The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Hardback

The Tales of Beedle the Bard Hardback

Illustrated by J. K. Rowling

4 out of 5 (37 ratings)


'You've never heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard?' said Ron incredulously. 'You're kidding, right?' (From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) Published by the charity Lumos in association with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the first new book from J.

K. Rowling since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard played a crucial role in assisting Harry, with his friends Ron and Hermione, to finally defeat Lord Voldemort.

Fans will be thrilled to have this opportunity to read the tales in full.

An exciting addition to the canon of Harry Potter, the tales reveal the wonderful versatility of the author, as she tackles with relish the structure and varying tones of a classic fairy tale.

There are five tales: 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', recounted in Deathly Hallows, plus 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlock's Hairy Heart', 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot', and 'Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump'.

Each has its own magical character and will bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the tales are introduced and illustrated by J.

K. Rowling. Also included are notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by kind permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters' Archive. Lumos is a charity founded by J. K. Rowling which aims to make life better for disadvantaged children.

Registered Charity Number: 1112575.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128 pages, B&W
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780747599876



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This a charming little book that will be loved by child and adult alike. Like all fairy-tales, these stories all have a moral to the story but the morals are aimed at the unique challenges faced by wizards as opposed to us Muggles. I especially like Dumbledore's notes on each tale where we learn the history and other interesting titbits about the story or its author. My favourite story in this volume is <i>The Wizard and the Hopping Pot</i>. This tale about helping people and not being selfish will have your kids in fits of laughter. <i>The Tales of Beedle the Bard</i> is a definite must-read, even if you aren't a Potter fan.

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This is a collection of five stories (The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump, The Tale of the Three Brothers) set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. They are short fairy tales as told by the fictional Beedle the Bard, with notes by Dumbledore and J.K. Rowling.An extremely quick and entertaining read, Rowling gives a modern take on the fairy tale genre. These are tales of folly, of ignorance and of tolerance and wisdom. Each is totally original, yet rings true in the tradition of old tales. A must for Harry Potter fans, recommended for anyone with a penchant for the whimsical.

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Nice little adjunct to the Harry Potter canon, the stories are good, the commentary and footnotes amusing and I now have the urge to go back and read Deathly Hallows to remember how it all fits together. Also all the profit is going to charity so there is not hint of the author desparately trying to spin out their theme.

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Slim, sweet hardback with stylised illustrations by J.K. Rowling herself. It's made up of five little fairy tales, each with a magical moral, with each tale followed by a short discourse by Albus Dumbledore. The tales are traditionally styled and each quite different, while 'Dumbledore's' commentary is amusing and gives new insights into the world we already know from the Harry Potter series. Rowling makes the wizarding world so plausible, it makes for a magical little read. A nice accompaniment to the series, and benefits the Children's High Level Group to boot, which is just the icing on the cake!

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Rowling... What can I say, really? The woman knows how to write, and does it well. Reading this collection of fabricated fairy tales/fables was just like picking up an old Grimm collection, or an old edition of Aesop. Rowling clearly did her research before putting this together, and paid close attention to how the old tales were formulated for tone, plot, characters, setting, and delivery. She manages to deliver her own short tales with exquisite precision, crafted carefully to resemble an ancient tome of traditional stories. In short? I loved it. I greatly admire Rowling for her ability to research and then turn her acquired knowledge into entertaining fiction.

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