|Hogwarts’ Muggle Studies instructor has proposed a field trip to any Muggle town/city/location in order to observe and interact with non-Magics and their world for a weekend. Knowing that they have grown up in Muggle households, the professor approaches certain students to assist in this, including Harry. Satisfied that adequate security measures have been put in place, a thrilled Arthur Weasley strongly encourages his children to join in as well.|
Although leery at first, Harry decides that he would love to show his friends (especially Ginny) more of the world in which he lived before coming to the school. The problems arise when no one anticipates how seriously isolated from Muggle life most of the students have been. These are compounded when certain non-Magics become suspicious of the visitors and their own seemingly strange ways.
The author’s challenge is to write a story to include:
1. A Muggle capital city of any European country, except England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, that they will visit which will seem wonderful to them, if somewhat mundane to us. There are officially 41 European countries left to choose from.
2. The field trip will include an overnight stay in a Muggle hotel.
3. Describe at least three Muggle situations that they will encounter, will have trouble understanding, but may come to enjoy.
4. Describe at least three Muggle objects/structures/individuals, the purpose of which will be misinterpreted by teacher and students alike.
5. Tell about a close call with a suspicious Muggle or Muggles, and then how Harry and Ginny are able to defuse the situation (perhaps turning it to their advantage).
6. A special romantic moment between Harry and Ginny that occurs specifically because of their interaction with the Muggle world.
7. A unique lesson that a student or students realize they have learned from their experience.
1. All general submission rules apply. Huge stories over 10,000 words are discouraged but not prohibited. R-rated stories are allowed but discouraged. Judges are not required to read stories over 10,000 words or any R-rated stories.
2. All entries must be submitted under Muggle Field Trip (2-2007) sub-category under SIYE Challenge and be submitted by midnight DST, Monday, April 30, 2007.
3. Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapter(s) that are submitted by the deadline.
4. The categories for judging are Best Overall, Romance, Adventure, Humor
Bonus phrases for extra creativity are the following. Using any or all of them is not required. A good, creative story will always count much stronger than any bonus.
· “You really might not want to touch that if you value your…”
· “What is the worst that could happen if…”
· “There is no such thing as…”
· “You have got to be kidding me mate.”
· “I have got to get me one of those!”
· “You [blank] just like a Muggle.”
· “[famous Muggle name]? I’m sorry, I’ve never heard of him/her.”
PS: This Challenge is from the creative mind of one of our own staff, Spenser, after drinking a lot of his own home-brewed, Burundian Kowtow coffee. (It doesn’t look like coffee and it doesn’t smell like coffee) But he has been challenged. (Monopoly?)
PPS: All the original Comments are still listed in the earlier News article.