Winners of Fred and George’s Hogwarts History Contest Announced


May 09, 2011

Posted by John Admin

In April, the Contest Team asked you to write a passage from Hogwarts, A History as it would appear once it had been changed by the mischievous Fred and George as part of the Fred & George’s Hogwarts History Contest. After receiving many terrific entries, the judges have now picked the winners as follows (please click the author’s name to be directed to his/her winning entry at the Leaky Lounge):

First Place: shosier
Second Place: Ashley M
Third Place: LadyBlack
Honourable Mention: Chase Boyd
Honourable Mention: Gwynog’srabbit

The first place winner will receive a handcrafted wand donated by Wizard
Wood Wands
(design changes each month) and 200 MyLeaky points. Congratulations to the winners and all who entered!

21 Responses to Winners of Fred and George’s Hogwarts History Contest Announced

Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: I'm the first one. Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: Oh lucky you @Fleur-de-Lily .. And you comment is that you have the first comment .. WAUW! Dashing ! Congrats to the winners I really liked shosier's post .. Good one :)Avatar Imagemoglet says: Congratulations to all the winners and those with the honourable mention, they were all great fun to read, but the winning entry by shosier was absolutely brilliant, what a great piece of writing, a very well deserved winner. @Fleur-De-Lily, this news article is about people putting lots of effort into their writing, and all you can do is think of yourself being first to comment, then not bother to leave a comment about the winners. I hope you will return and put this right.Avatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: All the entries are clever -- but Shosier's is BRILLIANT! I really enjoyed reading it, and it absolutely sounded like Fred and George speaking! Well done!Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: Congratulations to all! I agree with everyone else, shosier's was great!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Congrats! Those were so much fun to read. Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Fun reads all! Shosier's was indeed outstanding, but I'm a bit befuddled as to why the entry by Gwynog'srabbit only got an Honorable Mention, as it was also extremely well-written and funny. Did it lose marks on some technicality like exceeding the word limit? I was especially tickled by the 'long spoons' reference. For those who didn't get it, it refers to an old proverb (we know that it was already on the go in Shakespeare's time, as he references it in 'The Tempest') to the effect that 'He who would sup with the Devil must bring a long spoon.' Or, as contemporary politicians might put it, if you're going to do business with disreputable people, make sure you maintain your 'plausible deniability.' So it's a wicked little dig on the character of the typical Hogwarts faculty member on the part of the twins. Although I thought all the entries were well-done, what seemed missing from them for me was any sense of where the 'official' language left off and where the Fred & George interpolations began and ended. All of these excerpts seemed to me to be entirely fabricated. But I think that the fault lies in the fact that one cannot use any kind of typeface formatting on Leaky, other than the extremely annoying option of ALL CAPS. When I read the instructions for the contest, my reaction was, 'Oh, that would be fun to try, if only I could put the Fred & George edits in italics or a different color or font.' I don't know if there is any potential solution to this limitation.Avatar ImageLoki328 says: Congrats to all, and shosier, I really enjoyed your entry!Avatar Imagesongbird says: WeenyOwl, We're sorry you felt you couldn't enter. There are a number of options when submitting your entry if you can't use italics or color. For example, using quotation marks, or listing original content before the actual entry with the fred and george changes. Most email systems do have bold, underline and italics, but if you'rs doesn't, you can always distinguish with brackets [ ] around the parts you want to draw attention to. We hope that will help you in the future so that you may enter any contest that appeals to you! Songbird Leaky Contest StaffAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: Congrats to everyone! Well done!Avatar ImageFresca says: Great Comment, Weeny Owl! The entries were fun to read, and Shosier's was simply the best! Enjoy your new wand!Avatar Imageeliselestrange says: Congrats to you five! :DAvatar Imageeliselestrange says: Congrats to you five! :DAvatar ImageWeenyOwl says: But even if someone put boldface, underline or italics in an e-mail, they still wouldn't show up when the entry was posted here, would they?Avatar ImageEve13 says: Great job everyone! I loved all of the winning and honorable mention essay's! congrats to all who entered!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Very well done indeed!Avatar Imagesongbird says: WeenyOwl, perhaps non-staff doesn't have those options in posting, I don't know, but we as staff at least do. We can post in color, italics, bold, underline. So we would do our best to keep the format to distinguish different parts of your entry, if that makes sense. Obviously, for most contests, that isn't necessary, but for one such as this particular contest, it would make sense to use those options to make your entry more understandable. So feel free to enter next time! We're sorry you missed out on this one! Songbird, Leaky Contest StaffAvatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: WeenyOwl, that is so cool that you know the literary history of the long spoons! That's one of my favorite things when I read - finding stuff that the writer put in that goes beyond whatever the immediate reason for it was. And how appropriate to use it about the behavior of politicians - that's so funny! I don't think I've heard it used that way before. And I agree with everyone else - Shosier's was amazing, I loved it so much!Avatar Imagemjk says: WeenyOwl, I would like to direct your attention to Valeria-Johanna's Honorable Mention in the Snape & Drago Story Contest. She had placed italics for the first two lines in each coupling for the ballad and we kept those italics when we posted the entry. Some of the more minor boldings, italics, etc are sometimes left off (by accident or on purpose), but we do try to include any bolding, italics, etc that are included in the entry (any entry). Sometimes extra information is included that we do not post, but what is pertinent we also try to post. So if someone had, in their entry, made it clear where something is "rewritten" by F&G and something was not, we would have included that in the final posting, but no one did. In the future though, if we do another contest like this or any contest you feel it is necessary, please feel free to indicate where something needs to be brought to the reader's attention. Bolding and/or italics are the easiest, but color also works. So don't miss out next time! :) If anything, ask and we'll let you know if we can/cannot do it if you think it's important. mjk TLC Competition TeamAvatar Imagehewy says: Well done everyone!!! Fun reads!!!!Avatar ImageCatdelaCreme says: HAHA! These are great. Good job everyone! :D

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