Saturday, December 6, 2008

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

#89

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Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Series: Harry Potter
Author: J.K. Rowling
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 111
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5/5 stars
Finished: 12-6-08

The Tales of Beedle the Bard first came to light in J.K. Rowling's seventh HP book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Bequeathed in Professor Dumbledore's will to Hermione Granger, The Tales seemed to be a mystery. However, J.K. Rowling finally presents these five stories in a charity edition, with all proceeds benefiting the Children’s High Level Group.

The five stories read very much like our own fairy tales, however these are geared entirely towards Rowling's fictitious wizarding world. I personally didn't find anything overtly special about the stories themselves; they followed the typical fashion of all fairy tales, teaching lessons to younger ones through the means of the story. What I did really enjoy about this edition are the commentaries left by Professor Dumbledore. It's clear that Rowling fully thought out each of these stories and how they are looked upon by her cast of characters.

I don't think this book will mean much to anyone who is not familiar with the world of Harry Potter, and even then I don't think all HP fans will enjoy this much. For me, though, I found it to be a great companion to the other HP books.

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