Edited out of respect -- this is really about the fanfic stories
What might have seemed harmlessly silly two weeks ago is no longer, so I feel a moral imperative to walk it back. Several of you did say that light humour is fine, and I still believe that, but there are times to stick to the script.
Thus I revert this news item to something that is good and without controversy, which is to present the tally for this latest Challenge 2017-2 awards. And thus we announce (drumroll please) the following triumphant stories:
A tremendous round of virtual applause to our diligent judges: ZA, SM, AM, KH, JG, MG and AS!
And now, here is the topic for Challenge 2017-3: Somebody is going on a magical creature hunt -- tell us about it!
Categories for the challenge include 'Most Adventuresome', 'Most Unexpected' and 'Best Overall'. Stories must be submitted by midnight, Nov. 15, in order for award announcements to be made on Dec. 1.
For this challenge, I am going to waive the strict requirement that stories focus on Harry/Ginny, although authors who find some way to at least weave them into tale will always earn a little extra appreciation from many SIYE devotees.
Please use this space to begin proposing topics for Challenge 2018-1. Please Please.
The results are in for the May 2017 Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards. Huge thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all the winners and everyone who was nominated. Nominations are now being accepted for the July 2017 awards.
ginnyweasley777 on 2017.07.28 - 12:09PM (4 Comments)
May 2017 Trinkets Voting Open!
The last two months have flown by and now it is time to vote for your favourites again. The votiing is now open for the May 2017 trinkets. We have a good number of stories submitted and your votes can be cast here -
The results will be posted on 29th July so as to not clash with Challenge posts.
EDIT 24/7/17 - Due to work commitments on Saturday and being away on Sunday I will now close the voting and post the results on Friday 28th July.
ginnyweasley777 on 2017.07.19 - 04:28AM (2 Comments)
Corrections re. Challenge 2017-2
Brill! Happily, I have been proven wrong on both major counts of my message from this morning. Sometime between my settling into a strange bed late last night, and my blearily hitting the road this morning, we did indeed get a second story before the deadline. And, somewhere in all this, there may well be the mention of a flat EU country; purveyor of fine wheat beers and lagers!
There will be no People's Challenge, obviously, so over the next two weeks judges will ponder the pranksome nature of a titilating tale of knickers, chess pieces, and misplaced attribution, to determine which of the following categories is a suitable award:
There is, to my knowledge, no gratuitous use of the word Belgium to evaluate, hence there is no need to compromise anyone's beer loyalties.
Dear judges: I am currently on travel and am limited in my laptop time, so I will send you a note with instructions within the next 24 hours.
challenge update (2017-2) and input on challenge topics for 2017-3
"Er..." Wide eyed, Harry scratched his head. "Now that was unexpected."
Watching huge gobs of greenish clotted cream oozing from Marcus Flint's armpits, Ginny sputtered into her hand. "Oops!" She took Harry's arm and steered him away from the spectacle that had exploded the Great Hall into hysterics. "I may have dribbled too much doxy egg-yoke into the potion by accident. Oh well."
"Accident?" Leaving the raucous hall, Harry glanced back in time to see Flint skid in the cream and land tail first in the mess. He smirked and pulled his new-found conspirator a bit closer. "Say, Gin'. I wouldn't mind having another accident like the one we had yesterday in the, uh, broom closet." His eyes couldn't resist a quick glance at his conspirator's lips.
"Nuh uh, Potter." Ginny shook her head firmly.
"No?" Harry blinked, a bit crestfallen.
"Of course not." Ginny tugged Harry to the side, sending them both stumbling into a tiny alcove, rattling an old mop and some pails. "This time it's no accident!"
So April Fool's Day may be months past, but who's not looking forward to reliving some great pranks?? The next challenge is due in less than twelve days now -- we have one great story in already, and at least one more in the works, but here's hoping there are loads more tricks and gags waiting to be sprung on poor hapless Hogwarts villains!
Please get your entries in by midnight SIYE time on July 15th. Some of you should also be on the lookout for judging requests. Also, we need to pin down our topic for Challenge 2017-3. Please either suggest a topic, or vote for one of our the top prior candidates:
Someone is going on a magical creature hunt. Why they are hunting the creature? Do they find it? Tell us about the journey.
Years into their marriage, Ginny discovers something surprising about Harry. Tell us about it.
By accident, Harry and Ginny stumble upon a hidden Portkey and are swept away. What happens next, and how do they get back?
As the shock wave receded from the Gryffindor Table, Colin Creevey timidly wiped a spatter of stew from his nose, Ginny slowly emerged from her blast crouch, and several seventh years looked down their sharp seventh-year noses at... Harry Potter.
On her way over from the Ravenclaw table, Luna smiled genially. "Good evening, Harry Potter. You're looking quite tetchy tonight."
Harry took a breath, low and raspy like a 'quite tetchy' lethifold. His white knuckles unclenched the seat back that he had just slammed, and he scanned the Great Hall, seething, "I'm going to rearrange someone's bloody face."
"Oh dear no." Luna blinked. "It need not be bloody. Magical healers can do excellent, non-intrusive cosmetic surgery these days."
Ignoring her, Ginny stared at Harry. "Oi Potter. Does that mean they got you too?"
"Got me too?" Harry looked in askance. "Do you mean, someone else was cursed with a singing cauldron in Potions?"
"Yes. Me." Ginny nodded stiffly, banishing from her mind the strains of a daft love song (something about her fancying the Boy Who Lived). "They pranked me this morning."
"Bugger." Harry gritted his teeth for a moment. "Do you have any idea who did it?"
Ginny's shoulders slumped. "No. Snape took all the evidence and locked it in his office. How are we going to find out?"
"Simple!" Luna beamed a ray of sunshine at her friends. "Just ask that lot over at SIYE. They know everything that happens to us."
"Hey!" Harry grinned. "That's a great idea. You know, I'm still chuckling about that Hugo Granger-Weasley piece. That poor lad is so clueless..."
"True." Ginny smiled. "But I think my favourite was the story about two weddings. Who would have thought, you know, that old Mrs. Figg would have let that happen?"
"Uh, I may have missed that one..." Harry scratched his chin. "What was that about two wedd-?"
"Shush!" Luna rapped the table. "Be quiet and hear what the authors say. Meanwhile, I'll find you a book on cosmetic surgery."
Somebody has just wronged Harry and Ginny, and they're going to get even in the most fitting and funny way possible. There are roughly six weeks left for you to tell us about it and compete for fame and (nonmonetary) fortune in the 2017-2 April Fools Challenge!
Challenge award categories are:
People's Choice Award
Standard advisories: all challenge entries must be marked as 'Complete' by the due date (midnight, July 15, 2017). Stories longer than 20,000 words or with a Restricted rating are discouraged. Judges need not read Restricted stories, and are not asked to read beyond the 20,000th word of any story.
Everyone, please feel free to suggest new challenge ideas whenever they occur to you!
The results are in for the June 2016 Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards, and I can tell you it was very close in a few of the categories. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who was nominated. Nominations are now being accepted for what *should* be the May 2017 trinkets.
ginnyweasley777 on 2017.05.20 - 11:29AM (8 Comments)
The Trinkets are back!
Well it's still a work-in-progress with figuring out just where we are with them, but I can now announce that the voting is now open for the June 2016 Silver Trinkets. There's quite a few stories to choose from and you can vote at the following link -
Ginny enters the Room of Requirement hoping to learn what she needs to know for her O.W.L.s, but the room has a more important lesson in store for her.Rating: PG Category: Peter Pan Challenge (2007-4), Peter Pan Challenge (2007-4) Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance Words: 10594 Chapters: 7 Published: 2007.08.31 Updated: 2007.08.31 Hits: 9399 Reviews: 13
Harry had never friends, so he imagined one: a red haired girl he kept forgetting to name. Ginny imagined a shy boy with untidy hair and bright eyes, who knew nothing of magic, so she told him. He dreamt of a world of magic and of a girl who wanted to be his friend. She dreamt of a boy who loved to hear her voice, no matter what. Then dreams become a reality when Harry met Ginny.Rating changed for later chapters.*Nominated for 2014 November/December DSTA for Best New Story and Best Romance* *Nominated for 2016 January/Feburary DSTA for Best Comedy, Drama, and Romance*Rating: PG-13 Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Humor, Romance Warnings: Dark Fiction, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 54 Published: 2014.11.13 Updated: 2017.08.17 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 82830 Reviews: 285
Jamie missed her brother during her first year at Hogwarts, but his entry into a deadly tournament wasn't what she had in mind to change that. R/H, H/G and others.Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Crossover Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Violence Words: Chapters: 2 Published: 2017.08.15 Updated: 2017.08.15 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 279 Reviews: 1
Two mysterious beings that claim to be Nephalem send Harry's soul back in time to fix the mistakes of the powerful and save his world from more than just Voldemort. This is a change in the Time Travel trope where Harry originally never went to Hogwarts, where events spiraled out of control and Voldemort had risen with the Philosophers Stone and Diary Riddle forced another side to the conflict.Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance Warnings: Death, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 3 Published: 2017.07.31 Updated: 2017.08.14 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 1054 Reviews: 9
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours. Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?Rating: PG Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Drama, Fluff, General, Romance Warnings: Mild Language Words: Chapters: 33 Published: 2010.08.13 Updated: 2017.08.13 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 154071 Reviews: 735
Sequel to Darkness Within. This story begins the night before Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts. Canon couples accurate to JKR. The romance between Harry and Ginny will develop slowly due to their ages. Please note rating and warnings. Rating: R Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Drama, Romance Warnings: Disturbing Imagery, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Sexual Situations, Violence Words: Chapters: 3 Published: 2017.07.30 Updated: 2017.08.12 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 1238 Reviews: 15
"But now old friends are acting strange..." - Joni Mitchell. Voldemort is dead; Harry and Ginny are in love and living the dream. What's not to like, right? Then, a sudden rash of strange incidents piques Harry's anxiety. After years of war, are people just having difficulty adjusting to peace? Or is someone out there playing dirty 'trix'?The story is set three months after the end of 'The Prevailing Counterpoint', and builds on characters and events elaborated therein. TPC is probably not required reading if you accept that Dumbledore and Snape are dead; that Lupin, Tonks and Fred are alive, and that Slytherins are fundamentally neurotic.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Humor Warnings: Death, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 16 Published: 2014.11.07 Updated: 2017.08.10 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 26150 Reviews: 108
After Harry is injured protecting the philosopher's stone, Minerva McGonnagall promises herself that she will do a better job looking after him. That promise will eventually lead to large changes in Harry's life. This will ultimately be Harry/Ginny, but since it starts at the end of Harry's first year, it will take a while for any romantic relationships to develop.This is my first fanfic and I have no idea how long it will be or how long it will take me to post. Rating: PG-13 Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Angst, Drama, General Warnings: Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 8 Published: 2017.06.24 Updated: 2017.08.08 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 6030 Reviews: 42
'AU. Sirius Black has his name cleared and raises Harry (with help from Remus) in the Potters' ancestral home. One day a year, Harry must return to the Dursleys for a full day to keep his Mother's protection spell. He meets and befriends several characters early. On his eleventh birthday, Harry is given a diary and keeps it secret. Ginny finds out about it and they both write in the diary together secretly. They are taken slightly aback when it writes back at first but quickly get used to their new friend, Tom.
After all, it's not as if it could be dangerous, right?'Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fluff, Humor, Romance Warnings: Death, Extreme Language, Mild Language, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 8 Published: 2016.04.10 Updated: 2017.08.05 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 7356 Reviews: 13
At the height of the first wizarding war, Albus Dumbledore seeks out a mythical artefact to help bring hope to those he believes will be affected by the prophecy.Rating: PG Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Angst, Drama, Fluff, General Words: 39564 Chapters: 5 Published: 2017.04.07 Updated: 2017.05.25 Status: Completed Hits: 3518 Reviews: 36
Annabel has had a bad day. She tries to deal with it as best she can.The last thing she needs is to meet someone else who has hurt her, someone who she hasn't seen in many years. Or is it?Do people really change. Has James Sirius Potter finally grown up?Note added by admin: while the H/G portion of this tale is secondary and comes later, the story is a fine addition to the Northumbrian post-canon, and is welcome at SIYE.Rating: R Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, General, Humor, Romance Warnings: Extreme Language Words: 74811 Chapters: 13 Published: 2017.05.10 Updated: 2017.06.18 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 7775 Reviews: 73
AU. After a disappointing year on a reserve Quidditch team, Ginny Weasley decides to change her path and join the Auror Academy. There, she learns more about magic, love, evil, and herself than she ever could have imagined.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Comedy, Fluff, General, Romance Warnings: Death Words: 30910 Chapters: 10 Published: 2017.05.13 Updated: 2017.07.16 Status: Completed Hits: 11084 Reviews: 69
** Winner of Most Humourous and Most Unexpected in the April Fools Challenge **The story follows canon until May 1996, up to the point when someone decided to add a little twist by meddling with Ginny's love life. Of course, Ginny doesn't like that.Rating: G Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP Genre: Humor, Romance Words: 5250 Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.06.20 Updated: 2017.06.20 Status: Completed Hits: 1698 Reviews: 16
After Harry is injured protecting the philosopher's stone, Minerva McGonnagall promises herself that she will do a better job looking after him. That promise will eventually lead to large changes in Harry's life. This will ultimately be Harry/Ginny, but since it starts at the end of Harry's first year, it will take a while for any romantic relationships to develop.This is my first fanfic and I have no idea how long it will be or how long it will take me to post. Rating: PG-13 Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Angst, Drama, General Warnings: Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: 20937 Chapters: 8 Published: 2017.06.24 Updated: 2017.08.08 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 6030 Reviews: 42
** Winner of Best Overall and People's Choice in the April Fools Challenge **The Burrow only has one loo and Harry didn't know it was occupied. Now two identical gits won't stop teasing him or Ginny about it. Something has to be done. Nothing salacious in this story, just embarrassing.Rating: PG-13 Category: SIYE Challenges, SIYE Challenges Genre: Fluff, Humor Words: 2836 Chapters: 2 Published: 2017.07.15 Updated: 2017.07.16 Status: Completed Hits: 1456 Reviews: 14