September Contest: Other Uses for the Room of Requirement
September 01, 2011, 12:59 PM
The Room of Requirement has always had different uses throughout the Harry Potter series, from a training room for Dumbledore's Army to a room full of chamber pots for Professor Dumbledore. For our September contest, Leaky is asking how would you, as a Hogwarts student, utilize the room's enchantments to your benefit?
To enter the contest, describe how you would use the Room of Requirement including the who, what, how and when aspects. Be thorough in your description covering all the loopholes and requirements to make it work! Entries must be no more than 50 words in length and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Room of Requirement uses" in the subject line.
Readers 13 years of age and over may enter the contest, including staff members not involved in the judging process. The first place winner will receive a handcrafted wand from Wizard Wood Wands, a copy of the book The Practitioners Guide to Wand Magic by William C. Wilson, and 200 MyLeaky points. Second, third, and honorable mentions will receive 150, 100, and 50 MyLeaky points, respectively.
For complete details, please visit the contest page. You have until September 30th at 11:59 pm (EDT) to enter. Good luck!
Isn’t that what creativity means? Being able to do a lot with just a little bit that’s given? We hope that once your creative juices get flowing, you’ll find it’s easier than you think. Good luck!
-Songbird, Leaky Contest Staff
Sorry about the multiple posts – nargles seem to have gotten into my computer.
I’ve already tried. I was able to do a very minimal description of the room, but there’s no way that I can ‘includ[e] the who, what, how and when aspects’ and ‘be thorough in [my] description covering all the loopholes and requirements to make it work’ in a mere 50 words.
@ songbird I did it a try – just sent you guys an email.
I have several ideas…
That’s so brilliant! I love these contests! But I’m quite disappointed with the 50 word limit! But it is a clever way to test how well we can write given with any word limit. . . . xD
Would try it, but I suck at writing. >.<
We appreciate your enthusiasm for the LeakyLounge Contests. I wanted to echo a bit of what [b]songbird[/b] said. We use the word limits on some of the writing contests as an added level of difficulty – sort of a catalyst for creativity. The restriction helps separate the good writing from the better. We are sorry you don’t find September’s contest to your liking but understand that we try as much as possible to make each contest different from the others and they won’t all be your favorite. The word limit is one way to do that. Please try to keep that in mind. Just as there may be folks who don’t particularly like the contests you enjoy most I’m sure there will be people who take to this contest with vigor and enthusiasm. And someone will win a wand.
Thank you to everyone who participates in the Leaky Lounge Contests! We value your opinions and if you would like to share your contest ideas with us please visit our Brainstorming For Ideas thread at
onespeedonly – Leaky Contest Staff
WeenyOwl, perhaps you are overthinking it. You don’t need to give us every minor detail. It’s just an overview. And if there’s something specific that you need the room to do, you include it. Like “unaccessible to non-DA members.”
Thank you, Onespeedonly! Coudn’t have said it better myself! I would add:
Please remember, the contest staff are volunteers who have real lives…school, jobs, kids…we do this in our spare time. So to have to read through 100 entries at 500 words a piece is not always possible. We have to vary the contests for our participants and for ourselves as well. We’d all go crazy (or crazier than we already are) if we had to read through long writings every month. Have mercy on your poor house-elf-like contest team!! We really do believe in the ability of our participants. We know you can do anything you set your mind to!
Songbird, Leaky Contest Staff
If you want the entries to be really short, fine; but then I think the rules ought not to include the instruction to ‘be thorough.’ It makes me wonder if what some of the mods do in their busy lives is write the impossible rules in the Requests for Proposals for government grants that I have to contend with as a professional grantwriter!
Please see the forum thread for this contest in the Leaky Lounge Contest Corner for further clarification of what to submit and to get your questions answered by contest staff members.
onespeedonly, Leaky Contest Staff
I agree with other members – I was so inspired to enter this contest (was actually just working on my submission) and saw that the limit is 50 words. Wow, my entrys gonna need cutting down. :/
Still gonna give it a try though! Hope the limit makes mine much more interesting! :D
No time! But hmmmm, if I were to use the RoR, it would have to be in the moment, not something I can plan for!
I would use the room of requirement as a reading room where I would read all the HP books, one after the other and no one could find me or bother me. It would have several chairs, couches and a bed with lots of cushions to relax in, along with a snack center. Lighting would be ideal for relaxing and optimum for reading.