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Beedle the Bard

Book of children's stories by J.K. Rowling

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Beedle - the ballad

  • Dec 21, 2008
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Rowling is a genius
Long may her stories reign
If you're a Harry Potter fan
Join in this short refrain

"The Wizard and the Hopping Pot"
Tells of a wizard, whose
Propensity to muggle-hate
Soon made him sing the blues

"The Fountain of Fair Fortune" tells
Of witches and a knight
Who didn't need three coins at all
To set their wishes right


Beware "The Warlock's Hairy Heart"
About a would-be twosome
His heart lies purely in the dark
(This story is quite gruesome)

Babbitty Rabbitty's cackling stump
Is really rather funny
A King who thinks he's oh so smart
Gets punk'd by an old bunny


The Deathly Hallows told the tale
Of cloak and wand and stone
Of three brothers who dealt with Death
Their last days to postpone

Five stories linked to Potter-land
With footnotes and insights
By Rowling and her Dumbledore
Before she dimmed his lights

Chorus and fade

This collection of five (very) short stories is fleshed out with running commentary by Albus Dumbledore, and also includes a few footnotes and illustrations by the author. It also refers to another Potter companion book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is often sold with Quidditch Through the Ages.

On its own, this book would simply be a collection of short stories for children (although, as mentioned before, one is rather grim) but with the juggernaut that HP has become standing solidly behind it, this one becomes a must-have collectible companion book for any avid fan.

Stories on their own: 4 stars
With surrounding aura: 5 stars

Amanda Richards

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review by . July 06, 2010
              This book contains five J. K. Rowling tales, ostensibly composed by the fifteenth century wizard Beedle, “written for young wizards and witches,” which Rowling assures us are very popular in Hogwarts, the land of Harry Potter. Each tale is followed by a commentary by Professor Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Dumbledore speaks his mind, offers his explanation of the tale, …
review by . June 30, 2010
With J.K.Rowlings brilliantly crafted world of Harry Potter, she brings you yet another lovely add on to the series. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is a collection of five short stories much like you'd read as some of our classics such as Cinderella or Rumplestiltskin. These stories are so well crafted, you can't help but realize all of the aspects that make these stories seem so 'ordinary' to fans. The use of a wand, and a 'hopping pot' is seemingly an …
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
I was very disappointed in this book. I thought it would have something to do with Harry Potter and it didn't.
review by . December 08, 2008
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The loveable Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of the Hogwarts school and Harry Potter's mentor and commentator featured in these pages, lives on in this slim collection of five fairy tales. Told from the wizard's perspective, it's a fresh look at some familiar and not-so-familiar fables, and the sharp wit of J.K. Rowling make it a delightful read. The black and white illustrations aren't that great, but as with all of the Potter stories, one doesn't buy this book for anything more than the transport …
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book of children's stories written by British author J.K. Rowling. This wizard classic book of five fairy tales was originally a fictional book in the last installment of the Harry Potter series. The tales include "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." This special book was illustrated by Rowling herself, embellished with silver ornaments and mounted moonstones.

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