OverviewWe understand that joining a new site can be a bit overwhelming, so we have put together this document to help you navigate the site. There is a lot of reading involved, so hopefully you’ve put on your reading hats! Remember, per our rules, you will be denied if you've not read or followed instructions. It's not personal - we just want to make sure you can follow directions and have excellent reading comprehension skills. Following directions is the first step in making sure you're going to be an intermediate to advanced partner for our wonderful members!
If you don’t want to take the time to read everything written below, please see the links at the bottom of this post to help you navigate through the site (though we HIGHLY recommend you read everything to ensure that our site is the perfect fit for you)!
We’ve been open on and off since 2004 with consistent daily activity since November 2013. Over time, SH has gone through many iterations and many changes to keep the site interesting and relevant for our members. One consistency is the lack of reboots since 2013 - everything has been a cohesive and continuous story, even as we expand the universe.
We're a modern day site and each IC month moves at approximately 5 weeks IRL time. We keep the month updated in the header, so make sure you pay attention to the changes! Moving at our own pace allows us to operate in a semi-AU setting that does not allow canon characters. We feel this gives our members the best chance at being creative. Plus, our characters have Hoots (think early iPhones) and many advances in technology (like credit cards, paying via Hoot, etc.). Blood purity has also become a thing of the past, but not everything is peaceful in the Wizarding world.
In December 2017, we expanded to include global schools and global characters. We are hopeful that the inclusion of this will help members explore all aspects of the Wizarding World and help cut back on some of our character restrictions/regulations. We have started by rolling out only a few schools, but hope to add more in the future. If you’re interested in adding a school that hasn’t yet been added, feel free to reach out to the admin. We take member creations and add them to site canon on a regular basis – the next bit of site lore could be for you!
There’s lots to do at our site – if you’re interested in Students, your characters can go to class and participate in school events. If you’re interested in Adults, we have a growing population of adult characters with loads to do at the Ministry. Play a criminal, a Professor, an Auror – we allow and encourage our members to contribute to our site canon. In fact, Hoots are a member's creation!
If all of this strikes your fancy, read more about our plot HERE!
RulesUnfortunately, site rules always seem to be the same. We do have a slightly more involved registration process, so please take extra care with this (especially since we view this as a test of your reading comprehension). Otherwise, our rules are very straight forward.
To summarize – we expect that members are intermediate to advanced adult (18+) writers. You must post at least once in your first 2 weeks and then every 45 days from that point to be considered active. We have standard rules for member conduct on the board and in the Cbox. If you do not act accordingly, you will be banned.
To read more about activity checks, post requirements for new characters, application expectations, graphics/face claim requirements, and our Gringotts Banking system, please read the rules HERE.
RegistrationStatic Hogwarts utilizes OOC Accounts that we have dubbed "Static Accounts". We've broken this down into a five-step process outlined below. The important thing to remember is that your Static account should be what you want EVERYONE on the site to call you – this will be your alias on ALL parts of the site and the ONLY name you’re known by.
Once you have created your Static Account, post in this thread. From there, go to the UCP (here) and register a character account. Remember to register with a FIRST AND LAST NAME ONLY (under no circumstances should you register with a middle name for your character) and with proper capitalization. If it isn’t how you’d write your own name, it’s probably incorrect!