The Untold Tales of Harry Potter (100WCGU)

This weeks 100 word challenge for grown ups is:

For this week, I want you to concentrate on one particular style of writing – dialogue. As it will be a conversation and they can be long, you are going to be able to use up to 150 words!

The prompt is: …’Are you sure it should be that colour?’ ….

So the maximum number of words is 158.

So many options to write about, but somehow I found myself attempting to channel JK Rowling. Forgive me Potter fans.

Hermione Granger

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“Are you sure you know what you’re doing?” Harry asked.

“Of course I do,” Hermione snapped, running her finger down the book. “I just hope the brumblevine is fresh enough,” she mumbled to herself.

“And what is it supposed to do again?” Ron asked.

“I told you, this potion should make Harry impervious to every curse.”

“Don’t you think if it was that simple they would have given it to Harry long ago?” Ron scoffed.

“I found it in a very rare book. Perhaps they just didn’t remember it.”

“Even Dumbledore?” Harry asked.

“Dumbledore has millions of things to think about.”

“Are you sure it should be that colour?” Ron asked, looking into the brownish-green sludge.

“Erm, I’m not sure. It says it should be puce. What colour is puce anyway?”

“I don’t know,” Ron said. “But she’s going to blow.”

The potion exploded turning their skin purple wherever it hit.

“My mistake,” Hermione whispered.

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40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 09:29:53

    How fun, Lisa. I love it. I have not read all of the Harry Potter books, so I don’t remember the context for this, but it’s great dialog. How fun that you will focus on that this week. I always find it hard to recreate conversation–to make it feel organic and real.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 15, 2011 @ 09:31:17

      I don’t think there really is a context for this, except that I was trying to be true to the characters. 😉


  2. annahalford (@anhalf)
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 09:59:29

    Well done Lisa, I think this is exactly the type of conversation Ron and Hermione would have had whilst in their early years at Hogwarts.What a super idea to use characters from a story. I love the rich diversity of interpretations each week. Good job 🙂


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 15, 2011 @ 10:01:20

      Thanks Anna. I was thinking early years as I wrote it. I tried to stay true to the characters as well. The diversity of interpretations is what makes this challenge so much fun.


  3. PollyBurns2
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 10:07:11

    That was funny! I have seen one Harry Potter film but not read any of the books (as yet) but I could picture exactly what was happening. Love the “oops” ending.


  4. susankmann
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 10:16:11

    Love the Harry Potter books and loved this. You did this very cleverly. Well done x


  5. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 11:00:28

    Very well done 🙂


  6. Tori Nelson
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 11:40:12

    Awesome. I never knew what color “puce” was either 🙂


  7. Midlife Singlemum
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 12:01:55

    Woops. Nice to know that even the perfect Hermione makes mistakes. 🙂


  8. Taochild
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 15:04:59

    Right in character! The Lost Chapter no doubt!


  9. Alison Green
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 15:12:09

    I love this, it is very clever. You stayed true to the Harry Potter style.


  10. Dughall McCormick (@dughall)
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 16:36:34

    Well done. Captured the style perfectly!


  11. Rose
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 23:55:02

    I have very little Harry Potter knowledge, but really enjoyed this. It was really fun to read and easy to get into the scene. Kids will be kids.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 16, 2011 @ 07:09:11

      That’s part of the joy of Harry Potter, its fun to read and kids get in trouble with magic.


  12. eof737
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 03:09:14

    This was fun to read and believable too… Good job Lisa! 🙂


  13. Sparks In Shadow
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 07:04:48

    You channel J.K. well. 🙂


  14. wcdameron
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 09:00:58

    You channeled Rowling perfectly. Each character an exact replica.


  15. Lorely
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 13:03:29

    Excellent! Very Rowling-esque!


  16. Sally-Jayne
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 15:55:43

    This was fabulous, Lisa. You’re right – the prompt lent itself really well to Harry & Co, and you got the characterisation spot on. Loved seeing Hermione getting it wrong for once!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 17, 2011 @ 16:30:05

      Thanks Sally-Jayne. She had other errors if I remember, like turning herself into a cat. 😉


  17. Sally-Jayne
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 16:34:33

    You’re right – I’d forgotten about that. Haven’t read them for a while.


  18. gillsrandomramblings
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 14:56:10

    This is so cleverly done, love it 🙂


  19. gsussex
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 12:47:15

    I think you pitched this well, sounds like the characters . . . Maybe a missing Harry Potter book could be uncovered with this in?!


  20. HonieMummy (honieBuk)
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 15:42:37

    J K would be proud!

    The lovely Hermione getting it wrong – funny and perhaps how J K would have told it!

    I like it – a not peeved Potter fan


  21. jfb57
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 00:32:07

    Wonderful! I’m an avid HP fan & could certainly see this within the pages. I love how you have continued their personalities and relationship. Of course it would never happen because Hemione never had to apologise! 😉


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 21, 2011 @ 09:00:47

      She made a few mistakes along the way, but I enjoyed trying to give her a moment where she had kind of a big head about her own abilities. It’s fun channeling other authors. (Maybe a future challenge, write in the style of someone else).


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