Reviewer: Equinox Chick
Date: 10/29/10 2:36
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

GINA! this is fabulous. The poem flows so beautifully and isn't at all awkward or clumsy with the rhymes. It reads like such a good story as well. There was tension, sadness and glamour in the form of the luscious Lockhart.

Hmm, the hairy chin. I wouldn't worry about that. It was Gilderoy's words about Isabel, and he wasn't known for his veracity - ha ha.

Really enjoyable ~Carole~

Author's Response: I love getting random reviews on stuff I wrote years ago, lol. Thanks, Carole.  I'm glad you enjoyed it. I went through a phase where I was writing quite a few ballads a few years back. I still love the challenge of rhythm and rhyme even though I don't write as much poetry. Thanks for reading this, I appreciate it! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: 1vampiress
Date: 07/02/07 19:40
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

You're a beautiful poet...truly with an amazing talent.....well done^_^

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem - thank you for reading it and leaving such a nice review!! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: LoOnY_for_Harry
Date: 03/25/07 18:13
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

Hi Gina! The rhythm was perfect! The poem itself was tragic, though at least 'ol Lockhart got what he deserved. Wonderful job!

Author's Response: HI there! Thanks for reading this poem. I'm so glad the rhythm worked for you. It is a bit tragic, on many levels, isn't it? Thanks for leaving such a great review!! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: SnowyHedwig112
Date: 02/15/07 17:34
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

Ooh! I likies it! I especially like the line in the 3rd last stanza, "As for Gilderoy, the prat,"...Hehee, he is a prat! Good luck on the challenge too!
~Kathy

Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks so much for coming by to read this. I'm glad you liked it. Isn't he a prat, though? ;) I really appreciate the lovely review - good luck yourself, I enjoyed reading your ballad! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: crazy_purple_hp_freak
Date: 02/12/07 16:12
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

The witch who actually defeated the Bandon Banshee had a hairy chin, but with all she’d been through I didn’t want to mention it and make things worse.

*giggle* Gina, that made me laugh! I agree though – poor Isabel! This ballad is fantastic. I’m kind of glad it turned out ‘serious’ as it works really well. I love the rhythm that you had, with the rhyme in the third line of each stanza. The rhythm was really steady, clear and consistent; you’ve done a great job!

To right the wrong and fight the song
The banshee used to slay.


Like Euphrates, I really liked this part, especially your use of ‘song’. It seems like quite an ironic statement that something that is usually beautiful like music, can be used to kill in a screechy song.

I loved this too: As for Gilderoy, the prat, That just about sums him up I think! :p

My only (teeny) nitpick is an American spelling: Their honor earned, their lives returned: in the second to last line. ‘Honor’ should really be ‘honour’ :)

You’ve done a great job on this poem Gina! I love the style and the fantastic rhythm/rhyme that you used. I could follow the tale really well, and the idea of using the Bandon Banshee as a theme is so refreshing! Fantastic :D I wish you luck in the challenge! *huggles*

~Suzie

Author's Response: Suzie! Thank you so much for coming to read this poem! And thank you for the fantastic review as well! *blushes* I'm really glad you enjoyed it. You caught me on my British spellings again. ;) I'm glad you could follow the story, and that the rhythm was consistent for you. I enjoyed writing this, even though I'm still surprised at how it turned out! Thanks again for reading it and leaving such a nice review. Good luck with your ballad as well! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: LuthAn
Date: 02/08/07 21:43
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

Great ballad! It's such a creative subject matter, and I'm glad that it took a tragic turn, because Lockhart really is such a prat. :)

Good luck in the challenge!

Author's Response: Isn't he, though? Thank you so much for reading this poem! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and really appreciate the lovely review!! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: Euphrates
Date: 01/25/07 19:34
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

Wow, this was wonderful! I really like it - I could imagine everything happening as I read it, and your rhythm was perfect!

I liked the way the third line had two words that rhymed within it, separate from the rest of the piece, sorta. :-) Very creative and well done.

Hmmm...my favorite stanza...(I always do this. I always have to sit for hours on end to just pick the stanza I like the best - in any poem...my mom always ends up screaming at me to get off the computer and actually do my homework.)

Favorite stanza is:
With wand in hand she set to find
The fiend without delay;
To right the wrong and fight the song
The banshee used to slay.


I don't know why I like it so much - I suppose it shows determination and strength and stuff like that, but I guess I just liked it because it chilled me. Revenge...*shivers* Reeeeeveeeeeenge! :-)

Great job! 10/10!

(Oh, and, good luck!)

~Tyger, tyger, burning bright - Euphrates


Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks so much for coming to read this, I really appreciate the lovely review and score! *blushes* I'm really glad you liked it, and thrilled the rhythm worked for you - everyone reads things differently, so I'm glad that turned out well. Those third line rhymes were tricky, but so much fun - thanks for noticing! And thanks for the luck, to you as well! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: mock_turtle
Date: 01/24/07 21:25
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

so sad...

Author's Response: It is, isn't it? Not what I intended when I set out to write a ballad about Gilderoy Lockhart, but there it is, nonetheless! Thank you for reading it and leaving a review, I really appreciate it!! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: BlackClaude
Date: 01/17/07 15:11
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

What a great ballad! It has a strong plot, good rhyme and meter, and I love how the first stanza introduces the subject like a real folk song. Nicely done!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I really appreciate you stopping by to read this ballad - this is the one I mentioned in Poetry Everyone. This is the fourth ballad I've written since the new year, I think I'm just about balladeered out. ;) I'm really glad you liked it, thank you so much for the compliments on the rhyme and rhythm! See you around the forums! ~Gina ;)

Reviewer: GryffindorGoddess
Date: 01/16/07 18:21
Chapter: The Ballad of the Bandon Banshee

Tragic indeed! But very well written and captivating. Only once did I get off rhythm--other than that it's superb! There was a line in the 2nd stanza I thought I might point out: "She face was green" I think you mean to say "Her face was green", unless you meant that as a poetic device, in which case please forgive me. I love the topic you picked because I've never seen someone explore Lockhart's background like that. Very creative!!! Two thumbs up. :) ~GG

Author's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely first review!! And thanks for pointing out my stupid typo, it's already fixed.*embarassed grin* I tweak things so much, I'm surprised that doesn't happen more! ;) I really appreciate you stopping to read this, I'm glad you liked it. I still think it should have turned out more humorous with Lockhart as a main character, but perhaps what he did isn't so funny after all. Thanks again for such a nice review!! ~Gina :)

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