Harry Potter Prequel Contest Now Open

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Jul 09, 2008

Posted by EdwardTLC
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For this month of July, our Contest Crew has launched their latest venture which takes a leaf from Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling’s book in inviting you to write your own Harry Potter prequel. As we reported back in June, Jo Rowling penned an 800-word prequel featuring the characters of James Potter and Sirius Black prior to the events depicted in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” for a charitable auction in support of English PEN and Dyslexia Action. For this contest, you must write your own prequel that is no more than 800 words and tells of the Harry Potter universe prior to the events in the first novel. Entries should also be focused on minor characters from the story and their backgrounds, as opposed to the stories of major characters such as Harry, Voldemort, or Dumbledore. All submissions must be sent to contests@the-leaky-cauldron.org by Sunday, July 27th at 11:59 pm (EDT) with “HP Prequel” in the subject line of the e-mail. The winner of this contest will receive their very own custom wand from Wizard Wood Wands.

As with all our contests, those above the age of 13 who are not involved in the judging process may submit one original entry which adheres to a strict PG13 rating for consideration. More information about this contest can be found right here and in the Contest forum of the Leaky Lounge.

Good luck to all who enter!





28 Responses to Harry Potter Prequel Contest Now Open

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Cool these are going to be great. First comment!?

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1st??? ummm dat sounds cool, i just can’t write great stories but im rooting for who ever wins..

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Hmmm… Perhaps I’ll give it a shot, I’ve always wanted to enter a writing contest….And this one sounds really, really fun!*

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The topic of this contest seems VERY interesting! Amazing! You can count with my entry. This is going to be the first time I will enter in this kind of contest. Anyway: This could be a great opportunity to let my imagination fly with characters I would like to have more story. I think I would write about Alice & Frank Longbottom, or maybe Sybil Trelawnew, or Gideon & Fabian Prewett, or Marlene McKinnon, or Edgar Bones, or ever Eileen Prince. The list is endless actually. I will have a thoght about it and I will start soon. Bye.

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fo show! ill be writing a prequel! May the winner enjoy a beautiful wand.

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So where’s Pottercast this week?

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The trailer for HBP will be in the IMAX version of TDK

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Ooo this is going to be a great contest. Im not too good at writting stories though so i might just bask in the glory of all the participants. Looking forward to reading the finalists.

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Man,this sounds soo amazing,I think I can write a prequel yeah,but I’m 12..wahhaa,86 days for me to become 13,so,good luck to the participants..

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sa a l’air génial mais j’ai pas l’age snif…

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YodaTheHobbit, there is no pottercast this week.

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Ooh ooh ooh, I know exactly who I want to write about! Squeee!

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that’s lovely,but couldn,t I be born a few months earlier!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wow, that took less time than I even expected to have to take to write. Maybe I’m even the first entry in the contest? Double Squee!

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cool..may wanna try…u’d never know!

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does anyone know what the minimum amount of words is? i started on my story last night

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Ooh I always wanted a wand. I’ll try and take part this time!

Phillip, the prequel should be no more than 800 words – see Edward’s post above.

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COOL!! will we be able to read the winning entry? that would be really interesting

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Wow this sounds like a really fun contest. I don’t think I’ll enter, but I’m really excited to read some of the winners’ stories!

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where do entries go

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So it can be about any character other than Harry, Voldemort/Riddle, or Dumbledore? Or can it not be about any main character? There should be a list of who counts as a main character and who doesn’t because for some characters it’s not quite clear whether they should be considered a main character or not-the Mauraders and Snape for example.

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Em, why no PotterCast?

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whahoooooo. I just put my story in. Do you think its a disadvantage to enter a story in so soon? I read mine to my husband- he seemed to like it, but I think he’s a bit biased.

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I think that we can determine what counts as a main character by looking at the original 800 word work. It focuses on James and Sirius, so the spectrum is pretty broad. I think that the Mauraders and Snape are allowed. Don’t blame me if I’m wrong though.

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Great! Already sent mine in. It would be nice to be able to read the top 10 entries including the winner. Good luck to all who enter.

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I wish I could go

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hey guys, this looks interesting, but i’m almost done. and i need ideas, can u guys tell me what you all wrote about? I’m not sure what it’s sposed to look like, and u all seem smarter than me. :(

why don’t i get this?

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When are they announcing the winner?

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