Shortly after Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban, Minister Fudge drafted a law that passed both the Ministry and the Wizengamot. A reward of a thousand galleons for capturing and turning in any escaped Azkaban prisoner, dead or alive. The reason for the incarceration is irrelevant. It was basically a “kill on sight” for Sirius. When Sirius was declared dead after the battle in the Ministry, the law was forgotten.
After the Final Battle at Hogwarts, Kingsley Shacklebolt was voted in as Acting-Minister. He gathered as much information he could about the war to create an accurate history. Two things were discovered.
One, that a large number of Death Eaters that escaped Azkaban with help from Lord Voldemort, other Death Eaters, and the lack of Dementors, were seen fighting in the Final Battle but were never accounted for, captured or killed. There were no bodies.
And second, Harry Potter learns about the missing escapees and the forgotten law.
The Challenge is to write a story of Harry learning of the law, searching, and capturing the escaped Death Eaters. Also, what did he do with the money?
Some suggestions are:
1) Harry is not a killer unless absolutely necessary.
2) Harry can work alone or in a group.
3) How is the reward money used?
4) What does the public think?
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 “Wanted: Dead or Alive” Challenge (2012-3) sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
3) Completed stories are seriously preferred. Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapters that are submitted by the deadline.
4) The categories for judging are Best Overall, Best Planning, Most Dramatic, 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) “Put your shoes back on please.”
2) “Shut up and fly!”
3) “You’ve never heard of [blank]? Well, they’ve never heard of you either.”
4) “[Blank] really isn’t rocket science…is it?”
5) “It would be great if I wasn’t bleeding profusely.”
6) “This is as much fun as [blank]”