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2011 Two-Part Riddles Contest

Welcome to the 2011 edition of the two-part riddles contest! It is year 4 and we have a Facebook page this year! For those who wanted "reminders" last year for when riddles are posted, Facebook is our answer for you. So go and "like" our page to receive our updates and reminders on your news feed.

Part One will occur during the month of May. You are invited to submit a riddle that relates to a person, place or thing found in the Harry Potter books. The contest team will select the best riddles from the entries to have 10 riddles to post. The team will also write and post riddles to fill in any needs. From these 10 riddles, a new riddle will be posted in the Contest Corner and on our Facebook page each Monday and Friday at 9am EDT during the month of June (see schedule below) for Part Two of the contest. All contestants' riddle entries used in June (this excludes riddles created by the contest team) and all people who submit correct answers for all the riddles will be placed into a drawing for one of three Wizard Wood Wands.

General Rules:
  • There is a strict PG-13 rating for all riddles
  • All work must be original
  • All decisions by the judges are final
  • Anyone 13 and older may enter the contest including staff members who are not involved in the judging process
  • Please refer to our FAQ if you are not sure of something
  • If you have any questions not answered on the FAQ, or would like to discuss this contest, please come to the Contest Corner forum on the Leaky Lounge.

May's Part One Rules:
During the month of May, the Contest Team is asking people to submit riddles. To help you create your riddles, here are a few sources to help you along: write your own riddle worksheet (requires Acrobat Reader) and writing riddles from

  • The answer to each riddle must relate to one person, place, or thing found in books 1-7 of Harry Potter. Please ensure that these riddles are solvable (test them out on friends who won't enter!), do not have obscure Harry Potter related answers, and, most importantly, are actual riddles (e.g. not trivia questions).
  • Please keep riddles no longer than 75 words.
  • There is no particular format that is desired for the riddles.
  • You may submit up to 3 riddles.
  • All riddles must be e-mailed to by Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm (EDT) with "2011 Riddle Entries" in the subject line of the e-mail. Please copy-paste the riddles into the body of the e-mail with the answers and include a name to be used for authorship (real name or Leaky Lounge name).
  • All entries that do not include the answers and name for authorship will be disqualified.
  • The authors of all riddles used in the second part will be automatically placed into the drawing for one of three Wizard Wood Wands.

June's Part Two Rules:
Every Monday and Friday at approximately 9am EDT through the month of June, the Contest Team will post a riddle on the Contest Corner and our Facebook page to be answered via e-mail. Please see the schedule below for the exact dates.

  • All answers must be e-mailed with "2011 Riddle # Answer" in the subject line to before the next riddle is posted (see schedule below). Please also submit a name (real name or Leaky Lounge name) to be used for tracking and site announcement (if you should win) purposes. Please replace the # with the riddle number (e.g. Riddle 1 Answer, Riddle 2 Answer, etc).
  • Please do not post your answer in any form or way on the Leaky Lounge and Facebook. All attempts or answers will be removed with the person notified as to why the post was removed. In addition, the answer (even if e-mailed afterwards) will be forfeited and considered incorrect.
  • All answers submitted will be recorded and kept throughout the month for each person who enters.
  • Answers to the riddles and the percentage correct will be posted only in the Contest Corner after the new riddle has been posted. Answers will not be posted on our Facebook page because of spoiler concerns.
  • If you would like some sort of "reminder" when new riddles are posted, please "like" our Facebook page as each riddle will be posted there (in addition to the traditional method on the Contest Corner) and will show-up on your daily feed.
  • To be eligible for the drawing of a Wizard Wood Wands, you must have all 10 riddles answered correctly. If you miss a deadline, your list of answers will not be counted towards a full list of correct answers. You are encouraged to still submit answers after a missed deadline in case there is no one with a full list of correct answers. If no one submits and/or answers 10 riddles correctly, the next highest amount correct will be used for the drawing of the three Wizard Wood Wands.

Schedule of Posted Riddles:
All riddles are posted on Monday and Friday at 9am EDT or 2pm BST on the Contest Corner and on our Facebook page. Please note the first riddle starts at the end of May and the last goes into July.

Riddle #1 - Mon, May 30
Riddle #2 - Fri, June 3
Riddle #3 - Mon, June 6
Riddle #4 - Fri, June 10
Riddle #5 - Mon, June 13
Riddle #6 - Fri, June 17
Riddle #7 - Mon, June 20
Riddle #8 - Fri, June 24
Riddle #9 - Mon, June 27
Riddle #10 - Fri, July 1

Mon, July 4 - Riddle #10 entries are due by 9am EDT or 2pm BST

UPDATE: The contest is finished and we'd like to give recognition to a few people!

Authors of the Riddles (Part 1):
Molly DeVries
A Sluggish Memory

Four people this year got all 10 riddles correct and we want to recognize those people.

Fantastic riddle solvers
(Part 2):
Rowena r

Winners of the 3 wands were picked by a drawing between those riddles that were used for Part 2 from Part 1 and those who got all 10 riddles correct.

Winners of the wands

The winning entries and answers can be found here.

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