Slander ’slan-der: a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report [oral (spoken) form]:
Libel ’li-bel: defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures [publication (magazine, newspaper)]:
With a little, discrete help from some DA friends and their parents that work in the ministry, the trio got a few laws passed through the Wizengamot and signed by the Minister of Magic that went unnoticed. They are anti-slander and anti-libel laws. Then Harry retained the best wizard lawyers, barristers, and solicitors on the British Isles. Now, let’s see how the sparks fly…!
The Challenge is to write a story of how Harry and his friends use these new laws to go after the persons, businesses, and the ministry that tell and/or print lies, falsehoods and other make-believe stories about Harry Potter and his friends and to make them speak/print the truth.
1. The time frame can be any time during or after Hogwarts, but must be after the DA is established and Harry is into some money to hire the lawyers, i.e.: Sirius’s will or his inheritance.
2. Do the lawyers act aggressively or passively finding any slander or libel?
3. Do they go up against the Ministry or the Daily Prophet or Death Eater families?
4. And most important, what are the penalties for the guilty party?
1. All general submission rules apply. 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 The Sting Challenge (2011-2) sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Saturday, April 30, 2011.
3. Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapter(s) that are submitted by the deadline. Completed stories are seriously preferred.
4. The categories for judging are Best Overall, Drama, Legalese and The People’s Choice Award.
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. "You can’t count. There are only [blank].
2. “It’s a great book, but they misspelled [blank’s] name.
3. “That’s not a candle.”
4. “Everything I need to know I learned in/from [blank].
5. “You know you’re not supposed to eat [blanks], don’t you?