Book Review: “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J.K. Rowling


Genre:  Children’s Fantasy

Rating:  5 WaterTowers

The magic continues.

“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” was given to Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” as one of the items that would help them (Harry, Ron and Hermione) destroy Voldemort.

This book was translated from the Ancient Runes by Hermione and includes detailed commentary of each story by Albus Dumbledore.  The book is introduced and illustrated by the slightly well known Muggle writer: J. K. Rowling.

These tales are similar to the Muggle worlds “Grimms Fairy Tales” including some tales that are rather harsh.  But they all teach a lesson and help tie in information given to us in “Deathly Hallows”.  In fact, I now need to go back and re-read “Deathly Hallows”.

Here are the five tales included in this 107 page book (I am a slow reader and finished it in a couple of hours).  That makes 29 books for 2008, down from 35 in 2007 (being a “starving blogger” has taken it’s toll….arrrghhh)

1. “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”

yes there is a pot that hops….

2. “The Fountain of Fair Fortune”

one person every year gets to bathe in the fountain ensuring good fortune….

3. “The Warlocks Hairy Heart”

reminded me of “Pirates of the Caribbean”….

4. “Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump”

my favorite…

5. “The Tale of the Three Brothers”

critical story for “Deathly Hallows”….

J.K. Rowling has extended the magic of Harry Potter with this short childrens book.

How I wish HP included 100 books rather than just 7, errr, now 8.

I’m ready for more.

NOTE:  the net proceeds from the sale of this book goes to the Children’s High Level Group a charity cofounded by J.K. Rowling and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, MEP.

UpDate:  Jan 5, 2009.  This article from CNN says that J. K. Rowling has penned an 800 word prequel to the Harry Potter Series.  It will be auctioned off for a good cause.  Gee….I wonder how much one of my Blog entries will go for?  Yeah…I know….zero.  🙂


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