Tales of Beedle the Bard

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Fables for Wizards and Muggles Alike
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Weve all heard of Grimms Fairy Tales and Aesops Fables. These wonderful stories written by Muggles have been told to countless generations of children. But, who among us has heard of Beedle the Bard, a famous fifteenth century wizard storyteller? Well, if youve read the last Harry Potter book, at least youve heard the name.

As J. K. Rowling informs us in the introduction to The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the stories were written for young wizards and witches for purposes similar to our Muggle Fairy Tales and Fables. They teach us, whether we are Muggles or Wizards, lessons about life, love and ethics.

Beedle has quite a way with words and the five stories in the book are great fun to read as well as educational. You are about to meet Babbitity Rabbity, a witch and laundress to the King, who convinces the naïve King that it is wrong to persecute witches, by using her wits as well as her witchcraft.

Then there is the Warlock with the Hairy Heart who looks upon his friends with disdain as they fall in love and act like infants. So, to avoid that pitfall, he locks his heart in the cellar, avoiding any entanglements with the opposite sex. The consequences are dire.

Who among us has been pursued by a huge cauldron? Well, the mean wizard in the Wizard and the Hopping Pot who would not cure his neighbors ills knows exactly what that feels like; a cauldron with one brass foot following him everywhere he goes, clanging behind him, exhibiting every ailment he refused to cure.

Hermione Granger translated Beedles stories from ancient runes and Albus Dumbledore supplied the commentaries for each story, with a few notes from J. K. Rowling herself. Any fan of fantasy, fables, Harry Potter or just fun reading will enjoy this fast reading book of stories. It will have you laughing, smiling, cringing in fear. Dont go expecting another volume of Harry Potter. Read these stories on their own and youll enjoy them. My suggestion: kick off your shoes, sprawl out or curl up on a comfortable couch, and read the book from start to finish. Most probably youll want to read it again.
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Nifty Little Stories
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I’ve always liked the Harry Potter supplementary materials, mostly because I love reading things that the characters could have read. I was an especially big fan of the little book about all the beasts in the Harry Potter world, and when I was younger, I had a running list of which ones I wanted. With names. I’m dorky like that, so I had to read the ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’ after it came out.

“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is an enjoyable read for Potter fans but don’t expect deep literary wonders from this book. It’s just like the title says: a book of stories, which I think is awesome. They’re simple little fables and legends supposedly told to kids from magical families in the Harry Potter world, and there is commentary and analysis from Dumbledore, who Harry Potter readers are very familiar with. Also, the tales were apparently translated by Hermione Granger, so there’s another direct tie-in to the popular series. My favorite tale out of them all is “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” probably because I really like Animagi and one appears in this tale.

There is an appeal for both juvenile readers, who will probably like the stories more than the commentary, and YA readers, who will probably be more interested in the commentary and the ‘Tales’ relevance to the other Harry Potter books. If the reader is older and hasn’t read Harry Potter, they might not be so interested in these little tales. They’re not very weighty and they really are geared towards kids. However, Harry Potter readers will eat this up and enjoy what may be Rowling’s last literary foray into the Wizarding World! I guess there’s always Pottermore…
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Kids fiction....Really?
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Reader reviewed by GRgenius

Take a look inside to discover fairy tales as you have never seen them before.  The stories held within are those that would be told to young witches and wizards throughout their youth.  After reading a few of these, you will no longer wonder why some wizards go bad!  My favorite (for lack of a better word) would have to be the "Hairy Heart".  It's quite creepy and disturbing, but entertaining all the same.  Author J. K. Rowling pulled out all the stops when adding this treasure to the Harry potter series.

Giving this one three of five stars simply based on the fact that I'm not so certain this should be a kid's fiction title.  Young Adult, sure...but kid's?  Some of the material is a wee tad scary for younger kids (in my humble opinion), but to each his or her own!  Overall, it is still very interesting....happy reading!
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Reader reviewed by Lizzy

I think that most people are going to say that "it isn't Harry Potter" and therefore give it a lower rating. While it's true that this isn't another Harry Potter book, it is another book by J.K Rowling. She is able to create realistic fairy tales, sometimes fun, and sometimes disturbing. It's definitely a testament to different the wizard and muggle worlds are, with various different stories depicting how muggle want power, and how being a good wizard will help you win in the end.

I loved reading Dumbledore's commentary! While we only got to see Dumbledore from Harry's eyes during the series, this allows a little more insight into who he was, and his humor.

All in all, the proceeds go to charity. If you're a Potter lover,  you might as well pick it up and in the process help a charity.


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Not Close to a Harry Potter
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Reader reviewed by moonymaster

Hmm.. This book was weird. I have to say that I was ridiculously excited for this book to come out. I absolutely loved the Harry Potter series and loved the writing style of J.K. Rowling so I thought this book would be just as amazing. Well, to me it kinda felt like a sell out book. As if J.K. Rowling felt obligated to write something else and this is what she came up with. As I kept reading the book it made me feel more ridiculous that I was reading a book that I'm guessing was meant for 5 year olds. And that is why I gave it three stars. Because although I disliked this book enough for it to earn 1 star I realized that I wasn't exactly in the target age group. The stories were nice but completely unfulfilling and when I finished the book I was so disappointed that there wasn't some clue or hint of something having to do with the deathly hallows. This book made me miss the Harry Potter Series all the more and I don't recommend for anyone over the age of 10.

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