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Pensieve Diving Contest

Have you heard? Hogwarts has been opened to muggles! The enchantments that befuddle muggles into seeing only a dangerous ruin have been lifted. Muggles can tour the grounds and castle proper, sit in a lesson on history of magic, and we heard rumors of some getting to see part of a Quidditch match. Four muggle friends came upon something very curious while touring the Headmaster's study. They described an old basin with a shimmering substance that we immediately understood to be a Pensieve containing memories. Well, these friends are an adventurous lot and got a bit closer than advisable to the memories and fell in - accidentally, of course. Being muggles, the Pensieve didn't work properly for them and all they could do was focus on a particular item in the memory. Upon exiting, they were only able to describe what they saw in a rather cryptic way. Each of them described something different as if they experienced different memories that were focused on particular items. We need your help understanding where the memories took place and what object they saw.

For this month's contest we are going Pensieve diving! On each of the first four Mondays in November we will provide you with the description of one place and object pair as observed by our muggle friends. Your job will be to figure out both parts: the location and the item of focus. These ambiguous clues are all that our poor muggle friends could articulate and so are rather confusing. Here's an example of what we mean:

This location is a combination of one of Hagrid’s favorite meal ingredients, a tennis racquet maker, and a topographic projection. If you need a hint Mr. Weasley can guide you along. Here you will find an object that had two uses in life. In both cases its sole purpose was to carry you on your way.

Answer (highlight to read): Stoatshead Hill, boot portkey

Oh, one more thing. We were able to identify the wizard whose memories were in the Pensive. You guessed it, Harry Potter. A location can be any place mentioned in J.K Rowling's books that Harry has been to personally. Accordingly, the object will have been mentioned in the books as being at that location.

Pensieve Diving Contest

A new memory clue written by the Contest Staff will be posted each week in the Contest Corner starting Monday, November 1 at 12:01am EDT (see schedule below). All people who submit correct location AND item answers for all four memories will be placed into a drawing for one of three handcrafted wand donated by Wizard Wood Wands (changed monthly) and 50 MyLeaky points. Everyone who identifies all four pairs correctly will also receive 50 MyLeaky points.

General Rules:
  • 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.

Contest Rules:
By 12:01am U.S. Eastern Time on each of the first 4 Mondays in November, the Contest Team will post a memory clue on the Contest Corner to be answered via e-mail. Please see the schedule below for the exact dates. Here is a link to the thread with the memories: Memories to Answer
  • All answers must be e-mailed with "Memory # Answer" in the subject line to before the next Memory clue 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 memory clue number (e.g. Memory 1 Answer, Memory 2 Answer, etc).
  • The answer to each memory clue must contain the identities of both the location and the item of focus. Remember Harry has been to each location at some point in books 1-7 of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series and he has encountered each item personally. No memories from other characters will be used.
  • Please do not post your answer in any form or way on The Leaky Lounge. All attempts or answers will be removed with the person notified as to why the post was removed.
  • All answers submitted will be recorded and kept throughout the month for each person who enters.
  • Official answers to the memory clues will be posted after the new memory clue has been posted.
  • To be eligible for the drawing of one of the three wands donated by Wizard Wood Wands, you must have all 4 locations and items identified 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 identifies all 4 memory location/item pairs correctly, the next highest amount correct will be used for the drawing of the wand by Wizard Wood Wands .

Schedule of Posted Memories:
All memory clues are posted on Monday by 12:01am U.S. Eastern Time. All answers are due via e-mail by Sunday at 11:59pm EST (4:59am GMT). Please see this thread for the posted memories.

Memory #1 posted Monday, Nov 1 at 12:01am EDT (= 4:01am GMT)
Answer #1 due Sunday, Nov 7 by 11:59pm EST (= 4:59am GMT)

Memory #2 - Monday, Nov 8 at 12:01am EST (= 5:01am GMT)
Answer #2 - Sunday, Nov 14 by 11:59pm EST (= 4:59am GMT)

Memory #3 - Monday, Nov 15 at 12:01am EST (= 5:01am GMT)
Answer #3 - Sunday, Nov 21 by 11:59pm EST (= 4:59am GMT)

Memory #4 - Monday, Nov 22 at 12:01am EST (= 5:01am GMT)
Answer #4 - Sunday, Nov 28 by 11:59pm EST (= 4:59am GMT)

Depending on the response to this contest, some wayward muggle may trip and fall into the Pensieve again next year. Let us know what you think by going to the Contest Corner forum and commenting in the thread for this contest.

UPDATE: The contest is finished and we'd like to acknowledge a few people:

Two people got all 4 memories correct.


Because we are actually awarding 3 wands and there were not 3+ people who answered all 4 memories correctly, a 3rd person was picked from the 19 people who answered 3 of 4 memories correctly. That lucky winner is Damian Griffin.

The memories and answers can be found here.

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