Breaking the Rules (Harry Potter Exhibition Game)

Author: Bubbles

Nominator: annmarwalk

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Humor - Second Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: When the Dom-land Caribou faces off in an exhibition game against the brightest stars of the wizarding world, pandemonium ensues.

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Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 8

I was amazed, several years back, to find two of my favorite pastimes – Lord of the Rings and professional hockey – had been engagingly combined into an outrageously entertaining website, The Dom-Land Caribou. The concept of an entire Middle-Earth Hockey Association, with a regular season, playoffs, an astoundingly named home arena, and a championship cup, provided both deep chuckles and household-rousing belly laughs. The addition of an exhibition game with the all-stars of the wizarding world, the Hogwarts combined quidditch teams, was a surprise and a delight. All the characters are realistically written (considering that the whole idea is far, far AU) and the combination of hockey and quidditch rules is imaginative but feasible. In a year without professional hockey, this story and others in the series helped to fill the great hole in my life formerly occupied by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bubbles has announced that this season for the ‘Bou is the last; they (and she) will be sorely missed by wacked- out Lord of the Rings and hockey fans worldwide.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 7

The Harry Potter exhibition matches go one up on even the "normal" Caribou series for sheer surreality, combining hockey, quidditch, and a crossover in a confrontation that wouldn't be wholly out of place at the Arena of Khazan. The goalie fight was awesome; Gandalf gets his game on in many ways, particularly after the movies. Somehow, though, this was far more entertaining than that other geezer match up , featuring one crazed father and a wizard's stick... I mean staff. Kreacher's interference was amusing, as was Frodo's refusal to play seeker due to an aversion to small golden objects. And I liked the Hermione, unlike too many other females, is immune to Legolas' looks and goes for the jugular whenever she can with the Elf. You go, girl! Take out that Elf! Ahem. Another enjoyably manic installment, Bubbles.

Reviewed by: Beethoven's 7th  ✧  Score: 5

What fun this story was!! Two of my favorite books blended together in hysterical harmony. with such fantastic attention to fun details such as the greasy hair of both snape and Strider. And I LOVED that bit with Frodo and the aversion to small gold things. PERFECT. Kreacher catching the snitch and handing it to Legolas was a fantastic image. Oh and as my fave hobbit is Sam, i was thrilled to find a line from him. So nice of him to share his icee!! A FUN story, I'm glad I read it, it was a great way to start my day. It TRUELY had me laughing out loud!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

This is one of those stories that really shouldn't work, yet somehow, it does. Hilariously so. I loved all the descriptions of the fights, and I laughed very hard when Boromir and Sirius explained that they didn't fight because they were dead. But I think I laughed hardest at the thought of Frodo avoiding the snitch because of past trauma with small, golden objects. That was brilliant. Great story, fast pace, and I want to see a rematch.

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 4

I confess. I'm a Canuck! Raised with Hockey -- Gretzky, Howe, Lindros, Hull. So the idea of putting the Lord of the Rings characters on skates and in a rink was an absolute 'must see.' And Bubbles has done it with exquisite irreverence. Another excellent entry in the Humour category -- and the pictures of the characters were absolutely sublime! You do not even have to be a Lord of the Rings fan to see the humour in this. Game on!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

Hilarious! More fun than a barrel of balrogs! I hope Legolas gave Strider and Snape a tutorial on proper hair care - they both could use it! I can just see a Gandalf/Dumbledore smackdown, too! And the poor Dead Guys Boromir and Sirius sitting out the game.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

What a hilarious send-up! Being a hockey fan, I could easily picture the chaos on the ice! This was a hoot!