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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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