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

 

What a wonderful little addition to the Harry Potter series. I personally love that Rowling published the book mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And since I was able to read the whole thing in maybe an hour, I bet that the individual stories would be good fairy-tale stories for kiddos (except maybe “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”.)

This book contains 5 wizard fairy-tales, all uniquely different, and all with the same important messages championed throughout the whole Harry Potter series – tolerance, kindness, love, and selflessness. I especially love Dumbledore’s commentary at the end of each tale, because he’s one of the characters I miss the most and he essentially spells out exactly what each tale is trying to tell you.

Like I said, this makes a great add-on to the series. It also has pretty little illustrations through-out it. My only small disappointment is that Hermione, who (according to the Intro) translated the stories from runes, doesn’t make any small little commentary in the book like Dumbledore. I guess it’s just good enough to imagine that in Hermione’s adult life, she’s still putting energy into academic pursuits πŸ™‚

And I guess that’s what you shouldn’t expect from this book – don’t expect any new info on what the HP characters are doing in their post-Voldy lives. While this book was great, what we really want (are you listening, J.K.?) is info like…

Did Hagrid and Olympe marry and half-giant babies?
Did Dudley and Harry ever meet and become friends?
Does Teddy Lupin develop some sort of tragic story?
Does 12 Grimmauld Place become Harry’s home ever?
Did Hermione manage to free any more house-elves?
And so on and so forth… I wish I could know everything about how everyone’s lives turned out… sure J.K. won’t ever really do that though πŸ˜‰

Still, for this book Sarah Says: 4 stars

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  1. >I've seen this book sitting on the library shelves and I've never checked it out. It sounds adorable. I'll definitely have to this week. Who doesn't love Harry Potter?

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  2. >I find it really charming that Rowling actually writes the books that she references in the main series. Even the textbooks! It's brilliant.I haven't read this, though like Jenn I've seen it in the library loads of times. Should totally get around to reading this.(And I totally agree, I really want to know more about the next generation. One short epilogue is not enough!)

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