Welcome to MuggleNet’s Crazy Caption Contest, the Internet’s longest running Harry Potter caption contest. New images are posted weekly along with the winners of previous weeks. On this page, you can submit an entry, view a number of frequently asked questions about the contest, and even access every caption image and caption to win EVER, via the Archive!
We’d like to say that you have an even better chance of winning if you don’t use these running gags in your captions! The idea of this section was to explain what has happened in the past, and if history kept repeating itself, we’d have more people with the same caption than we could possibly allow to win! What really counts is your effort and ingenuity, tangled in with all of your unique personal senses of humor!
- The Subway Joke
- Speech Bubbles
- The Hufflepuff Common Room
- Character Reactions/Two-Way Jokes
This particular joke is one I’m sure all of you are tired of! It spread like brush fire through the Caption Contest and has now actually been banned upon your request. There’s a television advertisement for Subway, an Italian-sandwich-based food chain, which is the heart of this punch-line.
A man is driving with his wife to a family reunion and notices that she’s been snacking on some food. He asks her about it, but she replies, “It’s okay, I had Subway for lunch,” implying that the low cholesterol count of a Subway sandwich makes up for that of the snack’s.
But her husband sees it as a reasonable excuse for doing something out of line or different. Once at the reunion, he takes it upon himself to play tackle football with the elderly relatives, smashing a few of them to the ground! Of course, his behavior is completely inappropriate, but when the relatives give him their funny looks, he replies, “It’s okay, I had Subway for lunch!” – thinking of it as a perfect explanation for his deeds.
In the Caption Contest, any character who is doing something peculiar or suspicious has probably used this as an excuse sooner or later since this commercial’s debut.
The popular children’s book by Martin Handford, Where’s Waldo? and many other variations, has become another running gag. The books’ objective is to find the red-and-white-striped character in a crowd of varyingly-themed people and places. A character in the Caption Contest will have just found Waldo, or uses him as an excuse to justify their actions.
A television advertisement for MasterCard features several connected ideas or happenings throughout the duration of itself, listing the monetary price for each of these items as well. At the end of the advertisement, a quirky, humorous, and connected object or idea is announced, and its monetary value is “priceless.”
Captions featuring this gag will include several objects relating to the caption picture as well as the priceless one. At the end of the commercial, there’s also an announcement saying, “There are some things money can’t buy; for everything else, there’s MasterCard.” These may or may not be used in the captions.
Well, what can be said about this one? Sometimes your humble Caption Man is included by you in your Caption Contest entries. Captions of this variety break the fourth wall and can sometimes be useful or funny.
The first Caption Contest pictures used speech bubbles to convey the idea of who was speaking. However, as the pictures included more and more people, and the speech bubble took a lot of space to include, they were removed a few months in. Many captions openly questioned why they’d been removed, and some explained that they were stolen. For some reason these captions are still being sent in, but very rarely will they win now!
This is one of the older but still entered running gags of the Caption Contest. Having first begun in late December 2002 by “Nick,” and reinforced by myself several times (to my ultimate demise), the Hufflepuff Common Room, as far as many Caption Participants are concerned, is the one place among Hogwarts where “extra-curricular” activities take place. Following the gag, please be assured that once again there aren’t any direct associations to anything inappropriate. The funny parts of this gag are that we know close to nothing about Hufflepuff besides the characteristics of those who are in it (daring for one), and that the HP books nor Pottermore have ever really given these guys a fair shot at the action. Even Ravenclaw gets more love.
Another couple of running bits of the Caption Contest throughout its time have been based on what we know (or think we know) of different characters. The likeliness of them to appear, even when they aren’t in the caption picture, may add to the humor.
Snape is always popping up to take points away! It’s like a video game that won’t give you a “Game Over!” You can add him in your captions wherever a blood-sucking, edgy character is needed, as there are always points to take away from Gryffindor!
A very funny technique that’s been used in the past is what I call “two-waying.” Basically, if a character throws some verbal mud at another, a future week’s winner may display the opposite! An example of this also took place in a December 2002 caption. In Week 1, Ollivander is suggesting that Harry go to Gringotts for a lollipop (which Harry had been seeking), and jokes along the old habit of banks to actually have candy (which seems funny now that we think about it). Sure enough, though, in Week 4, the Head Goblin at Gringotts is telling Harry that they don’t have any lollipops and suggests checking at Ollivanders. This type of “back-and-forth” is always a riot.
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Ron: I’ll try playing it again…
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