- "What would we want to be prefects for? It'd take all the fun out of life."
- —George Weasley
A prefect at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a student who has been given extra authority and responsibilities by the Head of House and Headmaster. One male and one female student are chosen from each house in their fifth year to act as prefects. They would continue to be prefects in their sixth and seventh years until they leave school.
Thus, there are approximately six prefects per house and twenty-four prefects in the whole school at one time. The Head Boy and Head Girl may be chosen from among this number and may not be replaced. However, the Head Boy or Girl does not have to be a prefect.
The Weasley family is noted for having had several prefects among its sons — first Bill, next is Charlie, then Percy, and finally Ron. Percy in particular is known to have been mercilessly persecuted by his brothers Fred and George, who once bewitched his Prefect's badge to read "Pinhead", and were once quoted by Ron as having "always said that only prats become Prefects".
The Prefects chosen in 2017 Were Michael Andrews III and Roxanne Weasley of Gryfindor Casey Korriman and Emily Jenkins of Ravenclaw Ben Truman and Grace Madley of Hufflpuff and Steve Murdock and Jane Smithson of Slytherin