Anyone who has publically declared allegiance to Voldemort may be considered one of the Ruling Classes. This may include people trying to protect their families and children as well as true followers of the Dark Lord’s regime. Ancient Pureblood houses such as the Blacks, Malfoys and Lestranges are known as the Higher Families.

Children of the Ruling Classes are expected to be educated by their parents until the age of sixteen, and then sent to Slytherin Academy until the age of twenty-one.