“Most Magical Places” Contest Winners Announced

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Jun 16, 2007

Posted by SueTLC
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Last month, we had a contest where readers were to photograph a most magical place in their vicinity or a place which reminded you of a setting from the Harry Potter novels. With photos to make Colin Creevy proud, we can now announce the winners of this contest, which are as follows:

  • First Place: Herpo

    Approaching Hogwarts Castle onboard the Hogwarts Express in a cloudy September’s afternoon has always been a strong and promising image placed in the imagination of every Harry Potter reader…
    This image was taken in Germany,south of Stuttgart and depicts the Hohenzollern castle which shares a striking resemblance to our beloved Hogwarts!!

  • Second place: Emily Hughes
    This photo I took at my cabin reminds me of the Forbidden Forest at full moon. Is that a werewolf I hear?

  • Third place: Nundu
    I took this photo (England August 2005) on the North Yorkshire Moors and reminded me of the statement made by Hermione in Goblet of Fire:
    ‘It’s bewitched…If a Muggle looks at it, all they see is a mouldering old ruin…’ (pg 166 [US]; pg 148 [UK])

  • Honorable Mention #1: heatherhpfan06KS

    This picture was taken in the Great Room at Hale Library at Kansas State University, and I took the picture for an Art project. This room reminds me of the Great Hall, with similar high windows and a high ceiling. Whenever you walk it, it is breathtaking. All it needs are floating candles, an enchanted ceiling, and the four House tables!

  • Honorable Mention #2: Redcrosse Knight
    I expect you’ll be getting a depressing number of whomping willows for this contest, but one I want to contribute to you is this photo of a tree from my university campus, at Vancouver, Canada’s University of British Columbia. I took this this January, and the creepy branches in the foreground are from a tree that was uprooted by the forestry department kids many years back and then replanted upside down. The building in the background is our library – a magical place anyway, but one that’s often been filmed as a set for Smallville and Battlestar Galactica. This photo reminds me of the scene in Book 4 where Barty Crouch Sr has finally made his way to Hogwarts through the Old Forest only to meet Harry, Krum, and Fake Moody at the forest edges.

  • Honorable Mention #3: Emily G
    This picture was taken in the Lost Maples State Natural Area near Leakey, TX. It reminds me of the rocky beach in POA where Harry defends Sirius from the Dementors? Kiss. It was a cold overcast December day when I visited and there was a harsh chill in the air, almost like the dementors were actually there…

    Congratulations to all who entered! Be sure to discuss the results in our contest section of the Leaky Lounge forum. A reminder that the Deathly Dursley contest is still ongoing as well, so enter today!





  • 38 Responses to “Most Magical Places” Contest Winners Announced

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    that’s so coooool!!!!!!i like all the pics….especially the one which resembles the hpgwarts castle…...congrats winners!!!you really deserve this..

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    Wahoo! Second commenter! Nice job on the pics!

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    Awesome job! Hey, Sue? How could you have posted that at 1:01 PM? It’s only 9:39am xD

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    Nice pic’s … the mouldering old ruin is not so much ‘on the moors’ though: it’s Whitby Abbey (Whitby being a famous, historical North Yorkshire coastal town – it’s the setting for Dracula’s disembarkation); you can see the North Sea behind if you look carefully. Love the photo of Hohenzollern Castle; you can just picture seeing someone whizzing around the turrets on a broomstick!

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    Hey, that top 3 looks amazing!! Like it’s from a real movie… Great job (and great idea for a competition ;) )-

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    wow the winner really looks like hogwarts! awesome job!

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    It’s so awesome that fellow potter fans have such amazing talent. Gorgeous photos!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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    Congratulations to Herpo and all that were mentioned! Those pictures are amazing….reminds me that the Wizarding World is indeed in our own backyards. Love the German caastle that looks like Hogwarts!

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    It’s so awesome that fellow potter fans have such amazing talent. Gorgeous photos!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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    The winning photo is from Germany cheer... Great job you all thumbs up!!!

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    These look awesome, great job people!!

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    L O V E the one of the whomping willow.

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    L O V E the one of the whomping willow.

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    Wow, these are great photos in their own right! The fact that they also depict a resemblance to scenes from the Wizrding world makes them even more wonderful. Congrats to the winners and honorable mentions – Fantastic!

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    First winner was great :)

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    Excellent photos or should I say “Enchanting”? Each is presented in such a way that I really feel as if they really were made at Hogswarts. Forbidden Forest is my personal favorite but all are terrific!

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    They are all really great pictures. My fav is the Whomping williow. They are all amazing!!! Congrats!!!

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    I LOVE the third-floor reading room at Hale Library at KSU! I used to go there all the time to read and do homework for the express reason that it so resembled the Great Hall. In fact, I did a good portion of my reading for “Harry Potter’s Library” (ENGL 440) there a few years back. Go State!

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    I LOVE the third-floor reading room at Hale Library at KSU! I used to go there all the time to read and do homework for the express reason that it so resembled the Great Hall. In fact, I did a good portion of my reading for “Harry Potter’s Library” (ENGL 440) there a couple years back. Go State!

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    Wow! Looking at the other entries, I feel extremely lucky that mine was even considered! The castle in Germany was amazing!

    Thanks NiGHTS. I couldn’t remember the name of the abby. I just knew it was near my husband’s workplace in Yorkshire. blush

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    Thankyou Leaky for recognizing the art of photography. Super job, everyone! Loved the atmosphere Emily H. and Emily G., and the Whomping Willow,yay Redc.knight!

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    Quite alright, nundu – it’s a great picture; I could really see it as a muggle’s view of Hogwarts !

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    GOsh I wish i had knowen about this, I have a lake in this cave off a beach, when stormy, looks this the cave in which the fake hurcrux was found, though not as large.

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    Ooh… the last one looks EXACTLY like the scene in the third movie – I think it is!

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    OUTSTANDING PHOTOS! Well done, everyone.

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    Holy cow, these are awesome pictures!! What wonderful places we all live in! :-) Emily, my dad wants to know how you did yours? It’s absolutely lovely!

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    Those pictures were so great, and so HP-like too! Congratulations!

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    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! My favorite by far is the one of the forest with the full moon there. I can just imagine a thestral flying across the sky there!

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    Great job, everyone; these are all beautiful photographs!

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    I wish I had known about this contest. Oh well, great shots… Congrats to the winners….

    - The future fourth member of the Pottercast trio, Doug D.

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    The castle in the first winner’s picture is acually called Neuschwanstein…it was just founded by a member of the Hohenzollern family (Ludwig II) You can see a lot more pictures at the official website http://www.neuschwanstein.com/english/index.htm

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    I’m with Doug D, I wish I’d known about this contest… -B

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    Nothing like that even remotley looks that beautiful where I live. The closet castle in my neck of the woods is in my sons lego box, lol! Beautiful photos, guys!

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    Extremely beautiful! Great job judges!

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    Wow they all really do remind me of Harry Potter!!!

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    OMG,I can’t believe they actually gave me the first prize!!:P…Thanks a lot for all your kind comments,all the other entries were just superb!!The picture was actually taken on my way to the castle,while I was moving!! Gwendelynn,the castle in the picture really IS the Hohenzollern burg(I wouldn’t ever say something like that,unless I was completely sure).The Neuschwanstein castle is actually located in Bavaria.More photos of the castle in the picture can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohenzollern_Castle Thanks again!!

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    omg omg omg i love the 2nd one so much and the first..really love all of them yay

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    All of these are just terrific. Great job everyone!

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