New PS/SS Obstacle

Oct 31, 2011

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New Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone Obstacle Contest

The idea for November’s contest comes to us from SiriusDarcy,
who will be awarded a handmade wand from Wizard Wood Wands.

November’s contest invites you to dream a little. Imagine that you are
part of the Hogwarts faculty or staff the year Harry Potter begins his
wizarding education. Dumbledore has asked Professors McGonagall,
Flitwick, Snape, Quirrell, and Sprout, as well as Rubeus Hagrid, to
provide protection for the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, hidden at
Hogwarts for safekeeping. Now he is asking you to contribute an
additional obstacle. Please tell us which teacher or staff member you
are and describe the obstacle you will design, including how you will
create it, how it works, how to get past it, and any special equipment
needed to do so. To help you know which teachers and staff members were
or possibly could have been teaching during Harry’s first year, we’ve
provided a list below.

General Rules:

    13 years of age and over may enter the contest, including staff members
    who are not involved in the judging process.
  • One entry per
  • All submissions must be the original work of a
    single contestant. Any entries found to contain the work of another
    author will be disqualified.
  • All entries must meet PG-13
    standards of decency and good taste.
  • All decisions by the
    judges are final.
  • The first place winner will receive a
    handcrafted wand (design changes each month) and a copy of the book The Practitioners Guide to Wand Magic by William C.
    Wilson, both donated by Wizard Wood Wands, as well as 200
    MyLeaky points. Second, third, and honorable mention(s) will receive
    150, 100, and 50 MyLeaky points respectively.
  • Please refer
    to our FAQ if
    you are not sure of something.
  • If you have any questions
    not answered in the FAQ,
    or would like to discuss this Contest, please come to the Contest Corner
    of The Leaky Lounge.

Contest Rules:

    Create an additional obstacle to help protect the
    Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone in the first book of the Harry Potter
    series. Select one of the teachers or staff members who could have been
    or were at Hogwarts during Harry’s first year from the list below and in
    200 words or less, tell us who you are, what your obstacle is, how you
    will create it, how it will work, and how to get past it. If any
    special equipment will be needed to overcome your obstacle, tell what
    the equipment is and how it can be obtained.
  • Your submission
    must be e-mailed to [email protected] by 11:59 pm (EDT)
    on 30 November, with “New PS/SS Obstacle” in the subject line of the
  • Please copy-paste your description into the body of
    the e-mail and include a name to be used for authorship. You may use
    your real name or your Leaky Lounge name.

List of teachers and staff members during
Harry’s first year

    Babbling, Bathsheba ’ Ancient Runes
  • Binns,
    Cuthbert ’ History of Magic
  • Burbage, Charity – Muggle
  • Filch, Argus – Caretaker
  • Hooch, Madam ’
    Flying teacher, Quidditch referee
  • Kettleburn, Silvanus ’
    Care of Magical Creatures
  • Pince, Irma – Librarian
  • Pomfrey,
    Poppy ’ School nurse
  • Sinistra, Aurora ’ Astronomy
  • Trelawney,
    Sibyll ’ Divination
  • Vector, Septima – Arithmancy

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