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Fred & George's First Encounter with Filch Contest

While doing some clean up work in preparation for another year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we stumbled across a few old boxes that looked like they had been hastily hidden behind a wardrobe in the Room of Requirement. Inside the boxes we found a couple of portable swamps and some Weasleys' Wild-Fire Whiz-Bang fireworks. Needless to say, we ended up doing a lot of additional clean up when one of the contest staff members accidentally set off the box of fireworks and another staffer had the not-so-brilliant idea of putting out the fireworks by using the portable swamp...but we digress. Our luck improved drastically when we discovered a large stash of time turners—since they were all supposedly destroyed several years ago.

Of course we tested the time turners to see if they still worked (like a charm!). Much to our delight we were transported back to Fred and George Weasley's first year at Hogwarts when they were young but not exactly innocent. We were so fascinated by these Masters of Mischief and Mayhem that we decided to hold a contest in their honor. So put on a time turner and go back to the day when Fred and George encountered the Hogwarts caretaker, Argus Filch, for the first time. Write a story of no more than 750 words (which translates to about 12 inches of parchment) detailing the event. Six clicks of the time turner should do it. Good luck!

Rules and Guidelines:
  • Write a story of 750 words or less about Fred and George Weasley's first encounter with Filch. Please do not write about the Marauder's map because that story has already semi-been told in Prisoner of Azkaban. Instead, think up some other instance that may be their first encounter.
  • 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 submissions must be e-mailed to by 11:59 pm (EDT) on 30 September, with "Fred and George encounter Filch" in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Please copy-paste your story into the body of the e-mail and include a name to be used for authorship (real name or Leaky Lounge name). Please make sure your copy-paste looks the way you'd like it (e.g., breaks/paragraph indentations are visible).
  • All decisions by the judges are final.
  • The judges will be looking for creative, interesting and canon correct stories that are well written. You may find the "tips and hints" helpful.
  • 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.

UPDATE: The winners for the contest have been picked! Please help us in congratulating the following winners:

First place: MalfoyDiva
Second place: shosier
Third place: madeyedmuggle

To view the winning entries, please click the name of the winner.

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