Goodreads synopsis: 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,” 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.
I read this yesterday during my daily reading session in the park next to my apartment building. (I actually had to read the last three pages in my apartment. I was nearly finished the book when a man with no teeth decided to sit next to me and strike up a conversation about my appearance. I was as polite as possible, but I did not stay long after he sat down. I can’t stand people who think it’s okay to talk to me when I’m clearly reading. And I know I have cool hair. It’s not necessary for people to keep telling me that.) Anyway, this isn’t really a book review because this just isn’t a book that I think I can judge, nor is it a book about which I really have anything negative or positive to say in terms of the writing. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book of fairy tales from the Wizarding world of Harry Potter, first mentioned in the last book of J. K. Rowling’s famous series. It contains five stories, one of which is actually read in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I gave it a 4/5 simply because not all the stories were particularly enjoyable to me, a couple of them being a bit grotesque. In any case, I would suggest that all Harry Potter fans get their hands on this book, because it includes a lot of interesting facts about the Harry Potter universe. My favorite story was definitely the “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump,” which is also mentioned by Ron Weasley in the series. Plus, Rowling and Scholastic have been donating all profits made from this book to Rowling’s charity organization.