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A prefect was a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who had been granted additional powers and duties by the Head of House and Headmaster.
In their fifth year, one male and one female student from each house were selected to serve as prefects. They would remain prefects in their sixth and seventh years until they graduated.
Here is a complete list – from worst to best.
11. Tom Riddle
He was highly intelligent, as demonstrated by his top Hogwarts performance and incredible magical feats, but his interests were focused solely on the utility of individuals, objects, and powers to his goals.
His unwillingness to see the big picture, as well as his inattention to events, powers, and human qualities that were not particularly relevant to him, was a severe weakness that contributed to the majority of his setbacks and, eventually, his demise.
Riddle was considered an intelligent, polite young man who displayed an eagerness to learn and was able to use his superficial charm to make many do his bidding, demonstrating his ability as an outstanding master manipulator as a child at Hogwarts and in the early years of his adult life.
Others described him as poor but brilliant, destitute but so courageous, a school prefect and a model pupil. His status as a model student had won him the confidence and admiration of his professors as well as the clients at Borgin and Burkes.
However, this was all a ruse, as he was very manipulative, with Dumbledore saying that a series of “nasty events” occurred during his time at Hogwarts that the officials were never able to entirely link to him.
10. Lucius Malfoy
Lucius could be clever and manipulative when necessary, allowing him to earn the respect and goodwill of high-ranking individuals through his wealth and family name.
He even had clout with Cornelius Fudge, Minister of Magic. Lucius’ continuous gifts to important institutions were bribes to Fudge for classified information, delaying legislation, and obtaining undeserved incentives and acknowledgment.
He was also a cunning, opportunistic social climber who was excellent at influencing others, but beneath his respectable exterior, he treated people cruelly.
He ruthlessly used eleven-year-old Ginevra Weasley in an attempt to undermine her father in the Ministry and depose Albus Dumbledore as Headmaster of Hogwarts. If Harry Potter had not interfered, this effort would have resulted in her demise.
9. Pansy Parkinson
Pansy, who was sadistic, mean-spirited, and petty, often bullied and teased Gryffindor students and other students in general.
She may have targeted them specifically because of Harry Potter’s infamous antagonistic relationship with Draco Malfoy, but it appears that she simply enjoyed terrorizing others in general.
Pansy had a relationship with Gryffindor Parvati Patil at one point, or at least respected her to some extent, though this possible friendship seemed to have faded by the time they were in their fifth year.
Pansy was most likely a prejudiced pure-blood supremacist herself, judging by her amusement when Blaise Zabini made an offensive remark about Ginny Weasley being a “filthy blood traitor,” her affiliation with the then-prejudiced Draco Malfoy, and the attitude she expressed just before the Battle of Hogwarts.
8. Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson abused their positions, much to Hermione Granger’s chagrin, by being uncharacteristically strict towards first years and deducting points from students who did not agree with them.
In his sixth year, Draco abandoned his prefect duties in favor of his Death Eater task of murdering Albus Dumbledore, failing to even show up to the Prefects gathering on the train.
During his fifth year, he was made a prefect of his residence and a member of the Inquisitorial Squad, at the end of which his father was detained in Azkaban following the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
Lord Voldemort assigned Draco the task of making up for Lucius’ failure, and he joined the Death Eaters at the age of sixteen but rapidly became disaffected with the lifestyle. For the majority of his childhood, Draco was an obnoxious, vindictive bully.
His manipulative personality, like Dudley Dursley’s, was most probably a consequence of being spoiled by his parents during his childhood, but according to Harry, Draco was even less sympathetic than his cousin.
Because of his family’s pure-blood ancestry, as well as his family’s wealth and social standing, he considered himself superior to most individuals.
He often treated Muggle-borns, so-called blood traitors, Gryffindor students, and anyone who supported Harry Potter or Albus Dumbledore with contempt.
7. Ron Weasley
Ron was a very faithful, courageous, vigorous, and witty guy, but he could be immature and insulting at times.
He had a bitingly sarcastic, gruff sense of fun that often made his friends laugh and relax. He could be argumentative, as evidenced by his squabbles with the similarly argumentative and sometimes harsh Hermione.
Ron’s perspective on many matters was frequently that of the stereotypical wizard, which contrasted frequently with those of Harry and Hermione as they were both raised by Muggles; however, he was usually more aware of conventional wizardkind influences.
Ron was also a person who preferred to do things the easy way because he disliked working hard.
This trait was evident in his first year when he randomly selected books from the Hogwarts Library shelves after learning about Nicolas Flamel.
6. Percy Weasley
He took the rules very strictly and didn’t think Fred and George Weasley’s constant pranks would get them very far.
His brother Ron once said, “Percy would just not know a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing Dobby’s tea cosy.”
Percy generally appeared affected and egoistic because he tried so hard to appear and sound dignified, including calling his parents “Mother” and “Father” rather than “Mum” and “Dad” like the rest of his brothers.
As Fred and George have said, Percy could be snobbish and standoffish at times, but he still cared about his family in the end, albeit sometimes too late.
He was also very arrogant, and when he wanted anything, he often cared more about himself than his friends.
5. Hannah Abbott
Hannah was easily agitated and appeared to lack confidence, as demonstrated by her meltdown in Herbology and her claims of being stupid.
She seemed to be prone to making mistakes while under pressure. Despite this, Hannah was a devoted friend who demonstrated her courage by first joining Dumbledore’s Army and then battling in Hogwarts’ defense.
Hannah trained to be a Healer in her adulthood and applied for the post of Hogwarts Matron, implying that she would have been very successful and knowledgeable in healing magic, particularly healing spells, potions, and other magical treatments.
Hannah was able to conjure a non-corporeal Patronus, which is a sign of superior magical skill given the difficulty of the said charm to perform. She most likely learned the spell while attending Dumbledore’s Army sessions.
4. Bill Weasley
Bill was described as “cool” because he was laid back and easygoing. He did, however, have a serious side, as a student, he was a high academic achiever and Hogwarts Head Boy his seventh year. He was passionate about his research.
He was courageous, working as a Curse-Breaker and entering the Order of the Phoenix to battle Lord Voldemort.
He is also a man of great compassion and loyalty, as he was offended by Ron’s decision to leave Harry and Hermione over a minor disagreement.
3. Cedric Diggory
He looked to have the same kind of character strength as Harry. This occurred when Fleur used her Veela charm on him while inviting him to be her partner for the Yule Ball. He declined because he already had a date.
As a result, Cedric could be described as a man of his word with extraordinary inner strength, particularly given how he was able to effectively resist the charm of Veela charm and maintain his previously made commitment.
Cedric was sincere when he told his father that his win in the Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff Quidditch match was not fair.
The female Gryffindor Chasers all described him as “strong and quiet,” implying that he was wise enough just to talk only when deemed needed.
2. Hermione Granger
Hermione was known for being both highly intellectually curious and incredibly highly motivated, excelling in most of her classes and constantly assisting Harry and Ron in their journeys.
She was so dedicated to her studies that the Ministry granted her a Time-Turner in her third year, a device that rewinds time so she could take additional classes.
Unlike most wizards, Hermione relied on logic to conclude data that most others overlooked, such as Remus Lupin’s lycanthropy.
Hermione was a responsible person, a strict perfectionist, and well-dressed, who often tried to be the adult in the room among her more impulsive friends, with differing degrees of success. These characteristics contributed to her selection as a prefect in her fifth year.
Hermione was fixated on order and steadfastly committed to the rules throughout her entire school career, often at the cost of her fame.
1. Albus Dumbledore
Many consider Dumbledore to be the most powerful wizard of all time. He was benign and knowledgeable, a great wizard in the mold of Merlin.
He had a somewhat otherworldly quiet and casual demeanor, and he almost always exuded an aura of serenity and composure, rarely showing intense feelings such as rage or fear.
Dumbledore was a remarkably perceptive and emotionally intelligent person, and his understanding of people’s true personalities extended beyond merely being a good judge of character. Dumbledore was driven above all by his belief in the power of the nature of humanity.
He also had a profound ability to love, reminding Harry all the time that love was the greatest magic of all. Dumbledore trusted in the goodness of everyone and was a firm believer in second chances.