Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Children’s High Level Group
Publication Date: 2008
From the publisher:
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.
Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by the tales, and revealed snippets of information about life at Hogwarts.
A uniquely magical volume, with illustrations by the author J.K. Rowling, that will be treasured for years to come.
I actually bought this little book several years ago but it’s been sitting unread on my shelf since then. When I decided that I was going to make an effort to Read My Own Damn Books in 2016 I put all my unread books that I still wanted to read on a couple of shelves and this one was included.
I decided to read it this week because I was still in a Harry Potter mood after reading the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s a cute little book. There are five stories that are introduced as the wizarding world’s version of our familiar fairy tales. After each story are notes by Albus Dumbledore about the tales and how they had been received over the years among the wizarding world.
In retrospect this book is much more closely related to the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I will likely read it again before I get around to that volume of the series on my next reread or listen.
It’s a little side note in the world of Harry Potter, it’s certainly not required reading but I’m glad I read it anyway.