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The Potter Trunk Challenge (2016-2)

Two owls Harry had never seen before came thought the window at #4 Privet Drive.  Between them they carried a trunk about the size of a loaf of bread. They landed on Harry’s bed. Harry removed the trunk and gave the owls some treats before they flew off again.  Harry looked at the trunk and saw it had an envelope attached that was addressed to him but he did not recognize the hand writing.  He opened the letter and read it:


We left this trunk with the goblins of Gringotts to deliver to you on your 12th Birthday if anything happened to both of us. Inside the trunk are three rooms set up as a Library, a Potions lab, and a study room/den. The library will expand as needed when books are added to it. The trunk also has a charm on it that allows you to enlarge and shrink the trunk without the Ministry’s knowledge. Just tap the trunk with your wand and say “Enlarge” or “Shrink” and remove your wand when the desired size is achieved.  You cannot enlarge the trunk bigger than its original size or shrink it smaller than a match box. There is also a second letter inside the trunk to explain why we did all this.  We love you and hope this trunk can help you in your life.


James & Lily Potter

The Challenge is to write a story explaining why James and Lily left Harry the trunk and what changes will it make in his life.  Although the trunk was delivered on Harry's 12th birthday, the time frame can be later.

The categories for judging are Best Overall, Most Useful, Most Unexpected, and the People's Choice Award.


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 Potter Trunk Challenge (2016-2) sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Sunday, May 15, 2016.

3. Only completed stories will be accepted.  Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapters and the story is completed by the deadline.  All stories still go through the same approval process as normal submissions.  Please don't wait till the last minute.

NOTE:  This Challenge is based on a suggestion by Calvin W.

Thanks, Sir Ollivander

Sir Ollivander on 2016.04.03 - 02:53PM ()


pleurocoelus came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.12 - 09:23AM to say:

Not to rain on the challenge parade, but wouldn't Dobby have intercepted the owls carrying the trunk like he did the other ones?

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.12 - 10:24AM to say:

That had struck me as well. But in AU anything can happen... under the right circumstances.

BigFatMaybe came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.13 - 08:05AM to say:

It depends on when this comes. if it comes after Dobby visited Harry on his birthday, he wouldn't have intercepted this trunk. The intro text doesn't state any time at all, except for that it happens on Harry's birthday.

pleurocoelus came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.13 - 07:13PM to say:

That works, but I was picturing ninja owls having a battle with Dobby...

BigFatMaybe came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.13 - 08:01PM to say:

Oh my god, yes. I almost wish I haven't already finished a lot of my story for this challenge, because that sounds utterly fantastic.

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.14 - 01:43PM to say:

Methinks the little elf may be in for a rough spot with this challenge ;)

FloreatCastellum came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.14 - 02:45PM to say:

Will the silver trinkets be returning?

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.15 - 05:41AM to say:

I'm afraid I honestly don't know. The last informed speculation I heard was in early December. It was a great program; other sites have challenges, but I wasn't aware of another HP fanfic site with periodic evaluation of mass appeal stories.

FloreatCastellum came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.15 - 05:19PM to say:

Oh man, I hope so :( I joined just after the last ones were announced :(

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.15 - 10:14PM to say:

I'm with you on that. I'm sure Brennus, Melinda Leo and I would also not have minded picking up another birdie over the past 8 months, but "Not From Others" was one of the highest impact first fic offerings in a long while. It deserves recognition.

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.16 - 07:32PM to say:

Sorry for not answering sooner. I just returned from a cruise. pleurocoelus et al: a very good point on Harry's 12th birthday. You could say he couldn't interfere with a Gringotts delivery. FloreatCastellum: yes, the Silver Trinkets will be returning. SIYE staff member Spenser Hemmingway will be heading that up as part of his new position in Administration.

mdauben came out of the woodwork on 2016.04.20 - 05:59PM to say:

I'm having a few flashes of inspiration for this challenge. I'll have to see if I can string them together into an actual story.

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