Arthur’s Perfect Gift

Dec 01, 2009

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Arthur’s Perfect Gift Contest

The holiday season is fast
approaching and we’re delighted to announce we’ve received an
invitation to spend Christmas with the Weasleys. We don’t want to show
up empty handed so after much deliberation, we’ve decided to ask for
help from our able-minded Leaky members. We’d like to invite you to
come up with the perfect gift for Arthur Weasley. But here’s the
hitch-while we know Arthur has a fascination with all things muggle,
Molly has informed us that even Arthur admits he has plenty of plugs
and batteries. So here’s what we’d like you to do:

General Guidelines:

  • In
    100 words or less tell us what you think the perfect gift for Arthur
    Weasley would be and why. Remember–no plugs and/or batteries!
  • Anyone 13 years of age or older 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 entry
    found to contain the work of another author will be disqualified.
  • All decisions by the judges are final.
  • All entries must meet PG-13 standards of decency and good taste.
  • The first place winner will receive a custom made wand donated by Wizard Wood Wands and 200 MyLeaky points.
  • All submissions must be emailed to [email protected] by 11:59 pm (EST) on 19 December 2009 with “The Perfect Gift” in the subject of the e-mail.
  • Please
    copy-paste your entry into the body of the e-mail and include a name to
    be used for authorship (real name or Leaky Lounge name).
  • 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 of The Leaky Lounge.

UPDATE! The winners have been picked!

First Place: John Macdonnell

Arthur Weasley’s present there are a series of children’s books of
varying titles, but centering around “The Way Things Work” or “How
Things Work” They are illustrated books introducing children (or
wizards not familiar with the workings of muggles) technology. They
show for example how a telephone work or a plane flies, but also why
they do. I think he’d be thrilled to have these books (and Molly would
be less stressed with a book rather than him tinkering on a gas lawn
mower behind her back).

Second Place: KrysGrey

Rubik’s Cube. I’m sure he’d be curious as to the point of it, and would
be fascinated that Muggles actually take the time out to try and line
up the coloured blocks. We’d have to convince him to try and solve it
the Muggle-way, though after a while, I’m sure he’ll be itching to use
a spell to have it solve itself. Once he does solve it, I’m sure
everyone will gather round it, trying to see if anything happens.

Third Place (tie): katandcon

Weasleys like to travel so I believe the perfect gift for Mr. Weasley
would be a trip to Purdue University to see the Rube Goldberg Machine
Contest. That’s where teams from colleges from across the USA go to
display the crazy machines they’ve made that complete a simple task in
the most steps possible.

In 2007 the winner juiced an orange and
poured the juice in 345 steps! Mr. Weasley would have a blast mingling
with all the Muggles, and might find a use for his all of his batteries
and plugs.

Third Place (tie): ZephyrFool

buy a self-assembly kit for a model airplane and try to collect a debt
from my old physics teacher who happens to have a licence to fly a
glider. Once fully assembled the writing on the airplane would read
“Coupon for a free flight with Mr. Schneider, lesson in basic physics
and why airplanes stay up in the air included.”

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