Voting Now Open on Semi-Finalists in Amazon “Beedle the Bard” Contest

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May 05, 2008

Posted by SueTLC
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Last month, we told you of a contest that Amazon.com was holding, where you could win a trip for two to London, England, and read the special handwritten copy of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J.K. Rowling. The contest required written entries, and fans can now read and vote on the 20 semi-finalists for this contest. You can read entries from 13-17 age group, here, and read the selections from the 18- and over group via this link.

Voting is for this round is open now until May 11th. On May 13 Amazon will reveal the final two contestants, where voting will run again for one week until the winner is announced on May 22. As a reminder, the “Beedle the Bard” tales were mentioned Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with Amazon the winner of the charity auction of one of the seven hand written Beedle books by J.K. Rowling. Until now, only photos of the book and short summaries have been revealed. You can see photos and read the summaries here via Amazon.

Thanks Kiwi!





35 Responses to Voting Now Open on Semi-Finalists in Amazon “Beedle the Bard” Contest

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1st to post!? I will be very jealous of the winner!

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Congrats to all of them… its amazing to even think that they will be reading that book. im SO jealous!

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sorry.. i meant that one of those people will get to go read that book.

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they are mostly from the UK. Im going to be patriotic and vote for the ones from the US.

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maybe.. they thought it would be cheaper to send someone from the U.K. rather than the U.S.

I thought the entries didnt have to be in ballad form; i guess i was wrong.

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Arina : SAME ! i spent hours and hours and hours getting mine to perfection, they nnever made it clear it had to be a poem format. Very gutted as i would of been able to do a decent poem, but instead went for normal writing. They should of made it clearer

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I vote for…. ME!!!!

muahahahahaha!!!

OK, I didn’t enter, but I’d still like to do a write-in vote for me. That would be so awesome, to cradle the book in my arms… Yeah, they might have to taser me to get me away.

Oh well, I certainly wish luck to all the semi-finalists. Can you imagine being one of the final two and then losing? Ouch. Mega-ouch.

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I know I’m a bit biased, but I think my entry was better than a few of the semi-finalists. I didn’t read anywhere that the entries had to be a poem or anything like that. Oh well.

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Good luck to everyone who make it. It didn’t say anywhere it had to be a poem, but they only chose poems, they should have included other formats for variety. I thought mine was pretty good… oh well.

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@ Ariana

Actually they made it clear that it didn’t have to be in ballad form, though if they were going to choose ballads for 19 of 20 semi-finalists, they may as well have just made them be ballads (I do find it funny that there were a number of people on the discussion about the contest kicking themselves for having done it in ballad form when it wasn’t required.)

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I think we should all remember that the Polyjuice Potion worked wonders for the Order in Deathly Hallows, so taking the place of the winner should be easy. :)

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Decent entries overall, but I only voted for people who seem capable of correct punctuation. I have never understood the point of sprinkling commas into a perfectly decent phrase or sentence as if they were some sort of nice decoration. Grammar nazi tip of the day: if you wouldn’t stop to take a breath at that point in the sentence (or poem), do not insert a comma.

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wow im disappointed…... real bummer. but hey, thats life.

Good Luck to anyone in the contest. make sure you come back and tell us all about it!

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Some of those poems were incredible!Congratulations to all those who entered the competition and gave it a shot!I didn’t even have the chance to enter,as I live in Greece:(...I am used now to the fact that hardly any competition is open for Greeks(for some unknown reason).It is however very sad not to be given a chance,as everybody else.So congratulations to all those who tried!I am sure you had a very nice experience writing your entry!!And of course there is no need to “be patritotic”and vote for the US citizens,as someone has stated.It will be very unfair to the others and after all this competition should encourage unity through the same Harry Potter experience,not separation according to counrty!

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how come I didnt get the RHYMING memo????? UGH!

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Cheers for thanking me Sue!

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the person who wins should put a comment on the comments saying i won!

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I was very pleased at the talent among the under 18 group. I only saw one clear choice in the over 18 group. Why would anyone care what country the contestant came from? I voted for the poems that spoke to me.

It is rather odd that almost all of the semi-finalist entries were verse, but after all the Bard wrote mostly in verse. :)

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Well I see my niece and nephew aren’t alone in being angry! It does seem obvious the “judges” much preferred something in verse or ballad form even though they did state oherwise. My nephew (19) is more angry about something else tho’- the topics were what you learned from reading Harry and used everyday, what songS (plural) wizards used for birthdays, and what sportS(plural) they play other than quidditch. I am sorry to go all english teacher here, but I have to say he has a point. When I read the topics and the rules I did think it was an interesting challenge to set a 100 word limit on those questions. It tests a different sort of creativity really- it’s far more simple to seem creative on a single subject in 100 words than it is to cover a topic. In the chosen pieces, virtually all of those choosing sports or songs concentrated on one sport or one song. I very much enjoyed reading them all, but I would have to agree most do not really follow the topics as they were set. I have to wonder if the judges and those who set the topics and rules spent much time in discussion. Anyway,poor Amazon! My niece and nephew don’t feel much like buying anything from them at the moment, and I know they are really good customers-I’m sure that’s not what they intended!

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Hi guysss. I’m one of the semi finalists. In the 13-17s category. And I would be so amazingly grateful if anyone has or is going to vote for me. It was kinda funny cos in some ways I felt like I didn’t want anyone to read what I’d written, but wanting to win has kind of overcome that feeling. lol. Thanks for just reading everyone’s entries. In a way it’s nice to have something of mine read. :D

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I agree that the country didn’t matter for me in this contest. I ended up actually voting for no one in the U.S., I just voted for the poems that spoke to me, and I almost cried (I am a softie) for the poem in 13-17 about the most of all learning to read ….. but good luck to all of the semi-finalists. They are really lucky, and talented!

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Oh my God! It nearly made you cry? Thank you so much … I wrote that poem, I’m from Australia and I’m really glad that someone enjoyed it! It’s a true story, too … You have made me very happy today, Stenojoz.

I am so excited for this competition! I loved lots of the entries in the 13 – 17 category, not so much the adult section, though. I love Harry Potter!

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Hey you’re a semi-finalist? I’m a semi-finalist!
That’s cool! :D
It’s nice to be able to say something to another semi-finalist.
Your poem was really good. :)
I hope someone from our category wins overall. It’d be cool.

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Wow, that’s so awesome! I was so happy when I got that email … I was pretty much hyperventilating.

I think someone in our category will definitely win, because the adult entries are rather disappointing.

Are you from the UK?

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Hi Rhiannon. I voted for your poem too. Thought it was great! But unlike Stenojoz the ending made me laugh, not cry.

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Thank you, Kate! I really love you!

I read your poem, Rachael, if you are reading these comments! Turns out you are from the UK … and it occurs to me that we are the oldest in our category. Along with one other girl.

It’s lovely to talk to random HP fans from around the world.

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Hey, I’m Laura H., one of those ‘disappointing’ adults in the 18+ group! :-) There doesn’t seem to be a very positive opinion of the adults’ entries in general, but I hope at least some of you liked mine! I really enjoyed writing it, and was so amazed and excited that it was chosen. Harry Potter means so much to me, and the chance to go to London and read that book would be unbelievable. Anyway, I just wanted to say best of luck to Rachael and Rhiannon, who both had fantastic entries, and also good luck to any of the other semi-finalists reading this. And a huge thank you to anyone who might have voted for me!

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We are the oldest in our category… :) It is cool to talk to HP fans from around the world. Certainly no one I know personally is as obsessed with me. And my friends are always giving me funny looks and rolling their eyes at me whenever I talk about Harry Potter – and that’s why I love leaky – HP fans from around the World who like it as much as me!

Laura…I absolutely loved your entry – I voted for it. :) I so hope you are the finalist for the adult category!

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all the entires were so good i had such a hard time chosing.

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Thanks, Rachael! I loved yours, and Rhiannon’s too! And I agree about finding fellow fans online. That’s what’s great about Leaky, and other HP sites – you can find a whole “family” of people who love the same things you do!

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Hi Laura … I went back to read your entry, it was the one my family and I voted for! I was worried that your poem might’ve been one of the ones I didn’t like, and then wouldn’t know what to say … but it was my favourite, so that works out nicely.

Rachael, it must suck to not have any HP-obsessed friends. I consider myself very lucky to have a group of friends with identical interests to me – and some days, we talk about Harry Potter constantly. Especially during the lead up to book and movie releases.

When Deathly Hallows came out, one of my friends and I sat outside the bookstore overnight to be first in line for the release at 9:01am. I think we were there for nearly twelve hours, and it was freezing cold … lucky the bookstore owners remembered us from when we waited for Half-Blood Prince and let us in early.

Turns out our camping out was rather pointless in the end, because the town I live in is relatively small and people didn’t really start turning up until about 6:00am.

I guess the point is, if I were to somehow win this competition, I would so want to bring my friends with me, or at least someone who would truly appreciate the chance to read the Beedle the Bard. Unlike my mother.

Who would you bring with you?

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Thanks, Rhiannon—I’m glad you liked it! I really thought your poem was beautiful.

I’ve had the same experiences waiting in line for the books! My sister and I went at 8 in the morning for the midnight Deathly Hallows release. It was really fun spending all day in the bookstore with hundreds of other fans!

It’s too bad you wouldn’t be able to bring someone along who would really appreciate it! I have so many friends and family members who are huge HP fans, my trouble would be deciding which one to bring! :-)

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I’d have trouble picking who to bring. Because although my friends like it, I’d probably take my Mum. And she would enjoy it, but she’s only read one of them. She likes the films and so doesn’t really know what Beedle the Bard is. I would want to take someone who would really appreciate it and the trouble is, the only people who would really appreciate are people of the fandom and I don’t know anyone who loves it like everybody of Leaky and all the other fan sites. So I’d end up taking my Mum.

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PS. Rhiannon – you’re right. It does suck not having obsessed Potter fans. One guy I know does really love them but goes to a totally different school and I hardly ever see him. Like maybe once a year. But we were thinking of starting a HP book club – though we’d be the only ones.

My dad point blank refused to take me to get Deathly Hallows before it came out at Midnight, but luckily the shop is only 2 minutes up the road and so I spent the evening counting down on my “Harry Potter Count Down Clock”, listening to Wizard Rock and making my bedroom “Harry Potter friendly” to prepare for reading it. =D

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I really can’t type today. I mean it sucks not having friends who are obsessed Potter fans. =S

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