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Beedle the Bard

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

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Short clever Potter-type tales

  • Jul 6, 2010
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            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, and occasionally reacts with anger over what he considers a stupid story or a foolish reaction to it.

 

            For example, in The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, the Beedle theme is that wizards need to help humans who are in need of help. Dumbledore angrily reminds his readers how humans mistreated wizards and witches, and contends that they deserve no help at all. 

 

            Another example is The Fountain of Fair Fortune, which ends with a human marrying a witch. Dumbledore and others liked it, but some wizards in authority demanded that it be removed from schools because it depicts interbreeding. Dumbledore points out that: “There is not a witch or wizard in existence whose blood has not mingled with that of Muggles (humans), and I should therefore consider it both illogical and immoral to remove works dealing with the subject from our students’ store of knowledge.”

           

Needless to say, despite Beedle’s reason for writing the tales, Muggles will acquire many good lessons from these parables. 

 

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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 21, 2008
Chorus:   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 …
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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