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Fanfic / The Rival Prefects Trilogy

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The Rival Prefects Trilogy is a series of three Harry Potter fanfics by MystExplorer about two prefects who hate each other with a passion.

Prefects After Dark doubles as a Self-Insert Fic. The author, a self-proclaimed nudist, imagines what he would do if he were a prefect at Hogwarts.

Prefects Before Dawn picks up a year later. The antagonist from the first story becomes the protagonist as he tries to take the midnight bath he was denied a year earlier.

Prefects No More picks up after another year has gone by. One of the prefects has become Head Boy and the other is stuck in the state he was in at the end of the previous story.

The author later wrote a companion piece called The Other Prefects. This story is about two prefects who get along very well (although one of them suffers a similar fate to the nudist prefect).


Finally, there is The New Prefect, a follow-up to the trilogy set roughly a century later.

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     The series as a whole 

  • Asshole Victim: Thomas is unrepentant about turning Malcolm into a toad and doesn't seem to care about the fact that he was almost killed so he arguably deserves his comeuppance. Similarly, Simon never shuts up about his good looks and remarkable intellect.
  • Bathtub Scene: The first four stories include scenes set in the Prefects' Bathroom.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Malcolm suffers no lasting consequences and gets to be Head Boy while Thomas gets stuck as a statue for a century. Once freed, he promptly dies and comes back as a ghost.
  • Censor Suds: The bubbles in the prefects' bathtub prevent Moaning Myrtle from seeing Thomas' private parts. Until he gets out of the tub, that is. Likewise, Malcolm's penis is exposed after the bubbles disperse. The same thing happens with Simon in the companion piece.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Thomas was abandoned by his parents and raised in a Muggle orphanage. This explains why no one from outside Hogwarts comes looking for him after he is turned to stone and why he reluctantly accepts his fate.
  • Excuse Plot: All five stories have plots that are arguably just excuses for the characters to get naked and/or engage in sexual activity.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Thomas is naked throughout the entire trilogy, as is Simon in the companion piece.
  • Meaningful Name: Malcolm's last name is Turner. By the end of the trilogy, he has been turned into a toad and in retaliation turns Thomas into a stone statue.
  • Modesty Towel: Averted. Although Thomas has one, he doesn't use it to cover up in front of his nemesis Malcolm to show that he will not be intimidated by him. The towel is then stolen, forcing Thomas to go without it. Liam offers Simon one but Simon refuses, preferring to "let it all hang out".
  • Naked on Arrival: Thomas strips off in the second paragraph of the first story and spends the rest of the trilogy in the buff.
  • No Sympathy: Myrtle shows no concern for the fact that Thomas, the boy she flirted with in the previous story, is now a statue. Also, Kate doesn't feel any sympathy for Simon because she finds him to be stuck up.
  • Offscreen Inertia: By the start of the third story, Thomas is still a statue and has not been moved in almost a year. The fifth story is set a century later and he is still in the same state.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The incident where Thomas turned Malcolm into a toad is described but not shown.
  • Original Character: Thomas, Malcolm, Adam, Basil, Liam, Simon, Kate and Albert. Adam and Kate are the only ones who are not naked at some point in the series.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: Thomas and Simon have absolutely no qualms about standing fully nude in front of the other characters.
  • Ship Tease: In the first story, Thomas flirts with Moaning Myrtle and she gets to see him naked. She does the same with Malcolm in the second story and has a threesome with Malcolm and Basil in the third. In the companion piece, Liam compliments Simon on his body.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The trilogy starts out on the idealist side with its pro-nudist message but then becomes more cynical with its less-than-likable characters and the fact that one of them gets stuck as a statue for a full century.
  • Streaking: Thomas runs after Malcolm to get his clothes back. He fails but then realizes how much he enjoys running through the halls of Hogwarts naked and continues to do so. He goes streaking again a year later because he got away with it the first time. Thomas and Albert go streaking together in the final story.
  • Taken for Granite: This happens to Thomas and he stays that way for 100 years. This also happens to Simon but it's left ambiguous as to whether he ever returns to normal or not.
  • Tempting Fate: Thomas asks if Malcolm plans to turn him into a toad but Malcolm has something else in mind. Simon volunteers to have Liam try a spell on him without knowing which spell it is.
  • Time Skip: The second and third stories take place one year after their predecessors. The companion piece is set an unknown number of years after the end of the trilogy and the final story is set a century later.
  • Trilogy Creep: The series started out as a one-off story that the author later decided needed a sequel. Then he wrote a third story to make it a trilogy. This was followed by a companion piece and finally a follow-up.

     Prefects After Dark 

  • Acting Unnatural: The protagonist, Thomas, tries to act natural when he encounters Peeves in spite of the fact that he is naked.
  • Author Appeal: The author wrote the story in part to share his love of nudity and his wholehearted embrace of nudism.
  • Author Avatar: The protagonist shares his name and commitment to nudism with the story's author.
  • Author Tract: The author uses Thomas to espouse his pro-nudist views. The fact that Thomas' friend Adam says it does not matter to him whether Thomas is clothed or naked is also meant to get that message across.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: Thomas' clothes are stolen are by a rival prefect named Malcolm.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Thomas' lack of clothing is used for humorous purposes.
  • Sexual Euphemism: After Myrtle sees Thomas naked, she says he has a much bigger… smile than the other prefects. Malcolm also brings up the size of Thomas'… ego.
  • Shout-Out: Thomas' "lucky towel" is a nod to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Adam does not react to seeing Thomas naked.

     Prefects Before Dawn 

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Malcolm "pleasures himself" in the story's final moments.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Moaning Myrtle is turned on by Malcolm's bad behavior.
  • Censor Shadow: Thomas (and his naughty bits) are completely hidden in shadow at the beginning of the story.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Malcolm tells Myrtle he has to get up early for a non-existent exam.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Malcolm is portrayed as the archetypal Slytherin but is right to be angry about the fact that Thomas' prank nearly cost him his life.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It turns out Malcolm has feelings for Myrtle and he is never cruel towards her.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Thomas gets a dose of this when Malcolm turns him to stone in retaliation for Thomas turning him into a toad.
  • Raging Stiffie: Malcolm is shocked to find he has an erection after Myrtle comes onto him.
  • Rogue Protagonist: Thomas, the protagonist of Prefects After Dark, plays the role of antagonist in this story.
  • Self-Deprecation: Thomas is the Author Avatar character but is portrayed in an unsympathetic light and gets turned to stone by Malcolm.
  • Smug Smiler: After Thomas is turned to stone, his grin becomes permanently etched on his face and Malcolm can't shake the feeling that he is somehow still taunting him.
  • Teeny Weenie: After Malcolm turns Thomas into a statue, he adds insult to injury by saying, "My cock's a lot bigger than yours".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Thomas behaves more like a jerk in this story than the previous one.


     Prefects No More 

  • Attention Whore: Thomas says the one upside of being a naked statue is the admiring looks he gets from Slytherin girls. He still gets aroused when they stare at him.
  • Double Entendre: Malcolm says he knows why she is called "Moaning Myrtle".
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Thomas is concerned this might happen to him if he ever becomes human again because he has been a statue for so long.
  • Hope Spot: For a brief moment, it looks as if Malcolm might take pity on Thomas but he decides not to.
  • Karma Houdini: Malcolm is never punished for what he did to Thomas and is even promoted to Head Boy.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Thomas imagines that Malcolm's children will also end up in Slytherin.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew: Malcolm and Basil had to use memory charms to make the rest of Hogwarts forget that Thomas ever existed.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Thomas believes that once he sees that Malcolm's kids are not the perfect cherubs their father thinks they are, he'll have finally bested his rival. But it'll be a hollow victory because he'll still be a statue.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Thomas finds life as a statue unrelentingly boring.

     The Other Prefects 

  • Academic Athlete: Simon is a member of the Quidditch team in addiction to being a great student.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Whereas Thomas and Malcolm could not stand each other, Liam and Simon genuinely enjoy one another's company. Even though Liam turns Simon into a statue, he does so to impress Simon rather than out of malice. He also intends it to be temporary (at least initially). While Thomas was turned to stone, Simon is turned to gold.
  • Hufflepuff House: Liam is not a very good student so he tries to cheat by sneaking into the library's restricted section.
  • Insufferable Genius: Simon likes to boast about how brilliant he is, much to Kate's chagrin.
  • Public Bathhouse Scene: Simon invites Liam to join him in the bath and Liam does so.
  • Should Have Thought of That Before X: Liam tries out a spell on Simon that turns Simon into a golden statue. Liam is overjoyed that he got the spell right but then realizes he does not know the spell that reverses the process.

     The New Prefect 

  • Badass Family: Albert comes from a family with a reputation for excellence and knows he has a lot to live up to.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Thomas acts as this for Albert, helping him with homework and ensuring that he becomes a prefect. Although they are physically close in age, Thomas is actually a century older due to being stuck as a statue.
  • Child Prodigy: Albert began studying Legilimency at age six and had mastered it by age eleven.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Thomas is happy to be a ghost because it means he can float around Hogwarts naked forever.
  • Disney Villain Death: Thomas falls off a bridge into the gorge bellow and dies.
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: Thomas dies after falling off a bridge but returns as a ghost and says goodbye to Albert.
  • It's All My Fault: Albert blames himself for Thomas' death because he reversed the spell that made him a statue.
  • Left Hanging: No mention is made of what became of the characters from The Other Prefects. However, since only a Legilimens can reverse a petrification spell, it's likely that Simon is still a statue.
  • Loss of Identity: After spending the past century as a statue, Thomas has difficulty remembering his life as a human.
  • Telepathy: Albert is a Legilimens and uses his gift to communicate with Thomas.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The story reveals that Malcolm lived to a ripe old age and became a member of the Wizengamot.


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