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The Tales of Beedle the Bard


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 an 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 -The Tale of the Three Brothers. The stories are accompanied by delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by Ms.Rowling herself, featuring a still-life frontispiece for each one. Professor Dumbledore's commentary -- apparently written some eighteen months before his death -- reveals not just his vast knowledge of Wizarding lore, but also more of his personal qualities: his sense of humor, his courage, his pride in his abilities, and his hard-won wisdom. Names familiar from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle the pages, including Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, and Sir Nicholas deMimsy-Porpington (or "Nearly Headless Nick"), as well as other professors at Hogwarts and the past owners of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore tells us of incidents unique to the Wizarding world, like hilariously troubled theatrical productions at Hogwarts or the dangers of having a "hairy heart." But he also reveals aspects of the Wizarding world that his Muggle readers might find all too familiar, like censorship, intolerance, and questions about the deepest mysteries in life. But not only are these tales the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter. This purchase also represents another very important form of giving: From every sale of this book, Scholastic will give its net proceeds to The Children's High Level Group, a charity cofounded in 2005 by J. K. Rowling and Emma Nicholson MEP to make life better for vulnerable children. Hide synopsis

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Reviews of The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Overall customer rating: 4.546
Lori L

good book

by Lori L on Jan 30, 2014

My grandson totally enjoyed it. He has loved all of her books ,as the whole family has.

Leah M Stanchly

Great book

by Leah M Stanchly on Jul 12, 2012

Well this is a great book what more can I say I had learned to read when I was 15 mostly b/c for some silly reason the army school system thought site reading was a better way to teach kids to read but for me it did not work and the CA school system just did not want to teach me at all so ya but it seems that a home school teacher in AL was what it took for me to finally learn to read and the very first book I read was Harry Potter and the sorcerer stone. I read this book much later on in my life and would most certainly recommend it to my friends for there kids or for them if there into harry potter. Enjoy the book and enjoy reading in general ;).

Elizabeth R


by Elizabeth R on Nov 17, 2011

I love this book I only wish I had gotten it sooner because it helped put other smaller stories within the major series into perspective.

Brian R

Great addition to the HP Canon!

by Brian R on Sep 5, 2011

Very nicely written and illustrated by J.K.Rowling herself. Especially entertaining are Dumbledore's notes on each story. We have the original British edition, which has a different cover and layout than the U.S. edition, but somehow feels more "authentic." Reader beware, however - "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" might prove a bit gruesome for younger audiences. We skipped the ending when reading it to our seven-year-old son.


Tatles of Beedle the Bard

by patches716 on Jan 13, 2011

Another great book by J.K. Rowling, as if she writes any other kind! I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for my son and he was thrilled. The book arrived in great time and condition, I have been really impressed with Alibris for their stock and handling of all my orders. As far as I am concerned there is no where else to shop for books.

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