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The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling
I am a great fan of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling and I am not afraid to admit it. I did not start out a fan, at first, like many, I overlooked the series as I thought they were books for children. It was not until the first three books came out that I finally picked them up one Christmas holiday, and from that very first page, I never looked back.
All of you have probably heard of the Harry Potter series (how could you not) whether you love them or not, though how many of you have heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard? Fans of the main Harry Potter books will realise that this is the name of a book which comes to light in the final Harry Potter book, though did you know that it is actually a published book in the real world too?
MAGICAL FAIRY TALES
"No man or woman alive, magical or not, has ever escaped some form of injury, whether physical, mental, or emotional. To hurt is as human as to breathe."
'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' actually contains not one, but five diverse, magical fairy tales that are well known in the magical universe of Harry Potter;
The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
The Fountain of Fair Fortune
The Warlocks Hairy Heart
Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump
The Tale of the Three Brothers
The last tale is one that all Harry Potter fans know well, either from the books themselves or from the films, though re-reading it within this book gives it a greater sense of purpose, somehow, and if possible, makes the tale even more exciting.
All of the fairy tales within this book take on their own magical edge, yet they each resemble fairy tales seen within our own 'muggle' world. The same virtues and morals lay within these magical tales as are found within such tales as Cinderella, Snow White and other such tales we all know and love, yet this is where the similarities end and the fantastic differences begin.
I do not want to go into detail of all the different tales in this book as they are not overly long and too much said would be too much given away. As mentioned above, fans of the main Harry Potter books will already know some of the tales, though I assure you, even if this is the case, you will still absolutely love reading these tales and you will find laughter and fun in all of them as if you are reading them for the very first time.
The book begins with a fantastic introduction from J.K Rowling herself which uncovers the mystery of Beedle the Bard whilst discussing magical and non-magical fairy tales and what they hold within the words. I found this introduction very enlightening and an exciting read. It is a fantastic start to what is a fantastic read as a whole.
The book also has a personal edge to it, linking it into the Harry Potter universe even more so, both by the notes at the front which show that Hermione Granger translated the original text of these fairy tales, to the individual notes throughout from the hand of Albus Dumbledore himself. If possible, I enjoyed these parts even more so than the fairy tales themselves!
The whole book is written as though (now bare with me!) Hermione Granger has translated Beedle the Bards own words and clarified it for modern audiences whilst Albus Dumbledore creates the notes for a magical audience before passing the book onto J.K. Rowling herself who then clarifies Dumbledore's words for a muggle (non-magical) audience! I will take a deep breath now!
There are some brilliant images throughout, simple yet brilliant. It makes you realise that this book is in fact a wizards childhood book. The images are very much like those seen in some of my daughters books, yet this is not just a simple childs book. It holds morals for both adults and children alike, with a magical twist, and it can be enjoyed thoroughly by all.
"Clever as I am, I remain just as big a fool as anyone else."
This book is a very short read at just over 100 pages, yet this length works perfectly with the subject matter.
I enjoyed every single second of reading this book, and although it is not as fascinating as the main Harry Potter books, it holds something magical within the pages, something which will make you take a lot away with you after the closure of the final page.
This book can be picked up on Amazon for as little as a penny (not including postage and packaging), though when bought new, the RRP is £6.99. This is quite steep for what it is, no matter how great a read, it is still very short, though £1.61 of each sale goes towards the Children's High Level Group.
"Death comes for us all in the end."
The Tales of Beedle The Bard - J.K Rowling
If you're familiar with the Harry Potter series then you will probably have heard of The Tales of Beedle The Bard, featured in Book 7, The Deathly Hallows. J.K Rowling really makes this book come alive and extends the wizarding world with the publication of this collection of stories.
At the front of the book it states that the book was translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the heroine of the Harry Potter series and in the introduction is written that the book 'is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches'. For me this gave the book a really magical and special touch and makes you actually feel that you own a book from the wizarding world.
The book features 5 short fairy tales, one of which 'The Tale of The Three Brothers' is featured in The Deathly Hallows and animated in the film. At the end of the book there are notes from Professor Dumbledore which again add to the magic of the book.
The book is beautifully presented with a pale blue, slightly rustic cover and small illustrations throughout the stories. The stories are fairly interesting and would appeal to small children as stand-alone fairy tales aside from the Harry Potter series.
The RRP of the book is £6.99 with some of the profits going to Children's High Level Group.
This is definitely a must needed addition to any Harry Potter fans collection.
Tales of Beedle the Bard - JK Rowling
I am a great fan of the Harry Potter series and much to my shame, when JK Rowling bought out Tales of Beedle the Bard, an addition to the final book in the series, I just had to get it even though I knew it would be more so for children than the Harry Potter books. Perhaps I should hide behind the sofa in shame now?!
In the final Harry Potter book (Deathly Hallows), Tales of Beedle the Bard is mentioned throughout the story and plays a large part in the goings on in the book. It is described in the book as a childrens book which has a small compilation of stories which appeal to young magical children.
I was quite surprised at just how short this book was, even though it was a childrens book I had expected it to take much more that 45 minutes to read! Saying this, though, the way that it is presented is very interesting and quite fun to read. It is written as though Hermione Granger has translated it into a modern verse with explination by Hermione and JK herself at the beginning of how they are similar to muggle bedtime stories (muggles being non-magical folk!). After each story there is a lovely addition from Dumbledore himself; from the notes found after his death on this book which decipher the real meanings of each story.
The stories themselves are interesting though not overly exciting. I personally found Dumbledore's notes to be much more of a fun and interesting read. I am glad that I bought this, though, as it is an interesting addition to the Harry Potter set.
The RRP is a little steep for what it is at £6.99 though £1.61 on each book sold is sent directly to the Children's High Level Group.
In the Harry Potter book series, Dumbledore leaves Hermione a book of wizarding children's fairy tales and fables in the hope that this may assist the trio in their task to defeat Voldermort. This book is called 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard'.
Now, in a clever bit of marketing to draw in all of us self professed Harry Potter geeks (myself included), this very same book of fairy-tales has been released separately, complete with annotations and commentary by the great wizard Albus Dumbledore himself.
Those who've read 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows' will of course already know the importance of this set of stories, 'The tale of the three brothers' in particular. And for those who've recently seen the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallow (part 1) film, its nice to read the story which was so beautifully animated in the film.
It's a nicely decorated book. Surprisingly small and light blue in colour with a pattern of tangled flower and three branches around the outside. It's designed to look like an aged storybook, which ties in with the pretence that this is the book with Dumbledore gave to Hermione in The Deathly Hallows. Inside the book, the flower/branch theme is continued with each page number being decorated with an illustration of roses.
The cover is hardback, presumably to keep the book in good condition.
Text size and Illustrations
This book is primarily marketed as children's fiction and as a result, the text is well spaced out and separated with several illustrations.
References and notes are sometimes added as footnotes on the bottom of the page, just in case us muggles come across any wizarding terms which we don't understand! Professor Dumbledore's notes are written as afterthoughts at the end of each story. As a result, they are easy to ignore and just skip through to the next story if you do not wish to read them.
The 5 stories contained in the book are:
1. The Wizard and The Hopping Pot
2. The Fountain of Fortune
3. The Warlock's Hairy Heart
4. Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump
5. The Tale of The Three Brothers (as seen in The Deathly Hallows part 1)
It's the extremely clever premise of this book that made me unable to resist buying it.
Not only is this the same type of book that proved so important to Harry, Ron and Hermione in discovering the secrets of The Deathly Hallows, the annotations by Professor Dumbledore himself pose the possibility that this could be the very same copy that Dumbledore gave Hermione! I think that's genius. And, as Dumbledore is my favourite character from the books, I always enjoy being reminded of just how clever he is!
Although I would prefer longer stories with more content, I cannot deny that the illustrations are beautiful and really well done.
Finally, the tales all have some kind of moral tale about them. Sort of like the Aesop fables which my mother used to read to me when I was little. I love the idea of Wizarding children being brought up on these stories, and learning their morals through them as I did through Aesops. Now, these fables and there morals can be taught to muggle children too.
To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed with this book. As the Harry Potter books became more and more dark and complex, I forgot that they started off primarily as children's books. And a children's book is what The Tales Of Beedle The Bard' is. Yes, it's an extremely clever tie in to the books that us Harry Potter geeks can enjoy. But it's also an extremely short book that most adults will be able to finish really quickly (it took me less than a day!). The illustrations and well spaced out, small blocks of writing are also further indicators of the target audience of this book.
Now I am aware of the ridiculousness of me criticising a children's book for being, well a children's book! But, I cant deny my disappointments as a Potter fan first and foremost.
So for those buying it not for their children but for themselves, be aware that it's nice to own this book but by no means essential.
A nice little book with a moral lesson to them but could be longer!
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a spin of book from the Harry Potter Series. The book gets mentioned in the 6th and 7th books in the Harry Potter series. We learn that it is a collect of short stories which wizard parent tell their children when they are growing up, in a way it is their equivalent of our fairy tales. As a result of its popularity J K Rowling decided to make the book with the stories in for us all to read.
The book is fairly small and has a light blue cover which has a darker blue pattern over, it has a aged look to it. The back cover it also the same and has a few short paragraphs about the book. Inside there are 5 short stories which are as follows:-
1- The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
2 - The Fountain of Fair Fortune
3 - The Warlock's Hairy Heart
4 - Babbity Rabbit and her cackling Stump
5 - The Tale of the Three Brothers
I do not feel the need to give plot details about each of the stories as they are only short and I feel any information I give to the plot really will give the stories away and spoil them for those who have not read them yet. What I will tell you is that each of the stories features both magical and non magical characters and there are a lot of lessons which we can learn from them. I found the characters in each of the stories very easy to understand and the addition of notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore at the end of each story was very informative. He manages to give us his spin on what he thinks the messages the stories are trying to tell us are and how he thinks these have changed over the years. I like how he tries to tell us the myths and what truths there are behind each of the stories and this for me made them all seem slightly more believable.
Now I know this book is completely mythical as it comes from the made up series of Harry Potter books but for me I found that this was a lovely book and really did make the world of Potter seem slightly more real. The book was very easy to read and I loved how it was laid out. The stories were accompanies by small pictures which showed some of the characters and these were actually done by J K Rowling herself. They helped make the characters and places more easy to visualise. I also enjoyed the way Rowling made the character of Dumbledore come more to life as she filled pages with notes he was supposed to have made on these stories. I loved the inclusion of descriptions for words which we may not be familiar with and think this is a good way to explain it to us.
The whole book was a joy and fun to read as I know it is aimed at children but for me I loved it and especially the whole lay out. The small details which included decorations at the corners of the pages just made this book seem more cared for and loved when being made and written.
At the end of the book we have a short section which has been written by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne MEP which tells us about the work she does for the Children's High Level Group. She explains to us how the charity is helping the deprived children across Europe and how in buying this book we will be making a contribution to the charities work. I think this is a lovely idea and agree in supporting the charity which I did in buying the book.
The retail price on the back cover of this book is £6.99 and I do feel that this is very expensive for the short book. Bearing in mind that it is helping a charity I feel no more than £5 should be paid. I was very fortunate with my copy as I spotted it in Tesco's in their sale racks and paid the bargain price of 50p!
Overall I am going to recommend this book to all fans of the Harry Potter series as it just seems to make the whole wizard world and certain characters seem more real. I also think it would be a good read for children who are into wizards and magic. Taking all into consideration then if you do have a copy then I think the reading the stories and ignoring the notes by Professor Dumbledore may be fun for bedtime reading to children. Now I just have to wait for film 7 to see if the actual book in the film is going to look like the copy I have!
This is a childrens book written by the great J K Rowling, originally the book was written as a limited edition as a way of raising funds for the charity The Childrens voice.
The seven copies were hand written and illustrated by Rowling.
The book was released to the general public in December 2008 with the proceeds from the sales going to the charity The Childrens high level group a charity that was set up in 2005.
The book is just 107 pages long and consists of the following tales
The Wizard and the Hopping pot
The Fountain of Fair Fortune
The Warlocks Hairy Heart
Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump
The Tale Of Three Brothers
Beadle the Bard lived in Yorkshire in the fifteenth centuary and had a fondness for us Muggles.
The book tells the stories in a child orientainted manner and they are just like stories such as Billy Goats Gruff and the like but are Wizarding world based stories.
After each story there are notes from Albus Dumbledore explaining the origins of the tales along with footnotes added for us Muggle readers.
I must admit I liked the last story in the book as it was actualy relevant to Harry Potter with its mention of the Philosophers stone and the invisibility cloak.
I read it in the bath in around half an hour and as it only cost me 50p from Tesco.com a few weeks back was quite happy with the content.
I think there should be a Harry Potter prequal helping us to get to know Harry's parents and read about their exploits at Howarts.
I love Harry Potter.
Let's face it, any spin-off from the uber-popular Harry Potter franchise is going to be a lucrative and sought after commodity - so J.K. Rowlings 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' was destined for commercial success long before it hit the shops in December last year.
In the final Harry Potter novel, a wizarding book of fairytales is mentioned - a compilation of short shories which has been popular bedtime reading for the magical youth for centuries. And The Tales of Beedle the Bard is just that; a collection of tales written by the muggle (non-magical) equivalent of Hans Christian Anderson, or The Brothers Grimm.
The book itself is around A5 in size, and has a decorative blue cover. Inside, the pages are slightly off-white and look a little aged, which, when combined with the traditional looking monochrome illustrations, makes for a well presented collection of stories.
It's important to note that The Tales of Beedle the Bard can be read through fairly quickly - I started last night and finished it in around an hour or so - therefore, those expecting a lengthy read will perhaps be a little disappointed.
The book contains five short stories, each featuring a different magical character. The stories have a moral undercurrant, and as such, are similar to Muggle bedtime stories - one difference however (and this is explained in the introduction by JK Rowling herself) is the fact that the witches and wizards in these magical stories are much more active in seeking their fortune than the characters in regular human fairytales.
After each story, there are a series of notes written by Professor Dumbledore, where he explores his feelings about the text, and tries to decipher their real message. I think that for the hardcore Potter fans, this will be the main draw of the book, as it's almost like an extension of The Harry Potter novels themselves - albeit a slightly lame extension.
The stories are interesting, although they aren't that inspiring and feel a little rushed. That said, there is a lesson to be learned from the text in each one, and parents reading to kids may well appreciate the moral messages.
All in all, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a fairly interesting Harry Potter spin-off which will provide a couple of hours of mild entertainment. If you take a step back however, it's rather obvious that if the book wasn't connected to the Harry Potter franchise, then it would be little more than a rather average collection of short tales - certainly not a must-have.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard has a retail price of £6.99, and for each book sold, £1.61 gets donated to the Children's High Level Group charity.
For a bargaintastic 50p you can pick up a copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard from Sainsburys. As this carries an RRP of £6.99 its an ideal Christmas gift for any Harry Potter fan. Other mere mortals will be completely clueless as to why the heck they've been given something so bizarre and quite frankly even if you are a Harry Potter fan its very bizarre.
References to The Tales of Beedle the Bard appear throughout J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter stories, although only in passing. This book provides us with each tale in its very brief entirety with both a commentary by Professor Dumbledore (former headmaster of Hogwarts school for witches and wizards) and by J.K. Rowling herself.
Beedle the Bard is to the wizarding world what Hans Christian Anderson and the brothers Grimm are to us commonfolk (muggles). The book contains five short stories which are between five and ten pages long and aren't a bad read. The remainder of the book is devoted to explanations of the stories and their hidden meanings all of which drag the book out to 128 pages and boy does it feel drawn out. Tedious isn't normally a phrase I'd use in conjunction with J.K. Rowling but unfortunately this is. Had this been written by anyone else it would have been a complete flop, I doubt it would even have made it to publication. It really is that bad.
Having purchased it primarily for my children aged 6 and 9 the youngest enjoyed the fairy tales but found them too complicated and asked lots and lots of questions, the eldest pronounced it really boring and wandered off in search of Roald Dahl. Its definately more suited to the older reader.
The only saving grace of the whole book is its for charity, more specifically its for the Children's High Level Book Group of which J.K. Rowling is Co-Chair. All royalties from the sale of the book are donated to this charity which is pretty much the only reason I coud think of suggesting anyone else buy a copy.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book that is featured in the Harry Potter Series that plays an important part in bringing down the evil Lord Voldemort. It is a book of wizarding tales for young children, to teach them morals. Some of the terminology in the book won't be fully understood unless you have read the Harry Potter series but you will still find the books enjoyable.
If you have read the Harry Potter series, then you will already know one tale of the five in this book, The Tale of Three Brothers. This is the story of three brother who magic a bridge to cross a treacherous and are confronted by death himself. The story teaches the moral not to be greedy.
The other stories, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart and Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump, teach the morals to not be selfish, to share and help each other, and that it is important to love.
If you have not read the Harry Potter series, then despite the fact that the stories are meant for wizarding children, you will still enjoy them, and still enjoy the morals.
The book is a perfect present for someone who enjoys the Harry Potter series, any child, or teenager, or adult for that matter who reads the series would be very pleased. It is a very short book though so I think although you would probably enjoy it, if you're not into the whole 'Harry Potter' thing, then it's probably not worth getting.
Eventually I have dragged my buttocks towards the computer to start writing once more! I profusely apologise for my absence which was mostly holiday related (two weeks on a sun drenched, tropical island tends to make you not do ANYTHING but look at your glorious surroundings and take pictures of elephants washing) After having had a week or two to recuperate from the disgustingly gluttonous fortnight (which, rather surprisingly lacked any form of debauchery on my part) I have gotten thoroughly back into the way of doom, gloom and working for the public.
A couple of things have kept me from being entirely gloomy, however, and amongst the drinking, dancing, singing and screwing lies a children's book! Ah but this is not just ANY children's book, this is a hard-backed, fun filled Marks and.....oh wait....no....er... J.K.Rowling book! Let me explain.
---A History of Hogwarts---
J.K Rowling (as mostly everyone in the immediate solar system will know) is the author of the world famous Harry Potter books of which there are seven: The Philosophers Stone (renamed as The Sorcerers stone in America due to the fear that people wouldn't understand the original title), The Chamber of secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince and lastly, The Deathly Hallows. Currently the first six have been translated on to the big screen and so far have only mildly raped and pillaged the storyline. Rumour has it that the last addition is to be split into two movies (which most fans cannot really see the point but hey, who are we to complain?)
The books mostly follow a young wizard (Harry) through his time at Hogwarts, the school for witchcraft and wizardry. Harry is a rather famous child having been the only Wizard to have been attacked by "The Dark Lord"(a very bad man!) and lived to tell the tale.
----The Good, The Bard and the Ugly---
The Tales of Beedle the Bard was put on the shelves in late 2008 as an offering for fans of the Harry Potter series. All of the proceeds went to the Children's High Level Group (a charity founded by Rowling herself in 2005 to help kids living in large residential institutions). The original hand written copy sold for nearly £2-million at auction with the money going towards the same charity (though it was operating under a different name at that point).
In the final instalment of the series (without ruining the story for those of you who haven't read the Potter books) Hermione Granger (one of the main characters) inherits a book written entirely in Runes. This book is The Tales of Beedle The Bard. Essentially it is a book of short fairy tales written for the children of wizarding families. The Tales play an important role within the last instalment, with one of the stories being included, in full, within "The Deathly Hallows".
---Grimm reading? Hell no!---
The tales of Beedle the Bard contains five short stories, all of which (like any good fairy tale) are very simple and carry a moral (usually that if you aren't a douche-bag to people then you won't have to deal with a shower of faecal matter for it). Four of the stories are mentioned in passing during "The Deathly Hallows" with one "new" addition. These stories are as much for children as they are for the adults who grew up reading the Potter series as they contain little snippets relating to the main body of work and build up a horrendously nostalgic feeling. Along side the shorts are also some simple (but pretty) illustrations to keep your eyes happy. Here lies a (very) quick run down of what you will find.
---The Wizard and the Hopping Pot---
A short tale about a wizard who refuses to help the people in his community. His magical cauldron (inherited from his father), therefore, torments him to the point of insanity because of his refusal to just bloody play nice. Eventually he cracks and fixes everyone's problems that he can leaving us with the happy feeling inside that a little brat has been punished and has changed his ways.
Moral of the story: Don't buy objects that can torment you unless you plan to Cop it soon and leave them to your children!
---The Fountain of Fair Fortune---
A group of Rag Tag witches (and an unlucky knight) set off to find the fore mentioned fountain so as to bathe in it and be forever smiled upon by the fates. After having to work their backsides off to get to it, they realise that their lives can be sorted with a little bit of their own will power, hard work and talent. Just as well really since at the end of it all the fountain turned out to have no power at all.
Moral of the story: Don't wash in fountains, you'll only be disappointed.
---The Warlocks Hairy Heart---
Possibly the more gruesome of the tales, and the only one that wasn't already mentioned in "The Deathly Hallows". A warlock decides that he is going to cut out his heart and keep it in a box so he doesn't fall in love (and being that he knows some dark magic, that's quite easy for him to do and survive) Eventually he decides that he wants a trophy wife and (obviously) the perfect woman appears the next day. Her only condition is that he puts his heart (which has grown beastly and hairy through years of neglect) back in its rightful place. He does it and driven crazy by the feeling of love (which he is no longer equipped to handle) kills her and himself.
Moral of the story: Women are trouble, don't listen to them.
---Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump---
Essentially a reworked tale of the Emperors New Clothes (at least that's what I'm reminded of). A greedy king orders all witches and wizards to be hunted down since he wants to be the sole possessor of magic abilities. He hires a Sorcerer to teach him how to perform magic (unfortunately the Sorcerer turns out to be a normal human taking him for a ride). When this rather untruthful gentleman is almost found out he demands that the local washerwoman (who is a REAL witch) helps him to trick the King. Unfortunately the King tries one trick too many and finds the washerwoman who then threatens the crap out him and his kingdom. After kacking his knickers, he reverses his order and lets all the nice little witches and wizards get on with their own business.
Moral of the story: Never mess with the washerwoman. Also, Kings are dumb-asses. Also Ms Works autocorrects Dumb-asses to Debases. Who knew.
---The Tale of The Three Brothers---
This is the tale that is a big part of "The Deathly Hallows" and therefore I'm not going into any detail other than to say that the moral of the story is that a big mouth gets you killed, you cant bring people back from the dead and keeping your head down is ultimately more safe than not doing so. Amazing tit-bits really!
---Paddingfoot and Prongs---
As a little extra padding, following each story is a commentary from Albus Dumbledore (another well loved character from the Potter series) which explores the history behind each tale, the possibilities presented and the moral of the stories (which are a little different from the ones I gave). This is the part that will most interest the avid Potter fans as Dumbledore explains not only about the stories but his feelings and reactions to them. At times he even adds in little anecdotes about his past.
---How many Galleons?---
Price wise you can grab a copy of this on Play.com for £5.49 (and that's where I do all my online stuff). I would suggest that only Potterphiles will really get the most out of this book due to the connections with the story. In saying that, the tales are also a new, amusing set of fairy tales that any young child would probably love to have read to them over and over again. How annoying would THAT be??
I would have to recommend that you immerse yourself in the franchise that is Potter before you go and get this book as it will make the tales that little bit more enjoyable for the grownups among us (we will find you eventually!) Overall, though, this is a great little book that will either give you a nice little post-potter fix or something different to let your kiddie-winkles obsess over. That and all the proceeds go to a good cause. Stop being stingy! Go buy!!
this is the book of magical fairy tales given to hermione in harry potter and the deathly hallows. JK Rowling is of course a well known and fabulous author and this is another book of the magical world which doesnt dissapoint. I felt this book contained all the magic the harry potter series contained and it is a really nice twist on traditional fairy tales. This isnt a book just meant for children although it is suitable for them, it is just as suitable for adults. it is very well written and keeps you interested, unlocking the hidden child inside and their love for fairy tales.
the construction is several seperate tales. This makes it very good for reading at night before bed as you can read one story a night. As is true of most JK Rowling books, once you have started one story is is practically impossible to put it down.
i really did enjoy this book and it was a really nice read. Possible hard to understand if you havnt read the harry potter books although there is of course no direct reference.
overall a really nice gift for someone else or even yourself
The main Harry Potter saga may be done and dusted, but that doesn't mean that J.K Rowling is leaving her magical world behind. Any Harry Potter fan will know that The Tales of Beedle the Bard was the name of a book of fairy-tales given to Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which Rowling has now given us a chance to read. More importantly part of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to Rowling's charity - the Children's High Level Group.
The book was originally handwritten by Rowling, six copies being handed out to the people whom Rowling had relied on for support whilst writing the Harry Potter saga. The seventh copy was auctioned off for charity, and whilst originally expected to raise £500,000 was bought by Amazon.com for a tidy sum of £1.95 million. Following this Rowling decided to publish a printed edition for the fans; which included a standard edition and a leather-bound collectible edition (which are now going for over £150 on Amazon).
Since I'm not made of money I decided to pick up the standard edition for £3.49. While it's not as attractive as a leather-bound book it still has a beautiful blue design on the cover, with various images scattered throughout the pages. Speaking of pages there's only 109, which makes for an incredibly thin book and an incredibly fast read. I completed the book in about 20 minutes, but it's largely a case of short but sweet.
The contents of the book are split between the five fairy-tales and Dumbledore's notes on each story. The notes give the book some much needed padding, whilst also attempting to explain the meaning behind each story and its history. Adults and older children will appreciate these notes the most, whilst younger children may just enjoy the fairy tales. To be perfectly honest I enjoyed the notes more than the stories, but this is because they give further insight into the world of Harry Potter.
The five stories are still a pleasure to read, and they fondly reminded me of the Grimm brother's fairy-tales we all adored as children. The first story, "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot", concerns a man who has left only a pot to his son upon his death. The father had used the pot as a way of explaining how he cured the village's ailments with his magic, but the son does not possess his father's kindness in helping others. Let's just say he begins to regret his ways by learning that refusing to help others comes back to haunt you.
Other stories include ""The Fountain of Fair Fortune"; which is about three witches and a knight that are attempting to reach a magical fountain but first have to overcome three challenges , and "The Tale of the Three Brothers"; one that Harry Potter fans will be instantly familiar with and tells the story of three brothers who meet Death on a bridge and attempt to cheat him. The darkest has to be "The Wizards Hairy Heart", but thinking about a hairy heart inside me just made me cringe.
The lack of much content may disappoint any Harry Potter fan, but The Tales of Beedle the Bard is still a worthy addition to any fan's collection. Were it not for Dumbledore's notes the book wouldn't be as enjoyable to read, but thankfully this isn't the case. For its price it has perfect value for reading on the bus/train home, or a cheap present for the Harry Potter fans in your life.
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The Tales Of Beedle The Bard by J.K Rowling takes readers back to the wizarding world that was so wonderfully painted for them during the Harry Potter series. Beedle was a wizard who told the equivalent to wizard fairy tales, tales of greed and lust amongst other things. We are fortunate enough to have had Hermione Granger translate the tales into English for us to read and even more fortunate to have the prestigious Albus Dumbledore giving his thoughts on each of the tales, with wizard to muggle translations by J.K Rowling herself.
Consisting of five fairy tales the aim, like with many muggle fairy tales, is to learn a lesson or that the tale has a moral to it. Dumbledores references are nice to see to give an insight into various wizards reactions such as a Malfoy family members dislike towards a tale which involves communication between a muggle and a wizard.
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The tales vary in quality in my opinion, some being that of a classic true fairy tale, slightly gory but with a good meaning at heart whilst some seem a little diluted and cheesy, which I guess is very much like Disney fairy tales. The occasional poke at how very 'cutesy' Disney fairy tales are when compared with their original versions shows J.K Rowlings depth of knowledge regarding the origins of fairy tales.
The tales are a good light read that was covered in a couple of night time reads by myself and was a nice simple collection of stories to not have to think too deep about. A must for all Harry Potter fans this is great as a portion of the books sale goes to charity and with illustrations by J.K Rowling herself, it makes the book just that little bit more special.
The only small niggle I have is that it is only 5 short stories, or 128 pages long, which is a little short but the price is good for it and the tales are very enjoyable as a slightly different trip to the wizarding world of Mr Potter, showing the Harry's name doesn't need to be on the pages to still be an interesting read.
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£3.49 - Amazon, well worth it especially with a portion going to charity!
As any HP fan will know this short book played a huge role in the final HP novel. Left to Hermione Granger by Dumbledore in his will, The Tales of Beedle the Bard are a set of short stories told to young wizarding children. Somewhat similar to the tales told to muggle children such as Hans Christian Anderson and Disney stories.
The book contains 5 short stories with additional notes throughout by J K Rowling and Professor Dumbeldore. Each story has a clear moral and all are short charming stories with that extraordinary magical twist that only Rowling has.
One point though is that this book is obviously aimed at Potter fans and I don't think people who have not read the Potter series would fully understand these stories.
With a recommended retail price of £6.99 the book is rather overpriced - however it can be purchased for about half this price on websites such as Amazon. £1.61 from the sale of the book will be donated to the Children's High Level Group - a charity which helps orphaned children across Europe. Justify it to yourself as a charitable donation!!
It is a must have for any avid Harry fan and will help complete your collection
A very short story book which features stories and necessarily myths for the magical folk. These stories have been passed down from generation to generation of witches & wizards and are told to when they are just children. These stories have a lesson in each one.
One story in particular is the tale of the Three brothers which features in the Harry Potter series towards the end of series. I found this book very easy to read, there were notes after each story by the late Dumbledore about the origins and lessons of the story. It was short & sweet so it took a few hours to read.
I felt that JK Rowling's writing is very simple and it is aimed at children. I also felt that you had to have an idea about Harry Potter and have read the books to understand the terminology, although in some places in the book these are explained. I felt we could have had more stories about Beedle himself.
Overall a well written and illustrated book, it won't be to everyones taste but it is written to raise fund for Jk Rowlings childrens charity. I think this is a wonderful idea to raise funds for charity and it gives people some pleasure. If she did a book for charity I would seriously consider buying it.