The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
reviewed by Joie
The fizz of magic on the end of the wand tells you Harry's world is back. The famous key that showed the solution to the greatest secret of the Deathly Hallows, the Bard gave these tales to the wizarding world, but with the peace ushered by the Chosen One, they are now here for the Muggles among you.
Fairy stories held the key to defeating the darkest wizard that ever lived and one tale in particular held a dark secret. These are the famed Tales of Beetle the Bard. You too are now given the chance to fill yourself with the magic of wizardry tales, including the infamous "The Tale of the Three Brothers". Others, including "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot", "The Fountain of Fair Fortune", "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", and (Ron's favorite) "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump", are charming and give insight into the world of Harry Potter. This book includes not only the fairy tales, however, but exclusive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. These show how the wizardi world reacts to witches, like Beatrix Bloxam, author of the throughly terrible re-written versions of the tales, and how the Muggle world affects the wizarding one. Insightful and interesting, these tales will be staying on your nightstand for a while.
The Harry Potter series was long famed for its intricate stories and interesting characters. The tales making an appearance in this book, all the ones currently compiled by Beedle, are also beautiful, well-told stories. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the last Harry Potter book, and are wondering what to read next. Generally light-hearted and interesting, it makes a very good collection of stories.Posted by Arlo at November 19, 2010 04:22 PM