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Character Motto Contest

We are all familiar with Hogwarts's school motto "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" ("Never tickle a sleeping dragon"), but have you ever wondered what a character's motto would be? What short saying would Hermione have that would express her guiding ideal or principle? What about Harry's? More interestingly, what would Snape's be? How about Aberforth's? Your first contest of 2011 is asking you to come up with a motto of any of the characters mentioned in the Harry Potter books.

Definition of "motto": A short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family, or institution. (Oxford American Dictionary)

General Rules:
  • Anyone 13 years of age and over may enter the contest, including staff members who are not involved in the judging process.
  • One entry per person.
  • All submissions must be the original work of the contestant. Any entries found to contain the work of another author will be disqualified.
  • All entries must meet PG-13 standards of decency and good taste.
  • All decisions by the judges are final.
  • The first place winner will receive a handcrafted wand donated by Wizard Wood Wands (design changes each month) and 200 MyLeaky points.
  • Please refer to our FAQ if you are not sure of something.
  • If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ, or would like to discuss this Contest, please come to the Contest Corner Forum of The Leaky Lounge.

Contest Rules:
  • Create a motto for a character in the Harry Potter books.
  • You may use any character you wish, so be creative in who you pick.
  • Mottos are to be no more than 10 words in length.
  • All submissions must be e-mailed to by 11:59 pm (EDT) on January 31st, with "Character Motto" in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Please copy-paste your motto into the body of the e-mail and include a name to be used for authorship (real name or Leaky Lounge name).

UPDATE: The winners have been picked!

First Place: Hedwig2751
George Weasley: Life is short, live it and end it laughing.

Second Place: Linda Shakespeare
Fred and/or George Weasley: Who said jokes had to be practical?

Third Place: UpToNoGood7
Molly Weasley: "Familia primum semper procedit" meaning 'Family always comes first'

Honorable Mention: WeenyOwl
Wilkie Twycross: Have 3 Ds - Will Travel

Honorable Mention: Avery W. Krouse
The Ollivander Family: It takes one to know wand.

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