As the shock wave receded from the Gryffindor Table, Colin Creevey timidly wiped a spatter of stew from his nose, Ginny slowly emerged from her blast crouch, and several seventh years looked down their sharp seventh-year noses at... Harry Potter.
On her way over from the Ravenclaw table, Luna smiled genially. "Good evening, Harry Potter. You're looking quite tetchy tonight."
Harry took a breath, low and raspy like a 'quite tetchy' lethifold. His white knuckles unclenched the seat back that he had just slammed, and he scanned the Great Hall, seething, "I'm going to rearrange someone's bloody face."
"Oh dear no." Luna blinked. "It need not be bloody. Magical healers can do excellent, non-intrusive cosmetic surgery these days."
Ignoring her, Ginny stared at Harry. "Oi Potter. Does that mean they got you too?"
"Got me too?" Harry looked in askance. "Do you mean, someone else was cursed with a singing cauldron in Potions?"
"Yes. Me." Ginny nodded stiffly, banishing from her mind the strains of a daft love song (something about her fancying the Boy Who Lived). "They pranked me this morning."
"Bugger." Harry gritted his teeth for a moment. "Do you have any idea who did it?"
Ginny's shoulders slumped. "No. Snape took all the evidence and locked it in his office. How are we going to find out?"
"Simple!" Luna beamed a ray of sunshine at her friends. "Just ask that lot over at SIYE. They know everything that happens to us."
"Hey!" Harry grinned. "That's a great idea. You know, I'm still chuckling about that Hugo Granger-Weasley piece. That poor lad is so clueless..."
"True." Ginny smiled. "But I think my favourite was the story about two weddings. Who would have thought, you know, that old Mrs. Figg would have let that happen?"
"Uh, I may have missed that one..." Harry scratched his chin. "What was that about two wedd-?"
"Shush!" Luna rapped the table. "Be quiet and hear what the authors say. Meanwhile, I'll find you a book on cosmetic surgery."
Somebody has just wronged Harry and Ginny, and they're going to get even in the most fitting and funny way possible. There are roughly six weeks left for you to tell us about it and compete for fame and (nonmonetary) fortune in the 2017-2 April Fools Challenge!
Challenge award categories are:
- Most Humourous
- Most Unexpected
- Best Overall
- People's Choice Award
Standard advisories: all challenge entries must be marked as 'Complete' by the due date (midnight, July 15, 2017). Stories longer than 20,000 words or with a Restricted rating are discouraged. Judges need not read Restricted stories, and are not asked to read beyond the 20,000th word of any story.
Everyone, please feel free to suggest new challenge ideas whenever they occur to you!