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The Interview Challenge 2009-2
The fourth Challenge (5th year) of the Retro series: After the incident at the Ministry’s Department of Mysteries at the end of his fifth year, numerous libelous and slanderous stories come out in the Daily Prophet about Harry Potter. To get the truth out, Harry and his friends ask Mr. Lovegood, editor of the Quibbler, to bring in an outside, non-partial, news correspondent to interview Harry and his friends that wish to participate. The idea is to show Harry as a normal teenager.

The author’s challenge is to write a story to include:

1) The story is to be formatted (as best possible) and written entirely like a newspaper article. Also posted in any Wizarding newspaper.
2) For security purposes, the outside news correspondent and other invited friends will be port-keyed somehow to a secret location for the interview.
3) The secret location will be any social function where everybody invited can relax and be themselves and talk to the reporter. The social function could be anything (Example: Harry’s birthday party, a dinner and dance, outdoor picnic, etc.)
4) Some topics that are answered but guarded are 1) anything to do with Sirius Black, 2) events leading up to and including what happened at the Department of Mysteries, 3) why the students were not in school at the time, and 4) the prophecy.
5) The time frame is the summer after Harry’s fifth year. The story telling can be anytime. (Grandchild finds old newspaper in attic).

The Rules:

1) All general submission rules apply. Stories over 10,000 words are discouraged but not prohibited. This is not a limit. 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 The Interview Challenge (2009-2) sub-category under SIYE Challenge and be submitted by midnight Thursday, April 30, 2009.
3) Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapters that are submitted by the deadline. Completed stories are highly encouraged!
4) The categories for judging are Best Overall, Drama, Security, and Some Serious Newspaper Editing.

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.

1) “I love [blanks]…everyone should own one.”
2) “It has to be true. I read it in [blank].”
3) “Always beware of [blanks] between March and July.”
4) “The suspense is killing me, but I guess that’s better than [blank].”
5) “You’d make a great cowboy [blank].”
6) “I told you not to touch your tongue to that!”
7) “I love you! Come closer! I want to kill you!”
Sir Ollivander on 2009.04.01 - 08:39PM ()


Amour came out of the woodwork on 2009.04.01 - 11:21PM to say:

When you say it has to be written entirely like a newspaper article, does that mean that everything has to be in the article? Or can there be information that's in present day and not in the article? Like the setting and stuff like that. Or do you want everything in article format?

tangle elfwand came out of the woodwork on 2009.04.01 - 11:28PM to say:

Yes, a challenge right up my alley. Aspiring journalist here :D Is it humanly possible to post pictures in stories? I've never seen it done before, but it being a newspaper...

amblewat came out of the woodwork on 2009.04.02 - 07:35AM to say:

Love the topic! it is great!

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2009.04.02 - 08:38AM to say:

Amour - FLASH: "Member Asks Questions!" In the early morning hours of April 2nd, one day after April Fools, members of the society for SIYE started gathering around the front office of Challenge headquarters. A spokesperson for the company came out to answer a few questions. How candidates wished to follow the Challenge rules was left up to them. "Such creativity is totally up to you. We have no restrictions." See Page B6 for details on the Challenge. See Back Page for history of SIYE.

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2009.04.02 - 08:41AM to say:

tangle elfwand - no, it is not humanly possible to post pictures, or any other images, in a story. That has never been allowed. Images in member's bio's are being much more restricted as some members are getting way too carried away with it.

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2009.04.02 - 08:44AM to say:

amblewat (Hi mom!) - Yes, it is a great topic. April Fools! it is not what was originally planned. A programming issue prevented a much more elaborate Challenge. But it will come about one of these Challenges.

GinnyMarie came out of the woodwork on 2009.04.23 - 02:28AM to say: question. Not really answered by Sir Ollivander's previous answer to Amour. I want to know if it is okay to have a bit of non-article-ness, but the rest be article-ness? Like, say something that leads up to the article, like someone reading it?

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2009.04.23 - 08:32AM to say:

GinnyMarie - as best possible. In other words, yes. Somewhere someone has to say "Hand me the newspaper."

"Yes, dear."

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