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The Bond Challenge (2012-4)

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:

  1. Being bonded, they are legally married, regardless of age.
  2. Being married, the couples involved in a Bond are considered legal adults.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Sir Ollivander on 2012.10.03 - 10:24PM ()


Sexyduck came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.03 - 10:59PM to say:


hot48cricket came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.04 - 02:58PM to say:

I love soul bond stories...I look forward to reading the submissions!

mdauben came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.05 - 09:57AM to say:

Oh! This sounds like a good one. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

freshwater came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.06 - 08:20PM to say:

Do they get extra points for using the phrase "Super-soulbond: Activate!" ?

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.07 - 10:19AM to say:

freshwater - it's ironic you should ask. I stopped using bonus phrases starting with this Challenge. However, if one is so creative enough, I'd like to see someone use it in a legimate sentence in the Challenge.

valondon came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.08 - 09:01PM to say:

This should be interesting =)

bransfolly came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.09 - 04:37AM to say:

When i saw Bond Challenge, i thought it was James Bond - that really needs to be the next one

Cheeky Monkey came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.09 - 10:40AM to say:

Definitely thought this was a James bond Challenge when I saw it...that would've been awesome!

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.09 - 07:34PM to say:

...with the Weird Sisters singing the theme song, Ginny Weasley as the latest Bond girl, George playing Q... I don't see Dumbledore playing M, though.

zequist came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.10 - 02:18AM to say:

I think McGonagall would be the perfect M. Can't really come up with a good Moneypenny, though.

tangle elfwand came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.11 - 07:35AM to say:

This is the first challenge in a while I'm considering... are we allowed to write parodies of bonds?

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.11 - 07:16PM to say:

tangle elfwand - if it meets the Challenge requirement, you sure can.

ProfessorBinns79 came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.14 - 03:46AM to say:

I'm excited about reading the entries for this challenge as I love Bond stories, and the Gringotts aspect is interesting., but I dislike the implied Anti-Dumbledore and Anti-Molly bias in the challenge scenario. I know we all have different takes on the various characters, and I often enjoy the Anti stories in spite of this difference, but this challenge seems skewed to me. That being said, it might be interesting to see normally "Pro" authors try to write the other side. It would also be interesting sometime to see "Anti" authors try to write stories sympathetic to these characters.

WickedLoz came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.14 - 07:07AM to say:

I too thought it was a 007 challenge and got very excited. Now, off to find some crossover fanfics...

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.14 - 09:42AM to say:

ProfessorBinns79 - you bring up a valid point. But anti-anybody was not what I was thinking. Think of it more as pro-Gringotts.
For Professor Dumbledore, he's known for keeping a lot of information to himself concerning Harry. Can you imaging him losing control of Harry when Harry learns he's considered an adult due to the bond? He could hire his own tutors and never step foot on Hogwarts' property. However, Author Weasley may be a good mentor, given the chance.
In Molly's case, she would dismiss all this bonding stuff as unimportant as Ginny's too young. "Being married at 10 y/o, over my dead body." I can see her not letting Ginny get married until she's 30, if Molly would have her way.
Think of Gringotts as being pro-interested in the young couple. Besides the Potter vaults, which they already have, they have no real agenda for or against Harry & Ginny. But they can be helpful. For the head of the Goblin world to witness a rare Soul Bonding, being friends with the couple can't hurt.

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.14 - 09:48AM to say:

Bond, Harry Bond - now that's an interesting concept. Something I didn't think of. However, if that's what some readers are/were thinking, you could write a James Bond story without being Challenged to do it. There could be a secret room in Hogwarts where M has an office, Q has a work shop, maybe a secret entrance into the "castle" like the Batmoble.

Mistress_Lrigtar came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.14 - 04:48PM to say:

Am in the process of writing a story for this and had to comment when I saw the 'over my dead body' comment, as I actually already had Molly saying that exact phrase :) LOL Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

ProfessorBinns79 came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.14 - 06:08PM to say:

Sir Ollivander - I'm not sure if this is the place to discuss this (although it is an interesting topic that I enjoy discussing), but - as briefly as I can - here goes. Please note that none of my comments are intended to be in anger or anything, as I know that we all see slightly different things in the books we all love! I think that large portions of the fanfiction world has misperceived both Molly and Dumbledore because the perspective of the books is that of a teenager. Teenagers often fail to understand what adults are trying to do on their behalf. While both of them make some mistakes, they are motivated out of love not, in my opinion, crazy overprotectiveness or manipulation. Molly is a slightly overprotective mother (and that only really starts after Voldemort returns), not someone who has to control her children's lives with an iron fist. In our challenge scenario, she would be negligent if her initial reaction weren't negative because 10 years old IS too young, under normal circumstances. It would take anyone some time to understand this very unusual situation. I don't see her as not wanting Ginny to marry until she's 30 (I actually see her as the opposite type of mother - pushing marriage after Hogwarts and wanting grandchildren!). There is No evidence in canon that she is THAT controlling. As for Dumbledore, it is difficult for any parent/teacher to know when a child is old enough to hear things as they watch them gradually mature. Harry WAS too young to know everything when he was 11. Did Dumbledore hold on to the information too long? Yes, I think he should have told him everything about his parents as soon as Sirius escaped and everything about Voldemort after the 3rd task. I don't think he would be worried about Harry leaving Hogwarts (What reason would Harry have for doing that?) and he would approve of an increased role for the Weasleys in Harry's life. Like anyone who cares for a child, he would want to continue to be involved (and thinks he has something to offer), but I do not think he would try to control Harry to Harry's own detriment. Remember, he ultimately rejected the "For the Greater Good" stuff of his youth (I think a lot of people forget that!). Well, so much for being brief. Thanks for "listening" to my rant, and know that I respect all those who disagree (and love your stories!). Mods, feel free to delete this if you feel this isn't the place for this discussion and/or you find this too long!

ProfessorBinns79 came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.14 - 06:16PM to say:

Mistress_Lrigtar - I'm glad to see you'll be writing something. I love GWaHHD (I'll keep voting for that elusive but well-deserved Romance Trinket!). Despite my statement above, I actually think that line is a perfect Molly initial reaction (Here's hoping she'll become more understanding and helpful in time!) and expect the Fireworks of Familial Conflict to be one of the more entertaining aspects of these stories! (Assuming it's all in love, of course :)

Mistress_Lrigtar came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.14 - 09:46PM to say:

ProfessorBinns79 Thanks, I appreciate that, and hope you'll like this one too :) FYI - I agree with you about Molly and Dumbledore - I think their actions are completely fueled by their roles as a mother and mentor, and wanting the best for their charges.

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.15 - 05:23PM to say:

ProfessorBinns79 - your comments are fine, no problems. In this Challenge I would like to get Gringotts more involved. Think of it as three separate parties wanting to help the young couple, with Gringotts being given [the Challenge] more attention.

ProfessorBinns79 came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.15 - 07:06PM to say:

Sir Ollivander - Yeah, I totally got what you said before about it being more "Pro-Gringots" than anti anybody. I meant to say that in my long post but I forgot. Like I said in my first post, I do find the Gringotts part interesting. We know so little from canon about the Goblins that writers can go many directions with that, and I look forward to seeing what they come up with!

carolyn jinn came out of the woodwork on 2012.10.15 - 07:32PM to say:

I wish everyone all the best for their writing for this challenge. I look forward to reading the entries. :-)

sapphire200182 came out of the woodwork on 2012.11.28 - 07:09AM to say:

Weighing in with my 2 Knuts on the issues discussed above:

Canonically, there is absolutely nothing that Molly did that can be construed as overprotective or overbearing. Her treatment in many fics is quite unfair (some people seem to think that her line "GET AWAY FROM MY DAUGHTER, BITCH" was directed at Harry!) and I'd guess that 100% of the fics treating her like an overbearing harridan locking Ginny up in a tower are written by girls... or boyfriends having difficulty with their girls' parents. Some degree of protectiveness is expected (as all daughters and parents of girls will know) and should be portrayed, but not to exclusion of the rest of Molly's personality.

Dumbledore's reputation on the other hand was quite damaged by DH. Readers are influenced by a triple blow of the propaganda book, the revelation of his association with Grindelwald, and Aberforth's scathing opinion of his brother. Some consider him to have manipulated Snape mercilessly, and that he led Harry on quite a merry-go-round of a Horcrux chase with that business about the sword. Yet in Dumbledore's defence it can be said that he had noble intentions throughout, his Order of the Phoenix and Horcrux research pretty much saved the day, and though he was the most powerful character in the series he fought for good, unlike the second most powerful character. His personality in HBP, in fact, was quite genial and he shared a lot more with Harry than he strictly needed to. Yes, he had flaws, but hardly to the extent as portrayed by those who think of him as a dictatorial control freak.

Many fanfiction readers and writers may well be using the Dumbledore and Molly Weasley issue to vent repressed anger at genuine authority figures in their lives. Authority figures by definition tend not to be well-received, and we all fantasise about different kinds of independence we cannot get. There are many stories idealising a Harry more free to act for himself that do not also show any negative consequences of his actions. In these fics, Independent Harry is always right, never wrong, as much as Dumbledore and Molly are the opposite. Sometimes these fics are exploratory. Sometimes they are just not very well written and the Dumbledore and Molly characters become negatively one-dimensional. Inferences can be drawn regarding the author's level of maturity when one comes across such fics, but nonetheless, such fics have a strong effect on fans' perception of Dumbledore and Molly.

These things may sound boring, but are important to know when judging challenges like this one.

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