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

Beedle’s stories have helped generations of wizarding parents to explain this painful fact of life to their young children: that magic causes as much trouble as it cures.

J.K. Rowling’s anecdotal post-Harry spin-off is a small collection of Wizarding fairy tales by a mysterious bard who lived in the fifteenth century (and who also sounds suspiciously like Shakespeare!). Featured in the last Harry Potter volume, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Beedle’s fairy tales are now available for the common Muggle (non-magical folks). The short volume contains five tales, with the last having its debut in the original Deathly Hallows, that are all in-sync and perfectly at home in the Harry Potter environment.

This new ‘fiction-to-fact’ (what I call something that was created in fiction but now an object you can hold in your very own hands) volume is translated by Hermione Granger, a nice continuity from Deathly Hallows, with discussion notes following each tale by Albus Dumbledore and the occassional clarification for Muggles by Rowling.

Fans of Harry will be delighted to find a little more backstory to the Harry series and more about Dumbledore. Beedle is a wonderful and beautifully presented little volume. There are illustrations throughout by Rowling which are actually fantastic. It is a nice little accompaniment to the Harry series and a percentage of the sale goes towards a children’s charity.

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