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Honorable Hogwarts is a play by post roleplaying game set about a year after the seventh and final Harry Potter book. It is known for its convoluted, labyrinthine and troperrific storyline (the site emphasizes writing/storytelling over roleplaying, and because at least eight tropers are featured among its regular members is rather brightly lit).

This site is a follow-up to the now-defunct Hogwarts Rising, a similar site that took place during the Canon Harry Potter storyline. It continues following the non-canon characters from that site, with Jason Frost (who on the old site was set up as a Lancer for Harry) now playing the role of main character. The site has a Spin-Off, Hogwarts Futures, which follows the activities of various characters seventeen years later. Much of the plot comes from them dealing with the extended fallout of their own actions during the Honorable Hogwarts timeframe, as well as introducing several older, more manipulative antagonists and a new generation of student wizards.


Because this site's storyline is much, much Darker and Edgier than the actual Harry Potter books... some say it's Better Than Canon, and others say they need Brain Bleach after viewing it.

Honorable Hogwarts can be found here, and Hogwarts Futures can be found here. There is also a Prequel Fan Fic in the works, which tells what the characters on the site were doing during the timeframe of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

A character page can be found here.


This site provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambiguously Jewish: The Zotermeer brothers. Their names are Jacob and Isaac, they're both rather good with money, and Jacob was once heard to say "Oy vey." But their exact religion/ethnic heritage has never been specifically stated, so they might not be Jews at all.
  • Anachronic Order: Because some people are online a lot and others only check in off and on, some arcs move faster than others... this means that certain areas of the plot are sometimes as much as half a year ahead of others.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Someone's at the door." Almost a Catchphrase for River. Although it is a bit of a Shout-Out to American Gothic (1995), the meaning of the words is entirely different here.
    • Also spoken by River: "I am Kali the Goddess of Death." If you hear her say this, run.
  • Ascended Extra: Xanthe Chapel, Trowa Marshall, Alvin Pairis, Blair Duchess, Abrianna Madoc and Sally Carinaris were nowhere near as important to the plot as they are now when they first started out. With Character Development and more frequent logins by the people playing them, however, they've become main characters.
  • Asshole Victim: The only thing that's kept Jason from crossing the Moral Event Horizon is that the people he's maiming, torturing and killing usually deserve it. Also, Ando Saeki's first kill was Rita Skeeter, who definitely had it coming. Doesn't make Ando any better, but killing her was arguably a Pet the Dog moment.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: River learned martial arts from watching internet videos.
  • Ax-Crazy: Rupert Wotan, even if his Weapon of Choice was a knife.
  • Back from the Dead: Aeolus Warbeck was resurrected by Aldous Conor.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Jason and Lena in the Battle of Azkaban, Jason and Madeline in the Battle of St. Mungo's.
  • Badass Adorable: River has elements of this, especially when she goes all "Kali Goddess of Death".
    • Envy as well.
  • Badass Back: Jason, Lena, Colin, Alvin, Darius and Taffy are all quite fond of this fighting style.
  • Badass Biker: Colin Creevey bought Hagrid's flying motorcycle. He was already a badass at the time.
  • Badass Bookworm:
    • Luna Lovegood, Abel King, Trowa Marshall, Alvin Pairis, Sally Carinaris... the bad guys have Natalia Dragomir.
    • Once Xanthe Chapel no longer qualifies for Lolita status, she will be one of these.
    • Ratree Surkhanfa qualifies as well. In the words of the person playing her, she is "a meek nerd with combat skills".
  • Badass Creed: Jason, addressing the other inaugural members of the Order of the Silver Dagger for the first time, told them: "From this point forth we show no mercy, give no quarter, and take no prisoners. If they want to call themselves the Death Eaters, then let them taste death!" The last line of this became the group's official motto.
  • Badass Normal: The first two Muggle characters introduced on the site, David Markov and Ray Garside, turned out to be much more badass than many of the wizard characters.
  • Badass Teacher: Applies to several characters, but particularly Fred Colton, Debra Reynolds and Brodie Carinaris. Also, McGonagall is a Canon example.
  • Bastard Understudy: Jason, to Aldous Conor. And on the Spin-Off site, to Jacob Zotermeer.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Zig-Zagging Trope. Characters who you wouldn't expect to be one are, and some of the most badass characters fall closer to Honor Before Reason. Even in the same character there will be times where that character is pragmatic, and times where they aren't (even the worst fighters don't fall quite into Idiot Ball territory, though).
  • Continuity Lockout: A mild case. For a newcomer it can be hard to determine which order to read old threads to catch up on site backstory.
  • Country Matters:
    Jason: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't kill you right now, you Death Eater cunt.
    • Keep in mind, he said this to The Headmistress of Zephyrwit. As part of a Gambit Roulette.
  • Creepy Monotone: River tends to deliver prophecies and other insights in this tone of voice.
  • Cultural Translation: Though the bulk of the storyline does take place in England still, the American Wizarding School (and Wizarding Village) have been introduced, causing several American characters to expand the site's population. Also, especially considering that the person playing him is an American, Jason's political views — especially regarding the death penalty — could be an example of this trope (though if that's the case it wasn't intentional).
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Xanthe Chapel's clumsiness was a major character trait early on, but she's since gotten better.
    • Just to make sure everyone gets that she's lovably awkward, Jenica Sonsen will lapse into this from time to time as well.
  • Dance Battler: Cimarron Arriaga uses capoeira, which is one of the more common fighting styles associated with this trope.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Lena Lacy is a Goth who is decidedly non-perky; Isabella Devincenzi and Erastes Blake are actual vampires. All of them are fighting on the side of good.
  • Depending on the Writer: As members leave the site, sometimes they will leave their characters in the hands of other roleplayers. This trope is most noticeable in the case of Lena Lacy, who has now been played by four different people.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Atreya Mourant. Cimarron Arriaga fits certain aspects as well, though she's more an example of Extreme Omnisexual because, although some of her actions might be morally ambiguous, she's not usually depraved.
  • Fanservice: Many different female characters, and a handful of male ones as well, have provided this at some point or another.
  • Fantastic Racism: One of Lucy's Berserk Buttons... she's constantly railing against the mistreatment of nonhumans by the wizard establishment.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. Guns aren't common, and they are technically illegal in Britain, but they do pop up from time to time.
  • Femme Fatale: Most female Death Eaters fit this trope, and Maria Fernandez on the Spin-Off site is this turned Up to Eleven.
    • Lust of the Seven Sins arc is a femme fatale with a 50s pinup look.
  • Foreshadowing: Some of the things listed on this page won't be happening on the actual site until later this month. Beware of spoilers, for they are rarely marked.
    • There are instances on the site itself as well. For example, the ghost biting Jimmy is a precursor to something more happening with him.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Subverted. Lucy has aspects of this trope, but is also a budding Torture Technician; Sakiko is a friend to all non-human living things but will gladly kill anyone standing in the way of her prophecy being fulfilled.
  • Gambit Roulette: Aldous' first gambit was a bit too convoluted to be be a mere plan
  • Genki Girl: Sally Carinaris. Not an extreme version but she's got a few elements. Abigail Delgado, especially when she's gotten enough candy in her. Envy Evans is also an extremely hyper, Perky Goth.
  • A God Am I: According to Roland Wainwright (who would know), this is the inevitable fate awaiting any Planeswalker.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Werewolves are known to be capable of regenerating fairly quickly from any injury that wasn't inflicted by either another werewolf or a silver weapon (they've even grown back severed limbs, and at a faster rate than expected).
  • Gorn: Not something that happens all the time, but some of the death scenes do require Brain Bleach.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Interesting scenario with two of them facing off against but also occasionally helping each other... Jason Frost often winds up on the good (by this site's standards anyway) side, but has his evil moments; Jacob Zotermeer is a Card-Carrying Villain most of the time who inexplicably helps the heroes out on numerous occasions. To make it even more confusing, they're locked in an ongoing game of Xanatos Speed Chess with each other.
  • Heel–Face Turn: For some reason, many Death Eaters have pulled one of these.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Taffy Pole and Atreya Mourant are both female examples of this. As of right now there really isn't a male example for some reason.
    • Until Rage showed up, who is so hell bent that he skins the cows alive when making them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Has happened a few times, though not always resulting in death... Draco Malfoy was just blinded, not killed.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Male version: Diop and Kieran.
    • Female version: Xanthe and Xira.
  • Hot-Blooded: Jason. Applies to a couple of other characters as well, but considering that Jason is inspired largely by Richard Rahl, he's basically made of this trope.
    • He has played on his hot-bloodedness as a form of Obfuscating Stupidity in order to make opponents underestimate him or mistake his true intentions, though... it's entirely possible that he's actually quite level-headed, and is faking the hot temper all the time.
  • Hot Scientist: Jenica Sonsen plays it straight, Sally Carinaris has many aspects but technically should be termed a "Hot Potions Babe".
  • Hotter and Sexier: Certainly moreso than Canon, though not X-rated (at least, not usually).
  • Hufflepuff House: Surprisingly subverted in something Harry Potter related. All the houses have a mix of active plot plowing characters and background fringe. Other groups created for the site usually have good detail and a mix of active or static characters.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Kai Andrews. Wendy Spanogle, being part-giant, would also qualify. And Lucy Frost is, like all members of the Frost family, extraordinarily tall (5'9" at 14 years of age).
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The Azkaban Thread, The St. Mungo's Thread, The Ottery St. Catchpole Thread... every thread seems to state its in-universe location via Medium Awareness.
  • Keet: Minus the bit about loudness (though he has his moments), this is Tawnos Fiedor.
  • Kill 'Em All: Noah Howerton's ultimate goal is to destroy all other wizards so that he can rule the0 world.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Sakura Leone. Cimarron and Vix, when they're having sex with other women, could qualify as well.
  • Loads and Loads of Roles: Remember how we said how that one guy has almost a hundred characters? There are very few people actually playing the 250ish character accounts. When you look at the site as a whole you start to notice when a thread is just one author playing by himself/herself.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Now that we have regular visits to The Island, Planeswalkers all over the place and Kayako running around ripping people's jaws out, the site is starting to become this.
  • Mega Manning: An evil version in Ando Saeki, who steals people's powers by removing their brains.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • In-universe, Jason Frost and Ando Saeki both experience this.
    • Out of universe, Jason's got some serious potential for it.
    • Considering her kill count, Aiden Braxton should probably be one as well.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: When Jason's kill count comes up in a conversation on the Spin-Off site, it's mentioned in vague terms (though the word "million" is thrown around) that he likely has well over a million kills, perhaps as many as two or three million.
  • The Mole:
    • In one of the better-staged (and better kept under wraps before the fact) Reveals in the site's history, Aldous Conor turned out to be one of these. Keep in mind, he had been posing as not just any old Mook, but the Big Bad. And after he revealed his true allegiance, he got himself appointed Minister of Magic.
    • Olivier Morges has taken over the position of Mole since Aldous left the Death Eaters. He's more your classic Manipulative Bastard though, so he probably won't turn out to be as cool as Aldous.
  • Mook Promotion: When Fenrir Greyback was killed, Dimitri Petrojsko took over leadership of the werewolves.
  • Morality Pet: Madeline keeps Jason on the right side of the Moral Event Horizon (for the most part anyway). When Madeline is holding the Distress Ball, however, it's healthier even for innocent bystanders to hide in the deepest hole they can find and not make a single sound.
  • Mother Nature: Sakiko at least claims to be this. Considering the usual path that Planeswalkers take, it's not too far outside the realm of possibility.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Muggle Studies teacher Brodie Carinaris is quite possibly the only Hogwarts teacher with a full-fledged fan club of drooling female students. And he's played by Josh Hartnett, too.
  • Murderers Are Rapists: Usually averted, but not in the case of Garrick Atterton.
    • Chronologically Inverted in Cimarron's case, as she was already a rapist before she killed anybody.
    • It's also stated that the werewolves' "punishment" for Eliska's betrayal of them included rape, though this occurred mostly off-camera (so to speak).
  • My Kung Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Spoken to a punching bag during a workout routine.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Sally Carinaris, in traditional Genki Girl fashion.
    • Envy too, though to a lesser extent. It's mostly towards people with complex names, such as shortening Obderedria's name to Drea and calling Abigail Abby. She also tends to call older characters by their first name, but with a Mr. or Mrs. tacked on (ex. Miss Sakiko), a trait shared by Abigail Delgado.
    • Caulfield Julliard does it in traditional Jerkass fashion instead, except with Ratree ""She Who Must Not Be Nicknamed" Surkhanfa (which is technically a nickname).
  • No Name Given: Envy, who is known only by that nickname... neither her first name nor her last name are known to anybody, not even her Hogwarts roommate Madeline Frost.
    • Interestingly enough, in his first appearance on Hogwarts Rising Jason went only by his Quidditch nickname, "Pinata".
  • Not So Different: Jason, in the Prequel Fan Fic: "No, I'm not like Voldemort. I'm much fucking worse."
  • Oblivious to Love: Loreley doesn't realize that when Kieran told her he loved her, he meant it in a romantic way and not a brotherly one. Loreley's cousin Raina likewise didn't catch on that Jimmy Peakes had the hots for her.
    • Kieran's planted a kiss on Loreley, and she still doesn't realize he has feelings for her.
  • Off the Rails: The site's creator probably didn't intend it to go like this, but it was set up as a collaborative storytelling effort.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Demons are becoming very integral to the plot as of late, and are classified by origin and mythology. See the bit on vampires below.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Sort of. Effort has been made to expand Harry Potter's vampirism with material from various real-world mythologies, without contradicting the letter or spirit of any established lore. As a result, several different species of vampires have been mentioned.
  • The Plan: There have been several, pulled off by many different characters. Aldous Conor's really good at them.
  • Power Incontinence: A side effect of Loreley's amnesia was that she lost control of her Metamorphmagus abilities and started taking on the physical appearance of whoever she met.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Plenty, as always, with any Metamorphmagus. But Rule Thirty Six applies, and beware the dreaded Shapeshifting Squick.
  • Power Trio: Tawnos is the id, Xira is the superego, Xanthe is the ego.
    • On the Spin-Off site Abel is the id, Jason is the superego, and Mandos is the ego. Although Jason and Abel can be interchanged.
  • Preppy Name: Hadley Sharpe, Tatum West, Orville Brand... Neville Longbottom is a good Canon example.
  • Punny Name: Taffy Pole.
  • Put on a Bus: It'd be impossible for some players to use all of their characters at the same time (there's one guy who has almost a hundred). This is how we keep the ones who aren't necessary for a certain Arc busty without actually having to post with them.
  • Show Within a Show: On the Spin-Off site, due to the Unmasqueing of the Wizarding World, Muggle TV producers are scrambling to find magically-oriented programming. The first result we see of this is Hart & Avalon, a Police Procedural which follows the adventures of famous Aurors Tawnie Hart and Loreley Avalon. It's basically Rizzoli & Isles with wands.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: Done all the time... every player has at least one character with their own thing going on, in addition to whatever the "main arc" is.
  • Sixth Ranger: Whenever a new member joins the site and sticks around for any suitable length of time, their primary character becomes either this or a Lancer to one of the other main characters. Examples of Sixth Rangers include Jason Frost (who eventually became the main character), Lena Lacy (still a bit of a Sixth Ranger), and Abel King (who is new enough to still be considered a Sixth Ranger but is moving more toward Lancer status).
  • Smart People Play Chess: Mandos Fiedor, arguably the smartest character on the main site, is a chess fanatic and budding Chessmaster (on the Spin-Off site, he has Magnificent Bastard potential). Alphonse Becker from the Spin-Off site is, like main-site Mandos, a Hogwarts student who is off-the-charts intelligent and loves chess.
  • Stay Frosty: Ray Garside has said this a couple of times, and also has it in his signature.
  • Stock British Phrases: Used mostly from a swear-word standpoint... "sodding" instead of "fucking", "wanker" instead of "asshole", and so on. Occasionally subverted by having a more American word crop up, though... it depends largely on who's writing the post and whether or not they remember that the bulk of the storyline takes place in England.
  • Strawman Political: The Brotherhood of the Light allow for a negative depiction of Christianity, and Harry's idealism is occasionally played for strawman liberal purposes (although Jason views him more as a cross between The Chick and The Load than in any specific political terms).
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Pops up from time to time. Jason seems to enjoy a good game of it intermittently, especially against one of the villains.
  • You ALL Share My Story: You betcha. While there are many complex and individual plots as characters start, eventually the entire forces of good and evil band together.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Kieran Halcyon, Draco Malfoy and Sasha Rookwood have all proven to be very good at this type of dialogue. Jason indulges in it from time to time as well.


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