The Tales of Beedle The Bard
Written by J.K. Rowling
Our local library is hosting a summer-long Potterfest with a myriad of festivities and workshops. I ran across this book on one of the displays and thought to myself that it needed to be read. Actually, I simply can’t imagine how I haven’t managed to have read it already. I love that my son has never lived in a world in which Harry Potter didn’t exist. While the series, sadly, has many detractors, Rowling, in my opinion, is a consummate storyteller. Whether she writes in her own name or under one of her numerous magical or muggle pseudonyms, one can always be sure to be transported to another time and place for a while. I do so love to be told a good story.
The Tales of Beedle The Bard will definitely add to the spirited conversations that spring up from time to time around the dinner table when the Family Perry tends to forget that Harry and his intricately woven world aren’t actually real, and every little facet is up for debate and intense discussion. These exchanges happen from time to time and aren’t limited to Harry and his friends, occasionally we invite Hobbits to dine, discuss the many aspects of The Shine, or simply ponder the profundity of the number 42. So many wonderful worlds to talk about, Beedle is in good company.
This book is filled with fairy tales for young wizards and witches. It has been translated from the original runes by the wonderfully brilliant Hermione Granger and includes a forward and educational footnotes for us muggles by J.K. Rowling. The stories range from the delightfully moral such as The Fountain of Fair Fortune (my personal favorite) to horribly gruesome, The Warlock’s Hairy Heart. Like the original fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, probably not really appropriate for very young children, magical or otherwise. This book is, of course, most famous for The Tale Of The Three Brothers, which plays such a glaring role in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. What really makes ‘Tales’ special though are the notes of Albus Dumbledore, found after his death and included in this edition. His insight and research into each of the stories are both illuminating and frustrating since many of the works Dumbledore cites aren’t available for the perusal of the average muggle such as myself. Personally, I could wish for a library full of wizarding lore such as this quick and fun read.