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The Portraits Challenge Update #1

 

On a not so late Thursday evening, Harry was again sitting in an unused classroom.  But this time he had an audience of seven portraits in four frames holding a very informal discussion of who knows what.

"For instance," one older lady stated.  "On Thursday nights like tonight, when the staff have their weekly meetings, Mr. Filch always neglects to patrol the fifth floor and above.  He works the fourth floors down to his quarters where he retires for the evening.  Such information could save that young Miss Brown's reputation.  There are more broom closets than the one she favors on the third floor.  She and her current beau missed being caught after curfew by a mere one minute the other night."

"So what locations would you recommend for say, a young, upstanding couple to spend some private time together?" Harry thought out loud.

"Not that you have ever taken advantage of any," an elderly gentleman replied.  "But there are a few long forgotten stowage rooms on the seventh floor that are never checked by the staff or the prefects.  They are quite more comfortable than a cramped broom closet, if you know what I mean."

There were a few comments from the other portraits concerning the gentleman's response.  Some agreed, some were surprised, and one couple appeared to be blushing.

Harry thought of having a quick but private conversation with Lavender when he returned to the Common Room later.  No reason for loosing house points unnecessarily.

What do you think you could or would want to learn from the Hogwarts experts?  Write it down and submit your entry to the Challenge.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2015.04.15 - 06:33PM (0 Comments)

The Portraits Challenge (2015-2)

After brooding around, Harry Potter ended up looking out a dirty window in an unused room in some unknown part of the castle.  He was startled when he heard a voice close by say, “Hello?”  A portrait that had seen better days started a conversation with him.  Harry shortly learned that the vast majority of the portraits at Hogwarts are neglected and abandoned.  Keeping up conversations, Harry became the most popular person the portraits wanted to talk to.

The portraits know every square inch of the castle, where everybody and everything is, what everybody is saying, what they’re doing, and with whom.  Within a month, Harry became the most informed person in the castle.  Nothing was sacred.

The Challenge is to write a story of how this came about, what all information Harry can and did gain from the portraits, and how he uses this information to his advantage.

Rules:

1. All general submission rules apply. Stories over 20,000 words are discouraged but not prohibited.  R-rated stories are allowed but discouraged. Judges are not required to read stories over 20,000 words or any R-rated stories.

2. All entries must be submitted under “The Portraits” Challenge 2015-2, sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Friday, May 15, 2015.

3. Only completed stories by the deadline are acceptable.  Multiple chapters are allowed.

4. The categories for judging are Best Overall, Most Resourceful, Adventurous, and The People’s Choice Award.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2015.04.01 - 11:09AM (0 Comments)

DSTA Awards go to....

Whoever heard of having the 10th be during the week...  Very crazy week at that.  Here are the winners of the January/ February Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards:

 

 

 

Congratulations, everyone.  The nominations are now open for March/ April DSTAs. 

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2015.03.14 - 09:32AM (7 Comments)

Voting Commences

It's time once again to cast your ballot for your favourites in the Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards.  Voting will end on March 10th with results being revealed on the 11th.  Good luck to all!

 

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2015.03.01 - 09:59PM (2 Comments)

And The Winner Is....

With only one "Home Alone" story, the judges still had to submit their votes and comments.  The results was pretty much straight forward and split down the middle.  Two comments concerning Dobby were polar opposites.  So, the winner is...

The award for Humorous & Ingenious goes to:

Fuddle Fog & Fungus Bumps by GHL

The winning story is now prominently listed in our Featured Stories section.  The 2015-2 Challenge will start April 1st.  Remember all those people in the school...in those ugly frames

I would like to thank the judges that sent in their votes.  You know who you are: AM, BA, JG, JG, TM, & ZA.  Your time to help out is quite valuable. The Challenge would not exist if nobody judged them.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2015.02.28 - 04:43PM (8 Comments)

Happy Birthday Bonnie

It is now February 17th in London and Hogsmeade.  All of us here at Sink Into Your Eyes would like to wish Miss Bonnie Wright, the actress who portrays one half of our site's favorite couple (no, she's not Harry...sheesh), a very wonderful twenty-fourth birthday.  While the boss has banished me from the SIYE ballrooms after all those insurance claims (really...not my fault), someone else has stepped up to provide cake, punch, and music there throughout the next day.  Have a great one Bonnie.

Mischief managed!

Spenser Hemmingway on 2015.02.16 - 10:20PM (3 Comments)

The "Home Alone" Challenge is Now Closed

Our first Challenge of the year is now closed.  We have only one story where Ginny does the job of defending the Burrow.  Therefore the judging will be a little different.  The story will go up against the categories of Best Overall, Humorous, Ingenious, and of course, The People’s Choice Award.  May the best category win…?

Sir Ollivander on 2015.02.16 - 06:38PM (0 Comments)

Hem... Hem...

It's my pleasure to present the Annual Dumbledore Silver Trinket Award winners for 2014.  The envelope, please....

 

 

Congratulations, one and all!  Nominations for your favorite stories from January and February are now open.  Remember, nominations close February 28th.

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2015.02.11 - 09:26PM (7 Comments)

Epic Fail...

Due to the epic fail on my part (sorry, but it's the start of tax season and the calls at work have increased by quite a lot), the annual ballot will remain open until February 10th.  The winners will be announced on February 11th.  Sorry about the confusion and the empty ballot!

 

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2015.01.30 - 09:07PM (7 Comments)

Winners and more polls!

Congratulations to the winners of the November/ December 2014 Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards!  They are as follows:

 

 

Our annual polls are open until January 31st so be sure to take a moment and vote for your favourite today!

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2015.01.15 - 07:27AM (20 Comments)

Completed Reads
It Happened One Night by SunDevil05
Harry and Ginny make a decision that changes their lives....
Rating: PG-13
Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP
Genre: Angst, Fluff, Drama, General
Warnings: Death, Sexual Situations, Violence
Words: 248932
Chapters: 34
Published: 2003.10.09
Updated: 2004.11.02
Hits: 118942
Reviews: 1041


Recently Updated/Added
Harry & Ginny, in the Chamber of Secrest by GHL (PG)
This is all your fault! Yes, you know who you are... You couldn't let the kids rest on their Fuddle Fog laurels... Just had to request a sequel, yeah? September, 1992: the action shifts to Hogwarts, where the hunt for a cursed diary is bogging down. With Ginny stuck in detention, Harry finds himself racing down an unfamiliar corridor, desperately fleeing a lovesick dyslexic. Blundering into a dead end, Harry evades capture and chances upon a brilliant stroke of luck: a gallery of grateful gossips, snitches and spies, all very eager to set our plucky protagonists back on the trail. Will our delightful duo succumb to the 'Air of Slytherin'? And what about a DADA professor who (surprise, surprise) is not quite who he claims to be?
Rating: PG
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy
Warnings: Mild Language
Words:
Chapters: 1
Published: 2015.04.15
Updated: 2015.04.18
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 281
Reviews: 3


Family Lost, Family Found by HPmum2014 (R)
Ginny has grown up surrounded by the love of her family. On a Halloween night when she is seven, it is lost. Years later, with the return of Harry to England, the family she thought she lost, may become the family she finds.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Angst, Drama, General, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Death, Intimate Sexual Situations
Words:
Chapters: 3
Published: 2015.04.08
Updated: 2015.04.18
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 2157
Reviews: 20


Raising Albus by JetLaBarge (R)
Raising Albus is turning out to be a challenge. Raising a child that is extraordinarily magically talented is difficult enough, but when the child is the subject of several prophesies the task can be daunting. Harry feels it may have been easier being a child subject to prophesies than raising one. Teddy wants to be an Auror, not the safest occupation. James and Lily pose their own challenges. This story will take us up to Albus and Rose train ride to Hogwarts.
Rating: R
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, General
Warnings: Death, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 7
Published: 2015.03.19
Updated: 2015.04.15
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 2504
Reviews: 20


Homecoming by Brennus (R)
After four years working overseas for the shadowy Department M, a world-weary and dispirited Harry Potter returns to the land of his birth. He meets some old friends and makes some new ones, as he learns that much has changed since he left home. AU, a ‘Harry never went to Hogwarts’ story.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Death, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 14
Published: 2015.02.17
Updated: 2015.04.14
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 18715
Reviews: 167


The Power to Vanquish by deedeevee (R)
My version of what happened after HBP.I discovered fan fiction while waiting for Book 7 and at the time I was worried how certain things within the HP series might end. I decided to try writing my own version for fun and I did finish it just before Book 7 came out. I thought I'd finally get around to posting it here.
Rating: R
Category: Post-HBP, Post-HBP
Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Death, Mild Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 11
Published: 2015.02.21
Updated: 2015.04.13
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 5274
Reviews: 40


For In Dreams by Senator of Sorcery (PG)
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. And then, dreams become reality as Harry meets Ginny. *Nominated for 2014 November/December DSTA for Best New Story and Best Romance*
Rating: PG
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Mild Language, Negative Alcohol Use, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse
Words:
Chapters: 11
Published: 2014.11.13
Updated: 2015.04.12
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 9005
Reviews: 50


After by Senator of Sorcery (PG)
*** Winner of Best Overall, Best Drama and the People’s Choice Award in the Asylum Challenge *** *Nominated for 2014 January/February DSTA for Best Drama.* *Nominated for 2014 April/May DSTA for Best Romance and Best Drama* *Nominated for 2014 November/December DSTA for Best Drama and Best Romance* Ginny's plans for the weekend were just perfect: a day out in Hogsmeade with her girlfriends. Spend the morning window shopping and wishing, then lunch at the Three Broomsticks, and then to the local theater for a production of the Scottish Play (Macbeth). Unfortunately, the bad luck of the Scottish Play strikes before it even starts. The village is invaded by Death Eaters, Dementors, and a man she had hoped to never see again in her life. And in the middle of the battle, Ginny sees something she'd never thought she'd see. Voldemort and one of her greatest friends dueling; Harry Potter and Voldemort fighting so fiercely, she lost focus on her own battle. Harry Potter, crying out, falling, and hitting the ground. Dead.And then, someone she never expected to help her saves her from Voldemort’s wrath.
Rating: PG
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 33
Published: 2013.08.07
Updated: 2015.04.12
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 23827
Reviews: 90


Perfectly Normal by FluffyNargles (PG-13)
Harry is at the Burrow for the summer and is looking forward to spending time with his friends, especially a certain redheaded girl with big, brown eyes. But then Harry just has to go and put his foot in his mouth and his hand… Well, you’ll see… All in all, the summer of 1996 is sure to be a very memorable summer for everyone, and maybe not-so-perfectly normal.
Rating: PG-13
Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP
Genre: Comedy
Warnings: Mild Language
Words:
Chapters: 3
Published: 2015.04.08
Updated: 2015.04.12
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 1369
Reviews: 8



Featured Stories
Bound by YelloWitchGrl (R)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Completed **
The battle is over, there is life to be lived, peace to be enjoyed and trouble following close at their heels.Ginny hasn't seen Harry since the dust settled from the battles with Voldemort, but when an unexpected piece of news draws them together will they be driven apart or become bound?Follows Canon to the best of my knowledge.The warnings are just to be safe. I don't know that they're all needed, but I'm putting them up just to cover my bases. If you have any questions or concerns, please message me.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Angst, Drama, Fluff, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Rape, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse
Words: 92463
Chapters: 24
Published: 2014.07.08
Updated: 2014.12.14
Status: Completed
Hits: 38290
Reviews: 317


The Seeker Daughter by GHL (G)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Drama **
*** Winner of Best Overall in the Quidditch Challenge *** May 2004: It's being billed as the Hogwarts match of the decade! The best Gryffindor team in ages is set to clash against the sleek, defending champion Slytherins. Both squads are stacked with young stars whom Harry and Ginny have mentored, and the Potters are on-hand to mingle with their adoring acolytes. Yet amidst the excitement and good will, lurks a spectre of pain and betrayal -- a brilliant yet prickly Slytherin seeker whose bewildering legacy Harry knows he can no longer defer.** Starting lineups posted! ** (click link; scroll half way down page)This was actually supposed to follow another story ('Trix'; writing ongoing; posting to begin in November) but the Quidditch challenge came out too durned soon, so I'm trying to give you enough background for the current story to stand alone, without spoiling Trix. Hope you enjoy!
Rating: G
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Drama, Humor
Words: 19716
Chapters: 4
Published: 2014.10.09
Updated: 2014.11.11
Status: Completed
Hits: 5572
Reviews: 42


Trix by GHL (PG-13)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best New Story **
"But now old friends are acting strange..." -- Joni MitchellVoldemort 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 nasty pulling 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: 63837
Chapters: 7
Published: 2014.11.07
Updated: 2015.03.31
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 5643
Reviews: 27


Bikini Girls on Brooms by Northumbrian (R)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Comedy **
*** Winner of Most Humorous in the Quidditch Challenge ***Harry and Ginny visit Portugal for sun, sea, sand, and something else. Bikini Girls on Brooms! Surely the title is enough?
Rating: R
Category: Quidditch Challemge (2014-4), Quidditch Challemge (2014-4)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Romance
Words: 7744
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.11.12
Updated: 2014.11.12
Status: Completed
Hits: 3641
Reviews: 24


Fuddle Fog & Fungus Bumps by GHL (PG)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Comedy **
*** Winner of Humorous & Ingenious in the Home Alone Challenge *** "I wonder what would happen if I mix this paste with that powder?" Ginny honestly had no idea, but she was willing to wager that it could be a really funny way to extract sweet revenge. As she discretely placed the containers back into Fred's prank chest and relocked it, she would never have guessed that, several accidents later, she would become embroiled in the best punishment ever -- a weekend alone at the Burrow that would change her life forever!
Rating: PG
Category: Home Alone Challenge (2015-1), Home Alone Challenge (2015-1)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Humor
Warnings: Mild Language
Words: 18964
Chapters: 3
Published: 2015.01.28
Updated: 2015.02.13
Status: Completed
Hits: 3828
Reviews: 42





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