Welcome to April’s 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 for a particular year, we’ll need it by the end of that school year.
For this crawl we’re taking a step back in time: to 1920s New York to be exact. Grab a pen, keep a tight hold on that suitcase and let’s begin.
You’re walking down the street, observing the very strange behaviour of some people outside a bank when you realise one of the most mischievous magical creatures in your charge has escaped
*Write 25 words while you try to get away from the scarily earnest woman so you can recapture your pilfering pal*
You pursue the Niffler into the bank (accidentally striking up a conversation with a nice chap on a bench) and watch in horror as he weaves his way amongst the crowd, pinching things no ordinary wizard would have thought pinchable.
*Write 50 words as you frantically dip and duck amongst the people and furnishings* (Bonus if you can write those words in under a minute)
Eventually, you’ve caught up to him. Admittedly you’ve also brought a muggle along, broken the Statute of Secrecy a record number of times and now have a baby Occamy to deal with but who’s counting?
*Write 25 words while you realise that ah…yes, there is someone counting. And she’s not happy*
You make an unscheduled trip to the seat of American magical governance where you discover, to your horror, that you didn’t keep a tight enough hold on your suitcase (I did warn you…)
*Write 70 words while you try to blag your way through and wonder who’s swapped you a Danish for a Demiguise* (Bonus if there’s some kind of mix up in your story)
, you stumble onto the scene of yet another disturbance. Pretty sure you know what’s going on, you slip away to find out
*Write 30 words while you discover what your creatures have done to a prime piece of real estate, not to mention the occupant*
You help your very irritable and alarmed companion from MACUSA to carry your other new acquaintance to her house
*Write 40 words while you try very hard to slip away unnoticed*
You are persuaded into staying for dinner and, worse, into making polite conversation.
*Write 50 words while you eat strudel and listen out for the distant sounds of more property damage* (Bonus if you go get yourself a snack)
At last, you have time to actually open your case and assess how much damage has been done
*Write 10 words as you realise just how much work you’ve now got on your hands*
But before you go racing off after your escapees…
*Share your story with us*