Winner of the Remember the Magic Contest Announced

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Jun 07, 2008

Posted by EdwardTLC
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Previously, we announced the Remember the Magic Contest which asked you to write a vignette of the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings Harry encounters the first time walking through Diagon Alley. After receiving many splendid entries, the winner of this contest has been chosen and is ready to be announced. Congratulations go to Gwynog’s Rabbit who received first place for writing the following vignette:

I was sleeping when the Boy Who Lived came through the archway. All I remember from that moment is a blaze of sunlight and the doorbell tinkling. The owl lady was being dragged out to the street by a lady with a pipe in her mouth, who was pointing towards the brick wall, closing behind my friend Hagrid. I was immediately alert and gazed at the boy walking up the cobblestones next to Hagrid. My heart started racing as it recognized, as only an owl’s heart can, the person who was meant for me. I started hooting to him, but he was too distracted by everything else around him, and barely glanced my way. He seemed much more interested in such mundane things as the cauldrons sparkling at him from next door, the lunchtime aromas drifting out of the bakery, and even the barrel of beetle eyes roasting in the sun, than he was in his own destined owl. I knew I’d lost any hope of capturing his attention when he noticed the new broomstick in the window just across from me. The boy suddenly veered away from my direction, tripping over a loose cobblestone and pulling Hagrid’s hand in the direction of the other boys who had been at that window all morning. Hagrid, though, had heard my hooting, and nodded to let me know he understood. This was the most wonderful moment of my life, so much so that I hooted and flapped with joy and received reproving looks from the other owls. So what? I was about to leave them.

I waited patiently for the rest of the afternoon, while wizards and witches walked by in the sunshine, eating dripping ice creams, picking up their children from where they’d left them at the broomstick window, and heading back to the Leaky Cauldron; one boy with white hair whined to his father in front of the broomstick shop until he was dragged off by his ear. In short, none of the humans did anything I cared about. My eyes were anchored on the far end of the street, where I knew Hagrid would reappear with the Boy Who Lived.

The Boy Who Lived!I couldn’t remember if I had ever heard his name before! All I had ever heard in the conversations around me from the day I had hatched was “the Boy Who Lived” – never a name. My heart started to race again, but this time I managed to hide it from the other owls. For the rest of the afternoon I watched, and tried to remember.

The sun was getting low, reflecting off the white marble building at the end of the street and blinding my night-eyes to any details of the faces that I hoped was my new boy. Then a huge form came into my sight, haloed by the red glare, and I hooted in spite of myself. Hagrid pushed through the crowds with his bulky packages and led the Boy Who Lived into the owl shop, with a wink at me as he passed. A few moments later, the owl lady came out and coaxed me into a cage. Hagrid put an arm around the Boy Who Lived and said, “Happy Birthday, Harry!” Harry! My Harry.

My heart stopped racing, and I tucked my beak back under my wing, knowing I was with the wizard I would be with for the rest of my life.

Once again, congratulations to Gwynog’s Rabbit!





65 Responses to Winner of the Remember the Magic Contest Announced

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Cool! First post?

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very nice. :]

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Okay. I actually read it. That was really good! I liked how it was from Hedwig’s point of view! RIP

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very nice. :]

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Where are the ‘runners up’? I’d like to read more!

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That was so lovely! I actually started to tear up!

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That was beautiful! I even shed a few tears while reading this, thinking of this beautiful owl who lost her life for Harry. You deserved first prize!

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Congratulations – that was awesome!

“knowing I was with the wizard I would be with for the rest of my life.” Oh that’s made me all tearful now, R.I.P. Hedwig!

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Hedwig lives, as John says she was part phoenix

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Absolutely wonderful! I agree both, with Mrs Dobby and Rolf!!!. I actually started to tear up and what a wonderfully clever way to write! From Hedwig’s point of view! Gwenog’s Rabbit, well done! Bravo!

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great job!! very original and unexpected.

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That was a really brilliant idea to do it from the owl’s perspective! It also makes it really sad :(

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That was great. I’m all nostalgic now.

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Thanks everybody!!! It made me so happy, because I felt like Hedwig’s voice could be read!!! (At least her voice as in my head!)

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Gwynog’s Rabbit: That was Brilliant, just amazing! I loved how you wrote it from Hedwig’s perspective, again: just amazing!*

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a REALLY GOOD DESCRIPTION YOU’D MAKE A GOOD WRITER

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W. O. W.!!!

That was absolutely beautiful. I did tear up.

Great Job!

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Great!!! Absolutely love it!!!!!

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Amazing job !!! Congratulations !

Leaky should send it to Jo !

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don’t send it to Jo – or only if you made sure before about fair use or not fair use.

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That was so cute. I love it. :)

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Nice Job!!

@Squid If SVA had done even one tenth as much original work as we see in this, his ‘Lexicon’ would have been published already.

OMT

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This was so good! I cried when I realized that the speaker was Hegwig (when I read “as only an owl’s heart can”). I love how she knew they were destined to be together. So touching : }

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Amazing!

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This was so awesome. I really start crying:(

My heart stopped racing, and I tucked my beak back under my wing, knowing I was with the wizard I would be with for the rest of my life.

Yes, Hedwig was with Harry till the rest of her life. This was so sad when I thought that Hedwig is gone. I am crying now:(

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I don’t know why I’m asking this, but are you (Gwynog’s Rabbit) a bit of a twilight fan? Your entry seemed SO twilightish, though I can’t put my finger on the reason why…. Your entry was so awesome! Except it sounded like Hedwig was IN LOVE with Harry, which would be very wrong. Anyway, good job, you deserved a win!

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THAT WAS SO SICK!!!! that was so cool!!!! i did that contest but i didnt win that kid deserved to!!! it was great like killer kitty said on page 1…i absolutely loved it!!!!!

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hey little squid TLC should send it to jo she would love it it was awesome

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i didnt bother to read it..way vtoo long..maybe another time

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Oh, my gosh! I love this story. It was such a unique point of view. I loved it, keep writting!

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Wonderful!!!! It really touched me. Hedwig is one of my favorite characters, and it was great to read something from her perspective. Like many on this board, I teared up a little at the end. I could barely get past it in the book. RIP Hedwig! We love you!!!!

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THat was amazing…....SO SWEET and indearing…GOOD JOB WOW!

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Work, worthy victory!

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HEDWIG!!!!!!!!! this made me really really sad. Ohhhhhhhhhhh Hedwig. My cousin’s owl looks like her. I think mine looks more like Errol.

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You said it ‘bella vita”: “I was sooo disappointed when OOTP came out and the only set they made was of Hogwarts and it really wasn’t that different from the older sets of the castle except that it had Umbridge and thestrals.”

This is proof that aids to the fact that the harry poter movies and franchies is meeting its ugly end. The books and film were on equal levels in both popularity and success in there own mediums, but everything changed with the release of OOTP film. The books by far are now better and surpass the films thanks to OOPT’s failure. The magic was lost with OOTP, why David Yates, why?

So know i ask of you, join me so we may bring back the magic. Help me change the minds of WB so that they once and for all do away with Yates. If we don’t he will destroy us all. Like that predicable over used line Hagrid said in OOPT ” storms coming Harry”, yates is on the move and now is the time to fight.

So i leave you with these last few words storms coming are you sure you are on the side.

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Oh, that was so beautiful!!! Poor Hedwig. I can’t believe she ’s gone. sucha beautiful bird. Great work!!!! Keep it up!

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I echo the complements on this board. That was really beautiful. Hagrid acknowledging Hedwig’s hoot and his wink gave me an emotional stir. The whole narrative structure from Hedwig’s perspective was stirling stuff. Gwynogg really captured the characteristics that we already know of Hagrid and Hedwig. And I loved the ending as he is finally with his destiny and taking it for such granted that he curls up to go to sleep! Fantastic.

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It was FANTASTIC!!!

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Wonderful … brought tears to my eyes.

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Ouh! This is so sweet!!!! I did tear up, too… amazing, beautiful… WONDERFUL!!!!

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crazy!!!

http://www.harrypotter-welt.ch

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That was totally amazing!!! I imagine that’s exactly how Hedwig felt. It’s true that Hedwig was with Harry for the rest of her life. Well, she lived a wonderful life in my opinion. You deserve to win, Gwynog’s Rabbit!

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http://youtube.com/watch?v=9F_1LwN_vds&feature=related

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Wow! I love how it’s from Hedwig’s POV. Poor Hedwig, I even got a little teary remembering that he’s gone now. RIP Hedwig!

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Thanks so much for such a beautifully written piece from Hedwig’s perspective; a tribute to her as well as Harry. We know Harry loved Hedwig very much . . . and still misses her after all these years!

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Bloody Brilliant!!!

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Great job! Congrats

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Wonderful stuff. very emotinal & moving. I can visualize Hedwig trying not to get excited but just KNOWING she was meant for Harry. Well done ! an extremely worthy winner.

Gwenng Rabbit you have a great talent !

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Wonderful stuff. very emotional & moving. I can visualize Hedwig trying not to get excited but just KNOWING she was meant for Harry. Well done ! an extremely worthy winner.

Gwenng Rabbit you have a great talent !

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That was really good! I loved it! Whoever wrote that is a really good writer. I’ve never read a story from Hedwig’s point of view before.

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THAT WAS SO AWESOME! Great job! I loved the whole idea of each owl bieng destined to be with a certain wizard. Insanely cool.

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ummmm, i already commented on this, but im really surprised!! no news in 2 days?

When will WB give us something juicy?

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Such imagination! Leaky should definitely send it on to Jo, who would just love it. Hope you keep on writing.

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At 67years I am probably one of the oldest Harry Potter fans and I really enjoyed Gwynog’s Rabbit’s point of view about the arrival of Harry and Hagrid in Diagon Alley. It was an unusual approach and very readable. Well done. Does anyone know the age of the oldest HP fans? My husband is 68 yrs young and joins with me in reading the books, watching the films and best of all listening to Stephen Fry reading the books. We have the entire collection and play them on long journeys as well as at fancy. It takes longer to memorise the books these days, but the pleasure every time I read the books is immense. Nine full reads so far.

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That’s such a great winning entry! I love Hedwig! I had to post and offer you my congratulations, Gwnyog’s Rabbit!!!

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ang galing haha

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Absolutely loved it ! A great read, to read from this perspective was awesome, great idea!

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That was amazing. I read it out loud to my mother, teared up at the end and had to pause to make it through! We both love it! And I agree, it should be sent to Jo. I think she would love it.

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I want to thank you all again for your comments, it has really meant so much to me! :) :) :) hug

Steffers, I had a neighbor who is in his 70’s, he may even be close to 80 now, and he and his girlfriend LOVE HP. They love the books, and when they lived here we also would go see all the movies together, dressed up! What fun!!!

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it is lovely.its great to write fromthe point of view of HEDWIG for HARRY. i realy like it.

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Wondrous, the slightly skewed view adds a layer of insight that gives the community a new voice. Sarah once wrote Bewolf from the POV of a flea family

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Hi Enjaye! hug FLEAS????? rofl I have GOT to read that!!!!

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Awww… That was so sweet! Congratulations! :D

And I wanna read runner-ups too! -

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I think that writing in Hedwig’s point of view was a great choice. She is one of those characters who always has a major part in the HP books and movies, but we never really know what she’s thinking. Now, when I pick up another HP book or pop in another HP movie I will think of Hedwig and whats going on in her head! Thanx for that Gwynog’s Rabbit! Really wicked description!!!

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i rarely comment, but… <33333333333333

thank you for this!! i felt like this was a tribute to hedwig…this makes me very happy (and sad at the same time), i loved her so much. <3 thank you!

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