The Tales of Beedle the Bard 9.0

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

I must admit that when I first heard that Rowling was doing The Tales of Beedle the Bard, I was disappointed. I thought it unnecessary, and frankly, Iíd like to hear what other stories she had to tell. But Rowling wasnít quite ready to leave the Harry Potter universe, and, as it turns outÖ neither was I.

Itís not often that an author can successfully create a collection of whimsical fairytales but indeed, that is precisely what Rowling is able to do here. She captures a tone of voice that fits right in with any of those Grimm Brothers tales. Her stories are both gruesome (which most true fairytales are) and funny. The stories come with morals, but they donít talk down to children. My particular favourite would have to be The Fountain of Fair Fortune which sees three witches and a knight attempt to change their luck by drinking of the special fountain. Accompanied with the tales are footnotes and commentary from Dumbledore which adds even more humour (such as with the re-writing of The Wizard and the Hopping Pot) and wisdom to the book. Whimsical drawings accompany the book, illustrated by Rowling herself.

The only thing that is a shame about this book is how short it is. Containing only 5 stories, many readers will find this book a mere tease. Itís just long enough to make us deeply miss the world that JK Rowling has managed to create. While this book is by no means an essential piece for your Harry Potter collection, I would recommend this book to any fan, like me, who still misses Hogwarts.

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