The Judges have read all five stories submitted for The Portraits Challenge. The Portraits even voiced their opinions here and there. Even with my major computer malfunction, all the voted have been tallied and ready for presentation. And the winners are...
The award for Best Overall, Most Adventurous, and The People's Choice goes to:
The winning stories are now prominently listed in our Featured Stories section. The Challenge category is back open. Those of you that have multiple chapters or need to do some editing may continue at this time. If your story is completed, please ensure it is edited and YES, as completed.
The 2015-3 Challenge will start July 1st. Everybody wants to get everything they paid for.
I would like to thank my many judges who worked hard for this Challenge. Thank you AM, EB, NS, SM & ZA. You know who you are. Thank you very much for all that reading and judging. Your time to help out is quite valuable. The Challenge would not exist if nobody judged them. Also, 36 votes were cast for The People’s Choice Award.
Some authors have asked if I would tell them how well they did in the judging. If you wish, e-mail me and I will tell you your results. Please state which story is yours.
Sir Ollivander on 2015.05.31 - 05:49PM (6 Comments)
The Portraits Challenge is now closed
As the deadline came to a close, we have five stories submitted for judging for the prestigious honor of being called the Best Overall, Most Resourceful, and/or Adventurous. Also the popular title of the People's Choice Award. There's no helping or peeking from the Portraits, they know the rules. We now wait it out till the end of the month when the results are revealed as to the winners. To our five authors, all the portraits salute your creativity in this Challenge.
Sir Ollivander on 2015.05.16 - 10:13AM (3 Comments)
And the winner is...
The votes are in and here are the winners of the March/ April Dumbledore Silver Trinket Awards
Returning to the Common Room late one evening from the kitchens by way of one of the hidden passageways, Harry asks one of the portraits he's gotten to know well if there were more secret passageways that nobody remembers.
"You know, there are eleven ways out of the castle. I believe you know of four of them. Three may have been closed or collapsed." the portrait replied.
"Eleven! I've heard of seven. And yes, four are unusable." Harry exclaimed.
"Well, there's the Shrieking Shack one, the one to that chocolate store in town, the one to the back side of the lake, the troop entrance on the other side of the mountain, the chamber one I think you found, and..."
"Wait. the troop entrance? That one I haven't heard of. Or at least by that name."
"Yes. During war times when the castle was under assault, troops and supplies came through from the other side of the mountain through a hidden passage through the old storage rooms, weapons room and the sleeping quarters. If you go to the second floor, there's a large closet where the wall moves away, down a long flight of stairs..."
"A weapons room?"
"Oh, yes. That's where the troops lived and trained. There's a whole compound set up for 500 men to live and train."
So what do you want to learn about Hogwarts castle? I'm sure there's plenty more to discover. You just have to write about them.
*** A Late Note: This Challenge is based on an original suggestion by Lazy Lazuli. Thanks JP.
Sir Ollivander on 2015.05.01 - 08:31AM (0 Comments)
Time to Cast Your Vote!
It's time to cast your vote for the March/ April Dumbledore Silver Trinkets Award. You have until the end of the day May 10 to vote so make your selections! Good luck to all the nominees!
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.
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.
*** A Late Note: This Challenge is based on an original suggestion by Lazy Lazuli. Thanks JP.
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:
While taking a break from studying at the Burrow, Hermione witnesses a special moment between Harry and Ginny. One-shotRating: G Category: Post-OotP, Post-OotP Genre: Fluff Words: 1230 Chapters: 1 Published: 2004.08.27 Updated: 2004.08.27 Hits: 4085 Reviews: 9
Dumbledore is gone, or is he? Harry feels the weight of the world rests on his shoulders, but he is soon to learn that his brooding nature and desire to face his fate alone may be his greatest weakness. It is his emotions, or rather his capacity for emotion that makes him strong, and his relationships his greatest source of strength.When the summer begins and he faces a fortnight with the Dursleys everything he knows, or rather thinks he knows comes into question. Can he... should he do this all alone? And is he anywhere near ready?Hogwarts is to be re-opened, the Ministry officially endorsing it as the safest possible place to be. As his birthday approaches there are monumental surprises in store for Harry. Who is he really? And what about his family, who came before his mother and father? Why is the Potter name so famous, and yet so unknown?Encouraged not to run off to face his fate he returns to Hogwarts for his final year, but surprises abound at the school as well.Can Harry become the wizard he needs to be to face the Dark Lord? Will he let the people he respects and love really help him? And what of help from unexpected sources; sources he might never trust?
Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: General Warnings: Mild Sexual Situations, Violence Words: Chapters: 23 Published: 2013.02.19 Updated: 2015.07.01 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 25361 Reviews: 116
The war has been won, yet the aftershocks continue. The scattered survivors are left to pick up the pieces and find ways to move on. Join the various members of the extended Weasley family as they struggle to rebuild and cope with the consequences. And of course there are still Death Eaters left to find.Rating: PG-13 Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Drama Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use Words: Chapters: 3 Published: 2015.06.16 Updated: 2015.06.30 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 2670 Reviews: 54
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: 16 Published: 2014.11.13 Updated: 2015.06.29 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 14256 Reviews: 72
*** 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: 36 Published: 2013.08.07 Updated: 2015.06.26 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 27348 Reviews: 94
After Ginny helps Harry defeat Voldemort, a bond forms between them. A worried Molly, knowing of a prophecy that involves Ginny, tries to keep them apart. AU *slight Molly bashing*Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Angst, General, Humor, Romance Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use Words: Chapters: 9 Published: 2015.06.03 Updated: 2015.06.26 Status: Completed Hits: 7630 Reviews: 53
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: 27 Published: 2012.10.25 Updated: 2015.06.24 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 50334 Reviews: 233
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: 25 Published: 2010.08.13 Updated: 2015.06.24 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 107744 Reviews: 611
The war is finally won, but there were far too many casualties. A depressed Harry gets a second chance to save the wizarding world from an unexpected source. What will he do differently this time, and will there be unexpected consequences from his tampering of time?Original timeline follows JK Rowling, but Voldemort was not defeated at the Battle of Hogwarts.Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Negative Alcohol Use, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 11 Published: 2015.02.15 Updated: 2015.06.24 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 10147 Reviews: 59
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: 41274 Reviews: 317
*** 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: 6234 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: 73317 Chapters: 8 Published: 2014.11.07 Updated: 2015.06.20 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 7410 Reviews: 31
*** 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: 4204 Reviews: 24
*** Honorable Mention in The Portraits Challenge *** 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: 18598 Chapters: 3 Published: 2015.04.15 Updated: 2015.05.06 Status: Completed Hits: 4113 Reviews: 39
*** Winner of Most Resourceful in The Portraits Challenge ***Picasso has nothing on certain Wizarding artists. Ars Gratia Artis-- "Art for Art's Sake" doesn't really work for Harry and Ginny (his biography is with Warner Brothers not MGM).Rating: G Category: The Portraits Challenge (2015-2), The Portraits Challenge (2015-2) Genre: Humor Words: 3834 Chapters: 1 Published: 2015.05.15 Updated: 2015.05.15 Status: Completed Hits: 1076 Reviews: 10
*** Winner of Best Overall, Most Adventurous, and The People's Choice Award in The Portraits Challenge ***Harry found himself in a room of abandoned portraits and cleaned them up. In return for this act of kindness, the portraits decide it is only right to help Harry with the Triwizard Tournament. A simple interaction changes the whole year for Harry.Rating: PG Category: The Portraits Challenge (2015-2), The Portraits Challenge (2015-2) Genre: Drama, Romance Words: 17310 Chapters: 1 Published: 2015.05.15 Updated: 2015.05.16 Status: Completed Hits: 2045 Reviews: 23