The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Harry Potter Series)

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From J. K. Rowling, a new addition to the bookshelves of every Harry Potter fan: THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

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 ...

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Overview

From J. K. Rowling, a new addition to the bookshelves of every Harry Potter fan: THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

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.

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Gr 4 Up

Muggles grow up with Grimm's fairy tales; wizarding children grow up with Tales of Beedle the Bard . The Bard's book is a collection of five tales, bequeathed to Hermione Granger by Professor Dumbledore. The passing of the book into her hands was intended to be both "entertaining and instructive." As in all good mysteries, information contained within its pages provided Hermione with clues essential to helping Harry in the series' last installment. In particular, "The Tale of Three Brothers" describes how three magical items appeared after siblings cleverly cheat death. It is these items that play a pivotal role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Scholastic, 2007). Those hoping to re-create the hours of pleasure spent curled up with a J.K. Rowling book may be disappointed at the brevity of this title, but they will undoubtedly enjoy the tales and Dumbledore's often lengthy, cynical-but-wise commentary on each one.-Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL

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Fans of Harry Potter will already have a few associations with the title of this book by J. K. Rowling. The first is that The Tales of Beedle the Bard is Dumbledore's bequest to Hermione Granger in the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The book is a collection of Grimm-like fairy tales wizarding parents tell their children that both amuse? and instruct -- or at least keep the listeners occupied. The second is that originally Rowling produced only seven copies, each one lettered and illustrated by herself, with gorgeous jewel-encrusted leather bindings. Tantalizing tidbits have come out, but now we all get to read the five stories ourselves: "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump," "The Warlock's Hairy Heart," and the story that proved so important in Deathly Hallows, "The Tale of the Three Brothers."

In Deathly Hallows, Harry's friend Ron Weasley, who was brought up by the sort of wizarding parents who would be good at bedtime stories, is old enough to have begun interpreting the stories for himself. Take the three brothers who bargain with Death to win an omnipotent wand, an invisibility cloak, and a stone that can bring back the dead.

"That story's just one of those things you tell kids to teach them lessons, isn't it? 'Don't go looking for trouble, don't pick fights, don't go messing around with stuff that's best left alone! Just keep your head down, mind your own business, and you'll be okay."

Ron's idea of a moral lesson stays at the level of the utile, which is a perfectly good place to be when one is raising children. One reason for telling "Little Red Riding Hood," after all, is to suggest to your children that they shouldn't let themselves be distracted by strangers who might just turn out to be wolves. Hermione has a more sophisticated notion of the kinds of moral lessons children's stories teach. She dismisses them outright.

"It's just a morality tale; it's obvious which gift is best, which one you'd choose." The three of them spoke at the same time; Hermione said, "The Cloak." Ron said, "The wand," and Harry said, "The stone."

Hermione isn't often wrong, and never for long. Her interpretation of her gift changes as the novel progresses. In The Tales of Beedle the Bard we learn that Dumbledore, too, interprets "The Tale of the Three Brothers" to his own satisfaction. But hovering in the background, J. K. Rowling seems to be suggesting that moral lessons have a slippery habit of eluding our grasp.

Three of the stories are pleasant riffs on fairy tales. Two are not. "The Tale of the Three Brothers" and, particularly, "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" descend from the dark woods of Grimm and the eerie psychological landscape of Hans Christian Anderson stories like "The Red Shoes" and "The Shadow." My ten-year-old son laughed during the first three stories and has kind of forgotten them. He did not laugh at the vision of the wizard's heart, which "had grown strange during its long exile, blind and savage in the darkness to which it had been condemned, and its appetites had grown powerful and perverse." The spell of this morality tale, I suspect, he will not so easily cast off.

Nor should he. Such simple tales are richly ambiguous in their refusal to interpret themselves. They can take on a deep life in us that more complicated narratives do not. I found it a curious thing, as I read through the seven volumes of Harry's adventures, that the wizarding world doesn't really do fiction. Hogwarts teaches no literature or poetry courses, and although the Hogwarts library has many spellbooks, histories, biographies, law books, and grimoires on its shelves, Madam Pince the librarian seems to guard no stories at all. The only fiction for wizards I recall is an old comic Ron Weasley used to read before he got sent off to school, The Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle. I am glad to know that young wizards are fed by the stories of Beedle the Bard, however bowdlerized and little respected they are by most wizards.

Even in this volume, however, we do not get unmediated wizardry. Rowling has set up a pleasant conceit whereby we approach the stories through Hermione's translation, get Dumbledore's commentary after each story, and find her own Muggly notes at the foot of the page. Fans will have a good time picking up allusions and finding tidbits to fill in little chinks in their knowledge of the Potterverse. Nonfans will find plenty to amuse themselves with, too. But I think the critical apparatus Rowling sets up serves another function. One of the most important lessons Harry had to learn was that knowledge, truth, and wisdom don't come to us straight. You have to figure them out to your own satisfaction. In her short volume, Rowling gives her readers -- of whatever age -- a little lesson in sifting, parsing, judging, and reading at a slant.

Rowling has said many times that she does not intend to add to Harry's story, but she has given enormous pleasure by publishing these interpolated books. In the midst of the Harry saga appeared Quidditch Through the Ages and Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them. They are, of course, a testament to the thoroughness of her imagination in creating Harry's world. It will be interesting to see how thorough her imagination is. Should we expect copies of Bathilda Bagshot's History of Magic or Hogwarts: A History, both of which seem to have been read cover-to-cover by Hermione? Perhaps those would only be of interest to Hermione's kindred souls in the Muggle world. But one suspects their number is legion. --Alexandra Mullen

Alexandra Mullen left a life as an academic in Victorian literature to return to her roots as a general reader. She now writes for The Hudson Review (where she is also an Advisory Editor), The New Criterion, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545128285
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/4/2008
  • Series: Harry Potter Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 22,859
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
A phenomenon like Harry Potter does not come along very often. The young wizard and his eager companions Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley have inspired countless children to delve into reading with a fervor rarely seen, and we have J. K. Rowling to thank for that! Rowling has created a fantastic world of wizards and muggles, ghosts and trolls, and good and evil that has completely revitalized a love of reading in both kids and adults all over the world.

Biography

As the often told story goes, J. K. Rowling was on the brink of poverty, receiving welfare when her first Harry Potter book catapulted her into a stratosphere of stardom rarely enjoyed by any writer. While accounts of Rowling's destitution have been greatly exaggerated, her story is still something of a rags-to-riches tale not unlike that of her most famous creation.

Yes, Rowling did briefly receive government assistance after returning to her home country of England following a stint in Portugal, but that ended when she took a fairly well-paying teaching job. Rather than financial hardships, the period between a 1990 train ride from Manchester to London -- during which Rowling first conceived of a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard" -- and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was marked by setbacks of a more personal nature. Her mother passed away. She divorced her first husband, leaving her to raise her daughter alone. The writing career she'd always desired was becoming less and less viable as her personal responsibilities mounted.

Then came Harry, the bespectacled boy wizard she'd first dreamed on that fateful train ride.

The success of the first Harry Potter novel (given the slightly less lofty title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), in which the orphaned, seemingly ordinary boy discovers that he is not only a possessor of incredible powers but already a celebrity among fellow wizards, was far beyond anything Joanne Kathleen Rowling ever dared imagine. International praise poured in. So did the awards. Rowling won England's National Book Award and the Smarties Prize for children's literature. The series spawned an equally successful and hotly anticipated series of films starring the young megastars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and featuring such venerable British actors as Maggie Smith, John Hurt, John Cleese, and Alan Rickman.

Rowling is responsible for introducing several new words and terms into the English lexicon, such as "muggle" (a civilian lacking in wizardly powers) and "Quidditch" (a fast-paced sport played while riding broomsticks). Perhaps most satisfying of all for the mother and teacher was the way she single-handedly ignited the literary pursuits of children all over the globe. Kids everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is no small feat, considering that the novels tend to be exceptionally lengthy for books aimed at such a young audience (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a few pages shy of a whopping 900 pages!). Rowling has said that she conceives of her novels as "real literature," despite the fact that they are written for young people. Perhaps a testament to the literary merit of her books is the fact that they are nearly as popular with teenagers, college kids, and adults as they are with the grammar-school set.

With the massive popularity of her Harry Potter novels, Rowling has achieved similar fame and fortune -- for better and for worse. According to an article in a 2004 edition of Forbes magazine, Rowling's wealth was estimated at 576 million English pounds. In U.S. currency, that made her the very first billionaire author. The downside of that success is the unwanted attention she receives from Britain's notoriously relentless paparazzi. As Rowling lamented to Jeremy Paxton of the BBC, "You know, I didn't think they'd rake through my bins, I didn't expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses." Rowling has also come under fire from Christian groups who object to her depiction of wizardry and witchcraft and certain critics who contest the "literary merit" of her work. Of course, one must always keep in mind that no one ever achieves Rowling's level of celebrity without having to listen to the griping of naysayers, none of which has impeded her continued success seriously.

Although Rowling could surely sell countless copies of Harry Potter books for as long as she is able to put pen to paper (and she does write much of her work in longhand), she initially conceived of the series in seven installments and has, of course, realized that plan with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "There will be no Harry Potter's midlife crisis or Harry Potter as an old wizard," she once told the Sunday Telegraph. As for what life after Harry Potter might entail for Rowling, she has suggested quite a number of possibilities, including ideas for adult novels and possible tie-ins to the Hogwarts universe involving periphery characters. Whatever Rowling chooses to do, she has forever guaranteed herself a place alongside Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum as one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

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Rowling's parents met on a train, coincidentally from King's Cross station to Scotland. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15, her mother died in the early 1990s. Rowling has a sister, Di, two years younger than she, who is an attorney.

Rowling's publisher requested that she use initials on Harry Potter covers, concerned that if they used an obviously female name, the target audience of young boys might be hesitant to buy them. Rowling adopted her grandmother's middle name, Kathleen, for the "K".

Rowling made a special guest appearance as herself on the hit cartoon show, The Simpsons.

With great success often comes great controversy. Rowling's Harry Potter books landed on a list of banned books because of their depiction of wizardry and witchcraft. However, Rowling regards her place on the list as a feather in her cap, as past lists have included works by such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Harper Lee.

Rowling ran into a bit of potential trouble in the wake of stepped-up airline restrictions. While traveling home from New York, she refused to part ways with the manuscript of her still in-the-works final installment of the Harry Potter series during bag inspections. Fortunately, she was allowed onboard without further incident.

In 2001, two Harry Potter tie-in books were published: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For those wondering who the mysterious Misters Whisp and Scamander are, well, they are actually both J. K. Rowling. The author donated all proceeds of her pseudonymous books to the charity Comic Relief.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Joanne Kathleen Rowling (full name), "Jo"
    2. Hometown:
      Perthshire, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
    1. Education:
      Exeter University
    2. Website:

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

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    Loved it

    For all the people who gave it negative reviews...I don't think that they understand that this wasn't meant to be a full on NOVEL like Harry Potter. IT'S NOT MEANT TO BE READ AS A FULL NOVEL. The point of the entire book was to allow people to get further glimspe into the wizarding world and to understand the types of fairy tales/ fables the wizards grew up with. She references the fairy tales/ fables so much in the last book...so it's nice to understand what she was talking about. I mean, you don't take Aesop's Fables or even traditional fairy tales that you grew up with and compare that to any full flegded series or even novel. The fairy tales and fables we grew up with are meant to be tradition just as these fables are "traditional" for the "wizards and withces".

    79 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    J.k. Rowling has done it again!!!!

    This book is filled with fairy(wizard)tales that all have a good moral to them. I especially loved the notes on each tale from Albus Dumbledore. I also learned that the profits from each book go to the Children's High Group foundation, which enables young children to get a good education and so forth. J.K.Rowling is a brilliant, funny, and enticing writer, and I recommend this book to anyone.

    34 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

    Everyone Knows It's Going to Be Brilliant

    J.K. Rowling, the brilliant British woman who opened up a world of books for me has now written a book from inside a book! This brings the Harry Potter world a degree closer to being just as real as our own world. Honestly, this woman is fantastic. This book, along with her other two "extracted" mini-books (Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them; Quidditch Through the Ages) show us just how talented she is. Very little people could create such a detailed and complex world on a four hour train ride. Moreover, even less could make that world into a seven volume BEST SELLER BOOK SERIES! We can only imagine how she did it and how her marvelous creative mind works. <BR/><BR/>This book, The Tale of Beedle the Bard, has immensely high expectations and surely has brought on a tad bit of pressure on Ms. Rowling from her fans. Yet, this book will undoubtedly prevail. Now we will know what exact information Hermione was given by the eccentric Albus Dumbledore to help the trio on their quest. We will be given a glimpse of what she was going through- and maybe we might find a bit of extra sense in the mysterious Deathly Hallows; because I know I was left a bit confused. With this story, more brilliance and fame will fall upon the genius author, and all will be overly deserved.<BR/><BR/>Thank you J.K. Rowling...<BR/><BR/>Cheers

    27 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

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    I Don't Think People Get It ...

    I'm looking at reviews here and I'm seeing people complaining that it's not her usual writing style, or that there are so few regular characters mentioned, etc. <BR/><BR/>Has anyone here read the original Grimm Fairy Tales? Yes? Ah, then you see my point already! She is mimicking the style of those German brothers, using various stories and an older, less entertaining/descriptive writing style. Go ahead, look up the original Grimm-Cinderella. Then compare it to JKs Hairy Heart. See the resemblance? Dumbledore's added criticisms at the end keep the book from getting too drab, throwing in a voice we recognize that adds flavor to the somewhat bland book otherwise. I don't think the book was supposed to be entertaining overall. Interesting, with hidden morals? Yes, of course. Again, it emulates the older style that was used to make children behave well or learn something. <BR/><BR/>I will somewhat agree on the price-to-length ratio. If they kept the price but had waited a bit longer, added a few stories ... I think that would have made a difference. I understand that, by buying the book you are contributing to an organization for the well-being of children (as with the Monster Book of Monsters or the Quidditch handbook) but the price makes it a drag, even for die-hard Potter fans (myself included). <BR/><BR/>I think this is best for people who really really REALLY love Potter, willing to shell out $13. It's best for learning a bit about the history of the Wizarding world, a bit. It also includes some drama and controversy such as books in the real world do (for example, The Hopping Pot, apparently, can be told with a different ending, depending on whether or not the parents support Muggles) and might be good for sharing with young kids as one might with the Grimm fairy tales. <BR/><BR/>Now, do you all understand? It's not supposed to be another adventure story. It's a spin off of sorts from the Grimm fairy tales, but in the voice of the wizards from Harry Potter's world.

    19 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

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    For the Haters

    I think this book will be wonderful. For all the haters, the Harry Potter books could not have gone crappy after the franchise 'took over.' J.K. thought it up almost completely when she thought of it! She has had notes on the whole series since that first train ride. The people who think she is trying to get attention, she said she wanted to do a book like this before she finished Deathly Hallows. For those who dropped it for Twilight, I love Twilight, but it is not written as well as these books.

    19 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    very good

    The book is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading it from start to finish.

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    Not up to quality

    Having read all 7 Harry Potter books, this book wasn't anything like them. No characters you can relate to, nothing to pull you in, in short I'm bummed that I spend $10 on a book that took me an hour to read.

    17 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2008

    Confidence In the Quality of J.K Rowling's Work

    I have not yet read the Tales of Beedle the Bard so I came onto this site to first read the synopsis and then to read any reviews that might further help me to understand what this book is about so that I know what I'm getting myself into when I buy it for Christmas. <BR/><BR/>After reading the synopsis and then the reviews (some of them very helpful, others unfortunately not) am I to understand that The Tales of Beedle the Bard really have little to do with the actual series? Did it not state within the summary that the book is comprised of fairy tales told to wizarding children as bedtime stories? Why are people reviewing the independent installment as if it were supposed to be the eighth book of the Harry Potter series? <BR/><BR/>Again, I haven't read this book yet but I expect when I do, I'll find within its covers fairy tale stories, Dumbledore's commentary, and further explanations about the Wizarding world, not about Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, or Ron Weasley as the main characters. <BR/><BR/>Through interviews and television appearances, J.K Rowling had stated many times over that she meant for this book to be published sometime after the end of the series. I even believe she said that it would be unlike anything the public has seen her write before. So, it baffles my mind to see people rating her book lower for something she warned them about an entire year earlier. <BR/><BR/>And as for people comparing the Harry Potter series to the new Twilight series, I don't understand. The two series (both great in their own ways) have nothing to do with one another. Harry Potter is set in a fantastical world, filled with many different creatures and characters and meanings. Stephanie Meyers' Twilight series wasn't meant to be that. It was meant to recount a timeless love story between a vampire and a human girl. While Harry Potter lacked that kind of breathtaking love story, Twilight lacks the genius of creating an alternative universe filled with its own laws and ways of living. Each has this strengths and weaknesses but neither author nor series have anything to do with each other. <BR/><BR/>I want to thank those reviews on the book (some positive, some negative) who wrote helpful reviews that stuck to what the book was supposed to be about and worked from there to correctly inform people like me iffy about buying the book. Thank you.

    15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2008

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    The Tales of Breedle the Bard, written by J. K. Rowling

    I first purchased Breedle the Bard in the Atlanta, Georgia Airport, surprised to find it, for the release date was set to be December 4th, and, it being a Tuesday, read it nine days earlier! Not once did I pause to take a break--I was deeply consumed by the several stories, and I think you will be too. J. K. Rowling has certainly done it again!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

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    Wonderful Tales

    I fully enjoyed The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. As a Harry Potter fan it was fun to see this "wizarding classic" produced for Muggles. I loved Dumbledore's commentary and the listing of Hermione Granger. I hope that more of Beedle's tales will be published in following years.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2008

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    Perfectly perfect!!

    This book is really well-written and just PERFECT (unless you don't like reading about magic of course) It gives you more insight to the world of Harry Potter and is very interesting. I think it'll be a great read for a little kid or an older person. I'm glad JK Rowling called this book the good-bye with the world of Harry Potter because it's a great book. But of course, the world of Harry Potter will never end because it'll always be in your imagination. Wow, that just sounded really mushy. :):):):):)

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    HARRY POTTER!

    Omg! i love the series harry potter and the 6th book. I knew this was coming out! i almost went to the auction! this book wont disappoint you!

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Woo Hoo.

    After the horrid let down of her last book, she decides to come out with a crappy little wizards fairy tale book. That is sad. It's like a small 'I'm sorry for rushing my last book so I could have a normal life again.'book. She doesn't need the money. Is it because she's worried people are talking more about the next Spiderman or Batman movie then her sad little books? I have read all her novels and seen the movies and eaten the Every flavor beans and the chocolate frogs. I liked the first 3 books. But then the franchise took the express elevator to manic depressive ville. The books became a let down the movies became horrid. I kept reading, hoping things would get better, that maybe she was having a crappy year or some form of slump. But no, she just started to write like crap. Face it, are you happy with how the last book ended? It's nice to have hope about her new little release. But I won't be holding my breath for it. If it's more then an inch thick I think you'll be lucky. But as for me, I'm done with reading her drivel.

    9 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    I just wish it was longer...

    These are excellent stories, but the book itself was so short that I was able to read through it in one sitting. I don't think it's really worth the list price, but if you're a die-hard Harry Potter fan, it's enjoyable.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

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    The Icing on the cake!

    5 parables that convey the moral messeges well.<BR/>These tales will be re-read and re-read for generations.<BR/>JK will live on through this.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

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    one amazing book

    thanks jkr for helping me dig out of a very very very very big hole all your books are amazing thanks to you i can act like a kid again you rock jkr people this book is going to be amazing i know their is going to be no midnight party for this harry potter book this book is going to rock and kick butt when its going to be released

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2008

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    Fantastic

    The Harry Potter Books opened up the world of reading to me, when I was younger. Then, through these books, I showed my brother, and every child I tutored, this world. I'm incredibly greatful for the series. Another book coming out might help other children understand that reading isn't boring and can take you anywhere. Not only does it help with personal writing skills and the English language, it allows the imagination to flow.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

    A Letdown

    I utterly adore the Harry Potter Books and specifically requested the Beedle and the Bard book on my holiday wish list but was severly disappointed. The Dumbledore commentary was more like the critique of a sociologist and drab at that. I only managed to get to the third story about the Hairy Heart which I had to end because it was grotesque. I asked for this book because I expected it to be light-hearted and fun and it was really just melancholoy.

    6 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

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    It fills in holes in the main series

    Several times in the main series J. K. Rowling references the witch/wizard fairy tales. This book gives us some samples and the most important one for the last book of the series. Each tale shows the advantage of being kind to others who are not like you.
    I wish it were in paperback, but it is small enough that I was willing to buy the hardback version.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

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    Slightly disappointing

    Overall, I am not sure this book is worth the 12.99 list price. The tales are brief and include little detail. The saving grace is the "commentary" allegedly provided by Albus Dumbledore.<BR/><BR/>I think this book was a stretch for Ms. Rowling, and she should focus on writing other books, as Harry Potter is finished and writing Hermione`s textbooks could become boring.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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