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The Quidditch Challenge is Now Closed

That's all Folks!

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.

Mischief managed!

Spenser

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)

Winners Announced

It's time to reveal the winners of the Dumbledore Silver Trinkets Awards for September/ October 2014.  Without further ado, 

 

 

 

Congratulations, everyone!

 

Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2014.11.11 - 08:03PM (6 Comments)

Calling all voters!

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!

~Jenn :)

jennyelf on 2014.11.01 - 02:07PM (1 Comments)

Yet Another Quidditch Challenge Update

 

A Halloween Update for the Quidditch Challenge

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…

Wham!


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.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

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)

Quidditch Update Number One

 

Quidditch Challenge Update:

 

Wham!  Wham! he heard, but he couldn't look.  Harry gripped the very end of his broom as he traveled, and leaped forward.  This time he retained contact with the Firebolt, using it to push him onward to...  Harry grabbed the Snitch, swung under his broom, and allowed the momentum to carry him back on top of it again.  Hogwart's team...the United Kingdom had won the exhibition Quidditch match.

 

Harry pulled to a hovering stop, holding the golden ball above his head, and only then taking the opportunity to turn to see what...who had saved him.  Forty feet back, and slowly approaching him, was Ginny on her Wind-Duster broom.  Her smile was a cross between amusement and intense pride.  Every other bit of her countenance was demonstrating complete exhaustion.

 

 

Does this little passage give anyone any ideas?  The Challenge is wide open!  Harry/Ginny, Quidditch, and run with it.  Try a story.  Have some fun.  We know you really want to.

Spenser Hemmingway on 2014.10.11 - 05:22AM (3 Comments)

Quidditch Challenge (2014-4)

 

 

“Take me out to the Quidditch match!

Take me down to the pitch!

Buy me some corned beef and Bertie Bott’s!

We promise no hex when they take their shots!

Then it’s hoot, hoot, hoot for the home team!

If they crash it’s a shame!

But it’s one, two, three catch that Snitch!

It’s the old Quidditch match!”  

 

Yes true believers, it’s the start of another Quidditch season at Hogwarts.  Harry and Ginny have taken to the air again on their brooms in search of Quaffles, Snitches, and untold glory.  Anything can happen, and “anything” is a very broad word.

Your Challenge is to write our favorite couple into a Quidditch-central story.  Excitement, action, suspense, and (as always) creativity are as much the goal as Harry catching that golden ball or Ginny catching her favorite wizard.

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 Quidditch Challenge 2014-4, sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Saturday, November 15, 2014.  That gives you 45 days.

3. Completed stories are seriously preferred.  Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapters that are submitted by the deadline.

4. The categories for judging are Best Overall, Best Game Action, Most Humorous, and The People’s Choice Award.

Naturally, this Challenge is the perfect excuse to plop down with a tub of popcorn to watch all your favorite baseball, football, or fútbol games…as research.  

 

*** With my thanks to Spenser Hemmingway for his 100% contribution.  I can't sing that well.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2014.10.02 - 08:02AM (7 Comments)

The Winners Are...

Sorry for this to be so late.  Here are the winners of the Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Awards for July/ August 2014.

 

 

Congratulations to all who were nominated.  The nominations are open for September/ October DSTA.

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2014.09.13 - 12:53AM (8 Comments)

Time to Submit Votes!

Well, everyone, it's time to load up the Hogwarts Express to head back to school.  Here at SIYE, it's time to cast your votes for your favourite stories for July and August.  The stories with the most votes when the polls end the night of September 10th will win the Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards.  Head over to your profile and cast your vote today!  The ballot, much like the Hogwarts Express, will only be open so long...

~Jenn, DSTA Admin

jennyelf on 2014.09.01 - 12:53AM (2 Comments)

And The Winners Are....

For the "Married Lives" Challenge 2014-3, we had one story submitted.  It was still voted on in the different categories by the staff at SIYE.  The results are...

The award for Best Overall goes to In the Family Way by pleurocoelus

The winning story is now prominently listed in our Featured Stories section.

The 2014-4 Challenge will start October 1st.

I would like to thank the staff of SIYE that sent in their votes.  You know who you are.  Your time to help out is quite valuable. The Challenge would not exist if nobody judged them.  The People’s Choice Award was not used as there was only one story.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2014.08.31 - 03:44PM (1 Comments)

Completed Reads
The only one by Bbear61
Ginny helps harry to see that he wasn't the one that caused Siris's death.
Rating: G
Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP
Genre: Fluff
Words: 4786
Chapters: 1
Published: 2005.01.22
Updated: 2005.01.22
Hits: 1801
Reviews: 11


Recently Updated/Added
She Belongs to Me by HPmum2014 (PG-13)
Songfic. Harry's thoughts about Ginny.
Rating: PG-13
Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB
Genre: General, Romance, Songfic
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations
Words:
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.11.26
Updated: 2014.11.27
Status: Completed
Hits: 316
Reviews: 2


Daughters of Heroes by HPmum2014 (R)
Upon their return to England, Harry's daughter meets Ginny's daughter, and they become best friends. Can two plus two make a family?
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Angst, Comedy, Crossover, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Poetry, Romance
Warnings: Intimate Sexual Situations
Words:
Chapters: 5
Published: 2014.11.15
Updated: 2014.11.27
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 2125
Reviews: 16


Birth of the Potter Children by JetLaBarge (R)
Third in the Almost Happily Ever After series, starting at the end of the hunt for the remaining supporters of Tom Riddle and the end of Ginny's Quidditch career.
Rating: R
Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, General, Romance
Warnings: Death, Intimate Sexual Situations, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 16
Published: 2014.08.11
Updated: 2014.11.25
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 5006
Reviews: 38


Of Love and Nargles by FluffyNargles (PG-13)
Okay, so, when Harry is around, I can't really formulate a completely coherent sentence... Or eat anything without my elbow ending up in some kind of food — like a butter dish. But, that has nothing to do with the fact that I fancy him (because I don't). Like my dear (and completely non-loony) friend, Luna, says, it's all because of the nargles.
Rating: PG-13
Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP
Genre: Angst, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Death, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 6
Published: 2014.01.16
Updated: 2014.11.25
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 2537
Reviews: 29


War and Love by nrnik (R)
AU. Neville Longbottom may be the Boy-Who-Lived. But is he the Chosen One? What will happen when a forlorn girl and a vengeful boy meet each other? Powerful Harry.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Situations, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 3
Published: 2014.11.25
Updated: 2014.11.25
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 630
Reviews: 11


Harry Potter and the Girl-Who-Lived by nrnik (R)
AU. Young Auror Harry Potter meets the famous Girl-Who-Lived. And a new wave of incidents gets triggered.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Situations, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.11.25
Updated: 2014.11.25
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 435
Reviews: 7


The Prince of Paxinia by nrnik (R)
Post OotP/AU. Loosely inspired from Harem War. Ron/Hermione/Dumbledore/Molly bashing. Harry discovers his friends and mentor had been betraying him. He comes to know his family's legacy, grows to be a powerful wizard, finds love and ultimately, confronts his primary enemy. Story will be very flamboyant and Harry will have superhero powers. HP/GW.
Rating: R
Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP
Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Situations, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 2
Published: 2014.11.25
Updated: 2014.11.25
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 372
Reviews: 8


The Wind of Change by nrnik (R)
Voldemort has took over the magical Britain. Ginny Weasley and her family are forced to go into exile after they were declared traitors by the ministry. How can the two strangers they meet change their life and the fate of the wizarding world? Features powerful Harry.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance
Warnings: Violence
Words:
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.11.25
Updated: 2014.11.25
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 354
Reviews: 4



Featured Stories
The Prevailing Counterpoint by GHL (PG)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Completed **
"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: 30779
Reviews: 131


The Perils of a Permanent Marker by HPmum2014 (G)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Comedy **
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: 2073
Reviews: 15


Bound by YelloWitchGrl (R)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Drama **
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: 84336
Chapters: 21
Published: 2014.07.08
Updated: 2014.11.22
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 26061
Reviews: 278


Now and Forever by Northumbrian (G)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best One-Shot **
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: 2859
Reviews: 32


In the Family Way by pleurocoelus (PG)
*** Winner of Best Overall in the Married Lives Challenge ***Harry and Ginny are both nervous about their meetings with friends, for completely different reasons.
Rating: PG
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse
Words: 1848
Chapters: 1
Published: 2014.08.15
Updated: 2014.08.16
Status: Completed
Hits: 2109
Reviews: 10


Hail Odysseus by Brennus (R)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Drama **
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: 28924
Reviews: 343





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