Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with and introduction, notes, and illustrations by J.K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: "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." But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.



This was marginal at best. It seemed to be just another "let's milk Harry Potter for all it's worth while it's still popular" piece of trash. The stories were short and there was so much white space margins around them that they probably could have fit on two sheets of letter paper if typed properly! The "notes" from Dumbledore were not entertaining and quite uninformative.

This one gets six stars for the fact that it was at least short, and thankfully, a quick, easy read. It's really quite sad that this is what Rowling has come to - milking Harry Potter for the last few dollars instead of coming up with new material like a real author.

Rating: ★★★★★★



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