Well well well! There was clearly a demand for some magical critters, and that has been met with seven fine stories to choose from for the People's Choice Award:
Please cast a vote for your favourite via http://siye.co.uk/trinkets.php?peopleschoice=Y, and cheer on our judges as they sift carefully through the criteria to arrive at their selections for 'Most Adventuresome', 'Most Unexpected' and 'Best Overall'.
I'll chime in again on Dec. 1 with challenge awards, and our topic selection for 2018-1.
NOTE: this is a bit unusual, but for StarFeather's story "Harry Potter and Druidic Magic", it seems that only Chapters 4 and 5 are to be considered as the Challenge entry. I am inclined to allow this since it's a fine story and various of us in the past have submitted Challenge entries that are part of a longer series of stories. For fairness to the other entrants, however, judges and People's Choice voters should take into consideration how well these two chapters, as an isolated unit, stand alone as a distinct story.