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The Welcome Center September Monthly Contest :: Magical Myths



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Like the Chimera herself, his story begins with a glorious and majestic roar but ends with a sharp serpent's bite. - Stephen Fry

Stars and constellations are fascinating! And don't just take it from us! Most ancient civilizations build whole mythologies around the shapes they discerned in the night sky. For example, did you know that in one story Aphrodite was hatched from a small egg after two fish pushed it onto the shore? As a thank you she took their image and put it up in the sky as the constellation Pisces. And closer to home, JK Rowling also had a knack for including stars and constellations in her tales.

There are far more constellations than many realize, each with their own myth attached and tens (or even hundreds) of variants from different regions. But what about the TRULY magical myths?


- TASK -

Your task is to write your own original myth, set in the Harry Potter universe, about how one of the constellations listed below was created. How did that constellation come to be in the night sky? You can use types of magic, creatures, and beings from the HP universe, but not the named characters within the Harry Potter fandom. For example, you may use a Giant - but not Grawp, a Hippogryff - but not Buckbeak, a wizard - but not Godric Gryffindor, etc. In the end, the story needs to be about the constellation you picked, but the rest is up to you and your fantastical mind. Write a story of 300-500 words, and don't forget to include the name of the constellation you picked.

Ursa Major - Great Bear
Coma Berenices - Bernice's Hair
Canis Major - Great Dog
Orion - The Hunter
Sagitta - The Arrow


- RULES -

- All work must be your own and all HEX rules apply.
- The myth must be set in the Harry Potter universe.
-You may use elements from the Harry Potter universe, but no (named) canon characters are allowed.
-Your entry must be between 300 and 500 words.
- First and second place will be judged by the WC Mods, based on originality and creativity.
-Third place will be randomized from the eligible entries.
- Owl your entry, including the name of the constellation you picked, to Welcome Center Mods by September 30, 2019, at 11:59 pm HEX time.
- If you have any questions, please post them in this thread.


- PRIZES -

1st Place - Star Chart + 3000 HP
2nd Place - Animal Model - Centaur + 2000 HP
3rd Place - Gold Quill + 1000 HP


[color=white]Edited by Spike
 

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Submitted my entry.
 

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I sent my entry in too I hope it's okay
 

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Sent my entry, Good luck everyone!
 

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Pooh, just realized mine is over the word limit. Oh well. Good luck everyone!
 

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I submitted my entry!!!
 

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Sent in my entry 😶
 

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Provided it is drawing on the Magical Wizarding World that Harry knows and comes from, can the story be based on Wizards in another country and time to Harry's time, please?
 

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@Red-Felix
Sure! The only requirements are that it is magical, about one of the constellations mentioned and does not have any (named) canon characters in there 😊

The time and place is all up to you 😄

Edited by CustardApple
 

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OH, COOOOOOL!!!!! I was thinking about adapting one of my countries most Magical of Heroes!!!! 😊 THANK YOU!!!! @CustardApple
 

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@Red-Felix

If you make sure we can see the HP magical universe in there, that would work. 😄
Good luck writing!
 

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Yes, @CustardApple that will be the tricky part BUTTTTTT none of the Greek and Roman Gods and Godesses had wands and Wingardium Leviosa in their daily repertoire either and they are certainly in the Harry Potter Universe sooooo ... I'll just have to see, I guess ... 😕
 

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Are we allowed to use Merlin/Morgana/Mordred, etc? Because, technically, they aren't HP characters...

Edited by Aura_Silversong
 

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Quote: Aura_Silversong
Are we allowed to use Merlin/Morgana/Mordred, etc? Because, technically, they aren't HP characters...


They're referenced, but they're more used as exclamations and curses, and not actual characters.
(I would've edited, but for some reason, it wouldn't let me edit again, sorry)
 

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Quote: Aura_Silversong
Quote: Aura_Silversong
Are we allowed to use Merlin/Morgana/Mordred, etc? Because, technically, they aren't HP characters...


They're referenced, but they're more used as exclamations and curses, and not actual characters.
(I would've edited, but for some reason, it wouldn't let me edit again, sorry)


I'm curious about this, too...
 

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@Aura_Silversong and @Astraea-North

I will have to get back to you on that, just know that your question has been seen! 😄
 

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Should we assume that the constellation we are describing the origins for have its actual shape, or can we just go by the name of the constellation. And if we can just use the name, is the English name okay or does it need to be the latin name?

For instance, if we choose "Orion - The Hunter," would the story need to put an "Orion" into the stars, or would it need to be any archer (like the shape shows), or could it be more broad and be any "Hunter."
 

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Do we have to use one of the constellations mentioned or can you write about a different one?
 

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@Lyra_Malfoy22 please use one of the constellations in the list provided 😊
 

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@Lyra_Malfoy22 please use one of the constellations in the list provided 😊



Okay sounds good, I can work with those too.
 

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