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!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What is this contest?
- How to enter
- Terms and conditions
- Maniacal Months
The Crazy Caption Contest first began in late October 2002, when Emerson the webmaster decided to have a bit of fun with our visitors. A Caption Contest was surely a great way to get people’s minds scrambling, also giving them the chance to participate in something fun, entertaining, and best of all, rewarding. After the third week, MuggleNet was expanding rapidly in many other areas, and staffer Eric Scull was given control of the contest, Emerson’s idea of entertaining and having fun with the fans holding true even today.
A picture, usually a screenshot directly from one of the HP movies, is taken each week and put up on the Caption Contest page. Visitors are to think up the best lines they can for the characters in the picture and even, perhaps, elsewhere. The funniest and most original captions are designated as the “winners” of that week and put up on the main page for everybody else to read and see, hopefully enjoying the captions as well.
To enter the Caption Contest, first think up your best idea for a humorous caption entry. Maybe something you’d like to see happen, a spoof of a cliché, a parody of events from the book, or anything humorous at all! (See “Terms and conditions” for exclusions.) Once you have one, you can fill out the Caption Contest Entry Form to ensure your caption arrives with us! Be sure to include your name (preferably First Name with Last Initial), otherwise we may have to discard your caption for ineligibility. The point of this contest is to put yourself out there; how would you celebrate winning with your friends if you don’t include your name?
When the captions are chosen, the following conditions may apply:
- If your caption contains high levels of profanity or references to what may be viewed by others as “offensive content,” we will either get rid of the entry, or in some cases, censor/cut certain parts out. Your caption would really have to be funny to do that, as there usually are at least a thousand other fish in the sea!
- If your caption lacks a name, as stated before, we may usually move on, or in the same cases as above, give you a name based on your email address.
- Also, please try to give your real name or a close variation for your entry, not a fictional username like “Ron’s Girl.”
- The Caption Contest, though we try, still may have some content that you see as being more offensive than humorous. For these cases, we’ll state that the contest has a vague PG-13 rating. There are references to relationship concepts, the morality of today’s actors and/or political leaders, and those of the past. You may find that we’ve let some things slip, but we try to keep the Caption Contest’s content down to nothing that you wouldn’t see in television or film these days. After all, this is a Harry Potter website, so let’s have fun!
So far, only a few months of the Caption Contest’s history have been classified as “Maniacal Months.” These are months during which the caption pictures are done in a non-traditional way – they are created using Adobe Photoshop or other image-editing software. Such images create exciting possibilities for movie and TV mash-ups between characters.
Caption pictures during Maniacal Months, as far as the Caption Contest is concerned, do have to include HP in some obvious way – otherwise, they wouldn’t be appropriate. Also, it is ideal that if any characters from other films are to be present in the picture, they should be characters from well-known or “big-budget” films. This is not to say that other characters aren’t suitable for a match-up, but it is a must that the greatest majority of people entering the contest know who the people are. These guidelines are sometimes bent, but if they are, it is for an expressed purpose (like maybe nobody’s supposed to know who or what the other occupants of the picture are).
To suggest a picture for Maniacal Months, email your suggestion to email@example.com, ONLY during or proceeding those months. Furthermore, try to keep things appropriate and in accordance to the rules and regulations of this contest.
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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Ginny had lost at ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors,’ and therefore had to cross the rickety old bridge first.
Ginny: I have a cunning plan.
Seamus: Is it as cunning as a fox who just graduated from…
Ginny: No. This isn’t Blackadder.
Ginny: Where does this bridge lead?
Cho: To the Forbidden Forest.
Ginny: But we’re not allowed to go into the forest.
Cho: Nice to have a bridge, though.
Seamus: Why don’t you have to wear a uniform?
Ginny: Because I’m a main character.
Seamus: Oh, right.
A popular Hogwarts prank: telling first years there’s a spell on the bridge, and if they step on a crack, it will literally break their mother’s back.
Despite Ginny’s amazing strut, Hogwarts Next Top Model never caught on.
Seamus: Come on, Ginny, attack them! What are you waiting for?
Ginny: Is Harry watching?
Guy on Right: ‘Am I Michael Cera?’
Announcer: ‘Welcome back to the Annual Hogwarts Fashion Show! The last in our Muggle Clothes Category is Ginny Weasley, wearing a lovely cardigan and jeans. Next we have the School Robes Category. Not much variation here, but notice the satchel placement! Cho Chang has the right idea – across the tummy is the way to go this year!’
‘You all got my back, if something goes down, right?’
Ginny: Guys, what is that?
Seamus: *Excited* More importantly… does it explode?!
Voldemort: ‘I have a toad here who claims he’s Harry Potter. Anyone willing to kiss him, please step forward.’
Ginny: You’re all babies! I’ll go first and prove it’s safe!
*Ginny takes one step forward and the entire bridge collapses.*
Use our Caption Portals carefully! Selecting a week by date on the right-hand side will display the corresponding caption image on the left. Clicking the image itself will take you to the winners for that week! All 375+ weeks of the Caption Contest are viewable for your enjoyment.
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