Ahhh. The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Is a review of a J.K. Rowling Book necessary? Absolutely. For those who don’t know about this book. The Tales of the Beedle the Bard was published after the seventh Harry Potter Book, The Deathly Hallows. And is, in summation, a collection of fairy tales written by Beedle the Bard for young boys and girls of the wizarding world. Now made available to all muggles thanks to Hermione Granger who translated it from Ancient Ruins, with forward and commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Complete with footnotes.
It’s safe to say I grew up with the Harry Potter books. They got me through Junior High. They were with me for all my teenage years. And when the last movie came out, a nail in the coffin of my childhood had been hammered.
When I picked up The Tales of the Beedle the Bard it took me back to two little books entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Throughout the Ages.
These escort books, while short, are great additions to your Harry Potter Library.
In particular, The Tales of the Beedle Bard is a fun leisurely read. I plan on reading it my kids one day. The stories are clever and creative and follow many traditional fairy tale tropes. Things coming in multiples of three and some tragic endings ala The Brothers Grimm. However, the general twist of these fairytales is wonderful here is a small excerpt from the beginning of the book.
“Beedle’s stories resemble our fairy tales in many respects; for instance, virtue is usually rewarded … However, there is one obvious difference. In Muggle fairy tales, magic tends to lie at the root of the … troubles … In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, on the other hand, we meet heroes and heroines, who can perform magic themselves, and yet find it just as hard to solve their problems as we do.”
Those still craving for a Harry Potter fix now that all is said and done, if you don’t own this book pick it up, it’s worth a read, especially the commentary by Dumbledore.