The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (Hogwarts Library)

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Series Title: Hogwarts Library
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Mid-Grade/Young Adult, Fantasy
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 28, 2016
Date Completed: August 5, 2016

Pages: 112
Publication Date: December 4, 2008
Media Type: Hardback

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.”

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of short wizard “fairy tales” from the Harry Potter universe, a few of which are mentioned by name in the books and the movies.  It was a quick, light read of stories meant for wizard children that would certain delight those (and adults) in the muggle world.  After each one is an afterword by Professor Albus Dumbledore that gives some insight to how the tale was received in addition to highlighting the lessons that can be taken from it.

The author performs something similar to what GRRM does with his World of Ice and Fire in that Beedle is said to be “translated” by the illustrious Hermione Granger, but gathered by Ms. Rowling herself.  It’s a nice little instance of not breaking character in order to keep these stories firmly rooted in the wizarding world.  The lessons in them are not dissimilar to ones found in traditional fairy tales.

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