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Big Bang, Baby II: Endgame

The Big Bang: A gigantic explosion; the origins of our universe.

The Big Bang, Baby Challenge: To write the definitive 7th year Harry/Draco fic. As JKR's saga closes, our boys are each caught in a maelstrom, struggling to survive what will be the destruction, or the rebirth, of the Wizarding World. For six years their orbits have intersected, and their stories cannot be completed without one final, explosive confrontation.

Our Philosophy:
Half-Blood Prince breathed new life into our ship's sails, and we feel there's no time like the present to begin exploring, in-depth, the wealth of possibilities for Harry and Draco, and for their relationship with each other, whatever form it ultimately takes.

Beyond the obvious subtext, HBP provided a subtle but fundamental shift in both boys' perceptions. Old, petty concerns now seem inconsequential; the Slytherin-Gryffindor rivalry no longer central in shaping their interactions. They have been set on their own separate journeys, but for the first time ever, need each other in practical ways.

The boys are growing up, and it is now that they have to make choices that will show who they are. It is now that they choose their paths and shape the final direction of their destinies. No more children's rivalry, Quidditch matches, or House Cup competitions; no more love-potions, shared detentions, or chance meetings in Astronomy Tower -- this is for real.

This is the story Harry and Draco have been waiting for, and the endgame happens now.

The Rules:
  • Fics must be set following sixth year, and deal with the aftermath of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Your fic does not need to span the entire "year," or deal with every issue left unresolved by Book 6, but all fics should have a common starting point. According to JKR, Harry, Hermione, and Ron plan to leave Hogwarts in search of horcruxes and Draco is on the run from the Order; you can go anywhere you like from there.

  • A minimum length of 50,000 words is required. No exceptions.

  • Characterization should aim for canonical authenticity. Book 6 supports the possibility of a redeemed Draco, and allows for a much broader range of characterization within the constraints of canon. For our purposes, "IC" means the lingering animosity and distrust, the resentments that have grown over 6 years of frustrated interaction, should not be explained away in the first 10,000 words. No, we won't be counting, but take shortcuts and we will know. Make us believe they can overcome the very real obstacles that still stand in the way of mutual trust, and friendship, and romance.

  • Rough drafts are due by January 1, 2006; final beta'd versions by February 1st. All qualifying entries will be illustrated by some of the fandom's most talented artists, with fic and art to be archived on February 14th, on a site to be designed. We ask that you do not post your work in any form elsewhere on the net prior to Valentine's Day.

  • Qualifying fics will also receive in-depth reviews based on the objectives of the challenge.

  • Participants should friend [livejournal.com profile] big_bang_hd for additional info, and to keep track of challenge updates. Only participating artists will be granted membership to the community. Questions can be directed to [livejournal.com profile] bookshop, [livejournal.com profile] reenka, or [livejournal.com profile] shaggirl via email at bigbangchallenge@gmail.com.

  • Feel free to place a challenge banner in your LJ using the following code: <center><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/community/big_bang_hd"><img src="http://bigbang.expecto-patronum.net/bigbangendgame2.jpg"></a></center>

    Modly thanks to [livejournal.com profile] andreanna for our lovely Endgame banner art!
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    Date: 2005-08-22 02:46 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] zhonnika.livejournal.com
    Holy crap so excited.

    I even have an entire plot this time.

    *bounces around like a bouncy thing*


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    Date: 2005-08-22 02:48 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] shatterglass.livejournal.com
    This is so exciting.

    Date: 2005-08-22 02:52 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] sabriel.livejournal.com
    Okay, seriously this time, doing this one.

    Date: 2005-08-24 06:54 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] sharklabyrinth.livejournal.com
    You ARE?! omg *dances around* :D :D :D

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    Date: 2005-08-22 03:22 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] andreanna.livejournal.com
    You guys doctored it AWESOME! Such an improvement!

    Ohhhh!! *happy jitters* I look forward to this one :)!!

    Date: 2005-08-22 04:13 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] bookshop.livejournal.com
    Dude, your art is SO GORGEOUS. ♥ thank you so much for doing the banner, it turned out fabulously. <3

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    Date: 2005-08-22 03:24 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] lovepanic.livejournal.com
    I'm excited like WOAH. The first round impressed me immensly, I'm still slightly boggled I was invited to do art for the second @w@ <---(boggled face)
    *twitters nervously*

    Date: 2005-08-22 03:32 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] balfrog.livejournal.com
    You doing art for this is making me perk up about this one.. ho ho ho..

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    Date: 2005-08-22 03:31 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] weatherby.livejournal.com
    Is there a due date for signing up for this? For instance, if I tinker around with a fic for a couple months and decide I might be able to get 50,000 words out of it, could I sign up in November and still be okay?

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    Date: 2005-08-22 03:35 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/__hibiscus/
    Eeeeee! SO MUCH OF THE EXCITEMENT!! I can't wait to read the awesome fics this challenge will produce.

    Date: 2005-08-22 03:40 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] shikishi.livejournal.com
    Oh my yes. If only I could write more than 1000 words (has near coronary failure at thought of 50 000).

    But will certainly be awaiting the next round of stories.

    Date: 2005-08-22 03:42 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] furiosity.livejournal.com
    homg. All over this. You guys win.

    Date: 2005-08-22 03:47 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] untiemybinds.livejournal.com
    :O ZOMG YES.

    Does that mean you're gonna write again? ;)

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    Date: 2005-08-22 03:49 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] canontofanon.livejournal.com
    Holy crap, I think I just wet myself, this is so exciting! Thanks for suggesting/arranging all of this!

    Date: 2005-08-22 04:04 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] curia-regis.livejournal.com
    Oh my! I so want to sign up. Too many shiny ficathon things. *dies*

    Date: 2005-08-22 04:22 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] froggie.livejournal.com
    I am explosively excited! :D

    Date: 2005-08-22 04:31 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] alloveryou.livejournal.com
    omg exciting like whoa. The first round blew me away, oh god. I'm so happy this is coming back!!

    Date: 2005-08-22 06:06 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] backinblack.livejournal.com
    I want to, but 50,000? Oh dear. *ponders*

    Date: 2005-08-22 06:26 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] myashke.livejournal.com
    YAY! And I remember 50K - wasn't that like... the most exhaunsting month of our lives???

    Only somone one this side of 50K would challenge others to do it. TWICE!


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    Date: 2005-08-22 07:28 am (UTC)
    ext_40744: (So close.)
    From: [identity profile] yamapea.livejournal.com
    Oh no.

    Now I can't talk myself out of it.

    :D :D :D

    Date: 2005-08-22 07:47 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] biichan.livejournal.com

    And this time... this time I WILL get something written. Because it is too good an opportunity not to.


    Date: 2005-08-22 08:20 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] notrafficlights.livejournal.com
    Also, gorgeous layout. Definitely worth the mental breakdown.

    Date: 2005-08-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] yourpoison.livejournal.com
    ...but was it worth staying up all night just now instead of reading Basara, that is the question :))

    Date: 2005-08-22 10:41 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_littlun_/
    Im floored i got invited to do some art this ... *speechless*

    I also want to wish all the writers a hearty good luck, cos i think they have a bit more to shoulder than the artists! (50k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *faints*)

    Date: 2005-08-22 01:22 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] willysunny.livejournal.com

    This is brilliant.

    Now I just need to think.

    Date: 2005-08-22 02:26 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] undula.livejournal.com
    Thanks so much for the invite!! I'm in, yay ^_________________^

    Date: 2005-08-22 05:44 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] asterie-smiles.livejournal.com
    OMG, yay, excitement! So tempting to try and write something to submit, too... *ponders* *bounces* *ponders s'more*

    Date: 2005-08-22 06:27 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] reposoir.livejournal.com
    And if we have something, say, already 75% written that was started last month with the HOPE of being a BBB, except there was nothing out in terms of info for the second wave, can we submit that? Because I'm perfectly willing to postpone posting my fic until February, since I wrote it along the BBB (part II) guidelines regardless.

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