Welcome to the February Word Crawl!
Don’t know what a crawl is? No problem! I’ve given you a run-down of everything you need here
In short though, it’s like a writing board game: you write from one instruction to the next to create a story of 300 words or more and it can be about absolutely anything (you don’t have to stick to the Harry Potter theme in any way).
If you’d like to share your story, you’ll earn 20 beans and it will count towards your chance of earning one of our shiny quill and ink awards. You can post it below or if you’re uncomfortable sharing publically but would still like it to count, you can email it to us at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without spaces) with the subject line Crawl-Month-HOL ID. There is no deadline, though if you want to scoop that award, we’ll need it by the end of the school year.
So, away we go on the third Word Crawl, Prisoner of Azkaban. Or as it’s now known ‘The one where Sky nearly despaired entirely after her computer changed whomping to wimping a total of 6 times’
Wands (well, pens) at the ready, you approach the whomping willow and bravely prod the knot to freeze it into immobility. (Well…your cat does.)
*Open with a killer line* (Bonus if your story begins in the midst of a dramatic or action packed situation)
You make your way along the passage beyond, trying to drown out the anguished cries of the kidnapped friend you’re pursuing.
*write 80 words while you try not to hit your head*
You find yourself in the estate agents nightmare that is The Shrieking Shack
*Write 20 words as you look around and realise that what you’re looking for is upstairs* (Bonus if you’re describing a place, cobwebs and dusty squalor are optional)
Very softly, you climb the stairs and peek into the bedroom
*write 25 words as quietly as you can*
You’ve found your friend! Downside is, you’ve also found what you think is a dangerous killer
*write 25 words while you process the soap opera your lives have become recently*
Oh wait, here’s your heroic Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher to save you! Wait what? He turns into a wolf once a month? And your dad and his other mates tried to muscle in on the act?
*Write 50 words while people throw accusations and disarming charms around without due care and attention* (Bonus if you can write those words with something other than what you started out with, such as a pen rather than your keyboard or vice versa)
Bang! No sooner does another teacher turn up and add his two Knuts worth than he’s sacked out on the floor.
*Write 40 words while you desperately try to make sense of it all and wonder just how expelled you are*
Finally, things are starting to fall into place. Well, actually, your friend’s beloved pet has just become an odious little man who apparently betrayed your parents and to be honest, this is starting to look like the worst school reunion ever.
*Write 20 words while you decide his fate* (Bonus if there’s a shock twist in your story at this point)
Murder averted, you all troop off back downstairs to sort all of this mess out.
*Write 30 words while you bond with the God Father you never knew you had*
Just when things were going so well, a werewolf, a traitor and the dementors throw an almighty spanner in the works
*Write your final 10 words as you fight off unconsciousness by the shores of the lake*
Now, let’s make things all better by reliving the last few hours!
*Use your time turner to polish your story and then share it with us*