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Unwritten Curse

The Anti-Protagonist Challenge | 14 December 2018

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Challenge Name: The Anti-Protagonist Challenge

Challenge Deadline: December 14th

Accepted Fandom(s): Harry Potter, OF (PM me for others)

Accepted Ratings: Any rating, as long as it isn't straight up erotic fiction.

Challenge Details: I've always been told that a protagonist should be likeable. If readers don't like the protagonist--or at least feel connected to him or her--then they won't want to read the story. So it's important to strike a balance between the good and the bad, to create a flawed yet lovable character.

At its core, this challenge asks you to create a likeable protagonist. But that's not all. Your protagonist must also be the antagonist of someone else's story.

You can choose anyone from Voldemort to Filch. If this character was seen as the enemy by one of the "good guys," then they are free game. This antagonist will become the protagonist of your story, and it is up to you to make them somehow likeable. That may mean you write a full-on redemption arc. It may mean that you show us their side of the story so that we understand their perspective. Perhaps we start to appreciate them as an evil genius. Or maybe we come to realize that they've been sorely misunderstood all this time. The possibilities are endless!

(The best example I can give is "The Prince's Tale" from The Deathly Hallows.)

Rules:

  • Must be posted on the HPFT archives if you want a review.
  • Must have "for Unwritten Curse's Anti-Protagonist Challenge" somewhere in the summary.
  • The story can be any length, but if it's a chaptered fic, you must have at least two chapters posted so that I can get a sense of plot progression.
  • You cannot enter a prewritten story, but you can combine with other challenges.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.

Rewards:

  • Every entry will receive a review.
  • Third place will receive two prize reviews and a challenge graphic.
  • Second place will receive three prize reviews and a challenge graphic.
  • First place will receive four prize reviews and a challenge graphic.
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Chemical_Pixie

Oooh! What fun! Put me down as a maybe for now. (My mind is concocting some potential scenarios!!) 

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victoria_anne

Can they be an OC? :) 

Otherwise I’ll choose Tom Riddle. Either way, I’m going to go for this ^_^ 

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Sleepingbagonthesofa

Ahhh I have so much to do but I have an idea so put me down as a maybe...With Umbridge. 

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12 hours ago, Chemical_Pixie said:

Oooh! What fun! Put me down as a maybe for now. (My mind is concocting some potential scenarios!!) 

:yay:

 

12 hours ago, victoria_anne said:

Can they be an OC? :) 

Otherwise I’ll choose Tom Riddle. Either way, I’m going to go for this ^_^ 

Yes, you can use an OC. Keep in mind, though, that you need to spend some time establishing how they are "the bad guy." It's totally possible, just requires a bit of extra set-up.

(BUT TOM RIDDLE OMG.)

 

6 hours ago, Sleepingbagonthesofa said:

Ahhh I have so much to do but I have an idea so put me down as a maybe...With Umbridge. 

You have quite the challenge ahead of you. If you can make me like Umbridge, you are a sorceress. ;)

 

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  • Chemical_Pixie
  • victorie_anne - OC or Tom Riddle
  • Sleepingbagonthesofa - Umbridge
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Stella Blue

Omg i LOVE writing this type of story/character, I think this is like... half the stories I've ever written XD So in order to make this a huge leap out of my comfort zone I'm in with Grindelwald. (I'm terrified to write Grindelwald, haha. But isn't that the point of a challenge?) :P

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MadiMalfoy

Hi I totally don't have time for this....but here I am anyway :P 

I think I'm going to step out of my comfort zone a bit and write about Lucius Malfoy, but I'll stick with being a maybe for now. 

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galadriel

I've got the perfect fic for this up on the archives already but pre-writtens aren't allowed. 😢

Oh well, I guess i'll just have to write something new! I'll be a Maybe for now, probably with Filch or one of the really annoying characters like McLaggen or Z. Smith. 

Quick question - are we allowed to write about a character that someone else has chosen? (I'm also tempted to write something about Lucius Malfoy or Umbridge)

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Chelts-rhj

I submitted one for Bellatrix into the queue, so I guess I'm a taker 😂

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22 hours ago, Stella Blue said:

Omg i LOVE writing this type of story/character, I think this is like... half the stories I've ever written XD So in order to make this a huge leap out of my comfort zone I'm in with Grindelwald. (I'm terrified to write Grindelwald, haha. But isn't that the point of a challenge?) :P

Ooooh! I am so ready for this!

 

22 hours ago, MadiMalfoy said:

Hi I totally don't have time for this....but here I am anyway :P 

I think I'm going to step out of my comfort zone a bit and write about Lucius Malfoy, but I'll stick with being a maybe for now. 

Story of my life--joining challenges I don't have time for and then writing them at the last minute. ;)

 

10 hours ago, Theia said:

I've got the perfect fic for this up on the archives already but pre-writtens aren't allowed. 😢

Oh well, I guess i'll just have to write something new! I'll be a Maybe for now, probably with Filch or one of the really annoying characters like McLaggen or Z. Smith. 

Quick question - are we allowed to write about a character that someone else has chosen? (I'm also tempted to write something about Lucius Malfoy or Umbridge)

Yes, you can choose a character that someone else is using/has used.

Also, now that you mentioned McLaggen, I have a plunny for my own challenge. :roflol:

 

1 minute ago, Chelts-rhj said:

I submitted one for Bellatrix into the queue, so I guess I'm a taker 😂

:yay:

 

 

POSSIBLE PARTICIPANTS

  • Chemical_Pixie
  • victorie_anne - OC or Tom Riddle
  • Sleepingbagonthesofa - Umbridge
  • Stella Blue - Grindelwald
  • MadiMalfoy - Lucius Malfoy
  • Theia
  • Chelts-rhj - Bellatrix Lestrange
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Alwynse

Would Cormac McLaggen qualify as an anti-protagonist? Like a story about him trying to get with Hermione?

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MuggleMaybe

Does Narcissa Malfoy qualify? If so, I'm in.

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victoria_anne

Also I’ve changed mine to Barty Crouch Jr :) 

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On 9/26/2018 at 5:07 PM, Chelts-rhj said:

Here is The Black Queen+

I may submit more. Who knows.

:yay:

 

On 9/28/2018 at 8:48 PM, javu said:

Would Cormac McLaggen qualify as an anti-protagonist? Like a story about him trying to get with Hermione?

I would say yes. :)

 

On 9/28/2018 at 9:54 PM, MuggleMaybe said:

Does Narcissa Malfoy qualify? If so, I'm in.

Definitely. And hooray!

 

On 9/28/2018 at 11:05 PM, victoria_anne said:

Also I’ve changed mine to Barty Crouch Jr :) 

Sounds good!

 

POSSIBLE PARTICIPANTS

  • Chemical_Pixie
  • victorie_anne - Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Sleepingbagonthesofa - Umbridge
  • Stella Blue - Grindelwald
  • MadiMalfoy - Lucius Malfoy
  • Theia
  • MuggleMaybe - Narcissa Malfoy

ENTRIES

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Alwynse

Cool beans. Then I'm gonna shoot for Cormac McLaggen. 

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magpie

I’m a maybe. I’ll probably be writing about an OC or Pansy Parkinson.

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Unwritten Curse

Updating to add you both to the list. :)

 

POSSIBLE PARTICIPANTS

  • Chemical_Pixie
  • victorie_anne - Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Sleepingbagonthesofa - Umbridge
  • Stella Blue - Grindelwald
  • MadiMalfoy - Lucius Malfoy
  • Theia
  • MuggleMaybe - Narcissa Malfoy
  • javu - Cormac McLaggen
  • magpie - OC or Pansy Parkinson

ENTRIES

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Finefrenzy__

I will be a tentative maybe. Either Pansy or McLaggen

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Chemical_Pixie

Gina! I've been sitting on this for weeks now, and I think I might do Walburga Black. This may change, but I think I have a plot bunny for her. :)  

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POSSIBLE PARTICIPANTS

  • Chemical_Pixie
  • victorie_anne - Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Sleepingbagonthesofa - Umbridge
  • Stella Blue - Grindelwald
  • MadiMalfoy - Lucius Malfoy
  • Theia
  • MuggleMaybe - Narcissa Malfoy
  • javu - Cormac McLaggen
  • magpie - OC or Pansy Parkinson
  • Finefrenzy__ - Pansy or McLaggen
  • Chemical_Pixie - Walburga Black

ENTRIES

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potionspartner

I am in-Dementor

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MadiMalfoy

Hey Gina! ^_^ 

Here's my entry for Lucius Malfoy Twisted+ 

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TreacleTart

ooh dear. I probably should not be reading challenge descriptions....but now I have so many plunnies for this. 

Can I be a maybe (possibly with multiple entries?)

 

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POSSIBLE PARTICIPANTS

  • victorie_anne - Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Sleepingbagonthesofa - Umbridge
  • Stella Blue - Grindelwald
  • Theia
  • MuggleMaybe - Narcissa Malfoy
  • javu - Cormac McLaggen
  • magpie - OC or Pansy Parkinson
  • Finefrenzy__ - Pansy or McLaggen
  • Chemical_Pixie - Walburga Black
  • potionspartner - dementor
  • TreacleTart

ENTRIES

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