|HandofGlory||Date: Thursday, 2013-04-11, 16:08 | Message # 1|
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|Hi everyone. |
Back on COS forums, I started a fanfic depicting the students of Hogwarts competing with each other to be crowned Hogwarts Champion. I started it here (http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=132142) and wish to continue and finish it before the site closes down. I would also like to share it here as well. I will be reposting the chapters one by one here, as well as write new ones as well. I hope you all enjoy.
Added (2013-04-10, 14:52)
Chapter 0.1: Arriving to the Competition
Two men stood next to each other at the Hogsmeade Station. Harry Potter
and Ludo Bamgan both wait for the Hogwarts Express to arrive and drop
off the students. But this was the summer. No students should be on
their way here. This was definitely no ordinary occasion. No, what was
going to happen would be the best thing that happened to Hogwarts since
the Triwizard Tournament.
38 students from all different classes have been hand-picked by Ludo and
Harry to determine who was the best wizard or witch to be a part of
Hogwarts. The winner would walk away 1000 galleons richer and with the
title of Hogwarts Champion.
The train arrives at the station. Harry and Ludo walk up to the closest
door, ready to greet the contenders. The door opens, and Harry let out
a little gasp at what he saw. It wasn't any student that was invited.
Sure enough, the blond woman, dressed in flashy green robes, came off
the express, quill and parchment in hand. Ludo rushed in to shake the
free hand of the nosy journalist.
"Yes, Harry, I invited Ms. Skeeter in as a reporter, writing reviews for the Daily Prophet."
"Don't worry, Harry, my boy. It's going to be perfectly unbiased
writings of a general viewer. This show has been all the rage in
Britain. I just write the reviews, and maybe even some behind the
After letting go of Ludo's hand, she extended it to Harry. Tentatively,
he took it in his own, and shook it quickly as the students piled out
of the car behind her. He then went and stood next to Ludo. Rita went
to the side, and started writing on her parchment.
"Welcome," Ludo started announcing, "to the first ever Hogwarts Champion
tournament!" At the end, the students cheered and clapped.
"I am your host, creater of the competion, Ludo Bagman. I am joined
here by fellow student and the Chosen one, Harry Potter, as well as
intrepid reporter for the Daily Prohpet, Rita Skeeter!"
Hermione Granger shot a look of disgust at Rita. She did not like the
fact that the vile woman that constantly annoyed her and her friends for
most of her fourth year was here. On the other hand, Pansy Parkinson
jumped for joy at the mention of her name, knowing full well that she
would get a good image from this.
"All 38 of you have been selected by Harry and me to be a part of what
we hope to be a great tradition. From Gryffindor"(At the mention of
Gryffindor, Rita started pointing her quill at Hermione, Ron Weasley,
Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, and the rest of the Gryffindors
before counting everyone else. She furiously took down her first notes
of the games)"to Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff to Slytherin, each one of you
will compete for the title of Hogwarts Champion! As well as a money
prize of 1000 galleons!"
More cheers erupted from the crowd, until Rita interrupted.
"Excuse me, Mr. Bagman and Mr. Potter, but I only count 37 competitors.
Surely you can all add, unless we are forgetting a Gryffindor back at
Ludo proceeded to count the contestants, noting that indeed only 37 stood before him and Harry.
"Harry, she's right. Did one not make it?"
Harry smiled, and proceeded to reach into his pocket.
"No, she's just arriving now."
He then pull out of his pocket a ring. It wasn't any ordinary ring, as
Harry took out the stone and turned it three times. Everyone else
looked in amazement and shock, as they all knew what that stone was.
Rita, wide-eyed at the event, couldn't look away, as she started taking
her Quick Quote Quill to cover for her.
"Harry," shouted Cho Chang, "that's not how the Resurrection Stone works!"
Harry, ignoring her, turned around and welcomed the student back to life.
"Thank you for joining us, Myrtle. Please join the others."
Indeed it was Moaning Myrtle (who mentioned that she would only be
referred to as Myrtle). She nervously walked past the two hosts and
entered the crowd of shocked students, sending a little hand wave to
Draco Malfoy. Pansy looked at her with the same look Hermione gave
Rita. Ludo went back to announcing.
"Ahem, well, theres our 38. Alright then, as I said, welcome to the
Hogwarts Champion tournament! Everyone, grab your stuff, and let's head
on over to Hogwarts, where you will all be staying for the next couple
Ludo and Harry led the contestants and Rita inside the castle. The students
looked around in awe at the castle they learned from. Not a
single piece of damage from the final battle was present.
They kept walking throughout the castle until the hosts opened the doors
to the Great Hall and were let in. Ludo went up the stairs and behind
the podium as he started to speak.
"Welcome all, this is the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Each week, you will
all come here and learn about what is in store for you. Also, at the
end of each challenge, you will come back here, while Harry, me, and a
couple of different guests reveal the results, and then finally, the
person, who in our opinions, does the worst, they will be eliminated.
Understood? Good, now everyone, split into boys and girls, and head to
the tents in the courtyard where you will all be staying. Come back
here tomorrow a 9 am for the first challenge. Good night, and good luck
The contestants started piling out of the Great Hall. Soon, they all
began talking to each other, trying to think of a plan to win. Hermione
and Ron knew they would be together until the end. However, Harry
would not be with them this time, so they figured that they need to get
the rest of the D.A. They approached Neville to try to get into a solid
alliance with them. Neville shook his head.
"I'm sorry, Ron and Hermione. But it's time for the rest of the crew to
split up. Luna, Ginny, and I already have a team, and we decided that
we don't need you guys to get far."
Neville proceeded to walk toward Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood,
wrapping his arm around their shoulders as they walked toward the
courtyard. Ron and Hermione stood and watched with their mouths open.
"How dare he? We help him build up his confidence and decides he wants
nothing to do with us now? And he takes my sister with him? What is he
"And he needs brains on his team, so he chooses Luna? Well, they are
here to have fun, it looks like, and not win. That prize will belong to
us, Ron. However, we need a third person on our alliance to help us
As soon as the word "third person" came out, Lavender Brown came up from
behind Ron, as Cormac McClaggen did behind Hermione, both with their
hands raised, as wanting to join the duo. Ron glared at Cormac,
Hermione at Lavender. Both took the hint, and went off. Lavender went
and joined the Patil twins, Parvati and Padma. Both girls welcomed her
with open arms. Cormac turned his attention the remaining members of
the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Although most were annoyed by his
"know-it-all" attitude with Quidditch, they accepted him.
Ron and Hermione kept looking around at the remaining students to see
who they can work with when Zacharias Smith came up to them.
"Guys, I can work with you. I have the smarts, the looks, and the talents to win this."
"Go away, git."
"Why? I am a hard working team player....."
"Oh stop it. You barely worked when we had D.A. meetings, and what did
you do as soon as the first years started evacuating the battle? You
pushed them away so you get away! Don't talk about hard work or loyalty
when you surely lack them."
"She's right. I mean, even Colin Creevey was braver than you. And he's not that great of a wizard himself!"
"Why aren't you with the other Hufflepuffs? They all seem to get along."
"They said they didn't think I was a good example of a Hufflepuff. Whatever that means."
"It means you are disloyal, and no one trusts you."
"Well, I don't think anyone else wants to be with you two. Who would you have rather than me?"
Ron and Hermione looked at each other. After Neville, Ginny, and Luna,
they never thought who else they would help, and would help them in
return. They started looking around until both of them saw who they
Myrtle turned around at the sound of her name. She saw Ron and Hermione
looking back at her. Myrtle felt alone, ever since coming back to
life. She knew that both of them had helped slay the monster that
killed her, and she owed it to them. She walked over, past a stunned
Zacharias, feeling welcomed for the first time in her life.
"Fine, have fun with dead girl. I'll go get a team by myself."
Zacharias looked around for someone he could team with. The Hufflepuffs
didn't want him. Neither did the Gryffindors. He didn't want to be a
part of a Slytherin team. So all that was left was Ravenclaw. He
walked straight up to Marietta Edgecombe. She was a pretty girl, he
thought, despite the word SNEAK still present, although lightly, on her
"Well, it seems like we are in this alone. Both of us "traitors" to the rest of the students."
Before Marietta could object, Cho came up to her friends defense.
"Who said she was alone? Go away, traitor. Let's go Marietta. And don't think the other Ravenclaws will join you."
And they left, leaving Zacharias alone. No problem, he thought. He got everything he needs to win. He can do this.
Draco Malfoy stood by as he watched Myrtle head toward Ron and Hermione.
The only person that he confided with the most now allied herself with
the blood traitor and the Mudblood. A sorrowful expression displayed
on his face as Pansy wrapped her arms around him.
"Don't worry my dear, you don't need that dead girl when you have the rest of us."
Draco turned around to the rest of his Slytherin allies. Besides Pansy,
there were his followers Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, as well as
his Qudditch captain Marcus Flint. All three of them could do a lot of
work. The final male, Blaise Zabini, was the only other one who he
could rely on for brains. As for the girls, there was the oh-so-loyal
Pansy, Millicent Bulstrode, and Astoria Greengrass. He hadn't many
interactions with with Astoria, and didn't know what she could do for
them. Pansy was willing to do anything for them. And she was pretty.
Millicent, through the limited conversations he had, was not all that
bright, nor strong. He needed to figure out what they could do with
After about an hour of outside conversation, Harry came out the Great Hall.
"It's time to head to the courtyard and get some rest. You guys got a big day tomorrow."
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|HandofGlory||Date: Monday, 2013-04-22, 18:24 | Message # 2|
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|Thanks Mae! |
Challenge 1: History of Magic
The contestants, after gaining a good night's rest, piled into the Great
Hall. Ludo stood behind the podium, while Harry and Rita, with quill
and parchment in hand, sat behind at the table.
"Alright, boys on the left, girls on the right. You all separated?
Good. Time for the first challenge of the competition! Now, this
challenge will require a lot of knowledge about what we are. That's
right, this is the History of Magic challenge!"
The contestants looks ranged from the overly excited Hermione to the
confused looks of Goyle and Crabbe. Rita cleared her throat and stood
"Excuse me, Mr. Bagman, but History of Magic? You're submitting them to a boring test for the first ever challenge?"
"Yes, Ms. Skeeter. I feel like the Champion should know all about the
history, where we come from, in order to be a great wizard. So yes, as
Ms. Skeeter announced, this will be a test challenge."
Rita sat back down and started writing, mumbling words such as "boring" and "could do better."
"Let me introduce the two people that will be helping us today. First,
coming in on my left, is a professor that is familiar with each and
every one of you. I would like you to all welcome Professor Cuthbert
A small applause welcomed the ghostly professor. Professor Binns gave a curt nod, and sat down next to Harry.
"Coming in on my right, I would hope you will all give a more welcoming invitation to the author of Hogwarts: A History and a History of Magic, Bathilda Bagshot!"
This time, the contestants were confused, as Bathilda was dead. But lo
and behold, the old historian was there, taking a seat next to Rita,
who now mumbled "expired."
"These two will be grading your tests that you will be taking. After
they grade, they will report the results to me, and at the end, two of
you, one boy and one girl, will receive rewards, while two other, also
one boy and one girl, will leave the competition. Now, we will supply
all the information needed for today's challenge. When you return to
your tents, you will see the books at each of your beds. Testing will
take place tonight at 9 p.m. That leaves you 12 hours of studying. I
wish you all luck."
The contestants exited the Grand Hall, and returned to the tents.
Indeed, there was a stack of textbooks at the ends of each bed.
Hermione, Ron, and Myrtle all grabbed their books and started reading.
Hermione took control and pointed out all what could be on the test.
Both Ron and Myrtle felt like they could do well, as they had both the
help of the best witch of their year, and Myrtle did live through part
of Hogwarts History.
The Slytherins, on the other hand, were having a harder time. Although
all eight of them teamed up, not many of them were bright. Draco,
Astoria, and Blaise all opened and started reading the books while
Pansy, Millicent, Crabbe, Goyle, and Marcus looked confused. Hermione
looked over to the group, wondering if any of them knew what a book was.
Pansy caught her glaring at them.
"That's right, Mudblood. You only get this challenge to do well. Cause
we know that if this wasn't a smarts challenge, you and your little
crew would be out first!"
Hermione just ignored the loud Slytherin girl and went back to her
studies. Myrtle looked back at them. Pansy continued to make faces at
them, while Draco looked into her eyes. There was a sadness in his
eyes. He knew that as long as each group remained in the competition,
neither of them could talk to each other.
Meanwhile, each student was paired off into groups, except for
Zacharias. He was ostracized by all the other students. Even the one
that betrayed most of them, Marietta, was still on a team with the
Ravenclaws (who all looked liked they were having the best time of their
lives. A knowledge test? Ha! They can all pass this.)
No problem, he thought to himself. He was a smart guy. He could gain
their trust by winning this challenge. He opened all books all at once
and started reading, trying to gain all the knowledge he could get.
9 p.m rolled by, and the students were led into the Great Hall. Inside,
there were 38 desks, all with the four page test on them. Most of the
students gasped at the thickness of the test. Ludo stood at the podium.
"Each one of you take a seat. Once again, boys on the left, girls on
the right. We have provided you with quills of our own, to decrease the
chance of cheating."
Cormac groaned at the announcement, and threw his quill on to the ground.
"Now, Ms. Bagshot will be grading all of the ladies tests, as Professor
Binns will the gentlemen. You have two hours to complete the test. I
wish you all the best of luck. You may all begin."
The test began. The students picked up their quills and started
writing. Ludo, Harry, and Rita walked up and down the aisles, making
sure to catch anyone who was cheating. Harry picked up the quill that
Cormac threw to the ground. As he examined it, he realized it was
Auto-Answer quill, and hit Cormac on the head.
However, that was the only instance of cheating, as each student,
although frustrated, finished the test quickly, with the last person,
Crabbe, finishing with 30 minutes to spare. The students turned in the
test to the prospective graders, and headed out the Great Hall.
After such an exhausting challenge, the contestants started to have a
little celebration. Even though they were competing, they all tried to
have a little fun to keep what little sanity that they had. Seamus
Finnegan and Dean Thomas noticed crates of Butterbeer left in the middle
of the tents. They grabbed glasses for everyone, and started pouring
drinks and sharing.
Zacharias grabbed a glass for everyone in his house. He went and joined
the group, handing out the Butterbeer. Hannah Abbott looked at him
"Look, Hannah, I know I was a bit of jerk during our years at Hogwarts. But let's forget about tonight and have some fun, ok?"
Hannah still had that look on her face, but still took the Butterbeer
from his hands. Ernie Macmillan stood up and raised his glass.
"To Hufflepuff finally winning a competition!"
While the Hufflepuffs applauded, Pansy stood up and made an announcement of her own.
"Yeah, about time Hufflepuff did anything. Right Cedric? Or are you
all just going to fade into the background letting others take over?"
All Hufflepuffs stared at her. They all took out their wands and pointed at Pansy when Hermione stepped in between.
"Come on, everyone. It's the first night, we just had our first test.
Let's just celebrate, ok? And two of us are not going to be with us
tomorrow, so lets have fun!"
All but Zacharias lowered their wands.
"Sure, since you think you are still going to be here!"
Hannah glared back at Zacharias. "Not now, Zacha-"
"No, let's be real Hannah. This little know-it-all thinks she's going
to beat us all because she's friends with Harry Potter! We all know
that Harry has a bias for the jock Gryffindors! We all know one of
those idiots will win!"
"Zach, this is exactly why we didn't allow you to join us. You are just a little troublemaker!"
"Idiot Gryffindors you say? I'll show you idiot!"
Each student took out their wands. Curses and hexes fill the tents.
Colin Creevey and Myrtle took shelter behind the beds, as they wanted
nothing to do with this fight. The spells kept coming out as Harry
entered the main tent.
"Enough! We will have no fighting on this grand scale! The next person
who fires a curse shall be eliminated on the spot! Clear?"
Everyone lowered their wands, giving half-hearted apologies to each other.
"Better. Now, the tests have been finished, and the following twelve students have summoned to the Great Hall:
If your name wasn't announced, that means you all are remaining in the
competition for another week. Congratulations. The twelve I mentioned
are the 6 highest scores, 3 girls and 3 boys, and the 6 lowest scores, 3
girls and 3 boys. At the end of the night, only 10 of the students
announced will return to the tent. Would the 12 of you that I have
annouced please follow me to the Great Hall?"
Ludo stood at the top of the steps. He conjured four platforms for the
students to stand on. He urged they separate into groups.
Hermione, Myrtle, and Penelope formed one group, and stood on the top
right. Pansy, Millicent, and Lavender stood on the bottom right.
Percy, Blaise, and Roger stood on the top left, with Cormac, Marcus, and
Zacharias stood on the bottom left. Zacharias looked nervous, but he
was pretty sure that he scored better than the two he was grouped with.
"Obviously, you are grouped into the best, and the worst. The top
groups, you have the best three scores of each group. The bottom
groups, you did the worst, and two of you will be leaving tonight.
Let's start with the best. There's nothing to say, you guys have the
highest scores in each group. The highest scoring boy and highest
scoring girl will receive this!"
Harry came up from behind the table and picked up two golden books.
"That's right, golden editions of Hogwarts: A History!"
Pansy was glad she didn't win. Who would want that?, she thought. She
turned around to Hermione who was beside herself with glee.
"And the best of the boys is...............Percy Weasley! And the best
of the girls is.......................Myrtle Moaning! Please come up to
the table and grab your books! The rest in the top groups, you did
amazingly well, and should be congratulated. Now, you six return to
your tents while I deal with the eliminations."
Percy and Myrtle got off their platforms and headed toward the table
where Harry handed each of them their golden copies. Hermione looked
enviously at Myrtle. How could she not be the best?
The six of the top students left while Ludo turned his attention to the bottom.
"Let's start with the girls. You three girls have the lowest scores
among your group. You young ladies didn't take this seriously. You
need to know that if you want to be the Hogwarts Champion, you need to
prepare for everything. Lavender, although you did poorly, you were
still better than the other two, please return to the tents."
Lavender stepped off. Millicent and Pansy looked at each other. This
is the last time that they would be working together in the competition.
They held each others hands as Ludo read the results.
"Ms. Bagshot let me know that you two both got the same score. Which
also happens to be the lowest. So I have to decide which one of you has
potential to be the Hogwarts Champion."
He looked back and forth between the two Slytherin girls. "He pointed at one of them.
"I think you have more potential. Please return to the tents. Now, on to the boys."
"You three did the lowest. But one of you did so horrible that I have
to single you out. Zacharias Smith, please step forward."
Zacharias stood right in front of Ludo. He couldn't be the worst student, right?
"Mr. Smith, Professor Binns actually had to show me your test. As I
looked over it, I was shocked. You got nothing right! Even the
founders question was wrong! A student that doesn't know anything
shouldn't be a Champion! You scored worse than a Squib!"
"But sir, I studied everything!"
"Not enough, or at all if these scores mean anything. Zacharias Smith,
you are eliminated. You are not the Hogwarts Champion. Join the other
loser, and leave us."
The contestants in the tents looked at the opening for the others to
return. They saw as Myrtle and Percy came back first, showing off their
brand new books. Hermione and Penelope soon followed. Hermione,
although glad for the praise, was sorely disappointed that she was not
the best. She felt like she raised Myrtle to be the Champion. Although
she's glad for her alliance win, she would try to help others less and
focus on herself. Blaise, Roger, Lavender, Marcus, and Cormac soon came
in. It seems that out of the boys, Zacharias Smith was eliminated.
Cheering filled the tents, as one of the biggest troublemakers is gone. But who left from the girls?
They soon found out as the last contestant summoned returned to the tent. Groans were heard from the Gryffindors.
"Draco, I'm back!"
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