Winner Announced in Amazon.com’s Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest

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May 22, 2008

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Voting has now ended in Amazon.com’s Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest, and the winner who will receive a weekend with the handwritten work by J. K. Rowling has been chosen. As we told you previously, the competition had been narrowed down to two finalists, which would be voted on by Amazon.com members from around the world. Sixteen year-old Rhiannon D. from Australia was voted the grand prize winner for her personal and moving entry. In a statement, Rhiannon says of the contest and winning:

“I am so thankful and honored for all the votes I received from Amazon customers in this contest. I’m flattered that they felt my entry was worthy enough to win this fantastic prize, said Rhiannon. “I can’t believe I get to read this special book, and can’t wait to spend a weekend with Beedle the Bard!”

Her winning submission was as follows:

When I was six, he was eleven
I learnt how to be brave.

When I was seven, he was twelve
I learnt to misbehave.

When I was eight, he was thirteen
He taught me how to cry.

When I was nine, he was fourteen
He showed me how to try.

When I was twelve, and he fifteen
He taught me to forgive.

When we were fourteen and sixteen
I learnt what it was to live.

When we were fifteen and seventeen
He showed me he could bleed.

But growing up with Harry taught me,
mostly, how to read.

This lucky winner will receive a trip for two to London, England to spend a weekend with The Tales of Beedle the Bard. As readers will remember, this work was purchased by Amazon.com at a charity auction earlier in the year. This unique and rare book was handwritten by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and contains the five wizarding tales mentioned in the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” novel. Photos of the book, along with more information, can be seen via Amazon.com.





41 Responses to Winner Announced in Amazon.com’s Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest

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FIRST! YAY! Good for her! Her’s was the best, I voted for it. It definitely rings true. I wish her the best of luck on her visit to Beedle the Bard and I hope, that if she feels up to it, she’ll give leaky an account.

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My sincere congratulations to Rhiannon. Hers was the most heartfelt and profound of all the entries, and the only one that really tugged at my heart. In a way, she spoke for all of us whose lives have been touched by JK Rowling and Harry. In the midst of all the crap going on with the RDR lawsuit, this is an oasis of very welcome news.

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Good for her! There were a lot of deserving and heartfelt entries, so I didn’t vote, but this was one of the ones that really spoke to me.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS RHIANNON!!!

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Congratulations Rhiannon, I loved both of the finalists, I did vote for Laura’s but it was really close and I’m sincerely happy for the chosen winner. It was the beautiful simplicity of it I think that scooped it. No you BETTER inform us on that weekend Rhiannon, go on PotterCast

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I have to admit that I haven’t read any of the entries. But this one really made me (and my mum!) cry!!!

Congratulations from me!!!!!!!

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Oh and being one of the many who grew up with Harry, this ballad definetly sums up those years perfectly

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I’m glad she one-she’s the one I voted for at each round. I hope she has the time of her life and then comes back and tells us all about it!

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I am so happy Rihannon won! The other entry was really great, but being a bit sentimental and patriotic, I was a little bit excited that a fellow Aussie won!

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That was fantastic! I didn’t read any of the other entries, either, but this poem is absolutely wonderful. I’m nearly 30, and there was no book or book series that was nearly as captivating as HP when I was a growing up. Rhiannon really opened a window to what it was like to grow up with Harry for those of us who joined the fandom late or as adults. Thank you, Rhiannon, and congratulations!

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Congratulations to Rhiannon! Her poem is lovely.

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THAT WAS AMAZING GREAT JOB!

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Congrats!

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Great job Rhiannon, most of it used clever wording that showed how truly deep this piece was. It is brilliant!! Congratulations!

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I’m so pleased! She was one of my forum friends on ff.net. She’s really an excellent writer :)

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Oh My, what a wonderful piece!

CONGRATULATIONS Rhiannon!

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Let me add my sincere congratulations, also, Rhiannon! That was simply lovely….I don’t know about anyone else, but it made me a bit teary! Your work is fantastic! Again, congratulations on a job, well done!

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Hey, I voted for Rhiannon- really liked it! I think we all recognized ourselves in it…

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Congratulations, Rhiannon! :D That’s fantastic, I’m so happy for you! I know you’ll have a great time in London… how exciting?! Have fun, and great job!!!

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Llongyfarchiadau Rhiannon

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Yay for an Aussie winning!!!

(I didn’t even realise Australians could enter … I like her poem better than anything I would have written anyway)

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That was a wonderful poem! I’m so glad she won! __

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that was truley wonderfull…. i loved how she put it…

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congratulations to Rhiannon, that piece was so beautiful, i can totally relate to it. she muct be so excited that she gets to go read Beedle the Bard. i think i’d die of surprise if that was me,lol

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That was the most beautiful entry!! I’m so happy she won!! Congratulations Rhiannon!

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Congratulations to her for winning! She truly deserves this award; she writes beautifully.

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Perfectly simple, simply perfect.

Congratulations!!! Rhiannon, you said so much in so few words, just a beautifully crafted poem completely summing up the Harry Potter experience.

Have a marvelous trip and make sure to tell us all about it on Pottercast!!!

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Good job and congratulations Rhiannon!!

I agree with a lot of posters about this, that her poem summed up the movement of strong fandom HP has, because of young readers growing up with Harry Potter.

It was beautiful and I hope you enjoy it, and we better hear from you soon!!! How exciting!! Do you get to bring friends on the trip? If so, I’ll be your friend, j/k!!

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Awesome, Rhiannon! I really liked your poem – especially the last line you really deserve your prize!

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Wounderful poem, I hope that Rhiannon enjoys the reading of Beedle and the stay in London, she deserves it well.

Well she happily grew up with Harry and Co at a very young age, I would say that I grew up too beeing a “bit” older. hihihi

I think we all are children in our heart if we stay young and healing our soul of the sorrows and pains that apear in our way of daily living. Growing up as we are mastering the circunstances and lightening the heart when we can enjoy life and laugh at the beautiness arround us.

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CONGRATULATIONS RHIANNON!

I voted for Laura, but you both did wonderful ballads! :) Enjoy the trip!!!

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Wow! That was a fantastic entry, and definitely deserved to win!! It’s so beautiful! It shows how Harry Potter taught us through all the years, and it sums the series up perfectly! Well done, Rhiannon!! Congratulations!

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Well congratulations Rhiannon, for a beautiful poem that I think resonates with most fans.

Now for your mission: We want to hear about your experience of your whole journey. Take a secret 1mm size 10mp nanotech camera and hide it under your eyelid, blink to take pictures of every page of the holy artefact.

Ok, forget that, just enjoy yourself with your very precious prized experience.

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Congratulations Rhiannon, that is really a lovely poem! It rings true for me too even though I was … a lot older when I started reading ‘Harry Potter’ (Well, except the last line, in my case). Have fun with the lovely lovely beautiful ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’, and don’t forget to wear gloves, and DO NOT breathe on the book!

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her writting it’s so amazing!! Really… CONGRATULATiONS!!

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Congratulations to Rhiannon! Rhiannon’s was amazing and great. Have fun and a great time with Beedle and the Bard. But, I really think that Laura H. seriously deserved to win! I voted for her. Hers was truly amazing! She wrote lots of the important lessons in it and at the same time wrote about her appreciation of the book! I think she should get to go, too, or get some kind of reward!!!!!!!!! But really congrats to Rhiannon because yours was great, too!

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YAY!!! GO Rhiannon!!! You’ve made Australia proud!!!! That poem was sooooo beautiful you ROCK!!!

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great poem, but I don’t understand why she went from nine to twelve…it’s annoying!

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because if she is 16 then book 5 wouldnt of been released until she was 12.

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Hers was so much better than all the others. I’m glad she won, she deserved to.

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