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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everyone who has read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows knows about The Tales of Beedle the Bard. A story from the book, The Tale of the Three Brothers, was a pivotal plot point in the novel and a very important clue for Harry as he tried to defeat Lord Voldemort.

Last year, as a way to thank those personally involved with the success of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling gave out six hand printed leather bound books of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The seventh was auctioned off to Amazon.

Amazon posted in depth reviews of each of the stories and posted pictures of the gorgeous book bound in brown leather and decorated with semiprecious stones. That was the closest that most of us came to The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Fans despaired about not having their own copy of the newest book in the Harry Potter canon.

Then, earlier this year, JK Rowling gave announced that The Tales of the Beedle Bard would be published for the public. Not only would fans be able to now have the much sought after book but all proceeds would go to The Children's High Level Group, a charity which Rowling founded and helps children in need of a voice.

To say that I, along with millions of other fans, were ecstatic would be putting it mildly. A new Harry Potter book when we all thought it was over. A new Harry Potter book a year after the series had ended, leaving fans what they were going to read now.

Finally, this month, the wait was over. On December 4th, Harry Potter fans were able to buy the book that they had been lusting after for so long: The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I know that I could think of nothing else all day at work except getting my hands on a copy. After work I rushed to the bookstore and bought a copy, hardly believing that I held it in my hands.

Right off, I knew that I was in for something special. The gorgeous blue cover with JK Rowling's illustrations just cries out to be read. However, it wasn't until I arrived home that I allowed myself to read The Tales of Beedle the Bard; and what incredible tales they are.

In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, there are five stories:

The Wizard and the Hopping Pot: A wizard learns a lesson about helping others.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune: Three Witches and a Knight learn that we are responsible for our own fortune.

The Warlocks Hairy Heart: A warlock learns that disaster looms when you close your heart to others.

Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump: A foolish man learns that even magic can not bring the dead back to life.

The Tale of the Three Brothers: Three brothers learn that it is not wise to tease death.

Each story is truly a wonder of storytelling. Indeed, I enjoyed the stories in The Tales of Beedle the Bard far more than I enjoy the Brothers Grimm. There are several reasons for this but chief among them is the fact that The Tales of Beedle the Bard are far less dark and, though sometimes violent and startling, the stories never fail to charm and captivate.

What is perhaps most incredible about The Tales of Beedle the Bard are the notes made by Professor Dumbledore on each story.

Written eighteen months before his death, the notes are included in The Tales of Beedle the Bard and are incredibly insightful and wonderfully humorous. The notes also give you more insight into some characters from the series and some pivotal plot points.

Insightful, humorous, captivating and charming, The Tales of Beedle the Bard are at once an incredible addition to the Harry Potter canon and the world of literature. As I read The Tales of Beedle the Bard for a sixth time, I am reminded of something I had forgotten.

Magic does exist. All you have to do is open a copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and fall under its spell.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2008
I'll keep this quick: this is a must-buy for any lovers of fable-style short stories, parents, or just Harry Potter fans. The book is gorgeous, the hand-drawings are simple-but-effective, and the tales themselves are magical. The included comments by Albus Dumbledore are just icing on the cake!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2008
I preordered this collector's edition right after hearing the July 31st announcement, and got it in the mail today. The cover has the feel of an ancient Hogwarts textbook, and inside you get the drawings, with the actual book of tales in a pouch. The stories are simple but contain the magic Harry Potter touch. While fans may argue about the book's length, Dumbledore's commentary is worth your while, and the tales contain life lessons. This will be on my bookshelf for years to come.:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The fables are very well written (Of Course it is, J.K Rowling is the writer!) I love in the introduction how she explains the difference between Muggle and Non-Muggle fairy tales. In Muggle fairy tales, magic tends to lie at the root of the hero or heroine's troubles- the wicked witch has poisoned the apple, or put the princess into a hundred years' sleep, or turned the prince into a hideous beast. In the Tales of Beedle the Bard, on the other hand, we meet heros and heroines who can perform magic themselves, and yet find it as hard to solve their problems as we do." p. XII

The illustrations are also great. I was surprised to read J.K Rowling did the illustrations.

I'm a little embarrassed to only be reading this book now... I don't know why I waited so long...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2009
Any Harry Potter fan knows the stories contained in this wonderful little book. The stories are pure J.K. Rowling, and I love them all. What surprised me most pleasantly, however, was the beautiful hard cover and quality of this inexpensive little book. Given that Amazon was putting out a very expensive edition, I didn't expect much from the 'basic' edition. I fell in love when I first touched the book and it hasn't stopped yet! Also, I received notice that Amazon had shipped the book, and it didn't arrive (Christmas gremlins, no doubt, it never did appear). When I contacted Amazon they immediately sent another, it arrived just in time for Christmas, and really I felt bowled over by the service. Will definitely continue buying from Amazon.ca.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2009
My daughter was thrilled with this limited edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. It was carefully packed and was everything she had hoped it to be. At the time of placing the order, it had sold out in Britain so I had to buy it from the Canadian Amazon. What a service! It arrived BEFORE Christmas which I didn't expect...my daughter's best Christmas present. THANK YOU!!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon May 25, 2012
Replying to several calls from fans asking to have copies of this book that she wrote and gave to seven people involved in the publication of Harry Potter, J K Rowling finally published in 2008 a first edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, whose sales would go to the author's foundation, Children's High Level Group.

Illustrated by Rowling herself, this book also offers snippets and interpretations from Dumbledore's letters as he originally gave the book to Hermione at the start of the seventh book. Speking of those notes, it is interesting to read them as we learn that those Beedle stories had an impact on Harry Potter's story itself, especially one who led to the debacle between Lucius Malfoy and Dumbledore during the Chamber of Secrets plot. Though there were times I wished it had one or two more stories so that we could get more meat on this wonderful wizard world Rowling has revealed to us, I am glad to have in my library a copy of Beedle's fairy tales, which cover different genres, going from comedy to pure horror (such as for the tale with the hairy heart).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2008
When I read the Deathly Hallows last year, I was charged with conflicting emotions. Of course, it was delightful to be in the middle of another Potter story at long last, and reading a Potter story for the first time is the most highly prized experience of them all. But I was so sad that the delicious speculations the first books allowed for would be terminated after the mysteries were all revealed in the final installment. Not knowing the end of the story engaged our imaginations in the narrative so much more than reading a book that reveals all its secrets early on, and our imaginations were engaged for YEARS.

Now, that saga is over. But with the Tales of Beedle the Bard, Rowling gives back some of what we lost. The Wizarding world is much expanded by our new consciousness of the history of Harry's experiences. I enjoyed Dumbledore's funny commentary: it suggested Hogwarts stories that we don't know yet, intriguing characters that we aren't familiar with, and questions without answers.

Holding this collectors editions in your hands enhances that feeling: that there are more Potter mysteries out that, that the story is never over, and that the complexity of the wizard world is far from resolved. History proves that Muggle-hating is a disease that persists throughout the generations, and I don't think that Harry has fought the final battle, yet. The long history of the Magic/Muggle dilemma that the Tales of Beedle the Bard instilled in my mind has convinced me of that.
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I was thrilled when my copy arrived, I thought it looked kind of cool in the pictures, but you never know until you are holding the item in your hands. This was worth it! The supple embossed leather of the cover the suede interior, all gorgeous, and that is just the secret compartment box. The book itself is also leather bound and very well crafted. This piece will be a cherished part of any collection. I would advise buying a copy of the mass market version to read and let the kids read - this is not one you want to be wiping jelly off of. ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2009
I bought three of these books for Christmas gifts. The price was reasonable, they arrived in excellent condition, and were shipped in a short period of time.
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