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New Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone Obstacle Contest

The idea for November's contest comes to us from SiriusDarcy, who will be awarded a handmade wand from Wizard Wood Wands.

November's contest invites you to dream a little. Imagine that you are part of the Hogwarts faculty or staff the year Harry Potter begins his wizarding education. Dumbledore has asked Professors McGonagall, Flitwick, Snape, Quirrell, and Sprout, as well as Rubeus Hagrid, to provide protection for the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone, hidden at Hogwarts for safekeeping. Now he is asking you to contribute an additional obstacle. Please tell us which teacher or staff member you are and describe the obstacle you will design, including how you will create it, how it works, how to get past it, and any special equipment needed to do so. To help you know which teachers and staff members were or possibly could have been teaching during Harry's first year, we've provided a list below.

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 a single 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 (design changes each month) and a copy of the book The Practitioners Guide to Wand Magic by William C. Wilson, both donated by Wizard Wood Wands, as well as 200 MyLeaky points. Second, third, and honorable mention(s) will receive 150, 100, and 50 MyLeaky points respectively.
  • 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 an additional obstacle to help protect the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone in the first book of the Harry Potter series. Select one of the teachers or staff members who could have been or were at Hogwarts during Harry's first year from the list below and in 200 words or less, tell us who you are, what your obstacle is, how you will create it, how it will work, and how to get past it. If any special equipment will be needed to overcome your obstacle, tell what the equipment is and how it can be obtained.
  • Your submission must be e-mailed to by 11:59 pm (EDT) on 30 November, with "New PS/SS Obstacle" in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Please copy-paste your description into the body of the e-mail and include a name to be used for authorship. You may use your real name or your Leaky Lounge name.

List of teachers and staff members during Harry's first year:
  • Babbling, Bathsheba – Ancient Runes
  • Binns, Cuthbert – History of Magic
  • Burbage, Charity - Muggle Studies
  • Filch, Argus - Caretaker
  • Hooch, Madam – Flying teacher, Quidditch referee
  • Kettleburn, Silvanus – Care of Magical Creatures
  • Pince, Irma - Librarian
  • Pomfrey, Poppy – School nurse
  • Sinistra, Aurora – Astronomy
  • Trelawney, Sibyll – Divination
  • Vector, Septima - Arithmancy

UPDATE: The winners have been picked! Please click on a name to read his/her winning entry. Congratulations to all!

First place: Lady Black
Second place: A Sluggish Memory
Third place: Laura Keaton
Honorable mention: Calum Wilson
Honorable mention: Clara Guinez

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