|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).
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!”