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Fanfic Challenge: Dumbledore's Grid - The Phantom Librarian
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Fanfic Challenge: Dumbledore's Grid
After seeing far too many horrible "Exchange Student From My Country Comes To Hogwarts" fics, I thought it might be fun to have good fics based on OCs from places writers come from. In reference to the multinational adventure TV miniseries, The Grid as well as Dumbledore's Army, this one's Dumbledore's Grid.

So, here's the challenge:

We know from the mention of Charlie's work in Order of the Phoenix that Dumbledore is trying to recruit internationally, and it's reasonable to suppose that Voldemort is doing so as well. These recruits must, at some point, come to the U.K. and meet with at least one canon character to discuss their roles in the war. (If you'd like to write a Hogwarts story, it might be the child of such a person showing up, though some reason for that child to be at Hogwarts would need to be proferred, given canon.)

So, the parameters of the challenge:
  • The character should be from the writer's home--not just country, but region or city. (Helps avoid stereotypes, if you know specifically what a place is like.)
  • The fic, though taking place mainly in the U.K.*, should talk about the magical culture at home at some point.
  • The character can't usurp anyone's prophetic role, or mimic anyone's canon role, and the role he or she has should make sense in terms of canon.
  • In all instances, both the U.K. and the home country need to be respected, or disrespect must carry negative consequences for the person committing it. (Eg, a character saying, "You people are so backward! No one talks like this anymore!" would not be rewarded by instant friendship from every canon character in sight. By the same token, she shouldn't be denigrating her home country, either.)
  • The characters can be on either side of the war, but, while they may know something, they shouldn't have a level of knowledge beyond what would be reasonable given the state of knowledge in the series' home territory.
  • Fics should be roughly short-story length (1000-5000 words).

*The story action should take place in the U.K., but there could be prologue or epilogue sections at home, either getting ready to leave or returning.

In honor of the meeting in the Hog's Head in the first weekend of October, fics are due the first Saturday in October (October 2, 2004). On that date, post it in your journal; I'll put up a post here, to link to all the entries.

Comment with your character's hometown below, if you'd like to participate.

Writers from the same region or city may work together to create its magical culture if they so choose, but may also go in completely different directions.

U.K. Writer variant #1 (suggested by tatooine): A non-magic person from your area is, for whatever reason, called to the war.

U.K. Writer varaint #2 (suggested by stormswift): Your character, acting for one side or the other, goes to a different country to recruit. To keep in the spirit of it being a known place, it should be a place you've visited.

NOTE: If you live in a smallish place and would prefer not to reveal your location by writing in it (eg, a very small town), the point of using a hometown is the specific knowledge you have of it--if you make up a fictional town like yours in your general region, that's perfectly in the spirit of it.

To be edited in later: If anyone has a suggestion for a variant for U.K. writers, please mention it in the comments.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 8th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll be doing one from Boston, MA. If I end up with lots of time and a plot bunny, I may do one from rural Western New York (Perry) as well.
maeglinyedi From: maeglinyedi Date: August 8th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love this idea and I'm going to try to write something for it. And the OC will be Dutch, of course (the south of Holland, to be more specific). Great challenge! :-)
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: August 9th, 2004 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
YOur'e Dutch too? whee!! You know, this is crazy. I was aboutto ask if I'd be the only one whod work with a character from Holland.
I"m curious how we're going to paint the wizarding culture here.
This acutally is a great way to learn more about people's
home region.
likeafox From: likeafox Date: August 8th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
If I can get my lazy butt to work, I'll be doing one from Ohio, probably Central (Columbus) area, but possible from Northern Ohio, as my grandparents live there and I'm very familiar with that area, too.

Fun challenge, Fern!
melyanna From: melyanna Date: August 8th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
If I manage not to get sidetracked by a massive Voldemort plot bunny that's gnawing at my ankle, I'll toss my contribution in. I'll be writing about someone from Chicago, though I might also be able to write about a couple different regions of the South if time permits -- Alabama and Oklahoma, to be specific.
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: August 8th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
If I can come up with anything my character will be from Washington, D.C.
ashtur From: ashtur Date: August 8th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Most likely go with Lincoln, NE (my home town)... though a bit bunny-less at the moment.
scionofgrace From: scionofgrace Date: August 12th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Sweet! Lincoln! (If you want an Omaha connection, lemme know.) (lateness of reply due to a sojourn to Canada)
From: anatomiste Date: August 8th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I'll do this if I can find any time at all. One visitor from Chapel Hill, North Carolina...
melwil From: melwil Date: August 8th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a facinating challenge. You will be the death of me. *g*

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia here. Or if I can't get that to work, my alternate home (where I was from 8 to 17) of Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland where Steve Irwin jokes are a common part of speech. (It's inevitable when they put up a huge half naked sign of Steve . . .)
tatooine From: tatooine Date: August 8th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Count me in from Boulder, Colorado...

Perhaps, for U.K. writers, people could write non-magic folk getting involved? Or British wizards or witches being sent abroad for whatever reason?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 8th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That could work (non-magic folk). I'll put that as the first variant suggestion.
bloody_vixen From: bloody_vixen Date: August 8th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

From Asia!

Sounds interesting; if I have the time and am not swamped by work, I' be doing one from Selangor, Malaysia, that's if it's allowed. Now, excuse me while I get my plot bunnies to work.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 8th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: From Asia!


Sounds great. This started as a bad reaction to an AmeriSue, but I'm totally into finding out anything about anywhere.
ghanihwi From: ghanihwi Date: August 8th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll give it a whirl if something pops into my head- put down one character from East Texas.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 8th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool. And I like friends. :)
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: August 8th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... I'll see what I can do with someone from Las Vegas, NV.
From: ravish_potter Date: August 8th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Slash allowed? Cuz I come from the San Francisco Bay Area (gay pride!).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 8th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shrug. Sure. I didn't put any limits on the rating, though the subject matter would probably put it down to a PG-13 or so (just the whole war focus thing), but if your character is gay, then s/he's gay.
hildigunnur From: hildigunnur Date: August 8th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how exciting challenge. I don't think I can pass this up. So I'll be writing about an Icelandic wizard.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: August 8th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm also from the lovely San Francisco Bay Area, but I will be writing a beautiful, talented female character. :D
From: wordwide Date: August 8th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe, that sounds like a great idea! I guess I'll be writing about a wizard from Paris, France, my hometown. Now excuse me while I go catch the plot bunny.
vulgarweed From: vulgarweed Date: August 8th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here from daily_snitch

What a most excellent challenge!

I will try to write a character from a place like where I grew up, a tiny town in far southwestern VA, USA (Appalachian Mountains). I am thinking my character is definitely a middle-aged eccentric, gender not yet decided.

(I live in Chicago now, but that doesn't seem as challenging.)
honey_child From: honey_child Date: August 8th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi, came here from deleterius

Still uncertain if I will write one but just might if I get a required plot bunny.

So my character will be from a small town in Manitoba Canada.
versinae From: versinae Date: August 8th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a great idea! Too bad I'm not good at writing, but I'll be watching your journal for the submissions! Fortunately Boston was the first one covered there :)
From: nothing_gold Date: August 8th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a fantastic idea. I'll write about a witch from Chicago, IL--the South Side, of course.
lingzer0 From: lingzer0 Date: August 8th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh. I'm going to try to enter, I think. St. Paul, Minnesota.
jetamors From: jetamors Date: August 8th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't make any promises, but I'll try to do one from either my hometown of Washington, DC, or one from my mother's home town in rural Virginia.
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: August 9th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
w00t! Representin' the District of Columbia!
dawaterrat From: dawaterrat Date: August 8th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi. Read about this on deleterius, and coincidentally, I have one semi-outlined (I just can't logic the canon characters involved getting past this one point.) already. So If I may (and if I can get it done) I may try one from Chicago (and suburbs). I'm not sure if I'll put it in my regular LJ, or in my semi-defunct writing journal nancynotes, but I'll let you know.

I'm really going to be interested in how all the folks from the states view Wizarding USA, 'cause I'm sure it's not going to be the same.
sobota From: sobota Date: August 8th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic idea. I'll be doing Müunchen, Bayern, Deutschland (Munich, Bavaria, Germany). I have never seen a German!OC before.

<3 Sabrina M.
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