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Asylum Challenge (2013-3)

Ginny Weasley was going to die in seconds.  The Hogsmeade weekend was great all the way until the last hour when Death Eaters apparated everywhere.  Ginny turned to reenter the shop she just came out of when three DE’s appeared in front of her.  One she recognized as Rabastan Lastrange.  They all had their wands out while Ginny still had hers in her back pocket.

As the three were shouting their curses, curses fired from inside the shop struck all three of them in the back, knocking them all out completely.  “Get in here quickly before we’re seen.” The dark voice whispered loudly.  Feeling alive and safer, she did as requested.  Once inside she saw her rescuer and started pointing her wand.

“Stop.  I’m not here to harm you.  I’ll even give you my wand if you feel you should hold on to it.  I am not a Death Eater,” showing Ginny his/her arm.  “But you know who I am and my family’s connection to the Dark Lord.  I do believe in our high society.  But torture, raping and murder shows we are not superior to others.  I want out.  I want to escape.  And I need asylum.  I know you have Harry Potter’s ear as well as that Phoenix Order.  I’m asking for your help to get me out of the hell hole I’m stuck in.”

The Challenge is to write a story of Ginny coming to terms with this person and eventually helping him/her get out of his/her situation and on to safety.


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 “Asylum” Challenge 2013-3, sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Thursday, August 15, 2013.

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, Drama, Sneakiness, and The People’s Choice Award.


Sir Ollivander on 2013.07.01 - 08:00PM ()


DoubleDoors came out of the woodwork on 2013.07.02 - 12:45PM to say:

This is an interesting one, with lots of potential. I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with. I have a few ideas brewing myself...if I may ask, how rigidly must we stick to the opening paragraphs provided? Is there some wiggling room for different interpretations while keeping with the main theme of an unknown character looking for asylum and seeking Ginny out?

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2013.07.02 - 05:10PM to say:

There is always a lot of wiggle room. The challenge runs pretty loose with the rules. You do need to stick a little close to the "coming to terms" and "eventually helping out" of this person.

DoubleDoors came out of the woodwork on 2013.07.02 - 05:40PM to say:

Okay, thanks! It was mostly the first three paragraphs that I was concerned with (just because it didn't quite fit with what I had in mind), so the "coming to terms" and "helping out" parts are no problem at all. On an unrelated note, I wonder where I got the idea that the phrase was 'wiggling room' from...

hgromance came out of the woodwork on 2013.07.03 - 09:33AM to say:

a very interesting challenge. don't know how you come up with these.

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