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Brilliant!! I loved this poem - just about the right amound of defiance and it really summed up what I'm sure Harry and the DA were feeling at the time. Well done!
Author's Response: Hello xxbabewithbrainsxx, gosh, I'm really glad you liked it! When I worte this, I was thinking more of Neville's DA singing it because of all the torment the Carrows put them through, but it works just as well for Harry's DA and Umbitch ... er, I mean Umbridge ... Thanks for R & R-ing, Kara's Aunty ;)
Haha, what a charming read. I can picture the music video for this song in my head as I read it (in all of its disturbing glory), and I relate it so easily to the DA standing up to the Carrows and making Snape's life a living hell. Very nicely done. :)
Take care and happy writing,
Hello ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor (Jess),
Your comment about picturing the music video for the song made me smile so much! I'm so chuffed it evoked such a vivid mental image! That's probably one of the nicest compliments I've ever had!
And I would LOVE to see such a video, too! Most especially the part where the Carrows are getting the poo kicked out of them by the same students they tortured for a year!
Erm, I may be a bit sadistic, which worries me slightly ...
Thanks for R & R-ing,
This made me smile :)
I love the repitition of 'Death! Eater!', especially with the exclamation appearing after Death. It breaks up the words. And I love how, at the start, you called them fools after you wrote 'Death! Eater!'. Because, naturally, it is quite a funny name.
Also, I love how it rhymes a lot throughout the poem.
You have done a really wonderful job in writing this. You have.. crossed the emotions, and done an amazing job while doing it. i.e. It's quite funny, free spirited and happy, even though through a lot you are talking about death and fighting. It does not.. sort of dishonour the sadness that these thoughts usually give us, as it could. It makes light of a dark situation while still being meaningful.
Really, I love it. Seriously. I can't find anything to really critique....
Maybe you could have made the rhyming less sporadic?
~ Annalise x :)
Wow, what beautiful feedback! I'd been dying to do a song about the DA for ages, but could never think of the appropriate tune to match their nerve & daring until, one day, I remembered a boy in my class singing 'We Don't Need No Education' (many years ago) to our teacher. And that's when it fell into place. Pink Floyd and the DA seemed perfect for each other! I can almost see the DA marching through the corridors of Hogwarts and belting this tune out to the repulsive Carrows ...
I couldn't have made the rhyming less sporadic though - that was one of the major elements of the DA's song that (while I was writing it) held the piece together.
When I imagined the song in my head, I knew it would have to reflect all the things that I find so admirable about the DA: their courage in the face of adversity, their collective strength of character, their endurance under fire, and (always) their deep sense of honour & loyalty both in protecting their friends and believing in Harry. In spite of all the hardships they endured during that terrible year in Hogwarts, they never gave up hope and always retained a sense of humour (as Neville displayed so well when he related the tale of the Carrows' torture, etc, to Harry, Ron & Hermione while leading them through the secret tunnel from the Hog's Head to the Room of Requirement). Therefore, I'm really, really pleased that you spotted these elements and appreciated them so much!
Thanks for R & R-ing,
That is probably my favorite of the poems that you have made so far. It fits amazingly well. The whole time I was reading this I imagined Harry singing on stage with his microphone stand wearing black leather pants... it was funny. And it still is. :P
But, I think that this poem was better, as shocking as it is. (Not because this poem isn't good, it's just that Harry dressed like that is hysterical.) I know the origional song, and I like this version more. It just fits so well. If the DA had a song, and the right person was in charge of choosing it (because Hermione wouldnt go for it), this could so be it.
I can't choose my fovorite stanza. It's impossible. All of it fits so well together. I've read this at least ten times by now, and it just keeps getting better and better.
Actually, if I really had to choose, this would be my favorite longer stanza:
Spout your Pure-blood propaganda,
use your Cruciatus Curse.
We’re strong enough to stand and take it.
we’ve all endured a whole lot worse.
Death! Eater! You will never win!
I just love what it means! It shows how the DA sticks together. (Well, besides that once person...) It also shows that the DE aren't the only bad things in their world. Which is so true.
I was going to quote all of the lines, but a couple minutes ago I realized that I had three-fourths of the poem quoted. >.< That just shows how great of a poem this is and how much meaning it has. It all makes sense, which is amazing. It has so much meaning to it. It shows what all of the kids were ready to do to stand up for what they believed in.
I just can't get over how much I love this poem. Great job. I can't wait to read what else you write. : )
Hello ron lover!
So, you’re imagining Harry in black leather trousers, eh? *snigger, wink* No wonder you keep reading the song, lass!
I cannot tell you how flattered I am that you like this so much! Pink Floyd’s song was always an anthem for my generation, because it came out while I was still in primary school, and we used to run about the playground during interval singing (yelling) it with passionate fervour.
That’s why it struck me as a good anthem for the DA: they really had reason to rebel against some of their teachers (first Umbridge, then the Carrows). When I wrote this version, I must admit to having Neville, Ginny and Luna in mind because their situation with the Carrows was extremely dire and they would have been in more need of a song like this to rally their spirits while they plotted against them, but it DEFINITELY works with Harry too - especially given how ghastly Dolores was to them!
Thank you so very much for this lovely, lovely review, m’dear. You really made my day with it!
Another perfect songfic. LOL. I love how you come up with them.
BTW, waiting for next Maia chapter.
Thanks very much, m’dear! I love how you keep loving them! I did post a Maia chapter on Tuesday/Wednesday, but I’ll get the next one up asap - just because it’s you!!
Thanks again for R & R-ing,
Wickedly cool, now you just need an instrumental arrangement that you can sing the lyrics to.
*grins* Glad you liked the DA Song so much. I actually wrote it to the tune of 'We Don't Need No Education/Another Brick In The Wall II' (Pink Floyd), so the instrumental arrangement was already insitu, so to speak. It's a classic tune, and I don't think anything I could come up with would improve upon it (especially as I'm about as musical as a tin of beans!).
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Kara's Aunty :)