Monday, November 22, 2010

Review: The Tales of Beelde the Bard by JK Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
by JK Rowling
Hardcover, 111 pages
Published December 4th 2008 by Children's High Level Group

Placement in the Pile: Reaching New Heights

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

I read this in preparation for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie, and I have to say that I was glad I finally got to it!

It is not a long read, nor a hard read, but it was a great little insight into some of the fairy tale culture of the wizarding world. Plus it was good to see Dumbledore's thoughts on the tales. In the end only one of them (the Tale of the Three Brothers) is relevant to Harry's quest really, but they all include bits and pieces of wizarding prejudices and culture.

But I did just give this reaching new heights because I kind of wanted more. If you love the Harry Potter seires and have not read the "extra" books yet, I suggest you do. they are a great resource to have and the proceeds go to charity, how can you go wrong?


Tara said...

I really liked this book, as well as Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You are totally right - they are fun little additions to the main story. Yay for Harry Potter!!