everyone to see something that is secret, simply message it to a guardian to be placed into a private section.

Personality & Appearance: What do they look like, how do they react in certain situations? How do they behave?
Location of Home & How you travel to/from it: If you do not live where you work or go to school, where do you live? How do you manage to get there from where you work or go to school? Hogwarts students for example use the train.
History of Relations: (Mother, Father, Siblings, others): List family members and perhaps a bit about where they are or what has happened to them.
(If Muggle-born, how did you escape execution?): Muggle borns went into hiding, they were murdered during the 2nd wizarding war and they have fought to remain alive. How did you manage to make it?
IC Goals (thoughtful short-term and long-term goals): This is for very specific goals your character is after. It is very boring to not have a purpose. Think deeply about where your character hopes to go, what they want.
Connections to other supernatural groups, if any: Our world has a push for unity among various species. Do you know anyone who is ‘special’?
Existing PC/NPC connections: Have you made a background tie with an existing player? You can request ties via the Guilt by Association section of the forum, even before you post a character. It is always fun to come into play knowing people!
History (please be thorough but concise; aim for 300-1000 words):
Write, Write, Write, now is the time to tell your story. We want to know as much as you are willing to push yourself to tell us. The more the better. You don’t need to write a novel, but put as much effort as you can into where they were born, how they grew up, why they are going to school or doing the job they are doing. Let it flow.

Info for the Guardians
This is to help us keep characters straight and to know what you are seeking from our game. It is also to help players stay aware of the possible conflicts of tying with the same PC’s over and over again.

What other characters do you play in our game? Have more than one? Tell us!
How will you avoid benefiting from or interacting with them and their allies? This is your game plan to avoid mixing backgrounds or ties with the same characters. It should not be possible for your characters to all end up in the same scene together.
Is there anything you wish to get out of our game personally? Why did you come to our game, why are you here?
Is there a part of your history you would like to explore in the future?:
Plot. Basically. What do you want us to explore and what out of your history can we abuse help you with.

HBN Updates Email: 09-April-2017

Good evening!

Quick note about some game/site updates.

We have put together a Newbie FAQ Guide based off of questions we have received about the game. It will be extended when new questions are asked.

If you still have any, please pop into ‘Ask Peeves’! http://hogwartsbynight.boards.net/board/4/ask-peeves-game-assistance

Newbie FAQ Guide:

New Character Sheets:
We have updated the character sheets, if you are still intending to play in our game please use the current sheets: https://hogwartsbynight.wordpress.com/character-sheets/

Primary vs Secondary Characters:

We have now requested that if anyone makes multiple characters that they take care not to twist up relationships with the same allies etc… It may even be a bit sensible to consider if you have a character in London that you make your new character in Arkham instead. It would help create a more flushed world and will limit bumping into the same characters all of the time. This is optional and only a suggestion.


We now have two students in Ilvermorny and possibly two Changeling characters roaming Arkham and New York. We have a few people roaming Hogwarts now, so if anyone wanted to make an American student you could do so easily.
That’s it! If we could do anything better or make anything clearer, please tell us!

Thoughts go out to our Guardian of Hatter’s who isn’t feeling well right now. Get better sir!

The Grey Lady


(HBN ARCHIVE) Role-Playing Guide – From: The White Ferret

One might say that what makes a piece of role-playing good or bad is a relative thing and to an extent, it is. I have made this guide for all of those who feel they need it. It is not specifically for people who are new to role-playing, it is here to help everyone improve their posts. It covers how to include thoughts in posts, spelling and grammar, information about using speech in posts and so on and so forth. Please use this guide as a reference to help you make yours posts at HBN even better.

Abbreviated Speech

Using abbreviated speech is not acceptable. If you abbreviate what you’re saying in a post, you give the impression that you are a lazy writer who clearly has better things to do than to be sitting there posting. Other people are devoted role-players and have no qualms about telling you to fuck off if you are not interested in role-playing with them.

TyPiNg LiKe ThIs Is AnNoYiNg AnD iT SeRvEs No PuRpOsE. Don’t do it. Type normally! Capital letters come at the start of sentences, paragraphs, names and the likes. ThIs WiLl GeT yOu BaNnEd! On a similar topic.. 1337 5p33k – This is dandy for talking in instant messenger, but if you do it in a role-play post, you’re sending off the same message as abbreviations and again, it is annoying and serves no purpose.

Skim Reading
You must never ever skim read. This is a cardinal sin in itself. If someone has taken the time and the effort to write you a good sized post consisting of several lengthy paragraphs when you must do them the courtesy of reading them all and letting the information sink in. Always use what you have read in your reply post. Learn to keep in mind character’s names, looks, what they were doing in the previous post and try to imagine where the post is headed. It is good to remember as many details as possible. It makes it easier to reply!

Showing And Telling
Showing and telling are two different things. It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between the two. When you think about what your character is doing, picture it like a movie scene. Imagine you are a fly on the wall so to speak, watching your character. If you and your fellow role-players do not share the same mental description of what your character is doing, then you are bound to run into difficulties along the way. Here is an example of telling.. “Sierra entered the Great Hall. Sierra has black hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a pair of faded blue jeans and a baby-doll T-shirt.” This is boring. This is dull, dull, DULL!

For instance – how is she entering the Great Hall? Is she walking? Running? Cart-wheeling? Dancing? Why is she there? Also, do not list what she is wearing like it’s a fashion parade. This is severely uninteresting. Instead you want to incorporate what she is wearing into the post itself. Here is an example of showing..

“It was lunchtime – Sierra had been fantasizing about lunchtime all morning. Having missed breakfast due to a late get up, Sierra had been unable to think of anything other than food. Thus, when she came in through the main doors, she appeared rushed, her bright blue eyes wide and eager as they grew bigger than her belly by the second as her sneaker-clad feet rushed her robe-clad body to the Ravenclaw table.” The interesting thing about this example is that it does something the other example does not. It grabs the attention of the character as well as the player.

Objective Role-Playing
You should always have an idea of what you want to accomplish in a thread. If your character is new to the scene and you just want to get them acquainted, then this is an objective! If you begin with an idea of what you want to happen, then you are going to have more fun role-playing.

In message board RPGs, the largest reason for threads dying is because there is no objective, therefore there is no follow through. Too many people are just inventing characters for the sake of it and having no personal story line in mind for them. Then they are starting threads and are not trying to accomplish anything.

Story lines are only created if you try. So another factor I strongly recommend is that if the goal you set is accomplished and the thread is still going on, you contact the other player and discuss where you want the thread to go from there. If you start out with a personal objective and accomplish it, then branching out into a joint objective creates story lines and story lines are what make an RPG what it is.

Incorporating Thought
Thought. People either do it too much, or it comes across as too flat. The one thing you really have to get out of the habit of doing is making thoughts speech like this.. ‘Oh, I’m so bored..’ Belladonna thought to herself.

It isn’t very stimulating, is it? And if you’re still being naughty and skim reading, this can easily be mistaken for speech. You do not think like this. When you think, you don’t think in speech and coherent sentences, or at least, I don’t. When you’re incorporating thought into your threads use italics like the following:

Belladonna sighed, twirling a strand of black hair between her fingertips as she listened to Draco explain the importance of the pure-bloods at Hogwarts. Lord, she thought to herself. If he keeps this up I’ll slip into a coma..

Here you can see I did two things. First of all I used italics to mark what Bella was thinking and where she was acting and I also stated that she was thinking. ‘she thought to herself’. This means that in case the reader didn’t catch on the first time that italics mean thought, then by stating that she’s thinking, you knock it into their head.

Excessive Thought
While thought is a key feature of any post you have to be careful to hit a precise balance. If your post is dominated by thought then it is unlikely that the person you are role-playing with is going to have anything to work with in reply. After all, they aren’t a mind reader. You have to give enough thought to allow the reader to have a good idea of what is going through your character’s head, but also give them plenty to work with in order to give you a worthy reply.

Incorporating Speech
Speech is another aspect of an RPG that can cause problems for players. It is often speech that steers the conversation, especially if two characters are just meeting and thus one should always try to keep the conversation going. If not by asking questions or making reaction-provoking remarks, then by answering questions and making statements.

When a character asks yours a question, answer it! This is of course unless your character has reason not to, in which case, you should indicate their discomfort/irritation in your post (rather than just ignoring it and making the other player think you missed it). However, not only should you answer their question, but you should continue to be active in the conversation. When you’re talking with people in real life, you don’t just answer their questions like you’re being interrogated, you interact and you ask your own questions or you make comments that provoke reactions. You should do this in your roleplay also.

Excessive Speech
If your character is being a real chatter box and saying a lot or asking a lot of questions all in one go then you’re going to drown the other player in speech. This is not good. What you should do is, if you find your character doing a lot of talking (there’s a difference between having a lot to say in one set of speech marks and having lots of sets of speech marks) then cut out some of the speech (if it’s not a response to the other character) and use it in a later post. Set it to one side and use it to keep the thread going later. Even if it’s really good then just save it until later. You can still use it, it’s just best to pace yourself.

If you would like a guideline about how many times your character should speak per post, though this is not a strict guideline, I would estimate two or three times maximum, depending on how long your post is. But don’t forget, as well as answering the other character, please be sure to add your own extra to the conversation too!

O.W.L’s & I.M.P.’s – Wizarding Exams

Ever wonder how well you would do on Hogwarts Exams? Want an extra level of depth on your student character’s and Graduated Adults? You can take the exams via PFF (Pottermore Fan Forum). Good luck on those I.M.P.’s & O.W.L.’s!

Exams are hosted by the Pottermore Fan Forum.

The tests are all graded with the system from the books: Outstanding, Exceeds Expectations and Acceptable are pass grades, while Poor, Dreadful and Troll mean you failed the exam. Click here for the I.M.P. Exam (easiest of the two).


The I.M.P. Test is an examination to test your knowledge about the Magical World. It is the easiest of the Wizarding Examinations. It will be graded with the O.W.L. grades – Outstanding, Exceeds Expectations, Acceptable, Poor, Dreadful and Troll. Once you have passed the examination (A or higher), you are eligible to take the Y.E.T.I. tests.

Please note it may take a few days for your tests to be graded – it all has to be done by hand by the moderators, who do also have lives outside of PFF!

(If you enjoy the Exams and PFF, please donate to help them keep their website online and ad free. Read more about them here.)

Good Luck!