Final Voting Now Open in Amazon.com Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest

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May 14, 2008

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The two finalists in Amazon.com’s Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest have been chosen after a week long voting period we told you about earlier where the public picked a top entry in the 13-17 age group and 18 and over categories. As we reported previously, the winner of this contest will receive a weekend with the handwritten tale by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling in London, England. In the 13-17 year old category, 16-year-old Rhiannon D. from Australia was chosen along with Laura H. of Fresno, Calif., who was named the finalist in the 18 and older category. In the press release, Rhiannon said this of being picked as one of the two finalists:

“I’m so excited to have made it this far in the contest. I never imagined I’d be chosen as a finalist. Thank you, Amazon customers!”

Laura H. of the 18 and older group shared the enthusiasm and is quoted as saying:

“It’s a dream come true to be a finalist in this contest. I want to thank all the Amazon customers who voted for me. I couldn’t have made it this far without you.”

The final round of voting is open now and will run through May 19th. You can vote for the winner on Amazon.com at this link. Amazon.com will announce the winner on May 22nd.

As readers will remember, Amazon.com purchased this handwritten copy of “Tales of Beedle the Bard,” stories which were mentioned in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” at a charity auction earlier in the year. One of only seven in existence, until now only photos and short summaries have been revealed to the public. Amazon.com features further information and photos at this link.





29 Responses to Final Voting Now Open in Amazon.com Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest

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What I wouldnt give to be in there shoes…

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Well I’m surprised at the finalists. I had others as my favorites, but I have now made my vote and best of luck to both contestants!. What an amazing experience this will be for the winner. I hope whoever wins will come on PotterCast to tell us all what it was like!

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Hey, guys, I’m ‘Laura H.’ – the finalist in the 18+ category! I’m so incredibly excited, I can hardly sleep, or think about anything else, or get anything done throughout the day! Thank you so much to anyone who might have voted for me, in either round of voting. This was the first thing I’ve written that anyone other than a teacher or family member has read, so it really means a lot to me that people actually liked it! :-) I can’t believe I could actually get to read that book! If by some miracle I should win, I would love to come on PotterCast and share the experience with everyone. Thanks again, and best of luck to Rhiannon as well!

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Congrats Laura! I’m so glad it’s someone from Leaky :D You’ll be getting my vote! xxxxx

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Hey Laura…I really enjoyed speaking to you and Rhiannon the other day. Well done, you both really deserved it. :D

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Congrats Laura! I’m so glad it’s someone from Leaky :D You’ll be getting my vote! xxxxx

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I’ve voted, but I’m not saying for who I voted! I liked both poems and I think you should choose the one you like best, don’t only vote for someone because they’re from Leaky!

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Congrats to Laura! I voted for you even before I read these comments, so my vote was unbiased. The other submission was a little too cutesy for my taste. Good luck!

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I have to admit I love both but I am a little biassed because the younger finalist is an Aussie, and we never get to win anything good :) But I haven’t voted yet. I’m going to sleep on it.

Best of luck girls!

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Laura/Laurie, you’ve got my vote, I definitely thought your poem was the better of the two =) And added bonus that you’re from Leaky!

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Laura, congrats! Keep reppin the Bay Area.

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congrats jo! u really deserved it!

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Hey Laura/Laurie, I live in Sacramento about 3 hours away from Fresno on Highway 99 (depending on how fast you drive). I can believe that someone from this close might get to go to London, read Beedle, and possibly be on Pottercast! Just cast my vote for you.

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Whoops. Meant I “can’t” believe it, of course.

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I participated in this competition. The thing is, I didn’t know that it was poetry they wanted. I just wrote my heart out. But who cares, the people who won deserve it. :]

Congrats!

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Thank you so much, everyone!! I’m so excited and nervous, I can hardly sit still. When Amazon first posted their reviews of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, I used super-human will power to avoid reading them. I didn’t want the plots to be ruined, just on the outside chance the stories would be published someday, and I might actually get to read them. I never really imagined that dream might actually come true!

I really, really appreciate everyone who voted for me (and I understand if you didn’t, too!). You guys are fantastic!

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Good luck to both of you.

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Good luck to both of them. Although I wish I were one of the finalists, I can imagine how insanely excited they are to be in that position. It would be SO cool to read it though

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and Laurie, yours was awesome and I voted for you

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Gah. I feel like such an idiot. I read Fremont, not Fresno. Congrats all the same. Voted for you already.

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These are amazing! I haven’t read the other entries, so I can’t compaire them. Unfortunately I won’t be able to vote again, because it’s too hard to chose…

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now i definitely know how ariel in the little mermaid felt….....”part of that world…” sigh….

what i wouldnt give..if only if only.

but on a happier not : GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF YOU!

Live, Love, Harry Potter!

give us details when you come back!!

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I must say that I love both poems. Both were among my initial favorites. I like that both poems are very personal and elegant in their simplicity. I haven’t voted yet - I’ll have to enlist my family’s input! Both are so touching - I really think they BOTH should win. It’s a bit unfair to pit a minor against an adult. Good luck to BOTH talented authors!

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Oops, damn dashes!

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I love the poem of Rhiannon

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Yay! the two I voted for last round made it!! They were my favourites, I’ve already cast my vote but I’m not sayin which one

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i loved both poems (i got chills when i read them), but i voted for laura. you captured the spirit of the books quite lovely. good luck, girl!!

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I thought they were both great and should both get to meet J.K. but I voted for Rhiannon. I could relate better I suppose. Good job to the two of you!!:)

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Hi Laurie, I love your poem! But, I like Rhiannons too. It doesnt matter what I think any ways, cause I can’t vote. Hehe!

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