Based on the popular 1990 American movie "Home Alone," starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister and two would-be burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, this Challenge is about either Harry Potter at #4 Privet Drive OR Ginny Weasley at the Burrow. Pick one!
Harry is left alone when the Dursley's leave town for the weekend. Of course his wand is locked up somewhere and he can't get to it.
Ginny is home alone without her wand over a weekend while the family visits Bill on assignment in Ireland. She's being punished for hexing the Twins after a prank gets carried too far.
For some unknown reasons the wards weaken and burglars are able to see and access their homes. Harry / Ginny are determined to defend their homes, respectively.
The Challenge is to write a story of how Harry / Ginny get into this situation and how they defend their homes against the burglars. Harry / Ginny may not leave their properties.
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 “Home Alone” Challenge 2015-1, sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Sunday, February 15, 2015.
3. Change in Rule: Only completed stories are acceptable. Multiple chapters are allowed.
4. The categories for judging are Best Overall, Humorous, Ingenious, and The People’s Choice Award.
Sir Ollivander on 2015.01.10 - 08:39PM (2 Comments)
DSTA voting commences
The Time Turner has been found and the voting will commence once again for the November/December DSTAs. Voting will end on January 14th so that the annual awards voting will start on the 15th. So make sure to cast your ballots today!
Some time Tuesday, Jan 6th, SIYE experienced a technical glitch and the program reverted back to sometime late Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Anything that was done on the site is no longer there. So SIYE lost a week. (Somebody got a hold of a Time Turner!)
If you had any interactions with SIYE during last week, you need to do it again. Submit stories or chapters, editing a story, etc. We at SIYE will reprint the DSTA nominations and the Challenge News.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We are still talking with our technical staff to learn what happened so we can prevent it from happening again.
Happy New Year...again!
Sir Ollivander on 2015.01.07 - 07:01PM (1 Comments)
And The Winners Are....
And The Winners Are....
Quidditch is a popular sport in the Wizarding World as well as on SIYE as this Challenge shows. We had eight stories competing for winning scores. A real mix of outcomes in the games. And the winners are...
The winning stories are now prominently listed in our Featured Stories section. The 2015-1 Challenge will start January 1st. You wouldn't want to be caught home alone.
I would like to thank the judges that sent in their votes. You know who you are: AM, J, JG, NS, & SM. Your time to help out is quite valuable. The Challenge would not exist if nobody judged them.
Note: One judge questioned a story which my answer decided his first or second place nomination. I thought his attention to detail was important to share with everybody. If JKR spelled Quidditch with a capital Q, two "R"s and a "Z", then that is canon. You should spell it the same way. SIYE has brought this up in the past when it was questioned. Spelling of proper names as JKR wrote them is what we consider correct, including capitalizing the first letter. And don't you dare misspell Professor McGonagall. She will dock you 50 points.
The Golden Snitch has been caught, the crowd has gone wild, Luna has been removed from her announcing job by Professor McGonagall, Harry and Ginny's team has again won, the two are enjoying another celebratory kiss, and, oh yeah, The Quidditch Challenge is now closed.
Our highly professional panel of judges will now begin the process of picking out the winning entries. We have seven, yes seven outstanding stories submitted for your enjoyment, as well as one from me. To refresh your memory, the categories for this Challenge are Best Overall, Best Game Action, Most Humorous, and People's Choice Award. Winners will be anounced next month.
In the mean time, I get to enjoy the Wizarding World's wonderful medical care during my stay here at St. Mungo's. I sort of flew my broom into the side of a mountain while trying to learn to catch a Snitch.
Note: Correction - there are eight outstanding stories. One author drank the wrong potion from Madam Pompfry. Sir Ollivander
Spenser Hemmingway on 2014.11.16 - 12:19AM (0 Comments)
It's time to reveal the winners of the Dumbledore Silver Trinkets Awards for September/ October 2014. Without further ado,
It's time to cast your vote for the best stories of September and October! So head over to the Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards Voting under your account info and cast your vote today! Winners will be announced on November 11th. Good luck to all the nominees!
Harry was playing like a first-year Slytherin. He couldn’t find the Snitch! Harry couldn’t see the Snitch, or much of anything else for that matter! Normal glasses had years before been replaced with match goggles with prescription lens, but it didn’t matter. He was experienced with rain, fog, snow, heavy winds, and annoying Dementors. The problem was the freezing rain. Except for lightning, it was the only weather condition which could postpone a Quidditch game…if detected before its onset. Once a match had begun, Voldemort himself arriving wouldn’t stop the contest.
As this type of rain comes in contact with anything, especially so high in the air, it will instantly freeze…to the brooms, to their robes, to the balls and bats, and, unfortunately, to the special glasses Harry needed to see. With each passing moment, it became harder and harder to make anything out, and the wind didn’t help. It was as if he was trying to read fine print through a stained glass window while riding a bucking bronco. I’m blind with or without these blasted things! he realized. I have to get to the ground now before I…
The decision came too late. Harry couldn’t tell if he’d hit someone or something, or if he’d been the one struck. A falling sensation washed over him. The last thing he remembered before blacking out from the pain was Ginny’s voice calling out his name. He was gone before he could decide if it was real.
What's your inspiration? Baseball season is over now. Devote the time you're saving to that great story plot that's bouncing around in your head. It doesn't need to be an enormous endeavor for you. Ernest Hemingway (no relation) wrote a famous novel with only six words. All we're asking is a thousand plus. You can even wear your Albus Dumbledore costume and munch away at your Trick-or-Treat candy as you type away.
Spenser Hemmingway on 2014.10.31 - 10:44AM (0 Comments)
Another Quidditch Challenge Update
Okay...how about this little tidbit to spark the imagination.
Finally, by the light of still another flash, Ginny spotted the Snitch approximately forty yards off to her right. Breathing a sigh of relief, she directed Harry's broom in its direction only to be nearly knocked from it at the last second by a near miss. A lightning bolt had actually hit the Snitch! Its magic had been negated. and it was simply falling.
"Oh crum!" Ginny shouted to the storm as she dropped the broom into a nosedive. Could she catch it before it hit? The Firebolt was the second fastest broom she had ever ridden. Only Tromed Love, the first racing broom Harry had built, could match it. The Snitch, however, was plummeting like a meteor. The nose of the broom was aimed straight down, and she was only three or four hundred feet up.
"Closer...closer...I almost have you she called out to it. Still hugging the broom, Ginny reached out to grab it, only to have the wind catch and pull it away from her. Without thinking, Ginny threw herself from the Firebolt, seizing and then clutching the ball to her chest, and only then realizing that she was now the one dropping to earth at breakneck (literally) speed.
Down she fell. Two hundred...a hundred and fifty...Ginny knew that she was mere seconds from death. Even if she had bothered to bring her wand up with her that morning, she doubted that she would have had any time for an Accio Firebolt. It was a manuever that both Harry and she had used a number of times during their stunts...other stunts. Perhaps it wouldn't even work in this electric storm.
Yes...Harry was going to be very upset about this.
Any inspiration? We have so much time left with this Challenge, and it doesn't need to be a novel-length. Shirley, you must have a thousands words in you about Harry, Ginny, and Quidditch. The rest of you do as well. Break out that quill true believers!
Spenser Hemmingway on 2014.10.21 - 08:53AM (1 Comments)
Ooh, Ginny's in jail! For what and what can Harry do to get her out of there? *NOTE* I've changed the story a bit...Rating: PG-13 Category: Summer Challenge (2005-4), Summer Challenge (2005-4) Genre: Comedy, Humor, General, Songfic Words: 1498 Chapters: 1 Published: 2005.08.14 Updated: 2005.08.15 Hits: 2468 Reviews: 11
*** 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: 31 Published: 2013.08.07 Updated: 2015.01.28 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 18918 Reviews: 86
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: 6 Published: 2014.11.13 Updated: 2015.01.28 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 3166 Reviews: 29
"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: G Category: Home Alone Challenge (2015-1), Home Alone Challenge (2015-1) Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Humor Warnings: Mild Language Words: Chapters: 1 Published: 2015.01.28 Updated: 2015.01.28 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 145 Reviews: 3
Ginny decides it's time to meddle in Charlie's love life. Harry knows he can't stop his wife. Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Angst, Drama, General, Humor Warnings: Death, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 8 Published: 2015.01.13 Updated: 2015.01.28 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 4243 Reviews: 44
Ginny realises how much she and her daughter are alike.Rating: PG-13 Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: General, Humor Warnings: Mild Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 1 Published: 2015.01.24 Updated: 2015.01.25 Status: Completed Hits: 827 Reviews: 6
Harry Potter awakes from a coma into a new world built on foundations of lies and deceit. What happened to him? And why have his friends and family turned on him?
Harry Potter may have won The War, but can he win his life back?Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance Warnings: Disturbing Imagery, Mild Language, Negative Alcohol Use Words: Chapters: 8 Published: 2014.08.26 Updated: 2015.01.24 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 6635 Reviews: 62
Two pivotal things happen the night of October 31, 1981. They will change the course of Harry's life. Forever.
Posting issue resolved. For the moment at least and hopefully permanently.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Drama, Romance Warnings: Death, Mild Language Words: Chapters: 26 Published: 2013.07.25 Updated: 2015.01.23 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 37182 Reviews: 239
Harry heard a goblin speaking and he came out of temporary stupor. He was surrounded by witches and wizards all staring at him. The most shocking thing was he had his arms around someone. Who was she and how did they get here?Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: General Warnings: Death, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 24 Published: 2012.10.25 Updated: 2015.01.21 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 39307 Reviews: 197
"We can prevail," Ginny whispered. "I mean sooner. Not later. Not months and months of people dying and lives being torn apart..." As the summer of 1997 draws to a close, Harry and Ginny return to Hogwarts to forge unlikely alliances, protect the innocent, and dispel the encroaching darkness. Propelled by powerful convictions and enlightened by a reclusive pair of mystics, they glimpse an unlikely path to victory.Making the most of every day in a race against the clock, our two protagonists move all of the pieces into place: teaching, learning and refining their way toward a perfect strategy to quell the mounting threat. But one sudden disaster tips their world on end: armed with love, humour and steadfast friendships, they careen wildly toward the ultimate clash.This is a modest attempt to explore where Matt Fake-a-Smile's thrillers 'Taking Control' and 'Free Life' could have taken us if the stories were extended. This plot presumes rigorous Rowling canon through the end of Order of the Phoenix, followed by Matt's divergent post-OotP theme. Most of the characters in this story are the intellectual property of J.K. Rowling, and many of the remainder are the products of Matt's imagination. ***This story is published with Matt (fake-a-smile)'s permission and in full SIYE knowledge.***Rating: PG Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Humor, Romance Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations Words: 258834 Chapters: 24 Published: 2014.03.02 Updated: 2014.08.23 Status: Completed Hits: 33138 Reviews: 143
James and Al have got their hands on their Dad's permanent marker. Look out Harry and Ginny!Rating: G Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Comedy Warnings: Mild Language Words: 4152 Chapters: 1 Published: 2014.06.30 Updated: 2014.07.02 Status: Completed Hits: 2573 Reviews: 15
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: 32607 Reviews: 316
The centenary of the Battle of Hogwarts is less than a year away, and the Wizarding world continues to move forward. Modernisation requires change, and some things must be swept aside in the name of progress. Buildings can be demolished and statues, even statues of deceased heroes like Harry Potter, can be relocated. Can’t they?Hubert Dalrymple has a problem.
Rating: G Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Romance Words: 7688 Chapters: 1 Published: 2014.07.09 Updated: 2014.07.10 Status: Completed Hits: 3360 Reviews: 32
After believing that Harry Potter died in a house fire at the age of ten, the Wizarding world is shocked when he returns out of the blue, just in time to attend his seventh year at Hogwarts. They're even more shocked when he's Sorted into Slytherin. Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: 154883 Chapters: 17 Published: 2014.08.25 Updated: 2014.11.22 Status: Completed Hits: 32656 Reviews: 345
*** 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: 4310 Reviews: 40
*** Winner of Best Game Action in the Quidditch Challenge ***Waking up in the hospital wing wasn’t Harry’s idea of fun. However, the results of his stay might just prove to be more pleasant than he imagined.Rating: G Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance Words: 8644 Chapters: 1 Published: 2014.11.09 Updated: 2014.11.09 Status: Completed Hits: 2265 Reviews: 15
*** 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: 2589 Reviews: 24
*** Winner of The People’s Choice Award in the Quidditch Challenge ***Ginny Weasley is on the verge of making the English National Team when she starts receiving concerning notes from an obsessed fan. She turns to the Auror Department and Harry Potter for help.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance Warnings: Disturbing Imagery, Mental Abuse, Sexual Situations, Violence Words: 26185 Chapters: 5 Published: 2014.11.12 Updated: 2014.12.06 Status: Completed Hits: 9102 Reviews: 74