After brooding around, Harry Potter ended up looking out a dirty window in an unused room in some unknown part of the castle. He was startled when he heard a voice close by say, “Hello?” A portrait that had seen better days started a conversation with him. Harry shortly learned that the vast majority of the portraits at Hogwarts are neglected and abandoned. Keeping up conversations, Harry became the most popular person the portraits wanted to talk to.
The portraits know every square inch of the castle, where everybody and everything is, what everybody is saying, what they’re doing, and with whom. Within a month, Harry became the most informed person in the castle. Nothing was sacred.
The Challenge is to write a story of how this came about, what all information Harry can and did gain from the portraits, and how he uses this information to his advantage.
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 Portraits” Challenge 2015-2, sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Friday, May 15, 2015.
3. Only completed stories by the deadline are acceptable. Multiple chapters are allowed.
4. The categories for judging are Best Overall, Most Resourceful, Adventurous, and The People’s Choice Award.
*** A Late Note: This Challenge is based on an original suggestion by Lazy Lazuli. Thanks JP.