On one side of the street through Diagon Alley were Hagrid and Harry, buying school supplies. On the other side was Mrs. Weasley and children doing the same thing. When 11 y/o Harry and 10 y/o Ginny saw each other, they stopped, and then walked towards each other meeting in the middle of the Alley. Mrs. Weasley caught Hagrid’s attention when she called out to her daughter to come back. When the two children met up, they looked at each other for a few seconds then hugged each other like long lost, adult friends. A bright, golden white light started to engulf them for over thirty minutes while they didn’t move.
In the meantime, all the instruments in Headmaster Dumbledore’s office either spun out of control or exploded. Fawkes brought him to the source of his sensors at the same time the head of Gringotts Wizarding Bank arrived to witness this occurrence. The herald Goblin spoke first, breaking the silence of all those around.
“A Soul Bond. The strongest of the four known Bonds, never witnessed in over 1700 years. Gringotts will prepare for them.” And then he left, knowing the names of the new, bonded couple.
The Challenge is to write a story about this special Bond and what it means to Harry & Ginny, including how they handle it and how Gringotts supports them better than Dumbledore or Mrs. Weasley.
Canon doesn’t cover wizarding bonds and other related things. So the following “can” be considered true or canon based on other fanfic stories. You do NOT have to use this:
- Being bonded, they are legally married, regardless of age.
- Being married, the couples involved in a Bond are considered legal adults.
- As adults, they can do magic, get their Apparition license, enter in and out of contracts, and gain full control of vaults and other interests.
- The Ministry of Magic has its own laws concerning bonded couples and Bonds in general. Gringotts doesn’t follow all Ministry rules and have a few of their own.
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 “The Bond” Challenge (2012-4) sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Thursday, November 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, Bond Relationship, Gringotts Involvement, and The People’s Choice Award.