Harry Potter Goes to Town (Saturday Writing Essential)

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This week’s challenge is provided by  Patricia J.  in her submission,  Saturday Writing Essential Harry Potter Goes to Town.

Every time I challenge you to write a challenge for me, I tell you that I’ll format your work to match my style, but I won’t edit your work. I had to change things around a bit this week to fit the challenge in.

Here is her challenge, in its entirety, and then I’ll add a few things to match the normal format.

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This week’s challenge is to write some fan fiction. I will start a Harry Potter story and you will finish it in any manner you wish. Keep in mind that Harry and his friends are wizards and witches and that us normal humans are muggles. This event takes place shortly after Harry and Ginny marry. Ron and Hermione have been married for just over a year.

They sat at the Leaky Cauldron on the last day of their honeymoon. Harry and Ginny are having breakfast and waiting for Ron and Hermione to join them for a special outing. Ginny is bubbling over with excitement, “Do you think we’ll get away with it, Harry?” “Sure we will, just don’t pull your wand out and you can behave like a muggle any time.” “I want to leave as soon and Ron and Hermione get here.” “Then we better finish breakfast and send our bags home now.” They finish their tea and bacon sandwiches and add a thank you to Tom who runs the tavern, then go upstairs to their room to finish packing. Harry was just locking the last suitcase when a knock came at the door. Ginny ran to open it and let in her brother and sister in law. “Mornin,” said Ron, “ready for our day in the muggle world?” “Yes, good morning to you, have you decided what you want to do today?” said Hermione. Ginny immediately responded, “yes, I want to go to a moving picture show.” “We’ll have to wait a while to do that, they aren’t open this early in the day.” Said Harry, “how about the zoo first?”

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That’s our challenge this week. We’re going to write fan fiction and continue this cute Harry Potter tale.


This Week’s Challenge:

Using prose or poetry, continue Patricia’s story in any way you wish.



Stay with the Harry Potter story line and tell us what happens when they get to the zoo.

Maybe the zoo is closed for some reason and they have to kill three hours until they can go to the moving picture show. What do they do?

You might even consider something sci-fi-ish. They walk into the theatre and see a door that the muggles can’t see. Walking through it, they find themselves in the future or on another world. What happens then? I don’t know; it’s your story.


Watch Out For:

Whatever you write, make sure it follows the story line that Patricia started.



Excellent week, everyone. I was impressed with your memories and how you think they influence you today. As always, I’ll ask you to have the courtesy to read each of the following.

Morning on the Derry Road (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Kerry Dexter

Mrs. Woodruff’s Lesson : Saturday Writing Essentials: Childhood Influence  by William Dotani

Remembering the Music (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Len Maxwell

Saturday Writing Essential: Dog to Dog, Life to Life, End to Beginning.  By Mike Firesmith

Saturday Writing Essentials Remembering My Life  by Patricia J.

SatWE–Wild things!  By Chris Brockman

The True Adventures of Little Kathy: Little Kathy and the Lawnmower – SatWE  by Kathryn Esplin

Why I write mystery-satwe  by karen vaughan


Weekly reminder: Don’t forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida’s article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.

The Rules:

  • Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.

Challenge: Using prose or poetry, continue Patricia’s story in any way you wish.

  • There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
  • Post to Gather Writing Essential.
  • Tag your submission with SatWE.
  • Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
  • I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.

Good Writing!

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