Welcome to June’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 last crawl, we’re stepping back in time (again) to 1994 to experience the charged build-up to one of the most infamous sporting events in wizarding history. Grab a pen, some parchment and the musical flag of your choice and let’s go!
After a while of stumbling around in the dark (and that was just trying to get dressed and out the door), you’ve finally located the Portkey.
*Write 50 words while you’re yanked through the air and unceremoniously dumped*
You pick yourself up, dust yourself off and join the slow stream of people heading towards the misty campsites.
*Write 25 words while you fumble with the Muggle money to pay the inquisitive gentlemen* (Bonus if your character is trying to blend in)
Finally, after more stumbling, you’ve located your plot.
*Write another 25 words while you put up your tent, avoiding next door’s feisty peacock*
Hissing at the peacock that you’ll report it to the Ministry, you head off to explore the campsite.
*Write 40 words while you chat to acquaintances and examine what exactly other people think passes for inconspicuousness* (Bonus if you take yourself outside to finish the crawl, sitting on the grass is optional)
As night falls, the souvenir sellers are out in force, offering you luridly colourful magical marvels you never knew you didn’t need.
*Write 60 words while you browse what’s on offer and make your careful selections*
The gong sounds. Borne along by the excitedly chattering crowd, you make your way towards the stadium.
*Write 30 words while you try not to get trodden on*
Ouch. You just cricked your neck trying to get a view of the top of the stadium wall.
*Write 20 words as you climb the never-ending (but nicely carpeted) staircase to your seats* (Bonus if the anticipation is building in your story)
As the excitement thrums through the air around you, you take your seat, riffle through your programme and start up conversations about employment ethics and conditions for workers with absolute strangers.
*Write 30 words while other people filter in around you*
The mascots have appeared on the pitch and everyone around you seems either to be losing their heads or trying to control those who have. Hang on, what are you doing on the edge of the box?
*Write 10 words while you get yourself back under control and check if anyone saw*
And finally, the moment of kick off.
*Write 10 words while you hold your breath, waiting for the referee to blow their whistle* (Bonus if, you guessed it, you can hold your breath while you write the concluding line of your story)
While you may not be lifting the cup, bask in the reflected glory.
*Share your story with us*