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New Magical Creature Contest


Apparently Hagrid still hasn’t gotten the message. The 1965 Ban on Experimental Breeding remains in effect but he’s at it again. How does he get away with it? Possibly he has a friend at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures that keeps the law off his doorstep. Maybe he’s taken a page out of Mr. Weasley’s book and found a loophole in the statute. Regardless, there is a newly created (illegal?) beast on the grounds of Hogwarts under Hagrid’s care. But the real question for you is what is it (and will it be tamable)?

What do you suppose are two likely creatures that Hagrid has paired and what have they produced? Tell us about it in 100 words or less. Provide a description of the new creature and tell us what magical abilities it possesses. For the purposes of this contest Hagrid has access to only those magical beasts mentioned in the seven Harry Potter books and the two charity books, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and ‘Quidditch Through the Ages.’ You may choose to cross-breed two magical creatures or a magical creature with a non-magical creature as long as the non-magical creature was also mentioned in one of the seven Harry Potter books or a charity book. Also, please do not use centaurs, merpeople, or werewolves because these, like goblins and house-elves, are considered beings rather than beasts.

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 new cross-breed magical creature that Hagrid would be proud of.
  • You may use any two beasts except centaurs, merpeople, or werewolves as long as they both appear in JK Rowling's Harry Potter series or her charity books and at least one of them is magical.
  • Please remember to include the two parents, a description of the beast, and the magical powers and/or abilities it possesses.
  • Submissions may be no more than 100 words in length.
  • All submissions must be e-mailed to contests@the-leaky-cauldron.org by 11:59 pm (EDT) on February 28th, 2011, with "Magical Creature" in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Please copy-paste your entry 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! Please help us in congratulating them!

First Place - WeenyOwl

(excerpt from Headmistress McGonagall’s private journal)

I fear Horace’s pursuit of rare potions ingredients is luring Hagrid back to his old hybridizing experiments. Their recent mead-fueled debate on the magical properties of pufferfish eyes and the correct pronunciation of ‘bowtruckle’ may explain the Lake’s proliferation of hitherto-unknown wooden fish. When disturbed, these creatures, which Hagrid calls Bowless Rafterfish, swell up until they resemble log rafts. On hot days, students use them as floats and diving platforms – until they suddenly revert to their original form, occasioning much hilarity. At first I worried about potential drownings, but the Giant Squid faithfully retrieves all who drift too far out.

Second Place - Sluggish Memory

Pnixome (PIX-O-MEE)

The Pnixome, a breed produced from the Pixie and the Gnome has caused an outbreak of damaged crops throughout the Wizarding World. The creature who is partial to the Muggle drink, Pina Coladas and who especially enjoys getting caught in the rain is known to be a mischievous and sassy beast. It’s unattractive, portly thighs along with its oversized wings are incapable of masking its raw, repugnant stench which smells robustly of Gnome saliva and the underarm of a baby Pixie. A single expelling of gas from the Pnixome has the ability to devastate any plant.

Third Place - ogdensnut

Creature: the Nab

Hoping to create the world’s best defended treasure-hunter, Hagrid has interbred the treasure-seeking Niffler with the jewel-shelled, flame-shooting Fire Crab to create the ‘Nab’. Unfortunately, the shaggy black Nab, sensing treasure, simply steals the jewels from its own shell. This triggers its flame defence (burning a bald patch around its rear end) and leaves large holes. When exhaustion finally drives the Nab underground, soil falls through these holes. Hagrid, who is nevertheless delighted, has been experimenting with filling these holes and protecting the remaining jewels by smothering the entire hairy shell with his own melted treacle and letting it set.

Honorable Mention - B.L. Gooby

A Grindeazle is a small, fur-less and catlike creature. It is the result of breeding a Kneazle and a Grindylow. The Grindeazle is pale green with large, dark green spots. It has webbed toes and a fin on the end of its lion-like tail. It has gills and is able to breathe above and below the water. It likes to live in secluded marshes. It eats small animals and insects. It is very illusive, but aggressive when found. An elixir made with its saliva is known to prevent and cure the effects of Cholera

Honorable Mention - halfbloodprincess219

Firepuff
As his previous encounter with Blast-Endded-Skrewts caused a complete mess, he decided to cross his leftover supply of Firecrabs with the cute Pigmypuff to create a gentler (but still Hagrid approved) creature. When calm, a Firepuff walks on six legs, is covered in peach colored fur and occasionally releases a puff of smoke from its bottom. But when it senses the slightest danger it rolls into a hard ball covered in spiky gems, and propells itself around with large blasts of fire coming from several holes. Luna Lovegood describes them as cute, angry armidillos.


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